Elite Dangerous – Review

There are games, then there are phenoms. This game qualifies as … well… both. It’s a game. But it’s a phenom. Yay!

Elite dangerous takes place in the political universe of the Federation, Alliance, and the Empire. Power shifts, ousts, Planetary system disbalances, turmoil, Lockdowns, and further expansions by political powers make this game an interesting gem in my collection of computer games.

Elite Dangerous is a Space Simulator. And a dune buggy simulator….

This game is in close “competition” to Star Citizen. An Upcoming simulator from the future. Although it is the future now, considering Star Citizen took and IS taking 10 years + to build. Really now. And it’s not exactly out yet, but They’re working on it. Still are…. Working…. On…. It. Yup.

So elite dangerous is a space and dune buggy simulator. There are 400 billion Star systems to explore. Each system is complete with All The bells and whistles like Black Holes, Nubulae, different classes of stars, and even planets! Yup! Lets not forget planets. Here’s another kicker, the planets? You can LAND ON THEM. So that makes the playing space of ED cover 400 billion STAR systems. AND over 400 million? Billion? Planets you can land on. I mean, talk about romantic rendezvous with your wife or girlfriend off in the corner of the galaxy, to have some tea, or dinner. Or something.

This game constitutes a grand ol’ universe. There are 3 game modes, sure, but it doesn’t mean you’re loading the game in a different aspect of it’s programming so you can, say, get some mining done, or trading etc. But it comes as one big computer game, where you can get some trading done, or fancy a nice quiet night mining away at minerals. Or explore the galaxy. I set out on an exploration trip a few days ago, and actually discovered systems that still hadn’t been discovered. I mean, wow. The playing place is HUGE.

And lets not stop at huge. It’s realistic. Pretty real. And it gets real too. With all the griefers, and PVP and the PVE.

This game is highly recommended for players that just wanna fly around and have a dynamic helping on their plate. Food. Yep. Like food. Like pizza. I’m ordering some tonight. The combat is really really fun. Like the pizza. And speaking of pizza, star citizen is like that pizza I speak of. It’s not out yet, but hey, I’m looking  forward to that too. Just sadly enuff, it’s buried in controversy, because somebody can’t decide on the appropriate toppings on that pizza. That pizza—— I’ll shut up. Wait. Yeah. Star citizen. It’s going to be good when it gets here.

There’s only one disappointment with E.D. that disappointment is that it does not have a first person module/mode. You can’t get out of your ship and/or buggy and walk around. That would be really awesome-cool if that were incorporated to the game itself. It would be nice. Just like pizza. I’ll order chicken wings too.

So, furthermore. Oh! And Pepsi! Forgot the pepsi. BUY ELITE DANGEROUS. It’s worth it. It’s an order of food you just NEED TO HAVE.

The List of Ps4 games Optimised for Ps4 Pro at Launch Revealed

With the launch of the ps4 pro fast approaching on November 10th 2016, sony has revealed the list of ps4 games to be optimised for its launch with more than thirty games said to be optimised plus with more than forty five games said to be optimised by the end of 2016.

The ps4 pro offers enhanced visuals via a CPU and GPU boost and resolutions of upto 4K and HDR imaging technology and more stable framerates.

The following thirty games will take advantage of the ps4 pro’s increased power and performance set for the Official launch on Thursday November the 10th 2016.

Battlefield 1

Battlezone

Bound

Call of Duty: Black ops 3

Call of Duty: Infinite warfare

Call of Duty: Modern warfare remastered

Deus ex : Mankind divided

Dishonered 2

Driveclub VR

EA sports Fifa 2017

Firewatch

Helldivers

Hitman

Hustle kings

Infamous First light

Infamous Second son

Knack

Mafia 3

Mantis burn racing

Middle earth: Shadow of Mordor

Neon chrome

NBA 2k17

Paragon

PlayStation VR Worlds

Rez infinite

Ratchet and Clank

Rigs Mechanized Combat league

Rise of the Tomb raider

Robinson: The Journey

Smite

Super Stardust Ultra

The Elder scrolls online: Tamriel unlimited

The Elder scrolls: Skyrim special edition

The Last of Us remastered

The Last of Us: Left behind

Thumper

The Playroom VR

Titanfall 2

Uncharted 4: a Thief’s end

Until Dawn: Rush of blood

Viking squad

Wheels of Aurelia

World of Tanks

XCOM 2

Including the games above, an additional forty five games plus will be optimised through the end of 2016, games such as Watch dogs 2 and the Last Guardian, with more to follow in 2017 such as Resident Evil 7.

Games such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Days gone will also include the enhancements as well as all the games slated for 2017 and going forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Dead Redemption Sequel being teased : UPDATE :

Rockstar games, the maker of the hit Grand theft Auto series seems to be hinting at the long awaited sequel to its hit open world western Red Dead Redemption by going all red on its Official website and social media accounts.

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image courtesy of Rockstar Games

The speculation comes after Rockstar games updated its Official website with a red splash screen, as well as updating the Twitter account of Rockstar games to resemble the same.

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from the Official Twitter account of Rockstar games

So could this be Rockstar games teasing something to be revealed soon? Keep it here for more as there is sure to be a follow up to this in the coming days and weeks with the sequel being highly likely now given the red splash screen which kind of makes it obvious but all they need now is to make it Official.

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courtesy of Rockstar games

: Update : so it would appear that Rockstar games has posted another image on Twitter which you can see above which all but confirms what appears to be a group of Cowboys appearing out of the Sunset.

Xbox One Outsold Ps4 in September

Xbox One was the best-selling console in the United States in September according to the NDP group as it seems that Sony’s recently launched Slim version of the Ps4 wasn’t enough to stop the Xbox One’s newfound momentum.

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The Xbox One S

So this was the third month in a row Microsoft has had an advantage in sales over rival Sony and Nintendo beating out their respective consoles but can Microsoft keep this going as we head into the fall period where the real test for sales come? As the Ps4 has been pretty dominant up to this point.

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The Ps4 Slim

The Xbox one’s sudden surge is all due to the slimmer Xbox One which was introduced recently and by more aggressive marketing and price cuts, and after a short while Sony introduced their own slimmed down version of the Ps4 in September but with sales being a little lacking probably due to most gamers eagerly awaiting the beefed up spec Ps4 Pro out in November 2016.

Titanfall 2 director posts a picture of the retail PS4 disc, hilarity ensues

The director for soon to be released Mech action game Titanfall 2 Drew McCoy posted a picture of the PS4 version of the game on Twitter, the same disc gamer’s will get their hands on soon but as it would have it, Xbox One owners were none too pleased.

Xbox One users started accusing Drew McCoy of being biased towards Sony’s hardware but we all know that’s not the case, as the original Titanfall showed up on Xbox One exclusively.

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The Titanfall 2 disc in question via Twitter

The drama was caused because of a tweet from a Microsoft user who said he preferred the Xbox One disc better to which Drew McCoy replied, “Green disc’s aren’t sexy“.

In any case, both owners of PS4 and Xbox One will be able to enjoy the game this month as it releases on October 28th  2016, this being the first time Titanfall has appeared on a Sony platform.

Resident Evil 7 Exclusive to PSVR for 12 months

With the impending launch of Sony’s Virtual Reality headset the PSVR, it was just revealed that the latest installment in the Resident Evil Franchise or Biohazard as it is known in japan is set to be an exclusive for said hardware for 12 months.

While Capcom has always shown the Virtual Reality Survival horror game running on PlayStation hardware as well as releasing a playable demo for it on the PlayStation Network a while ago, it was through reddit that an advertisement of its exclusivity showed up on Facebook as you can see below.

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The Facebook advertisement via Reddit

Now what other hardware could the game show up on after its 12 months of exclusivity has run out? The HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift come to mind, we shall know more shortly.

PS4 Slim getting six bundles

The Slimmed down PS4 is getting six bundles spread between North America and Europe, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced.

The PS4 Slim is set to arrive on September the 15th 2016 and Sony Interactive Entertainment has revealed two bundles for the North American market and four for the European market, an Uncharted 4: a Thief’s End bundle is heading towards North America first, Uncharted 4: a Thief’s End is the fourth and likely final installment in the highly successful action and adventure franchise which originally released a couple of months ago so it makes sense that Sony Interactive Entertainment would include it with the redesigned PS4 Slim. The bundle it was revealed will cost 299$ and will come packed with 500 GB for storage space and is set to arrive on September the 15th 2016.

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The Uncharted 4: a Thief’s End PS4 Slim bundle

The second bundle happens to be for Canada only as it will come included with NHL 17 for 379$ CAD, as apparently Canadians love their hockey and so, as with the Uncharted 4: a Thief’s End bundle, this bundle aimed specifically for the Canadian market will hit its mark on September 15th as well.

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The NHL 17 PS4 Slim bundle

The European market will get exclusive bundles a while later as most of the software included has yet to launch individually but as it turns out, these bundles include Watch dogs 2 and Call of Duty Infinite. The details of what are included in the bundles is as follows,after the image.

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The Call of Duty Infinite Warfare PS4 Slim bundle
  • PS4 1TB console with a voucher code to download Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered from PlayStation Store. Pick up this bundle 30 days before the launch of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and – exclusively on PS4 – you’ll immediately be able to download and play the single player campaign from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
    On sale from 5 October 2016.
  • PS4 1TB console with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition, which includes Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on Blu-ray Disc and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
    On sale from 4 November 2016.
  • PS4 1TB console with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on Blu-ray Disc.
    On sale from 4 November 2016.

PS4 PRO Officially announced

At the PlayStation meeting in New York it was finally revealed, the PS4 PRO which was code-named the PS4 NEO. SONY’s new 4K ready console to sit alongside the regular and Slim PS4 will launch on November 10th 2016 for 399$ for the North American, Europe and Japanese markets and will feature a 1TB hard drive initially.

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The PS4 PRO in all its Beefed up glory

The New Upgraded console’s design consists of three layers of blocks which symbolizes the powerful presence of the PS4 PRO and its solid feel according to the Official press release. It will also feature the PlayStation family symbol sporting a mirror finish on the top of the console as well as three USB ports, two in the front and one on the back for hooking up the PlayStation VR peripheral or other such devices.

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The PS4 PRO with the Vertical stand (sold separately)

The New console is touted to deliver 1080p resolution for all its games as well as a much stable and in most cases higher frame-rates. The PS4 PRO’s Beefed up GPU is also said to consist of elements from AMD’S new Polaris tech which was rumored earlier, the PS4 PRO according to Sony:

 “By boosting the performance and capability of the system architecture including the CPU and GPU, PS4 Pro allows games to deliver graphics with far more detail and unprecedented visual precision. Users with 4K TVs will be able to enjoy all PS4 titles in higher quality, such as 4K quality [outputted by graphic rendering or up-scaled] resolution and faster or more stable frame rates. In addition, PS4 Pro supports 4K video playback to deliver 4K streaming video services such as Netflix and YouTube

HDTV owners will also be able to enjoy the enhanced gameplay experiences on PS4 Pro, as the system delivers 1080p resolution for all PS4 games and higher or more stable frame rates for some supported titles.

Furthermore, looking ahead to the future of imaging technology, all PS4 systems including PS4 Pro will support HDR imaging technology [through a system update next week], which enables the reproduction of brightness and darkness while realizing a much wider range of colors. Users who own an HDR-compatible TV will be able to enjoy supported games and other entertainment content with visuals that are more realistic, strikingly vivid and truer to the way the human eye sees the real world”

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The PS4 PRO placed Horizontally

Sony has said that every PS4 game will run on all PS4 systems including the new PS4 PRO as well as sharing the same interface and community functions across all iterations of the PS4 platform. One downside is that the New console will not be supporting 4K Blu-ray unlike the Xbox One slim, maybe they add the feature at a later date via Firmware but for now it seems unlikely. As we get closer to the November 10th launch, more and more first and third party titles shall be announced.

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The Specs of the PS4 PRO

In closing I would like to say that the New console does in fact look promising but I am satisfied with my 2014 PS4 model currently, speaking of which, all the prior models of the PS4 before the PS4 Slim which comes out on September 15th 2016 will be phased out so if I were someone who loved the look of the original model then I would run off and grab it before it happens or there is always Ebay.

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The Contents right out of the box when you open up your shiny new console on November 10th 2016

Sony will also release a new Firmware update next week slated to include High Dynamic Range (HDR) support across all PlayStation 4 platforms.

The PS4 PRO rolls out on November 10th 2016 for 399$, not too shabby when you consider the forward compatible capabilities, 4K output and smoother frame-rates that are designed for the hardcore gamer in mind.

PS4 Slim Officially announced

The PS4 Slim was officially announced at the PlayStation meeting in New York despite having already been out in the wild for the last couple of weeks due to stolen shipments or something of the sort. The Slimmer PS4 with 500GB HDD will roll out on September the 15th for 299$ for the North American, Europe and Japanese markets thus phasing out the current model of the PS4.

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The Ps4 Slim in all its slimmed out glory

As previously reported, the Slim PS4 has it’s volume reduced by 30% compared to the previous models and reducing its weight by 25% and 16% compared to the earlier models namely the CUH-1000, CUH-1100 and CUH-1200 Series of models respectively. The PS4 Slim as previously noted is more energy efficient with a reduced power consumption by more than 34% and 28% compared to the earlier models but there is also a downside as they have removed the optical port and there is one less USB port.

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The PS4 Slim with the Vertical stand (sold separately)

According to Sony, the New Slimmer PS4’S Form factor is as follows:

“The form factor of the new system inherits the slanted body design of the previous models, with the foreside and backside of its body slightly angled. The corners are trimmed and curved, giving it a softer impression that would appeal to a wider range of audience. The new simple look, with gloss finished PS family mark designed on the center of the top surface, will fit perfectly wherever it is placed”

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The New Dual Shock 4 Controller with the Additional Luminous light bar

 

The PS4 Slim will also include a new Dual Shock controller (CUH-ZCT2) which we have reported on earlier featuring an additional light from the light bar which emits onto the touch-pad producing a luminous effect as well as supporting USB communication.

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The Contents right out of the box when you open up your shiny new console on September 15th 2016

Sony will also release a new Firmware update next week slated to include High Dynamic Range (HDR) support across all PlayStation 4 platforms.

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The Specs of the PS4 Slim

The PS4 Slim rolls out on September 15th 2016 for a retail price of 299$, A steal if i should say to attract a much wider audience of gamer’s both hardcore and casual alike.