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Battlegrounds is one of my favorites for 2017

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One of my favorite films of all time is the Japanese title “Battle Royale” from 2000. In the film, dozens of individuals from Japan were sent to an island for a free-for-all battle until one person is left standing. This concept hasn’t really been utilized in video games until recently and even when it has, the concept didn’t work out so well. Well, now that may change with the Early Access title PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds that is available on PC. I had purchased the title in April but I didn’t get around to really playing it until recent because of other games that were released. But, now I have experienced this game and I believe in what it is doing.

The game takes up to 100 players and puts them in a plane that flies over a large map in which individuals will parachute on to. What stands out about this game is just how intense and anxiety-inducing it is from the very moment you jump out of that plane. Time is spent carefully looking at the map and finding a place to land when you make that jump and what buildings you should scavenge when you touch down.

While I’m playing Battlegrounds I can hear my heart pounding out of my chest, especially in the later moments of each round. There are so many aspects of the game to worry about. Resource and time management are just as important as your shooting skills. Survival is key in the game and I love that fact that I can win a round just by waiting things out and not having to waste too much ammo.

It’s a multiplayer title that rewards players for playing smart and utilizing the tools at their disposal and the environment. There have been times where I wanted to get somewhere fast but was conflicted as to whether I should get into a nearby jeep or go by foot. This is a specific situation that I have found myself in on multiple occasions and I would end up going on foot in some situations because vehicles make too much noise and can be a large target for other players.

Things like this are what make Battlegrounds special to me, situations that require quick thinking are at the heart of this game. Each round I’ve played is unlike the last because of the randomization of item locations and the fact that the play area is different for the most part. The game takes place on one large map that consists of land masses separated by water. One smart aspect to the game is that there is a play area depicted by a white circle that is surrounded by another blue circle.

That blue circle is an electric field that will close in on players throughout the match and will cause damage over time if players are outside it. The play area gets smaller as the match goes on so it will force combatants to constantly move and gives them something else to worry about other than enemies. This is where the game gets incredibly tense because it usually ends in a standoff between players in a small, open location.

The game is in early access so there are some issues that I have noticed so far that can hinder some rounds. For example, I was playing with friends and we would take damage randomly every few seconds and there was no reason for it. Another issue is the network, the game doesn’t use dedicated servers so there are some lag issues that I’ve experienced and they can be annoying in the middle of a firefight. These issues aren’t too frequent so it doesn’t do too much to hurt the experience and they are to be expected in an early access title.

PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds is a difficult game, it challenges me in all aspects from managing resources to engaging in firefights with other players. The fights themselves are intense and stressful because you can be killed with just 2-3 shots to the chest. Also, there is an absence of regenerating health in the title. Instead, there are healing items that players must find such as bandages and energy drinks. The game is much more complicated than it looks but that is a good thing, it adds a sense of depth in its complexity and helps make the rounds feel chalenging and varied.

If you are killed once it is game over, so it is incredibly important to stay alive and push for that victory. Victory in this game is satisfying on many levels because it is rare to actually win a round. I’ve played a few titles this year that have captivated me and Battlegrounds is surely one of those games. I hope that the game continues its steady stream of updates and maybe we’ll see new maps and mode variations in the near future.

My name is Jeremy and I am 22 years old and currently a college student majoring in Journalism. I mainly write about games but I also am knowledgeable on Film and anime.

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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