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Pirates & Parachutes – August’s PlayStation Plus Games

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A new month means new free games from PlayStation Plus. While July brought us tales of hormones, horror and medieval adventures, August delivers explosions and emancipation with Just Cause 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry respectively. The games tell stories of revolution and liberation through excessive violence and a plethora of explosions. Seems like a theme more fitting for July. All that’s missing is the hotdogs and cheap beer.

And while a cold brew and grilled meat are enjoyable, there’s something even more satisfying about blowing up tanks, crashing helicopters, and shooting grappling hooks into enemies’ faces. Just Cause 3 has all of these things, and so much more. And PlayStation has graciously given all of that to us, for free. Just Cause 3 is the latest (and greatest) chapter in an game series filled with exorbitant mayhem. The open world format let’s the player choose their own adventure, sort of.

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Every mission requires making things explode, it’s just a matter of how. With tools like RPGs, armored cars, and military grade helicopters, the player chooses how stuff gets blown up. It’s a Michael Bay film packed into a Square Enix game. Provided that Michael Bay’s films had any kind of interesting story line between the explosions. Which, they don’t.

PlayStation also offers up Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry. The game follows Adewale, a former slave, turned pirate as he disrupts the Caribbean slave trade. Originally, it was part of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag as downloadable content. Now it stands alone as it’s own game.

Since Black Flag introduced seafaring, ship to ship combat, and sea shanties, it’s unsurprising that Freedom Cry has all of these things and so much more. In particular, additional missions to free slaves from their captors and recruit them to the ranks of the Maroons (a group of liberated slaves fighting for freedom). Despite Adewale’s ties to the Brotherhood of Assassins, he understands their struggle and joins them. It’s a give and take relationship. Adewale aids the Maroons, and they act as his pirate crew on the stolen Experto Crede.

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It’s rather gratifying putting a dagger through 3d rendered slave traders’ heads and destroying their brigs and frigates. It’s video game justice for ages 17 and up. Freedom Cry doesn’t limit you to travelling from city to city, assassinating evildoers. You get to travel the Caribbean to search for treasure, harpoon sharks, and search underwater shipwrecks. It’s hours of addictive assassination and pirating.

So, if you’re one of the many owners of a PlayStation Plus account, download both of these games, now. Open a bag of cool ranch Doritos, crack open a cold Mountain Dew, and prepare to be stuck on the couch for a few hours (at the very least). But, until the next time, see you space cowboys!

 

 

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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