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Underwhelming FFXV DLC: Prompto’s Mediocre Looking Third Person Shooter

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Square Enix has released a trailer for the new DLC: FFXV Prompto Episode and the least I can say is that it looks, well, nothing like the FFXV I came to know and love, or at least, thoroughly enjoy.

Final Fantasy XV was definitely one of my gaming highlights of 2016. After the complete and utter disappointment of FFXIII, I had come to terms with the idea that Final Fantasy was no longer worth my attention. But Final Fantasy XV managed to pique my interest in the series once more. I mean, the game is completely bonkers. If in 1997, after completing FFVII, I had been told that one day I would play a Final Fantasy game that would involve driving around an Americana inspired desert in a convertible, with four glossy haired fashion victims, fighting monsters, exploring dungeons, camping, cooking and generally having a Jack Kerouac style road trip, I would’ve probably freaked out because a madman was in my room claiming he knows the future… wait, where was I going with this? Basically, in the end, FFXV came together and much to my surprise provided me with a very unique, enjoyable gaming experience. You would think the release of new DLC would be an exciting event. But so far, the FFXV DLC has completely failed to grab my interest and Prompto’s episode looks set to keeping it that way.

I’m not going to go into too much detail on why the first DLC didn’t grab my attention. Too sum it up, it just looked like a series of corridors with a bunch of less dynamic fights. I didn’t really care what Gladio got up too after he spontaneously shrugged his shoulders and walked off in the middle FFXV. “Whatever Gladio, we’ll be fine without you!!” was my response.

The problem with having DLC that concentrates on Prompto, is that Prompto’s main weapon is a gun. Beforehand, Prompto was relegated to side character and did most of the fighting by himself, which was fine. But as a main character, well, you’re going to have to use guns, a lot. This significantly changes the game play. Although there’s nothing wrong with trying out something different,  FFXV wasn’t built to be a third person shooter, so what we now have is basically a bit of a wonky looking shooter that doesn’t look or, I can imagine, feel anything like the main game. Seeing the trailer I couldn’t help but think of another mediocre FF third person shooter, the FFVII spin off PS2 game, Dirge of the Cerebrus: Final Fantasy VII. Which was hugely disappointing, to say the least.

Of course, it’s clear that the FFXV DLC is used as a means to fill in certain story elements and delve deeper into the characters themselves. There are two things wrong with this, however. Firstly, from the moment FFXV took on an open world format, the story was clearly going to suffer and lets be frank, it did. It wasn’t a bad story, it just wasn’t told very well. Not to mention there’s the anime, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV,  that already does a good job of filling in the backstory of the three main side characters. Secondly, all it does is draw attention to how much they rushed to release FFXV in the first place. I know, it’s crazy to think that a game that went through ten years of development could be considered rushed, but they clearly needed more time to refine it a little. They could have featured these backstory bits in the main game as side quests, where you play as the whole team with Noctis at the healm and therefore not having to reinvent the already fun game play.

I wish Square Enix would really take a look at what people enjoyed in FFXV and expand on that for their DLC. I think many people would agree, it was never about the story, it was more about exploring dungeons with your buddies at your back, zipping around the place as Noctis, armed with lots of cool melee weapons and not firearms. Wouldn’t it be cool to get a DLC that lets you explore more of the dark, demon infested world of the future, with the slightly older and grizzled cast of characters? Or maybe a handful of new and exciting monsters to hunt! How about the possibility of fighting and obtaining more summons! They have a long list of unused summons they could use from the huge catalogue of FF lore at their disposal. So much potential Square Enix, use it!

Until then, I guess I’ll look forward to playing cooking mini games that’ll probably replace all the fights in the Ignis DLC. That, or a recreation of what’s going on in Ignis’s head, as he stumbles through his own mind, desperately trying to come up with “a new recipaaaay.”

Video games have been a passion of mine from the very first time I played one, at the age of five on Amstrad!( Never heard of it? It was an 80s thing) From then on, I developed a great love for video games and have always owned some form of console throughout each generation of gaming, from the NES to the PS4. Call me a casual if you like, I was probably gaming before you were even born, kiddo.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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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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