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Why ‘God of War’ Could Be the Best in the Series

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Photo Credit: "God of War" official website

Avid players know Kratos as the unrelenting, fearless god slayer of the “God of War” saga. His character is famous for being a vengeful and unstoppable force that no one could calm. In the upcoming fourth installment, though, it looks like fans will see a different side to him.

The community is well aware since E3 2016 that Kratos won’t be alone in the new game. Together with his son, Atreus, they venture into a world with gods they are unfamiliar with. As grand as that may sound, it is not yet the hook that may convince players that it could be the best in the series.

“God of War” is a fusion of heart and brawn

When one talks about “God of War,” the initial ideas that come to mind are blood, carnage, and brutality. Kratos will probably still have his share of those, but that won’t be the game’s focus. The story will have Kratos’ relationship with his son at the center of the plot.

As early as June 2016, creative director Cory Barlog said the game is about change.  In a blog post, he explained that players will witness how Kratos shapes his son into a warrior, while Atreus teaches him how to be human again.

This is best demonstrated in the recent E3 2017 trailer. Kratos tells Atreus to close his heart to his enemies’ desperation. Atreus, on the other hand, tells Kratos that not everyone is bad, revealing how pure his heart is.

Photo Credit: YouTube/ PlayStation

Photo Credit: YouTube/ PlayStation

To prove Atreus’ point, the duo had a liberating experience after meeting the World Serpent. Usually, when Kratos meets such a gigantic being, it’s time to get dirty. In this scene, however, Atreus tells him that it is there to help. It can be one of the many instances where Kratos’ personality may transform.

There is plenty of time to perfect the game

Aside from the gameplay, it may be safe to assume that “God of War” will deliver a complete experience. Barlog tweeted as early as December that he was already able to finish one full playthrough.

Considering the expected release date is early 2018, they can still make the game even better. As such, there is a big possibility the winning elements that make up a masterpiece will more or less be present.

Kratos and Atreus, Axe and Shield

Fans of the series have used the Blades of Athena for the past three games. Now that the title is diving into Norse Mythology, it is time to trade that with an axe and shield. The fact that he is using a different but equally magical weapon means a unique gameplay for “God of War,” making it even more interesting.

Photo Credit: YouTube/ PlayStation

Photo Credit: YouTube/ PlayStation

That’s not all. For the first time, players will be controlling someone other than Kratos. It is unclear how often Atreus can be used as the main character, but it opens up an entirely new experience. It creates a welcome variety that was absent in the previous titles.

Taking the three arguments into consideration, the fourth game will feel like a one-of-a-kind title. If anything, it has the potential to surpass its predecessors. “God of War” arrives exclusively on PlayStation 4 (PS4) in early 2018.

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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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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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