One issue I’ve had with Gran Turismo on the whole is that it always felt too serious. You needed to practically BE a race car driver to understand exactly how to win races. Controls were hard to master and I just liked the arcade racers more because my skill level lent itself better to that style.
While that seriousness is still present, Gran Turismo: Sport on Playstation 4 is a really good racing game that is more fun than I remember them ever being. The AI seems to learn and adapt to your style, so that a move you tried passing with on the last lap won’t work on the next one. You have to constantly adapt as well because other cars are actually aggressive and smart. Decorating your car is fun and customizing the look and feel is something that you can lose hours doing.
While there are a lot of cars to choose from and a number of different locations to race in, the game feels a bit…empty. I played GT:6, and the selection and emphasis on car collecting is missing here. Yes, you can collect them, but the sheer volume of 6 just isn’t here. It seems that with the omission of the number 7 after this game’s title, this game was developed as a stop-gap between 6 and 7, and it feels like that: a stripped-down version of something that could have and should have been just, more.
If you’ve ever wanted to explore the town of Hawkins, wait no more. Stranger Things: The Game is a fun new adventure available for both iOS and Android that combines the characters, setting and creepy vibes from the Netflix smash hit series with a simplistic control scheme that makes it easy to learn, but difficult to master.
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Alien invasions have been the premise for some of the best – and worst – games of all time. While these games have you primarily saving the world from imminent danger, they often provide the setting for some of the best gaming stories you can play. Here are three of my favorite alien invasion games.
Damn delivery guy.
As I waited in the office yesterday for my copy of Arkham Knight to arrive, I actually caught myself counting the minutes. And then there he was: “Delivery for Mat Langford!”. I took the package and shook it, stating, “This sounds like an Arkham Knight!”.
“You know who the Arkham Knight is right?” the delivery guy asks. I’m not sure if it was simple elation from knowing that my game was here on time – after a bit of a mix-up with Best Buy – or simply not paying attention. But without thinking I blindly…nay, stupidly, asked, “Who?”
Before the word left my mouth, I knew that it was too late.
And there it was. Well, I kind of figured it anyway, but at least I had some shred of mystery there until this moment.
Damn delivery guy.
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Microsoft just dropped the mic at E3.
After their largely criticized showing at E3 2015, Microsoft needed to step up their game this year. And step it up they did. With the immediate announcement of backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games – discs from the previous Xbox console can simply be inserted, downloaded to the hard drive and played on the newer console – MS grabbed the audience from the outset, and kept up a pace that made last year’s conference seem like a distant memory.They even took a shot at Playstation’s Now platform, claiming that they “won’t charge you to play games you already own.” Shots fired!
They announced juggernauts like Halo 5 – coming out October 27, 2015 – with its 24-player multiplayer and drop-in, drop-out co-op. Fallout 4 with mod-support, allowing you can bring modded content over to the Xbox from your PC! They showed gameplay footage from Rise of the Tomb Raider, which was basically a 5 minute white-knuckle action movie reminiscent of Cliffhanger, and they announced the next Gears of War game, with nearly 5 minutes of engaging gameplay.
These were the games we expected to some extent, but what really separated MS from the pack was their extensive list of exclusives, and their ID@Xbox indie properties, which included Tacoma, Ashen, Beyond Eyes and Cuphead – which reminds me of an old Walt Disney cartoon made into a side-scrolling shooter.
And then there was HoloLens, a virtual reality holographic gaming peripheral that revolutionizes gaming in an interesting way. It’s not just a different way to see games, it’s a different way to interact with them:
With all of the exclusives, innovations and indies, Microsoft really set a high bar for others to contend with this year. Let’s see what Playstation has to say about it when their conference airs tonight!
A list of all conferences is here!