Gaming News Roundup – Sept 25
2K Pressures Site To Revise Review
So this new iteration of the 2K basketball games has been ruffling a lot of feathers, and for good reason, with the game’s heavy reliance on microtransactions to play features of the game, upgrade your character, and even get a haircut. Naturally, this disgusting aspect of the game has been a point in many reviews, including the review by a site called Sixth Axis, which gave the game a 3/10 in part due to their egregious use of virtual currency. This didn’t sit well with 2K Games as they contacted Sixth Axis about the review, asking them to take it down, which for a short while it was. The review has since been reinstated on the site, if you’re interested, you can read it here. Luckily, this problem solved itself overnight, but it seems that it was solved only due to the fact that it began circling around Neogaf forums and people got to see 2K Games trying to bully a small site into taking down their justified negative criticism. It’s sad and disgusting seeing a site do something like this, you don’t get to whine about criticism about your garbage in-game economy that you put into your game. Quite a lot of people take issue with you thinking that we should sink money into your game like Steph Curry sinks 3s just to make significant progress in it. You did it, if people have a problem with it, fix it.
Fortnite Proves Cross-Console Play Is Possible… For A Few Hours
So this week, something monumental happened in a game called Fortnite. Some PS4 players noticed something strange about the players they were playing with; that they had spaces in their usernames, something that isn’t possible on PSN, but it is on the Xbox One. For a short while, a bug in the game connected players of the PS4 and players of the Xbox One in harmony. Sadly, since PS4 is still saying no to cross-play, it was fixed and shut off, but it’s crazy that a bug could do that. Hopefully Sony can change their mind on it.
New Trailer For Dragon Ball FighterZ’s Android 21
A new trailer has been released for the new Dragon Ball FighterZ character. The trailer also shows a little bit of some cutscenes from the story, you may get a feel of what’s going on (the world is going to end or something due to clones, you know, the usual). With her being a researcher and an android, she could be quite interesting, but the real question is how does she play? Have to wait until early next year to find out. You can watch the trailer here.
Valve Adds A Review Graph In Response To Review Bombing
Remember that whole Pewdiepie situation that happened a couple weeks ago? Well one of the things to come out of that was Sean Vanaman deciding to file DMCA takedowns on Pewdiepie’s videos playing Campo Santo’s game, Firewatch. Pewdiepie’s fanbase didn’t like that too much and took to Steam to air their grievances via leaving a plethora of negative reviews on the game’s store page. Because this happens way too often and could possibly skew a passerby’s perception of the game, Valve has implemented a new feature that shows the game’s reception over time, allowing people to see whether a game has had a huge spike in negative reviews. This could help in a lot of ways, some people may assume the game could have had a bad patch that hurt it, but sadly, they won’t know unless they look it up. Some review bombings happen due to situations that have nothing to do with the actual quality of the game, like this Firewatch situation. What happens if the game quality hasn’t changed and it’s still a good game, but the person seeing the negative spike doesn’t just go to Google recent news to see what’s going on? This move is good at heart, but could easily hurt the sales of quality games due to a lack of context. We don’t know if the spike is due to something like Two Worlds II adding microtransactions or a developer said something a group of people disagreed with on Twitter. We’ll see how it goes, but at least Valve is taking steps to help the consumer.
Final Fantasy’s New Comrades Expansion Adds Multiplayer
A new DLC for Final Fantasy XV will be releasing October 31st that adds an all new multiplayer aspect to the game. This DLC allows players to create a character and take on the evils of the kingdom of Lucis.
Square Enix describes this expansion:
“Set in a world engulfed by darkness, the expansion casts players as a member of the Kingsglaive, with powers and unique abilities invoked from various Lucian kings, who join forces to bring the Light back to the kingdom of Lucis. Other members of Noctis’s crew including Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis will be made playable in future game updates. As members of Kingsglaive, players equip royal sigils that grant special powers from the Lucian bloodline. Players can then strategize and create a balanced team to take on a variety of quests. In addition to multiplayer quests, single player quests are also available for players to enhance their characters.”
You can check out the trailer for it here.
Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite’s Collector’s Edition Disappoints
Above are the almighty infinity stones sent to those who purchased the collector’s edition of Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite. These Kinder eggs were supposedly created by the Cosmic Entities. As you can guess, many customers who bought this were extremely disappointed by how plain and dull these supposed infinity stones were as opposed to what they got.
Twitter user @yohosiefgc tweeted her expectations with this picture.
Trash. It’s important to note the collector’s edition was $200. This could be a very real case of false advertisement and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone took this to a small claims court for their $200 back.
Tomb Raider Trailer Shows Lara Croft Running Like Forrest Gump
A movie adaptation of the newest reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise is on the way. The announcement was made via a trailer giving us a great look at what the story is going to be. If you’ve played the Tomb Raider released in 2013, you already know. It looks like it’s going to be following the storyline of the 2013 version fairly closely, though some aspects of the story seen in the trailer were not in the game. Overall, it looks like it could be interesting, but my main points of contention are Lara running like Forrest Gump and her jumping being a bit floaty even in the movie. I know she’s floaty in the game, but for a movie it’s strange due to it being based in reality and needing the physics to be more believable. Other than that, it looks okay. Movies based off of video games have never panned out well, but maybe this is the one. We say that every time. Seriously though, what’s up with her neck?
That’s the news for this week, some very interesting things happened. Thoughts on the newly implemented Steam review graph? Think it’ll help in the long run? Were you also disappointed by the infinity stones? Let us know below! Did you miss last week’s roundup and you want to get caught up? Click here! We also have a great review of the newly released Destiny 2 that you can check out right over here. As always, come back next week for another gaming news roundup.