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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Hits Big Milestone
It’s been called one of the most important games of the year, so it’s nice to see that Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, a game that features strong portrayals of mental health issues, recently hit a big milestone in terms of sales. It’s even nicer to see that developer Ninja Theory are putting that money back into the game! Get the feel good story in today’s episode.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Gets Free Demo
Want to kill some Nazis for free? You’re in luck! A free trial for Bethesda’s recently-released Wolfenstein 2 has been made available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, with the option to continue your progress if you choose to buy the full game. What are you waiting for? Go download it, if you haven’t already, and keep watching today’s video to find out where you can buy the full game at a discount!
US State Representative Says Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Loot Boxes Are “Predatory”
First it was Belgium, then France, and now it’s the US of A making a public stance against the Star Wars Battlefront 2 furore. Democratic representative Chris Lee made a public statement during a press conference denouncing the game and announcing that they would be making moves to regulate loot box mechanics and the games that contain them. He even says “It’s a trap” at one point. This great quote and many more are explored in today’s episode, so tune in and get the scoop!
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Black Friday 2017 is almost here, which means a lot of things–games included–are going on sale. For Sims fans, this is your chance to snag the latest installment, The Sims 4, at a discount. Following its recent release on PS4 and Xbox One, there’s quite a few options to choose from, so we’ve rounded them up all up here.
Based on what we’ve seen so far, the PC version on Origin is still your best bet in terms of value for The Sims 4. The base game, all Expansion Packs aside from the recent Cats & Dogs, the smaller Game Packs, and the bundles are all discounted. You can get the base game for $10, the eligible Expansion Packs for $16 each, the Game Packs for $15 each, and the Bundles for $30 each. The Stuff Packs, which cost $10, are not discounted for Black Friday. You can see all the available Sims 4 content on the Origin store.
As for The Sims 4 on consoles, Walmart has the best deal, offering it on both PS4 and Xbox One for $29. You can also get either version at GameStop ($30), Best Buy ($35), and Target ($35).
Of all the types of American regions featured in games, the one least explored is the country’s vast open rural landscapes. It’s one of the intriguing aspects of Far Cry 5’s Montana, a sense of anticipation in exploring its diverse terrain as you take on a malicious cult that has claimed the land as their own. Based on our most recent interview with creative director Dan Hay, we learned more about the nuances of rural America as envisioned by Ubisoft Montreal and how this land in conflict promises to deliver a layered experience driven by the allies and enemies you meet.
GameSpot: So from what I’ve gathered so far, The Father’s siblings are managing the map’s various regions controlled by the cult. But it seems like you’re also giving the player that Far Cry style of freedom of focusing on one region at a time or allowing them just slowly picking away at each one.
Dan Hay: Without going into micro detail, I think the key thing for us was to create story bubbles, and opportunities to discover things. Sometimes when we’re authoring a story like this, it seems like all of the characters of the world are cursed with all the knowledge on Earth. You walk to them, you ask them a question, and they seem to know everything that’s going on. I like the idea of meeting characters in the world that don’t really have a clue what’s going on, and they’re only aware of what’s going on in terms of what they can see in front of them. They can be speaking based on what’s going on in the north, but they don’t know or they’re hearing something else that’s going down in the south. What that does is create friction. We want to give fish-hook opportunities to the player. These NPC’s friends have been taken from them, they don’t know where those people are. They’re stuck in the middle of the world. They don’t have the knowledge of a lot of what’s going on. And yes, you’ll have the opportunity to jump between regions controlled by the cult. You can go and meet John, and do everything in John’s area. At any time, you can head up to Jacob and Faith’s region.
I guess that’s one of the drawbacks of a cult. That no matter how organized, they probably don’t have the wherewithal or the resources to actually fully control the land. Are they all relying on walkie-talkies?
We did a little bit of work to figure this out. How do these communications tools work? How far would it go? I think it’s somewhere in between 12 and 25 miles, depending on what’s around you. It’s believable for us that if that first moment when things go south, that the cult is getting on CB radios and they’re going, “Hey guys. This is what you need to do.”
But not everybody knows what’s going on at the same time, and that creates an interesting series of events. For a while, this allows you to fly under their radar. Then, once you begin to get this notoriety, you get to build this resistance, and the cult turn their attention more towards you.
Do you think you can probably delay getting The Father’s attention if you spread your accomplishments across all the regions evenly?
That’s an interesting question. The way that I would answer that is if you decide to go into John’s region, and you decide to head directly for the community of resistance fighters, then you go right at the cult, John is going to know who you are really quick. John is going to offer a proportional response against what you do.
If you don’t, if you go out into the world and you smack a bit on John’s area, then you smack a bit on Faith’s, and then go back to Jacob’s, there’s definitely a period where you can do more and maybe fly under the radar a bit. It’s not the intention of the game to be able to provide all those opportunities, but it’s something that can happen just as far as the way the game is set up.
It’s interesting that this isn’t a cult that actually has had multiple generations rooted in the Hope County. Is this approach of buying up cheap land typical?
I don’t know if it’s typical, but it’s valid. We wanted to be able to make it so that the cult went to this place, chosen specifically because it’s remote, and because there’s an opportunity for them to be able to own it and take over the community. We didn’t feel like it needed to be something that had existed for a long time.
I like the idea that The Father had this epiphany when he was younger. It wasn’t something that was handed to him from his father. I think if we had made it so that The Father inherited this leadership role, then this isn’t really his cause or it’s something that’s just a belief that’s been passed down. Instead, he was once a relatively average person and then he made the conscious effort based off what he was seeing and what he heard. He chose to remove himself from what you considered to be regular society and moved to this place to build a separate community because he believes the end of times is coming. That makes him much more interesting as a person.
Thinking about the resistance factions of the other Far Crys, would you say that this new set of groups is a little bit more unified despite their diverse backgrounds?
It feels like it could be unified. We’ve created a really interesting set of events where personalities that you meet in Fall’s End may not be the personality types that you meet in previous games. Their motivations for how they push back may not be the same. If you head up north, you’re going to get a completely different group people who are pushing back against Jacob. They may all end up being unified in terms of what they’re doing and how they operate. In terms of what drives them, in terms of how they move, in terms of the resources they have at their disposal, and how prepared they were for this event, they’re completely different.
When you knew you were going to set the game in America, was there ever the thought of a more suburban or urban setting?
I think what’s interesting about Montana was that it had an interesting flavor of a little bit of both. Did we ever have conversations about that? I vaguely remember us talking about different locations. We very quickly stuck with an idea of being in a rural community and making it feel like small town America.
We wanted to put you in a situation that was different and unique. We’ve all driven down those dusty roads in wherever it is that we’re from. We end up going out in the wilderness, and you feel this sense of “Okay. I’m shedding the tapestry of urban, and I’m moving into the wilderness.”
It’s really interesting for us to tell the stories of people that have been cut off for a little while and make their own rules.
When you think about the different types of settings in prior Far Crys, Montana is the furthest thing from the islands Far Cry 3 and I doubt that it’ll match the verticality of Far Cry 4. What would you say is the one aspect of this new map that sums it up?
Maybe it’s a good thing that I’m struggling to come up with just one thing. What’s really interesting is when we were making Far Cry Primal, we did those Beast Master quests, and we’re like, “Whoa. Okay. Hold on. There’s something really cool here.” So, that says “You know what? For Far Cry 5, let’s explore the relationship with coop AI.” And that’s what lead to Boomer. And then, let’s start talking about guns-for-hire and people that you bring in with their unique personalities and abilities.
What we do is like throwing a rock in the water and see how it ripples and see what we want to make it, and I think that we’re evolving through each of these franchises. But I cannot come up with just one thing. When I look back on what I was doing in Far Cry 4, I was doing a lot. I was wingsuiting, sneaking, sniping, and you’re right, verticality was a big thing, and it felt like I was always attacking from above or I was stealthily going through the space. There’s just a ton of stuff that I can do in Far Cry 5. I’ve struggled to come up with just one experience.
What is the most inviting aspect of this rural setting that will discourage players from habitually using fast travel as often as possible? I imagine you’ll want them to soak in the land, so to speak.
One of the things that we as a team had a conversation about is that when you spend time in the States, there’s something magical about getting inside a muscle car and just driving down the road. You feel like a badass. Something as simple as that or getting into a cult vehicle and hearing the sounds of the station that they play and all the hymns that are playing. It’s just something about making the world believable. And so, when I get into a classic car, and I drive down the highway in our version of Montana and I just look at the landscape, it feels very real to me.
Black Friday 2017 is right around the corner, and we’ve gotten a look at the deals many retailers will offer this year. And while it initially seemed like there wouldn’t be any deals for Sony’s 4K-capable PlayStation 4 Pro, GameStop’s ad has revealed it will be on sale for $350.
This is your best bet for getting a PS4 Pro at a discount this year. Your only other options are the regular $400 retail price at other stores or $450 for the special-edition Destiny 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II models, barring any surprise offers we haven’t seen yet.
If you’re not sure whether you should make the jump to the Pro, you can read our full PS4 Pro review. Author Jimmy Thang writes, “If you have a 4K HDR TV and are looking to buy a console, I’d definitely recommend the PS4 Pro. Even if you have a 1080p TV and are looking to buy a PlayStation, I’d still lean more toward the Pro. Yes, it does cost $100 more than the Slim model, but you get more ports, twice the storage space, more future-proof hardware in the event that you ever decide to get a 4K TV, and some games can look slightly better at 1080p.”
For a complete roundup, see our full list of PS4 Black Friday deals. There are sure to be even more deals to come, while others may be unlisted for the time being, so check back with us in the lead up to Black Friday. For more, check out retailer-specific deals breakdowns through the links below.
If you’re looking to add a little zombie excitement to your Thanksgiving weekend, there’s a Black Friday treat that may be right up your alley. The seventh season of The Walking Dead is seeing its price drop dramatically on DVD.
The seventh season of the AMC series, which saw Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his trusty baseball bat make literally everyone’s lives miserable, will be available for only $10 at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target. For those looking to go the extra mile, Amazon is offering up a limited edition Blu-ray set of the season, complete with the Spike Walker that the Junkyard community uses to test Rick (Andrew Lincoln).
That strange little oddity, along with the whole of Season 7 in Blu-ray quality, can be yours for $100. If you’re simply looking to go digital, though, Amazon is also discounting the price of the season through its video service.
Unfortunately, previous seasons aren’t getting any sort of Black Friday discount, as far as we can tell at this point. That said, perhaps Season 7 is something fans should revisit to figure out where they truly stand on Negan and the show’s direction as it continues into its eighth year. With ratings on the show lower than they once were–and some believing Negan is ruining the once-strong series–a little reflection could be a good thing.
While you’re in a shopping mood, make sure to check out the rest of our Black Friday coverage below.
With 4K on the rise and high refresh rate becoming more common, now is a good to time take a look at gaming monitors. These displays packed with great specs have become more affordable, even moreso with Black Friday sales going on now. So, we took a look at several retailers to find the best deals on PC gaming monitors. Note that some of these items may run out of stock during the course of these sales.
Be sure to check which retailer is offering the specific monitor mentioned in the following sections by scrolling down to the full list. All monitors are available to ship and will either be from Newegg, Micro Center, or Best Buy.
The first set of monitors to highlight are 1080p displays. The AOC E2429SWHE is a very basic 24-inch monitor for just $100 and the Acer K272HL at $120 or Samsung S27E330H at $150 are cheap 27-inch options. High refresh rate displays with a 1080p resolution are also affordable; look to the 144Hz 27-inch Acer GN276HL for $190, 144Hz 24-inch Asus MG248QR for $200, or the curved 27-inch 144Hz MSI Optix G27C2 with FreeSync for $230. And if 144Hz still isn’t a fast enough refresh rate for you, the 24.5-inch Acer Predator XB252Q runs 240Hz with G-Sync and is available for $430.
High-end PCs are powerful enough to step resolution up to 1440p, and these displays are increasingly common and affordable. On the cheaper end, we have the 27-inch 75Hz FreeSync Acer K271U for $200, the 27-inch IPS BenQ GW2765HT at $230, the 25-inch IPS Dell UltrasharpU2518D for $250, and the 27-inch IPS Acer K272HUL at $270. There are still high refresh rate options that won’t break the bank, like the 27-inch 144Hz Asus MG278Q with FreeSync for $340, 27-inch 144Hz Dell S2716DGR with G-Sync at $350, or 24-inch 165Hz Dell S2417DG with G-Sync for $360. The Samsung C32H711 with FreeSync for $400 offers much more screen space with its 32-inch panel. For no compromises in terms of specs, the AOC Agon AG271QG packs G-Sync, 144Hz, and an IPS panel into a 27-inch monitor for $550.
4K displays have been gaining ground in the PC monitor space as they’ve become cheaper. The three following monitors are 28-inch 4K FreeSync displays: Acer CB281HK at $250, AOC 2879VF for $270, and Samsung UE590 at $290. Both the LG 27MU58-B and LG 27UD58-B are 27-inch IPS 4K monitors with FreeSync for $300. Not many 4K monitors offer HDR, but the 32-inch Acer ET322QK with FreeSync and HDR is going for $320. The 28-inch quantum dot Samsung U28H750 with FreeSync brings high picture quality for just $330.
Ultrawide 21:9 monitors are fairly niche, but give you much more screen space for your peripheral vision. Two 75Hz FreeSync IPS monitors with a 2560×1080 resolution are on sale; the 29-inch LG 29UB55-B for $200 and the 34-inch LG 34UM69G for $280. If you’re aiming for the very high-end 21:9 displays, the 34-inch Asus ROG PG348Q packs in G-Sync, 100Hz, and a high 3440×1440 resolution for $920. If that’s not big enough, the 38-inch Dell Ultrasharp U3818DW is discounted at $1000.
As for the specific retailers that offer the aforementioned monitors and sale prices, look to the item list below. And be sure to check out our extensive coverage for all things Black Friday: