DayZ Bohemia Interactive

DayZ Coming To Consoles This Year?

Day Z has been a very popular game on the PC that was test released at the end of last year. The object of the game is to stay alive during the zombie apocalypse, with the player having to traverse the world looking for food, water and guns to keep moving strong and taking down the zombies.

The game is currently PC-only, but according to the game’s creator Dean Hall it could be coming to consoles as soon as this year. He said the following in an interview with Eurogamer:

“We’ve toyed around what to do with the console side of things. It’s important for DayZ to evolve if it was on a console in a way that benefits console gamers. It could be [this year].”

He goes on to discuss the prospects of when the console version of the game may be released:

“We have to get the core aspects of the game finished before we commit to doing anything. Otherwise you make a big announcement and then you wait for six or 12 months.”



Destiny Bungie PlayStation 4

Destiny's PlayStation Content To Remain Exclusive For An Entire Year?

Bungie’s highly-anticipated MMO/FPS/RPG, Destiny, is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but it has been no secret that the game has been heavily advertised as a PlayStation 4 game. The game is getting content that will only be available on PlayStation 4, while already receiving an alpha and next month a beta that is a time PlayStation exclusive, as well.

Like with any exclusive content, there is usually a timed window for how long that content will remain exclusive. This usually lasts around a few months, though if reports are to be believed then Destiny’s exclusive content will remain exclusive a lot longer.

According to the game’s listing on Amazon, Destiny’s exclusive content will remain exclusive until *at least* Fall 2015. That is a hell of a lot longer than how long timed exclusivity usually lasts, so we’ll have to wait on Bungie’s official word on whether or not this is legit. However, considering how much Bungie seems to be favoring the PlayStation 4 it would not surprise me.

My Judgment:

Seeing as I will be buying it for the PlayStation 4, I’m obviously thrilled at the prospect of exclusive content. However, I’m not one of those fanboy douchebags who bashes every other system to try and make myself seem better than everyone else. I own all the systems and I love them all, and I think that everyone should have a shot at everything that Destiny has to offer. PlayStation is definitely the preferential console for this game, but it’s good to know that (eventually) Xbox owners will be able to play the exclusive content, too.

Halo Master Chief Collection

More Details Surface Concerning Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is probably the best deal that gamers can get this year and maybe any other year. It collects all 4 of the Master Chief Halo games remastered in HD, while also containing a live-action series and a beta for Halo 5: Guardians.

Now 343 has revealed some new tidbits regarding this collection, and they are the following:

– It was planned years ago, with work beginning before Halo 4 was shipped

– It will also be available digitally, retaining all features of the physical version

– Halo 2 Anniversary, along with all other games in the collection, will contain separate online playlists dedicated to the online components of each respective game.

– Halo 2 originally ran at 30FPS and is now running at 60FPS, so the team is rebalancing everything to keep it all synced.

My judgment:

The fact that each game will have dedicated playlists makes me very happy, because that means that we’ll be able to play Halo 2 again without having to deal with maps funneling in from other games in the series. Pretty much all my questions have been answered regarding this collection now, and the answers were all the ones I was hoping for. Well done, 343, well done.

Xbox One Gets New Game From The Raiden Series

Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox One will be getting an exclusive new entry from the classic action series Raiden that debuted in arcades in the 90’s. This game will simply be called Raiden.

The release of this game also marks the 25th anniversary of the franchise, with this being the sixth game in the main series for the franchise.

My judgment:

I like hearing when classic arcade games are still being made in the midst of the much more complex games being made today. It’s always fun to go back to a simple arcade game where pure gameplay was the sole focus.

Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft Reveals What Happened To Rainbow Six: Patriots

The Rainbow Six series has been absent for a while now, though with the recent announcement of Rainbow Six: Siege at this year’s E3 the series is finally making a comeback. However, another game called Rainbow Six: Patriots was in development for several years and now has disappeared completely. What gives?

Ubisoft revealed what happened to Patriots and why the focus shifted to Siege in an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Ubisoft said the following about wanting a next-gen experience:

“To be completely transparent, I worked on Patriots – on Rainbow Six for three-and-a-half years – and Patriots was old-gen. Xbox 360 and PS3. Next-gen consoles were just around the corner, and we were like, ‘OK, we want to also have a next-gen experience. What can we do for that?’

He goes in to reveal that last-gens limitations ultimately solidified their decision to switch gears:

“We were trying stuff out with destruction technology, and we realized destruction really changes the game. We tried to see how it could fit with old-gen, but it just didn’t work out. So for us it was just a better solution to clean the slate, reset, and make what’s best for the players.

My Judgment:

I personally have no problems with this decision at all, because Rainbow Six: Siege was one of my favorite reveals of this year’s E3. It’s a shame that a game that was in development for so long will probably never see the light of day, but the fact that their new focus looks so promising  more than makes up for it.


Bungie Explains Why Destiny Isn't 60fps On PS4 & Xbox One

Bungie’s Destiny will be running at 1080p/30fps on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when it releases this September. Of course, everyone is wondering why the game will not be running at the coveted 60fps like many other new-gen games are, and Bungie has now revealed the answer to that question.

Bungie’s Senior Environment Artist, Jason Sussman, said the following:

“It’s a lot of different things. I could get really technical, but I’d bore you to death. A lot has to do with performance. We’re cross-platform, so we had to be very delicate with all four consoles, making sure they have the same experience, that it looks as good as it possibly can on all these consoles. A lot goes into that, from geometry to textures to post effects to particles to how many players you get on the screen. We’re always balancing that out to make sure everyone gets the same experience.”

Destiny will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 9th.

My Judgment:

The game is still going to look fantastic, so I couldn’t care less about whether or not it can meet 60fps. However, I do wish that Destiny had been a new-gen game from the beginning, because the last-gen systems are definitely holding it back in regards to how far it can go, graphically and technically.


Wolfenstein: The New Order (Xbox One) Review – Finally, Another Shooter With BALLS!

Anyone with a good education knows the events of World War II. Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, threatened to wipe out just about anyone that stood in their way of having complete control. Fortunately, thanks to the Allied Forces, the Nazi supremacy was stomped out of existence and life was able to continue on in relative peace. But what if that didn’t happen? What if the ruthless Nazis won and eventually did take over the world? That horrifying reality is the setting of Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Even in the most hopeless of situations, though, there is always a glimmer of hope and for the Wolfenstein series that hope is a man named William “BJ” Blazkowicz. This man has taken down more Nazis than any other man in existence since he started in Wolfenstein 3D back in 1992, though in this game the odds are against him more than ever before. When the game begins it is 1946 and the Allies are losing and Blazkowicz leads a last-ditch attack on the headquarters of the Third Reich to try and turn the war around. It all goes wrong, however, and Blazcowicz takes a piece of shrapnel to the head and spends the next 14 years of his life in a vegetative state recovering in a mental institution. When he awakens in 1960, he finds a world clutched by the throat by Nazis.

Blazkowicz is able to scrounge together the last of the remaining resistance members from Nazi captivity, and they all form a truly last-ditch effort to take down the Nazi stronghold and turn the world’s despair into one of hope. Blazkowicz is definitely the brawn of the operation, as those more technical and knowledgeable are the ones who plan and discuss what needs to be done to take down the Nazis. Blazkowicz, however, is the only one who can execute those plans, because he is a walking tank of Nazi destruction just like he was in 1992.


Wolfenstein: The New Order‘s gameplay mechanics are that of a 1990’s FPS game, which is something that works to its advantage greatly. In an era of regenerating health and a limitation on how many guns can be held at once, The New Order puts us right back in a time when these game’s didn’t hold our hand. Instead of a regenerating health system you have an armor and health system that needs to be monitored at all times to sty alive. Also, you can hold all of the guns in the game at once (most of them single or dual-wielding), which gives you many more options in each situation. These guns are big and powerful, and they are all a blast to use (no pun intended).

However, it’s the enemies in this game that make this huge weaponry not only necessary, but vital. You won’t just be taking on Nazi soldiers in a typical fire fight, but also huge mech warriors, flying robots and mechanical dogs will be trying to remove you from the realm of existence. This makes every scenario in the game intense, because you need to use your entire arsenal to come out of the other side in one piece. Some of the enemies (like the mech warriors) won’t go down with straight fire and you must instead attack their weak spot on their backs, while the viscous dogs are so quick that you’ll find yourself having to whip out your knife and stab them while they have you pinned down. The combat is always big and loud, making each battle extremely exciting and fun.

While much of the game is spent in huge battles, there are several situations where you have the unexpected option of going the stealth route. You’ll access many big areas swarming with Nazis, and if you play your cards right you can move through and take many or all of them down stealthily to avoid any alarms from going off. These sections work surprisingly well, as thanks to your laser cutter gun you are able to zap through certain walls and move through vents, tunnels and all other matter of hidden areas. This creates really tense scenarios as it is very hard to make it through an area completely undetected, and once you’re spotted all hell breaks loose.


The New Order has a perks system that allows you to customize your abilities to varying degrees. The game will have you take down a certain amount of enemies in a certain way, which will grant you perks that do things like slightly increase ammo capacity or weapon power. While this system is nice to have it’s pretty inconsequential due to the limited gains you receive, which resulted in me ignoring it entirely. Outside of perks you come across weapon upgrades that make many of your weapons even more lethal; such as adding rockets to your assault rifle or a scope to your laser cutter. These are the upgrades that truly matter, as they are all extremely useful and open up different ways to go about a particular scenario.

Narratively, The New Order tells a pretty straight-forward story of the underdogs overcoming the odds to take down the evil empire, but it works really well here because the game has characters that you truly care about or truly detest. They might not be fleshed out quite as much as you would like, but the dialogue that they are given is well-written and has personality. It might seem average in just about any other genre, but in a no-holds-barred FPS it adds a lot to the overall experience. You grow to love the resistance and hate the Nazis and that is exactly what a game like this *should* do.