Nintendo Switch Dominates Cyber Monday

The Nintendo Switch, unlike its predecessor, has come out of the gates swinging ever since its initial launch on March 3, 2017.

Where the Wii U floundered in marketing and mass market reception, the Switch’s home console/portable hybrid design has latched on to the minds of millions. It’s selling so well that it’s expected to outpace lifetime sales of the Wii U by the end of the fiscal year in March, according to Nintendo itself.

Traditionally, the fourth quarter of the year has been times of feast for video game hardware and software sales, and this couldn’t be more true for the Switch.

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The hybrid console dominated video game hardware sales during October, according to NPD Group, and the trend has continued during the peak shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

While not firm data, Adobe Digital Insights has just released what they’ve learned in terms of Cyber Monday shopping trends. And these were the top 5 selling items on the second biggest day of holiday shopping deals:

  1. Nintendo Switch
  2. Chromecast
  3. Roku
  4. Hatchimals and Colleggtibles
  5. Amazon Echo

As you can see, the Switch cleaned up, and even managed to surpass items a fraction of the price. Not to mention the fact that the Switch sold at full price at the majority of retailers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

While anecdotal, I saw tons of people at Best Buy with Switch’s on Thanksgiving, while venturing out to buy my own. And it wasn’t exactly Black Friday, but Black Friday sales technically start on 6 pm Thanksgiving day at major retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and Target.

Again, this isn’t hard data, and we’ll have to wait and see how the NPD reports shake out over the next two months, but it is a good barometer of the way things are trending at the moment.

Adobe Digital Insights essentially monitors traffic and activity of online retailers in order to salvage data on online shopping behavior of individuals.

The strength of sales of the Nintendo Switch is promising, to say the least. And I truly cannot wait to see how to console matures and grows with new games as time marches on.

It’s my first Nintendo console since the Nintendo DS which makes things all the more exciting.

Be sure to check back with Click Press Play for more updates on the Nintendo Switch.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – The Switch’s Next Heavy Hitter

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is poised to release exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on December 1st, and if its predecessor is anything to go by, it’s teed up to be yet another critical hit for the hybrid home console.

  • Release date: December 1, 2017
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch exclusive
  • Genre: JRPG
  • Official Website

The first game in the series, Xenoblade Chronicles, released on the Nintendo Wii in 2012 but the universe the game takes place in has roots all the way back to the PS1 era.

And with its release poured in critical adoration from the gaming press leading to a cumulative Metacritic score of 92.

But it wasn’t just the press that placed the game so high among the Wii’s lineup, and JRPG games in general. Many fans of the genre fell in love with the game’s visual collage of sci fi and fantasy, wrapped in a grandiose ARPG affair.

This is why I’m so reticent to see how Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is received by players and press alike, as a new owner of the Switch. I don’t have any experience with the series or metaseries, and don’t have much experience with JRPG’s in general.

Even so, I’m excited to see how it pans out when it officially releases.

Xenoblade is something fresh and ambitious, a type of game that many gamers haven’t experienced. Read below for my take as to why this game has the potential to be one of the Switch’s best games, and why you should keep tabs on it even if you don’t usually gravitate towards JRPG’s.

Why You Should Keep Xenoblade 2 In Your Crosshairs

Let’s face it, the Switch is lacking at the moment when it comes to RPG’s.

And Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has arrived at the perfect time to fill the slot for an expansive RPG in an otherwise stellar first party lineup from Nintendo. If you’ve enjoyed RPG’s in the past, even if they’ve been western, this game has the potential to fill a void currently felt on the Switch.

While Breath of the Wild is monolithic and grandiose by design, it isn’t truly an RPG, swinging more towards an adventure game. And while Zelda and Xenoblade share some similarities, they also tread their own distinct paths.

Apart from both being monstrous in scale, the two games also share the fact that they can be enjoyed by series veterans and newcomers alike. You don’t have to preface the experience at all, whether by playing previous titles or reading countless wiki’s, if it’s something you don’t feel like doing.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 offers content the size of continents. You’ll be enjoying yourself for over 100 hours, easily.

Want to dive in completely blind? Have at it. Your experience with the game is not contingent on prior experience whatsoever.

And if you’re looking for a Switch game packed to the brim with content, something akin to the antithesis of a modern mobile cash grab, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a game that can satisfy your most primal gaming needs for over 100 hours.

Previews have already been rolling out over the past few weeks and journalists have had a go at over 20 hours of playtime while barely scratching the surface of the beast that lies beneath.

Those that have played the game have stated that the vast landscapes of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 are not only rich with content, but also feel lived in. There are towns that coalesce with their surrounding environment, as well as offer a true relationship between you and the ecosystem of the locales.

Towns in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 are punctuated with variety and and serve to facilitate a relationship between residents and you, the player.

This sort of unique splash to each location is a sure fire way to introduce a great deal of not only novelty, but also long lasting appeal. Who wants to visit areas that homogenize into one giant amorphous blob?

Variety is one of the keys to reeling in our attention spans, especially in a game where you’ll be spending dozens of hours or more, invested in the world.

When questing, exploring, or messing about, you’ll battle with enemies in real time fashion with a unique twist. The game never pauses outright but there is a certain tempo to button inputs.

Mastering a rhythm between basic and special attacks seems to be the key to getting the combat to “click”, based on impressions from quite a few journalists.

So while you won’t find Dark Souls or Bloodborne level of gut punching real time combat, there’s still a certain level of skill and room for mastery at play with Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

An interesting style of combat is at play here. It’s real time with an emphasis on exploiting a certain rhythm, while still retaining a certain level of skill.

In terms of story, those who have previewed the game state that it is interesting, although it does take a little time to pick up steam. Apparently, this is a hallmark characteristic of JRPG’s and while Xenoblade Chronicles 2 sings this tune, it apparently isn’t as bad as it is with many other JRPG’s.

Based on my 20 or so hours playing Persona 4 Golden, I would say that this element of foreplay concerning stories in Japanese games rings true.

So far, impressions are incredibly positive nearly across the board. To be fair, impressions are glowing more often than not in the mainstream gaming press, but it still shows promise for the upcoming Switch exclusive.

As mentioned earlier, reviews and gamers’ impressions after the initial honeymoon period passes are going to be the tell all. But then again, when it comes to games, and movies, the passage of time can do some truly whacky things to the consensus about any one particular title.

Future events aside, keep you eye on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in the days leading up to and after release. Whatever your relationship with JRPG’s may be, you owe it to yourself to open up to exploring quality exclusive games for the Switch.

The console truly is something kickass, dope, awesome – whatever your verbal flavor is. And signs are pointing to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 being the next killer app, aside current giants like Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

 

Looking for official channels to follow the game? Be sure to check out the official website and the Japanese Twitter account (don’t worry you’ll quickly be prompted to translate if you don’t speak Japanese). 

You can also check back here at Click Press Play for more coverage on the game.

5 Rich PS4 RPG’s with Character Classes

Not all role playing games offer character classes but the hallmark feature of the genre holds a special place in many gamers’ hearts. And luckily, with the modern homogenization of games across all systems, a gaming PC isn’t the only place to enjoy a meaty RPG with the feature.

Consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One, and certainly the Switch sooner or later, now offer a great selection of RPG’s with character classes, to the point where some players may feel inundated with sheer volume of choice.

In this article we’ll talk about the 5 best PS4 RPG’s with character classes so that you can get started on your next grand, fantastical adventure ASAP.

Bloodborne

This lovecraftian, Victorian era action RPG is lauded by critics and players alike as not only one of the best PS4 exclusives, but one of the best games of the generation thus far.

Bloodborne is from the creators of Demon Souls and the Dark Souls series, From Software, and right from the start its apparent that its a much different beast in regards to speed than prior entries.

Although the gameplay is quicker, cornerstone features such as brutal difficulty, a punishing progression system, and high stakes, adrenaline spiking boss bottles remain intact.

There are 9 classes, or origins, to choose from at the start of the game, and they will each impact what type of playstyle you will be best suited for differently.

Although not regarded as difficult as past Souls games, Bloodborne is a great pick for players looking for a challenge, epic boss battles, a unique atmosphere, and a flavor of cosmic horror not found in many video games.

It truly is one of the best games on the PS4, all genres included, and it can be bought for a budget price these days. Also be sure to check out Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3 if this style of game is up your alley.

Skyrim

Skyrim is the blockbuster open world fantasy RPG, from industry veterans Bethesda, that has pretty much set the bar for the amount of different versions released.

At this point there are about 7 different versions of the game with the latest versions of the game coming to the Playstation VR and Nintendo Switch.

But each version sells, and sells incredibly well, because Skyrim is a game that is absolutely adored by casual and hardcore gamers alike. It was the first fantasy role playing game to truly penetrate the mainstream market and shake it for all of its worth.

There are a total of 10 different character classes/races in Skyrim, each offering their own unique set of stats, strengths, and weaknesses.

By this point in time you have probably heard of Skyrim or at the very least, The Elder Scrolls series, but if you haven’t, know that this game is ripe for the picking for those who enjoy fantasy RPG’s with vast open world exploration.

And the upside of being a 6 year old game remastered for the PS4 is the fact that this particular version includes all of the downloadable content released for Skyrim. There are literally hundreds of hours of gameplay to be had with this multi generational RPG.

Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition

Diablo 3 is a quintessential time waster in the best way possible. This is an isometric loot based ARPG at its core, and so its no surprise that it’s the type of game the facilitates a “one more game” mentality.

Each of the different classes in Diablo 3, of which there are 7, has their own set of unique abilities that are unlocked through leveling, and further refined as endgame closes in. The loot that you find, especially during endgame play, will serve to enhance specific abilities as well as the interplay between multiple abilities.

The ultimate goal, if you really want to dive in head first, is to exploit the meta game for all it’s worth by chasing specific builds for each class.

Diablo 3 is one of the best games on the PS4 simply because its one that can be both relaxing and hardcore for those that want to nerd out. You can chase loot by yourself and have an incredibly satisfying time, or you can play with friends either online or locally with couch coop.

The recent addition of seasons and the necromancer of Diablo days past makes this an even more compelling class based ARPG. Pick this up if you dig ARPG’s, loot, endless replay value, and a highly satisfying gameplay loop.

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition

Pillars of Eternity is an RPG that draws inspiration from classic RPG’s such as Baldur’s Gate and imposes what made classic CRPG’s adored by players on the modern era.

Traditionally, CRPG’s have been released on the PC and within the last few years the substantial, isometric affairs have seen a comeback on the platform. But as far as consoles were concerned, the comeback was never seen – that is up until recently.

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition takes what was once though impossible, porting a game literally developed around mouse and keyboard controls, and delivers a rich experience on consoles without a hitch.

There are 11 character classes in total in Pillars of Eternity and, true to the roots of the CRPG genre, each delivers a different taste at true roleplaying.

Whichever class you roll with, the game is filled to the brim with opportunities for decision making – decisions that can alter the game itself.

Pick up Pillars of Eternity if you’re nostalgic for old school RPG’s (or want to explore the genre for the first time), value player choice in RPG’s, like the idea of rolling with a party, and are fine with an isometric camera.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a high fantasy, party based RPG from developer Bioware, creators of the space opera series Mass Effect.

And just like the Mass Effect series, Inquisition offers up the chance at hammed up character romance. And it wouldn’t be a modern Bioware RPG without some dairy based sensuality, would it?

There are 3 classes to choose from in Dragon Age’s third installment – mage, rogue, and warrior. Adding breadth to these 3 class choices, there are also 3 sub-class options for each.

Upon choosing your class you will venture off into a pseudo open world, meaning that the game instances numerous different areas or hubs to explore.

Truthfully, there is still a lot to explore, conquer, and loot even though Inquisition isn’t a traditional seamless open world game. And there are 8 main hub areas in total, each offering a unique visual palette.

Dragon Age: Inquisition allows you to overcome monsters and beasts by using either real time or tactical combat, the latter giving way to the ability of temporarily freezing time. And yes, you will encounter monolithic dragons as the name of the series implies.

Some have described the sum of the experience as a sort of single player MMORPG, mainly due to how the questing is handled and the fact that you’ll be roaming the varied locales with a party.

Inquisition is a great pick for players that want a class based RPG which offers beautiful visuals, partying up with interesting characters, and a slightly less traditional take on open world design by modern standards.

Don’t see a game the you place as one of the best RPG’s on PS4 with character classes? Let us know in the comments below. 

Quick Tip: Downloading Demos on Nintendo Switch

Maybe you received a Switch for your birthday or Christmas, or maybe you just felt like joining the nearly 10 million players that have purchased one already, and decided to get one for yourself.

And what better way to dive into the system’s experience than by playing some of the best games for the system?

There’s already 4 hits on the Switch, what with Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but dropping $300 on a console in a addition to several full priced games is a steep asking price.

And that’s where demos come into play.

Below is the quick and dirty on how to download every available demo on the Nintendo Switch.

How to Download Demos

While free, demos are technically a digital purchase, and like all digital purchases on the Nintendo Switch, they are run through the eShop.

The eShop is to the Switch what the PSN Store is to the PS4 and the Xbox Live Marketplace is to the Xbox One. In other words, it’s a digital storefront contained within the Nintendo ecosystem.

To download a demo on the Switch you’ll want to head on over to the eShop and set everything up with your Nintendo Account. Then, and only then, will you be able to access free demos in addition to paid games.

Once complete, ignore the labeled tabs on the left hand side of the eShop and instead select the search box.

Here, you will see the option to click on text that says “Games with Demos” which, as you might expect, will take you to a page that has all games with available free demos.

Alternatively, you could also search for the exact demo and this is actually required for certain demos, namely Project Octopath Traveler.

As to why there isn’t a labeled tab on the home page of the eShop, well, this completely eludes me. We can only hope that this simple quality of life feature is added in the future.

Best Switch Demos to Check Out

If you’ve recently gotten a Switch and want to compliment your games with some free demos, there’s a couple that I would highly recommend.

First up is Project Octopath Traveler.

It sports a modern/retro hybrid aesthetic and is developed by reverent Japanese developer Square Enix. Apart from unique visuals and great music, it offers classic turn based gameplay, something that has yet to hit its stride on the Switch with the absence of giants like Pokemon.

The game is due out sometime in 2018 and is already one of the most anticipated titles for owners of the console.

Another great demo to check out, something to scratch that multiplayer itch, is Pokken Tournament.

Pokken Tournament pits your favorite Pokemon against one another in a 3D arena, making use of hallmark features of the fighting genre.

It’s the obvious choice for those who don’t yet own a game that can be played locally with friends and family.

Just as with full fledged titles, the demo selection on the Nintendo Switch is sure to mature as time goes on. Be sure to check back with Click Press Play to learn about the best new demos to release on the Switch.

My 3 Simple Wishes for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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Nintendo of America just announced that Animal Crossing’s mobile debut, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, is set for official release on November 22.

I saw the news break on their official Twitter and, much like thousands who have already voiced their excitement, I’m incredibly impatient to get my hands on the first new Animal Crossing title in 5 years – the last title being New Leaf on the 3DS.

It’s also a special event for me because it’s the first time I will be playing an entry in the life simulator series since the original DS title, Animal Crossing: Wild World.

The reason I skipped out on the 3DS version is simple – I’ve never owned a 3DS. I’ve been playing games almost exclusively on the PS4 and never returned to the land of Nintendo since owning a DS, for one reason or another.

Below are my 3 wishes for Pocket Camp that would make the game a joy to play, while keeping the inherent limitations of mobile in mind.

Pocket Casino Camp

My biggest wish, the one that sets the tone for all others, is that Pocket Camp not be a portal to incessant and arbitrary spending via microtransactions.

Yes, this will be a free to play title. And yes, microtransactions are a necessary evil in order to fund the game’s development and further enhance it with additional features down the line.

But it would absolutely kill me, and I’m sure many others, if the game’s enjoyment was entirely hamstrung by the amount of money a player is willing to throw at the screen.

After talking with someone on Twitter, it appears that the game is not aggressive with microtransactions at the moment. The game has been available for Australians and the APK has been floating around the internet.

A certain level of stonewalled progression is fine because it is what facilitates spending, but stifling progression to the point where it becomes essential to enjoying the game at a decent clip will be the death of the game.

And I say this from the point of view of a traditional gamer as I’m sure aggressive monetization tactics are incredibly effective at increasing revenue in the mobile games industry.

This wish can be summed up into one simple statement – let the players play.

Nintendo Charm Intact

The one thing that remains firm in my mind after all these years since playing Animal Crossing on the DS is its inherent charm.

To this day I remember the innocent world of Animal Crossing oozing its way into the heart of my brain and taking me to a place of zen.

Looking back, it was almost akin to a meditative trance achieved through mindfulness.

And it was all achieved, in my opinion, through a coalescence of atmosphere, music and sounds, and visuals.

If I can hop into Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on November 22nd and achieve even an ounce of this, I will be golden.

Animal Crossing has always been the video game equivalent of kicking back after a long day of work with cold, tasty beer, and I’m truly on the edge on my seat to see if this mobile game will have the same sort of experience.

There’s just nothing like chopping trees, fishing, decorating, and hanging out with cute animal neighbors while enveloped in Animal Crossing’s unique sort of charm.

Content for (Real Time) Days

My last wish for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is simply the inclusion of a healthy amount of content.

I know this is a mobile game and that I shouldn’t ever expect the amount of content to match a main release – I just want a realistic amount of emulation.

Luckily, the Nintendo Direct for this game has already quelled my fears for this wish as, surprisingly, this looks to be an actual video game as opposed to a glorified meter filler.

It truly does look to offer an Animal Crossing lite experience which makes the upcoming official release all the more exciting.

But it doesn’t stop at the initial release.

I’d like to see this release handled competently in the long term, with regular updates and events.

I have a feeling that this could very well happen but the way that Pokemon GO was handled forces me to temper my expectations.

Releasing regular content updates would be in Nintendo’s best interests to move the franchise forward and create mindshare growth, namely due to the fact that Animal Crossing Switch is bound to release in either 2018 or 2019.

And what better way to bolster the launch of the next mainline release than to entice prospective players with a quality mobile game?

The amount of mobile users is absolutely staggering compared to that of video game consoles. In May of this year it was announced that there are over 2 billion monthly active Android users.

My wishes, overall, are very tempered. And this is mainly because I understand that there are going to be sacrifices made when transitioning an existing IP to mobile phones.

But if Nintendo can manage to emulate even a slice of the series’ core, I truly do believe that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be one of the best mobile games on the market.

Best PS4 Games with HDR

High dynamic range, or HDR, is arguably the definitive envelope pushing visual technology to grace television sets. It overtakes even the clarity bump offered by 4k resolution in spectacle when done right.

The technology first appeared on consumer televisions after April 8, 2015
and has since matured into a truly impressive visual addendum, with much more room for future improvements even still.

And quickly, a pace no stranger to consumer technology, the technology made its mark on not only TV shows and movies but also select video games.

Every single version of the PS4 can display HDR and as the technology picks up steam, more and more titles are adapting the technology.

In this article we will go over the best PS4 games that have HDR so that you can not only sit back at the spectacle but also enjoy a genuinely good new game too.

Quality with a Side of Spectacle

Dig into some of the best games on PS4 with HDR with our expanded list below as well as some games releasing 2018/2019 that will also offer the feature.

Did you know that the standard PS4 and PS4 Slim are also HDR capable? It’s not just the PS4 Pro that has this feature, as you might have been led to believe by Sony’s marketing.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best exclusives and overall games for the PS4 in 2017, with sales totaling 3.4 million copies as of June 2017.

HZD puts a new spin on the age old Ubisoft formula and crafts it into a game with an engrossing narrative, exhilarating and layered gameplay, some of the best visuals on the system, and a strong female lead to boot.

The use of HDR completely changes the visual look of the game in a way that makes things look much more realistic. The color palette changes from an oversaturated look to something much more grounded and natural.

The usual highlights and enhancements to contrast are here on display but the end result of a more refined look is the most staggering. Give Horizon a shot if the idea of battling robo dinosaurs among a rudimentary civilization, all interwoven in a compelling narrative, sounds interesting to you.

A new expansion for Horizon Zero Dawn, The Frozen Wilds, also recently released adding more quality exploration and bombastic combat for players to experience. It flips Horizon’s previous landscapes on their head with a new scenic, snowy playable area, new questlines, new characters, and new enemies.

Gran Turismo Sport

The latest entry in the Gran Turismo is a tough one in terms of how it’s going to align with gamers’ tastes.

The epicenter of this driving simulator, or “simcade” for those deeply entrenched in the genre, is nothing but masterful execution. Driving in this game is good, damn good.

It’s everything else that makes it divisive. The quick of it is that you are absolutely going to love GT Sport if the idea of progression based online racing sounds ideal to you.

There are typical ranks in place for determining skill as well as a sportsmanship rating that determines how clean of a driver you are. The addition of a sportsmanship rating is a giant leap forward for console racers as it’s the first time it’s ever been included.

And in terms of the HDR implementation, the results are jaw dropping. Polyphony Digital, developers of the GT series, have always been wizards when it comes to realistic lighting but their usage of HDR takes Sport to new heights.

The end result is HDR lighting that not only looks breathtaking but also creates an incredibly realistic visual representation. It is one of the best, if not the best, HDR game on the PS4.

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 put an old spin on things for the FPS series after the modern military installments of Battlefield 3 and 4, with its coverage of the World War 1 era.

And while modern era rifles, dmr’s, and light machine guns were swapped out for a more primitive toolset for use in the sandbox, the large scale battle cornerstone of the series remained intact as ever.

Battlefield 1 is a game that is great for veterans and FPS fans in general that are a fatigued when it comes to modern military shooters and some of the downright ridiculous gameplay mechanics that have come with them over the last few years.

Even the developers of Call of Duty have realized that players are sick of spastic aerial movements interwoven into gunplay. The latest installment in the series, Call of Duty WWII, has taken a hint from Battlefield 1 and reverted back to a previous era.

Make no mistake, this is straightforward infantry and vehicular combat that has firm roots on the ground (with the exception of planes). This is not some alternate history timeline where jetpacks have oozed their way into the first World War.

Battlefield 1 absolutely nails its execution in the visuals department thanks in part to the Frostbite 3 engine. And the recent patch that brought HDR has cemented BF1 as one of the best looking games on the PS4.

The dynamic skybox and weather effects makes the WW1 shooter a perfect showcase for high dynamic range. It’s quite easy to sit back in awe as you take in the changing color palette and the dynamic nature of the sun’s light.

Make Battlefield 1 the next purchase for your PS4 library, or backlog, if you value large scale battles, engaging combat, great sound design, and some of the best graphics on the system that also makes use of HDR.

Destiny 2

At the time of this article, Destiny 2 does not yet have HDR implementation, but don’t fret, it’s coming in a few short weeks.

The official release for HDR will coincide on December 5th with the release of Destiny 2’s first expansion, Curse of Osiris.

And we have a feeling that the HDR implementation of Destiny 2 is going to be absolutely stunning due to the use of lighting that’s already on display throughout the game’s breathtaking playable spaces, as well as the overall atmosphere and palette.

While Destiny 2 may not have the absolute best graphics on the PS4 from a pure technical standpoint, its art style puts most games to shame. Art style is a visual instrument that can absolutely trump raw graphics, which is glaringly obvious with Nintendo games such as Breath of the Wild.

What makes Destiny 2 a great game?

The actual act of shooting and chewing through alien factions is an absolute joy and the execution of gunplay is truly masterful.
Destiny 2, while having its fair share of faults, is like its predecessor in that it cannot be faulted in the realm of actually playing the game, something that even many modern games fail to get right.

It’s also pretty much the only game of its type on the PS4 – a shared world looter shooter. If you like hunting for armor, guns, and items that generally add to the flavor of your character then Destiny is right up your alley.

Destiny 2, when it comes down to it, is a fantastic game for the proverbial ride along with friends. It’s relaxing while being satisfying but also challenging when you want it to be, with activities like the Leviathan raid and Trials of the Nine.

And now is the perfect time to buy into the Destiny universe with HDR and the first DLC on the way.

Other Great Games with HDR on PS4

HDR is maturing as a technology and the implementation of visual highlight is becoming more of a common thread among new releases as opposed to sparse availability.

There is already an array of great games with HDR on PS4 and it’s certainly not limited to the releases listed above. Below is a list of even more quality PS4 games to check out with the feature:

  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • The Witness

A lot of the games with HDR in this article are PS4 exclusives as Sony has been nailing it, through and through, with their execution. And this trend is only going to continue with their first party releases in 2018/2019.

Here are some upcoming PS4 exclusives that are either confirmed to have or most certainly will have HDR:

  • Days Gone
  • God of War
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Death Stranding
  • Spider-Man

It’s an exciting time to be a PS4 gamer with a 4k TV capable of true 10 bit HDR, with the tech really hitting its stride as of late. The same can be said for the current push of quality UHD Blu-ray releases and streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Be sure to check back with Click Press Play for more coverage of HDR in video games and let us know what your favorite HDR games are in the comments below.

The Coolest Stuff to Come Out of Destiny 2’s Curse of Osiris Stream

Bungie opened up earlier today about Destiny 2’s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, and there are some truly juicy bits that have come onto the fold.

The reveal event was live streamed on Twitch and while more information is sure to come between now and its December 5th launch, any info is worth salivating over at this point.

Destiny 2 has been dry, bone dry, for a couple months and die hard fans have been wanting something, anything, new to play.

I certainly consider myself one among said fans due to my disappointment with the overall handling of Destiny 2’s endgame and nearly complete annihilation of anything resembling depth.

But let’s not veer into the specifics of Destiny 2’s shortcomings and instead talk about some of the coolest new information that has come about with this reveal stream.

Cool Collective of Curse of Osiris

Let’s first discuss some of the basics concerning the first expansion to the shared world looter shooter called Destiny 2.

The events surrounding the Curse of Osiris expansion take place some months after the events of the Red War experienced in vanilla Destiny 2. After the Red War, the Traveler woke up and embellished Mercury with light, something that the Vex had been waiting for.

The main character of this expansion is Osiris, an exiled Vanguard leader, who is in the Infinite Forest of Mercury looking for something to reveal the Vex’s greater plan.

What exactly is the Infinite Forest?

Simply put, it’s a construct created by the Vex that simulates reality. Conceptually, it’s nerd paradise, or at least a simulation thereof.

I’ve never dug too deep into the story of Destiny although I do have an appreciation for some of the lore. But the concept of the Infinite Forest sounds really, really cool and it even melds with a new activity that has lot of potential.

Now that we’ve gotten the preamble affairs of the Curse of Osiris out of the way let’s take a look at some of the coolest features of the expansion that we learned about today.

Infinite Forest and Endless Gameplay

The absolute coolest new highlight of the info to come out is about the Infinite Forest on Mercury. As we mentioned, it already has a boundless conceptual mystique going for it which is already pretty awesome.

But what’s most interesting about the Infinite Forest is what players can potentially tap into gameplay wise.

This new area will change each time that you enter it and will feature different periods of time (past, present, and future). There are different combinations of enemies and set pieces that are made use of in order to accomplish this.

It was clarified that the Infinite Forest does not make use of procedural generation which admittedly is a bit of a bummer.

But the idea of a dynamic and changing play space is genuinely exciting amidst the stale nature of Destiny right now.

We can only hope that the Infinite Forest leans more towards something like Diablo 3’s Nephalem Rifts rather than something like the original Destiny’s Prison of Elders.

Nephalem Rifts are procedurally generated but if the Infinite Forest can emulate even a sliver of that we’ll be in a great place regarding the replay value. This will also be determined by how well the live team handles the restructuring of Destiny 2’s overall end game over the coming year.

What’s Found on Mercury

We’ve already known that Curse of Osiris would feature a new playable space in the form of Mercury but a few new pieces of info regarding specifics have been released today.

There will be a new type of public event found on the planet and it is said to be the biggest yet of the activity type. This is a bittersweet piece of information because while it could hold promise, it is rather vague.

And when Bungie stays vague and speaks in generalities it usually precedes being let down.

Hopefully with this expansion we see something that makes replaying public events more compelling in the form of a reward loop or something to chase.

Lost Sectors will also be handled a little bit differently on Mercury. Before the campaign is completed they will not show up on the map to encourage organic exploration.

While not the most Earth shattering change, it does pull Destiny 2’s exploration in a direction that could offer a greater and more sincere sense of discovery.

New Raid Old Raid

Raids have historically offered some of the best gameplay experiences of Destiny and thankfully a new raid will be served up with the first expansion.

Players were worried that Curse of Osiris’ raid would come with a travesty of a catch due to the new raid being referred to as “new raid content” prior to the reveal.

And while the new raid, called Eater of Worlds, does take place on the Leviathan ship, it will offer completely new encounters, new loot, and new places to explore according to Bungie.

I absolutely wouldn’t slight anyone for still being wary of Bungie’s promises considering they have reskinned and revisited so much “new” content over the franchise’s life, but it’s their word against ours until we can see Eater of Worlds for ourselves.

Other Notable Mentions

Above is what we find most promising in terms of entirely new content but there was other new expansion info bits mentioned on today’s stream.

The Heroic Strike Playlist is making its Destiny 2 debut with Curse of Osiris and it’s a great first step towards making Strikes in Destiny relevant again.

It would be something else if they lock the addition behind a paywall but it’s a step in the right direction nonetheless.

The Lighthouse is also returning to Destiny 2 in the form of a social space, first appearing in the Destiny universe in the first game upon completing a flawless card in Trials of Osiris.

Will it only be relevant for a short amount of time like the forgotten dust enraptured farm of Destiny 2?

Only time will tell but it’s a cool addition and nice little throwback for veteran Destiny players.

Other new or returning characters we will get to see more of with Curse of Osiris include Osiris’ female ghost (Sagira), Ikora, and Brother Vance.

Waiting Out the Honeymoon

The new info that has surfaced does shine a glimmer of hope on Destiny 2’s bleak present state but it’s a matter of really sinking gamers’ collective teeth in and waiting to see how this first expansion will truly stack up.

I really hope that we will see some major endgame changes with Curse of Osiris or any added depth at all in order to massively bolster the reward loop of Destiny 2.

Most players were completely enamored with Destiny 2 upon its launch but quickly found that it was akin to a body of water a mile wide and an inch deep.

For a loot game, there really weren’t very many compelling reasons to venture on with the virtual chase soon after launch. And this is no good no matter how you spin things for a game centered around the concept of extrinsic rewards.

We will have wait and see if any of the outlined changes stated by the live team make their debut in Destiny 2’s first DLC because the game is sorely lacking at the moment. Curse of Osiris could be the first step towards creating growth and a game ripe with near endless replay value instead of the disappointment we have today.

Big thanks to reddit user dulfy for compiling information on today’s Destiny sream.

Blizzard’s Jab at Pay to Win Mechanics

If you’ve been keeping tabs on the lead in to Star Wars Battlefront 2’s official release then you know that it’s been subject to unadulterated blow back from the internet.

After many learned of Battlefront 2’s inane progression system and pay to win mechanics, players took to reddit and other communities voicing passionate and often times verbose comments as to how and why the current systems in place need to change.

Said passion is almost palpable as of now with an official EA comment on the official subreddit for the game receiving the award for the most downvoted comment in reddit history.

Adding fuel to mockery infused fire, Blizzard released a series of cheeky tweets directed at games that implement pay to win systems earlier today. This was followed by a full on advertisement for Starcraft 2 becoming free to play which also made light of the current pay to win debacle.

All Ominous Blizzard

Here are some of the tweets that Blizzard released earlier today:

And the StarCraft 2 ad announcing its free to play status while retaining a play to win status:

We’re all for this sort of playful jab by Blizzard because the current systems in place with Battlefront 2 are downright disrespectful to the player.

Yes, Blizzard is a bit of a hypocrite because Overwatch does employ what can only be called a playful form of gambling in the way of cosmetic loot boxes.

But when loot boxes are taken to the point of being game changing and a system is put in place to create a progression environment that is unfriendly to players who play without spending additional money, a line has been crossed.

Gaming corporations are attempting to squeeze players for all they are worth, edging closer and closer towards a breaking point.

One could argue that this point has already been reached but the most egregious is what companies like EA are trying to accomplish by literally stunting the player’s experience in order to accomplish a greater amount of revenue.

Much like the initial Xbox One unveiling, this situation can absolutely be changed by players through channeling dissenting opinions online. And we do hope that EA listens not only in regards to Battlefront 2 but also upcoming titles such as Anthem and the next Battlefield entry.

A Throwback to Draconian Era Xbox One

It’s only been 4 years since the official launch of the original Xbox One and yet so much has changed in the eyes of gamers.

Prior to launch, Microsoft detailed a vision for the Xbox One living room experience that was firmly cemented in an always online, DRM ridden landscape.

xbox one family

With this vision would come complete non-ownership in the form of digital rights license checks every 24 hours. In a word, it was incredibly anti-consumerist and a slap to the face of players who bolstered the Xbox brand generations prior.

To the surprise of no one, gamers completed rejected this doomsday scenario and took to the internet to voice their concerns. Almost immediately, Microsoft backtracked on their initial plan but like a cigarette, the bad taste lingered on.

Slowly, the Xbox brand’s image reversed in a way that had players looking at the console as a viable purchase – something they could see themselves purchasing and actually enjoying.

Passing the Corporate Shtick

The Don Mattrick era of the Xbox One is when things began their fiery decent into a collective attitude of anger.

And his new vision for the brand unfortunately bled to those who worked with the press, a vision that was all too hard to spin into a positive light.

Take the /r/Games interview below, for example. I was recently reacquainted with this interview thanks to a thread posted on ResetEra and it shows all too well the unsettling tone set by the initial unveiling.

Major Nelson, the handle for Xbox’s chief PR guy, is trying his best here to spin the unveiling in a way that seems like anything remotely resembling a positive message.

But you don’t have to glean over much of this interview in order to see that he’s in a tight spot. It’s honestly hard to watch more than a minute or two.

What’s most unbelievable about this initial flailing isn’t the massive whiff itself but rather the fact that Xbox as a brand rebounded afterwards.

It took some time, sure, but today the Xbox stands on its merits as a video game console rather than poorly misguided messaging.

And a lot of this is due to a man named Phil Spencer, the current Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft. To put it simply, Spencer really came into the Xbox division and did things right.

In 2014, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, announced that Spencer was to lead the Xbox division and since then he has made all of the right moves towards bettering player reception.

I still have my reservations about the Xbox One, namely concerning exclusives, but I have a lot of respect for the tides Microsoft has turned and remain cautiously optimistic that things will continue to improve.

Provided Phil Spencer continues to put the focus on games the lead in and start of the next generation Xbox could have a lot in store. More importantly, Microsoft could avoid the shackles of another PR fallout.

Best PS4 Games with High Replay Value

Even though video games generally depreciate in cost at a moderate pace, the initial $60 buy in puts the overall hobby on the costlier side.

This is why many PS4 gamers are after experiences that lend themselves to tons of replay value. The types of games that you can dump hundreds and sometimes thousands of hours with absolute ease.

In this article we’ll be covering the best PS4 games out now with high replay value in addition to some games in the 2018/2019 pipeline.

High Replay Value Games Out Now

Below we’ll dive into 7 different games spanning various different genres that all offer players tons of value.

Looking to spend 100 or more hours with one particular game?

The PS4 titles below are right up your alley, available now, and some are even free.

Warframe

  • Genre: Third person ARPG
  • Also available on Xbox One and PC
  • Get it on the Playstation Store

Warframe is an absolutely balls to the wall frenetic action RPG that has literally enveloped some players for thousands of hours. We placed this first on the list because of the price, in that there is none.

Warframe is entirely free to play and is supported with the use of microtransactions.

A brand new open world expansion, Plains of Eidolon, is set to release for consoles by the end of the year.

It’s a loot based game so the treadmill churn here is the constant chase towards new and better gear to become more powerful to get better loot. The cycle never ends. Ever. Which is why this is the type of game that hooks players hundreds upon hundreds of hours.

A fair warning here, where certain games such as Diablo 3 and Destiny 2 can tend to slap some players silly with a lack of depth, Warframe goes into the opposite direction.

It’s highly likely that you’ll find yourself absolutely overwhelmed at the start and it can be a very, very grindy game. This is why it’s recommended to look up a beginner guide or two and head on over to a community like the official sub reddit.

But hey, it’s free. So if any of this sounds remotely interesting to you then boot up your PS4 and start downloading the game off of PSN.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls

  • Genre: Isometric ARPG
  • Also available on Xbox One and PC
  • Get it on Amazon

Diablo 3 is the premier isometric action RPG for the Playstation 4. Loot drops and character builds are the main thrills here and man does it have an enticing gameplay loop.

The gameplay is simple enough for most people to pick up and makes use of rudimentary button combos in order to efficiently roll on masses of the undead.

The loot you pick up will have a direct effect on how much power you output, your defenses, and can even change the dynamics of your skills.

There’s a fantastic free alternative to Diablo 3 called Path of Exile but unfortunately it’s only available to those with a PC or Xbox One. If you have either then get on that!

There are different classes to choose from and they each have their own abilities/skills which results in vastly different playstyles. A Wizard is going to have different abilities than a Crusader which is going to have different abilities than a Monk and so on.

One of the best aspects of this particular looter package is how Diablo 3 handles multiplayer. There’s traditional online multiplayer that you can play with up to 3 other people.

But there’s also couch coop, a rarity these days, that you can also enjoy with 3 of your friends. You could even play locally with one of your buddies and start up a lobby online in order to play with 2 other friends online.

The cherry on top of Diablo 3’s offerings includes the somewhat recent addition of seasons. With the seasonal mode you compete with others online to see just how far you can take your geared up character, complete with various forms of leaderboards.

Diablo 3 is one of those PS4 games that’s great for those that want to kick back, relax, and kill stuff casually as well as those who to want to reap all that the endgame has to offer.

Destiny 2

  • Genre: First person shared world shooter (MMO Lite)
  • Also available on Xbox One and PC
  • Get it on Amazon

It’s boundless, infinite, and you can go anywhere you please. It’s Destiny.

This is what most diehard Destiny players would like from the sequel to the best selling new IP but unfortunately we’ll all be waiting for this experience a long, long time.

Melodrama aside, Destiny 2 is a pretty damn good game. It’s a shared world shooter (essentially an MMO lite) that has you shooting and looting different alien races with friends in various types of activities.

You can explore different planets and moons, venture through winding one off dungeon type areas, tackle mechanic driven raids (just one for now), and even compete with other players in PVP modes.

The potential for variety is there in Destiny 2 and technically there is quite a bit of variety. It’s just the execution of various endgame systems that leaves a lot to be desired.

Flaws aside, the systems in place certainly do foster a higher than average amount of playtime among those that dig their hands in Destiny. So far I have nearly 70 hours in Destiny 2 and played the original Destiny for 375 hours.

And that’s peanuts compared to many guardians – with many clocking in 100’s of hours so far in Destiny 2 and thousands in the original release.

Take Sean, Click Press Play cohort, for example. He as already clocked over a hundred hours in Destiny 2 and put in almost 1000 hours in Destiny 1.

Even though Destiny 2 is experiencing somewhat of a lull now for those that put in serious time since release it’s only going to grow and expand with regular expansions and updates.

The Bungie weekly update released on October 26, 2017 outlined all of the changes coming to Destiny 2 in the near to long term. Among those was an outlined strategy detailing how the endgame will be fleshed out for players.

What does this mean for regular players?

It means that, provided it is something you’re interested in, there will be opportunities to chase even more goals and in the spirit of this article, attain even more replay value.

Rocket League

  • Genre: Sports game
  • Also available on Xbox One and PC
  • Get it on Amazon

Rocket League is great for those bite sized lulls in your day that you want to spend gaming. Bite sized, 5 minute matches that quickly add up to hours as you grind out “just one more” in hopes of a better rank.

Personally, Rocket League never dug its claws in me but I can absolutely understand the appeal. It’s a dance of nitrous infused, acrobatic cars playing soccer.

It’s all very simple until one understands that there is a pretty high skill ceiling at play in Rocket League. This is what makes it so addictive and many times infuriating.

Rocket League is an incredibly competitive game if a person wants it to be. Playing the game casually can eat up your time just as easily but seeking out the next win, the win that puts you over the edge, is what does people in.

I’ve seen this first hand with people I know, namely my brother. The entrenchment of focus, unbridled rage, and one pointed thrill of victory.

And, of course, spinning it all back up at chance of any or all of it simultaneously. Frankly, it doesn’t make sense at times but I understand this all too well with my own experiences in the online multiplayer realm.

It all starts with the game of soccer and acrobatic cars. If this deceptively simple premise sounds interesting to you then definitely give the game a whirl. Another great thing about Rocket League is that it was featured on Playstation Plus and retails for only $20.

If it hooks you, this is a game that you can ride as mainstay, go to play indefinitely. It’s just so easy to hop in and play a few (or 20) matches, especially with friends.

Fortnite Battle Royale

Have you heard of the new hot thing in gaming known Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds?

It’s the player versus player game that has sold at least 20 million copies according to the most recent reports and has overtaken Steam’s daily concurrent users charts.

I bring up this current lightning in a bottle of gaming to illustrate that the mode in PUBG, battle royale, is monumentally popular.

And Fortnite is a game that offers a battle royale mode to PS4 players for free. In fact, it is the only battle royale game available on the Playstation 4 as PUBG is yet to release for the system.

Heads up: If you have an Xbox One S or Xbox One X you will be able to play PUBG on December 12th.

In Fortnite you join up to 3 others in a high stakes game of survival. At the start of the game you drop in on an island from above, with 100 players total populating the map.

Upon dropping, you make your way throughout the island in search of guns, materials, traps, bandages, and shields, all of which are randomized in placement.

In carry over from the PVE mode of Fortnite, you are able to build structures as you traverse by using materials harvested and gained. You can build anything from dynamic cover to fortresses in the air.

The catch?

Fortnite Battle Royale employs a life leeching storm that closes in on players as the match progresses. At the start of the match anywhere on the island is up for grabs, but every few minutes the circle gets smaller until you are finally left with a rather claustrophobic area.

Games last as long as you and your team does but are generally pretty quick. It’s the same sort of phenomenon with Rocket League where you’re constantly loading up a new match in hopes of being the winning team.

And it really does feel incredible to come out on top among the 100 players. The longer you survive the more intense the game becomes, resulting in the potential for victory becoming this buzzing, tangible item just within your grasp.

If you want to join the craze on PS4 then head on over to PSN and pull it up. It’s free and will always be free so there’s nothing to lose but time. The PVE mode of Fortnite will also become free sometime in 2018.

Rainbow Six Siege

  • Genre: Tactical FPS
  • Also available on Xbox One and PC
  • Get it on Amazon

These days the shooter market is incredibly saturated making it hard to new entries to stand out from likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield.

Rainbow Six Siege is a first person shooter that offers a much different experience from most other shooters on the market. At the core, Siege is a 5 versus 5 tactical shooter with no respawns.

It has a high learning curve but this is what makes it so rewarding when the game finally clicks. Even in its casual mode every kill feels meaningful and akin to a huge personal victory.

The new season for Siege is set to release soon and with it will come additional operators and a new map. The season should drop sometime after the season 3 finals which fall on November 18-19.

Gameplay systems like character, or operator, abilities and highly destructible environments make Siege that much deeper of a shooter. Add to that labyrinth like, multi layered maps and you’ve got yourself a competitive game with extreme depth.

You’ll be constantly learning and iterating upon your own gameplay which is what makes this a game that can easily be played for hundreds upon hundreds of hours. Not to mention a fully fledged ranking system to chase a more tangible carrot on a stick.

All of this is backed by regular balance patches and content updates for each new season.

And did I mention that you don’t have to pay for any of the downloadable content?

If you’re looking for a new shooter with incredible replay value, one that breaks the mold of the status quo, then Siege is right up your alley.

Ubisoft has also confirmed that there will be at least another year of continued support in 2018.

Overwatch

  • Genre: Hero based FPS
  • Also available on Xbox One and PC
  • Get it on Amazon

Overwatch is a hero shooter that pits two teams vying for an objective. It is like Rainbow Six Siege in that new content is being regularly added for free and the meta game is constantly being changed.

Overwatch is a PVP game so there’s always the chase of kills and wins. It’s generally less tense then Siege but that doesn’t mean the intensity is entirely absent.

Competetive mode complete with ranks is a mainstay which is where you’ll find high stakes play if that’s your thing. But Overwatch is also a game that’s incredibly easy to sit down and play with friends casually.

It’s one of those games that’s great for chilling with friends and catching up. You may find yourself more vulnerable to questionable teammates in quick play, the casual mode in Overwatch, but it’s great for pairing with endless banter nonetheless.

The best part about this Blizzard title is that they’re is a hero for everyone. No matter what kind of player you are there’s bound to be a character you click with.

There’s everything from a sniper equipped healer to a flying bulbous mech. And the roster only expands over time.

For the more vain players out there (who isn’t?), there are also hundreds of skins, emotes, player icons, and sprays to hunt via lootboxes. Regular Overwatch events add even more time limited cosmetics to grind out.

Honorable Mentions

The above list is some of our favorite games that we believe to the best right now with insanely high replay value but there’s definitely more worth checking out on the system.

Some other great PS4 games with high replay value include Spelunky, Rogue Legacy, Final Fantasy XIV, Borderlands 2Dark Souls, Gran Turismo Sport, Call of Duty, and Battlefield 1.

2018/2019 PS4 Games That Have Potential

There’s never a shortage of games to play these days but that doesn’t stop most of us from looking to the future for adding to one’s backlog.

Below is a list of just a few high replay value games to keep tabs on:

  • Last of Us Part II
  • Anthem
  • Borderlands 3
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Didn’t see a particular PS4 game that you find to have a lot of replay value?

Let us know some of your picks in the comments.