With the recent repealment of net neutrality by the FCC and millions of Americans already subjected to the archaic whims of data caps, now is the golden age of savoring every last gigabyte of bandwidth.
Streaming movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu chews through bandwidth like no other, especially with the advent of 4k content, and games themselves have risen in size to 30 gigabytes or more with many new releases.
GTA V has a whopping install size of over 50 GB on PS4. Many other console games are also climbing in size.
And so it makes sense that PS4 gamers would want to seek out complete and Game of the Year editions of PS4 games that offer all of their DLC on disc. Having to download an entire game in addition to any expansions or downloadable content off of PSN adds up on one’s monthly bandwidth quota really fast.
Below is a list of some of the best PS4 games that offer all of their downloadable content on disc so that you can avoid annoyance of slow internet speeds and bandwidth caps (almost) entirely.
And as a new owner of the Switch I would be ecstatic to be able to experience an open world racer in handheld form. Burnout Paradise, while not my favorite racer, still offered tons of cheap thrills when I played it on the Xbox 360.
Once I found out about this possibly coming to the Switch I just had to look up some gameplay and vicariously relive the glory days of the original release. Burnout Paradise never attempted to shoot for realism like Gran Turismo or Forza but it sure was fun.
Playing this undocked on the Switch would be incredibly and, with the recent third party releases on the Switch like Doom and Skyrim, I hope this potential release keeps the ball rolling.
You won’t get the frame rates, resolution, or asset quality that you’d get on the Xbox One or PS4 with the Switch, but nothing beats the freedom offered by the hybrid nature of the system.
Sea of Thieves, the upcoming pirate themed coop game from Rare, has always looked to be an intriguing take online cooperative gameplay, and with each subsequent developer update, has started to take the form of something rather substantial.
Releasing March 20, 2018, Sea of Thieves allows an adventurer or a crew of pirates to take to the seas in search of exploration, loot, PVE combat, and of course, PVP combat through the form of melee weapons, guns, and even illustrious ships.
The latest developer update by Rare has outlined the progression systems of Sea of Thieves which has finally revealed their hand as far as the driving impetus of the game is concerned.
With this dev update it’s becoming clear what will make Sea of Thieves more than a pirate themed sandbox and how it will entice players to dig their teeth into the world.
Progress Among Pirates
One thing that Rare makes very clear about its progression systems is that they want players to be able to play together no matter the level of disparity between ranks.
For instance, the quests in Sea of Thieves, called voyages, are dispersed by entities called trading companies. If you’ve ever played a game like Destiny these are essentially factions.
By completing voyages for trading companies you will increase your rank tied to them. What happens if you are 5 ranks higher for a particular trading company than your pirate crew?
As per Rare’s agenda, everyone in your crew will still be able to take part in whatever quest you have obtained from a faction.
Much like coop loot based games like Destiny or MMO’s in general, Rare’s goal is to allow for tangible progression through use of items that facilitate customization.
This includes the obvious such as cosmetics (peg leg, gear, facial hair, hairstyle, and so on) but also secondary progression tracks like ranks and pirate titles.
The main mover, the penultimate goal, is to become Pirate Legend and it’s the biggest carrot on the stick.
Variety comes into play when you account for the motives of the various trading company. Each faction has a different philosophy and motivation with each of their voyages guiding you along a path that furthers their objectives.
The 3 trading companies revealed thus far include the Order of Souls, Merchant Alliance, and Gold Hoarders. The Gold Hoarders, as you might expect, will have you hunting for gold, the Merchant Alliance will have you scavenging for resources and animals, and the Order of Souls will have you seek out magical souls in a world event/raid type activity.
But what would a shared world/MMO-lite game be without end game content?
Becoming Pirate Legend precedes the Golden Age of Piracy which is what I presume to be the end game content of Sea of Thieves. Rare hasn’t explicitly said this, so take it with a grain of salt, but I would bet this is essentially the end game content.
What they have said is that the Golden Age of Piracy is yet to come and will serve as the jumping off point for players. Rare has also stated that they plan to flesh the game out over time with the help of player feedback and, most likely, insight gathered through player behavior.
All of this speaks positive volumes about the future potential of Sea of Thieves as progression is something that really hasn’t been touched on as of yet. The “Why play?” of Rare’s ambitious new title was a deafening silence for a while there.
Hopefully this connects with players and critics when it releases for the Xbox One and PC in 2018 because Microsoft could really use a standout IP other than the undying triangle of Forza, Halo, and Gears.
I don’t own an Xbox One myself but I truly do hope Sea of Thieves pans out. It’s a game that has been teeming with potential from the start and a good game is a win no matter the platform.
The classic platformer dating all the way back to 1987, Mega Man, is getting a brand new mainline release for all major platforms late 2018.
Mega Man 11, releasing late in 2018, will launch on the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The news broke today on Capcom’s Mega Man 30th Anniversary Stream with a trailer displaying some gameplay segments from the upcoming title.
Capcom’s next release in the dense series will be dubbed Mega Man 11 and features an entirely new art style on display. Look to the trailer below to see the game in action.
As you can see, the game’s art style is a far cry from the original look of the series and even differs quite a bit from some of the more modern Mega Man titles.
It’s been quite a while since a release in the main series and, naturally, fans are fervent to get their hands on the game. It’s really turning out to be a great year for Capcom fans as there are also rumors that Devil May Cry 5 is in the works.
And while that may standard rumor mill affair, Mega Man 11 is the real deal, a brand new extension to the original series. The latest installments of the Mega Man series have been collections of old games whereas this will be entirely new content.
I’m no diehard fan of the series, and so I don’t have any particular longing to a specific art style, but to me the game looks great.
Everything in the trailer looked compelling, from the general platforming and combat to the boss battles themselves.
Let’s hope Capcom delivers a game that speaks to series veterans and general gamers alike. It’s one of those games that’s going to be somewhat divisive either way but it will be interesting to see how things pan out.
Most video game releases of the 4th quarter are frontloaded during the fall, with blockbuster AAA titles cramming their way through the proverbial door to gamers’ wallets.
December, by contrast, is usually a little less bustling and next week lives up to that trend.
While just missing the mark of next week’s releases, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 did just release for the Switch and it’s garnering great fanfare and critical reception thus far.
Here are some of the standout titles that will release for the major platforms next week.
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris
It seems that lately Bungie can do no good in the eyes of Destiny players and, while they tried to sway public opinion with their latest update, it will remain to be seen how Destiny 2’s first expansion lands the jump.
Curse of Osiris will release for all platforms on December 5, which now includes PC as of October 24th.
How will this content drop address the lack of things to do and unsatisfactory rewards?
We briefly covered the contents of the expansion in a previous article, but to recap, Curse of Osiris will offer a new explorable area on Mercury, a zone with alleged high replay value called the Infinite Forest, 2 new strikes, a new PVP map, and new raid content.
Personally, I’ll be waiting this expansion out to see if it truly delivers the goods. Destiny 2 was a great game in some ways, but fell short in countless areas, namely loot, replay value, and rewards.
I believe that within a year the game will grow into something special, it’s just a shame that we’ll have to wait…again.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection
The episodic, narrative focused series that kicked things off for developer Telltale Games is getting a complete collection release on December 5th for the Xbox One and PS4.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection will pony up all 19 episodes of the series, as well as offer a visual overhaul of the game to bring things up to a more modern speed.
You’ll be able to buy the collection either digitally or physically for an asking price of $49.99.
The final season of the acclaimed series is set to release some time in 2018.
The Surge: A Walk in the Park
The Surge, a game by the developers who brought us Lords of the Fallen, is a sort of sci fi take on the Dark Souls formula.
It throws the same sort of brutal combat your way that demands a kind of one dimensional, mind to button melding that allows one to best mobs and bosses alike.
A Walk in the Park is the first DLC for The Surge, and places players in a an anything but pleasant theme park. Here’s a short snippet of the description:
Forget your cravings for cotton candy though – CREO World was not spared from the disaster. The entire park is a death trap, where roaming rescue teams have gone insane and robotic mascots patrol freely, patiently waiting for new visitors to offer a deadly welcome.
The Surge: A Walk in the Park will drop on December 5th for Xbox One, PC, and PS4, as will a complete edition of the game which includes this DLC as well as all other future content additions.
A Hat in Time
This cute 3D platformer was initially released for the PC on October 5th and it will be available to Xbox One and PS4 players on December 6th.
I’ve heard a lot about this game, mostly passing by quick mentions, and it seems to have gotten a lot of positive feedback from players.
It’s an indie game that was kickstarted with the intention of delivering a 3D platformer that pays homage giants like Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie.
If you watch the accolades trailer above you’ll see that the game is charming as hell. It’s bright, colorful, and an all around visual splattering of joy.
A Hat in Time will only be available digitally which is a bummer for those of us that value physical copies of games, but it’s to be expected with an indie release like this.
Which game release are you looking forward to most next week? Let us know in the comments.
Modding is a feature of video games that has traditionally had its roots on the PC platform, but recently, it has transitioned into a couple games on the PS4 and Xbox One.
Some of the most influential PC titles with modding date back to the early 90’s, with games such as Doom, Half Life, and Team Fortress leading the pack.
Half Life, for instance, spawned the creation of the first installment of Counter Strike, who’s modern installment, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, garners over 500k concurrent daily players on a daily basis.
Read below to learn about the best PS4 games with mods because, well, they’re pretty much the only PS4 games with modding. Fear not, these two titles are some of the best on the platform and offer over 100 hours of gameplay.
Quick note on PS4 modding: The games below handle modding as easily as consoles handle games – that is, plug and play. There’s no hacking involved, no game save modification, no homebrew, and no jailbreaking. All you will need is your PS4 and an internet connection.
On the PC side of things, Skyrim continues to stay relevant on Steam’s daily users charts because of its compelling open world freedom and, of course, its staggering amount of mods.
It’s a game that PC players often take modding to the point where the end result is a plethora of errors, or worse, a system crash. When the carrot on the stick is nearly unlimited possibilities on top of an already open ended game, who can blame players that run 10’s or 100’s of mods?
And luckily, with the release of Skyrim Special Edition on consoles, mods have finally opened up to PS4 players. No, you’re not going to find some of the most insane mods available to PC players, but there’s still plenty of room for tweaking and tuning.
Here’s just a few of the most popular mods on PS4 at the moment to give you a taste:
Rain and Snow Effects – Displays the effects of rain and snow on your character when encountering precipitation or trekking through water.
Faster Leveling Mod – As you might expect, this mod increases the pace of leveling in order to help you achieve beast mode quicker.
Surreal Lighting – This one is pretty interesting. It alters the lighting of the game in such a way that gives it an ethereal look.
Immersive Citizens – If you’ve ever wanted an overhaul of AI systems for the various NPC’s you come across in Skyrim, this is the mod for you.
These are just a few of the more popular mods on the PS4 deemed best by players. All together, there are nearly 3000 Skyrim mods available to PS4 players.
There’s bound to be a mod, or a collection of mods realistically, to suit all types of Skyrim players. Everything from quality of life tweaks to complete overhauls are at your fingertips, ready to que up and download with ease.
The fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series was initially released 6 years ago, and there has been no better time to hop into the vast fantasy world, with Skyrim Special Edition enjoying deep discounts on both the PS4 and Xbox One.
Another PS4 game with mods also happens to be a rich open world RPG by the developers over at Bethesda.
If you’ve been out of the loop, Fallout 4 is a first person/third person shooter which takes place in a post apocalyptic, open world Boston.
While Skyrim has you pitted against your typical high fantasy opposition, Fallout 4 throws you deep into the radiated mix of mutant creatures, raiders, and an inorganic enemies akin to Battlestar Galactica’s Cylons.
But while the settings and enemies may differ, Fallout is like Skyrim in that exploration and complete freedom in said exploration is the name of the game. There are main quests and side quests, of course, but doing what you want, when you want, is a hallmark feature of the game.
This level of freedom and potential for tons of replay value is further enhanced with the inclusion of mods on the PS4. Here’s a quick list of some of the most popular modding options available to PS4 players:
Cheat Room – As the name implies, this mod is for cheating your way to grandiose power. You can attain all items in the game, spawn legendary chests, acquire cheat items, and more.
SimpleGreen – SimpleSeasons Spring – This is an aesthetic overhaul mod that gives the game a more lush and vibrant look by adding greenery to trees, grass, and other shrubbery. This is the Spring variant but there are others to simulate fall, winter, and summer.
Water Redux – Water is changed in such a way that best reflects the lore of Fallout and looks more realistic as a result of being affected by nuclear fallout.
All You Can Carry – Ever noticed how much of a burden the carry limit in Skyrim and Fallout can be? This mod eradicates the nuisance by allowing you to carry whatever you want.
Check out the complete collection of Fallout 4 PS4 mods here.
Fallout 4, like Skyrim, is the perfect open ended game to alter in a million different ways with mods. And with the addition of modding on the PS4, the sky is the limit in terms of replay value.
At the time of this article there are just about 2500 mods to play around with on the console. And the game has been out for 2 years so many of these mods have had time to mature and work out kinks and bugs.
Like Skyrim, the game is also heavily discounted these days, even the Game of the Year version, so now is the perfect time to pick it up.
We’ll be sure to include more PS4 games with mods as they become available. Check back with Click Press Play for all things games, media, and tech.