Sea of Thieves – The Driving Impetus aka Progression

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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.

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Voyages, or quests, are represented through physical scrolls

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.

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Progress through the ranks and tailor your pirate to your own liking through cosmetics

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.

Next Battlefield Game Could Be Bad Company 3

There’s a rumor floating around that the next entry in the Battlefield, an FPS that essentially simulates warfare for those unaware, is to be the third entry in the Bad Company series.

The latest title, Battlefield 1, is still very healthy online (just today it had 50k players during peak according to BF1Stats.com) but many are keen on a new, more modern sequel.

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3 Best Switch Games with Amiibo Support

Amiibo, Nintendo’s take on the toy to life craze, were initially introduced to the market in 2014 and have done quite well sales wise since.

During the financial year ending March 31, 2016, 24.7 million amiibo figures and 28.9 amiibo cards were shipped by Nintendo. Amiibo figures and cards allow gamers to unlock additional items, cosmetics, in game currency, and so on, on the 3DS, Wii U, and now, the Switch.

Considering the Switch just launched earlier in 2017, fans of amiibo have been clamoring to put the figures and cards, which essentially amount to DLC, to use on the new hybrid handheld/home console.

Keep reading for the best games on the Nintendo Switch that have amiibo support.

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Mega Man 11 Announced for All Major Platforms

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.

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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.

Notable Video Game Releases December 4th Through December 10th

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.

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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.

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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.

2 Expansive PS4 Games with Mods

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.

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Counter Strike, one of the most played PC games, started out as a mod for the original Half Life

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.

Skyrim

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?

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Some of the most popular mods for Skyrim on PS4

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.

Here is a complete list of mods for Skyrim on the PS4.

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.

Fallout 4

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.

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The 10 most popular mods for Fallout 4 on PS4

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.

 

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.