Netflix is Producing a Witcher TV Series

Netflix is turning the Witcher books into a series. The Witcher series created by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski will be involved in the production. Unlike the video game series which he currently doesn’t earn anything from, this time time around Andrzej will be heavily invested and make sure the series follow his vision.

“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world.” “I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.” Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series.

There’s no current ETA on when the series is coming but it’s definitely happening at least. Though don’t be surprised if it takes a different approach to the game series.

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Sonic Forces Introduces Customizable Character Creation

For the first time in the franchise’s history, players will be able to create and play with their own created Sonic character.

This was revealed in a new trailer that unveils the mysterious character as a randomly generated avatar (and not Bubsy). Here is a list of creatures you can select from along with their abilities.

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We also get a sneak peek at some new gameplay footage as well.

Sonic Forces arrives Q4 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, Swich, and PC.

Ace Combat 7 Delayed Until 2018

Project Aces, the team behind the Ace Combat series, have announced on Twitter that they will be delaying Ace Combat 7 until next year.

No specific reason was given other than to meet the highest quality–which is something we can all respect. Let’s at least hope the added time also means VR support will be coming for the PC version.

Overwatch Player Gets Sexually Harassed for 16 Minutes. Records The Whole Thing.

It’s no secret that the Overwatch competitive has become toxic as hell, but if you ever needed more proof then look no further.

GLISA, like many of us, like to play online to have fun. Losing and winning are expected but sometimes we get heated up and tend to let out a few things we regret later on. However these guys, who weren’t even playing that well, took it to the extreme and constantly started to sexually harass GLISA. It became so ridiculous that she went ahead and upload the whole thing because there’s honestly very little to edit out.

This is honestly one of the main reason I drifted away from quickplay and competitive matches in Overwatch and instead stick to the classic mode. Even then I don’t play it that much as I still run into the occasional douchebag who constantly hammers me to pick a healer. I’m not saying Overwatch is a dead game by any means but its community has certainly taken a nose dive.

Vanquish is Coming to PC

After years of requests, petitions, and basically groveling, SEGA has delivered.

Vanquish is coming to PC and according to the Steam page it’s launch May 25. Best of all Bayo Steam owners get a 25% off! One of the biggest reasons why people are excited (besides the obvious frame rate improvement) is the ability to play it with a mouse and keyboard. Vanquish is a frantic shooter that requires impulse movement making it more ideal for K&M rather than an analog stick.

According to SEGA these are among the long lines of titles that will be coming to PC. Keep ’em coming.

Prey is The System Shock Revival We’ve Been Waiting For – Review

Years after the cancellation of the much anticipated Prey 2, Bethesda and developers Arkane Studios went back to the drawing board and gave us something different. Gone are the ideas of being a badass space hunter and instead replaced by Morgan Yu, a subject who’s been experimented on and must survive an alien invasion. At first I was put off as this had literally nothing to do with the original but then again Prey 2006 barely had anything going for it other than interesting level design.

Prey starts things off aboard the mysterious Talos 1—a space ship drifting around Earth’s orbit used for scientific purposes. In Prey’s timeline, Kennedy hasn’t been assassinated leading to the expansion of the space program. Alien forces known as the Typhon disagree and have invaded the space station in order stop human progress. You get caught up in the middle of it and must escape/put a stop it. Nothing is at seems as Prey takes plenty of cues from psychological horror games. I won’t say more but Prey tends to be the game that likes to pull the rug under your feet.

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If you’re thinking BioShock then you’re right. In fact this takes more cues from BioShock’s predecessor, System Shock, as the setting is set in a similar space station with a horror element tied to it. Yet despite the similar themes Prey does a lot to set it apart from the competition. For one the game offers a variety of ways to explore and do side quests as opposed to going from section to section like most linear FPS games. These side quests range from helping survivors to fetch quests. I do admit they’re not practically well thought out and mostly serve as distractions or panning out the play hours. But I can’t deny that has helped in make me want to explore more of each section.

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What makes Prey standout is its “scientific” approach to solving problems. Rather than simply shooting your enemies with a shotgun (which you can do) there’s the glue gun to slow them down or powerful laser beam weapons. Aside from that you eventually get Typhon abilities which add a whole new layer to playing Prey. The morph ability for instance allows you to shrink or sort of possess items to get into certain rooms. I wanted to get into the office but the way in was blocked but I saw an opening for passing files and ID. I managed to morph into a coffee mug and wobble my way in. These sort of elements help add more layers to exploring the world of Prey similar to how ducts work in Deus-Ex. It also happens to remind of me of another underrated shooter called Geist for the Gamecube.

While it does a great job in terms of variety in does falter to the old jack of all trades, master of none. The combat doesn’t feel refined, especially in the opening sections where you’re mostly using melee to combat enemies. It’s not fun and lots of times you feel the shadow shifting Typhon are a bother to deal with as they keep jumping around. That feeling tends to dwindle when you unlock the Neuromod which acts as a sort of buff. This can also backfire as certain items you consume may lead to debuffs which aren’t fun to deal with also. Other elements such as recycling do add some cool values when picking up items you don’t need but I feel this could have been eliminated with a simple ‘dismantle’ option we see in so many games.

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Prey’s highlight has to be its setting. Very few games manage to nail atmosphere and this game just hits it dead on. Creepy hallways, ambient music, and plenty of stunning space scenery help shape Talos 1 into a believable place. It’s for this very reason that singleplayer games strive and I’m happy they still do them so well.

Graphically speaking, Prey looks pretty, especially in high lit areas yet the game tends to stumble when shadow enemies (Typhon) tend to mesh with dark corners of each room. As a result I had to turn the brightness up just to see where the bloody things are going. Thankfully Arkane did a great job with its PC port. Even on my 970m laptop the game maintains a steady 60 FPS performance.

While the combat may not be as panned out as its setting, Prey does a lot to keep you going. Sadly due to its limited marketing budget and the fact Bethesda decided to let reviewers rush through it, Prey may end up becoming this year’s sleeper hit.

8/10

New Breath of The Wild Update Let’s You Play it With Japanese Audio

If you’re like me and felt the English VO for Breath of The Wild was sub-par then maybe you’ll be excited to learn this.

A new update rolled out for Zelda Breath of The Wild which allows users to choose from a variety of languages. Most notably, you’ll be to switch between English or Japanese audio. For Wii U owners you would need to grab the voice pack separately from the eShop.