PopMuse: Console Games http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Overwatch 2 – the long-awaited sequel inspired by the Avengers https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/nov/05/overwatch-2-the-long-awaited-sequel-inspired-by-the-avengers https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/nov/05/overwatch-2-the-long-awaited-sequel-inspired-by-the-avengers Tue, 05 Nov 2019 07:01:09 UTC Bex April May at Xbox | The Guardian Seen at BlizzCon, the new game’s trailer offers intense, cinematic story missions where upgraded favourites work together Team-based multiplayer shooter Overwatch is getting a sequel: and interestingly for fans, it’ll bring story missions into the game for the first time. According to Blizzard, it will also “redefine what a sequel means”. Which is quite a claim for an online shooter.Unveiled with a crowd-pleasing cinematic trailer at annual fan convention BlizzCon last week, Overwatch 2 will introduce PvE missions in an all-new story mode, as well as a new core competitive mode, Push, a six-versus-six PvP team battle, which sees teams compete to have a robot push the map’s objective to their opponent. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – is this the Star Wars game fans have been looking for? https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/oct/23/star-wars-jedi-fallen-order-is-this-the-star-wars-game-fans-have-been-looking-for https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/oct/23/star-wars-jedi-fallen-order-is-this-the-star-wars-game-fans-have-been-looking-for Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:36:37 UTC Ryan Leston at Xbox | The Guardian After the controversial Battlefront series, Fallen Order returns to the classic Star Wars adventures of old. But does it bring anything new to the galaxy?It’s almost 10 years since the release of the last single-player Star Wars game, Force Unleashed II, which feels a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away from EA’s controversial Battlefront series. While those games offered some exhilarating moments of first-person blasting action, Star Wars fans have been longing for another epic adventure, something with the role-playing complexity of Knights of the Old Republic or the Force powers of Unleashed. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order promises to meet at least some of these criteria.Developed by Respawn Entertainment – the team behind sci-fi shooter series Titanfall and battle royale hit Apex Legends – Fallen Order introduces Cal Kestis, a Jedi padawan and one of the last of his kind. The game follows on from Revenge of the Sith, with the Jedi Order in ruin after being destroyed from within by Darth Vader. Cal had been forced into hiding when the Empire announces Order 66, demanding the extermination of all Jedi. Now it’s time to fight back. Related: Can Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order help fans feel the Force? Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ PlayStation 5 v Xbox Scarlett: the next console war begins in 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/oct/09/playstation-5-v-xbox-scarlett-the-next-console-war-begins-in-2020 https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/oct/09/playstation-5-v-xbox-scarlett-the-next-console-war-begins-in-2020 Wed, 09 Oct 2019 09:07:34 UTC Keith Stuart at Xbox | The Guardian Sony’s PS5 will have haptic feedback, while Microsoft’s competing console will have four times the power of Xbox One. Here’s how the two high-end machines compareThe next console war has a start date – or at least a start period. Sony has announced that its next console, PlayStation 5 (PS5), will be launched next autumn/winter, putting it in direct competition with Microsoft’s forthcoming Xbox Scarlett, also due in time for the 2020 Christmas holiday period.In a post on the PlayStation site, Sony revealed that PS5 will have a new controller that replaces the current joypad’s rumble feature with more sensitive and contextual haptic feedback. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – can this game save the series? https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/23/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-hands-on-with-the-beta https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/23/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-hands-on-with-the-beta Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:00:12 UTC Keith Stuart at Xbox | The Guardian The return of the Modern Warfare series ends its beta test on a high, with the chaotic Ground War mode and other fresh tweaks giving the reboot a different feelA couple of hours and several dozen respawns into the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta test and you gradually start to appreciate the changes. The latest title in the multimillion-selling shooter series is being sold as a return to the principles of its near-namesake, 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Developer Infinity Ward is promising gritty, contemporary combat on claustrophobic maps with authentic weapons and skills – and absolutely none of the laser guns or wall-running super powers that have blighted later episodes. The beta tests, held over the last two weekends, have been the first chance to experience this premise on public servers. And it has not been disappointing.In many ways, the new title does feel very similar to the original Modern Warfare trilogy. We get familiar weapons with familiar effects, such as the super versatile M4A1 assault rifle and the strange-looking AUG with its blisteringly rapid fire rate. There is also a return for killstreaks, where players are specifically rewarded for shooting enemies rather than meeting mission objectives, recalling Modern Warfare’s ultra-aggressive roots. Map locations also have a nostalgically grungy and bomb-blasted look. Azhir Cave is a mass of snaking desert tunnels and crumbling villages, while Hackney Yard is all rusted shipping containers, abandoned offices and burned-out police cars. Related: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare returns to tread a moral minefield Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Borderlands 3 review – welcome addition to much-loved looter-shooter franchise https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/20/borderlands-3-review-welcome-addition-to-much-loved-looter-shooter-franchise https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/20/borderlands-3-review-welcome-addition-to-much-loved-looter-shooter-franchise Fri, 20 Sep 2019 07:00:08 UTC Steve Boxer at Xbox | The Guardian PC, PS4, Xbox One; GearboxWhile there are some new aspects, such as a game-world that is more substantial than its predecessors, the third instalment is reassuringly familiar funPrelaunch, Borderlands fans were worried that modern gaming trends – towards short single-player campaigns and an emphasis on repetitive, grind-based online play – might impinge on the third full iteration of the much-loved looter-shooter franchise. However, such fears prove unfounded: franchise returnees will find Borderlands 3 reassuringly familiar. While the game-world and storyline are more substantial than those of its predecessors, and its gloriously distinctive comic book-style graphics crisper than ever, developer Gearbox Software has resisted the urge to mess with its basic elements.So it still has huge, sprawling (and initially impenetrable to those new to Borderlands games) character progression and weapon-management systems, and an anarchic, Mad Max-style vibe, satisfying shooting, lashings of frat-boy humour and a cast of characters who poke fun (more relevantly than ever) at the world’s narcissists, corporate raiders and authoritarians. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The 50 best video games of the 21st century https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/19/50-best-video-games-of-the-21st-century https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/19/50-best-video-games-of-the-21st-century Thu, 19 Sep 2019 05:00:43 UTC Keith Stuart and Keza MacDonald at Wii | The Guardian Want to build worlds, become a crime kingpin, get lost in space, or enter the afterlife? Then our countdown of the 50 best games of the era has something for youMore of the best TV | Film | Albums | Art | ComedyContinue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The 50 best video games of the 21st century https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/19/50-best-video-games-of-the-21st-century https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/19/50-best-video-games-of-the-21st-century Thu, 19 Sep 2019 05:00:43 UTC Keith Stuart and Keza MacDonald at Xbox | The Guardian Want to build worlds, become a crime kingpin, get lost in space, or enter the afterlife? Then our countdown of the 50 best games of the era has something for youMore of the best TV | Film | Albums | Art | ComedyContinue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Spaceships, spooks and shoot 'em ups: the best video games of the autumn https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/09/spaceships-spooks-and-shoot-em-ups-the-best-video-games-of-the-autumn https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/09/spaceships-spooks-and-shoot-em-ups-the-best-video-games-of-the-autumn Mon, 09 Sep 2019 12:28:07 UTC Keith Stuart at Xbox | The Guardian From ultra-violent alien hunts to a honking, flapping goose simulator, here are our video game highlights for the seasonThe third title in the comic book-inspired sci-fi looter-shooter series takes its familiar cast of antiheroes on another hyperactive, ultra-violent alien hunt across a range of post-apocalyptic planetscapes. The more complex progression system and an incredible arsenal of weapons will thrill fans and newcomers alike. Out 13 September Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Gears 5 review – thrills, kills and belly laughs in a refreshing reboot https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/06/gears-5-review-thrills-kills-and-belly-laughs-in-a-refreshing-reboot https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/sep/06/gears-5-review-thrills-kills-and-belly-laughs-in-a-refreshing-reboot Fri, 06 Sep 2019 06:00:43 UTC Rick Lane at Xbox | The Guardian PC; Xbox OneA female protagonist, comedy one-liners and increased tactical options bring subtlety without sacrificing adrenalinThe Gears of War series has made me laugh many times over the years, but Gears 5 may be the first time it’s done so on purpose. Developed by Microsoft subsidiary the Coalition, the latest sequel surrounds the familiar cover-shooting mechanics with upgrade systems, side-missions and even large open spaces to explore. But perhaps Gears 5’s most significant addition is a sense of levity.Far from the grey, hyper-serious tone of the original trilogy, Gears 5 brings us a wide-ranging adventure that is often as gaudy as it is gory. The campaign’s introductory chapter sees players exploring an abandoned missile silo hidden on a tropical island, a location choice that seems more befitting of Uncharted than Gears. The script, meanwhile, is laced with daft one-liners and pithy retorts, embracing the series’ inherent absurdities rather than bulldozing through them. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Control review – a preposterous and unforgettable adventure https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/aug/30/control-review-pc-ps4-xbox-adventure-video-game-sci-fi-blockbuster https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/aug/30/control-review-pc-ps4-xbox-adventure-video-game-sci-fi-blockbuster Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:32:48 UTC Steve Boxer at Xbox | The Guardian PC; PS4; Xbox OneSuperpowered government agents fight interdimensional invaders in this bizarre but utterly compelling sci-fi blockbusterRight now, we need all the escapism we can get, and that’s precisely what Control, the latest game from Finnish developer Remedy (of Max Payne, Alan Wake and, most recently, Quantum Break fame) delivers – to a deliciously over-the-top degree. An immaculately conceived paranormal fantasy, it is built on several premises which are so preposterous that the writers of The X-Files would surely have rejected them, it somehow manages to feel simultaneously believable and beyond bizarre.Control’s action opens with the character you control, Jesse Faden, entering the New York headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control, ending a 17-year quest to find the shadowy agency that kidnapped her brother Dylan when she was a kid. But the FBC appears to be empty, apart from Ahti, the Finnish caretaker who lets her in, apparently under the impression she is there for an interview as his assistant. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/