Far Cry 6 Trailer Revealed

Far Cry 6 was revealed during the Ubisoft Foward event.

You might notice Giancarlo Esposito is featured in the trailer…aka GUSTAVO FRING of Breaking Bad. The trailer depicts Fring as El Presidente of a country that seems to be in rebellion.

The CGI graphics are quite nice judging from the trailer. We don’t get to see any game play, but the game has been announced to be coming February 18th, 2021. The game will release on all major consoles – PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia.

Catch the trailer below.

The Nintendo Switch 2 or Just a Switch Pro? What We Know

There’s little denying the popularity of the Nintendo Switch, but, with Sony and Microsoft’s new systems right around the corner, Miyamoto and company have to be feeling pressure at this point from the market to do something “more.”

But the problem is that no one knows exactly what this “more” might mean. An upgraded console? Entirely new hardware? Or a diversification of the hardware options to accommodate a range of gamer types and budgets.

While we don’t have any news on a new console – as in a Switch 2 – we do have some indication of where Nintendo’s mind is heading and what the future of the company’s hardware could look like.

Basically, it looks like the second and third predictions are spot on yet we don’t have enough information yet to definitively say that Nintendo might be exploring an iterative approach to the Switch which would obviate the need for a “Switch 2.” In other words, though we don’t know anything about a Switch 2 as of yet, and all indications are looking like Nintendo is going to keep farming the current system, that doesn’t mean that Nintendo isn’t considering a “next-gen” system separate and apart from the Switch one day. What this is really about is a question of backward compatibility and, if Sony’s moves are any trend indication, we think Nintendo is possibly exploring ways to make console generations less meaningful when it comes to disruption in a gamer’s core library.

Nintendo’s president Shuntaro Furukawa said of the release of the next-gen consoles from other companies this year, “We do not believe that the business trends of other companies will have a significant impact on our business.”

It’s also looking increasingly likely that Nintendo is developing or considering the oft-reported “Pro” line of consoles. These models would offer graphical upgrades to the current mainline console as well as rumored access to services like Twitch and Discord. This goes back to the tier idea that seems to be floating around Nintendo’s offices and could possibly determine the future of the Switch more than anything else. We already have the entry-level Lite pure handheld version, and of course, there’s the main system itself but now with upgraded bits here and there to make batteries last longer, among other things. It looks like all we are missing is the oft-rumored though never seen Switch Pro.

And it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing it this year. Nintendo brass has already said, definitively, that no new consoles will be coming out this year nor will they really be discussing that. So, Sony and Microsoft, it’s your stage.

Even though we don’t have any rumors about a Switch 2, we think the idea that Nintendo might diversify with different hardware models could be a good sign of where the company is heading in the short term. We’re also pleased to see that the considerations for a “high-end” version seem to be geared towards the “hardcore” crowd. It’ll be interesting to see where Nintendo’s new, vastly more complex, hardware structure ends up taking it. After all, everyone else is following the traditional rule book – the one that Nintendo helped write – while the former hanafuda company is looking for new ways to bring gaming to the masses.

What do you think of the possibility of a Switch 2? What would you want out of that kind of machine? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Official Trailer and Release Date

Cyberpunk will arrive November 19th. Pre-order bonuses available.

After getting delaying the launch a little bit, the CD Projekt team has released the official trailer:

There’s a few pre-order bonuses floating around as well for the game. You could get a free steel book game case if you pre-order with Best Buy. The other option is Gamestop which will offer you a Samurai medallion gift.

Gamestop Pre-Order Bonus

Amazon has the standard game available for pre-order for only $49.94. You’ll get the standard edition bonuses below.

The game comes with the following physical items:

– Case with game discs

– World Compendium detailing the game’s setting and lore

– Postcards from Night City

– Map of Night City

– Stickers

Digital goodies included:

– Game soundtrack

– Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game

– Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook

– Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

Is Anyone Adopting Google Stadia?

When it first arrived, Google Stadia joined an already crowded console scene but stood out on its own for being one of the first for trying to merge gaming with streaming. Early adopters were met with some hiccups. That is to be expected with any launch. However, the Stadia has been a pleasant surprise for some while it “still isn’t there quite yet” for others. To be real, the promise of the Stadia was basically that it would act as a kind of a “Netflix for video games”.

In theory, we were going to get access to a triple-A library of titles and even new games would be added to this list. Is this what we’re getting?

Yes and no, and I know that isn’t a very specific answer. You see, it’s hard to pin down where the Stadia is going and what its strengths are. The complaints about lag in fighting games and others is a real thing and that’s a dealbreaker for many gamers.

Given the rise of competitive gaming, that’s a problem that needs to be overcome and quickly for the Stadia to be taken seriously. But games that don’t rely on blazing fast internet speed or lightning response times can still be enjoyable on the Stadia.

In fact, the biggest promise here is Stadia’s “go anywhere” gaming. If Google can somehow lock this down and make the Stadia a truly seamless experience between console, tablet, and phone then we’ve got something really powerful here.

As it stands now, everything is still relatively conceptual if that is even possible for a console that is already on sale right now.

While the Stadia has a great library of available games, there does seem to be a lot of industry resistance to it. One of the more recent examples of this is that the most-anticipated title of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077, won’t be releasing on the Stadia until after it has come out for console and PC.

That’s a pretty big blow because, in theory, the availability of Cyberpunk 2077 on Stadia on day one would be a pretty deal.

Another nagging issue that we don’t blame Google for nor do we know how the company is going to solve is the fact that, unlike Netflix, you actually have to pay to play these games.

You don’t get to just browse through a library of the best games currently out there and play whatever you want. If that were the case, then Stadia’s lag and other issues would be the tiniest of concerns and we doubt any of us would be able to log on to the service or get a console because it would be so popular. As it stands now, Stadia is a bridge between the past and the future.

The legacy elements of the former are what is holding it back. Don’t get us wrong, we understand why Stadia has to charge for triple-A titles and sell them just like any other console’s digital store would. It’s just that it kills much of the buzz and novelty of the console.

The result is something that shines a lens on the console and its many flaws. Still, Stadia has promise and it will be fun to see what Google does with it in the future. 

Minecraft Dungeons is the Diablo Clone You Didn’t Know You Wanted in Your Life

Whether or not you’ve played Minecraft before, you know about it.

It’s a veritable multimedia powerhouse and for good reasons.

Minecraft is a fun, addictive game that comes with endless possibilities.

The spinoff titles take the core game into new directions but none have done it so boldly as Minecraft Dungeons.

In many ways, this isometric dungeon crawler is nothing more than a Diablo clone with Minecraft’s IP thrown in the mix.

And let’s not pretend like it is controversial or even innovative to say that this game is a Diablo clone.

Everyone and their mom is calling it that and, as a huge Diablo fan, that’s not a knock on the game. Sure, I could be esoteric and say something like, “Minecraft Dungeons is a great Path of Exile-style title using Mojang’s beloved franchise’s art assets,” but that would be too try-hard for me right now. So, what can you expect if you pick up Minecraft Dungeons?

One of the more fun and casual dungeon crawlers to come out anywhere in some time.

But don’t confuse fun and casual for lacking in depth. Some people are trying to call this a “kiddie” Diablo clone but what does that even mean?

The video games from my childhood confound me now with their arbitrary mechanics and shameless difficulty settings.

What I think people mean by that is that Minecraft Dungeons isn’t as intense as Diablo 3 – whatever that means. If you’re a fan of the genre, however, this game deserves a pickup and soon.

The graphics are pretty glorious and everything clicks in terms of in-game mechanics.

There is nothing exceedingly novel here but it hits all of the right points when it comes to balancing combat with moving forward to accomplish objectives.

In other words, the game has rhythm and it’s a balanced one that maximizes your joy from the title.

That said, it can become difficult at points and for gamers  that have never played this type of game before it will be more than enough of a challenge. Of course, we have to address the elephant in the room which is: “That’s nice, but what does this have to do with Minecraft?”

Very little, my friend, outside of the use of the game’s intellectual property, lore, and art assets. Like any dungeon crawler, you have your loot and all that entails, but you’re not going to construct fortresses or roller coasters in this game like you do in the main title.

They are totally different games and they are only tied together by a shared universe.

Really, that’s to be expected and isn’t a knock on the game at all. We’re just throwing that out there because it might be jarring for the little kiddos out there that are used to building huts and farms.

Should you buy it? That’s a hot yes. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just look at the charts. It’s awesome to see a dungeon crawler post up sales like this game is and it bodes well for Blizzard’s Diablo 4 (whenever that arrives). The more isometric action RPGs we can get, the better.

Get Ready for Last of Us Part II

Releasing on PS4 this Friday.

The follow up to the 2013 game is finally arriving on June 19th. If you guys still remember that game, they left us with a pretty open ending with plenty of questions and not many answers.

The review embargo ended and the feedback so far is quite positive. You’ll be in for a roller coaster of emotions in the new game. Gameplay is said to be quite good as well; I didn’t feel that the game play and combat was very good in the original.

The game is already available for pre-order for the usual $59.99

Don’t remember much of the first game? Watch all the cut scenes from the first game with us below.

Sega Game Gear Micro revives mobile classics in an insanely tiny package

Sega Game Gear Micro handheld console

What’s a Sega Game Gear Micro without a…Big Window Micro…?

Back in 1990, Sega aimed to take on Nintendo’s popular Game Boy handheld console with their own Sega Game Gear. The Sega Game Gear was a larger, more powerful device that played games in full color with a back-lit display.

This was leagues ahead of the Game Boy’s dim, green-colored screens, but its large size, poor battery life, and less compelling library lead the Game Gear to fall short of Nintendo’s success.

Size won’t be an issue this time around, as Sega announced the Sega Game Gear Micro, a teeny, tiny, re-release of the 30-year-old handheld available in four different colors with four unique titles. The handheld is powered by either AAA batteries or micro-USB and features the now elusive headphone jack and a speaker. If the Sega Game Gear Micro can have a headphone jack, why can’t modern phones?

The black Game Gear Micro comes with Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo 2, OutRun, and Royal Stone. The blue console features Sonic & Tails, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale, and Baku Baku Animal. Yellow gets Shining Force Gaiden, Shining Force Gaiden 2, Shining Force Gaiden Conflict, and Nazo Puyo Arle no Roux, Lastly, the red unit houses Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, The GG Shinobi, and Columns.

Now you may be wondering how you are going to possibly see anything on these tiny 1.5 inch screens. Well, you are in luck, since Sega is throwing in Big Window Micro if you order all four consoles at once. You can’t purchase a Big Window Micro on its own, however. You have to drop around $200 to be able to see those jumps you need to make in Sonic & Tails.

Make your tiny screen feel less miniature with the aptly named, Sega Big Window

So far the Game Gear Micro is only available for order in Japan, but ordering things from Japan on Amazon is actually super easy, there is even an English version of the site. If the Game Gear Micro ever comes stateside, you’ll hear all about it here on Gamer Bias!

Source: Sega

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Player’s Perspective

Is the new Phantasy Star Online 2 PC release worth playing in 2020, 8 years after the initial release in Japan?

Judging by the amount of hours I’ve put into the game in the first few days so far, my short answer is *yes*.

Gameplay

I think the winning aspect of this game is the combat system, even though PSO2 is around 8 years old, I was pleasantly surprised by the slick combat and how responsive the gameplay is. This game can be compared closely to monster hunter and diablo. You hang out in town where there are tons of things to do – shop, gamble, craft, etc. Then you accept client orders (tasks) and queue up in a mission to board your ship. Essentially, this game is a dungeon crawler and not an open world MMO. Each mission is self contained and you can redo them on different difficulties for exp and loot.

The combat itself is slick – enemies don’t feel too much like bullet sponges and you can swap between a target lock on system or use free aim mode which turns the game into 3rd person shooter style for ranged attackers. Animations are done really well; melee attacks are pleasing to the eye and satisfying to land, they also give me flashbacks to Devil May Cry. For those who don’t know my taste in games, I love the concept of MMOs/Dungeon crawlers, but often hate the combat system and how enemies just feel like sponges while you spam every key on the keyboard. So when I enjoy the combat in a game like PSO2, it means it has to be pretty good.

There is still a ton of content I haven’t explored yet, but I did have a lot of fun at the casino. I explored a few of the mini games, and you’ll find some familiar things – roulette, blackjack, slots, and more. My friends and I definitely spent a bit too much time hitting the slots, but at least we know never to go to a real casino together, because we apparently have a gambling problem.

Tips

There are definitely some quick tips that I wish I knew before blindly trying to level up my character.

  • Spend some time doing the initial tutorial missions, especially the ones from Afin and Cofy, who are found near the ship entrance, they will unlock extra things to make your life easier
  • If you don’t have friends on ship 2, consider starting in ship 1 or 3, less people means less lag
  • You can usually do missions 5-8 levels higher than you relatively easily for better experience
  • ACCEPT CLIENT ORDERS, these provide the most experience for you to level up significantly faster – you’ll be focusing on the orders on the far left, far right, and at the counters by your ship gate entrance.
  • Do urgent missions that pop up during certain time frames, they are fun and efficient for leveling/loot
  • Look up guides on how to distribute your class skills, you can level your class skills at one of the counters
  • Don’t bet all your casino money in roulette
Don’t Get Sucked Into Slots

Bugs

PSO2 has a few bugs here and there. Some people are having issues with the Microsoft store; fortunately, it was all seamless for me. There is major lag in the main lobby when your block (server) is full, but NVIDIA did release a driver that helped a little bit, but didn’t fully fix it. I’ve also been disconnected at extremely inconvenient times and lost out on bonuses. Hopefully there are some fixes for PC, it has only been out for a few days.

Overall

I am enjoying the game and I think anyone who enjoys this genre should give it a try. You also don’t need to worry too much about the premium plan or paid subscription. The game is free to play and the paid bonuses are nice to have, but not game breaking at all. The only thing I’m missing out on is the inability to sell items or trade with my friends (kind of sucky, but it could be worse)
Grab it in the Microsoft Store.

Backwards compatibility preserves gaming history like never before on Xbox Series X

Final Fantasy XIII Xbox Backwards Compatibility

Backwards Compatibility brings 4K resolution and HDR to games with up to 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X

Microsoft continues to impress with new Xbox Series X details. This time, Xbox highlights backwards compatibility (BC) enhancements on the new console. After 100,000 hours of testing, BC titles can achieve 4K resolution, maintain up to 120 FPS, and feature HDR.

While the improvements are impressive, the core of the program is to preserve this wonderful art form we all love. One of my favorite quotes from the update really gets to the core of why sustained backwards compatibility is important.

“In addition to preserving the legacy of our loyal fans who have been with us since the beginning, we enable entirely new generations of gamers to play and enjoy the timeless games from our past while respecting and honoring their creators.”

This is just one of the reasons I am passionate about Xbox. The dedication they have towards preserving past titles as well as enhancing the experiences they offer resonates with me.

Too many games on other platforms have been lost to older hardware that will eventually become inoperable. Xbox has spent the past five years developing their backwards compatibility program. You can even use the same discs you’ve owned from the original Xbox nearly 20 years ago. If you can’t find a physical copy, digital versions are available as well.

With every game being brought with you from the last three generations into the next, the future of these experiences is looking brighter than ever.

Wanna read more about how the Xbox Series X uses its impressive architecture to enhance your favorite games? Check out the whole update here!

Do you want to know what is already possible with backwards compatibility on Xbox One? Take a look at this in-depth analysis by Digital Foundry focused on the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.

Source: Xbox