PlayStation Kick-Off Their January Sale!

With three days to go until Christmas, it would appear the folks at PlayStation may be a few days ahead of us as today they kicked off their January sale! This sale looks to be a great opportunity to spend some of your Christmas dosh on some games you might not have picked up yet! We’ve had a quick peruse through this year’s offerings and picked out some recommendations (off-sale price in brackets).

  • Spider-Man£34.99 (£54.99)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4£35.99 (£59.99)
  • God of War: Digital Deluxe Edition£22.34 (£52.99)
  • The Sims 4£8.99 (£34.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey£29.99 (£54.99)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider£25.24 (£54.99)
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy£26.24 (£34.99)
  • SOULCALIBUR VI£34.99 (£54.99)
  • Just Cause 4£41.24 (£54.99)
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance£19.49 (£49.99)

There are lots of great games on sale, so we’d love to hear your recommendations! Shoot them to us in the comments below, or over on Twitter – @JUMPCUT_PLAY

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WOAH! A ‘Crash Team Racing’ Remaster Is Coming!

Written by Megan Williams

The Game Awards 2018 was streamed live on Twitch and YouTube on the 6th December. The awards ceremony celebrates achievements in some of the past year’s video games, as well as give the public an insight into upcoming games. Out of all the trailers shown, there was a particular one that I was anticipating: ‘Crash Team Racing’.

Originally released in 1999 for the PlayStation One, ‘Crash Team Racing’ was the last ‘Crash Bandicoot’ game that was developed by Naughty Dog. As of writing, the game has sold over 5 million copies in Japan, Europe and the USA.

Rumours regarding a remaster started circulating via Twitter two days before the ceremony, when the manager for the PlayStation Access channel, Hollie Bennet, tweeted a photo of a pair of orange dice that she had received. This came with a note from an ‘anonymous’ source that read: ‘Sliding into the Game Awards on 6/12’. Immediately, fans stated that ‘sliding’ referred to the racing move within the game, which is used to get around tight corners and U-turns on the game’s various racing tracks. Furthermore, the dice represented Crash’s colourful appearance, as well as being an item that is typically known to be hung around the rear-view mirror of a car.

Well, on the 6th December, these rumours were confirmed as a reveal trailer for ‘Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled’ was shown…and it looks incredible!

Beenox Games will be taking the wheel this time in developing the game, and have built it ‘from the ground up’ according to Activision. The trailer gives us a glimpse of some of the tracks as well as staple characters to the franchise, including Crash and Coco Bandicoot and their enemy Neo Cortex.

It also looks like the game is going to give us another favourite past-time: offline multiplay! This feature is scarce nowadays, with the popularisation of online multiplayer, so I’m happy to see that this feature will not get removed. The game will have online play but, as someone who does not play online multiplayer games, I am glad that the offline option will still be available.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled’ will be released on 21st June 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Just in time for its 20th anniversary!

‘Far Cry New Dawn’ Gameplay Trailer Released At The Game Awards

 

Seventeen years after a global nuclear catastrophe, civilization re-emerges from the chaos to find a world dramatically changed. In a post-apocalyptic Hope County, Montana, the remaining populace has gathered into different groups, each with their own rules for survival. In this new world order, the vicious Highwaymen, led by twin sisters Mickey and Lou, travel from place to place bleeding people dry of all available resources.

As the Survivors try to defend their lands against the Highwaymen’s relentless onslaught, it’s up to you to come to their aid and lead the fight. In the latest installment of the award-winning Far Cry franchise, you are the last line of defense in a transformed, post-apocalyptic Hope County. Help the community of Survivors grow stronger, craft a makeshift arsenal through Turf Wars and cross-country Expeditions, and form unexpected alliances to fight for survival in a dangerous new frontier.

Key Features

FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL IN A BREATHTAKING POST-APOCALYPTIC WORLD

– Sprawling superbloom fields and dense overgrowth invite you into a wildly beautiful yet deadly post-apocalyptic landscape, to discover on your own or with a friend in two player co-op.

– Wildlife has not gone untouched by the disaster, with some predators evolving rugged natural defenses.

UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS COLLIDE WITH A RELENTLESS DOUBLE THREAT

– Clash with the brutal Highwaymen and their unruly leaders Mickey and Lou. Known as The Twins, these sisters combine brains and brawn to give their army an iron grip on Hope County’s precious resources.

– Recruit an eclectic cast of Guns and Fangs for Hire to fight by your side. These new allies, as well as some familiar faces, each bring unique and critical skills to the fray.

– Find the former doomsday cult and seek out the charismatic leader who prophesized the collapse of civilization: Joseph Seed.

GROW THE SURVIVORS TO BUILD UP YOUR HOMEBASE

– Specialists join the Survivors to help you craft weapons and vehicles, train your Guns for Hire, and even go on Expeditions from the eight Homebase facilities: the workbench, training camp, explosives lab, infirmary, garage, healing garden, cartography, and expeditions.

– Grow your community and upgrade your Homebase to improve your facilities and unlock more powerful weapons and gear.

BATTLE FOR RESOURCES IN HOPE COUNTY AND BEYOND

– Engage the Highwaymen in Turf Wars by clearing their outposts and then scavenging them for Ethanol and other materials. When the Highwaymen return with stronger reinforcements, you can take on a greater challenge for even more of these valuable resources.

– For the first time in Far Cry, the adventure is not just local. Venture outside of Hope County on thrilling Expeditions to unique and memorable locations across the USA including wetlands, canyons, and coastal regions.

– Expeditions and Outposts are different every playthrough, for rewarding missions that increase in challenge and are surprising every time.

 

‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3’ Announced As Switch Exclusive

Over the last few days there’d been rumours that we were finally going to get some details on the Untitled Avengers Project that Marvel announced some time ago now. However, what we’ve received instead is our first look at Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – which will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

The first trailer offers us a look at just some of the playable characters, which includes Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Guardians fo the Galaxy and lots more.

The game is being developed by Team Ninja and is set to release next year.

 

The Game Awards 2018: The Winners List In Full

Santa Monica’s God of War took home the award for Game of the Year, at last nights The Game Awards 2018 show – as well as taking home the awards for Best Action-Adventure and Best Direction. Red Dead Redemption II claimed the most awards of the evening, riding home with four wins under their belt, including Best Music, Best Narrative, and Best Performance 

Check out the full list of winners below: 

Game of the Year

WINNER: God of War

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Action Game

WINNER: Dead Cells

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

 Best Action/Adventure Game

WINNER: God of War

  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game

WINNER: Monster Hunter: World

  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Ni no Kuni II
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Best Game Direction

WINNER: God of War

  • A Way Out
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Narrative

WINNER: Red Dead Redemption II

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Ongoing Game

WINNER: Fortnite

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Art Direction

WINNER: Return of the Obra Dinn

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Score/Music

WINNER: Red Dead Redemption II

  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Audio Design

WINNER: Red Dead Redemption II

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Independent Game

WINNER: Celeste

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Intro the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Best Performance

WINNER: Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

Games for Impact

WINNER: Celeste

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

Best Mobile Game

WINNER: Florence

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Fortnite
  • PUBG MOBILE
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones

Best VR/AR Game

WINNER: ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect

Best Fighting Game

WINNER: Dragon Ball FighterZ

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Soul Caliber VI
  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition

Best Family Game

WINNER: Overcooked 2

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Strategy Game

WINNER: Into the Breach

  • Battletech
  • Frostpunk
  • Into the Breach
  • The Banner Saga 3
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Sports/Racing Game

WINNER: Forza Horizon 4

  • FIFA 19
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • NBA 2K19
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Best Multiplayer Game

WINNER: Fortnite

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Sea of Thieves

Best Student Game

WINNER: Combat 2018

  • Combat 2018
  • Dash Quasar
  • JERA
  • LIFF
  • RE: Charge

Best Debut Indie Game

WINNER: The Messenger

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Best eSports Game

WINNER: Overwatch

  • CSGO
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

Best Esports Player

WINNER: Dominique “SonicFox” McLean

  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Sung-hygeon “JJoNak” Bang

Best Esports Team

WINNER: Cloud9

  • Astralis
  • Cloud9
  • Fnatic
  • London Spitfire
  • OG

 Best Esports Coach

WINNER: Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu

  • Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu
  • Christian “ppasarel” Banaseanu
  • Danny “zonic” Sorensen
  • Dylan Falco
  • Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi
  • Janko “YNk” Paunovic

Best Esports Event

WINNER: League of Legends World Championship

  • ELAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • League of Legends World Championship
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018

Best Esports Host

WINNER: Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere

  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Anders Blume
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Paul “RedEye” Chaloner

Best Esports Moment

WINNER: C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE

  • C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE
  • G2 beating RNG
  • KT vs IG Base Race
  • OG’s massive upset of LGD
  • SonicFox side switch against Go1 in DBZ

Content Creator of the Year

WINNER: Ninja

  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Ninja
  • Willyrex

REVIEW: Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy (PS4)

Written by Megan Williams

After Crash Bandicoot: The N Sane Trilogy was released and proved a huge success, fans then wondered whether another certain Playstation mascot would also get the remaster treatment: this mascot being Spyro the Dragon.

Spyro is a platformer game series that was originally developed by Insomniac Games (whose latest release is the PS4 exclusive ‘Spiderman’ game). The first game, simply titled ‘Spyro the Dragon’ was released on the Playstation One in 1998, and spanned over 10 games that were released for Playstation, the Nintendo DS and the Gameboy Advance. The franchise has now found itself on Netflix, in the form of an animated show based on the ‘Skylanders’ spin-off games.

Like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro was another game from my childhood; I remember getting Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage when I was around 9 and I used to play that game, and Crash Bandicoot, regularly. So I was excited to see what the remastered trilogy would look and play like.

Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy is a remaster of the three original games that were on Playstation One: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon. And, after playing through all three games, I can say that developers Toys for Bob have done a fantastic job at restoring these Playstation classics; however it is not perfect.

The visuals are gorgeous, and the cut-scenes are beautifully animated; they wouldn’t look out of place in a Pixar or Illumination Animation film. Toys for Bob have done an incredible job at restoring the trilogy visually, and Spyro has never looked better. The updated character models look great too; my personal favourites are Hunter (who’s in the 2nd and 3rd game), Spyro (of course) and Crush (who is the first boss fight in the second game).

One of the main issues I had with the original first game was the sensitive controls; it made Spyro difficult to control and some of the levels slightly more challenging than they needed to be. Thankfully, the controls for all three games have been tightened, and they are now more responsive and more precise. Spyro the Dragon is now more enjoyable because of this.

So, is Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy a perfect remaster? Well…no.

The voice acting is hit-and-miss; some of the voices work and some of them really don’t. Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants) has reprised his voice role as Spyro, as well as some smaller characters throughout the three games and, once again, he’s fantastic. However, some of the voice acting for the side characters, mainly in Ripto’s Rage isn’t very good: they’re either not expressive enough or completely over-the-top when the situation does not call for it.

While most of the controls have been tightened, one aspect that has been made worse is the swimming controls during the underwater levels. What was once precise is now overly sensitive and tedious; the phrase ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ definitely applies here, unfortunately.

The game camera also isn’t your friend here; this was another huge issue I had with all three original games and, unfortunately, the issues continue here. It still gets stuck at corners and, during boss fights, will dive underneath Spyro’s feet, making the fights unnecessarily difficult. Another aspect that makes some of the boss fights unnecessarily difficult is the speed of the characters that you have to fights in these levels: they’re too fast. Specifically, Gulp and Spike’s laser projectiles in ‘Ripto’s Rage’ and ‘Year of the Dragon’, as well as Buzz’s rolling attacks in ‘Year of the Dragon’. These are too fast, while Spyro is not fast enough to always dodge them. However, these levels aren’t impossible; they’ve just been made to be needlessly difficult.

While I am glad to see Spyro return, and I’ve enjoyed revisiting these classic games, this isn’t a perfect remaster. There are some aspects that need fixing and hopefully ‘Toys for Bob’ will listen to any feedback it gets regarding the game and act on it.

3

Reigns (Steam)

Release Year: 2016
Developer: Nerial
Publisher: Developer Digital
Platforms: PC, iOS, Android, Switch (2018)

Written by Tom Sheffield

In a world where online dating is as easy and effortless as swiping left or right on your phone, Nerial decided to create a game using a similar premise, but instead of finding your next partner, your swipes determine the fate of your kingdom…

Admittedly, Reigns only found its way into my ever growing Steam library through a Humble Bundle at some point over the last couple of years. It was always one of those games that I knew I’d probably never get round to playing and it would just sit in my library gathering dust, but after seeing a screenshot of it on Twitter at the end of last year I decided to give it a whirl. Much to my surprise, I was completely sucked into this game and its story, which I controlled by simply swiping cards left or right.

I knew the mechanics of the game before I installed it and figured it would be something that might entertain me for 5 minutes tops. Never did I imagine I would sit there for a good couple of hours trying to maintain order in an ungrateful kingdom and witness my royal self continuously perish or lose control of the throne.

The concept of the game is as simple as its mechanics. You are the new ruler of a medieval kingdom and are constantly pestered by your (sometimes) loyal subjects. You’re presented with a situation and there are just two options available for you to choose from. Each action has repercussions that effect the church, the people, the military, and the kingdom’s wealth – which are represented above the cards.

The aim of each reign is to keep all of these metrics balanced. If any of the four pillars of society gets too high or falls too low, your reign will come to an end. How it ends depends on which pillar caused your demise – so for example if the people turn against you, they’ll likely overthrow you and kill you in some barbaric fashion. But don’t fret, every time you meet your demise you then assume the role of your heir and continue to reign over the kingdom.

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Whilst on paper it does sound like this game would get boring within minutes, its charm and likeability lies within its writing. Some of the situations you find being presented to you are quite often bizarre, and the humour in the game beautifully matches it. One example of bizarreness I recently encountered was someone telling me they’d discovered an elephant in the kingdom and asked if I wanted to see it or not… My curiosity got the better of me and I said yes. Next thing I know I’m being told that this person strolls into my throne room with a Dragon in tow and consequently my castle is now on fire.

Not all of the situations are silly, some are quite serious and leave you really having to think about the decision you should make. I’ll hold my hands up and say I pondered on some of the scenarios for longer than I probably should have (I don’t know why because my reign never lasts long!) but that’s the beauty of this game. It sucks you into the narrative and makes you want the best for your kingdom… although sometimes it is fun to just constantly swipe in one direction and see how many years your reign lasts!

The art of this game also accompanies it’s simplistic mechanics and concept in that it’s very minimal, but fun. As you can see in the GIF above, the cards feature the characters to come face to face with, from Priests to Knights, Jesters to Queens, and even Dragons and Skeletons! As a big fan of minimal art this game’s design is right up my street, and was one of the factors that spurred me into giving it a try.

This game is definitely more suited for mobile play due to its Tinder-like mechanics. Swiping with your mouse definitely feels like more effort than the game requires and because it’s card-based it’s perfect for a mobile phone screen. Using a mouse definitely doesn’t hinder my enjoyment of the game – the writing makes sure of that! But if you were looking to buy this game then I would absolutely recommend buying it for your phone. Reigns is also making its Switch debut sometime soon, and I imagine that will also be a good choice of platform to play it on if you have yet to purchase it.

With a Game of Thrones version of the game releasing in October, now is the perfect time to revisit Reigns or Reigns: Her Majesty. 

Tom’s Verdict:

4

‘Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy’ Has Been Delayed?!

 Written by Megan Williams

After the huge success of Crash Bandicoot: The N Sane Trilogy last year, rumours started circulating that the next Playstation mascot to get a Next Gen remaster would be Spyro the Dragon. Originally created by Insomniac Games, Spyro was a platforming series that started in 1998. By April, these rumours were confirmed as development team Toys For Bob announced that they were developing the Spyro Trilogy remaster, for the Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The remaster of the first three original games (titled ‘The Reignited Trilogy’) was to be released on the 21st September 2018. However, this date has now been changed as Toys For Bob announced on the 17th August that the game would now be released on the 13th November 2018.

The full statement, from their recent blog post, is below:

Everyone here at Toys for Bob is so proud to be reigniting the original Spyro trilogy after all these years. We’re deeply committed to getting these games right, so we’ve decided to move the release date of Spyro Reignited Trilogy to November 13, 2018. I really hoped that you would be rescuing dragons and scorching Rhynocs sooner, but the Trilogy needs more love and care.  In November when you’re exploring the Dragon Realms, Avalar and the Forgotten Worlds, we know you’ll agree the extra time was worth the wait.

The adventure continues,

Paul Yan
Co-Studio Head
Toys for Bob

While I’m upset that the game is delayed (and confused at the rather vague statement), I’m happy that we’re still getting a remaster and I look forward to revisiting the Dragon Realms and Avalar in November!

Nathan Fillion & Allan Ungar Bring ‘Uncharted’ To Life Through Fan Film

Year: 2018
Directed by: Allan Ungar
Written by: Allan Ungar & Jesse Wheeler
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stephen Lang, Geno Segers, Mircea Monroe, Ernie Reyes Jr. 

Written by Michael Dean

Fans have been clamoring for a major motion picture release for the Uncharted game series by Naughty Dog.  In 2017 it was confirmed that Tom Holland, our new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, signed up for the role to play Nathan Drake in an upcoming release by Sony Pictures.  However, it is still in the developing stages and some fans simply cannot wait any longer.

Enter Nathan Fillion, known for playing Mal in Serenity and the short-lived TV series Firefly, as well as Richard Castle in the TV series Castle, and writer-director Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) to deliver the fans an entertaining take on the character in a live action 15-minute short film.  Those unfamiliar with the game should know Uncharted is an action adventure game series similar to the Tomb Raider series and the Indiana Jones films.

Allan’s direction in the short film shines with some smooth camerawork, clean edits, and looks very much like a professionally made film.  Allan does a fine job capturing the action, which is fun and well choreographed.  Being a film based off of the game, Allan made sure to include scenes from the game.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Allan stated, “Almost everything Nathan does in that fight is seen in one of the four games”.  In addition, some scenes have a video game like quality, for example, in an action sequence where Nathan jumps out a window, he picks himself up from the ground and the camera pans around to where his back is centered in the screen as if he’s ready for the gamer to guide his next action.

Anytime you have Nathan Fillion in a film you know he’s going to deliver the charm and humour he is known for, and he does so in spades.  It was a great idea to include an interrogation scene as it gives a chance for Nathan to show off his acting chops.  It probably helps that the Nathan and Allan are fans of the video game series as their passion pours onto the screen.  Elena Fisher and Victor “Sully” Sullivan are supporting characters from the game and are included in this film as well, played by Mircea Monroe (Magic Mike) and Stephen Lang (Don’t Breathe) who are solid for the short time they are given.

Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with the video game series to fully state whether or not Allan and Nathan capture the full essences of the character and story, but word from the masses are very positive stating the film does capture the spirit of the game.  What I can state is that I was very much entertained and would love to see more from this crew if they are given another opportunity