In this Game Rant Open Discussion, we’re talking about The Game Awards 2015, as well as the launches of Just Cause 3 and Rainbow Six Siege. Come join the discussion.
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Game Rant Open Discussion, where we highlight a few of the biggest stories from the week, then open the comments section for our readers to chat to their hearts’ content. It’s been a week full of ups and downs, with rocky game launches and big award winners.
The Game Awards 2015
Yesterday, the biggest games of the year were honored with awards and praise at The Game Awards 2015, where The Wither 3: Wild Hunt walked away with Game of the Year. The Wither 3 also nabbed the Best Role-Playing Game of the Year, and its developer, CD Projekt Red, won Developer of the Year.
Just Cause 3 Launch
Just Cause 3 had an explosive launch, though it was unfortunately mired by serious technical issues on consoles that made the game nearly unplayable for many gamers. When players spend more than an hour running around the vast open-world, they experienced 15-minute load times and serious framerate drops.
Fortunately, developer Avalanche Studios is aware of the issue and hard at work on a fix, though there’s no timeline for when the issue will be fully resolved. The developer did recommend players disconnect from online mode, as that may be contributing to the issue.
Be sure to check out our Just Cause 3 review here.
Just Cause 3 is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Rainbow Six Siege Launch
Rainbow Six Siege also launched this week, and like Just Cause 3, many players experienced serious issues. Problems include matchmaking errors, game disconnections, and major framerate drops. Most of the issues look to be on PC, though some console players are also being affected.
This is definitely not what Ubisoft wanted after last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity debacle, but it seems the developer can’t escape the challenges of launching a game in time for the holiday season. Hopefully the developer can get the issues resolved quickly so players can enjoy the shooter as intended.
Don’t miss our review of Rainbow Six Siege here.
Rainbow Six Siege is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Black Friday Console Winner
Black Friday stands as an important day for console sales, and gives gamers an idea of the current state of the console war between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And despite Microsoft’s efforts to push drive huge Xbox One sales, Sony’s console came out on top, outselling both Xbox One and Wii U.
Cyber Monday information is still incoming, as well as the results for total sales in November, but at the moment it’s looking like Sony will retain the lead. It’ll be interesting to see how Xbox responds to this in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas.
New Destiny Microtransactions Inbound
Bungie surprised many gamers by altering their Year 2 strategy away from paid DLC to focus on free content and microtransactions. Many players were happy to see that the microtransactions focused on emotes and not weapons or gear that may give some players an edge over others.
Now, it looks like Destiny’s microtransaction vendor, Tess, will be getting a new shipment of items this month for players to pick up for a little bit of Silver, the in-game currently players can acquire by paying real money. Hopefully Bungie sticks to their plan to offer non-play-to-win items for sale.
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