It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Game Rant Open Discussion. For the uninitiated, our weekly Open Discussion is a place for us to recap some of the biggest new items of the past week, and give our readers a chance to discuss these and other topics together over the next week.
In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we’ll discuss the next Far Cry game, the most anticipated games of this fall, microtransactions, and more.
Far Cry Primal Announced
This week, Ubisoft officially announced Far Cry Primal, a Far Cry game set in the days of saber tooth tigers and woolly mammoths. The announcement video only featured a few seconds of gameplay, but it was enough to excite the bulk of Far Cry fans.
A stone-age Far Cry will offer new challenges to players, and hopefully the differences between this and past games will turn out to be positive. Even if dinosaurs aren’t included from the offset like many gamers are hoping, it’s always possible Ubisoft will incorporate dinosaurs through DLC.
Metal Gear Solid Online Launched
This week saw the release of Metal Gear Solid Online, the multiplayer component to the highly praised Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. In Metal Gear Solid Online, teams of players go head-to-head to test their stealth and fighting skills.
Unfortunately, Metal Gear Solid Online has been experiencing issues since launch, which will hopefully be corrected in the coming days and weeks. While this isn’t the first game to experience such hiccups, it’s still frustrating to players who expect developers to better finalize features in their games before launch.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is Most Anticipated Game of the Fall
In a surprising turn of events, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 overtook Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, and every other multi-platform game as the most anticipated game of Fall 2015. The survey was conducted by Nielsen, an insight group that questioned almost 5,000 gamers to see which games they were most excited about.
As for console-exclusive games, Xbox One owners are most excited for Halo 5, while PlayStation 4 owners’ top choice was Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.
PlayStation 4 Price Dropping in North America
Speaking of PlayStation 4, Sony announced this week that the PS4 will be permanently dropping in price by $50 in North America. The price change will set PlayStation 4 on par with Xbox One at $350.
The drop in price is likely an attempt to make the PlayStation 4 more competitive against Xbox One during the holiday shopping season. Sony is no-doubt looking for ways to maintain their edge over the Microsoft console, and this is a no-brainer.
It seems microtransactions are the future of gaming, at least in the eyes of many game developers. This week, Konami released an update to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain that introduces a way for players to beef up their online activities for a small real-money fee. Additionally, Bungie revealed its plans for microtransactions in Destiny, and Crystal Dynamics opened up about microtransactions coming in Rise of the Tomb Raider.
While these microtransactions may seems harmless or simple, the fact that so many developers are incorporating them into triple-A titles has many gamers concerned. Hopefully, developers don’t go the way of mobile studios, who have made some games almost unplayable without microtransactions. Time will tell.
Continue the Discussion
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