In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we’re discussing the PS4 Pro, Mass Effect Andromeda, Pokemon GO, and more! Come on in and join the conversation!
School may be in, but that doesn’t meant that gaming is out! As the calendar slides into Friday, that means it’s time for the weekly Game Rant Open Discussion!
For the unaware, the Game Rant Open Discussion is a place where our readers are invited to join the comment section and discuss whatever happens to be on their mind, even if that subject isn’t related to video games. After all, Game Rant is two words – we focus on the Game portion a lot, but now we need to show the Rant some love!
To help kick things off, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a few big news items from the past 7 days, so that readers can catch up on what’s been happening and jump into the conversation with some ammunition. To join the Open Discussion, simply scroll to the Load Comments button below and get posting!
This week, we’re talking about the PS4 Pro, Mass Effect Andromeda, Destiny, and Pokemon GO!
Sony Announces the PlayStation 4 Pro
This week, Sony finally confirmed what many fans have been expecting since E3 2016: the high-powered PlayStation Pro console, which was previously thought to be titled the PlayStation Neo. To show off the technological prowess of the upgraded console, Sony played some sequences from Horizon: Zero Dawn and Watch Dogs 2, later confirming that the PS4 Pro will retail for $399 and will be released on November 10, just in time for the holiday season.
Sony also revealed the rumor-laden PS4 Slim, which was an expected response to the earlier revealed Xbox One S. Now that Sony has seemingly beaten Microsoft to the punch in terms of releasing a more powerful edition of the current generation console, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft releases any news about the Xbox Scorpio in the coming months.
BioWare Shows Off Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay
Sony wasn’t just focused on the newly announced PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim this week, as the company also gave gamers a first look at Mass Effect Andromeda with a pre-alpha gameplay segment. The 30 FPS demonstration focused on the environment that the game could actively provide thanks to the PS4 Pro’s technological prowess, and featured small reactive creatures that can cause some serious damage to the game’s main protagonist.
Since the demonstration, we now know that the male and female protagonists of Mass Effect Andromeda are siblings, though little more is known about the game itself. Gamers can purchase a novel to bridge the gap between Mass Effect 3 and the upcoming title, though the game reportedly ignores the controversial ending from Mass Effect 3 entirely.
Mass Effect Andromeda is scheduled to release in Q1 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
Pokemon GO Reaches Half A Billion Downloads
Niantic’s cult hit application has joined a very exclusive club, and that club is for mobile games that have managed to amass 500,000 downloads. Gamers enjoying the application have now collectively walked the distance between Earth and Pluto (4.6 billion kilometers), and the small-sized studio has made more money off of the application than several Hollywood movies have made from ticket sales.
Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising, considering that Pokemon GO made a cool $200,000,000 in its first month alone. Niantic has confirmed that the studio is working on some new projects, which will reportedly involve similar GPS-based aspects of exploration. Of course, plenty of new updates are still coming to Pokemon GO itself, and Niantic will be hoping consumers stick with the application for some time, although it seems like the busy summer honeymoon phase of the application’s release has passed.
Destiny: Rise of Iron Update Will Make Crucible More Rewarding
The 2.4 update for Destiny is poised to remove legendary engrams from the loot collection of all crucible modes, so that players who receive drops will be guaranteed a weapon. The update will also change how heavy weapon factors in to elimination modes, as it will now spawn in only one central location forcing players to fight for the valuable ammunition.
Bungie has also planned to make Public Events have a purpose once again with the upcoming 2.4 update, which will now make them a source of legendary marks, destination materials, and experience on the first completion. Once players have beaten the public event, they can continue to replay it, but the rewards will be nerfed after the first run through to prevent farming.
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The past few months have been full of interesting console announcements, with two different heavy upgraded consoles, two different slim models, and even two different retro throwback systems thrown into the mix. The result is going to be an undoubtedly interesting holiday season, and we’ve been left with plenty to discuss as the holidays slowly but surely approach!
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