Four players can pit their skills with complete equipment, including the omnidirectional treadmill.
In general, VR and esports are not an ideal combination. However, a company called Virtuix claimed to have been serious about this field since 2016. Virtuix, for those who do not know, is an omididirectional treadmill manufacturer named Omni which successfully earned more than $ 1 million in funding in Kickstarter in 2013.
To further prove its seriousness, Virtuix recently decided to work with Funovation attraction developers. The fruit of their partnership is VR Arena, a kind of arcade-specific VR esports.
Don’t imagine VR Arena as a grand venue for tens or even hundreds of people. With an area of around 35 m² (equivalent to a studio apartment in Indonesia), the VR Arena can only accommodate four players on one occasion. Of course all four have access to all the equipment needed, from the VR headset to the omnidirectional treadmill.
In total there are 18 VR games specifically designed to maximize Virtuix Omni capabilities, which allow players to move and pivot 360 degrees while standing at one point. Omni is arguably less successful among general consumers, so its implementation in a commercial segment like this sounds far more reasonable.
To be able to hold VR esports events with VR Arena, organizers have to make up for $ 1,790 per month. It sounds very expensive, but not so when there are already a number of parties interested in becoming sponsors.
The Call of Duty series is synonymous with first-person shooter games, but who would have thought Activision’s franchise could be transformed into a strategy game on the mobile platform. Most recently, Activision handed over the development of the Call of Duty strategy game to Elex Wireless, a fairly popular Clash of Kings game developer.
In the hands of Elex, Call of Duty: Global Operations was born, which is currently in the soft launch for the Android platform. When looking at the screenshots, the graphics are far better than Call of Duty: Heroes, which is also a strategy genre – reasonable considering that Heroes was released in 2014.
Since this is a strategy game, gameplay is also presented from the bird’s eye. Global Operations also carries the MMO element; players play the role of generals, tasked with building forces, recruiting veteran commanders such as Captain Price, Ghost, Soap (popular characters from the CoD franchise), and forming alliances with other players.
Multiplayer mode is certainly available, both co-op and PvP (player versus player). However, players are also welcome to relax and enjoy the single-player campaign. Global Operations should bring fresh air to CoD fans who are bored with the shooter genre, but at the same time still interested in the continuation of this franchise.
For now, Call of Duty: Global Operations is only available in the Philippines and Australia. The global launch is still unknown. Hopefully, his fate will not be like Call of Duty: Siege, a strategy game that was not released after its soft launch in October 2016.
Platform providers try to provide profit sharing offers that are more tempting for developers.
For casual people, the famous Epic Games through the popular battle royale game, Fortnite. But tracing its journey in the realm of gaming, Epic Games is one of the experienced developers who has a big contribution in the industry – especially through the development of the Unreal Engine. The North Carolina age studio is even older than Valve Corp.
So far, Epic Games and Valve have their own audiences and do business without competing directly. But maybe, in the near future both will start competing. This week, it was discovered that the team behind the Gears of War series had an agenda to launch Steam’s competitor distribution platform. The name is quite simple, but it sounds catchy in the ear: Epic Games Store.
CEO Tim Sweeney menjelaskan bahwa mereka sudah lama ingin menggarap platform yang dapat menyambungkan tim Epic Games dengan para pemain. Awalnya, mereka bereksperimen lewat Fortnite – permainan ini tidak ada di Steam, hanya bisa diakses melalui software milik Epic Games. Sweeney bilang, percobaan tersebut berhasil dan berkeinginan untuk membuka gerbangnya bagi developer lain.
When Valve implemented a profit sharing of 30 to 70, the Epic Games Store offered more tempting figures for third-party studios: they only asked for a 12 percent commission, and the rest was received by the game creator. Epic Games plans to launch this platform ‘slowly’, with a collection of games that are not too many and they choose themselves.
Additions to the number of games will continue to be made in 2019, until later when Epic Games feels confident they will no longer need to curate. Each game sold there still has to get the service provider’s approval, but they will only do the rooting from the technical side and not on the content – except on adult-themed games.
With easy access and a very large number of users, Steam does look like the wind. Not long ago, Valve also revealed a plan to reduce the reward percentage from 30:70 to 25 percent. Then they only took 20 percent of each game sale worth US $ 50 million. Through this step, Valve seems to want to keep the blockbuster publisher from withdrawing from Steam.
Interestingly, Tim Sweeney had said that they were not willing to duel with Steam. Epic Games only wants to ‘provide the best offer for developers and expand the opportunities for content creators to create ‘. Epic Games Store will be accessible on December 6 tomorrow, marked by the 2018 The Game Awards.
That means, the official Epic Games follow in the footsteps of Electronic Arts and Activision-Blizzard in providing their own distribution platform.
In the future, Daybreak plans to increase the number to 1,000 players.
Long before the battle royale fever plagued, Sony Online Entertainment (now known as indie Daybreak studios) did something almost impossible. Through PlanetSide 2, they provide giant scale combat space for thousands of first-person shooter fans. Six more years after PlanetSide 2 was released, the achievement was still difficult to compete with other games.
Berbekal teknologi yang mereka miliki, Daybreak Game Company siap merangkul tren terpanas di segmen gaming. Di penghujung 2018 ini, studio di belakang seri EverQuest, DC Universe Online dan Star Wars Galaxies itu resmi mengumumkan PlanetSide Arena, yaitu permainan kompetitif dengan opsi battle royale yang mengambil latar belakang futuristis di jagat fiksi PlanetSide. Untuk membuatnya berbeda dari formula last man standing lain, Daybreak memberikan sentuhan khas mereka di game ini.
Some of the first things the developer adopts from PlanetSide 2 are the size of the combat location and the ability of the game to support the participation of players in large numbers. The new game presents a 64-square-kilometer ‘Echoes of Amerish’ arena. As the name implies, this map was adapted and built based on Amerish, the third continent that developers introduced at PlanetSide 2.
PlanetSide Arena offers three different game modes. First is the solo battle royale mode that can be participated by 100 players, then there is a team of three last man standing that supports a maximum of 102 gamers, and the third is the arena for PvP 500 player combat titled Massive Clash. In the future, Daybreak has a plan to present a battle containing 1,000 players.
Although at the beginning of its release, PlanetSide Arena prioritized the battle royale experience, Daybreak didn’t want to just focus there. In each new season, developers will introduce other options such as Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy and Global Conquest. Season and Battle Pass presentations are indeed like Fortnite, and those who pre-order are now entitled to access Season 1.
Another typical touch of PlanetSide is the choice of different classes. When launching later, players can specialize in Assault, Medic or Engineer. It is possible that the developer will introduce other classes such as Infiltrator or Max in the future. There, you can also use vehicles and equipment that were previously on PlanetSide 2, such as tanks, ATVs, hover bikes and jet packs.
PlanetSide Arena is planned to be released first on Windows PC via Steam on January 29, 2019. Daybreak offers two pre-order versions, consisting of Sanctuary Assault Edition and Legendary Arena Edition. When this article was written, both editions were getting a 50 percent discount.
This time, Valve decided to simplify the Steam Awards category.
Introduced by Valve in 2016, the Steam Awards were held in two phases. First, the organizer determines the award category, then later, allows Steam users to make an election. But different from other awards events, Steam Awards usually present unique and unusual game categories.
And approaching the start of the Winter Sale event that has been waiting for millions of Steam customers, Valve also announced the list of nominations for the Steam Awards this year. Traditionally, the games there not only included the title in 2018, but also popular games released a few years ago. Interestingly, this time Valve decided to simplify the Steam Awards category, so we no longer meet funny titles like ‘Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!’ Or ‘Mom’s Spaghetti.
Here is a list of the finalists and the best developer nominees :
Game of the Year :
Monster Hunter: World
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
VR Game of the Year :
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Fallout 4 VR
Labor of Love :
Grand Theft Auto V
No Man’s Sky
Path of Exile
Best Environment :
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Far Cry 5
Dark Souls III
Better with Friends :
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Dead by Daylight
Best Alternate History :
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Hearts of Iron IV
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Most Fun with a Machine :
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Best Developer :
CD Projekt Red
Digital Extremes Ltd.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
The election gate for the Steam Awards 2018 is scheduled to open on Thursday, December 20 tomorrow, along with the start of Steam Winter Sale. Every Steam user is welcome to participate until the opportunity to vote is closed on January 3, 2019. Those who follow will also get a special trading card. After that, the announcement of the winner is reported to be held in February 2019.
The interesting thing you might see in this list is, when there are five titles in each game category, the best developer nominations are filled by ten names. Valve explained that “best developer” is a prestigious category that is highly contested. For this reason, they expanded the slot.
The winners will be announced on December 31 tomorrow.
Fortnite and battle royale fever are indeed spreading all over the world, but (very heartily) I admit that this year is the PlayStation 4’s glorious moment thanks to the appearance of awesome titles on the platform: remake of Shadow of the Colossus, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, as well as the presence of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Monster Hunter: World.
And in the last days of 2018, Sony Interactive Entertainment invited gamers to decide on their favorite PS4 games. Through its official blog, Sony offered a very large selection, dividing the finalists into 15 categories (including the best studios). And interestingly, they let you add certain games if the title is not listed.
Everyone has the opportunity to participate in this voting process. The plan, the announcement of the winners will be held on December 31, 2018 later.
Best PS4 Game :
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
A Way Out
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Detroit: Become Human
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Far Cry 5
God of War
Mega Man 11
Monster Hunter: World
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Red Dead Redemption 2
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Best PS VR Experience :
Astro Bot Rescue Mission
Borderlands 2 VR
Creed: Rise to Glory
Firewall Zero Hour
Star Trek: Bridge Crew – The Next Generation
Best Independent Game :
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Dream Daddy: Dadrector’s Cut
Best Performance :
Alex McKenna – Sadie Adler, Red Dead Redemption 2
Anthony Howell – Dr. Jonathan Reid, Vampyr
Benjamin Byron Davis – Dutch van der Linde, Red Dead Redemption 2
Bryan Dechart – Connor, Detroit: Become Human
Christopher Judge – Kratos, God of War
Clancy Brown – Hank, Detroit: Become Human
Darin De Paul – J. Jonah Jameson, Marvel’s Spider-Man
Gonzalo Martin – Sean Diaz, Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
2018 is a special year of gaming. Battle Royale has indeed become a global phenomenon, but the best titles have even been contributed by high-player games like Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2. DailySocial crews have chosen their favorite games, but we are ready to meet 2019 with new enthusiasm and enthusiasm.
Before you complain why big titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Halo Infinite, Death Stranding, The Elders Scroll 6, Ghost of Tsushima until The Last of Us Part 2 are not included in this list; the reason is I’m not sure they will be released in 2019 (although hoping otherwise). I suspect, some of these games are even scheduled to accompany the release of the next generation platform.
1. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Ace Combat will return after the sixth game breezes on the Xbox 360 12 years ago. Bandai Namco allows more gamers to enjoy Skies Unknown by releasing it on three main platforms. Even so, PS4 owners get special offerings in the form of virtual reality mode via PSVR.
Anthem’s release will be a defining moment for BioWare: can this Titanic-style sci-fi action role-playing game return the studio to its golden age, or is the fate even the disappointing Mass Effect: Andromeda?
Some of the latest works by Max Payne’s creators are indeed not very popular, but their games are always unique and unusual. Control raises supernatural themes, is set in a mysterious building with “interior parts that are much larger than the exterior”.
4. Crackdown 3
After being postponed many times, Crackdown 3 is finally scheduled to launch in February 2019. With it, Sumo Digital and Microsoft Studios try to showcase Microsoft Azure technology that allows us to destroy all objects in the game.
5. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Undoubtedly, the success of N. Sane Trilogy encourages Activision as the owner of IP Crash Bandicoot to remast the CTR. In the Nitro-Fueled edition, the Beenox team was given the confidence to build all game assets from scratch while adding a variety of new content.
6. Days Gone
Days Gone is a combination of a zombie-themed survival horror formula with open world action-adventure. A similar idea was promoted by Dying Light, but in this exclusive PS4 game, the main character is a former criminal and biker.
7. Devil May Cry 5
Different from DmC: Devil May Cry is mixed as an alternative story / spin-off, Devil May Cry 5 is the true successor of this series, continuing the story of Dante’s adventure after Devil May Cry 2 ends (the sequence of this game series is indeed confusing) while introducing a new character.
8. Doom Eternal
2019 is not a lucky year for demons. Not only Dante and Nero who will crush them, the Doom Slayer is scheduled to re-hunt the devil and stop their invasion on Earth armed with new weapons. In his action, he will again be accompanied by strains of heavy metal music.
9. Far Cry New Dawn
Is a Far Cry spin-off as well as a sequel to Far Cry 5, New Dawn brings players to the background of the world that has not been touched by this series: post-apocalypse. The game inherits Far Cry’s unique open world familiar elements, and reveals the fate of the characters in the previous game.
10. Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts III worked as a cover for the Dark Seaker saga. There, you are again tasked with guiding Sora, this time to find the seven Light Guards and stop Master Xehanort’s plan to start a war. He will be accompanied by Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey and Riku.
You are allowed to participate in online competitions, enjoy cooperative multiplayer mode, play offline, to create a dream team.
Apart from Konami’s promise to enrich Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 content, the switch to Champions League, European League and UEFA Super League licenses that they held for 10 years to FIFA 19 made loyal fans disappointed and caused sales to decline by 42 percent in the first week of release compared to PES 2018. In an effort to attract more players, the publisher applies an interesting strategy.
As of December 13, 2018, Konami officially released the free-to-play version of PES 2019 on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Through ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 Lite’, you are allowed to participate in online competitions, enjoy cooperative multiplayer mode, play offline, to create a dream team. For free games, Konami’s offer is very generous.
After downloading it, you can immediately access offline match and training modes. There is also a gate to join the PES League, a medium to test your skills against players around the world. The PES League is divided into several modes and championships, for example one-on-one competitions, three cooperative matches versus three, and time limited tournaments.
One crucial element that was also presented by PES 2019 Lite was myClub. This feature allows us to create and compile legendary players who have existed throughout the history of football, for example juxtaposing Beckham with Maradona, Roladhino, Recoba, Cambiasso, Djorkaeff or Adriano. Konami plans to add more iconic figures through updates. myClub is the developer’s answer to the Ultimate Team feature in the FIFA series.
PES 2019 Lite carries the engine and all kinds of technology in the full version. The uniqueness of each football player is determined by 11 characteristics, such as agility maneuver, pass without seeing, to the ability to be shot shot. From the technical side, the two editions do not have different visual aspects. Based on the list of PC system requirements available on Steam, both PES 2019 and Lite still require 30GB of storage space and similar hardware compositions.
Like other free-to-play titles, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 Lite carries an in-app purchase system. But because Konami hasn’t explained how they presented it in a press release and I haven’t had the chance to try it out, I don’t know yet the exact application of microtransaction there.
If we are pleased to understand that the agreement between Konami and UEFA is not extended, PES 2019 remains a quality game. Just look at the gaming events held this year such as the Game Critics Awards, Gamescom, Golden Joystick Awards, and The Game Awards; Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 made it into the list of nominations.
Not all games need to carry the open world formula, but this directive shows the team’s big ambition in building the game world, as well as the studio’s way of ensuring gamers enjoy their work longer. But if you do it wrong, open world will actually make the game feel reptitive, empty, or make bugs and glitch stand out more.
There are many bad open world games out there, and one recent example is Fallout 76, a failed attempt to combine survival and coop elements into the single-player RPG genre that has long been Bethesda’s specialty. This shows how difficult it is to mix an ‘open’ game. Through this article, I want to appreciate the successful developers who did it. Here are eight of the best open world titles in 2018 :
1. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
About one year and four months after being available in Japan on a limited basis, the seventh game in the Yakuza series (counting Yakuza 0) can finally be enjoyed globally. The Song of Life continues the tradition of the gameplay of its predecessors. The game again invites you to play Kazuma Kiryu, and here players are asked to guide him to explore Tokyo, Kamurocho, Onomichi, and Hiroshima Prefecture.
2. Forza Horizon 4
Not all the best open world games prioritize action-adventure elements. Forza Horizon 4 is a representative of the racing genre. Scale and content are aspects that make the latest title of the Forza Motorsport spinoff get a lot of praise. The game presents more than 720 licensed cars, and lets you adventure on the mainland of the United Kingdom. Forza Horizon 4 can be played alone or with 71 other gamers.
3. Yakuza Kiwami 2
The second Yakuza game on this list, and is a remake of Yakuza 2 which was released 12 years ago on PlayStation 2. The game was rebuilt using the Dragon engine, carrying the Yakuza 6 fighting system, and presenting the Cabaret Club minigame ala Yakuza 0. There, Sega it also adds new story elements to correct the old version of the plot that is confusing.
4. Far Cry 5
Far Cry is one of the franchises that popularized open world games, and in this fifth game, Ubisoft brings players to remote areas in America to deal with armed religious extremist groups. In addition to serving the Far Cry formula, the developer also immersed role-playing aspects such as system skills, branching stories, and various side quest options.
5. Monster Hunter: World
The world of Monster Hunter: World does not really open wide, requiring you to transit in the Astera hub area to access different areas. But the most amazing thing about World is how each area presents a living ecosystem complete with a food chain. Each monster there has its own routine and characteristics, and often duels to fight for territory.
6. Marvel’s Spider-Man
The best superhero game project in this era was born from Sony’s desire to develop games from Marvel’s property. Spider-Man presents a variety of characters – heroes and villains – which we already know but are presented in a completely new storyline. Aside from successfully garnering various praise from gamers, Spider-Man is also the fastest selling and best-selling game on the PS4.
7. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Ubisoft has tried various formulas in developing the Assassin ‘Creed series, some have received very positive responses, but some have been disappointing. The Odyssey is in the favorite category thanks to its rich content, super-massive game world, and presented with such beautiful visuals. It only takes a minute for you to fall in love with the beautiful Greek islands and Kassandra.
8. Red Dead Redemption 2
Discussing the open world game this year doesn’t feel complete without including RDR2, and the reason is very strong: Rockstar’s cowboy world is the most detailed and most complex virtual realm that you can explore today. Red Dead Redemption 2 will always surprise you, either through unexpected behavior of NPCs and fauna (I witnessed a deadly duel between two male deer) or through mysteries and anomalies that you find.
Movies and books may be considered by many as an effective medium for storytelling, but video games offer one aspect that other types of entertainment don’t have: interactivity. When films and books present narratives in a linear fashion, it is not uncommon for video games to have a branched storyline and provide an opportunity for players to act so whoever they want.
Games with the best stories can emerge from various genres, but are generally dominated by adventure and role-playing titles, and this tradition continues into 2018. 2018 is one of the most satisfying gaming years, successfully showing developers and publishers that there are still many players who want quality single-player games.
1. Life is Strange 2 (dan The Awesome Adventures Of Captain Spirit
In the sequel to ‘graphic adventure’, the Dontnod team introduces the main characters and new perspectives. There you no longer play time manipulating, but act as a brother who realizes that his sister is able to control the wind, served in a familiar Life is Strange formula. To try before buying, the developer has provided a demo titled The Awesome Adventures Of Captain Spirit.
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man
Aside from being one of the best superhero games and open world games in 2018, to his surprise, Marvel’s Spider-Man also kept a complex storyline livened up by familiar characters. The good news is, you don’t need to watch movies, read certain comics or become fans of the Spider Man so you can enjoy them because this game presents an original plot.
3. Detroit: Become Human
Lewat Become Human, Quantic Dream continues their tradition as an expert on interactive storytelling. But there is something unique offered by this latest creation: the game does not have game over even though one of the main characters is killed. There, you will guide three androids with background stories, different choices and agendas. Detroit: Become Human is deliberately designed to be played many times.
4. Shadow of the Colossus (2018)
This remake of the best action-adventure game on PlayStation 2 shows the whole industry that a solid concept will ensure a digital work is timeless. Shadow of the Colossus 2018 still presents a formula identical to the original version, and the Bluepoint Games team only modifies the control system. The hardest job they do is rebuild all the game assets.
5. God of War
The best part of God of War is that it can act as a sequel as well as a standalone game that does not require us to complete the previous three games. The plot of God of War is quite simple (and brings a sad theme), but the dynamics between Kratos and his son Atreus make their repatriation very interesting. Once done, you will expect Sony to immediately announce the sequel.
Behind the fast-paced brutal gameplay that is presented in its two-dimensional pixelated style, Celeste saves the story of the struggle against anxiety and depression. This game is able to give its players a sense of satisfaction with their accomplishments once they successfully guide Madeline to climb the peak of Mount Celeste, and make you proud of the failures and repeated attempts to overcome various obstacles.
7. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
Pillars of Eternity is one of several games that have managed to restore the glory of the traditional CRPG genre, while introducing it to modern gamers. Pillars of Eternity II again carries theological and philosophical themes, this time inviting you to hunt the God of Light in the Deadfire island country. As before, this sequel will again tickle our understanding of the concepts of divinity and religion.
8. Red Dead Redemption 2
A proof that the staff of Rockstar Games is an excellent storyteller. By spending tens of hours playing as Arthur Morgan, only cold-hearted gamers don’t shed tears. But the most essential aspect there is, Red Dead Redemption 2 is not only focused on the life course of the criminal, but also characterized by unforgettable characters and interesting, humorous, tragic, strange and unexpected stories.