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The Free Games Coming to PlayStation Plus in May

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As April winds down, new free games are coming to PlayStation Plus. Last month we got Oddworld: Soulstorm, Days Gone, and Zombie Army 4: Dead War. Don’t worry though, PS Plus members can still grab these games until May 3rd. Per the usual (lately), we’ll be receiving one big-name video game and two lesser-known titles. The following titles will all be available for download on the 4th of this month.

Battlefield V

The most eye-catching of the bunch is Battlefield V. If you’re out of the loop, Battlefield V came out in late 2018 receiving mediocre reviews. Don’t let this discourage you though, there’s still plenty of fun to be had with this title, especially with their battle royale mode, Firestorm. Battlefield V sets itself in WW2 with all the guns you know and love as well a new style of gameplay more akin to an arcade shooter rather than the semi-realistic gameplay Battlefield fans are used to. It doesn’t always feel like Battlefield, but you can still find great moments and satisfying gameplay often enough to keep you playing.


Wreckfest

Wreckfest is a lesser-known game for your casual or newer gamer, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. It received some stellar reviews with 8s and 9s being given out from nearly everyone. It’s a classic arcade racer with upgradeable cars, realistic destructions, and high-octane racing. It’s been described as a spiritual successor to the FlatOut series by the same studio, Bugbear Entertainment. This game is a good time all around if you’re looking to add a little more fun into your racing catalogue. Don’t let this one slip under the radar!

Stranded Deep

Have you ever wanted a video game similar to the classic movie Cast Away? Stranded Deep might be the game you’re looking for. Play as a plane crash survivor stranded on an island with one goal in mind: survive. Stranded Deep received lukewarm reviews, but still has some elements that make it worth playing, especially if you’re a fan of survival games.

All of these games will be available to play on May 4th for PlayStation Plus subscribers, but don’t forget to download last month’s games before May 3rd!

After turning away from professional cooking, I refocused my efforts on something I love: writing. I can’t get enough of it. Copywriting, content writing, novels? Count me in. I have quite an array of writing interests, but right now I’m loving gaming and virtual reality, and I can’t wait to do more.

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Nintendo’s Big Reveals From E3 Direct

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Nintendo’s long-awaited Direct broadcast aired today as part of the annual E3 gaming conference. As promised, Nintendo made big announcements and revealed exciting trailers about its upcoming games for their flagship Switch console.

However the Japanese gaming company did not make any announcement about the highly rumored “Switch Pro” console. The absence of this news likely disappointed fans who were almost sure of the upgraded console’s imminent release.


Nonetheless, news from Nintendo is always cause for celebration! Here are some games we have to look forward to:

BotW 2

Nintendo shared an exciting update on Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. The sequel to 2017’s smash success has been given a release date. Well, more of a release year. The game will be arriving sometime in 2022.

In a trailer that opens with Link free fallin’ like Tom Petty, we see a wider span of Hyrule, walking boulders, and our hero passing through solid matter. It’s an exciting update on a game that’s already highly anticipated. 

Creators said the sequel will explore the skies above Hyrule, the fabled Legend of Zelda kingdom. Makes sense, since we see plenty of falling/gliding in the trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi-MRZBP91I&t=5s


Metroid Dread

While BotW 2 is exciting, its announcement was still quite nebulous, with few details. But another major announcement of the day provided much more concrete info: Metroid Dread, the latest in the fan-favorite Metroid series, is coming to Switch on October 8 of this year.

The official title and release date are welcome announcements. Creators even shared details on the deluxe edition, featuring a case, booklet, and collector cards.

According to producers, “The series has chronicled the uncanny relationship between Metroid and the heroine Samus, but this game will make an end to that story arc.” Woah.

Nintendo’s Treehouse presentation following the Direct also exhibited gameplay from the upcoming side-scroller, showing off its thrilling play and intricate design.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NjCICl7dDo&t=100s

Mario Party Superstars

A bundle of Nintendo announcements just has to include the company mascot in some way or another. The game giant announced Mario Party Superstars as another major release. 

With the success of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, it seems Nintendo has found “greatest hits” collections valuable to the fans, and the company itself. Sample gameplay for this title was also shown in the Treehouse presentation.

The video board game includes five boards from the N64 era and 100 mini games. Every mini game is compatible with button controls and every game mode works in online play. Play on your Switch Lite. Play with friends online. It’s a party.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erdq0kiako4

…And Lots More

Nintendo also announced a commemorative Zelda Game & Watch handheld game to celebrate the franchise’s 35th anniversary. We can also look forward to an Advance Wars 1+2 remake, a two-player WarioWare game, and Tekken’s Kuzaya joining Smash Bros ultimate. 

For updates on these (and many more) Nintendo Switch projects revealed today, stay tuned to Byte News!

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What We Learned from Xbox’s E3 Showcase

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is one of the premier events in gaming, with companies like Xbox using it to showcase what’s coming to their platforms. This year – a year after everything was about Xbox Series X|S – the showcase was all about games and software. 

Confirmation of Halo Infinite in 2021

Halo is one of Xbox’s oldest franchises and its most popular Xbox-exclusive title, which has led to a lot of hype for the latest installment in the series – Halo Infinite. However, COVID-related delays had plagued the title’s release date in the past which left fans uncertain when to expect their favorite shooter to be ready.


Fans will be happy to know that Halo Infinite is coming this holiday season, with a release for both the base game and the multiplayer expansion expected in the middle of the month.

Bethesda’s First New Series in 25 Years, Starfield, is Xbox Exclusive

Bethesda, creator of the Fallout and Elder Scrolls franchises, was one of the most recent major acquisitions by Microsoft. The showcase (which included Bethesda in its title) highlighted the new partnership by announcing that a new Xbox Exclusive series from the developer called Starfield is coming in November of 2022. Updates to Fallout 76 were also announced that will provide more story gameplay to a relatively barebones offering, hopefully elevating the game’s reputation.

New Releases Going Straight to Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is getting a major boost in value with the announcement that both exclusive AAA title releases – Starfield and Halo Infinite – will be available on release day through the pass without requiring a separate purchase. These are just a few of the new title releases which are expected to go directly to Game Pass as the service continues to grow its library.

Xbox Streaming Web App Coming by July

The exciting game streaming service known as Xbox Streaming will be available before July for Android, iOS, and web browsers. This app allows devices to stream games rather than process them directly, minimizing the system resources required and allowing for better gameplay with cheaper PC or mobile gaming setups.

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E3 2021 Details Announced

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E3 is only a month away, and in the leadup to its all-virtual event, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has announced details about the E3 app and online portal. 

According to the ESA, the app and portal will serve as “a key hub for the duration of the show”. The entire “interactive experience” is free to the public upon registration.


The app will air the livestream of the E3 broadcast, with interactive overlays including live tweets and viewer polls.

The app and portal will also house virtual exhibitor booths. These booths will be the place for brand-specific news, video content, and articles from your favorite designers and developers.

Forums within the app will provide platforms for discussion and further interaction. (“Interaction” seems to be a key theme in ESA’s language, as the association is likely working to clear the hurdle of virtual events tending to feel impersonal.)

The event will also include leaderboards and user profiles, complete with customizable avatars. How E3 plans to “gamify” the event experience is unknown at this point, but it looks like fun.

A more nebulous feature of this virtual E3 will be “lounges” within the portal. The ESA describes them as “gathering spots for all E3 attendees”. While many are a bit confused as to what that means, it’s likely a forum. Hopefully with some kind of creative twist.


Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, Jacki Jing and Greg Miller will host the event this year, which is very likely to include big announcements, celebrity guests, panel discussions, trailers, and more.

 “From the moment we decided to host E3 virtually, we’ve been focused on providing an interactive experience for fans around the globe that goes beyond the typical livestream,” according to ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis. “The result is a bespoke online portal and app that will allow fans, media and industry professionals to have an E3 experience designed to run parallel to the four-day broadcast, laying the foundation for interactive E3 elements to continue beyond this year’s all-virtual show.

Exhibitors include Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media. It’s a strong lineup, though EA and Sony ditched, the former hosting its own event.

E3 is June 12-15. Let the countdown commence…

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