Showing posts with label Role-Playing Game. Show all posts
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fallout 76 Out Now

Online multiplayer action role-playing game Fallout 76 from Bethesda Game Studios is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The adventures of wasteland are back as developer/publisher Bethesda Softworks brings back one of their most popular action role-playing game series Fallout, with the recent installment Fallout 76 which is now available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The game moves aside from its regular single player mode and into a world of online multiplayer for limitless possibilities to explore. The studio created a dynamic open world where players are on a constant threat of a nuclear strike anytime.

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Fallout 76 Out Now

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A barren wasteland leaves you a lot of locations to discover and a lot of stranger to come across. There is no reason that you shouldn't set your unique character attributes using the revised S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system to stand out with a distinct personality.

If you haven't already fallen in love with the landscape of West Virginia from the time "Take Me Home, Country Roads" was played on the teaser trailer, you sure will when you start exploring the green forests or the toxic expanses of the region.

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Player-Filled Wasteland

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Building and crafting of shelters into the wilderness is much-needed for the sake of your own safety and the newly introduced C.A.M.P. system offers you construction mobility to set your base anywhere you want. Not only it saves your skin from scavengers, you can also keep an eye on a suspicious neighbor.

While strolling around the local area, you might get your hands on Nuclear Missiles and its launch codes; the ultimate weapon for total annihilation. Now, you can either wipe out the populace of an entire area or reserve the power of the atom to yourself.

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On a softer tone, the features of the game are better depicted in the official live action trailer that you can check out below.




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Since the game is going online, Bethesda has gotten rid of NPCs and whoever you meet on your way is just another surviving player. Fallout 76 will make you wonder in the end that how a post-nuclear America could look so good!

The possibility of a single-player mode is not entirely ruled out but that is not happening anytime soon either. So, buckle up your gatherings to go on a quest in the post-apocalyptic world and make America great again by working with your fellow Vault Dweller.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Horizon Zero Dawn: Making of Fireclaw

Celebrating the first anniversary of Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Guerrilla Games sat down to talk about creating one of the in-game creatures, Fireclaw.

Last year, around the same time this week, developer Guerrilla Games has released The Frozen Wilds expansion for their action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn on PlayStation 4, which added brand-new chapter for Aloy to explore new grounds and complete quests.

Of course, the world of HZD is full of dangerous machines everywhere that she would come across during her journey and hunt them down. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the expansion, developers Richard Oud and Pinar Temiz talks about one such fierce character known as Fireclaw.

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Horizon Zero Dawn: Making of Fireclaw

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Initially they came up with the idea of creating a machine hybrid creature for HZD that resembles to a bear but due to time constraints, that idea was scrapped. So, when they were back at developing The Frozen Wilds, the idea of bear came back.

The team then immediately delved into development with design documents for making the bear concept into a machine. Animation department were provided the 3D models and they started testing with its attack and other movements.

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The Bear Essentials

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Some of the designs were implemented and some are tested but then left out when they thought some of its moves may come as difficult for players to get a read on. The design and animation team worked on it to come to a solution eventually.

Now that they established a better set of movement for the creature, AI department started putting the bear into the game and senior sound designer Pinar Temiz started working on its sound effects and vocalizations.

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Fireclaw is a huge bear-like machine that had move set comprised of lava-based attacks but it still has some similarity with other machines from Horizon Zero Dawn, which was a starting point for Pinar to work with an idea of not making it too clunky.

Check out his take on the idle movements of the beast from the game in the clip below when it is not engaging into a fight and just simply minding its own business.




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When the animation team was done making the basic movements and walking set for Fireclaw, they decided to add reference nature of grizzly bears from video clips. However, they moved to polar bears simply due to the fact that they are of a bit more authoritative figures and have slightly different features.

Since the idea of the creature came from bears, it makes sense when the studio took a round on variety of their races but wouldn't it sound completely crazy if they start looking up to Red Pandas? That is what happened and they got what they needed from YouTube.

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Polar Bear Refurrence

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Though looks quite cute, Red Pandas actually use their body weight to put their opponents down in a fight and the way they simply drops and rolls is amazing. Looks like the creators of the famous Kung Fu Panda franchise has taken their inspiration for the series from the same source.

After a few processing and development of layering those sources, the second stage of performance came out next.




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Pinar studied bears grunting, other animals that has an intimidating sound of being grumpy and the solution came from walruses and seals. These grunts mixed with synthetic movement sounds slowly helped him achieve the right mark he was looking for.

Now that he came to a stable state with the desired vocalization of Fireclaw, all they wanted was not to make the motions and sounds repetitive. All animators and sound designers worry about falling into this dilemma very often.

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Over time, this can be a problem when player will notice that it seems artificial and forcible on them. This has to be avoided at any cost but the studio didn't have enough resources to spare or much time at hand to keep working on it.

Therefore, the studio of Guerrilla Games came up with a system that will pick randomness and then mix it with their finite resource pool to bring variation. They even had this repetition issue on the early stages as well when Aloy used to ride her mount.

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Bipedal Movement Animation

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Fortunately, their solution worked and different variations were achieved from random cycles to provide a non-repetitive, natural look. The team even delivered different layers of sounds for both front and back footsteps.

Another issue that troubled them was when Fireclaw and Frostclaw stood on their two legs; it felt like a guy in a metal bear suit, which is awkward. So, more footage of reference came to play until they finally came to a convincing bipedal stance.

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Distinct Frostclaw Model

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What many people may not have known is that the studio used human performances among the mix of machine vocalizations but getting it right was the tricky part. So, human voices were pitched down and blended with other sounds.

Aside from these work, both Fireclaw and Frostclaw has their unique models and sizes to work with. They even have distinct attack animations, many of which taken reference from various CGI portrayals of Hollywood blockbuster movies.

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These up close development phases and videos clearly depicts how much coordinated team work it takes to create one of these creatures to come alive into the game environment and that is definitely a lot harder than defeating them in-game.

Developer Guerrilla Games have obviously taken a lot of effort to create these individual machines to add to their game and Horizon Zero Dawn became so great because of their dedicated hard work towards this project.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Kingdom Hearts 3 Tangled Trailer

Kingdom Hearts 3 sets Sora, Donald and Goofy to Kingdom of Corona from Tangled to meet with Flynn and Rapunzel.

With Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far seeing a successful run on PlayStation 4, players are preparing themselves and building hype for the upcoming action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts III, which is scheduled to be released on January 25, 2019.

Developer/publisher Square Enix is bringing back Sora and his gang consisting Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey and Riku for the twelfth installment of the series on PS4 and Xbox One. In the sideline, they are launching some exciting trailers related to the plot.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Tangled Trailer

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The newest trailer of Kingdom Hearts III explores the Kingdom of Corona from Disney animated movie Tangled from 2010.




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Sora ended up on Corona with his friends only to come across Rapunzel, who just came out of the tower to see the outside world as Flynn Rider was climbing on it. The golden haired girl is then quickly confronted by plant-like creatures that Mother Gothel probably left behind to keep an eye on her.

Sweet talking thief Flynn points out that he can get her to the Kingdom but to him, Sora and his friends seem to be more accustomed for combat. So, they jump in to help and together they defeated all creatures. The trailer ends with Rapunzel saying "Best day ever!", just like she does at one point in the movie.

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Another fun-filled Kingdom Hearts III trailer has just teased players with more exciting stories and it just keeps getting better each time. After crossing over with Big Hero 6, Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean, bringing Tangled into the mix really set the bar on top.

The last mainline game from the series came out more than a decade ago and so many movies have come out in the mean time. Now that Disney has acquired Pixar, other popular franchise like Monsters, Inc and Toy Story came to play as well.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

PlayStation Now Games for Halloween 2018

Halloween is slowly nearing to creep upon us and PlayStation Now has some classic horror games for us to download and enjoy.

Halloween is almost here and hopefully you are not waiting for masked serial killer Michael Myers to show up at your doorstep to wish you and then chase around the whole house. Then where do you going to get some solid dose of jump-scares and spooks?

Well, you won't have to look any further because PlayStation Now has some great horror game for any fans of the genre which includes games like Bloodborne, Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, Soma, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Until Dawn and XCOM 2.

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PlayStation Now Games for Halloween 2018

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Bloodborne
This action role-playing game by developer From Software is one worthy successor of their immensely popular Dark Souls series in terms of freakishly gruesome legion of enemies, savage level of playing difficulty and melee-based combat system.

Bloodborne takes players to the Gothic world of Yharnam where they took the role of a Hunter who takes the responsibility of clean the city of all beastly creatures that has been plagued it for some time while the Hunter seeks Paleblood for some unknown reason.

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Bloodborne on PlayStation Now

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Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
A top-down shoot 'em up game from Housemarque Climax Studios, this title has an average to favorable amount of reviews on its credential. Apocalypse Edition is an enhanced version for PS4 to enjoy the gory violence of zombie apocalypse in HD.

You can either play as Jack McReady or Scarlett Blake in a single-player mode or even pick both during co-op mode. Though Dead Nation mostly follows a typical story of a virus outbreak that starts an undead nightmare but the gameplay is quite satisfying when you see them getting massacred in an onslaught of blazing gunfire.

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Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition on PlayStation Now

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Soma
Horror works better from a first-person perspective and Frictional Games have probably figured that out before making the game. They even quirked some science fiction twist into the core of this survival horror, which saved it from being so generic of its kind.

You take control of lead character Simon Jarrett, who wakes up in an underwater research facility on the year 2104 after majority of humankind gets extinct by the impact of a massive comet. He then gets through horrors to get to fellow survivor Catherine Chun.

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Soma on PlayStation Now

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
This particular game from developer/publisher The Astronauts takes you in for a horror adventure that is set in an open world environment. Despite winning a BAFTA award in 2015, the game is heavily underrated even till date.

Focused on the adventures of paranormal detective Paul Prospero, players embark a journey to find a missing young boy named Ethan Carter in Red Creek Valley and what follows are the dark secrets of their family that threatens the life of everyone around.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter on PlayStation Now

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Until Dawn
The best thing about Until Dawn is that you simply cannot see everything in it in just one playthrough and kudos to developer studio Supermassive Games for that. Aside from story and everything else, this mechanics increases the replay value for this horror adventure.

Just like many other Hollywood slasher films, the plot involves a group of friends goes for a holiday and things go wrong. Featuring an all-star cast like Rami Malek and Hayden Panettiere, trapped inside a remote cabin in the woods where they die one by one in goriest way possible by an unknown creature.

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Until Dawn on PlayStation Now

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XCOM 2
To introduce some varieties into the mix, here comes a turn-based tactics game from Firaxis Games and 2K Games. After the 2012 series reboot, tactical role-playing elements of the title has been improved and faster combat has been introduced.

XCOM 2 lets players be a part of a military organization that is trying its best to fend off an alien invasion on our planet. As the commander of the army, you charge your squad through all odds to stop the xenos from liquifying the fellow humans before taking over on Earth.

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XCOM 2 on PlayStation Now

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You can also check out Darksiders Warmastered Edition, Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition, Dead Island Definitive Edition, Deadlight Director’s Cut, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6, The Last of Us and The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season on PS Now.

Apparently, Halloween came this year on a nice note that PlayStation Now members can now download the games directly to their consoles and unless you are binge playing Red Dead Redemption 2 from Rockstar Games like almost everyone else, these horror games are the only good things you need for this holiday season.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Gameplay Trailer

The new gameplay trailer for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales showcases how an ordinary card game has evolved into a great RPG adventure.

The dark world of Witchers and monsters you remember from The Witcher series of games by developer/publisher CD Projekt Red gets a spin-off in the form of an upcoming free-to-play collectible card game, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.

The game will feature cross-platform play and is currently scheduled to release for PC on 23 October. It will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 4 December, 2018. Recently, a gameplay trailer is released for this single-player role-playing strategy adventure.

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Gameplay Trailer

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The newly released official gameplay trailer offers the detailed first-look at the in-game world derived from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.




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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales focuses on a prominent character that remains largely unexplored throughout the lore, Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia. It helped the developers create a unique game yet maintain a link to The Witcher saga.

Those who have played Gwent: The Witcher Card Game before would recognize many aspects of these games pretty similar since it allows players to make moves on the vast area of the exploration map as Meve and her army.

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Another Genre Classic

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Just like the world of Witcher, the maps are significantly bigger and filled with quests alongside events, locations and NPCs. By traveling around the world and encountering horrid creatures, you will gather supplies and resources necessary for your war camps.

You are to train your armed forces in camps where you need to upgrade them and boost their weapons before commencing into battles. Challenging conflict will present them during the campaign and epic battles will be fought where each action have consequences.

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The World of Witcher

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This anticipated card game is building a narrative-driven gameplay that offers various puzzles to solve and turn-based card battles. Even though that sounds like any typical game from the genre but the exploration to the expanded world of Witchers is an experience unlike any other.

Most of the card games are mostly an extension of games like Might & Magic VII or Magic: The Gathering. Thronebreaker however, takes inspiration from these classic digital card game titles and improves in overall to stand proud.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Borderlands 2 VR Comes to PlayStation

Return to planet Pandora in VR soon as Gearbox is bringing their acclaimed shooter title Borderlands 2 for PlayStation VR.

Originally released back in 2012 for all major platforms, open world action role-playing first-person shooter game Borderlands 2 from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games is finally getting a VR treatment as it heads to PlayStation VR this year.

From December 14, the sequel to 2009's Borderlands game will enter the world of virtual reality through an update and you can own a copy for only $49.99. This is a moment many fans have been craving for so long and is finally happening.

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Borderlands 2 VR Comes to PlayStation

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Before jumping with joy, we invite you to take a look at the official announcement trailer launched for the conic shooter-looter.




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They have added a new trick as well as BAMF Time (Bad Ass Mega Fun Time), which is much like the bullet-time effects from The Matrix movie and will allow players to slow down the speed of the game and make plans for some carefully executed attacks.

This way, you will not have to be very brave about confrontations and dodging bullets but also let you pull off 360 headshots without any scope. Use your Action Skill to fend of gangs of bandits on Pandora as one of the four playable Vault Hunters.

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Skills Updated to Single-Player

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Multiple skills that previously required a co-op partner o experience are now upgraded for single-player, such as Maya's "Res" ability. You will be driving vehicles in first-person perspective and the game will support Sony’s PlayStation Move motion controllers.

As you are driving through the lawless lands, aim the vehicle’s guns using your headset to feel the thrill of looking another way while driving. To spice up the VR world, they will soon bring on more guns to create more mayhem and make things more exciting.

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Chaotic World of Pandora

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Although the original game had multiplayer options, the re-release will ditch that and will be single-player only experience. Besides that, the developers didn't just cram the whole thing into a headset to be done with and did a lot of research about what they are up to instead.

After bringing the game to PlayStation 4 in 2016 The Handsome Collection, Gearbox Software were immediately convinced of using the advantage of the system and tap into PS VR’s full potential to present the fans something great and here they are now.

Friday, October 5, 2018

PlayStation Now Adds Elder Scrolls Online and Sniper Elite 4

Sony's game-streaming service now offers The Elder Scrolls Online and Sniper Elite 4 along with more than 200 games.

Last month, Sony Entertainment's cloud-based gaming service PlayStation Now made a comeback with fan-favorite action RPG Bloodborne and earlier, they added game download feature for PlayStation 4 games for their monthly subscribers.

In October, 10 more new titles for PS4 are added including the likes of massively multiplayer online role-playing game Elder Scrolls Online and third-person tactical stealth shooter Sniper Elite 4, making it a total collection of more than 220 games so far.

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PlayStation Now Adds Elder Scrolls Online and Sniper Elite 4

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Award-winning MMORPG title Elder Scrolls Online from Bethesda Softworks follows an ever-expanding story takes the lead of the newly added PS Now games. This base version of ESO is also compatible with all available expansions and add-on DLC, which are sold separately.

The game takes place before TES V: Skyrim, TES IV: Oblivion and TES III: Morrowind in chronological order. You will be never out of adventure or social experiences as you continue to play to create your own legacy with constant progress.

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Before you make up your mind to explore the continent of Tamriel, let's take a look into the vast world of the game for your next big adventure.




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The library now has popular games like God of War 3 Remastered, NBA 2K16, Until Dawn and WWE 2K16, which are all available for streaming on PS4 and PC or even download to the former system if you prefer.

Although all games are not available for download, you can enjoy playing them online without a PS Plus subscription. So long as you have enough hard drive space, you can download as many games as you want with no limits or restrictions.

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Bloodborne, Civilization Revolution, Fallout: New Vegas, God of War 3 Remastered, Mafia II, Mortal Kombat, NBA 2K16, The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption and WWE 2K16 were the most popular PlayStation Now games in the month of September.

Costume Quest 2 and Machinarium have received an upgrade from PS3 version to PS4. Bound, Carmageddon: Max Damage, Styx: Shards of Darkness and Torment: Tides of Numenera are among new games that has made it to the list this month.

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PlayStation Now Hit Games in September 2018

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The 7-day free trial offer they had is also reset after adding the new download feature, which means, even if you have already used up the free trial or had a subscription at some point, you can try it out again to see how the newly added features work now.

To sign up, you would require a credit card and upon expiring the tryout period, your membership will be auto-renewed per month for only $19.99. You can also just cancel it or take a different subscription plan that works for you perfectly. Why are you still waiting?

Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far Announced for PS4

A collection of 9-game from the long-running Kingdom Hearts franchise is coming to PS4 later this month.

Upcoming crossover action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts III from developer/publisher Square Enix is set for a release window of January 2019, aiming for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you are new to the series, chances are that you have a lot to catch up as this is the twelfth installment of the series.

However, Square Enix has made it easy to help you get hold of the complex timeline by announcing a collection of games into one titled Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far for PS4, coming on October 30, 2018.

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Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far for PS4

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Since the first game of the series was released in 2002, it has been difficult for fans to keep up with the story premise of Kingdom Hearts. The Story So Far collects every important piece together for the price of $39.99 and doesn't require anything else. Let's take a look at the games added to the compilation.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
  • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)

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Although these are an assortment of old games you've played before, updates and minor changes are added along with HD graphics to deliver a refreshing experience to the fans. Even a feature-length film is also included in the package and it is available for pre-order now.

Unfortunately, they didn't announce an Xbox version of the collection and considering how the entire franchise has built up its legacy on PlayStation consoles throughout the years, players on Xbox are the ones who probably needed it the most to catch up with the adventures of Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy.

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Adventures of Sora and Company

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Until now, there hasn't been a single collection that offered every important part of the overall story and The Story So Far is the most complete bundle ever. Only problem it has is that the games are not listed in chronological order and there are no new content in it.

As you wait for Kingdom Hearts III to arrive and characters from Disney, Final Fantasy, Pixar and The World Ends with You to reunite on January 2019, you have two more months in between to get yourself introduced to the entire plot of the franchise and maybe try to figure out which comes after which.