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Achievement Whores 360 – Rebooting Back To One

With Spider-Man swinging off of store shelves at a rapid rate, what will Microsoft do to quell the domination of Playstation? One thing is for sure, X-Box is not short of innovations as HUGE developments in controller technology is headed our way. Cortana and Alexa are getting along, as so are our hosts and we explore all things Achievements! This is Achievement Whores episode 360!

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When Is It Time For Sony To Unveil the Playstation 5?

Sony’s Playstation 4 is entering year-five of its release the public and as of now maintains an unwavering stranglehold on the console gaming market. With sales more than double that of its closest competition – Microsoft’s Xbox One – Sony and Playstation 4 have shown no signs of slowing down…or so it would seem. 2017 was a stellar year for the Playstation 4, but it was also the year its holidays sales showed signs of slowing for the first time since launch. While one would argue that the slight dip in numbers can be attributed to the runway success that is the Nintendo Switch (and to a lesser extent the release of the Xbox One X), is it time for Sony to start thinking about the next iteration of the Playstation? Or should the gaming powerhouse play the long game and respond what its competitors are up to?

In the fall of 2017, Microsoft launched the Xbox One X –  touting it as the most powerful console ever made. As true as that statement may be, Sony and the PS4 don’t appear to be too impacted – if at all – by a more powerful console on the market aside from a slight dip in sales during the 2017 holiday season. On the Big N’s side of things, the Nintendo Switch has officially outsold its predecessor’s lifetime sales and continues to sell like gangbusters, even tripling PS4’s sales numbers in its first year in Japan. While there is cause for a growing concern in Sony’s camp, one can argue that the PS4 has more than enough fuel in its tank to come out ahead of its competition.

Sony recently confirmed that Days Gone – a title which was thought to be released this year – would be pushed back to 2019, making Sony’s 2018-2019 release calendar a little more clear. 2018 is already shaping up to the another landmark year Playstation gamers with releases like Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT and the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus remake leading the the 1st-Party charge. Sony’s library was further bolstered in the early months of the year with a number of 3rd-Party titles such as Dragon Ball FighterZ and Monster Hunter World attributing most of their sales on Sony’s platform. But that is just the beginning.  April will bring God of War, May will deliver Detroit: Become Human, and if my spider-sense is accurate, Insomniac’s highly anticipated Spider-Man will be out before the year’s end as well. And let’s not forget about Dreams, a title which looks to take the best parts of LittleBigPlanet and truly allow the player to let their creativity run wild.  Those heavy-hitters signify the strength of the Playstation brand and will to push more and more PS4 consoles into people’s homes.

While Nintendo is no stranger to the 1st-Party game, its main shots have already been fired with Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild launching in the Switch’s first year. Although, the recent announcement of Super Smash Brothers coming to Switch in 2018 will certainly help sway the pendulum a bit in Nintendo’s favor, especially if the game ends up being more than a port of the Wii U/3DS version. That just leaves Microsoft. While it may have a beast of a console, it doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a diverse library. Yes, the the higher resolution patches and the growing number to its backwards-compatible library are a good thing for its existing users, but Xbox One has yet to unveil a system-seller title. Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 seem to be getting a lot of buzz but Crackdown 3, however, appears to be nothing more than a fart in the wind. One has to wonder what Microsoft is hiding up its sleeve. 2018 may be a lock for Ps4’s continued success but 2019 may just be a the most critical year for Sony since the launch of Playstation 4.

By the time we raise a glass of champagne to 2019, the 6th year of the PS4’s stellar life will be upon us. With Days Gone slipping into 2019, will its release also be accompanied by the likes of Last of Us Part II and Death Stranding? My hunch tells me no, as TLoU II and Days Gone may be too similar and may inadvertently cannibalize each other.., honestly, Days Gone wouldn’t stand a chance. The Last of Us II is likely to be a 2020 title and Death Stranding? I wouldn’t count on seeing that game released prior to 2020 either. It is possible that TLoU II and Death Stranding are the swan songs of the PS4 generation in the same way that TLoU was the swan song of the PS3 generation. The argument can be made that a 2019 reveal and 2020 release of the PS5 is possible, but I think a 2020 reveal at E3 and March 2021 release might be the better decision. The Nintendo Switch releasing in March was able to stave off the supply and demand issues they have had in the past when releasing in November. Playstation hasn’t had those problems before, but it is an interesting strategy to take nonetheless.

What do you think? Do you think the PS5 will be announced sooner? Do you think Sony needs to get ahead of things or do you think they can still afford to wait until the PS4 install base dries up? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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Trophy Whores 325 – The Tricky Thing About 4k

Well Tricky rolls up the sleeves and dishes out a big old hate sandwich with a side of hate-o-naise and washes it down with some Hate-or-ade this week as he expresses his displeasure with owners of “the most power console ever”. Steve joins Tricky as they discuss the news of the week, the Rangers winning streak, and a possible next gen timetable.

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Game Stuff 15 – Hype Train

On this episode of Game Stuff join Kalai and Joe as they jump on the Hype Train. Do companies use the hype of video games to promote them? And does social media contribute to the hype?

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Rogue Trooper Redux releases 101 Trailer, Now Available On PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam

Since it was announced this past winter, Rogue Trooper Redux, from English developer Rebellion, has been gaining a lot of traction and momentum. From PAX West to New York Comic-Con, Rogue Trooper Redux has garnered a lot of attention — and for good reason. Originally released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2, Rogue Trooper innovated many gaming mechanics that we see today as standard. From cover-shooting to the combat capabilities, Rogue Trooper blazed a trail for others to follow. Now, Rogue Trooper is set to storm the battlefield once more with Rogue Trooper Redux for the PlayStation 4, Steam, Switch, and Xbox One. To accompany the launch of the game, Rebellion has released a 101 trailer to show players the basics of what to expect on the battlefields of Nu-Earth.

Based on the 2000AD comic of the same name, Rogue Trooper Redux takes place in the distant future, where mankind has colonized several dozen star systems. They discover a new planet and name it Nu-Earth, but when the drums of war pound, all hell breaks loose. A massive intergalactic civil war is waged over Nu-Earth, engulfing the planet in poisonous gases and making it uninhabitable. Still, the warring sides continue to fight, fitting their soldiers in combat HAZMAT suits that are more dangerous than actual fighting. To adapt, one side has created the Rogue Trooper, a special bio-engineered soldier who is built to survive the fields of Nu-Earth and deliver a vastly superior advantage with cutting-edge firepower and enhanced physical abilities. Following a surprise attack turned massacre, you are the lone survivor (of your squad) — but your squad isn’t necessarily dead.  As you recover each member of your team, their consciousnesses are transplanted into bio-chips and added to your primary weapon. They are alive again, and they will give you live tactical feedback as you fight through the enemy.  The war is upon you; it’s time for you to go rogue.

Rogue Trooper arrives next week for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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A Playstation Gamer’s case for buying XBox One X

The Xbox One X is right around the corner and pre-orders have been selling well. Until the past few days, however, I have not been interested in the least. As an ingrained Playstation and rekindled Nintendo gamer, the need for an Xbox in my house is nearly non-existent. Lets face facts: Xbox doesn’t have many games that Playstation doesn’t have. Then a little game called PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds takes over the world, selling 10 million copies. The desire to play the game is only halted by my PC’s inability to run the game. And there is where Xbox One X comes in.

In a recent episode of Trophy Whores, the topic of Microsoft including Keyboard and Mouse to their system came up. Some believe that this renders the console market moot from Microsoft’s standpoint. Why bother buying an Xbox if it is going to have the same experience as a PC? While that seems like a decent argument to have, that is precisely why owning an Xbox One X sounds appealing to me.

While I have one of those modern corner gaming desks for work purposes, my current PC set up is too old to upgrade single components at a reasonable price. It appears, after scouring Reddit and Newegg.com, it would cost around $800 to upgrade my PC to its highest possible specs, and even then it would be a 6 year old PC. So it appears that I should go to the drawings board and build a PC from the ground up. Every person I speak to regarding a build says about the same thing: it will cost around $800 to build one to run most of today’s games, but if I want to future proof myself a little it will cost around $1500. This is when things start to make sense to me. The clouds clear. I hear the birds chirping.

If Microsoft is making all their games come to PC…doesn’t that mean that PC games will go to Xbox One X? Especially after they implement Mouse and Keyboard support? With Battlegrounds already coming, that seems like it could be the shot heard ‘round the world, so to speak. It makes sense. I, a Playstation gamer and longtime Xbox detractor…should spend the $500-plus and just get a One X!

Think about it! It isn’t so much that it will take place of my Playstation (let’s face it, regardless of how good One X games will look, Playstation still has infinitely better exclusives), but it could take place of my gaming PC, while I still keep my PC around for basic functions. This is the market I believe that Microsoft is trying to hit with the One X. Convert lapsed PC players to One X players for less than half the cost to have a comparable PC, give them Keyboard and Mouse, and all the games they love.

Of course, I will probably buy nothing and just envy those who can, but I think the argument can be made for the One X outside of just having THE MOST POWERFUL CONSOLE EVER MADE!

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Original Xbox Games Coming to Xbox Backwards Compatibility Program

Riding the success of Xbox 360 compatibility, Phil Spencer revealed that select original Xbox games will be coming to the Xbox One family of consoles through the backward compatibility program.

Along with this, previously released first- and third-party games will be getting updates for Xbox One X support.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Announced

Following the success of Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was announced. The trailer, which was accompanied by a live piano player, set a somber tone, as a bright creature and an owl set forth on an adventure across multiple environments and worlds.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be exclusive to the Xbox family of consoles.

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Ashen Gameplay Revealed

Ashen will launch exclusively for Xbox consoles. The trailer showed off two players exploring a world of demons and mummies, as they tried to survive through melee combat. Enemies reacted to the light emitted by characters’ lanterns.  This suggests that light will play a an important role in the game.

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Terry Crews Introduces the World Crackdown 3

After a hyped-up Terry Crews set the tone, Microsoft showed gameplay and a new trailer Crackdown 3. The trailer showed off the crazy, combat, weaponry, and destruction that the franchise has been known for. The characters rapidly destroyed buildings, bridges, and vehicles.

Crackdown 3 will launch on November 7 exclusively on Xbox consoles and PC.

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Sea of Thieves Gets Extended Gameplay Trailer

Sea of Thieves was back at E3 this year with a gameplay trailer. The narrator introduced pirates aboard a ship before diving down underwater to explore a sunken ship. The trailer presented a humorous tone throughout.  After collecting some treasure from underground, and narrowly avoiding confrontation with a shark, we were back aboard the ship.

The trailer moved to an island, where players were able to explore freely, finding shortcuts, landmarks, and vistas. Pistols and shotguns were used to take out skeletons. The players found themselves underground after discovering a cave on the island. After exploring the cave and using a clue found on parchment, the characters discovered buried treasure; however, things quickly went south as more skeletons showed up. The other players in the party had to take out the skeletons since the player with the chest was unable to fight. On the beach, players still on the ship were able to provide cover fire as everyone made it back to the ship.

On the way to an outpost to trade the loot, the ship was attacked during a storm by another vessel. An intense ship battle turned ensued, with characters boarding the enemy ship and partaking in melee and pistol combat.

Sea of Thieves will launch on Xbox consoles in early 2018.

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Dragon Ball Fighter Z Gameplay Revealed

After being announced several days ago, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, a new 3v3 fighting game, was featured during Microsoft’s press conference.  The name was announced as Dragon Ball Z Fighters. The combat was fast-paced, with characters tagging in and out to create flashy combos and moves.

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The Darwin Project Coming to Xbox as Launch Exclusive

After showing off Player Unkown’s Battlegrounds, Microsoft and the Xbox family of consoles featured another arena-based combat game: The Darwin Project.  The Darwin Project will be a multiplayer combat game in which players fight for survival, collecting resources, and trying to stay alive.

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State of Decay 2 Coming to Xbox Consoles and PC in Spring 2018

Continuing to flesh out its first-party line-up, Microsoft showed off gameplay of the survival game State of Decay 2. The trailer showed off characters fighting for survival through multiple environments. Characters used guns, melee weapons, and vehicles to fight off hordes of zombies through a mountain town. The trailer put a heavy emphasis on survival, teamwork, and betrayal.

State of Decay 2 will launch Spring 2018 on for Xbox consoles and PC.

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Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds Coming to Xbox Consoles

After taking the PC world by storm, Player Unknown’s Battegrounds will be coming as a launch exclusive to the Xbox consoles, with enhanced features for Xbox One X.

A trailer showed off the enhancements that can be found on One X, as well as improved visuals and new areas. The game will maintain the same format as the PC version.

The game will launch in late 2017.

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Metro Exodus Coming 2018

After showing a teaser trailer yesterday, Microsoft revealed the return of the METRO series, with Metro Exodus, which will launch in 2018.

The trailer showed a snowy, barren city before shifting underground. The player  explored a tunnel environment, collecting resources, before being attacked by rabid dog-like creatures. After fighting them off with a shotgun, the player made his or her way outside into run-down town. Sporting a crossbow, the player killed more vicious dog-like creatures killed,before a large bear appeared, forcing the player to run, zipline, and catch a train to safety.

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Forza 7 Launches on October 3rd

After revealing the Xbox One X console, Microsoft showed Forza 7. The trailer displayed the power of the console, showing multiple environments, cars, and weather conditions.

After the trailer, Microsoft revealed — on stage — of a brand new 2018 Porsche 911 G2RS. The car was then shown in game on a track in Dubai. The game will run natively in 4K and at 60 fps.  The dynamic weather system was also shown, as the trailer shifted to the cockpit view. The game will feature more than 700 cars.

Forza 7 will release on Xbox One S, Xbox One, Xbox One X, and PC on October 3, 2017.

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Xbox One X Releases on November 7 at $499

Microsoft has announced that their new console, Xbox One X, will launch on November 7 for $499. All Xbox One accessories will be compatible with the new console; all old Xbox One games will run better on One X.  Among the improvements, games will have improved load times and graphics. Xbox One X will be the smallest Xbox console ever made.

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