Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action-adventure game developed by Sucker Punch Productions; An American based first-party video game developer. It is exclusively published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4 due to be released on July 17 2020.

Setup

In the year 1274, the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima, wreaking havoc and conquering the local population. As one of the last surviving Samurai, you rise from the ashes and move beyond your traditions to forge a new way of fighting the way of The Ghost as you wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan.

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On May 15th 2020, the Ghost of Tsushima team made a full presentation of the game, 18 minutes long, showcasing awesome gameplay and nextgen graphics. We were shown special aspects of the game ranging from combat to customization to special modes and exploration of the world of Tsushima.

Exploring Tsushima

From Jason Connell, a member of Sucker Punch Productions;

Exploration has been at the heart of our open world design since the very beginning but you can’t have exploration if you don’t have curiosity.

Ghost of Tsushima has taken exploration in open world games to a whole new level. With a well designed map, it is easy to navigate from one place to another. The game has enabled players to easily interact with nature and their surrounding. One can follow the direction of the wind to guide them to their destination, which can be done by foot or by horse.

The guiding wind can take you to all kinds of locations in the game… It can also take you to your next big story moments or even help you find rare collectibles.

Players are advised to keep their eyes peeled on other visual cues such as smoke stacks on the horizon, interesting and odd shaped trees or maybe even animals trying to get their attention such as foxes which will guide Jin to shrines across the island.

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Combat

Jin can go to combat as various avatars, players have been given the freedom to choose their preferred mode of combat;

1. Jin, The Samurai.

From Nate Fox;

If you’ve seen a Samurai movie, you know what to expect, two warriors sizing each other up, waiting for the other to make the first move.

As a Samurai, Jin can challenge enemies to lethal standoffs, No stealth, just one on one combat with your enemies. Jin can also show respect to his victims once he has finished them off, how cool is this!!!!

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2. Jin, The Ghost

Jin can also take out his enemies as the dishonorable Ghost and as the Ghost he will use every dirty trick he can think of to even the odds, even using fear as a weapon. Stealth is the main aspect of the Ghost and Jin will silently and carefully take out his enemies through use of distractions, luring his enemies to their deaths.

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Customizing Jin

Players can customize Jin into various sets of armor, which gives Jin different mechanical advantages; not just giving him the looks but also to help him portray his chosen play style. As players explore the world of Tsushima, they will discover charms which will give them an edge in battle.

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Photo mode

Photo mode is special in Ghost of Tsushima with new features such as colour gradient, depth of field so you can focus on the right objects. You can also control wind direction and its speed. You can also change out the particles such as different types of leaves, fireflies, or even select your specific type of music.

Other special features can be seen in the 18 minute video from Sucker Punch Productions.

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Upcoming Netflix Movies and Series

Amidst this pandemic, online movie streaming platforms have gained more popularity than before since cinemas have been closed due to social distancing rules. One particular platform in question is Netflix, which has been gaining a lot of popularity a couple of years now and it has reached its peak during this pandemic. Today we are going to look at a list of new movies and TV shows cutting across all genres:

1. Homemade.

Homemade is a collection of short films created by celebrated filmmakers around the world, confined at home as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak. Filmmakers created personal moving stories that capture our shared experience of life in quarantine.

This is a celebration of the craftsmanship of filmmaking and the enduring power of creativity in the face of global pandemic.

Homemade streams on June 30th, only on Netflix.

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2. Over The Moon.

Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess.

This will definitely be an animation worth waiting. Directed by Oscar winning Filmmaker and Animator, Glen Keane, and produced by Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou Starring Cathy Ang, Philipa Soo, Robert G Chiu, Ken Joong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho, Kimiko Glenn, Artt Butler and Sandra Oh.

Over The Moon will come to Netflix this fall.

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3. Lost Bullet

If you liked Extraction, then you will love this French action move from Guillaume Piorret.

Facing a murder charge, a genius mechanic with a criminal past must track down a missing car containing the proof of his innocence: a single bullet.

Now streaming on Netflix.

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4. Cursed (Katherine Langfield)

From Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler, Cursed is a reimagining of the Arthurian legend told from the perspective of Nimue (Katherine Langfield)

All Episodes of Cursed arrive July 17th on Netflix.

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5. Desperados.

A panicked young woman (Nasim Pedrad) and her two best friends (Anna Camp and Sarah Burns) fly to Mexico to delete a ranting email she sent to her new boyfriend. On arrival, they run into her former beau (Lamorne Morris), who soon gets caught up in their frantic scheme.

Desperados also stars Robbie Smell and Heather Graham.

Coming to Netflix on July 3rd.

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6. Warrior Nun.

Caught in the middle of an ancient war between good and evil, a young girl wakes up in a morgue with inexplicable powers. Her search for answers brings her to the Order of The Cruciform Sword, a secret society of warrior nuns sworn to protect the world from evil. While juggling her responsibilities as the chosen one with the normal obstacles of a teenage girl, this mysterious fantasy drama is full of mystery, action, adventure and teenage romance, proving our main character might fight in the name of good but she’s no angel.

Coming to Netflix on July 2nd.

7. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Who does not like musical movies and series. In Eurovision Song Contest, Aspiring musicians (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel MacAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.

Now Streaming on Netflix.

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8. The Old Guard.

Forever is harder than it looks. Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight knit mercenaries with a mysterious inablity to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their is extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (Kiki Layne) , the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary.

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince – Bythewood (Love and Basketball, Beyond the Lights). The Old Guard is a gritty, grounded action packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks.

Coming to Netflix on July 10th.

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Other Movies and TV Shows include:

1. Unsolved Mysteries.

2. Stateless.

3. Southern Survival.

4. How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) Season 2.

5. Under The Riccione Sun.

Cyberpunk 2077

So what’s this game that every gamer has been yearning and eagerly waiting to play?

Directly from their website:

Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You can play as a V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one of a kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you

Cyberpunk 2077 will be released by the developer teams CD Project and CD Project RED, a Polish video game developer, publisher and distributer based in Warsaw, Poland. Initially it was set to be released in 17 September 2020 but due to unavoidable circumstances such as the enraging pandemic due to COVID-19, its release date was pushed to 19 November 2020.

Cyberpunk will be available in the following platforms; Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows.

A day ago, Cyberpunk 2077 team livestreamed their game on YouTube and other platforms showcasing new gameplay and in depth details about the game. This really raised the level of anticipation by gamers since it’s going to take next gen graphics to a whole new level.

From its name, it is based in the future and boy this gives me chills when I see its gameplay over and over again. It’s also a First Person game, utilizing all aspects of First Person Shooter games and First Person Role Playing games. Its release trailer really caught everyone’s eyes by just giving us a glimpse of the prologue.

If you easily remember 2019’s Death Stranding by Hideo Kojima which featured Norman Reedus, an actor from the famous series “Walking Dead” as its main protagonist;

Then you’ll really be intrigued that Cyberpunk 2077 announced Keanu Reeves will be among the characters in the game. After his hits with John Wick, he will definitely make Cyberpunk become a superb game worth buying.

One awesome quest in the game is the search for the chip of immortality, a gateway to eternal life. There is a particular gang that was formed in 2076; known as The Mox, it was formed after the death of a certain owner of a brothel and the main motive of the gang is to continue her mission. Within the course of the game, players will be interacting with the gang and craft their own relationship with them.

Badlands

This is a region outside the city, inhabited by nomads, it is a dead dried out space, more of a semi arid area. Being an Open World game, this is an area where players will often come across.

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There is also a big metallic dude known as Adam Smasher, a character introduced in pen and paper in Cyberpunk 2020. A fully converted cyborg, he reminds me us of one of the villains in last year’s CGI movie “Alita: Battle Angel”. To find out more about Adam Smasher, we’ll have to play the game.

Ripodox

A category of NPC’s, they are surgeons in the modernized universe of Cyberpunk, they are accustomed and specialized in replacing limbs with metal ones, basically they upgrade and enhance a character’s body into a war machine. As a player, you will meet various kinds of Ripodox

Brain dance (BD)

This is a feature that players will experience when playing Cyberpunk 2077, Brain dance is essentially a recording of somebody else’s experience which allows you to relive their sense of sight, smell, touch and even hearing, thanks to a special device.

The Law of Brain Dance

Directly from one of the Senior Quest Designers:

In the world of Cyberpunk 2077, Brain Dance was invented way back in the early 2000’s and it was developed as a way of recording a person’s experiences and then playing them back for someone else so that they could relive as though it was happening to them. It was originally used for things like therapy, prisoner rehabilitation but by 2077, it has become the global media industry including things like movies, mass entertainment, video games, some interactive things and of course adult fair as well.

This is a brief of what Cyberpunk released in their livestream but obviously more details will be provided within the coming weeks, in the meantime, enjoy more Cyberpunk 2077 photos and videos.

Thank you so much for your support.

Upcoming Games in Conjunction with the PlayStation 5

Two weeks ago, Sony announced they were going to release PlayStation 5, seven years after the release of the then famous PlayStation 4. With the title “THE FUTURE OF GAMING”, they showcased upcoming and existing improved games and indeed it was a major upgrade and improvement to the preexisting graphics and games. Various developers gave a brief information about their games before giving us a glimpse. Some of the games showcased with the launch include:

1. Spider-Man: Miles Morales

This is set to be released Holiday 2020, a good upgrade to the previous PlayStation exclusive Spider-Man.

2. Gran Turismo 7

The long awaited PlayStation exclusive racing game after years of domination by Microsoft’s Forza, Xbox had previously taken over the scenes with their amazing game but Sony won’t be left behind when they release Gran Turismo 7 and it will definitely make the challenge better.

3. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

This really left many gamers itching to land the Ps5 even before its release with some even claiming they could sell their kidneys and organs. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart has perfectly incorporated next gen graphics to a whole new level. The game has a new inter-dimensional adventure to its name, making it different and more interesting than the previous Ratchet and Clank games in the franchise.

4. Project Athia

Not left behind to showcase their prowess in the game development industry, Square Enix announced this amazing PlayStation exclusive game, leaving Xbox gamers in tears.

5. Stray

No one knows much details about Stray but it will basically involve a cat as the game’s protagonist. Stray is set to be released in 2021, more details will be provided later in the year.

6. Returnal

If you’ve watched “BEYOND THE AQUILA RIFT”, an episode from Netflix’s famous series ‘Love Death and Robots’, you will fully understand this next gen game since they almost have the same storyline but of course Returnal will be extremely awesome since it’s a game. It also has an “EDGE OF TOMORROW” type of vibe which makes previous alien games look like crap.

7. Sackboy

A big adventure, looks so sick compared to the previous Sackboy games and it will definitely provide a change from the normal RPG, FPS or Open World games that every gamer usually play.

8. Destruction All Stars

More like an advanced Rocket League with no balls and goal posts, but an upgraded version with actual people in the cars and something awesome about it is that you can even get out of the cars. Destruction All Stars is a pretty interesting game with a lot of amazing combat, both hand to hand and vehicle damage/destruction kind of combat.

9. Kona: A Bridge of Spirits

With a Legend of Zelda type of Vibe, Kona: A Bridge of Spirits has shown that these nextgen graphics are going to be very awesome and breathtaking.

10. Goodbye Volume High

It seems it’s going to have a very awesome storyline as per it’s trailer. Goodbye Volume High is set to be released in 2021 with more details coming in 2020.

11. Oddworld Soulstorm

As per its developers;

It’s an emotionally engaging story where rescuing is rewarding, failure is devastatingly hilarious and the memories should last you a life time

And indeed this game will definitely have these traits.

12. Ghostwire Tokyo

It does not really showcase the expected nextgen graphics and nature of the Ps5 but it’s a fairly interesting game with a lot of potential and a good storyline. It will be due to be released in 2021.

13. Jett: The Far Shore

The video didn’t really show a lot of detail but Jett is going to be an awesome open world game with a pretty large world to navigate and maneuver around. Jett is bound to be released Holiday 2020.

14. Godfall

Now this is what we mean by “Nextgen” graphics. Godfall has a unique combat style as opposed to other games of its kind, games that utilize swords, axes, shields etcetera. It will definitely be a game worth buying and fortunately it will be available Holiday 2020.

15. Solar Ash

With the world currently talking about black holes and space exploration, Solar Ash has definitely made the idea of blackholes more interesting, actually it’s depiction can be said to be at per with Interstellar’s depiction of Black hole. It has an awesome layout and a quite simple gameplay with simple graphics. As expected, it will be released in 2021.

16. Hitman 3

Hitman 2 was a massive hit and Hitman 3 will definitely hit twice as much. It’s trailer left most gamers speechless and indeed it’s going to be an awesome game, better than the previous Hitman versions. This is the only game with a specific release month in 2021, January to be precise.

17. Astro’s Playroom

Not a fan of VR but Astro’s Playroom seems to be slightly good, fortunately another VR game which won’t be mentioned at the moment will take the VR world by storm.

18. Little Devil Inside

PlayStation 5 really makes all games to look awesome and cool, games that I’m sure when played in the PlayStation 4 would seem whack and Little Devil Inside is surely one of those games. It is not that highly anticipated like other games but it will obviously be an amazing game.

19. Resident Evil 8

After two successful remakes; Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, Resident Evil 8 follows after the incidences in Resident Evil 7 and boy this is the most anticipated horror game that will come with the Ps5. Gamers obviously can’t wait. It is set to be released in 2021.

20. Horizon: Forbidden West

Other games expected to be released prior or after the release of the PlayStation Five include:

1. Dungeons 3.

2. Cyberpunk 2077.

3. Marvel’s Avengers.

4. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

5. Marvel’s Iron Man VR.

6. Crash Bandicoot 4.

7. Star Wars Squadrons.

8. NBA 2K21.

9. Bugs Nax.

10. Demon’s Souls.

11. Deathloop.

12. Pragmata..

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