PS Plus: November’s Free Games

Kicking off the week and it is good new for PlayStation gamers as the next batch of “free” games have been announced…

Following on from last month’s Games with Gold, gamers will now be able to get The Walking Dead: Season 2 on their PS4. Series 2 of Telltale Games‘ fantastic take on the zombie franchise, continue to follow the story of Clementine in the post-apocalyptic world. Personally I think you have to have played Season 1, so not sure how PlayStations fans will feel about this one. Also on the PS4 will be Magicka 2 and Dragon Fin Soup, the latter also being cross-buy with the Vita and Ps3. Not the strongest line-up for Sony’s latest console this month, hopefully December will fare better.

While the PS4 lineup may not be to your liking, it is safe to say that the PS3 offerings has two excellent games this month. First up is Mass Effect 2, which is a must play for anyone who is a fan of sci-fi or RPGs. If you haven’t played a Mass Effect game before, this is a great place to start — many people consider it the best of the trilogy. Your other PS3 game is Beyond Good & Evil — a great action-adventure game where you must unravel an alien conspiracy. Closing out the instant game collection for November is the PS Vita title Invizimals — an augmented reality. These games will go live tomorrow (November 3rd) so make sure you have downloaded last month’s games, before it’s too late.

Fallout 4 is now just over a week away, but some screenshots have already leaked for Bethesda‘s eagerly-awaited game. The images were posted by a user on neogaf and show a variety of images from within the wasteland. Bethesda has moved to bemoan the release of unauthorised images of the game, which is perfectly understandable. Some gamers have also criticised the visuals of Fallout 4, as a result of these images, but I think people need to understand that a game this size isn’t going to look as good as say The Order: 1886.

Halo 5: Guardians has been out for just under a week, but Halo 6 is already coming up in the news! Halo‘s franchise development director Frank O’Connor has been discussing the “huge” backlash as a result of Halo 5: Guardians not having split-screen. While O’Connor confirmed that split-screen will never come to Halo 5: Guardians, he teased that it could make a comeback in Halo 6.

“Realistically, for Halo 5, it’s not something we can just throw in a patch…The simulation the game runs at is 60 frames per second; you’ve seen how big the vistas are; you’ve seen things like the kraken and so on and so on and so on. It’s just not feasible with the engine works. The blowback from it has been huge within reason…It’s certainly a conversation we’ll have about the next game.”

I have to admit that Halo co-op has always been a split-screen experience for me. I was disappointed to hear that is wasn’t included in Guardians and hope that it is something that can be included again in the future. At the same time, I do understand the technical limitations with effectively running the game twice.

Closing the news, and Microsoft‘s Xbox hardware team has designed a gorgeous concept Xbox one controller. The Forza Motorsport 6 themed elite controller takes on the “liquid blue” colour that draws inspiration from the Ford GT cover car of the game. It is not just the colour that has drawn influences from a car though, the triggers have been designed to look like accelerator and brake pedals. I need this controller in my life! I don’t care how much it costs, I would definitely buy it, it looks so good! Unfortunately I am set to be disappointed, the controller has been described as a “one-off design exercise.” Still, I can keep dreaming!

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Until tomorrow,

Matt