The Drop 4/12/16 — Dark Souls 3, Ratchet and Clank, and New Content for Fallout 4
Dark Souls III — PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
When it comes to gaming, there are few names in gaming that are as brutal as the Souls series. Since 2009’s Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware has been perfecting the balance — or rather the imbalance — that makes a Souls-style game so challenging.
For those unfamiliar with how this type of game tends to work, Dark Souls III is all about the challenge of striking the enemy at just the right moment while also defending yourself from an onslaught of attacks. While gameplay is, needless to say, a major part of the game, FromSoftware really goes above and beyond when it comes to crafting a world that truly engulfs the player in gothic-style lore. Some, including myself, would argue that 2015’s Bloodborne is the ultimate example of this attention to detail. Drawing inspiration from Lovecraftian horror, Bloodborne created a beautiful and unsettling world filled with breathtaking, horrific beasts.
In Dark Souls III, you play as and follow the story of an undead warrior known as the Ashen One. With the battle between Light and Dark bringing forth an impending apocalypse, you are tasked with the objective of destroying the Lords of Cinder.
For those who value the opinions of reviewers, it seems like the game is faring rather well, boasting scores ranging from 7 to 10 from the main publications. Additionally, reports say that the PC port is the best in the Dark Souls franchise to date, already being updated to work out some pre-Western-release kinks.
Whether you choose to play on console or PC, make no mistake — Dark Souls III is not a “sit back and relax” kind of experience. You will get frustrated. You will die hundreds, perhaps thousands of times. However, the feeling of finally taking down a boss is something that, for me, no other game has been able to replicate.
Ratchet and Clank — PlayStation 4
Growing up during the PlayStation 2 era, there were three franchises that became extremely influential in my gaming career: Jak and Daxter, Sly Cooper, and Ratchet and Clank.
Now, 14 years later, here I sit writing an article about the release of the game based on the movie that is based on the game that I adored all those years ago.
Honestly, when I first heard word that this classic franchise was coming to the PlayStation 4 alongside an animated movie, I had my fears. However, after doing a little more research, it became evident that this was not your standard remastering, nor a reboot. Rather, this is a complete reimagining of the origin story that we all fell in love with back in 2002. Now that the franchise is more well known and has a solid fan base, Ratchet and Clank can go a step further and explore the backstories of characters like Ratchet, Clank, and Captain Quark more than they would if they were laying down the foundation to build a new series on.
Featuring over 1 hour of cutscenes, including footage from the animated movie that is coming to theaters April 29th, Ratchet and Clank not only gives existing fans of the franchise more of the story that they love, but also provides an opportunity for new fans to learn all they need to know about the characters and plot before seeing the movie. However, the most important thing to note is that the original gameplay has been preserved and polished for the PlayStation 4. In other words, if you liked the way that the game felt when playing on the PlayStation 2, you’re going to love exploring the old familiar worlds — as well as new ones — in Ratchet and Clank.
Fallout 4: Wasteland Workshop
Just a few weeks after the release of Fallout 4’s first DLC entitled Automatron, settlements in the wasteland are getting a few more options for customization in the new Wasteland Workshop DLC.
Priced at $5, Wasteland Workshop allows you to place gardens anywhere on your settlement, proudly display the mounts of slain beasts from the wasteland, disinfect yourself from radiation and more!
Needless to say, this DLC is already feeling like its only purpose is to bridge the gap between Automatron and Far Harbor, which is supposedly going to be the biggest DLC project that Bethesda has ever released.
Although settlement building and customization was not a widely-loved feature of Fallout 4, those that did love it are passionate about the detail of their living quarters. At $5, the price is right for anyone who wants to add some more options to their customization arsenal while carving out a nice little homestead in the wasteland.