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10 Reasons Behind Why Your Favourite Video Game Franchises Died

In their heyday, certain video game franchises were practically unstoppable. So when their demise came about, it left many bewildered. Just HOW did a series die? Surely it was doing well? For more awesome content, check out: http://whatculture.com/gaming Catch us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/whatculturegaming And follow us on Twitter @wculturegaming

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The Division 2 Announced?! 7 Major Improvements Ubisoft Must Make

Out of nowhere, one of Ubisoft’s most talked-about franchises is getting a sequel. Though we’ve no idea when it’s coming (dibs on a release date of 2019), Scott and Josh have a number of ideas on what The Division 2 should fix and amend. For more awesome content, check out: http://whatculture.com/gaming Catch us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/whatculturegaming And…

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LEGO Incredibles 2 and DC Villains games reportedly in the works – VideoGamer.com | VIDEOGAME.GUIDE

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Warner Bros. is reportedly planning on giving two popular franchises the LEGO treatment, according to the latest internet rumblings on Comic Book. The first effort, supposedly titled LEGO Incredibles 2, will launch this summer and will tie-in with Pixar’s upcoming movie sequel.

Details are pretty thin on the ground right now, although considering this will be the first LEGO Incredibles game (not to mention the first LEGO title based on a Pixar series), then it’s conceivable the title will be recapping the events of the original superhero flick as well as covering its follow-up.

It’s worth mentioning that last August a number of LEGO Incredibles 2 merchandise was said to be in the pipeline, including a catalogue of items that mentioned an untitled video game based on a mystery Pixar property. This gives further credence to today’s reports, although an official word remains elusive. 

Elsewhere, WB is also said to be chiselling away on a new LEGO title based on the iconic DC Big Bads. Again, details are scarce, although it’s believed the project – rumoured to be titled DC Supervillains or DC Villains – will feature the likes of Harley Quinn and The Joker. According to Comic Book’s sources, the game will launch within the next 12 months. 

As expected, both titles are reportedly in development at TT Games, who have handled all the major LEGO games since it adapted Star Wars back in 2004. No platforms have been revealed, though we imagine it’ll be a multiplatform affair. 

Again, nothing official has been announced by Warner or TT Games at present, so digest this all with a pinch of salt until we hear otherwise.


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The Daily Californian Arts Awards: Video Games of 2017 | VIDEOGAME.GUIDE

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rom the release of long-awaited titles of fan-favorite franchises to the introduction of a brand-new console poised to change the way we consume video games now and in the future, the course of gaming in its entirety shifted dramatically during the past year. Despite critics’ and gamers’ anticipation of the single-player era’s final curtain, last year showcased a number of gaming feats in genres ranging from first-person shooters to real-time strategy games to platformers.

The past year saw a slew of highly successful additions to AAA-rated series including “Resident Evil,” “Destiny,” “Call of Duty” and “Assassin’s Creed,” all of which breathed new life into classics that have long been due for an overhaul. But gaming in 2017 was not limited to the expected titles of established franchises — new games like “Horizon Zero Dawn” and “Prey” showed incredible promise, while indie gems ranging from “Cuphead” to “Night in the Woods” swept players away from the traditional shooters and role-playing games (RPGs).

Last year showcased a number of gaming feats in genres ranging from first-person shooters to real-time strategy games to platformers.

Without a doubt, the most buzzworthy title of 2017 was not a big-budget, single-player RPG. Instead, “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” managed to capture widespread attention while it changed the way we share the gaming experience with others in co-op and competitive play. Yet the most memorable gaming innovation to spring from 2017 remains the Nintendo Switch, which showcased a fresh take on portable gaming and managed to level itself with eighth-generation consoles through additions to the franchises of “The Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario.” Bringing even the most typical RPG titles to its repertoire, the Switch is aimed to make waves as it competes against the next generation of consoles.

Almost as exciting as the year’s releases themselves are the future titles that were confirmed this year, including the long-anticipated sequels “The Last of Us Part II” and “Red Dead Redemption 2.” The year 2017 managed to revive single-player games and overhaul multiplayer gaming across genres, introducing innovations in the ways that we access and experience games and ensuring that we’ll play great titles in 2018 and beyond.

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10. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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“Resident Evil 7: Biohazard” is a terrifying and bone-chilling gaming experience. The narrative of the game is exhilarating: The player travels to an abandoned house in Louisiana in search of his wife, only to be confronted by a conspiracy of illness and a family of undead, stalky, fast-moving monsters reminiscent of Slenderman.

Each level comes with entertaining — yet startling — frights. Each boss is more creatively disturbing and deft than the last, captivating players and keeping them strategizing all night. It’s everyone’s worst nightmares tied up into one game, petrifying yet beautifully addictive. “Resident Evil 7” is the perfect game for anyone looking to have their nerves and gaming skills tested to the max.

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9. The Evil Within 2

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Bethesda/Courtesy

Straying away from the plethora of AAA-rated titles that have made horror games a dumping ground for jump scares and gore, Tango Gameworks and Bethesda Softworks’ “The Evil Within 2” revives the survival horror genre using psychological horror elements and compelling storytelling.

Set to rescue his daughter, Sebastian Castellanos encounters another disturbing location generated by the infamous Mobius, encountering unspeakable terrors along the way. Framed by an intriguing plot and excellent pacing, “The Evil Within 2” presents a fun, challenging take on the conventional survival horror game, weaving experimental elements of open-world gameplay into traditional resource conservation and stealth combat.

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8. Horizon Zero Dawn

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Developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony, post-apocalyptic adventure “Horizon Zero Dawn” redefined the traditional third-person action RPG with its robust single-player gameplay. Set in the 31st century, “Horizon Zero Dawn” follows its female protagonist Aloy as she reestablishes her place in the Nora tribe and leads the battle against the machines.

Featuring an incredible open world complete with dynamic weather and day-night cycles, “Horizon Zero Dawn” creates an environment that feels alive in every sense of the word. Complete with fluid long-range combat and intuitive stealth gameplay, the game shows a level of sophistication unlike any recent RPG.

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7. Persona 5

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Atlus/SEGA/Courtesy

With “Persona 5,” the sixth installment in the “Persona” series, Atlus delivers yet another chance to live out your demon-fighting teenager dreams.

Hailed as one of the best Japanese RPGs by critics and fans, “Persona 5” promises over 90 hours of exciting gameplay as you fight against supernatural beasts in a dungeon environment and fight for a crush’s affection in a high school setting. With an anime series based on the game set to premiere later this year, “Persona 5” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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6. Assassin’s Creed: Origins

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The long-anticipated revival of Ubisoft’s beloved action RPG franchise “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” whisked players into the massive open world of the Egyptian Empire, reconstructed with painstaking detail using 4K graphics.

The most ambitious and memorable foray into the Creed thus far, “Origins” manages to expertly weave the story of its hero Bayek of Siwa into both the game’s main questline and its well-constructed side quests, presenting a uniformity that allows the game world to live and breathe like no other. Improved combat and crafting systems make “Origins” shine brightly over its predecessors.

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5. Nier: Automata

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Square Enix Co./Courtesy

The whimsical, mask-wearing Yoko Taro has created yet another eccentric game with “Nier: Automata,” one in which robots performing Shakespeare is but one feature. Yoko Taro offers popular art that is at once endlessly entertaining — this game’s third-person RPG battles are beyond resplendent — and dares to ask questions of its audience. These questions don’t have particularly positive answers, and sometimes have no answers at all.

If you can imagine the robot philosophy of “Blade Runner,” but more depressing and nihilistic, you’ve got “Nier: Automata.” While its storyline is elaborate and often confusing, the balanced mix of shooting, hacking and all-around action is more than enough to make the game experience wholly exciting.

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4. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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Tough, charismatic and heartfelt in turn, MachineGames and Bethesda’s “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” revamps the classic first-person military shooter with engaging gameplay and an unforgettable story framed by wicked twists.

Ever the true American hero, William “B.J.” Blazkowicz returns as the leader of the American Resistance in its fight against the Nazi army led by Irene Engel, the epitome of despicable video game villains. A standout for its advanced gunplay, wisecracking characters and overall difficulty, “Wolfenstein II” is undoubtedly one of the best first-person shooters of recent times, haunting the player with its eerie premonitions of a fascist future.

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3. Super Mario Odyssey

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For those of us in the generations that grew up with video games, Mario has always been a comfortingly familiar figure somewhere between an uncle and a family friend. With “Super Mario Odyssey,” Nintendo acknowledges its place as a peddler in the nostalgia business.

Just like always, Mario must save Peach from Bowser by traveling through candy-bright worlds, befriending some locals and trouncing others. It also introduces some new mechanics, including an entertaining two-player mode and a sentient hat. Through the familiar and unfamiliar alike, “Super Mario Odyssey” remains squarely charming.

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2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

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PUBG Corporation/Courtesy

Just a year ago, the idea of an “unfinished” beta achieving more than relative obscurity on Steam seemed preposterous. Yet once Brendan Greene’s notorious “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” was released on Xbox One at the end of 2017, the battle royale game established itself as a challenging and incredibly fun player-versus-player game.

Parachuting players into a map that contains limited weapons, ammo and gear for the taking, “Battlegrounds” imposes a last-man-standing deathmatch. With its new maps, team gameplay and versatile environments, “Battlegrounds” is an undeniably unique experience as one of the most ingenious multiplayer games of all time.

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Nintendo/Courtesy

It’s always a tough task for a game to meet high expectations, especially coming from a franchise as beloved as “The Legend of Zelda.” “Breath of the Wild” swept the gaming world by not only meeting but even surpassing these expectations.

As demonstrated by its prodigious collection of awards, “Breath of the Wild” paved a new path for open-world gaming. You don’t need to read reviews to believe it, though — just five minutes with the painterly graphics, quirky plot details, atmospheric soundtrack and shockingly realistic physics engine will make you want to dive headfirst into exploring this wild new world.

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