Squad Conquest Returns To Battlefield 5

Yes, That’s right one of my favourite game modes on Battlefield 5 is coming back to the Battlefield 5 rotation on April 25, 2019, definitely a date for the dairy if you’re a battlefield fan.

So, If you didn’t get a chance to play Squad Conquest last time it was in the rotation I bet you’re wondering what it is?

This mode is a small fast paced 8v8 player match where two teams compete against each other to capture and hold on to three main flags and try and run out the other sides respawn points. There is also access to one tank for each team, supported properly they can dominate and keep the other team pinned down for the duration of the round. (I have seen it happen and experienced it first hand)

Last time Squad Conquest was around, there were only three maps available which were, Arras, Hamada and Rotterdam the maps worked well with Rotterdam being my favourite (My K/D went sky high playing on Rotterdam). The problem was because of the limited number of maps it got repetitive quite quickly, but there are plans for new maps to be added this time around so hopefully, Dice will give us some great new maps and breath a bit of freshness into the mode. I don’t mind waiting just make more, but For now, we just got to stick with the same maps as last time.

The Maps

Arras battlefield 5
Arras
Rotterdam
Rotterdam
Hamada
Hamada

Hamada on normal conquest mode is not a map I enjoy playing on, but on Squad Conquest it’s scaled down and plays nicely. I really enjoyed my time playing last time, and I’m looking forward to jumping in and playing a few rounds this time. And just for people who don’t know this mode is free to play.

If you want to experience Squad Conquest on Battlefield 5 Click Here to get your copy and start having loads of fun with this mode.

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The Hordes Are Coming !! World War Z

There are only six days before World War Z is released and I can’t wait this has been my most anticipated game of April since I saw the first trailer a couple of months ago. Saber Interactive has released a new trailer which is a quick overview of the gameplay.

I have pre-ordered my copy so that I can get the Lobo weapons pack and if you want to do the same CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDER YOUR COPY

World War Z The Game

World War Z the game releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16., published by Focus Home Interactive and developed by Saber Interactive. Here is everything you need to know about world war z. The game is a third-person shooter that has been in development for the last three years and was first announced in December 2017 at the game awards.

Who is Saber Interactive?

They are an American video game developer founded in 2001 by Andrey Iones, Matthew Karch and Anton Krupkin and Matthew Karch is the CEO of the company. They have worked on such titles as Halo, Quake Champions, TimeShift to name a few games. They have grown to a company of 450 people spread across four studios and offices and are an independent developer. To be perfectly honest I had never heard about them until this game.

Looks Surprisingly Good.

Usually, when I see a game of a movie, the first thing I think is it’s probably going to be crap, and I am not going to waste my money on that, and I carry on with rest of my day, and usually, I’m right.
BUT this looks different. I watched the trailer, and I was hooked it looks epic and if you haven’t seen the trailer yet CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT. Yes, Saber does carry the license from the popular Paramount Pictures but has said that they are only using it as a way to get the game recognised because they do not have a boatload of cash to put behind a game that nobody has ever heard of.

So, no you will not see Brad Pitt in the game, but they are drawing inspiration from the film, and the book To try and bridge the gap between the two and keep people on both sides happy.

So What Is The Swarm Engine?

So basically when the developers were trying to replicate the fast-moving zombies that are in the film, they couldn’t make any of the current engines handle a screen full of zombies without the graphic’s going down the toilet and making the game run super slow.

So, Saber took it upon themselves to instead built a new engine from the ground up. Which is nice to see they didn’t just use an engine that they modified from something else, and they cared about the gameplay enough to make The Swarm Engine which is purposefully constructed to handle up to 500 zombies on the screen at one time. With this new engine, it gives the zombies a hive mind intelligence allowing them to span gaps and make huge pyramids of zombies as they do in the film with no regard for their wellbeing. They were not too happy to see that Sony was promoting a similar swam like engine in the new title Days Gone.

Is This Going To Be The Next Left 4 Dead?

The developers are fans of left 4 dead games, which I loved and played the hell out of them games. So with no more left 4 dead games in the pipeline, Saber designed each level with a strong focus on team play just like left 4 dead but with a more strategic style of gameplay and less run gun shoot every zombie you see (apart from the witches) type of game.

The developers have said that they want World War Z to be an evolution of left 4 dead games which I have no problem with that what so ever.

So What’s The Game Going To Be Like?

The game is broken down into four episodes which span multiple locations which are: Jerusalem, Moscow, New York and Tokyo with a group of four unique survivors. Each location has three levels that tell the story of how these survivors came together. The campaign is Co-op story-driven More episodes are planned after launch.

Resources in the game.
Saber was not interested in making a scarce resource environment because of the overwhelming number of zombies you will be faced with so instead has gone with a rich resource environment. You can also generate in-game currency by performing well in missions.

Replayability.
So if you are looking for replay value, all equipment drops and obstacles are randomised each playthrough, and they have even recorded four variables of each line of dialogue for the characters to keep the game fresh.

A nice little feature
Which I like is the melee weapons are assigned to the right bumper button, (I think it would be the same on both consoles), and you don’t have to equip it through a weapon inventory menu so that you can keep up with the face-paced gameplay.

Difficulty Levels
They are going to be five difficulty levels. As you get more skilled with the game or you don’t think it is challenging enough as you up the levels, friendly fire becomes more damaging.

Equipment In The Game
There are going to be defence kits and machine gun turrets and mortars to help you deal with the hordes.

Each class has a set of perks, and weapons have a progression path, and new versions of each gun.

Special Enemies Types
They have used their love for left 4 dead to create the special zombies which are:
Lurkers, which pin players to the ground.

Bulls, charge into the group and deal massive damage.

Screamers, attract more enemies to the location.

Hazmats, drop stink bombs that drain health.

Character Classes

gunslinger, classic assault class

The fixer, is a support role

the medic is the healing class

The Hellraiser is a demolitionist

the exterminator is all about crowd control. Is capable of setting traps.

The Slasher is the melee-focused, stealth class

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CLASSES IN ACTION

The Online multiplayer
Eight-player competitive multiplayer in five different modes.
These five modes in total covering all the team shooter standards, including king of the hill and team deathmatch.

Also, they are not leaving zombies out of the player vs player modes, so it’s PVP with zombies.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE PVP WITH ZOMBIES TRAILER

How Much Is The Game?
Now, this is usually the question on peoples minds after the first question, Is it any good? Instead of releasing for £39.99, the game will cost you £34.99 to pre-order on consoles, and pc pre-orders are £31.99 through the Epic Store. If you do pre-order, you will get the Lobo weapons pack on all platforms which include:

  • Lobo Melee Weapon
  • Golden ARK-103 Assault Rifle
  • Golden Keris V10 SMG
  • Golden 1911 Protector

My Thoughts About The Game
If the game can deliver what I have seen in the trailer and is left 4 dead but better, I’m already sold, and I am going to pre-order on Xbox One, and I may even record some gameplay clips to share on Youtube.

The Console Killer Is Coming – Google Stadia

Yes, according to google the next generation of gaming is not a box; it’s any device that can run the Chrome browser.

The behemoth that is Google is taking a stab at the gaming market and is looking to shake things up with there Stadia platform and get Microsoft and Sony Worried and maybe even loosen there grip on the world of gaming.

So What Makes Stadia Different.

The real thing that sets stadia apart from other gaming platforms is there is not going to be any physical hardware that you will have to buy. It will be a streaming service for all your triple-A games, and they handle all the hardware requirements and stream you the 4k 60fps seamlessly to your device.

Well, that’s what’s meant to happen, there is not an enormous amount of detail about stadia. Like the big question, how much is it going to cost? But there is a controller which looks a lot like the ps4 controller just white, and the buttons are named different things but basically do the same things as any other gaming controller. It must be a winning design for Google to copy Sony.

Google Stadia Controller

Two features that interest me

The google assistant and Youtube integration. From the trailer, if you are stuck on a part of the game that you can’t seem to figure out, then you can ask the google assistant without leaving the game and it will show you How to get a particular item or escape a room and find out what you need to know and then carry on with the game, sounds to good to be true, but if it works like they said it would be amazing. And it could be a reason why people use the platform over others.

The other feature is the heavy Youtube integration with a button on the stadia controller that can send game clips straight to Youtube. And if you are live streaming a game and your viewers decide the game looks good and want to play it they can jump right in from the point they were watching from and will not have to start from the beginning. That’s cool AS HELL !!! You can watch the trailer here.

Netflix is more than a company name.

It feels like the word Netflix means more than just a company name these days, as you hear the term Netflix of games thrown around all over the place and people are wanting a vast selection of content for a low monthly price. It will be interesting to find out the price point of stadia because Google needs to be very careful not to price themselves out of the market because the Xbox one games pass is only £7.99 a month and the Playstation now service is £12.99 per month.

The lag could suck the fun out of it.

Lag is the worst thing in a game end of conversation, Nah only joking but it sucks BIG TIME and is the enemy of the gamer, and there is massive concern that stadia will not live up to the promise of seamless gaming on any device. People that played on the stadia platform demo at the (Game Developers Conference) GDC say that the lag was noticeable when playing the faster-paced doom and resulted in a few unwanted deaths but wasn’t noticeable when playing the slower assassins creed odyssey game. Google has there work cut out for them to bring a smooth, fast-paced shooter to the platform.

Only time will tell when Google stadia will be released this year 2019, and when I know more and tried it out for myself, I will give you an update.