KeenGamer weekly news is a series of articles designed to bring you the hottest gaming and pop culture related news. Each news is presented in a bite-sized format and will lead you to the original source of the news if you want to find out more details.
GTA 6 and Bully 2 rumors are swirling about the web
Rockstar is one of the biggest developers in the world so it’s no wonder that every tease coming from them is carefully examined for clues. Just recently, they revamped their website, added locked videos on their YouTube channel and started tweeting some suspicious things. GTA 6 recently propped up in the resume of an Indian artist and Rockstar has been filing for numerous tax relief programs as if they started investing in something huge. On the other hand, their other beloved franchise – Bully, has seemingly been teased via their Twitter account. The tweet, which you can check out here, included “Bullying the weak” phrase which many interpreted as a surefire Bully sequel tease. As Rockstar is known for misdirections and a teaser approach to marketing, we remain cautiously optimistic until an official announcement has been made.
Half-Life: Alyx gameplay indicates it will be a huge VR title
There are only a handful of full-blown, dozens of hours worth experiences for VR devices. Luckily, it seems like that number will definitely increase with Half-Life: Alyx. A series of newly released gameplay videos for the game show realistic visuals, the combat, environment interactability and a glimpse at the game’s story. While it’s no Half-Life 3, it will definitely be a meaty VR experience that will significantly add to the lore of the popular franchise. Many already praised the footage for looking insanely immersive and offering a ton of nostalgia for the fans in the form of recognizable locations and even sounds of the environment and certain actions within the game. You can check the trailers here and be the judge yourself. Also, some interesting insight about the game is available in our coverage on how Valve justifies Alyx being a VR game.
Final Fantasy VII Remake demo received with universal praise
Legendary Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release is upon us so Square Enix saw fit to hype us up with a playable demo. We tried it ourselves and can confirm that the almost universal praise from many outlets and gamers is well deserved. The demo itself offers up only the first chapter of the bombing mission at the beginning of the game and is very polished in both gameplay and performance. It’s definitely a Final Fantasy game in a modern packaging that offers both the nostalgia as well as all the quality of life improvements we’ve come to expect from games nowadays. The combat is a definite standout, offering a real-time/turn-based hybrid that gives players a fast-paced action experience as well as the ability to be more tactical when they wish to.
Valorant from Riot Games looks like CS: GO with a dash of Overwatch
Riot Games has revealed the name of their upcoming tactical shooter “Valorant” and showcased some gameplay footage, net coding info, and even a release window. As the title states, the game definitely looks like a blend of elements seen in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch with emphasis on both the skill and unique heroes and their abilities. Currently, there are 8 confirmed “agents” in Valorant, but it’s unknown if this is the definitive number for the game’s release. Since the game was stated to be free-to-play, we can definitely expect more characters and a ton of other content down the line after its release sometime in the summer of 2020. To find out more information on the game and see the gameplay footage, make sure to check out our original coverage of the announcement.
Big games coming to the PlayStation Now service
With game streaming becoming all the rage these days, it’s good to see that Sony is taking the slow but safe approach to its PlayStation Now service. While its rollout has been fairly limited in comparison to its competitors, the number of supported countries is sure to increase since the service has been confirmed to come to PlayStation 5. With that said, Sony is also amping up the games on offer, making the $9,99 subscription seem even more appealing. The most recent standout games are definitely Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Control. For a full list of newly added games and more information on the future of the service, be sure to check out our original coverage of the news.
Death Stranding gets a PC release date and Half-Life extra content
Death Stranding is coming to PC on the 2nd of June. This means that you’ll be able to experience all the Kojima craziness in just three short months. If the mystery of the game isn’t enough of an incentive to buy the game, the PC version is coming with Chiral gold equipment and a few items from the Half-Life series. You’ll also get a fully featured photo mode, the ability to play the game with faster refresh rates and even on widescreen monitors in their native resolutions. Oh, and Denuvo is a part of the package as well.