Reader Discussion – What Games Have Made Great Use Of The "Ready To Start" Feature?

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Reader Discussion – What Games Have Made Great Use Of The

One of the many features we were promised around the start of this console generations was one where we'd be able to play games before they were finished installing. We would play early levels while the rest of the game finished installing, or have limited access to certain modes and could play them while we waited. But we want to know: has any game pulled this feature off in a satisfying way?

Dead or Alive 6, for all its faults, had a decent version of this feature. You could play versus with a limited roster from the game's full selection. It wasn't great, but it at least let you play the game while you waited, which is more than you can say for lots of games with the feature. Usually, the feature set available in games with a "ready to start" feature are so slim you may as well find something else to do while it downloads. The feature seems so marginal that in a lot of cases, I can't imagine it's worth it to design a good one.

But am I wrong? Is there a game that had a great experience available before the game was finished downloading? Is there an open-world game that actually pulled off a way to explore its world before the full install? A multiplayer game you could play early? Let us know in the comments.

Power Rangers Fighting Game Battle For The Grid Starts Rolling Out Next Week

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Power Rangers Fighting Game Battle For The Grid Starts Rolling Out Next Week

If you've got nostalgia for Power Rangers, and love fighting games in the vein of Marvel Vs. Capcom, next week has a nice little surprise for you.

Developer and publisher nWay has announced Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid will launch March 26 for Xbox One and Switch. PC and PS4 players will have to wait a little longer, as the PS4 version hits hits Europe March 28, and America on April 2. The PC is currently slated for "Summer 2019."

For those not in the know, Battle For The Grid pits Rangers from across the franchise's many series against each other, and includes a few villains in for good measure. It looks to play similarly to the Marvel Vs. Capcom series, with assist and Tag-in combos similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Power Rangers Fighting Game Battle For The Grid Starts Rolling Out Next Week

about X hours ago from
Power Rangers Fighting Game Battle For The Grid Starts Rolling Out Next Week

If you've got nostalgia for Power Rangers, and love fighting games in the vein of Marvel Vs. Capcom, next week has a nice little surprise for you.

Developer and publisher nWay has announced Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid will launch March 26 for Xbox One and Switch. PC and PS4 players will have to wait a little longer, as the PS4 version hits hits Europe March 28, and America on April 2. The PC is currently slated for "Summer 2019."

For those not in the know, Battle For The Grid pits Rangers from across the franchise's many series against each other, and includes a few villains in for good measure. It looks to play similarly to the Marvel Vs. Capcom series, with assist and Tag-in combos similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Destiny 2's Iron Banner Adds Power-Fluctuating Consumables

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Destiny 2's Iron Banner Adds Power-Fluctuating Consumables

Bungie is letting players widen the power gap between players in Destiny 2's Iron Banner mode in some fun ways, and is also looking to rework some bounties that grant enhancement cores.

This season, Iron Banner includes the addition of two new consumables: The Iron Burden and the Wolf's Favor. The Iron Burden lops 100 power from your character when you play the mode, making it easier for your opponents to kill you and harder for you to do the same. However, if you can defeat 500 opponents while under its effects, you'll score a masterworked Wizened Rebuke with a curated roll. You can grab an Iron Burden from Saladin if you're up for the challenge.

Conversely, the Wolf's Favor increases your power by 100, which makes it a great option for players who just want to hop into the mode but aren't as hardcore about it. Wolf's Favors drop when you complete PvE challenges throughout the game, including daily heroic missions, strikes, flashpoints, gamit, and Ikora/Hawthorne's weekly milestones. 

Destiny 2's Iron Banner Adds Power-Fluctuating Consumables

about X hours ago from
Destiny 2's Iron Banner Adds Power-Fluctuating Consumables

Bungie is letting players widen the power gap between players in Destiny 2's Iron Banner mode in some fun ways, and is also looking to rework some bounties that grant enhancement cores.

This season, Iron Banner includes the addition of two new consumables: The Iron Burden and the Wolf's Favor. The Iron Burden lops 100 power from your character when you play the mode, making it easier for your opponents to kill you and harder for you to do the same. However, if you can defeat 500 opponents while under its effects, you'll score a masterworked Wizened Rebuke with a curated roll. You can grab an Iron Burden from Saladin if you're up for the challenge.

Conversely, the Wolf's Favor increases your power by 100, which makes it a great option for players who just want to hop into the mode but aren't as hardcore about it. Wolf's Favors drop when you complete PvE challenges throughout the game, including daily heroic missions, strikes, flashpoints, gamit, and Ikora/Hawthorne's weekly milestones. 

Atlus Drops Teaser Trailer For Persona 5: The Royal

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Atlus Drops Teaser Trailer For Persona 5: The Royal

Atlus has been teasing something called "Persona 5 R" for some time, but their latest teaser trailer gives us a bit more info the title.

Now titled Persona 5: The Royal, it's not clear whether this is a sequel, expansion, or updated version of Persona 5, but I'd lean toward the latter. The Royal takes place in the same locale as Persona 5 and introduces a new red-headed character, who doesn't seem to be into the methods of the Phantom Thieves (according to a translation from Gematsu) and would rather solve her problems on her own. Whether they'll be an ally, foe, or (in a longshot guess here) a new playable character remains to be seen.

It isn't a ton of info to go on, but don't worry; Atlus also announced we'd be getting more info on April 24, the date of the "Persona Super Live" concert in Japan.

Atlus Drops Teaser Trailer For Persona 5: The Royal

about X hours ago from
Atlus Drops Teaser Trailer For Persona 5: The Royal

Atlus has been teasing something called "Persona 5 R" for some time, but their latest teaser trailer gives us a bit more info the title.

Now titled Persona 5: The Royal, it's not clear whether this is a sequel, expansion, or updated version of Persona 5, but I'd lean toward the latter. The Royal takes place in the same locale as Persona 5 and introduces a new red-headed character, who doesn't seem to be into the methods of the Phantom Thieves (according to a translation from Gematsu) and would rather solve her problems on her own. Whether they'll be an ally, foe, or (in a longshot guess here) a new playable character remains to be seen.

It isn't a ton of info to go on, but don't worry; Atlus also announced we'd be getting more info on April 24, the date of the "Persona Super Live" concert in Japan.

Report: Apple Considering Monthly Gaming Subscription Service

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Report: Apple Considering Monthly Gaming Subscription Service

While Google is making waves in the gaming market with its Stadia streaming service, another tech giant is also looking how it can expand within the space: Apple.

Bloomberg reports the company, who is looking for new ways to capitalize on its enormous install base as its hardware sales begin to slow down, may reveal new subscription services to keep users spending after they've invested in their Apple hardware, and this could include a gaming subscription service.

The service would be less Stadia and more Xbox Games Pass. It would take several paid games (so no free-to-play games like Fortnite) on its iPhone and iPad app stores and bundle them together every month for a flat fee, letting users slowly build a library of games they don't own. The service would pay out to developers based on the amount of time players spend with their games.

Report: Apple Considering Monthly Gaming Subscription Service

about X hours ago from
Report: Apple Considering Monthly Gaming Subscription Service

While Google is making waves in the gaming market with its Stadia streaming service, another tech giant is also looking how it can expand within the space: Apple.

Bloomberg reports the company, who is looking for new ways to capitalize on its enormous install base as its hardware sales begin to slow down, may reveal new subscription services to keep users spending after they've invested in their Apple hardware, and this could include a gaming subscription service.

The service would be less Stadia and more Xbox Games Pass. It would take several paid games (so no free-to-play games like Fortnite) on its iPhone and iPad app stores and bundle them together every month for a flat fee, letting users slowly build a library of games they don't own. The service would pay out to developers based on the amount of time players spend with their games.

What To Watch This Weekend: Dota 2, Halo 3, And Overwatch

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What To Watch This Weekend: Dota 2, Halo 3, And Overwatch

This weekend we have some majors wrapping up, but also a charity event themed around a classic competitive game.

The Dota 2 Dreamleague major concludes this weekend. Will Team Secret and Virtus Pro make it to the grand finals match, or will China reign supreme no matter what? Find out! (Stream / Schedule)

The Super Smash Bros. community gathers in Bloomington, Indiana for Full Bloom 5, which features tournaments for both Ultimate and Melee. (Streams and Schedule)