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The Takeaway

  • Published at 05:19 pm June 28th, 2016
The Takeaway

Now that E3 2016 is done and dusted, we take a look at some of the highlights that stood out and received a wonderful reception. While the studios dished out previews of new games to come, game developers and videogame console companies provided a huge upgrade in the coming months. We were already aware of the new jacked up, updated version of the PS4, but we were also treated to a much nicer and more attractive version of the Xbox One. There were plenty of rumours and puzzling videogame footage that is sure to lure us back into hours of non-stop gaming.

The sexier sibling

At E3, Microsoft introduced a newer version of their Xbox One, the Xbox One S. Straight off the bat, you can tell how much of an improvement the company as made into its design. Sure, they took a few pages from the PlayStation 4, but that’s not a bad thing. In almost all-white body, the new Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the current gen console. As we are all aware, the original Xbox One is an eye-sore, giving a nostalgic trip to those humongous VCRs we used to use. Sorry, some of you are too young to know what that is. Let’s just say, it was a beautiful struggle.

You really can’t tell the difference until you place both consoles together. The original is ridiculously larger than the new One S. In fact, the original’s power adapter is almost a quarter of the size of the One S. In addition, the new console has an internal power supply. Come to think of it, as you read this, do you realise how absurdly huge the original console is? But it’s not just about the size. The new One S, for now only available in white, will support 4K Blu-Ray discs and streaming, alongside HDR support with compatible TVs.

At launch, the first edition of the new models will be available this August. The 2TB version will be for $399. Soon after, there will be smaller capacity models that will start from $299.

Kratos has a kid?

There’s plenty of most anticipated games for the year of 2016, and even more for the following year. The Xbox rival, PlayStation, has an exclusive other consoles wish they had. The hit franchise of God of War will return by seeing the main protagonist, Kratos, taking on a new avatar. The E3 crowd was treated to some beautiful gameplay video that lasted about 10 minutes. The last time we saw Kratos in action was back in 2010 in the God of War 3 release. Now, as expected, he’s been given a jaw-dropping upgrade for the current generation console.

While the initial trilogy takes Kratos through Ancient Greece, the new instalment involves the new bearded Kratos in the world of the Norsemen and Norse mythology. Get your first couple of seasons of Vikings and binge away before this game comes out to get in the mood. Just as the main website and creative director Cory Barlog has stated, this new adventure will see Kratos teaching his son how to be a god. In return, his son is teaching him how to be human again. The Viking backdrop is the perfect environment for legitimate source material to play with.

The developers look to keep the same soul in a different body. It’s no longer just a button-smashing videogame. For those who are already fans of the comic book, superhero movie genre, the name Mjolnir was also dropped when details of this new instalment were leaking out. It’s safe to assume you’ll be holding Thor’s iconic hammer. It was also revealed there will be moments in the game where you’ll be facing up to 15, 20 or even as many as 100 enemies in one screen. We know that sounds crazy, but apparently it’s not impossible. However, can the new PS4 handle that much chaos, time will only tell.

Unfortunately, the release date is unknown, but If you haven’t seen the footage yet or have the need to learn more about this exciting new episode for Kratos, go to godofwar.playstation.com.