If you're one of the brave few who is planning to take on the might of the American army in storming Area 51, then you'll probably need to be prepared if you want to successfully take on the US armed forces. Thankfully, gaming is a great simulation tool, so you can hone your skills to storm the base, steal the tech and rescue the aliens all without having to move from your sofa. So which ones will best prepare you for your mission? Thankfully, we have you covered.
Probably the first thing you need to think about is how to actually get into the base, and you'll probably be met with hostile forces stopping you from entering. Probably the most obvious choice to play is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The 2018 title, available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, will teach you how to handle futuristic cutting-edge technology, probably so futuristic that you won't actually be able to get your hands on it until you successfully storm Area 51 and find the hidden stash of alien weaponry. If you want to go old school however (then good luck to you as you will get decimated), then look no further than the World War II-based Battlefield V. Once you get your hands on a first person shooter you'll soon learn the ins and outs of what is required.
To better know the present, you have to look at history. How often is it that people just don't look into these things, only repeating mistakes of the past? Unfortunately, it's all too common. However, you can learn all about the history of the aliens - some of whom are still residing in Area 51 - by playing the right games. Coming out in 2020 is the reboot to the popular Destroy all Humans series, which accurately tells the story of how the aliens first came to be on the planet in the late 1950s. When you think about it, it does all add up. The US were losing to the Soviets in the space race, so they utilised the alien technology to eventually beat them to the moon. The original two games in the series are currently available in the PlayStation Store, and the first is available to play on Xbox One through the Microsoft Store. Or alternatively, you could just wait for the reboot to arrive next year, and with the trailer looking this good, you'll be mad not think it's a worthwhile purchase. Or maybe you're just being mind controlled by the powers that be.
The aliens you eventually counter could come in any shape or form, you never know. So you would have to be prepared to expect the unexpected, and ultimately, if you want to escape the base, you'll need the help of your new alien friends to do so. Therefore, it is probably beneficial that you immerse yourself in games where cooperation with other creatures is paramount. Thankfully, there has been a game series that's been around for years that's been preparing us for just that. Pokemon has existed in many forms: an anime series, a collectable card game, an app, a big-budget movie and of course, many games. The latest in the line of Pokemon titles will be Pokemon Sword and Shield, which is set for a November release this year. Currently out for you to flex your Pokemon muscles, however, are 'Let's Go! Pikachu' and 'Let's Go! Eevee', which include more than 150 different Pokemon creatures, meaning if you manage to catch them all then you'll have the experience in befriending different beings and persuading them to do your bidding.
If you don't escape Area 51 successfully, then it's likely you won't have a happy ending, and your alien adventure will be over before it's begun. However, thankfully, there are many games on the market where you can hone your driving skills, making an evasion of the US forces all the more likely. One game that has been out for a few years, but is great for testing out how you can outrun the police and military, is Grand Theft Auto V. The GTA series is full of morally reprehensible things, but learn how to get away from the cops will be very useful if you decide to visit Area 51. Alternately, if you think the journey will be pretty bumpy and there'll be a lot of smashing and crashing, then look no further than Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled. The latest title in the popular Crash Bandicoot series was rated 9/10 on this site, and is a good game to practise with if the journey home from the military base is more hectic than expected.
So hopefully now you'll feel more prepared than ever to take on the task of storming Area 51. However, if you now realise that it probably isn't the cleverest of ideas (or you just want to spend your day lazing about instead), then you can't go too wrong with a harmless sporting game like F1 2019 or Cricket 19.
Rebooting and reimagining is a trend that has become commonplace in movies, and now that trend seems to be seeping into the game world too. Just like films, it is probably less of a risk to recreate rather than coming up with something new and original. However, with the success of emulation engines and commercially available 'retro' consoles like the Playstation Classic, there is still a clamouring for older titles. And with the vastly-expanded graphic capabilities compared to 20 years ago, aging games can be given a fresh lease of life through a remake. So have they been successful? What is yet to come? And what could be adapted in the future?
Crash Bandicoot first appeared in a game of the same name in 1996 on Playstation. A popular character, he has since gone on to feature in 14 original titles, as well as two recent reboots. Released on Playstation in 2017 and Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC a year later; the N. Sane Trilogy gave three classic Bandicoot games - Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back and Warped - a cosmetic facelift released them as a single package. As that became a critical and commercial success, that gave the developers the boost they needed in producing another reimaging, this time in the form of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. A remake of the 1999 title Crash Team Racing, the new game features the 31 maps found in the original game and it's spiritual sequel Crash Nitro Kart. Here's what Game Reactor made of the game. But what do you think? Get yourself a copy of both games to see for yourself. Sites such as Discount Promo Codes offer a range of discounts from gaming retailers such as Argos, 365 Games and Zavvi, so you can have your nostalgia trip without it hitting you hard in the pocket.
The Ones Anticipated
Of the nine films that will be visited in the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, set to be released sometime in 2020, seven have already been depicted in previous LEGO Star Wars titles. Those being 2005's LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (which featured Episodes I through III), The Original Trilogy in 2006 (IV-VI), The Complete Saga a year later (I-VI) and a standalone The Force Awakens game in 2016. Since the mid-00s LEGO games have grown immeasurably in both scale and quality, so to fans it would be welcome news that a remake is soon to be released. Additionally, this would also give the chance for the games to accurately reflect the developments LEGO have made in their minifigure design and set building, as the older games now don't reflect the types of sets that can be bought nowadays. Here's everything that's known about the game so far.
One remake is so blatant that it has 'remake' in the title. Final Fantasy VII, which was originally released in 1997 on the Playstation, is getting a big facelift. Square Enix, the developers for the aptly-named Final Fantasy VII Remake, have brought back some of the key staff that brought the original together. Original character designer Tetsuya Nomura returns as director, original director Yoshinori Kitase is the producer and writer Kazushige Nojima has come back to write some new material. Whilst the Final Fantasy remake will include some new material, the game itself is being split into multiple parts so that none of the original story will be lost. Part 1 is set to be released on 3rd March 2020, and recently showed off what's soon to come at E3.
With the market for remakes seemingly booming, there are many classic titles from the 90s and early 00s that could be due a reboot. Jumping Flash was an obscure but successful game released on Playstation in 1995, and had sequels released in 1996 and 1999, but it seemingly has fallen off the face of public consciousness. But if it returned with the same gusto as the original, then Flash will be jumping again. One of the biggest games in the PS2/Xbox era was The Simpsons: Hit & Run - who didn't have a copy of that game? With the development of graphic styles and the insane expansion potential - the idea of a reimagining of that game is tantalising. It seems that the idea of remaking games is one that's here to stay, at least for the time being.
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