The narrative and atmospheric shooter Bioshock makes a slightly less spectacular comeback on the iOs, and Legend of Zelda gets a Monopoly board game rendition. Bungie shares new stats about the kill rates from the now closed Destiny beta, and the military junta of Thailand bans a game about dictatorship. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Aug, 4, 2014.
Bioshock returns as an iOs game
The underwater world of Rapture will get another life on the mobile platform. Bioshock was a blockbuster first-person shooter released in October 2008 for the PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Putting the player in the middle of a fallen dystopian city, it was praised for its smooth gameplay, intricate plot and endless barrels of atmosphere. The latter, however, may not be as plentiful in the iOs version. As Engadget reports, many graphical concessions were made to ensure the game ran smoothly on the limited platform. Realtime lighting and shadows were significantly cut down, and number of graphical assets scaled down as well, including fires seen in the memorable opening scene of the game. Given Bioshock’s huge focus on narrative and immersion, the title may still be best played on the big screen.
Destiny beta players virtually killed over half of the world’s population
Guardian Liberty Voice has previously reported that some 4.6 million people participated in the beta, but Bungie has revealed even more interesting statistics. Over 88 million games were played during the beta, and 6.5 million different guardian characters were created. The overall kill-to-death ratio (an important statistic in first-person shooters often used to gauge skill and performance) was an impressive 22.53, with 3.7 billion kills performed. That is over half of the world’s population right there. In comparison, EA was not as forthcoming about the player numbers in their recent Battlefield Hardline beta, but they did report almost 13 million destroyed vehicles and 1.65 million heists performed.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Money
A board and console gaming classics collide with a Legend of Zelda-edition Monopoly game coming to the U.S. on Sept. 15th. The player tokens are represented by variety of iconic weapons such as the bow, Triforce or the Ocarina of Time itself. The currency is rupees, the locations are lifted from the various Zelda games, and the travel companies replaced by Link’s horse or boat. Oddly enough, jail still stays just jail. Fans who buy the board game from GameStop will also receive several exclusives such as item power cards for enhanced gameplay or a Hyrule map lithograph. Those not interested in saving the world from the evils of Ganon will now have a chance to make a fortune from it at least.
Tropico 5 banned in Thailand
In a somewhat ironic twist, the military junta of Thailand has banned Tropico 5, a strategy game about being a dictator of a small island. One of the many powerful “weapons” in the player’s arsenal is censorship, helping them keep dissident voices out and the population at peace. The game perhaps reflects reality a little too well, as the Thailand film and video censorship official explained that some of the game content “might affect peace and order in the country.” However, in Tropico 5, the players always have a choice between giving into the dictatorial corruption to secure a hefty retirement fund for themselves, and focusing on the wellbeing and freedom of their people at all cost. In a sad move to gamers in the region, Eurogamer reported that the game’s distributor, New Era, decided not to appeal to the government to challenge the ban.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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