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Gaming Week In Review: PlayStation titles come to PC, No Man Sky loses nearly 85% of players



Playstation Now streaming service to expand to PC soon.

Sony has announced that its premium cloud gaming service  PlayStation Now will soon be expanded to the PC platform. This will allow PC gamers running Windows 7 or higher access to a catalog of more than 400 PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games that they can stream directly to their PCs for play. This includes many titles that are otherwise exclusive to Sony consoles, such as The Last of Us and Journey.

For those unfamiliar with the logistics of cloud gaming, the PlayStation Now servers run most of the game and stream it to one’s console through an internet connection, thus saving hard drive space and eliminating the need for a disk. This also means that one could play higher-end games on devices with lower specifications than normally required.

To further promote their foray into the PC gaming market, Sony will be releasing an official Bluetooth adapter for the Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controllers, which will allow players to use PlayStation controllers via the PC without hassle. The adapter is currently priced at $24.99.

A PlayStation Now subscription is $20 a month with a seven-day free trial. You can download the PC client and find the full system requirements on the PlayStation website.

 

No Man’s Sky’s player base plummets by roughly 85 percent less than two weeks after release.

No Man’s Sky received a harsh reception from the gaming community when it launched two weeks ago. It was absolutely grilled online for boring gameplay, game-breaking bugs, obviously reused game tropes and a lack of delivery on the features advertised. There have also been accusations about whether alleged gameplay demos released, which were released during its development, showed real gameplay or simply pre-rendered footage meant to deceive players.

It’s no surprise that throughout the controversy, the game’s player-base has taken a nosedive. According to the gaming data website SteamSpy, the game has fallen from its peak of roughly 126,000 hourly players on August 14 to only 19,000 hourly players as of August 24.

No Man’s Sky came out on August 4. Read the Emerald’s review here.

Many players have taken advantage of the Steam refund system to get their money back after being disappointed with the game, however, console gamers are facing some difficulties while trying to go through the same process. According to Eurogamer, Sony is refusing to refund the game unless the circumstances fit in with the refund policy, which allows gamers to refund game within 14 days of purchase, provided they have not downloaded or streamed the game in the meantime.

You can check out a detailed list of the game’s missing features by Reddit user Cymen90 here.

 

Buggy launch and intrusive microtransactions in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has fans upset.

Many fans of the classic Deus Ex franchise are upset over the release of the latest title in the long-running series Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Much like its predecessor, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the game has launched with many game-breaking bugs that are causing everything from game crashes to areas with missing assets.

This has many players worried as it took more than a year of update patches and a director’s cut re-release to finally make it so Human Revolution was mostly bug-free. The overarching sentiment is that the bugs and a lack of communication from the development team are once again ruining an otherwise exceptional game, as Human Revolution now has a Very Positive rating on Steam, as well as a 91/100 rating on Metacritic despite its own poor launch.

To add insult to injury, the game also includes what many players consider unreasonable microtransactions. Players can purchase large amounts of in-game currency and upgrade points to improve their character with real money. Many players see this ability to directly “buy power” as a slap in the face that tarnishes the reputation of Deus Ex as a hardcore and difficult game franchise.

Unless you’re a diehard fan, you may want to hold off on this title for the time being.


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