REVIEW | A look at several new PS4 betas

In the first quarter of 2018, there seems to be a lot of Triple A releases for video games. Recently, I got to try four of the games that went into open beta, meaning that I get to play a version of the game before the retail release: “Monster Hunter: World,” “Dragon Ball FighterZ,” “Dissidia Final Fantasy NT” and “Metal Gear Survive.”

“Monster Hunter: World” is the newest title in Capcom’s franchise about coming together with four of your friends to take on enormous beasts.

You are given a lot of weapons to choose from depending on your playstyle, and there’s a lot of strategy involved to take down the big behemoths.

“Monster Hunter: World” streamlines or removes problems that were in previous games; for example, gathering items have been sped up and the map is more open, allowing for little loading times and seamless transitions to each area.

I tried the multiplayer with friends, and it’s as fun as ever. The best part about the game’s multiplayer is that you don’t need PS Plus to play online. It’s a great business decision by Capcom. I’ve already pre-ordered the game, and I’m ready to join the hunt.

“Dragon Ball FighterZ” is a fighting game based off the popular manga series, “Dragon Ball Z.”

Instead of a “create your own character” adventure like past games, “FighterZ” is a 2D fighting game where players select three characters from the roster and duke it out in skill-based fights.

If you played the “Marvel vs. Capcom” series, the gameplay is similar to that. The three-versus-three setup allows for combo creativity, and exciting fights.

“Dragon Ball FighterZ” is made by Arc System Works, the same developers of the Guilty Gear series, and they have perfected the art style of the original manga, coping key frames straight from the manga.

Now that’s dedication.

It looks beautiful in motion and the game is a lot of fun, but I’m personally going to wait for a price drop due to the business practice of a $30 season pass, which includes future DLC fighters.

There’s also the problem of many angry players disconnecting before a match finishes to prevent a loss, resulting in an awful player base. I’m just going to wait until these problems are ironed out.

“Dissidia Final Fantasy NT” is another three-versus-three fighting game, except it’s in an open 3D enviorment, and you get to play as many characters from the “Final Fantasy” series. It’s a sequel to the Playstation Portable games, but now has updated characters of the most recent titles.

I’m not usually the biggest fan of “Final Fantasy,” but I did like the portable games. However, I feel the speed of the game is too slow in “NT.”

Dashing, sidestepping and executing special moves doesn’t feel as smooth as it used to. I still had some fun with this one, but just more of the novelty that I get to see Sephiroth from “Final Fantasy 7” fight Noctis from “Final Fantasy 15” in exciting and flashy battles.

“Metal Gear Survive” is a spinoff title in Konami’s well-known “Metal Gear” series.

Since the creator of the series has long left the company, Konami decided to recycle the assets from the previous title, “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” and create a tower defense game out of it.

Instead of using stealth to sneak around enemies to get to your next objective, “Survive” has you gathering resources and defending a base from crystallized zombies. The premise itself, though, is unoriginal, as there are other games on the market that do the same thing.

“Survive” has the luxury of being under the “Metal Gear” license, and it doesn’t seem to have the things that make the games fun. Playing the game alone is extremely boring and nightmarish.

Most of the fun came from playing with my friends, messing around in the lobby shooting each other and tripping over oil traps placed in enclosed locations. Multiplayer is a necessity to have fun in this game. There are rumors of microtransactions, and you have to be always online to play the game.

This is probably going to be at a Redbox for $5 a few months after the game comes out in Feburary. I don’t recommend trying it at the moment, but I still do recommend the other titles.

Anthony Renteria

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