Things are not looking good for Blizzard's MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, a title that blended together all of the company's games like Overwatch, Diablo, Starcraft, and World of Warcraft. The president of Blizzard, J. Allen Brack, and chief development officer, Ray Gresko, announced today that developers are being pulled from the game and being transferred to different projects within the company.
In a press release that was made public today, Brack and Gresko said that it was a difficult decision to make and it will ultimately impact the future of the game.
“Over the past several years, the work of evaluating our development processes and making hard decisions has led to new games and other products that we’re proud of,” Blizzard said. “We now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company’s history. We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past.”
This Isn't the End for Heroes of the Storm
The company assured they will continue development of the title, supporting the game with new characters and events, but the time between these updates will increase. According to the two executives, this is to set up Heroes of the Storm for long-term sustainability.
Unfortunately, this news also means that Blizzard had to cancel both of their planned eSports events for Heroes of the Storm. The pro-level tournament, Heroes Global Championship, and the collegiate level contest, Heroes of the Dorm will get the axe.
Tough Call for Blizzard
“[A]fter looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change with the game, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019,” the press release read. “This was another very difficult decision for us to make. The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect.”
It is a shame that this is the beginning of the end for a game that many enjoyed so much. Blizzard is making a responsible move by reallocating employees internally rather than laying people off. The MOBA space has plenty of competition in today's market and it looks like Heroes of the Storm couldn't keep up with games like League of Legends and DOTA. We here at Gigamax will keep a close eye on these deveopments, so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.
The Game Awards, Game of the Year 2018 announcement has come and went. Some of the awards handed out were expected, others caught the gaming community by surprise. 2018 brought the world unforgettable video game experiences. With such a spectacular selection to choose from, it’s only natural there were some surprise winners.
Out of the 23 categories, seven awards stood out. People might tune in to The Game Awards to see which game takes home Game of the Year, but there are 22 other categories that hold incredible significance as well.
Below is a list of the seven awards that caught the world by surprise at this years Game Awards.
Best Art Direction
Return of Obra Dinn by 3909 was awarded Best Art Direction at The Game Awards 2018. Facing stiff competition, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, God of War, Octopath Traveler, and Red Dead Redemption 2, it is a miracle this little indie game rose above them all. This puzzle game with its unique black and white sketched art style was able to beat out games that cost millions, even hundreds of millions to develop and produce. This surprising win at The Game Awards 2018 is just a reminder that even small projects can have a massive impact on the video game industry.
Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2 put on a spectacular performance. However, the surprise is the performances Clark was able to outshine. Bryan Dechart as Connor in Detroit: Become Human, Christopher Judge as Kratos in God of War, Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-Man all put on performances that will stay with gamers for years to come. Each one of these talented voice actors had a chance to take home Best Performance at The Game Awards but Clark and his interpretation of Arthur Morgan was given the honor.
Best Action Game
Leaving jaws on the floor, this category winner was unexpected to say the least. Dead Cells by Motion Twin beat out Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Destiny 2, Far Cry 5. And Mega Man 11 for Best Action Game. Dead Cells is an amazing game but this side-scrolling roguelike-metroidvania video game taking home Best Action Game is the embodiment of a surprise win. Its Google card doesn't even categorize the game as an action game and it still won Best Action Game. This isn’t just a surprising win, it must have also been a massive hit for Treyarch, Bungie, and Ubisoft Montreal to lose to such an underdog.
Best Role Playing Game
Monster Hunter: World was awarded Best Role Playing Game of 2018. Up against some stiff competition, this grind-fest of a game rose above all others. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Octopath Traveler, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire just didn’t have what it takes to beat it out Capcoms latest creation. Among the nominees for Best Role Playing Games, Monster Hunter: World is the least obvious RPG. Focused on gearing up by killing giant monsters, the story is usually only a means to open up new monsters to slay. Monster Hunter: World did stand out when compared to previous Monster Hunter titles. It offered gamers the most engrossing and RPG-like story that those that came before it.
Best Family Game
If anyone put money on who would win Best Family Game, this announcement may have cost them. Overcooked 2 took home the prize, beating out games like Mario Tennis Aces, Nintendo Labo, Starlink: Battle for Atlas and most surprisingly Super Mario Party. Gaming is for everybody and the entire the family can get involved. When looking for a video game that everyone can enjoy, Overcooked 2 might be the best choice according to The Game Awards.
Forza Horizon 4 by Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios, and Microsoft Studios scooped up Best Sports/Racing Game at The Game Awards 2018. Not even the massively popular FIFA 19 was able to strip the crown from Forza Horizon 4. The racing game also stood up against massive hits like Mario Tennis Aces, NBA 2K19, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2019.
Game of the Year 2018
God of War deserved this award. That opinion still doesn’t make it any less surprising it surpassed Red Dead Redemption 2 or Marvel’s Spider-Man. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Celeste, and Monster Hunter: World were also nominated but these games were clearly going to be overshadowed. God of War was able to leave such an impression on gamers, the community, and the industry that even its early year release in April didn’t hold it back. Red Dead Redemption 2 dropped only weeks before The Game Awards but God of War was still tattooed in the brains of those who first played it over seven months ago.
Every game that was nominated at this years Game Awards deserved recognition. It was especially pleasing to see indie games once again break barriers. The list above isn’t here to say these games didn’t deserve the win, it represents games that were able to break the mold and overtake any “obvious” winners. It goes to show that gamers are an enigma. There is no sure winner when art is judged, especially in the video game industry.
While it hasn't been for out long, Farming Simulator 19 is already proving to be the most successful game in the franchise. 1 million copies of the game have been sold, counting both digital and physical sales. The press release that announced this big achievement also pointed out that Farming Simulator 19 was released on November 20th, around the same time many major titles were also dropped.
Farming Simulator: 1 Million Copies, 10 Days
1 million copies sold in 10 days represents a new sales record for the series according to the CEO of Giant's Software, Christian Amman. "It's incredible to see the impact of the team's hard work. Farming Simulator 19 offers so many new opportunities and our players are thrilled about them. Never before has a Farming Simulator game reached the one million mark so quickly and we are proud and happy that so many players join us on this amazing journey," Amman stated.
John Bert, COO of Focus Home Interactive, the publisher for Farming Simulator 19, added that the company is very proud of Giants Software and their commitment to providing fans of their series top notch quality. One look at various score aggregators around the web reveals that the game is being well received by critics.
Farming Simulator 19 features a completely overhauled graphics engine that delivers the best graphics the series has ever seen. John Deere has also been added to the game as a new major license. Along with John Deere's precense, gamers will find new locations across America and Europe to start your farming operation, along with a variety of horses to ride around your property.
It is great to see a game find its niche and really succeed in providing fans exactly what they want. Farming Simulator may not be for everyone, but its sales numbers and reviews show the impact of this unique game.
Fortnite Season 7 Has Arrived With Plenty of Changes
Epic Games officially kicked off Season 7 of their insanely popular shooter, Fortnite, with the launch of their 7.00 update. As with every other season before it, this is a substantial patch that signifies the start of major changes to the game in the form of an event. In this update, an iceberg has collided with the Fortnite island, which expanded the map, added an icy look over sections of the terrain, added a plane, new skins, and plenty more.
"Discover new areas such as Frosty Flights, Polar Peak, and more," Epic says in the patch notes. "Uncover what’s in the new Battle Pass, rule the skies with the new X-4 Stormwing plane, and change the style of some of your favorite weapons and items with Wraps in Battle Royale."
Take to the Skys
The plane is able to hold five players, the pilot and four other people who ride along on the wings. The flying vehicle features a mounted turret that makes it a devastating mobile weapon.
With the new season also comes a new battle pass that features over 100 new cosmetic items for players to unlock by completing challenges and playing the game. Along with the typical cosmetics, Epic created a new type called Wraps which "allow you to customize your weapons and vehicles with all new looks to match and complement your favorite outfits." (https://bit.ly/2RDLdeb)
Balloons have been adjusted so that players can still use their guns with the item. Epic also gave the boot to a bunch of items with the start of Fortnite Season 7 including Shadow Stones, Port-A-Fort, Chiller, Clinger, Double Barreled Shotgun, and Shockwave Grenade.
One of the biggest additions to Season 7 is Creative Mode, a sandbox based experience that encourages players to build unique Fortnite adventures either alone or with friends on their own private island. "It's a brand new way to experience the world of Fortnite," Epic said about the mode. "Design games, race around the island, battle your friends in new ways and build your dream Fortnite. It's all happening on your own private island where everything you make is saved."
Fortnite is currently a powerhouse in the multiplayer gaming space and it appears that Epic has no plans of slowing down on releasing updates for their popular shooter. If you'd like to see a full breakdown of all the changes, check out the full patch notes on Fortnite's website.
Pokémon Go, PvP Multiplayer Update: What You Need To Know
Pokémon Go is finally giving gamers the chance to battle each other with an update focused on delivering a true PvP experience. There is no set release date but Niantic, Inc and The Pokémon Company ensure fans they will have a chance to fight their friends by the end of December 2018. Pokémon Go will open up both online and local PvP as well as introduce the Trainer League.
Pokémon Go Trainer Battles Breakdown
The Three Trainer Leagues / Local Battles
Single Player Battles
Pokémon Trainer Battle Rewards
Pokémon Go Trainer Battles Breakdown
Mobile gamers will be able to face other Pokémon trainers online. One-on-One fights can take place between random players, local trainers, or friends. Friends can send battle invites when they reach the top two tiers of friendship, Ultra Friends or Best Friends. Both Good and Great Friends cannot send battle requests through the Friends list.
Trainers will need to create Pokémon battle parties before their battles. These battle parties are made up of three Pokémon instead of the classic six. Once the two trainers face off, they will be able to choose which battle party they want to use. Battles don’t use the traditional Pokémon turn-based style and instead, people will tap or hold the fast or charge attacks to perform a move. There will also be a Protect Shield ability that gamers can use when they think a big attack is coming. Furthermore, Pokémon Go trainers will be able to swap out their Pokémon anytime over the course of a battle. The only restriction on switching Pokémon is a cooldown timer that stops people from quickly spamming the switch Pokémon button.
Battles have a four-minute timer. A battle ends when either all of a person's Pokémon are defeated or the timer runs out. If both trainers have Pokémon still in play at the end of the four minutes, whoever's Pokémon has more health will be crowned the winner.
Gamers have unlimited access to Trainer Battles. They can pick fights with as many people as they’d like in a day. However, they will only get rewards from the first three.
The Three Trainer Leagues / Local Battles
Local Pokémon battles are handled a little different than their online counterpart. Local battles are dependent on Trainer Leagues. There are three different tiers that players have the option to join. In order to battle a player locally, trainers need to be a part of the same Trainer League and exchange battle codes. Battle codes are not the same as friend codes. These codes are QR codes that trainers will scan and will allow them to send an invite and start a local battle.
Each Trainer League has a combat power limit. This helps gamers gauge the difficulty of the opponents in a particular league. A breakdown of each Trainer League can be found below.
Great League - Combat Power Maximum, 1,500
Ultra League - Combat Power Maximum, 2,500
Master League - No Combat Power Maximum
Single Player Battles
Before jumping into battles with friends and trainers from around the world, it might be smart to try a few single player battles first. The new update brings with it Team Leader Battles where gamers can battle three team captains, Blanche, Candela, and Spark. Gamers can battle these NPCs as much as they’d like to level up their Pokémon but will only be rewarded once each day, more on the rewards below.
Pokémon Trainer Battle Rewards
There are some exciting rewards for those that take part in the new Pokémon Go PvP battles. Each trainer that takes part in a Trainer Battle or Team Leader Battles, winner, and loser, will receive a prize. Candy, Stardust, and rare items can all drop for any trainer. Every player walks away with a reason to celebrate. The actual winner of the battle won’t receive any additional rewards besides those all-important bragging rights.
Many thought Pokémon Go was going to be a fleeting fad but that was disproven after two years of consistent improvements and its ability to retain an audience. The Augmented Reality driven mobile app is even incorporated into the latest Nintendo Switch Pokémon games, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu. For more information on Pokémon Go and to keep up with the latest gaming news and updates, be sure to keep stopping by GigamaxGames.com every week for new articles!
Pokémon: Let’s Go Mewtwo and Legendary Bird Locations
Bethesda Reveals December 4th Fallout 76 Patch Notes
Bethesda recently announced that a big patch was heading to Fallout 76 on December 4th, and now the developer has revealed exactly what's coming to the open world RPG.
One of the biggest changes coming to the game is a huge increase to stash space from 400 to 600 that could go even increase later. The update is also set to include a host of stability improvements to the client and servers that will ultimately improve the game's overall experience.
Fallout 76 Impressions and Gameplay
Fallout 76 will be receiving a variety of balance changes such as increasing the number of loot drops from boss type enemies and automatic weapon damage is being boosted by 20% to help players feel more powerful while traversing the wasteland.
There are also plenty of bug fixes in the massive update. One fixes an issue where an infinite loading screen would occur if a player got signed out of their console while playing. On Xbox One specifically, the patch repairs an issue that would crash the game upon accepting team invites. Bethesda has also added some UI, survival, and perk changes. For a look at all the changes being implemented to Fallout 76, you can find the full patch notes from Bethesda's website.
Pokemon Let's Go - Mewtwo and Legendary Bird Locations
Pokemon Let’s Go is now available on the Nintendo Switch. It takes players back in time, giving them a look at the origins of this massively popular franchise. With updated graphics and brand-new mechanics, Pokemon Let’s Go was made for both Pokemon 90’s kids and new fans.
Pokemon Let’s Go - YouTube Playlist
Following the story of Pokemon Yellow, anyone that played the old game will have a clear advantage in the 2018 version. The secrets are the same but the way Pokemon Let's Go is played is completely different. The playlist above will guide you to the locations of all three legendary birds as well as the location of Mewtwo. These may be the same Pokemon you remember, but they’re showcased in a completely new light.
Discover where the legendary birds are hidden and take the path to uncover Mewtwo in Pokemon Let’s Go!
Fallout 76 & Black Ops 4 Did Not Meet GameStop Sales Projections
The latest GameStop earning report revealed that two of the year's biggest releases failed to meet the company's sales projections. Both Fallout 76 and Black Ops 4 did not sell as well as the major video game retailer expected and Gamestop had some answers on why that could be.
CFO of GameStop, Rob Lloyd said that Black Ops 4 was "Not as successful as we had hoped." As for Fallout 76, the executive attributed the poor sales to the negative review scores the open world RPG received. "Obviously, you can see in the market what the Metacritic scores are around Fallout 76, and that's impacted its sell-through. I'll probably just leave it at that."
Some of the big name sports games that were released also failed to meet the company's expectations in regards to sales. While Lloyd didn't mention any names, Madden NFL 19, Fifa 19, NBA 2K19, and NHL 19 were all released between August and September of this year.
It's Not All Bad...
Not all of the news from the earnings report was negative, though. According to the CEO, both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spider-Man PS4 were GameStop's highest selling games. Even though Black Ops 4 did not meet their sales expectations, the game releasing in October instead of November helped boost Gamestop's overall games sales for the quarter by 10%.
GameStop's total global sales which include hardware, software, accessories, and more, rose by 4.8% to $2.1 billion for the quarter, which ended on November 3rd. New hardware sales rose 12.8% due to increased sales from PS4 and Xbox One. Games sales had a massive jump of 10.9% and accessories sales had the biggest gain of 32.6%. Despite these sizable increases, pre-owned sales dropped by 13.4%.
The company posted a loss of $488.6 million for the quarter, which compares to a profit of $59.4 million in the same quarter last year. GameStop says that this loss was attributed to an impairment charge that was worth $587.5 million that it paid as a result of the "sustained decline in the company's share price."
It seems as if the trend in gaming from physical to digital purchases is impacting GameStop in a big way. Physical sales and reselling were once the money maker for the games retailer, but now the company must focus on finding new ways of generating revenue in online markets. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on the future of GameStop, so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information.
Game of the Year 2018 Nominees: All Tough Competitors
The Game Awards will announce the winner of Game of the Year 2018 on December 6th. With nominees made public, the readers pick article was able to foresee many of the choices. There was a surprise title that deserved its recognition, Celeste. Besides that outlier, each of the games nominated has either defined a generation of gaming or blew audiences away with their imaginative spin on a long-running series.
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Game of the Year 2018 Nominees List
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
God of War
Monster Hunter: World
Red Dead Redemption 2
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Fully embracing RPG elements, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey worked to reinvent itself. It maintains many of the elements that long-time fans will enjoy but with some added bonuses. Progression is much more dependent on gear and leveling. The world is absolutely brilliant, gorgeous, and engaging. Ubisoft did an incredible job creating an Assassin’s Creed game that stands out from the rest while retaining classic qualities fans have grown to love. This game will surely be stiff competition for the rest of the titles in the running for Game of the Year 2018.
Spawning from a prototype during a game jam, developers Matt Thorson and Noel Berry later expanded Celeste into a full game. This indie game is up against some massive titles with multi-million dollar development budgets and companies that are able to spend millions on marketing. Celeste even beating out some games out like Farcry 5 and Fallout 76, created by well known and respected developers. It’s always amazing to see indie games recognized for breaking the mold and delivering quality gaming experiences to audiences around the world.
God of War
A massive hit and a game that will go down in history, Game of the Year 2018 winner or not, God of War is a spectacular experience all the way through. Showing off the softer side of Kratos, fans of the series and newcomers alike fell in love with the action, setting, and breathtaking story. The readers choice poll shows that 59% of voters think God of War will be named the winner. These results aren’t surprising. God of War was a hit from the second it was released.
The lovable Spider-Man came back in a big way. It was Insomniac Games first licensed title and they pulled off creating one of the best Spider-Man games in years. Swinging through an incredibly detailed New York City, all the spidey gadgets, and the innocent nature of the young superhero combine to deliver an unforgettable video game. Only time will tell if Marvel’s Spider-Man can fight off its competition in this year's race to become Game of the Year.
Monster Hunter: World
Capcom did what many believed they could not, take Monster Hunter into the mass market. Once a niche franchise, massively popular only in Japan with scattered fans in the West, it is now a household name. Monster Hunter: World reworked some of the more time consuming and tedious mechanics to open themselves up to an entirely new audience. The core concept is still the same, kill monsters and make gear out of their bones, skin, and other materials. However, now that the game is a streamlined RPG designed to accommodate a wider audience, Capcom’s latest Monster Hunter could be dubbed Game of the Year 2018.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Coming out near the end of the year, Red Dead Redemption 2 was met with both glowing reviews and unhappy fans. Rockstar Games developed an immaculate world, gritty and immersive but that immersion comes at a cost. Gamers playing RDR2 live their life as a western outlaw, down to every last detail. Sleep, eat, bathe, chores, all the mechanics can be overwhelming and those looking for a quick game to play may be turned off. But, anyone looking for a game that will create memories which have the potential to last a lifetime, Red Dead Redemption 2 could be it. It’s unclear if those negative reactions by gamers will impact its chance to take home Game of the Year 2018, only time will tell.
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An excellent successor to Red Dead Redemption 1, this game is well known for its ridiculously massive open world, with every single detail perfected down to the last blade of grass. Rockstar really went all out on this one! Sure, the graphics are extremely impressive, impressive enough to be called a step up from most video games that are around these days, but all things considered, RDR2’s open world definitely takes the cake as the best part of this game.
Of course, that doesn’t come as a surprise since Rockstar is clearly a master when it comes to the genre of open world. Considering Rockstar’s previous track record, from their 2005 game ‘Bully’, as well as their long-running franchise, Grand Theft Auto, players expected nothing less with the release of RDR2, and they certainly haven’t been let down.
If you have played GTA V (I mean, who hasn’t?), then you may be familiar with Rockstar’s habit of stuffing their open worlds with subtle Easter eggs and mysteries, which is exactly what they have done with RDR2… just about 10 times as much. Of these Easter eggs and mysteries, plenty of them are horrific and that’s what will be touching on right now.
Stranger Mission: American Dreams
Rockstar isn’t exactly shy about their horrific content, which is also the case with most other video game design companies, and there is plenty of gruesome stuff you can find scattered all around the expansive Wild West, with some of them included as parts of missions. One of the first gruesome things that you’ll come across when playing RDR2 is the string of murders performed by a serial killer. Here, you will investigate a series of mutilated bodies strung up across trees and boulders in an attempt to find the person who butchered them. Sure, mutilated bodies and people ripped off in half isn't something new in the world of video games, but combine the terrific graphics of the game with Rockstar’s tremendous attention to every shred of the dead person’s gushing insides, and you’re bound to feel creeped out with every drop of blood that slowly drips from the dead corpse.
Of course, your mission has to continue, so the serial killer conveniently leaves you a piece of a map that will eventually let you figure out his hideout, and of course, the map will be stuffed into his victims’ mouth. So, once you try to retrieve it, you’ll have the pleasure of watching the poor guys’ head fall right off.
Oh, by the way, did I mention? Once you figure out the serial killers’ hideout, you gotta go take a look, and that place is… let’s just say… not the type of place you’d want to host a kid’s birthday party.
The Night Folk
Next up on the list of horrifying stuff, are the Night Folk. These guys are a bunch of psychopathic killers who hang out near the swamp, and you are most likely to encounter them during the night. Yeah, the swamp… at night. I mean, you’d think the swamp was creepy enough during the day, what with all the crocodiles and snakes, but now you have to go into the misty swamp during the night, with nothing but a lamp to light your way. In any other video game, this wouldn’t be so creepy, but the sights, the sounds, and the immersive experience RDR2 provides really gives you the chills.
Imagine walking along this misty swamp when you suddenly see a woman, completely dressed in white, crying near a small fire. Or how about a freshly bloodied dead body tied to a tree?
No? What about a dead body that has been tied to a tree for years?
It’s all part of the joy the Night Folk provide.
While traveling across the Wild West, you may come across a bunch of enterprising individuals having cult meetings, namely, the KKK.
Since this encounter occurs in the woods during the night, you may consider it creepy, but there is also a pretty funny side to it. In the very first meeting, you’ll hear the leader of the cult mention that their numbers are waning, and while they blame the Congress for that, you’ll soon see that it’s for the most part, due to their own stupidity. Here, the cult is introducing a new member to their ranks, and as initiation, the new member lights a huge cross on fire right before the flames get to him, setting him on fire as well. Moral of the story? Long robes and fire don’t mix! You will also meet the KKK on to other separate occasions where they end up doing something stupid and killing themselves. Or you can save them the embarrassment and kill them yourself. You can kill any of the members of the KKK without having to worry about your honor points degrading, so go ahead, knock yourself out.
What About the Kids?
Now, the game itself is inherently violent and you’ll encounter a lot of terrible stuff on the way, but maybe you aren’t content with watching other people do bad stuff. Maybe you want to be the terrible one? Well, go right ahead, because there is absolutely nothing stopping you! But of course, do remember that being a terrible guy will get you a terrible reputation. No one takes too kindly to a guy that goes around, say, killing a bunch of children?
Children are precious, and that’s why Rockstar thoughtfully placed a bunch of kids in the game. But nope, you can’t just use one of your weapons to lay the contents of their brain onto the pavement, because none of your weapons have any effect on them. This is similar to the approach most other video games that contain children take, such as BioShock, for instance. After all, the last thing Rockstar wants is bad PR. However, there is nothing stopping you from shoving kids around, throwing them around on the ground, running them over with your horse, pushing them on the train tracks, along with a couple of other delightful things that will tickle your inner sadist.
Let’s Go a Little Deeper
If you’re done with the kids, then it’s time to focus on the adults, because you’ve got options. It's no wonder RDR2 is a little bit on the fat side when it comes to file size because it's like every NPC has been given a separate personality. Your character seems to have something to say to each NPC, and each NPC has a different view of the world around them, so if you find someone whose view of the world doesn't fit yours, it's perfectly fine to tie them up and throw them into the sea so you can watch them drown. Shoot a sweet old lady in the head. Tie up an old man then drag him around behind your horse. Beat a deformed guy to death. The opportunities are simply endless!
Not the Puppy!
Finally, let’s come down to the worst thing that you could do in RDR2: killing animals. And I mean the domesticated kind, like dogs, and horses. There are no restrictions against you killing just about any animal you see, although it is suggested that you go for a mental health check if you tend to enjoy routinely shooting dogs in the head, or burning horses. 500 headshots to a bunch of NPCs’? Not a problem! But shoot a dog? Seriously?!
So, there you have it, a bunch of horrifying things you can see and do all around the dangerous world of Red Dead Redemption 2. Of course, this list can only capture a tiny fraction of the horrors and possibilities provided by the game, so I suppose I should leave it to you to expand it.