News | Deathloop update adds photo mode and accessibility options

Game Update 3 is now available for Deathloop, adding a photo mode and accessibility options to the game.

Photo mode includes a variety of camera customization options to capture photos in Blackreef at any time.

There are also new accessibility options so that more people can enjoy Deathloop. This provides, among other things, the possibility to lower or increase the difficulty and to make the gameplay faster or slower. The game’s user interface can now also be customized.

Deathloop was released last year for PlayStation 5 and PC. In the game, which is developed by Arkane, players arrive at a lawless island called Blackreef. They are caught in a kind of loop where the day repeats itself, unless one kills the eight targets in the correct order in one day. The goal is to find the targets, keep the order and thereby break the loop.

The game received an 8.5 on GamersInfuzed: “Deathloop is a bizarre fever dream that is actually too fun to wake up from. An absurd, retrofuturistic murder mystery in which you don’t solve the murders, but you have to commit it.


News | First major Deathloop update improves NPCs and framerate

Bethesda and Arkane Studios have released the first major update for Deathloop.

In Deathloop, players arrive at a lawless island called Blackreef. They are caught in a kind of loop where the day repeats itself, unless one kills the eight targets in the correct order in one day. The goal is to find the targets, keep the order and thereby break the loop. Deathloop is available for PlayStation 5 and PC.


Review | Deathloop

What if every day were the same? Of course that would quickly become boring. But what if every day were the same on an island full of heavily armed idiots who only party and beast because there are no consequences anymore? Then you get something that is anything but boring. Then you get Deathloop.

The concept of Deathloop is simple: the island of Blackreef is engulfed in a time loop for an unknown reason. Everyone wakes up every morning to do the exact same thing, no matter what happened the previous day. Although the city’s residents are aware of the time loop and thus drink, party and stunt as if tomorrow does not exist, no one has memories of what happened the previous day. Except Colt and Julianna. As a player, you start out as Colt, who finds out that he can break the time loop by killing a number of specific targets within one day. But if you die yourself, the day starts all over again.

Does that make Deathloop a roguelite? Not quite. So don’t be put off by the idea of ​​’permadeath’. In Deathloop, to begin with, you have not one, but three lives per time loop. If you really do die, you usually retain a lot of progression and sometimes even weapons, upgrades and supernatural powers, such as the ability to teleport. On the other hand, even if you don’t die, the time loop just restarts when the virtual day is over.

The time loop is therefore more than a simple game mechanic. It’s a fundamental part of the game. The ultimate goal is to kill all targets within one run, but that’s easier said than done. Blackreef is subdivided into four areas and the day is also divided into four parts of the day. You can only visit one area per day part, and your actions also influence the rest of the day. If Hitman is chess, then Deathloop is chess on four boards at once.

A simple example, there is a fireworks factory that is destroyed by a fire every afternoon. Unless you interrupt the power supply to the factory in the morning, so that the fire can never take place. But beware, the fireworks factory will burn down again the next day if you don’t intervene again that day. Knowledge is therefore your greatest weapon. Little by little you puzzle together what to do and what not to get all the targets in exactly the right place, so that you can kill them all in one day.

Because of that setup, dying is rarely frustrating, even if you might lose a super cool weapon. Deathloop isn’t about trial & error, it’s about learning more and more about the game world. You discover a new shortcut, overheard an interesting conversation and now learned something about a target, or managed to ‘Infuse’ a weapon with the interdimensional stuff Residue so that you have it in your arsenal the next day to sit. And if you don’t have enough Residue, at least you now know where and when you can find that weapon again. Every run you make progress in one way or another. The time loop isn’t a curse, it’s a blessing that makes you smarter and stronger. While everyone starts the same routine over and over, you are the only one who knows what will happen and how you can influence the course of events.

Or at least, almost alone. In addition to being Colt, you can also play as Julianna, the only other person who remembers things. While Colt is trying to break the time loop, Julianna tries to defend the time loop. When you play as Julianna, you invade other players’ game. Your only goal then is to annoy the other player. The fun part is that you have no idea how heavily armed or experienced that other player is. Besides, Colt has three lives, but Julianna only has one. So you are at a disadvantage and have to work smarter. For example, you can disguise yourself as a regular NPC to be less noticeable. After some practice, the undersigned even managed to imitate walking routes of an NPC, after all, the NPCs do exactly the same every day. The unsuspecting Colt looked up badly when he thought he was stalking a stupid NPC and was suddenly treated to a shot of hail from close range. But beware, Juliannas from all over the world regularly invade your game.

It is a bit questionable how much stretch there is in the ‘multiplayer’ of Deathloop. As Colt you really do finish the game at some point, while as Julianna you can basically go on indefinitely. So over time, more people will want to play as Julianna than as Colt and of course that’s not possible. As a Colt, you can also disable multiplayer so other players can’t invade your game. By the way, you are not rid of Julianna, because if you go offline, a computer-controlled nemesis will regularly disrupt your game. That battle between Colt and Julianna is simply a fundamental part of Deathloop.

The titular time loop and everything around it is undoubtedly Deathloop’s main achievement, but it’s certainly not the only thing that makes the game so intriguing. After all, Arkane Studios wouldn’t be Arkane Studios if the game world in itself wasn’t incredibly interesting to explore. The world of Deathloop is bizarrely detailed. The 60s aesthetic with organically shaped furniture and washed out colors blends perfectly with a touch of retrofuturism, but that clearly wasn’t unique enough for Arkane.

The island itself is a crazy collection of eccentric locations. Even if you have a number of time loops on it, the environment continues to excite and there are always new things to discover. On top of old military bunkers and concrete complexes, luxurious villas, dance clubs and an arcade hall. There is a kind of open air fair where it is a surprise with every building what is behind the front door, and a castle has been converted into a real life shooting game. Blackreef is a kind of anarchic amusement park and Arkane Studios knows how to convincingly create every attraction.

Arkane even manages to convey the feel of each weapon through the adaptive triggers of the DualSense controller. With the clunky machine gun aptly named Pepper Mil, for example, you feel the recoil in the trigger with each individual bullet. Together with the absurdly fine and genuinely funny voiceover, this is yet another example of a carefully worked out detail with which Arkane Studios goes beyond itself.

Yet we get the feeling that the game world could have been just a little more beautiful. On the PlayStation 5 you unfortunately have to choose between stable 60 fps, ray tracing at 30 fps, or some sort of in-between with nicer graphics without ray tracing and a more unstable frame rate. Because timing and reflex are so essential for a silent killer, in our opinion Performance Mode is the only serious option in practice, but then you miss some graphical bells and whistles.

The only other point of criticism is the somewhat saltless ending, about which we can say little without spoiling it. So we will not go into that further. You could say that the journey there is more exciting than the destination. But hey, by the time you get to that destination, you’ll have found more than enough reasons to include Deathloop in your Game of the Year shortlist.

Deathloop is now available for PlayStation 5 and PC. For this review, we played the game on PlayStation 5.

Score:

8,5

+ Admirably detailed game world
+ Tantalizing until the end
+ Very strong voice acting
+ Excellent balance

– The multiplayer part can dry up quickly
– Game’s ending leaves little impression


News | Deathloop launch trailer

Deathloop is available today. That's why a launch trailer has been released.

In Deathloop, players arrive at a lawless island called Blackreef. They are trapped in a sort of time loop where the day keeps repeating itself unless one day kills the eight targets in the correct order. The goal is to find the targets, keep the order and thereby break the loop.

Deathloop was developed by Arkane Studios, the developer of games like Dishonored and Prey. The studio is part of Bethesda and therefore ZeniMax, which has been acquired by Microsoft. However, the game will be exclusive to PlayStation 5 on consoles for at least a year, as that deal has already been closed before the acquisition. The game is also available on PC.


News | Sony will broadcast new State of Play on Thursday

Sony will be airing a new State of Play next Thursday night that mainly shares new information about Deathloop. The company announced this in a post on the PlayStation Blog.

The State of Play presentation will take place on Thursday 8 July at 11:00 PM Dutch time. During the presentation, nine minutes of gameplay will be shown about Deathloop. Furthermore, indie games and third-party games are shown. Sony emphasizes that there will be no updates on the next God of War, Horizon Forbidden West or the next generation of PlayStation VR.

The State of Play lasts approximately 30 minutes and can be viewed on YouTube and Twitch at 11 p.m. Thursday.


News | The weapon classes and moves Revealed in Deathloop

Arkane Studios has revealed the weapon classes that players can find and use in Deathloop.

The weapon classes consist of machetes, handguns and SMGs (which can be held in both hands at the same time), machine guns, rifles, shotguns, a silent nail gun, a ‘Sapper Charge’ (a type of grenade), an automatic turret and the Hackamajig, a tool with which closed doors can be unlocked and turrets can be hacked.

Players can also use certain moves called ‘Slabs’. For example, the Reprise-Slab ensures that main character Colt can rewind time when he dies and Aether makes him temporarily invisible.

In Deathloop players go through a ‘loop’ over and over again, but it is possible to take certain weapons and slabs with them in subsequent ‘runs’. Players can achieve this with a mysterious substance called Residuum.

Deathloop is being developed by Arkane Studios, the developer of games such as Dishonored and Prey. The studio is part of Bethesda and thus ZeniMax, which has been acquired by Microsoft. However, the game will be exclusive on PlayStation 5 on consoles for a year, as that deal was already struck before the takeover. The game is coming to PS5 and Steam on September 14.


News | This is how Deathloop works

A new trailer explains to viewers exactly how the upcoming game Deathloop works

In Deathloop, players arrive on a lawless island called Blackreef. They are trapped in a kind of loop where the day repeats itself, unless one kills the eight targets in the correct order in one day. The goal is to find the targets, keep the order and break the loop.

Deathloop is being developed by Arkane Studios, the developer of games such as Dishonored and Prey. The studio is part of Bethesda and thus ZeniMax, which will soon be taken over by Microsoft. However, the game is exclusive on PlayStation 5 on consoles for a year, as that deal was already struck before the takeover. The game is coming to PS5 and Steam on May 21.


News | Short new video of PS5 game Deathloop shown

A short new trailer for the upcoming PlayStation 5 and PC game Deathloop has been shared.

The game will be released on PlayStation 5 and PC on May 21. The game will be available exclusively on PlayStation 5 for consoles for a year before it can appear on other consoles.

The short new trailer shared via the PlayStation Twitter account briefly shows some gameplay, including various moves and weapons.

In Deathloop, players arrive on a lawless island called Blackreef. In Deathloop, players can explore the island filled with impressive environments in the way they wish. They are tasked with taking out targets all over the island to eventually end the cycle, the Deathloop.

Deathloop is being developed by Arkane Studios, the developer of games such as Dishonored and Prey. The studio is part of Bethesda and thus ZeniMax, which will soon be taken over by Microsoft. However, the deal to temporarily release the game exclusively on PlayStation 5 was made before the negotiations between ZeniMax and Microsoft.


News | Everything you need to know about Sony's PlayStation 5 presentation

Thursday night Sony showed a lot of games and finally the appearance of the PlayStation 5. Below you will find an overview of all announcements.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is revealed

The game will be released sometime around this year’s holidays. Miles Morales will star in this sequel, not Peter Parker. Further details are not yet known.

GTA 5 is coming to PlayStation 5

Rockstar Games said GTA 5 for the PS5 is ‘more extensive’ and ‘improved’. GTA Online is also supported. Players who now own the game on PlayStation 4 will receive $ 1 million every month until the game is released.

Polyphony Digital has unveiled Gran Turismo 7.

The studio reports that the game is built entirely for the PlayStation 5, including very realistic tuning options. The game also has an extensive campaign. A release date for Gran Turismo 7 is not yet known.

Sony has revealed the appearance of the PlayStation 5.

Like the DualSense controller, the console has black and white colors. The console appears slightly narrower in the center than at the top and bottom. In addition, two versions of the console are launched. One with disk drive and one without. The disc-free PS5 allows players to play games digitally only. It is not yet known whether there is a difference in price between the consoles.

Guerrilla Games unveils Horizon: Forbidden West

In Forbidden West, Aloy sets out on a journey to the futuristic American frontier, where she tries to save the creatures present from destruction. The trailer shows various landscapes with animals, robot dinosaurs and underwater environments.

Resogun creator Housemarque has revealed Returnal. 

Returnal is a science fiction game in which the main character is constantly reliving her first moment on another planet, including her death from the attack of a mysterious creature. Furthermore, the gameplay consists of shooting from a third-person perspective. Returnal has no release date yet.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

The game allows players to travel through cracks in space to new dimensions. In addition to the reveal trailer, gameplay was also shown. A release date is not yet known.

Square Enix reveals Action RPG Project Athia

The action RPG revolves around a female protagonist who can influence her environment and use it in combat. The game is known to be exclusive to PlayStation 5.

Project Athia is being developed by Luminous Productions, a Square Enix studio made up of people who worked on Final Fantasy 15. It was previously known that they were working on a game, but now that game has finally been revealed.

Warner Bros.  announces Hitman 3

Hitman 3 is set to become the final installment of the reboot trilogy and Agent 47’s ‘most personal part’ yet. In the cinematic trailer, the protagonist can be seen in a forest and some gameplay footage of a level in Dubai is shown.

Hitman 3 will be released in 2021 for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. Other platforms are not yet known.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure has been announced

The platformer with the main character of the LittleBigPlanet series is developed by Sumo Digital. The game seems to focus on cooperative gameplay for up to four people. However, the game can also be played alone.

The LittleBigPlanet games also excelled in cooperative gameplay. However, those were 2D platformers, while Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a 3D platformer. There is no release date for the PS5 game yet.

Demon’s Souls remake for PlayStation 5 announced

It is not yet known when the remake will be released. However, the game remains exclusive to PlayStation. The game has been completely rebuilt and gets a new ‘Fractured Mode’. Players can choose between two graphic modes: one focused on graphics and one on frame rate.

Capcom reveals Resident Evil: Village

Village is the eighth installment in the franchise and includes Chris Redfield from the original game. The game centers on Ethan Winter traveling to a cold Louisiana to find his missing wife and encounter mysterious figures there. The game, like Resident Evil 7, takes place in a first person perspective. Resident Evil: Village is coming to PlayStation 5 in 2021.

Shinji Mikami shows extensive images Ghostwire: Tokyo

Horror legend Shinji Mikami has unveiled the first comprehensive footage from Ghostwire: Tokyo. The game will be released next year.

The action adventure game is developed by Tango Gameworks and Horror legend Shinji Mikami. Ghostwire: Tokyo is about a remarkable event that makes 99 percent of the city disappear. With special powers, players fight against different Spirits, so as not to disappear like the rest. Ghostwire: Tokyo will be released next year for PlayStation 5 and PC.

Bethesda’s Deathloop gets first gameplay trailer

Deathloop, the new game from Arkane Lyon and Bethesda, received a first gameplay trailer during the PlayStation 5 presentation.

Arkane Lyon, creator of Dishonored, among others, describes Deathloop as a game that transports players to a lawless island called Blackreef and follows the story of two exceptional assassins.

Astro Bot jumps to PS5 with Astro’s Playroom

The game is automatically installed on every PlayStation 5 that is purchased. The game features four platforming worlds, each based on a unique feature of the upcoming console. Each area should offer innovative gameplay that explains the capabilities of the DualSense controller.

More information about the game is not yet known, but the first trailer can be seen below. PlayStation 4 previously released Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, a game for PlayStation VR that has been praised by gamers for its good use of virtual reality and its strong platforming action.