We are finally deep into the depth of the 2018 holiday gaming releases. This week we discuss the recent release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, including its foray into the Battle Royale genre (gametype?) with the Blackout mode. We then examine the curious comments coming from Bethesda regarding a large amount of expected bugs during the Fallout 76 closed beta and early full release.

We wrap things up by diving deep into an explosive article released by Kotaku detailing the subpar working conditions at Rockstar Games during the development of Red Dead Redemption 2. What exactly is going on, and will it affect the game itself? Give it a listen!

What’s Inside

      • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4: One of the first releases of a packed holiday gaming slate, BLOPS 4 is very well received. As many expected, following the beta, it boasts a very solid multiplayer with good graphics and gunplay. Its headline feature has to be the new Blackout mode, which is the Treyarch/CoD take on the massively successful gametype Battle Royale. With the many technical issues plaguing Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, is Blackout going to take its place? Following regular criticism about the Franchises’ lackluster single player modes, BLOPS 4 has excluded it completely. Was this a good move for the Black Ops games?
      • Fallout 76: Immediately prior to the start of the closed beta test (for pre-orders only), a Bethesda studio head announced that they were expecting “spectacular issues”. Given that Fallout games are notorious for bugs anyway, this is rather concerning; especially when you consider the rough beginning of life that The Elder Scrolls Online suffered. Fallout 76 already has to follow a hugely anticipated title, Red Dead Redemption 2, and is this another nail in the coffin? Is Fallout 76 doomed to be DOA?
      • Rockstar Workplace Controversy: Immediately prior to the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games is under fire from many, following a massive article from Kotaku detailing subpar working conditions. Its caused a significant uproar, which comes at the worst possible time for Rockstar. There are many parties involved in the article, more than a few of which are contradicting. Is this going to affect the performance of RDR2? We go in depth into the allegations and the type of workplace, in some employees words “culture of fear”, that is described.
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