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Gran Turismo Sport is the latest game in the long running series of Gran Turismo games which aim to give players a realistic driving experience. This game series is also one of the biggest names when it comes to exclusives on the PlayStation platform, having been present as part of the platform’s lineup since the PlayStation 1. With this, comes a lot of expectation for it to be something great and unlike back when the series was new, it’s not the only racing simulator out there in the market anymore and it has big competition from other racing games which also boast high quality graphics. Is a Gran Turismo game still one of the best out there to choose in 2017?

I’d actually have to say that actually this game is one of the better picks when it comes to racing games this year, or even actually for this current console generation. While many long time Gran Turismo fans would know what to expect from the series, newcomers are in for quite a bit of fun with this.

For those who are long time buyers for this franchise, the only downside I saw to this particular game was that there is quite the shortage of cars for something from the franchise. There’s still a lot of cars in Gran Turismo sport, but back on the PS3, Gran Turismo 6 had over 1,000. In this game, we get 162 cars to play with, but while at first I thought that maybe this was some short cut taken by the developers, it actually wasn’t. You see, with less cars in the game, I believe they were able to focus on gameplay and they were able to deliver a much better and much more well optimised product than they had the last time they released a game, which on the PS3 ran incredibly slowly in the menu’s and had high load times.

Gran Turismo Sport Review

Gran Turismo Sport Review

What’s best about Gran Turismo sport is the challenge they’ve been able to create when racing. With now 162 cars, I believe they were able to focus on making the racing experience on each of these feel quite unique. There weren’t really many cars in the game that felt the same for me to drive, each handled differently and had a different drive style. Some had poor handling, other had great handling, some would skid and slide easily and some just wouldn’t, some were fast, some were slow, this mixture made each race feel different and unique.

What I noticed that was different in this game to much of the series, was the use of the driving physics in the game to make races much more challenging. When you first start your Gran Turismo Sport experience you’ll be put into a series of challenges that teach you how to drive in the game, it’s kind of like getting your racing license. There’s stopping challenges, speed challenges, cornering challenges and much more. These things, while at first seemed trivial to me, actually weren’t. They were teaching me a valuable in game lesson that would help me when I was racing at the harder difficulties. No longer can you just speed through everything in game, the way you approach a corner does matter, your control of your speed matters. If you put too much speed before turning you won’t be able to brake quickly enough to turn and when you crash it’s pretty much over. This was really the heart of the game.

Gran Turismo Sport Review

Gran Turismo Sport Review

The driving physics and the challenges of cornering, speed control and your overall approach to the race made things quite challenging and enjoyable. I had been waiting for a racing game that provided something like that and I loved this aspect of Gran Turismo Sport. The game only got better as I became a better master of the approach one must have to win races there. Slowly it became more and more satisfying and even more so when i was winning.

The graphics are another highlight of the game. This is one of the most impressive games on the PS4 and as a racer on the console it is second to none. On other platforms, Gran Turismo Sport does have some competition from things like Forza which do offer a similar graphical experience, but I think in this instance, Gran Turismo Sport is slightly above Forza’s graphics. But this might change soon after the release of the Xbox One X, but as always, games of the future are usually always better graphically anyway. At this moment in time, this is one of the best graphical experiences you could get.

Gran Turismo Sport Review

Gran Turismo Sport Review

The music in this is okay. There weren’t too many tracks in this that really caught my attention. But most were chosen it seems to give a relaxing gaming experience.

It seems to me that rather than being a game that you play for 5-6 hours a day as some type of hard core gamer would do, this one instead is something that I think people would enjoy a lot if they played for just an hour or maybe two sometimes, do a couple of races or driving challenges, test out a few cars, then come back to it a few days later. There’s also online racing which offers this type of experience as well where you can go up against other people, which provides a different challenge to the AI opponents. I found going in every few days, having some races and doing a couple challenges quite relaxing and the game does reward you for this behaviour with a daily login bonus to your points.

The point system is something that is present in the game and as you race more you get more points or xp. Doing more things will mean you get more points and you unlock things as you go. I found it okay, but this isn’t really a game that I play for unlocking things in this way. I’d rather either have everything unlocked, or just use the in-game credits to unlock things like cars or tracks I’d like to use.

Gran Turismo Sport Review

Gran Turismo Sport Review

Overall Gran Turismo Sport is one of the best racing games out there at the moment. It offers a significant challenge to players, it has a great variety of cars that are all uniquely different and the driving mechanics are interesting in that they create a challenge with every corner in the game. With time you can master the art of driving and things only get better after that. Once you will start winning a lot and when you’re confident enough, you can take your skills online and see how good you really are or maybe you need more practice. Gran Turismo Sport is a massive step up when compared to Gran Turismo 6, the game runs better and is better optimised on the system. Gran Turismo Sport delivers to players a realistic driving experience that is second to none on the PS4. It’s certainly worth taking a look at if you like racing games or have a thirst for one at the moment.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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