You are excused from embarrassment if you’ve never heard of the upcoming free-to-play city building game, Big City Stories. Hellfire Games, located in dreamy Austin, Texas, has developed an open world/MMO/city building game for the PS4 with the idea that you can drop right into your city and walk around. 3rd person viewing is for the birds, ya know?
Big City Stories is a place for gamers to create a world and then invite some friends over to ramp cars over quaint little houses. The designers wanted players to be able to go right down to the ground level and inspect their city as a citizen — something most city-building games don’t readily let us do. Once you are down on the ground level, why not build some ramps or other objects that will make your city look like a monster truck show’s dream town? Of course, this comes with a high level of customization, especially for a free to play game. [source]
- Highly customizable avatars with a large selection of clothing items and emotes/animations.
- A vehicle system that lets you commandeer and drive vehicles.
- Interactive objects such as stunt ramps and air jets that you can place anywhere.
- Action-packed mini-games.
Jeff Posey was one of the original developers for Ultima Online and he’s now turned his gaze towards the console MMO market.
“I’ve always wanted to take the MMO experience to PlayStation consoles. We accomplish this in Big City Stories by adding multiplayer features normally not found in city-builders. For example, we’ve made cities persistent spaces so your friends can hang out with you; they can even check out your city when you’re offline. We’ve also added public spaces like a train station where you can make new friends.”
The Big City is your oyster so make the best of it.
“Big City Stories is free-to-play, we are launching on August 23 first in the USA, but we will expand to other regions soon”.
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