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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Splatoon Local Multiplayer

Nintendo had a pretty strong E3 this year. Of course, it could have been better. 'Pokemon MMORPG' *drops mic* Sony quits the console business and Microsoft decides to never come to E3 ever again. But alas, it didn't happen. Again.

Anyway, what they did show was still pretty good. I know that most people got pumped about the upcoming Zelda game but for me the best thing shown by them has got to be Splatoon. It looks like a fun shooter with a tactical element. Perhaps it isn't a console seller on the same level as some of the other games they announced or even MK8 but it has definitely got me to consider buying one.

Ubisoft Weighs in on Watch_Dogs Drama

Ubisoft has finally commented on the ongoing controversy about Watch_Dogs' graphical downgrade. We will start off with a quick recap, just in case you have had no access to the internet for the past month...
Watch_Dogs was released May 27th. Pre-release there was much talk about how the game looks nowhere near as good as it did at E3. This is, unfortunately, par for the course at this point in the industry. PC players are promised a patch to make the game run more smoothly since it is pretty badly optimized for an okay looking game. 

The Phantom Pain Gameplay

I know what you would like to have to kick off your weekend, a 30 minute video of Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain.

I covered most of what I have to say on the mechanics that will be present in the game, or at least what we were shown in Ground Zeroes, in my review which you can read here. The game got a 60/100 from me, despite being the best MGS game I have played (and I have played/love them all). Dat game length tho....

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Assassin's Creed Unity Controversy.

Today I have read 12+ articles about how Assassin's Creed Unity is sexist on two websites. It's just not. Ubisoft is not sexist.

The problem does not lie within the game industry, it is the industry as a whole. We can't hate on one particular team because they chose to write a story in which you play as a male character, that's the story they chose to write. The problem we have to address is: why did they choose to write that story? Is there some kind of ingrained sexism? Was it solely a business move? Do they not consider women an option as lead?

'Trials Fusion' First Major Update Releases Today

Today, Ubisoft announced that Trials Fusion, the popular platform racer from RedLynx is receiving a free update, the first of many planned to introduce new features for the game. The free update brings online tournaments to the game, giving players the chance to show off their skills in a variety of challenges. Additionally, 10 player created tracks have been made available cross-platform through Track Central, giving players more tracks than ever to choose from.

Through tournaments players will be able to see how they stack up against other Trials Fusion players. Each tournament will run for a limited time, giving players multiple opportunities to place on the leaderboards to win rider gear, bike parts, in-game cash and experience points. Prizes will be rewarded based on a players’ position on the leaderboard, the higher the rank the greater the prize.

Watch_Dogs E3 Graphics Found in Game Code

It has been nearly a month since the release of Watch_Dogs and it looks like the whole uproar about the graphics downgrade is just about over, right? Wrong. Here is just a little pro tip for the guys over at Ubisoft. If you don't want players to find out about stuff that you have denied, don't leave evidence of it in the game files. It will be found.

After a while of rooting around in the code a thread was posted to NeoGAF that showed markers like "E3_Bloom" and other ways to improve weather, shadows, lighting, explosions.  There is also a line that says "This is PC only, who cares.", GG guys.

Amnesia Outtakes - Terror Tuesday

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

PS4 vs PS3 GTAV Graphics

I wasn't really expecting that much from this port, but damn. Here's to hoping that it actually looks like this on release.

Why Rainbow Six: Siege Won E3

Rainbow Six: Siege really showed other projects how you present a game at E3.  There was little fanfare or coverage of this game compared to the likes of Battlefield: Hardline and others. They had a presentation, showed the game and then had some journalists (granted it was pretty restricted) play the game on the show floor. This is how you do it. What  you do not do is show a trailer at E3 2013 and then say that it will most likely come out in 2016. I'm looking at you Division.

I know, I know this isn't any one particular group's fault within The Division's team but rather a lack of communication between devs, marketing and the board. With that said, there is still a limit to how much shit people will put up with. The hype train for The Division is still going strong, the question is; can they keep it going for 2 more years?

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