Can you smell it? It’s in the air, everywhere, all around us. Some may not notice it, but that’s because they aren’t looking for it. Some call it buzz, others say it’s hype. But deep down, in my bones, I know what it really is: a console reveal. And with console reveals, inevitably, come the obligatory press conference, which can make or break a company’s calendar year with a simple blunder or by exceeding expectations. Gamers everywhere can make gold out of fools gold with these press conferences, a trademark for our industry since I can remember. And with every “giant enemy crabs” and “599 US dollars”, there’s a Watch Dogs unveiling, or GTA IV tattoo, or Gabe Newell surprise. Essentially, these things are mixed bags of disappointment and genuine shock, so with great responsibility to give us the information we so desperately need comes great power to spoil that in a heartbeat (or a demo of Skittles the tiger). Sony already let their cats out of the proverbial bag, with a PS4 event that I rather enjoyed. How can Microsoft top them, can them even do that, and what the hell are they going to do to top Usher’s groundbreaking performance at E3 last year... Read More→
Published on May 15th, 2013 | by Matthew Legarreta
When it comes to screwing over gamers, no company is better than EA. There's a reason they were voted the most hated company on the planet—even though they make good games, they have been absolutely horrible when it comes to public relations and basic company policies. One of their most recent policies has probably gotten the most scorn from gamers—the much hated Online Pass system that requires users to pay an additional price for mutliplayer if they did not buy the game new. But apparently EA is trying to change their image, and the first step to that is getting rid of the Online Pass altogether. It's a start, right... Read More→
So...it’s been about three weeks since Injustice came out, and I feel those three weeks really helped me to gauge this review. With most games, the initial release doesn’t matter too much, since the game is more or less the same from there on, minus the addition of some patches or whatnot. But, with MMOs and fighting games, it may behoove savvy fans to wait out a bit, to see whether or not the kinks are ironed out. I can’t speak too much to the MMO front, but fighting games have a long legacy of not getting it right the first time around. Game breaking glitches, ban worthy character gimmicks, horrible imbalance between the cast, bad online connections, and other factors may lead to a strong argument to wait out on buying a new fighter. For me, the biggest risk in buying day one is how the community will react. Like a new kid at school being bullied, the fighting game community (or FGC as we affectionately call it) will devour anything it displeases, as with the first few months of Street Fighter X Tekken’s release. Day one combos, cheap tactics, no developer support post-launch, and a lack of actual dedicated players may be enough to end a game’s life (vanilla Marvel vs Capcom 3 had some of these problems). But with Injustice: Gods Among Us, the first reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, enough for me to watch the game played in tournaments, and to pick it up myself. So here is my reaction to the new wildly successful addition to the FGC’s line-up... Read More→
Ah yes, another day, another rumor about the next Xbox. It's gone from the point of me getting tired of all the rumors, to me getting frustrated at all of them, to me starting to ignore them, and finally paying attention to them once more as the big reveal even approaches in the next few weeks. And when it comes to sustainability this one isn't TOO important—it's just the name of the system after all, which ultimately means very little when you're dealing with software matters like always online DRM, Blu-Ray disc players, used game compatibility, Kinect integration and the like. Still though, it's fun to speculate, right... Read More→
Well it was only a matter of time I guess. The Sims is one of the most popular video game franchises of all time, selling hundreds of millions of copies since it first started way back in 2000. And with The Sims 3 out for about four years now and EA quickly running out of former expansions from previous iterations of the series to re-package, the inevitable has finally been announced: EA and Maxis are putting together The Sims 4 for a release sometime next year... Read More→
Every day the clock is ticking further and further towards the big reveal of Microsoft's next generation console. At this point we're only two weeks away from the event, yet rumors are as persistent as always. Leave it to the internet; they'll keep leaking information until the very last minute. But while there's been about a billion things in the past few days about names, software, and the like, this is probably one of the bigger ones. Despite rumors to the contrary, Microsoft's next generation console my not be always online. Or, you know, it still could be. Who has any idea really? Whatever the case, we have more evidence to the contrary. Check out the incriminating (or, in this case, probably exonerating) evidence after the break... Read More→
Well so far, the internet has been right on the money with the next Call of Duty game. It is called Ghosts. It is coming out next November. And, just like the rumors said, it would first be announced sometime in May. Surprisingly it didn't premiere during the NBA semifinals like usual but, hey, can't be write on everything. Either way, there's were safe bets from the get go about the next Call of Duty game. Was there anything surprising and/or revealing about the game now that it has been officially announced? Um...no, not at all really. The teaser trailer doesn't even show any of the game, for good sake's! Whatever the case, you can check it out after the break if you absolutely must... Read More→
2013 has, and will continue to be, the year of next generation consoles. It feels like everyday I’m writing something up about the Playstation 4 or next Xbox, and I doubt that will seize as the consoles inch closer to hitting store shelves. But throughout this entire prelude period, I keep finding myself asking one question: why would I buy one of these? Last go around, the answer was obvious: the leap we made between the PS2 era and the PS3 era was huge in almost every department. But this time around? Well, the improvements are more superfluous than anything. But every next generation console needs its killer app, right? The kind of game that pushes players to invest in a new machine, to hop off of the train of the last generation and unto the badass hover car of the next. And for the Playstation 4 and next generation Xbox, could Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs be that game... Read More→
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