E3 Hangover

I’m finally back after a huge hiatus, and I’ve missed so much… Due to the fact that I was out of town during E3, I had to catch up on tons of crazy news. It seems like everyone and their mother is still hungover from the onslaught of information that came from E3 this year. Xbox users are probably feeling this the most with all of the crazy information coming from Microsoft’s corner.

There really is just too much information to try and talk about, but I do want to address a few topics. The biggest is Microsoft’s used games issue. If you hadn’t heard before, Microsoft was planning on implementing a used game fee when the Xbox One released. This meant that if you wanted to buy a used game, or borrow your friend’s disc, you’d have to pay a fee which would go mainly to the developer. Long story short, the gaming community’s backlash was so huge that Microsoft changed their policy and have now stated that used games for the X1 will essentially work in the same fashion as they do now.

Silly Microsoft and their DRM policies

Silly Microsoft and their DRM policies… (photo from Kotaku)

I don’t even know what else to cover… All of the games that were announced, other features of the Xbox one, what the competitors are doing, and the Xbox One’s price point are all topics floating around in my head. I’ll just touch on some of these briefly. Continue reading

Revolution DLC Pack For Black Ops 2 Preview

If you pay attention of Call of Duty news, you are about to be bombarded with information regarding the upcoming DLC pack entitled “Revolution.” Why? Because a new trailer was just released, with information regarding 4 new multiplayer maps, a new zombies map, a new zombies game mode, and a new online weapon. Because you’re going to want to watch the video anyways, I’ll just show it to you instead of summarize the whole damn thing. So here ya go!

I think this first pack is looking fantastic. The maps all look very original, and I like it when they include pieces of the map that change as the game progresses, such as the water in the dam on Hydro, or the gondolas moving through the Downhill map. I think little nuances like these give the map life, and are just enough to keep player on their toes. As for the new additions to zombies, I’m very pleased with what they’ve added. I always like new zombie maps, and I think we’ve all been wanting to play as zombies for quite a while (at least I have). The zombie maps in this game are already my favorite out of any other COD game, so the fact that they’re adding to that list is very exciting.

I think the new gun addition could either go very good, or very bad. COD players are known for being whiny. They’re always complaining about guns  being overpowered/underpowered/etc. With that in mind, I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be complaining that the gun is either too strong/weak, OR they’ll be complaining that they don’t get to use it because they didn’t purchase the DLC. Whatever it is, I’m sure they’ll find some way to complain.

Also, if you bought the 50 dollar season pass, not only will you be saving money on this DLC pack, but the rest as well. There are 4 projected packs at 15 dollars each, so do the math and you’ll be saving 10 dollars in total.

Overall, I think this is a great looking initial DLC pack, and I can’t wait to check it out for myself on January 29th! If you have any opinions on this, make sure to post them below! Do you like what you see? Do you think it’s worth the money? Let me know!

Halo 4 Gameplay Video & Multiplayer Preview

Note: This is an old preview of Halo 4 before the game came out. Therefore, some of this info is incorrect. Thanks for stopping by!

If you haven’t seen the gameplay trailer for Halo 4 yet, check out this video. It’s the mission that they showed to us when we saw it at E3, but they gave us some extra information about it while we watched. Today I’ll be relaying all of the information they gave to me, as well as what my impressions were about the multiplayer match that I was able to play.

I won’t give you a play-by-play article of what you just watched, but I will point out some of the important information. For instance, the first large ship that you saw is called the UNSC Infinity, which will play a large part in single player and multiplayer. Due to a new graphics engine that 343 Industries has built, the whole game will look much better. The planet that Master Chief is on is a forerunner planet called “Requiem,” and is the site of the introduction of a whole new enemy: The Prometheans (although the covenant are still present). At first, you saw the “crawlers,” as well as the powerful “knight” and his sidekick, the “watcher.” You also saw a variant of the knight called the “knight lancer,” which we were told was only one of the many variants of enemies we’ll see in the final game. Some of the new weapons include the light rifle (seen first), and the scattershot (seen second). If you’re interested in Master Chief’s new abilities, you’ve already seen one of them. In the last gameplay scene, the enemy is shown glowing red. This is called Promethean vision, and is one of many unique abilities in Halo 4.

This is the UNSC Infinity. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about this ship as we get closer to the game’s launch date.

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E3 2012 Summary

Where to begin… I’ve seen so much in the past 3 days. I guess I’ll just start by saying that I’ve never been to anything quite like E3 before. The whole atmosphere is just mesmerizing. I’ve had multiple celebrities walk right by me, and I’m pretty sure I was on national television at one point. It’s a shame that it’s not open to the public anymore, but I do understand why. Even though E3 only for the workers in the gaming industry, it’s already packed with people. When some people have to wait in line for 4 hours to see a 15 minute preview of a game, I can understand why companies wouldn’t want any more bodies at the even. That being said, I was extremely lucky to be able to attend.

Outside the LA Convention Center. What a beautiful sight!

My first day was basically a scouting day. I wanted to at least see where everything was, and take lots of pictures. That way, I didn’t have to worry about taking pictures/getting lost during the next 2 days. I walked around the whole event multiple times (and this is a LARGE event), and played some games as well. I played some of the smaller games with shorter lines because I didn’t want to waste my whole first day waiting in a line. I did, however, stand in line for Call of Duty: Black Ops II because at the time, the line was fairly short and I knew it was going to be much longer later in the day. I also checked out G4 while they were filming, because that was one thing that I definitely wanted to see while I was there. On my second day, I waited in the lines for the bigger games, like Assassins Creed III and Halo 4, which took a lot of the time out of my day (about 2 hours per line!). On the last day, I stood in a couple more long lines, including Gears of War: Judgement, and checked out some other smaller games again. I also tried to grab as much swag on the last day as I possibly could.

I think the best way to go about describing all of the games I saw is by putting them all as separate subheadings and putting a description after each one. That way, if your looking for a specific game that I saw, you can easily find it. Oh, and just to clarify, these games are in no particular order. I’m just typing them out as I think of them. Continue reading

Microsoft’s Press Briefing At E3 2012

From Usher performing, to Master Chief making a comeback, today had a lot of cool content displayed at the Microsoft press briefing. I’m sure you’ve already heard TONS of news about E3 from TV and other websites, so I’m just going to take this time to talk about what my favorite moments were at the Microsoft press briefing. If you think I missed something important, post a comment below!

Microsoft started of their show with a demo of Halo 4 gameplay footage. They showed some significant changes, including new weapons and an all new enemy. The next game shown was Splinter Cell: Blacklist. It seems like the Splinter Cell franchise is slowly getting more and more action-oriented, instead of just stealthy. We saw that a bit with the last game, and it looks like we’re getting even more action in this one. The only thing I didn’t like was the Kinect integration into the game. Once again, it feels like they stuck in Kinect integration after-the-fact. I mean, do we really need to yell out “hey you!” to our Kinect in order to get someone’s attention in the game? It just feels unnecessary. Another game filled with action was Gears of War: Judgement, based on the Gears character Baird’s past. We still don’t know a whole lot about gameplay, but I’ll be sure to keep an eye out at E3. Continue reading

Assassin’s Creed III Preview

I made a post not too long ago regarding the announcement of Assassin’s Creed III, but at the time, there wasn’t much actual information on the game itself. Now that we’ve waited a while, more information has been released, and I’d like to spread the word in the form of a preview.

Assassin’s Creed III takes place during the American Revolution. However, the story of the war is not being told in the way that you’ve learned it before. From AC III’s point of view, the story you were told is wrong. In AC, the Revolutionary War was not merely fought on the battlefield. Behind the scenes, there was a whole other group. They influenced the course of history from within the shadows, using secrecy and stealth to their advantage. In AC III, you play as a man named Connor, who had an English father and an Indian mother (By doing this, there is no specific side that you play for. Instead, there is a type of duality playing out before you, as the 2 differing sides of your heritage collide). Connor has had many conflicts within his life. For example, as a child, he witnesses his tribe’s encounter with white colonists, which presumably didn’t end too well. This eventually leads to Connor joining the order of Assassins.

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Another Upcoming Release

The more I hear about it, the more I’m looking forward to Mass Effect 3. The game releases on March 6th, and I have a feeling there’s going to be a huge amount of sales starting on day 1. The last two games were amazing, and I can’t imagine this one being any different. The fact that they allow you to save the data from the previous two games and load them into the third is crazy. It’s now a true series, where something that was done in the first and second game actually affects a player’s experience in the third game. For those who don’t know what Mass Effect is, it is a 3rd-person shooter and RPG at it’s core. You play as Commander Shephard (a male or female character, depending on the player’s preference), who is hired to protect humanity (as well as other races) from a mysterious aggressor known as the Reapers. There’s a lot more backstory, but you basically fly around to different planets and solar systems where you choose to either be a good or bad guy (or girl), and help or hurt various other groups of individuals. There is a system of choices within every conversation, and this is where the RPG-style elements come into play. The only thing I am worried about is the support for Kinect that Bioware is adding. I really have a hard time imagining anyone wanting to virtually punch and stab every bad guy, as well as read the dialogue for the whole damn game, but who knows, maybe they do. We’ll see I guess…

My First Real Post!

I’ve been thinking about what to start talking about, and I think I’ve decided to discuss upcoming game releases that I’m looking forward to. To start things off, I’m personally looking forward to the release of The Darkness II. The first game was an extremely dark and gruesome FPS (First-Person-Shooter). However, it still had a heavy presence of sarcasm and humor throughout the story. The fact that a developer could have the player eat the hearts out of civilians and not have them cringe at the sight of it takes some talent. There was just something about the tone of the story, the whole “mobster attitude” that all of the characters had, that gave it such an original taste. Now in the 2nd game, Jackie Estacado (the main character) is the Don of his Italian mobster family, and after two years of silence, the demon inside of him has reemerged. Now you, the player, have to battle against an all new family in a huge mob war, while still battling against the demon inside of you. I just think the idea behind this story is awesome and I can’t wait to play it after it comes out on the 7th.