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Battlefield Hardline Beta Impressions: Inconsistently Underwhelming

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I was bored after nine hours.

There’s a lot of potential in mashing the Battlefield series with the “Hollywood heist” film genre. Hasn’t every little boy played cops & robbers at some point during their childhood? That dream has supposedly graduated from playgrounds and backyards and found its way into the video game industry. Games such as Payday: The Heist and its sequel successfully capitalized on the lack of a true heist video game.

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Evolve Beta Impressions

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In a previous article about the Evolve Alpha, I said that this game was worth playing. After playing 7 hours of the Evolve Beta, I can safely say that I will be buying this game when it releases. The difference in those statements was made up by all the improvements that Turtle Rock Studios has applied to their newest creation.

Microsoft is Publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is being published by Microsoft. According to a tweet from Aaaron Greenberg, the marketing boss of Microsoft’s 1st and 3rd party games, Microsoft will be taking up publishing duties for the game, which is due to release first on Xbox One in Holiday 2015.

Evolve Big Alpha Impressions

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After playing the Evolve Alpha for ten hours the word I keep coming back to is different. Yes, Evolveis a shooter, but it’s a different kind of shooter. It’s not just a multiplayer game, it’s a different kind of multiplayer game; an asymetrical online-only 4 vs 1 class-based shooter to be exact. Different can mean many things and the split between a game being unique and a game being weird is measured by quality. I can safely say that Evolve is a unique game.

Ubisoft Withdraws Support for Wii U

If you own a Wii U, don’t expect to see any mature-rated games coming from Ubisoft in the future. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot spoke to Game Informer yesterday and stated that the Ubisoft’s software lineup wasn’t selling well enough the justify porting their games to Nintendo’s console. Ubisoft’s future M-Rated games, specifically the Assassin’s Creed series will not be coming to the Wii U.

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Original Movie Cast Returns in Alien: Isolation Pre-Order Bonus

If you’ve ever wanted to step into Ellen Ripley’s shoes, now’s your chance. Creative Assembly Community Manager Ngan Nguyen announced via the Playstation Blog, a pre-order bonus for Alien: Isolation in the form of an additional mission called “Crew Expendable.” This bonus content will see the return of Ellen Ripley as well as the Nostromo Crew from Alien.

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Top Three of E3 2014

This year’s edition of E3 was one the strongest I can remember mostly because the focus was on actual games. Thus, I found it very difficult to narrow down all the games that I liked to a list of three. Now that I’m done talking about media briefings it’s finally time to focus on what actually matters. I will only talking about games that showed actual gameplay so games such as Rise of the Tomb Raider and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End are out. Before I get to my top three games, there were plenty of games worthy of honourable mention so here they are in no particular order: Yoshi’s Wooly World, Sunset Overdrive, Tom Clancy’s The Division and Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition Ex Plus Alpha. Read the rest of this entry

E3 2014: Aftermath

With E3 2014 about to wrap up the fourth and final day, it’s safe to say that most, if not all the big news has already been made. This year’s edition of E3 was well-executed across the board. None of the press conferences contained a single embarrassing moment worthy of an internet meme as we’ve seen in previous years. Unlike last year’s event and the year before, it isn’t clear who “won” E3 as just about everyone had a strong showing.

From this day forth, I will refer to the Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One as Current-Gen.

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E3 Predictions: What to Expect.

It’s that time of year again. With E3 just around the corner, we’re all merely days away from learning what direction the industry will be going in. It’s an exciting time for gamers, developers and publishers so with that in mind, let me give you a quick rundown of what you can expect from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Next week, I will not sleep.

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Bad controls are a good trend

With the runaway success of Twitch Plays Pokémon, I’ve noticed an interesting trend in games that goes back a few years. The chaotic nature of thousands of people trying to play Pokémon is appealing because of how difficult it makes the game. In fact, the addition of the democracy system was very controversial among viewers with the general consensus being that it takes the fun out of the game. It seems that other video games have experimented with poor controls with entertaining results. Video games such as: Surgeon Simulator 2013QWOP and Octodad all have intentionally terrible controls yet are entertaining because of this design choice and not in spite of.

This should fetch a fine price on the black market. Image Credit: Steam Store.

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