Wait a little for Evolve

ImageAs — Someone who skipped most Multiplayer shooters last gen it is kinda weird that am very excited for most Multiplayer shooters coming this year, especially those of a Co-Op nature. Enter Evolve a 4 on 1 Multiplayer shooter by the Turtle Rock (Of Left 4 Dead Fame) coming by the end of this year, the innovating part of this game is the fact that the 5 player matches are divided by 2 teams Hunters and Monster.

ImageHunters are a class based shooting team who are sent to hunt down the monster and not allow the monster to achieve it’s goals, as usual the classes varies between Tank, Healer and DPS and each character is equipped with a set of skills that differentiate it from the others and make that character play a certain role in the battle, so far we only have 4 characters revealed but they said that they will have more to reveal soon

ImageMonster is a player character, controlled by someone and it has a set of skills that Evolves with eating and hunting wild life, the monster goes through 3 stages, 1st stage where it is weak and needs to hide and eat, 2nd stage where he is a little more powerful Turtle Rock said this stage is 50-50 which means hunters and monster are balanced, and stage 3 which is an all powerhouse monster with a little chance of hunters to win the match, so far we have seen Goliath only from the monster set with more to be shown soon

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Wait a little for Destiny

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Bungie — The Masters of Halo and lets face it they did popularize the modern day shooters with Halo and if you are denying that then you seriously need to know that Halo alone carried XBOX PRIME over the 6th Generation, if XBOX barely survived that gen it was because of Halo and  all that glory goes back to Bungie, what is really admirable from the studio even after the massive found success with Halo they have decided to move to another game, with another publisher and this new title is the very anticipated and overly awesome looking : Destiny

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What interests me in Destiny is not the visuals or the game play because we have seen all of that dozens of times, but mostly the settings and the promising CO-OP and very interesting Sci-Fi world which I can’t wait to explore, the fact that I can play with my friends and drop in and out when ever I want is also amazing, the game also has classes and they look very impressive

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Looks like it will be like the Holy Trinity of MMORPGS kind of classes, and so much more to the game that hasn’t been shown yet

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Destiny is hitting PS3, PS4, XBOX 360 and XBOX ONE on September  9th, 2014

Ubisoft and the New IP Madness of 2014!

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2014 — is a very a year filled with very high end AAA titles from game developers, games like Titanfall, Destiny, The Evil Within and The Order : 1886 are in fact where most eyes are looking at insight of games like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed that dominated the last gen, lets recap a little both COD and AC launched within the first few years of the console launch so am guessing the big game publishers are aware of that and they are obviously trying to establish franchises that will carry them over throughout the generation, and the one that wants the biggest piece of this cake is the french titan : UBISOFT

The company is living couple of good years with Assassin’s Creed selling over 55 million copies over the last generation alone, the company is obviously looking into establishing a slew of new IPs in 2014 alone, few have ever tried to attempt such a bold and potentially catastrophic move but I think Ubi has a very good list of upcoming games that could potentially be the defining titles of this generation so lets take a look, first of all

 Tom Clancy’s The Division

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This game owned E3 for me, it looks amazing the concept is just borderline awesome an Open World Online RPG set in the an infected NYC with a 3rd person action shooter mechanics, who can say no to that? and at VGX this year they showed the engine and that looks even more impressive, couple of rumors surfaced the past few weeks suggesting the game has been delayed to 2015 but Ubisoft has kept the 2014 release date — for now!

The Crew

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The Crew is as described by the game developer “An Online Racing RPG” and as someone who really loved Burnout Paradise I want to get my hands on The Crew ASAP! more on the fact that Racing games are doing great now days with Forza Motorsports leading the way and Need for Speed following, and Sony’s DriveClub is hitting this year as well so expect a lot of engine sounds in the coming months.

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and then there is Watch_dogs, the could be Assassin’s Creed 1 or 2 game of the year is surrounded by alot of skepticism, frankly I think the game might be good in the end with the new mechanics and Hacking and the promising Dark Soul Style Multiplayer, more over the game is very pretty, and the Gameplay also looks smooth, May 27th is our date.

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While not as High Profile as the rest, Child of Light looks amazing and sounds even better, a turn based RPG from a western developers, which is something I have been wanting for years and furthermore I think UBI ART currently have one of the best looking art styles, based one the gameplay videos (1 2 3) I think this game will be like 2013’s Brothers a Tale of Two Sons kind of experience with heavy emphasis on the mood of the story, the game is going to hit basically everything this April.

I hope you liked my take on this year’s new IPs from UBISOFT, and also picked up the fact that I am very excited for all of them.

cheers!

That is Bat….Man!

ImageRocksteady — is back with a new Batman game to conclude the Arkham Story they have created, started with the critically acclaimed Batman : Arkham Asylum followed by Arkham City which was even more acclaimed and last year’s underrated but really awesome Arkham Origin as a prequel to the trilogy made by Warner Bros. Games Montréal which was a great game, and now the original creators are back with a new installment Batman : Arkham Knight and they say it will conclude the story of Batman games and it will Rocksteady’s last Batman game, and this is very exciting of course, in the interview with GameInformer they stated the following :

  • The Game will pick up a year after Arkham City so the story is very connected (if you know that means)
  • You can explore all of Gotham
  • You will have a derivable Batmobil
  • and Playable Harley Quinn (???)

this is all sound really wonderful but I have a few wishes that am hopping Rocksteady will keep it that way and they are :

  • Please don’t over crowd the game with villains, you don’t have to include everyone just make sure those you include are very well written and well acted
  • a little update to the gameplay, while still VERY fun but a little update will go a long way!
  • the Penguin is included (sadly) but can we minimize his role? he really sucks as a villain!
  • NO ROBIN…SAY with me NO ROBIN
  • and don’t add multiplayer it wasn’t fun in because who will play it any way?

that is all for now, I will leave you with couple of images from the game

 

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Cheers!

 

The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Impressions (Until Level 5)

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Elder Scrolls — Has for the most part being my favorite series, I mean if not my top favorite definitely goes as close as Zelda and Pokemon,  and The Elder Scrolls Online despite how much heat it’s been getting remained my most anticipated game through out 2012, 2013, and now 2014 and I have slowly I have given up on the idea of Skyrim MMO and whatever the actual dream is because lets face it I don’t think even technically Skyrim is possible to go online it is just not possible and lets leave it at that, let us enjoy the Single player Elder Scrolls games as we were meant to enjoy them and we all know that we do enjoy those games like hell alot so why not try something else? why not play as the races we love in the world that we love using similar mechanics? kinda like Final Fantasy Tactics which is not exactly Final Fantasy but it is similar and you can enjoy it like it is, so I played ESO with that mentality and with that my impression begins :

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Graphics and Art direction — before I dive too deep in this aspect lets take a look back at Skyrim and Oblivion, they were not THE BEST LOOKING GAMES but the art style of those games made them so pretty to look at that alot of games these days, in my opinion the Sky of Oblivion alone is an example of how far an art style can go just take a look

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it is really beautiful and makes you want to stand still and look at it for a while, not mentioning the snow effects of Skyrim and the way the music plays along it is just one of the few reasons why I can just walk around in these games and not care much what I do here is another example

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it is haunting if nothing else, and Elder Scrolls Online really shines when it comes to graphics, it has one of the most beautifully crafted environments and beautiful character models and one of the most impressive art designs it is not as ARTISTIC as Guild Wars 2 because they try to remain a realistically looking game as much as possible and they have successfully did that, more over the lighting effects are phenomenal for an MMO at least they look very beautiful, overall the game is the best looking MMO in the market for sure and this is says alot.

Music and Sound — Jeremy Soule did an amazing job with the previous games tracks like this and this are still on my phone and I play it when I go for walks, just makes feel like am still in the game, and ESO is no exception the music and sound design (while a little buggy) is really top notch, and this is I think the first MMO to be fully voiced, and that is going to make you want to talk to NPCs and sit and listen to the quests and not just burn through them and all that are good perks, ESO also has a steller cast of voice actors who makes the game even more impressive, and no surprises here.

Gameplay — While I suggest that you should check out some of the video previews that you can find on this channel to get a better idea of how the game play in ESO works, basically it is %90 regular Elder Scrolls Gameplay and %10 MMO, you have the action bar which you can fill it with attacks and special moves that you unlock by leveling up and the best part of it all is the fact that you can use any item, any weapon or armor anytime you want and that is like the best thing I have ever heard because I am so sick and tired of MMOs telling me that you can’t equip a sword while being a mage or be a stealthy Tank..WHY THE FUCK NOT? well ESO allows you to do all that, the First person view is not the best the series has to offer but the 3rd person is great and very responsive.

Bugs, glitches and Server issues — it was beta so yes the hole thing was very glitchy and buggy, I tried to sell a few items and it went out of the server and sometimes the quest did not finish due to a bug and so on, these are to be expected and am also expecting some glitches after launch also, I don’t know if it was just because of the beta or the Mega Server was lagging sometimes so I am kinda worried about that and we will see what is up with that when the game comes out.

The MMO Concerns — in 2011 I realized that I don’t have MMO experience and as someone who takes gaming very seriously I don’t like to leave a genre out and never try it, so I tried couple of Free-to-Play games and I did like them at the beginning and then I tried a full MMO experience Guild Wars 2 which was amazing, after spending almost 500 hours in it I realized that MMOs are not just a game you play and leave when ever you want, MMOs are almost a part of your life style and the moment you decide to play it you have to understand you are living two lives now and you have to make sure you keep up in both worlds, as someone who is working all the time and also has a very busy social life it is hard to maintain them both and this is what drives me away from most MMOs after a while which brings me to my next thoughts regarding Elder Scrolls Online “How much time I am going to put in?” well for starters I can roll out PvP since I never liked PvP any way, which leaves PvE and Exploration and also I would like to play all the Guilds (know that The Dark Brotherhood and Mages Guild is not going to be available on launch) and also dungeons with friends and that, I would like to be able to play more than on character at least after a while and I do expect to get off the game couple of months after it launches at least for some time and resubscribe to it in the coming years, I do hope however the game will enjoy alot of success which will lead ZeniMax to put in more time and effort in adding more content like they are doing with Guild Wars 2 which I think it is fantastic.

So thus concludes my very first impressions on ESO, know that I deliberately did not talk about the monthly subscription and is it worth it because I was sold on the game long ago and I do not think 15$ a month is alot….for fuck’s sake 15$ will not buy me lunch at a decent restaurant so why is that too much?

Cheers!

and I wish the Oscar will go to….

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March 2nd — will mark the night the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science will handout the 86th academy awards most commonly known as the Oscars to the nominees in various categories, the event will be live on ABC and hosted by the comedian Ellen DeGeneres, and despite the fact that I don’t really care about awards it is hard to not want your favorite people to take some statues home, so here are my Wishes for the Oscars tonight, those that I wish they win and those who I think they will win in some of the categories because I have no idea about some of them, here we go

Actor in leading role : (Went to Matthew Mcconaughey Alright, Alright Alright)
Who Will Win : Chiwetel Ejiofor
this guy did a great job in one of the year’s biggest films, he does deserve the recognition that he has been given so far I just hope Jennifer Lawrence knows how to pronounce his name

Who I want to Win : Leonardo DiCaprio
he is amazing and everyone knows it, he is almost cursed with the academy and I really want to watch the internet go insane for couple of days

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Actor in Supporting Role (Called it)
Who Will Win : Jared Leto
Rarely people play Cross dressers as good as he did, he was very compelling and did give a once in a life time performance

Who I want to Win : Michael Fassbender
I love this man, and I want to see him in more projects and the Oscar is just going to make sure he gets more recognized, on top of that he did an amazing job in 12 Years a Slave in my opinion he was the heart of the movie

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Actress in Leading role (Called it)
Who Will Win : Cate Blanchett
Blue Jasmine is a great movie, and when an actor is the reason why this movie is so great that talent rarely will go unnoticed, and Cate really killed it this time so am guessing it is a home run for her

Who I want to win : Amy Adams
One of my die for crushes, I really like everything she does (Except in Man of Steel she looked Horny the entire movie) and she is like the Female Leo, she was nominated several times and it is about time she nabs something

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Actress in Supporting Role : (Called it)
Who Will Win : Lupita Nyong’o
I think it is well deserved if she wins, I just want to hear Christoph Waltz to pronounce her name

Who I want to win : Jennifer Lawrence
it is no secret the internet LOVE Jennifer Lawrence, and she deserves all the love she is getting she is the coolest, and she just have the best personality and so much fun in interviews and the internet will be on fire if she wins 2 years in a row

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Best Director : (Called it)
Who Will Win : Alfonso Cuarón
his film is nominated for 10 Oscars and I think it is all because of him, the movie is amazing and there is no denying that and this guy should take home the statue

Who I want to win : David O. Russell
This guy makes great films The fighter ,Silver linings playbook were awesome and he topped all of them with American Hustle, so I really want him to win best director this year, he totally deserves it too

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Best Picture (Called it)
Who Will Win : 12 Years a Slave
it is no secret this was the most buzzed about this year, so it will not be a surprise if it win, and it does have what it takes to win

Who I want to win : American Hustle
This movie has a piece of my heart, I thought it was brilliant and it totally deserves the best picture

so this is what I think, and we shall see who will win tonight!

Root of All things One Dimensional

Kinetica — is the only game Sony Santa Monica ever produced aside from the God of War Series, the studio was hit with layoffs and rumors of a game cancellation this week and this makes me want to talk about why do I think Santa Monica is not a good studio and since am going to shit all over them lets talk about God of War a little as well, here we go!

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One man, Big and strong goes on a rampage killing his former colleagues and fucks all the women in a R-Rated Blood Bath which was not directed by Quentin Tarantino because if it was that One guy was going to be a good character but in this mess of god-knows-what no one knows if Kratos is a good guy? a bad guy? a Jerk? a Nice guy? no one can ever know because he does everything….EVERYTHING!!!!! Kratos feels like a moody girl who hates mornings and the Coffee guy is hitting on her for some reason, so many Sony Fan boys are hating on the people who call Kratos One Dimension and I understand that because with 3 Prequels they have tried EVERYTHING anyone can do to add some depth to this character but he still feels like the guy who killed his wife and kids, his former boss, his brother, his father and all of his father’s friends and everyone who ever dared to call him a friend only to redeem himself by opening the Pandora’s Box and giving it back to the people, Still with me?

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Never the less Santa Monica does have some good collaborations with Sony’s supporter’s small studios such as Ready At Dawn and thatgamecompany and that is a good thing, they offer technical consultancy and office space all great, but why can’t they produce a decent new IP? with under 15 million copies sold across 10 titles (including HD remasters and collections) God Of War is not THAT big of a hit why they don’t make a new IP like every other Sony Owned Studio? everybody else is doing it Naughty Dog, Guerilla Studios, Cambridge Studios, Team Ico is also making a game for the year 3000, why not Santa Monica? well the worst part is it seems that they tried to make one, but it was cancelled, apparently they made a Sci-fi adventure game directed by God of War 3’s very own Stig Asmussen and this dude did not work on God Of War Ascension so he might have been working on it for more than 2-3 years and now it is going down the dump, which is sad but never the less I hope to see good things from this studio in the near future and by good thing I really don’t want them to carry God Of War to the PlayStation 4, having said that I doubt that will happen too.