Microsoft reveals the Xbox One X

Microsoft revealed the official name and some details for the previously dubbed Scorpio console. It’s called the Xbox One X, if this is the next gen console for Microsoft the name similar to the Wii U doesn’t give that impression. Regardless, the next console is unsurprisingly a powerhouse. It doesn’t really look different from the Xbox One S, but it’s much smaller. It will be released in November.

Price: The console will be $500 US, £449, €499, CA$599, and AU$649.

The Games, let’s face it the only thing that matters are the games, so:

Anthem

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Crackdown 3

Dragon Ball Fighter Z

There are many more games check them out.

Far Cry 5 trailer

Far Cry 5 Release date announced

The fifth installment of the Far Cry series, will be released on February 27, 2018. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, the open-world game will allow gamers to play single player and two player co-op. “Players will take on the role of the new junior deputy in Hope County, Montana, where players will become embroiled in an attempted takeover of the county by the Project at Eden’s Gate, a doomsday cult.” You are tasked with establishing a resistance, using any means at your disposal.

Source: IGN

Monster Hunter XX coming to the switch

In March, Capcom will release Monster Hunter XX, full details will be provided this weekend in Japan. “It’s still unclear whether the Switch’s XX will be localized – although given how easy it is to pick up games from Japan on the region-free Switch there’s potentially only the language barrier to get over.” The game will likely be a place holder until MH5.

Source: Eurogamer

Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age Official gambit trailer

FF12 is my favorite game from the series, the voice acting, story and characters were the most impressive of any FF game I have ever played. The remake will be released this July for the PS4. With updated graphics, a better jobs system, the game will bring a previously Japan only game to the masses. “A perfect excuse to experience an awesome game in a whole new way.”

Source: IGN

Kingdom Heart 3 and FF7 delayed

Square Enix announced that the RPG’s will be released as of fiscal 2018, the president said Yosuke Matsuda stated that “we plan to launch each of these upcoming titles in the next three years or so.” If you like me having been waiting for Kingdom Hearts for over a decade this isn’t new but it’s ridiculous. There isn’t too much information on either game at this point.

Source: IGN

 

 

Mass Effect Andromeda is mediocre

A few days ago I wrote a post that suggested that while the previews of Mass Effect Andromeda weren’t good, I looks like the final build of the game isn’t much better. The reviews have been mixed and most results are average, leaving on review to say that he was “conflicted about Mass Effect: Andromeda. There’s a lot of roughness throughout the game, and the technical issues, while not game-breaking, are often incredibly distracting.

“The latest entry in the beloved video-game series is part of a larger industry trend offering a vast playground for users without the narrative investment to justify it.” – David Sims (The Atlantic)


“Mass Effect: Andromeda spends a lot of time not really feeling like a Mass Effect game. If anything, it feels like a spin-off” –  Brett Makedonski (Destructoid)


“it’s my time with the cast that I’m still thinking about, and the mysteries about the world that haven’t been answered that make me feel like I’m waiting once again for a new Mass Effect game.” Arthur Gies (Polygon)


“In many ways, Andromeda feels like a vision half-fulfilled. It contains a dizzying amount of content, but the quality fluctuates wildly. Its worlds and combat shine, but its writing and missions falter” Scott Butterworth (Gamespot)


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Will Mass Effect: Andromeda a disappointment?

Mass Effect Andromeda will be officially released on March 21, 2017.  So far there has been some mixed reviews and fears that the game will be a disappointment. Mass Effect Andromeda is out now on EA Access, which gives fans access to the first ten hours on PC and Xbox One. Critics have been giving mixed reviews since. Many have made light of the stiffness of the character models, the facial animations in particular have been mocked. Bioware will likely patch the poor animations and the final game hasn’t been released yet.

Some critics feel that the character creation is a disappointment as well, according to Erik Kain of Forbes, character creation is “Not only is it far more limited and much more difficult to create appealing characters, it’s also trapped inside a truly bizarre user interface.” Kain concludes that while it’s difficult to created the character you want, it can be done. However, everyone doesn’t seem to think that character creation is a problem, IGN’s Alanah Pearce thinks that the customization is going to be fun.

 Apparently, the dialogue featured in the game is terrible. According to RockPaper Shotgun.com, “I can’t even imagine how anyone can feel okay with writing that into a script without experiencing enough shame to just get up, walk away, and keep walking until they fall off of or into something.” Some of the characters are specifically bad, like Zoe Telford’s Addison, who’s “E-NUNC-I-AT-ING makes it sound like she’s reading phonetic words in a language she’s never heard.”

It’s possible that none of this would probably be something you wouldn’t notice if it wasn’t brought to you’re attention. However, maybe it’s really is so bad you couldn’t ignore it. Apparently, this many different minor problems can be fixed, but there’s no way Bioware is going to rewrite the scrips so well just have to live with it. Let’s be clear that this isn’t the final build of the game and it will likely improve before being released.

Mass Effect In-depth Combat trailer

Combat in the Mass Effect series has always been secondary to the story and relationships. However, I appears that Bioware has put a great deal of focus in the combat this time around.

Combat is faster and more fluid

Movement in the ME series has always been slow, but this game features quicker movement. Players are given a jet pack for jumping, dodging and the ability to take cover anywhere. Button-prompt cover has been removed for a more automatically system.

Bigger better arsenal

Mass Effect Andromeda will feature four gun types, pistols, shotguns, sniper rifles, and assault rifles. All characters will have the ability to wield any type of gun. These guns have different types of ammo like, plasma, bullets and energy weapons. Melee attacks have been enhanced, you can now use weapons such as hammers and swords.

Skills galore

Unlike the previous games in the series, Mass Effect Andromeda, no longer restricts skills to a certain class. The three main categories still remain, biotics, tech and combat. The options to choose from seem massive and varied. The skill tree’s are in-depth, allowing the player to customize characters abilities.

Source: Gamesradar

Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite

The rumors that Marvel verses Capcom have turned out to be correct. The official trailer and a gameplay trailer have been released. Several characters have been confirmed, Ryu, Mega Man, Captain Marvel and Iron Man. The game will include single player, mission mode, training, cinematic story mode, as well as online features.

For those who may not know, Marvel vs Capcom is a series that features iconic characters from Marvel comics and Capcom video games. It debuted in 1999 and has since generated over 7 million in copies sold. Sony announced that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the previous game in the serieswill be exclusive for the Playstation 4.

CAPCOM TO BEGIN REVIVING ITS DORMANT FRANCHISES

Capcom has announced that they are looking to “enhance its corporate value even further by utilizing its library of rich contents.” If Capcom does revitalize some of it’s core series it could be a good few years. 

 

 

The Last of Us part 2 trailer

The sequel to the critically acclaimed “Last of Us,” from Naughty Dog has been announced by Sony. The trailer revealed at PlayStation Experience 2016, featured a more mature Ellie. Joel returns as well in the trailer. According to IGN, “Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann wrote in a post on the PlayStation Blog that more information on the game will arrive in the coming months, though its release is “a ways off.” Druckmann didn’t offer further story details but explained that the studio spent “years on different ideas (and almost [gave] up), [but] we finally uncovered a story that felt special.” 


Mass Effect Andromeda: Gameplay

The trailer for the next Mass Effect game was released, this it focuses on the gameplay. In the trailer the player lands on a planet in search of someone named Sloane Kelly. When the player finally meets Sloane we get a peek at what some of the conversation options will be. You get to see the new Mako aka Nomad, mining and scanning of the environment for clues. There much more that is explained in the trailer check it out.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Life in the Ruins

The second official trailer for Legend of Zelda was recently released by Nintendo. We see some environments with towns people and some combat. We also get to see a glimpse of what appears to be a potential boss, that flies up toward a flying fortress. Finally, we witness vague shots of what appears to be Princess Zelda. 

7 New Pokemon revealed in Sun and Moon

An anonymous leaker revealed the latest trailer of Pokemon Sun and Moon games. Within the trailer several of the Pokemon are revealed:

Cutiefly

Cutiefly

a Bug/Fairy type with the move Fairy Wind. Clearly, Nintendo is trying to give a lot more Pokemon the Fairy typing. Cutiefly is true to the name it looks harmless and adorable. If it evolves at all I wonder if it will remain cute or become more menacing.


Charjabug

Charjabug

Vikavolt

Vikavolt

Charjabug, the evolved form of Grubbin and a Bug/Electric type, judging by appearances. Traditionally, Nintendo has created a three staged bug type Pokemon you catch early in the game. Charjabug is the second form. Generally, these Pokemon aren’t that powerful. Vikavolt, the final evolution of Grubbin looks like its should be powerful but, it probably won’t be.


 

Drampa

Drampa

Drampa, a Normal/Dragon Pokemon (clearly inspired by Chinese Dragons). It comes with the new ability Frenzy, which raises its Special Attack stat. This Pokemon seems like it will not evolve. I don’t really like the design, it’s kinda creepy. I might get over it depending one how useful it is in battle though.


Togedemaru

Togedemaru

Togedemaru, (Pikachu-like, rodent, Electric types) “It’s based on porcupines and is an Electric/Steel type with the Lightning-rod ability.” For some reason Nintendo always creates these types of Pokemon, most recently Dedenne. Hopefully, Togedemaru will evolve and won’t get left in the useless Pokemon category.


Bruxish

Bruxish

Speaking of potentially useless Pokemon is Bruxish. A “Water/Psychic Pokemon with a new ability called Dazzling. This outright cancels priority moves (such as Quick Attack) from ever working from an opponent.” 


Tapu Koko

Tapu-Koko

“Finally, we have Tapu Koko, a new Electric/Fairy type. It is one of the Alola Region’s deities. It’s new ability is Elekimaker, which turns the field into Electric Terrain and has the new move Nature’s Wrath.” I think this Pokemon is a little over designed. However, I think it’s cool. The typing seems weird, but might be interesting.  

Resident Evil 7 impressions

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At E3 this Capcom finally showed us Resident Evil 7 . . . well not really. The teaser demo they released was more of a preview. According to IGN the director Koushi Nakanishi said of the teaser, that it is a “kind of a tonal preview instead of a content preview.” The demo didn’t feature all the gameplay elements that will be in the final game. The teaser was released as a free demo on PSN.

“Resident Evil 7 less scary, Capcom says you should make your family watch”

Nakanishi emphasized that the older elements of Resident Evil like “puzzle solving, resource management, and combat,” will return. The demo reminds many gamers of the Silent Hill: PT demo. This demo didn’t have a great deal of action, but did feature puzzle solving. It was also from the first person perspective.

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You play a cameraman that breaks into an abandoned home to film a movie. After you wake up you search the house for clues, while trying to leave the house. You can “beat” the demo and get multiple endings. Some fans have expressed disappointment regarding the demo. However, Capcom has put those disappointments to rest, revealing that “this is just a statement of intent, purpose, to say it’s back.

“Resident Evil 7′ in VR is a sweaty, puke-inducing masterpiece”

Resident Evil 7 will exists in the same universe as RE5 and RE6. Instead of the action style of the RE5 and RE6, the game will be more like the previous games in the series. Nakanishi has said to  Eurogamer. “We are separating these aspects out into different titles where that gameplay can come to the fore, and makes the most sense for that title. [Resident Evil 7] is not going to be a gun fest.

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IGN spoke with producer Masachika Kawata and director Koushi Nakanishi to learn more about the game. Resident 7 will not be a “reboot,” Kawata said “It’s the next title in the numbered series, so obviously it’s part of the Resident Evil universe, and overall canon, so to speak. It’s not a separate thing, but we have intentionally made it so that maybe when you first play it you’ll almost think: how could this possibly be related to the rest of Resident Evil? But it is. It is an extension of the series so far. It’s not a reboot. It’s the next main game.” 

“Resident Evil 7’s demo content won’t be in the main game, but a new hero will”

The article is worth a full read, but overall this demo is a good start. It definitely sets the tone for the series return to it’s survivor horror roots. Hopefully, they can find a balance between action and horror. The first person perspective can take getting use. However, I do think that the first person view will add to the horror aspect in this game. I’m excited, and hope that Capcom delivers. 

E3 2016 (Part 1)

E3 has lost some of its luster in recent years or at least I’m not as excited about it. I always kind of hated the stage craft and silly jokes. Sometimes a company would show up with just a series of cut scene filled trailers, no gameplay and a power-point presentations about console sales. However, I still love video-games and with the internet I can wait until the press conferences are over and just watch the commentary that others have regarding what was presented. So far Sony, Bethesda, EA, Microsoft, Square Enix and Ubisoft have already presented, only Nintendo remains. Here’s what interested me so far:

Microsoft

Press Conference

Microsoft announces the XBOX One S. Expected to be released in August for $300.00

Microsoft reveals next console, “Project Scorpio.” The console is set to be released in 2017. It features “8 cores, 320Gb memory bandwidth, and six teraflops of performance that will allow for true fully uncompressed 4K gaming.” I have no idea what any of the tech means but I can assume that everything will look better and be faster. This console generation fell like its ending prematurely. However, the potential for two new console’s next year is exciting.

Gears of War 4 Stage Demo- I like Gears of War, but I haven’t felt excited to play the series in years. I think I’ll give the next chapter in the series a chance though.

Square Enix  demos FF15:

EA

Press Conference

Titanfall 2 – I enjoyed Titanfall 1, but I wasn’t very good at it. I might pass on this one. Check it out:

Star Wars – EA owns the license of Star Wars series and they are using it. EA announced six games are currently in development.

Mass Effect Andromeda – Mass Effect is one of my favorite series ever. I love the story, exploration, gameplay and sci fi elements. I’ve been anticipating this game for a while now. It doesn’t look like this game will disappoint.

Resident Evil 7 – I love this series, but have been disappointed by the abandonment of the horror and the addition of “Call of Duty,” style weapons and gameplay. I still love the games and this one looks promising.