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  1. The Game Awards 2016, EA creates new disclosure rules, Persona 5 gets delayed, Jim Sterling talks genitals, Chris Metzen talks about why he needed to leave Blizzard, David Hayter and Jennifer Hale talk about voice actor strike, Dr. Greg Zeschuk talks about problems with working in the games industry in three part blog, interviews with Senran Kagura and EVE Online creators, reality inspired games, next historical Total War will be a new era, GaymerX East con reports, virtual realism, lessons from the Mushroom Kingdom, look at cancelled Sleeping Dogs sequel, fashion design of Dishonored 2, historians and veterans discuss Battlefield 1, and more. AJSA Youtube's Angry Army Weekly Will be added on Wednesday, check back then or check our Youtube channel. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) The Game Awards 2016 Kojima to collect Industry Icon accolade at The Game Awards 2016 No Man's Sky failure leads Game Awards to promise "deeper" reveals this year The Game Awards Remove AM2R and Pokémon Uranium as Best Fan Game Nominees Golden Joystick 2016 : Overwatch, The Witcher 3 win multiple awards, Dark Souls 3 named Ultimate Game of the Year Voice Actor Union Pickets Ratchet & Clank Dev, as Strike Continues 'One time, I actually threw up': Why video game voice actors are on strike Valve Facing Potential $3m Fine For Breaking Australian Consumer Law Electronic Arts rolls out new disclosure rules for streamers and "influencers" Red Dead Redemption 2 Will Offer "Big, Sprawling, Optimistic View of America" Take Two: "Our Competitors Burn Off Their Franchises" by Annualizing Them Tekken 7 trailer flaunts flashy fisticuffs action The third season of Telltale's The Walking Dead begins December 20 Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun demo now available on Steam and GOG Tales of Berseria - PC/PS4 - Berseria Grand Tour (English) Heart Forth, Alicia - Official Gameplay Vid 3 - Combat & Exploration An open update on their Kickstarter can be read here. Space Hulk: Deathwing - Solo Campaign 17 min Gameplay Yakuza 0: The Fun Side of 1980s Japan! My Friend Pedro is a 2D Max Payne that looks bananas Next historical Total War will be in "an era we haven't tackled yet", say Creative Assembly Preview: The first two hours of Let It Die Interview: Let It Die director Hideyuki Shin The Nano are Torment: Tides of Numenera’s tech-based mage class Persona 5 delayed until April Had a video of the stream but it looks like they have been removed. Blackwood Crossing is looking better and better Final Fantasy 15 Official 101 Trailer Extended Cut Prepare for Final Fantasy 15 leaks, director warns Open-World Conan Survival Game Coming To Xbox One, PC Early Access In January Frozen Synapse 2 shows off its guns in flashy new trailer, game delayed to 2017 The Last Guardian Official CG Cinematic Trailer The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will be out "in the next 60 days" Bethesda wants to recreate Fallout 4 in VR, says Todd Howard Tree spirits: Total War Warhammer's Wood Elves shake up the game's tactics and campaign Units are listed on the Steam page. League of Legends comic reveals new Champion, Camille There goes the neighbourhood! Cities Skylines welcomes Natural Disasters next week Bethesda Pinball is a real thing that's out soon Dishonored 2 to receive a New Game Plus mode in December New Game+ is such an obvious improvement for a game meant entirely as a power fantasy with no difficulty that I can't believe this wasn't included at launch. Civilization 6's first update tackles wonky AI Hearthstone Mean Streets of Gadgetzan: all the new cards Symmetra "redesign" will make her the first Overwatch hero with two ultimates Overwatch’s new ‘stay with group’ feature is great news for solo players Batman Arkham Origins multiplayer will shut down EA are committed to Titanfall, "whatever the f*** that means" says Respawn head Q&A: 'Titanfall 2' Creator on What Makes a Great Shooter and Launching Against 'Call of Duty' EA says all its games are developed for high-end PCs first Blizzard is recruiting for an unannounced project using a "first-person engine" Warner Bros. acquires full control of Machinima Markiplier Signs With Talent Agency That Also Represents Ben Affleck, Eminem Hacker convicted of wire fraud for stealing and selling on up to $18 million in FIFA Coins Riot Games near to closing deal with MLBAM to develop video app Assassin's Creed 2017 to focus on emergent gameplay, which Ubi call "the anecdote factory" Ubisoft Announces New Serbian Production Studio Next Assassin’s Creed will herald Ubisoft’s new, less scripted narrative approach Watch Dogs 2 launch sales nowhere near Watch Dogs 1 Ubisoft "incredibly happy" with Watch Dogs 2 despite slow launch week sales Esports News Team SoloMid and Cloud9 sign exclusive Twitch partnership deal Australian Esports Association launches initiative to give the region structure Riot thinks some LCS owners are not ‘desirable long-term partners’—and owners should be panicking Bloomberg Exec signs on to ESC Games, has “aggressive expansion plans” Why Every Esports Player Needs a Contract Crowdfunding News Iron Wings Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) How passion for the work undermines game industry labor practices I shared the first part of the blog a few weeks ago but didn't see the 2nd and 3rd, you can read them all now. Chris Metzen on why he needed to leave Blizzard The Designer Behind 'Senran Kagura' Explains Why His Games Are Full Of Barely Clothed Women Genitalia (The Jimquisition) Meeting the Masters of the ‘EVE Online’ Universe How 'VA-11 Hall-A' Portrays Sex Work in a New Light Inside the Ambitious 'Sleeping Dogs' Sequel We'll Never Get to Play Why Germany lifted its ban on Red Faction after 15 years Playing In the Shadow of Progress in 'Doom' and 'Inside' L.G.B.T. Gamers Huddle for a Postelection Reality Check Con Report: GaymerX East GaymerX East 2016 – Closing Statements by Katherine Cross ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Taught Me to Be the Best, and More Lessons from the Mushroom Kingdom Tyranny has a brilliant answer to broken morality meters in RPGs Fashion Designer Maya Hansen Talks Her Dishonored 2 Designs Inside the Dying Days of 'The Secret World' Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story “Battlefield 1: If It Told the Truth” by Ed Smith History Respawned: Battlefield 1 Mother 3 Translator Finds Cool New Way To Compare English And Japanese Scripts A NEW WAY OF PLAYING JAPANESE AND ENGLISH GAMES SIDE-BY-SIDE Video Games Also Have A Fake News Problem What reality-inspired games are On Virtual Realism 9 Things They Didn’t Tell Me About Being an Indie Developer Let Cutscenes Be Cutscenes - Cagey Videos Review: Watch Dogs 2 Watch Dogs 2 (Review/Analysis) - Writing on Games The Building Of Watch Dogs 2's World Watch Dogs 2’s NPCs Are A Constant Source Of Joy How to Survive in Gamedev for Eleven Years Without a Hit Letter to My Nephews #3 - This Is Your Story - Extra Credits Chrono Cross was a Perfect Sequel Japanese Twitch Streamer Briefly Interrupted By Earthquake Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games FIFA 17 Glitches Are Even Better In Real Life Lego Dimensions Don't Starve: The Movie (Trailer) | Gritty Reboots
  2. This week is E3, check out the new E3 section of the forums to talk about the trailers, reveals, tech, etc that was shown there. Here I'll be posting about what was shown at E3, additional articles and videos on those games, and things that happened outside of or before the start of E3. This week in the news; E3 reveals, developers discuss hype in game development, the tragedy of Bloodborne's "happy" ending and how it ties into the themes of cosmic horror, why the writing in E3 demos and games can sound so bad and unnatural, Riot turns to fight toxicity in the workplace starting with Riot, how box art is made, Super Robot Wars V coming to PS4 and Vita with English text, how the Lion King helped to change PC gaming, postmortem on Banner Saga 2 and Stellaris, 22 things learned about Persona 5, Fallout 4 allows modders to report stolen content, a library dedicated to video game books, Ubisoft starts to permanently ban cheaters for first time offenses, Inafune wants to make Mighty No. 9 sequel, and more. E3 press conferences and thread links EA Bethesda Microsoft PC Ubisoft Sony Nintendo Strange oddly scheduled thing from what I can tell, mostly just talking about the new Zelda and Pokemon, videos can be found further below. Take A Virtual Guided Tour Of E3's Showroom Floor With Kotaku It's My E3 And I'll Whine If I Want To (The Jimquisition) Jim Sterling talks about what I love about E3. ALIENWARE'S LATEST TECH SHOWS VR IS NOW AS IMPORTANT TO IT AS GAMING IS Xbox One Slim Leaks, Will Be 40% Smaller Than Xbox One Games can perform better on Xbox One S Xbox One S console has no Kinect port, requires USB adapter Microsoft Announces Project Scorpio, 'The Most Powerful Console Ever' Three New Xbox Live Multiplayer Features Detailed Xbox Live Gold Not Required for New PC-Xbox One Cross-Buy Program Ding Dongle! Xbox Controller Finally Adding Bluetooth Microsoft Will Let You Design Your Own Custom Xbox One Controllers Finally I can get a purple controller. Here's what the PlayStation VR's gun controller looks like Valve rolls out free VR creation tool for new destinations workshop DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED TAKES A NEW DIRECTION Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - City-hub Gameplay Demo Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - NEW GAMEPLAY Reveals Weapons, Puzzles, Cinematics, & More! Deus Ex Go confirmed for later this year Co-op, More Hacking, and a Bigger Open World - Watch Dogs 2 Watch Dogs 2 has a new hacker hero, a new city and a whole lot more Watch an 11-minute mission walkthrough from Watch Dogs 2 Watch Dogs 2 Game Director Confirms Non-Lethal Playthroughs That's a nice change as in a game like this it could lead to much better designed missions with a lot of options in how to go about completing. Watch the new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Kingdom Hearts 3 Won't Feature Final Fantasy Worlds Heihachi and Akuma Fight it out in Tekken 7 - E3 2016 Microsoft Press Conference Omega Force’s next game is a Berserk musou Watch Levar Burton, Karl Urban, and Jeri Ryan play Star Trek: Bridge Crew in VR Super Robot Wars V announced for PS4, PS Vita Somehow I missed this list week, which is surprising because it's the only release news that I personally would be interested in. See the first teaser for cyberpunk horror game Observer South Park: The Fractured But Whole gets a new trailer and release date Giant Cop VR game hits fall 2016, check out this E3 trailer Halo Wars 2 Official E3 Trailer Friday The 13th The Game Gameplay Teaser and Trailers E3 2016 See the charming magic of the new Mages of Mystralia trailer Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets cute E3 trailer Underwater Journey-like Abzû out August 2 Heads (and dice) roll in Tyranny's first gameplay trailer Skyrim comes to PS4 and Xbox One this fall Existing Skyrim mods will be (almost) fully compatible with the Special Edition Check out fresh Mirage: Arcane Warfare gameplay in a pair of bloody new trailers Watch the first trailer for Injustice 2 Watch New Injustice 2 Gameplay Trailer, See Red Lantern, Supergirl, and More in Action MAFIA 3: TACKLING A HUGELY TURBULENT TIME 20 Minutes of New Mafia 3 Footage MAFIA 3 AND THE RISE OF A BLACK ANTI-HERO Ghost Recon Wildlands is coming in March 2017 Looks a bit less stable in that last one. GHOST RECON WILDLANDS IS MEANT TO BE PLAYED TOGETHER We Happy Few coming to Xbox One Preview next month Been looking forward to this since its Kickstarter last year. Torment: Tides of Numenera delayed again, now coming in early 2017 Supergiant's Pyre still looks gorgeous in E3 trailer Attack on Titan Trailer - E3 2016 Nioh second demo due out in August, E3 2016 trailer 10 Minutes Of Brutal Viking Battle In Ubisoft’s For Honor Robinson: The Journey E3 2016 trailer Dungeon delving roguelike Necropolis will release on July 12 New Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer is really promising E3 2016: CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE IS MORE WORLD WAR II THAN SCIENCE FICTION Well, that article was a good way to lose any of the interest and good will they built up from that trailer. Watch 12 minutes of Persona 5 gameplay from E3 22 Things We Learned About Persona 5 The ReCore E3 trailer introduces the team Eagle Flight VR Stage Demo - E3 2016 Ubisoft Press Conference Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu gets gloomy E3 trailer POKÉMON MOON AND SUN: EVERYTHING WE KNOW Arkane reveals Dishonored 2 gameplay, Collector's Edition Dishonored 2 extended gameplay footage shows two missions Check the link and go to the time specified for the video. You can play Dishonored 2 without using any powers at all New Psychonauts 2 Video Promises Surprises, Better Platforming Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin Gameplay - E3 2016 FORZA HORIZON 3 REVEALED, RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED NO SAINTS DAY: ALL HAIL THE AGENTS OF MAYHEM First Agents of Mayhem Gameplay Footage Plays It Surprisingly Safe Madden NFL 17's new announcers want to call it like you see it Oxygen Not Included coming to PC from Don't Starve developer See the first footage of Dual Universe, the single-shard sci-fi MMO E3 2016: NEW GOD OF WAR ANNOUNCED GOD OF WAR IS THE NEW DADDY IN TOWN Gran Turismo Sport | E3 2016 gameplay trailer | PS4 Survival strategy Overland trailer shows off procedural generation, clever dogs Ex-Obsidian chief creative officer Chris Avellone is working on the new Prey Watch Dawn of War 3's first gameplay The Turing Test is a first-person puzzler about life and morality, in space Killing Floor is coming to Oculus Rift TITANFALL 2: EVERYTHING WE KNOW Titanfall 2 Official Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer ^ I like it. All of Titanfall 2's DLC maps and modes will be free How Street Fighter Inspired the Combat of Titanfall 2 Titanfall 2 Campaign Discussion - E3 2016 Stage Show Open world extreme sports game Steep announced Grow Up is the sequel to physics platformer Grow Home Platinum Games' PS4-Exclusive Nier: Automata Gets Delayed PS4 Is Getting A New Spider-Man Game Marvel Games' new mandate is 'Make epic games,' and Spider-Man is just the beginning See Dark Souls reimagined as sci-fi in the latest trailer for The Surge Cryosphere - Mighty No. 9 Boss Fight Gameplay Gameplay looks like an inferior Mega Man X, there is an obvious error in the text, and from the sound of the voice acting and the dialogue the developers must have really loved the writing and acting of Mega Man X4. Mighty No. 9 : Vermilion Destroyer Keiji Inafune Expresses Regret Over Mighty No. 9’s Delay, Looking Forward To A Sequel Dontnod's vampire action game Vampyr gets its first, grisly trailer Gears of War 4 Will Have Cross-Play And Cross-Buy On Xbox And PC MASS EFFECT™: ANDROMEDA Official EA Play 2016 Video MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA WILL STAR A YOUNGER, UNTESTED BAND OF HEROES Quake Champions: E3 2016 Reveal Trailer Gravity Rush 2 E3 2016 trailer | PS4 Dead Rising 4 Coming This Holiday Nice to see Frank back. Batman: The Telltale Series names cast, shows off 'living comic book' screens Batman: Arkham VR Is a Murder Mystery Starring You as the Dark Knight Detroit E3 2016 trailer | PS4 Hoping David Cage doesn't mess this up with odd unneeded inclusions of plot holes, aliens, apocalypse, Matrix style fight scenes, forced romance, etc like his last three games. Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 3 Reveal Trailer - E3 2016 They really can't let her go and need to keep damaging the story of the previous title by continuing the story. Sniper Elite 4 delayed to February 2017 Rare's Pirate Co-Op Game Sea of Thieves Looks Dope Farpoint - E3 2016 Announce Trailer | PS VR Hands On With The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U and NX Will Be the Same Zelda: Breath of the Wild Doesn't Require the Wii U's GamePad Zelda Producer Explains Why, Despite Speculation, The New Link Is A Guy Always weird when people think it's a better idea to make themselves look incompetent or insult theirs fan's intelligence instead of just saying, "We didn't want to do thing," or saying nothing. Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding Trailer Breakdown Yakuza 0: Toshiro Nogoshi Interview - E3 2016 The Technomancer - E3 2016 Trailer First 30 Minutes of Headlander - E3 2016 Gang Beasts Soccer Gameplay - E3 2016 Resident Evil 7 is terrifying and a little nauseating in VR The Mystery of What The Resident Evil 7 Teaser Hides The Elder Scrolls Online: Dark Brotherhood – Official Trailer Horizon Zero Dawn E3 2016 trailer | PS4 The Witcher Getting Standalone Card Game Spin-Off The Witcher's Gwent Spinoff Has A Beefy Single-Player Mode Here They Lie™ | E3 2016 Teaser Trailer | PS4 The Limbo Crew's New Game INSIDE Is Utterly Fantastic Fe Gameplay Trailer E3 2016 / EA Play 2016 A Look At Final Fantasy XV's Massive Titan Boss Fight A combination of the poor playing and apathy of the main character did not make that look very good. Final Fantasy XV E3 2016 trailer | PS4 Maybe they realized that the game is too hyped up and they are using E3 to lower expectations. The Final Fantasy 15 VR Experience doesn't make a great first impression Final Fantasy XV: Hajime Tabata on Design Approach Final Fantasy XV Will Have A Pause Mode Scalebound Looks Crazy, Features Giant Enemy Crab Another fight against giant enemies with a character who seems annoying in the opposite way of the FF15 hero. Your first look at Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord The Last Guardian will finally launch this October Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission coming to PlayStation A new Tacoma trailer spins space stations and story THE LAYERED, AR-EMBODIED STORY OF TACOMA New Cuphead video shows off indie platformer's gameplay CUPHEAD PROGRAMMER’S SIDE PROJECT IS INSPIRED BY CANADA’S LONG WINTERS Sony Announces New Open-World Survival Game, Days Gone FIFA 17 - The Journey - Official Trailer I second this thought Here's your first look at the action in Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Battlefield 1 Official Gameplay Trailer A thread about this was made here. Battlefield 1 maps and modes revealed How Battlefield 1 Got Its Old WW1 Gun Sounds Verdun arrives on consoles nearly two months before Battlefield 1 Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2” E3 2016 Initial Information State of Decay 2 announced for Xbox One, PC Beat Cop Is A Cop Game About Difficult Decisions Civilization VI E3 2016 Closed Door Presentation Description Crash Bandicoot returns to PlayStation with three remasters and in Skylanders Imaginators Bulletstorm 'remaster' coming, according to Xbox assets Beyond Good & Evil 2 Is Still Being Worked On by Original Creator Stardew Valley Confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U Crackdown 3 delayed to 2017 The Bullshit Roundup: Battlefield 1 and Deus Ex Get Microtransactions, Watch Dogs 2 Spams Us With Special Editions Jim Sterling talks about the microtransactions that were announced for Battlefield 1 and Deus Ex. $250 FOR A GAME: A DOZEN OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE COLLECTOR'S EDITIONS SHOWN AT E3 Arma 3's Apex expansion is coming July 11 Warframe adds arena sports with Lunaro update Ark: Survival Evolved getting playable animals, more official mods later this year Battlefleet Gothic Armada Space Marines Announcement and Screenshots What To Expect From Street Fighter V's Upcoming Story Mode Doom Getting Unto The Evil DLC, SnapMap Free Updates Coming New multiplayer content seems like the wrong way to go. Overwatch Update Nerfs McCree And Widowmaker Alright, they did it exactly how I thought they should. Overwatch Reaches 10 Million Players id takes back control of Doom's broken multiplayer on PC Ubi 30 gifts a free Ubisoft game each month starting today EA announces indie partnership program Ubisoft now banning Rainbow Six Siege cheaters permanently on first offense Ubisoft Now Handing Out Permanent Bans For First-Time Division Cheaters Good thing to learn from Blizzard. Overwatch's Widowmaker Is Frustrating, Blizzard Agrees Destiny's Rise of Iron officially unveiled, new location detailed Star Citizen Alpha 2.4, the "Biggest and Most Important Update" This Year, Is Out Now Watch the trailer for Survival, The Division's second expansion Rocket League goes cyberpunk with Neo Tokyo in 'largest update in the game's history' Fallout 4 modders report stolen content as support broadens to consoles 10 Years and Counting! Kalypso Media Celebrates Milestone Anniversary Until Dawn dev expands virtual reality team with triple hire After 18 Years, Ubisoft Shutting Down Its Studio in Morocco Riot turns to fight toxicity in the workplace -- starting with Riot Vivendi completes takeover of Gameloft as Guillemots sell stake In esports news Heroes of the Storm’s 2015 World Champion team disbands, gives up on game Report: Manchester United Want To Sign An Overwatch Esports Team The 5 problems with trying to make FIFA and Madden esports In crowdfunding news TRANSMISSION A thread about this was created here. Moonlighter - ARPG with rogue-lite and shopkeeping elements A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week YU SUZUKI, TIM SCHAFER AND OTHERS DISCUSS HYPE IN GAME DEVELOPMENT OPINION: E3 demos prove we need better writers In this article he mentions Rhianna Pratchett who then talked about why we get the kind of lines we do in video games. I might have shared an article about this months ago where a writer talked about trying to give Batman believable lines to signify when he did certain actions in the Arkham games. (Read each one from bottom to top) The rumors about the death of story mode are greatly exaggerated Guest Column: My Mother's Games Minisode - The Endings of Bloodborne The tragedy of Bloodborne's "happy" ending and how it ties into the themes of cosmic horror. QUITE SIMPLY THE GREATEST LIBRARY DEDICATED TO VIDEO GAME BOOKS YOU HAVE EVER SEEN LISTEN, BATTLEFIELD 1 OWES NOTHING TO HISTORY Errant Signal - DOOM 2016 PayPal Refuses to Refund $50,000 to Twitch Donation Troll Watch_Dogs 2 is more Interesting because of a Black Protagonist While the setting and character might be interesting, on the other hand we have Hopefully that can make a game with a good mixture of serious and just stupid and fun moments like Saints Row 2. They did later remove the unneeded the in the description. Watch Dogs 2 And The Steam Users Who Hate Black People Speaking of the above, Jim Sterling takes a look at how not having a white protagonist has effected the games forums (developers really need to hire moderators and community managers). Though he knows some of the people in the forums are likely troll accounts (though anyone doing it to troll is indistinguishable ffrom someone posting in forums, social media, or comment sections on real accounts), he did immediately get some responses from what are, unfortunately, real accounts. THE PAC-MAN Disney Games - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. JonTron Interesting that one of the most annoying parts of the Lion King game had to be added due to Disney requiring more time added to the game because of video game rentals. Meeting Fina: Formative Femininity in Skies of Arcadia Overwatch Devs Show Up At A Korean Gaming Cafe The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past's dungeon design | Boss Keys Rose and the Old Castle of Twilight Is a Perfect Melding of Cuteness and Gore Richard Says Goodbye From Japan The Warhammer 40k License - A Total Change of Strategy - Extra Credits Watch Shantae designer James Montagna build a Super Mario Maker level Atlus’ perfect response to censorship cries about Persona 5’s box For this weeks nontroversy. Stellaris: the cricket people kept wrecking buildings forever. They knew no other way to live. Some of the problems, and potential problems, with Stellaris. Postmortem: Paradox Development Studio's Stellaris Postmortem: Stoic Studio's Banner Saga 2 Things I found funny or entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Norman Reedus Takes A Shot At Konami Smart Players Turn Overwatch Into A Sports Game Watch Dogs 2 Full House Mash-Up Esports Pose Zac Efron, Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg seem to be very, very high at E3
  3. Anyone play watch dogs at all? Feel free to add me on uplay my uplay name is WebsterHyperion.
  4. Okay so a few weeks ago I finally got a PS4 and EB Games (Which is GameSpot in Australia, just a different name, same deal with Burger King) Was doing a bundle deal where for an extra $50 you got the PS4 Assassin's Creed Black Flag, NBA 14, Watch Dogs and 1 free month subscription to Foxtel (an Australian cable TV service). Since that's easily $300 worth of value and I really wanted to play Black Flag I went for it, I was even able to sell NBA and the Foxtel subscription. But I'm here to talk about Watch Dogs. I never had any interest in Watch Dogs. At all. I saw nothing interesting or very original at all about this game, and while 90% of the gaming world were rubbing their nipples in anticipation I was just sitting back and wondering how ridiculous AAA gaming hype has gotten. Okay so we all know about how Watch Dogs got a massive visual downgrade, yet despite all of this many people continue to claim that the game is still great. I hate to be the bad guy, but no. No it's not. I'm sorry, I just didn't see anything in this game that was better than average. I could spend all day bitching about everything I didn't like but I've got bigger fish to fry in this thread, so here's the biggest, main reason I didn't like Watch Dogs; It's too easy. And I don't mean that the combat is easy or what not, because this is one of THOSE games where they expect you to use stealth for everything and have made combat as hard as possible to stop you from charging in and killing everything (just like Deus Ex HR). But everything, EVERYTHING, is handed to you on a silver platter. Money is easily hacked from people walking on the streets, and there's no penalty for stealing thousands of dollars from innocent people, and a few upgrades later you'll automatically be notified when you're within range of someone who's got tons of money that's ripe for the taking. But the second mission, THE SECOND MISSION, I had bought every gun in the game, and nothing was a challenge because I was running around with two kinds of grenade launcher and machine guns up the wazoo. Not that I needed to because the only things of use that money buys are guns and cars, and the enemies drop all the guns you'll ever need. But it doesn't matter, because there's no clear difference between the guns, there's a star based ranking bar for the weapons, but a one star assault rifle does around the same damage that a 5 star rifle does, so all the guns feel exactly the same. And you don't even need to buy cars unless you REALLY want to drive a certain car. Chicago is apparently a booming super economy because ever 1 out of 6 cars is a high performance sports car, and they're just sitting on the street, so the cars on demand feature is useless because you can just steal any car you need. There's also no penalty for stealing cars, by the way. I'm sorry, but there's nothing interesting in this game. At all. I can appreciate that this is probably just me, and a lot of people are able to just over look some design flaws and enjoy the game, but there's nothing in this game that's overly great to me. It's been a couple weeks since I beat it and I can't remember a single mission that stood out to me, except maybe when you're fighting in T-Bone's scrap yard, but everything else is so by the numbers and generic there was nothing memorable in this game. None of the characters, none of the story, and nothing really in the gameplay. There's also a LOT of ludonarrative dissonance, yes, that dreaded phrase that people hate. But you see, unlike most smart asses who try to use it as a cheap excuse to hate on games like Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us, I actually know what ludonarrative dissonance means There's a bunch of scenes later in the game where Aiden thinks to himself that he's turning into a killer, and that he "not that kind of man", mean while I'm plowing over civilians, murdering hundreds of mobsters and stealing money from any person that walks close enough to me. There's also the fact that Aiden's character is so poorly written he doesn't realise that everything bad that happened to him and his family throughout the game is entirely his own fault. But hey, why should he regret being such a horrible person when he can be Batman? My final verdict? It was meh, not really worth the praise that people are giving it, and very deserving of any hate it gets. If you liked it, that's fine. But when a game is advertised as THE next gen game that will usher gaming into a new golden era, I expect there to be something next gen about it, not a game that's supremely average in every way. Also, I think I'm just done Ubisoft. Am I the only one feeling this way? Seriously, I'm just done. Let's ignore the fact that they lied through their teeth about Watch Dogs' graphics but Ubisoft have been doing NOTHING but coming up with new ways to piss people off. And it's not like this is anything new, they've been at it for years! First we had Assassin's Creed 2's DRM back in 2012 for PC, that Ubisoft defended by saying it works, even when their servers went down and rendered a bunch of their games unplayable. Ubisoft spun this in their favour of course, saying that it was just exceptionally high demand. And when they refused, underline, REFUSED to release a PC version of I Am Alive Stanislas Mettra seemed to openly mock PC users by saying "There's so much piracy and so few people paying for PC games we have to precisely weight up against the cost of making it. If only 50, 000 people buy the game it's just not worth it". This statement seems to imply that a Ubisoft game that hundreds of thousands of people to millions of people are playing, out of all those people only about 50, 000 of those gamers will have legitimately purchased the game. And in the same month they said that Ghost Recon Future Soldier wouldn't be coming to PC because, and I'm quoting Sebastien Arnoult here, "We know that 95% of our consumers will pirate the game". 95%. Ninety five percent. They KNOW that would happen. Doesn't everything about this just scream "Fuck you PC gamers"? I'm not even a PC gamer and even -I'M- pissed off about this shit. And I don't think I even need to talk about Ubisoft's list of shitty PC ports, weather it's Assassin's Creed 4 not being optimised because it's not important apparently, or From Dust not even fucking working properly, Ubisoft has made it very clear by now that it doesn't care about PC gamers, or the PC gaming audience, and would rather mock PC gamers behind their back's while lying about how they want to focus primarily on PC as a platform, which is bullshit because I'm yet to see a current Ubisoft game on the PC that doesn't require a gamepad to be playable. And then, of course, there's Uplay. Yes, let's talk about Uplay, a 'service' that doesn't do anything, gates content from Ubi's games, hassles gamers with separate log ins. AND, as it was discovered a couple years ago, is a security risk, leave a back door open on PC user's computers for malicious software via at least 21 games. It's a shitty thing that very few people like, and Ubisoft forces it into everything. There's not a single Ubisoft game, other that ZombiU and maybe Far Cry 3, that doesn't hassle you to log onto an online service that doesn't do anything. And I don't think I even need to talk about the Watch Dogs launch (yes, we're back on that game again) Where the game was unplayable to many people because Uplay shat itself and broke the game. And in more recent news regarding Assassin's Creed Unity (which I think will be completely fucking crap because Ubisoft is too chicken shit to do anything new or interesting with the AC franchise like it did in Black Flag) where Ubisoft seemed to shrug off the fact that history's most famous and deadly assassin was not only most active during the French revolution but was also female, making claims that it was just too expensive to use character models and voice actors for a female character. Because hey, why actually appeal to a wider audience when you can just say you are while going after the same teenage boys and young men. Not only does Ubisoft seem to think it's too expensive to have playable female characters, they thought it was a good idea to make up bullshit claims about how one of the biggest names in the AAA gaming industry could afford it, while games like Mass Effect, Skyrim, Saints Row, even fucking Super Mario has playable female characters and none of them are crying about how it's too expensive. But can you honestly believe ANYTHING from the company that admitted that they literally can't afford to make new IP's without turning it into a massive franchise? Let me repeat that last part. Ubisoft can't afford to make a single game any more. They HAVE to make a huge franchise. Ubisoft's accountants must hang themselves on a daily basis. I can't be the only person who's done with this crap. It can't be physically possible that no one else is just fucking sick of the lying, the shitting excuses, and the constant fucking requests to log into Uplay. I'm done with this crap. I honestly can not think of another major game company that is more deserving of the title of "The New EA". And yes, because all the sheep start bleating about how Ubisoft isn't the only company that pulls off constant bullshit, because EA does it too, man. That's just the point. EA does it too. As in EA isn't the only company constantly pissing people off. But Ubisoft seems to be the only company getting away with it. Well not any more. I'm for one am not just going to sit here and think "Oh well they made Assassin's Creed Black Flag and that was pretty awesome, so everything's okay" No. And I'll invite you guys to all do the same. I'm out. *drops mic*
  5. Finally. 4 months after this game has been released, I finished Watch Dogs. Here's my thought on this game. The game's story is simple: it's basically like any superhero setting where bad guys causes death of the hero's family, and then the hero goes out for his revenge against the ones responsible. Our Batman esque superhero in this game is Aiden Pierce, aka the Fox. Armed with a super mega holy shit that is so awesome phone and his weapons, and accompanied by his companions Clara, T Bone and the eccentric Jordie, he's hell bent on finding who killed his niece and make them pay, while of course helping citizens by preventing crime and rescue civilians. Or wreck havoc upon the city. Your choice. Now to the untrained eyes, most people of course compared this game to GTA. Which is like comparing apples to oranges. They're at it's core open world games, but they're only a bit similar. This game is more like a combination of Ubisoft's previous games, which is Driver + Assassin's Creed + Splinter Cell + Far Cry. And an iPhone game called Republique when he's using the phone. It's exactly, and I mean EXACTLY like Republique if you played that game before. And interestingly, Republique actually copied Watch Dogs because Watch Dogs was developed since 2009 while Republique was developed since 2012. Interesting facts I say. In the world where good and bad exist, I'll start by mentioning the bad things I don't like about this game. I hate the fixer driving side content missions that involves driving to 25 check points while avoiding the police. Sometimes the car you get has an atrocious handling that it feels like controlling an old man that walks with a stick. I have to restart the damn mission like 3 times before I finally complete them. The Psychedelic or whatever that minigame is fucking sucks balls. The first 3 missions are ok, and they're quite fun. But the other one after that are frustratingly unfair. So many times I jump on a flower, and then in order to land to the next flower, I have to know to accelerate or decelerate my drop speed right after I bounce the flower I'm on, and if you're too late, you have to restart from that flower over and over and over and over again! FUCK YOU BOUNCY FLOWERS! YOU ALL SUCK! There's no "good" or "bad" multiple playthrough of the game, even though the game has great opportunities during certain parts of the missions. For example: one mission involves you rescuing your nephew from a swarm of enemies. You can do anything you want with them: kill them all the straightforward way by shooting them, or knock them all out non-lethally Splinter Cell style. I kicked all of their asses using only close range non-lethal takedowns, but the outcome is that your nephew saw you killing those guys, as if you shoot them all dead, and he's traumatised. Oh come on! This game needs to learn from the Infamous series. Strangely enough, there is only 1 time there's a good and bad choices, and that's in the end of the game after the credits. Why not have more of this moment? The drinking game minigame's high level pisses me off. It requires you to do stuff shown on the screen quickly or you will lose. The most frustrating one is when you use a keyboard to point to a circle while the circle is so small and it moves really fast. I failed this part a lot. How am I expected to get that cursor to that small circle with a keyboard?? It's ridiculous! Lastly, one mission in particular, the first out of 3 last missions in the game is just so frustrating to get through. It involves you not being seen by the police at all. Sounds easy right? Except that the entire road is swarming with police, and if they see you for just 1 second, it's game over. And worst of all, it's all completely freaking random, so you'll have no strategy to get through them except through blind luck. There's times where I was so close to escaping. SO CLOSE. I managed to avoid every cop I see, but then the road in front of me has a police barricade, and I have to pull back. Problem is, there's also a police on the way back, so I got captured no matter what! I have to repeat this mission 10 times because of this! Fuck this mission to oblivion! Now that I got the bad stuff out of the way, here are the good stuff. The core gameplay is fantastic. The on foot section is basically Splinter Cell + Assassin's Creed. Navigating with parkour is smooth and natural. Gunplay against enemies is extremely well done and exciting as you can either go guns blazing or go Sam Fisher on their ass and sneak attack them all. It helps that the enemies are actually smart and will throw grenade or flank you from all directions if you stay in the same spot for too long. The driving section is like the Driver series, or Sleeping Dogs if you will where it's more realistic and cars don't fly around crazy like GTA does, which makes chase scenes much more manageable to control and play. Like the on foot ai, the drivers are smart and it'll take smart thinking to out maneuver them, which makes chase scenes fun and thrilling. The slow motion system helps a lot in combat and driving to see where enemies are and take multiple pot shots against them, and also helps you get out of tight streets to easily escape pursuers. The best part about the game is the phone. This badass motherfucker is one of the best tools in gaming history. It can do anything. From street light manipulation, hacking cameras, raising barricades, make steam pipe explodes to stop enemy cars, blow up steam pipes & electric panels to kill enemies, jam police radars, show everyone's position on the map to make sneaking sections easier, and my favourite of them all: blackout the entire city. The blackout tool is amazing. This thing saves my life countless times in the game. There's one part where enemy snipers swarm me everywhere, and then i use blackout to make them easy targets for me. It's even useful during chase scenes too, especially level 5 police chases if you want to get the achievements. Turn the lights off and your pursuers will have a hard time catching up to you as you escape to the shadows undetected. I use this function every time , and it never gets boring. Make sure to use it at night instead of day, or else it'll be less effective. Like I said before in the beginning, the segments when you use your phone is exactly like the game Republique for the iPhone. Or Pc when the game is eventually released for it. See the game for yourself. Just do a mission involving hacking CTOS posts and you'll see what I mean. Now these missions have multiple ways to complete them. Go guns blazing or just sneak attack everyone. OR complete the mission without ever getting inside the building by hacking from cameras to cameras. Completing it this way is the best because you have to be smart to distract guards at the right moment, hack to their cameras and hack the CTOS. All without touching anyone from the outside. That's fucking awesome. I'll clear up something based on Mr Joe's review of this game. Remember the part in the review where he said you can't harm civilians, even the ones that really deserves punishment like that asshole that's super rude and call someone a "dumb tit"? He's one of the human traffickers that you have to go through to get enough info on the ring leader. When he said those words to the phone, I can't control my rage. That fucker have to die. So I unleash hell on that bastard. First, I equip my full auto shotgun, and I shot him with all my shotgun ammo. He's fucking dead. THEN I'm not done. I use my Tommy Gun, and I fucking shot him with 200 bullets till all his body is filled with holes. Like this. Normally that's where I end the rage, BUT NO! This bastard deserves more punishment to his corpse, so I drop all of my remote controlled explosives into him, and then detonating all of them while I look away from the explosion like every badass in the 80s did. I got a penalty for harming an unarmed man, but I don't care. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that part. Completing different objectives in the game will give you either weapons, cars, skills or music. One of the reward is a Tommy Gun/ Chicago typewriter. You get this by completing the QR code sidequest. Hell freaking yes! My favourite machine gun is in the game! That alone is enough to make me instantly like this game. After I got this, I never use any other machine gun in the game. The game's npcs are really well programmed and varied. Everywhere you go, a lot of the pedestrians have their own stuff to do and say, making everyone unique, especially when you see their profiles and see interesting infos like "trolls religious websites", "lives with his mother", "frequently purchases porn", "have trouble with the mob", "recently got married", "jazz music enthusiast", "martial arts master" or "high fighting tournament game level player". The enemies are the funniest ones because you can see their info, and they have things like "cheating with wife", "killed dolphins", and you can hack into their phones with words like "I know what you did with that girl" or even play a dolphin sound from their phone to make them piss their pants. It's so hilarious. The side contents in this game is so varied and addicting, you will want to complete them all. Poker and the fact that you can use your phone to see other people's cards, drinking game when it doesn't involve using the keyboard, getting all the QR codes scattered through the city by looking at them through specific cameras, the challenging ball in a cup game that you have to pay attention to, or just pause the game to see where the ball is every time, sightseeing 100 places all around Chicago which gives you great locations to visit if you want to travel there, investigating murders left by a serial killer, stopping illegal weapon distribution that ends in a great gunfight, invading people's home to see their life which leads to some funny moments like 2 people playing Kinect and it sucks, I can go for hours talking about the tons of side things in this game. I take my time completing them and not rush things for maximum enjoyment. The game also have 4 virtual reality minigames called Digital Trips. As I have said, Psychedelic pisses me off, but the other 3 like the Twisted Metal esque one where you ran over people, the spider tank minigame and Alone are fun. My favourite is Alone. This mode reminds me of the first MGS because every enemy has that blue range of vision and the objective of the game is to sneak past every robot in the game and hack power generators. This mode hooked me in till the end that I spent 3 hours completing it. The only thing that's missing is the MGS song. Buuuut thankfully I play on PC and I play the song from itunes. It's freaking beautiful. Aside from side contents, there's also side missions like Fixer contracts where it all involved using cars to do stuff, the convoy mission where you have to intercept a convoy, gang hideout where you have to knock out a target while getting past his minions, and CTOS tower hacks. The fixer car missions are a mixed bag because some of them are annoying. The rest of the missions are a blast to play. The convoy mission is the easiest of them all. All you have to do is buy a grenade launcher and destroy the target car. Or the car in front of the target car to make the cars stop and have a shootout with you. The gang hideout missions and the CTOS tower hack are so much fun because of the various ways you can complete them. I purposefully save these missions for last because I don't want to finish them too early. For that matter, the main missions themselves are very well designed. I want to play every one of them again if there's a replay feature. From storming into a building filled with gangsters by yourself, to using robots in a junkyard to kill enemies, to getting into a prison and making one of the inmates not talk to the police while facing challenging enemies with heavy armours. The funniest mission in the whole game is the final one. It involves every cop coming to chase you while you go to 3 different locations to hack things. After hacking all 3, I still need to escape the cops that relentlessly chase me everywhere. So I use the ultimate escape vehicle: the BOAT! Unfortunately after escaping, the police chopper caught me instantly and every police immediately destroyed me when I'm driving on the street. Good thing after I die the police are all gone and I can get to my final objective safely. Hihahahaha, that is a hilariously fun final mission though. Overall, even though some parts of this game frustrates me, I can't deny that this is a great game with a fantastic core gameplay mechanic that I want to see expanded in other games. Definitely one of the best games of 2014. I can't wait for the sequel to this game and see how much better that game will be. I give this game the rating of "so awesome that you can't wait for the sequel, and in the meantime you will play your favourite missions again and again".
  6. So I just now checked for Watch Dogs' graphic mod to see if the final version is available. Previously I used an experimental graphic mod, which works well and it improves the game's performance, and the creator said that a final version will be released later. Now it's here and I just now tried it. The result is astounding. It makes me look like this. I.... I..... I am speechless! It looks so fucking different and awesome! And I'm using medium settings! It's like seeing GTAV and thinking "meh, it's ok" to being mindblown like seeing Phantom Pain for the first time. Although Phantom Pain is still way more awesome looking. This one's close to making my mind blown like that game though. Get the mod right here, and maybe if your computer performance wasn't so good before, now you can run the game fine. http://www.guru3d.com/files_details/watch_dogs_theworse_mod_8_download.html
  7. Game: Watch_Dogs Age Rating: 18+ Genre: Open World Action-Adventure, Third Person Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Game Director: Jonathan Morin Lead story writer: Kevin Shortt Played on: Playstation 3 Overview Watch Dogs is another open world game developed by Ubisoft Montreal, set in the near future of Chicago. The player dons the role of Aiden Pearce, a very talented hacker, who lives dangerously in a city where everything technology related is controlled by a single AI system called the ctOS. A simple job goes wrong which leads to a series of events that ends in the death of his niece, Lena Pearce. Aiden sets out to find the man responsible and with the help from a few ‘friends’ Aiden gains access into the ctOS. With the whole of Chicago now under his control, how far will Aiden go in the name of revenge? How far will you go? STORYLINE AND CHARACTERIZATION The story follows Aiden’s path of revenge as he tries to track the man responsible for the death of his niece, Lena Pearce. It takes the player on a journey through the shady world of Chicago where no one is what they seem. With the city being filled with philanthropists involved in human trafficking, gangs controlling illegal trades, corrupt cops and fixers who are willing to trade their morals for mullah, there’s bound to be bullets flying and batons clashing. With Aiden having full control over the city, the story is fast paced but yet it somehow fails to keep the player engaged with the ever so distracting Chicago brimming with tons of interesting and surprisingly detailed side content. THE GOOD The idea of hacking in an open world game was an innovative one and Ubisoft did a wonderful job of implementing it in the game. Ubisoft took a whole new approach to the open world genre, by trying to make Chicago more lively and realistic than any other in-game city. With the unique NPC profiling system, where every NPC has a unique persona, the city feels very much alive and humane. Not only that, but Ubisoft were clever enough to use hacking not only as a game play element but also as a central background theme to the narrative. Its almost a requirement for video games nowadays to perfectly balance storytelling with game play and Ubisoft made sure they did just that; the concept of hacking is beautifully integrated into both the game play and the narrative. And hence the story feels a bit more interesting than your average revenge story. The characters in the game are carefully constructed with their very own detailed personalities and the voice acting is pretty good although it could have been a lot better. Aiden, who knows humans as well as he knows computers, is a man with many flaws which makes him seem more human and less clichéd. Its a relief that Ubisoft didnt stereotype the whole ‘hacker’ dimension and modelled characters in a unique way. To sum it up, the storyline is ambitious and the characterization is pretty solid with every side character being able to hold his/her own ground. THE BAD When there is a huge amount of side content in a game, there is a risk that it might over shadow the main story missions and that is exactly what has happened in Watch Dogs. The main story isn’t strong enough to compete with the interesting and defined side content that is in the game. It fails to hold the attention of the gamer for more than a mission or two. Also, the story is not enjoyable if it isn’t played on a continuous run; take too long a break from the main story missions and you’ll have no idea what is happening in the game. Although, Ubisoft did a good job of integrating hacking into the storyline, sometimes it feels rather forced and unnecessary. There are whole chunks of the story which the game could have done without. The storyline tends to stray away from the main purpose way too often; most of the time you forget that your niece has been killed and you are doing these missions to find the man responsible. In an attempt to cover a wide ground Ubisoft ended up stretching the story to such a point where the story feels ‘too much work’ for the gamer. GAMEPLAY An open world game, by definition, has a lot of game play aspects and endless possibilities. Add to that the ability to hack any electronic device in the game; the thought itself is orgasmic. But does it live up to the expectations? THE GOOD The first thing you will notice when you start playing this game is the high number of points of interest that are on the map of Chicago. The amount of content in this game is mind boggling. The side missions are very detailed and unique. With digital trips that cause weird yet graphically amazing hallucinations to AR games to fixer contracts, the world of Watch Dogs is filled with a variety of game play content. Add to these mini games like chess and drinking; side content in a game has never felt better. Also the ctOS’s crime detection system, which systemically predicts crimes that are going to happen, gives the gamers a chance to be the vigilante they have always wanted to be. The gamer gets a chance to stop a crime before its even happened ( yea, you finally get to live your dream of being Tom Cruise ) and the fact that its systemic ( completely random ) makes it even more fun. And it never gets too repetitive as the victim and the perpetrator are always different people with different personas and the chase with the perp always adapts itself to its surroundings. Also, the shady world of Chicago is filled with criminal gangs that need a lesson to be taught and criminal convoys that need to be stopped and although these might sound repetitive, they are fun as there is a lot of game play freedom and each situation can be handled differently; you can go in by hacking the cameras, jumping off one camera to another, locating the target and taking him out by overloading a fuse box, or you could go in stealthily taking out each and everyone out till the target is the only one left with no idea that his whole gang is down. And if everything else fails, there is the always the option to go in guns blazing. Chicago is filled with gun shops and pawn brokers and there is no shortage of money as you can always hack into the bank accounts of the unsuspecting citizens of Chicago who always seem like they have something to hide. The profiler app in your in-game mobile helps the gamer get info on any citizen which makes the game feel more realistic and human. But to gain access to this info, the gamer first needs to unlock the ctOS towers which are similar to the outposts in Far Cry 3. Taking over these towers are fun as they can be approached in multiple ways but it’s a pity that there are only 6 towers and the fun ends before it even begins. No review of Watch Dogs is ever going to be complete without the mention of its awesome hacking mechanism. Hacking is the most important game play element in this game and Ubisoft have nailed that part. With the ability to hack any kind of electronic device from things like a pace maker of a heart patient to traffic lights, draw bridges and the ever famous L train, at any moment in the game, a whole new dimension is added to the game play freedom. There are missions which can be completed by standing in a single place by hacking and jumping off from one camera to another; the number of possibilities is amazing and the credit goes to the meticulous level designing. It was good thinking on Ubi’s side to not include the ability to shoot while driving as it would have made the point of hacking traffic lights and draw bridges or blockers etc while driving moot. The online one on one hacking is a whole new experience; its like nothing you have ever seen before. The aspect of someone seamlessly ( without any loading screen ) hacking into your game is a bit un settling and fun. Inspired from the multiplayer of the AC series, the online experience is a must for every gamer as it gives each and every gamer their own unique experience to share. THE BAD Although the side content is fun, the main story missions fall short on variety. Many of the missions feel repetitive. The driving mechanism is below par and is sometimes a bother given that a significant portion of the game play is based on bringing down target vehicles. Also the lack of realistic car damage spoils the pleasure of cinematically taking down a target vehicle. Its disappointing that weapon customization is totally absent from the game. Granted that the game depends on hacking and stealth but still, the lack of customization is a real let down for the trigger happy gamer. Its surprising that there is no option to replay the story missions. Ubisoft should have included it and the lack of this option further reduces the already minute replay value. Watch Dogs has a morale system that judges you based on your actions in free roam rather than the story based choices and hence it fails to make its presence known. Given that there are a lot of hacking options in the game, a bit more of variety in hacking was expected given the hype that the game was given and the reputation that the developer holds. To wrap it up, a bit more of variety in game play could have made this game a lot more fun. GRAPHICS AND ENVIRONMENT Almost every gamer who paid even the slightest attention to Watch Dogs pre release publicity must be familiar with the whole ‘graphics downgrade’ fiasco. But keeping all the false promises and misleads aside, the game looks decent; decent but not good. There are moments where it feels like the graphics could have been better. The interiors are better than the outdoors although there aren’t too many interiors and the textures vary from place to place. All in all, the graphics were good for what they were but could have been a whole lot better given all the time the devs took and all the promises they made. The environments are well detailed and the ever so humane NPC’s make Chicago even livelier. Gamers couldn’t have asked for a better Chicago and the absence of loading screens makes it even more enjoyable. MUSIC The music is different and matches the tone of the game. There is a touch of techno in the background scores which fits in perfectly with the theme of the game. Apart from the soundtrack, there are a wide range of songs available on your phone and in the in-game radio, which are easy on the ears but none of the songs seem to fit the game mood. The selection of songs is un-satisfactory to say the least and one would rather keep the radio permanently off in this game. FINAL VERDICT Watch Dogs is an ambitious game and almost manages to pull it off. Its got its flaws, but the game has to be appreciated for its ambition, its innovative idea and implementation. For a new IP, this game has done tremendously well and is recommended to all open world enthusiasts and hackers alike. At first notice Watch Dogs looks like an average 7, but with the amount of content thats in this game, it easily deserves a 8. People might argue that it has a low replay value but when the game boasts a game play length of about a 100 hrs ( including the side missions ) who needs a replay value? My Score: 8.4/10
  8. Seriously, everyone I know was getting wet over that game. I didn't get it. I still don't get it, it's just a brooding guy with a trench coat hacking things and pretending to be Batman. Even now I'm not excited about it. I mean, yes, I saw Joe's review, but if I ever did get it, it wouldn't be until it was waaaaaaay cheaper. Like bargain bin cheaper. Was ANYONE else not greasing up their nipples in anticipation of Watch Dogs? :/
  9. So I FINALLY played Watch Dogs 3 hours ago after work with my newly bough laptop, and I set the game's graphic to medium because I don't want to burn my laptop. It looks really good, and the game is awesome. However, I noticed that in the Display setting, there is an option for "textures". This is separate from the Graphics quality option. I set it to high because I have 2 GB video space, but I don't want to touch the Ultra setting because it requires 3 GB video space and I don't want to destroy my laptop. I saw a game footage from someone with high textures and ultra graphic setting, and it looks fucking amazing. But I haven't seen someone set it to ultra yet. So if one of you have set it to Ultra and get all the graphics to Ultra, how does the game look? Does it look different than if it's on medium or high?
  10. So just now I went to a local mall to buy bread and visit the game store that I regularly visit. And to my surprise, they got Watch Dogs on PS3 ready to be played. So I spent 1 hour playing the game, and here's my thought on it. For starters, the graphic looks good, for PS3. I saw a video on youtube that shows this game on Xbox360 and that one is much worse because of the low draw distance and low framerates. It looks like GTAV but a bit rougher, but still looks good. One problem with it though, why is the weather in the game so dull? Too many black clouds in the sky and no sunshine. Is Chicago this depressing to look at in real life? Hopefully when the sky clears it looks good. The gameplay of this game is where this game gets interesting. For combat and maneuvering, it's like Splinter Cell Blacklist but you can't do climbing and it's in open world. That means you enter a button to get into cover, and you can point into a different cover to go there. The gunplay is basic where you aim with L2 and shoot with R2, and the melee combat is simply coming to an enemy and press the circle button to beat them with your baton. There's also gadgets you can use which have different functions, like a noisemaker, a frag grenade, and others that I can't access yet because they are locked, and I will get to what they are later. Interestingly, you have to craft these gadgets by using different materials that you get, like in Last of Us. Stealth is most probably the main method of approach for the majority of the game, but you can also go guns blazing like GTA. I personally prefer stealth because it's my style. Then the hacking gameplay comes in, and oh my, it's freaking beautiful. If any of you have ever played Republique on the iPhone, it's exactly the same thing when you hack the camera. In fact even the requirement to charge your battery after you use a function like raising roadblocks, turning the street light green or stop a train is like Republique, and it is AWESOME! This phone your character uses is the best phone ever. Not only can you hack cameras, scan every person's personal records, get their atm account so you can withdraw money from them, you can also create a blackout like what the trailer showed, shut down a helicopter's searchlight for a limited amount of time, use the phone as that 3 killstreak radar that Call of Duty always uses to locate enemies on the map, and also make a big explosion to a suburb's power supply so the district will have complete blackouts. It's beautiful. Of course, if you have all these awesome abilities at the start of the game, that would be too game breaking. So of course you have to unlock them by levelling up. The game has 4 skill trees: combat, driving, hacking and tools. Combat is for, combat, which will improve your combat ability when you level up, like having quicker weapon swap or have long bullet time or reaction time. Driving is for car related stuff, like have better car handling, less damage when you crash, you know, standard stuff. Hacking is where shit gets real. Initially all you can do is hack traffic lights, hack cameras, get people's personal information and hack their calls if they talk to someone. But as you level up, there are much more awesome ones like disabling trains, disabling helicopter lights, hack into enemy phones so they will not be able to inform their friends of your whereabouts, and create a big explosion on a power generator to disable the lights in a part of an area. And finally you got the gadget skill trees. Some are just ok gadgets, like frag grenade and a noise maker, but then you got the blackout which causes huge blackouts, and one where you can detect every enemy on the map. Strangely enough, you get the blackout gadget first and then the detection tool. Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? You also have a reputation system. If you commit crimes and be a total douchebag, everywhere you go people will call the police once they see you. But if you help people and be a vigilante, people will see you as a hero and they will let you do whatever you wish because it's for the greater good. Just as long as you don't scare them. I spent 1 hour of this game ignoring the main mission and just go around the city, looking at people's personal information, which includes interesting facts like: Will soon receive demotion, Budhist, Cosplay fanatic (45 year old hobo btw), Constant gossiper, Received commendation, Addicted to MMOs, Constantly tripping balls hack their bank accounts, listening in to their music, get their car by hacking into their "what's hot" account on their phone which lets you get cars, and then listening in on people talking, only to find out that the person they are talking to will commit a crime, so I go into that person's location, wait for him to commit a crime before I kick his ass so he will be jailed for attempting a crime, AW MY GOD THIS GAME IS INCREDIBLE!!! And I haven't even played the main missions yet! Overall, I am so satisfied with playing this game that I am totally going to buy it when it's released on PC. Unfortunately the store haven't got the game for PC YET!!! DAMN IT!!
  11. So I just got home from work, and I decided to browse Watch Dogs' on youtube just to see if there's any gameplay footage. And shockingly enough, there is! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNKQkaaxClE Awww man! It's beautiful! The gameplay is exactly like what I said before. It's a combination of free roaming GTA style gameplay + the hacking like in the game Republique on iPhone when you are hacking the camera and go from places to places. And it is especially awesome to see the handphone able to do a complete blackout to an entire stadium. There is a problem with the game though: the graphics. This playthrough is on the Xbox360, and it's obvious that the console can't handle the high requirement of the game. Part 1 looks fine, but part 2 looks baaad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIB8inDGxWI Close range details looks pretty good, but the game has low draw distance on far away objects. Plus the framerate is quite low when doing driving. If you want to buy this game, I suggest buying the pc or the next gen version, but wait for the reports on the PC version first to see if your computer can handle it. Other than that, I WANT THIS GAME RIGHT NOW DAMN IT! 1 more week to go and I am really2 anxious just seeing the gameplay on these 2 playthroughs! Looks like the owner of this video set things to Private. I guess he might have gotten into trouble with youtube. Oh wait, now it's ok again.
  12. http://ap.ign.com/en/news/12533/watch-dogs-has-9-special-editions Wow, this is just crazy. Different special editions for different regions? Why not just have the usual collectors edition for every region? Also the new trailer has been released. Hihihi, hihehehehe, hahahahahaha! It's almost time! After almost 2 long years, this game will finally be released! Salvation shall be mine when I finally get my hands on this game!
  13. http://ap.ign.com/en/preview/12271/watch-dogs-how-we-spent-our-first-5-hours The opening is spent escaping from a bunch of cops in a baseball stadium by turning off the lights there with the specially overpowered badass phone and evading cops. Then there's sidequests like having a weird digital segment where you collect 8 bit coins, driving a car Carmageddon/ Twisted Metal style through a flaming city filled with demons, and then using a spider mech to destroy everything in your path. There's still 1 month to go before this game is finally released. AAAAAARRRRGGHHHHHH! How lucky that this guy played the game 5 hours already and did these epic stuff! Everytime a preview like this shows up I became even more impatient! Just give me the game now damn it!
  14. (Do NOT make this a elitist thread!) Ubisoft has once again partnered with Nvidia to bring us a visual experience on their anticipated title, Watch Dogs. (for better visuals, watch in 720p. Sorry, no 1080p. I don't know why.) What do you guys think?
  15. Personally, I think TitanFall looks great, and not only on a gameplay level but on a graphics and mechanics level. Lets be honest it probably not going to be as hot as BF4 or CoD: Ghosts, which doesn't mean it won't get the attention it rightfully deserves. Here is what I hope the game devs do, release free downloadable content eventually, maybe map packs, or skins for your Titans. I hope this game does not become a World of Tanks or something along the lines of a "Pay to win" market style. Although sometimes the developers will require these micro-transactions for additional funding so that they can make a substantial profit as the game progresses. Moving on... one final thing I wanted to discuss before I wrap up my opinion is the issue regarding the FPS Mechanic in the game, lets say you're in your Titan and you have to eject or leave it (this may have already been covered in another post or a video) how will the Pilots be able to not only avoid the enemy Titans but how to destroy them with out being seen targeted and then... boom you're dead, maybe they could add hidden pathways or tunnels in maps that can assist Pilots if they are getting bombarded with enemy fire and indeed these small crevices can be destroyed or disabled if fired upon, also if Pilots and or Titans have skill trees it would sort of cancel out the difference and possibly create a very e-sports like competition and almost a Planetside or Battlefield feel to Titanfall. In entirety I believe Titanfall will be an extraordinary and (hopefully) successful game that will add more variety to the world of gaming and the Fps/Combat simulator genre and flourish in the near future. Side note: there should be a modding community for the PC port of Titanfall.
  16. ...are there any games with similar hacking concepts and such? Doesn't necessarily have to be the same genre, etc. Just the hacking stuff. Sorry if I posted this in the wrong section by the way, wasn't sure where to post it. Thanks! PS. The game has to be available on PC.