E3 2013

  • Ubisoft Will Not Make a Game That Will Not Become a Franchise

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    In an interview with The A List Daily, Tony Key (Senior VP of Sales and Marketing) explained that the cost of creating games are now so great that Ubisoft has no interest in creating standalone titles. To drive the nail in the wall, so to speak, Key replied to a question on whether Watch Dogs would spawn a sequel by saying: “Absolutely. That’s what all our games are about; we won’t even start if we don’t think we can build a franchise out of it- it’s too expensive.

    “We feel like we’re in a really good place with Watch Dogs, but until we’re the biggest game of the year we’re not going to be satisfied.

    “Last year we cleaned up at E3 because we were pretty much the only next-gen game around. Watch Dogs for us is really a franchise because we’re tapping into something people really care about, never more than when the NSA PRISM scandal broke.”

    As most people know, Ubisoft is home to a number of highly successful franchises, including Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. Their stance on original IP is understandable, given the exorbitant amount of money that goes into making a blockbuster game. But still, I for one would like to see more original titles coming from these triple-A game developers, especially in the light of the surge of indie games on the PS3 and Xbox360. What do you think, folks? Would you like to see more original titles for the next-gen consoles?

  • Microsoft Reverses ALL DRM Policies

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    Wow. Ok this was unexpected. Let’s just recap over what happened over the last few months.

    At the dawn of the next generation consoles rumors were all over the internet that the consoles would restrict used games and also need to be connected to the internet all the time (always on). Flash forward to the Xbox One reveal and both of these traits were confirmed. Microsoft took the DRM one step ahead and thus restricted the selling/trading of used Xbox One games by attaching the games to the one Xbox Live account. And although not needing to be connected to the internet always, it was revealed that Xbox One would need to be connected at least once every 24 hours in order to even play games offline! The gamers were not happy, big surprise right?

    Flash forward a few more weeks to E3 2013, and Sony completely owns Microsoft by revealing that Playstation 4 will be exactly like the PS3 and thus will not place restrictions on used games and will not need to be connected to internet to play games offline. At E3 Sony revealed these directly aiming at Microsoft and won over the crowd. As an effect coming out of E3 2013, PS4 was named the winner and the pre-order of PS4 surpassed that of Xbox One according to Amazon.com.

    So finally we get to this, Microsoft reveals that they have decided to withdraw all of their above said policies. The Xbox One will no longer require to be connected online neither would they limit used Xbox One games. So basically, the policies surrounding Xbox One games have been set back to that of Xbox 360 games. There has been a mixed response from the community regarding Microsoft’s new change of heart.

    I guess Xbox fans will be glad to be able to continue sticking to their favored console and carry on their Xbox Live accounts to the newest generation. Others are not so happy, feeling Microsoft should not have backed down. Mainly because they took everything back, even the poorly explained “Family Sharing” plan that basically gives the ability to share the digital copy of every game bought with up to 10 “family members”. So with enough “family members” the cost of games could be cut down by 10 times!

    I for one welcome the change but would have liked Microsoft to actually explain why they insisted on DRM and the other benefits like Family Sharing that they planned to implement. Even still, I wish they did not take these added bonuses away as if they were mad to remove the DRM restrictions. But at least now PS4 and Xbox One are equal in pretty much every way except for that the PS4 comes at a retail price of $399 while the Xbox One is priced at $499.

  • Nintendo’s New Strategy – Games!

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    Nintendo got the leg up on the competition, namely Sony and Microsoft, when they revealed their next-gen console (WiiU) a year back in E3 2013. They had pretty much everything going for them - a line-up of strong first party games like Zelda and Mario, a bunch of third party developed games including big names such as Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty.

    Even the new gameplay experience, asymmetric gameplay, made possible with the WiiU Gamepad made die hard Nintendo fan’s ignore and even rejoice the lack luster graphical capacity of the Wii U which only matched that of the PS3 and Xbox360. However it was all for nothing as Nintendo barely managed to get any games out for their new baby.

    Needless to say, without some major news they decided against hosting a press conference this year at E3 2013 simply because nothing could stand in comparison to the proper reveals of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But contrary to rumors suggesting that Nintendo would not show up for E3, they did show up and won the hearts of the fans on the show floor.

    Nintendo seems to have heard the voice of the gamers and seem to be taking steps to ensure that they deliver whatever the gamers desire. A solid business plan that I urge all publishers and studios to follow as well! As such they have brought in a host of first party games starting from Mario Kart 8 to the new Donkey Kong and Super Smash Brothers with Megaman! Most if not all of these games were available for playing at the show floor.

    The games all looked beautiful and pretty much Nintendo fan is dying to get their hands on these. There is no point in arguing and it is pretty much obvious that this is finally a step in the right direction for Nintendo. Hope these games will really help them drive their ever diminishing sales numbers! Although it seems Nintendo might not be directly competing with Microsoft and Sony and WiiU is most likely going to be a secondary console owned by most gamers, I wouldn’t mind seeing Nintendo give the competition a run for their money. The more the competition, the better for us gamers!

  • Sony Challenges Microsoft - Used Games & Always Online Policy

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    Microsoft has been taking a LOT of heat over a few issues regarding the Xbox One. I guess it all started during the Xbox One reveal conference where Microsoft highlighted television and sports over games. Fan backlash over this has been seen all over the internet. Just check out this video of the Microsoft Press Conference highlight:

    Xbox One Reveal - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbWgUO-Rqcw

    Since the initial blunder Microsoft has not been able to get back on the horse. That is exactly why when it came to E3 2013, Microsoft made sure they said NOTHING about TV and sports and highlighted as many games as possible. But that was still not enough as Sony not only revealed their console this E3 but also brought an impressive list of games.

    Assuming that at that point if the competition was neck and neck, Sony just blew away the competition by adding one small detail – PS4 games can be shared. Just look at videos of the Sony conference and hear the fans going crazy. As the final blow they also reveal that PS4 will not need an internet connection for playing unlike Xbox One which will require players to sign in at least once every 24 hours.

    PS4 Used Games: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ-To7WJyWs

    How to Share PS4 Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSIFh8ICaA

    The funny thing is that just like Microsoft, Sony was also supposed to have these limitations and there is definitely a possibility that Sony decided against them after seeing what happened to Microsoft. The way I see it is that, regardless of what Sony considered when making this decision one thing is for sure, they definitely considered the gamers. That is why I guess Sony won this E3 in my opinion.

  • Warframe coming to PS4

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    As we get closer to E3 2013 slowly but surely news is leaking about prospective games that will be available for the PS4 upon launch. Today we add another member to the upcoming PS4 games, namely Warframe.

    Warframe is which is basically known as the “space ninja co-op game” will be available on launch of the PS4, pretty much like a launch title, only one that is free-to-play. As to be expected with free-to-play games, Warframe will be using a microtransaction-based model similar to that of the existing PC version.

    Warframe is the child of the Digital Extremes which you guys might remember were behind games like “The Darkness II” and the orginal “Unreal”. According to the Creative Director Steve Sinclair the game is bascially a cross between “Ninja Gaiden” and “Mass Effect”, which does sound like a fascinating concept.

    When asked regaring their new found partnership with Sony, Sinclair admitted that it was an attractive option as Digital Extremes would still retain control of the game. He continued to add, "Sony has been incredibly supportive and available and [PlayStation 4], in my opinion, is incredible to develop for. It is awesome, and I don’t want to speak disparagingly about any existing or prior platforms, but we showed Warframe for the first time to our entire studio, and everyone had their jaws on the floor, how 1080p, silky smooth and beautiful it was. So, I’m really, really enjoying working on the machine. Their attitude, their support and their willingness to work with us to get on the console is an incredible opportunity for a studio like ours."

    To add to the overhauled looks, the Dual Shock 4 is also going to be getting some "special functionality". Wonder how it will differ from the PC version. If you haven’t gotten a look at this game yet then be sure check the following video to see crazy space ninja’s with what seems to be class specific abilities wreaking havoc on their foes:

    Warfighter on PS4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qGtBr4Dyuos

  • PlayStation 4 News

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    Man oh man, Sony is such a tease. Remember how they teased the unveiling of the PS4 a couple of weeks back? Well they are back at it again. This time teasing the flashier video teases the reveal of the PS4 and all the games that are already being developed for it at E3 2013.

    If you missed the PS4 teaser check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ohxo1DyblU

    Go here for the E3 2013 teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jRIJHzVCQ3o

    A lot is happening in the video, shots of the console and gameplay filling up the screen but, on closer inspection one can see it is all about the PS3. The only thing we get in regards to the PS4 are the zoomed in shots of certain parts of the console and a blurry image of the whole console which, to no surprise, looks like a blurry black box.

    Stop torturing us Sony! Whatever said and done it seems that Sony has really gotten themselves a good advertising team. The hype has never been higher and the internet is filled with comments like “I don’t care what it looks like or what it costs. Just tell where I can pre-order it from!”

    So yeah come E3 which is barely couple of days away we will finally be able to get our eyes on the merchandize! I wonder what they are trying to create such a hype? I mean would the console have some cool features or will it look sleek/futuristic/sexy or will it be both?

    I mean unless they actually have something amazing to show us, all this hype will end up backfiring. I mean after waiting so long, gamers are expecting a lot more than just a black box. But we promise you Sony, as long as you bring the games we will have nothing to complain about!

  • Microsoft won't discuss Xbox One with Press after E3

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    So, after a month of confusion, we’re all hoping that, like many manufacturers and game’s publishers or developers, more details will not only be shown at E3, but they’ll also be put into more clarity at post-E3 press conferences.

    These conferences allow the press to give questions and receive answers that are usually on the public’s mind. It lets us get to know more about the things shown at E3, and in the case of the Xbox One, will help us to decide on whether we want to purchase the console or not.

    Microsoft have decided for reasons we’re not quite sure of to cancel the post press ‘roundtable’ conference for the Xbox One according to Sun Media’s reporter Steve Tilley.

    This sounds like a strange move from Microsoft, as Microsoft have said numerous times that all will be explained at E3, but when Microsoft is on the spotlight, will they explain the questions we all want to be answered or will they just focus on other console features and exclusives?

    Personally, I think this is a bad move for Microsoft, and I can’t see why they’d not want to sit down with the press and discuss the console other than for the reason that there are areas of the console they’d rather hush up.

  • Check out the UK Pre-order Page for the PlayStation 4

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    Although it’s not the most informational piece of news, it certainly is exciting- Sony has recently put up their own official pre-order page for the PlayStation 4 on their UK website with links leading to off-site retailers such as Asda and GAME.

    The pre-order page doesn’t contain any actual release date information, and other than providing links for pre-ordering the console, the page is pretty empty. It does however prove a point that the PlayStation 4 really can’t be that far away.

    With E3 happening this month as well, it’s likely we’ll see more about the PlayStation 4 (and maybe actually physically see it) and probably learn about its release date and more about the launch titles that will reach stores at the same time as the fourth generation PlayStation console.

    Are you getting excited for the PS4? There’s no doubt in saying that E3 will be extremely enjoyable this year and personally will only make me even more excited for the console.

  • Xbox One Console Overview Part 4: Xbox One Controllers

    (This is the final part of an on going series)

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    Xbox One Controllers

    For those who love the Xbox controllers, no need to worry. Microsoft has kept pretty much everything of the original controller but made countless micro improvements to it. Although I for one would have liked to see something similar to the touch-sensitive strap on the PS4 Dual Shock 4 controller.

    Their solution to this was to integrate Smartglass support directly into the console so tablets and smart phones can be used for a similar purpose. The Xbox One will also be shipped along with their new and improved Kinect 2.0 which features countless improvements of its own.

    Along with its “seeing” capabilities Kinect 2.0 will also boast speech recognition unlike its predecessor. Some of the abilities of this feature such as as wake on voice, natural language controls and speech-to-text were already shown in the Xbox One reveal presentation. The Kinect 2.0 supposedly will also be able to detect the number of players in a room based on voice and suggest appropriate multiplayer games. To add to this all, recent news suggests the Xbox One will also be able to “speak” to you much like Siri on the iphone. This ability will not be available right at launch but will be patched in after Xbox One’s release.

    Skype

    As you all probably know, Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011. Thus it comes as no surprise that when rumors suggest that Microsoft decided to make Skype the default communications platform on Xbox One. It will be replacing both standard Xbox Live chat system and Messenger service. Although it has not been officially confirmed, and Microsoft might just keep Skype as a standalone app alongside their existing messaging service.

    Conclusion

    So there you have it folks. Bite sized bits of all you need to know about the upcoming Xbox One. I can’t wait to see they reveal in E3 and be sure that we will be on that and keep you up-to-date. Till then keep an eye out for overall account of the PS4, and the inevitable PS4 vs Xbox One showdown!

     

  • Xbox One Console Overview Part 1: Intro & Price

    (This is part one of an on going series)

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    Well unless you have been living under a rock there is little chance that you missed Microsoft’s reveal of their next generation console we have been dreaming off for month, the Xbox One. Over the course of this week we will be doing an on going series covering all of the information related to the Xbox One that is currently available.

    For those of you who don’t know about this console and those who do know and are planning on grabbing one this holiday season, we have compiled this list of currently known Xbox One features to help you out.

    Here's the Xbox One Reveal Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP_E6Bn6fWM

    Price

    The exact price has not been revealed yet (big surprise there eh?). I guess they are saving that up for E3 barely a few weeks away or maybe even not then! Just like what Nintendo did with the Wii U, Microsoft might just reveal the price somewhere around September just before the November release. But according to rumors (which I trust now since most of the rumors regarding Xbox One have come true!) the Xbox One will come with a price tag of around $400 (American).

    The price is actually lower than the initial launch prices of the current generation consoles (Playstation 3 - $600) but, the drawback seems to be that the games might be more expensive. According to rumors, the prices of the games are going to be marked up by $10, making some games $70 at launch. These games better be good for someone to even remotely consider buying at that price! No more gimmicky movie based games please.

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