Have you ever tried explaining the concept of eSports to a non-gamer? It’s really difficult! Those with an old train of thought just can’t get their head around the fact that some people play games for a living. Even then, they don’t understand how stressful and dedicated someone has to be to be truly great. For that reason, I love all the eSport documentaries that have been coming out, as it gives some insight into the world of competitive gaming. Valve kicked off the trend with Free To Play, and not too long after, Riot Games debuted Road to Worlds. Razer are following their footsteps. They’ve unveiled their very own documentary.
If you were eagerly awaiting a Dark Souls-esque challenge on the newer batch consoles, then you probably have a PS4 waiting for Bloodborne early next year. That was the only game on its way from developers From Software, exclusive to Sony's new console as a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls. That's not the case anymore though, as both consoles will now get some Dark Souls loving next year.
If it were up to us, we'd be sitting down right now and playing Batman Arkham Knight in amongst the mess of other massive games that just hit shelves. But it's not up to us, and Rocksteady wanted more time to give their concluding chapter the spit and shine it deserved. And judging by the latest gameplay trailer for Arkham Knight, it's time that is being well spent.
One of the strangest memories I have of the gaming industry is the way Sony went about trying to market and advertise the PlayStation 3 in the beginning of that console's life cycle.
Dragon Age: Inquisition has a whole bunch of new elements for combat this time around. There's the tactical camera, as well as some fun abilities for the various classes. Bioware knew these might take a bit of getting used to, so they made these videos to help you out.
Ever since the delay, EA has been keeping Battlefield: Hardline under wraps. It's the first year in a while without a core Battlefield title, and considering the state Hardline was in it was probably the better call. But even I have to admit that the single-player is looking quite rad.
I will not be reviewing Dragon Age: Inquisition, which means that I get to release my unbridled enthusiasm for the game. I simply can't wait to create my Inquisitor, explore all of Thedas, do every single side mission/quest and interact with my followers. Every aspect of the game excites me, and now this trailer is making my wait for the game seem interminable.
Pillars of Eternity is a Kickstarter RPG that grabbed massive funding and attention, and then did the right thing and disappeared off the radar to go make the game. The game has since been delayed into next year, but it's ready for pre-order and showing off some mighty impressive gameplay and design.
Confession time: I never finished Grand Theft Auto V. In fact, I don't think I've ever played a GTA title to completion. Somewhere along the line I get really bored - although I do think I should give Los Santos one more shot. And judging by the launch trailer, it's going to look prettier than ever.
Halo has always had a certain brand of multiplayer that has never really been messed with. Even the smallest additions in Halo 4 managed to tick off a lot of die-hard fans, especially the addition of sprinting. So it’s interesting to see Halo 5 not revert back to the ways of the old, but rather transform the game’s multiplayer into something completely new.
Aren’t we just the luckiest bunch this year. We’re getting not one, but two different Assassin’s Creed titles launching within a week of each other. The one kicks off a new era for the franchise, with revamped gameplay and a brand new time period. But before all of that there was the American saga, and this launch trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Rogue sets up the conclusion beautifully.
Playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare online last week was pretty much impossible unless getting merciless dominated by a horrible online ping sounds like fun. It’s improved drastically though, allowing me to actually get some decent game time in over the weekend. Just enough, in fact, to spot a game breaking bug in one of the maps.
When you think of a space-sim, Star Citizen is probably the one that comes to mind the quickest. It is not, however, the only extremely promising one in development, and I’d go as far to say that I’m a little more excited for Elite Dangerous. Unlike Star Citizen though, Elite Dangerous has a release date. One not too far into the future either.
It’s very hard to keep a secret in today’s industry, but Blizzard has been doing just that for years. While everyone focused on the now cancelled MMO, Project Titian, Blizzard was working on something else. That something is Overwatch, a new competitive class-based shooter that was revealed this weekend at BlizzCon.
We’ve heard a few times that video game developers are using the DMCA takedown option to remove unfavourable YouTube reviews and "let’s plays" about their games. But they normally try hide the fact. However, not this developer.