EA decided to change the conference hall set up by having what could only be described as a wedding reception. I’m not sure how to feel about this set up but then again that’s not what we came for, we want games and EA is a publisher so will provide. I say provide, but in all fairness EA opened with a documentary which I’ll get on to in a moment. The man EA sent out on stage to quote Jim Sterling, looked like an evil wax figure brought to life. What made this even more surreal is that it said EA was putting the gamers first, which as well as being another check on the E3 bingo card is laughable. Continue Reading
It would appear that Bobby Kotic’s wallet has gotten too full as of late. In a recent announcement, Activision has revealed that they are spending $500 million on Bungie Studios next game, Destiny, for development and promotion.
This being Activision, the amount of money being spent here seems less extreme. Taking a logical look at the situation suggests that this move is less of a risk than initially appears. For one, Bungie isn’t a new studio. They have over a decade of experience behind them and as such know what they are doing. Activision’s relationship with the studio is as classic as it comes. Activision provides the money and publishes the game and Bungie are left to their own devices to makes said game, and so Activision clearly trusts Bungie enough to invest so much in them. Continue Reading
If you can believe it, we are now at the tenth iteration of the Call of Duty Franchise. Yes the first person shooter juggernaut is nearing Final Fantasy levels of sequels. Yet the question remains, have we had ten years of good, solid development?
Well, to put it bluntly, no. Infinity Ward have again presented us with a first person shooter that is adequate. The gun play is the same as previous incarnations and again we are presented with a side show campaign and the main meat of multiplayer. Although Treyarch’s turn at the series last year seemed to make some progress in terms of developing the gameplay, Infinity Ward seems to be stuck in a time warp when it comes to their turn at the helm and it is evidently reflected in the game they have produced. Continue Reading
The EA press conference can be considered a fresh start for EA. They had to do a similar job to Microsoft this year, which was to recover from a PR nightmare from earlier in the year. Yes, just because you decided to be quiet about the whole fiasco, doesn’t mean we forgot about it. Whilst I do consider EA to be somewhat evil they do have some good IP in their library and that showed this year with the announcement of some good games to look forward to in 2014. Continue Reading
I’m not surprised, at how Microsoft’s little reveal conference played out, as well as being cynical I’m also somewhat pessimistic and after Sony’s reveal my expectations were in negative figures. I’m somewhat concerned how far Microsoft intends to go down this road they have chosen.
It started off well enough, we actually got to see the new console, which was a pleasant surprise after Sony’s mystery box, but then they told us the name, a name so stupid I thought they were joking. They weren’t. The Xbox one as they have called it is apparently the ultimate gaming platform, an EA executive has even been so bold as to claim that both the new Xbox and the PS4 are a generation ahead of the PC, at this point I can’t help but laugh. So how does Microsoft showcase the supposedly amazing abilities of this next-gen power house? with live streaming features and Kinect functionality of course, oh and don’t forget Internet Explorer and Bing, because you know, most people don’t just install Chrome or Firefox rather than use that disaster of a browser combo.If you draw your mind back to E3 last year you may remember some similarities in Microsoft’s objectives during their press conference, a conference where the focus seemed more on Kinect and features then it did on games. Talk about misunderstanding your audience. Continue Reading
The internet is a cruel, petty and easily offended place and as such appears to have shot down the next-gen Xbox before it has even had the chance to be officially announced. Whilst everything we have heard about the new console has been pure speculation and rumor, it hasn’t stopped people voicing their opinions on the subject.
It seems the majority of negativity has originated from the idea that the new console will employ an always on line form of DRM. Now unless you have been living under a rock for the past month, you will know that the subject of always online has been at the center of discussion in the gaming world, thanks mainly to the release of EA’s Simcity, which has succeeded in helping the company win the internet award for ‘Worst company in America’ for the second year running, did I mention the internet was a cruel unforgiving place. Thanks to the DRM requirements, the launch was a train wreck of connection issues and server demands, resulting in apologies and appeasements that rivaled Nick Clegg. So if a single game cause this much calamity, imagine what a console will do. I understand that Microsoft wants to combat piracy, but is this really the right way to go about it. As we saw with Simcity, ruining the experience of the average player just so you can delay those who pirate games from getting the product for free didn’t really work out, it created a PR nightmare. If you have a perfect internet connection the notion of always online shouldn’t phase you, but spare a thought for those who don’t have the luxury of at least 10MB speeds and fibreoptic cables, those who’s internet service is provided by Orange. In a world where our connection can vary so much It seems foolish to rely on something that isn’t always there, it would be like powering your house solely on those solar panels you can have on your roof, you would barley last a day. Continue Reading
So the Playstation 4 got announced, sort of. we got to see what the controller looks like, what first and third party games are hopefully being launched with the console and we got to learn about the architecture of the system, but most importantly we didn’t actually get to see the console. This is where I imagine the console as the Mystery box. You can have anything you want or you can trade it all in for what’s in this box.
So what do we know, well in terms of specs the console will be utilizing an 8 core x86 set up, meaning that in terms of development the games made will be optimized a lot sooner than previous iterations thanks to the fact the system uses a more PC style architecture. this is both good and bad, on the up side PC ports should be a lot better quality thanks to the similar system structure however the console may have a short life span as games will reach their full potential out of the hardware far sooner and thus will not be able to advance in terms of graphical fidelity or complexity. the system is also running 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, I don’t know why Sony has chosen to use graphics RAM to run the system but 8GB is more than enough when compared to the PS3’s lackluster 512MB.
The only piece of hardware we actually got to see was the controller, which had been leaked earlier, but otherwise it was nice to have a solid confirmation of what it looked like and the features it had. all in all it seems like a revised version of the standard controller we are used to, they have made it a bit chunkier to quell the complaints of the PS3 controller being too fragile.
We also saw a further integration with social media, if you don’t enjoy your Facebook page being updated with Farmville notifications your probably not going to be too enthused about the PS4 notifying you of your friends achievements either.
So once again it was pretty much a press conference devoted to telling the press that yes we are making something. So sit on your hands until E3 I guess, when we may, if we’re lucky get to see the console and probably a price if Sony’s feeling generous.
Just as a side note some retailers have already started taking pre orders for the PS4, despite it not having an actual price tag yet, which means retailers want to jump on the band wagon early or they have a time machine and know what will happen in the future.