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Assassin’s Creed IV goes to piracy

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The next installment of Ubisoft‘s Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, was announced a few weeks ago. It was a surprising announcement from Ubisoft. In the grand scheme of gaming developers, most game sequels take about 2-3 years to create, develop and release.

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In Black Flag, just like the other games in the series will have you play two stories of the same coin, past and present. In the present day, you play as an Abstergo agent brought in solely to investigate Desmond Miles memories. In the past, you play as Edward Kenway, a notorious pirate and privateer and a member of the Assassin Order. Edward Kenway is also the father of Haythem Kenway and grandfather of Ratonhnhaké:ton or Connor Davenport from Assassin’s Creed 3.

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As is the normalcy of these games and their historic points intertwined in the plot, the player will meet a few characters notoriously known in their time. In Black Flag, the player will meet notorious pirate Blackbeard, Benjamin Hornigold, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack and Charles Vane.

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Black Flag will feature an expansive open world with three major cities, Havana, Kingston and Nassau. Theses cities will feature your average run of the mill Assassin’s Creed cities, meaning all the free-running, building climbing you could want. As well as the cities, the game will also feature 50 explorable islands with many mysteries and great treasures. In past Assassin’s Creed games, they say you have an open world to explore but it’s not necessarily true. Black Flag will have a more open world feel, as well as fewer restrictions on the player.

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The game will feature a 60/40 land to sea ratio for exploration. Ranging from exploring an old abandoned lighthouse to traveling into unfriendly waters. You can expect more of everyone’s favorite thing from Assassin’s Creed 3, ship battles. It is definitely one of my favorite parts of AC3. I think the only thing Ubisoft could do better, besides making more missions, is to add the random wave generator from Uncharted 3. The wave generator produces synthetic, dynamic, game-changing waves; no two waves come at the ship the same.

I think we can expect an interesting multiplayer experience. Ubisoft would be dumb to not include the very popular online game modes like Manhunt and Wanted; but with the expansion of the naval system, I think we can expect epic ship battles in our future.

Overall, I am extremely excited for this game. First reason being the swiftness with creating and getting the game out to the fans. Second being that Ubisoft has improved on my favorite missions, the naval missions. I also think it is really awesome that in Black Flag, the player will be able to go the many small islands of the Caribbean and explore them.

Assassin’s Creed Black Flag will be released October 29, 2013 and on PC December 31, 2013. This is a game you definitely do not want to miss, get out there a pre-order it.

Destiny awaits

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Everyone knows who the developing company, Bungie, is. The sole innovators of changing the face of first-person shooters with the Halo Series. They brought to us a world, much like our own, on the same Earth but in a different time. We all fell in love with the Master Chief and Cortana the AI providing Master Chief with all the tactical information he could need whilst trying to stop the universe from being taken over by the Covenant and the Flood.

All the fans were sad when Bungie announced they would not be doing anymore Halo games. But since the announcement of Destiny, all the fans are getting really excited again. At the 2009 E3 conference, Bungie had posters that read “Destiny Awaits” while many vague statements were given from 2009-2011 when they finally were willing to talk. All that was known was that “Project Tiger” is actually a project to develop Destiny.

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The plot from the Destiny Website explains it as this:

           “Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned the solar system, but it didn’t last. Something hit us, knocked us down. The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only to find them filled with deadly foes.

You are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Defend the City. Defeat our enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost.

Be brave.” http://www.destinythegame.com/info

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“The next evolution of entertainment — an incredible story set within a newly imagined, always-connected universe filled with action and adventure. Create your character, forge your legend by defeating powerful foes, and earn unique and customizable weapons, gear, and vehicles. Unprecedented variety of FPS gameplay, including story, cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes combined with public and social activities.” http://www.destinythegame.com/info

I included Bungie’s description of the game because who better to tell you than the creators themselves. From my understanding of the game, from different blogs and speaking with Gamestop employees, the game is an open-world first-person shooter that will have awesome online capabilities. The best game I can compare the online Cooperative and Competitive modes to is the Borderlands series. Borderlands features a first-person shooter system and cooperative capabilities with up to four other players joining your lobby to play the story or just kill stuff. This is what Destiny will have but I think it will have it on a much larger scale.

Overall, I am very excited for this game. Bungie is known for being on the Xbox, but the good news for everyone, Bungie will be releasing Destiny on the Xbox 360 consoles and on the Ps3 and Ps4 consoles. For now, we can expect Destiny October 6th, 2013. You will definitely want to get your pre-orders in now, this is a game you will not want stores to be out of stock on. Head to your local Gamestop and pre-order and you will receive a free double-sided poster for the game.

What expectations do you have for this game?

 

PS4 price leak

There have been some leaked rumors of the price for the PS4. PlayStation is saying they want to keep the price under $500. Murad Ahmed, a Technology Reporter from The Times, has claimed he has internal sources at Sony and has been told that the PS4 will released at about £300, more than £100 cheaper than the starting cost of its predecessor, the PlayStation 3. £300 translates to about $465.63 if you live in America, which is significantly less expensive than the $600 price tag that was originally attached to the PlayStation 3. However, $465.63 isn’t a very photogenic number, so we’ll probably see Sony knock the price down to $450.00 for advertising purposes.

Earlier this month, though, a Japanese newspaper called Asahi Shimbun placed the PS4’s purchase price at 40,000 yen, which is about $430. At the moment, there’s no way to tell which number is more accurate. So, just to be safe, you should probably plan on $465.63.

This has definitely got me excited. I remember I saved up my money for a year and a half for the first PS3 when it released. The total cost of my PS3 with a game was about $655 and that was just for the most basic model. It was another $100 added onto the higher memory consoles. The fact that Sony is purposely keeping the price under $500 says a lot about their views on why electronics are too expensive. If the next generation Xbox and Wii consoles are going to stay in competition with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will have to follow suit.

Question: Considering these prices are not confirmed by Sony, what are your thoughts on what the price should be?

 

Playstation 4 – nerdgasim

Today, PlayStation unveiled their most prized secret… the PlayStation 4.

They started the conference off with a montage of all the Sony systems. Two decades worth of gaming leading up to this incredible moment. The President and CEO of Sony was the host of the event. He explained that Sony engineers wanted to re-conceptualize how the gamer plays. Sony also worked closely with big game developers to design the new platform.

They broke it down into five points:

1. Simple

Consumer oriented on ease of use.

2. Immediate

The ability to suspend and resume content, a secondary custom chip for background processing and being able to play downloaded games while they are still downloading.

3. Social

The ability to capture, upload and share media from your games without ever leaving the game. As well as being able to stream and chat with friends and fans while playing your content.

4. Integrated

Not just visible gaming on the system but mobile, tablets and internet browsers will be able to have access to the content on your console.

5. Personalization

Greater increasing the way your social experience feels.

Mark Cerny, Lead architect and creator of Sonic, came out and gave all the information on the PS4 specs. The PlayStation 4 will have a Super Charged PC Architecture, an X86 CPU chip, and Enhanced PC GPU, 8gb of high-speed unified memory and local HDD (Hard Disk Drive) storage. The PS4 will have up to 2 teraflops of CPU computing power, as well as a GDDR5 graphics card capable of up to 165gb of use. To put that in perspective, an average PC game uses from 2-4gb of ram and even that will still crash your computer. This will enable developers to be able to go all out in the development of their games with out worrying about crashing systems.

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The controller looks absolutely gorgeous. This is the controller to be released for the PlayStation 4. Sony is upgrading the Dual Shock 3 system to the newly developed Dual Shock 4 system. The Dual Shock 4 system will add a tighter sense of control and decrease the latency between the in-game actions and the rumble features in the controller. That rectangle in the center is a touch pad for ease of access in-game. The blue bar at the top of the controller is an LED bar used for 3D tracking of the controller. Should add for some incredible gaming experiences.

Mark Cerny ended with this statement:

“Deeply satisfying, developer focused, and easy access to content.”

What followed next my brain still cannot comprehend. There are a ton of PS4 exclusives set to release when the PS4 launches. Among them are Killzone: Shadow Zone, Drive Club, Infamous: Second Son, Deep Down and a new untitled game coming from the creators of the Final Fantasy series, Square Enix. One of the bigger announcements was a partnership between Blizzard Entertainment and Sony. Blizzard will be bring the ever popular, Diablo 3, to the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 systems. Demos for Diablo 3 should be releasing in the following months. Bungee will also be making history by releasing Destiny, a free-roam, RPG, First Person Shooter with exclusive content only being released to the PS4.

Overall, these announcements have me very excited. This all sort of came out of no where and my brain is still trying to grasp all the mind-blowing information we’ve received today. So I bet you are reading this getting just as excited as I am, but your asking yourself, “Do I have to wait 2 or 3 years just to get it?” Don’t worry baby birds, I’ll feed you. The release date for the PlayStation 4 is set for this Holiday season 2013. If it is anything like the release of the PS3, I’d recommend saving your money now and getting a conceal and carry licence just in case. Needless to say, you do not want to miss this!

Question for the readers – What feature are you most excited about?