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Call of Duty Championships 2013

COD Champs

Hollywood, the place of legends. This past weekend legends were certainly made at the 2013 Call of Duty Championships. 32 teams entered the arena but one team emerged. 16 team, double elimination.

Among the teams is the amazing, quick-scope group, Optic Gaming. But, to everyone’s surprise, Optic Gaming got knocked out early in the Championship. The final match came down to Fariko and Envyus in a stellar head to head match. With glory, follows gold. Fariko took home $400,000 while Envyus got $200,000. The final eight teams did not go home empty-handed, they were given $25,000.

If you missed any of the action, the Call of Duty profile on Twitch.tv is streaming the footage from the tournament at a later date. Keep checking their page.

 

 

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.

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?