Ubisoft at E3

Every year in June, the video game industry heads to Los Angeles for a week of showmanship at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Companies debut their upcoming software and hardware, allowing the press and those with industry credentials to get a sneak peak at what they have to offer.

The highlight of every E3 is undoubtedly the press conferences that kick off the show. Publishers and platform holders typically each hold a 1-2 hour press conference packed with announcements and live stream them to fans around the world.

Armed with Aisha Tyler and an assortment of big-budget games, Ubisoft has found a surprising amount of success at E3 in recent years. Their strategy has been to show one big surprise announcement at the end of each conference, hopefully winning over the crowd. It’s a strategy that brought us Watch_DogsThe DivisionRainbow Six Siege, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Although these games haven’t been without their flaws, they’ve all generated incredible hype starting with their respective announcements. Can Ubisoft replicate that success in 2016?

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XBOX at E3

Every year in June, the video game industry heads to Los Angeles for a week of showmanship at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Companies debut their upcoming software and hardware, allowing the press and those with industry credentials to get a sneak peak at what they have to offer.

The highlight of every E3 is undoubtedly the press conferences that kick off the show. Publishers and platform holders typically each hold a 1-2 hour press conference packed with announcements and live stream them to fans around the world. Today, I’m welcoming Brendon from casual conversations back to share his predictions for the Microsoft E3 press conference…

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Ranking the Koopalings

Bowser may have a right hand man in his son Bowser Jr, but when you’re trying to keep Mario and friends busy through eight worlds, you need a little more help. That’s where the Koopalings come into play. These seven baddies in training made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3 back in 1988. Since then, they’ve appeared in a number of Nintendo’s properties including the New Super Mario Bros. series, Mario Kart 8, and even the newest entries in the Smash Bros. series.

So, now that you’re given the option to choose them as playable characters, which Koopaling should you go with? Here are my thoughts, listed from worst to best…

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Electronic Arts at E3

Every year in June, the video game industry heads to Los Angeles for a week of showmanship at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Companies debut their upcoming software and hardware, allowing the press and those with industry credentials to get a sneak peak at what they have to offer. The highlight of every E3 is undoubtedly the press conferences that kick off the show. Publishers and … Continue reading Electronic Arts at E3

PlayStation at E3

Every year in June, the video game industry heads to Los Angeles for a week of showmanship at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Companies debut their upcoming software and hardware, allowing the press and those with industry credentials to get a sneak peak at what they have to offer. The highlight of every E3 is undoubtedly the press conferences that kick off the show. Publishers and … Continue reading PlayStation at E3

Initial Impressions: Overwatch

After an incredibly successful open beta just a few weeks ago, Overwatch finally released officially yesterday. Although retail copies could be had early in the day, everyone had to wait until 7pm EDT for servers to go live. While there were a few launch hiccups similar to those experienced with many other online-heavy games, I was luckily able to get into matches about 20 minutes after the servers went live and didn’t run into any issues after that. As someone who missed the open beta but now has about 2-3 hours under my belt, I have some thoughts…

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Review: Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4 holds back its glorification of the hunt for long lost treasure in favor of a deeper look at its characters and the toll a life of adventure has taken on them. While the PlayStation 3 Uncharted trilogy follows a young Nathan Drake’s thirst for adventure, Uncharted 4 explores an older Nathan Drake’s retirement from that life as he struggles to adapt to a more normal existence. More importantly, Nathan Drake’s farewell is more a character study than a pulp adventure, leaving Uncharted 4 better as a result.

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Destiny: Rise of Iron Expansion Leaked

Update (5/20/16): While I stated below that the raid included in Rise of Iron is based on one originally cut from House of Wolves, that information has since been walked back on Kotaku’s article as incorrect. The raid was built from scratch and started last year. As was originally stated the raid will indeed have a Fallen focus, but with a twist per Kotaku.

Original Story: Yesterday, Reddit user viking805fan shared an image of what appeared to be a promotional poster for Destiny: Rise of Iron. There was some concern about its authenticity since a similar image had been posted earlier in the day by another user who later deleted the image and his entire account. However, with his excellent connections to Bungie, Jason Schreier at Kotaku was quicklky on the case.

Last night, Jason was able to confirm through his sources that Destiny: Rise of Iron is in fact the name of an expansion pack slated for September 2016 and that the marketing materials are authentic.

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Return to Arkham: Too Little Too Late?

Remastered games have become ubiquitous this generation with nearly every major publisher getting in on the action. We’ve seen remasters of games in the UnchartedGears of WarHaloResident Evil, and Zelda series and those are far from the only examples. Despite being from different publishers, genres, etc…all of those series do have one thing in common.

They each preceded a new major entry in the franchise.

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EA Publishing Unravel Sequel?

Last year at their E3 press conference, EA surprised the industry by announcing a partnership with Coldwater Interactive to publish a smaller title that would typically be an indie venture. That game was Unravel, the tale of a small figure named Yarny made of – you guessed it – yarn.

At least in part due to the sheer unexpectedness of its announcement, Unravel immediately captured the adoration of many in the gaming press. Its beautiful art style and musical score were apparent in the initial trailer and many believed EA had a sleeper hit on their hands. Well, it turns out Unravel did pretty well. At least we can infer some level of success based on yesterday’s news…

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