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[E3 2014] Grand Theft Auto V Confirmed for Next-Gen, PC

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[E3 2014] Grand Theft Auto V Confirmed for Next-Gen, PC

Grand Theft Auto V broke every major sales record in the industry, and was universally hailed as a phenomenal game-play experience.  The critical and audience reception was universally positive and it broke new ground in technical and narrative avenues alike. Even to audiences disinclined to interest, Grand Theft Auto V was an in impressive and compelling title.  A single question surrounded the release of the latest outing in Rockstar’s flagship franchise, and that was: “Last gen only? Really? Are you sure?” and that usually uttered in tones as hopeful as they were concerned.

 

The reasons were unquestionably financial. Within six weeks of release, Grand Theft Auto V had sold 29 million copies. Next-gen console sales, given very positive sales forecasts, won’t hit that number until March of 2015.  Rockstar undoubtedly wished to spend their polish-time for the current generation, and consider next-generation and PC development at a later date.

That later date has come. During last night’s Sony Press Conference, a Fall release for Grand Theft Auto V was announced for PC, PlayStation 4 and XBONE.

 

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[E3 2014] Batman Arkham Knights: Batmobile Battle Mode & Gameplay, YAY!

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[E3 2014] Batman Arkham Knights: Batmobile Battle Mode & Gameplay, YAY!

Last week Warner Bros and Rocksteady gave a tantalizing look at Batman Arkham Knight’s newest attraction, the Batmobile.  With an informative video and enough mayhem to tease any Bat-fan with a promise of more to come during E3, the Batman has come to fulfill his word.

I’m just gonna leave this video here… Yeah, that looks good.

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[E3 2014] Fable Legends Beta coming this Fall

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[E3 2014] Fable Legends Beta coming this Fall

10 years ago Fable brought something new to the RPG world by giving a player the ability to choose their own path of good, evil, or a little of both.  Now Fable Legends will again bring something new to the XBox One, a multi-player experience where a player can team up with other heroes or reign terror down as their own personal villain.  This week at E3 Microsoft revealed gameplay footage showing the beautiful enviorment, intrepid heroes, and a little of what it’s like to be bad.

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[E3 2014] Battlefield: Hardline – Six Minutes

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[E3 2014] Battlefield: Hardline – Six Minutes

… And those six minutes speak for themselves. Lately, the industry has seen a trend: merging the single- and multi-player game-play dynamics into one, connected experience. Red Dead Redemption’s Posse mode, GTA Online, Payday I & II, and many others have tried to create the most dynamic possible experience, bringing together the narrative quality of a single-player and the dynamic flexibility of a multi-player experience. Battlefield: Hardline is the latest foray into this trend, and from what we’ve seen, is poised to make some serious waves.

As you’ve likely heard, Battlefield: Hardline is a heavily-media inspired title, structured episodically and informed by works such as Heat, The Wire, and similar crime epics. The new direction allows the team at Visceral Games – that’s right, the developers behind the Dead Space franchise, and Dante’s Inferno – to jump the military ship in favor of a world of crooked cops, and brutal criminals and everything in between.

 

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[E3 2014] Tom Clancy’s The Division is a Different Kind of Dystopia

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[E3 2014] Tom Clancy’s The Division is a Different Kind of Dystopia

We’ve know about Tom Clancy’s The Division for some time now. We’ve know it’s set in America, post-plague, in some very desperate times. We’ve known that you play as a member of the titular Division – a group of in-plain-sight heroes dedicated to maintain order in the chaos.  I don’t think any of us were on the fence about this title, given last year’s excellent game-play demo but Ubisoft’s heavy-hitter wasn’t content to rest on its laurels.

At both the Microsoft and Ubisoft E3 Press Briefings, Tom Clancy’s The Division was shown to great effect.

In an in-engine game-play demo at Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference, the new Snowdrop engine stretched its legs, and showed some amazing fidelity and flexibility. Later, during Ubisoft’s Press Conference, The Division showed a more poignant, cinematic side.

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[E3 2014] Rainbow Six: Siege rises from the ashes of Patriots, and Shines

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[E3 2014] Rainbow Six: Siege rises from the ashes of Patriots, and Shines

The biggest surprise of Ubisoft’s E3 2014 Press Conference was, without a doubt, the announcement of Rainbow Six: SiegeRainbow Six has been in holding pattern ever since bad timing and sensitive subject matter froze the title in an interminable holding pattern. But good news, fans of tactical action don’t have that much longer to wait.

The footage, the gut-punch at the end of a lack-luster Ubisoft presser, is all game-play, and all alpha.  And man, is it sweet.

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E3 Rumors and Predictions: Microsoft

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E3 Rumors and Predictions: Microsoft

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3, is now a week away and rumors about new IPs, release dates, and new services have been running rampant.

In a recent turn of events, Microsoft has started making a massive push to even the playing field with Sony. They’re striking the price of the Xbox One to $400 by getting rid of the Kinect effective June 9th. And although that is the business equivalent of giving the middle finger to developers working on Kinect-centric titles, this move will actually make Xbox One a more viable console. Simply put, the vast majority of gamers do not want a console for TV features, they want it for gaming. And up until now, the PS4 has been winning the console war because it is a video game console first. But, that aside, Halo 5 has also been announced. So that begs the question, what are we going to see at E3 this year? I have some thoughts, come and humor me for a minute.

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