Newscast 3: Star Trek, Overwatch, and a Daredevil game for PS2?!

Hannibal Buress joins Spider-Man Homecoming. Comedy?

Justice League to be released Nov. 17, 2017, stand alone

Marvel has unannounced plans for Console games.

  • Vs. Capcom contract expired in 2014
  • MOBA?

CEO Smash – Mang0 can’t go, HBox Wins Melee, ANTi wins Sm4sh

Genesis 4 gets more melee participants in one hour than all of Genesis 1

Bryan Cranston as Zordon in Power Rangers. Poster revealed

Mega Blocks and Destiny team up to build an IRL avatar

Comings and Goings of Netflix for July

Fallout New Vegas is now backwards compatible with Xbox One

Build-A-Bear has Star Trek

Star Trek Beyond trailer 3 just released

Torbjorn is getting his turrets nerfed on Consoles by 30% in mid to late July

Darth Vader original voice actor for Rogue One, James Earl Jones

Mighty No. 9 end credits are over 4 hours long, credits every backer from kickstarter

R-Rated BatvSup will be in 12 theatres across the US on June 27 only

Zelda producer would like to make a multiplayer game next

Animated Spider-Man movie December 2018 Phil Lord writing

– (Lego Movie, Jump Street, Han Solo Solo)

Activision CEO  aren’t changing a single thing about Infinite Warfare Fan Reaction

Collectible card game for mobile featuring Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, King of the Hill, and American Dad.

More Fast and Furious on the way. 2017, 2019, 2021. Spinoffs in writing stages. Consider Tokyo Drift as a spin off for Han.

Titan Books is publishing Mass Effect stories to bridge gap between 3 and Andromeda

 

DareDevil for the PS2

  • Cancelled, 5,000 ft, Inc., Encore Publisher, Marvel and Sony disagree, Microsoft
  • More of a brawler than acrobatic, no jumps and flips
  • Billy club is used for melee combat, throwing, and swinging around the city
  • Grinding feature a la THPS, telephone wires, not cannon, pushed by Sony
  • “World on fire” vision, 3rd Person “Radar Vision” Detective Mode
  • Elektra, Bullseye, and Kingpin
  • Spider-Man 1 game released mid development, not open world
  • Billy Club swinging would lock onto buildings when Spider-man would not
  • Tensions rise as new employees succumb to drug abuse
  • STORY: Kingpin is assassinated so local gangs try to secure control. Foggy Nelson is kidnapped so he has to be found and Elektra is newly resurrected. Being blamed for the assassination, DD has to clear Elektra’s name.
  • Characters: Stick, Ben Urich, Josie. Punisher has an extended cameo, Black widow. Sewer King, the Hand ninjas, Silvermane, Hammerhead
  • PLOT TWIST: Kingpin is alive and pulling the strings on everything!
  • In the end, 5kFt leaned too much in Sony’s direction so Marvel pulled the license

Newscast 2: E3, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Marvel

Donald Glover joins the cast of Spider-Man Homecoming

  • Shown in Martian that he can be funny and smart
  • Michael Barbieri might be Harry Osborn, but maybe Donny?
  • Voice actor for Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney
  • Donny might be too old for any of Peter’s Friends
  • Maybe he’ll be working with Tony Stark or at the Daily Bugle
  • Could be Miles Morales but that’s a weird timeline

Petition to change the voice actor for Peter Parker in Civil War in Russia

  • Sounds like a 10 year old
  • Not Tom Holland, Vladimir Kanukhin

Battleborn gets Microtransactions, purely cosmetic they say

Ocean’s 8, Female Cast keeping the same tone

Dragon Quest VII to release in West, 3DS

Evo 2016 breaks record and becomes the biggest Melee tournament of all time, July 15

Killing Joke gets a 1 day theatrical release on July 25

Twitch is suing seven “bot makers” essentially for fraud and breach of contract

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has wrapped up filming

Finding Dory breaks record for animated opening weekend and is 2nd overall

  • Behind Jurassic World
  • $136.2 million

 

GameStop CEO says NX will have physical media

Kingdom Hearts 3, no FF levels, shows Tangled

Warcraft is doing very well in China, $200 million well, $37 in US

Just bought Overwatch NEW GAME SMELL

No Man’s Sky Lawsuit Sky TV in London, made Microsoft change to OneDrive

 

E3:

EA

Titanfall 2, Free DLC for whole game

Sports

Battlefield 1

Mass Effect

 

Bethesda

Skyrim Special Edition, includes mods

Fallout 4 DLC, Contraptions and Nuka World

Elder Scrolls 6 in development. Will be released after 2 more unmentioned games

Prey 2, titled Prey

Dishonored 2

Quake Champions, intended for eSports

 

Microsoft

Xbox One S

  • 4K output video, not games

Scorpio – Holiday season of 2017

  • VR capabilities for Fallout 4
  • All Xbox One games playable on everything
  • “Most powerful console ever built” Duh

Final Fantasy 15 looks cool

 

Ubisoft

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

New AAA IP, Steep

Watch_Dogs 2

 

Sony

Live orchestra

God of War

  • Norse

Crash Bandicoot remastered 1, 2, Warped

PSVR – $399.99

  • X-Wing, Batman

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Horizon: Zero Dawn MORE gameplay

Spider-Man for PS4, Exclusive

  • No release date or name
  • Insomniac

Hideo Kojima shows new game, Death Stranding with Norman Reedus and Ink Baby

  • What was shown isn’t actually playable and won’t be in the game
  • Big middle finger to Konami
  • No release date announced, don’t expect anything before 2018

Days Gone

Forza Horizon 3

Detroit: Become Human

Nintendo

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is very large. 12 times larger than Twilight Princess

  • Also, Link can climb things now, a la Assassin’s Creed

Pokemon Sun and Moon

  • New Pokemon
  • New Professor and Region
  • Gameplay

Newscast: Skyrim Remastered, Watch_Dogs 2 and Titanfall 2

Newscast:

Blizzard/ Overwatch banning players as promised

Following Blizzard’s lead, Ubisoft swears to perma ban cheaters in the Division on 1st

Anthony Hopkins in Trans 5 as the Hannibal Lecter of the robot universe, Unicron

Spider-Man 4, Mysterio as Bruce Campbell, Add Vulture (Jefferey Henderson)

Sucker Punch Spider-Man

  • InFamous, Sly Cooper

Watch Dogs 2 confirmed by Ubisoft, six different versions

  • Release Nov. 15

Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 releasing within 2 weeks of each other

RPG Battles: Blood and Wine vs Far Harbour

Jake Gyllenhaal to star in The Division Movie

Take-Two CEO no market for VR right now.

  • Owns Rockstar, 2K
  • Games like: GTA, Civ, Borderlands, Bioshock, NBA 2K

Horizon Zero Dawn pushed back until Feb. 28, consolation prize of a new trailer

  • Asks for pre-orders, dumb

Zootopia earns $1 Billion worldwide

  • Fourth animated movie to do so (Frozen, Toy Story 3, Minions)
  • 26th movie ever to gross $1 Bil, Disney owns 11
  • Second movie this year behind Civil War

E3 starts June 14

Skyrim Remastered

Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue

Square Enix announced a FF12 remake for PS4

  • Adds new music and other things

Gwent coming to mobile? Trademarked

COD XP first in 5 years in September

  • $2 Million tournament, Largest in COD history
  • Multiplayer reveal for Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Really late reveal, BO3 was in June, AW in August, Ghost in August

Kit Harrington villain in Infinite Warfare

PS4K confirmed but won’t be shown at E3

Destiny: Rise of Iron new DLC not for Last Gen

  • Everyone gets the Gjallahorn, only get skin if pre-ordered

Watch_Dogs 2, from someone that likes Watch_Dogs 1!

Maybe I’m looking back with rose-colored glasses, but I seem to be one of the only 7 people  in the world that liked the original Watch_Dogs. I watched the preview trailer at E3 and was excited for it, as most people were. I picked up the game on release day, but unlike most people, I wasn’t immediately disappointed with the game because of the lack of incredible visuals. That is one of the flaws of Watch_Dogs. They showed it at E3 with incredible visuals and then when the game didn’t meet those expectations, people were up in arms. Soon they were finding other problems with the game, other reasons not to like it. I for one, enjoyed the game and enjoyed my experience with the game throughout most of the campaign and for a couple days after on the online multiplayer.

The main character, Aiden Pierce, is mostly forgettable. I actually had to Google his name to make sure it was correct. And the story is even more forgettable. I can’t remember anything that happened other than the end was a let down. I think there was a mercenary, but I can’t be sure. What I really enjoyed about the game was the setting and the mechanics. As someone originally from the Midwest, it was nice to see Chicago represented in a big budget video game. And while Chicago isn’t the only city to feature an above-ground train system, it felt like Watch_Dogs used it in a way that other games have been trying to for a long time. Once upgraded enough, Aiden could use his hacking abilities to stop and start the train from on top, which makes for some pretty entertaining evasions from the police. He could also control security cameras, manhole covers, ATMs, stoplights. Anything connected to the fictional ctOS system, which essentially is a city-wide communication array (easily hackable).

Unlike other games, there was no mini-game when you needed to hack something. It was just point and click. You wanted it done and it was done. Along with access to ctOS you would have a way to monitor random NPC’s. You would be able to look into their bank records and see their annual income, their occupations, age, and hobbies. Most people on the street were pretty mundane but occasionally you would find someone with a hilarious background. Kotaku has a page with some of the best.

So the city of Chicago was a good place to start. It wasn’t LA or NYC or Miami, places that I have been to before. It was a familiar place to me. While the city as a whole was great, it was the minor set pieces that really stick out.

One of my favorite things to do was drive some fast car through a tunnel with a draw bridge on the other side. Once the bridge was in sight, I hit the hack button and raised it, giving myself a makeshift ramp. Then, while driving at full speed, I would launch myself onto the aforementioned railway system and ride that for as long as I could. If I ever was chased by the police, my main goal was to get to that part of the city and use that exact escape route, leaving the in-game police in awe of my hacking and driving capabilities.

Along the same vein as that, there is a mission where you go to scrapyard and can activate all of these mechanical contraptions to defend the position. I had a lot of fun controlling the fire-breathing dragon machine while lobbing grenades to lure people into the inferno zone.

Another zone that I fondly remember is an enemy controlled tower. You had to assault the thing floor by floor, imagine the movie The Raid, fighting increasingly difficult enemies as you go. It was awesome, I had so much fun. Also (Spoilers) at the end, you can kill someone by hacking into their pacemaker and turning it off, so that was fun.

Anyway, Watch_Dogs 2 was announced with an 18-minute trailer/ behind the scenes look. New character, new city (San Fran), new hacking tools. Ubisoft is notorious for having good sequels (Assassin’s Creed to Assassin’s Creed 2, Far Cry 2 to Far Cry 3, Rayman to whatever Rayman is out now). But even without that track record, if they released Watch_Dogs 2 with an updated story, some new mechanics and a likeable character I would buy it in a heartbeat. I don’t need to see anything other than what’s in this trailer as I am already sold. Come November 15, I’ll be in line waiting to plunge back into the world controlled by Deadsec.

P.S. Watch_Dogs and Assassin’s Creed share the same universe, as Abstergo and Templars and Assassin’s are mentioned. So think of Watch_Dogs as a modern-day take on Assassin’s Creed, but without all the coming back to present time BS because you are already there.

42: X-Men Apocalypse, No Man’s Sky, & Pokemon!

In this episode, Justin and Tony talk about their experience with X-Men Apocalypse. Also, news of No Man’s Sky being delayed has an emotional effect on one of the cast. There are rumors that Pokemon is having translation issues and the question is posed if Assassin’s Creed would have originally made a better movie than a videogame.

Thanks for listening!

Notes:

Episode 42: Sex-Men Apocalypse

Prof. X and Apoc fight reminded me of Gandalf and Saruman

Forgot about Wolverine and was pleasantly surprised to see him even though he had bad hair and a stupid thing on his face/chest

I like Sansa Stark in everything

I would have preferred more time with each new character

Scott (Cyclops) is useless as always

Essex Company/ Mr. Sinister/ Cable/ Deadpool/ Clones/ Jean Grey/ Scott Summers

Better than I expected

Quicksilver scene was fun but maybe too humorous for the tone

Too many jokes break the tension

Where’s Psylocke going?

Why did Strom change sides at the end?

 

No Man’s Sky releasing August 9

Infinite Warfare most liked and disliked COD trailer of all time

First Episode of ELeague

Nintendo changing the names of Pokemon on China

Record Breaking: EVO now biggest tournament ever for Smash Wii U

Ragnarok will include elements of Planet Hulk

Xbox One back down to $299 before E3

Would Assassin’s Creed originally be better as a movie than a game?

41 : 20 Years of GameSpot’s Game of the Year

In this episode of Underpaid Gamers Podcast Tony and Justin discuss Gamespot’s game of the year award for the last 20 years. Additional topics include No Man’s Sky delay, Captain America, Netflix, and Nintendo’s rumored new handheld. Listen in for a good time! Check out our youtube page!

 

Notes:

No Man’s Sky delayed until July or August, originally scheduled for June

Netflix makes exclusivity deal with Disney

Daniel Craig not James Bond, maybe woman? Ends: “Bond” CREDITS-Theme

Uncharted 4 breaks PS4 first week sales record

New Handheld Nintendo product

Battleborn stumbling, more people playing Borderlands 2

Captain America is a Hydra Agent?

John Carpenter coming back to Halloween

Jason Todd officially in Batman v Superman

GameSpot Game of the Year for 20 years

40: Doom and Gamertags

 

Episode Notes

Transformers 5: The Last Knight (Comedy)

Assassin’s Creed movie has pre-order bonus

Xenoverse 2 coming stateside

Assassin’s Creed movie will mostly take place in 21st Century

Black Ops 1 backwards compatible on Xbone one, but not PS4 despite deal Sony deal with Activision on new COD games?

Microsoft releases old gamertags

Family Guy steals footage from youtube channel then video is removed copyright

Michael Keaton cast as Vulture for Homecoming?

Pokemon Apex

Pokemon GO Field Test

DOOM

 

Uncharted 4:

  • Best intro to an Uncharted yet?
  • Not sure if there is any other character I root for more than Drake
  • Pirates!
  • Crash Bandicoot!
  • Drake’s hair color changes
  • Rafe is Jake Gyllenhaal?
  • More open world feel. Different climbable paths
  • Climbing is much more fluid
  • Chapter 15 combat and climbing and stealth all become one

Sucker Punch Spider-Man

39: Esports, Luke Skywalker, and Gamefly

Episode 39: Gamefly and (?) Assassin’s Creed Trailer Notes

Assassin’s Creed trailer. Kayne West?

  • Music changes the whole tone
  • Movie takes out everything I found enjoyable about the game (parkour, violent takedowns, jumping in hay) Should be rated R to have takedowns violent enough
  • New animus?
  • Best part of AC1 was discovering that Abstergo was Templar and tearing it apart from the inside. This trailer seems to make Abstergo evil from the get-go
  • Biggest problem with videogame movies is the lack of gameplay

Gamefly possible Netflix of videogames?

 

Ubisoft to release 5 games by March 2017 Watch dogs, South Park, New AAA IP,

Ghost Recon: Wildlands and For Honor

Battlefield WW1 Likes vs Infinite Warfare Dislikes

Disney Infinity is no more. Not profitable.

Overwatch to permanently ban cheaters on first offense

Modern Warfare Trilogy outed by Best Buy website. Releasing for last Gen on May 16

“ELeague” on TBS esport episodes May 27 Friday night CS:GO 2 Ten Week tournaments

 

Crowfall, and I why I’m still stoked

I’m not a huge MMO guy.  I like Eve Online quite a bit, and there are enough reasons for that that I could write another piece about.  Other than that, I’m not generally about MMO’s.  I’ve tried lots of them, most notably Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2, but they didn’t strike my fancy enough for me to stick with them.  So it’s a bit odd that I would be still be excited for an MMO over year after I paid for it.

kickstarter
One year later

The first reason I’m still excited about Crowfall is that I get updates from the staff pretty regularly.  I’m a software engineer, and have been working on the same thing for almost year.  We’re still finding stuff that’s wrong or that need improvement.  I understand that development takes time, and I happy their taking their time to do it right.  I don’t feel worried that they’ve taken my money and run though, because I get emails once a week or so with updates from the studio.  I actually get to see the progress and see how things are moving along.  I feel safe.

 

That’s all well and good, but the reason I’m really stoked is because this is everything I want in an MMO.  First, I like the flavor of fantasy more than sci-fi/space.  That’s just superficial though.  I’ll list some game play reasons.  Follow this link for more details.

  1. I like the character progression system.  Leveling up is frustrating for people that don’t have all day to grind, or didn’t start playing the game on day 1.  By using a system similar to Eve’s, your character will gain experience whether you’re online or not.  By leveling up skills instead of your character, it also allows you to specialize quickly if you’re new to the game.
  2. I like the character specialization system.  It reminds me of D&D.  So you pick your archetype (class) and then you can add all kinds of advantages and disadvantages, disciplines (feats), specializations (prestige class).  It just seems like there’ll be a lot of room for creativity.
  3. I like the campaign worlds.  One frustration I have with Eve is that the world of Eve is very established.  There are these huge alliances that occasionally have battles big enough to get mentioned on kotaku, but for the most part they control the galaxy.  The fact that these campaign worlds only last for a couple months means that there are always opportunities to establish power.
  4. I like the feudalism!  The idea of guilds, clans, or corporations is something I care about.  I consider myself a social game, and I want to play with friends.  The eternal kingdom part of the game looks very enticing to me for that reason.  It makes guild roles more tangible to me.  The hierarchy is very clear, and looks like it’ll play a big role in the game.

I obviously can’t do a real review until I’ve actually played, and I can’t play until the beta starts (I wasn’t rich enough for alpha).  That said, I’ll just try to get some more people on this hype train with me.  I hope to see some of you in game.  Hopefully I can convince Justin to play, and we’ll lord over any one that wants to be lorded over.

Are you excited for Crowfall?  Think it looks dumb?  Already got to play it?  Like or hate Eve Online?  Want me to write about something else?  Any other questions/comments?  Let me know in the comments.

38: Captain America Civil War

In this episode of Underpaid Gamers Podcast Justin and Tony discuss the recent marvel film “Captain America: Civil War”. Spoiler warning!! News coverage includes Han Solo casting, Ratchet and Clank, and a third person star wars game. Listen! Like! Share! Follow! and Subscribe!

 

Episode Notes

News

Ratchet and Clank #1 on UK charts 2 weeks in a row. First Sony game to do so since which popular release in 2014?

Respawn making a Star Wars game with God of War Director “third person action adventure game”

Sucker Punch Spider-Man

Han Solo Movie Cast decision Alden Ehrenreich

Black Widow Solo movie Marvel is committed

CIVIL WAR

Like the comics:

  • Government wants to control the moves of superheroes because of Wanda
  • Prison

Tony Stark

  • Bad guy in the movie?
  • Doesn’t have the Thunderbolts
  • Like the comics, he is more concerned with finding Cap then fighting bad guys
  • Dead child at the center of his motivation
  • Admits Ultron was his fault
  • Reactor dies, but shrapnel is surgically removed
  • Analyze fight patterns

Captain America

  • Fighting for freedom of choice
  • Super concerned with Bucky
  • Understandable fear of government?
  • Politicians have agendas
  • Would the UN have went after Helmut?
  • Would they have waited until it was too late?

Ant-Man

  • Giant Man

Falcon was sick with the moves

Black Panther

Spider-Man

  • Manipulated by Tony Stark?
  • Good casting or good writing?
  • Age/ Humor Makes jokes because he is new to this?
  • Representation of Fighting
  • “With powers like mine…”

Vision