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

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.

Homeworld Multiplayer Beta – First Look

Last night some friends and I decided to boot up Homeworld the Remastered Collection and play the multiplayer beta. Props go to Argyle Arson and Roland Deschain for agreeing to play a free-for-all in their first experience with the game. Above is our first game together. If you have not played Homeworld I highly recommend it. Initially released in 1999, the 2015 remastered edition updates the visuals without changing the mechanics what makes the game so great. I’ll have more coverage of Homeworld in the future as its legacy on PC gaming and RTSs is significant. Enjoy the video!