We Should Worry About Anthem’s Future….

What the hell is going on in the gaming community? Over the past few months, developers and publishers have been showing the shady side of the video gaming business, with outrages micro-transactions to releasing beta stage games on release day, the video game community has really shown an ugly side. By now everyone knows about the Fallout fiasco, and how Bethesda pretty much alienate its own game and fans, something Bethesda isn’t known for. Fallout 76 is a broken mess, players are hacking their way through the game and Bethesda is handling this issue poorly, granted Bethesda did release an apology, but it fell on deaf ears. The damage is done and Bethesda will have to repair its relationship with its fans because of it.

The Latest fiasco comes by the way of BioWare’s Anthem, EA is notorious for killing great IP’s and Anthem is another casualty of that. Anthem was high, I mean highly anticipated upon its release. Fans at E3 got a glimpse of what Anthem was going to be, with its beautiful graphics and promise of rich and vibrant world fans jumped on board with BioWare’s next project despite knowing EA’s history of egregious monetization of its games. So, when the beta of Anthem was released fans were not surprised with the games instore item prices, the outrage made EA and BioWare backtrack and promise fans the item prices were subject to change before its final release.

Unfortunately, things got worse for BioWare, Anthem released in beta like state, with limited in-game content and poor customization features. Players quickly called out BioWare and EA for Anthem’s poor content and the game’s sales showed that. BioWare fans were sure EA was going to crack the whip on BioWare and shut the studio down, but Anthem producer Michael Gamble reassure fans a shutdown wasn’t in its future stating “Lots of folks are playing Anthem” also promising support of Anthem will continue over next couple months. While the reassurance was a good start, fans question whether EA was actually behind this.

As a fan I find it hard to believe anything PR related by EA, they have shown clearly, they do not care about its fans. As for BioWare, its extremely disappointing that Anthem was released in such a bad state, past games such as Dragon Age and the beloved Mass Effect franchise are some of the most popular IP’s in the industry. What BioWare does next is going to be crucial to Anthem’s future. In fact, it’s going to play a roll in BioWare’s future despite their recent reassurance.

Personally, I’m not optimistic about Anthem’s future, EA has ruined and shutdown too many developers and its IP’s as of late, put that with EA’s money hungry business tactics the future looks grim for Anthem. But who I ‘am I to say BioWare’s Anthem will fail, I’m just a regular guy giving his opinion.

What We’re Playing at BAMFAS (February Closeout)

What are we doing when we’re not posting news, reviews or grappling with the untamed beast that is our newswire? Watching things, playing things and since sharing what we watch didn’t come to mind as I wrote this introduction we’re just going to stick to what we’re doing in gaming right now. With that said let’s get started.

(Veeex2 / Gabriel Vega)

My time varies so I tend to invest myself in games I know or can sit down for quick doses of. Currently my time falls in the world of driving sims on the PC with GRID 2, American Truck Simulator and Dirt 3 leading the pack as classics that just feel really easy to get into and bail out of while enjoying myself in the process.

Highlights from GRID 2 mostly center around my obsession with the Touge battles in the game and my R32 GT-R, I usually end up playing Hard and Very Hard for my races to keep it interesting as I also use a Logitech G27 when I play.

GT-R vs Jaguar XKR-S

GT-R vs Viper GTS

American Truck Simulator is an exercise in patience, control, sanity and so much more. Given playing by the rules can often result in some rough spells for concentration (driving 55mph for 120 mile trips with nothing else) there comes a time when you need a side account to just bring a little bit of release from it all.

When your brain slips and you get a random speed trap ticket, there’s little else to care about during your run.

Deadbolt makes a trucker go wild, and not in a remotely safe way, swing trailer swing!

Dirt 3 wasn’t a favorite of mine at launch, the amount of DLC and add-ons just made it feel different. Given it’s been out ages, it goes on sale all the time and there’s the Steam Edition with basically everything included though that has changed as you get all the goodies with it and given the eras of cars included that’s important. Check out some fast travels through the forests.

February Conclusion? I play way too many racing titles right now, it’s probably time to dig back into something with at least some basic substance or add some variety in but that four wheel drift is so fun and I have yet to hit massive semi truck drifting.

(Teck2k / Anthony Davis)

Since getting a PS4 I’ve been pretty much gaming hardcore on and off with a 3-game rotation, but as of late my time has been spend playing Sword of Online Hollow Realization. Being a fan of the anime I figure I’ll give the game a try, and for the most part I’m glad I did. While the game is enjoyable it does have a big negative for me, and that’s is dialogue heavy.

Seriously there’s scenes of dialogue that last for like 10 mins over nothing, if I was reviewing this game it would be a pain dealing with that but since I’m not I can skip over some the scenes and get to the meat of the game and that’s the game play. Sword Art Online Hollow Realization reminds me a lot of PSO, a game I still play too this day, while the controls aren’t as smooth as pso the class customization is what really most the two so similar, down below I put to vids, one of PSO and the other SAO, and you tell if you see the any similarities between the two.

PS4: SAO

PC PSO2 : Warning quality is not good, was my first time streaming

That’s it for now, not sure if we’re doing these weekly yet or if we’re just doing them as we actually dive into new titles. We’ll get back to you on that, in the meantime enjoy our footage and we’ll catch up soon!

Monolith Productions releases Middle-earth Shadow of War Trailer! UPDATE: !!!

2 days ago Monolith Productions release an unannounced trailer for sequel to Shadow of Mordor titled Shadow of War, the sequel takes place between The Hobble and The Lord of the Rings books, the trailer shows the main protagonist Talion creating a ring of power while Sauron begins to gather his Nazgul forces. Shadow of War promises to expanded on the Nemesis system while also introducing a new system called Followers which guides the player-character interaction during the game.

Shadow of War is a for sure pickup if you’re a fan of the first game, and it will be released August 22, 2017 in North American and August 25th for Europe. Playstation 4, Xbox One/ Microsoft Windows and Steam.

Update: Turn to their word Monolith Productions and Sony have released a 16 min game-play trailer, in the trailer we get a glimpse of Nemesis Fortresses system. Players must utilize different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and forge their personalized Orc army.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition

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Original Game Content and All Downloadable Content Included in One Package for Hours of Fun

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced the launch of Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition. Developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition debuts in the Americas Nov. 12 and Europe and other global territories beginning Nov. 29, with the comprehensive version of the 2013 best-selling fighting game franchise. The game will be available for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system and platforms, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and for Windows PC.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition will include all original game content as well as all downloadable content (DLC). Valued at more than $120, the game will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99 for PS4 system, PS3 system and Xbox 360, $49.99 for Windows PC and $39.99 for PS Vita.

The DLC included in Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, includes fan favorites Lobo, Batgirl, General Zod, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, as well as Scorpion, a character from the Mortal Kombat world, as reimagined by Jim Lee, Co-Publisher at DC Entertainment.  In addition, more than 40 extra character skins and 60 S.T.A.R. Labs Missions, originally offered as DLC, are now available from the start of the game.  Also packaged with the Americas version of the game will be its music soundtrack featuring an exclusive track from Jane’s Addiction titled “Another Soulmate” and 11 songs from popular artists ranging from Depeche Mode to AWOLNATION.

Remastered for next-gen technology by High Voltage, the PS4 system version will feature Touchpad functionality, video sharing and streaming, and will link to players’ PlayStation Network Feed page during match wrap-ups and pause menus. High Voltage is also bringing the PC version of the game to hungry fans.

The PS®Vita version, which is adapted for the handheld experience by Armature Studio, will feature touch controls for mini-games in the story mode and S.T.A.R. Labs Missions, Ad-hoc and Wi-Fi multiplayer, collectible hero cards, and all DLC released to date.

Debuting in April 2013, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many others. Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale.

Sony Playstation Gamescom 2013 Press Conference Live Stream

Gamescom is here, it’s time to get our PS4 news on, check out the live stream below from the event and see what Sony has up their sleeve for this Fall season.

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Playstation’s 2/20 Event Is expect To Bring Big News

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On Feb 20, is going to be a big day for Sony PlayStation and the gaming community as a hole, New York City will be the site for PlayStation highly anticipated event to discuss the future plans of PlayStation, but let’s be honest everyone is waiting to see if Nex-gen console Orbis aka PlayStation 4 is going to be presented, We all knew sooner or later nex-gen consoles where going to come in the near future we just didn’t know when. But when Nintendo debut a playable Wii U at E3 2011 show floor the gaming community realized that the Nex-Gen is here and from then on we all new that Sony and Microsoft where working on new consoles and it was just a matter of time before they gave us the scope.

Last year’s E3 was a clear indication that a new PlayStation and Xbox was in the works, with games like Watch Dogs and Stars Wars 1313 which were obviously made for the Nex-Gen consoles display some beautiful high end graphics and then top it off with Square Enix’s Next-Gen Engine tech demo, you officially ushered the new ear of gaming. While there was plenty of other things shown at or after E3 which gave us a glimpse of future gaming, those were the most talked about.

A few months have passed now and more details have been announced or leaked about PlayStation 4, all which lead to tomorrow’s big event. Although I wish could attend I will tune in to IGN who plans to livestream the event.

Down Below are the times of which IGN will Live stream, if you want more about the event click on IGN.com to see articles and videos of tomorrows show.

At 2 p.m. Pacific (5 p.m. Eastern, 10 p.m. UK), we’re starting the show. IGN Game Scoop’s Daemon Hatfield and IGN PlayStation’s Greg Miller (That’s me!) will kick off the IGN Live stream. For one hour, we’ll talk about what’s coming, take Twitter questions, talk to our troops in NYC (the Pride of Long Island Colin Moriarty, the Tech Tower Scott Lowe, and the Madwoman Keza MacDonald), and use the Internet to have fans like you on the show.

At 3 p.m. Pacific (6 p.m. Eastern, 11 p.m. UK), the PlayStation event begins. We don’t know how long it’ll go, but we’ll continue live streaming during it. We’ll be quiet so that you can enjoy the show, but Daemon and myself will be offering commentary in some way now and again.

When the PlayStation Conference ends, it’ll be madness. For another hour, IGN will Livestream the aftermath. We’ll dissect the news, we’ll have our team at the event call in with impressions, and we’ll talk to fans like you. If there are trailers, we’ll do Rewind Theaters. The biggest stories will become PlayStation Conversations. When the dust settles, we’ll record Podcast Beyond.

What: The PlayStation Event

When: Wednesday, February 20th

Time: IGN’s livestream starts at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern, 10 p.m. UK

Where: IGN.com, IGN’s YouTube, IGN’s Video App

 

Playstation 4 first details?

Could we see a Playstation 4 as early as 2012? There is a rumor coming out of Taiwan claiming Sony is having components built for the PS3 successor. One new aspect is the inclusion of full body movement based control, More kinect than Move style. Production is slated to begin late this year and hopes to make 20 million units available to ship throughout next year.

Now, as of now this is entirely speculation. It is a safe bet that Sony is testing tech for its new next gen console but it is fairly tough to believe they are settled on the details so soon. Also, the Vita is set to launch next year and it is difficult to imagine launching two not so cheap devices in such a short time.

There is of course, No comment from Sony as yet.