We have Ubisoft removing female genitalia from Watch Dogs 2, DOAX3 DLC featuring tear away swimsuits, a Chinese online student loan company that uses nude pics as IOU’s and a whole lot more in a packed pre-Thanksgiving pre-Black Friday show.
We play through the beautifully designed first two chapters of the Ubisoft game, Child of Light in our First Steps PC Gameplay series by Obsolete Gamer.
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Name: Judy L. Tyrer
Company: 3 Turn Productions
Favorite Classic Game: Mario Cart (SNES)
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When you have a passion for games that stays with you your entire life and the drive and focus to peruse what you want in life you can achieve great things. That was just one of the many things we learned in our extended conversation with Judy Tyrer.
We began with her early career and discussed her progression from starting out after university to working with companies such as Ubisoft and Sony Online Entertainment and then transitioned into her current project Ever Jane.
Set in the world of Regency England and the works of Jane Austin, the upcoming MMO is a refreshing change of pace from your standard kill and collect loot RPG. Judy walked us through the world her and her team have been working furiously on to have it ready for its January 2016 release date.
This is a show you will definitely want to check out and when you do let us know what you think.
Group: Frag Dolls
Gamer Tag: SabreFD (Xbox Live)
Favorite classic game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Why? This was my very first Zelda game, and I feel in love with it as soon as I started playing it. I can remember taking turns playing the game with my dad, and we’d work together to beat the mini-bosses and temples. It was absolutely amazing 😀
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Group: Frag Dolls
Favorite Classic Game: Super Mario World
Quote: Super Mario World was my introduction into gaming. When I was about four years young, my mom purchased a SNES and this was my very first game for it. She would play this game with me for what seemed like hours on end and I feel like it really bonded us.
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Group: Frag Dolls
Favorite Classic Game: Dr. Mario
Why is it my favorite: Because I was really really good at it. It was my very first video game addiction. I played it so much that when I closed my eyes at night I would see little pills falling. No other video games at the time appealed to me like this one did. It was the only game I was interested in playing. I played it over and over. I love Dr. Mario.
For all of you gamers who have never experienced a Rayman game, you’re missing out. The first game was a decent PlayStation hit, and a fun 2D platformer. But, Rayman 2: The Great Escape is on a different level. A true 3D platformer, Ubisoft really takes advantage of everything the Sega Dreamcast hardware can do.
Rayman himself, is a little creature without arms and legs, his hands and feet just float around his body. He shoots energy balls from his hands (which ricochet, a cool feature) and his long ears allow him to float or fly like a helicopter. Also, in an homage to the classic arcade character Q*bert, he and his friends speak a gibberish-language. Luckily for us, there are subtitles.
At the end of the first game, Rayman and his buddies saved his world, and in the sequel, more of the same. A crazy boss named Admiral Razorbeard, with his awesome ship and his lackeys, the Robo-pirates, are trying to (once again) take over the world. He has also kidnapped Rayman’s friends and a lot of other creatures. Your mission, is to collect 4 masks that will summon the world’s God to get rid of the Admiral.
There are almost 20 levels total, including mini-levels, for you to enter. Using your energy balls as weapons, you’ll jump and use your helicopter ears to float long distances in a mostly-linear 3D environment. Along the way, there will be creatures in cages to rescue and other balls of energy called “lums” that you will need to collect. Some of these are for health-replenishing, some are necessary to complete the mission. For example, there are 1000 yellow lums in the game. Most completists will play the levels over until they find them all…I’m not one of them. One of the few flaws of the game is they made me backtrack (one of my gaming pet-peeves) to collect a certain amount of lums to go forward with the game. Just finding the exit of the level wasn’t enough. Personally, I think that should be the choice of the player, and not the developer….just sayin’.
The other big flaw (which is common in this type of game) is some brutal camera angles. While you can rotate the camera on the X axis, you can’t the Y, causing some “leaps of faith”. There are also times where the camera is “set”, which wasn’t always the best angle to use, in my opinion. These two reasons are why it’s not a perfect game. There were some true “throw the controller” moments.
I love this 3D-platforming adventure, and I give props to the developer for mixing it up, giving some variety in levels. Early in the game, there’s some “water-skiing” behind one of his friends, and an area where he can use his ears to fly. Pretty sweet.
I probably had a good 10 hours or so of gaming, which is just enough to keep it fun (before grinding sets in), and also enough to feel I got my money’s worth. There is a high replay value for the achievement whore who needs every lum. I believe if you can collect all 1000, there’s a bonus level…I will never see this, sadly.
With the cool 3D graphics, a beautiful mythical world to explore, the great controls, and cute and funny original characters, this seems to be a must-have for any Dreamcast collection. Highly recommended.
What began as an innovation from Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed in 2007 became an award winning series with over 28 million units sold. Among the awards given to Ubisoft for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood were IGN’s E3 Best Action Game and the Writer’s Guild Award for Best in Video Game Writing all in 2010! The same year Brotherhood also raked in the Best Action-Adventure game of the Video Game Awards. They even added in a little humor for the character winners of their respective awards: Ezio Award Winner Humor.
So…what now? Revelations! According to an interview of the lead writer, Darby McDevitt on CVG, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will NOT be the end of the series, because it will not answer all our “burning questions.” It is not mentioned in this interview if Ezio’s story will end, however.
Another interesting article that backs and adds to this claim I came across was one in which the AC: Revelations lead game designer Alexandre Breault said that there is no way creating an annual Assassin’s Creed series could “fatigue the franchise”. He more specifically says that “As long as each iteration is better than the previous one, we believe players will want more of it. They won’t say ‘enough of Assassin’s’ as long as the game is better than the previous one.” More of the interview can be seen on Gamerzines.
As much as I would love to play a successful AC game every year, fans have their doubts including I. A few more comforting quotes I want to get down before I end this article are some by the production manager Jean-Francois Boivin:
“We know what we’re doing, we’ve had a plan for a long time where this license is going to go.”
“Assassin’s Creed 3: new setting, new hero. That’s the way it works.”
“Assassin’s Creed 3 is yet to be officially announced. Don’t be surprised to see it next year.”
I’m extremely excited, but a little worried as well. By the way, these quotes pretty much make the end Ezio’s trilogy a certainty.
In the meantime, enjoy the Assassin’s Creed Revelations E3 trailer that brings this gamer tears to her eyes every time she watches it. This is from Machinima’s youtube page:
This was the first ever SNES title I ever got with the good old console and what an awesome ordeal! The game is just amazing and prove how close consoles were getting to the arcade machines we praised so much in the early 90s. The only thing the game is missing is the four player feature which would have made it a perfection of all perfection for the SNES. Anyhow, this game gave me endless hours of fun. I can play it over and over without getting bored.
Konami made sure you played their games to the death. The only way to see the real ending is to beat this game in hard, you have no other choice. Unlike today’s games, this was what gaming was all about. The game is full of amazing gameplay and great animation. This game started to show what the SNES could do and what the Genesis couldn’t do. Speaking of the Genesis, the game completely changed with another story but similar gameplay. The game was fun as well but in my personal opinion, the SNES rules on top.
What else to say about this gem? the game has some interesting options like changing the turtles colors from the cartoon to something called comic. Each turtle has their own strengths and weaknesses. Picking up this game will cost you at least 20 dollars loose but if you are as lucky as me, you will find a CIB copy for 2 bucks. Har har har! Until next time!
We have all played bad games, but there are some out there that deserve to be erased from the earth and sadly, most of them are based on movie franchises. Charlie’s Angels ranks as one of the wost movie games in history for a number of reasons as so has been deemed an Anti-Classic.
Charlie’s Angels was released for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 in 2003 by Ubisoft and no DRM was necessary because no one would want to play this game less steal it. It was based on the Charlie’s Angels movie, but really, it was more based on the women and not so much the story of the movie.
The style of the game was third-person and was a beat em up game where you controlled the three Angels are they went on various missions. The game starts off on a beach with the Angels in swimsuits. I assume this was done for the Beach Volleyball effect to get you to continue playing, but as soon as you starting fighting groups of enemies with bad animations, limited fighting moves and unfinished graphics even unlockables featuring images and video from the Full Throttle movie could not win gamers back.
So if you take a look at the video which was done pretty well IMHO you can see right away that they hoped showing bikini clad women would make you want to play. Next, you see the running animation that just looked horrible. Seriously, the run like they are skipping off to see the wizard then we get to see the horrible fighting animation and lack of fighting moves. Perhaps you could enjoy the noises as each woman is hit, but better yet check out the jumping animation that looks like a ballerina on crack.
When you fight mobs of enemies, there is an invisible wall so you cannot advance and further. Now while the not being able to move on until you finish off the bad guys is nothing new, in 2003 game technology it was poorly executed. Now in later levels you had the ability to switch between the Angels so one could access something to allow the other to continue, but you could not switch between characters during fights.
Watch the video and be happy you did not buy this game or embarrassed that you did. Pretty much everyone in the gaming industry voted Charlie’s Angels as horrible and Obsolete Gamer considers it an Anti-Classic.
Hollywood is going through a phase at the moment. The “reboot” of films such as Batman Begins, or the remake of titles including “The Taking of Pelham 123”, demonstrates a lack of original ideas and voices. And the games industry seems to be following suit, relying on summer blockbusters and sequels as much as the cinema.
Prince of Persia is a good example. Jordan Mechner’s classic had already undergone an ill-advised leap into 3D before Ubi Soft’s Sands of Time rebooted the story and added the amazing time rewinding feature. The two sequels added little, even with a Wii remake of the Two Thrones giving motion control. And so it was rebooted again, adding a controversial new game mechanic and dividing opinion.
Tomb Raider has also had its share of remaking and rebooting, with Legend and the 10th Anniversary editions. By handing the series over to Crystal Dynamics, Legend got closer to a true 3D world and Anniversary revisited the old locations with new polish.
The Wii is also seeing several of these new “interpretations”, as evidenced by Klonoa. The original game of the series appeared nearly ten years ago on the original Playstation, and was a 2.5D platformer with the player’s movement controlled along set paths. Fast forward and the graphical makeover is very good (the dreadful Americanised character voices less so), but the movement restrictions remain. The old-school game mechanics may feel uncomfortable to the new audience drawn to Wii, but there is a real challenge in there.
Other titles such as Resident Evil Files have had little done to improve them for the new hardware. The Play Control range has featured some gems brought up to date with Wii controls – Pikmin, for example – but Nintendo would be advised to cherry-pick the best titles to update.
Perhaps the most successful reboot has to be Call of Duty. Arriving first on PC, the console-specific versions (Big Red One) were followed by the unusual idea of two developers alternating work on the franchise. But the biggest surprise was waiting for Call of Duty 4. The subtitle Modern Warfare gave it all away – the franchise moved from its World War II setting (and its competitors Medal of Honour and Brothers In Arms) to the present day. However, despite plans to call the 2009 sequel Modern Warfare 2, Activision has gone back and put the Call of Duty tag in front to avoid losing sales.
So rebooting is not all bad news. In the end it would be nice to be swamped with new and original ideas every time we looked at the shelves in our local game store, but the companies cannot be blamed for the fact that the familiar titles (and gameplay styles) will sell more.
Games Coming Out February 2011 For PC by Honorabili
My list for games I’ll play on PC for February 2011, which mainly boils down to a few real picks.
Dungeons, February 8 2011
This game sounds and looks a lot like Dungeon Keeper which I guess is a good thing because many people no longer remember that game these days.
Test Drive Unlimited 2, February 8 2011
Test Drive Unlimited 1 was a pretty fun game, with a ton of cars, authentic car sounds but it was played with a laggy multiplayer that was basically unplayable. As a single player experience it was similar to the original Test Drive in the sense that it felt like you were driving the real versions of each car but it lacked the police factor from the original, with some Need For Speed games now beating it in that sense. Still, it was a really pleasant driving/racing game to have, and this game promises more of what the original, with a world 2-3 times as big, more cars, more options, etc. I will play this.
Two Worlds 2, February 8 2011
Two Worlds 1 was fun to me although everybody bashed it. This one includes a co-op function which would make exploring the vast map a much more enjoyable experience. Not many RPGs do this these days and it brings me back to the days of playing Final Fantasy 6 on the SNES!
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, February 22 2011
Ubisoft will probably implement their draconian DRM on this game AND chances are that if you are enough of a Assassin’s Creed fan you already have this or have played this on console anyways. Well, at least the pirates will certainly not be able to play this version unless they come up with some crazy workaround like they did For Assassin’s Creed 2, although that was only a single player experience…
Bulletstorm, February 22 2011
The unique theme of this game makes this look like a mix between Borderlands, Fallout 3, and Serious Sam. Since those games all sold well, this might as well, so long as it’s not a nest of bugs. Could be fun…
UPDATE! Actually, I will have to get this game. Just watch this trailer!
Everquest 2: Destiny of Velious, February 22 2011
I don’t understand how they expect to sell a $40 expansion for a play-for-free MMO.
A lot of sequels to games you either love or hate OR that are based on stuff you played already are coming out this month. Could be a good month to go back and play old games you love instead.
You like classic games right? I hope so since that’s one of the main focuses of Obsolete Gamer. Our friends over at Good Ol Games are having a up to 50% off sale on a number of Ubisoft games foe this weekend only including, Farcry, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Might & Magic. You can own all those games and more for just about five bucks which is pretty good deal considering you pay more than that for a Wii virtual console game.
Also keep in mind you can try out Good old Games before you buy by downloading some free games so either way you should check it out.
Don’t you love how I tossed in some Wii hate?
Ah, turkey time is almost upon us and though we are still playing our way through Black Ops there are a few good games being released next week that are ready to suck the cash right from us. This week we are looking at three games that are worthy of a purchase, but let’s take a look at them first and then decide.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – PS3
What is better than an assassin, a team of assassin’s. In Brotherhood we continue where ACII left off with Ezio Auditore da Firenze and a new villain who is the son of the villain from part 2. There have been a number of changes to combat and added horse-riding moves and abilities. In addition the Desmond storyline continues with promises of real answers and some conclusions being given. The graphics look even better this time around and the city is like three times as large. If you liked any of the other Assassin’s Creed’s you should definitely pick this one up.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
EA and the development team wanted to bring the NFS franchise back from the dead. They admitted that the last game was just not what it should be and blamed it on a number of things including how long they were allowed to work on it. Now with more time the team has put together a game they hope will restore NFS to its former glory.
First off, they didn’t go the open world route which so many racing games are doing these days. Instead the team focused on making sure the tracks were designed to the max from the ground up to look stunning and have the fun factor that racers want. The game is about chases and it goes both ways. Play as the cops and the racers and level up on both ends in single player and pick your side in multiplayer. With a ton of awesome cars and incredible locations to race em this game might just put Need for Speed back on top.
Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing and that is the motto used in creating this new NBA jam. If you played the old arcade versions the only differences you will notice is new NBA players and updates to the visuals. The thing is that is a good thing. NBA Jam was fine the way it was and now you can continue the legacy of over the top dunks and full court jump shots. Put together your perfect duo by choosing from 30 NBA teams all licensed and trademarked. Sure, it is not 2K11, but it isn’t supposed to be. This is NBA Jam, home of the BOOM SHAKA LAKA.
Those are the top picks this week and we are sorry you will yet again be inviting your girlfriend over for chicken hotdogs and a bittorrent movie. However, with all these great games who needs a girlfriend, that’s why they invented X-Tube.
Coming this fall for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 is the third installment in the Assassin’s Creed story. Ezio is back, a legendary master assassin he continues his fight against the templar order and leads his own brotherhood of assassins to conquer the enemies of Rome. This time Ubisoft has added multiplayer elements to the game which will bring a new dynamic to the series.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Published by: Ubisoft
Developed by: Ubisoft Montreal
US: Q4 2010
RP-M+ for Rating Pending
Also Available On: PC, Xbox 360
Despite the DRM debacle Ubisoft does deliver fine games and the Splinter Cell series is defiantly one of them. Today the Trailer Theater brings you Splinter Cell Conviction multiplayer gameplay footage from our own YouTube channel, enjoy.
The adventures of Sam Fisher continue in the fifth entry of the stealth-based series. In this game, all of the rules have changed, as the storyline takes a dramatic turn that will reinvent the Splinter Cell franchise forever. Fisher can no longer rely on his trusted bag of tools and iconic goggles.An investigation into his daughter’s death unwittingly leads former agent Sam Fisher to discover hes been betrayed by his prior agency, the Third Echelon. Now a renegade, Fisher finds himself in a race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot that threatens millions.
Uniting revolutionary gameplay enhancements with a high-octane, no-holds-barred storyline, Tom Clancys Splinter Cell Conviction arms you to the teeth with all the high-tech weaponry and lethal skills of an elite operative and invites you to enter a dangerous world where justice means making your own rules.
Ubisoft DRM Servers Attacked
Remember back in late February when we brought you the story about Ubisoft DRM? The idea was to combat piracy and provide a better gaming experience to its users so Ubisoft would require an always on internet connection to its servers so you can play their games? Well over this past weekend the DRM servers went down due to overload because of the recently released PC version of Assassin’s Creed II or at least that is what we thought it was.
ACII was one of the first games to utilize the new DRM policy and it has been plagued with many server issues. Posters on the ACII forums complained of connection outages and not long after the DRM servers went down not allowing anyone else to connect to them and play.
An official response on the Ubisoft forums stated:
“Due to exceptional demand, we are currently experiencing difficulties with the Online Service Platform. This does not affect customers who are currently playing, but customers attempting to start a game may experience difficulty in accessing our servers. We are currently working to resolve this issue and apologize for any inconvenience.”
At this point it looked as if Ubisoft had just underestimated how much traffic they would receive and was underprepared for the server load then this tweet appeared on the Ubisoft twitter page.
“Apologies to anyone who couldn’t play ACII or SH5 yesterday, servers were attacked which limited service from 2:30pm to 9pm Paris time 95% of players were not affected, but a small group of players attempting to open a game session did receive denial of service errors.”
So it looks as if someone or someone’s were not happy with the new DRM policy and launched an attack. Later an official gave a statement to IGN saying:
“All players with an open session during the attack were not affected. We also confirm that, at this time, no valid cracked version of either Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin’s Creed II are available.”
Well I am glad most of you fans of Assassin’s Creed were able to play but the fact remains that the DRM servers had issues before the attack. Simply put, people are not happy and I have seen more frustration than praise from the playerbase.
Ubisoft can boast about no cracked versions of their games being on the net, but what they should be talking about is how to make sure that the 5% who did not get to play will not have to worry about outages, connection issues and attacks in the future.
It’s gonna be a long road people.
Let’s hear your feedback ACII and SH5 players, how did playing on the Ubisoft servers fair you this past weekend?
So Honorabili brought you some of the top PC games coming out in March, now it’s my turn and I pulled consoles duty so let’s do this.
Final Fantasy XIII – March 9th
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition – March 9th
Mega Man 10 (XBL PS Network) – March 11th
God of War III – March 16th
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening – March 16th
Supreme Commander 2 – March 16th
Red Steel 2 – March 23rd
MotoGP 09/10 – March 23rd
Prison Break: The Conspiracy – March 30th
Final Fantasy XIII – I’m not a fanboi, honestly I did not like the way 12 played and the MMO had a lot in it I did not like, having said that the folks over at Square Enix have come back with a pretty awesome looking game with a battle system that looks really fun to play. We know it will have the great graphics and music, but the story and gameplay elements are what looks to be a excellent as well. Is it perfect, no, but I think XIII will be a winner for not only square but fans of the series.
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition – Yes, this game came out already but this gold edition will bring you not only the full game, but all the downloadable content as well as new playable episodes. If you haven’t played this game now is the time to get it. The single player is well done from story to action even though I personally felt the aiming speed was a bit slow. However, the mercenary’s game is excellent and is almost worth the price alone. Overall this is a five star game and with the added content it is a must play title.
Mega Man 10 – Keep in mind this is a XBL/PSN game and is the old classic style gameplay. Then again it is mega man and if you don’t like mega man or have beaten at least part 1, 2, or 3 you are not a real gamer and should be (threatening words towards our fans removed)
God of War III – Ever since Kratos unleashed his bloody beat-downs on the PS2 fans have been hooked and when the PS3 was announced the calls for a new God of War game came pouring in. If you played GOW 1 or 2 you have to get this game and if you never played the series before then come on in the blood is warm. They did the game right, they kept the things people loved from the series and added cool new features like using enemies as a battering ram and switching weapons on the fly. The graphics are incredible, the gameplay is bloody as ever and if you have a PS3 and you don’t pick this title up, you suck, there I said it.
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening – This is an expansion to the popular monster slaying game and like God of War the BioWare gang decided to give the fans more of what they wanted and none of what they didn’t. They didn’t try to reinvent the wheel and instead kept to what they did best by bring you a good story and characters you care about. What you do get is a ton of new items, an expanded level cap and new members to join your party. In Awakening you can import your old DA character or start as a totally new one. A solid game and what looks to me to be a solid expansion.
Supreme Commander 2 – Supreme Commander is RTS and if you played Total Annihilation you will see the evolution of full-scale, full-size high tech war. In SC2 the strategy comes even more into play as you tackle the three different game modes, assassination where your goal is to kill the opponent’s Supreme Commander, supremacy which tasks you to wipe your enemy off the face of the planet and infinite war which lets you fight it out until you are sleepy and turn off the console. In face infinite war is good because it lets you try out various skills and tech trees without a time constraint. The game will feature 21 multiplayer maps and you can play with up to four people on the 360 along with XBL support for ladders and stat tracking. If you like futuristic RTS games then Supreme Commander 2 should be on your buy list.
Red Steel 2 – We have talked about how some games kept to what they did best, in Red Steel 2 the Ubisoft team decided to totally remake the game and not just because it is a Wii title. No longer are you in a modern day world, in RS2 you find yourself in a wild-west type world mixed in with ninja’s and computer hackers, if this sounds crazy well it is. This game is pretty much a hack and slasher with some pretty nice combos thrown in. Using the Wii remote you can swing to your heart’s content slaying anyone stupid enough to step in your way.
MotoGP 09/10 – Maybe motorbike racing isn’t for everyone, but Moto GP is a long running series of great racing games and with Monumental Games taking over they have the task of giving fans the greatness of the classic games with an updated feel. Some of the changes we will see in 09/10 are a time attack arcade mode and 20-player online matches. One of the biggest changes is incorporating the full 2009 and 2010 seasons into the game. There will be tons of customization from your bike to your gear and of course downloadable content for new bikes and features. Honestly if you like racing games in general then this is a game to check out.
Prison Break: The Conspiracy – Look I’ll be honest I put this game in the list because I liked the show (well the first two seasons anyway), but really this game doesn’t look to bad. It runs parallel to the first season of the show where you play Tom Paxton an agent of “The Company” and your job is to follow Michael Schofield into Fox River prison and find out what he is up to. The game mixes stealth and good old prison fighting and best of all it is voiced by all the original actors except the sexy Dr. Sara Tancredi (awe), but hey we get to hear T-bags awesome accent. The game price is worth that alone am I right?
So there you have it, now keep in mind there are more games coming out than what I listed and I am not saying that the ones not on the list aren’t good, but these are the ones that I believe will be fun to play and worth at least a rental. (yes, even Prison Break)
Games coming out March 2010 for PC by Honorabili
A lot of people were interested in this kind of article so here are my picks for what might be good coming this March 2010, for PC.
Supreme Commander 2, March 2 for PC
Battlefield: Bad Company 2, March 2 for PC
Sam and Max 2 Beyond Time and Space, March 9 for PC
Assassin’s Creed 2, March 8 for PC, March 16 via Steam for PC
Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 2 Chaos Rising, March 11 for PC
Command & Conquer 4, March 16 for PC
Metro 2033, March 16 for PC
Dragon Age Origins: Awakening, March 16 for PC
Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, March 23 for PC
Just Cause 2, March 23 for PC
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, March 30 for PC
Mount & Blade: Warband, March 30 for PC
Description/Feedback/Why do we care?:
Supreme Commander 2
I want to see what sort of influence Square-Enix will have on the development on this RTS game. I also wonder if I will need to buy another PC just for this one. ;-]
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Battlefield always competes (on PC) against Call of Duty. Will this take the crown from COD:MW2?
Sam and Max 2 Beyond Time and Space
More Sam and Max insanity and humor, which most adventure gamers crave.
Assassin’s Creed 2
Will Ubisoft remove the online only DRM that they claim to have implemented on this PC release? We’ll see. That will dictate on whether I will buy it or not. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here.
Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 2 Chaos Rising
I’m looking forward to this expansion pack making up for all the downfalls of the first game that many purists of DoW1 complain about. I have no beef with DoW2 so if they don’t, I’ll still probably enjoy this.
Command & Conquer 4
The C&C series is a money maker for EA. Let’s see if they will have the action of the first game. I didn’t like C&C 3 that much. I find the Red Alert titles more fun.
Stalker, Fatherland, and Iron Storm come to mind when I saw the trailer for this game. Let’s see if it will blend the atmosphere of those movies and games correctly.
Dragon Age Origins: Awakening
I didn’t like the first game because I found the dialogue to drag on and the A.I. to literally be annoying and retarded. However, a lot of people like this game. Just giving you a heads-up on it and maybe, just maybe, the A.I. will be fixed on this one.
Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom
People in the States don’t know Settlers much but this is a huge series of classic RTS games that are very popular in Europe. I’ve played the original on Amiga a lot and Settlers 2 and 3 a lot back in the late 90s.
Just Cause 2
More GTA clone with a Tropico/Mercenaries 2 twist to it? Sign me up.
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Kind of sad that this is finally coming out for PC but since I didn’t play this one on console and a lot of people like it, it might be good.
Mount & Blade: Warband
A ton of multiplayer functionality and more has been added to this expansion pack for Mount & Blade.
So if you haven’t heard software maker Ubisoft are unveiling a new DRM that would require an always on internet connection as part of their DRM and online services platform. This means those of you without internet or when your internet is down, you are out of luck.
In an interview with PCGamer Ubisoft answered many of the questions from the gaming community on what is being called a “heavy handed” approach to security.
In the interview the Ubi spokesperson stated about piracy; “It’s a huge problem – you know it, I know it, other people know it. It really is a very important issue that all serious companies need to address,”
Ubi did state that with the new always online approach gamers will no longer need a disc to play and can install the game on as many PC’s as you want as many times as you want and with the ability to save your games to the Ubisoft servers.
So let’s say you are playing a game and your internet goes out, here is an example of what can happen, keep in mind that every game may function differently. “In Assassin’s Creed, if your connection cuts out, you’ll be taken back to the last checkpoint. With Settlers, your game will resume exactly where you left off,”
Now let’s talk maintenance and downtime. As any MMO player knows having to wait hours to play due to server maintenance can be a pain and in the past you could at least play your single player games, now, maybe not.
In the case of a server failure their games will be taken offline, and you’ll be unable to play them. “The idea is to avoid that point as much as possible, but we have been clear from the beginning that the game does need an internet connection for you to play. So if it goes down for real for a little while, then yeah, you can’t play.”
Like everything else this is a test run. As companies grow larger and merge they know they have the upper hand and will make more changes to move closer towards their vision. I am not saying this move is bad (thought I don’t like it) but the key is players will have less and less say in what happens and less choices on what else to do and in other games to play. Hopefully this will not be a major inconvenience to gamers, but it is another step forward toward the end of PC gaming at least in the way that we use to know it.
Piracy is once again back in the headlines, for several reasons. The latest DRM for PC games from Ubi Soft has been heavily satirised by the web cartoonists. The industry has also released figures showing losses accumulated due to game piracy. Then there was the million-dollar fine for the Australian accused of illegally uploading a Wii game.
Let’s deal with Ubi Soft’s DRM first. Producers have a right to protect their content. After all, they have invested a lot of money in getting it to market. However, as soon as that starts to make things inconvenient for a legitimate user, then the balance is wrong. While the new system does allow unlimited installs – handy for the PC fanatic who constantly upgrades their hardware – and “Cloud” save data online, the reliance on a permanent Internet connection is less welcome. You have to be online to play, and any interruption in your connection will cause the game to stop abruptly. Progress since your last save will be lost, forcing you to go back to the last checkpoint or whatever the game has. One cartoon characterised the software as being like a stalker or jealous partner, calling and harassing you, particularly if you “move on” to another game.
We can all probably tell stories of difficult to install software, or long and boring anti-piracy messages that cannot be skipped. Surely there must be some way to detect a legitimate copy and jump past those messages, and force the pirates to watch them? Codemasters’ Operation Flashpoint from a few years ago was clever enough to work out that it was an illegal copy and gave the illusion of continuing to run properly but gradually disabling features.
The sad truth is, the current generation of consumers has got used to the idea that virtually all the entertainment they want can be found for free. The one thing they haven’t grown up with is the moral judgement on whether they SHOULD get the music, TV or games they want in an illegal manner. But on the other side of the argument, software companies touting figures of a “$300 million loss” have missed the point. How many of those people illegally downloading would not have bought the game anyway? From my experience of people who pirate, the increased consumption rate that illegal activity gives them also means a shorter attention span. And while many of those who download music are also big legal consumers as well, using downloads to find potential new purchases, the higher price tag of games would seem to mitigate that effect.
The car boot sales and market stalls may be heaving with pirate games and DVDs, but the vast majority of console owners still buy their games (albeit many of them second-hand). The target of the authorities should be those dealing in thousands of illegal copies and not the individual caught with a few. In the long term, piracy hurts us as consumers more than the companies.
Steam Sale – both Far Cry games
This week both Far Cry 1 and 2 are on sale through Steam. Far Cry is selling for $4.99 and Far Cry 2 is selling for $9.99. Part 1 is worth picking up for that price. I have yet to play part 2 and I’ve heard mixed things about it from some friends.
The link to the Steam Sale is the following: http://store.steampowered.com/search/?term=far+cry