If there is one third party game you could say I was most excited for it would be Assassin’s Creed IV. I can’t wait to get my hands on that game. The boat sections of ACIII were some of the best parts of that game and this looks to be a great expansion of that. The character looks interesting and I really want to know how the Kenway family get to where they are with a Templar sandwiched in between two assassins.
Nintendo fans have had a lot of bad run-ins with third-parties. A good portion of the time, the fault lies on both sides. The mantra that Nintendo consoles only benefit Nintendo and that Nintendo fans only buy Nintendo games is a common one. Well, actually first it was Nintendo is too kiddy and family-oriented, and now it is this new one since arguments, like cavemen, needed to eventually evolve.
Fans have seen third-parties cancel games, release games with no marketing and missing features and then turn around and blame Nintendo fans for low sales, and we’ve seen promised exclusives get moved to other platforms. The latter really isn’t that bad, but when it comes just weeks before the intended release, Nintendo fans feel burned.
The most recent egregious thing to happen from a third-party is the Wii U port of Sniper Elite V2, created by Rebellion. According to various angry purchasers on Miiverse as well as this article on Nintendo Life, the game is completely missing the cooperative modes, the online multiplayer, and the online leaderboards that the other versions (which are cheaper and have been out for awhile) have had.
Tune in for our further adventures in zombie infested London. This week we find C-4, meet a doctor and walk into fire. Again, I will warn you, there are all kinds of spoilers in this podcast.
Starring – Tony, Ethan, Shelby
Run time – 31:43
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Tony, Ethan, and I wanted to play ZombiU and we decided to record some podcasts about it. Over the next few weeks we are going to play through the game and talk about our experience. This is episode one of four. Spoilers be abound so consider yourself warned. Without giving any spoilers right here, we talk about zombies and GamePads; among other things.
Starring – Tony, Ethan, Shelby
Run time – 31:05
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I know that Nintendo console owners have a rocky history with Ubisoft, what with the Imagine games released on the Wii and with how the original Red Steel turned out. However, you cannot really knock Ubisoft this generation, as they are supporting Nintendo’s Wii U with many of their big titles, despite the new system’s well-known sales struggles.
Such a big title is Splinter Cell: Blacklist, the latest in the stealth-action series. This trailer shows the various uses the Wii U GamePad has, such as controlling a drone via the controller’s gyroscope, or viewing the spy cam via the touchscreen. The version definitely looks promising, so here’s hoping the final product is something Wii U fans can be proud of and purchase.
So I got this press release in my inbox today, from Ubisoft, announcing a game based on the upcoming Smurfs 2 movie. I thought the first movie was garbage and I was immediately ready to dismiss the email, toss into the trash and go on about my day. Unfortunately, I skimmed through the press release and found a word that piqued my interest, WayForward. Well crud, now I have to pay attention.
Sony, Ubisoft and WayForward are collaborating on a side-scrolling adventure game for the Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3 and DS (no mention of 3DS in the press release). According to the info, it will be an action-adventure platformer that takes place in environments like New York and Paris. It will also feature worlds exclusive to the game like the Arctic Tundra and the Lava Jungle. You’ll be able to control up to nine different smurfs that all have unique abilities in a four player co-operative experience. Unique to the Wii U will be a fifth playable character, Clockwork Smurf, controller by the GamePad.
You know my affinity for all things WayForward and the screenshots actually look pretty interesting. I might just have to care about a Smurfs game based on a movie that I have no desire to ever see. The game itself is set to come out in July. The DS version will be different from the console versions as it is an interactive storytelling book and a collection of mini-games.
I know one thing. This game better have Alchemist Smurf!!!!
We’ve all heard the story about the haunted Majora’s Mask cartridge right? Well, just in case you haven’t this link (no pun intended) should prove handy. I have a similar tale of woe that occured to me just today.
It all began with the purchase of my Wii U last Friday. I’ve been playing it for a week with no problems, but I didn’t have a screen protector on it; having kids I knew it would probably be a wise purchase. So today I stopped in to GameStop and picked up a bundle that had two screen protectors, a cleaning cloth and two extra styluses, styli? It’s that package you see above, except my styluses were green and purple. I get home and I apply one of the screen protectors (mostly bubble free) and proceed to continue about my day. Nothing out of the ordinary, no weird occurrences; Jake had spent some time playing New Super Mario Bros U.
About 9:15 or so I decided to spend some of the credit that I had on my Wii U eShop account to pick up a game. I was thinking Darksiders II might be a good purchase. I do a search in the eShop for all of the Wii U downloadable and retail downloadable games. I’m scrolling through the list for a few minutes just checking out my options when Abby decides to wake up. I sit the GamePad on the arm of my chair, make her a bottle and sit down to feed her. I’m holding Abby in one hand and I decide to send my wife (who’s at the other end of the house) a message and ask her a question. As I’m typing out the message on my iPod I hear the GamePad making some noise. I look over to see what’s going on and I see the following message, “Confirming purchase” and the words Rabbids Land somewhere on the screen.
I’m not a fan of PETA. I think the organization means well, but goes about things in the completely wrong way. Their latest crusade is against Ubisoft and the depiction of whaling in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. In a statement earlier this week the animal rights organization went after the company about the idea that players would be able to hunt and kill whales during game play.
“Whaling—that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive—may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it. PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals—not games that promote hurting and killing them.”
I, like I’m sure most people on the planet, don’t condone the killing of animals for fun. I love a juicy steak every now and then, and lord knows I’ve eaten more than my fair share of chicken in my life time. Ubisoft also agrees that they’re depiction of whaling, which was a major part of world history, isn’t going to lead to a generation of people bent on the destruction of every whale on the planet. The company released a statement responding to PETA’s complaints that I think sums things up quite nicely.
“History is our playground in Assassin’s Creed. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a work of fiction that depicts the real events during the Golden Era of Pirates. We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don’t condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over-the-legal-limit drunken debauchery.
And even if the game does glorify whaling — as it certainly glorifies the life of a pirate — I don’t think it will lead to a generation of gamers who head to the Caribbean to hunt down humpbacks. Just as I don’t think anyone who played the previous Assassin’s Creed games have found employment as a murderer for hire.”
I don’t know about you, but after five games I haven’t donned a hidden blade on my forearm and gone on a murderous rampage, or even been contracted to kill someone. I’m certainly not going to spend the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars it would require to go whaling for “scientific reasons”, which is the only way that whaling is legal today.
PETA is all about publicity for themselves and would probably go after their own member’s mothers for putting a bow in their dog’s hair. I’m glad to see someone actually calling them on it and not backing down.
The Trials series from Red Lynx is all about crazy motorcycle physics, but it’s all kept to a side scrolling or slightly behind the back perspective meaning you never really get the full force of riding on those courses. Imagine if for the next entry in the series they developers decided to take it up a notch and moving into a first person perspective. This is what that might look like.
For the record I think the Trials franchise is one of the best “racing” series that is available right now. Please bring the next entry to Wii U guys, please?
And with that I will no longer use any pirate or sailing related puns in a headline regarding Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. In an apparent accidental leak the release date of the newest entry into the stealthy franchise has been made known. The game, which takes place before the events of Assassin’s Creed III will hit store shelves on October 29th. What’s most interesting about the leaked information is the little phrase you might notice in the picture, “Also coming to Next-Gen Consoles”. Does this mean that Ubisoft knows some information that they’re not supposed to be releasing yet and that we’ll see the PS4 and possibly the next console from Microsoft before October 29th? I think it might be more likely that the game will pull a Wii U and launch on those systems whenever they happen to become available.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is set to come to Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.