As much as we’d like to see it, things don’t always go as planned in the game industry. Game players are typically very devoted fans, so when things don’t live up to expectations, it hurts. We don’t want to seem negative (well, maybe I do) but talking about these things helps. It therapy. I imagine some of you share our pain from some of these selections. Reading this may help ease your pain as well.
Ethan Says: Watch Dogs had so much promise when it was originally revealed at E3 2012. The game was listed as part of the launch window if not launch day of the Playstation 4 but this game’s release date was ultimately pushed back to improve some aspects of the game. Watch Dogs came out in May of this year and it was not on par with what was originally seen two years ago nor was it the game fans were expecting. I believe most fans expected some form of Assassin’s Creed in modern day using smart phones to hack people but ultimately the game was rather bland once the novelty of hacking wore off after the first 3 minutes. Watch Dogs would probably be better described as Ubisoft’s attempt at Grand Theft Auto. Read more…
It’s got to be hard to make a game. To create an entire reality that fits on a disk is no small task. We take for granted things like gravity, light, air, water, etc, but these are all things developers have to recreate when building a game. Sadly, it doesn’t always turn out so well. Likewise, running a business is hard and running a business that deals with video games is probably pretty stressful. Given that, why don’t we feel pity when games go wrong. Instead we typically feel ripped off. Thus is the reaction of a person parted with their money. When this happens nobody ends up happy, so allow us to vent a little on what we felt where the worst parts of the game industry this year.
Will Says: I’m not really hip to actual game industry news. I’m more of a comic book/superhero movie news guy. I have noticed something going on with the rest of the Okie crew though. They are all buying these Amiibo things. And they are buying them like mad, at thirteen dollars a pop. I don’t think the game developer side of the industry is making the worst decision. I think it’s the consumer side. I think getting every single Amiibo is a waste of money. They’re like Beanie Babies or Pogs. They will be gone in a year and no one will care anymore. Meanwhile, they’re taking up a ton of real estate in your house and aren’t good for anything except shooting down with a rubber band or maybe as replacements for your missing electronic football players. All of the Amiibo says are just letting Nintendo know that they don’t need to focus on making more games, but just making a few games that cost people hundreds of dollars each because of the accessories. I don’t know about you, but to me, Amiibos are the devil. Read more…
If you were hoping today would be the day you could run around a virtual Paris in Assassin’s Creed: Unity with no problems you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. Ubisoft has announced that the big patch that was supposed to be released has been delayed “a few more days.”
“Rigorous quality control is of paramount importance to us, and your feedback over these past weeks has indicated that it is important to you as well,” Ubisoft’s live team said. “As stated last week, we’d expected to release the patch today (and we know that many are anticipating its release), but we are choosing to hold off until we can give you the improvements we’ve promised.”
Ubisoft has had nothing but problems since the release of the game. They’ve offered free DLC and games as a way to make amends, but how long will it be until people are ready to give up on Assassin’s Creed: Unity and move on to something else? No word yet on when the patch will be released, but we’ll keep you up to date on when that may happen.
I haven’t gone back to Assassin’s Creed: Unity since I saw the credits roll over a week ago. I finished the game before the first three patches were all released and while I “enjoyed” the game it was as I’ve explained on the podcast more of an exercise in frustration than fun. Ubisoft isn’t done trying to fix the game and they’re going to start sending out free games next week to people who bought the DLC Season Pass. Until then they’ve announced that a fourth patch is coming and they say this will fix most of the remaining issues with the game. Time will tell if that’s the case. For a full list of what’s coming in the patch click through the break.
The next Assassin’s Creed game has already leaked, and yes it is set to come out in 2015. Kotaku showed off some early footage of the game with target gameplay and photos of the setting. It’s codenamed Assassin’s Creed: Victory and is set in Victorian London. This game will have you running around 19th Century England hanging out in carriages, on top of trains and using a grappling hook to get around. Development of the game is being headed up by Ubisoft Quebec and is rumored to be launching on PS4, Xbox One and PC, much like Assassin’s Creed: Unity this year.
Also talked about where the releases of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, a sidescrolling game set in the franchise that takes place in China during the time Ezio was running around Italy and the Middle East. Whether this spin-off is the start of a new series, or a one-off thing is still not yet known. Also confirmed was a PC port of Assassin’s Creed: Rogue set to release sometime in 2015.
I don’t know what’s going on. We finally played Smash. That was fun. Tony played some more of the shadow game. Micah and I played some more Ultimax. Shannon has some Final Fantasy music thing going on. We talk about Kool-Aid a lot. Somehow the whole show devolves when we have to pick our favorite pokemon. I don’t know. Y’all are smart. You’ll figure it out.
Starring – Tony, Micah, Shannon, Shelby
Run time – 2:27:43
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Let me first get this out of the way. To many people this will sound like an article from a Wii U fanboy who’s whining about their favorite system not getting support it deserves and saying that Ubisoft owes me something. That’s actually far from the truth. I know there are many other Wii U owners out there who have pledged their support and voted with their wallets that think every game player should be able to get the same experiences no matter what platform they own. This is my own personal opinion and yes it’s going to be a little rantish, but I think everyone is entitled to that every now and then.
If you were a Wii owner in the last generation you know things were pretty slim when it came to third party support. If you got games with the same title as other consoles it was very often a completely different game only loosely tied to the “proper” console release of the same name. They were very often feature incomplete. Games like Call of Duty left out entire levels, had minimal online support, if any or were cartoonified like Madden to fit the platform. Ubisoft was one of the few publishers that pushed support of Nintendo’s little white box and even they had a tendency to create sub-par experiences for Wii owners (I’m looking at you H.A.W.X. and Ghost Recon).