EA at E3 2015 recap

This is Brother Sorg once again and I’m here to bring you today’s details from EA’s press conference at E3 2015.

Mass Effect Andromeda

EA kicked off with a Teaser trailer for a Next Gen Mass Effect subtitled Andromeda.

 

Need for Speed

First up was the new Need for Speed, mentioned as a definitive experience that brings together modes and styles from past titles. Five campaigns having different play styles. Speed, Build, Crew, Style and Outlaw. This one comes out 11.3.2015

 

Star Wars The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire

Next up is an expansion to Biowares next expansion to their Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, showing off a shiny new trailer.

Release, 10.27.2015

 

Unravel

A cute little puzzle platformer following a protagonist made of yarn.

 

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

GW2 changes the perspective of the game and takes the fight to  the Zombies home, Zomberbia, as they try and defend their home from the plants. Also, theres a Zombie Super Hero, Super Brains.

 

EA Sports

As always, EA shows off their sports franchises, NHL, NBA, FIFA and Madden, adding some new features to each of them.

 

Mobile Games

Ea then moved into mobile games, announcing two new games. The first they announced was Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Second was Minions Paradise, the minions are stuck on an island and its up to you to turn it into the vacation they wanted.

 

Mirrors Edge: Catalyst

The story follows the origin story of the original game’s protagonist, Faith. This prequel will sport an open world to traverse through the city however you like, unlike the separate levels of the original game. It will release early next year on 2.23.2016

 

Starwars Battlefront

Battlefront was the final game shown off, and it looks amazing. The developers got access to Lucas Arts vault and have recreated everything faithfully to the origional movies to every little detail. From armor, weapon and vehicle design to the way everything sounded in the demo, it seemed like nothing but a faithful recreation of the Star Wars universe. It will drop on 11.17.2015.

 

The presentation started strong but did get a little boring towards the middle with Sports and Mobile games, lowest point was when Pele came out for Fifa and they had a 10 minute conversation not even related to video games. But it did end strong with Mirrors Edge, Madden, and the one everyone was waiting for, Battlefront.

Video Game Themed things from around the Internet…net…net!

Boy and girls, Children of all ages, welcome to Video Game Themed things from around the Internet…net…net! Come along with me on the journey of things found as i traveled the Internet like a hobo with a bindle on a stick!

first up!

The Game Theorist on youtube finally released the second part to their death by hacking series. In the first one they cover the possibility of Watch Dogs hacking and show that it could happen.(although unlikely) The second part shows the feasibility of a hacker being able to hack your body! Check it out below.

Next up, Someone built a working iPhone in Minecraft. Complete with unlock screen, games, apps the works.

Minecraft players have too much time on their hands. Too much!

Last but not not least! Do you work a desk job? with a lot of free time? Do you wish you could game but the computers are locked down? Well! here is the link for you! 6 popular games recreated and running in Microsoft Excel! Number Cruncher, Monopoly, 2048 and more!

http://mashable.com/2014/08/27/microsoft-excel-games/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link

The games require macros to run but you can enable those by going into options and enabling them.

Thats all i have for you this week on Video Game Themed things from around the Internet…net…net! Thanks for tuning in! Be sure to check out the runners up below!
Runners Up!

Vegas Smash Meetup- Guy lands perfect falcon punch, opponent just quits. —

Deviant art Dragolisco has re-imagined Pokemon and they are bad ass. http://dragolisco.deviantart.com/art/Mighty-Charizard-425008435

Mobile Monday Review: Llamas with Hats Cruise Catastrophe

It’s a new week! A new week means a new review! This week it’s  Llamas with Hats Cruise Catastrophe. This is another one of those games I picked up based on name alone, I wish it would’ve been better but read on and see the thoughts.

Mobile Monday Review: Llamas with Hats Cruise Catastrophe?Game:  Llamas with Hats Cruise Catastrophe

2014-08-20-06-21-59Developer: Jason Steele

Platform: Android, iOS

Object:
Wreck shop as a llama in a cool jester hat on the deck of a cruise ship. Run around kicking people off the boat and rack up the points!

2014-08-20-06-17-02Game play:
Running back and forth along the deck of a cruise ship using your hoofs kicking people  and racking up points. Using the direction pad move all 4 directions to line up with the people and use the kick button to boot their asses off of the cruise ship. You have 8 misses per attempt of the one level available in the game. Picking up power ups help you kill all on screen or move faster, earn more points, or even take away lives. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this game honestly but it wasn’t this.

2014-08-20-06-18-06Graphics and Sound:
The graphics in this game are on par with everything else. Not bad, not great, just average There isn’t anything that really stands out about this game other than the name. The sound at first is a mixture between generic and interesting. The backing track is generic and repetitive. The sound effects are entertaining at first but then also get annoying. There are comments by the people as they are getting booted are funny at first and then you want to either not play the game or play the game without sound.

Overall:
Overall, Nothing about this game stands out except the name the name alone made kind of excited to play this game only to be extremely disappointed later when i actually did. The graphics, sound effects and music combine to make this game middle of the road average, nothing really stands out. At 99 cents not really worth the time or effort to download and play this game. 3 out of 5

3outof5Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Mobile Monday Review:Llamas with Hats Cruise Catastrophe ! Have a game you think I should review? Email me at chachisays@gmail.com, hit me up on twitter @chachisays, or leave a comment below! Tune in again next week for another Mobile Monday Review!

Mobile Monday: Clash of Clans Review.

Welcome to Mobile Monday: Clash of Clans Review. This new weekly-ish post will feature a new mobile game review brought by Me, Chachi Says! The video game themed post will be moved to Tuesday so you’ll get more words from the genius mind of Chachi!

The first of the games to be reviewed is going to be Clash of Clans. *Warning: This is a freeium game. Meaning that you can play without paying or you can buy your way to power! So if you or someone you know are prone to pumping out moneys for games like this maybe stay away.*

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Game: Clash Of Clans
Developer: Supercell
Platform: Android, iOS.

I came across the game the same as most of the other players did. Supercell advertised the hell out of this game. You could not turn on a media form of any kind and not hear the name Clash of Clans. I would turn on tv, slacker radio, Facebook, it was everywhere.  As most things of video game nature if you cram it down my throat chances are ill play it at least once. In fact while playing a different game an ad for this game just came up.(Except Farmville, i have never and will never play Farmville)

Object:

The object of this game is like other games of the genre. Build the kingdom, Rule the other players, be the most powerful. The only difference in Combat Strategy games is the setting in which the game takes place. Whether fantasy or based on reality the games never change much.

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Gameplay:

The game is a simple touch and play game.  Collect elixir and gold to use to build and upgrade your kingdom. Building up the collection points to build more. Gaining an army consisting of Barbarians, Archers, Goblins, Giants, Wall Breakers, Balloon, Wizards, Healer, Dragon, Pekka.  The higher the soldier rating the more room it takes up in the barracks and ultimately the less soldiers and longer the generation time takes. Same with building and upgrading as all games in this genre go. Thats were the pay to play comes in. Buy gems to speed up all productions or wait it out.

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There are two gameplay modes in the Clash of Clans. Single player in which you take on hordes of goblins using your army or you can take on other players and climb the ranks to number 1. The battle gameplay leaves a bit to be desired. No matter the outcome of the battle the troops used in battle are gone. After which you must generate more. Another downfall is not being able to control what the troops attack. So the troops run in and attack the closest object regardless of defenses in place.

Graphics: The high point of this game is the art work. For being a mobile game the art work is fantastic. As shown in the pictures i screenshot from the game. I keep coming back for the graphics.

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Overall: Had this game not been crammed down my throat via advertising i probably wouldn’t have played it. However, i do continue to play it because honestly its a lot of waiting. So the game doesn’t take up much of your time. Not the typical mobile style. The gameplay itself leaves something to be desired in that you should be able to control at least to some point the troop movement and attack pattern. Overall, probably not the mobile game you are looking for. However, not a bad game, just not a great game. Chachi gives this 2.5 out of 5.

2,5outof5

Video Game Themed things from around the Internet…net…net!

Alright, so we still couldn’t get Sorg to wrestle a bear. However, we have another exciting edition of Video Game Themed things from around the Internet…net…net! Im your host Chachi, lets get on with the show!

First up this week, artist Andrew Ryan from right here http://andrewryanart.deviantart.com/art/Final-Fantasy-7-Pokemon-451405702 on deviant art decided to reimagine the characters from the Final Fantasy series as if they are Pokemon Trainers! Here is the main cast from FFVII.

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Amazing work. Go to his page and check out the rest of his art!

Next up: Musician on youtube created an amazing music video and did The History of Video game music metal style!

I love covers of music. All music. The Punk goes series is one of my favorite. i give this guy 10 out of 10. Put it on in the back ground and just listen away!

Last but not least! This is not a new series but i think its one worth pointing out for you all to watch and subscribe too. The Game Theorist proclaims to be “The Smartest Show in Gaming” and i agree. He takes things from gaming and points out things that we normally wouldn’t think about. The one i put in is about Skyrim’s famous quote “I used to be an adventurer and then i took an arrow to the knee” and proves how it is true. Other theories Mario is a commie, The worth of Diamond armor in Minecraft and How deadly is Bullet Bill.

He goes through and uses math and physics to determine whether or not each theory is plausible. Check it out.

That’s all i have for you this week, tune in next week for more gaming themed goodness and Rizz wrestles a trouser snake…. Wait, no he doesn’t. Thanks for reading Video Game Themed things from around the Internet…net…net!

Runners up!

Top league of Legends players suspended for 6 months for being jerks.
http://kotaku.com/two-top-league-of-legends-pros-suspended-for-being-jerk-1584804540

Japanese Mario Car commercial.

A tad bit Irrational? Bioshock studio to downsize.

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Irrational Games, makers of Bioshock, both Infinite and regular announced today that it was downsizing it’s studio to make smaller more story driven games. He is also handing over the reigns on his Bioshock titles to 2k games and another studio.  Ken Levine announced the changes via a letter he wrote on irrationalgames.com today.  Here is some of that letter.

 

Seventeen years is a long time to do any job, even the best one. And working with the incredible team at Irrational Games is indeed the best job I’ve ever had. While I’m deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished together, my passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before. To meet the challenge ahead, I need to refocus my energy on a smaller team with a flatter structure and a more direct relationship with gamers.  In many ways, it will be a return to how we started: a small team making games for the core gaming audience.

I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I’ll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two.  That is going to mean parting ways with all but about fifteen members of the Irrational team.   There’s no great way to lay people off, and our first concern is to make sure that the people who are leaving have as much support as we can give them during this transition.

Besides financial support, the staff will have access to the studio for a period of time to say their goodbyes and put together their portfolios. Other Take-Two studios will be on hand to discuss opportunities within the company, and we’ll be hosting a recruiting day where we’ll be giving 3rd party studios and publishers a chance to hold interviews with departing Irrational staff.*

What’s next?

In time we will announce a new endeavor with a new goal: To make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable. To foster the most direct relationship with our fans possible, we will focus exclusively on content delivered digitally. – Ken Levine via www.irrationalgames.com

Ken Levine isn’t the only studio head to announce that he’s going smaller in the last few days, Cliff Bleszinski announced that he will no longer be making CD Rom based games but going smaller and all digital releases for the rest of his career.  What are your thoughts on these larger studios and studio heads dwindling down to work on smaller more intimate games.  I think it’s a step in a strange new world of gaming, and it shows that you don’t need to make a blockbuster game franchise to make an impact in the gaming world.  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Games for Gold kicking the year off big! And a helpful tip.

After ending on a slow note last month with Shoot Many Robots as the last free game for gold members of 2013, Xbox comes up strong in January with the next batch of free games.

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Starting yesterday and through the 14th the free game for gold members is Sleeping Dogs. Sleeping dogs is an open world, action adventure game in which you try to infiltrate the Triad gang. The game did mediocre sales wise when released but was a popular new IP. The other game being given away this month starting on the 15th is Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light the download only title that was released on Xbox live, Steam and PSN.

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So it seems as if they are off to a great start for the year. Also, as a reminder if you want these games and dont have time to play them if you confirm the purchase and cancel the download you will have these games available to you even after they are not available for free.

Sharing with the Steam Family

globalheader_logoAs some may know that I have quite a Steam Library. With All the Steam Sales and now Humble Bundles, my account has reached a whopping amount of 317 games over my 9 years of being on the service. One downside with purchasing games from any download service is the fact that you are unable to let anyone other than yourself play these games without you being logged in. Yea, you can give your friend your account info to log in, but then all they do is tied to your account from stats to achievements and sometimes, saved games, especially those that sync with the cloud.

Well now Steam has announce a new feature they are planning on bringing into beta real soon. It’s Steam Family Sharing.sharingicon_english

What Family Sharing will allow you to do is to Authorize up to 10 computers with your account. On those Authorized computers, anyone that logs in will be allowed to play any of the games in the Authorized Account’s Library. This means full access to the full games as well as any DLC that was purchased. There are a few exceptions to the rule, like games that uses a third party service for authentication of a game and those that have subscription services will not be playable for obvious reasons.

The only other limitation is that Only one person can be playing a game from the library, at any time. If someone tries playing while another is already in a game from the library, they will be given a warning to finish up in a few minutes or asked to buy the game to continue playing. This limitation has gotten lots of criticism from users in comments and forums(and The Steam Group Discussions), saying it’s absurd that two people can’t play two different games from the same account’s library. I am honestly ok with this limitation. I understand why it is in place. Those who have used their Steam accounts on multiple computers may already know that you can only be logged in on one of those computers. If you try to log in on another, it will kick you off of the previous computer. This is apart of the DRM side of Steam. This DRM, which is probably apart of their policies, is why I think they are limiting the use of the account library to one computer at a time.

I honestly love the Idea of this. I’m not going to be as keen to letting every friend I can have access to my account. If anything, I will limit it to probably my brother and my nephew if I do. But I am very excited about the fact that I can Authorize my account on my computer, and anyone who logs into the computer will have complete access to all of my games. Greatest Scenario I can think of using this is giving access to your gaming library to your children, and they can enjoy all the features like steam cloud and achievements, without having to buy a separate copy just for them. It will be most beneficial for computers that have a few different users who log in. One person can play a game installed by another user without even owning it rather than seeing a game in your Games list that you don’t have access to. I’m going to enjoy giving my girlfriend access to my library instead of buying everything again that she might be interested in.

This feature will go into beta soon, first giving access to 1,000 users who joined the ‘Steam Family Sharing‘ group and much more later on,  but I can expect it to roll out for everyone a few months afterwards, probably before the end of the year.

What are your thoughts on this new feature coming to Steam? Are you excited to share digital games? Do you think we might start seeing features like this on other platforms?

Handheld Gaming Systems or Smart Phones?

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The first to merge gaming and phones…noble taco phone.

 

With the announcement of Playstation’s new Vita TV yesterday and the iPhone 5S and C today, it got me thinking,  Is it more practical to game on the go with a handheld system like a Vita or 3DS or just a smart phone whether it be an android or an iPhone?  Let’s start with you phone… well it’s a phone, it can do things that a handheld system can’t. It can do so much more than a console, You can check twitter, you can take pictures, vine videos (on some phones) The only drawback is that the graphics on phones have not caught up to the graphics on handheld systems, Another plus with smart phones the games are a lot cheaper, you can get a really great high res graphic game on a phone for about $6.99 and some smaller more fun games for about $.99 per game.

The announcement of the 2DS shows that Nintendo is marketing more towards children and that’s a good thing, because kids need to game, but what about games for us adults.  Nintendo is one of the greatest game companies in the world, not so much based on their hardware but mostly for the games.   I think Sony and Nintendo are both firing back at smartphones with the announcements of the 2DS and Vita TV which has the capabilities similar to The WII U in which you’ll be able to go to any room to continue your gaming session if you choose to.  It also uses cloud technology to stream vita games on your tv, which is a pretty neat idea.  What do think of all the announcements recently, and do you think that it’s more viable to game on the go on your phone, or a handheld system?  Let us know in the comments!

Games You Should Be Made Aware Of: Action Arcade Wrestling 2

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Welcome to the first installment of Games You Should Be Made Aware Of, in which I play various games and tell you whether they’re a waste of time, or whether you should check them out.  The first game I played was Action Arcade Wrestling 2…So without further ado…

 

So to wrap up my experience, I think it’s worth a download, not sure if it’s worth a purchase at the 240msp price point but if you’re into wrestling games check it out.

3,5outof5