Open world games offer some of the most exciting, interesting and enticing games to have graced our desktop, laptop and mobile gaming devices since the birth of the industry itself. Growing ever more sophisticated with each coming year, the idea of entering through a game into an entire world doesn’t seem such an impossible to believe feat in terms of software engineering and player fantasy. Now it’s something of the norm. [Read more…]
The multiplayer beta for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood begins one week from today (October 4th). And this trailer shows you why you should care.
For all AC fans who’ve been wondering just exactly how multiplayer would work in this universe and game engine, this video has everything you need to know, quickly and cleverly offering a taste of the various assassin types, their special abilities, the team-based class system, and more.
Wish I had time to dive into the beta, but this is more than enough to whet my appetite for AC Brotherhood‘s final release later this year.
Got a spare $100 on you? You’re about to spend it.
Ubisoft has unveiled the Collector’s Edition of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and it includes some geeky must-haves. Two different versions are available: one for GameStop customers, and one for all other vendors. Both will cost you a C-note, and both will be available on November 16, 2010 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Here’s what’s inside.
Fall 2010 is going to be one of the hottest seasons ever for gamers. Though the economy is still sluggish, the arrival of the new motion controllers — Xbox Kinect and PlayStation Move — and a slew of new A-list titles, and we could have ourselves a record quarter for the gaming industry.
Let’s look at the ten hottest titles coming to a console near you in the next two or three months. (And fanboys, start cracking those knuckles: you’re invited to gripe about all of the big games I didn’t include…)
10) Call of Duty: Black Ops
(Video is mildly NSFW)
I’m not sure when I first discovered it, but someone introduced me to Zero Punctuation and I’ve been following it ever since. Every Wednesday, Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw posts up a new animated short reviewing a video game. These fall under the “NSFW” category most of the time, but it’s the way Yahtzee picks apart these games that makes it so enjoyable.
First, there’s the accent and speed of the clips. He’s from Australia, but his accent isn’t very heavy so it’s still pretty understandable all the way through. Then he speeds up his voice when recording – hence the name Zero Punctuation – which gives the video a sense of urgency. Ultimately though, Yahtzee touches on the main problems with games in general, and really gets to the source of the matter. He doesn’t just play these games for 5 minutes and write a review, he plays them for hours – sometimes until he beats them – and then passes judgement.
Take the review above for example, for Batman: Arkham Asylum (mildly NSFW). He says very clearly that he loves the game, but he’s not just going to kiss butt like everyone else. Instead, he takes the things that he takes issues with, and makes fun of them. But it’s all done very constructively in a manner that not only makes you laugh, but also is done to make games better as a whole.
See, Yahtzee is a game developer himself, and he just wants to play good video games. By pointing out the good ones and slamming the bad ones, he’s working towards making a better gaming industry for all of us. Plus he does it with colorful cartoon characters and wit. Fact is, this is one site I visit every Wednesday, and every time I do, I never leave disappointed. Give it a shot.