In many ways, The Order: 1886 is just another third-person, cover-based shooter. As a member of the eponymous Order, you’ll be equipped with the requisite weapons and equipment you need to take on the rebel forces and the half-breed monsters that have overrun 19th century London. Where this game differentiates itself from other games in the genre is its visual flare — The Order: 1886 looks like a film, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. More →
Gamers are pretty desensitized to blood and guts — after all, you can only blow off so many zombie heads or impale so many bandits before you just aren’t squeamish anymore. However, it’s one thing to have blood and random goo splatter everywhere, but it’s quite another to see actual organs taken out of people’s bodies and examined up close. Enter Surgeon Simulator, the game that lets you tear open a very unlucky patient and completely obliterate his vital organs with drills, hammers and other implements of destruction. More →
Ubisoft is on a roll. Between Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and now Watch Dogs, Ubisoft has a stable of some of the most popular franchises on the market, and the company didn’t disappoint with another huge showing at E3 this year. There weren’t many surprises, but unlike some of the other conferences, many of the games Ubisoft presented will actually be on store shelves at some point this year. This isn’t an outline of the new generation — these are games we’ll all be playing in just a few months. More →
As expected, EA’s press conference on Monday was packed with new titles from some of the biggest studios in the world. EA Sports showed up with five new games, most of which will be out before the end of the year, Maxis is preparing to release the fourth entry in the hugely popular Sim series this September, BioWare is working on a new Mass Effect game as well as a game still in its earliest conceptual stages and Waystone Games is putting a fresh spin on MOBAs. More →
PlayStation 4 owners have a lot of new video games to look forward to, including some very interesting titles that will be available both on Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles such as Battlefield Hardline, GTA V and Batman: Arkham Knight. But beyond those great games, Sony on Monday announced a variety of PS4 exclusives that will be available in the future, or right away, as is the case with Entwined. The launch trailers for nine exclusive PS4 titles follow below. More →
The annual E3 conference isn’t really a competition… but if it were, Sony would have just won. Microsoft and Sony each pulled out all the stops on Monday at E3 2014 and did their best to prove that this new console generation will be the best in history. Each company did a tremendous job, showing off exciting exclusive titles and revealing hotly anticipated non-exclusive games as well. Gamers in both camps will have plenty to be excited about in 2014 and 2015 but according to one industry watcher, E3 2014 painted the same picture we’ve seen since the PS4 and Xbox One were first unveiled: Sony is winning. More →
It might not have been what we expected, but Sony is coming into E3 2014 as the console maker to beat. With more exclusives, better specs and a less imposing price tag, the PS4 won the first battle of the new generation. Now, Sony might have taken an early lead, but with all the recent changes over at the Xbox camp, the most popular video game console of the generation needs to keep getting better to stay on top. More →
Closing out the day, Sony is going to do everything in its power to retain the huge lead its been given early in this new console generation. With a $100 price advantage over the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 quickly established itself as the console to own in late 2013, which carried over into the new year supported by the PS4′s slightly more powerful hardware and an arguably better lineup of exclusives. Now that Microsoft has ditched Kinect to reach the $399 price tag, added its own offering of free monthly titles and fixed many of the software issues that plagued the Xbox One at launch, there’s only one weapon Sony has left in its arsenal: a lineup of great games. With The Order: 1886 delayed to 2014, what’s going to be the PS4 exclusive to watch for this fall? We should find out later today. More →
EA is poised to have another huge year in 2014. Although the surprise of Battlefield Hardline was spoiled before EA could take the stage in Los Angeles, Spike TV’s Geoff Keighley noted last month that the publisher was planning to show off six new games at its press conference, the EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Preview. More →
The “console war” is just as meaningless as the “smartphone war,” but that won’t stop passionate gamers from berating each other every chance they get. Competition is inevitable, and some aspects of this war are useful. Comparing sales of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, for example, gives investors a good idea of how each company is progressing during the early days of this console generation.
But verbally attacking people because they don’t own the same little black box as you is ridiculous and sad. More →
What happens when a game takes on a life of its own? When developers make promises that they aren’t going to be able to keep, gamers usually call them out right away. No matter how good your game turns out to be, the chances of it being revolutionary are slim to none, but through some of the most masterful marketing we’re likely to see this generation, Watch Dogs kept everyone captivated until its release, quickly breaking every Ubisoft sales record in its path.
The hits just keep coming for the game that helped define the new generation of consoles. Ubisoft announced on Tuesday that Watch Dogs sold over 4 million copies in its first week on store shelves. That makes it not only the fastest-selling game Ubisoft has ever released, Watch Dogs now holds the title of fastest-selling new IP at launch in the history of video games. At this point, there aren’t many records left for the open-world adventure to break. More →