Star Wars Battlefront: Initial Impressions

October 9, 2015 Conor Caulfield 0

Battlefront is exhilarating and fantastic, a sensory overload of an experience. I have spent the last day or so playing the beta for the followup to the games that pretty much define what Star Wars is for me. I really hope that the rest of it is this good.

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Square Enix in Summation

June 16, 2015 Conor Caulfield 0

So Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Just Cause 3 and Final Fantasy 7 remake More Tomb Raider hopefully Kingdom Hearts 3 is overdue some footage as well FF15 and FF14 Heavensward news seems likely too. Life is Strange has been one of my highlights of the year so far, so hopefully we will see some more risky smaller investments by Square Enix in this vein.

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Nintendo Conference News

June 16, 2015 Conor Caulfield 0

Smash has already been covered, won’t be here. Roy, Ryu, Lucas, Miiverse stage, Dreamland and Ryu’s Stage, plus the promises of Original Smash’s Hyrule Castle and Peach’s Castle. Plus Mii Costumes from splatoon, megaman, Retro studio is teasing something with “can you dig it?” This is almost certainly not metroid. Calm yourselves people and assume we’re seeing more Donkey Kong On the amiibo front, Animal crossing, 8 bit Mario, amiibo cards, leaked from Nintendo Spain. Platinum are teasing something big, and possibly for wiiU, maybe bayo3 or Wonderful 102. Earthbound beginnings. Mother as a virtual console game for western release. Already out. NWC reveal. Blastball, 3DS sports title, 3v3 mecha soccer style game. Unveiled at NWC Mario Maker now Super Mario Maker, Unveiled at NWC We’re overdue for a pokemon announcement, more mario kart DLC seems likely. Star fox news seems likely here Iwata not showing up, no new hardware to show.

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Sony Conference Wrap Up

June 16, 2015 Conor Caulfield 0

Uncharted 4 is the big draw here, alongside No Man’s Sky, both of which we will be hoping for release dates and new gameplay. Volume will probably make a new appearance, Mike Bithell is about the conference with a build. Bloodborne expansion should be coming up soon enough, hints here to take advantage of the games ridiculous sales. We may see Destiny stuff here, and the lack of Call of Duty stuff in Microsoft’s conference makes me suspect that exclusivity has switched sides. Morpheus maybe? Some sort of answer to Microsoft’s news in the last few weeks. We do have news that Fallout 4 is probably going to feature mods as well as the Xbone. In addition, Sony’s conference last year had serious pacing issues, hopefully this year will be slightly more apt.

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Ubisoft Conference Summary

June 15, 2015 Conor Caulfield 0

Preamble: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will be the big one here, gameplay sequence seems likely, I would hope very much we’ll be seeing the female assassin character, help smooth over last year’s faux pas. In addition, the continuation of the Assassin Creed: Chronicle spin offs seems likely here. Hopefully more from their indie teams, Grow Home, Valiant Hearts, Child of Light etc really made good grounds for Ubi in the last few years, so support for them would be lovely. The Division is now really overdue for a confirmed ship date and more up to date gameplay displays, hopefully we get this soon. Rainbow Six Siege will probably be big enough draw, looking to give a bit of Tom Clancy credibility to proceedings.

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EA Conference Round Up

June 15, 2015 Conor Caulfield 0

Preamble: So I came out of last year with a great deal of hope. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, hopefully gameplay, hopefully no guns Battlefront, we need to see a match. We just do at this point, people have enough concerns We will probably see the usual array of FIFA and Madden, as well as more DLC for Hardline and Inquisition. Need for Speed reboot is gonna be shown off. Bioware maybe? Show off more mass effect for next year? Possibly even any more Star Wars stuff?

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Microsoft Conference Recap

June 15, 2015 Conor Caulfield 0

Preamble: First things first, Platinum’s Scalebound is appearing at Gamescom, not E3, so don’t get too hyped. Same thing with Crackdown. Gears of War collection remaster details leaked, we can expect an announcement more likely than not. Rise of the Tomb Raider, gameplay has been promised, maybe we will see an actual tomb based puzzle this time. Halo 5 Guardians is probably gonna be the big show here, I’d be very surprised with no gameplay demo, or campaign. Fable legends, they’ve gotta make something of this, especially as it’s launching on Windows 10, Mojang should be up here, hololens or not, the telltale game might appear. Rare are supposedly working on a brand new original project, and Kotaku seems to have word of a rare classics collection being prepared. We shall see. Plus, the news that Oculus and Xbox are linking to share controllers, so we may find some news about that. And will we see Call of Duty and DLC timed exclusivity? I imagine we will.

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Bethesda Conference Catch Up

June 15, 2015 Conor Caulfield 0

Preamble: Bethesda kicks things off this year. The newcomer has a lot to prove, and they certainly seem to be heading that way. They’re coming in on three main prongs. Starting early and surprising pretty much everyone, they unveiled Fallout 4 earlier this month, showing off a teaser that will probably lead to a gameplay reveal during the conference. Secondly, the DOOM reboot has been teased, and gameplay is all but certain, lest we riot. Thirdly, and most recently, an open mic leak on a twitch test stream on Saturday accidentally revealed Dishonoured 2. Not that shocking as a sequel goes, but that’s a welcome addition. So three games at least, hopefully all showing gameplay, to get things started. As for other stuff, I’d assume Elder Scrolls online will be due for some sort of gameplay expansion, especially as the console versions only launched a while ago. As for anything else, not a clue. Wolfenstein making an appearance maybe?

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