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2014 Video Game Preview Podcast – Part 2

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Here is part 2 of the Cosmic Book News video game preview podcast. You can listen to part 1 here.

 

Ubisoft Roundup

The panel discusses Assassin’s Creed Unity as another “annual installment” series game (not unlike CoD) which is teased for a 4th quarter release in 2014 in addition to another unnamed AC title that will probably be for last generation counsels.  Dan needs some clarification as to some details of Watch Dogs.  The panel discusses another very ambitious project by Ubisoft: Tom Clancy’s The Division.  This game has been confirmed to NOT be releasing any time in 2014 and has even been suggested as a lucky shot if it’s ready by holiday of 2015!?!  Regardless, the panel reviews what the game is about in addition to some of the unique selling points as well as a nice plug for MarcoStyleNL and his coverage of The Division.

Destiny

The panel discusses the significance of Destiny which releases September 9th 2014 and how much of a splash Bungie’s first game made out from under Microsoft’s shadow.  How strong will this franchise be and how well does it differentiate itself from Halo?  Casey leads the discussion surrounding gameplay, setup and story, but will this game just be another FPS?  Kevin seems to not care at all for this game because he has issues regarding some sci-fi shooting mechanics.  A slight disagreement arises thanks to debating the quality of recent Halo games and the suggestion that Destiny is a definitive Halo alternative.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Unfortunately, the third installment of the fantasy/action/RPG has been delayed until February of 2015 (provided it does not get pushed back any further).  Casey and John lead the discussion here and tempers runs pretty high regarding this game.  John and Kevin almost come to blows concerning Kevin’s inability to complete games in general and having a “valid” opinion concerning another sequel in this series in particular.  As a result, this segment is slightly abbreviated.  Giuseppe has a chance to explain what about The Witcher appeals to him despite not having been able to play either of the previous two games.  

Batman: Arkham Knight

Rocksteady is back with a vengeance developing the franchise that made Batman cool in video games.  Batman: Arkham Knight releases October 14th 2014 and the major gameplay twist is using the Batmobile to navigate Gotham City.  The panel expects the same high level of satisfying combat and stealth, but how excited are we about more Riddler puzzles?  Will this game feature time trials with the Batmobile?  Will multiplayer from Arkham Origins return?  

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2014 Video Game Preview Podcast – Part 1

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2014 Video Game Preview Podcast – Part 1

 

Introduction

Giuseppe Jones leads his panel of “Red Knight Rises” Casey, “Better Than Buble” Dan, “Angry” John, “Gamer Girl” Emily and “Calorie Free” Kevin begin their discussion regarding a general outlook on the possible success 2014 may or may not be.  Trends like game delays, announcements, console vs. PC and the impact of indie games are all mentioned as significant factors that influence the “greatness” of any particular year in gaming. 

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases November 4th 2014, but is our panel impressed by the presence of Kevin Spacey?  CBN’s Kevin seems to need more from the FPS mega franchise as he discusses fixing gameplay issues to take CoD to the next level.  Is the FPS formula running dry for Activision?  Will fans accept futuristic warfare that isn’t Halo?  And what about all those fancy bells and whistles that were revealed in Advanced Warfare’s trailer?  Will players be able to actually use all that gear or will they be limited to small segments of the campaign?  We’ve all been teased something visually in the past and we’ve been burned before.  Kevin and Dan discuss this game’s possible similarity to Titanfall.

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Advanced Warfare, Kevin Spacey specifically

CoD is still one of the kings of games, but will Keyser Soze/John Doe/Frank Underwood infuse some extra credibility to Advanced Warfare, specifically the single player campaign?  Angry John shows some love for the K-Paxter and announced his reservation for this game based on Spacey’s presence alone.  Obviously, competitive FPS is all about multi-player, but death match mode alone does not a “great” (as in critical success) make.  If CoD were to reinvest into a more satisfying campaign, would the overall quality of the game rise?  Emily seems very frustrated with the FPS formula and most of our panel feels the game must have more than Spacey to break away from same old CoD.  Giuseppe would love to see more social commentary about world issues like Private Military Contractors being expressed through games.

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Watch Dogs

Giuseppe recaps his opinion concerning the seemingly abandoned project: Rainbow 6: Patriots. Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games of the year and it releases May 27th 2014, but most of our panel isn’t as excited about it as Giuseppe.  How similar will this game be to GTA, Assassin’s Creed or even Far Cry?  The panel discusses what the game play is presenting itself to be, specifically player interaction within the game outside of team matches as well as the inclusion of tablets and smart phones as supplemental modes.  Who watches the Watch Dogs?

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