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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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Watch Dogs Launch Trailer

Below you can check out the launch trailer for Watch Dogs.

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker who saw something no one was meant to see. His enemies came for him, but killed a family member instead. Now on the hunt for those responsible, you’ll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city’s network. 

Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge.

Watch Dogs is available Tuesday, May 27th for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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New Watch_Dogs Trailer Reveals Release Date

The highly anticipated Watch_Dogs video game from Ubisoft saw its released date get delayed, but now a new trailer reveals the game will be available May 27, 2014.

In Watch_Dogs, players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.

Watch_Dogs will be available for the PS4, PS3, XBox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.

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Activision Announces Cheap Next-Gen Upgrade Option For Call Of Duty: Ghosts

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Actvision announced at Gamescom a pretty good deal for those gamers who will be getting a next-gen console somewhere down the line, but may have already purchased Call of Duty: Ghosts for PS3 or XBox 360.

For only ten bucks you can upgrade to the next-gen console version, PS4 or X-Box One, and bring all your Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass Content with you.

So you need not buy a second copy of the game, you just have to pay the ten bucks for an upgrade. Not bad!

For example, if you can’t wait to play Call of Duty: Ghosts, which comes out November 5th for PS3, but plan on getting PS4 when it becomes available on November 15th, you can buy the PS3 version and then just do the upgrade. Same for XBox one when that becomes available.

From the below announcement, it looks like more details are forthcoming; hopefully they continue this option through the Holidays, and it would be nice to apply to older games as well (Black Ops II).

Update: Sony announced policy is also in effect for Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV, and Watch Dogs.

 

Press Release

ACTIVISION ANNOUNCES CALL OF DUTY ®: GHOSTS PLAYSTATION UPGRADE FOR A SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE OF JUST £10

Announcement Joins Other Policies Designed to Smooth Transition to Next Gen For Call of Duty® Gamers

 

Cologne, GERMANY – 21st August, 2013 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), today announced further details surrounding Call of Duty®: Ghosts’ participation in Sony’s PS3 to PS4 upgrade programmes.  The upgrade programme is completely optional and allows consumers who purchase Call of Duty: Ghosts on PlayStation ® 3 to upgrade to the PlayStation ® 4 version of the game for a limited time at a suggested retail price of only £10.  More details will be shared in the weeks to come.

“Today we’re announcing that anyone who buys Call of Duty: Ghosts for the PS3 will be able to upgrade to Call of Duty: Ghosts for the PS4 for a limited time at a suggested retail price of just 10 dollars, 10 euros or 10 pounds,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Retail programmes, announced by Amazon and GameStop allow our players to upgrade from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for £10 as well. We have also previously announced that for a limited time our players will bring all of their Season Pass Content and all of their in-game progress with them within a console family, for no additional charge. We have the best fans in the world, and we want to make this transition as seamless and easy for them as possible.  And there’s more news to come on that front.  Stay tuned.”

Published by Activision Publishing, Inc. and developed by Infinity Ward, Call of Duty: Ghosts will release on Xbox 360 game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PC and Wii U™ on 5th November. The title will also release on the Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system later this year. Call of Duty: Ghosts is rated PEGI 18. For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com/ghosts,www.facebook.com/CODGhosts, or follow on Twitter  @InfinityWard. 

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