Happy Thanksgiving/Black Friday: A Small Site Update

Hope you’ve all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are enjoying the madness of Black Friday. May you be lucky enough to score all of those deals you’re after.

Me? Well, I’m kicking my feet up and taking some much needed time away from the site. Considering the holiday week we’re currently in, I’ve decided to also give the Video Round Up the weekend off, so I’m sorry to disappoint if you were looking forward to it.

With that said, we’ll be back up and running full tilt next week, just as you expect. There’s only a handful of Round Ups left in 2017 and the annual Gamer Crash Awards are quickly approaching as well.

Hope you’re all having a great week, have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you right back here next week. Until then!

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The Breath of Fresh Air That Is Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Time. It just doesn’t seem to be on my side these days.

As much as I wanted to have a post up talking about all the things I really like about Assassin’s Creed: Origins, from its loot system, stronger RPG mechanics, and how wonderful Bayek is written and performed, it’s just not in the cards for right now.

While we all continue to wait for the day when I finally can put something like that together, I did want to take a moment to talk about an element of the game that took me by surprise.

Coming into Assassin’s Creed: Origins, I was excited to experience a game that had obviously been created with refreshing, if not resetting the entire experience. I mean, Ubisoft felt compelled to remove the franchise from its annual release cycle to give the development team enough time to really get this game right. I was aware of all of the major changes and I had read a number of reviews before being able to dive in myself.

Needless to say, I like to think I was prepared. As I played, I found myself completely oblivious to the fact that a major component had been almost entirely diminished.

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Sunday Video Round Up: November 12 – 18

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, everyone! Let’s take a little break from life for a moment and check out the latest and greatest trailers from this past week. Things are slowing down a bit as we get into the American holiday of Thanksgiving, but there’s still a bunch of good stuff to get to. Here’s a taste:

Rainbow Six Siege has returned to deliver three new character videos in preparation for their final expansion for year two: Operation White Noise. Come meet the new recruits , two from the South Korean 707 and the last attacker from the Polish GROM unit.

If you’re as impressed with Blizzard’s CG trailers for Overwatch, then you’ll definitely want to check out what’s below. For their latest CG trailer called Honor and Glory, the studio released a director’s cut from cinematics project lead Ben Dai. Come for the feels, stay for the cool behind the scenes look.

I’ve also got new videos for Tekken 7, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Batman: The Telltale Series, and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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The Star Wars Conundrum

I find the current situation that Star Wars Battlefront 2 finds itself in fascinating considering how quickly the community has turned on the game. Since its reveal earlier this year, the game seemingly had everything going for it, the developers said all of the magic words people wanted to hear, and it looked like a more than worthy sequel.

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying the game is a lost cause at this point. In fact, it’s likely quite the opposite as I’ve heard the gameplay is actually fantastic and much better than its predecessor. It’s just really interesting how one or two decisions can really undermine the whole thing. Seriously, this whole thing is starting to evolve into a Rebels (fans) vs the Empire (EA) style match up.

Whether or not this outrage was really initiated by Battlefront 2 or has been something that has been building over the last couple of months thanks to the rapid rise of loot boxes, this whole outrage and controversy made me realize just how bad the video game side of the franchise is doing at the moment. When you really analyze the entire landscape of Star Wars video games over the past 10 years, you find that the IP isn’t nearly as strong as it should be. Let take a look at the depressing recent past for Star Wars.

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Injustice 2 Fighter Pack 3 News, Ed Boon Trolling, and Turtles

The moment many fighting game fans were waiting for finally happened this past weekend as Fighter Pack 3 was revealed for Injustice 2, putting to rest the speculation and rumors regarding the next wave of fighters. NetherRealm previously revealed Atom was coming, and many people managed to figure out that one of the other silhouettes looked somewhat like June Moon aka Enchantress. The question revolved around the third shadow. Some people believed it was Spawn, while others thought those broad shoulders belonged to a character like Azrael.

Adding fuel to the fire was none other than the trolling master himself Ed Boon. Days before the announcement, the co-creator of Mortal Kombat posted this random Tweet:

Obviously, considering that Fighter Packs 1 and 2 both added Sub Zero and Raiden to the game, people began immediately speculating that Mileena would be the third. Cut to the trailer and fans got quick confirmations of Atom and Enchantress. Where things got interesting is when a familiar sai hit the ground between the two fighters. Thinking Mileena was confirmed, the trailer shifted to a figure walking towards the duo, speaking in a man’s voice. Turns out, it was these guys. The crowd lost their minds.

They did it. They actually did it. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Way to troll us all, Ed.

Interestingly enough, not everyone seemed to be thrilled with the reveal. While people were disappointed that some of their favorites didn’t make it like Constantine or Beast Boy, I did see comments that people were mad that a game based around comic book characters got another guest character. Believe it or not, the Turtles are a much better fit than most realize.

Before they became a hit TV and movie franchise, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started out as a comic book franchise for Mirage Studios. So, technically speaking, Fighter Pack 3 is the first DLC pack with all comic book characters. Not only that, the Turtles have recently teamed up with Batman in a pretty successful comic series.

So the interesting twist here is that the Turtles represent four characters. My initial question is how this will actually work. Is it going to be like Sub Zero and his colors for Reptile, Scorpion, etc? I’ll be honest, that’ll be a bit disappointing considering how different each Turtle is, so being able to change/customize them through gear and shaders wouldn’t capture that spirit.

So how would this work then? Maybe players can pick which turtle to play as like they select the character image from the select screen and then the four options appear. Maybe they’re going to handle this through the premier skin system, where players get access to them for free (or after purchasing the Turtle character pack).

Clearly, the Turtles will be the last release in this pack so we’ll have a bit longer to wait before we get those answers.

What do you think of this reveal? Are you more surprised that this didn’t leak before hand? 

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Sunday Video Round Up: November 5 – 11

Sorry to disappoint, but there was no big games event this week so the Round Up may not be quite as exciting as last week thanks to Paris Games Show. Still though, there is some really cool stuff waiting for you below the break this week. Here’s a small glimpse!

Next week sees the official launch of Star Wars Battlefront 2 and EA is getting fans ready to jump back into that galaxy far, far away. A handful of videos have been released introducing players new and old to the many modes available on day one like Strike and Galactic Assault.

Well, NetherRealm Studios finally dropped their anticipated Fighter Pack 3 trailer for Injustice 2 and the world was not prepared. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t already heard, but yes there is a guest character (characters?) and yes, no one saw it coming.

I’ve also got new videos for Horizon: Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds, Assassin’s Creed Origins, For Honor DLC, and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Two Months Later: Destiny 2

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? It’s crazy to think that it’s already been two months since Destiny 2 first hit shelves. I like to think that in that time, the newness aspect of game ownership, you know, where everything is awesome, has worn off. I’ve certainly enjoyed my time with the game, but I’ve started to experience a number of nagging things.

I stand by what I previously wrote because Destiny 2 is absolutely a fun game for players who are still rising through the ranks and aren’t hitting that 280 power wall. The problem starts to creep in after you’ve beaten the story and approached the power level cap. The game simply loses steam.

Let’s break it down a bit further.

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