Monthly Archives: November 2015

Game Trailers Roundup for November 23, 2015

As I am wont to do to start a new week, Monday ends with a roundup of all the noteworthy trailers from the past seven days. I say noteworthy because there were some DLC and “accolades” trailers that I left out here. I don’t understand the accolades ones especially. There was one for AC Syndicate but how can anyone say with a straight face that it’s the best one in ages when its aggregated review score is about 10 points less than AC4 from two years ago?

Anyway, this week’s roundup has nine trailers for four games. It’s mostly indie releases in the roundup this week with Just Cause 3 as the triple-A representative this week, including their 4K trailer. I asked Square Enix for details on what was needed to run Just Cause 3 in 4K at max settings. I’m still waiting on an answer but I would guess that it’s more power than most could afford.

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Doctor Who: Face the Raven Review

doctor-who-face-the-raven-headerWhat happens when the inevitable happens when you least expect it? I think that was what Steven Moffat was going for in putting together this season. He mixed that in with another of his favourite tropes this week when The Doctor’s past actions came back on him in a way he didn’t expect. This week’s episode was a memorable one but I’m not sure that I’d call it any good until the final ten minutes.

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Geek Links of the Week

In their infinite wisdom, Comcast is going to artificially limit a limitless resource. They’re implementing broadband bandwidth caps on customers. Living in Canada, I’m unfortunately familiar with that (along with lower speed, lower caps than Comcast is giving and higher prices). The biggest problem is that other companies might take Comcast up on this idea. [BGR]

Sony is working on bringing PS2 emulation to the PS4. It may have even started with the Star Wars classics pack that came with the Battlefront PS4 bundle. [Wired]

Yahtzee says what we’re all thinking: AAA games are just paint-by-numbers now. Hell, there was an element of that in today’s LOTV review. [Escapist]

YouTube says they’re going to be a bit friendlier to media creators when it comes to DMCA claims. Now about ContentID… [Kotaku]

I think I understand why the porn industry is interested in sponsoring eSports teams. One leading website (who I’m not naming solely to not further harm our Google page rank) saw their traffic tank last Tuesday when SC2: Legacy of the Void, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4. [Venture Beat]


StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Single-Player Review: Homeward Bound

starcraft-2-legacy-of-the-void-headerAfter five years, the story of StarCraft II comes to a conclusion in its second expansion. In the great tradition of the franchise that first launched in 1998, StarCraft II played out in three parts, each focusing on one of StarCraft’s three races. The third and final part of SC2, Legacy of the Void, not only focuses on the Protoss as they try to take back their homeworld but also includes an epilogue to wrap up the series’ story.

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eSports Weekend Calendar: November 20 – 22, 2015

It’s a quiet weekend in the world of eSports. There isn’t a lot happening outside of group stages in team leagues but you can certainly find some of that happening if you do some digging. Dota 2 takes the lion’s share of the attention with the conclusion of the first Dota 2 major, The Frankfurt Major. Friday sees the tournament go from five to three teams and Saturday sees the Lower Bracket Final and Grand Final to crown the first Dota 2 major champion.

Blizzard has a little eSports action themselves. BaseTradeTV is hosting a one-day SC2 TVT tournament on Saturday. Over in Hearthstone, the Collegiate Hearthstone Championship wraps up on Sunday.

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Green Man Gaming Adding More Info About Keys

green-man-gaming-logoWhile I get a lot of my games from Steam, if I was to tabulate where I get my games, Green Man Gaming would probably be number two on the list. That doesn’t mean that Green Man Gaming has a good reputation in the gaming world. Ever since CD Projekt said that they hadn’t sold any The Witcher 3 game keys to GMG, the site has come under fire for the alleged sale of grey market keys.

Following a second flare up of this grey market controversy, GMG is getting reactive about the information it’s including on its website. In a statement, Green Man Gaming announced that they will now tell you when you’re getting a game key and where that key’s coming from.

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Jade Raymond Working on an “Assassin’s Creed-Style” Action Game for EA

jade-raymondWhen one of the most powerful women in gaming made the jump from Ubisoft to EA, you had to wonder what her next big project would be. Thanks to EA’s Chief Financial Officer, we now know what Jade Raymond has been up to since forming the new studio Motive for Electronic Arts. Blake Jorgensen told a conference that Raymond was working on a new open-world action game for the gaming powerhouse.

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Franchise Hockey Manager 2 Review: Shattering Shanahan

franchise-hockey-manager-2-bannerWhen I was in university, the one game that we played religiously was the latest EA Sports NHL games. Sure, it’s not the best investment of money because the games are largely the same year-to-year but we still all loved playing (and trash-talking). Being a fan of Football Manager, I also gave Sega’s hockey management sim Eastside Hockey Manager a try but was a broke college student so I was limited to the free trial. That and you could cheat your way to the Memorial Cup by literally buying players from other junior teams so where’s the fun in that.

Now, there’s a new player in the sports management sim genre. Out of the Park Developments, who also make the popular Out of the Park series of baseball sims, is getting into the world of hockey with Franchise Hockey Manager. How have they handled the transition from grass and bats and chewing tobacco to ice and skates and stitches on the bench?

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Mark Hamill’s Epic Star Wars Card Autographs

One of the celebrities that you often hear about being a good and funny guy is Mark Hamill. He might have been typecast as Luke Skywalker for most of his career before a career renaissance as a voice actor. What you might not know is that Hamill has a history of pretty unique autographs. A recent collection of Star Wars cards signed by Luke Skywalker surfaced online and they’re a pretty good read.

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Fallout 4 and StarCraft II Sell Millions of Copies on Launch Day

fallout-4-starcraft-2-lotv-headerI’m not sure if November 10th will go down as a landmark day in gaming history but to investors in Bethesda and Activision Blizzard, it certainly will. Both companies had their big holiday releases last Tuesday with Fallout 4 and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, respectively. Both companies are reporting millions of units sold within hours of their games launching.

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