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Watch Dogs preview

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Open world action-adventure
Number of Players: Single-player, co-op multiplayer
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Available on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Release date: June 30, 2014

A surprise from developer Ubisoft Montreal, Watch Dogs wowed gamers across the globe with its new IP at the Ubisoft press conference at E3 this year.

Watch Dogs is an open-world action-adventure game set in modern-day Chicago. You take on the role of Aiden Pearce, a man “shaped by violence, and obsessed with surveillance.” Throughout the course of the game, Pearce earns abilities that allow him to manipulate any and all electronic devices. His main weapon? The city itself. Read More…

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ZombiU preview–a “realistic zombie experience”

Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: First-person shooter, survival horror
Number of Players: Loyal multiplayer
ESRB: M for Mature
Available on: Wii U
Release date: Nov. 13, 2012

ZombiU is the reason I’m getting a Wii U.

The survival horror genre has been slowly dying, turning into more of a fast-paced, action-adventure genre than anything else. Recent “survival horror” games aren’t really survival, because you are given a huge array of weapons that make it relatively easy to survive, and they aren’t horror because there’s mostly nothing scary about them.

Senior Producer of ZombiU Guillaume Brunier said, “We [Ubisoft] miss old school survival games where fear is the center of the experience.” ZombiU could likely revive the dying genre of survival horror. Read More…

Paper Mario: Sticker Star preview

Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: RPG
Number of Players: Single player
ESRB: E for Everyone
Available on: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: Nov. 11, 2012

One of my favorite N64 games has always been Paper Mario. It was the first turn-based RPG I ever played and is still one of my favorites. I still play it on my N64 to this day. When Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door came out on the GameCube, I was ecstatic. It was just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. But then, something horrible happened: Super Paper Mario came out on the Wii.

While Super Paper Mario was a solid game, it shouldn’t have been released under the “Paper Mario” name. It wasn’t turn-based, and it was just barely an RPG. Intelligent Systems tried to make it more of a platformer than an RPG, and while platforming is great, Mario has enough platforming games. Paper Mario fans like myself wanted a true RPG experience from Super Paper Mario, and they just got another platformer. However, Intelligent Systems seems to be redeeming itself with its newest Paper Mario title. Read More…

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