Dragon Age Inquisition: Fourth Companion Revealed

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Discover the Dragon Age, the latest Dragon Age Inquisition environmental video released by BioWare reveals a new unidentified companion. One of the many scenes in this video displays the Inquisitor along with Varric, Cassandra and a male elf running through a noble hall. Now, the question arises: who is this new companion?

The fourth Inquisition companion to be unveiled is a male elf with magic powers. Yes, he is a definitely a mage, judging by the staff on his back. His barefoot-shoes, that look like Fenris’ and Merril’s indicate that he is most likely from a poor family, something more than common among elves in this universe. It’s hard to make further assumptions since the only visual we have is his back.

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Officially, this character doesn’t exist since it hasn’t been announced yet. But that doesn’t mean he’s not a reality.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Delayed Until 2015

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In an open letter from CD Projekt Red’s board, they announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would be delayed until February 2015. The following are excerpts from the letter, detailing exactly why they have delayed the game.

“Ever since we started working on the third installment in The Witcher franchise, it has been our aim to produce a title that would take our 11 years of experience in creating RPGs and distill them into a quintessence, into a game that would effectively crown those years. At the same time, we have wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important.”

It’s an admirable goal and CD Projekt seems very genuine in their concern for quality. The Witcher has always been a unique franchise with a lot of potential, and Wild Hunt seems to be doing things the right way.

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“We’ve created a story that flows naturally, cinematically, rendered it in amazing sound and visuals, while preserving full freedom of choice – all for you. We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.”

They bring up a good point with the size of this game. When Wild Hunt was announced, they suggested that one single landmass was larger than all of Skyrim, so a task as detailed as this seems no easy feat, especially for a slightly smaller developer like CD Projekt.

“We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.”

It’s very refreshing to see that at least one studio is willing to delay their game to make sure the quality is there. I’m looking at you EA.

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“Dear gamers – we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.”

It’s nice that they took the time to address us as well. If the trailers are any indication of the final product, Wild Hunt is a game to keep your eye on.

“Dear shareholders – we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us and thank you for the trust you have granted us thus far. We firmly believe that quality – more than any other factor – determines a game’s success, and that the decision we have made is thus equally valid in business terms.”

They finally go on to address the shareholders directly. We often forget on this end, but the amount of investing in the games we play is shocking.

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Overall, it’s slightly disappointing to see Wild Hunt delayed, but I’d much rather a polished experience than a broken mess of a game like Battlefield 4.

Mass Effect 4: BioWare Can’t Wait to Get the Series Back

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BioWare studio director, Yanick Roy, has recently apologized for the lack of information on the next Mass Effect and game master, Aaryn Flynn, ensured that BioWare can’t wait to bring back the Mass Effect universe. Apparently, the information shortage is due to a focus decision, as Roy stated:

@Yanick Roy: I apologize for not having any new info on the next Mass Effect for you. It’s because our focus is on doing it right over doing it fast! 🙂

Quality seems to be BioWare’s priority right now, so it’s natural that basically no information is being released. Until the development process becomes more steady and solid, it’s unlikely that mysterious leaks will come by. Anyhow, one thing is for sure – the next Mass Effect is not forgotten and the will to return is immense:

@Aaryn Flynn: Two years to the day since we launched Mass Effect 3. Time flies. Can’t wait to get everyone back to that universe.

But even if the developing process is going smoothly, you shouldn’t get ahead of yourself because there’s still a lot of work to do and a long period of restless waiting, since the fourth game shouldn’t reach the gaming markets before 2015.

Dragon Age Inquisition: ‘Explore a Vast, Living and Multi-Region Open World’

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BioWare has recently released a new Dragon Age Inquisition environmental video, Discover the Dragon Age, revealing multiple scenarios from the “dramatic world of Thedas”. The upcoming next-gen action RPG will be the vastest and richest game of the DA series and it will feature a multi-region open world. Players will finally be able to explore the most remotely corners of Thedas, as BioWare clarified:

Welcome to Dragon Age: Inquisition, where you will take on the mantle of Inquisitor and lead a team of heroes on a perilous journey through a living, multi-region open world. Discover the dramatic world of Thedas, from war-torn plains to jagged coasts (…).

The video displays an incredible dynamic, immersive and living world, where environmental diversity seems to be the most prominent feature, since the two previous games didn’t have a huge amount of distinctive ecosystems. Inquisition will present a rejuvenated Thedas with more lands to explore and more variety to experience. However, BioWare hasn’t just been investing in quantity; quality is no less than a major priority. And this video is proof of that – quantity and quality are united in a very promising result. Inquisition will ultimately deliver spectacular visuals with stunning effects and a true next-gen definition level.

New Dark Souls II launch trailer gets awkward

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Namco Bandai released a final trailer to promote the launch of Dark Souls II today, and it causes more cognitive dissonance than any other trailer for the Souls series thus far.

Dark Souls is famous for its crushing difficulty and grotesque atmosphere, so it should come as a surprise that the song of choice for this trailer is a Jethro Tull song. It’s jarring that it is placed over over what is potentially the best example of atmosphere in recent memory. Thus, any feeling this game is supposed to evoke has been crushed by such an awkward choice in music… at least, I think? The lyrics match up to everything going on to an almost poetic degree, but the song itself couldn’t feel more out of place in tone and style.

Beyond the song choice however, the trailer is interesting in that it shows off a few new bosses and enemies that until now, we haven’t seen. The actual design possesses a unique, macabre look as usual, and it’s really exciting to see what is beyond the dilapidated bridges of Drangleic.

Will you be picking up Dark Souls II? I regret to inform you that I will be quitting every aspect of my social life for it.

First Tales from the Borderlands Details Revealed

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SXSW is a thing that happens, and like all things that happen, it did in fact take place this year. Of all the panels and conferences within SXSW, I am here to grace you with the most important aspect of the event: Tales from the Borderlands.

Key members of both Telltale Games and Gearbox Software sat down to discuss their upcoming collaborative project that takes the narrative, character driven aspects of Telltale’s best work, and Gearbox’s absolutely bananas world and characters to deliver the best of both worlds.

The video below, though quite lengthy, sheds much light on several aspects of Tales from the Borderlands, including its spot in the lore, the types of things you will be taking part in, and much more.

To say that Tales from the Borderlands is promising is to understate how much potential this project actually has. As mentioned at the panel, Telltale has a rich history with comedic games.

The video below, though quite lengthy, sheds much light on several aspects of Tales from the Borderlands, including its spot in the lore, the types of things you will be taking part in, and much more.

Borderlands blessed everyone in 2012 with one of the most hilarious, clever, and self aware games we’ve had in years, so combining that humour with Telltale’s writing prowess has me on the edge of my seat with excitement.

Oculus Sets Sights On E3

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Virtual reality, face-mounted game console, the Oculus Rift, will be appearing at the E3 expo in June. The breakout system, the only remaining breakout system after the recent and public failure of the Ouya and others indie consoles, has been making the rounds at other major gaming events.

It’s unlikely to compete with the next level systems but the curiosity influx of inspired development it has seen online suggests a place in the market for the Oculus. It won’t live in the mainstream, though the interest generated by hardcore gamers alone is promising.

The device is closer than ever to an actual retail release. The estimated price tag according to Forbes will be around $300.

The Oculus promises to deliver a new experience, unseen in home entertainment before. An immersive, unique, strapped to brain device it’s hard not to be excited about the possibilities. Home virtual reality is something that people were excited about in the 1990’s. The resurgence of the concept, especially in indie form, shows that the dream hasn’t died.

Graphically the Oculus isn’t pushing any boundaries and with rumours that Sony is getting ready to debut its own VR interface it may be in for some stiff competition.

Batman Arkham Knight Trailer Delivers

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The latest release of a cinematic preview for the upcoming installment of the Batman game franchise shows exactly what a next generation system is capable of.

In the stirring, realistic visuals, Bruce Wayne suits up to narration read by his father. Besides having one scary look suit of bat shaped armor, the game also reveals something long left out of the Arkham series, the Batmobile.

It’s mean looking, fast and eats through parked cars, gun-fire and explosions. Scale would never allowed the necessity of such a tool in previous titles and Bat-fans have had to turn to the Lego games if they wanted behind the wheel of anything made by Waynetech.

The game is being released solely for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The graphics are refined and fluid. New and old players of the series will be impressed.

Almost more exciting is the return of Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman. Conroy is the same actor who lent his talents to the now iconic 1990’s Batman The Animated Series. For many, myself included, there is no other who more accurately captures the sound of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego.

The latest game takes the Caped Crusader out of the prisons he’d prowled before and out into the streets of Gotham. The game world will be so large that it makes better more wide-reaching transportation a necessity.

PlayStation Network Error E-82204301 Causing Trouble, How to Fix?

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“An error has occurred (E-82204301)”. This is the blue screen message that a lot of people on the PlayStation Network are starting to get used with, unfortunately and nobody seems to know how to fix it.

The even worse thing about the E-82204301 error on PlayStation is that it doesn’t appear to be detailed anywhere, but certainly is a network error that makes playing online games extremely difficult. The PlayStation forums are filled with complaints from angry gamers who either find it difficult to chat with fellow gamers or are having trouble accessing online features in games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and more.

Apparently, the PlayStation error E-82204301 is related to chat functions and fortunately Sony is aware of the situation and announced that they’re working to fix this so hopefully they will release a fix very soon.

What about you? Have you been affected or are you still affected by the E-82204301 PlayStation Network error?

Titanfall: 15 New Titanfall Maps Leaked, Images Galore

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Over the weekend, the Reddit user FallenFusion was really busy to share with the world a ton of brand new Titanfall information. Among all the details that we’ll sum up below, there are 15 new Titanfall maps, with leaked screenshots showing a top down view of the said maps as well as images of the most important parts there. And you don’t have to be a Titanfall fan to agree that they’re simply amazing!

But before you go check out the leaked Titanfall maps below, I think you’ll love to know that FallenFusion has also shared some details about the new content coming to the game. Therefore, we know that the campaign has 9 matches that allow you to play as either IMC or Militia. The matches consist of 5 Attrition & 4 Hardpoint games and some “surprises” compared to the multiplayer matches are announced.

There are 5 game modes (Attrition, Capture the Flag, Hardpoint Domination, Last Titan Standing, Pilot Hunter) 15 new maps and new Heavy Turrets that will be found on top of buildings and they will have the power to take down titans.

But I am sure you’re itching to see the leaked Titanfall maps, so check them out below:

Titanfall: Airbase Map

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Titanfall: Angel City Map

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Titanfall: Boneyard Map

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Titanfall: Colony Map

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Titanfall: Corporate

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Titanfall: Demeter

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Titanfall: Fracture

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Titanfall: Lagoon

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Titanfall: Nexus

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Titanfall: Outpost 207

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Titanfall: Overlook

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Titanfall: Relic

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Titanfall: Rise

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Titanfall: Smuggler

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Titanfall: Training Ground

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I’m really excited about all this. What do you think about the new maps?