Best Games Coming Out May 2014

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A new month is ahead of us and the excitement rises with the imminent arrival of numerous highly anticipated titles. May 2014 will be a month extremely rich in genre diversity games and next-gen content. Even the pickiest players will be satisfied with a brand new release for their favorite gaming genre. Sports, strategy, role-playing, action-adventure, there’s certainly a release for every taste.

Here’s an extensive list of the best games coming out in May 2014:

Watch Dogs1. Watch Dogs (PC, PS 3, PS 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)

After a long delay, Watch Dogs is finally getting released. This open world action-adventure game revolves around Aiden Pearce, a Chicago vigilante whose main weapon is hacking. Watch Dogs will introduce an extensive series of next-gen features, unique parkour and hacking abilities, diverse multiplayer modes and a mobile application to fully connect players anytime, anywhere. In a reality where everything is connected finding the most obscure secrets is just a matter of time. Experience the dynamic world of Watch Dogs by purchasing the game here.

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Release Date: May 27     Genre: Action-Adventure

Mode: Single-player & Multiplayer     Official Website: watchdogs.ubi.com

Publisher: Ubisoft     Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Wolfenstein The New Order2. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS 3, PS 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

The Wolfenstein series are back with another thrilling game. The New Order presents an alternate course of history, in which the Third Reich came out victorious of the World War II. In this obscure reality, where oppression and tyranny reigns, players are tasked with the challenging mission to take down the nazi forces. To do so they must consider their tactical approach, which can be direct or stealthy. Furthermore, players will have access to a non-limited weapon inventory, including enemy military discoveries. Get a digital copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order here.

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Release Date: May 20 (NA), May 22 (AU), May 23 (EU)     Genre: First-Person Shooter

Mode: Single-player     Official Website: www.wolfenstein.com

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks     Developer: MachineGames

Bound by Flame3. Bound by Flame (PC, PS 3, PS 4, Xbox 360)

Bound by Flame is a promising action role-playing game from Spiders. Set in a world dominated by evil forces, players must do anything it takes to save the world. In this choice-driven game, players’ actions and decisions will generate different scenarios in the story. Also, each choice will determinate the power and appearance of the protagonist – greater power comes at the price of humanity. Companion interaction (friendship, rivalry and romance) will be a key feature in Bound by Flame. Purchase a copy on Amazon.

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Release Date: May 9     Genre: Action Role-Playing

Mode: Single-player     Official Website: www.boundbyflame.com

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive     Developer: Spiders

Mario-Kart-84. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

The Mario universe is getting a new racing adventure for Wii U. Mario Kart 8 continues the traditional gameplay of the franchise, in which characters from the Mario universe race against each other in go-karts. This new game will feature an anti-gravity system, as well as underwater racing and vehicle customization. Besides the usual multiplayer mode, Mario Kart 8 will also include an online mode that connects up to twelve players at once. The game is available on Amazon.

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Release Date: May 29 (JP), May 30 (NA&EU), May 31 (AU)     Genre: Racing

Mode: Single-player & Multiplayer     Official Website: mariokart8.nintendo.com

Publisher: Nintendo     Developer: Nintendo EAD Group No. 1

Drakengard 3 5. Drakengard 3 (PS 3)

Drakengard 3 is a prequel to the original game of the Japanese Drakengard series. The game revolves around Zero, a mysterious woman who partners with a dragon to kill her five tyrant sisters. As players progress, they start to discover the true reason behind Zero’s rampage. The third game continues to deliver a mixture of ground-based hack-and-slash combat and aerial battles. Zero’s new adventure is available for purchase here.

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Release Date: May 20 (NA), May 21 (EU), May 22 (AU)     Genre: Action Role-Playing

Mode: Single-player     Official Website: drakengardgame.com

Publisher: Square Enix     Developer: Access Games

Tropico 56. Tropico 5 (PC, PS 4, Xbox 360)

The Tropico series is returning this month with a brand new simulation game. Tropico 5 introduces several innovative political features and challenges players to manage their island colonies since its historical foundation in the colonial era, through World War 2, up to the cold war and present. One of the main attractions is the competitive multiplayer feature, which allows up to four players to ally or fight each other within the same island. Buy it now.

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Release Date: May 23     Genre: Strategy, Simulation

Mode: Single-player & Multiplayer     Official Website: www.tropico5.com

Publisher: Kalypso Media     Developer: Haemimont Games

0Rk.1280x7207. Mario Golf World Tour (3DS)

Mario and his friends will engage in an exciting golf adventure this month in Mario Golf World Tour. The game displays intuitive controls and a fast paced realistic gameplay. The sport simulation mirrors the basis of golf, in which the player aims a ball with a golf club across a massive golf course in order to hit it into the target hole in the lowest number of strokes. Mario Golf World Tour can be purchased via Amazon.

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Release Date: May 1 (JP), May 2 (NA&EU)     Genre: Sports

Mode: Single-player & Multiplayer     Official Website: mariogolf.nintendo.com

Publisher: Nintendo     Developer: Camelot Software Planning

Other Game Releases This Month: Godzilla: Smash3 (May 16); Killer is Dead (May 9); Outlast: Whistleblower (May 7); Soul Sacrifice Delta (May 14); Start a Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (May 7); Transistor (May 20).

Watch Dogs: Citizens Will Be Fully Simulated to Create the Ultimate Living City

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Ubisoft has been promising an extraordinary level of next-gen features in its upcoming action-adventure game, Watch Dogs. And that’s exactly why the company postponed the release date, to ensure every aspect of the game came out as it was initially intended. One of these reasons was the fact that Chicago wasn’t ready yet. More, the citizens’ mobility and reaction levels needed further mapping. Animation Director Colin Graham and his team used the additional time to solve this “big data problem” and create advanced rules to realistically organize citizens all over the city. But the ultimate living city concept couldn’t be achieved without proper mapping and a complete simulation, as Graham explained:

You have to think about it like a big data problem. We had to create certain rules about where to put people. (…) That’s the next-gen approach to creating a living city. It’s all simulated.

Watch DogsBut action and mobility are not the only concerns. Reaction is also important and no less crucial in the creation of a virtual city. In Watch Dogs, citizens will have a programmed consciousness to react to players’ commands. But it only becomes more complex. In scenarios where there are multiple incidents happening simultaneous, people will react differently, explained Graham:

If you pull out your gun, what level of reaction do they go to then? Some people will react to your gun and others will react to the people that are panicking. They haven’t seen you. They don’t know what’s causing it. But they do know something’s up.

Furthermore, if Aiden Pearce is seen in action during criminal events, it will most likely decrease his reputation among civilians and the media. People will believe what they see. So, even if players’ intentions are the best, the result might not be accordingly.

Watch Dogs: Aiden Pearce’s Family Story Unveiled

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Watch Dogs release date is getting closer and Aiden Pearce’s story is finally getting some fresh updates. Ubisoft has recently unveiled the protagonist’s tragic story and how his family background will affect the upcoming narrative. Despite being single with no children, Aiden has two young children to protect. His niece, Nicole Anne Pearce, was accidentally killed by the men pursuing him, leaving young Jackson Kent and Lena Violet with no mother. Aiden Pearce has built an extensive criminal record over the years, including computer fraud, illegal possession of a firearm and grand larceny. Ubisoft didn’t specific which crime was responsible for endangering all his family but it’s rumored that he simply messed up with the wrong people. However, Pearce is now looking for revenge and he won’t stop until he finds those responsible for murdering his niece, as Lead Writer Kevin Shortt stated:

He works for himself and that gets him into trouble, he makes mistakes and his family gets hurt. His niece ends up being killed because some people are looking for Pearce and his niece is accidentally killed. So, he’s haunted by the guilt behind this. He’s trying to find the people responsible for that.

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Aiden Pearce’s family tree – Nicole Anne Pearce (niece), Jackson Kent Pearce (grand-nephew), Lena Violet Pearce (grand-niece).

As Pearce investigates Chicago’s networks using his hacking abilities, he ends up discovering a bitter reality – things are much more complex than he ever imagined. According to Kevin Shortt, there’s a larger criminal scenario running in the stages of Chicago and Pearce’s niece was just one murder among many others:

Aiden Pearce has been pulled into the whole situation [surveillance-control system] where he’s trying to protect his family but at the same time, he’s starting to realize who are the people that have been threatening his family. There’s something bigger going on. There’s a lot of secrets being held and being used as a commodity.

Now, what’s left to know is what kind of people are those. Are they dealers, hackers or perhaps, corrupt politicians? And what criminal activities are they evolved with? Apparently, killing is no issue so it has to be a really ruthless mafia group. There are indeed many secrets to be unveiled but one thing is for certain, as long as vigilante Pearce is out there they won’t get away unpunished.

Watch Dogs: Mobile Application Will Be Free

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The upcoming action-adventure game Watch Dogs will feature a mobile application, the ctOS Mobile. This software will allow players to directly connect via mobile devices to the world of Watch Dogs. Ubisoft hasn’t specific which features will be subsequently available but regardless what this application can or cannot do, it won’t cost any money. According to Creative Director Jonathan Morin the ctOS Mobile will be mainly focused on challenging players to perform real-time activities:

@Jonathan Morin: The app is “ctOS Mobile” but it focus on challenging console/PC players with real-time gameplay. Ho and its free ;).

Possibly, this application won’t just allow players to connect and check how’s the virtual world of Watch Dogs at that precise moment. It will most likely display simple features involving hacking activities and alternative mini games that don’t require a console or PC. It’s known that it will feature several mini games like chess and poker. Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising to see an incorporation of the same games in the mobile application.

Watch Dogs: World Size and Combat Mechanics Unveiled

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Ubisoft’s Creative Director, Jonathan Morin has unveiled more information about Watch Dogs. This time the spotlight goes for combat mechanics, including enemies, skills and world size. Despite being April Fool’s Day, the details seem to be solid and accurate.

When questioned about Watch Dogs world map size, Morin clarified that the general map is undoubtedly big but the most important is not the size but the quality of the game:

@Jonathan Morin: Its big but Im not into the scale war. Scale for scale is pointless. More interested in the dept/density for a game like WD.

Until now, very few has been officially said regarding enemies and their difficulty. However, Morin advanced today that normal foes are quite easy to take down and they won’t survive more than three bullets at normal circumstances:

@Jonathan Morin: Normal foes die very fast (2-3 bullets if no headshot). But lets just say mean mother****** are better protected. 😉

As expected, elite enemies and bosses will require deeper strategies and combat mechanics. But in Watch Dogs, players will have plenty of freedom to choose their own tactical approaches. It’s true that most videos and trailers show a direct approach but that doesn’t mean that other tactics do not exist. In fact, Morin explained that stealth tactics will be one of the many possibilities, as players can sneaky hack and blow up things without being uncovered:

@Jonathan Morin: Yep, you can even blow stuff up through hacking without being detected.

Top 10 Definite Features Coming to Watch Dogs

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The new Watch Dogs release date has been settled for May 27th and Ubisoft has been unveiling some of the upcoming features. Rumors and unaccredited information have become official statements and therefore an imminent reality. Hacking is surely the main attraction of Watch Dogs but in this upcoming version of Chicago, hacking is just one of the multiple possibilities. If you’re still wondering what’s so great about Watch Dogs, then you surely don’t want to miss the following list with the top definite features announced so far.

Watch Dogs1. Deepest Open World Ever Seen

Watch Dogs will present a vast and dynamic world where everything will have a certain level of interactivity. Players will be able to shape Chicago as they wish, either through direct actions or passive decisions. This doesn’t necessarily mean Watch Dogs will feature the largest or biggest open world ever made. Instead, it will have the deepest world ever created, as Ubisoft creative director Jonathan Morin stated:

The game is massive and Chicago is massive, but don’t expect, like, the biggest open world ever done. Do expect the deepest one you’ve ever seen, though.

2. Advanced Graphics and Effect Quality

As expected, Watch Dogs will feature advanced graphics and effect quality. Special effects will also be added in order to intensify the levels of immersion and realism. The recently announced minimum system requirements indicate that Watch Dogs will be a power-hungry game, which makes perfect sense – to run a superior graphic quality game, you need a proper machine.

3. PC Version Will Display Better Visuals

It’s no news that PC can bring better results when it comes to graphics but this time it’s not a mere assumption. Watch Dogs PC version will indeed display a higher visual quality compared to consoles, as Ubisoft senior producer Dominic Guay specified:

(…) we’re not going to support very old PCs. If you have very powerful PCs, then it’ll scale up, and it scale up to even higher resolution, obviously, than you can have on PS4 or Xbox One.

watch_dogs_being_hacked.0_cinema_640.04. Multiplayer: ‘Paranoia and Surveillance’

The multiplayer element in Watch Dogs will have a peculiar objective based on hacking and getting away with it. Killing other players is never the main goal of multiplayer matches, instead players need to find the intruders and prevent them from stealing or hacking you, as Ubisoft lead game designer Danny Belanger clarified:

I think a good image is it’s based on paranoia and surveillance. Someone can be in your game, trying to get something from you and you have to find them before they get it.

5. Hacking Chicago:  ‘It’s an All Around Tool’

Aidan Pearce has a very peculiar weapon, his cellphone. With this tool he can literally go anywhere and reach anyone. Due to the high interaction of Chicago’s virtual world, players will be able to hack basically every technologic device using this versatile tool. And the possibilities become limitless, as Belanger explained:

It’s so hard but I’ll have to go with jam-coms because if you disrupt people, the cell phone, the police scanners, it has so many applications, it’s so cool. It’s an all around tool.

6. Reputation System: Every Action Matters

Even though, Watch Dogs is an action game, there will be a strong RPG element that allows players to shape their own fate within Chicago. Each and every decision will generate reputation points that will consecutively categorize Aiden Pearce as a possible hero or villain. However, certain decisions can be misunderstood by citizens or the media, meaning that a good intention can easily turn into negative influence. Watch Dogs will focus on consequences and emergent missions rather than branching stories.

Watch Dogs7. Car on Demand: Owning Cars is a Possibility, Customizing Them is Not

Car on Demand is the name of the upcoming feature in Watch Dogs that will allow players to own a limitless amount of cars. Once you have a car, you can easily call upon it to drive around during your missions. The bad part is that cars can’t be customized, as Belanger explained:

So basically we have that concept of collecting cars, you cannot customize them, but you can own them all. You can call them in during free-roam at anytime to use them in missions.

8. Aiden’s Style: Costumes and More Costumes

Character customization won’t be a problem in Watch Dogs. Even if Aiden’s face will remain the same for everyone, he can easily dress in a very distinct way. There’s a huge amount of costumes in game and more are still being created right now, as Ubisoft animator director Colin Graham said:

There’s a ton of costumes. There’s a huge amount of them. Every time I get a new version of the game, there’s more costumes.

9. Most Buildings Can Be Accessible

The open world element will be quite noticeable while exploring Chicago, since most of the buildings can be accessible in one way or another. It’s true that certain buildings are not available for exploration but these are a minority. Most buildings are access free or reachable through hacking, as Morin stated:

You cannot go in every building no. But there are several of them as well as ways to hack into others as well.

Watch Dogs10. Minigames: Poker and Chess

Who would say Aiden Pearce would get a chance to play poker or chess? Well, according to Ubisoft Watch Dogs will feature several other minigames; however the company didn’t officially announce any further information about this matter.

Watch Dogs: Chicago Will Be Access Free and NPC Profiling Events Will Be Endless

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Watch Dogs creative director, Jonathan Morin, unveiled another set of features regarding map access and open world missions. Apparently, Chicago will be totally free of access and players won’t need to unlock any districts in order to explore them. However, as Morin explained, certain zones might need monitoring at times.

@Design_Cave: Hello! Do we need to unlock districts in the game before entering them, just like GTA? 🙂
@Jonathan Morin: No, Chicago is free of access like a normal city. But you need to work to monitor it all…

A huge feature coming to Watch Dogs is the NPC profiling system, which will allow Aiden Pearce to accurately predict certain events like murders and outrages. To generate random profiling events, players just have to walk around and monitor people that pass by. This system will be mainly continuous, since the generic types of profiling will always be running. However, specific events will be limited and restricted, as Morin stated:

@Hurricane4343: People under impression that npc profiling leading to event is not endless? will npc events always happen in free roam?
@Jonathan Morin: Certain types are endless (Potential Crimes & Various Online Stuff) while others aren’t. So the short answer is YES.

Watch Dogs Minimum System Requirements Revealed

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With Watch Dogs for PC getting closer and closer to its release date, I am sure you are extremely curious to know if your rig is powerful enough to run the little beast. We are here to share with you the minimum system requirements for WDogs which have been released already and are pretty surprising.

So here are the Watch Dogs minimum system requirements for the PC version, obvisouly:

– IntelCore 2 Quad Q8400 2.66Ghz or AMDPhenom II X4 940 3.0Ghz
– 6GB RAM
– 1024 VRAM DirectX 11 Shader 5.0 SCard: DirectX9
– 25 GB

Pretty decent, we’d say even though there are still many people still running on 4GB of RAM. Certainly a time to change that! Except for that small detail, the minimum system requirements are certainly accessible to most gamers so we’ll surely be able to play this game. It remains to be seen if it’s indeed a downgraded version (visually) or the one that we’ve all been expecting.

Until the game launches, you can check it out in our Watch Dogs graphics comparison article. And don’t forget to tell us what do you think about the minimum system reqs!

Watch Dogs: Graphics Battle – PC vs. Consoles (Comparison)

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Watch Dogs graphics have become a controversial topic since Ubisoft creative director, Jonathan Morin, revealed that the PC version will feature greater resolution effects than the PlayStation and Xbox versions. Now, it’s widely known that PC is generally superior and able to deliver better results than consoles. However, this kind of quality variances are normally slight and only noticeable if the comparison is made with a high-end PC. But in this case, I’m not so sure. Watch Dogs’ minimum requirements are out and they reveal a very gear-hungry game, which means that lower machines won’t be able to run it, making the minimal resolutions in Watch Dogs something equivalent to medium-high resolutions in common current-gen games. But this is all part of Ubisoft’s general concept to create a true next-gen video game, as senior producer Dominic Guay revealed to Polygon:

OK, we advertise that at the recommended setting it’s going to be a good experience. It’s going to look good, it’s not going to look like a 10-year-old game. So we’re not going to support very old PCs. If you have very powerful PCs, then it’ll scale up, and it scale up to even higher resolution, obviously, than you can have on PS4 or Xbox One.

Ubisoft Clarifies that PC Wins but Does It Matter?

There are definitely no doubts that Watch Dogs will display stunning and gorgeous graphics and Ubisoft seems to be clear about which version will deliver the best visuals. Still, there are some uncertainties left and a lot of players are confused about which version will effectively have the best graphics and which one they should purchase. Well, even if the whole discussion seems complex, there’s nothing much to deliberate. The PC version will be superior, maybe even quite superior, but that exclusively depends on your PC specs. If you don’t own an enthusiastic machine, then you shouldn’t worry too much about the graphics quality because in the end it won’t matter. PC and console versions have a very similar quality, as you can see for yourself below. The differences are minor and barely noticeable while playing.

Watch Dogs Graphical Comparison: PC vs. PS4

I’ve analyzed the E3 gameplay trailers from 2012 (PC version) and 2013 (PS4 version). My main conclusion is that Jonathan Morin is indeed right – next-gen is very close to PC. The overall visuals, in both trailers, are extremely high and detailed. However, there are two particular negative aspects that I’ve spotted regarding shadows and long distance environment quality. As you can see in the second comparison (cars), the shadows are mostly inexistent and the car looks like its floating around. Gladly this is not a general issue and it mostly happens with motion. Hopefully, it will be fixed until the release date because it’s quite a major issue.The second con is related to backgrounds, which in consoles appear to lack definition and detail compared to the PC version. You can perceive this issue in all the comparison images. The lightning system seems a bit too uniform sometimes in the PS4 screenshots, which is quite worrisome. The character detail quality is not at even grounds either. If you look closely, you can notice that character detail is not as sharp and neat as the PC version.

Next-gen may be close to PC but in my opinion, it’s still far behind. The minor and major differences spotted here indicate that PC wins at a graphical level and with a huge advance. But once again, the differences will only matter if you got a high-end PC, otherwise consoles will offer a pretty much balanced experience.

Watch Dogs E3 2012/2013

Watch Dogs E3 2012/2013

Watch Dogs E3 2012/2013

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