Infamous: Second Son has a lot of potential for Sony Computer Entertainment and Sucker Punch’s next generation title. Delsin Rowe has a lot to struggle with between the DUP and his search of identity. In between all of that, he is kicking butt and taking no names. Infamous: Second Son has its share of gameplay balance issues when it comes to morality, but keeps together a formula that is refined and fun. Coming from someone who gets in trouble with the law often for his ideas of freedom and expression through street art in the city of Seattle, Delsin’s identity struggle is familiar once he realizes the powers he must wield in an exciting action-adventure title for PlayStation 4 owners.
One of the most anticipated titles of 2013-2014 (Especially for us) has been shrouded in a bit of graphical controversy. So, let us set things straight. Recently, the devs confirmed that Watch Dogs is in fact not downgraded but people have been utterly confused so far as to what this meant. Catching up at the Watch Dogs Press Event, I was one of the few journalists to actually ask: “Hey, what happened to the initial E3 stuff,” knowing full well the answer – it was running on a high-end PC.
“E3 2012 was before consoles came out. E3 2013 footage is just like the consoles. The recent trailer is not what the game looks like, just someone who did not render sequences properly. Look at E3 2013 footage and you’ll see the game you will mostly get on consoles. If you want the PC version, then the E3 2012 one is it. That was on a high-end PC.”
The dev team proceeded to confirm that E3 2012 is the EARLY PC version, which will in fact NOT be downgraded, and retain more features (screen space reflections, more wind gust, crowd density, etc.). What does this mean for the console versions? They still look good, however the version being seen at E3 2012 is not what people will get. Either way, Watch Dogs is one title to be looking forward to no matter what console you are on. The game is running splendidly even if there is less shadowing and reflections on the consoles. One has to keep realistic expectations as a console user considering the main build was the PC build (as it is with most launch titles and not future titles).
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze brings the iconic platformer from the SNES days to the Nintendo Wii U. The vine-swinging is as ferocious as ever and the memories are rampant through the lush scenery of the jungles to the savannahs. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze creates the platformer that a lot of Nintendo fans will love.
After a decade, Garrett has returned in the shadowy robes of the night – as the Master Thief that he is in Thief 4. The gameplay in Thief 4 takes elements of the old, but retains few. The developers at Eidos Montreal wanted to advance into a new market console territory through fresh gameplay and exciting ambiance, but missed some key marks in both of these areas.
The Tritton Warhead 7.1’s are one of the best headsets on the market. Why? Ingenuity, price, construction quality, and Tritton customer service make it an incredible headset that carries the presence of something incredible.
Another year and more titles passed us by along with the days of 2013. It was filled with sadness, happiness, and times to remember that have marked many more good days to come for many of us. For gamers worldwide, it was a year in which not many games were released, but a few notable titles were profoundly worthy of mention.
It is with pleasure that we provide the millions of anticipated readers what they have been waiting for since the dawn of 2013: the video game industry’s most exceptional and gratified WhatIfGaming 2013 Game Of The Year Awards ceremony, presenting its official Game Of The Year awards before anyone else with a collective decision from industry experts and WhatIfGaming editors worldwide through its defined rigorous selection process which focuses on industry and developer recognition. The moment you all have been waiting for is finally here. Unlike the previous year, we are not the first this year but we wanted to maintain the similar quality to last year in having the most comprehensive awards this year, as always. See the Worst Game Of The Year and laugh at its shortcoming or weep for it, ponder about the Best Idea, or play through a title again to experience Best Storyline that is unlike any other.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to our beloved millions of WhatIfGaming readers! See you all in 2014.
Forza Motorsport 5 adds vistas that are beautiful and accompany a racing adventure that is the best in the series combined with the Xbox One. Despite being the best in the series, Forza Motorsport 5 did go through a graphic under haul since E3 which make it seem like it has been downgraded which is unfortunate. Regardless, the single-player campaign includes a decent number of circuits and where the racing simulation has a nice technical advancement for the series.
Dead Rising 3 is Capcom and Microsoft’s latest exclusive in the world of the Xbox One, and one that takes a bite out of the zombie competition with excitement and lots of gore. Dead Rising 3 has very solid game mechanics and though it may have its slight problems, it creates a world that players can really enjoy themselves in with regards to the Xbox One and its exclusive offerings.
It has finally happened! (This video only demonstrates the technological advancement of next generation consoles)
Ryse: Son of Rome puts the red color of the Praetorian Guard to an erratically fun hack and slash adventure which sheds blood and carnage in all the right places some of the times. Ryse: Son of Rome suffers from a lack of depth in terms of the combat elements, repetitive gameplay, and somewhat losing the Roman solidarity as the gameplay carries on into the 5 hour mark of the 10 hour campaign. While Microsoft and Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome is a beautifully stunning glorification of the time period of Roman rule, the dominating conquest greys out in comparison to actual substance and leaves much more to be desired.
Fire Emblem: Awakening is all about strategy at an undeniable sense of cataclysmic activity which leaves gamers in a sense of wanting more. Strategy/RPG is so hard to get correctly with some games that it has become an art form on its own, one which Fire Emblem: Awakening takes into a refined level of old-school meeting new-school thought. The combat is tactful, the A.I. is smart, the vengeance of battle is swift and the unrelenting force of it is even greater.