There are boats in the Witcher 3

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I keep forgetting about The Witcher 3 but every so often, Namco Bandai and CD Projeckt Red will release a trailer to remind me that Geralt of Rivia’s adventure is just around the corner.

This franchise has taken a weird path to relevance for me. The first game was a memorable for the wrong (or is it right?) reason. The sequel was a gorgeous successor that left me wanting more. It fixed nearly every issue I had with the original but I felt it rushed the final chapter.

The Witcher III looks like it’s an expanded rendition of The Witcher II and if they maintain the level of quality in an open world, we’re in for a real treat. But I worry because filling out an open world is costly and other titles who’ve travelled this path stretched themselves a bit too thin leaving uninteresting caves and silly collectibles for players.

We won’t have to wait long to see the fruits of their labor. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt debuts  early next year on February 24th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

TGS 2014: Back with a Revengeance

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Tokyo Game Show 2014 looks like a return to form. Lots of quality gameplay trailers and announcements from the likes of Square Enix, Capcom and Sony. And to think I was about to head over to the land or the rising sun as well.

Be warned. Most of the trailers are in Japanese but you don’t need to understand the language to appreciate the quality of their productions.

Welcome back, Tokyo Game Show.

Announcements

  • Final Fantasy XIII trilogy coming to Steam. FFXIII on Oct. 9th. Entire trilogy by Spring 2015 (via Press Release)
  • Tetsuya Nomura no longer directing Final Fantasy XV (via Press Release)

Media

Bloodborne (PS4)
Release date: February 6, 2015

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Destiny’s Launch Trailer is a bit underwhelming

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The Destiny alpha and betas did a great job explaining what Destiny is but there was a nasty side effect where Bungie seemingly showed their entire hand.

I don’t usually watch launch trailers these days. I want to leave surprises in games that I’ve already pre-ordered. But since I spent time with Destiny’s pre-release betas and after hearing some of the worries about lack of content, I decided to check to see if Bungie showed off any areas or capabilities.

I was not reassured. I’ve experienced and seen much of what was shown in that trailer. I was hoping they would tease some space dog fighting or something drastically different. I still have hopes for some awesome surprises but I’m also not going to be surprised if I’m not revisiting Destiny after November.

P.S – “Become Legend” sounds pretty lame.

Maybe Dragon Age: Inquisition is for me?

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I tried to play Dragon Age: Origins but I couldn’t get pass its high fantasy tropes. I sided with The Witcher and its fantasy ways and all but written off Dragon Age: Inquisition as “not for me”.

But after watching this combat trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition, I think I should give the franchise another look. The presentation and fluidity of combat from an active and tactical standpoint is difficult to ignore — especially because they were demonstrating it with a controller. I’m also impressed of their art style and how well Bioware wielded Frostbite 3 for their role playing game purposes.

Maybe I’m wrong about Dragon Age: Inquisition and it’s for me after all.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will debut on November 18th, 2014 on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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