News: 2/01/14-2/07/14

Time for another week of news and videos! Here’s what we’ve got this week…

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea: Episode Two

Child of Light

Thief

Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Dragon Age III: Inquisition

Mass Effect 4

Dark Horse Comics

News/Videos

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea: Episode Two

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Last week, we got a teaser trailer for Burial at Sea: Episode Two. This week, we got a release date for Infinite‘s final story DLC: March 25th.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

“2K and Irrational Games announced today that BioShock® Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode Two*, the third add-on content pack for the award-winning BioShock Infinite, will be available for download worldwide on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC starting March 25.

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode Two is built almost entirely from scratch by Irrational Games, the studio behind the original BioShock and BioShock Infinite. The narrative of this add-on content pack concludes the storyline ofBioShock Infinite and Burial at Sea, as seen through the eyes of a new player character, Elizabeth, and features all-new stealth-oriented gameplay, as well as new weapons and modes.

“In Burial at Sea – Episode Two, we are delivering a story that involves nearly every major character from the original BioShock and BioShock Infinite,” said Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Games. “It is a story that will give gamers a new perspective on the BioShock universe and conclude the story of BioShock Infinite and Burial at Sea.””

I didn’t expect it would be so long a wait for Episode Two, but I think it’ll be worth the wait. I don’t know about y’all, but I’d much rather wait longer for a game, if it means a better game. I think that’s true for any and every game. Take your time, Devs!

Child of Light

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Child of Light has a new release date and a new trailer.

“Child of Light is coming April 30, 2014 and will be available for download on Xbox LIVE for the Xbox® 360 and Xbox® One, the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4, the eShop from Nintendo for the Wii U, Uplay and Steam for PC.”

Here’s the trailer:

Child of Light looks like a good game, but I’ll probably be skipping it. I’m going to be a little more pickier with my games this year. I bit off a little more than I could chew last year with games, so I’m cutting back some this year. Not a lot, but a little. I was new to this whole scene and I would play and review most any game that would interest me at all. That was good for experience, but I just don’t have time for it. So, while this game looks good, I’m not interested enough to play and review it later this spring.

Thief

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The release of Thief is coming up quickly (February 25th) and the game has a new trailer up called “Thief 101” that explains what the game is all about.

I’ve got to admit that I’m a little disappointed by this trailer and it’s only because of one moment near the end: zombies. Really? Zombies? I’m tired of zombies! (Not tired of The Walking Dead.) They’re everywhere. I thought this was a Robin Hood type of game. Steal from the rich, give to the needy, etc. Not something I would do in real life, but a fun premise. I didn’t think this was a game with zombies. Why can’t it be that simple? Just a game about stealing? Maybe I’m just jumping to conclusions and it’s not really zombies. I hope I’m wrong, but that definitely looked like zombies to me.

Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry

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Earlier this week it was announced by Ubisoft that their Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag story DLC, Freedom Cry, would be available as a standalone game later this month.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

“Today, Ubisoft® announced that single-player adventure, Assassin’s Creed® Freedom Cry, will be available as a stand-alone game exclusively for download on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems on February 19 and PC on February 25. Originally released as an add-on adventure for Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™Assassin’s Creed® Freedom Cry will not require the purchase ofAssassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™.

Assassin’s Creed® Freedom Cry tells the story of Adewale, a man born into slavery. Once a pirate and now a trained Assassin, Adewale is shipwrecked in 18th-century Haiti, home to the most brutal slavery in the West Indies. In an effort to get back to the sea, Adewale assists the locals in exchange for a crew and a ship. The more he fights for freedom from slavery, however, the more he is drawn into the Maroon slave community, forcing him to face his vicious past. In the game, Adewale will take his new crew and set of weapons, including a machete and a blunderbuss, to assassinate enemies and free slaves, delivering merciless justice in plantations and cities alike. No stranger to the sea, Adewale will command a fearsome brig to take down slave owners in the Caribbean.”

Here’s the trailer:

That’s an interesting move and it seems like a smart one. You probably wouldn’t need to play Black Flag to play Freedom Cry. I rented Black Flag on the PS3 last fall, so I didn’t have a chance to play Freedom Cry yet. However, I did finally find it on sale for the PS4 this week and ordered it. So, I will probably try Freedom Cry as DLC before too long. I won’t be getting it as a standalone, though.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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EA Sports announced earlier this week that they will be releasing a FIFA game focused entirely on the World Cup.

Full press release:

Guildford, UK. – February 6, 2014 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced EA SPORTS™ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilthe only officially licensed videogame will let fans experience all the fun, excitement, and drama of football’s greatest event. Featuring the deepest set of game modes ever in an EA SPORTS tournament title, all new gameplay innovations and improvements, and a rich presentation that captures the color and vibrancy of Brazil, EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will put fans in control of their nation’s fate.   The game hits stores beginning April 15 in North America and April 17 in Europe for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system. For a first look, visit:<gp_link type=”http” loc=”//www.easports.com/uk/2014-fifa-world-cup”>http://www.easports.com/uk/2014-fifa-world-cup

EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil features multiple innovations and improvements to the award-winning gameplay of EA SPORTS FIFA 14, putting players in control of their nation’s fate.  From the ability to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction quickly on and off the ball with Explosive Movement, to the new World Class Control feature that uses Response Dribblingand Pinpoint Passing, fans will feel the athleticism and skill of their national football heroes. And one hundred new animations, including passing, saves, and penalty kicks, help play on the pitch explode with the drama and unpredictably of the official tournament.

With 203 national teams, 7,469 players, 19 officially licensed managers, and 21 new stadiums including all 12 authentic stadiums from Brazil, the 2014 FIFA World Cup comes to life with more detail and authenticity than ever before. Feel the support of a nation with all-new crowd scenes including banners, flags, and seat cards in the stadium, and from Live City events in all corners of the globe. Score a goal with England and see fans react live from the center of London.

Now everyone has a chance to write football history. In Road to the FIFA World Cup™, the most immersive tournament mode from any EA SPORTS title, players can choose from 203 national teams and play with one to 32 players locally through the qualifying rounds, and on to the group stages of the FIFA World Cup. Along the way, fans can get tournament updates from EA SPORTS Talk Radio*, featuring Ian Darke and Andy Goldstein, or Roger Bennett and Michael Davies (Men in Blazers), with over 50 hours of recorded content to stay up to date on all the action. For those who want to celebrate the tournament online, Road to Rio de Janeiro™ is an all-new mode that lets players win their way across a map of Brazil’s 12 host cities in licensed and authentic stadiums.

Fans eager for their moment of glory on the world’s biggest sports stage can pre-order the game now at <gp_link type=”http” loc=”//www.easports.com/uk/2014-fifa-world-cup”>http://www.easports.com/uk/2014-fifa-world-cupto receive exclusive game content including new celebrations, historic adidas game balls, and more.”

The trailer:

I’ve only played FIFA demos before. I’ve just never been interested enough to drop that much money on a soccer/football game. I’ve only gotten into the game in my later years. I really like watching Texas A&M Soccer and Manchester United, but I LOVE the World Cup (Men and Women). That’s what first got me interested in the sport. So, for a game that’s entirely focused on the World Cup, the year of the World Cup, I think I may finally have a football/soccer game that I want to play!

Dragon Age III: Inquisition

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I have a couple of Inquisition stories to share, though neither one is very big news.

The first story comes from Gamesranx who noticed a tweet from Bioware’s Mark Darrah. In the tweet, Darrah confirmed that Allistair will not be a party member in Inquisition.

I didn’t really expect him to be, but there ya go. Confirmed.

The other story is from the Bioware Blog. Bioware’s Jessica Marzipa announced that they would be releasing character kit guides in the coming months for cosplayers to start making their Inquisition costumes. The first one is Morrigan and it’s already up in the blog.

I’ve never cosplayed and I don’t plan to ever cosplay, but I think this would be cool news for Dragon Age cosplayers.

Like I said, no big news; but when it comes to Bioware games, I’ll take any tidbit of news I can get.

Mass Effect 4

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The Mass Effect news is definitely more exciting than the Dragon Age news this week. According to GamerHeadlines, who quoted Bioware’s Ken Thain’s twitter, Mass Effect 4′s motion capturing is about to start!

Here’s the exact tweet:

“Getting set for our first motion capture session for the next #MassEffect .Off to Vancouver tomorrow to use EA’s world class mocap facility.

— Ken Thain (@KenThain) January 28, 2014

I guess it probably makes sense that they’d be at this point in the development, but just hearing that it is, is exciting! I need more Mass Effect!

Dark Horse Comics

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(Dark Horse Comics)

Dark Horse Comics is having a pretty big video game comic sale. It doesn’t say anywhere (that I saw) how long the sale is going on, but I would guess it’s a weekend sale. As you can see in the picture, the comics for sale include: Dragon AgeMass EffectHalo, and The Last of Us. I can definitely recommend the Mass Effect and The Last of Us comics. Right now would be a great time to grab and read The Last of Us: American Dreams, because the DLC version of that story comes out on Friday. I haven’t read the Dragon Age or Halo comics, but I bet they’re both good. Especially the Dragon Age comics. I’m personally waiting for the Dragon Age: Library Edition, to read those though.

Here’s the link to the sale: https://digital.darkhorse.com/genre/147/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Gamer+Sale&utm_content=Gamer+Sale+CID_a171f9bed791750f09c69b8c852d4a9b&utm_source=Campaign%252520Monitor

Upcoming Reviews in February

Comic Reviews: Rat Queens #5, The Star Wars #5 (coming this weekend), Mass Effect: Foundation #8, Tomb Raider #1, The Walking Dead #121, The Walking Dead #122, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2, and The Sworn Sword.

Game Reviews: The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2: Smoke & Mirrors (coming this weekend), The Last of Us: Left Behind, and Thief (hopefully).

February Poll

My guess is that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be announced in March, since that’s when Black Flag was announced. So, this month’s poll is a query into where YOU think they should take the series to next. I’m personally fond of the idea of visiting Ancient Egypt. Feel free to add your own answers!

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