News: 04/26/14-05/02/14

It’s time for another week of news and videos here on The Rhodes Review!

DESTINY

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON TWO: EPISODE 3

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE

DRIVECLUB

WATCH_DOGS

MADDEN NFL 15

WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER

STAR WARS

NEWS/VIDEOS

DESTINY

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The news week began with a couple of new videos for Destiny. Both videos are about co-op strike missions, particularly focused on The Devil’s Lair mission.

The first video shows the mission in play:

The other video is Bungie discussing the strike missions:

I have to say that I’m starting to lose interest in this game. I’m going to have to be pickier about which games I choose to play pretty soon and I’m just not sure that Destiny is what I’m looking for. I prefer single player campaigns and it’s starting to look like Destiny is more of just a multiplayer shooter without a story. It’s too early to REALLY say that. That’s just how things look from my limited perspective. I could be completely wrong. It’s not like I’ve actually played the game yet. I’ll keep monitoring the news and videos about the game, but this is how I’m feeling right now.

There was one other thing. The pre-order bonuses have started to come in:

“Additionally, new details for pre-order incentives have been announced. GameStop Power Up Rewards members who pre-order Destiny at retail stores nation-wide will receive the GameStop Exclusive Upgraded Sparrow. This in-game, customized, red-colored personal-transport features an upgraded boost, faster speed, and higher durability than the standard Sparrow. The Exclusive Upgraded Sparrow will put GameStop’s Power Up Rewards members ahead of the game when Destiny launches on September 9.*”

Can I take this opportunity to say that I hate exclusive store incentives? I have never chosen to buy a game from a retailer based on the incentives and I don’t see myself doing so in the future. Is that just me or do y’all feel the same way?

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON TWO: EPISODE 3

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Good news! The third episode of the second season of The Walking Dead is coming soon!

This from Telltale Games:

We are nearing the release of this next episode and anticipate that we will soon be able to confirm release dates for PC/Mac, console, mobile, tablet and additional handheld devices via digital distribution in the very near future. Please stay tuned to @telltalegames on twitter for the first news and details on release dates as this information becomes available.”

Accompanying that announcement was some new screenshots for the new episode. Check them out:

I’m definitely looking forward to this one! I bet that I’ll probably have a release date and trailer for you guys by next week’s post, judging by how Telltale usually schedules things.

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE

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Well, that must be annoying. The folks over at Activision had planned on revealing the new Call of Duty this Sunday and someone leaked the whole thing on Thursday night. The new Call of Duty is called Advanced Warfare, stars Kevin Spacey, and comes out on November 4th. I’ve got lots of stuff to supplement this announcement.

First, as sort of a teaser to the direction they were going, they released a video on Private Military Corporations:

They also sent us an infographic on the subject:

Superpower for hire

It’s pretty interesting stuff, if you ask me!

Next up came the tease of the reveal trailer:

It wasn’t much of a tease, because the full reveal trailer was leaked later that night, and then officially released by Activision.

Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare envisions battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactic have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Power changes everything on November 4th, 2014.”

Next to last, was a press release about the game:

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE

BOOSTS FRANCHISE TO NEW HEIGHTS ON THE NEXT GENERATION

Power Changes Everything on November 4

Starring Academy Award® Winning Actor Kevin Spacey,

New Call of Duty Delivers a Stunning Vision of the Future

First Call of Duty game created with three-year development cycle

First Call of Duty game helmed by new AAA studio, Sledgehammer Games

Prepare for the Next Generation Advanced Soldier

Santa Monica, CA – May 2, 2014– The power of the next generation of advanced soldier.  The power of a gripping performance from Kevin Spacey.  The power of all-new, exoskeleton gameplay mechanics.  Power changes everything.  Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare delivers an inspired new era of Call of Duty®.  Published byActivision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq:ATVI), and developed for next gen consoles and PC by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare delivers a breathtaking, new vision for the blockbuster franchise.

“We’ve made several key decisions with an eye towards creative excellence on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We’ve really approached this game differently,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “This is our first three-year development cycle. It’s our first time with Sledgehammer Games at the creative helm. And we’re shaking up the formula in several ways. New core gameplay mechanics with the exoskeleton suit. A riveting new story. An iconic new character played by one of the world’s best actors in Kevin Spacey. We’re having a lot of fun making this game, and we think the world is going to have even more fun playing it.”

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare jolts players forward in a groundbreaking experience that’s ripped-from-the-headlines-of-tomorrow, envisioning a future where both technology and tactics have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise.  Set in the year 2054, a private military corporation (PMC) has emerged with the power to rescue humanity from a devastated world struggling to rebuild after a global attack on its military and infrastructure.  You are the advanced soldier.  Empowered with new, cutting-edge exoskeleton abilities, technological advancements and high-tech gear, players join the ranks of a highly-trained, specialized unit committed to restoring order in a state of advanced warfare.

“It’s been a lot of fun working with the team to bring Jonathan Irons to life.  The technology is truly remarkable and unlike anything I’ve done before.  I’m excited to see where this goes,” said Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is being developed specifically for next gen consolesand PC. This is the first iteration of publisher Activision’s expanded three-year development cycle allowing the debut lead title from Sledgehammer Games an added year of studio development.  With the expanded production capabilities, Sledgehammer Games is able to create an astonishing new, next generation experience, featuring an array of technical advancements from the sights and sounds that create a near photorealistic world unlike any Call of Duty before, to new performance capture and facial animation technologies that deliver lifelike characters, to a rich and immersive story that brings the fiction to life.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and an honor for Sledgehammer Games.  Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the most ambitious and creative project we have ever worked on. From the endless research and thousands of production designs, to our incredible focus on the narrative and amazing attention to detail – we’re taking nothing for granted,” said Glen Schofield, co-founder and game director of Sledgehammer Games.   “Call of Duty connects with the fans on such a deep level, and crafting a new vision for the next generation has been so inspiring for us.”

Michael Condrey, co-founder and studio head of Sledgehammer Games added, “Glen and I created this team with the singular vision of delivering the best work of our lives.  We know we’re stepping into some pretty big shoes, but every day I’m amazed at the talent and focus at work here touching everything from the story experience to multiplayer.  We’re excited to lead the next chapter in this great franchise, and we can’t wait for November 4th.”

Starting today, fans can begin pre-ordering their copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at retail outlets worldwide.  The title is scheduled for release on November 4.  For the latest intel, check out: www.callofduty.comwww.facebook.com/callofduty,www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram.  Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is not yet rated.”

Finally, I’ve got a few screenshots to share with y’all:

That’s a big reveal! I’m not sure what to think about it all. I had initially thought that I was going to stop playing Call of Duty games after the last one, not because it wasn’t good, but because it felt like the series was getting stale. A few things caught my eye this time, though. The first is that Advanced Warfare has a three year development cycle, the longest so far. More time spent developing doesn’t necessarily mean that this game will be any better, but it’s a good sign. Kevin Spacey being in it is another good sign. More advanced warfare is the final thing that caught my eye. I’m not sure if any of those three things are enough for me to buy back in to this series, but I’m interested.

What did y’all think of the reveal trailer and all of this news?

DRIVECLUB

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Driveclub finally has an update and a new release date: October 7th.

Here’s the announcement trailer:

For more info on the new release date, check out these two posts on the PlayStation Blog:

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/04/29/driveclub-on-ps4-release-date-revealed/

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/04/30/driveclub-update-from-evolution-studios/

This game should have been a release game. Even early 2014 would have been great. I’ve been re-playing old games and buying new old games to pass most of my gaming time. There haven’t been too many games that have interested me on the PS4 since it’s release. My library is slowly starting to grow, but I have easily had time to play a game like Driveclub. But October 7th? That’s right at the beginning of the big release window. That’s the exact same day that Dragon Age III: Inquisition releases. You know what this guy will be doing that day and it won’t be playing Driveclub. I’ll probably download Driveclub, because there will be a version free for PS Plus members, but I likely won’t have time to play it until Christmas time, at least. I just think it’s a dumb release date, is all. I can understand delaying a game to make sure it’s the best it can be, but you’d think they could at least get it to us this summer.

WATCH_DOGS

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Watch_Dogs season pass details were released earlier this week.

The details from the press release:

UBISOFT® DETAILS WATCH DOGS™ SEASON PASS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  April 29, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft revealed details on the Season Pass for the open world action-adventure game, Watch Dogs. The Watch Dogs Season Pass gives players access to a unique single-player story featuring T-Bone, the brilliant but eccentric hacker; a new Digital Trip game mode, Conspiracy!; an exclusive Untouchables Pack; plus new missions, weapons, outfits and more. At $19.99, the Watch Dogs Season Pass will be available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Key Features

  • All-New Single-Player Story – Take on the role of T-Bone, a brilliant but eccentric hacker who lives by his own rules.
  • Conspiracy! – A new Digital Trip game mode that lets players hunt down cyborgs in this mind-bending alternate game universe.
  • Exclusive Untouchables Pack – Pay homage to the classic Chicago mobster film with a M1 SMG weapon and a 1920s mobster outfit. In North America, the Untouchables Pack will only be available through Season Pass.
  • More single player missions, weapons, and outfits.
  • Save more than 25% over the individual downloadable pack prices.
  • Season Pass holders get one-week early access to all included Watch Dogs add-on content.

In Watch Dogs, players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt his family, players will be able to monitor and hack their enemies by manipulating everything connected to the city’s Central Operating System (ctOS). The ctOS controls almost every piece of the city’s technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate targets, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop enemies and more. Watch Dogs allows the player to use Chicago as their ultimate weapon and exact their own style of revenge.

Watch Dogs will be available worldwide on May 27, 2014, for PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Stay connected to Watch Dogs by visiting the official websiteFacebook page and Twitter account.”

And here’s the trailer for the season pass:

I think it looks pretty good. I went ahead and pre-ordered it. I’m going all in with Watch_Dogs (pre-order of both game and season pass), so I hope it will be as good as it looks like it will be!

MADDEN NFL 15

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Madden NFL 15 was officially revealed/announced this week, though we knew it was coming.

Here’s the first teaser trailer:

The cover vote starts on Thursday on ESPN: http://espn.go.com/nfl/feature/maddenvote

“Be sure to tune in to the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, May 8th at 8pm on ESPN and WatchESPN for a special Cover Vote announcement!”

WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER

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Bethesda released a new Wolfenstein: The New Order gameplay video this week.

Stealth vs. Mayhem:

STAR WARS

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This was probably the biggest geeky news of the week: the cast of Star Wars Episode VII was announce on Tuesday!

Check out the announcement photo and press release from Star Wars:

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“The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.”

I’m surprised and disappointed about a couple of things. First, there is only one new woman in the main cast. I thought for sure that there would be more gender diversity in the cast, but it’s a sausage fest. There could be more women yet to be cast or in future episodes, though. That’s a definite possibility. The other thing that I am surprised and disappointed about is the lack of Lando! Where is Billy Dee Williams? I hope that they didn’t kill him off without even a cameo. Everyone came back, except him. I saw on his Twitter that he didn’t turn anything down. So, what’s the deal? I want Lando back! Both of these surprises/disappointments might be complete non-issues. Like I said for the lack of females in the cast, maybe Lando will be in the next two episodes. Right now we just don’t know. That’s just my initial reaction from reading the press release.

What do y’all think of the new cast of the new Star Wars?

What did you all think of my stories for this week? Did I miss any big news that interested you all this week?

What are y’all playing this weekend?

I’m still playing these three games right now: Star Wars The Old Republic (near the end of chapter 3), Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword (near the middle), and Final Fantasy XIII-2 (kind of near the end). I’m mainly working on finishing up FF XIII-2, but I’ll probably play some TOR on Sunday aka May 4th aka Star Wars Day.

UPCOMING REVIEWS IN MAY

Comic Reviews: Rat Queens #6The Walking Dead #127The Art of Wolfenstein: The New OrderSaga #19The Star Wars #8, and Mass Effect: Foundation #11

Game Reviews: The Walking Dead: Season Two: Episode 3Watch_DogsTransistor, and Wolfenstein: The New Order

Features: May Recommendations and My Top Five Favorite Game Series

APRIL POLL RESULTS

Last month’s poll was all about one of my favorite video game series of all time (the number one favorite is Mass Effect): The Legend of Zelda. I wanted to know which of the Zelda games were y’all’s favorites. Multiple selections were allowed. My two favorites are Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, but I love the others listed as well. There weren’t a lot of votes this time around, but the winner was Ocarina of Time.

MAY POLL

This month I want to know what movie you are most looking forward to this summer. I have to say that I’m not eagerly anticipating as many as usual this summer. The ones that I am looking forward to are: The Amazing Spider-Man 2X-Men: Days of Future PastJupiter AscendingGuardians of the Galaxy, and Lucy. I might see some of the others on that list. Days of Future Past gets my vote for most anticipated, though. Easy.

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