An E3 Retrospective in Photos
Jun22

An E3 Retrospective in Photos

                                   

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E3 2013 – Dying Light Impressions
Jun16

E3 2013 – Dying Light Impressions

  Here’s a backdrop that should perfectly contextualize Dying Light and its closely related cousins: not long into my demo with one of the producers, he just straight up stated that “immediately” upon completing the first Dead Island, “the vast majority of the original team” started working on Dying Light. Meaning this is the true (spiritual) successor to Dead Island.  Meaning Riptide was indeed every bit the hack job that people...

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E3 2013 – What is the Microsoft Perspective on Games?
Jun15

E3 2013 – What is the Microsoft Perspective on Games?

  Microsoft has handled 2013’s E3 public relations with all the grace of a paraplegic blue-footed booby. Almost every pitch has failed to connect with the average consumer’s strike zone: The only thing clear about their convoluted DRM policy is that it will be more restrictive than before; Despite the fact that the target demographic for the Xbox One overwhelmingly have reliable broadband connections, they’re still greatly peeved...

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E3 2013 – The Definitive Sizeup: Xbox One vs PS4 Controllers
Jun14

E3 2013 – The Definitive Sizeup: Xbox One vs PS4 Controllers

  The first, truly critical fact to remember is that both the Dualshock 4 and Xbox One controllers are largely the same.  They have nearly an identical button layout and the contours create a very similar handling.  They’re more alike than ever in terms of heft and balance, now that the SIXAXIS is a thing of the past.  The Xbox One’s triggers feel slightly more taut, but other than that the resistance on the buttons is fluid,...

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E3 2013 – Final Fantasy XIV Impressions
Jun13

E3 2013 – Final Fantasy XIV Impressions

  Multiple times during my hands on experience with FFXIV I heard the producer on hand use the phrase, “If you’ve played an MMO, then you know that [fill in the trope]”.  Surveying the characters at my disposal, they were described as fitting into the traditional molds of Tank, Healer, Ranged DPS, etc. Graham walked me through the ins and outs: You should be able to figure out your stats and everything.  Don’t remove any of your...

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