Oct 06

Overwatch – League News

 

The Overwatch League is on a mission to celebrate fans and afford them opportunities to become champions through a professional esports ecosystem that embraces passion and rewards excellence.

Millions have answered the call to Overwatch, and the excitement of all those scientists, soldiers, adventurers, and oddities led directly to the creation of a new kind of esports program. Teams will have stability, players will have careers, and fans will have a new set of heroes to take them into the future of Overwatch.

 

Teams

The League currently has twelve teams based on different geographic regions, as follows:

    • Boston, Massachusetts, United States owned by Robert Kraft and the Kraft Group
    • New York City, New York, United States owned by Jeff Wilpon and SterlingVC
    • London, England, United Kingdom, owned by Jack Etienne and esports team Cloud9
    • Los Angeles, California, United States owned by Noah Whinston and esports team Immortals
    • Los Angeles, California, United States owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke of the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment group
    • Miami–Orlando, Florida, United States owned by Ben Spoont and esports team Misfits
    • San Francisco, California, United States, owned by Andy Miller and esports team NRG eSports
  • Dallas Fuel: Dallas, Texas, United States, owned by esports team Team EnVyUs
  • Houston, Texas, United States, owned by Neil Leibman and esports team OpTic Gaming
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States owned by Comcast Spectacor
  • Shanghai Dragons: Shanghai, China, owned by NetEase
  • Seoul, South Korea, owned by Kevin Chou, Kent Wakeford and Phillip Hyun

Oct 03

Overwatch In a Nutshell (part 1) – by Passive4


So, you wanna play Overwatch? Well, to play the game we must first understand the game. First , what is Overwatch? Well, Overwatch is a MOBA or a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. In short, you play online with a whole bunch of other people. 12 real people to be exact (one of those people being you). Six people on your team and six people on the enemy team. The entire game is centered around your cooperation with these other people in order to take an objective and win the match. So, that’s the basic structure of Overwatch. However, when you first start the game you’re faced with a couple of options. Which game mode should you play? There are four game modes available for you.

The first is Quick Play. Quick Play is where you go when you want to play a few quick matches in a easy going setting. Most of the people in quick play are either practicing new heroes, looking to gain experience and level, playing with friends, or, in some cases, just messing around and having fun. Quick Play is really the place to go if you just wanna have some fun. However, there is a catch with quick play the entire game mode is played with real people. If you aren’t ready to play with real people Blizzard has your back. You can easily hop over Play Against AI (Artificial Intelligence). Play Against AI is a game mode where the only real people in the game are on your team. The entire enemy team is made up of computers all programmed to act a certain way. You can also choose what kind of AI you want to play against. Such as, easy, medium, and hard. This mode is also great for practicing new heroes.

On the opposite side of this, there’s the most serious game mode possible, Competitive. Competitive is played against all the real people and all of them are looking to place in the highest rank they possibly can. People play this game mode for the serious atmosphere, the excitement of playing with people at the same level, and to earn competitive points to buy a sweet golden weapon. However, Competitive has a catch, you can’t play Competitive until you reach level 25.

Lastly, the next game mode you should check out is Arcade. People in Arcade are usually looking to accomplish only one thing, their weekly arcade loot boxes. While playing arcade every win you get you move closer to earning three loot boxes. Plus, Arcade is full of cool, unique game modes to try your hand at. So, now you’re hopefully interested in trying out Overwatch. However, as a video game consumer myself, I know the question everybody ask before they buy a video game. Is it pay-to-win? Not at all. Everything everybody has in Overwatch can be earned by simply playing the game. Every time you level you earn a loot box, plus the three you can earn each week from Arcade mode. You always get four prizes in each loot box you open and there’s a wide variety. You can get sprays, skins, voice lines, emotes, and more. Everything you want to make your account more personalized and fun is just a level and a loot box away.

Next Week – The different types of Objectives and Maps.

Dec 04

First trailer for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy revealed at PSX

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At the PlayStation Experience event today, Sony has unveiled the first trailer for the remaster of the first three Crash Bandicoot games, titled Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Check out the trailer here…

The remaster includes the first three Crash Bandicoot games which were released on PlayStaion 1: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be released sometime in 2017 and be exclusive to PlayStation 4.

Dec 04

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite announced, releasing on PS4 2017

Captain Marvel and Iron Man fight Mega Man and Ryu in the debut trailer. (Capcom)

Captain Marvel and Iron Man fight Mega Man and Ryu in the debut trailer. (Capcom)

Following the numerous reports of rumours last week, Capcom has revealed a new fighting game at PlayStation Experience, titled Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

A new entry into the Marvel vs. Capcom fighting game series, MvC: Infinite will be coming to PS4 in 2017. From what Capcom has revealed so far the game will feature a roster comprised of characters from the Marvel cinematic universe, Street Fighter games, and Mega Man. So far we’ve seen the characters Ryu, Mega Man, Iron Man, and Captain Marvel in action. Notably, no X-Men characters appeared in the debut trailer.

Is that Ultron? (Capcom)
Is that Ultron?

It looks like the game’s multi-character team vs. team format will be returning in some form, with the video showcasing a two-versus-two fight. The very end of the trailer showcased a character hidden in shadow, who looked like it could be Marvel supervillain Ultron.

A Marvel vs. Capcom sequel was rumoured to be in development for some time. Infinite follows on from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which was released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in November 2011. UMvC3 is an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, which launched in February 2011. MvC 3 shipped 2 million copies a month and a half after its debut, which Capcom has dubbed a success.

PlayStation also announced the release of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for PlayStation 4, available on the PSN Store from today.

Capcom will be showcasing gameplay footage at the Capcom Cup finals. Yahoo Esports is in attendance at PlayStation Experience and Capcom Cup 2016, so stay tuned to the site for more updates as they break.

Apr 23

Final Fantasy XV

‘Final Fantasy XV’ lands September 30th

Ten years after it was announced, the game is coming to PS4 and Xbox One.

Final Fantasy XV hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 30th, Square Enix announced during its Uncovered live event in Los Angeles. The release date may not be a surprise for everyone, considering it leaked a tad early, but this announcement marks official confirmation. A new teaser forFFXV launches tonight, called Platinum Demo, and it’s free to download on PS4 and Xbox One. PC players, you’re out of luck — for now. FFXV director Hajime Tabata told Engadget that the studio isn’t currently working on a PC version of the game. But, Tabata said he was “aware of the big call for a PC version.”

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to do simultaneous development on a PC and console version for XV,” he said. “We had to focus on the console version and our goal was to maximize, optimize everything for the HD consoles. Once that’s done, then we will definitely take a good, hard look at PC and what we need to do, and consider all our options. But right now we aren’t decided, we’re still considering a lot of things.” For Xbox One and PS4 players, there is a Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Collector’s Edition available to purchase on the official Square Enix online store.

FFXV stars Prince Noctis and his friends as they take one final, epic road trip together before Noctis is married to a neighboring princess. Players willcontrol Noctis only throughout the entire game, though his friends are independent AI helpers and he can give commands to them.

The main characters in FFXV have rich backstories and personalities, and these will be on full display in two supplemental pieces of media set to launch before the game itself. Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV is a five-episode animated series from A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Sword Art Online and Black Butler. Its story focuses on the strong emotional bonds connecting Noctis and his best buds, and explains how they became friends. The first episode is available now for free on YouTube.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a full-length, 3D-animated feature film a laFinal Fantasy VII: Advent Children, directed by veteran Final Fantasydirector and animator Takeshi Nozue. It takes place during the events ofFFXV, but it focuses on King Regis (Noctis’ dad) and the Crown City once the bro trip leaves the kingdom. Game of Thrones stars Lena Headey and Sean Bean provide their voice-acting talents to the film, as does Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul. Kingsglaive will be released digitally in 2016, and the studio is still figuring out if it will pursue other formats as well.

FFXV has traveled a long and rocky path toward release: Square Enix announced it in 2006 under the name Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but over the years, it changed titles and directors. Final Fantasy XV is led by Type-0director Tabata, who took over from long-time Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts mastermind Tetsuya Nomura.

Feb 25

STREET FIGHTER V THE REVIEW – By Alex

STREET FIGHTER V

THE REVIEW – By Alex

Ok, I’m not sure if this is a rant or a review. So I’ll start with all the pros then the cons. After four rehashes of Street Fighter 4 they released V, great! Is it good? Yes, It’s great! Is it complete? NO! And I’ll get to that in a few moments. The music suits the feel of the game and excitement to play it against either a friend or a random online. The gameplay is amazing. It’s faster, more accessible than before and still retains the ability of being a deep game. I personally love 3D fighters such as Virtua Fighter and Dead or Alive but this drew me in instantly. Upon starting a match, I felt more comfortable with the flow of the game than 4. The players I favor in playing are Rashid, Karin and Ryu “Of Course”.

Rashid look likes Aladdin with a Sayian scouter in my opinion. As for gameplay, he’s very accessible like your normal fireball characters, Ryu, Ken etc. He has projectiles that aim upwards, a wall tech and a ranged kick allowing access for those who aren’t experienced. Karin comes off as a refined character over sized curls in a Victorian Europe-era fashion and she has that typical anime bad girl laugh if you have her voice set to Japanese. She is all about keeping the pressure on the opponent. If you don’t like letting up on the enemy and pounding until nothing is left, she’s for you. Where I feel she excels is when you activate her V-Trigger. What’s V-Trigger? It’s a gauge that gradually fills during the battle and it activated by pressing both heavy attacks. V Trigger allows characters to gain access to more moves for more combos or is a move that can change the tide of battle. This gives Karin more moves for more pressure and a anti-air move as well. Making her deadly to a cornered opponent.

As for Ryu, he is virtually the same aside from the slight changes of V. So far the game does feel faster as I said before, and when the players activate V-Trigger, then you know things are about to get serious. With this increased speed too, I’ve noticed higher combos than Street Fighter 4 has offered. Which is great because I’m all combos. Now for online match ups. The game is only available for PS4 and PC via through Steam and they are cross platform. Yeah, I said it folks, cross platform. Well what about the other pros of this game? Well, that’s about IT! Everything else will be released with a update “in March”. Capcom has suckered us in this time. Of course this game has stuff like survival mode and story mode but THAT’S IT. Everything else will be released in a update alongside with more characters. Oh and get this, you have to either earn battle points from online matches to buy these additional characters or spend real money. Capcom has made us spend $60 U.S. Dollars on what we thought was a full game but then tell us we have optional micro transactions for more characters or costume colors to come shortly after the release. Another thing to add to this list of cons is the servers.

The servers constantly disconnect, even if you’re playing local versus matches with a friend, the server will kick you to the main menu stating that servers are offline. Well Capcom supposedly ran beta access just to test servers and they’re still crappy. SFV is a great game so far as it is, but as a whole product with the promise of additional content that should normally be there is just awful. Unless you’re a die hard Street Fight fan, then wait for a rehash of this game next year and it’s more than likely going to be call Super Street Fighter V. Cause we all know the history of Capcom and rehashing the same game for four or more years. Final verdict, three out of five for being a solid, deep and accessible game but the incomplete feeling and promise of additional normal content is awful and shouldn’t be the way this beloved series should be handled.

Feb 12

Firewatch review: PS4 and PC first-person explore-em-up burns twice as bright for half as long

Firewatch kind of sounds like a Cub Scout camping trip, only without the dirty jokes, midnight tuck and savage hazing of the new kid. You don’t even get a badge at the end of it.

After an emotional opening act that punches you in the gut and wrings your tear ducts dry, the game dumps you in the middle of the countryside with only a map, compass and hand radio to guide you.

Thanks to the visual stylings of acclaimed poster artist Olly Moss, this is a game that expertly captures and conveys the stark beauty of nature.

Firewatch

Feb 12

Bethesda teases Fallout 4 DLC news and a Survival Mode “overhaul”

Fallout 4

The Fallout 4 patch that came out a couple of weeks ago made a number of changes to the game, including the addition of a new ambient occlusion setting, new weapon debris effects, and a status menu for settlers. But a couple of tweets that came out of the Bethesda twitter account earlier today indicate that even bigger changes are on the way, and so is news about DLC.

I actually find the promise of the Survival difficulty overhaul more intriguing that the DLC tease. I emailed Bethesda to ask if they’d give me more information about the changes to Survival mode, and they said—and I’m not making this up—“Nope!” Hey, I tried. We’ll keep you posted.