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Beware the Watch Dogs

This weekend, I had a chance to see the Watch Dogs 2 demo live at Fan Expo Canada. It’s the same demo that has been shown at E3 and floating around YouTube. Watching it live leaves a great impression and I was honestly impressed. The game looks great and they have made meaningful changes to core mechanics, including driving and NPC AI. The driving mechanic was worked on by Ubisoft Reflections (the same division of Ubisoft responsible for the Driver series), NPCs are more diverse and reactive, and they react to Marcus positively or negatively based on the game’s new mood system.

There are also all sorts of devices for you to navigate the world with and gadgets to hack into. Remote vehicles will help you circumvent obstacles and look like a lot of fun, especially for players who enjoy stealth. If you prefer to get more involved in the action, Marcus can now traverse the environment fluidly and quickly climb and leap around buildings. I walked away pretty pumped about Watch Dogs 2. But that was their goal, and that worries me.

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In Review: Battlefield Hardline

I will be honest these days I barely pay attention to the new iterations of AAA franchises. At the end of the day not much really changes right? Despite that I almost never fail to pick them up. Partly because all my friends inevitably get it and who am I to not bend to peer pressure right? So there I was browsing my local game store and what do I find? The new Battlefield Hardline. Battlefield 4 was enjoyable so why not I say. Battlefield Hardline is visually impressive. It looks fantastic, plays very smoothly and has an interesting story but it falls short in too many areas to be a success.

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We Gamers are a Standup Bunch

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What a terrific weekend for gaming. At 12:30 on Saturday Headshots From the Heart began their 24 hour borderlands marathon to benefit Child’s Play.  If you are not familiar with Child’s Play they are a massive charity organization that helps hospitals acquire recreational items for kids, namely video games. That way hospitals don’t have to worry about those sorts of things in their budgets and kids get to have a little fun in an uncomfortable place.  Last year they raised about $2500 and this year they plan on outdoing themselves. What is the best party of this gaming for good? 100% of the funds raised go to Child’s Play.

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Gaming for Good

I am a writer, digital media specialist, and an intrepid explorer but when I am not working or seeking out new adventures, I am an avid gamer.  Why? Because saving the world never gets old.  I love all sorts of games but shooters are my favorite. I cut my teeth on my PC with Wolf 3D, DOOM, & Quake and today I still relax with some Call of Duty or Borderlands.  That is one of the reasons I am helping some friends out with a very cool project that takes the games we love and is putting them to good use:  helping sick kids. Headshots from the Heart is a fundraising marathon unlike any you’ve seen.

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Valuable Lessons I learned From Video Games

I am a gamer. I love my PS3 and PC, my shooters and platformers and for me there is nothing like that feeling you get from being the hero in a good adventure story.  The trouble is a lot of people discount video games as juvenile or even a waste of time. Non-gamers have trouble understanding why an adult would want to spend hours exploring a digital landscape or fine tuning your marksmanship.  They can’t understand the emotion that comes with toppling that final boss or pride of finishing your game on “impossible” difficulty or even why we “gotta catch them all”.  I won’t waste my energy trying to convert the non-gamers of the world, If you don’t get it then it probably isn’t for you, you sad sad individual, but I would like to share some things that gaming has taught me.

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InReview: Black Ops 2

Single player review because Black Ops Online is a beast all it’s own.

My copy of Black Ops 2 arrived early Tuesday and I couldn’t wait to start playing.  I have discovered that I am a bit of an anomaly in as much as I go story first. I love single player, maybe it’s because I have a fighting chance at winning or maybe it is because I love feeling like a hero, either way I have to finish the story mode before I go online. So here is my review of Black Ops 2 single player campaign.

 

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