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5 Reasons: Why Escort Missions Are Almost Always a Train Wreck

The Metal Gear Solid series is a particularly bad offender with this one. In MGS2, you have to escort Emma Emmerich (through a water level, but she’s afraid of water…so let’s go ahead and check the “incredibly annoying” box, too), but she’s afraid of bugs, so you spend a bunch of time using bug spray. Which, you know, isn’t usually what people usually buy videogames to simulate doing. In MGS3, you have to escort an ailing Eva around, but she needs constant feeding to keep her stamina up, so the mission devolves into hunting for food and then feeding it to her. I don’t like watching couples feed each other in real life, and being forced to simulate it in a tactical stealth espionage game is also not really what I signed up for Konami, but thanks for playing.

Capcom shows us how good Resident Evil remastered looksEarlier this month Capcom announced that it had decided to remaster the original Resident Evil game first released in 1996. This update on a classic will be re-released on modern hardware, including the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC.Some may view it as a grab for cash, but the original game is now 18 years old, meaning there’s a lot of gamers out there who’ve never experienced Capcom’s survival horror. Now they can, and with a number of much needed enhancements.Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/AQnQm

Capcom shows us how good Resident Evil remastered looks

Earlier this month Capcom announced that it had decided to remaster the original Resident Evil game first released in 1996. This update on a classic will be re-released on modern hardware, including the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC.

Some may view it as a grab for cash, but the original game is now 18 years old, meaning there’s a lot of gamers out there who’ve never experienced Capcom’s survival horror. Now they can, and with a number of much needed enhancements.

Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/AQnQm

Ubisoft confirms Assassin’s Creed Unity delayThe year’s only big name next gen-only game has had its release date put back, but it’ll still be out this year, and on the same day as Rogue.Considering how many other games have been pushed back into next year getting a press release about a delay for Assassin’s Creed Unity was a very worrying moment. But it’s only a short two week difference, and Unity will now be out on November 13 instead of October 28.The 13th is a Thursday, which is the normal release date for games on the Continent (the game’s out on Tuesday the 11th in the US). We’ve checked with Ubisoft UK and the 13th is also definitely when it’s coming out here.Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/AQnpR

Ubisoft confirms Assassin’s Creed Unity delay

The year’s only big name next gen-only game has had its release date put back, but it’ll still be out this year, and on the same day as Rogue.

Considering how many other games have been pushed back into next year getting a press release about a delay for Assassin’s Creed Unity was a very worrying moment. But it’s only a short two week difference, and Unity will now be out on November 13 instead of October 28.

The 13th is a Thursday, which is the normal release date for games on the Continent (the game’s out on Tuesday the 11th in the US). We’ve checked with Ubisoft UK and the 13th is also definitely when it’s coming out here.

Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/AQnpR

September Update Out Now for Xbox One

Is Their an Overabundance of Video Game Awards?

Alongside the kinds of awards other media also have, games have another category of awards that has no counterpart in any other medium (to the best of my knowledge): preview or demo awards, best represented by the Game Critics “Best of E3” Awards. Can you imagine awards for Best Film Previews or Best Single Released Well Before the Album being as present in the public consciousness as “Best of E3” Awards are in the gamer world?

Bioshock Infinite vs. The Last of Us: One Year Later (Part Two)

As Part One of this article explained in more depth, this is a showdown between Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us, two of my most anticipated and most satisfying games of 2013. My comparison is based not on replay value or how the games have aged, but on how influentially they’ve stuck with me a year after my initial playthrough of each.

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Why Online Gaming Is Good for Kids

Technology has changed the traditional ways that people interact, especially young people. The good news is parents don’t need to fear online gaming. Many studies have shown that gaming builds character and improves decision making skills. Growing up is a difficult time for any kid and a hobby like gaming can actually help kids cope. Here are 5 good reasons to let kids enjoy their gaming.

Five ways Destiny flat out rips off HaloUnless your home is an impressive network of underground caves without access to the web (which would make reading this article difficult), you’ve probably heard of Bungie’s next game. After playing the beta, I can safely say that Destiny has all the makings of a truly great title worthy of the praise it has received so far. That having been said, you don’t have to look very deep in order to see Bungie’s previous work in this new adventure.M.O.R.E. —-> http://ow.ly/zy59e

Five ways Destiny flat out rips off Halo
Unless your home is an impressive network of underground caves without access to the web (which would make reading this article difficult), you’ve probably heard of Bungie’s next game. After playing the beta, I can safely say that Destiny has all the makings of a truly great title worthy of the praise it has received so far. That having been said, you don’t have to look very deep in order to see Bungie’s previous work in this new adventure.
M.O.R.E. —-> http://ow.ly/zy59e

PlayStation 4 gets 3D Blu-Ray support next week

Despite a number of recent updates, this will be the first time that Sony has added new functionality to the console since its firmware revision back in April. That was the update that brought ShareFactory to the console, among other bits and pieces.
The news comes just days after Microsoft announced 3D Blu-Ray support for Xbox One. Slated to arrive in the console’s August update, those in the current dashboard preview programme already have access to the feature.
Microsoft has been updating its console with new features every month after early adopters complained at the console’s somewhat vanilla launch offering. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that regular updates will continue and that the company has a roadmap of features planned for release each month until at least October.
Source: Eurogamer

PlayStation 4 gets 3D Blu-Ray support next week

Despite a number of recent updates, this will be the first time that Sony has added new functionality to the console since its firmware revision back in April. That was the update that brought ShareFactory to the console, among other bits and pieces.

The news comes just days after Microsoft announced 3D Blu-Ray support for Xbox One. Slated to arrive in the console’s August update, those in the current dashboard preview programme already have access to the feature.

Microsoft has been updating its console with new features every month after early adopters complained at the console’s somewhat vanilla launch offering. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that regular updates will continue and that the company has a roadmap of features planned for release each month until at least October.

Source: Eurogamer

Have Certain Retro Games, Stood the Test of Time?

On the positive side, I’ve recently returned to text-based games (or interactive fiction), an even older genre with no graphics, and found the interface, while frustrating in some ways, less off-putting than the earliest D&D games and graphic adventures. Similarly, I don’t see myself playing retro games such as the original Wolfenstein or Doom anytime soon, but I have still enjoy returning to the retro Super Mario games from time to time (and my wife’s a big fan of Pokémon Snap, a game that I also still enjoy).