Updates and Changes – forever more

It’s been a couple minutes hasn’t it? Where did I leave you? I guess a few things have transpired since we last talked. Let us catch up.

I’ve been fine. I’ve been heavily invested in a few different activities over the past few months. I completed Shadow of the Colossus. Still a great game; as good as I remember it being back when I played it on the PS2. Controls just as clunky, but still a fun ride.

I picked up the Last Guardian on the PS4 and I’ve been spending a little bit of time in that – not as much as I’d like as I’ve been suffering from what feels like motion sickness while playing it. I don’t know if this has to do with frame rate or the colours and brightness, but at certain points in the game it just feels off. This has restricted me to only playing roughly 30 minutes per sitting and then forcing me to take a break. I’ve heard that the game does play smoother on the PS4 Pro, so it may well just be a weird frame-rate issue that my brain has a hard time processing. I’ll also be picking up Horizon: Zero Dawn soon, as I would love to dive into that game.

I picked up Watch Dogs 2, and thoroughly completed that game. And I mean thoroughly. Every side mission, 99% of the achievements – I didn’t dabble too much in the online functions so there is still one more locked away. I have the season pass too, so I’m waiting on some upcoming story content which is around the corner.

I picked up some smaller games as well recently, in Feist and Candleman. Feist was just OK; it is similar to Limbo but with a more vibrant colour palette. You play a little furry monster and have to scramble and jump across the levels, avoiding traps and other monsters trying to kill you. You can pick up sticks and rocks to defend yourself. I found the controls to be a little slow on the response, and the game overall was fairly short. The bulk of the achievements involve completing each level without dying, and completing the level under a specific par time. Candleman is a puzzle-platformer where you play as a candle in dark lit levels, and you need to find your way to the end of each room, lighting other candles along way, while ensuring your wax does not run out. It is a gorgeous game with beautiful lighting effects. Easy, fun game, with easy, generous achievements.

In the co-op land, with Illestrader, we’ve wrapped up Gears of War 4 and are currently plugging away in Astroneer (Early Preview) and Borderlands The Pre-Sequel. We’ll be picking up Ghost Recon Wildlands in the next few weeks. I do occasionally stream on Twitch, so you can catch me there/here: www.twitch.com/irogans.

I’m currently playing Deus Ex Mankind Divided, and after that I have Mafia III, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Quantum Break and Far Cry Primal queued up.


On a completely non-gaming front, after Christmas, as an investment in my art, I purchased a Huion 22″ graphics pen monitor. I’ve always been interested in the Wacom Cintiq monitors, but could never justify the price point. So I went searching for alternatives, and came across the Huion. I love it so far, and it works well with all the applications I use, and for a fraction of the price. I even started up my long-desired webcomic – Stranger Than Friendship.

Its a comic about myself, and my best friend Illestrader, the games we play, and life in general. It’s been fun to do so far. Still in its infancy, however, I am trying to go for a once-per-week update schedule. I haven’t invested a whole lot of time into the website yet. I’m waiting till I have a little bit more of an archive before I start pushing it, and creating a domain. All things for this year.

I’ve added some photos of my recent work to the Arts gallery, and thats listed under the Stranger Than Friendship menu item now. I also started re-working on my Large Borderlands piece. Re-inking and re-colouring. Should be fun on my new tablet monitor.

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I drew this for #Camuary, in January

I think that pretty much sums up everything over the past few months. With the webcomic now, some of my time each week is dedicated that that, but I do wish to keep this side separate, and talk about games. Just gotta find the time to do everything.

-iRogan

 

E3 2015 – Ubisoft Press Conference – LIVE

UBISOFT E3 2015 Press Conference: #UBI3

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-Just a few minutes away from the Ubisoft press conference. Quick hopefuls: Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassins Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six: Siege.


-3:00PM – Time for Ubisoft.

South Park

phpacmi7t-The epic RPG returns. An all new South Park game. Announcement trailer. Not a fantasy RPG, but a super hero game, South Park, The Fractured, but Whole.

-Aisha Tyler of course, introduces Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Continues the story of Stick of Truth. Kids are playing super heroes now.


-Aisha Tyler reassures us that Ubisoft does listen to their fans. And realize that 2014 and 2015 was not the best year with bugs and launch issues. Keep sending feedback.


For Honor

-Yves  Guillemot, CEO is on stage. Ubisoft has been a company that does takes risk. Announce a new IP and a new genre: Pre-rendered trailer showing knights and vikings. Sword fighting in epic battles. Castles and Knights. Lots of bloody sword fighting. Seems to be transitioning between generations. For Honor.

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-Knights, Viking and Samurai. Creative Director Jason Vannenburg, introduced a new type of gameplay called the Art of Battle. Feel the game, feel the combat. Bring your friends.

-8 players come to the stage to show a live multiplayer demo, 2 teams of 4. Large battlefield, hundred or so enemies, knights vs samurai. Brutal sword fighting and execution kills. You can sense the weight of the weapons used. 4 v 4 multiplayer demo on the showroom floor.


The Crew Expansion and Trials Fusion Expansion

-Aisha is back to discuss two more games. The Crew up first, new expansion pack. Quick in-game footage trailer. Monster Trucks!! Drift races. Drag races. Motorcycles and dune buggies. November 17th, complete graphic overhaul with new vehicles and modes. The Crew – Wild Ride.

Trials Fusion Awesome Level Max expansion. A WTF trailer??? A cat riding a fire breathing unicorn? Whisker physics, anyone?


Tom Clancy’s The Division

-Ryan Barnard, game designer for The Division. Showing the dark zone. Can work alongside other agents, or fight against them. This is no man’s land. Trust no one.

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-Snow wasteland in New York. Small squads starts to sneak up on a group and get flanked. Unsure how they’ll react but they decide to help. Seeder mine tool is shown, and small gun turret. Heading off to the park, the other players have joined up. “Cleaners” are shown. Flamethrower enemy type, but the group has loot so they don’t want to risk the interaction. Can call in for extraction. Need to defend for 90 seconds.

-Squad turns their back on the new strangers to steal their loot before extraction. 3rd member of the main squad decides to leave the group and take out everyone. Reinforces the do-no-trust-anyone in the dark zone functionality. Dick mood, sir.

-Game looks amazing. Hands on playable on the show floor. Beta’s on Xbox One , PS4 and PC next year. Releases March 8th, 2016 on all platforms.


ANNO 2205

anno-A Blue Byte Production, We’re leaving earth to the moon. New IP. Trailer shows a big facility and colony on the Moon. Zooms out and shows the entire moon has a population. ANNO 2205.

-Game starts on Earth, where you need to raise your city, and develop resources. Sort of like a Civ game then? A race to space?


Just Dance 2016

-The biggest music video game franchise of all time. Now you can use the smart phone as a controller. Also will work with the camera for consoles. Live dance demo with Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me. Typical Ubisoft. This October on all last-gen and this-gen platforms. Something special for WiiU, PS4, and Xbox One – streaming service, Just Dance Unlimited. Dance on Demand Subscription for all new fresh content.


Rainbow Six: Siege

-New CG story trailer. Biological threat. Shows biochemists. Rainbow Six: Siege. Close quarters combat. Everything is destructible. Once you die, you stay dead. Angela Basset is introduced. Plays the role of Six, leader of the counter-terrorism unit. They discuss what it’s like to do voice acting for the video game.

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-“More to Siege than multiplayer“. Terrohunt is back. Playable solo or with friends. Features the most difficult AI to date. Live Demo. Shows the breaching and drone tools. In co-op, communication is key. Destruction is incredible – blast little holes for viewpoints. Team makes it into the room to defend. Things get real intense.

-Beta starts September 24th, 2015. On All platforms, PVP and Terrohunt available in the beta.


Trackmania Turbo

-Coming from PC to consoles with all its tracks. Trailer shows the F1 car dropped onto the track from a helicopter and shows the wacky and wild race tracks. 4 player split-screen support. Time based races in the solo campaign. Fast crazy tracks with loops and banked turns and jumps, and obstacles. Game is fast. 200 tracks across different areas, modes and difficulties.

-Random track generator. Terraforming. Track creation, and details. Jump in and play within seconds on the new track. millions of auto-generated options. Rollercoaster style tracks.


Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

ass-creed-syndicate-Trailer shows the new world based in London. Trailer shows the gangs and street life. Horse & chariot gameplay returns. Guns will be more prominent this time. Fast brutal combat a mainstay. Trailer shows bar brawls. Showcasing Jacob Frye as the main protagonist. Doesn’t show his twin sister.

“Join the Rooks”

-Game takes place in 1868, right in the middle of the Industrial Revolution. First modern Assassin’s Creed game. Two Assassins and their gangs trying to remove the crooks from the streets and bring the streets back to the people.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

-Yves  Guillemot comes back on stage for one last presentation to end the show. Group in Paris working in secrecy for the next announcement:

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-New Trailer: “Death is a Saint”. Skeleton and skulls. Trailer shows money and blood, and a Golden Gun. Pre-alpha game footage. New update on last year’s extreme sports game by the looks of it?

-First mission shows a group on the mountain tracking cocaine sales, sniper takes out the leader and the trailer jumps to dune buggy off-road chase. Next mission shows a stealth option, another lab. Lab is blown up, and the heroes race off. Next mission is an ambush option. Full assault with drones and assault rifles.

“How do you fight an enemy that doesn’t fear death?”

-Massive Open World. Trailer shows all the different terrain and modes of transport. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Like The Crew, but essentially a better version of Mercenaries. Awesome!


Aisha Tyler and Ubisoft sign off on their conference. Play On!

Last up is Sony’s press conference at 6pm.

-iRogan