The Last of Us was a moody masterpiece, a big-budget blockbuster video game that told a surprisingly affecting story of love and loss. Grizzled smuggler Joel and tempestuous teenager Ellie are two of the most fully realized characters in gaming, beautifully brought to life by actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson. Its morally ambiguous ending felt unresolved yet somehow perfectly complete. As much as I love the world Naughty Dog has created, I’m conflicted as to whether I want to know what happens next, worried that a sequel could sully the poignant journey I experienced. READ FULL STORY
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The PlayStation 4 launched last week with 23 titles (including downloadable and free-to-play games), and after putting the system through its paces for a week, it’s clear there’s no killer app that you must play right now. Many of the launch titles are upgraded ports of multiplatform games that already released on PS3 and Xbox 360, some more improved than others. But for those who are taking the next-gen plunge, there are definitely some solid titles that are well worth your time. Here are our favorite PS4 games available now that should get you through the holidays.
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There’s one thing every group of guys needs when they head into an epic battle: A super sexy sharp shooter on a nearby roof. And that’s just what they get in the latest trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts.
The most recent video in the franchise’s “There’s a Soldier in All of Us” campaign stars Megan Fox as said sharp shooter when a group of friends find themselves being attacked. Directed by The Wolverine‘s James Mangold, the trailer follows the four soldiers through a demolished Las Vegas, a brief stint in outer space, a quick drive through snow-kissed mountains, and even a battle in Caracas, Venezuela, where they run into Fox.
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Early in the campaign of Battlefield 4, a marine deals with an attacking dog by punching it right in the face. This is a not-so-subtle jab (well, more of a right cross) at rival series Call of Duty, whose upcoming Ghosts features a canine companion. Ever since Activision’s cash cow started breaking sales records annually, Electronic Arts has been increasingly determined to grab a piece of the military shooter pie with its Battlefield franchise. Battlefield 4 offers more explosions, more destruction and more multiplayer options than ever, and it certainly can go toe-to-toe with any Call of Duty. But you can’t help but wish it had aimed even higher.
Just like its predecessor (and every Call of Duty post-Modern Warfare), Battlefield 4′s single player campaign reminds you of that Woody Allen quote from Annie Hall. “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible,” says the first woman. The other one says, “Yeah, I know, and such small portions.” The campaign is extremely loud and incredibly short, a series of linear levels that funnel you from fight to fight, the only real objective being to kill anything that moves. There are occasionally some great set pieces, such as a firefight aboard a sinking battleship that has you dodging gunfire as airplanes slide off the flight deck into the roiling ocean. But many of the missions just have you shooting everything, clearing out the area, pressing forward and repeating. There’s some odd pacing and bad checkpointing that make the campaign feel overly long and tedious, despite clocking in at just six hours or so.
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New York Comic-Con looks set to have its biggest year yet, with a slate heavy on popular TV shows and celebrity appearances. Based in Manhattan’s Javits Center, NYCC has grown in importance over the last few years. Although it can’t compete with the San Diego Comic-Con for pure breadth of buzz, NYCC has developed its own distinctive personality in the last few years. (It’s also gotten a big boost from a certain mega-popular zombie show whose Halloween-season start dates match up perfectly with NYCC’s early-October berth.) If you’re going to NYCC, here are the hot-ticket events; if you’re just playing along at home, consider this a possible sneak peek at the next few days of Twitter trending topics. (Note: You can watch some of the cultier/non-Walking Dead events on the NYCC live stream.)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Saturday, 5:00 PM): The only announced speaker at the panel for ABC’s hit Avengers spinoff is Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, but this is Marvel, so expect at least one surprise. Since the panel runs an hour and fifteen minutes, that “surprise” might be a full episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. If questioned, expect Loeb to no-comment confirm the possibility of an Agent Carter series. READ FULL STORY
Quantic Dream writer/director David Cage creates richly cinematic adventure games that aspire to tell emotionally powerful stories. He’s been trying to perfect his own brand of interactive storytelling for nearly a decade, with decidedly mixed results. His games all have a similar feel, eschewing traditional control schemes for timed button presses and dialogue options, leaving the player free to focus on the narrative. Players have a large amount of choice, with their decisions greatly affecting the direction of the story. The problem is, I’ve never felt like he’s had particularly interesting stories to tell.
His 2005 game Indigo Prophecy starts with an intriguing murder mystery but devolves into an incomprehensible supernatural mess. 2010’s Heavy Rain, for all its graphical prowess and unique gameplay situations (how many games have you pressing buttons to change a baby’s diaper?), was rife with gaping plot holes and featured such terribly awkward voice acting that it spawned an Internet meme. Cage’s latest effort, Beyond: Two Souls on PlayStation 3, still doesn’t have a particularly great story to tell, but thanks to a fully realized motion-capture performance by Juno and Inception actress Ellen Page, it’s an engaging one that is well worth experiencing.
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Turns out there’s an enormous market for violent wish-fulfillment fantasies stuffed with fast cars, flamethrowers, and tennis. Who knew?
Take-Two Interactive Software announced yesterday that the Grand Theft Auto series’ long-awaited fifth chapter has taken off like a heistmaster in a speedboat. The company estimates that GTA V generated over $800 million in sales worldwide in just one day. (The game retails for $59.99 in the U.S.)
Fast & Furious 6 doesn’t start its engines until next week, but fans of the high-octane film franchise can begin breaking the speed limit tomorrow in a new mobile game based on the movie.
Unraveling an original yarn that runs parallel to the film’s plot, Fast & Furious 6: The Game sees players dragging and drifting through London’s street-racing scene. When not showing the Brits how to burn rubber, players can earn cash—used to unlock and upgrade rides—by pulling off heists. On top of detail-drenched vehicle models, slick physics effects, and a heart-pounding sense of speed, the game’s complemented by live-action scenes of the film’s beefcake-y cast.
iOS device owners can buckle-up tomorrow, while Android gamers can get behind the wheel later this summer. For a sneak peek of the pedal-to-the-metal action, spy the exclusive trailer below. READ FULL STORY
The Last of Us is set 20 years after a fungal outbreak has devastated humanity and created a plague of zombie-like Infected. Given the current fascination with post-apocalyptic adventures, the game has been an object of fascination ever since mysterious trailers debuted over a year ago. But this isn’t another gritty apocalypse, like The Road or The Walking Dead. The exclusive “Wasteland Beautiful” video below — a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the environments – shows what happens when nature starts reclaiming its territory, as dense foliage has begun overtaking the game’s crumbling cities. The creative team at developer Naughty Dog discusses how light and shadow help create a believable, fully immersive world that despite the devastation, is beautiful in its own eerie way.
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Tens of thousands of gamers poured into the Boston Convention and Expo Center this weekend for PAX East, the annual video game expo from the creators of Penny Arcade, a massively popular web comic that has spawned its own empire.
Unlike other gaming conventions that are aimed at industry professionals and media, PAX is all about the fans, giving gamers the chance to play upcoming games months before release and hear from game creators, in addition to featuring community events like concerts, tournaments, and parties.
Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski kicked off PAX East with the story of his lifelong love of video games, which was surprisingly charming and sentimental coming from the man who invented Gears’ lancer, an assault rifle with a chainsaw bayonet used for cutting foes in half.
Bleszinski discussed the great impact games had on his life, and how they have influenced everything from his career to meeting his wife. He talked about being bullied for loving his Nintendo Entertainment System in middle school and lauded the gaming community for its supportive nature, rejecting the idea that violent games cause violent behavior. He showed several slides of brawls erupting at sporting events and joked that you probably won’t see many fistfights break out at PAX East. READ FULL STORY
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