Is this the future of gaming? Playstation Now, the Netflix of gaming.

Written by Native Gamer

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The PlayStation Now subscription service launched last week on the PlayStation 4, with a free one week subscription available to everyone. This review is based on my experience with the service after I participated in the trial and i have paid for a subscription.

The long awaited service launched with 107 titles available to stream instantly, including titles such as ‘The Last of Us’ ‘God of War: Ascension’ ‘Bioshock Infinite’ ‘The Walking Dead Season 1’ and many others, with many more to come. The current goal is to get all, or as many as possible, PlayStation 3 games on the service, and then look at the older generation of games. The Service is $19.99 a month or $44.99 for 3 months (roughly $15 a month) and this subscription allows you to stream any game available on the service indefinitely, as long as you are a subscriber.

While playing, I encountered few issues with the service, being kicked completely out of a game twice, but the issues do exist. The primary issue encountered is lagging in the stream, which can make it hard to play the games at points.psnow-logo-centered-threecolum-us-05jun14 I highly recommend paying hardwired into your router instead of WiFi and this should fix a good number of issues. If you are worried your internet isn’t good enough to stream you can test the connection through the store before you download the service.

For me, this service is highly worth it, for the shear number of current and promised games. Games that i personally never got to finish or even play. So I recommend everyone try the trial at the least and see if this is a good fit for them.

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Video Game Release and quick review of Assassins Creed Rogue

Written by Native Gamer

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This week instead of the regular news round up I want to give you a small review that will lead
into a bigger review later. This is just a first impressions and basic overview of the game.
Assassins Creed Rogue follows Shay Cormac, a former Assassin turned Templar. As a Templar he acts as an Assassin Hunter, and hunts his former brotherhood while following a new creed. The games mechanics follow the same vein of Black Flag, though there are noticeable
differences.

 

The game is set in New York City, as well as the inland Appalachian regions of North America
and off the coast of the northeast American colonies. The,games story takes place during the
Seven Year War.

As far as gameplay, Shay captain’s the Morrígan, a Sloop of War. This ship has a shallower
draft than the Jackdaw, Edward Kenway’s ship, which allows for river travel inland American
Continent.

This ship also has new weapons and features, such as the Pickle Gun, Burning Oil, and the
ice ram. The last of which allows for traversing through the ice sheets of the north seas.
Also since your targets are Assassins they will display abilities similar to you have in the past:
smoke bombs, hiding in tall grass and Hay Carts, and so on.

Other changes include the ability for other ships to board you in naval combat, and a parry
system that i similar to the Batman Arkham series involving timing.

A more in depth review of the story as well as a final grade will be given at a later time.

 

Games released on the week starting November 17th 2014:

18th
Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom 3DS, PS3, PSVita, Win, X360Company of Heroes 2 ­ Ardennes Assault Win
Dragon Age: Inquisition Win, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO
Escape Dead Island Win, PS3, X360
Far Cry 4 Win, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO
Grand Theft Auto V PS4, XBO
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd PS3, PSVita
LittleBigPlanet 3 PS3, PS4
Middle­earth: Shadow of Mordor PS3, X360
Never Alone Win, PS4, XBO
Watch Dogs WiiU
WWE 2K15 PS4, XBO

20th
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms Win

21rst: 

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii WiiU

Editors pick:
Native Gamer: Assassin’s Creed Rogue

Unity within the Assassins Creed universe

Last week we saw the addition of two new games in the Assassins Creed series. To those of us who love this history and gaming equally, this series has been nothing short of a god send. Some of them have been better than others but they seem to add something new every time! This round of AC brought us a new experience all together. Let’s dig in!

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This time around we have been brought to the French revolution. While this one is not as tied to the actual revolution as AC3 was, it is very apparent that you are dealing with war. The streets are filled with protesters and the guards/army are not up for taking any crap.

One of the main complaints that I always heard from friends and online was that the game was too easy. Well, they heard you and fixed that problem. While you used to be able to easily take on massive number of guards, not so much anymore. The guards are smarter, faster, and without the auto kill, counter button, fighting large groups is not so easy. But, we are not here to review the game. That will be coming later on this week! Let’s get into the things that make this, in my opinion, the best of the series.

56898f84b835082325f3a05708a38a93 First, is Arno. He is not the lifelong assassin, such as Altair. He is not the rich playboy turned assassin, like Ezio. Nor is he the completely unaware Conner. Arno is an assassin all his own. His grace and style alone make him a stand out to this game. His dichotomy in the story only adds to the draw of this new character.

Next is the online aspect of the game. While in the past we had the hide and seek on crack game play, this time around it was a little different. They have done away with the PvP of the old games and instead, replaced it with a co-op mission system. There are many different missions and if you get bored with that, nothing stops you from just free roaming the city of Paris with your friends. It makes the game just that much more deep, and adds an aspect of the game that we have never been able to do before. Getting to coordinate attacks and plan out assaults allows us to act like we are actually in a brotherhood. This, to me, is what sets this out and makes it the best of the series. Assassins-Creed-Unity

A few things that deserve mention is the customization that this game allows. Being able to choose everything about your assassin, down to the colors he wears is amazing. The choices in Weapons is almost never ending, the combination of equipment is perfect for allowing you to be the type of assassin you want to be. This is yet another awesome addition to the series.

And if there is not enough in this game for you, make sure to download the app for your mobile device. There are endless puzzles and nomad missions to do. This ties back into the main game and just allows you the chance to feel even more in charge of your brotherhood!

Overall, this game is terrific. While I have read that people are talking about the glitches and bugs (that I personally experienced very little of) these are far and few between. Those small blemishes are not something that you should let stop you from playing the game. Ubisoft has been on top of things and is fixing them as fast as they can. So, what are you waiting for? Go buy the game and get to it! 

 

 

Call of Duty is back at it again. A review of Advanced Warfare

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Call of Duty Is here once again, but this time they are bringing the fight to the future. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare begs the Question, What if a Private Military Company tried to take over the world? Find the answer by playing through this brilliant campaign mode.

This game also features a Multiplayer Experience unlike anything you’ve experienced in a CoD Title before, but that’s comes with good and bad.

–The Good is that with the Exo Ablities there’s no where for campers to sit and choke hold the map.

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–Then bad is that the Exo’s also give you the feeling of never being safe. there’s always a chance that someone is going to jump up to where you are, leaving you with a feeling that you are never safe.

Don’t have Internet? Have internet that sucks? CoD gives you the Option to play all game types with computer Bots. And as if you can ask for more Seldgehammer Games brings back a survival mode from MW3 that was already good and expanded on it to make it great.

Call of Duty:Advanced Warefare is a great addition to this powerhouse of games. Not the best in the series but easily not the worst.

For a full review of this game you can Click below to watch Wak Reviews: CoD:AW.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7MWsUOkiiA

Video Game News & Rumor Roundup 10/27/2014

Written by Native Gamer

This week, the most important news to me is the PlayStation 4 System Software update. The update, codename Masamune, drops on Tuesday October 28th, 2014 and will add many new features to the console. The largest of these new features being Share Play. Which will allow to invite a friend who does not own the game to join your game online from their console, for One Hour periods. The update also includes adding the ability to upload gameplay footage directly to YouTube, and a YouTube app, the ability to change your main menu theme and color, with a Destiny and a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare being available for download the same day, Live Broadcasting updates, including the archived broadcast support, and adding a friend of friends suggestion in your ‘What’s new’ section. These new and update features, plus others not mentioned will all be included in the System Software update.

 

This week’s game releases:

October 21st

  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (XB360, XBO)
  • Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey (Win, Mac, Lin, PS4)
  • Just Dance 2015 (Wii, Wii U, XB360, XBO, PS3, PS4)
  • Samurai Warriors 4 (PS Vita, PS3, PS4)
  • The Legend of Korra (Win, PS3, PS4 and released the next day on XB360, XBO)
  • The Walking Dead Season 2 (XBO, PS4)
  • F1 2014 (Win, XB360, PS3)
  • Jagged Alliance: Flashback (Win, Mac, Lin)

October 23rd

  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (3DS, Wii U)

October 24th

  • Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
  • Sid Mier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth (Win)
  • Fantasy Life (3DS)
  • Pokemon Art Academy (3DS)

 

Next Week’s Game Releases:

October 28th

  • Big Hero 6 (3DS)
  • Freedom Wars (PS Vita)
  • Lords of the Fallen (Win, XBO, PS4)
  • MX vs. ATV: Supercross (Win, XB360, PS3)
  • NBA Live 15 (XBO, PS4)
  • Sunset Overdrive (XBO)
  • WWE 2K15 (XB360, PS3)

News and Rumors:

  • Software Update ‘Masamune’ drops on Tuesday for the PlayStation 4
  • Xbox Announces price drop to $350, starting November 2nd in North America. In Anticipation of the Holiday Season.
  • Double XP Weekend announced for Call of Duty Ghosts and Black Ops 2, Starting on the 31st.
  • A PS4 Bundle that includes GTA V is headed to Japan
  • You can now play as Keanu Reeves in Payday 2, in anticipation for his new movie ‘John Wick’

 

Editors’ game picks

Native Gamer : The Evil Within (Win, XB360, XBO, PS3, PS4)

Steps: Sid Mier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth (Win)

 

Did we miss a news story you felt was important? Please let us know in the comments below.

Video Game news & rumors roundup of the week!

Written by: Native Gamer

 

All in all thissilent_hill.0.0_cinema_960.0.0.0_cinema_1200.0 week is a good week to be a gamer, we are treated to a new IP in the Evil Within (touted as being reminiscent of the  classic horror era of the original Silent Hill and Resident Evil games). Also we finally get our hands on the highly anticipated sequel  in the new Borderlands game. Both games that I personally have yet to get my hands on, but have heard many good things about,  from trusted sources and friends alike. In related news, Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Silent Hills’ has a tentative release  date of the fall of 2016. It is going to be built on the Fox Engine and based on the fact that Kojima has reportedly said the Playable  Teaser was toned back graphically, we can expect beautifully horrifying things from the full game.

But this week has seen its share of controversy as well, with the Trailer for the Polish made game ‘Hatred’ hitting the web and making the rounds. ‘Hatred’, an isometric shooter, based on what we have seen so far is going to put you in the role of a serial killer in at least a semi open world. The premise itself is enough to give most people pause, but the chilling monologue from the games ‘protagonist’ that accompanied it, really sets the tone for why people are unsure of how to feel about this game.  The only thing I can say is, this isn’t the kind of game that I would ever play, but they have the right to make and release it. Whether it will ever make it that far, or if it could actually gain traction in the market, will have to wait until it’s released to be seen.LoL

In other news the League of Legends World Championship Finals was aired on ESPN3 on Sunday October 19th.  This is a big achievement for ESports, despite the fact that ESPN as a whole is still hesitant to acknowledge ESports  as anything more than a competitive hobby. But with each new generation, and each successful big MLG event this  industry will grow. You tell me if it looks like a small event? (picture on right)

 

Below is a full list of the news and releases this week

This week was a big week for releases, with the following ten titles:

 

October 14th

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux/steam OS, PlayStation 3, X Box 360, and PlayStation Vita)
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, , PlayStation 3, X Box 360)
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and X Box One)
  • The Evil Within (Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, X Box 360, and X Box One)
  • The Walking Dead: Season 1 (PlayStation 4, and X Box One)
  • Peggle 2 (PlayStation 4)

October 15th

  • Killer Instinct: Season 2 (X Box One)
  • Legend of Grimrock 2 (Microsoft Windows)

October 16th

  • Paper Monsters Recut (Wii U)
  • Lone Survivor (Wii U)

 

Also in gaming news and rumors this week:

  • Silent Hills, the game from the minds of Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid) and Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and staring Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints), has a possible tentative release date in the Fall of 2016
  • ESPN 3 will be showing the League of Legends World Championship finals at 1:30 AM CST
  • WWE 2K15’s soundtrack listing was released, featuring two new songs by WWE superstar John Cena with Wiz Khalifa
  • A new foreign IP simply title ‘Hatred’ has been announced, with criticism due to the nature of the Isometric Shooter
  • Vines are now viewable through an application on the X Box One
  • Irish Postal Services set to release a stamp collection that includes classic video game characters such as Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pac-Man

 

Did we miss your favorite news and/or rumor to be released this week? Let us know in the comments below! Make sure to fill out the poll below also! Till next week guys, just keep gaming!

AC travels to Paris and China!

Let’s start with some back ground. I LOVE the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It is by far my favorite game series (even though Destiny is gaining ground). The mix of history and fiction has had me hooked since the original. With that said, let’s discuss the new info let out.

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Ubisoft released a little more information on the season pass for Unity. There will be the usual added missions and items but they are also adding an entire new story line following the events you go through in Unity called Dead Kings. This story looks awesome and allows you to go through real tunnel systems out side of Paris where the old kinds of France are/were actually buried. This leads to a puzzle system of traps and a new band of bad guys. To me, this looks like the big winner. I can’t wait to play this at the beginning of next year.

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The second big announcement was Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. When I first heard the name I almost lost it! Was I finally going to get the awesome story through China that I wanted! Old school warriors with the amazing armor armored weapons from that time, would be the one thing that I’m missing in this franchise… with that said the answer is… kinda?

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While it will be through China in that time, it will not be an assassin’s creed story like we are used to. This game will be a stand alone that uses more of a side scrolling adventure (as seen above). The art style is following the brush paintings from the time, which looks awesome.

My only worry is that it’s not “Assassin’s Creed” like we are used to. Change is not always a bad thing but to finally give me the time period I’ve been craving in a way that does not allow we to explore it like I’m used to us just… well mean!

Now this game may be awesome in its own right, but I feel like I’ll be wishing it was the same game play as the others to much to enjoy it. I love the art and it looks awesome but… I don’t know guys. What do you think? Are you looking forward to Unity? Let us know!