Since I dove into the Assassin’s Creed franchise several years ago, whenever I finished one the games, I couldn’t wait for the next one to come out. The elaborate Ezio trilogy and how his experiences impacted Desmond’s present day life was a form of story telling that completely drew me in. A year later we were introduced to Connor, and how he joined the assassins to defend his native land. Now, in AC4, we get the chance to play as the charming, yet ruthless pirate, Captain Edward Kenway. AC3 introduced us to naval combat in the series, and with Black Flag focusing on pirates, you can guess that open-sea combat would be a big factor. (more…)
The latest trailer for the anticipated South Park: The Stick of Truth game was released today, which shows our heroes entering the Giggling Donkey pub seeking the Bard. In classic South Park fashion, Butters is timid, Kenny plays along, and Cartman is needlessly but hilariously vulgar. The team finally finds the Bard, played by Jimmy, in the pub’s basement, when they are thrown into battle against the Bard’s elves. The animations looked just as if they had come from the show, and the combat options and dialogue were riddled with comedy. If you’re a long-time fan of the series, then there are some gems in there that you’ll definitely appreciate. Perhaps what’s more interesting, though, is that at the end of the trailer, a delayed release date for the game is shown. (more…)
Batman: Arkham Origins is the third installment in the ‘Arkham’ series of games and the first game to be developed by Warner Brothers Montreal, not the original creators Rocksteady Studios. It is usually a very touch-and-go process when a licensed game is handed off to a new development team, and this game proves to be no different. While it does contain all of the elements that made the first two games in the series a success, it fails to innovate on them in any major way. (more…)
With Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag just around the corner, Ubisoft celebrated the upcoming release by throwing a public party, inviting the AC community to give the game a shot before its debut. Droves of people met at the Amsterdam BrewHouse in downtown Toronto to get a sneak peek at Captain Edward Kenway, and to test out all the new functionality the adventure game had to offer. I managed to get a little game-time in myself, and I must say, I was very impressed with what I saw. (more…)
Rain brings a very interesting and original idea to the puzzle/adventure genre. Your character is invisible, but being in the rain silhouettes you. While this is a very cool concept the execution left a lot to be desired.
Rain begins with beautiful, almost water colour painted scenes, and a melancholy piano score to set the tone. It is moody, and instantly works to bring you into the feel of the game. The story begins with a boy looking out his window as it rains. He sees an invisible girl outlined by the falling rain being pursued by a monster. Not believing his eyes, he rushes out into the rain to find and help the girl. I cannot stress how nice this introduction was – simple and effective. The music and imagery matched perfectly. (more…)
Beyond: Two Souls, the latest interactive drama from developer Quantic Dream, takes you on a journey through the life of Jodie Holmes, a girl born with an entity essentially “attached” to her that she talks to and slowly learns to control, who she refers to by name as Aiden. Only Jodie can see and interact with Aiden, but you quickly learn that these entities are already a known fact to high level government organizations, such as the CIA and upper level United States military personnel. This of course leads to (more…)
The development team behind the highly anticipated new IP from Ubisoft, Watch_Dogs, has made an announcement just minutes ago confirming that the title has been delayed until Spring 2014. The game was set to launch as a day one title for the next generation of consoles, as well as our current generation Xbox 360s and PS3s. This to many of us, comes as unwanted news, as I can say that us here at GV2 were counting Watch_Dogs as one of the ‘flagship’ titles to usher in the next-gen hardware, and was definitely one of our most anticipated games this holiday season. Here is the official announcement from Ubisoft’s development team: (more…)
Okay, the title may be somewhat of an exaggeration, but that is the only way to describe just how massive the script is for Quantic Dream’s latest release, Beyond Two Souls, which came out on October 8th, 2013. Quantic Dream is known for their storytelling, massive dialogue and novel like ambition, as proven with titles such as Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy, but that still can’t give you the proper mental image of just how big this script really is. You need to see it for yourself (picture provided below), and once you do you will surely be in awe. It may even be enough to convince those of you interested in a career in video game story writing to change your mind and pursue something a little less intimidating.
In any case, take a look at the picture below of the complete printed script for Beyond Two Souls and marvel at its sheer volume. This should hold you over until our review for this game is completed and posted for all to see. (more…)
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is just three weeks away, and today Ubisoft announced what gamers will get if they buy the game’s Season Pass. Right off the bat, any AC enthusiast who needs to have all DLC for the game will net a 20% savings with the pass, over buying each DLC pack individually. The Season Pass will include additional multiplayer skins, extra weapons and missions within the campaign, and most notably it will come with the Freedom Cry DLC. Freedom Cry tells the story of Adewale, a boy who was born into slavery, but broke free and trained to become an assassin. Now it is time for Adewale to bring vengeance to those who work in the slave trade. See the emotional trailer for this new DLC campaign below, and get ready to head back into the Animus on October 29th. (more…)
The old saying goes, “two wrongs don’t make a right.” Well, in Ms. Germinator, we’re taught that while two and three wrongs won’t get the job done, four is the magic number to wipe the slate clean. In this sequel to the action-puzzle game, Germinator, the player must match up four of the same-coloured germs in an effort to make them grow to the point of popping, thus taking out any adjacent black cells. I’ll admit that I am not familiar with the franchise, and Ms Germinator is my first shot at this series, but having played similar puzzle games in the past, I thought I’d breeze through this game. Boy, was I ever wrong. The game offers a great challenge for players of all skill levels and adds a comedic side for extra entertainment. (more…)