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Review – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

March 17th, 2014 by

maxresdefaultIn 2010, I returned to Castlevania, a series of video games I enjoyed from my youth. The legacy and history of the long running series was being updated and brought to the Playstaion 3 and Xbox 360 by game studio Mecurysteam, with input from legendary game designer Hideo Kojima. That game was Castlevania Lords of Shadow, and it was an epic tale that told the origin of the Belmont curse and the birth of the Dragon, Dracula.  Now, four years later, the sequel arrived and I could not wait to sink my teeth into it. (more…)

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Review – South Park: The Stick Of Truth

March 4th, 2014 by

south_park_thumbEver since day one of its announcement, I have been excited for South Park: The Stick of Truth. However, it’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride ever since.  The original publisher, THQ, was met with unfortunate circumstances and had to file for bankruptcy, leaving the fate of the cartoon RPG in limbo.  Luckily for South Park fans everywhere, Ubisoft saw promise in the game, and decided to take on the project.  After months of public uncertainty as to the release date, it was finally announced that the title would launch for the 2013 holiday season!  I even got to preview some of the gameplay footage at FanExpo in August, which made me even more anxious for the game.  Disappointment struck again when a trailer was released stating the title’s launch would now be delayed until March 2014.  Despite several setbacks, I hadn’t lost faith that a stellar product would be the end result, and all I can say is, it was definitely worth the wait. (more…)

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Gets An Announce Trailer

January 31st, 2014 by

sherlock-holmes-crimes-and-punishment-logoOne of the world’s greatest (fictional) detectives has a new game coming out this year, and just yesterday, developers Frogwares gave us the first official full length trailer to prove it.  Not that it needed proof, but it did need a trailer!  Looking darker than one might expect for the character, it also seems to retain the wit that one would expect as well.  Crimes & Punishments is the seventh installment in the series, but is the first to be built on Unreal Engine 3 technology, allowing for a vastly upgraded experience in almost every possible way.  It is also a previous generation (Xbox 360 / PS3) and PC exclusive, so don’t unplug those paperweights we use to call consoles just yet. (more…)

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Review – AC4: Freedom Cry DLC

January 7th, 2014 by

Assassins-Creed-4-Freedom-Cry-DLC-LogoAssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag gave us one of the franchise’s most charismatic protagonists to date in the form of Edward Kenway.  However, Kenway wasn’t the only hero we were introduced to – we also got to meet Kenway’s right-hand man, Adewale.  Throughout the on-disc campaign, Adewale could be counted on to be the voice of reason when Kenway’s motives may have become less than ethical.  Well, in the game’s first campaign-based DLC, Freedom Cry, Adewale is the star, telling his story of the events that followed his time with Edward Kenway. (more…)

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Review – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

November 5th, 2013 by

black-flagSince 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…)

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Review – Batman: Arkham Origins

October 29th, 2013 by

Batman_Arkham_Origins_ArtBatman: 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…)

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Event Coverage – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Launch Party

October 25th, 2013 by

ac4_logoWith 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…)

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Watch_Dogs Delayed Until Spring 2014

October 15th, 2013 by

WatchDogsAlexRossPaintingFinalThe 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…)

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AC4: Black Flag Season Pass Details & Freedom Cry DLC Trailer

October 9th, 2013 by

Assassins-Creed-4-LogoAssassin’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…)

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AC4 Builds Hype With Its Heist Trailer

October 4th, 2013 by

Assassins-Creed-4-LogoWith just a few weeks to go until launch day, I’m certain we’ll see a lot of buzz around Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.  Ubisoft released the game’s newest trailer this week which seems to be comprised of several cutscenes from the title, introducing us to the various primary characters we’ll encounter, and play as, in the game.  We’re also given a glimpse into the plot of this action/adventure game.  While it’s hard to decipher the specifics, it seems that Blackbeard and his crew plan to rob a gold-transport ship, but our protagonist, Edward Kenway, is caught in the middle while playing for both sides.  This is merely speculation, but the trailer certainly sets some high-hopes for a thrilling tale.  See the trailer for yourself below. (more…)

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