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June 16
2014

E3 2014: Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Dragon Age: Inquisition was one of those games that I greeted with immediate cynicism. While I only got a taste of Origins (any devs wanna donate a copy?), I bought Dragon Age 2 based on that limited experience, but grew increasingly disillusioned with each copy-pasted dungeon I explored, Isabella’s puns of “I like big boats, I cannot lie” notwithstanding.

I’ll own my bias: I was expecting to hate and dismiss the game altogether without giving it the time of day, but being the professional that I am I figured I should give it the chance to disappoint me in person. After sitting through EA’s presentation (which needed a better presenter; I’m sorry, but the guy speaking was clearly not comfortable speaking to an audience), I have to say I’ve come away cautiously optimistic.

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E3 2014: Mortal Kombat X gets really, really close

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The latest Mortal Kombat is all about getting nice and close with you.

My extremely brief (and very wide-eyed) hands-off demo with the game at E3 took place over two fights showcasing the new fighting style variants and characters. But one aspect not advertised during the show is the closer camera. The static position at the start of the fight has been moved inward and now more tightly focuses on the characters, with far less empty space above their heads. Most shots during fights are also angled more frequently, their slanted perspective giving the bouts a more immediate dynamic. But it did take some getting used to, just from an audience perspective.

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June 13
2014

E3 2014: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, A Game of Puzzles and Dramatic Pointing

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Throughout the life of the Nintendo DS and 3DS, Nintendo let North American and European players get two know two amazing new characters: Phoenix Wright, a down and out defense lawyer whose ability to turnaround seemingly hopeless cases borders (and sometimes resides squarely in) the fantastical, and Professor Layton, a top hat wearing professor of Archaeology and British gentleman with a penchant for puzzles and getting himself and his young ward Luke out of ridiculous circumstances using only his wits and pure logic.

These two innovative dynamos are finally coming together for the very first time in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, a puzzle adventure with decision adventure aspects.

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June 12
2014

E3 2014: Surgeon Simulator is Opening a New Practice on PS4

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[NOTE: All screenshots are from the PC version of the game]

It’s not often that a game being as bad as you remember is a selling point.

Surgeon Simulator, the self-proclaimed “most Monty Python game anyone ever did”, recently announced a move to the PlayStation 4. I had the chance to speak to Imra Jele, co-founder of Bossa Studios and get a few minutes with the current console build this week at E3, and happily found that the PS4′s motion controls work well about as well as an addition to this game’s purposefully awkward control setup could.

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Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

While everyone else gets to live it up at E3, I was living my regular little life and enjoying the fun in Geneva. There was a lot of time capsule action, and weirdly… no new resident. I’m a little worried that it’s been a long time since Chow moved out and no one new has moved in. Geneva is an absolutely fabulous town and anyone in their right mind would kill to live here. There’s only a limited number of spaces available, and it hurts me deeply to think that they’re not all filled!

Read on to find out about all the action this week!

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E3 2014: Square Enix Brings Same-Sex Marriage to Final Fantasy XIV

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Square Enix disappointed me at this year’s E3. Their lineup looked remarkably similar to last year’s, and the highly anticipated (and eight years in development) Final Fantasy XV as well as Kingdom Hearts III were absolutely nowhere to be found. Instead we got an HD remake of a bunch of old games, a mobile rhythm title, and yet another huge push for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. But then, during a live roundtable discussion of the recently relaunched MMORPG producer Naoki Yoshida made an announcement that put quite the smile on my face.

Gay marriage is coming to the world of Eorzea.

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E3 2014: Defend – A Story About the Hostage From Rainbow Six: Siege

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I hear her begging for help in the corner.

Turning, I see her bending down and pleading into a small wheeled camera drone on the floor of the laundry room. I shoot at it and miss. Another slides in from under the barricade I had placed in the doorway from the garage. The two form a semi circle around her left side, more interested in her animation cycles (or her butt, if the second camera’s position meant anything) than scouting the rest of the traps my team laid in the house.

I don’t blame them, she’s fascinating. After she gives her only lines the Rainbow Six: Siege hostage falls into the worried shuffling routine she’ll perform on loop for the next three minutes unless picked up or shot. I didn’t have to tell her to get down, nor will I have to give her orders at any time during the SWAT team’s raid on our fortified McMansion.

A diamond hotspot sitting above her head reads “Defend”. That’s what I call her, since she lacks a personality or any agency. Defend is a object, just not in the way we’re used to objectified women, particularly of the blonde variety. She is an object with fascinating, Alpha-build hair that dances and wiggles along her scalp with the slightest movement. The SWAT team has busted into the McMansion and taken out one of my teammates, giving them the 5-4 advantage. It takes me a second to notice, Defend is just so intriguing in her vacuousness.

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