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E3 2016 – ‘Detroit: Become Human’ Changes How We View Humanity

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Those who have ever played video games are no stranger to the games that have been developed by Quantic Dream.  Farenheit and Heavy Rain are among a few of the games that have changes the face of decision based games and have left an imprint in the genre that can only be described as breathtaking.  Their upcoming game, Detroit: Become Human will continue to follow that decision formula but this time, allows so many more outcomes than ever imagined.  At the Sony conference this past E3, a new trailer unveiled a single scenario in which an android takes a little girl hostage and threatens to jump off the top of a building, killing them both.  Androids have become normal in mainstream living and most people utilize them as either servants or workforce associates that are only good at that one thing.

The trailer follows Connor, a police model that is tasked with hunting down androids that have deviated from their programs.  Connor is sent to the roof to talk to this android and that’s where you are shown all of the possible outcomes that could change the game, including the outcome where Connor is killed.  Dying will not change the pace of the game as it will continue on and move onto a different character that has not died yet.  However, if any character dies, there’s no telling what it could mean to the outcome of certain events.

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You are faced with many different options and dialogue choices that appear in front of you with a percentage of how much of a chance you have at your preferred outcome.  For example, if you spoke to him and he seems hostile and ready to jump from the rooftop, then it would probably be best not t step towards him when the option to comes up.  This trailer shows us much more than last year’s trailer did and also shows just how far Quantic Dream has come to giving us a game that challenges the limits of graphic output as well as realistic decision making outcomes.

Connor from this trailer as well as Kara from last year’s trailer have been the only two playable characters to appear since the game was announced but as we near the ending of 2016, we hope to see more from this beautiful game.

There has been no release date but it is set to be exclusive to the Playstation 4 console.

Check out the E3 trailer below:

 

E3 2016: Want More Gwent?

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CD Projekt Red isn’t slowing down after the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and especially after their last DLC, Blood and Wine.  In fact, they want to please fans even more now with the announcement of their newest PS4, Xbox One, and PC game, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.  While it wasn’t necessarily the highlight of the show, fans of the series were definitely excited that they didn’t have to turn to the base game, (or if you picked up the physical DLC bundles), in order to get their Gwent fix.  At the Xbox conference this past E3, the developers announced the game to be playable exactly as it would be in the base game, with the ability to play whomever they want to challenge as well as a gritty single player mode, much in The Witcher fashion.

The single player will be several hours long and will include its own story as well as dilemmas that are completely voiced over with a map to follow along with.  The thing that makes this game differ from other digital card games is the lack of mana or external forces that determine how or when a card can be used.  Everything lies within the cards themselves so it turns into a game of poker in the sense that you just have to have the highest score while still being able to play cards that can bump you up if your opponent surprises you.

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You choose a faction as well as the cards that you would like to have in your deck, similar to other digital card games, though with the faction that you choose, the game can be changed in your favor from the very beginning.  Other cards that you put down give you a number rating and it is your job to have a higher number rating than your opponent as well as to incapacitate them however you can.  Some cards can completely remove a set of your opponents cards while others can just incapacitate them for a period of time.  It is up to you how you plan on playing the game because once you run out of cards or have fewer points, the game is over for you.  Different cards are placed in different areas so always make sure to play your hand at the appropriate times and watch your opponents table.

The game will hopefully release sometime this year, as you are already able to go to the official website and sign up for the beta that will release sometime in September of this year.

Check out the official announcement trailer for the game below:

E3 2016: Frank West is Back and in the Christmas Spirit in ‘Dead Rising 4’

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If you missed Microsoft’s conference this past Monday, then you missed Frank West killing zombies while the audience was being drenched in artificial snow.  That’s right, Dead Rising is back and stars our favorite photographer/reporter with a much more charismatic personality than before.  The trailer shows off the open world of Willamette, as well as the inside of a mall from the first game, that can be explored in order to wreak havoc and kill zombies for pleasure more than any other reason.  The biggest announcement in the trailer doesn’t come from the weapons or the combination of weapons that can be used, but the flurry of new ways to destroy your enemies.  Frank will be utilizing three different categories of weapons that can be switched through three of the face buttons on the controller.

These are ranged, melee, and throwing weapons.  The transformative weapons and now armor have also been upgraded in reference to previous games and include things like a mech suit that has a heavier attack and increased strength.  I added the increased strength because the suit can do things like rip parking meters out of a concrete floor and use the concrete as a weapon. The entirety of the trailer seemed very comical as Frank took to Twitter to post his chaotic encounter with the zombies and as well as taking selfies whenever he can.

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While we aren’t sure how this game will tie into the Dead Rising story, if there really is one, we do know that it will live up to the B movie legacy that it’s always had.  If not an Evil Dead legacy, then more of a Shaun of the Dead type legacy.  The only hope that we have is that the character wasn’t returned to give fans the same thing that the first game offered but with extra areas to explore.  But, we will just have to wait and see when it does come out on Xbox One.

Check out the E3 trailer for it below: