At long last it has arrived! Exactly seven years to the day of the release of the XBOX 360, the XBOX One has launched and is now available for purchase.
While many who pre-ordered the console stood outside countless Best Buys, Gamestops, and other retail stores to get their systems, this gamer waited until I got off of work on Friday and bought it.
Thus, I’ve had a full Saturday to hook up and get to know my new XBOX. Like going on a first date with a girl, I was a little nervous when I opened the box. I had spent most of Friday reading articles about consumers who had gotten their Ones having problems with the system. Most of which being a broken disc drive that made a horrific grinding noise when a disc was inserted, the console crashing while loading the mandatory day 1 update(which is needed for the system to function), and reports of the system not working at all. Now I know hardware launches never go without it’s snags. Last week’s PS4 launch had some issues with consoles not working as well, but this is the first major console I was going to purchase on day 1. As you can imagine, I was on edge this morning when I woke up.
So I bit the bullet, and hooked it up. I got freaked out when I connected it to my wireless internet and I got an error message about the Day 1 Update, but the update installed just fine after turning the system off and turning it back on. So I passed the update test, now to see how the disc drive worked. I put in Assassin’s Creed 4, and it worked just fine.
Ok, now I’ll get on to the feel and specifics of the system. The dashboard has a different look than the 360 version, but it pretty much works the same. The, “Snap,” feature, which allows you to have two apps working at the same time, for example, you can be playing a game while watching something on Netflix, is a bit unnecessary. For me, it will work great while watching a football game and keeping up on my fantasy team stats, or I can Skype with someone while playing a game. Other than that, I don’t really have a need for the feature.
I’m sure some of you are wondering about my take on the Kinect 2.0. I didn’t plug it in, it’s still in it’s box. So there ya go.
The system runs much faster than it’s older cousin. What would take my 360 30-45 seconds to boot from the time I press the power button to getting to the dashboard now only takes 15-20 seconds. Apps and games boot up quicker(although the installs for disc based games may help with that).
I’m glad that there’s finally a Blu-Ray drive with the XBOX One. The only Blu-Ray I own is Red vs Blue, and it looks awesome. Can’t wait to purchase more Blu-Rays so I can see more.
Now while I’m talking about visual aspects that come along with the XBOX One, I guess I should talk about my gaming experience with it. The new controller looks and feels great. Microsoft didn’t stray far from the design of the 360 controller, which, in my opinion, is the closest you can get the perfect gaming controller. The D-Pad has much been much improved and it works great. The analog sticks move more freely, which can take a little bit of getting used to after seven years of using the 360 sticks.
Now for the games, or game in my case. I purchased Assassin’s Creed 4 with my XBOX One, and it looks gorgeous. The opening cinematic features our protagonist, Edward Kenway, having a conversation with his wife. The detail is much more noticeable in the character design then it would’ve been in the 360 version. Goosebumps and freckles were detailed on the skin of the characters, that’s the amount of detail that was displayed. So far, I’m enjoying the game, and I will get a review up ASAP.
Overall, the XBOX One hasn’t disappointed me. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. The system is far from perfect, but if you get a console that doesn’t have any issues, you’ll be happy with what the XBOX One has to offer. With future system updates, it will be a powerhouse of a console.
Hey guys, got some news today concerning Assassin’s Creed.
First of all, some stuff in regards to the upcoming DLC, “The Tyranny of King Washington.”
As you may know, “The Tyranny of King Washington” takes us into an alternate reality in which George Washington, the hero of the American Revolution, has become the evil king of America, and the only one who can stop him is a Mohawk by the name of Ratonhnhake:ton. (I’m just gonna call him Connor).
Here’s the reveal trailer that was released at this past years Video Game Awards.
And this next trailer showcases the new Connor.
By the looks of it, the reality that this story takes place in will portray Connor as if he never interacted with General Washington during the war an played no part in his victory over the British. But we will see. “The Tyranny of King Washington” will be available to download February 19th.
Now, in other Assassin’s Creed news. Ubisoft has stated that the next installment in the franchise is in development and is set to release within the next fiscal year. Along with that, Ubisoft also announced that the new title will feature and new Assassin, a new setting, and a new time period.
On one side, I’m a little bummed that Connor is getting the Altair treatment and getting one exclusive game in the series. But at the same time, I’m excited to see where the franchise is going. Early rumors are that the next installment will take place in ancient China, which will be pretty cool, but we will just have to wait and see.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Laters!
What up?!?! Here’s what’s going on.
Well, Assassin’s Creed 3 is OUT!!! So go pick up a copy. As I am typing this, I have not been able to pick up a copy. But that’s a whole other thing. So last week I gave you the UK Launch trailer for the game. This week I have the US launch trailer! Which rules!!
Oh man is that gorgeous! Seriously, go get this game!
Alright. Halo news. We are officially less than a week away from the release of Halo 4! I talked about this on this weeks episode, and here it is if you haven’t seen it yet: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 4!! Now with live action Master Chief!
Now, as you may or may not have heard(lets face it, if you listen to our show, you’ve heard), Disney has bought Lucasfilms, and all the properties associated with it, including Lucasarts. So yeah, Disney will be making Star Wars now. We’ll se what happens there. Now, some of you gamers out there might be wondering now what the future of Star Wars 1313 will be. Well, don’t worry, the development of 1313 will not be affected by Disney’s latest purchase.
Finally, for those who have not heard, we are having a contest! Here’s your chance to win a copy of Red vs Blue Season 10 on Blu Ray!! Here’s all you have to do!
Send a tweet of your favorite Red vs Blue line to @oldmanbittergal, include the hashtag, #ombgcontest with your tweet….AND THAT’S IT!! It’s easy!
That’s it for now! Later!
Well guys, we are a week away from Assassin’s Creed 3, and I’m very excited! All of the trailers and behind the scenes videos have been leading up to this, and I’ve got a couple more videos to tide us over until next Tuesday.
First of all, I’ve got a fan film made by a group called Corridor Digital, inspired by the Assassin’s Creed 3 trailer. It’s very well made. Check it out!
The ending was kinda cheesy, I know, but the actor they got to play Connor really got his moves down well.
Next, I’ve got the launch trailer for AC3. Check it!
Next, I’ve got the opening cinematic for the game, which gives us a refresher course of Desmond’s journey for those who haven’t played any of the previous titles. Check it out!
Finally I have a television commercial for the game that features Connor writing the Declaration of Independence while taking down some Red Coats and Templars. Pretty cool stuff. Here it is!
That’s it for Assassin’s Creed. Now we move on to Halo 4! As you know, we are a mere two weeks away from the release of Halo 4! For those who haven’t seen the launch trailer, entitled “Scanned,” or the latest episode of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, check out the blog I posted last Friday!
Now, a new trailer has been released for Bioshock: Infinite! Not only does it give a little bit of insight into the story, but we also have a release date! Check it out here!
Very cool. Bioshock has always been a franchise that has intrigued me. And Infinite is looking to be no exception to that. City in the sky? I mean come on!
Lastly, as I said in the title, there’s gonna be an added bonus to this weeks video game news. And it has nothing to do with video games.
Well, the first official trailer for Iron Man 3 has been released!! AND IT’S AWESOME!!!! Check! This! Out!
Awesome! I really can’t wait to see how they are going to bring the Extremis story to life and still make it grounded in reality. Does it seem a little Dark Knight Rises-ish? Yes. But overall, Iron Man 3 looks pretty intense.
Anyway, that’s it for now. Later!
Sup guys? Here’s what we got this week in video game land!
First, another trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3. This time, we get a little history lesson about the famous Boston Tea Party. And apparently, our protagonist, Connor, plays part in the first form of defiance from the Colonist to King George in dumping the outrageously taxed tea into the Boston Harbor. Check out the trailer below.
In other Assassin’s Creed news, Ubisoft has announced that they will be releasing an Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy. Which is exactly what it sounds like. There will be a collection of AC games that will be the Ezio Trilogy, so it will include: Assassin’s Creed 2, Brotherhood, and Revelations. The only thing is, it’s only going to be released for the Playstation 3. I’m a little irritated by that. I already own the Ezio Trilogy myself, but for those who don’t and are 360 gamers like myself, that’s a bit of a jip. But what can you do? The Ezio Trilogy will be released for the PS3 on November 13th.
BioWare has also jumped on board with releasing collections of their successful franchises. They have just announced that they will be releasing a Mass Effect Collection. Which will include Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3. This will mark the first time that the first Mass Effect being available to play on the PC and PS3. But while the PC and 360 versions of the trilogy will be released on November 6th, the PS3 versions has yet to be given a release date.
Finally, in Halo 4 news, the Flood will be making a return in Halo 4. As of right now, not in the campaign, but in a multiplayer type. There will be a new multiplayer game in Halo 4 simply called, The Flood. So we will see what happens there. That’s pretty exciting if you ask me.
Well, thats all for now. See ya next time!
Hey guys, there may be some cool stuff with games out there. But lets face it. None of that matters with Assassin’s Creed 3 and Halo 4 on the way. There’s no need to even look at other games.
With that said, Borderlands 2 is out. I know last week I said that it came out….but I was wrong. SO SUE ME!! Well, Borderlands 2 is in fact out today. For those of you who enjoyed the first installment, go out and get the sequel.
Now, on to cooler video game news. Like I said on this weeks episode, the Wii U has a release date and price points. Listen to this weeks episode to find all of that out.
In Assassin’s Creed 3 news, the achievement list for AC3 has been released. And here’s that!
Rude Awakening (10 points) – Re-Enter the Animus.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (20 points) – Open the Temple Door and learn Desmond’s fate.
Mystery Guest (20 points) – Complete Sequence 1 & 2.
How D’ya Like Them Apples (20 points) – Complete Sequence 3.
Heroes are Born (20 points) – Complete Sequence 4.
The Day the Templars Cried (20 points) – Complete Sequence 5.
Tea is for Englishmen (20 points) – Complete Sequence 6.
The Whites of Their Eyes (20 points) – Complete Sequence 7.
Caged Wolf (20 points) – Complete Sequence 8.
Two if by Sea (20 points) – Complete Sequence 9.
Grim Expectations (20 points) – Complete Sequence 10.
Difficult End (20 points) – Complete Sequence 11.
The Sum of Truth (50 points) – Complete Sequence 12.
Perfectionist (50 points) – Complete 100% of all main mission constraints.
An Extraordinary Man (10 points) – Complete the Encyclopedia of the Common Man.
Patent Not Pending (10 points) – Craft one of Franklin’s inventions to decorate your Manor.
House Party (10 points) – Recruit any of the Artisans and see them settled on the Homestead.
A Complete Set (20 points) – See all the optional characters settled at the Homestead.
Original Gamer (20 points) – Win a game of Fanorona, Morris and Bowls on the Homestead.
Bring Down the House (20 points) – Explore Fort Wolcott.
Kidd Gloves (30 points) – Uncover the mystery of Oak Island.
All Washed Up (40 points) – Complete all Naval Missions aboard the Aquila.
Entrepreneur, not Pirate! (20 points) – Complete all 12 Privateer Contracts.
Tumblehome (10 points) – Upgrade the Aquila.
By Invitation Only (20 points) – Be invited to join a Club.
In Good Standing (30 points) – Complete all challenges for any of the Clubs.
Man of the People (20 points) – Liberate all districts in Boston OR New York.
Monopoly Man (10 points) – Send a convoy to Boston, New York and the Frontier.
Blowing in the Wind (20 points) – Retrieve every page for one of Ben Franklin’s Almanacs.
Completionist (50 points) – Complete ALL progress tracker grid entries.
Multitasking (20 points) – Complete 50% of the Progress Tracker entries.
Spit Roast (20 points) – Perform a double assassination using a musket.
Circus Act (10 points) – Kill 15 guards with a single cannon shot.
Predator (10 points) – Hang 5 enemies by using rope darts.
Prince of Thieves (10 points) – Loot a convoy without killing any of its guards.
Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye! (10 points) – Block a firing line 5 times by using a human shield.
Jager Bomb (20 points) – After becoming fully Notorious, kill 10 Jagers before losing your notoriety.
Magna cumLaude (20 points) – Have a Trainee reach the Assassin Rank.
Coureur des Bois (10 points) – Exchange undamaged pelts at all different general stores.
Eye Witness (10 points) – Witness a predator killing an enemy.
Fin (30 points) – Complete each of the epilogue missions unlocked after the credits roll.
Abstergo Entertainment (10 points) – Reach level 20 in the multiplayer mode.
Hunter/Killer (20 points) – Reach sequence 10 in a map on Wolfpack multiplayer mode.
Winning Team (20 points) – Be on the winning team at the end of a multiplayer game session.
Personalized (10 points) – Customize your multiplayer Profile and Character.
The Truth Will Out (20 points) – Unlock a hacked version of one of the Abstergo videos in the story quest.
Four Secret Achievements
Along with the achievement list, there has also been a series of behind the scenes videos being made for AC3. Check them out! Because they are awesome!
Can’t wait for the four installment of this behind the scenes series.
Now, last week I showed you guys a making of Halo 4 ViDoc that featured the inside of Master Chief and Cortana. This week I give you the next installment of The Making of Halo 4. Return of the Forerunners. This episode goes inside the creation and logic behind the new enemy types in Halo 4, The Prometheons. Check it!
So there you have it for this week. Check back next week for more news!
Sup guys? Got a little bit of news for you this week. So lets get to it!
Well, first of all, last week I forgot to post a very cool Making of Halo 4 video that was released on the Halo Waypoint app on the XBox Live Marketplace. So here it is!
Oh man! Did anyone else get goosebumps watching that? It’s so cool seeing the people behind the voices like Jenn Taylor and Steve Downes. And seeing the motion capture actors for the cinematics. I so cannot wait for Halo 4!
Well, in other news. Another game I’m very much looking forward is Assassin’s Creed 3! Well, with a preorder from Gamestop, you will get for free a new single player mission called, “The Lost Mayan Ruins” in which Conner explores Mexico in search of Captain Kidd’s prized weapon, The Saw Toothed Sword. And heres a little teaser trailer for it.
Finally, Borderlands 2 comes out today! If you were a fan of the first one, go out and get the sequel.
Well, that does it for this week. See ya next time!
What’s up guys? I know it’s been a while. Did you miss me? No? Damn.
Anyway. Here’s a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3 that features the new Naval warfare aspect of the game. This is the first time in the AC franchise that you will be able to take part in this type of battle. And with Ubisoft developing it’s new AnvilNext game engine specifically for Assassin’s Creed 3, it’s looking to be a pretty cool new addition to what looks to be an incredible game. Check it out for yourself!
Got a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3 for ya! This new trailer shows off and explains Ubisoft’s new game engine they built specifically for Assassin’s Creed 3 and Conner himself. A game engine they are calling, “AnvilNext.” Check it out for yourselves!
Pretty cool stuff. 2,000 characters on screen at one time. 1,000 movements meant specifically for Conner. And we got to see Conner without his hood on. The AnvilNext game engine is looking to be pretty damn cool. What do you guys think? Let me know!
It’s been reported that Prometheus and X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender has signed on to co-produce and star in an upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie.
For those who may not know, last year Ubisoft started up Ubisoft Motion Pictures as a way to get their game franchises on both the big and small screens. Now we know that there will be a movie on the way and that we have a great actor in Fassbender to portray the protagonist.
Now here’s the question. Who will Fassbender play? Altair? Ezio? Or will they create a different story line for the movie and have Fassbender play someone else? Will he play Desmond as well as the Assassin? We won’t really know until details of the movie begin to surface.
I think Michael Fassbender is a great actor for the job. He was incredible as Magneto in X-Men: First Class, and is a red hot actor right now. My only concern is that he is a little old to play someone like Desmond. Which would make me believe that they could use a different story for the movie. But we will see.
What do you think about Michael Fassbender signing on to produce and star in an Assassin’s Creed movie? Let me know!!