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Evolve – Cabot Gameplay Video

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Only one man could lead the desperate attempt to rescue the last of the remaining colonists from Shear: William Cabot. Cabot is the third and final support Hunter shipping with Evolve in February. Watch this match to see what he brings to the fight.

Like the other support hunters, Cabot helps the team do something they were already doing, better. Hank’s shield gun keeps the team alive. Bucket’s head, makes it almost impossible for the monster to get away. Cabot’s damage amplifier makes the monster easier to kill.

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue Review (Xbox 360, PS3)

With the passing of what is now the previous generation of consoles, Xbox 360 and PS3 users are left with a problem. 360 and PS3 users are facing the fact that most of the new games being released exclusively on the Xbox One and PS4. With very few games coming exclusively coming to the previous generation, Assassin’s Creed Rogue is basically the swan song of the previous generation. Does it end the generation strongly, or does it disappoint? Let’s find out.

Story

Assassin’s Creed Rogue follows an Abstergo Entertainment employee living through the memories of Shay Patrick Cormac. Shay, an assassin in the colonies in the 1750s, is in the middle of the ongoing war between the Assassins and the Templars. While on a mission for the Assassins, Shay witness the deaths of many innocent lives and blames the Templars. Shay abandons the Brotherhood and vows to destroy the order that he once fought for.

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As the game goes on, Shay will run into quite a few familiar faces, both friend and foe alike. The story was very well done, as it feels fresh, but still gives returning fans that warm fuzzy feeling when you see a returning character, or the setup to an event that you know has happened or will happen in the future.

Although, I want to avoid spoilers, I will say that Assassin’s Creed fans that are going to play Unity should go through the story of Rogue.

Gameplay

Assassin’s Creed Rogue borrows gameplay mechanics from previous installments in the Assassin’s Creed series. Despite leaving the order Shay plays like all of the previous Assassin’s in past games. The gameplay works generally well, and still features the fun action that the series is known for.

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Sailing makes it’s return in Assassin’s Creed Rogue. Sadly, sailing feels like a tired mechanic that just wasn’t fun for me. It is especially frustrating in Rogue, when instead of sailing through the open seas of Black Flag, players will navigate areas that are tight corridors of water and a cluster of land. One wrong turn can send you way off course and had me pausing the game and pulling up my map more times that I would have liked.

A problem that I encountered was that at times Shay just wouldn’t quite do what I wanted him to do. Things like climbing and jumping would sometimes go awry, and I found myself failing missions at times because of this. This has always been an understandable problem in the series, but it has never quite been this bad.

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue is actually fairly short, compared to other Assassin’s Creed games. But much like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag there are plenty of collectibles to keep gamers playing.

It is worth noting that Assassin’s Creed Rogue is probably the most difficult Assassin’s Creed game to date (not counting Unity, as I have not played as of this writing). Enemies can hide in stalking zone and on buildings in an attempt to ambush and defeat you, Assassin-style. While Shay is supposed to be a predator, I would have liked to have seen a chase mission where Shay has to run from a pursuing Assassin. This would have strongly went with his predator like character. Sadly, this was not utilized in Rogue. However, there are a few really cool missions where Assassin’s will ambush you. You can hear the signature eagle squawk, and catch a glimpse of a spying Assassin. These were really cool moments.

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Presentation

Assassin’s Creed Rogue is a pretty ugly game. It isn’t the worst looking game out there, but it does look worse than Assassin’s Creed III, which was released two years ago. This is a huge turnoff for Rogue as an interesting story kept struggling with the unimpressive graphics.
Rogue is also a pretty buggy game. NPCs would sometime walkthrough each other, even during cutscenes. They would even phase through my ship and be stuck in the water. I even ran into a bug that had an enemy ship get partially on top of my ship.

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On the bright side, the sound design was pretty well done. The soundtrack was pretty awesome to listen to throughout my time spent playing Rogue.

Overall

Assassin’s Creed Rogue was a disappointment. The game just felt like a bunch of reused assets from the the past two Assassin’s Creed games, except they weren’t as good. Rogue offers some cool moments and an awesome story that Assassin’s Creed diehard fans really need to experience. However, poor presentation, and some poor gameplay features really hurt this game. Fans of the series should be able to get enjoyment out of Assassin’s Creed Rogue, but new players should just give this a pass.
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Destiny – Maintenance Window

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On Thursday, November 13th, we’ll be taking Destiny offline for several hours. This totally planned service outage will enable us to prepare for the arrival of a series of updates planned for the next few weeks. During this time, you’ll be unable to play Destiny. We’re sorry about the interruption, but it’s for the greater good.

Once services are restored, your experience as a player will be unchanged. The updates we’re making will be on our side, so you won’t need to download or install a new batch of content. This work will help us pave the way for the progress that was foretold in the last Weekly Update.

The maintenance window begins around 8AM Pacific.
We’ll be done by (or shortly after) Noon, if all goes according to plan.

We know you’re anxiously waiting for all the good stuff we promised. This is the beginning of that work. To receive updates on our progress, follow us on Twitter, or just follow the banner headlines atop the Bungie.net forums.

Pardon our dust!

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Far Cry 4 “101″ Launch Trailer Released

The next installment in the Far Cry series is coming our way within the next week! This will be the first Far Cry to hit the next gen consoles and Ubisoft promises to deliver.

In this 8 minute long Launch Trailer for Far Cry 4, Ubisoft goes through the different story elements and gameplay to expect to see in Far Cry 4. Sit back and enjoy your time as you travel to Kyrat and learn what journey is ahead of you.

Check out the launch trailer below:

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Halo Channel Now Available on Xbox One

Those who are now owners of the massive gaming collection of The Halo Master Chief Collection, now have something else to add to their collection.

The Halo Channel is the companion app that repla9ces the Waypoint app from Xbox 360. It is where you can find all things Halo and also have the ability to watch the Halo Digital Series, Halo: Nightfall.

The Halo Channel is now available in the Xbox Store.
Check out the trailer below:

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Possible New Playable Character for Resident Evil Revelations 2

“I have this!” as the gaming year comes to a close, we begin to get closer to the newest games lined up for release in the new year! Resident Evil Revelations 2 is one of those games. We have heard much about the game but today is seems that we may have learned something that Capcom has kept underwraps.

Today, it was released that the ESRB, which of course is the gaming rating system, leaked some information about the game. In the description listed for the game it states:

This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the roles of an imprisoned woman and a father searching for his daughter on an island.”

This description seems to be very close to Barry Burton, as we already know that his daughter, Moira, will be imprisoned with Claire Redfield.

Capcom has not released a statement on this, and we can’t confirm 100% this is true, but there is hope that Barry and his Magnum will once again see the light of day.

Source: http://www.esrb.org/ratings/synopsis.jsp?Certificate=33743&Title=

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