OXCGN @ EB Games Expo 2013
Day Three Snapshots
by Daniel Geikowski
©2013 Daniel Geikowski
The final day of the EB Games Expo saw OXCGN get a look at some titles they might have missed over the weekend.
It was a day to relax and take in the whole spectacle. Walk around, chat to gamers about their favourite experience so far, and go back for a second round of what games we enjoyed the most.
When OXCGN wasn’t lining up for their 37th round of Titanfall, we got a look at these upcoming games.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
Thoughts: I didn’t really know what to expect from Tecmo Koei’s Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, other than assuming it would have some hack-and-slash, combo-chaining gameplay.
Were my expectations blown out of the way.
Not only does Yaiba provide this type of gameplay, but it turns everything up to 11.
Yaiba exists in the same Ninja Gaiden universe as the previous titles, with players taking on the role of the ninja Yaiba.
The beginning sees Yaiba and series protagonist Ryu Hayabusa doing battle, in which Ryu slices apart the brazen Ninja, killing him.
Yaiba is then rebuilt with cybernetic parts from a mysterious organisation, who then goes on a quest for revenge, all the while dealing with a zombie infestation.
Ninja Gaiden Z is a more adult take on the series, with Yaiba himself full of profanites and violent tendencies.
The atmosphere follows suit too.
Ex-Relic, BioWare, Riot, Volition devs form Hinterland Studio
The Long Dark
by Arthur Kotsopoulos
©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos
In the wake of SONY’s Pre-TGS conference announcing a slimmer PS Vita with multiple colours and Konami announcing a Los Angeles based studio which will contribute to future Metal Gear Solid games another studio has opened up.
Hinterland Studio, an independent developer with games industry veteran Raphael van Lierop at the helm. In light of this new announcement they also announced the name of the first title they’re working on, The Long Dark.
The team of established games veterans working on this game have a collective of 40 triple-A games under their belts.
As per the press release: The Long Dark is a first-person post-disaster survival simulation, set in the aftermath of a geomagnetic super storm that has destroyed North America’s technology infrastructure.
In the first season of this episodic series, players experience this grim new reality through the eyes of bush pilot William Mackenzie, isolated with other survivors in the Northern wilderness as a result of the event. Gameplay emphasizes exploration to gather resources and knowledge about the world, while mastering a deep survival simulation to overcome the myriad natural and man-made hazards of the new frontier.
Players will also face difficult moral choices that will affect the outcome of gameplay, story, and ultimately, the course of humanity’s recovery.
What’s Next for Call of Duty?
The future examined
by Kent Sobey
©2013 Kent Sobey
Well, it’s about that time of year again since they seem to do their announcements around April or May, so I thought I would give it another shot.
I came close last time (granted, I used the scatter gun approach by guessing several different options) but it might be a little trickier this time because the Modern Warfare franchise has come to an end (or has it?).
So, what are the options?
‘s Destiny Revealed
Halo creator’s new project unveiled
by Nicholas Laborde
©2013 Nicholas Laborde
Since becoming independent in 2007, and officially relinquishing all Halo ties just a few years ago, everyone has been going nuts over what they’ve been working on.
All we knew up to this point was that it was called Destiny.
Today, that project was revealed.
All the reveal information is below.
Black Ops 2 Nuketown 2025 Map Relegated To Special Events Only
Is It Right For Treyarch To Givith and Taketh Away?
by Arthur Kotsopoulos
©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos
Is it fair to entice people to pre-order a game with an extra DLC multiplayer level and then to take it away?
This is a precedent that worries me, and so feel it should be discussed among gamers. Here’s a closer look at the issue.