Game Freezes Make Watch Dogs a Little Chilly

icebergSo there I was, enjoying the longest uninterrupted gaming session I’d had in a very long time. I had my snacks, fresh batteries for my controller, and a pooped pup resting at me feet.

Things were finally looking up for me and Watch Dog‘s Aiden Pierce. We were about to make some headway into the mystery surrounding the death of his family members, and were going to steal money from the bank accounts of innocent bystanders while we were at it. [Read more...]

The Languid Gamer vs. Xbox 360 Battery Packs

The Languid Gamer vs. Fallout 3Batteries are the bane of my gaming existence.

There, I said it. I can’t believe I have to even mutter those words, let alone type them. But it’s true; I have an Xbox 360 without the rechargeable power thingy. Nope, I have the battery pack, like a fool asking for trouble. [Read more...]

Watch Dogs? More Like Pretty Decent Dogs.

watch_dogs_you_are_being_hackedSo I managed to spend a pretty solid amount of time with Watch Dogs, and I gotta say, this dog can hunt.

Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Is it GTA caliber? Not by a long shot, but that’s ok. Much like Sleeping Dogs this game is attempting to set itself apart and stand on its own merits.

With a curious take on the open world action genre, Watch Dogs brings a few new tricks to the pony show. Once the controls begin to sink in and navigation becomes more intuitive, there’s a lot of fun to be had. Eavesdropping on calls and texts is pretty cool. Even though the “identities” of the denizens seem arbitrary at best, it’s still interesting to see what pops up. One guard I came across survived a car bomb!

Watch Dogs: This Pooch Has Some Pretty Nifty TricksThe camera hacking is a nifty feature as well. Stealth missions almost feel like strategy board games as you hover above the battlefield, plot out your moves, lure enemies into traps and trigger them safely from afar.

The mini-games are hit or miss, but a nice change of pace. Think Saints Row, caliber but without all of the dildos and feces. This may not be the game changer Ubisoft promised, but it isn’t a dud either.

I will say this much: I turned off the online stuff because I found getting hacked while out and about enjoying myself to be irritating. Still, this is definitely a fun little game, and a welcome addition to the open world genre.

Watch Dogs? More Like Discount Dogs.

Watch Dogs hands upBefore the release of Watch Dogs, I was all in a tizzy, unsure if I actually wanted to buy the game. Heck, I wasn’t 100% sure the game would be worth playing.

I suspect part of this was due to fatigue brought on by the unbelievable amount of trailers, dev videos, ads and walkthroughs, most of which stemmed from the same 20 minutes of gameplay. This game’s market presence was overwhelming, which is odd when you consider all the delays.

After much ballyhoo, I decided to wait until the reviews rolled out, and use them to make my decision. Needless to say, I wasn’t convinced it was a game worth purchasing, especially when I’d have to plunk down $60 to own it.

Watch Dogs is Delayed, Making This Ad SillyStill, I kept my eye on it, hoping it might receive a reduction in price that made it a more handsome prospect.

Although it took some months, that day finally arrived yesterday when it was on sale on Xbox Marketplace for roughly $40. And I bought the shit out of it.

As of writing, the game has yet to fully download. Even when it does finish, I’ll still need to make sure my actual dog is occupied by a toy and not looking to raise hell before I can sit down and enjoy this bad boy.

Once I actually play the game, I’ll let you know if the sky is still blue and 2+2 in fact equals 4, or if my world is forever changed.

Stay tuned.

In the meantime, enjoy this:

Grand Theft Auto Online Is Rich With New Content

GTA Online Free ContentGrand Theft Auto Online is doing an admirable job of releasing free post-launch content that’s actually decent.

After Rockstar Games first rolled it out — and smoothed out the server and connection issues –  it was hard to tell if GTA Online would have any real longevity. But even though everybody is still clamoring for the recently-teased online heist feature, the content thus far has been more than enough to sustain interest. [Read more...]

The Until Dawn Trailer Is Nightmarish and Promising

Until DawnThe survival horror genre has had a sudden renaissance from big developers and independent studios alike. And Until Dawn appears to be another fresh take on things that go bump in the night. [Read more...]

Dying Light: The Other Dead Island

Dying LightWhen I watch new trailers, I try to keep an open mind and approach them with a clean slate. I attempt to allow the trailer to do all of the heavy lifting — I want it to tell me what I need to know or shape the way it wants me to feel.

Before viewing the following trailer, however, I watched the latest Dead Island trailer and was struck with an immediate sense of semi-déjà vu.

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The Dead Island 2 Sunshine and Slaughter Trailer Is a Colorful Killfest

Dead Island 2The announcement trailer for Dead Island 2 was a tongue-in-cheek, mildly gross little video. It lacked any gameplay footage, but it served to give a taste of what was new this time around: namely the setting.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Finally Offers a Stealth Mechanic. Why Did It Take So Long?

Assassin's Creed: UnityAssassin’s Creed Unity appears to be re-examining the series’ core mechanics and features, something that’s been largely avoided in the last few entries. Instead, Ubisoft’s tried to paint over flaws by adding more gameplay elements and options to mask the underlying decay.

It’s refreshing that boats aren’t once again being paraded out to make this franchise seem fresh or offer the illusion of growth. A real stealth mechanic is something the series has needed for ages.

That said, why has it taken so long to implement an actual dedicated stealth mode as opposed to the ridiculous “hide only in tall grass and bushes” ability of the last two couple games? This mechanic has been in damn near every game that offers even a semblance of stealth since the early 2000s, if not before that.

Wolfenstein Apple IIThe novel idea of pressing a button to crouch down and move silently seems like a given, and yet it’s something the Assassin’s Creed franchise has always been missing. At first, Ubisoft explained it away by having you hide in plain sight, but its absence seemed glaringly obvious as the series grew and moved further away from the tenets of the first game.

Ubisoft is so late to the game on this it’s ridiculous. Better late than never, I suppose, but I can’t understand why they didn’t add it sooner.

Why Is the PC vs Consoles Debate So Heated?

The Languid Gamer vs. Fallout 3Recently, a buddy of mine posted something on Facebook claiming Sony was crazy for passing on EA Access. He was over the moon about the service, and couldn’t believe Sony doesn’t offer it to their consumer base. As his friend, I was excited for him, even if I personally wasn’t interested — at least not yet — in signing.

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