It’s that time of year again. It’s like Christmas, but without all that annoying “family” stuff. Of course I can only be talking about E3, and this year was a doozy. With next gen consoles coming out this year, we see what the future of video game entertainment has to offer, and it has got us all tingly inside. Listen to what we liked (which was a lot) and what we didn’t like (significantly fewer of these things). You can just hear the excitement in our voices!
However, let’s not forget that a movie came out about some superhero. You may not of heard of him. He’s pretty underground. He goes by the name “Superman,” but he has also been know to go by the title of his latest movie: Man of Steel. We all got to watch it, but we all didn’t have similar thoughts about it. So, yeah. All in all, this is a fun episode.
With the first major press conference for 2013′s E3 out of the way, it is clear that there will be a lot to talk about within the next few days: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, exclusive games, pricing, release dates, EA franchises, Ubisoft franchises, Nintendo (I guess). So, keep an eye for the latest episode of The Lost Level coming out later this week, where we will get into the thick of it.
Guys! It’s episode fifty! We made it! So bust out the champagne while listening to this very special episode where we talk exclusively about games. There’s a lot of video games coming out around this season, and its hard to cover them all. However, we’re doing our very best to give you, our loyal listeners, our thoughts on some of the hottest titles that are coming out. So what games are we going to discuss this time? Let’s go down the list. We have Halo 4, the latest game in the popular franchise helmed by a new studio: 343 Industries. We also get into the new DMC demo, which is also a popular series being handled by a new developer. This time it’s Ninja Theory pulling the reins. Next is Assassin’s Creed 3. Then Chris plays Persona 4 Golden, a handheld J-RPG, and actually likes it. No, really. It’s weird. Finally, we fellate The Walking Dead by Telltale Games a little bit more as we give out final thoughts on the first season.
Sorry for the delay! The Lost Level: Episode 37 is here, and we had a lot of fun recording this podcast. We give our awards for the Electronic Entertainment Expo! Listen as we talk about the best and worst of the show! Who will win for the best conference? Which game blew us all away? We even cover what our individual ‘Most Anticipated’ games are. You’ll never guess what Chris says! Listen now to find out all the answers. To find out the categories, and the nominees for the show click on ‘Read More’
One of the biggest problem the E3 over the last few years can be broken down into one word: sequels. This year was hardly any different. We saw a Halo. We saw a Call of Duty. We saw a Madden. We saw THREE separate Mario games. It was all something that we’ve already seen, and, while I am eager to play the next installment of some of my favorite franchises, the thing that really gets me excited about the game industry is something new. That’s why Ubisoft saved the convention for me when they announced Watch Dogs.
Admittedly, I was a little skeptical at the beginning of the demonstration. The UI and the way the game seemed to control looked very similar to Assassin’s Creed. However, I slowly became more captivated by what was being shown as the game progressed. First off, it became very clear that the engine they were working with is something of great power. Everything from the lighting, to the weather effects, to the crowd in the street and club made this virtual reconstruction of Chicago feel alive.
Ubisoft is working on Assassin’s Creed 3. Derr. That was obvious. However, what wasn’t so obvious is the when and the where of the game’s story line. We’ve all had our own hopes and theories, but those have all been put to rest. Today, Ubisoft revealed the box art of Assassin’s Creed 3, and it becomes clear we will be taking a trip to the American Revolution.
From the box art you can clearly see an assassin leaping onto a red coat as an American flag stands waves in the background. We can also see that the assassin is wielding hatchet that is made to look like the Assassin’s emblem that we’ve seen throughout the games. He also has a bow & arrow set and a firearm. The prevalence of guns during that era serves as an opportunity to create some interesting new gameplay features or situations. It will be interesting to see where Ubisoft goes with this.
Assassin’s Creed3 will be out on October 30th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. It would be a lot cooler if it came out on July 4th. However, I’m not in charge of making these decisions… but I should be!
When first introduced to Assassin’s Creed said to my self, “hey, this is a really neat premiss. Why don’t they make a movie out of this.” Well, someone must have been watching me from the bushes when I said that, because it seems they took my very original and genius idea and ran with it. Variety is reporting that Sony is close to signing a deal with Ubisoft Motion Pictures for the rights to an Assassin’s Creed movie.
This report apparently comes at the height of bidding war between various large studios that has been going on for a few months. Fans the the games should be glad to hear that Ubisoft has a policy of keeping creative control over movies based off of their properties, so you can expect the film to stay true to the source material. I just want to know if I’m going to get any money from them using my idea to use an already existing idea. Seriously, who else would have though about making a movie based off a videogame?
Note: The above picture is from the Assassin’s Creed Lineage filming.