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Watch Dogs 2 Impressions – Review Coming Soon

Watch Dogs 2 is out tomorrow, and you may be wondering where our review is. Unfortunately, after encountering a game-breaking bug that has halted our progress, our review has been postponed, but it will be posted in the next few days.

While I haven't yet completed the game, I have some impressions to share. For the most part, Watch Dogs 2 builds on much of what lacked in the first game. Hacking is less surface-level than it was in the original, giving a more playground vibe in terms of your abilities. Two of the best additions are your drone and tiny remote-control car, which can access high or tight areas that you can't by foot. Shooting mechanics handle well and are similar to the first game, though stealth continues to be fundamentally more entertaining because of its emphasis on hacking.

Side quests are substantial, fun distractions from the main missions, such as a quest where you have to solve environmental puzzles by finding your way up tall ledges and rooftops in order to make your mark in graffiti. San Francisco is teeming with things to do, such as races with sailboats, drones, and karts. The city itself is vibrant, colorful, and a joy to explore, and overheard dialogue as well as profiling random civilians is amusing.

Watch Dogs 2 has a seamless online experience, meaning you can meet other players in your game and play through co-op missions with a friend or someone you encounter in-game. However, Ubisoft took multiplayer offline because of lag and crashes, meaning that I haven't had as much time as I had hoped to form a well founded opinion on it.

Ubisoft is confident the issue will be fixed by launch, but as of right now the problem persists. Hacking invasions return, meaning that other players can hack into your game and you have to stop their attempts at stealing your data. While these moments can be fun since other players can use hacks against you too, you are forced into this mode when it initiates, and can't exit out of it until it's completed. You're unable to start other missions while this occurs, which hinders the experience if you didn't want to be part of a hacking invasion to begin with. You can, however, opt out of seamless online in the settings, such as turning specific modes on or off.

Watch Dogs 2 also has some big flaws. A game-breaking bug like the one I encountered is a major problem, with the only option being to restart the game entirely, since Watch Dogs 2 does not give you the option to manually save or have more than one save at a time. To have an issue like this at launch is far from a good sign, and one that I found incredibly frustrating. I also saw framerate drops on the PlayStation 4, which can make driving an especially jarring experience when it dips. As for the story, Watch Dogs 2 leaves much to be desired, with a cast of unlikeable characters that seem more concerned about popularity than they do hactivism.

Marcus Holloway is a step up from the empty personality of Aiden Pierce, but he still doesn't feel well-rounded. As someone who was unjustly profiled as a criminal by the ctOS system, Marcus takes on the daunting task of shutting down the ctOS altogether. Although his motivations are meant to be noble, his choices are often tend too juvenile and delinquent to take seriously.

Stay tuned for our full review, and in the meantime, you can find out what this sequel is attempting to do differently this time around.

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Professional Overwatch League Coming Soon

Sombra isn't the only Overwatch news hailing out of Blizzcon 2016. The Overwatch League is a league for professional Overwatch players starting in 2017 that focuses on long-term stability for both the teams and individuals that comprise them. It mimics professional athletic sports by giving players minimum salaries, benefits, a regular schedule, and more.

Blizzard will hold a combine at the beginning of the season where eligible, proven competitive players will try out for teams for a chance to get signed. Signed players will be given a contract, benefits, and a minimum baseline salary. Teams will represent major cities from different regions in order to support growth and sustainability of local fan bases. Once teams are inducted into the league, their spots will be locked in, which allows for the teams and fans to grow.

"The Overwatch League represents not only the pinnacle of Overwatch
competition, but also a genuine career opportunity for the most skilled
Overwatch players," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard
Entertainment. "We're building a league that's accessible to players and
fans, sustainable, and exciting for everyone involved."

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Blizzard promises more details in the coming months on the Overwatch League website.

 

Our Take
Overwatch's competitive scene is still pretty active, but this is the next step to bring it up to the next level. The benefits and salaries are a much-needed step to make esports a more viable path for professional players. Going by real names might be a great move too but that still might be a ways away.

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Overwatch Will Get Two New Maps, Arcade Mode Soon

At this year's Blizzcon opening ceremonies, Blizzard quickly showed off a new Overwatch map after revealing that Sombra will finally be making her way to the game soon. The map will be called Oasis and it'll be set in Arabia.

There will also be an additional map, Eco Point, which will be playable in Overwatch's new arcade mode, which will allow for 1v1 and 3v3 matches. Oasis will be hitting the Public Test Realm in December, and the Eco Point map and new modes will be available for testing (along with Sombra) next week.

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World Of Warcraft’s Return To Karazhan Patch Coming Soon

The upcoming update for World of Warcraft: Legion is coming sooner than you may think, bringing the game to version 7.1 in less than two weeks.

Return to Karazhan will be available for download on October 25. Take a look at the previously released trailer below to see what's in store for you.

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For more on Legion, be sure to take a look at Dan Tack's extensive impressions here.

[Source: Blizzard]

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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Coming To iOS Soon

The Phoenix Wright follow-up is coming to mobile devices soon.

The game originally released on DS in 2008, and we liked it. We gave the game an 8 with Joe Juba writing, “Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney upholds the series’ distinction as being one of the most clever adventures on the DS. It’s funny, unique, and breaks up the text scrolling with more varied activities. Even so, Apollo still has room to grow, and I’m looking forward to seeing what case he takes next.”

The iOS version has a few graphical upgrades and has been changed slightly to accommodate the mobile screen, but features all the same gameplay and stories.

[Source: Capcom Unity]

 

Our Take
Always nice to see games that people like come to new platforms so more people can play it.

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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Coming To iOS Soon

The Phoenix Wright follow-up is coming to mobile devices soon.

The game originally released on DS in 2008, and we liked it. We gave the game an 8 with Joe Juba writing, “Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney upholds the series’ distinction as being one of the most clever adventures on the DS. It’s funny, unique, and breaks up the text scrolling with more varied activities. Even so, Apollo still has room to grow, and I’m looking forward to seeing what case he takes next.”

The iOS version has a few graphical upgrades and has been changed slightly to accommodate the mobile screen, but features all the same gameplay and stories.

[Source: Capcom Unity]

 

Our Take
Always nice to see games that people like come to new platforms so more people can play it.

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[Update] Mafia III On PC Locked At 30 FPS, Support For Higher Frame Rates Coming Soon

Update: 2K has provides us with an updated statement regarding Mafia III on PC:

"We currently have a patch running here at the studio that includes 30, 60, and unlimited frames-per-second options in the video menu, among other improvements for the PC version of Mafia III. We’re verifying the patch now to ensure everything is working as expected. If everything goes well, we expect the update to go live this weekend. We will be keeping the PC community up-to-date on the status of the patch throughout the weekend and thank you for all the feedback!"

Original Story (October 6 at 3:15 PM):

Mafia III is out tomorrow, and the PC version of the game will initially be limited to a frame rate of 30 FPS. However, a post-launch patch is planned to release shortly afterwards to support higher frame rates to alleviate the problem.

2K has released a statement about the problem on Mafia III's official website, which reads:

We know how important having options that best suit your PC’s performance capabilities are. The team has been hard at work ensuring that Mafia III’s performance is consistent across all platforms, and right now the game runs at a solid 30 frames-per-second. We are currently working on an update for PC that will give players the option to play Mafia III at higher framerates. We’ll share more details about the update, and when you can expect it to arrive, very soon. In the meantime, the team welcomes feedback and would like to hear from you about what performance adjustment options are important to you. We’re actively considering a number of additional post-launch improvements on PC that would give players more control over how they can tailor the game’s experience to suit their rig’s performance. It’s been an incredible journey developing Mafia III and we couldn’t be more excited to get the game in your hands and hear what you think!

[Source: Mafia III Official Website]


Our Take
This could initially be a frustrating issue for PC players, but at least a fix is in the works. It does, however, seem odd that this wasn't addressed before launch.

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HBO Now Coming Soon To PS4 And PS3

If you own a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, you'll soon be able to use the HBO Now app to access the shows available through the service, like Game of Thrones

According to the announcement on the PlayStation Blog, this functionality is coming prior to October 2 (when Westworld premieres), but no exact date was provided. Currently, in order to watch HBO on your systems, you need to subscribe to HBO in a bundle (such as those from your cable provider). HBO Now is an untethered version of the service that you pay for independently.

In addition, the PlayStation Vue service will also be offering subscriptions to both HBO and Cinemax for $ 15 each per month. If you subscribe to HBO through PlayStation Vue, you will also be able to access it through other devices that support HBO Now.

 

Our Take
Well, if there are people out there who weren't watching Game of Thrones already, you can  probably expect your water cooler conversations to be a little more crowded when the new season debuts next year.  

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