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Ubisoft Reveals Watch Dogs Launch Date

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Watch Dogs will be available worldwide on May 27, 2014 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The Wii U version will be available at a later date.

In Watch Dogs, players assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante hero who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) to control almost every element of the city.

Our Take: We finally get a release date for a game we have been dying to get our hands on since we got a close look at it during last year’s E3. This is definitely one of those games that will make 2014 a very good year for gaming.

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ASSASSIN’S CREED® IV BLACK FLAG™ MULTIPLAYER ADD-ON CONTENT, BLACKBEARD’S WRATH, AVAILABLE TOMORROW

December 10, 2013 Leave a comment

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First Add-On Content Pack Brings Three New Lethal Characters: Blackbeard, The Orchid and The Jaguar

SAN FRANCISCO — December 9, 2013 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that the first add-on content pack for Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™ multiplayer, Blackbeard’s Wrath, is available tomorrow for download on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC for $2.99, and is included in the Season Pass.

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Three new characters join the hunt: Blackbeard, The Jaguar and The Orchid, each bringing their unique set of skills to battle for the title of best Assassin.

Blackbeard, wielding his sword and short temper, is not to be trifled with. His reputation as a feared pirate is justly received, and his preferred kill moves include using his tremendous strength to throw his targets off balance and quickly finishing them with one clean strike.

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The Orchid, a deadly Assassin, grew up in China and served as a military advisor during the Qing Dynasty, honing her murderous skills. She executes opponents swiftly and gracefully with her blade, an extension of her mind and body.

The Jaguar, Cuali, an Aztec warrior from Mexico, took to the sea to fight against the Spanish conquest of Central America. A fighter, he survived the destruction of his community and joined forces with a growing contingent of native Templars who sought renewed peace and order. Driven by a mystical force, The Jaguar strikes swiftly and quietly with his preferred weapon, a discreet axe.

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All three characters are available for download from online marketplaces starting tomorrow in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flagmultiplayer, where they will join the hunt for survival.

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For players interested in the Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Season Pass, it’s available now for $19.99 and includes Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Freedom Cry – a nine mission, self-contained story featuring Edward Kenway’s first mate Adewale, as well as the exclusive Kraken Ship Pack, additional single-player missions, weapons, skins, and collectibles, including the Blackbeard’s Wrath add-on content as well as upcoming new characters for an expansive multiplayer experience.

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For more information on Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, please visit assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed. For information on Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag multiplayer, please visit assassinscreed.ubi.com/en-us/players/multiplayer.

About Assassin’s Creed
Initially launched in 2007, the first five Assassin’s Creed games have sold more than 59 million units worldwide, and the franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series ever. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed transcends video games, branching out into other entertainment experiences including comic books, mobile games, novels, as well as a feature-length movie currently in development.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s, Rayman and Far Cry. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2012–13 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of 1.256 billion euros. To learn more, please visit http://www.ubisoftgroup.com.

© 2013 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin’s Creed, Black Flag, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Categories: PS4 News, Xbox One News

Tom Clancy’s The Division Trailer Released and Snowdrop Next-Gen Showcase

December 10, 2013 Leave a comment

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December 9, 2013 – Excitement over the release of Tom Clancy’s The Division has us here at Game Revolver already counting the days before we will be able to get our hands on Ubisoft’s latest release that marks the introduction of a Tom Clancy title specifically made for the next-generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That’s right; The Division was designed with the next-generation gaming consoles in mind since it will be using the Snowdrop engine, which will allow for some impressive real-time large-scale effects that will push the realism factor to newer and better heights that the current-generation just can’t handle.

What this means is that Tom Clancy’s The Division will not only feature an incredibly detailed environment but, thanks to the Snowdrop engine, the game will drop us in an environment that makes the environments and the characters interact with it in a realistic manner that will add to the gameplay elements.

Here are some visual examples of what the Snowdrop engine is capable of displaying and give you an idea of what it is able to create during your gameplay experience.

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No release date has been issued as of late but we can expect this title to be available in 2014.

The Division takes place in New York three weeks after a lethal virus, released on Black Friday, has swept through the city. One by one, basic services have failed. Society has collapsed into chaos. The President invokes Presidential Directive 51, and The Division, a top-secret unit of self-supporting tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives, Division agents are trained to operate independently of command in this type of emergency situation. When the lights go out, their mission begins.

In a Tom Clancy universe dedicated to realism, players can explore the once-familiar streets and landmarks of the Big Apple, now decimated by looting and overrun by clans that will do anything to survive. From Central Park to the subway to the Statue of Liberty, nowhere is safe. Discover a persistent, online, open-world New York where exploration, combat, and RPG player-progression are essential.

For more information about the game, please visit the official website (www.thedivisiongame.com) and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thedivisiongame.

And for the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, visit the UbiBlog: http://www.ubiblog.com.

Here’s a link to the trailer of Tom Clancy’s The Division on YouTube … http://youtu.be/UXeH9OqygzI

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s, Rayman and Far Cry. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2012-13 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,256 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com

Categories: PS4 News, Xbox One News

XBOX ONE GETS AN OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE … AND SOMETHING EXTRA

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment

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Microsoft has managed to keep gamers in the dark about an official release date for the successor to the Xbox 360 even after Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 will find its way on store shelves on November 15. So when could we expect to get our hands on the Xbox One?

The Xbox One is getting a release date of November 22 in North America and in the United Kingdom. That’s an entire week after the PS4 hits stores but there’s more to this news than just an official release date. As we have suspected not too long ago when we got to see the Xbox One up close and personal that there was going to be a change to the console.

That change comes in the form of a boost to the Xbox One’s CPU from 1.6 Ghz to 1.75 Ghz, which is no surprise considering the fact that Microsoft – post-E3 – has made changes to the console to appease the enraged Xbox fans that have threatened to abandon Microsoft for Sony’s powerful PS4.

Microsoft is still confident that it’s next-gen console has what it takes to take on the PlayStation 4 enough that it will allow Sony to take a one week lead. When all is said and done, it will come down to which console gamers will crown a winner this November.

OUR TAKE

The console war is on and it’s anyone’s game. I know we have, like the cowards that we are, have decided to take a neutral stance. I mean, we love games and both consoles will gives us just that with the exclusives being the main attraction whether you support Sony or Microsoft.

That said, we love a good fight and both companies will come out swinging this upcoming holiday season. Sure, it will be bloody and sure it’s the fans that have the final say on who wins the battle but you have to admit that this will be a worthwhile slug fest that doesn’t require the presence of Don King.

While we’re on the subject of boxing, why aren’t there any more Fight Night games? We miss those and always thought that both Sony and Microsoft’s hands-free peripheral has the means of providing us with a real physical workout. We want an unlockable mode where we can use Don King as a punching bag for taking all your money.

Categories: Xbox One News

E3 2013 Report: Microsoft and Sony’s Conference

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I should note that I have been covering the E3 for several years and I have thought I saw it all. I was on hand at the unveiling of the original Xbox and I had even been the first to touch the Dual Shock controller when PlayStation 2 first came out. I was even the first to touch the PSP as a Sony rep noticed that I was on the verge of drooling on it, which would have been embarrasing.

Yet nothing prepared me or my gaming colleages, as we sat in our seats at two very different ground-breaking events on Day 1 of E3 2012. In one event, we got to see what Microsoft had to offer with its Xbox One as they finally put to rest all the rumors as well as the price tag itself. In another stage, we witnessed as Sony gave us a generous look at the PlayStation 4 and all the things we can expect from this new console.

Since the Microsoft conference was first, we will dive right into all the things that were revealed including the fact that the console really does require an “always on” online connection. The reasoning behind this is that the Xbox One is a constantly updating and evolving console that will keep your game or other content updated so you won’t be interrupted by constant massages that tell you to update your console. Depending on your internet connection, this might not sit well with all gamers.

Then there’s the used game debacle that will literally make buying used games a pain in the rear. We’re told you can share your game with a friend but even that will have a limit. Forget renting Xbox One titles from GameFly because that too will be a thing of the past.

Microsoft Points are out so everything will be handled with real money like the Sony PlayStation Store but there will still be Trophies.

Since this is a gaming site, we will not mention the television, music and movies aspect of the console, which Microsoft is pushing on us. We’re all about the games and the Xbox One will not disappoint with exlusive titles like a new Halo  and Dead Rising game but also third-party games like a new Need for Speed and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

What about the price tag, you might ask? The Xbox One will sell for $499 and that will include a wireless controller and the new Kinect and the console that pushes all the hardware that was revealed to us during Microsoft’s event not too long ago.

As of this writing, Game Stop is already accepting pre-orders.

SONY CONFERENCE

It wasn’t until 6PM Pacific time that we got a chance to see what Sony had in store for us with the PlayStation 4. The event ran late but it was well worth it seeing as Sony did not disappoint in the very least in showing us the power of the PlayStation 4.

Sure, there were plenty of PlayStation 3 titles discussed at the event, including the fact that the original Kingdom Hearts will be re-released in an HD package for the PS3. Speaking of Kingdom Hearts, SquareEnix gave us a teaser of another game in this beloved Final Fantasy/Disney franchise. On top of that, SquareEnix also gave us a lenghty peek at Final Fantasy XV, which had us on the edge of our seats.

Playing it smart, Sony pushed its exclusives first, including the fact that the PS4 will be home to new game developers as well as indie games. We were then treated to a good look at Infamous: Second Son and Killzone: Shadow Fall. We were also hinted at Diablo III and even Star Wars Battlefront. There was also a live demo of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag as well as Watch Dogs.

Sony also made it loud and clear that they are not following Microsoft’s model. For starters, you can buy and play used games without a penalty. Go ahead and sell your PS4 games and buy them without worry. Also, the console does not require an always present online connection. There’s just one hook, however, the online multiplayer portion that has always been free for PlayStation 3 owners will not be free on PS4. Multiplayer will be handled via a PlayStation Plus membership that will include all the benefits of the PlayStation Plus service.

How much will the console cost? The PlayStation 4 will retail at $399 and that includes the console (that looks like the Xbox One only on the slightly slanted side), the new Dual Shock controller and the new PlayStation Eye.

While both consoles are available for pre-order now through Amazon and Game Stop, the actual consoles will be on store shelves this November. Check out our Advertisement link to make your pre-order now from Game Stop.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

In my opinion, both consoles have a lot to offer gamers but – personally speaking – I felt that Sony’s PlayStation 4 has more than met my expectations to the point that I feel that it will be the “winner.” Why? It’s not just the price, which is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One but because Sony’s console is looking to be more gamer centric than the Xbox One that has its eye on showcasing the console as a complete entertainment package.

There will be more news as soon as we get it but we will certainly let you all know what we think as we finally get our hands on both consoles and the games the showroom floor will display.

– Eduardo Zacarias
Editor-in-Chief

Xbox One Revealed!

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In a press conference today, Microsoft finally unveiled the successor to the Xbox 360 and gave us a big sigh of relief concerning a much talked about and criticized rumor. Much has been said about this new console and we finally got a good look at what Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Don Mattrick, revealed is going to be an impressive entertainment machine that will be slated to go on sale this year. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce the Xbox One.

First of all, we should kill the rumor that has been circulating the internet for quite some time and it is the rumor that the Xbox One required and “always on” internet connection. Our sources say that the rumor might have been true at some point but – perhaps because of the outcry from loyal Xbox gamers out for blood – this will NOT be the case for Xbox One.

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“Gamers can calm down; we have you covered.” Mattrick said on Spike TV and made it clear during the Xbox One event.

I would like to have said that the event focuses primarily on the gaming aspect of the Xbox One but that’s certainly not the case (mainly because the real gaming news will be revealed during this year’s E3). For those who care, the Xbox One will support live TV, Skype, Kinect voice and movement control to manipulate the console’s interface screen.

As for the console itself, the Xbox One contains a Blu-ray drive and has 8 GB of RAM and 64-bit architecture. On top of that the console will support WiFi connectivity and sports a USB 3.0 and a fan that will make the noisy Xbox 360 seem like that fat cousin who snores like a bear. The fan, we’re told, is to keep the console from overheating seeing as it is meant to be always on and ready for Xbox One owners to instantly jump right into their entertainment whether it’s watching television, playing a game or checking out the latest YouTube video.

Because of this new architecture, however, the Xbox One DOES NOT support backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 titles, although there were murmurs of the possibility that Xbox 360 will be available at some point via the Xbox Marketplace but it is too early to tell if this rumor will be true. What will be making its move from your Xbox 360 to the Xbox One are your achievements, avatar and Gamer Score so no worries that you will have to start all over again.

Another supported feature and – apparently a requirement – is the fact that the Kinect (included with the purchase of the console) must always be on and running. Cloud also plays a big role for not only your save games or your Xbox Marketplace purchases but also with the constantly evolving changes that Microsoft will be making throughout the life of your console. We are also told that games will have to be installed much like the PS3 games to minimize lenghty load times.

The controller itself looks like a beefier version of the Xbox 360 controller. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that it looks like the bastard child between the 360 controller and the original Xbox controller. Although we did not get a hands-on with the controller, we could clearly see a picture-in-picture button to instantly jump from your game to a movie if you wish.

As far as games are concerned, it is confirmed that the Xbox One will include 15 titles to released withing the upcoming year. There’s more, which Microsoft will be keeping under wraps until E3. Here’s just a small taste of what to expect, though:

Call of Duty: Ghosts
Watch Dogs
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Halo 5
Thief
Quantum Break
Battlefield 4
Forza Motorsport 5
Madden NFL 25
Destiny
Rainbow Six: Patriots

The Xbox One is slated to be released this year, our best guess is this November although it might be earlier depending on when the PlayStation 4 will offer an official release date.

We will bring more news when we get it but this is already shaping out to be a very interesting year for gamers who will, no doubt about it, be weighing the pros and cons of both the Xbox One and the PS4 to see which one they will be on launch.

As always, we like to lend a helping out so here’s a list of what the Xbox One can and cannot do.

WHAT THE XBOX ONE CAN DO

1. Seemlessly jump from game to movie or television show right where you left off.

2. Let you finally see who you are playing against via Skype. Which unfortunately will lead to embarrasing ChatRoulette-like moments of guys showing you their – ahem – “hardware.”

3. Finally play that Kinect Star Wars Dance game you have been dying to play. Can’t wait to be dancing that new “Wookie Style” dance.

4. Cut down on load times. Are we that impatient?

5. Play some awesome exclusives that will include more Halo, Gears of War and Fable.

6. Push the new graphics card to its limit so show us the new lighting effects.

WHAT THE XBOX ONE CANNOT DO

1. Play your Xbox 360 games … or maybe it will in some distant future.

2. Win awards for innovative exterior design. I mean, it looks like a shiny black brick.

3. Tell you when it commits suicide … since there’s no red ring of death on the console.

4. Serve you ice cold beer.