“Dragon Age: Inquisition” Dev Diary

Check out this developer’s diary for Dragon Age: Inquisition, in which the BioWare team discusses what players can expect in the much-anticipated game while showing us some snazzy concept art and very pretty graphics (as well as the obligatory dragon or three).

The devs put a lot of emphasis on player freedom in Inquisition, as players will be taking on the role of the Inquisitor tasked with saving the world of Thedas from demons coming through The Veil. The more open-world aspect of the game sounds promising, at the least, since it would be doing away with one of the more problematic aspects of its predecessor (that is, Dragon Age II‘s way too linear format and recycled environments).

The game is set for release in Fall 2014 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, and Xbox One.

So what do you think, guys? Are you excited for Inquisition? Sound off in the comments section!

“Gone Home”: A Story Exploration Video Game


For the past few days, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from critics and friends alike for The Fullbright Company’s indie video game, Gone Home. An exploration game in which you slowly unravel your character’s family’s past by piecing together clues, Gone Home has been praised for its innovative storytelling and heartwarming, bittersweet, emotional payoff.

“June 7, 1995. 1:15 AM.

You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something’s not right. Where is everyone? And what’s happened here?

Gone home is an interactive exploration simulator. Interrogate every detail of a seemingly normal house to discover the story of the people who live there. Open any drawer and door. Pick up objects and examine them to discover clues. Uncover the events of one family’s lives by investigating what they’ve left behind.

Go home again.”

Check out two trailers for the game below:

You can purchase the game here, or check out The Fullbright Company’s website for more information on the game and why people are loving it so much. Gone Home is definitely a game I’m not going to miss out on (now please excuse me while I spend the rest of today holed up in my room playing it).

Photo Credit: The Fullbright Company

“Dying Light” Game Trailer

Good Night, Good Luck

Zombies have always been and probably will always be a popular material for media, be it television, movies, or video games, as can be attested to by the scores and scores of zombie-related things of all quality levels. Personally, I’m a rabid consumer of zombie movies no matter how critically acclaimed or critically terrible they are (trust me, I’ve seen a lot of shitty zombie films and I’ve loved almost every single one) – but with zombie survival games, save for a few exceptions, once you’ve played one you’ve played them all.

Techland’s single player/4-player co-op, action survival game Dying Light seems to be trying a new approach to the zombie genre. The first trailer for the game was shown at last week’s E3 conference and is unfortunately all CGI and lacking actual gameplay, but with its usage of a catchy song and awesome parkour moves, it still looks pretty interesting.

Dying Light is set in a run down city devastated by the zombie outbreak. As the main character, you must battle not only the mindlessly violent brain-munchers, but other humans – because in this world, your own survival trumps everyone else’s. In order to survive, players utilize both weapons and cool-looking acrobatics (aka parkouring) in order to fight and/or avoid enemies, as they make their way toward a cache of supplies.

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Favorite E3 2013 Video Game Trailers

Like many others out there, I spent the past few days flailing over various announcements at the E3 conference. For those not in the know, E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo; it’s a yearly event that showcases upcoming video games and video game consoles.

Here are a few of the standout (and my personal favorite) gameplay trailers/demos to come out of this year’s conference so far:

Kingdom Hearts III

Pinch me, because I must be dreaming. What’s that, you say? This is no dream? After years and years of waiting desperately for the third Kingdom Hearts game, we’re finally getting it?

You best believe I’m pre-ordering. I’m gonna be first in line at my local GameStop to pick this one up. I might even camp out in front of the store and then spend the next three days in an energy drink-fueled haze trying to soak up as much of this game as humanly possible. Because Kingdom freaking Hearts.


Final Fantasy XV

I grew up on Final Fantasy games, so I’ve always had a soft spot for anything remotely Final Fantasy related. I can even find something nice to say about that mediocre Spirits Within movie (it… uh… it was very pretty. There, see? A nice thing.)

Based on the various gameplay trailers and info now coming out about FFXV, this looks to be a big departure from what fans might be used to – and that, in my opinion, is a very welcome thing. The setting is much more modern and realistic, and though the graphics look as gorgeous as expected, what really interests me is the action-RPG gameplay showcased  in the above trailer. Apparently, main character Noctis is able to teleport across areas and around enemies in order to wreak havoc. I’m definitely interested.


I’ve been madly in love with Watch_Dogs ever since the first trailer came out oh-so long ago. At E3 we were given a bigger glimpse into what’s in store for gamers: you get to aggressively throw a guy’s cell phone to the ground, and drive cars and boats.

Okay, in all seriousness, this trailer is totally keeping me pumped for the actual game. I’ve always wanted to use my non-existent hacking skills in order to take nefarious individuals down. Here, I get to hack into stuff and shoot people! Wicked.

Super Smash Bros.

I have a lot of fond memories of stomping my favorite friends and family members to bits and pieces while playing Super Smash Bros. I like being a winner in all walks of life, and if the next walk of life requires me to stomp those same friends and family members to bits and pieces on Wii U, then so be it. My chosen character shall be the Villager from Animal Crossing, because he looks like a sadistic little fucker.

Also, I’m 99.999% sure this isn’t going to be an actual thing, but can you imagine if Kanye West were a playable character in this game? Seriously, pause for a second and just imagine that gloriousness.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Everything about this looks fantastic, I can barely find the words to express my excitement. I spent the majority of my first watch of this trailer in absolute silence with my mouth wide open. The rest of the time, I was saying “holy shit” in varying degrees of loudness – especially when, at the end of the trailer, one of the guys says, “whoa whoa whoa, there’s another group of players, brace for PVP.” A post-apocalyptic open world online shooter RPG with player versus player? Be still my beating heart.

Project Spark

I will freely admit that I’m a Playstation girl at heart. My (only semi-blind) loyalty, coupled with a $399 asking price for the PS4 compared to the XBone’s – sorry, XBox One – price of $499, adds up to me definitely siding with the PS camp in this year’s Microsoft/Sony War.

If ever there were a game to make me reconsider that, though, it would be this one. The gameplay demo looks awfully fun, and I’ve got a mild fascination with world-building games even though I tend to lack the talent or creativity to do anything cool with them. Based on the demo, though, it looks relatively easy to create entire worlds and creatures – and you could always explore other people’s uploaded worlds. I could see this being a fun game to play with friends.

But wait, there’s more! Project Spark‘s going to be released on the PC as well, for Windows 8. Guess I don’t need to fork over five hundred bucks for an XBox after all. Score.

And with that, let me  leave you with one last note on the PS4 vs. XBox One debate:

Say it with me now, folks: Shots. Fired.

What games presented at E3 are you looking forward to the most? Hit the comments to let me know!