C3 WiR(e) – 09-23-2013

Listen in every Monday at 1pm EST to the Anthony DiMoro Show from SportsRants.com to hear my Week In Review segment! Below is the transcript from show, original air date: 09/23/13:

Ranters! I am Anthony Rossi, aka Hyp3rSint4x from the Coffee and Cornchips gaming blog with the C3 WiR(e), a week in review recap of the gaming world. This week, we have:

  • Launch Dates for FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25,
  • Rumors of the Steambox
  • Sword and Gun trailers for Shadow Warrior
  • Diablo 3 Auction House Closing
  • GTA V RELEASED!

We have release dates for FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, and Madden NFL 25! From a blog post by EA COO Peter Moore, quote, “These games on PS3 and Xbox 360 are the pinnacle of this console generation.  But, in the case of Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4, they launch well before the next-generation versions hitting a month or two later.  I’m happy to confirm today the street dates for these three titles on next-generation consoles:  Nov. 19 (North America)/Nov. 21 (Europe) for Xbox One and Nov. 12 (North America)/Nov. 29 (Europe) for PlayStation 4.”

Steam has become quite the favorite service for PC gamers over the few years. It is an online service that allows gamers digital access to a massive selection of games, typically at a very low cost. Last Monday, Co-Founder of Valve Gabe Newell hinted at LinuxCon that Valve is going to make an announcement of how Linux, an open source OS, is going to be the future of the livingroom, and most people are assuming that this revelation will appear in the form of rumored “SteamBox”, a Linux based PC Console set to compete against the other next-gen consoles due out later this year. And then on Friday, we here that Valve plans to make Steam, specifically, more accessible to televisions. Later Friday, Steam launched a teaser site at www.steampowered.com/livingroom with all sorts of hints of the fabled “Steambox”. The gaming world anxiously awaits…

Awhile back I posted a TAO review of the 1st trailer for the Shadow Warrior reboot, and became quite confident that this game was going to be focused on a smooth sophisticated style. If this is the only trailer you have watched thus far, you may want to take another look. The fine crew at Devolver Digital has recently released a new gameplay trailer where you choose to “Bring a gun to a sword fight” or “Bring a Katana to a gun fight”! These trailers do a wonderful job of displaying the vast amounts of blood, gore, and strategic dismemberment possible within the game. Head over to devolverdigital.com for more on that.

In a Battle.net blog post by John Hight, Diablo 3 will begin work on closing the in game auction house. Typically, when companies remove features from a game it is greeted with mostly negative attention. However, based on the comments in the forums, it seems that players are quite happy with the decision. In the In Game Auction House, players were able to use real money or in game gold to bid on items that other players have found. This was an ambitious venture that unfortunately turned in to what some forum commenters referred to as a “Pay To Win” situation. This means that rather than playing the game as designed which is slay a bunch of deadly monsters and snag cool loot, they were simply dumping money in to the auction house to get the best gear. This upset the balance of the gameplay and disappointed many of the players. The Auction House will remain open for the time being, but Blizzard plans on closing the house completely on March 18th, 2014. Head over to diablo3.com for more information on that.

And now for that other little tidbit of news to come out of the gaming world, GTA V has officially been released! And just in case you were wondering, yes, I was one of those who stood in line at a midnight release for the game at a local mall. Grand Theft Auto: 5 is the latest installment RockStar’s Open world Sandbox game. If you’re wondering how big of a deal this game is, consider these numbers: It is reported to have cost Rockstar Gaming approximately $270 Million to create this game. Within the first 24hours, it was reported that they achieved over $800 Million in global sales, and crested $1 BILLION by Friday. That’s a B with 9 zeros after it! GTA V is currently holding a metacritic score of 98 out of 100. For more information, visit basically any news site on the web. I’m sure they’ll have something posted.

That’s all for the C3 WiR(e)! For more of my gaming commentary, visit www.coffeeandcornchips.wordpress.com, find me on facebook at facebook.com/coffeeandcornchips, or follow me on twitter @C3Blog. Until then, Respect the Game!

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