C3 WiR(e) – 2014-03-10

Ranters! It is the week of March 10th, 2014. For Sports Rants Gaming, I am Anthony Rossi from the Coffee and Cornchips gaming blog with the C3 WiR(e), a week in review recap of the gaming world. This week’s headlines include:

  • Murdered Soul Suspect gets a release date
  • Valve to release a Portal board game
  • New trailer for Child of Light
  • Layoffs and departures abound in the gaming industry
  • News for Tales from the Borderlands
  • I’ve got some general impressions of the new 300 movie
  • And Watch_Dogs comes out of hibernation!

Let the Gaming News Begin!

 Murdered Soul Suspect
A few weeks back, it was announced that Murdered: Soul Suspect was going to be making the jump to the new-gen consoles. To add on top of that news, it has been confirmed that the supernatural caper will be hitting the shelves on June 3rd, just before E3. In case you have forgotten, Murdered Soul Suspect is the game where you take the role of Ronan O’Connor and attempt to solve your own murder. Price will be 59.99 for new-gen consoles, 49.99 for last gen and PC. Hey, what the…!
Source: Game Informer

Portal Table Top Game
If you’re a fan of the Portal games by Valve, chances are you’re going to be a fan of the Table Top version. Right now, the game has a working title of “Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game”. The main purpose of the game is for players to guide Aperture test subjects through a maze of tiles to “find the most desirable test environment. As per the article, the player can win the game by eliminating all the other players, or their own. Trust me, that statement would make a lot more sense if you’ve actually played the Portal games! Valve is currently working with Cryptozoic on this game, and hope for a Q4 release later this year. Just remember, the cake is a lie!
Source: Polygon

Child of Light Co-op
A new trailer has been released by Ubisoft for their water-colored JRPG Child of Light. For the most part, the main focus of the game is centered around Aurora. However, it has been noted that a 2nd player may join in and take control of her little light orb companion. From there, the 2nd player can disarm traps, blind enemies, heal Aurora, find hidden passages, and other support role actions. Child of Light will be available on April 30th for $15.00.
Source: Giant Bomb

Gaming Industry Layoffs
So, what in the hell is going on in the Gaming Scene? Not too long ago, in a move that dropped EVERYONE’S jaw, Irrational Games announced that they were shutting down and Bioshock creator Ken Levine was going to head in a different direction, and this past week we have news that Jack Tretton is stepping down as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, the division responsible for the PlayStation, and Eidos Montreal, just a week after releasing Thief, announced a round of 27 layoffs. Sony has been going through some restructuring as of late, particularly dropping out of the PC market to focus on mobile, and refocusing their TV production from consumer level to commercial. As for Eidos Montreal, I can’t gather much of what’s going on but it is noted in the article that they were going to host a “career day” to see if they could find positions elsewhere in the company for those affected. Scary times, indeed.
Sources found within.

Tales from the Borderlands
At SXSW this weekend, some new info was given regarding the upcoming episodic series, Tales From the Borderlands. As it turns out, the series will focus on 2 narrators, Fiona and Rhys. Unlike the traditional Borderlands games, they will not necessarily be Vault Hunters, as the aim is to focus on the more common folk on Pandora. Also, these games will operate in a very different way: players will essentially play the episodes through twice, each time being a retelling of the played events from the perspective a different narrator. Ultimately, each retelling will be different from the other, and the players will never know what ACTUALLY happened. Looks like we’ll be in a classically perpetual “He said She said” scenario.

Source: Polygon

300: Rise of an Empire
So, yes, I went out and spent a portion of my hard earned money to sit in a theater and watch 300: Rise of an Empire today. And you know what? I fuckin’ loved it! It was brutal, it was intense, it was glorious. It was everything that I could have wanted in a 2nd round of 300 action. In this movie, the action actually takes a bit of a side step in the timeline and focuses on Themistocles and the Athenian Navy as they hold back the Persian fleet. Don’t expect a whole lot of historical accuracy or authenticity in this move. It’s a hack-fest of the grandest ancient Mediterranean kind. I give it 2 disembodied thumbs way up!


Watch_Dogs is Back!
On March 6th, at about 9:10am, the Watch_Dogs twitter feed finally came back to life! Fans, including myself, were treated to both a long awaited release date and a new Story Trailer. I’ve already gone and given the trailer an extensive analysis, which I welcome all to give a read. The release date itself is set for May 27th. For more information on this open world hacker-fest, visit me blog or “Watchdogs.ubi.com” . Everything is Connected!


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