Amazon Game Studios' New Titles

 

There have been many new announcements lately and a weird turn of events for companies. Nvidia is doing big things in the automotive industry, Blackberry is no longer manufacturing phones and now Amazon is developing their own games. Recently Amazon has been hiring people for their Amazon Game Studios located in Irvine, California (the same city as Blizzard HQ and UCI, the best gaming college). Detroit is known for cars, Manhattan for finance and Silicone Valley for technology. Will Irvine be the new mecca for the gaming industry? There are dozens of companies in the gaming industry for software and hardware, all over Southern California including us!

For a company as well backed as Amazon, it is hard to expect them to flop. They announced 3 games recently and these 3 games are the perfect entry games. Amazon will be tackling three popular genres: MOBAs, MMORPG and Survival. Let's take a brief look at what is coming.

 

 

Breakaway will be Amazon's take on an arena-style MOBA. It is a 4 on 4 action-packed battle featuring featuring warriors of old, myth and legend. If they have done their homework on MOBAs, they will know that it is a hard genre to compete in. Even Blizzard, who is technically the godfather of MOBAs had a rough time with Heroes of the Storm. A unique feature is that they state this game is built for live-streaming. My concern here is that many games have tried implementing built in streaming and have not been too successful. The only way for a game to be successful in live-streaming is if people actually want to watch your content. I am eager to see what kind of new features they will be implementing in conjunction with Twitch. 

 

 

This title will be of huge interest to MMO fans, not often do we get something new and exciting, trust me, everyone is always hoping and searching for the next "WoW-Killer". New World is an open world sand box MMO meaning you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, however you want. These games are great since there are no set goals/quests. Based on the picture of the game it seems a little dark which is great, many MMOs nowadays feel slightly too cartoon-y. In New World you can band together with friends to build civilizations or reclaim lands. On the other hand you can set out on your own and create your story. I am definitely looking forward to more news regarding New World. Again, they boast rich social feature and Twitch integration that allow broadcasters to lead their own events and give rewards. 

 

 

Crucible will be a battle royale style fight to be the last survivor on an alien world. Actually, this game will be more like hunger game due to the fact that there will be another player that can control the environment. I'm guessing Amazon is planning on going head to head with H1Z1's King of the Kill and games such as The Culling. The main difference here is that the game will be on an alien planet and will have futuristic weapons. Personally, I would like to hope this game is H1Z1 KotK but with Overwatch-style weapons and characters. 

 

There are no release dates announced for any of the 3 games but I expect that we will see many new videos including gameplay in the near future. As a long-time Prime Member, I am truly excited to see how Amazon's new venture will fold out. Maybe these games will be free for Prime Members.. who knows?

Let us know what you guys think about these games! Which one are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

 

Osiris: New Dawn

 

Ever wonder what No Man's Sky could have been if they met all their promises? I understand that we are all weary of sandbox space games now but this one could be the one. Osiris: New Dawn is the newest space, early access game that became available on Steam yesterday. This game won PAX West 2016's Best Survival Game and PAX's Best Indie MMO awards. These accomplishments alone bring a lot of promise for Fenix Fire Entertainment's new title. 

Let's start with the best feature of this game and that is.. online multiplayer. But wait! How can they have multiplayer when NMS could not? It appears that Origin: New Dawn will be sacrificing the procedural generation of 18.4 quinitillion planets in order to make room for your friends. I'd much rather prefer to explore a single solar system with a close group of friends than spend an eternity with disfigured dinosaurs. 

Players will be able to build a thriving colony alongside their friends and defend their structures from alien species, environmental dangers and assaults from other players' colonies.

 

 

Now I would once again like to restate that this game is in early access, meaning the developers acknowledge that it is not finished yet and you will definitely be running into some bugs and glitches. If you are fine with playing an unfinished game then this looks like a great pick up. If you are expecting a polished experience then you may want to wait a while before getting this. I'd like to think of this as Rust in space and Rust does have a huge payer base. 

 

 

In regards to graphics, it is claimed to have a "light-year visual difference" with qualities being compared to AAA titles which means you will need to have some good gear. Here are the minimum and recommended requirements:

MINIMUM:
    • OS: Windows 7 | 64-bit OS
    • Processor: Intel i5 | 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
RECOMMENDED:
    • OS: Windows 10 | 64-bit OS
    • Processor: Intel i7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980
    • Storage: 5 GB available space

Check out the launch trailer:

 

Do you guys still have faith in these space exploration games? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

GTA Online: Bikers Release Date Announced

 

The newest DLC for Grand Theft Auto V will be released on October 4th. There has been a surprising amount of content and updates for this latest rendition of GTA. Rockstar is definitely doing their best to keep this game alive and they are doing well. GTA V: Bikers will be available as a free automatic update for PC, Xbox One and PS4. 

The Los Santos and Blaine County will be now have underground motorcycle clubs and a ton of new content. There will be new vehicles, weapons and missions. We will now also be able to use melee attacks on bikes.

 

 

See you guys on the road!

 

Urien Street Fighter V Update !

 

A big, bad character was released recently for Street Fighter V. Urien is the leader of the Illumati in game, he is one of the strongest characters in the story line. It's been a fair while since we have been able to use him in one of the Street Fighter games. His last appearance was in Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Check out how the game used to look:

 

Along with this new patch we will also be getting new skins and a new way of getting Fight Money. There will now be daily quests that you can complete for additional points to unlock cosmetics. This is something that has been requested by the community for quite a bit. Street Fighter V started off pretty rough and felt a little bare at first but it seems like they are working fairly consistently to improve this rendition and I am happy to see that Capcom is actually putting in the effort to maintain their reputation.

Here is Capcom's official trailer for the release of Urien!

 

Time to hit the lab with Urien and get some experience! 

 

UCI Opens its Esports Arena

 

The University of California, Irvine has brought esports to a whole new level. Just recently they opened their "UCI Esports Arena". This gaming center is meant for gamers to come and practice for events or just play for fun. With the huge collegiate leagues around, I am sure this is only the first of many arenas that will brought to college campuses. 

UCI is known as the biggest college for gamers and they are even now offering scholarships for esports competitors. This is a huge movement for the esports scene and can only grow from here. After Counter-Strike: GO was aired on TBS, Heroes of the Storm and EVO 2016 were on ESPN the scene has been expanding even more so. 

 

 

The main sponsor for this arena was iBUYPOWER, these guys are known to many events in the esports scene and especially around southern California. They are also one of EVGA's system partners, huge shout out to these guys for their active role in contributing to the growth of esports. Most of the computers here were donated by IBP but there will be a fee to play here, $4/hour. This seems to be just slightly higher than other LAN centers I've been too but this is one of the nicer ones I've seen, the other being Esports Arena in Santa Ana. I can't wait to go an check this out soon.

 

Let us know your thoughts college gaming and where would you like to see one of these gaming arenas?

 

11,000+ CS:GO Players on VAC-ation

 

Today is a good day for honest players and a horrid day for cheaters. Lately it seems that Valve has been cleaning up the streets. A few months ago Twitch prohibited non-csgo gameplay on streams, Valve cracked down hard on the online gambling phenomenon and very recently over 11,000 hackers have been banned by VAC. If you aren't too familiar with how VAC works, they usually gather information for delayed bans so it is harder for cheaters to catch on. 

The nice folks over at Kotaku were able to dig up some interactions from the cheat providers to their customers:

This is a good step towards fairer gaming but these cheat developers will also grow and adapt, it's just up to Valve's Anti-Cheat to stay on top of their game. I play a lot of CS:GO so this information is juicy to me, I love that Valve is at least attempting to keep their game from being infested by cheaters. 

 

Remember guys, cheating is no fun and you will be caught eventually. 

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda in 4K!

The next installment of the ever popular Mass Effect franchise is in the works and the previes thus far are very impressive.  The new game titled: Mass Effect : Andromeda is set to release early 2017

Devs released a very impressive trailer below in 4K showing off some early gameplay and cut scene a few days ago.  Even though you may not have a 4K monitor to view the trailer on, you can still view it without issues and see the super rich and detailed characters. 

 
The next trailer to be released will be on N7 day which is November 7th, 2016.  I for one cannot wait to see what they show us next and I am excited to see the final game once released.  Having played all of the previous Mass Effect games, this is one of the top games on my list for 2017!
 
Let us know what you think of the early gameplay trailer in 4K and let us know who your favorite Mass Effect character is, down in the comment section below!