The latest Assassin's Creed Unity video introduces the cast that will see players through the French Revolution.
Dan Jeannotte, who had various speaking roles in both Assassin's Creed III and IV, plays the main character, Arno Victor Dorian. In Jeannotte's own words, Arno is a "young punk." But then, through Arno's association with the Brotherhood, he becomes part of a larger fight: the French Revolution.
Catherine Berube plays Elise de la Serre. Elise and Arno are troublemakers in their youth, and as they get older, their relationship blossoms into a romantic one. Adhering to her own agenda, however, Elise is willing to do anything to avenge her father's death.
Alex Ivanovici plays the Marquis de Sade. De Sade is a champion of freedom, yet unhindered by morality. Arno understands that de Sade is mad on the outside but savvy in all his dealings.
Brent Skagford is Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte is very intelligent and uses a command of the language to get what he wants. Arno feels that Napoleon is one of the few people that actually knows what's going on.
Bruce Dinsmore is Maximilien de Robespierre. Robespierre is bit of a pedant. A bit of a showoff. A bit pretentious. Arno is aware of what Robespierre is capable of—and Robespierre is a madman leading France into ruin.
This is not an all-star cast, but it's a cast that's clearheaded about their characters, and clearly in love with their roles. And from the few cutscenes I'd seen during my hands-on preview, the acting is understated and intense.
Assassin's Creed Unity launches November 11 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle hits store shelves earlier on November 2.
With the recent release of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, it might get a little cumbersome to remember some of the events that have taken place across the Borderlands timeline. Maybe not Legend of Zelda cumbersome, but regardless 2K has put up a webpage for fans of the series to check out some of the most important events in the Borderlands series, starting with just before the first game and up through the events of Borderlands 2.
To check it out, head on over to the Ultimate Borderlands Time Line.
Hope you weren't planning on sleeping tonight, because on Payday 2's Crimefest stream celebrating 3 years of Payday, we got our first glimpse of the Female Heister making her way to the game soon. She, along with the trailer are absolutely terrifying. The only thing we do know for sure about her is that she is Scottish.
The team at Overkill also released the official trailer for the Old Hoxton Breakout. If there is one thing that I have loved about this game is that the game's story has been progressed over the last two years or so through live action trailers. It's almost like they are making a movie based on the videogame as they update it.
Finally, here is a list of the Crimefest rewards through October 27th. Each day the team at Overkill will reveal what the community will be getting.
It's no secret that I love Devolver Digital. They publish a wide variety of games from the hackinest slashinest gorefests like Shadow Warrior and Hotline Miami to some delightfully silly romps like Hatoful Boyfriend and Cosmic DJ. The Humble Bundle Store is having a sale on most of their titles this weekend, ending October 20th at noon EST. There's some great deals on games we've already reviewed an previewed for you:
Hotline Miami- $2.49 (normally $9.99)
Shadow Warrior- $9.99 (normally $39.99)
Hatoful Boyfriend- $4.99 (normally $9.99)
Heavy Bullets- $7.49 (normally $9.99)
OlliOlli- $6.49 (normally $12.99)
Always Sometimes Monsters- $4.99 (normally $9.99)
Luftrausers- $4.99 (normally $9.99)
Gods Will Be Watching- $5.99 (normally $9.99)
Dungeon Hearts- $0.74 (normally $2.99)
Foul Play- $3.74 (normally $14.99)
Serious Sam 3: BFE- $3.99 (normally $39.99)
Serious Sam Double D- $0.99 (normally $9.99)
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter- $0.49 (normally $4.99)
News from the frontier! In the never ending battle to bring order and civilization to the barbaric new world, it is sometimes necessary to blow up a small portion of said new world. That's right- landmines are the newest tool to add to your arsenal in Clockwork Empires. Invading fishpersons? Not if the landmines have something to say about it. Diabolical cultist plot? Meet Mr. landmines. Gigantic rampaging beetles? Oh, you better believe that's a landmine.
Gaslamp Games have added a lot more than landmines since their last monthly update- but let's be honest, who cares about ensuring that colonists don't idly chit-chat with bloodthirsty murderers, or cultists building shrines and holding Eldritch Transformation rituals when there's landmines about! Well, here's a brief summary of the less explosive changes to this month's big update:
You can get the full list of updates and patches after the jump and at Gaslamp's Devlog. If this is your first time hearing about Clockwork Empires and you want to hear more about it, you should check out our preview, and take a gander at this brilliant Early Access title on Steam.
Got a tad behind on this week's Nintendo Download, but nonetheless here's what's hitting the eShops this week.
Over on the Wii U's Virtual Console we continue the adventures of the Belmont clan with Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. I've said before that I'm a fan of all of the GBA Castlevania games, somewhat because they each bring something different to the table than the game before it. With Harmony of Dissonance you use a mechanic known as Spell Fusion to combine sub-weapons and spells to create up to thirty new attacks. It's been a while since I've gone through this one so I'll likely give it a download sometime soon.
Elsewhere on the Wii U eShop we have Ballpoint Universe: Infinite, an indie shooter that's made entirely with ballpoint-pen sketches. You basically explore "doodle worlds" and blast enemies in sixteen missions. I've always said that graphics don't necessarily make the game, so if the gameplay is good, I'm down for it.
There's also a decent amount of eShop sales going on including SteamWorld Dig and Squids Odyssey on the 3DS and Wii U being more than thirty and sixty percent off respectively until October 30th, as well as Etrian Odyssey IV: Legend of the Titan and Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl on the 3DS will be on sale from October 20th to November 3rd.
Finally, the next two weeks will see some more awesome classics hit the Virtual Consoles as Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow will arrive on the Wii U next week, followed by Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Demon's Crest, and Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness arriving on October 30th.
Over a million people signed up for the Windows 10 technical preview. Scientists built a battery that lasts 20 years and charges 70 percent in two minutes. And you can send your name into outer space on Orion's trip to Mars.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
With my review of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel out of the way after spending 20+ hours leveling Nisha, what better way to spend my weekend than to...do it again. Yeah, I'm a Borderlands nut and a fan of all three games, so I'm definitely planning on going through the game with the other characters. Since I've already leveled Nisha through the main story, I'm thinking of going with Wilhelm next, as his action skill seems interesting and I never got the chance to check out anyone else's skill trees beyond Nisha's. I'm also going to possibly start up a new project over on my YouTube channel, a Nuzlocke run of Pokemon Blue. Essentially that means, among other optional rules, that I can only catch the first Pokemon in each area, and any Pokemon that faints must be released or boxed in the PC permanently. Should be a fun time.
Ben Berry, community manager, @Ben_M_Berry
I am, how you say, "outside" this week in Durango, Colorado, for a family wedding. The games I am currently playing: "Let's Trick Ourselves to Get Out of Bed Before 9 A.M.," and "Let's See How Many Microbrews Before I'm Drunk Due to Thin Mountain Air."
Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
This weekend should be an all Project Spark weekend for me, as there is just so much to do in this "game." Between playing around with the various community creations and attempting to make my own, I should be pretty busy. Of course, I am sure that I will find the time to squeeze in a Greater Rift run or two in Diablo 3 on the PS4.
Cody Hamby, staff writer, email@example.com
I will be finishing up achievements in Shadow of Mordor, hopefully getting up to 100 percent, and highly considering whether to pick up The Evil Within to keep the overall October theme in my life at the moment. With what other time I have, I will be diving into a preview of a new fighter that will be detailed within the next few days on the site.
Charles Husemann, editor-in-chief, @chusemann
This week I'll be exploring the nooks and crannies of Krimson City as I go back to check out a few more things in The Evil Within. And then it will be back to Destiny and hoping that they haven't nerfed my beloved auto rifle too much with the new patch.
Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
Just great. Now I'm playing a tiny-tower game. It's...it's Tiny Death Star. The adorable little 8-bit Emperor is on my back about finding adorable little 8-bit Rebel spies. And the problems are manifold. I can't keep Blue Milk in stock at the Mos Espa Cafe. Some Admiral Ackbar-looking jerk is posting ">_<" all over the Holonet because he hates his job at the Millennium Experience. And I just dropped, like, 17 grand on building the 11th floor Rugosa Apartments, and nobody's moving in. I need to read more books. Oh hi, jPod by Douglas Coupland. You're kind of insane. And scary quotable. "People say that everyone can be a success, but you look at the numbers and no, the world is way more about failure and compromised standards than it is about winning." I need to play more video games.
Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
I've got some long overdue vacation time coming my way this week, and as much as I'm determined to do as little as possible, I've had a few games waiting for me to get to them for too long for me to ignore them any longer. I've had Kentucky Route Zero staring at me from my Steam Library for a while now, I never did get around to finishing the second quest in The Legend of Zelda, and my girlfriend and I have been on the final levels of Borderlands 2 for about three months now but haven't had time to do the final push. The possibilities are endless—but I know I'll probably just end up watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars and napping on the couch for six days straight.
Rob Larkin, staff writer, @Rob_GN
What will I be playing? Well, I'll be playing FIFA 15 some more. I have to admit defeat in that I turned assisted passing back on, and now I can finally score goals again with regularity. On semi-assisted I had the best goals against in the league but also the worst goals for. I'll also be dipping into Majestic Nights for a bit of preview action.
Activision and Torn Banner Studios have announced that Chivalry: Medieval Warfare will be releasing on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in December.
Along with the release date, the game has also received a price of $14.99.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a 12-player online game that trades rocket launchers and automatic rifles for swords and shields. Players can choose to fit and arm their characters with over 60 different weapons, including customizable swords, axes, and more. Game modes include Free-for-All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Team Objective.
The multiplayer action game will hit PS3 on Dec. 2nd and Xbox 360 on Dec. 3rd.
It's hard to believe that it's been a quarter-century since Chuck Sommerville release Chip's Challenge on the Atari Lynx. To celebrate this anniversary, Chuck's company, Niffler Limited, has a big update for Chuck's Challenge, the spiritual successor to Chip's. The Flummery update includes 25 new levels, 3 new music tracks, 7 new game objects and 5 new pets for custom level builders. It also has Steam Workshop integration for full customizability. Best of all, the Flummery update is completely free, and should be out right now for Steam users! So if you haven't played Chuck's Challenge in a while, it might be time to dive back in. There's a load of fresh content waiting for you.
One critical element of the new Smash Bros game that is currently missing is Amiibo integration. Smash Bros will be the flagship title for Nintendo's new figurine initiative, but up until now, exactly how the figures will work in the game has been somewhat vague.
Now the official Smash Bros website has a breakdown, via Nintendoeverything. It seems that as you are starting a match, you can scan an Amiibo via the 3DS (or Wii U) NFC reader, and that character will load up on the character select screen. In this way they're like an assist trophy on steroids, or a specialized computer ally (or opponent, if you prefer).
The kicker is that these Amiibo "Figure Players" will level up, gain experience and even learn fighting techniques from human opponents. This info is subsequently stored on the embedded RFID chip in your Amiibo figure, essentially making that figure unique to you and the matches you've played.
Personally I'm a big fan of this approach because it makes the figures more meaningful long-term. Activision seems to be milking Skylanders for all it's worth, stamping out a new line of figures for every new game that you need to buy to get the most out of the latest Skylanders game. While the Skylanders figures do level over time their use is severely limited; there seems to be less and less emphasis on backwards compatibility with older figures, as Activision adds new gimmicks to each game like Swap Force and Trap Team figures.
I have no doubt that Nintendo will release specialized figures for new games--say, a Zelda or Samus figure specific to the latest game in those series--but the ability to store personalized data on these first Smash figures adds a lot of value.
Check Nintendoeverything for full details and screenshots of the new Amiibo system.