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12 Wii U and 3DS Games that should come to the Nintendo Switch

 

The Nintendo Switch has had an impressive showing early on into its life. Sitting at just about 5 million sold thus far. It has been a success by and large on the backs of two games made for the previous generation’s Wii U hardware. There is no arguing that Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe are incredible games and it is remarkable that these games can sustain this early Switch success. With this being said, there are many other Wii U games that could come to the Switch early on that can help stave off any drought and help continue its early dominance. If you throw in resoundingly successful 3DS, and you can truly have a dominant Nintendo system for the first time in nearly two decades. Here are 12 of those such games we would love to see come over from Wii U & 3DS to Switch.


Full disclosure: this list was originally 5 games, then 10, and now finally 12. A true testament to the strong library from 3DS specifically. 


#12) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

 

The Nintendo fans are super excited for Super Mario Odyssey, but lets not forget the incredible multiplayer experience that 3D world gave us on WiiU. This game would work brilliantly on the upgraded hardware. With 2 players ready to play right out of the box, a 4 player session would be simple to achieve as well.  This could ensure that the 3D world games would continue to live on in a post Wii U world as well.

#11) Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)

This game didn’t receive too much critical acclaim, but for me this game was a fun time sink. A Monster Hunter lite, this was perfect for a quick train ride to work, or a little session while at the doctor’s office. Raising the resolution and allowing for local co-op on the switch would be all you really needed to do for this title to be a fantastic addition to its library.

#10) Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker (Wii U)  

Captain Toad was a favorite of my 10 year old Nephews. This is a cute game with bite sized co-op experiences that would feel right at home on the Switch. A a pattern is clearly forming here, as good multiplayer experiences on Wii U would feel great on Switch. This game would also scratch a puzzle game itch for gamers tiring of Puyo Puyo Tetris.

#9) Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

This franchise doesn’t get nearly the amount of love it deserves. This is a hardcore real time strategy game with the quality and cuteness of Nintendo. Pikman 3 was received well, but didn’t quite hit enough living rooms. Throwing it as an early Switch title, perhaps in the same calendar year as Hey! Pikman on 3DS, would be a boon for the franchise and the Switch.

#8) Pokemon Sun/Moon (3DS)

What better way to test the waters for a 3rd version of the game than porting over theses 3DS games outright. The internet has been speculating about a “Pokemon Stars” version of the game, but it is not like The Pokemon Company to stray from the handheld with the biggest install base, but this might be a good move for them and their relationship with Nintendo. Imagine porting over Sun and Moon and selling 2 million units. This would all but guarantee a move to the Switch in the franchise’s future.

#7) Bravely Default/Second (3DS) – I know its cheating. 

Bravely Default and Second were very well received JRPG’s. While there isn’t a shortage of JRPG’s on this list, it would be really cool if we got both games packaged together in a special Switch version. Lets face it, the Switch is perfect for JRPGs. Embrace it.

#6) Fire Emblem (Any of them…all of them?) (3DS)

The 3DS is home to a plethora of Fire Emblem games. It is hard for me to narrow it down to just one, so let’s just say they should throw one of them on the Switch to satiate the fan base’s appetite. This, like Pokemon, would allow Nintendo to open a door to a future audience on their new console.

#5) Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright (3DS)

These two franchises have a ravenous fan base that gobbles up everything there is to gobble up. This title on the 3DS was met with excellent critical reception and would instantly add credibility to the Switch’s line up. The games are also not too graphically intensive, so it would be a relatively quick port. (Totally speculating as I have ZERO development experience so DON’T HURT ME).

#4) Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

The Dynasty Warriors series is HUGE and tying Zelda to it was a fun experiment. The issue was that anybody that purchased it on 3DS was met with horrendous frame rate issues and an overall lesser experience than the big brother Wii U version of the game. With the Switch’s beefed up hardware we could finally get the on-the-go experience we deserved.

#3) Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Imagine the Wii U version of this mixed with the 3DS version and you get a truly impressive experience. Imagine this: The tablet features of the Wii U, except with the far superior Switch touch screen. Then you just pop the Switch into the dock and play your creations with your family. This version could also maybe come with a dongle that allows us to beam to the TV instantly and continue to use the tablet. This would obviously take a lot of work, but it could open the doors for a Mario Maker 2. Think about that. Maybe you can have two tablets going at once and your buddy and you can create something awesome together.

#2) Super Smash Brothers (3DS)

This is pretty obvious. Give this the “Deluxe” treatment and you should be able to top Mario Kart 8: Deluxe numbers pretty easily. Include all DLC and add a few new modes to the game and fans will be more than happy while Nintendo takes its time with the next installment. Combine that with the awesome ad-hoc play of the 3DS version and you have an incredible Smash Brothers experience.

#1) Monster Hunter XX (3DS) [HOLY COW THEY ANNOUNCED IT!]

So this franchise doesn’t need much introduction. It sells millions of copies with each iteration and this recent 3DS game has already surpassed Mario Kart 8: Deluxe on the charts. This is thought to be the last Monster Hunter game to appear on the 3DS, so it is a great time to test the waters on the Switch. Not only will this be a boon for Nintendo fans, but Nintendo is sure to sell many more consoles if a beefed up version appears on the Switch.


So there are 12 games from 3DS and Wii U that would be an amazing addition to an ever-growing roster on the Switch. Let us know what you think of the list over on our facebook page. www.facebook.com/provengamer

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Darksiders: Warmastered Edition Delayed

THQ Nordic has announced that the remaster of Darksiders, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition has been delayed.

The game was set to launch on October 25 but has been pushed back to November 22 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U, with a PC release one week later.

The original Darksiders was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010.

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Full Tracklist Revealed for Just Dance 2017

Today, Ubisoft revealed the full tracklist for Just Dance 2017, the latest installment in the best-selling* dance game franchise of all time. With more than 60 million games sold in the franchise since its debut in 2009, and 80 million players, Just Dance is back with its most diverse tracklist to date. Just Dance 2017 is coming to all motion-control gaming platforms, including Nintendo’s Wii U, Wii and NX system, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system on October 25th and for the first time in the history of the franchise, the game will also be launched digitally on Windows PC**.

This year, the game includes more than 40 hit tracks, such as “Cheap Thrills” by Sia ft. Sean Paul and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, and classic favorites like “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen and quirky tunes such as “Oishii Oishii” by Wanko Ni Mero Mero. Additionally, the brand new Maroon 5 track that debuted this week, “Don’t Wanna Know” will also be included in the game.

The complete tracklist includes:
·“All About Us” – Jordan Fisher
·“Bailar” – Deorro Ft. Elvis Crespo
·“Bang” – Anitta
·“Bonbon” – Era Istrefi
·“Cake By The Ocean” – DNCE
·“Can’t Feel My Face”- The Weeknd
·“Carnaval Boom”- Latino Sunset
·“Cheap Thrills”- Sia Ft. Sean Paul
·“Cola Song”- INNA Ft. J Balvin
·“DADDY” – PSY Ft. CL of 2NE1
·“Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
·“Don’t Wanna Know”- Maroon 5 Ft. Kendrick Lamar
·“Dragostea Din Tei” – O-Zone
·“El Tiki”- Maluma
·“Ghost In The Keys” – Halloween Thrills
·“Groove” – Jack & Jack
·“Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira Ft. Wyclef Jean
·“I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”- Fast Forward Highway
·“Into You” – Ariana Grande
·“La Bicicleta” – Carlos Vives & Shakira
·“Last Christmas” – Santa Clones
·“Lean On” – Major Lazer Ft. MØ & DJ Snake
·“Leila” – Cheb Salama
·“Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber (Ubi Club Reward)
·“Like I Would” –  Zayn
·“Little Swing” –  AronChupa Ft. Little Sis Nora
·“Oishii Oishii” – Wanko Ni Mero Mero
·“PoPiPo”  – Hatsune Miku
·“RADICAL” – Dyro & Dannic
·“Run The Night” – Gigi Rowe
·“Scream & Shout” – Will.i.am Ft. Britney Spears
·“September” – Equinox Stars
·“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyonce
·“Sorry” – Justin Bieber
·“Te Dominar” – Daya Luz
·“Tico-Tico no Fubá” – The Frankie Bostello Orchestra
·“Watch Me (Whip/ Nae Nae)” – Silentó
·“What Is Love” – Ultraclub 90
·“Wherever I Go” – OneRepublic
·“Worth It” – Fifth Harmoney Ft. Kid Ink

Players can start warming up for Just Dance 2017 now with the free demo of “Sorry” from Justin Bieber, downloadable on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and the Nintendo eShop. Additionally, the Just Dance Controller App also makes the game more accessible for players on new-gen consoles by allowing players to dance without additional accessories such as cameras.

For players who just can’t get enough dancing, Just Dance Unlimited, the dance-on-demand subscription streaming service, available for current-gen consoles owners and PC players, will offer a catalog of more than 200 songs at launch and access to exclusive tracks and new content that will be added through the year. The Standard version of Just Dance 2017 will include three months access to Just Dance Unlimited on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Digital PC.

For the latest information on Just Dance 2017, the Just Dance Controller app, or Just Dance Unlimited, please visit: www.justdancegame.com .
Follow Just Dance on Twitter @JustDanceGame and use hashtag #JustDance2017.

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**Just Dance 2017 will also be coming to the NX system from Nintendo in 2017.

Check out the announcement trailer for Just Dance 2017 below:

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New Content Announced for Nintendo eShop

Nintendo has announced new content for the eShop that will be available starting today.

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Disney Magical World 2 – Live your dream life in the  Disney Magical World 2 game alongside fan-favorite Disney characters. Adventure with Elsa and Olaf from  Disney Frozen, dance with Disney Princesses and soar with Mickey in Magical Dream parades, all the while snapping photos to share your memories. The magic is in your hands, so use your wand to solve a ghostly mystery along the way.  Disney Magical World 2 will be available on Oct. 14.
    • Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure – From the legendary game developers at Nihon Falcom comes  Gurumin 3D. Join Parin and her monstrous pals through a fun, colorful and fast-paced action-RPG featuring real-time combat, dazzling stereoscopic 3D graphics, 35+ hours of playtime and fully voiced characters by an all-star cast of voice actors. Click  here to see the trailer.
    • Severed – Take control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha who wields a living sword on her journey through a nightmare world. The Nintendo 3DS version features dual-screen options and in-game achievements. You can even buy the Nintendo 3DS version of Severed and receive a free digital version for the Wii U console (and vice versa). Severed features a special introductory price for a limited time until Oct. 20 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Click  here to view the trailer.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World – Get ready to start a new life in this Nintendo DS classic! Whether you want to decorate your home, catch bugs or fish, join in on special events or just chat with the locals, there’s always plenty to do. Accessorize your life with more than 600 items. Design constellations, clothes and flags, and take part in events as the seasons come and go.
    • Kirby Canvas Curse – When Kirby gets turned into a ball by an evil witch, your hand-drawn rainbow paths become the only way he can find power-ups and reach the gates in each world. In this fun and colorful Nintendo DS action-platformer, stun enemies, destroy barriers and detonate bombs – all by using the stylus. Unlock special features by collecting medals in each stage and completing in-game tasks.
Nintendo eShop sales:
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
  • New themes this week include:
    • Sonic series: Cute Style
    • Sonic series: Shadow Style
    • Sonic series: Silver Style
    • Sonic Bundle #3
    • Gurumin Party Time Theme
    • Gurumin Heroes Theme
    • Gurumin Monster Pals Theme
    • Gurumin Night Parade Theme
    • Gurumin Orange Twist Theme
    • Gurumin Monster Bundle
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505 Games to Publish Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Publisher 505 Games, the company behind the first-person narrative driven adventure Virginia, have announced their partnership with Koji Igarashi to publish Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night; The spiritual successor to the PlayStation One darling Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.  Working as a series producer for the Castlevania series from 2001-2010, Igarashi parted ways with Konami to launch a kick-starter for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in attempt to recapture the hearts of fans who have longed for a proper sequel to the beloved Castlevania series. Recent screenshots and gameplay trailers have depicted the fidelity of the Castlevania games rooted within the core mechanics. Gothic environments and horrific boss battles will aim to set the tone as you explore a dark castle in classic 2D, “Metroidvania” style fashion.  Despite the game’s delay due to budget issues, the game is still slated for release in 2018 for the PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita, Wii U, and PC.

To view the partnership announcement between Igarashi and 505 Games, click the video below!

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Paper Mario Color Splash Highlights New Content Available on Nintendo Platforms

Nintendo has released this week’s list new games, sales, and other content available for download. Highlighting the list is the latest addition to the Paper Mario series, Paper Mario: Color Splash. Check out the full list below.

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Paper Mario: Color Splash – A mystery’s afoot on Prism Island and only Mario can solve it by restoring the land’s vanishing colors with his new Paint Hammer. Puzzling battles await, but never fear – there’s always a clever way to deal out the powerful Battle Cards up his sleeve. These fresh layers of strategy make this one of the most action-packed Paper Mario adventures ever! Paper Mario: Color Splash will be available on Oct. 7.

  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis – It’s opening day of the new Super Mini Mario World theme park, and Donkey Kong has kidnapped the guest of honor Pauline. In this Nintendo DS action puzzler, it’s up to you and an army of freshly assembled Mini Mario toys to rescue her. Guide your Mini Marios through more than 80 perilous stages while looking out for mini-minions.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Mega Man X2 – Fresh from defeating Sigma and his Mavericks, Mega Man X tracks down the remaining rogue Reploids to an abandoned factory where they are continuing their rebellion. While Mega Man X is kept busy by eight new Mavericks, a new threat plots to resurrect a secret weapon that is all too familiar. Download this Super NES classic starting today!

Nintendo eShop sales:

Also new this week:

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii console.

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Team17 Introduces Quirky Roster of Characters In Its Latest Trailer for Yooka-Laylee

Developed by Playtonic and published by Team17, Yooka-Laylee stars the charismatic new buddy duo Yooka and Laylee, who use an arsenal of special moves to explore – and expand – gorgeous 3D worlds filled with collectibles to discover, secrets to unlock and a cast of quirky characters to meet (or defeat).  Known as a spiritual successor to Rare Software’s Banjo-Kazooie.

Award-winning international games label Team17 and Playtonic Games, the UK studio formed by veterans of the platforming genre, have released a new gameplay trailer showcasing a whole host of new characters including a very special guest indeed!

Following the worldwide consumer premiere at the UK’s biggest games event, EGX, the all-new trailer focuses on the multitude of unique, colourful characters that inhabit the world of their hotly anticipated open-world platformer, Yooka-Laylee. Team17 and Playtonic Games have also revealed that they’ve teamed up with the talented Yacht Club Games to bring their eponymous hero Shovel Knight to Yooka-Laylee in a special guest appearance.

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Kerbal Space Program Review

Reviewed on PS4

Kerbal Space Program is a rocket crafting, space exploration simulator with multitude of options and features. From building a space craft from scratch, launching rockets into space, conducting experiments, and managing resources KSP puts plenty of tools at your disposal but it forgot the most important one, FUN. There is a lot to do in this game and I found that it was quite overwhelming at times, but no matter how much Kerbal Space Program has to offer there were a few themes that ran pretty common throughout my entire experience.

First would be the learning curve. Tutorials are key in this game. My first few hours were spent trying to build my own custom rocket ship. I turned on the game and bypassed the training missions ready to launch myself to infinity and beyond! Instead I found myself extremely frustrated and utterly confused as to why none of the parts I assembled would make an adequate ship ready to be launched into space. After learning the basics of space craft building I found a nice little folder with pre built rockets ready to go. So the next few hours were spent trying to successfully make it out of the Earth’s atmosphere. Much to my dismay I learned I am not very good at simulators. Although I did really enjoy making it a few thousand meters only to lose control and spiral to my ultimate destruction. But one can only crash to his or her doom so many times before they grow tired of the monotony and are ready to move on. Space is nice, and there is a feeling of accomplishment once I made it to the great beyond, but every step of the road there was just plain boring.

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Graphically this game is a joke. I know the point of this game isn’t the graphics, but KSP looks like a straight port of the PC version. All the way down to the mouse cursor. The text is entirely to small and there is quite a bit to read. The sound design is a barren wasteland as well. There really isn’t much going on at all sound wise. So it is hard to become fully immersed in the experience. On top of it’s less that stellar graphics and poor sound design, the game doesn’t run well in certain spots. From loading a new rocket, to launching said rocket, down to disengaging stages of your space craft there are several frame rate glitches and dips.

The controls take some getting use to as well. The curser can be moved by motion control and by the left thumb stick. This grabbed me by surprise a few times bc I thought my controller might have been glitching out on me. Come to find out if you move the DS4 it imitates the mouse from the PC version. During the launch of your missions you have to balance your rocket and the default button mapping is clunky to say the least. Control of your craft takes a ridiculous amount of trial and error and a decent amount of skill.

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To it’s credit there is a ton of content in KSP. This is a very deep and educational Space simulator. But I would not say it is a fun game. It’s strengths are the seemingly endless amount of possibilities when it comes to creating your space craft and putting together your team of astronauts. Resource management and flight stability make this game very challenging and the victory of launching a successful mission is very satisfying. But my biggest take away from KSP is the game does not respect my time as a player. It takes hours to learn the most basic of operations and the reward from the trial and error was just not there. I respect this game for being a strong simulator, but did not enjoy my time with Kerbal Space Program.
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Skylanders Imaginators coming in October

The newest installment for the Skylanders franchise is set to release October 16th of this year on PS4, Xbox ONE, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PS3. This will be the first Skylanders game where you can create your own Skylander. The Dark Edition is available for pre order exclusively at Gamestop.

Kaos has discovered the ancient power of Mind Magic and is using it to create an unstoppable army of Doomlanders! Eon is calling upon all Portal Masters and Skylands’ greatest mystic warriors, the Senseis, to stop Kaos and his minions. Now, you must use the power of your imagination to create your own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands.

Who are the Dark Skylanders? While on a special mission, a team of Skylanders discovered a secret lair where Kaos was experimenting with a new discovery – Petrified Darkness – which he intended to use to take over all of Skylands!  In the fight to stop Kaos, the lair exploded, releasing a cloud of pure Darkness!  The Skylanders knew they could not let it escape, so they absorbed the dark energy, transforming them into dark versions of themselves.  Fortunately, Spyro had learned to tame the darkness within him long ago.  So with his help, these Skylanders now have also learned to control it – combining its power with their own to fight Kaos and the forces of evil.

  • Embark on an Epic New Adventure
  • Use the Imaginite Creation Crystals to Create Your Own Skylanders
  • Sensei Skylanders are the Ultimate Masters of the Almighty Sky-Chi Powers
  • Battle to Save Skylands with the Sensei and Imaginator Skylanders
  • Use 10 Different Battle Class Types to Defeat Kaos and his Minions
  • Play With Friends in COOP and Head-to-Head Racing
  • Conquer All-New Side quests & Mini-games

Infinite Possibilities to Create with the Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack:

  • Skylanders Imaginators Video Game
  • Portal of Power®
  • 3 Skylanders Sensei Figures – Master King Pen, Golden Queen & Wolfgang
  • 3 Imaginite Creation Crystals – Fire, Life & Dark
  • 2-Sided Collection Poster featuring the complete set of Skylanders Imaginators Figures
  • And more…

Bring the Skylanders to Life!® and build the ultimate team with over 30 Skylanders to collect and infinite possibilities to create. All Skylanders® Spryo’s Adventure, Skylanders® Giants and Skylanders® SWAP Force, Skylanders® Trap Team, Skylanders ® SuperChargers toys work in the Skylanders ® Imaginators video game.

 

Skylanders Imaginators official reveal trailer:

 

 

 

 

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Disney Pulls the Plug on Infinity series

Disney has cancelled it’s toys to life video game series today during it’s earnings report. Along with this being the end of Disney as a video game publisher it has announced that they are closing Avalanche studio in Utah which will ultimately lead to 300 jobs cut. The last game released in the series was Disney Infinity 3.0 and it was said earlier this year that there would not be a 4.0. John Blackburn SVP of Disney Infinity released this statement :

“By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you—our fans—and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game.”

“Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.”

“So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.”

“And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.”

“But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.”

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Mighty No. 9 Delayed Yet Again

For all you Mighty No. 9 fans you will have to wait a little bit longer before the game is released. The February 9th release date is now being set back due to network issues along with porting work that has to be done for the game. They are working very hard to have had the issues fixed before the launch date; unfortunately the developers need more time to correct all the issues.

The development staff is working on bugs that are within the network modes along with the matchmaking . They are facing two huge problems at the moment, one is due to the many platforms being supported and the second problem that the development team is facing is the updates for each platform has to be done manually since the engine they are using no longer updates on it own. Due to the miscalculations from the development staff, the fans have to wait a little longer and the development staff apologizes for the wait.

The development staff is constantly cooperating with all their partners to make sure that everything is ready before releasing a new date for the game. They are hoping for the Spring of 2016.

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Predictions for the 2015 Game Awards

Live on December 3rd, 2015, Los Angeles hosts the 2015 Game Awards, and gamers and media journalists alike are licking their chops in preparations to see their favorite games win the awards they deserve. Although it is a controversial topic that most Game Awards are given to the most recent Triple A title to be released near November or December, there is no doubt that 2015 made up for the semi-barren 2014 year of gaming with block buster hits such as Bloodborne, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Fallout 4. Below is a list of my predictions for the 2015 Game Awards.

Most Anticipated Game

My Personal Vote: The Last Guardian
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As a huge fan of Shadow of the Colossus, I have wanted to play this game ever since I first saw screenshots in my issue of Game Informer years ago; yet, like many gamers, I have had to endure the games delay time and time again until the small spark of hope that was this year’s E3 when a trailer was shown showcasing some gameplay elements between the boy and his bird/dog companion.

What I think will win: No Man’s Sky
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Although this entire category is completely subjective to the Gamer’s personal preference, it’s no secret that No Man’s Sky has been on everyone’s radar as the most anticipated game. With a roundabout release date of June, 2016, gamers and Sci-Fi junkies will be soaring through space and discovering countless planets in no time. Although, I can’t help but wonder: Why is Dark Souls 3 not on this list?

Best Multiplayer

My Personal Vote: Rocket League
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This game managed to draw me in with two things I am personally not invested in: Car games and soccer. And it worked! Combining the two for some competitive 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 bumper car sports was the most fun in a multiplayer game I have had in long time. And the best part: I downloaded it from PSN for free!

What I think will win: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
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As beloved as the Halo franchise is, I do believe BLOPS3 will take home this crown. The week of its release, Activision announced that not only did the FPS juggernaut rack in $550 Million in its first three days of sale, but it also had the highest player engagement with more hours accumulated on their online multiplayer than any other COD title in the franchise. The COD train keeps on rolling.

Best Fighting Game

My Personal Vote AND what I think will win: Mortal Kombat X
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NetherRealm Studios brings it once again in their latest installment with one of the most iconic fighting games in history. Mortal Kombat has always taken very bold steps in its directions, and this title is no different with its introduction of new characters, stylish and polished fighting game mechanics, it’s first-person interactive Krypt mode for plenty of unlockables, and of course, the fatalities. It’s enough to keep even non-fighting game enthusiasts coming back for more. It will be interesting to see how this title matches up with the “King of Fighters” Street Fighter V when it releases in February of next year, but for now it is uncontested and reigning champion in 2015.

Best Shooter

My Personal Vote: Star Wars Battlefront
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The long awaited Star Wars: Battlefront has made its triumphant return. Although I have only spent a total of maybe 10 hours in the Beta, the full version of the game is sure to be a contender for best shooter due to its engaging atmosphere and nostalgic sound effects. Any small complaints fans may have with the game is sure to fix itself in time, (much like previous EA titles such as Battlefield 4) creating what may very well be the 2015 Shooter of the year. And besides; WHO DOESN’T LIKE STAR WARS?!

What I think will win: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
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It seems we live in an age where “Shooter” and “Multiplayer” go hand and hand. This is especially true with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. With its vastly growing popularity in its multiplayer, it seems COD:BLOPS3 also has some other tricks up its sleeve, not only giving us yet another fast paced, thrilling single player, but Zombie mode considered one of the best to date, adding even more replay value to Activision’s flagship franchise.

Best Score

My Personal Vote: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Music has always been a big deal to me. The more epic the score, the more I want to dive into the game. If the score is good enough to get stuck in my head, then take what already may be an epic adventure, and throw in a hint of nostalgia that will ring in my mind forever. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt easily captivates me this way. Whether I’m riding through the hills of Skellige enjoying the subtle, ambient chant, or simply listening to the lyre and flute resonate out of my speakers on my PS4 theme.

What I think will win: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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Hideo Kojima is a huge 80’s music fan, as so am I, and since the game takes place in the 80’s, it was only appropriate for there to be 80’s music involved. Sneaking into a base to rescue a soldier listening to Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” or destroying waves of tanks while being serenaded to Billy Idols “Rebel Yell” has never been more fun.

Best RPG

My Personal Vote: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Among the nominees, I truly feel this title takes all the great elements we love about Role Playing games and injects them with steroids. With over 200 hours of gameplay, fast-paced, strategic combat, and Dragon Ageesque moral choice driven storytelling, it’s no shocker why this game is on the list.

What I think will win: Fallout 4
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Despite all the controversy over Bethesda’s track record of releasing games with multiple day one glitches and bugs, gamers have once again stepped out of the vault, strapped on their Pip boy, and have started exploring the vast wastelands of Boston.

Best Action/Adventure Game

My Personal Vote: Rise of the Tomb Raider
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For anyone who had never been a Tomb Raider fan, like myself, the resurrection of the series by Square Enix is sure to change your mind and deserves a place among the award ceremony. With gripping combat, tomb exploration and a beautiful retelling of the protagonist Laura Croft, it’s enough to make even the best Uncharted titles blush.

What I think will win: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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As a giant Metal Gear Solid fan myself, I was glad the series could finally get the recognition it deserved, but under the circumstances of Kojima leaving Konami resulting in what fans and even the creator himself have labeled an “unfinished product” is not exactly what I had in mind. This game took the gaming community by storm, not only resulting in what could possibly be the best MGS launch in its history, but also sparking players’ interests enough to even go out and purchase and finish the MGS: Legacy Collection before MGSV: The Phantom Pain would even hit shelves.

Best Developer

My Personal Vote: CD Projekt Red
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What seemed like an overly ambitious project (no pun intended), this small development company founded in 1994 in Warsaw, Poland have created the massive RPG we know and love today known as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Who I think will win: Bethesda Game Studios
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Talk about perfect timing. Bethesda releases the fourth installment (second installment actually developed by them) of the Fallout series just in time for the award ceremony. I do believe that voters will vote for Bethesda and Fallout4 based on not only the game’s content, but also when it was released and it’s relevancy in our recent memory. I feel that many games will get overlooked due to this premise. Speaking of which, our last category is GOTY.

Game of the Year

My Personal Vote: Bloodborne
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If there was one game I could persuade an Xbox gamer to buy a PS4 for, it would be From Software’s Bloodborne. Considered by some as the killer app for the PlayStation 4, this is a game that is not only fueled by its dark, beautiful atmosphere, but also by the players’ experience with the game. The difficulty can be trying at times, as death can result in a loss of Blood Echoes (essential in leveling up your character and purchasing items), but it can also be very rewarding when you finally take down that boss you have struggled with the last few hours presenting you with a nice shiny PS4 trophy and a checkpoint to continue your descent into the Gothic depths of Yharnam.

What I think will win: Fallout 4
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With an almost overwhelming library of games to fill the 2015 roster, Fallout 4 may very well take home the prize for GOTY. As a Bethesda fan myself, I have personally seen their work with the Elder Scrolls entries a la Oblivion and Skyrim and even Fallout 3, so it is no surprise to me that Fallout 4, even given its recent release has made this year’s GOTY nominees and may very well take home the crown. But my only hope is that its release date will not be the driving force behind the votes that will be issued towards this title. If we take a step back and look around, 2015 was truly a great year for gaming, and these titles and their developers truly deserve recognition for their hard work.

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-Best Shooter: Rainbow 6: Siege
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Although the game is being released only two days before the ceremony, I found it very surprising that this game did not make the list for best shooter, or even best multiplayer game.

-Most Anticipated Game: Dark Souls 3
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With the diehard fan base of the “Souls” series, and Bloodborne being nominated for numerous awards, I found it puzzling that this game did not at least make the list for most anticipated game. If it had, it would have made my decision in this category that much more difficult, competing with the likes of The Last Guardian and No Man’s Sky.

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Has Passed Away

Nintendo released a statement earlier today on July 12, 2015, that their president since 2002, Satoru Iwata passed away due to a bile duct growth. Satoru joined Nintendo back in the 1980’s, where he worked on titles such as Balloon Fight and Earthbound. Iwata lived through both the highs and lows of the company, and he will be deeply missed not only at Nintendo, but in the gaming community as a whole. I think I speak for all of us here at Proven Gamer that Mr. Iwata will be missed. Rest in peace Satoru.

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NYCC 2014 – Arrow DLC Announced at Lego Batman 3 Panel

New York Comic Con was a little shy on the video game announcements this year, but that did not stop the Lego Batman 3 panel from being riddled with some fun information.With the help of IGN’s Greg Miller moderating TT Games developers, Arthur Parsons and Stephen Sharples (Dang it Sharples!) showed off in-game footage of playable characters like the comic book icon and CCO of DC Comics, Geoff Johns. However, the popular filmmaker and star of Comic Book Men, Kevin Smith, does not get left behind. Some of the biggest NYCC-exclusive characters reveals include the popular Darkest Knight Batman which is an iteration where Bruce Wayne is chosen to become a Green Lantern, fan-requested Solar Suit Superman, the always ironic Man-Bat, the obscure inclusion from the Batman animated series Condiment King, and of course the Warner Brothers-backed Green Loontern which features the iconic Daffy Duck donning a Green Lantern suit. Even the real-life character inclusion of Conan O’ Brien makes sense in world of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, but that is not all that was announced at NYCC.

The biggest reveal came when the game’s developers brought out Arrow’s Stephen Amell poised to voice Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in the game and announce the “Arrow” DLC Pack based on the hit show. The Arrow DLC pack is the fourth announced DLC Pack that will be included in the season pass. TT Games detailed their season pass which includes 6 DLC Packs that in total has 40 playable characters for just $14.99. Each pack includes a unique level, characters, vehicles, and achievements. Lego Batman 3’s first 3 DLC Packs will be available on 11/11 the same day the game releases. The first wave of DLC includes the previously announced “Man of Steel” Pack, the “Dark Knight” Pack, and the “Batman 75th Anniversary” Pack.


The third iteration in the Lego Batman franchise is well on track to be the most diverse and expansive game to date. Taking Batman into space and facing off with the evil Brainiac, planet-hopping adventures provided by the Lantern worlds,and the magnitude of available characters provides the player with the signature Lego feel, fun exploration gameplay. The DLC Packs also add something new to the franchise. They bring obscure and movie-based variations of DC characters, with this the game tries to appeal to and appease DC fans from all walks of life. From the comic-book fan to a casual movie-goer, all will find something to relate to in Lego Batman 3. This Lego adventure builds its way towards players on November 11th.

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UBISOFT® UNVEILS FULL JUST DANCE® 2015 TRACKLIST

Best. Tracklist. Ever.

Ubisoft® revealed the full tracklist for Just Dance 2015, the latest installment in the best-selling dance game franchise. This year, players can dance along to a variety of the year’s biggest hits and old school favorites, including many songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart such as “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj.

“We’ve always taken pride in having the most hit songs in our Just Dance games each year—it’s what our fans ask for and what we deliver,” said Tony Key, SVP Sales and Marketing at Ubisoft. “This year with Just Dance 2015 we’re featuring more top Billboard artists than ever before.”

Just Dance 2015 is coming to all motion-control gaming platforms, including Nintendo’s Wii U™ system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on October 21 in North America and October 23 in EMEA territories (October 24 in the UK). With more Billboard artists than ever before, get ready to “Get Low” and “Let It Go” to the hottest hits.” The tracklist includes:

  • “Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  • “She Looks So Perfect” – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • “Problem” – Ariana Grande Ft. Iggy Azalea and Big Sean
  • “4×4” – Miley Cyrus
  • “Best Song Ever” – One Direction
  • “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
  • “Till I Find You” Austin Mahone
  • “Addicted To You” – Avicii
  • “Black Widow” – Iggy Azalea Ft. Rita Ora
  • “Maps” – Maroon 5
  • “Birthday” – Katy Perry
  • “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
  • “Built For This” – Becky G
  • “Holding Out For A Hero” – Bonnie Tyler
  • “Summer” – Calvin Harris
  • “Tetris” – Dancing Bros.
  • “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” – Dead Or Alive
  • “Let It Go” – Disney’s Frozen
  • “Burn” – Ellie Goulding
  • “Bailando” – Enrique Iglesias Ft. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona
  • “Mahna Mahna” – Frankie Bostello
  • “Never Can Say Goodbye” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “I Love It” – Icona Pop Ft. Charli XCX
  • “You’re On My Mind” – Imposs Ft. J. Perry
  • “Love Me Again” – John Newman
  • “Only You (And You Alone)” – Love Letter
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • “Get Low” – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake
  • “Diamonds” – Rihanna
  • “Me And My Broken Heart” – Rixton
  • “Walk This Way” – Run-DMC & Aerosmith
  • “Don’t Worry Be Happy” – The Bench Men
  • “Epic Sirtaki” – The Bouzouki’s
  • “Speedy Gonzalez” – Los Pimientos Locos
  • “Macarena” – The Girly Team
  • “Love Is All” – The Sunlight Shakers
  • “It’s My Birthday” – will.i.am Ft. Cody Wise
  • “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” – Ylvis
  • “XMas Tree” – Bollywood Santa
  • “Fatima” – Cheb Salama

With more than 50 million games sold in the franchise since its debut in 2009, Just Dance has become a pop-cultural phenomenon played by fans all over the world.

For the latest information on Just Dance 2015, please visit: www.justdancegame.com and follow us on Twitter @justdancegame using hashtag #JustDance2015.

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The Next-Gen slump and AAA Titles

The PS4 and the Xbox One were released last year in November with the Wii U coming out in the U.S. in November of 2012. All three systems currently are pretty barren when it comes to titles. The Wii U has had a lack of games since its release, but is starting to pick up steam after the release of Mario Kart 8 and several others later this year. Microsoft and Sony’s consoles also have games coming out, but aside from the yearly franchises, we’re not getting much that’s new. What’s the deal? Well, this slump could actually be hurting more than people realize.
If you look at every launch throughout the industries life time, you’ll see a trend. Most of the time, you’ll just see games that show off the system’s power, or games produced by the company that made the system. You generally have one or two gems that keep people busy until the release of bigger games coming either right after the systems launch or the next holiday. But this generation is different.

While quite a few games are coming out in 2014 there several issues that are crippling next gen consoles and their owners. The biggest offender is multi generation games, meaning a game is developed for both the previous generation (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) and the next generation. (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U) The PS2 kept receiving games well after the PS3 came out, but they were mainly sports titles and child friendly games. If you look at the games coming out exclusively for next gen systems, there are only 11 titles. (at the time of this writing). If you look even further, you’ll notice only 8 are brand new games. Every other game is being released for two generations of consoles, which hurts consumers.
The new generation has had the bestselling consoles of all time. But game developers are making games for previous generation consoles, this creates a betrayal. The new systems come out, people are wowed at what they can do, purchase the system, and are left rot for the coming months. The consumer buys a new console close to launch expecting more games, but every game is also being released on the previous generation. This makes the consumer feel as though he or she could be getting a lower quality product or he or she wasted money on the new system. Neither of these scenarios play out well for the companies. It forms a distrust that seems to be ever growing.

The 2014 game line-up could be good for some, bad for others. Personally, I think 2014 is a bit of a letdown when it comes to AAA titles. Nintendo isn’t too bad this year. But even then, I’d say I’m excited for maybe seven AAA titles this year. Which is quite heartbreaking considering I was expecting more from my next gen consoles at this point. The Wii U proved this to be an issue, and from the looks of it, the PS4 and Xbox one could easily end up in the same boat.

Indie games have been proving themselves as defining factors in the game industry, and I believe if the bigger companies don’t get their act together, the Indies very well could be the next system sellers. While No Man’s Sky is 100% indie, it is close enough to inspire other indie developers and prove that they could make a game that is on par to AAA titles or even better.

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Call Of Duty Elite Shutting Down

Call of Duty Elite will be shut down on Friday, February 28th according to Activision. They also said they don’t plan on bringing it back.

They did encourage users to switch to the Call of Duty app instead which has most of the same features and more. This includes things such as Clan Wars and a second screen to enhance the Call of Duty experience. Using Clan Wars, players can earn special, exclusive gear within the game. The app also allows the user to customize their multiplayer character on a mobile device.

“Founders”, members who have joined at the founding of Call of Duty Elite in 2011, will get to keep their badge, but all stat information and clan access will be inaccessible. Members who joined by January 1st of this year will also receive a 2-hour double XP in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Also, any videos that you uploaded to Call of Duty Elite will moved to your Youtube account if you linked one to Call of Duty Elite.

The Call of Duty app will be available for use in Ghosts and future Call of Duty games.

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AVerMedia – C285 Game Capture HD II Recorder Unboxing Video

Watch as RC Stash unboxes AVerMedia’s new Game Capture device.

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My Top 5 “Guilty Pleasure” Games

We all have them. Maybe it was a childhood game or one that you are just exceptionally good at. No one you know likes the game or they may even tease you for playing it, but that never made it any less fun. These are my top five games that I know are terrible, but I love playing them anyway.

5. Advent Rising

For those who missed this game nearly a decade ago, Advent Rising is a sci-fi shooter with, in my opinion, a very entertaining story. To sum it up quickly, you are a space pilot encountering your first alien contact, they inform you that humans are gods, another race of aliens appear, and BOOM you are one of the last two humans in existence. You spend the game learning human-god abilities and taking down alien bad guys.

Why it’s Bad: The powers render the guns in the game completely obsolete when you upgrade them. At the same time, you upgrade a power by using it and one blasting ability turns into an all-powerful Kamehameha wave.

Why it’s Awesome: The story is pretty awesome, which is not very common. Also… uh… oh! FREAKING KAMEHAMEHA WAVES! Seriously, you can one-shot spaceships with that thing! Ending entire waves of enemies in an instant, Goku style; how could that not be awesome?

4. Mario Party

There are many versions of this game, and there will probably be many more, but they all have the same basic concept so I’m lumping them together. It’s basically a board game where the players move around the board and play mini-games to earn coins. The coins are used to buy items and stars, and the player with the most stars wins.

Why it’s Bad: The same reason that I am lumping Mario Party games together is one of the major flaws of the series. There may be more than ten games in the series (counting handheld games) but it is difficult to discern one from another as they are so similar. It’s the same game over and over. Also the series of Mario Party is quite firmly in the genre of “casual games” with no real incentive to play the whole game.

Why it’s Awesome: There is nothing quite like the face of utter defeat on any opponent children’s faces; perhaps an annoying cousin, or younger sibling. They can’t exactly play Halo or other similar games so just break out the Mario Party game and let the passive aggressivism flow through you.

3. Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon is a series of games in which your character starts up a farm and raises crops and animals for money. You can upgrade equipment, mine, fish, and other things as well. There is also a story to follow which usually involves a scavenger of crops, food, or other things that can only be obtained in a certain season. There’s also the option to marry and have kids.

Why it’s Bad: Simply put, Harvest moon is very repetitive and stressful. You have to water your plants. Then care for your animals. Crap, you left your tool in the house. Now that’s done maybe I’ll fish. Day is done, bed time. Now water the crops… How did three hours just pass by?!

Why it’s Awesome: Have you ever had those hard or depressing days and you just don’t feel like playing an annoying shooter or a game with the difficulty of “1/4 of a level costs at least 20 of your lives” (I’m looking at you Dark Souls), Harvest Moon is the perfect casual game. There’s not a lot of action, your character doesn’t die, you spending the day petting a cow; the simple videogame life. The fact that I’m sucker for business-type, buying and selling games might also play into this.

2. Browser Games

Those free games on the internet, contained on hundreds of websites; Shooters, RPGs, launching, upgrades, and a plethora of other genres flood the internet from established and aspiring videogame creators. You can find everything from fighting zombies to playing a puzzle online.

Why it’s Bad: A good 90% of the games out there are really not worth playing. After many hours roaming the internet for games to play I can say that the vast majority are flawed, bugged, too short, don’t make sense, or are not entertaining at all. It’s a sea of crappy games that drowns your time away.

Why it’s Awesome: The other 10% are what makes up for the rest. I’ve had more fun playing a few hours of a good browser game then I have from playing a 60 dollar over the counter game for weeks. A lot of the browser games offer comedic moments that can’t really be found elsewhere.

1. Minesweeper

This game is on almost every computer everywhere and has been for a very long time. It’s the classic puzzle game where numbers show you how many mines are adjacent to a space. Theoretically, it is very simple; but it turns out to be a lot harder than it sounds.

Why it’s Bad: This game has been around so long that it is often considered just a frustrating game to play if the internet and cable went out, your consoles exploded, all your books spontaneously combusted, and all other possible hobbies/time killers met their untimely demise at the same time. Also, a lot of the game depends on luck on the harder levels which can be extremely infuriating for those who are spending their time to try and solve it.

Why it’s Awesome: This game can be extremely relaxing when the player gets the hang of it. I have played this game for hours at a time, and sometimes still do, because it is numbingly distracting. However, while being relaxing, it still poses a challenge and so doesn’t become boring, at least not to me. It is one of those few games that finds a medium of relaxation and challenge that keeps me interested.

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Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag Trailer E3 2013

At E3 2013, Sony showed off some more of Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Check out the all new trailer.