Friday News Recap: 9/29 – 10/5

A fairly light week. But here we go…

Assassin’s Creed III‘s “The Tyranny of King Washington” DLC Announced, Might be the Coolest Thing Ever

Assassin’s Creed games usually get hit with a DLC pack within the first few months of its November release, so this DLC news isn’t that out of the ordinary. This alternate history DLC, however, is. Called “The Tyranny of King Washington,” it will be a three-part episodic content piece, presumably detailing a corrupt Washington on the throne of the newly born United States. These pieces will be included in the ACIII‘s $30 Season Pass and there has been no word on pricing or when it will come out.

It’s hard to avoid hyperbole, but the concept alone makes this one of the coolest sounding DLC ideas out there. The zombie infested Undead Nightmare from Red Dead Redemption was a success, as I think players like to see something different or unexpected in their DLC packs. It’s also interesting that this actually could have happened, since Washington was offered the crown, but (thankfully) declined.

Resistance Collection Announced for PS3

A Resistance Collection was inevitable, it was just a matter of time. Including Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, and Resistance 3, this specific package will include the DLC from the latter two games and will come out this winter on PS3 for $40.
If you want the skinny on each game: Resistance 1 is pretty good, Resistance 2 is middling at best, and Resistance 3 is pretty spectacular. Trophy support for Resistance 1 hasn’t been confirmed, but I doubt it will happen. MGS4 got them pretty late, so hope is never lost, just really slim.

Kingdom Hearts II HD Heavily Hinted at

Anyone with a brain was bewildered by the lack of Kingdom Hearts II HD in the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, something that seemed like a given. Series director Tetsuya Nomura stated that it would unusual to not see KHII in a newfound high definition. KH1 will also use the models Dream Drop Distance and have a better camera (read: not using the terrible shoulder buttons).

Well, duh. We’ll definitely see KHII HD. They only did this to sell us more games and make more cash off the fans, something that doesn’t sit well with me. If I had to guess, the next update (2.5 HD Remix, if you will) will include Birth By Sleep, KHII, and the cutscenes from Dream Drop Distance. I’d just like to pick and choose my favorites, but I’m at least a little thankful this is even happening.

Resident Evil 6 Ships over 4.5 Million Copies in a Few Days

Because it involved money, Capcom joyously announced that Resident Evil 6 has shipped 4.5 million copies within the first few days of its official release. Despite getting thrashed by most critics (hitting before the game even came out), having a tepid pre-release buzz, and disappointing a fair share of fans, this series still seems to sell.

I guess I should be happy for them, but this shows them that this mangled, confused, sell-out direction sells, even if it sits at a rather low Metacritic rating. Is it the brand name? It has to be, right?

I have a conspiracy theory though. People who really like giraffes might have banded together because of the box art. It was really an untapped market, so they must have been starving to throw their money at something. Anything.

Cliff Bleszinski Departs from Epic Games

Cliff Bleszinski, design director at Epic Games, has announced that he is leaving the company. If gaming had a rockstar, it would be him. Clifford was a man that knew how to rock a mic, making him a good face for Epic Games when promoting games like Gears of War, Unreal Tournament, Bulletstorm, and Fortnite.

He hasn’t stated what he’ll be doing, but by saying it’s “time for a break,” I would take that as a non-gaming job. It could be entirely possible that he wants to have more time to cruise around in his fancy car with his beautiful new wife, blasting Journey over the radio and thinking, “Damn… I’m just awesome.”

Best of luck to this talented man.

Mass Effect 3 Patch and Free DLC Coming Soon

Mass Effect 3‘s shocking great multiplayer mode is set to receive a pretty sizable patch and free DLC pack. Hit the break for the full patch notes, which are mostly bug fixes. The DLC is far more exciting, as it adds a substantial amount of content… all for free.

The “Retaliation” pack, coming out on October 9th, includes a new enemy (the Collectors), a Turian Havoc Soldier, a Turian Ghost Infiltrator, new Collector weapons, hazard maps that bring natural disaster to existing maps, and challenge points. These points are awarded for hitting certain milestones in multiplayer, allowing for players to customize their profile with new titles and banners.

Support for this multiplayer has been great, and while it could be looked at as a devious way for people to use the microtransactions, free is always good.
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Mass Effect Trilogy Details for Each Platform

With all the DLC from each Mass Effect game, it would be tricky to determine which packs would be available on the disc for the upcoming Mass Effect Trilogy. If you are an Xbox 360 owner, EA has solved that by giving you none of it. Xbox 360 owners will get the Cerberus Network pass and Online Pass for Mass Effect 2 and 3 respectively, but those came with the original versions.

PC players will get Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station for Mass Effect 1, the Cerberus pack for ME2, and the Online Pass for ME3. PS3 players haven’t gotten an announcement, but since all of ME1’s and ME2’s DLC (except Arrival) isn’t on PSN, it would have to be (at least, this is my speculation) on the disc. Unless EA really pulls a dick move and takes it off the disc. It’s not like they’d be adverse to that. Including none or barely any of the DLC on a big package such as this feels like a total scummy thing to do. It’s even a bigger middle finger to the Wii U, as they are putting just Mass Effect 3 on the system a few weeks later at the same price. Disgusting.

At least Mass Effect 1 on PSN will be cheap and more advanced. Hitting at a perfect $15 on PSN, details have also come out on this unexpected port. There will be no physical copy of ME1, it will not have as much texture pop-in, it will use the Mass Effect 1 engine with ME2 touch-ups, and it will perform well overall. Edge of Reality, who did the Dragon Age: Origins console ports is working on this one.
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