It had oodles of potential and promise that it was going to be a gajillion and 2 percent better than whatever round joints in square sockets features Dragon Age 2 coughed up and left us with like a soggy hairball. Alas, for all of the nice things that it was going to offer us, the Dragon Age: Inquisition release date has been pushed back from its initial October timing. Anyway, reasoning, the new release date and sadfaces all round can be found after the break.
If there’s one place that gamers like taking the fight about female characters in games, it’s the sports genre. We had a minor win in 2012 with NHL 13 which I waxed lyrical on in the year 2012, boasting the fact that it included two puck-slapping, ice-carving, gold medal winning female Olympians in the game at a time where EA Sports’ other popular franchise, FIFA, offered ‘female characters will get in the game eventually, just not right now/any time soon’ as a pretty weak response. NHL 14 was an arguable step backward in some cases so now, the more we find out about NHL 15, the more we’re hoping one bit of information is going to tell us that ladies will get more support, but judging by this brand new graphics boasting NHL 15 trailer we might be waiting a while. Watch the video after the break.
Uh-oh, well this is awkward, for EA and BioWare at least. Several weeks ago there was a leak in which one sneaky E3 attendee recorded the invite only viewing of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s E3 gameplay demo, complete with commentary from BioWare themselves. They managed to get out and upload it like the jammiest of dodgers before it was taken down a little while after but never fear! EA and BioWare have released an official version of that same Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay scenario meaning that none of those camera-in-hand jitters are present here and you can also view it in 1080p HD. Watch the video after the break.
As one of the only games that portrays LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) characters in a good light and one of even fewer that lets you play as them, Dragon Age: Inquisition always had some high expectations on how it did these identities right by looking for some refreshingly queer gameplay in a see of unfortunate heteronormativity. Much of those queer identities are buoyed by the follower system as for three games now (Inquisition included) the game has let you form relationships with the followers in your party, as long their sexuality corresponded to your playable character’s gender. With BioWare today revealing new Dragon Age: Inquisition character ‘Dorian’, the series looks as hopeful as ever for diversity but in the process the developer have also landed themselves in a bit of hot water.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is one massive game. One section of BioWare’s upcoming RPG is bigger than the entirety of Dragon Age: Origins. There are 40 various endings to the game, more romances than you can shake Cupid’s cherubic face at and a brand new, revamped combat system after Dragon Age 2’s battle system was frustrating like trying to eat a bowl of soup with a knife and fork. Switching out that ill-advised cutlery for something far better and more tactical this time, Dragon Age: Inquisition is already guaranteed to be better but as this leaked gameplay from E3 2014 shows, we’ll have plenty more new feature additions to build on that improvement. Watch the footage after the break.
Are female characters weak? Incapable of fighting? Inferior to men? I don’t think so and who better to do away with some widely believed (and totally unfounded) tropes about women in games than virtual versions of some certified female asskickers themselves? EA Sports UFC is the game that’s set to do that, offering meaty punches, kicks and brutal body blows from both sides of the gender binary. A new gameplay trailer for the title is after the break, featuring current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and her equally hard as nails rival Miesha Tate as they try and knock the snot out of each other in the octagon.
‘We have to go deeper’, deep into the epidermis of our Sims apparently, according to Ryan Vaughan who’s a producer on The Sims 4 because in EA and Maxis’ new game we’ll be able to prod and pull their faces like they’re most gorgeous of Elastoplast. They’re clearly aiming for the very best looking Sims ever in the God-hand series and I think they might have just pulled it off. Don’t take my word for it though, watch the new Sims 4 Create A Sim trailer after the break.
Well, uh, this is awkward. Y’know we’ve all been falling over ourselves for BioWare’s new game without a single shred of gameplay* to show for it? EA and BioWare must have realised that too because they’ve finally given us a Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay trailer full of tasty morsels to chew over and my God does this game look every bit as a brilliant as we imagined. Giant boss battles, tactical combat and lush, well decorated scenes are all on the cards in the upcoming RPG and we were entirely correct to be chomping at the bit to see more of it. You can watch the new trailer (and find out the Dragon Age: Inquisition release date) after the break.
You don’t get to restoring world peace and completing a game without making a few enemies or friends who would be willing to take an orc’s club to the face for you in battle. At least, not in Dragon Age: Inquisition anyway, as the game is set to follow its predecessors by offering party tactic gameplay, seeing you micromanage the relationships you have with your team like the most efficient Queen Bee. However, the game isn’t out yet and so we know next to nothing about the characters unless we get drip-fed info by developers BioWare, like our merciful overlords. BioWare have now taken a little pity on us by revealing some info and you an read about the newest Dragon Age: Inquisition character after the break.
“Negative stereotypes effect the identity of individuals in these groups”, these are not just the words of Manveer Heir, the Gameplay Designer on Mass Effect, during his talk at GDC (Games Developer Conference) in San Francisco, this is the proven truth of the effects of the media and those who watch, listen and interact with it. Key is this in video games, as the control of our characters makes it all the more important that the thousands of hours of gaming that we take part in each year aren’t full to the brim with offensive content that not just leaves out the diverse masses of gamers who are playing them, but poorly represents them when they are actually included. So the rest of Heir’s words then, that you can read after the break, are even more important.