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.
In the run up to Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference, French Revolution stab-em-up Assassin’s Creed Unity was set to be one of the biggest moments of their briefing, if not of the entire event.
We knew that it would be a hot topic and we knew that the next Templar-ousting game in the series would be led by a male protagonist. But what we didn’t know was that Assassin’s Creed Unity would exclude playable female characters entirely and as for Ubisoft’s downright offensive statement to justify the lack of playable ladies? None of us could have ever seen that coming.
Have you heard the Tomb Raider news? Yes, Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to 2013’s incredible Tomb Raider title was recently announced at E3 2014. But what about the other great Tomb Raider news – Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is on the way too to bring us something delicious to whet our appetites while we wait for Lara’s bigger budget outfit. It’s a long road until Rise of the Tomb Raider but Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris has a chance to be something really special so we may as well get acquainted. Find out more about the game after the break.
Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.
Ah, E3, otherwise known as ‘video game Christmas’ or ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ due to its glorious abundance of new shiny games to lust over is in just a few days. But what about the games that we missed out on? The Editor’s award receiving, high review score garnering blockbusters that for whatever reason, we didn’t get a chance to play? With the sequels to some of these cracking titles set to be revealed at E3’s LA-based event in a few days, there’s no better time than now to pick up the brilliant games that came before that further helped to cement as franchise’s status as ‘ace’ and buy the games on a budget as Ubisoft’s massive pre-E3 sale has now gone live. Find out more after the break.
Call it a quick grab for cash in the face of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, call it a gripping insight into a world of sports that none of us have ever seen before or call it a foot-to-ball docu-thing (ok, maybe don’t call it that last one) but upcoming Xbox football/soccer show Every Street United is set to be the first test of Microsoft’s Xbox Originals project which is set to bring original TV programming to Xbox One and Xbox 360. As the first in a long and (potentially) illustrious list of Xbox Originals, all eyes will be on the new show like the gaze of an 80,000 strong crowd on the penalty kick decider. But will it score with ease or punt it over the crossbar? Find out 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.