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  • Blog Post: Opinion: Why I’m Happy About Watch Dogs’ Delay

    Confession: I silently celebrate when some games are delayed. I sighed with relief when I heard Ubisoft’s ambitious open-world hacking game, Watch Dogs, was delayed earlier this week . I’m not some Grinch who finds joy imagining the game missing from a hopeful gamer’s Christmas stocking... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring The World Of Dragon Age: Inquisition

    With Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bioware has looked back to its roots and is emphasizing player agency and exploration in the world of Thedas. The lead developers were proud to show off the new, larger regions that they've built for players to explore on foot and while mounted. Lead world designer Keith... More
  • Blog Post: Going Beyond Skyrim: Modders Build Bethesda’s Entire World

    Anyone who played Bethesda’s massive hit Skyrim constantly heard NPCs talking about the eight other countries outside the game’s borders, but you couldn’t actually visit these places. One modding community is working to change that. Beyond Skyrim is a fan-made, unofficial expansion... More
  • Blog Post: The Biggest Advances In The Open World Genre

    Earlier today, we posted early impressions of one of the most talked-about games on the next generation horizon. Ubisoft's Watch Dogs promises to give players more control over a virtual world than ever seen before, as protagonist Aiden Pearce can manipulate the environment thanks to his hacking... More
  • Blog Post: My Open-World Checklist

    I try to divide my play sessions across as many types of games as possible, but I have a soft spot for open-world games. One of the things I enjoy most about gaming is the chance to explore new worlds and do things I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do in my unplugged life. Here are a few things... More
  • Blog Post: Places: Sleeping Dogs’ Hong Kong

    Only a few games have immediately immersed me in the world, but that’s exactly what happened when I stepped into Sleeping Dogs’ Hong Kong. As someone who has never been to Hong Kong, it felt like I was instantly transported there and found myself focusing more on the backdrops than driving... More
  • Blog Post: Stopping To Smell The Roses

    This console generation is filled with stunning open worlds. Entire games have been based around settings like Skyrim and Rapture, where the environments are characters in themselves. Particle effects and dynamic lighting make them all the more believable while the narratives draw you into the fold.... More
  • Blog Post: Another Rise To Power

    In just a few short years, the 3rd Street Saints have grown from a small group of thugs to a major commercial force, with endorsement deals and piles of cash large enough to make Scrooge McDuck envious. That’s great news for the gang, but it’s a tricky setup for Saints Row: The Third. What... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—The Morning Star Gang

    All week long, we’ve been taking a look at some of the individuals who have shaped the criminal world of Saints Row: The Third. Today, we’re examining an organization that directly affects each and every one of those characters: the Morning Star gang. Gangs have been a focus of the Saints... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—Zimos

    The Saints Row series is known for a lot of things, but memorable characters aren’t high on that list. Aside from Johnny Gat or Shaundi, Stilwater was largely populated by ciphers and forgettable wannabes. Of course, while you’re spraying raw sewage on passers by in a septic truck or setting... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—Matt Miller

    The Saints Row series is known for a lot of things, but memorable characters aren’t high on that list. Aside from Johnny Gat or Shaundi, Stilwater was largely populated by ciphers and forgettable wannabes. Of course, while you’re spraying raw sewage on passers by in a septic truck or setting... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third — Killbane

    The Saints Row series is known for a lot of things, but memorable characters aren’t high on that list. Aside from Johnny Gat or Shaundi, Stilwater was largely populated by ciphers and forgettable wannabes. Of course, while you’re spraying raw sewage on passers by in a septic truck or setting... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—Phillipe Loren

    The Saints Row series is known for a lot of things, but memorable characters aren’t high on that list. Aside from Johnny Gat or Shaundi, Stilwater was largely populated by ciphers and forgettable wannabes. Of course, while you’re spraying raw sewage on passers by in a septic truck or setting... More
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