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Assassin's Creed Origins at a glance

As is evident by the very name, Assassins Creed Origins marks the origin of the Assassin brotherhood less commonly known as The Hidden Ones. It dates as back as 49 BCE making its timeline the oldest among the other games in the franchise. The game takes the Assassins Creed series back to the ancient Egypt during King Ptolemy’s reign, recounting the story of Bayek, the last Medjay, marking the beginning of the Creed.

Map



The map is divided into two major regions namely, The Sinai Peninsula and Egypt. Egypt being further divided into numerous regions making the map as huge as 120 square kilometers. Like the other games in the franchise the game provides us with the facility to fast travel to certain locations to cope up with hugeness of the map. This has enabled the developers to introduce new game-play features including riding camels and horses on land and boats to travel on the waterways.

Just a few hours into the game and the beauty of ancient Egypt doesn’t go unnoticed. The map is filled with barren deserts featuring occasional sandstorms, huge rocky mountains most of which are climbable. Talking about synchronization points, it gets as breathtaking as it could. It recreates the Egyptian architecture in the most accurate way ranging from abandoned settlements, sacred pilgrims to breathtaking pyramids with synchronization points. There aren’t any shortage of secrets to be kept getting discovered. Tombs being the spots where the so called “secrets” can be discovered giving the game an adventurous touch. There are multiple cities to be explored each featuring a different culture, gods and architecture giving each of them a different face and making them distinct not just by their name but several different aspects.

Gameplay



The immersive game play is something that shouldn’t be missed out as far as the Assassins Creed franchise is concerned. Being an Assassins Creed game parkour is one of its most primary aspect. There’s a lot of parkour in the game which is pretty smooth. Bayek can climb his way through any way which would seem an obvious success for an Assassin. Talking about combat, its realistic and demands some skill in towards the beginning of the game owing to the low experience points which gradually gets better as we progress through the game. The variety of weapons that the game has to offer is enough to confuse the gamer, ranging from heavy weapons to lighter and agile ones. The choice depends all upon the gamer’s preference. The game doesn’t offer Black Flag like ship battles during free roam irrespective of the fact that it enables us to travel on waterway using boats but only during certain story missions.

Plot


The game portrays the protagonist as The Bayek of Siwa, a Medjay. Along with his wife, Aya who is also a Medjay work to protect the Pharaoh and the people of Egypt carrying out the very primary duties of a Medjay. It is in 49 BCE that Bayek and his son Khemu are abducted. Khemu helps his father escape but also gets accidentally stabbed by him in the chest by his father during his struggle to save Khemu. Bayek then dedicates himself in the quest to track down the one responsible for his son’s death.

FIFA 19: Release date and trailer

EA is all set to launch FIFA 19 on September 28, 2018, for Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch
It looks like Ronaldo is the official cover star for FIFA 19. EA released an image of him on the cover. That's not all though, as Neymar Jr is also a cover star, for the Champions Edition of FIFA 19.
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For the first time The Champion's League has been included in a FIFA game since 2007 when EA lost it's right to Konami. The UEFA Europa League will be available in FIFA 19.
Indian pricing for FIFA 19 is Rs. 3,999 and the FIFA 19 Champions Edition price is Rs. 5,699.
Players who pre-order the Champions Edition for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch will get three days early access, up to 20 Jumbo Premium Gold FUT Packs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr FUT Loan Items for seven matches, and more.
Pre-order here.

Battlefield 5 derailing before launch?

When Dice said the next entry in the Battlefield franchise is going to shake up the long-running series, the entire battlefield community already started boarding the hype train, Although the previous entry to the franchise, Battlefield 1 despite being a success had its fair share of problems. Battlefield players weren’t happy about it, then too while reaching the end cycle of updates to Battlefield 1 it was seen that it lost about 60% of the player base in its 2 years of  update cycle.
Then came DICE with the tease of the next Battlefield game. EA was already surrounded by the negative aura from all the backlash of the Battlefront 2 loot boxes controversy. Then came the time where the first trailer for Battlefield V was to be shown off at E3 2018, “oh boy, a massive disaster it was” the community rained down on EA for its poor presentation and a very pathetic trailer.
Community forums were already being filled with all sorts of topic regarding the new game and the direction it’s going. Not to forget the outrage about the overly portrayed female soldier from the trailer with a prosthetic arm, the single player trailer dropped after this made situation a little better but it wasn’t enough to patch the damage that has been done to Battlefield as a whole. Keeping in mind “the first impression is always the best impression“, following up with this divisive topic and EA facing pressure from every possible direction including the community from the media, they launched the Gamescom trailer for Battlefield V. After seeing the trailer instantly almost everyone got the thought that “this should’ve been the E3 trailer which instead of all the flashy hinting to all the possible cosmetics in the experience of the game to the gritty, grim and grounded experience for which Battlefield is known for”. But it was a little too late as analyst from the industry already marking Battlefield V to have pre-orders far lesser than the likes of Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Leading up to all this let’s recall how the EA executive Patrick Soderlund responded to all the outrage from the community “I think those people who don’t understand it, well, you can either accept it and buy the game or don’t.” This response was the perfect fuel needed to the already waging wildfire from the players, forward to a later date it is known that Patrick Soderlund has left EA.
According to the information from Sarah.E.Needleman from The Wall Street Journal, pre-order sales for Battlefield V has been weak. The main reasons being that the release window of the game is sandwiched between other 2 juggernauts from the competition and the most dominant one being Red Dead Redemption 2 which is a much-anticipated game than Battlefield 5 and Black Ops 4. This doesn’t mean that Battlefield 5 is dead upon release and looking at the worst case scenario EA will make back the money spend on the game through micro transactions which is going to be all over the game.
However, Battlefield 5 is not to be written off completely, with making all the DLC’s for the game down the line free unlike Black Ops 4 which is still following an outdated and straight up horrendous map pack. The inclusion of the Battle Royale mode too in the game also has been getting divisive response from the community, “as the mainstream giant of a shooter Battlefield is it is not supposed to chase sudden trends and should be making tides within the genre by making changes and adding other mechanics.”  Not to ignore the subtle building mechanics in the game which is inspired straight up from Fortnite, Call of Duty being the abominable cash cow which stopped innovating in games long ago the BR mode is not even worth a talk.
From the gameplay experiences from the alpha phases of Battlefield 5, it is of no short a fun shooter. But the core experience can be stomped on by the wrong decisions EA makes. They can’t afford to take such a damage since the community is already divisive about the game and the release window is such a choke. On an ending note there’s not much time left for DICE to turn things dramatically. What they can do is shape the game up into a solid experience.
Battlefield 5 is all set to release on October 21 across all platforms.
Also read: EA rolls out new Battlefield 5 trailer ahead of Gamescom ‘18

Just Cause 4 Gameplay World Premier Date Announced

It’s still summer and gamers will have to bear with the heat a little longer before the next hot thing arrives this week. Squire Enix today announces Just Cause 4’s gameplay date, August 30, for its world premiere gameplay showcase.
After announcing the release date of Just Cause with a trailer at E3 presentation, Squire Enix is moving on to a gameplay premier just a day before Gamescom. With a new teaser trailer released today along with a tweet about the news, the team promises that this next trailer will indeed be the world premiere of Just Cause 4 gameplay.
Developer Avalanche Studios takes Twitter to shows off the shortest video to tease it’s fan.
Check the tweet.
The forth game in the series brings back the protagonist, Rico Rodrigiuez. He’s packing some heat and bringing players to the fictional South American country, Solis to hunt down the truth about his past.
“Welcome to Solis, a huge South American world home of conflict, oppression and extreme weather conditions,” Squire Enix said about the series. “Just Cause 4 sees rogue agent Rico Rodriguez land in Solis to hunt down the truth about his past, at any cost. Strap into your wingsuit, equip your fully customizable grappling hook, and get ready to bring the thunder!”
Just Cause fans can expect to hear more about the game from the Gamescom event that will take place from 21st August.
Pre-order here.

EA rolls out new Battlefield 5 trailer ahead of Gamescom ‘18

DICE has released a new trailer of Battlefield 5 just days ahead of Gamescom.
This is entirely in-game footage as you’re going to see. Titled “Devastation of Rotterdam”, the video gives a look at that city, bombed out during The Battle of the Bulge, and a scene in Norway. The video also features in-game footage of several of locations we’ll be visiting in multiplayer, including Europe and North America.
Watch the trailer here.
Now something to notice here is that there’s a teaser at the end indicating the game’s new battle royale mode, with a ring of fire closing in on a group of soldiers.
While many players weren’t that pleased with the initial trailer of Battlefield 5, one of the YouTube comment on this trailer read, “Now imagine how much more hype you would have had if this was the first trailer.”
DICE describes the game as “War will never be the same. Enter mankind’s greatest conflict as Battlefield goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War II. Face intense all-out war and witness human drama set against global combat in epic, unexpected locations. This is Battlefield V. The richest and most immersive Battlefield yet.”
Gamescom 2018 takes place August 21-25 in Cologne, Germany and the game itself releases on October 19th for PC, PS4, XBOX One.