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Review: Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)

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Grand Theft Auto V (PS4 [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Developer: Rockstar North Publisher: Rockstar Games Genre(s): Open World, Third Person Shooter, First Person Shooter Released: September 17, 2013 (PS3, X360), November 18, 2014 (PS4, XONE), January 27, 2015 (PC) Price: $59.99 ESRB Rating: M – Mature Rockstar wowed the majority of us a year ago when they released Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 and Xbox 360. Even on old hardware, it was an excellent looking game that still looks better than some games released on the new systems. Now that Rockstar has released the game for PS4 and Xbox One, it looks even better. For starters, there's increased detail for everything. Textures are better, overall image quality is greatly improved thanks to anti-aliasing. There's greater draw … [Read more...]

New Video Game Releases for the Week of November 16th – 22nd

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This week is one of the biggest weeks in gaming, so it's the perfect time for this weekly feature to return. Every system is getting some highly anticipated games this week, and believe it or not Wii U is getting a third party game (that came to other consoles earlier this year and is a really good game). Here are the games releasing this week: November 17th - Reverse Side (Steam) - Soul Axiom (Steam) November 18th - Watch_Dogs (Wii U) - Dragon Age Inquisition (PC, PS4, XONE, PS3, X360) - WWE 2K15 (PS4, XONE) - Far Cry 4 (PC, PS4, XONE, PS3, X360) - Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XONE) - LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4, PS3) - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS3, X360) - Escape Dead Island (PC, PS3, X360) - Construction Simulator 2015 (Steam) - Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd (PSV, PS3) - Never Alone … [Read more...]

Opinion: Assassin’s Creed Unity Review Embargo, Release Day Sales, and the Myth of Anti-consumer Practices

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Another day, another “controversy” in gaming. This one centered around review embargoes and Ubisoft supposedly being “anti-consumer.” For those who don’t know, some games “journalists” and reviewers are trying to make a big stink about the fact that the embargo for reviews of Assassin’s Creed Unity ended at noon on Tuesday, roughly 12 hours after the game officially released. This is supposedly anti-consumer because Ubisoft “knew” the game would review “poorly” and thus was trying to stifle those poor reviews to sucker folks into purchasing the poor game without first reading a review. Except for all its apparent flaws, Unity hasn’t reviewed poorly. The PS4 version has a 77 Metacritic average and the Xbox One version has a 76 Metacritic average. Last time I checked, 7’s (or 70’s) were … [Read more...]

Now Gaming: What We’re Playing This Week (November Week 2)

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It's the second week of November, smack dab in the midst of a ton of game releases, so it seems like the perfect time to introduce the first of many new weekly features to begin over the coming months. This is Now Gaming, and as you can may have gotten from the title, it's all about the games we here at Vortex Effect are playing now. Joining myself (Gary, Editor-in-Chief) is our Reviews Editor Brian Hall, PC Editor Eric W., and Features Editor Jules. Now that you know the cast, here's what we're playing this week. Playing: Pix the Cat (PS4) Pix the Cat was one of the October free PS+ games. I had never heard of it until Sony said it was going to be free for Plus members. It's actually one of the first games in a long time that I've began playing really knowing absolutely nothing about … [Read more...]

Just Cause 3 Announced For PC, PS4, and Xbox One

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Game Informer revealed their latest cover today, and it is Just Cause 3, as you can see from the image above. The game, developed by Avalanche Studios, is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Thank goodness it isn't cross-gen. Game Informer notes that for their coverage they were able to spend "several hours" with the game, and had this to say of the experience: The time flew by as we tried out the vastly improved parachute and grapple mechanics, terrorized the latest dictator’s well-defended bases, and soared through the sky with the all-new wingsuit. Just Cause has never played this smoothly, and as you’ll see in the cover story launching digitally today, it’s never looked this good. I really enjoyed Just Cause 2. Thought it was an absolute blast. I'm anticipating this one, but I am … [Read more...]

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