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The biggest disappointment of E3 was the lack of Dragon Age: Inquisition information. Yes the game looks great, but we want to see more, how does it play, what characters are we going to encounter (new and old), and whether we finally live our dream of riding a Mabari into battle. Thanks to a rather lengthy Q&A on Raptr hosted by the development team, we now know a bit more information.

Who doesn't want to ride this majestic beast into battle!

Who doesn’t want to ride this majestic beast into battle!

Before getting into the the big changes and what to expect from the game, there are a couple of things that we missed, including the introduction of Dorian, Dragon Age’s first fully 100% gay character who is a mage from the Tevinter. Dragon Age: Inquisition writer David Gaider explained his role both a pariah and a partial idealist. “Without spoiling the plot, I’ll say that Dorian got wind of something that his fellow Tevinter mages were doing, and decided to intervene. As he sees it, someone from Tevinter needs to stand up and say, ‘We don’t agree with what these people are doing. They don’t represent all of us.’”

The second introduced character is a returning character from Dragon Age Origins (also a brief cameo in Dragon Age 2) Leliana. For those who don’t remember her, she was an Orlesian bard-turned-assassin who helped the Grey Wardens, she even got her own Story based DLC for DA:O. However in Dragon Age: Inquisition, it turns out she is not the happy-go-lucky character she was in the first game, as the game profile has the following to say about Leliana.

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“She has many names. Most know her as ‘Sister Nightingale’ or ‘the Left Hand of the Divine.’ To the rare friend, she is Leliana,” it reads. “Those who have earned her loyalty know her as a steadfast ally. But enemies of the Divine know to fear her, for she is the shadow behind the Sunburst Throne-the one who watches and waits, who strikes when her mark is most vulnerable and least suspecting.”

Finally we have the big info, what is different and what is the same in the game. While you can see the full list from games.on.net who covers the big changes in bullet form, some of the big info results in a very deep Character Customization including customization Qunari horns, a deep character relationship tree, Character class can only have one specializations, and No Mabari allies. Also of note is 8 romancable characters, with some having race and gender restriction.

With all that info, fans will have plenty to do in Dragon Age: Inquisition, to drive the point home though, an E3 demonstration video has been released to show the game in action, you can see the video after the jump.

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Sony announced their big PSPlus update for July set to launch on Tuesday July 1st. For the first time, all games available coming in the month will launch on the same day, no longer will you have to wait for a specific game on a specific week and this month we get something for everyone.

Starting with PS4, Towerfall Ascension, an archery based combat game that is best played with friends on the couch… preferably within punching distance, and Capcom’s Strider developed by Double Helix. PS3 owners will get the co-operative survival horror title Dead Space 3, and liquid puzzle game Vessel. PSVita will get the Sidescroller action brawler from Vanillaware, Muramasa Rebirth as well as Doki-Doki Universe (which will also be a Cross Buy title for PS3, Vita and PS4.)

Of course, throughout the course of the month, other PSPlus deal and discounts will also be available.

 

 

This year, Microsoft brought their A game, bringing out some of the best that the Xbox One will have to offer for 2014-2015 year. Xbox head Phil Spencer said this conference was going to be all about the games and that was exactly it, no talk about Home entertainment, TV, Apps or Sports. Announcing new games, new IPs, and first gameplay for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Horizon, Assassins Creed Unity and The Division.

Here is a quick recap of conference, Trailers and images will be released when available.

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Collectors Edition are known to include a good chunk of goodies, from digital content code (DLC) to Physical items like statues. Sometimes, we get a Collectors Edition that is just a bit more crazy. EA and Bioware’s Dragon Age: Inquisition Collectors Edition is just the case to prove this point as they teamed up with gaming collectibles producer Project Triforce to release a huge set featuring real-life Dragon Age props and accessories.

The Dragon Age: Inquisition “Inquisitor Edition” features the following.

  • An Inquisitor Collector’s Edition chest
  • Steelbook case for the game
  • Cloth map of Thedas drawn to scale
  • Four full scale map markers
  • 72 card Major and Minor Arcana tarot card deck
  • Full scale lockpicking set
  • Inquisitor Badge
  • Quill and inkpot
  • 40-page Inquisitor’s journal/sketchbook
  • Orlesian Coins

Not to mention the Digital Content already offered in the Deluxe Edition. The Inquisitor Edition will cost $170 upon release and is available to pre-order now. While it’s a bit pricey, this would be awesome for you collectors out there.  Dragon Age: Inquisition is set for an October 7th 2014 release for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

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While The Sims may not be the most kid friendly of games, the ESRB in North America have always been rated “T” for Comic Mischief, Mature Sexual Themes, and Mild Animated Violence. The European PEGI system has rated the games as PEGI 12+ for similar reasons. The “life simulator” games have never crossed that threshold at any point in development between the 3 iteration plus it’s countless DLC packs, that is until now when the Russian Ratings board gave the upcoming Sims 4 an 18+ rating in accordance with Russian law 436-FZ, “On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development.”

While it wasn’t stated what in the game has cause it to violate this law which penalizes information “encouraging children to commit acts that endanger their lives,” information that would instill a “desire to use narcotics, psychotropic and (or) intoxicants, tobacco, alcohol and alcohol-containing products, justifying illegal behaviour, contains pornographic imagery” and information that promotes “unconventional sexual relationships,” among a lengthy list of other offences.

While the game’s PEGI and ESRB ratings are yet to be announced, we can only assume that the rating of the game will be vastly different for everyone else.

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The Need For Speed series has had at least one title every year for the past 13 years, a pretty impressive feat honestly, but this year EA has decided to put the game in park while they sort out what they’re going to do for the next game in the series.

CEO Andrew Wilson broke the news earlier this week during an EA conference call with shareholders. “Ghost Games in Gothenburg is working on an innovative new chapter of this storied franchise,” said Wilson. “We’ve planned an extended development window to ensure we’re delivering a high-quality experience for Need for Speed players next year.”

Ghost Games, who developed Need For Speed Rivals, was reported to be hit with significant layoffs and it is believed that the next game in the series was put on hold while restructuring was sorted out.

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The opportunity to get free games is always great, with the Games with Gold and PSPlus free game options doing quite well, EA has decided to jump on the wagon as well through their PC Game Client Origins. The Origins Freebie program started up back in March with Visceral Games original horror game Dead Space, it has been switched out with the highly addictive Popcap classic Plants Vs Zombies: Complete Edition.

The game is available to download and keep, although honestly we don’t know anybody who doesn’t have a copy of it one way or another, if you are one of the few we definitely recommend picking it up. The game is available until May 28th, at that point it will be switched out for the next freebie.

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Players will finally be able to return to Thedas when Bioware’s Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on October 7th 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game’s release was announced on Tuesday via a trailer that featured a large amount of gameplay and the return of Dragon Age 2 fan favourite character, Varric Tethras.

Also announced was an Digital Deluxe Edition for PC, which will cost $70, that features the game’s soundtrack as well a bunch of goodies including the following:

Skyhold Throne – Every ruler should sit in a place of high honor, but as the Inquisitor you will have the greatest of all, fashioned from an ancient dragon skull.

Red Hart Halla – Traverse the perilous, living world atop this great-horned beast.

Bog Unicorn – Once belonging to an evil marauder, this unique mount has returned to inspire fear into those who would oppose you.

• Bring the world of Thedas wherever you go with the Dragon Age: Inquisition digital soundtrack

Bonus digital content – to be announced

Multi-class Weapons: Smite your enemies with the Flames of the Inquisition weapons arsenal. Whether staff or daggers, greatsword or war hammer, these weapons will make short work of your foes.

Inquisitor Armor: Protect yourself against the onslaught of enemy attacks by suiting up in the Flames of the Inquisition Armor.

Armored Mount: Flames of the Inquisition gear also includes a valiant steed, complete with its own set of Inquisition Armor forged from the flames of battle.

For those looking for a more physical Collectors Edition, EA has stated that they will be announcing something “in the next few weeks.”

Inquisition will be the third game in the series and is stated to improve the gameplay by mixing the action of the second title, with the beloved features of the first that was lost in it’s sequel, including different races (Human, Dwarf, Elf and Qunari) as well as the Tactical view. The story will focus your character as the Inquisitor, and is charged with uncovering the truth behind a new evil threatening Thedas, while dealing with difficult choices of passing judgement of guilt and innocence. You can catch the full gameplay trailer after the jump.