A Next Generation Conundrum

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Yesterday marked the launch of two major titles heading into the madness that is typical for the fall release cycle. While both Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Battlefield 4 are sure to move millions of units, the intriguing aspect is that they are poised to be tentpole titlesĀ  for both the outgoing consoles and the soon to be launched PS4 and Xbox One.

While I’m not overly concerned about Battlefield 4 as I will most likely adopt that later at a lower price (perhaps even on the PC), the Assassin’s Creed launch has put me in a peculiar situation. I’ve supported the series since its inception back in 2007, even through last year’s disappointing outing of Assassin’s Creed III.

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Limited Edition A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Finally Confirmed

Nintendo 3DS XL

In a cute announcement featuring Legend of Zelda director Eiji Aonuma, Nintendo finally confirmed that the limited edition Gold/Black Triforce themed 3DS XL will be available in North America, beginning November 22. The limited edition handheld will be packaged with a download code for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and will retail for $219.99. The system was previously announced for European and Japanese markets and had been leaked earlier in a GameStop Black Friday ad.

As I stated last week, Nintendo needs to keep up with the limited edition handhelds because it not only spurs sales, but keeps their already dominant 3DS handheld at the front of consumers’ minds. I will finally be making my long overdue purchase of a 3DS with this system unless Nintendo pulls a fast one and drops a truckload of those gorgeous orange/black systems at my front door.

Clementine to Star in Season Two of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Season Two

Get ready to feel all the feels, Clementine will take over as main protagonist in Season Two of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. The game will take place several months after the events of Season One and the trailer that Telltale unveiled shows a more resolute version of Clementine. The game will launch “later this year” for Windows, Mac, consoles and iOS and is currently available for pre-order on Steam. Additional platforms will be revealed later and I expect to see launches on next generation consoles, the PS Vita and Android.

I’m curious to see where Telltale takes their adaptation of The Walking Dead, especially with Clementine as the new lead. She was already the primary focal point in Season One but Lee Everett allowed players to have a bit more freedom in his actions as a man who is tasked with shouldering very life impacting decisions. It will be interesting to see if Telltale even considers putting Clementine in a position like Lee was when he had to make a decision regarding Duck. Telltale’s experience with narrative should certainly be a big play in this new season and I’m excited to see where it goes from here.