The Xbox One is losing yet another exclusive. Crytek recently sent out word to any and everyone who would be willing to post the news that the former Xbox One exclusive, Ryse: Son of Rome, will be coming to PC and that it will support 4K resolution.
Microsoft announced a new round of discounts for Xbox One and Xbox 360 games this morning. The discounts are accompanied by permanent price cuts for some early Xbox One releases.
Whether people want to acknowledge that Crytek is in some kind of dire trouble or not, it's quite apparent that a lot of the top staff that makes a game tick during its development process are no longer working with the company.
A report from a German gaming site painted the video game developer and software publisher in a rather unflattering light with some harsh claims. Well, Crytek has finally bucked up and issued a response in light of the news.
Microsoft has been getting lit up lately with complaints about hardware failure from just about every corner of the consumer market. What complaints are being filed? The Cookie Monster noise of Death with the disc drive, the Green Screen of Death and the Day-One Update of Doom. To compensate for this tragedy, Microsoft is sending out complementary games for those with Xbox One issues.
What happened? Seriously? Man, critics need help these days. One of the most disappointing moments in gaming history rests here in the confinement of this very article: the revelation that Microsoft's Xbox One actually managed to beat out Sony's PS4 when it comes to launch titles on Metacritic.
The Xbox One is now the third and final eighth generation home console on the market, competing with Sony's hardware-superior PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's software-superior Wii U. While we already have proof of the former, proof of the latter comes into play when comparing the Metacritic scores of Xbox One launch titles and Wii U launch titles.
The critical consensus is that the game just doesn't live up to the hype. Nevertheless, gamers looking for a little bit of help to get them through the tough parts of the game can relish in the opportunity to make good on a video walkthrough guide for Ryse.
Much like with the recently released PlayStation 4, there was a lot of shuffling going on concerning the Xbox One launch lineup as the system’s official release finally arrived. That, of course, just so happens to be today. And, also like the PS4, we can finally stop all of the “will it, won’t it” speculation and tool at a black and white list of the actual launch lineup, this one containing 22 entries.
No blowing up on Reddit, no super-duper, 2,000 degree article rage-fest on N4G, no super-thread on NeoGaf or GameFaq spam-fest to get the point across, just silent rage... lots of silent rage. What am I talking about exactly? I'm talking about the revelation that the microtransactions in Ryse and Forza Motorsport 5 have lowered the opinion gamers have of these titles, even more so than some of the abysmal review scores.
I've said all that to say that the conspiracy theories, the paranoid bunch, the leaf blowers and the sky-is-falling callers were right. The embargos Microsoft set in place for Ryse: Son of Rome had nothing whatsoever to do with the game being oh-so-great-fantastic, and everything to do with the fact that it sucks.
“Rules, restrictions, NDAs and embargos be damned. The ad money calleth! Go forth and please the ad overlords, go forth now!!!” is the only thing I can come up with that explains why New Zealand-based site 3News decided to break embargo and print an unsurprisingly positive review of Ryse: Son of Rome for the Xbox One.
While Ryse has its own fair share of problems that just about any core gamer can spot a mile away while blinded with hardened camel spit, the launch trailer makes the game look surprisingly good.
If you were hoping to get in some early thoughts of Ryse: Son of Rome before the game actually launched, think again. Other than the extremely polar hands-on previews out there praising and lamenting the game like critics and average users fighting over whether Pacific Rim was a good movie, you won't find any reviews of Ryse: Son of Rome rolling out with the rest of the Xbox One games that have been reviewed.
Microsoft released an official promotional video of the Xbox One's dashboard in a 12 minute, PR friendly demonstration. The video rolls through all the different features of the Xbox One's dashboard, the Kinect integration, friends, watching TV, watching sports while watching TV on your TV and recording and uploading clips.