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Dragon Age: Inquisition’s A.I. is “Pretty Intelligent”

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Dragon Age: Inquisition promises players many things. In addition to featuring a sprawling open-world experience, deep character customization and dynamic gameplay, the action role-playing video game is said to offer “pretty intelligent” A.I. That’s swell, because the last thing you need is your computer-controlled companions getting you killed for “WTF” reasons.

In an interview with PlayStation Lifestyle (the game is for all home consoles and PC, excluding the Wii U), BioWare Producer Cameron Lee was inquired if Inquisition’s companion A.I. had improved over Dragon Age: Origins’ rather “stupid” programming, to which he responded:

I don’t know that you have to micro-manage people in Inquisition, you can if you want to, but the AI is pretty intelligent. So, they will do things like, for example, if you have Cassandra in your party – she’s a warrior, and if you’ve built her to be kind of like a tank warrior, an offensive warrior, she’s going to try and draw aggro across everyone, all the enemies around her. In particular try and draw the agrro from enemies you’ve got targeted as well. So, they’ll be quite intelligent in how they react. And of course from there you can customize how those companions behave and what sort of abilities they use more often than others and how they use their own resources in terms of health, and stamina, and mana, and stuff like that as well.

In other words, you will have more say in what the A.I. does — you know, so that your companions don’t run in circles or into a wall.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is set in the fantasy world of Thedas, featuring a game map that is four times larger than in the previous two games of the series and offers more opportunities for exploration. You will be able to craft your characters based on multiple races, classes and sex. Combat places an emphasis on your ability to prepare, position, and form a cohesive team your companions, requiring you to use your head.

For those that like to get their giddy on, there is a deep romance aspect that allows you to court members of virtually or primary races. In fact, Dragon Age: Inquisition features the first fully gay character from BioWare, and chances are you can woe him regardless of your sex.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a very deep game that will have you playing for hours on end. What are you most looking forward to doing in the game?

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Nintendo Turns 130 Years Old, Here Are Some Significant Milestones

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The Japanese video game giant is by far the oldest company in gaming.

September 23, 2019 marked the 130th birthday of Nintendo. The company was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi on the same day in 1889, making it a great granddaddy of business enterprises.

The company, which spent its first 40 years as a hanafuda playing card company named Nintendo Koppai, has outlived the oldest human being on record (Jiroemon Kimura, who lived to be 122 years old).

As Business Insider outlines in their deep-dive of the company’s history, Nintendo was hustling and bustling long before it got into game development and production. In addition to Hanafuda playing cards, it has operated taxis, love hotels, and instant rice production before eventually entering the toy industry.

The company forayed into the world of video games by making light guns for the Magnavox Odyssey in the 1970s. Eventually, in 1977, it released its first ‘console’, the Color TV-Game 6, which was jointly developed with Mitsubishi and contained six different versions of Pong.

The rest of Nintendo’s history from that point to today has been well-documented. Although 130 years doesn’t make it old enough to crack the top 100 oldest companies in the world, it is by far the oldest company in gaming.

Taito, for instance, was founded in 1953, while Sega began operations in 1960.

The best-selling Nintendo consoles are the Nintendo DS (154.02 million), the Game Boy and Game Boy Color (118.69 million combined), and the Wii (101.63 million). The Switch currently stands at nearly 40 million units sold.

Wii Sports is the company’s best selling game, managing to ship 82,870,000 units, although it worth mentioning that many came bundled with the console itself.

According to Metacritic, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remains the best reviewed game of all time.

Nintendo has had its ups and downs over the decades, but it is looking very healthy for a 130 year-old company, so much so that it ranked 21 on Forbes’ list of top regarded companies.

Whether you love their games or you’re just looking for an excuse to eat a birthday cake, take a moment to celebrate its success.

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PS4 Sales Surpasses 30 million Units In The US, 100 Million Worldwide

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Sony’s fourth-generation video game console has reached a new sales milestone in the US.

The PlayStation 4 has shipped 100 million units worldwide, with the United States accounting for the lion’s share.

According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, 30 million of those units were shipped to the U.S., with Japan following with 8.3 million units.

Germany, the United Kingdom, and France account for 7.2 million , 6.8 million, and less than 6 million shipments, respectively.

Shipment figures are typically higher than the actual number of units solid, since they only track retailer demand, but 100 million is nothing to scoff at.

It shows how much PS4 – and the PlayStation brand as a whole – rely on a worldwide audience, and why any slump in the U.S. market does not necessarily reflect the health of the rest of the world.

Are you one of the tens of millions of people who purchased a PlayStation 4? Are you happy with your purchase? Let us know in the comments below.

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Minecraft Has Over 112 million Monthly Users – That’s A Lot Of Players

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Minecraft is an old game, but a lot of people still play it regularly. I mean A Lot!

Whereas most video games hit all their milestones within a year of their release, Minecraft is still extremely popular after ten years on the market.

One Chinese Minecraft player spent an entire year creating a awesome cyberpunk city that will surely amaze you.

Mojang studio head Helen Chiang revealed to Business Insider that the game has reached 112 million monthly users, outpacing all previous projections for how many people are playing the game.

For some perspective on how massive that is, consider that 112 million is over 1% of the world’s population, although we suspect that some people play over multiple devices or accounts, inflating that figure a bit.

Even so, that’s more active monthly users than Roblox, which has monthly active user base of 100 million.

Sales of Minecraft reached 176 million units in May 2019. With ray-tracing support coming to the PC version and Minecraft Earth soon to be released, expect sales to hit over 200 million units over the next few years.

These figures are made more impressive by the fact that Minecraft is not free to play. It’s a money-making machine.

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In Cyberpunk 2077, Lifepaths And Optional Companions Can Change Your Playthrough

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This is a game you will gladly play more than once.

CD Projekt has shed more light on Cyberpunk 2077, giving us a better idea of what players can expect from the single-player story.

The adventure by choosing between three different lifepaths for your custom character, each with a different starting location and story background that are strongly connected with the origin story for protagonist V. You can be a Nomad, Corpo or Street Kid.

Not only do the lifepaths define how Cyberpunk 2077 begins, but they also have dramatic consequences on specific missions. A Nomad, for example, will have more street smarts than a Corpo, but he might be out of his element in a board room, unable to properly lead a conversation.

When coming up with challenges, CD Projekt thought of how the different lifepaths could solve them as effectively as possible given their unique skill set. By delivering completely new experiences, the developer intends to give players plenty of motivation to play the game multiple times.

The class you choose also impacts how quests potentially play out.  Cyberpunk 2077’s fluid class system provided designers more opportunities to make quests even more nonlinear and develop new gameplay options that can change the story.

Finally, the game features optional companions that have their own motivations. Taking them along on certain quests can greatly change the outcome .

CD Projekt promises that each quest is handcrafted and has its own storyline, ranging from short skits to epic, multi-layered missions. There won’t be any fluff material like procedural missions.

By the look of things, expect to play through Cyberpunk 2077 at least three times. The game releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020.

What are you most excited to experience?

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Gears 5 Players Get 5 Days Of Boost, 600 Scrap As Apology For Launch Troubles

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It’s quite the way to take accountability for the errors of one’s ways.

Those who suffered through the server issues that plagued the Gears 5 Ultimate Edition early access launch were not forgotten.

The game was marred by significant matchmaking and connection problems, with every game mode — campaign, Horde, versus multiplayer, etc. — experiencing extended matchmaking times. Players were even randomly kicked with a myriad of errors.

As apology for the shaky launch of an otherwise excellent game, Gears 5 developer The Coalition gifted all player with five days of boost for all XP earnings, as well as 600 Scrap.

Scrap, in case you didn’t know, is used to craft skill cards, something players missed out on earning as a result of the game constantly disconnecting.

Did you run into any of the Gear 5 launch problems, and do you think The Coalition did enough to make it up to players? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Get Ready To Play Overwatch On The Nintendo Switch

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One of the most popular games of this console generation has come to the Switch.

Nintendo has officially announced Overwatch for the Switch.

Dubbed ‘ Overwatch Legendary Edition’, the game makes it Nintendo debut on October 15.

Overwatch on Switch has been requested since the console’s launch. Now that it’s here, what exactly are gamer getting?

For starters, you get all of the content that has been released so far, plus motion controls and other features.

Now for the bad news: considering the Switich’s weaker specs compared to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this version of Overwatch run at 30 FPS in both docked and undocked mode, while resolution is different between the two modes.

Overwatch running at 30 FPS was somewhat expected, but the fact that the high-speed nature of the game requires a smooth frame rate, makes it disappointing.

The lower frame rate may also be a problem for the future implementation of cross-platform play, seeing as the game runs at 60 FPS on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Will you be getting Overwatch Legendary Edition for the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below.

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