Gaming’s New Paradigm

by Da'Von B.

It’s been mentioned on this site before about what’s needed going forward for next generation gaming, it’s not about the technical aspects of the graphics…well…not entirely, it’s about how these games will be played not simply on the home console but away from the home console. It’s the ability to immerse one’s self in the world that the developers and studio’s have created.

Fortunately one studio taking this direction is Ubisoft, and they have two games that will be discussed in detail below the first being a game that I’m personally anxious to purchase (on the PS4 of course) titled Watch Dogs.

The overview from the game’s website states the following:

Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.

Chicago’s overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city’s technology and information – including key data on all of the city’s residents.

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you’ll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You’ll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy… and more.

Watch Dogs

Now it’s one thing to describe the game to you in subtle prose, it’s another to see it for yourself

It’s the last part of the second video that gives you a brief glimpse of the true future of gaming, being able to call on someone while in the game for assistance from someone using another device like a tablet (hopefully they’ll include smartphone as well) to assist you live in the game. This is the new paradigm of gameplay for the next generation. Another game from Ubisoft that’s on the way is titled Tom Clancy’s The Division  which describes the story as;

A devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City, and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, The Division agents are trained to operate independently of command, as all else fails. Fighting to prevent the fall of society, the agents will find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to combat not only the effects of a manmade virus, but also the rising threat of those behind it. When everything collapses, your mission begins.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

And to get an idea of the social aspect of the game which may be a substantial selling point to many is below.

gameinfo6_99342As you can see the game is a true drop in drop out social game, not much is known at the time but according to Polygon;

The companion app, which will be released simultaneously with The Division, will give the player a synchronized, real-time view of the game from an isometric perspective.

Polygon

This is exciting indeed, as more companies embrace this and provide substantial innovation in the services available gamers will likely be pleased with the offerings. More to come.

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