A Gamer’s Week: August 10

Delivering news, game reviews, columns and editorials

The review department of Softpedia Games is delivering a set of long-form evaluation for the following titles: Pineview Drive, Noir Syndrome, Pure Pool and Road Not Taken.

We also have three editorials about the most important discussions in gaming at the moment, with one focused on the way a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena title like DOTA 2 can capture a player time, another about Source 2 and Half-Life, and a final one about the overall decline in pre-orders.

One Weekend Reading piece talks about the potential of another price cut for the Xbox One and how it can influence the future of the Microsoft platform as it continues to compete with the PlayStation 4 from Sony, while another talks about the coming Gamescom 2014 event.

The EndWeekGame piece talks about our plans for the free time and how we will integrate games into it, and we also have a round-up of the most important pieces of news from the week that was.

On Monday, a photo of Assassin’s Creed Unity was leaked and it showed how close to real XVIII century Paris the team planned to make the real-world game look, and a new leak about the Xbox One suggested that Microsoft might cut the price of the console before the end of the year again in order to increase overall sales.

On Tuesday, all the changes that will be introduced for the firmware of the Xbox One in August were reviewed by a tester, and publisher Electronic Arts announced that it launched a special bundle of Madden NFL 15 for the device which also includes some free Ultimate Team packs.

On Wednesday, Ubisoft finally revealed the existence of Assassin’s Creed Rogue after a series of leaks, and then the company also confirmed that it was planning to deliver a special Collector’s Edition for the game that only arrives on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

Thursday, Crytek announced that it would launch a PC version of Ryse: Son of Rome, which was one of the first titles to arrive on the Xbox One from Microsoft, and 343 Industries talked about the big tournament which will reveal multiplayer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection at Gamescom 2014.

On Friday, a lot of details about the gameplay and the story of Assassin’s Creed Unity were leaked, showing what gamers could expect from the title, while DICE talked about the major update for Battlefield 4, which will be launched in September.

Saturday, BioWare discussed the potential for multiplayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and a rumor talked about possible new DLC for GTA V coming on August 12.

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