Petition To Revoke EA’s STAR WARS License Nears 150k Signatures

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This is a very real petition taking place on Change.org. The consumers that are so outraged over the recent situation with EA's recently launched title Star Wars Battlefront II that they have created a Petition to Lucasfilm in hopes of removing the Star Wars license from EA completely. Following one of the largest game industry controversy situations immediately after launch, EA did agree to lower the cost to unlock the characters we all know and love by 75%, but that isn't enough for some.

At the time I am writing this up, the petition is at exactly 143,203 signatures (a few hundred, if not a thousand, are likely duplicate emails of the same person signing over and over). That means there are almost 150,000 people that are still upset with the developer even though they are trying to work with the community!

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I think this is completely uncalled for and going out of proportion. If you don't like the purchase path, then simply don't buy the loot boxes. If you don't want to earn the characters through gameplay, then what do you want? Just everything unlocked and given to you for free? Want a piece of candy and cheat sheet so you can pretend to be the best star fighter and gunslinger in the game with no effort? Get over it already and realize that you aren't given everything you want right off the bat!

The fairest way to get characters is by earning it. Sure it will cost you hours of your time, but will you not be having an enjoyable time playing the game? I know for a fact that the entirety of the entertainment value is earning characters you want to play as and increasing your personal skill to being above the rest!

I implore you to not sign this petition and if you see anybody supporting it, shut that down immediately. Crybabies will cry louder and louder to get what they want as long as we keep showing them that if they cry just loud enough, we will give in. Enough! Just play the game or sell it, stop whining all day!

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Check Out BATTLEFRONT 2’S Hidden Character Customization Menu You’ve Been Missing

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Sometimes we find the one thing we were looking for was right in front of us the whole time. Looks like EA managed to hide the most diverse customization menu in Star Wars Battlefront 2, for your character that is, in plain sight! It's not even in a place you wouldn't think to look, yet here I was playing as the basic start-up character designs this whole time.

It's almost incredible how obvious it is now that YouTuber Uninspired Zebra showed it off in this short, self-explanatory video. At least now we can all take the joy in picking our favorite suits and characters to play as while trying to conquer the enemies! Looking forward to seeing different faces on the battlefront like Sullustan and Nikto or my favorite Galactic Republic skin 327.

How many of you missed this menu trying to get into a game quickly rather than paying attention to the simple aesthetics?

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Games Based on Comic Book Franchises That You Must Play!

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As a whole video games based on comic book franchises have met with more critical success than games based on cinematic franchises.  Part of the reasoning behind this is that comic books have a natural affinity with the transition to gaming: bold characters, super powers that can empower the player, the rich environments, and story lines that can be drawn on. All these things can help bring exciting and fun gameplay experiences.

Comic book narratives are something I love; the integration between written narrative and illustrative depth has always fascinated me.  Every time a video game based on a comic book franchise appears, I buy it. Sometimes I've been stung by that, but most times I have a satisfying and immersive gaming experience.

So here are a few of my favourite games in this genre.  

The Punisher

Voliton's The Punisher  is a grisly game where you can torture enemies in order to gain information.  One of the most satisfying and surprising elements of this game is how utterly faithful this adaptation is.  It's also a satisfying shooter with some innovative techniques which vary the gameplay.  The violence in the game is graphic; in fact, this is one of the goriest titles on this list, heads being blown away and arms and legs being torn off by the blasts of your powerful shotgun.  The interrogation techniques are what this game is mostly widely known for, taking an enemy and threatening them by applying just enough pressure to the analogue stick. Once you find out what you need to know, you then brutally execute them.

The interrogation techniques vary from smashing your target's head on the concrete floor to feeding them slowly, feet first, into a wood chipper

The interrogation techniques vary from smashing your target's head on the concrete floor to feeding them slowly, feet first, into a wood chipper

The interrogations are contextual to the environment, allowing you to smash the target's face against glass windows of a high-rise building, threatening to throw them through it, or immersing a villain in the hot oils of a deep, fat fryer in a kitchen.  The facial animation of the victim displays their mounting horror and it brings a form of empowerment for the player when assuming the role of this viscous Vigilante from Marvel's finest comics.  Although this is a fairly old title - having been released in 2005 - the recent and excellent series of The Punisher on Netflix has shown that perhaps this title deserves an HD rerelease. 

The Walking Dead

This modern game series developed and published by Telltale Games is based more on the comic book franchise than the TV series that was spawned from it.  It's an adventure game which is emotionally devastating and powerfully told.  It focuses on a group of survivors who are desperately attempting to stay alive in a world occupied by the undead, and sometimes trapped by ruthless people willing to stay alive.

Some of the Walking Dead's main cast - the decisions you make will affect their future

Some of the Walking Dead's main cast - the decisions you make will affect their future

The first season of this series builds up the characters and their relationships to one another. It creates a sense of atmosphere, and when the player has to make a decision which will branch the story line later, it truly means something.  

Injustice 2

A follow up to the successful one-on-one beat-em up by Netherrealm Studios, this Mortal Kombat influenced series includes the chance to fight as some of the most popular characters from the DC universe - as well as some of the more lesser known individuals in its mighty roster.  Arguably, this title tells a better Batman vs Superman story than it's filmatic counterpart.  The narrative sees Brainiac, destroyer of Krypton, come to earth in an attempt to kill the last Kryptonians (Supergirl is present in this game) and destroy Earth.  Superman has been imprisioned after the events of the first game and some characters are attempting to free him, including Black Adam and Wonderwoman.  Others, like Batman, see him as a threat to all life on earth and want to keep him locked up.  This creates a fantastic tension within the DC Universe and a compelling plot in single player mode.

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The Multiplayer aspect also shines, offering players loot boxes filled with random goodies, experience points, and better armour to genuinely affect gameplay. Additionally, the fighting mechanics are solid.  The environmental details are amazing and evoke famous moments in DC comic book history with small incidental memorabilia present for the eagle eyed.  It's great to see the DC franchise having a game of such quality, and crafted around the characters rather than just shoehorning them in for revenue's sake.

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2

The Lego games have a very special place in my gaming heart. They bring amazing authenticity to whatever franchise they riff off, interesting moments, stellar co-op gameplay, and a multitude of playable characters. One of the biggest draws in Marvel Superheroes 2 is the personality that bursts through in the game, whether it's jamming to Mr Blue Sky with Guardians of the Galaxy's Star Lord and his awesome mix tapes, or enjoying the quips that Spiderman utters with trademark ease.  You will always find reasons to smile while playing this game.  I've had moments playing with my nephew where he doesn't always get each of the clever references to Marvel's history which cleverly make it onto the screen as homages for the dedicated fan. Other times, he doesn't know who some of the more obscure characters are.  I get to pause the game and explain some of their powers and origins and he will play as them to 'try them out.'  This game gives us the ability to test-drive Superheroes (and Villains!) 

A vast array of Marvel legends to play as!

A vast array of Marvel legends to play as!

The strength of this game is the ability to reach into the annals of Marvel and embrace all aspects of the company's comic book history.  You will see the influence of the movies - with Chris Pratt and Zoe Salanda present from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie -  but also delving into the comics with villains like Black Knight and Kraven the Hunter.  There's so much time spent on each of the character's unique abilities and alternative costumes.  You can play as the camera wielding Peter Parker, or a medieval Captain America complete with sword and shield.  These variations are fun and add more depth to this action puzzler.  Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 is a unique, fun family game with depth and that's fairly rare.  

Rogue Trooper Redux

An HD re-release of British comic's popular character Rogue Trooper came to our next generation consoles and PC in October.  This third-person shooter captures the story of a genetically engineered soldier from the future who is bred to fight an ongoing war in a toxic environment.  These cloned soldiers have one unique ability; when they die, the computer chip which houses their personality and experiences can be slotted into another trooper's equipment, namely the helmet, gun, and equipment bag.  The main character, Rogue, is an all-out guns blazing kind of marine, tough and capable.  He finds three of his comrades dying and extracts their chips and inserts them into the empty slots in his equipment to save them for re-cloning.  They each assume the functions of that piece of equipment that they are bonded to. For example, Gunnar who controls the assault rifle can be placed on the ground and act as a turret against oncoming enemies. 

There's plenty of opportunity for Squad Based mechanics in this Third Person Shooter as well

There's plenty of opportunity for Squad Based mechanics in this Third Person Shooter as well

It's a faithful, fun adaptation of a comic book creation by the legendary Gerry Finley-Day and its release in HD shows that Rogue's ongoing adventures still resonate with fans of 2000AD today.

These are just a few of my favourite games that are based on comic book franchises.  There's a wealth of them out there and most of them are great representations of the franchise they are based of.  

Let me know if you agree or disagree or if you have any particular favourites of your own?

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Upcoming Horror Titles That you should be Excited About

The horror genre has had a particularly successful year both on console format and for the PC, we’ve seen big-name hits like Resident Evil 7 and the continuing innovation of the Outlast series, now onto it’s second installment.  I personally enjoyed Little Nightmares, a dark whimsical narrative which stylishly attempts to play on our childhood fears.  On the horizon, it looks like 2018 and 2019 will repeat the genre’s success in 2017, there’s an incredible amount of potentially jaw dropping and pant wetting  horror games which promise innovative fun and shocking narrative.

Agony

When it comes to Horror, there’s no more effective environments that setting your game in Hell itself, rather than being a place where semi-cute demons tote pitchforks to prod you with, Agony depicts a truly nightmarish vision of the Inferno.  It’s a Survival horror game currently in development by Madmind Studio where the player begins their journey as a tortured soul with no personal memories.  As they wander through the corridors of Hell, they find that they have the ability to possess demons and control other NPCs in their path.

The game looks visually stunning with highly detailed and imaginative depictions of the cruelty of the Abyss, the monsters look visually intimidating and it’s shaping up to be a powerful contender to take the crown of Outlast as a genuine First Person Nightmare.

It’s planned to be released on March 30th 2018 on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One

Blasphemous

A dark, gory, brooding 2d Side Scrolling action platformer, with a beautiful pixel art style and a chilling environment which seems ripped from a Heavy Metal front cover, this seems to be a form of spiritual successor to Slain mixed with Dark Souls.  In development by The Game Kitchen studios, this blood soaked game promises to deliver some epic boss battles and the most brutal violence ever to have been depicted by pixels.  Can it live up to those epic claims? Find out in Q1 2019

Currently planned for release on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One

Call of Cthulhu

If you want to base your horror game on a literary franchise, there’s none better than the mythos created by H.P. Lovecraft.  This is based on the popular table top RPG game and places you into the role of a private investigator Edward Pierce as he investigates the death of an entire family on Darkwater Island.  The player will be exploring this environment from a chilling and immersive first person perspective, the developers Cyanide Studios have revealed that this would be a semi-open world investigative RPG with gameplay having a mix of stealth and intense psychological horror.  It looks beautiful and I’m excited to see how this classic horror tale has been adapted.

Currently planned for release next year and for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Days Gone

This is the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, while not an original narrative context, SIE Bend Studio (who brought us the Syphon Filter series) promise to deliver an interesting protagonist for the player to experience a vast open world environment through.  Deacon St John is a bounty hunter an a drifter, he prefers the open roads to safer survivor camps, the zombies of the story are called ‘Freakers’ and are evolving at a rapid rate.  One unique feature which should set it aside from comparisons to The Last of Us, is how the real time day to night environmental system changes the AI of the zombies, there’s a crafting element promised and a myriad of different vehicles to drive to get to important destinations in the open world.

This is rumored to be released next year, but no official announcement as yet, it will be available on Playstation 4

Hello Neighbor

This is a horror game which is unlike any others on this list, it’s an upcoming stealth survival horror game being developed by Dynamic Pixels.  Your neighbour is hiding a horrible secret which you must uncover by successfully sneaking into his basement.  There’s an incredible AI system promised, with the neighbor’s behaviour being modified based on the players past actions.  This was demonstrated in a recent build of the game where the Neighbor set traps along a path that the player had previous followed.

You don’t have to wait to long for this to be released – 8th December 2017 and it will be available on Microsoft Windows, MacOS and Xbox One.

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When Blizzard Designs Your WARCRAFT Cosplay Suit, It’s Bound To Be Epic

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I was coasting around some Facebook cosplay groups today, and happened upon a page called Henchmen Studios. Sorting through some of their latest cosplays, I discovered a World of Warcraft one where Bubbles Cosplay and Snowdinson Cosplay were dressed as Alleria Windrunner and High Exarch Turalyon respectively. 

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Besides the fact that these suits are absolutely amazing, I discovered that Henchmen Studios had consulted with Blizzard to construct these beautiful sets of armor. Ten people worked a month to complete them, hand-crafting them before applying urethane resin, epoxy, and fiberglass. They even have a video showing how it was made. 

This is an amazing achievement and I only wish they had taken a few more shots for us to enjoy. This is one of the most spectacular cosplay suits I have seen, barring the Tomb Raider one I posted about recently. Did you see those Alleria eyes?? So stunning, yet terrifying at the same time. Imagine you walked up to her at a cosplay event with those eyes staring right into your soul.

I also half wonder what they do with these suits when they are done parading for shoots and events. Walk into a bar and start a fight with an orcish bloke? What did you think of the suits? If you could have Blizzard design a cosplay suit for you, which would you go for? (Ultimate mage suit from Diablo 3 for me). Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

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The Game Awards: Who Will Win This Year’s Game Of The Year? Here’s Our Prediction

The Game Awards is only a few days away and people have been talking about which games will win in the event’s 29 categories. Of course, the Game of the Year award is the most coveted recognition a game can receive and we at GameTyrant will share our prediction on who we think deserves this year’s GOTY. In case you were wondering on what the Game Awards is all about, check out our guide here to know more on the full list of nominees, the presenters, and when and where the event will take place. 

First things first, so that we are all on the same page, here are the Game Awards’ nominees for GOTY:

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Persona 5
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

So just like any group of friends, my colleagues and I at GameTyrant have been debating on which game deserves the title of Game Of The Year, and to settle the dispute, I conducted a simple poll, for our team to vote on which game they want to win. Before I reveal our prediction for GOTY, let’s talk about what makes a game eligible for the title. 

Exploring the Game Awards website, there is no specific information or criteria on what a game should embody to win the award, besides that they recognize games that “upholds creative and technical excellence in the global video game industry", specifics were not given. The winners are chosen by a group of selected jurors and through a public vote. However personally, I think a game should excel in these three basic categories, intuitive gameplay, an epic narrative, and good replay value, but that’s just my two cents. 

So with that in mind, here is our pick for the Game Award’s Game of the Year:

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I know, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is probably one of the most obvious choices to win among the nominees. I myself voted for this game because it embodies, although not perfectly, the features that I think makes it the best among the rest. Firstly, Breath Of The Wild introduced the first Zeldagame to have a non-linear story progression. The best thing about its gameplay is that it never tells you what to do. The game leaves it up to the player to figure out how they want to progress in the game.

This feature makes it fun to explore the world of Hyrule, because you control how you play the game, and not the other way around. When it comes to the game’s story, it follows the basic formula that is present in past Zelda titles. Although it is still interesting enough, to see through the end. Lastly, we all know that majority of the Switch’s success is played in part by Breath of the Wild. It literally sold the console on its initial run, which makes it a very strong contender to win the award. In case you’re still not convinced, check out our review of the game here

So there you have it, that is our prediction on who could win this year’s Game Of The Year by The Game Awards. What are your predictions? Do you have another game in mind that is more deserving? Tell us below. 

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WD 1TB SSD & 1TB SSHD Review: The Results Were Surprising

The further we get into the eighth generation of gaming, the larger games seem to get. Back in 2013, when the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One originally launched, they included relatively small 500 GB hard drives that could be filled up with just a few games. Since then, new models of each console have been released that include more storage, but load times have been an ever-increasing problem.

With the rise of 4K gaming looming upon us and the increasing size of game installs and load times, gamers are looking for ways to get better performance out of their consoles. Our friends at Western Digital have provided us with two such options to test for you, a 1 TB WD Blue Solid State Hybrid Drive and a 1 TB WD Blue Solid State Drive. 

Specs & Comparison

While these drives would primarily be used as a replacement for the PS4’s internal hard drive, they can also be used externally on both the PS4 and Xbox One with the use of a Sata to USB 3.0 adapter. I will be testing out both drives, internally and externally, compared to the stock drives that come with a PS4 and Xbox One.  For these tests I will be using a few different games for each system and performing the noted loads four times and calculating the average time. As a note on the performance of Solid State Hybrid drives, they build up a cache of most used files into their Solid State partition to allow faster loading of that data. Each test involving the Hybrid drive is ran 8 times with the last four times being averaged.

Uncharted 4 (PS4)

Initial Load

Stock HDD                         WD Blue SSHD                WD Blue SSD

0:28                                    0:29                                   0:20

WD MyPassport (Ext)       WD Blue SSHD (Ext)       WD Blue SSD (Ext)

0:27                                    0:31                                   0:20

New Game Load

Stock HDD                       WD Blue SSHD                 WD Blue SSD 

0:35                                  0:42                                    0:34         

WD MyPassport (Ext)     WD Blue SSHD (Ext)        WD Blue SSD (Ext)        

0:38                                  0:35                                    0:34

Uncharted 4 provided interesting results. While the SSD was faster than the stock PS4 HDD, it wasn’t by a significant margin. Even stranger was that the SSHD ran slower than the stock HDD. Utilizing the USB 3.0 ports on the PS4 should also have theoretically provided better performance than the internal Sata 2 connection. Thankfully, the SSHD did perform better on USB than internally.

The Witcher 3 (PS4)

Loading a new game save

Stock HDD                            WD Blue SSHD                   WD Blue SSD

0:24                                       0:29                                     0:15

WD MyPassport (Ext)          WD Blue SSHD (Ext)          WD Blue SSD (Ext)

0:26                                       0:26                                      0:15

Once again we see the SSHD take a hit when it is used inside the PS4. The SSD however, chugs out the same performance regardless of how it is used.

Street Fighter V (PS4)

Loading a fight

Stock HDD                            WD Blue SSHD                   WD Blue SSD

0:18                                        0:15                                     0:14

WD MyPassport (Ext)          WD Blue SSHD (Ext)          WD Blue SSD (Ext)

0:17                                        0:33                                     0:14

Street Fighter V shows the results I was expecting to see from my two prior test games. Each drive lowers loads over that of the stock PS4 HDD. This is also the first test that had the SSHD perform better internally than over USB.

Halo 5 (Xbox One)

Initial Load

Stock HDD WD                        MyPassport (Ext)

0:45                                          0:41

WD Blue SSHD (Ext)              WD Blue SSD (Ext)

0:32                                          0:33

Level Load

Stock HDD                             WD MyPassport (Ext)

0:29                                         0:25

WD Blue SSHD (Ext)            WD Blue SSD (Ext)

0:18                                        0:14

Halo 5 outputs the exact results I would expect from a hard drive benchmark test. Hooking up any external drive instantly provides a slight performance boost and each tier only makes it quicker.

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One)

Initial Load

Stock HDD                             WD MyPassport (Ext)

0:28                                        0:27

WD Blue SSHD (Ext)            WD Blue SSD (Ext)

0:24                                        0:21

Save game load

Stock HDD                             WD MyPassport (Ext)

0:25                                        0:24

WD Blue SSHD (Ext)            WD Blue SSD (Ext)

0:12                                        0:17

Rise of the Tomb Raider also benefits from external storage. This time around the SSHD came out on top in the average times.

If you are determined to get the fastest loads no matter what for your console of choice, the WD Blue SSD won’t let you down. I personally can not recommend doing this for a console though.  With the high price of a higher capacity SSD, the minor performance gains just cant justify the expense.

Verdict

For gamers truly looking for a mix of price to performance, a WD Blue SSHD will be the best bet at a much more affordable cost. However, WD no longer carries these SATA SSHD's anymore, so you might consider getting the WD Blue Desktop SSHD and using the adapter for a similar result. Regardless of which option you choose, I would highly recommend running each drive off a SATA to USB adapter. Since performance is generally only improved over USB, this will save PS4 owners the trouble of having to reinstall their system OS.  It also allows each drive to be used on an Xbox One. What do you think of these results? Did any of them surprise you? Leave a comment below!

 

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Nintendo Filed Image Trademarks For SUPER SMASH BROS. And Other Games

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A new set of trademarks were recently filed by Nintendo for multiple games, including Super Smash Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Splatoon, Animal Crossing, and numerous amiibos. This isn’t a surprise to many since a Super Smash Bros. title has been long anticipated by fans ever since the Nintendo Switch was released earlier this year. Although nothing is announced officially, this may serves as a clue that Nintendo may actually be in the process of developing a Super Smash title for the Switch. 

This year has been a big one for the Nintendo Switch. The success of first party titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, and most recently, Super Mario Odyssey, drove sales way above Nintendo’s expectations. Of course, since Super Smash Bros. is also an important franchise for the gaming company, it is very probable that the reason why Nintendo has been silent about the franchise is that they want to save the release for next year. 

On the flip side though, it is also possible that Nintendo may be giving the Super Smash Bros. a makeover just like the treatment Super Mario got that gave us the critically acclaimed Super Mario Odyssey. I mean, Odyssey has been doing pretty well, who knows if Nintendo has similar plans for Super Smash Bros.? 

Although the filing of trademarks doesn’t tell much about Nintendo’s plan, it is just a matter of time before they make an announcement about this. I’m pretty sure a Switch version of the Super Smash Bros. would drive sales even further that it will be foolish for Nintendo to miss.

Would you prefer a classic Super Smash Bros. on the Switch? Or just like Super Mario Odyssey, does Nintendo have to look at it with a different perspective?

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More People Play The Switch On Handheld Than On Television

Nintendo’s hybrid console has been flying off the shelves since its release earlier this year. In fact, the Japanese gaming giant is having a difficult time keeping up with demand these past few months especially as the holiday season is fast approaching. 

In a recent study conducted by Nintendo, it has been reported that among the console’s playing styles, the docked mode and the undocked mode, around 30 percent of users would prefer the latter for more than 80 percent of the time. This is slightly different from the 20 percent who would play in docked mode for more than 80 percent of the time. 

The statistic was gathered from usage data collected from Nintendo Account users playing while online. Although majority of people do not favor any single play mode and would instead interchange both during their play sessions. 

Personally, I prefer playing my Switch undocked due to its portability especially when I’m playing for short sessions at a time. I usually only use the docked mode when I need to charge the console and still want to play or when I’m just at home and plan to spend the afternoon with my Switch.

This is an interesting statistic that is very new to the industry since not many consoles offer two styles of playing as seamless as the Switch. Although not much can be extracted from this data, it still begs the question, is the Switch more enjoyable to play as a home console, a handheld device, or somewhere in between? 

Source: Eurogamer

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Limited Edition ASSASSIN’S CREED Yeezy’s Available To Win

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I'm pretty sure I've never seen any Assassin's Creed character wear trainers like these. I'm half wondering, perhaps if they did I would have had better success doing some counters and combos in some of the older games. Be that as it may, you can win these Limited Edition Yeezy trainers.

This is brought to you by trainer designer, Dominic Lowman, who has been working with Ubisoft on the design. And there will be sixteen pairs of these unique trainers up for grabs. As Lowman states:

For me, sneaker culture is a perfect representation of popular culture right now. It’s been amazing to merge this with a gaming franchise to create something that is not only wearable, but rich with history and a back story.

Details on the competition will be launched on Ubisoft's social media feeds, namely TwitterFacebookYouTube. Until then, enjoy this here video on the Yeezy by Ubisoft.

Source: Destructoid; Highsnobiety

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