Weekend Confirmed 194 - Gran Turismo 6, Tearaway

by Ozzie Mejia, Dec 06, 2013 11:00am PST

Jeff Cannata is in the Big Apple this weekend, which leaves host Garnett Lee to lead this week's episode of Weekend Confirmed solo. He welcomes in Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia, Christian Spicer, and Nikole Zivalich and they lead off the show by discussing the increasing problems plaguing Battlefield 4 and where the game goes from here. The show then goes handheld, as Christian discusses everything that makes Media Molecule's Tearaway a sublime experience before Ozzie and Nikole dive into The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. As you might expect, this leads to a comparison of the two handhelds. Afterwards, Garnett takes the floor and discusses the good and the bad of Gran Turismo 6, taking a critical look at its microtransactions before discussing everything that makes it a more-than-worth entry to the long-running series. The show wraps up with new Finishing Moves and the post-show Tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 194: 12/06/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:42 - 00:14:11

    Round 2 - 00:15:06 - 00:51:58

    Round 3 - 00:53:44 - 01:21:10

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:21:54 - 02:02:54

    Tailgate - 02:04:01 - 02:16:14

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  • Ok, I loved Assassin's Creed 4 more than any other AC game, but I've got a gripe with the marketing department. I wanna call bullshit on some of their marketing.

    From this point on there's going to be *spoilers* so don't read if you don't want anything spoiled.

    It feels like Ubisoft are comfortable with being deceptive with their communications leading up to the launch of AC4, but I will say it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the game at all.

    1. "A pirate, trained by assassins"

    is a tag line they used all the time in trailers and marketing but it's entirely untrue. Edward Kenway does not receive any training from the Assassins at any point during the game. There's even reasons why Kenway has amazing abilities without any formal training. Sure, it's only a single sentence, but it played over and over during the marketing.

    2. The heist trailer:

    It's undeniably implied that the game includes with big heist scenario, and it makes sense, GTAV had just came out and was selling ridiculously and all of a sudden Ubisoft releases a trailer implying that the game revolved around or at least played host to some grand heist. But if you've played the game you'll know that the scenes in this trailer are all out of context and cobbled together to create a false narrative.

    3. AC4 gives pirates the HBO treatment.

    According to Ubisoft “We’re staying away from cliches. Things like walking the plank, parrots on the shoulder and hooks for hands. We are giving pirates the HBO, reality treatment. And that allows us to redefine piracy in entertainment. No longer is it for kids.” I don't even know where to begin, I don't agree with this at all. There is very little HBO vibe about AC4.

    I just don't understand the white lies. AC4 is an amazing game, it didn't need to stretch the truth to sell it. Why not just focus on all the great things about the game rather than twist the facts to do so?