Penguins @ Sharks 10:30 PM|7:30 PM PT (NBCSN|ROOT-PIT|CSN-CA)
This game could provide a glimpse of a Stanley Cup Finals match up, both teams are great offensively and have solid back ends on defense. However will goaltending be the story as the playoffs unfold again? We’ll have to wait and see. Furthermore, will offenses be more powerful than defenses for the first time in several years? As far as this game goes, it is hard not to like it on paper, two offenses that can light up the scoreboard more times than the phrase is said in the song “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” by Fall Out Boy. I think this will be a 7-5 Sharks win, it is just a hunch. And as a little inspiration I leave this part of the blog with the following video:
Avalanche @ Red Wings 8 PM ET|5 PM PT (NHL-Network US|ALT|FS-DET)
Nick Lidstrom gets his #5 retired by the Red Wings tonight an what is expected to be an one hour ceremony.
Capitals @ Bruins 7 PM ET (CSN-Mid Atlantic|NESN)
A rematch from Saturday where the Capitals beat the Bruins thanks to their great work on the Power Play.
PARIS – March 6, 2014 – Today Ubisoft revealed that its highly anticipated action-adventure open world game, Watch Dogs, released worldwide on May 27, 2014 Playstation 4 , Playstation 3, Xbox One ® , Xbox ® 360 and PC. Wii U ™ version is released at a later date . Players who purchase Watch Dogs on Playstation ® or Playstation ® 3 ™ 4 will have access to 60 minutes of additional gameplay.
“We are excited to reveal to players around the world the new release date of Watch Dogs ,” said Geoffroy Sardin , Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA at Ubisoft. “We are quite convinced that the extra time given to the development team to refine and perfect the game is really worth . “
“We are very excited about the launch of Watch Dogs on PS3 and PS4 ® ® and are confident it will stand as one of the biggest games of 2014,” said Michael Pattison , Vice President , Sony Computer Entertainment Europe . “This is a unique and visionary game and we are confident that the exclusive content available via the Playstation Network will not only excite the players, but also show that Playstation ® is the preferred platform for playing Watch Dogs. “
Watch Dogs in , the player will play Aiden Pearce, a talented hacker whose violent and criminal past caused the loss of his family. Driven by the desire for revenge, he will track relentlessly those responsible for this tragedy. With its smartphone, it will be able to monitor and hack everything that surrounds it, including CTOs , the monitoring system of the city of Chicago. Aiden can access the cameras, download confidential information about its targets, controlling traffic lights to cause accidents … and much more! With its smartphone, the city becomes the ultimate weapon to quench his thirst for revenge.
More information about Watch Dogs are available on the official website , Facebook page and Twitter account .
Ubisoft is a world leader in the creation , publishing and distribution of video games and interactive services. The Group owns a portfolio of internationally recognized brands such as Assassin ‘s Creed , Just Dance , Rayman , Far Cry series or video game Tom Clancy . Ubisoft teams , through its global network of studios and distribution subsidiaries , are committed to offer players unforgettable experiences and original game on all popular platforms, including consoles , mobiles, tablets and PCs . For the year 2012-13 , Ubisoft generated sales amounted to EUR 1 256 million. For more information , please visit : http://www.ubisoftgroup.com .
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PARIS – 6 Mars 2014 – Ubisoft révèle que son très attendu jeu d’action-aventure en monde ouvert, Watch Dogs, sortira dans le monde entier le 27 Mai 2014 sur Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox® One, Xbox® 360 et sur PC. La version Wii U™ sortira à une date ultérieure. Les joueurs qui achèteront Watch Dogs sur Playstation®3 ou Playstation® 4™ auront accès à 60 minutes de gameplay supplémentaire.
« Nous sommes ravis de pouvoir révéler aux joueurs du monde entier la nouvelle date de sortie de Watch Dogs », a déclaré Geoffroy Sardin, Vice-Président EMEA Ventes et Marketing chez Ubisoft. « Nous sommes tout à fait convaincus que le temps supplémentaire accordé à l’équipe de développement pour peaufiner et perfectionner le jeu en vaut vraiment la peine. »
« Nous sommes très excités quant au lancement de Watch Dogs sur PS3® et PS4® et sommes confiants qu’il se distinguera comme l’un des plus grands jeux de 2014 », a déclaré Michael Pattison, Vice-Président chez Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. « C’est un jeu unique et visionnaire et nous sommes convaincus que le contenu exclusif disponible via le Playstation Network ne va pas seulement exciter les joueurs, mais également montrer que Playstation® est la plate-forme privilégiée pour jouer à Watch Dogs.»
Dans Watch Dogs, le joueur incarnera Aiden Pearce, un hacker de talent dont le passé violent et criminel causa la perte de ses proches. Animé par le désir de vengeance, il traquera sans relâche les personnes responsables de cette tragédie. Grâce à son smartphone, il sera capable de surveiller et de hacker tout ce qui l’entoure, notamment le ctOS, le système de surveillance de la ville de Chicago. Aiden pourra accéder aux caméras de surveillance, télécharger des informations confidentielles sur ses cibles, contrôler les feux de signalisation pour provoquer des accidents… et bien plus encore ! Grâce à son smartphone, la ville devient l’arme ultime pour assouvir sa soif de vengeance.
À propos d’Ubisoft
Ubisoft figure parmi les leaders mondiaux de la création, édition et distribution de jeux vidéo et de services interactifs. Le groupe possède un riche portefeuille de marques de renommée internationale telles que Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Rayman, Far Cry ou encore la série de jeux vidéo Tom Clancy. Les équipes d’Ubisoft, à travers son réseau mondial de studios et de filiales de distribution, s’engagent à offrir aux joueurs des expériences de jeu originales et inoubliables sur l’ensemble des plateformes populaires, dont les consoles, mobiles, tablettes et PC. Pour l’exercice 2012-13, le CA d’Ubisoft s’est élevé à 1 256 millions d’euros. Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur: www.ubisoftgroup.com.
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Today Ubisoft revealed the release dates for all versions of Watch_Dogs except for the WiiU version and that date is May 27, 2014.The WiiU version will come out on a later date.
Accompanying that news was a new Watch_Dogs in a trailer that tells more about the story of Watch_Dogs where it is learned that he is seeking revenge for his daughters death. The trailer doesn’t say how the 6 year old was killed but there is no doubt that the game will offer a lot of details into that as we progress, and since it has been learned that this was a family ordeal I would not be surprised if his wife was also murdered as well, granted there is no evidence to support this as there is with the daughters tombstone, but I don’t recall seeing Aiden Pearce’s wife anywhere in screens or videos leading up to this. So it would make sense to assume that the wife was also a victim of the hit on Aiden Pearce.
You can watch the trailer below for the roughly two and a half minute story trailer.
Overall I was underwhelmed by it, I was hoping for more. I mean it is nice to have an idea of what the game centers around now, but overall it still looks a lot like the same game. Perhaps the IGN coverage on the game later today will bring more info as to what really is happening in the game.
Overall though, it is nice to see the game back on the radar, but is it too late? I will do a piece on that and release it soon.
Today was the last day for the NHL to make trades, and there were some pretty good trades today that will change the face of the league moving forward going into the playoffs.
The Trades (The Short List)
- The New York Rangers acquired Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ryan Callahan, a 2015 1st round pick, and a conditional 2014 2nd round pick.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames for a unspecified 3rd round pick.
- The Montreal Canadiens acquired Thomas Vanek and a conditional 2014 5th round pick from the New York Islanders for Sebastien Collberg and a conditional 2014 2nd round pick.
- The Minnesota Wild acquire Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick from the Buffalo Sabres for Torey Mitchell and an unspecified draft pick.
- The Washington Capitals acquire Jaroslav Halak and a 2015 3rd Round pick from the Buffalo Sabres from Rostislav Klesla and Michal Neuvirth
- The Boston Bruins acquire Andrej Meszaros from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 3rd round pick in an unspecified year.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire Nick Schultz from the Edmonton Oilers for a 5th round pick in an unspecified year.
- The Dallas Stars acquire Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers for Dan Ellis
- The Los Angeles Kings acquire Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Matt Frattin, a 2nd round pick and a conditional third round pick.
Last night also had the Vancouver Canucks trade Roberto Luongo and a minor league forward to the Florida Panthers for prospects, goalie Jakob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias.
Montreal Canadiens: I love the addition of Thomas Vanek for the Canadiens, they needed a piece to add to that team and they certainly got it. As an added bonus, the Canadiens got a player with decent size and a noted Boston Bruins killer. Combine this with the lack of a huge deal for the Bruins, the Canadiens really made themselves a pretender to a possible contender.
Pittsburgh Penguins: They didn’t make any major moves, but they added Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak adding depth to an already deep line up.
Los Angeles Kings: They added a prime time player in Marion Gaborik, while Gaborik isn’t a defensive minded player, he can be a nice asset in the goal scoring department, which is what the Kings needed to a lesser extent. The Kings look poised for another deep run.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Boy did the Lightning get a steal today in the St. Louis trade. I won’t say that St. Louis isn’t worth Callahan, the real thing for me is the fact that they also picked up a 1st round pick and a conditional second round pick which could move to a first round pick if the Rangers make the Eastern Conference Finals this season.
St Louis Blues: The Blues got themselves on this list because of a move that was made last Friday when they added Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres. The Blues felt like they needed to upgrade their goaltending, and getting Ryan Miller is a good way to add a stronger structure to the backbone of the team. I think they went from contender to a favorite to win the Western Conference.
Boston Bruins: The Bruins needed to do more, and while I am not down on the Andrej Meszaros deal with a good portion of Bruins fans and Boston media because I think Meszaros is a good player that was tangled in the wrong system. But they failed to get that guy who will be a sure bet for them, and they lost ground on the Canadiens and Penguins today in my opinion.
New York Islanders: The Islanders somehow managed to get very little for their trades recently that will help the team now, sure they managed to scrap together 2 second round picks and a third round pick. But looking at what they traded I feel that they could have and should have gotten more for the pieces they dealt away.
Vancouver Canucks: Look I am not going to bash Shawn Matthias or Jakob Markstrom, those are legitimate returns for the Roberto Luongo trade. However I do have the right to wonder what they’re going to do if they make the playoffs and have two rookie goalies in the mix for starting job.
I have to say in terms of the best NHL Trade Deadline Day team, it has to be the Montreal Canadiens, they added a scorer and size to their roster, a player who can make a big difference for them moving forward. I still do not think that the Canadiens are going to be front runners in the Eastern Conference, I think that the Canadiens are on their way. A defenseman and power forward from where they would ideally be in order to make a strong push for the Stanley Cup. But I can’t help but to like this move from a Canadiens perspective. As a Bruins fan it sucks seeing them add Vanek.
- There is an expectation that there will be new Watch Dogs material coming out this week, according to a report from Gamespot it might feature a trailer along with the release date on the “new” game. I am interested to see if they improved the visuals, if anything that was the weakest point of the game. Well that and to this point we really do not know a whole bunch about the game as a whole outside of Aiden Pierce is out to do damage to those who somehow harmed his family. The game looked and sounded fantastic before the delay, but if there was one weakness that Ubisoft had, it was the lack of real info on the game.
- On Tuesday Rockstar Games released its “The Business Update” for GTA Online. The release offers 3 more new cars, a couple more weapons, a new jet, and a collection of new clothes.
- SCEA has put out a couple of new blogs on Operation Sports this week, the first one dug into your Universal Profile and Stubs which is virtual currency but not used like it was in NBA 2k14, you can read that here, and the second one released today goes into Online Franchise which can be read here.
- A notable release this week was South Park: The Stick of Truth was has released to some good fan fare, it was released on Ps3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Canucks @ Coyotes 9 PM ET|6 PM ET (SNET-P|FS-A+)
This could be a great offensive game thanks to two really good offenses. The Coyotes have quietly been a good story this season despite not getting the fanfare from hockey media outlets who continually talk about the big market teams such as the Bruins, Penguins, Blackhawks, Canadiens and Maple Leafs depending on the country and market the media broadcast is based out of and that is understanding since Arizona is not considered a hockey hot bed in the league. At the same time I think the team can prosper because they are now under ownership that is seemingly willing to keep them in Phoenix. But back to the game, this should be a fantastic game with plenty of offense, some checking, and possibly a huge stop or two from the goalies.
I’ll predict a 4-2 Phoenix win lead by Shane Doan.
Lightning @ Blues 8 PM ET|5 PM PT (NBCSN|TSN2)
Hurricanes @ Sharks 10:30 PM ET|7:30 PM PT (FS-CAR|CSN-CA)
Canadiens @ Kings 10:30 PM ET|7:30 PM PT (TSN-HABS|PRIME TICKET|RDS)
This game will feature two teams that play different styles, the Canadiens are more offensive minded of the two teams which makes for an interesting contrast. They typically have to rely on Carey Price to help them out, while the Kings are a strong team on defense with an Olympic caliber goalie in Jonathan Quick to help them win games. So we in a sense have a game where we will see which style eventually wins out. This is also a great test for the Canadiens because they are going to be playing two teams in a row that could make a run at the Stanley Cup finals in LA and Anaheim, and while I don’t view the Canadiens as a team that will be in the Stanley Cup finals, I do think this is a great measuring stick for the Canadiens to see where they stand, I expect them to put up a good fight.
But in the end I think the Kings will beat the Canadiens 3-1, the Candiens still suffer from being a smaller team, and they are going to have battles with a team that can be physically punishing, and mix that with a team that can score on a couple quick strikes and we’ve got a team that can and usually will smoother the opponent into defeat.
Blue Jackets @ Maple Leafs 7 PM ET|4 PM PT (FS-Ohio|SNET-Ontario)
Flames @ Wild 8 PM ET|5 PM PT (SNET-West|FS-North)
- This deal came on Friday night just before the Buffalo Sabres were set to take on the San Jose Sharks at First Niagra Center. The Sabres traded goalie Ryan Miller and center Steve Ott to St. Louis for goalie Jaroslav Halak, winger Chris Stewart, prospect winger William Carrier, a 2015 1st Round Pick, and a conditional draft pick.
- Rumors out of Buffalo say that the Sabres might be looking to flip Chris Stewart in a trade before the deadline which is Wednesday.
- Rumors out of Pittsburgh links them to Canucks center Ryan Kesler, one reported trade could be Brandon Sutter, a choice of either defensemen Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin, and two draft picks which would likely be a first and a third according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- TSN is reporting that Colorado center Paul Stastny is a potential player if the Avalanche and Stastny fail to reach an agreement by Wednesday, Stastny is a unrestricted free agent after this season, so it would make sense to move him for something before he leaves the team for nothing.
- Last night the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 at Soldier Field in Chicago. It was played in moderate to heavy snow for a good part of the event, with temps in the upper teens and the wind chills in the single digits. The game was one that was dominated by Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews who scored two goals and added an assist, and Patrick Sharp who scored his team leading 29th goal of the season and also added a helper. Corey Crawford was solid in the win, he had to make 31 saves.
- Today features the last outdoor event of the season being played in Vancouver as part of Tim Horton’s Heritage Classic. The Ottawa Senators will take on the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place. The game will take place at 4 PM ET|1 PM PT, and the whether calls for light snow.
Games to Watch
Bruins @ Rangers 7 PM ET|4 PM PT (NBCSN|TSN2|RDS2)
This should be a good game, both teams are coming off of losses, the Bruins lost to Washington on Saturday and the Rangers endured a rare loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. The Bruins are 0-1-1 out of the gate from the Olympic break losing to the lowly Sabres in OT on Wednesday whereas the Rangers are 1-1 with their win coming against a tough Chicago Blackhawks team on Thursday.
Other Games of Interest
Flyers @ Capitals 12:30 PM ET|9:30 AM PT (NBC)
Senators @ Canucks 4 PM ET|1 PM PT (CBC|RDS|NBCSN)
Lightning @ Avalanche 8 PM ET|5 PM PT (SUN|ALT)
Tough Road Ahead
The team with the toughest schedule this week has to be Montreal, they hit the West Coast with match ups against Los Angeles, Anaheim, Phoenix and San Jose this week, and then coming home next week and facing the Boston Bruins their first game back in town.
Honestly tonight was not an easy night to do this segment for, there are 3 games that could have grabbed the top spot. I ultimate choose the Blues and Canucks, but I considered sliding the Kings @ Avalanche game in there or the Bruins @ Sabres game could have also made the top spot. In other words, tonight’s gonna be a good night for some NHL action no matter where you look.
Blues @ Canucks 10:30 PM ET (FS-MW|SNET-P)
A battle of two powerhouse teams out West and this rivalry has a bit of hatred mixed in. These teams always seem to have interesting and entertaining battles, which to me is a good thing since the NHL has a chance to pick up from the momentum the Olympics created for it. A lineup note for the Canucks, Henrik Sedin is in, and Ryan Kesler is out due to a hand injury. I got to admit Kesler did a hell of a job with faceoffs with Team USA considering his hand was bothering him, but he definitely showed in his play that he wasn’t up to par.
As far as predictions, I’ll predict a 5-3 Blues win.
p>Bruins @ Sabres 7:30 PM ET (NBCSN|TSN2)
Kings @ Avalanche 10 PM ET (NBCSN|TSN2)
SCEA has released its first developer blog for the upcoming MLB the Show game which is scheduled to be released on April 1st on PS3 and PS Vita and sometime in May on PS4. This blog covers two new features, Quick Counts and Player Lock.
Quick Counts is in essence a random batting count generator, you come up with a randomly selected situation when you come to the plate or pitching, it is intended to make the game go by faster.
Player Lock is what it sounds like, you can set yourself to be any player on the field as long as you set yourself to be that particular player, for example, if you want to play the entire game as David Ortiz as the DH, you can and you will only have to play the parts of the game he is involved in, which most of the time will mean anywhere from 3-4 at bats per game. If you need a better idea of what this is, you can take RTTS as an example since it is the same thing except you get to use another real life player as opposed to using your created player, which could be interesting because since you can do it in any game mode, you could kind of do a form of RTTS in dynasty mode as your favorite player if you were so inclined to do so.
Another feature discussed in the video is a presentation setting called Fast Play, which is striping the broadcast settings to the bare minimum so that you can get through the games faster.
SCEA has said it will have weekly developer blogs over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for info.