How did Watch Dogs steal the show? Easy, it was actually a well kept secret! In development at Ubisoft for over two years, Watch Dogs was a huge surprise for even the most seasoned video game vets. What we do know is that Watch Dogs will be an open world adventure set in Chicago U.S.A. , go anywhere, do anything, and eat as much deep dish pizza as you’d like! Like our good friends Zero Cool and Crash Override, the main protagonist Aiden Pierce can control almost anything that’s wired into the grid….
OnLive has a huge presence here at PAX. While onlive has been around for a while now most people have little to no clue what onlive is or what magic it brings to the table. The idea behind onlive is a bold one, cloud gaming. This means that your “virtual console” gives you the ability to play games without the use of a proper console. Wizardy you say!! onlive is the first company to really attempt cloud-console gaming and in theory its a great idea. Imagine not having to own an Xbox to play Gears of War, or a PS3 to play Uncharted… OnLive is looking to break the mold, and we love rule-breakers. Now it’s not just hocus-pocus, the console version of onlive requires a special piece of hardware (smaller than a bread-box) that they were actually giving away here at PAX en masse. This all sounds amazing… and then I got to play it.
Is it worth it? The controller felt solid enough and resembled a strange amalgam of both the Xbox and PS3 controller. onlive boasts about 100 different games with more being added daily. I booted up (edit) Street Fighter 4 and instantly noticed that the visuals were a bit muted, almost as if I was watching a high res internet video version of the game. Not good. Next, I discovered that onlive suffers from some major lag issues that made playing a precision game like Street Fighter 4 next to impossible. Also not good. Two things that modern games require are solid visuals and precision controls. Street Fighter 4 was next to impossible to play and simple moves, such as the Ryu fireball became a real challenge.
Cloud gaming may in fact be the future, but until OnLive can correct these issues you’re better off playing the real thing.