Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Evil Within: Every Last Bullet Trailer.

By Sam Coles:

More details about the new IP from the godfather of survival horror Shinji Mikami with the Evil Within gets a new trailer going into depth about the gameplay and the features about the game and what horrors you'll face. It shows the different enemy types and what weapons you'll be using, from blades shotguns and pistols which you must make every shot count, so don't miss. The Evil Within release on the 14th of October 2014 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Project Cars Limited Edition.

By Sam Coles:

Namco Bandai have revealed the limited editon version of the new kid on the block in the racing game genre project cars which will debut on the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U.

You get in this edition:

  • An exclusive steel case
  • 5 exclusive cars and race events
  • "Project Cars: By Racers 4 Racers" behind the scenes book.
Project Cars will be released on PS4, Xbox One and Wii U in November of 2014.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Destiny Review- Does it live up to the hype?

By Sam Coles:
Destiny was one of the most anticipated and hyped game of this year along with Watch Dogs, but unfortunately the game falls flat in some places, however it is a fun and addicting game so it’s not terrible it’s just doesn’t deliver in some aspects of the game. So let’s dive in and explore the world of Destiny.
The story of this game (what is there where you don’t have to do background reading) is that you play as a Guardian and you have been dead for a while as you are found by a hovering robotic entity, which reminds me of 343 guilty spark, finds you called a Ghost. You are then taken to a hub area called the tower where you meet the Speaker and he explains that you were revived by a spherical object in the sky called the Traveller. The Traveller has been around for centuries helping raise humanity into the golden age of space travel and extending life throughout the galaxy, until the darkness came along and start to fight against the traveller, which is where you as the Guardian come in.
Before you can unleash yourself into the galaxy you must first pick one out of three classes although there are only three it gets out of the standard soldier, engineer and sniper class that you’re usually burdened with in the FPS genre, no you have classes that take traits from traditional high fantasy RPG’s instead.
You have the Hunter which specialise in being sneaky and backing you up from a distance so when you’re playing as this class you’ll more than likely be sticking to sniper rifles, the hunter’s special  ability is that he or she can use solar light to burn enemies into ashes.
The Titan uses a vast array of offensive and defensive skills and has a lot of power with melee and general attacks so this class will be your support in battle.
Finally you have Worlock who has mastery of the void so he or she can cast magical blasts to vaporise your enemies.
Then you are unleashed in the word and considering that I played this game on PS3 a console that is eight years old at this point, the game still looked surprisingly beautiful. That’s what I like of the latest shooters in the new gen is that they’ve ditch the greyish brown (for the most part) and have created these awe inspiring and vibrant worlds with lots of colour. This game has some fantastic looking environments from the Moon, the jungles of Venus even to the desolate deserts on Mars, Bungie are renowned for creating detailed worlds and they don’t disappoint here.
The musical score absolute amazing another aspect Bungie gets right again to help you feel the tension in battle with operatic scores that get you pumped when you’re surrounded by enemies or if you are fighting a boss.
The gameplay is familiar if you have played Halo Reach before then you’ll feel right at home with the gun play because the controls and shooting mechanics feel like Reach except you can aim down sights now rather than the classic hip firing. The gameplay has a sense of verticality which a lot shooters seem to abandon these days, you’ll find yourself jumping all the over the place from places and then doing a ground pound on mobs of enemies.
Throughout your journey you’ll obtain experience and high levels which will then let you upgrade your characters abilities this could be anything from learning the ground pound ability as a Titan (which I played as) or just the simple unlock of grenades, it feels awarding each time you level up. After you hit level 15 you can use a different class which there are even more skills for you to play with which encourages you to take different approaches in raids or PvP multiplayer.
Similar to Borderlands there are lots of varied weapons (far less than Borderlands) that you can find and unlock on your travels by finding some that you have to unencrypt or you can find them in loot chests, it’s always fun to find out what your weapon will do if it’s a fusion rifle that spits out fire or ice or even a traditional rocket launcher to take down a boss.
Now I’ve got all the positives out the way let’s go into the negatives which make the game fall flat in places. The story is the main thing that bothers me because there isn’t much of a story here and if you want to know more about the lore you have to go online and read about it which isn’t even in the game most of the time. It doesn’t help the story as well when the voice acting is delivered poorly especially Peter Dinklage who plays the part of your Ghost and is the voice you’ll hear throughout most of the campaign and it just sounds like he doesn’t get on with the material.
Finally the Crucible the competitive multiplayer mode in Destiny, the matchmaking is terrible because as a low level you can be fighting someone from level 15-29 which means you’ll get your arse handed to you and you’ll never want to play again, but the game modes are fun they have the usual domination and team deathmatch modes but I would recommend levelling up a bit first before jumping in.
In conclusion Destiny does not live up to the hype and marketing, but does it make it a terrible game? No I don’t think so I had a lot of fun with it and yes it can get repetitive and the voice acting is flat but when you play it with friends or strangers it can be a fun experience I would recommend playing it, but maybe wait for the price to fall.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution Review.

By Sam Coles:
Anime and Japanese games have never got on with me; maybe it’s the pure weirdness of the stories and the absurdness of the fighting which I don’t mind because I like the spectacle of the fights. Naruto Shippuden hasn’t swayed me in favour due to its repetitive gameplay and lacklustre content, but it’s not all bad.
There is a story of sorts in the “Ninja Escapades” mode where you play through three scenarios which are accompanied with cutscenes which are beautifully animated and are well directed with decent voice acting and nice cinematography are a nice addition to the usual fighting game formula.
The first episode is fairly lengthy but unfortunately the other two are ridiculously short and the final episode is just a cutscene there is no gameplay at all. You’ll go through one on one fights which has a similar feeling to the recent version of Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle on the PS3, that it’s on a weird camera angle which slants to side, it’s not a problem it’s just a bit of an odd design decision.
You also get the Super Ninja Tournament mode which entails you going through several fights where you can be pitted against three other people in an arena fight which can get crazy with the ridiculous special moves, but the animations do get boring after a while accompanied with the same line every time. Fight is not determined how much health is depleted, but is determined of how many orbs you have stolen from your enemies and that will make you win and you can then use those orbs in the island hub area where you can upgrade your moves and you buy different ninja gadgets.
So in this mode you can also go into two on two fights and you have free movement in each fight so it gives you freedom and flexibility in the arena but it does cause confusion because the camera will go nuts sometimes. The main problem I have with this mode is that the A.I. is not very smart because they’ll constantly spam the same attack or they don’t move at all they’ll just stand there waiting for you to hit them.
Overall this game is entertaining in parts, but unfortunately it’s marred with A.I. problems, stiff animation and a lack of content it’s fun with friends, but on your own it’s a frustrating romp.

Thursday, 25 September 2014


By Sam Coles:
The final downloadable content pack for the balls to the walls action first person shooter Titanfall hits the Xbox One market place and Origin. The pack will cost £19.99 which will grant you access to three new maps such as the hidden colony of Backwater, a covert robotics facility in Zone 18 and the secret fuel extraction site of Sandtrap. The content is available now so get downloading if you haven't had enough of Titanfall yet check out the trailer above to see them in action.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt - Travelling Monster Hunter Dev Diary

By Sam Coles:
More dev diaries keep coming about the final chapter of Geralt of Riva's adventure in the Witcher 3. In this video the devoplers and writers go into depth of the world that you'll be traversing as the monster hunter such as discussing the details from rock formations to the ruined castles that you can fully explore. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on the 24th of Feburary 2015.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Co-op Gameplay Trailer - Exo Survival.

By Sam Coles:

As we edge ever so close towards the release date of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, we keep
getting new details about the game such as the recent release of a new trailer that shows off Sledgehammer’s co-op mode titled Exo Survival.

This game mode is more reminiscing of the spec ops survival from Modern Warfare 3 as it should because the guys from Sledgehammer help finish that game off. You face waves of enemies with their own weapons and gadgets as you restock your ammo supply and use upgraded exo suits which more armour and all that sort of stuff. So it’s your standard horde mode where you take on enemies wave after wave along with the ability from the Modern Warfare to use killstreaks to help you deplete the enemy numbers, not my thing but it is fun with friends.
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare releases November 4th on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Demo Impressions.

By Sam Coles:
So finally the demo of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS has been released to the public rather than specific club Nintendo members, so I want to give quick impressions of the demo of how it handles and how it looks.
To be honest when they revealed Super Smash Bros. 3DS I was sceptical because I was worried how it would control with the 3DS’s control scheme were it only has one analogue stick which restricted a few games on the system such as Metal Gear Sold 3 to name a few. However when I played the demo I was really surprised to find that the game controls really well it has a tight control scheme you can use up to jump on the analogue stick but it’s easier to use the Y button instead.
Another aspect that I was worried about was the frame rate because again a lot of games on the 3DS do have a habit of dropping frames often to sometimes unplayable frame rates, but again this game runs at a buttery smooth frame rate of 60 frames per second, the only time that frames drop a bit is when final smashes are performed. The graphics are beautiful with intense detail on the available characters in the demo from the detail on Link’s Master Sword to Megaman’s armour.
The game is fast and fun compared to Brawl it hasn’t been slowed down for the sake of upping the graphics, it’s not quiet Melee levels of speed but it has a mixture of both Brawl and Melee to give that perfect mix of action and movement.
You have a select few characters to play around with as well as one stage and you can play multiplayer but only local for sake of this demo. You can pick Mario, Link, Pikachu and Megaman, they’re all varied and have unique attacks I liked using Megaman because he can use all his power ups from Megaman II.
I was pleasantly surprised by this demo which gets excited for the full release of the game when it hits the 3DS 3rd of October, so if you have a 3DS give it a go it’s a lot of fun.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Dark Souls II The Lost Crowns Third DLC Delayed.

By Sam Coles:
From Software have been providing us with more content to throw ourselves at brick wall with frustration with the The Lost Crown trilogy. So if you are waiting for the latest and final part of the trilogy well you’ll have to wait until September 30th to die over and over again because it’s been delayed.
Dark Souls II came out earlier this year and was met with positive reviews although the hardcore fans said that they nerfed it, but over it’s a great and challenging experience which I would highly recommend if you still have your Xbox 360 and PS3 or if you have a PC as well.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Battlefield Hardline: Hotwire Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer

By Sam Coles:

A new trailer for the cops and robbers fantasy for Battlefield Hardline shows off a new game mode within the multiplayer component, which looks to be Need for Speed Most Wanted except instead of doing takedowns by ramming them, you can now shoot them with assault rifles or blow them up with an RPG.

The game mode is called “Hotwire” and it’s a mode that is completely vehicle based whereas the cops you have to chase them down and stop them with your car or set up road blocks to stop them in their tracks or you can do it the conventional way by shooting them. It looks to be a fun and high octane experience that the Battlefield franchise needs.

Battlefield Hardline was delayed from its original October release date of 2014 and has now been push to early 2015 to grace its presences on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Evil Within TGS 2014 Trailer.

By Sam Coles:
TGS 2014 kicks off in full swing this week and the guys at Bethesda have released a new trailer showing off more of the terrifying title from the director of the original Resident Evil games Shinji Mikami, The Evil Within.

This trailer looks as if the character is starting to lose his grips on reality and fantasy as you can see throughout the trailer he sees things that his brain cannot comprehend. This looks to be a true to form survival horror which the gaming industry has been neglecting at the moment for a more action orientated slant.
The Evil Within will be released on October 14th in Europe and North America on the PS4,PS3,Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Coming to Xbox 360.

Trailer Source: Outside Xbox.
By Sam Coles:

The first Person melee focused online game Chivalry Medieval Warfare is coming to the Xbox 360 with all its barbaric and brutal and up close combat where you can take down your friends with a devastating blow which can make their heads explode in a free for all or you can work together and battle the other knight order to dominate their castle. The game is set to come to Xbox 360 this autumn. There has been no word on other systems such as PS4, Xbox One or PS3 so we’ll have to wait and see.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Grand Theft Auto V: “A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip” PS4 Trailer.

By Sam Coles:

New trailer for Grand Theft Auto V in action on PS4 which shows that the city of Los Santos is pack with even more detail with this already impressive game that we have right now on the PS3 and Xbox 360. It looks like it Rockstar North have taken full advantage with the new generation of consoles, which has allowed them to pack in more details on characters, NPC's, environments and much more. Grand Theft Auto V will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One Novemeber 18th, but the PC players will have to wait until January 27th. Will you be picking this game up (again) or do you think it's a waste of time and want something new? Let me know in the comments or Tweet @bristoliangamer with the hash tag #NextgenGTAV.

Grand Theft Auto V Release Date on Xbox One, PS4 and PC and New Screenshots.


By Sam Coles:
Everyone can now put the rumour to rest of GTA V being delayed till 2015, well for the console releases. Rockstar have announced today that GTA V will be releasing the game on the 18th of November 2014, but the PC players will have to wait again for the game to grace their rigs until January 27th 2015.
Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:
  • New activities;
  • New weapons;
  • New vehicles;
  • Additional wildlife;
  • Denser traffic;
  • New foliage system;
  • Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more.
Along with this release date they have released more screenshots of the game and will be releasing a new trailer later on today. Check out some of the new screens below:


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Resident Evil Revelations 2 New Trailer

Trailer Source: Outside Xbox

By Sam Coles:

Since the announcement of Resident Evil Revelations 2 we were not given a lot of information about the gameplay, characters and story. You play as Claire Redfield in this game and we haven't played as this character since Code Veronica back in the year 2000. The game looks like they have gone back to the routes of the Resi series by having dark and tight corridors and terrifying monsters.

The trailer shows that Claire is kidnapped by some military types and is then infected with a virus and wakes up in a prison with a glowing wrist strap which was present in the live action trailer. I have a feeling (I'm just speculating) that this game will have a Dead Rising style time limit and you'll have a certain amount of time to get rid of the infection, but we'll not know until Capcom give us more information.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC early 2015, still no Wii U which is bizarre considering the original game was Nintendo exclusive.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

GTA Online Creator Throwback Jobs: Red Dead Tribute Special.

By Sam Coles:

More verified jobs from Rockstar Games with more of an old and throwback theme, these jobs are a tribute to one of my favorite games of last generation and that game is Red Dead Redemption. The game that successfully transferred the western from the silver screen to video games. The jobs are themed around the areas in Red Dead and game modes from the multiplayer. Here are the list of jobs:

As long as you’re willing to overlook the occasional shipping container (think of them as abandoned railway cars), you could easily slip back in time and be convinced you've been transported to the Old West in this Deathmatch set around the dusty confines of the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness. There's a back-to-basics feel to the restrained placement of Pistols, Sawn-Offs and Molotovs here and the varied elevation of the setting, paired with the generous cover, make for a well-balanced and tactical Deathmatch. Plus the opening standoff, with each team starting out facing each other, nicely approximates Red Dead's last-man-standing style Duels.

With the haze of New Austin far off in the distance, this rural retreat that’s reminiscent of Beecher's Hope is a great setting for a well-pitched Deathmatch. Pistols are the order of the day but, if you look hard enough, you may very well find a Sawn-Off or a Grenade to mix things up. Unless the Wright Brothers took an undocumented trip cross country, we're not sure if the Duster is completely on-theme... but we'll let that slide.

 Tesoro Azul by JaseTheChase (Xbox 360)
"Do you long for the days when Deadeye was king and the only thing between you and death was the speed of your draw with a Double-Action Revolver?" reads the description for this GTA Online take on Red Dead multiplayer mode "Hold Your Own", which has racked up over 600 plays at the time of this writing. JaseTheChase has used shipping containers and other Props to create a faithful replica of Tesoru Azul, one of the hideout locations in Nuevo Paraiso. The aim here is simple: grab the opposing team's bag and take it back to your base. Weapons are locked to Pistols but you can also find some Molotovs scattered around for fiery fun.

These steeds might not eat straw but this Sanchez Point-to-Point Race across the Grand Senora Desert, compliments of a long time member of the GTAGaming gang (and a Commissioner in the GTAGaming Crew), takes us back to playing Red Dead's Grand Prix. It's all here - weaving through cacti, cutting through brush and speeding along the rail track - albeit with a different kind of horsepower involved.

RED DEAD by ScarfacexD16 (Xbox 360)
This Team Deathmatch takes place at the old sawmill and surrounding valleys located at the foot of Mount Chiliad and Mount Gordo. It features a good range of cover and elevation for a back-to-basics, Pistols-only shootout. Just beware of taking cover close to the gas tank at the back of the house. There's something a bit more combustible than manure inside...

Another Deathmatch commencing with a close proximity Red Dead-style duel, but this time starting ammo is restricted so you really need to make every shot in the chamber count. From there it all goes down in an enclosed space surrounded by train carriages and removed from the modern trappings of civilization. Rocks are your cover and bushes your hiding spots, with a raised area in the center providing some great coming together moments.

The mountainous and wooded Tall Trees area of West Elizabeth is a popular hunting ground in Red Dead and this GTA Online Job, set in Raton Canyon, substitutes Pistols and Shotgun skirmishes for skinning bearhides. Expect many tense shootouts as players make the most of the ample cover provided by the forest.

Grab the Bag is one of Red Dead's best-loved multiplayer modes and this GTA Online version by BigSo786 is a fitting tribute. The central bags, protected at the beginning by potent Actors, and the small playing area make for an intense start as all four teams converge. Once things spread out, varied elevation and a good spread of weapon pickups offer scope to mix up your tactical approach. 

These jobs are available now so head to Los Santos and prepare to duel with you friends.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Alien: Isolation goes gold, new trailer series begins

By Sam Coles:
Creative Assembly have announced today that Alien Isolation has gone gold and is ready for manufacture for discs and will be hitting stores on October 7th of this year. In celebration of this Sega will be making videos leading up to the upcoming horror game.
#HOWWILLYOUSURVIVE?  Are a series of videos that will be a series of trailers show casing gameplay and many unique ways that you’ll be able to escape and outsmart the Alien creature that will be stalking you throughout the game.
After the complete disaster that was Aliens Colonial Marines back in 2013 from Gearbox Software a lot of Aliens fans were all thinking that there could not be a true Alien game. But this game looks promising because it is based on the 1979 film which was a pure claustrophobic horror film with only one Alien, so it should be good fingers crossed.
Alien Isolation releases worldwide on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC on October 7th.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

NBA Live Improved Visuals Trailer.

By Sam Coles:

EA releases a new trailer for the latest in the NBA Live series, NBA Live 15 show casing the new gameplay that has been catered for the next gereration of consoles. The visuals are the key element of this trailer showing off the detail of the arenas and the plays from the creases in their clothes to the sweat dripping of their heads. NBA Live 15 is scheduled to hit Xbox One and PS4 this October.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Live-Action Trailer

Trailer Source: GamesHQMedia

By Sam Coles:

There have been many rumours surrounding a sequel to the 3DS later ported to consoles Resident Evil Revelations. Finally it has surfaced by Capcom to be true and they have given us this live action trailer and like all live action trailers tells us absolutely bugger all about the game. What I can get the gist of is that the infection has started to spread at an accelerated rate and people now have to wear wrist bands which are green when they are clean and then red when they are infected.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is scheduled to come early 2015 no actual release date has been set, it will be on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC, but no Wii U release.

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