Wednesday, 29 October 2014

No Dying Light for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

By Sam Coles:

The upcoming free running open world zombie game Dying Light has had the plug pulled on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions due to technical limitations. The guys at Techland stated "Put simply, older consoles just couldn't run the game and stay true to the core vision of Dying Light at the same time," I know the 360 and PS3 have bigger install bases, but what people have to realise is that the Xbox 360 was released in 2005 and PS3 was released in 2006, these consoles are pushing a decade old and are out of date in terms of hardware, there is only so much you can do on old hardware.

Dying Light will be released January 2015 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Battlefield Hardline Gets a Release Date.

By Sam Coles:
The urban warfare known as Battlefield Hardline has finally got an official release date, as you all know the game was delayed from its original release of October 2014. The game will be hitting the last and current gen systems on the 20th of March 2015. The reasoning that EA gave for delaying the game was that they wanted to make sure that the launch went as smoothly as possible and not have a repeat of the unfinished state that Battlefield 4 was in. Let’s face now games are getting bigger and more expensive to make and I welcome a delay when it comes down to it and plus this game is being created for 5 different systems so we to give them time.
So will you be getting Battlefield Hardline or are you tired of the series? The game releases on the 20th of March 2015 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Opening Cinematic Trailer.

By Sam Coles:

We get a glimpse at the opening cinematic for the upcoming RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Which shows the main character Geralt of Riva following a trailer trying to deduce what happened as he searches for his friend and lover Yennifer? It shows an epic battle between the forces of the northern kingdoms and the southern province of Nilfgaurd.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release on the 24th of February on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Friday, 24 October 2014

GTA Online San Andreas 10 Year Anniversary Event.

By Sam Coles:

10 years ago Rockstar games introduced us to the world of San Andreas in the Grand Theft Auto series, which was a massive sprawling open world which didn’t just take in one city, but across an entire state.

So to mark this celebration Rockstar is holding an online event on GTA Online with the anniversary event which will give you the usual double XP and GTA bucks, but you’ll get access to new t-shirts to wear with all the logos of the old radio stations in San Andreas from K-DST to K-Jah.

The even runs from the 24th of October to the 26th so go and celebrate 10 years of San Andreas.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition - Migrate from Games for Windows Live to Steam


By Sam Coles:

The original Dark Souls on the PC didn’t have the best of starts when it was first released due to the fact it was a console port and had muddy textures, it wasn’t until a member of the community created a patch to fix all the problems.

Anyway from next month you can migrate your saves and game from Dark Souls from the ill fated Games for Windows Live to Steam, so you can export your character, progress and achievements over to Steam.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gameplay Launch Trailer

By Sam Coles:

With only a few weeks away Activision comes out with their launch trailer for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. Where one of the main characters Johnathan Irons introduces us to "Advanced Warfare". Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is set to release on November 4th on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review - A Mature Middle Earth Tale.

By Sam Coles:
Games set in Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth have never really transitioned well into the interactive art form, but Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor maybe the first game that works with its dark and mature story and gritty violence that you would expect from the residences of Mordor. Before I hear you say that “This is an Assassin’s Creed knock off”. No it’s not, yes it borrows a few things from that series but on its own it’s something new and refreshing and unlike Assassin’s Creed it doesn’t expect you start a furniture business.
The story is that you play as Talion a Ranger who is having a happy life with his wife and son until Sauron’s Generals invade and start slaughtering every including Talion and his family. Death isn’t quite ready for him as a wraith revives him. The wraith is a key character in the world Tolkien as he is Celebrimbor the forger of the rings of power and you must stop Sauron’s resurrection. The Story is a dark and gritty take in the world of Middle Earth with darker themes, but is a fairly generic revenge story.
The first thing that struck me were the visuals and it’s an absolutely beautiful game with its green meadows glimmering in the sunshine, you would think that it would grey and dark all the time as it’s set in Mordor, but this is a time when Sauron wasn’t around so it’s civilized but not completely. Every detail has been taken into consideration from the textures in the buildings to you main character looking wet when it rains to the individually details and characteristics of the Orcs. You’ll traverse different areas of Mordor from the dark atmosphere of the black gates to beautiful and serene meadows before Sauron’s corruption.
The gameplay takes a stealthy approach for the most part and you’ll be sneaking around and slitting Orcs throats as you try to take down their War Chief. Throughout your travels in Mordor you’ll be taking down the Orc armies from your standard grunts, Captains and leaders. This is where the nemesis system comes where it will display all the major generals and war chiefs in the different areas of Mordor, but you can’t just go and kill them. No. You have to go around and interrogate Orcs and gain intel of their weaknesses and location this where the Wraith half of you comes into play, which will let you delve into their minds and let you pick intel of certain captains and chiefs if they are part of a certain tribe. If you fail to kill an Orc who is in the hierarchy then he’ll gain power and be promoted or duel with another captain or take on the war chief and this adds an organic nature to the game, it makes the world feel alive, so it really encourages you to take your time when taking on certain enemies and to plan ahead and not run in waving your sword about.
Along with your standard sword fighting skills you have a set of Wraith powers which can range from a mystic bow and arrow known as elf shot to extending that ability to teleport to your foes and knocking them unconscious. These powers are varied and nicely balanced which will make you think in a battle and take on different tactics if everything hits the fan and you’ll take them out quickly and swiftly or the best option is to run when you’re surrounded.
All these abilities and weapons can be upgrade with the standard skill tree where you get ability points to sink into new abilities or build upon existing ones, you can buy upgrades with the in game currency which will extend your maximum health or let you carry more elf shot arrows etc. Finally you can equip runes to your weapons which can increase the chances of getting a critical hit with your sword or gain a small percentage of your health back when you perform a stealth kill with your dagger. You get these runes by killing high ranking Orcs with in Sauron’s army and they’ll different levels of power and rarity.
The sound design and music is fantastic in this game the sounds when you’re in a fight is excellent, you hear every strike when slash your blade into the Orc’s skin and the bones crunch when you decapitate them and see the blood flying everywhere. The soundtrack has a sort of tribal feeling to it which is fitting when you are mostly battling Orc tribal chiefs, the music when you’re fighting the war chiefs is tense with the heavy war drums thumping and the other orcs chanting the name of the war chief as he edges closer to you with a menacing grimace.
The few nitpicks that I have with this game is one: when you meet the captains or war chiefs it will play this short animation where your weapons clash and you’ll exchange insults and yeah this cool the first few times, but it happens every time even when you’ve met before, it would been nice to be able to skip it. The other problem is that I have with this game is that there some major difficulty spikes in the game when you fight some war chiefs because with some of them you’ll be fighting them and three or four captains at the same time and you’ll get your arse handed to you.
Overall I found that I really enjoyed Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor it’s the first really good game set in Tolkien’s universe and I would highly recommend playing it if you have a PS4, Xbox One or PC if don’t have any of the current gen consoles yet, then wait for the last gen versions to hit in November.   

Friday, 17 October 2014

Dragon Age Inquisition Hero of Thedas Trailer.

By Sam Coles:

Dragon Age Inquisition is out next month on every console under sun (Sorry Wii U) and we have yet another trailer show casing the beautiful world rendered in the Frostbite 3 engine. This trailer seems to focus more on your main hero’s actions that will take place on your quest as you take on the role of the Inquisitor; we also see more of the demonic enemies that you’ll be facing to push back into the Fade.
Dragon Age Inquisition will be released on the 21st of November on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Rockstar Verified Update: 10 New Cloud Piercing Air Races.

By Sam Coles:

With the recent release of the latest update in the form of the flight school of San Andreas with GTA Online more jobs have been approved by Rockstar that will be included to the public. These jobs are:

Dedalus - created by jjjpelo
"Easy," reads the one-word description for jjjpelo's long loop along the coastline, but in reality it's anything but. The Swift is the default choice of chopper, and its maneuverability and speed make it an excellent fit. If you're not too busy getting in the blades of your opponents, look out for great views across the city as you climb over the Land Act Dam.

Heli Low Fly Zone - created by LoneWolfOfNorth
The introduction of San Andreas Flight School to GTA Online has arguably increased the skill of local pilots, while at the same time encouraged greater recklessness. This creation from LoneWolfOfNorth features some of the most difficult low flying sections we have seen, to the point where we wondered if it could even be classed as flying. We think that this will be a Race that many players will come back to again and again, especially to try and beat the three-minute Lap challenge laid down in the description. 

Dusk - created by GunterDaPenguin
GunterDaPenguin has made the city the star of this Besra Race, a north to south tour at a time of day (hence the title) when the world beneath your wings has a stunning amber glow. Not that it's advised to spend too long sightseeing - challenging sections weaving through wind turbines and knifing between skyscrapers should keep your attention on the stick.

Pylon Slalom - created by conororor
Conventional logic would suggest that spinning helicopter blades and overhead power cables are rarely a good mix - but conororor has disregarded this completely and created a fun aerial slalom between pylons in the Besra. Quick reactions and close control over your plane's rudders (L1/LB and R1/RB buttons) are a must.

Sprunk Air Race #1 - created by kapnkyle
This Mallard Stunt Race is as extreme as the benzene-packed drink from which it takes its name. Loops and tight turns in the skies above Vespucci Beach make for an entertaining test for the most able pilots. Non-Contact is selected by default and we recommend keeping it that way, unless mid-air collisions are your idea of a day at the beach.

After School - created by KakoQR
The title couldn't me more fitting in this Air Race for San Andreas Flight School graduates looking to take the Besra Training Jet for an off-curriculum cruise. The route is varied, with sections under bridges and over the crest of a mountain, and we suggest keeping the time set to morning so you can enjoy the sunrise around Raton Canyon.

Chopper Bombing - created by passlake
This helicopter Race feels like a change from the norm right out of the gate, with players starting at the peak of Mt. Chiliad and immediately going into what is accurately described as a "near-suicidal descent", followed by a “treetop-trimming run through Paleto Bay”.

Chopper Killer - created by Liwetha
Another challenging race in the Swift helicopter, with players starting out at the docks and working their way through downtown, squeezing between buildings and climbing to pass over the Maze Bank Tower.

SA Flight School: Racing - created by DemonicStalkerr
This Race is pitched as a chance to put everything you've learned at the San Andreas Flight School to the test, and this proclamation is backed up with a series of tight turns, low flying sections and tight squeezes along its short route. The varied verticality, with some checkpoints requiring you to climb steeply and others forcing you to dive down under bridges, made the Race stand out from the rest.

The Flyby - created by Vance Burrito
Another great, high speed Jet Race with good variation. Highlights include dangerously low flying sections over the rooftops of Chumash beach houses and under bridges as you skim the water in Lago Zancudo, which are separated by a highly technical number of tight turns around the tower of the Fort Zancudo Military Base.

These jobs are playable now so grab some friends and go fly and blow each other up. 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes Release Date on PC.

By Sam Coles:
Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes the glorified demo from Kojima productions finally gets a release date for the PC on steam. The game will be release on December 18th and will be 4k compatible which will show off more beauty of the ambitious Fox engine. This will increase the number of simultaneous light sources, the amount of character models on screen and higher shadow resolution.
PC players will get a both MGS V instalments and it’s been a while since the MGS series has been on PC the last game in the series to head for PC was MGS 2. Will you be picking up Ground Zeroes on PC or give this paid demo a pass.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Evil Within - The World Within Trailer.

By Sam Coles:
The Evil Within is almost here and Bethesda treats us to another trailer for the upcoming survival horror game. It gives us more of an insight into what horrors that the main character will face in this dark and twisted world. It also teaches you to explore your environments and scavenge supplies to help you get through the ordeal. You must use stealth to help you progress and get past the enemies even when you’re armed to the teeth and there are some enemies you can’t kill and running is your best option.
The Evil Within releases on October 14th on PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Battlefield 4 Premium Edition Coming Out this October.

By Sam Coles:
Like DICE’s predecessor Battlefield 4 gets a premium edition which comes with all the nuts and bolts known as the DLC expansion packs for the priced at £54.99 on the current gen and £39.99 on last gen and PC.
What do you get in the premium edition well you get all 5 DLC packs here is the full list:

    • Battlefield 4 Second Assault

    • Battlefield 4 China Rising

    • Battlefield 4 Naval Strike

    • Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth

    • Battlefield 4 Final Stand coming Fall 2014

  • Exclusive personalization options including camos, paints, emblems, dog tags and more

  • Priority position in server queues

  • 12 bonus Battlefield 4 Gold Battlepacks.

The Premium Edition releases October 21st on PC and October 24th on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Evil Within - Fight for Life Trailer.

By Sam Coles:

The Evil Within creeps up on us slowly but surely with its release next week to get us in the mood for Halloween. This trailer shows off the enemies that will make you pee your pants known as the “Haunted” which have some truly disturbing and grotesque character designs which enhances the horror and creativity of the game.

The Evil Within debuts on PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on the 14th of October. So get ready to be scared.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Mortal Kombat X: Quan Chi.

By Sam Coles:
Quan Chi the ultimately evil sorcerer finally makes an appearance in the Mortal Kombat X roster of characters and shows off the different variants that he can use in battle which mix and match the different moves and spells that he can use. He can use black magic to take control of his opponent or even summon a demon from his home turf of the Netherrealm. The leader of the Brotherhood of Shadows will make his appearance along with the game on the 14th of April on PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Dragon Age Inquisition- Crafting and customisation trailer.

By Sam Coles:

More and more details keep rising about the third instalment of Bioware’s RPG series Dragon Age Inquisition as we edge closer and closer to the release date. This time the trailer shows off the customisation options and crafting with weapons, armour and potions. It shows off the different crafting systems and the way you can swap out abilities to suit the situation that you may encounter.

Like DA: Origins you must manage your parties load out and you can customise them like you can with your self with armour and weapons suited to their class.

Dragon Age Inquisition releases on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on the 21st of November.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt:Emhyr and Triss artwork‏

By Sam Coles:

New artwork has surfaced for the most anticipated RPG of 2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It shows off two characters one that has been seen in the series but has been mention in dialogue and makes an appearance in the books Emhyr var Emreis emperor of Niflgaurd and Triss merigold.

Emhyr var Emreis is the ruler of Nilfgaurd which is located in the southern kingdoms of the continent. He is brutal leader and clever with tactics in war and has been trying to take over the northern realms for years.

Triss Merigold is a sorceress with beautiful looks and a mysterious personality she is Geralt of Riva’s companion in adventure as well as lover at one point. She once served as a royal adviser to King Foltest of Termira also known as the prince of Sodden, sovereign of Pontar and Mahakam as well as the senior protector of Brugge.

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC on the 24th of February.

Dragon Age Inquistion: Character Creation Trailer.

By Sam Coles:
Bioware have released a new trailer showing the depth and complexity of the new character creator for Dragon Age Inquisition. The new character creator looks as if they’re going back to the days of Dragon Age Origins, when I say that I mean you can selected whatever race you want instead of the lack lustre creator in DA II where you could only be a male or female human with three different classes.
You could fiddle about with this feature for hours looking at this, where you can tweaking different parts of the characters face such eye height, skin complexion, skin colour, eye colour the list goes on.
Dragon Age Inquisition will be release on 21st of November on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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