|Posted by Bruno B on June 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Yes folks it's that time of year again where gamers worldwide wait with baited breath to see what must have and exclusive (if any) titles will be making it to their console of choice.
It may seem like nothing to non gamers,but to a game fan who has spent his hard earned cash on a particular console ,he needs to know that it's going to deliver.
Today we look at some of the titles coming to XBOX ONE.
Also announced recently is the XBOX ONE without the Kinect option,Which is available Now for only £349. Thing is you can if you search around pick up one with Kinect for that money ,in fact Amazon had a one day special the other day ,they where selling the Titanfall edition with Kinect for that very price.
Also the UK advert on TV for the new bundle is a bit misleading, why you ask , well the advert shows a young man talking to his XBOX (via the Kinect) ''XBOX ON,xbox TV, so on you know the idea, then it goes to the headline now avaiable for the new low price of £349 ,showing the Kinectless version, well if you have no Kinect you can not talk to the XBOX ONE CAN YOU ?
Unless you can use a head set,but that would be silly.
Anyway where here for games , and i know i am a few hours late posting this. i was in fact impressed with some of the titles coming ,OK i know a few are Multiplat ,ie,on PS4 /xbox One and PC.
First up is ( and i know it's the one game that's on last gen as well) Dragon Age Inquisition, this Bioware Action role playing game looks set to give next gen some of the best looking graphics this year from what we saw on the stream we watched.
With a slightly new combat system involving more team play it should be quite cool , and from a personal point of view i think the Xbox one controller will suit it better. Also Xbox One gets some exclusive content to.
Ubisofts next iteration in the Assassins Creed series looks set to take the franchise one step further, being only on the XBOX one /PS4 and PC. Sorry Wii U owners looks like your not getting treated to the next AC game.
You can not deny this does look cool.
Looking as beautiful as ever it still retains the AC gameplay and character movement. what's changed is the scope and amount of characters on screen at any given time ,and i am talking large crowds here. All with individual AI. Also multi player will be a big part with you playing as part of a team to reach your goal . And it's all set in the time of the French Revolution in Paris. It does look nice.
Those Xbox 360 owners who where harking on about getting Bayonetta 2 ,when they know they can not because Nintendo has helped finance it themselves. Well Platinium games are hard at work on ''Scalebound'' and i did not know of this one, and when i saw it, i thought ''Bayonetta'' and what do you know it's by Platinium games. Well see if it sells ,something tells me Bayonetta 2 will do better on Wii U , well the lead characters prettier .
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is another current gen title only and which looks set to be all the better for it. Claiming to be the biggest RPG ever ,with over a hundred hours of gameplay ,making it bigger then Skyrim and a third bigger then previous titles in the series. It's definetly one to watch..
But the surpise was the announcement of the next in the Tomb Raider series.. Rise of the Tomb Raider, announced at the Microsoft E3 event. Though it will come to PS4 and PC as well. But it looks nice ,but your have to wait a while as it's coming Holiday 2015.
Well thats' our pick of E3 today on Xbox One. There where a couple of indie games but where cover all the indies together later in the week. Back tomorrow for the big Nintendo event ,oh we just can not wait.
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|Posted by Bruno B on May 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion on XBOX live goes from strength to strength . Having been labeled a bit not so good with some quite old lacklustre games in the past ,even though i have personally enjoyed some of the past offerings and some i have not even got into yet.
Last Month saw the game step up a bit with the release of Hitman Absolution free for download and at a whopping 7GB there abouts . Another game i have to start yet.
This month sees another two titles blast onto the program with the first being Arcade title Dust Elysian Tale and comic book looking side scrolling fighter .it looks all very classy and the download size won't fill your hard drive.
That's avalable right now for free download till the 16th of May,normally it would cost you £15.99
But from the 16th of May another of the fully fledged retail releases gets the Gold treatment ,this time Saints Row the Third is the offering and maybe the best in the series so far.
Just make sure you have the space at it's another game at around 7GB ,so you may have to clear some old games of or even some demo's as we all collect these don't we.
Footage of Saints Row The Third on 360
What i like about games with gold is the fact the games are yours to keep ,even if you don't renew your subscription .and unlike the PSN version ,even though they have more up to date games i admit ,if you don't renew due to what ever reason. You can be part through a game only to find you can no longer carry on with it.
Nintendo don't have a feature like this at the moment on their systems but who knows what they might do in the future ,but with some of the promotions they do ,like the forthcoming Mario Kart 8 one ,that might be better for them and the consumer. See my post on our sister site Cosplay Heroes.
Till next time ,keep bashing those buttons.
|Posted by Bruno B on April 9, 2014 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
Hello all ,i know not been on here in a short while, but been busy at compliling a dedicated gaming site for the K.I.T.G. Group.
Anyhow quite a lot has happened over the past three months ,well in one way but nothing to get to excited about.
Yes the PS4 is selling like hotcakes ,but why is the question, with very little exclusive content and most of the big new games coming to PS3 and 360 anyway it seems spending all those bucks on a new console to play something you could have played on your old one makes no sense to me.
To the same extent it applies to the Xbox One to with only the recent Titanfall giving any reason to own the console (though even that's on 360 and PC) ,also the recent price drop on the Xbox may have sold a few more consoles to ,though i feel sorry for those who only three months ago spent £429 on the console only and if they had waited could have got the console with Titanfall for £399. .
£399.99 with Tiatnfall - not bad if you ask us.
Of course the current gen console with the best games line up now is the Humble Wii U ,which still struggles to gain ground and is fighting a losing battle against the competiton.
But then Nintendo always said they where not in competetion with the other two.
Wii U has a stella line up of games inc Mario 3D World, Sonic Lost World, Wii U party and the recent Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze.
We can't wait for Eight
With Mario Kart 8 just 7 weeks away it should be a interesting time for gamers.
Wii U also has a lot of indie games in the pipeline ,as does the PS4
Of course the Wii U biggest problem is third party surport but Owners have Lego Hobbit and Amazing Spiderman 2 coming before Mario Kart 8 ,so at least that's a couple of games to look forward to.
But fear not you can get back to your roots in gaming by visiting the Play Expo in Blackpool on the bank holiday weekend of May 3rd and 4th.
Being held at Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre , get to grips with that Coleco vision console you yearned for as a child or play some retro Imports on the classic PC engine or relive your youth on the classic consles of our time from the Snes,Megadrive,NES ,Dreamcast and many more .for more info visit the official site below.
|Posted by THE SNAKE on March 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
Scott Adkins as Yuri Boyka in Undisputed 3
Scott Adkins star of Ninja ,El'gringo ,Expendables 2 and more is set to appear at the Birmingham Comic con at the NEC on Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of March 2014.
Along with many other stars from TV and film Scott will be on hand for a photo shoot and Autograph signing.
MCM Comic Con is a great media event to see the latest games,meet the stars and hear about up coming projects from TV and and Film production companies.
Along with a vast range of Media sellers as well as film collectables on offer to buy as well.
A great day out for all.
Visit the site for more info. Click the MCMC logo
|Posted by THE SNAKE on October 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
This weekend where of to Play Expo ,a Retro Gaming event by Replay Events like no other. Where be getting hands on with machines from the past right up to the present.
Classic Arcade action
So if you crave the Old Arcade games from jamma or even the have a soft spot for the Master System from Sega ,your find it at Play expo. But it's not just retro .
The big boys are here to ,Nintendo will be showcasing there latest forthcoming titles for Wii U and 3DS including Super Mario 3DWorld and Pokemon X&Y.
Super Mario 3D World -playable at the show
Ubisoft are here with Assassins Creed IV on the PS4 ,yes play it on Sony's new uber console beofre it's out .
With Cosplay shows and Fighting game tournaments featuring Street Fighter IV and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Injustice Gods. .
Fighting Game Tournaments
Full Feature by our Games expert with loads of photos to follow.
The Place :Event City Manchester
The Dates: 12th and 13th October 2013.
|Posted by Bruno B on October 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
Hello all ,Bruno B back with another dose of gaming fun. after the excitment of Eurogamer Expo in London you would think it would be plain sailing for us gamers. No chance , this Christmas looks set to be the best for gamers all round .
With the new consoles launching in Novemeber ( though getting one may be harder then you think if you have not pre-ordered) there will be six gaming systems from the big boys on sale all vying for your money. It's the first time that current gen and next gen have competed so closely.
And i have not even started on the handhelds yet.
It seems Sony and Microsoft won't have trouble selling their new consoles as demand so far seems to be quite phenomenal . But also people are still buying the PS3 and 360 in large numbers due to there good price point , especially for casual gamers. Even the Wii is still selling ,though production for Japanese models is due to be stopped shortly.
Selling like hot cakes and thier over six years old now.
Nintendo are determined to push their Wii U console after low sales this year ,most partly due to having no software launched since it's debu't last November .
And it looks like it may pay of with the recent price drop of around fifty pounds in the UK and equivelent in dollars in the US .
Also new SKU's will be where Nintendo will grab the customers ,the Legend of Zelda Wind Waker Premium pack seems to be selling well since it's release on 4th October .The game also as a standalone has done remarkably well to but not in it's home country.
Zelda Wii U bundle with Zelda themed gamepad
But also we have a Lego City Premium bundle coming on the 18th October and a further three bundles which where announced today which are a Mario and Luigi Premium bundle and two basic bundles which include Wii U Party or Just Dance 2014, both basic bundles come with a Remote and sensor bar as well . And all these bundles retail at £249.99.
Mario and Luigi and Lego City Premium Bundles out Novemeber and October at £249.99
There where rumours of two new coulored SKU's in Cherry and Mango ,but Nintendo does not commnet on rumours.
The new 2DS
Also we have the 2DS launching ,which is Nintendo's answer to offering a lower price point handheld for younger kids and without the 3D element which is unsuiatble for younger children.
But to get the price down it has eliminated the clamshell case and it comes in more like a wedge shaped tablet. , it sells for £109 ,but then you need the case to protect it which will set you back another tenner. So for £120 you can have the 2DS which plays all DS games and 3DS games in 2D .
Many have siad why is it not a clamshell design ,but truth be told it only has one screen which is utilised for both screens ,it's one big touch screen with a piece of hardlex on the top screen to iliminate the touchscreen on the top half. So making it a clamshell would snap the screen in half.
But is it worth it is my question , considering the normal size 3DS ,which has the same size screens is only another £15.00 once you have bought the case for the 2DS.
I'll be back with more game news soon ,where of to PLAYEXPO in Manchester this Saturday. Plus the first part of our Eurogamer Expo feature should go live this weekend on here and a second part will feature on our sister site Cosplay Heroes .
For more info visit Nintendo's new Online UK store here
|Posted by Bruno B on August 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Ubisoft have confirmed they are attending PLAYEXPO in Manchester in October. What's more Gaming fans will be able to get hands on with Assassins Creed IV Black Flag on the show floor.
In the Game our hero Edward Kenway will visit three main cities; Havana, Kingston, and Nassau, which reside under Spanish, British and pirate influence, Another aspect of the game is the ship the player will captain, Named the Jackdaw.The ship will be upgradeable throughout the game.
Where looking forward to getting a hands on experience of the game prior to it's European Launch on Novemeber 1st. North Americans can get the game a tad earlier on October 29th ,while Japan gets it towards the end of November on the 28th. Meanwhile our Pal region cousins in Australia can play on the 31st October.
Of course the game is coming to Sony's new PS4 and Microsofts Xbox One when they appear in November.
Copyright Ubisoft 2013
For more on Playexpo visit the official site by clicking the link below.
|Posted by Bruno B on August 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
With daily blasts across the internet of one rumour to the next about this games systems policies or what's coming to this system or that system ,you may be confused as to what is really legit or just someones fan ravings .
I don't don't like to speculate to much and i avoid publishing evry possible rumour that may crop up ,more for the reason it contridicts what i might have previously published.
I suppose the big news of the past couple of days is that SONY have officially announced the North American and Europe release dates for the PS4 console. And with most preorders for Christmas now closed as around 1 million preorders have been registered.
Of course how many may cancel their preorders for whatever reasons ,be it financial problems or just a change of heart we don't know .
But PS4 launches in North America on November 15th and two weeks later in Europe on the 29th of November.
Also announced new Red and Blue PS4 controllers - £54.95 each
What's more the launch line up just announced is as follows ,now there's apprently thirty titles to come but here are the ones which are more or less promised.
Call of Duty Ghosts - PS4 - Xbox One - Wii U -
Need for Speed Rivals- PS4- Xbox One - PS3- Xbox 360
Fifa 14 - PS4 - Xbox One - PS3 - Xbox 360
NBA 2K14 - PS4 - Xbox One - PS3 - Xbox 360
Skylanders Swap force - PS4 - Xbox One - Wii U - PS3 - Xbox 360 - Wii
Battlefield 4 - PS4 - Xbox One - PS3 - Xbox 360
NBA Live 14 - PS4 - Xbox One - PS3 - Xbox 360
Madden NFL 25- PS4 - Xbox One - PS3 - Xbox 360
Killzone Shadowfall - PS4
Drive Club - PS4
KNACK - PS4
Assassins Creed IV Black Flag - PS4 - Xbox One - Wii U - PS3 - Xbox 360
Watch Dogs - PS4 - Xbox One - Wii U - PS3 - Xbox 360 - Wii
Just Dance 2014 - PS4 - Xbox One - Wii U - PS3 - Xbox 360 - Wii
Lego Marvel Super Heroes - PS4 - Xbox One - Wii U - PS3 - Xbox 360
There's not a lot of exclusive content here mostly multiplat titles. I have llisted beside what platforms these titles are coming to as well so you can see whether it's worth diving into next gen just yet for your self.
So That's just three exclusive titles above with some of the biggest being multiplat titles.
Exclusives at launch seem a bit scarce ,but Wii U was no better.
Now on the Microsoft front , who are still to announce the official street dates for the unit have reduced the number of countries the Xbox One will be available at launch from 21 to 13 ,this i think can only do them harm ,especially when little Johnnie's parents are looking to buy him anew console for Christmas in say the Netherlands and they plump for a PS4 or Wii U because Microsoft have delayed the launch in their region.
Also on the Xbox One front is the announcement that the new Kinect wont have to be connected to the console all the time and that you can now switch it of ,yes another 180 on Microsofts part due to some people thinking their being spied on if they have the unit on.
So if you don't need the Kinect connected now ,does that mean there will be a cheaper kinect free version of the console ,well no .
Microsoft says the new kinect is a integral part of the XBOX ONE and for certain tasks if you choose your have to connect the unit .
But it's OK now as preorderes will now geta copy of FIFA 14 with the console. Well it may entice the Football fanboys but for the rest there just be stuck witha game they cant sell because everyones got it for free.
You know what it's like with these EA sports titles ,they release each year to cash in on the fans who continually buy the same game year in year out ,thing is your old version becoames worhtless and no one wants them not even for 99p on ebay. You might as well throw the games away and reuse the DVD/ Bluray case for something else.
Anyway as soon as we have a street date for the Xbox One i will publish it here.
Now Wii U , the recent Pikmin 3 launch has seen a upsurge in units sold in Japan ,which dipped a couple weeks after but has gone back up again in the last week.
The European launch of Pikmin 3 was a success for the game and it continues to sell ,but as far as causing a hardware spike in sales it doesn't seem apparent as it did in Japan, the game released in North America on August 4th ,but figures are not in yet on those sales ,so we'll have to wait and see.
In the UK Nintendo have been doing various tours and roadshows to showcase the Wii U and 3DS and from what i have seen it may prove fruitfull for them this Holiday season.
Also with the announcement of some 20 Indie titles to come to the Nintendo eshop before Christmas it looks like Wii U owners will have something to play if there on a budget to.
Where particulay looking forward to titles like 'TNT RACERS, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails,Tengami ,Festival of magic and Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams which is released this week.
Also the Wii U Virtual Console gets another release this week in the form of Street Fighter 2 , Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Super Street Fighter 2.
Retro fight action arrives this week on Wii U
And not forgetting another two big titles out this week in Europe are Platinum Games Wonderful 101 which is published by Nintendo and another exclusive for the console, also this week sees Ubi soft release Splinter Cell Blacklist on all current systems and early word up from the American release a couple days ago is that the Wii U version looks a lot better then the others, but is lacking the Local Co-op play found on the PS3 and 360.
But the Wii U version does have Gamepad intergration making the game more involved in some ways.
Out in North America Now and Europe on the 23rd August.
Early reports are evidnet that that Multiplayer online play is suffering on Wii U and PS3 due to server problems making some peoples consoles crash. But hopefully Ubi soft will get a patch out to rectify this and ASAP to. No word up if 360 users are experiencing problems as yet.
And the Wii U love doesn't stop there because end of the month ,which is only a week away sees the game that caused thousands of Wii U owners to bombard Ubisoft with rants and rave earlier in the year. Yes Rayman Legends is out next week on the 30th in Europe on Wii U /PS3 /360 and PSVita.
In other Current Gen news this week on PS3 and 360 we have Saints Row IV out this week and The Bureau XCOM Declassified also released on PS3 and 360 .
Out this week on PS3 and 360
The European equivalent of E3 is taking place in Germany at the moment ,so i'm sure where have more news from Gamescom this week and next.
So keep gaming and bashing those buttons.
I'll be back next week with more news and then we look forward to the UK's big gaming event ,Eurogamer Expo which takes place at Earls Court in London for four days ,where there for two of those days and will bring you all the news straight from the show floor.
So what you looking forward to and are you licking up any of the games released this week?
|Posted by Bruno B on July 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
Yes Bruno B. back with another gaming wonder, with all the rumours ,Woes and show stealing antics of the last three weeks ,it looks like it's a great time to be a gamer .
Nintendo seems to be set on ressurecting their Low Wii U sales , Nintendo have their Unleashed tour happening in the UK at events like Hyper Japan,MCM,Eurogamer Expo and other media shows. The Unleashed tour gives gamers a chance to play the latest releases and a few of the forthcoming games coming to Wii U and 3DS.
So if you want to play PIKMIN 3 ,MARIO 3D WORLD, Animal Crossing and more then you should not miss these events in the UK. Also in the UK Nintendo are doing another tour ,Called the Nintendo Roadshow ,calling at various alternate events like airshows and festivals through out the summer . Here the focus will be more on showing currently available titles on Wii U and 3DS.
Not to be out done Nintendo of America have revealed their be at the San Diego Comic Con showing more then twenty titles ,some of which have not been shown outside of E3 yet.
Pikmin 3 has launched in Japan with big success ,selling over 163'000 copies in the first week ,it has also sparked a boost in Sales of the Wii U console as well.
Pikmin releases in the west on July 26th in Europe and August 4th in the USA. I'm sure it will have the same effect.
Yes unlike some dedicated gaming websites ,who seem intent on reporting negative stories on Nintendo (and these are Nintendo dedictaed sites) we feel optimism is key .
Other news of course is the DRM issue for XBOX ONE ,with such bad feedback across the internet , and the fact that Xbox One pre-orders where just not really happening ,Microsoft decided they would do a full reversal of all their polices against used games.
Now Xbox One will be able to play used games without incurring a fee ,your not have to sign into the internet every 24 hours to play games .It has the always on Kinect issue ,but if you want one then your probbaly just put up with it.
Of course this means some features are no longer available on the new console like being able to share your games with up to ten people over the cloud.
In fact some fans have even set up a petition to re-instate the old polices , lol.
CAPCOM's Dead Rising 3 is sure to sell the XBOX 1
Anyway Amazon UK reported that Xbox One pre-orders after the reversal soared and have over taken the PS4 in this region. Whether that represents a overall picture we don't know and i pretty much doub't it as i think Microsoft have done the damage and lost quite a few fans to Sony. I actually hope Nintendo can grab some of those sales to .
PS4 seems to be going from strength to strength and it's not even out yet. It looks like Sony could have another PS2 on their hands after the PS3 struggled to get into homes when launched ,but now Global sales of the PS3 have over taken the 360 . But they still have a way to go to beat the Nintendo Wii ,but it could be done.
Ubisoft's Watch Dogs may be Multi Platform ,but looks like the PS4 version could be definitive.
Also if your a Wii fan your notice that a lot of the social channels are now turned off ,so don't forget to delete those channels from your Wii.
Crazy thing is In Europe and the USA last week the Wii outsold the Wii U ,Nintendo need to address things and hopefully their new advertising campaign may address to some issues.
Hopefully all should work out soon and we should be playing loads of great games ,of course if we can afford them that is.
|Posted by Bruno B on June 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Of course many will know that Sega's Playstation exclusive series Yakuza ( Ryu ga gotoku in Japan ) is one of Sega's most successful series since it stopped producing it's own hardware . The series has always been a Playstation only game and is on it's fifth game ,which has been recently released in Japan on PS3.
Now the first two in the series which where on PS2 and later ported onto PS3 in HD as digital downloads are coming to Nintendo's Wii U console in August in a special 1&2 boxed set ,but only in Japan.
Fans of the series in the West are crying out for a Western release. Here's hoping that it sells well on Wii U in Japan ,so that the West can get a conversion to. And hopefully the others in the series will follow.
Sega have said they are testing the waters so to speak to see how successful it can be , we hope it brings Sega the fruits it expects . The boxed price converts to approx £35 for both games ,so would you pay that for a boxed version or would you like to see a eshop download at a reduced price.
Anyway here's the boxart from the game