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Project Cars Video Interview | 'Not the most cars, but the RIGHT cars'

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Gamescom 2014, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Racing Games, Wii U games, Xbox One Games

Funded by Kickstarter, assisted by real drivers and powered by impressive cutting-edge graphical tech, Project CARS is set to become an automotive tour de force. After trying out the latest build at 4K resolution and on the Oculus Rift, I caught up with lead producer Pete Morrish for a chat about the new title and what sets it apart from other racers.

INTERVIEW | Eugen Systems co-founder introduces Act Of Aggression!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Eugen Systems, Gamescom 2014, PC games, RTS, Video interviews

New RTS, Old-School flavour

Eugen Systems are going back to their roots with their next RTS. Act Of Aggression will serve as a spiritual successor to Act of War, playing much like a classic strategy game of base-building, resource collection and massed conflict with new features and automation. I caught up with Eugen Systems co-founder Alexis Le Dressay for the latest at Gamescom 2014.

INTERVIEW | Can Shape Up make fitness fun on Xbox One?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Fitness games, Kinect games, Ubisoft, Video interviews, Xbox One Games

Despite being a superb physical specimen myself, thanks to years of training by the biggest names in the business (Fray Bentos, Colonel Sanders, all the greats), I'm always looking for new ways to get fit. Specifically, ways that are actually fun. Shape Up seemed to be the answer when Ubisoft announced it at E3 2014: a lighthearted and very 'gamey' collection of crazy activities with RPG-style progression designed to keep you engaged while burning calories. Xbox One's Kinect sensor ought to be a perfect fit.

So when Gamescom rolled around Matt told me to get plenty of footage of myself... well, rolling around. Unfortunately, live code being a tricky beast, the software was unfortunately bricked.

Never mind, though, because I quickly grabbed Shape Up creative director Charles Huteau for an interview about the game, and what the team thinks about Microsoft's Xbox One U-turn.

The Walking Dead: Season 2 just £7.59 on Steam

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Adventure Games, PC games, Steam, The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 2 just £7.59 on Steam

The Walking Dead: Season 2 | £7.59 | Steam

I just picked this up myself given that my Xbox 360 version appears to have been overrun by game-breaking bugs. Season 2 isn't quite the tour de force that the first season was, but the taut writing and cracking performances go a long way to making you really care once again about the story of young Clementine, and there are some big decisions to be made along the way.

The last episode just emerged, so you can buy happy in the knowledge that there's no more waiting to be had for the complete experience.

You can also pick up season one for under a fiver.

VIDEO | What's New in Infamous: First Light?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Action Games, DLC, Expansion, Infamous: First Light, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sucker Punch, Videos

VIDEO | What's New in Infamous: First Light?

Infamous: First Light is out in the US today, and our review went live earlier. Here's what we said about the game:

Infamous First Light packs a whole bunch of content in at a decent price, and fleshes out Second Son's most interesting character in fine fashion, with a sibling story that tugs at the heartstrings thanks to another great performance from Bailey. It's an extension, perhaps, more than an expansion -- more of the same sort of thing, but with a slightly different flavour -- but given how much fun Second Son was, that's no bad thing.

But if you're still uncertain whether or not to buy the standalone prequel to Second Son, here's a little look in more depth at some of the changes you can expect to find playing as Fetch rather than Delsin, along with a video of the game's opening 10 minutes.

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PREVIEW | Being a Templar has its perks in Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Games previews, Gamescom 2014, PC games, PS3 games, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Sofia, Xbox 360 games

PREVIEW | Being a Templar has its perks in Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Being a Templar has its perks.

Sure, the Assassins have a noble cause to fight for and a trillion useless collectibles in the vault, but a life on the run wasn't enough for Shay Patrick Cormac. Thankfully the Templars are equal opportunities employers, meaning that even former enemies get immediate access to the latest military technology (including psychotropic drugs and air rifles) subversive experimental gear and insanely generous expense accounts... on the proviso that they agree to track down and murder all their former associates.

And hang out with Haytham Kenway -- who we've already identified as the coolest character in the entire series bar none -- as a bonus. Frankly you'd be mad not to.

Assassin's Creed Unity may be jumping time periods and console generations this Christmas, but for those who haven't yet invested in a PS4, Xbox One or gaming rig, there's still some unfinished business to take care of.

PREVIEW | Being a Templar has its perks in Assassin's Creed: Rogue

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Infamous: First Light Review | Go Fetch

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Action Games, DLC, Expansion, Infamous: First Light, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sucker Punch

Infamous: First Light Review | Go Fetch

I had a blast with Infamous: Second Son. For me, it was probably the best game in the series thus far, a polished experience that did the basics incredibly well, delivered some cracking performances from its leading stars, and dazzled the senses with a gorgeous Seattle sandbox and plenty of interesting abilities. It didn't seek to really break new ground or reinvent the wheel, but Second Son was supremely satisfying because Sucker Punch managed to nail things where they counted -- combat, traversal, scale, story. Would it have been nice to have Seattle live and breathe a little more rather than simply being an obviously gamified sandbox? Perhaps. But frankly I was having too much fun to really care.

Given the hot topic of female protagonists in the gaming industry, it's not surprising really that Sucker Punch were asked in the run up to Second Son's release about the possibility of a female playable protagonist. That questioning only became stronger when we were introduced to Abigail "Fetch" Walker -- a Neon-powered Conduit with some serious baggage in her past and a heavy chip on her shoulder. That Sucker Punch followed through and have given us a fat slab of Fetch's backstory to play through here in First Light is admirable.

More importantly, it's pretty damn good.

Laura Bailey is back to voice Fetch, and once again, the strength of Sucker Punch's performance capture really comes through. Anyone familiar with her story in Second Son will already know the end state of this prequel, set two years before the events of the original game. Fetch is making a living on the streets with her brother in First Light, making ends meet by doing unsavoury jobs for unsavoury people. By the time we meet her in Second Son, she's lost a huge deal, not least a sense of control, and First Light tells the story of how she goes from being a woman trying to hide her powers to being a Conduit fixer and assassin, to eventually becoming a powerful renegade filled with rage and anger.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW | What's next for WildStar?

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, Gamescom 2014, Interviews, MMOs, NCsoft, Videos, WildStar

It's been almost three months since WildStar launched, and the team at Carbine Studios have already dropped two sizable content patches into the game. They're not done yet though, and so to learn a bit more about what is in store for the MMORPG I sat down with Lead System Designer Nick Roth at this year's Gamescom. We get the lowdown on the new zone of the Defile, the first in-game holiday event Shades Eve, and the all-new 5-man dungeon The Ultimate ProtoGames.

Watch the entire Dawngate developer presentation from Gamescom

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Dawngate, EA, MOBA, PC games, Waystone Games

Everywhere you look these days, there's a new MOBA. It seems a little late for EA to be arriving at the party with Dawngate given the rapid saturation of the genre thanks to studios and publishers wanting to capitalise on the popularity and success of titles such as League of Legends and Dota 2, but Waystone Games are confident that they've got something special on their hands, and have been bandying about the phrase "break the meta" to anyone who will listen.

Have a gander at the Dawngate dev session after the jump >>

Grab some Xbox 360 bargains in the Xbox Live Deals Of The Week

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Grab some Xbox 360 bargains in the Xbox Live Deals Of The Week

Xbox One ignored again

Are you ready for some massive Xbox One deals of the week?Prepare to be disappointed, then, because all we've got are a few discounted DLC packs for Need For Speed Rivals.

Never mind, though, because once again the real flavour can be found on Xbox 360. There's a wealth of publisher promotions to take advantage of, such as the entire first season of The Wolf Among Us for £6.59, PvZ: Garden Warfare for £16.74 and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon at £3.29. Check out all the prices and marketplace links below, but not before giving full credit to Rodders89 @ HUKD, who was Johnny-on-the-spot this this morning!

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INTERVIEW | Is Assassin's Creed: Rogue a fitting sendoff or a game too far?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Gamescom 2014, Interviews, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Assassin's Creed: Rogue will let us play as a Templar and hunt assassins on last-gen consoles this Christmas. With poison bombs. And Haytham Kenway. It's a great premise, but will Rogue be a fitting sendoff for the Assassin's Creed III arc or a game too far for the franchise? I sat down with Ubisoft Sofia producer Karl Luhe to get the latest details on the new features and the party line.

Stay tuned for our hands-on preview!

RUMOUR | Super Smash Bros roster gets seriously leaked, Nintendo reportedly swing the axe

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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3DS Games, Leaks, Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Wii U games

RUMOUR | Super Smash Bros roster gets seriously leaked, Nintendo reportedly swing the axe

Over the weekend, a fairly complete-looking roster of Super Smash Bros was leaked onto the internet via some screenshots and some rather legit videos (courtesy of NeoGAF) showing off the unlocked character selection screen and showcasing some of these characters in action.

In the interests of let everyone decide for themselves, we've hidden the images below the jump, and you can have a gander if you're up for some spoilery goodness.

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Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger only £2.99 at GamersGate on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, PC games, Techland, Ubisoft

Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger only £2.99 at GamersGate on PC

Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger | GamersGate | £2.99 (RRP: £11.95)
Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger review

If you're a fan of gritty westerns and tight shooters, I recommend this surprisingly excellent download without hesitation. Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger is a rootin' tootin' good time with a strong campaign and addictive arcade mode, not to mention a bargain for three Quid. Thanks to socialjeebus @ HUKD!

Get Lucius, 1000 Amps, Shad'O & more for £1.12 in the IndieGala Every Monday Bundle

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

Get Lucius, 1000 Amps, Shad'O & more for £1.12 in the IndieGala Every Monday Bundle

Hate Mondays? Can't say we blame you, but at least you can grab seven games to play when you get home for £1.12 in the Every Monday Bundle. Highlights include antiChrist simulator Lucius, underrated yet brilliant puzzler 1000 Amps and unique tower defence title Shad'O.

The price goes up this evening, so early birds get the worm. And some games. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Daily Bite: Matt and Toby do the ALS/MND Ice Bucket Challenge

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Funnies
Tags:
#IceBucketChallenge, ALS, Daily Bite, MND

Thanks to HUKD for the nomination!

The Motor Neurone Disease Association are carrying the campaign here in the UK, and here's how to get involved with the fundraising initiative:

How to donate:

  • Visit MNDA's Just Giving page
  • Text ICED55 followed by an amount (such as £5) to 70070
  • Call 01604 611860 referencing the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

There's more information to be found on the MND Association website, and if you're in the US over on the ALSA website.

An extra nomination goes out to all of our readers and viewers!

Metro Redux Review | Nuclear Family

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
4A Games, Deep Silver, FPS games, Metro 2033, Metro Redux, Metro: Last Light

Metro Redux Review | Nuclear Family

Remasters and reduxes are all the rage right now. It's an easy way to make a quick buck, after all, and recycle some of the best experiences of last-gen, keeping the cash coming in and hopefully picking up one or two newcomers along the way. There'll always be questions as to the deserving nature of these revamped games, particularly when it comes to titles  barely a generation old, but there's something to be said for 4A Games' Metro double header getting the current-gen treatment.

Metro 2033 once used to be the benchmark for graphics card tests, and the original version still holds up pretty well on PC, but the Redux version really is a step up, with 4A porting 2033 over into Last Light's engine. The visual tweaks and upgrades are all as you'd expect: textures have been overhauled and remodelled, there's a deeper colour palette, and noticeably improved lighting -- all of which makes for a game that's somehow even more atmospheric than when it came around the first time. Better yet, 4A have redone a number of the cutscenes in 2033 to keep players in first-person mode, minimising immersion-breaking occurrences.

PC gamers might not necessarily find these upgrades particularly worthwhile, but on PS4, the games really do feel new-gen, particularly Last Light which is now far closer to its PC sibling and has some absolutely dazzling lighting effects to behold. The visual detail across both games is now realised fantastically on consoles, and the improved clothing physics, improved facial constructions and character animations in 2033, really make for a seamless experience. The console versions still can't quite boast the particle effects of the PC equivalent, but it's a marked step up.

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Gourmet Wizard Bacon - Adventures in the Pillars of Eternity Beta #2

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Beta, Josh Sawyer, Let’s Play, Obsidian Entertainment, PC games, Pillars Of Eternity, RPGs, Videos

Gourmet Wizard Bacon - Adventures in the Pillars of Eternity Beta #2

We left our fiery Godlike, Garion, and his merry band of personality-less beta backer templates poised on a knife edge last time. Would we admit that we'd allowed the baby murderer to escape, or would we attempt to lie and sow misinformation amongst Medreth and his goons?

To be honest, it all seemed like the perfect setup for a bit of amateurish combat. Only here's the thing... I got slaughtered within 30 seconds the first time wrong.

Thankfully, I'd also forgotten to hit the record button so the scenes of my extreme failure are lost lost. But the point is that modern games and mouse-spamming hack'n'slash titles have made me soft. Diablo III is a perfect example: it's a game you can play incredibly drunk. Or sleepy. Or while doing two other things simultaneously. Pillars of Eternity, like the Infinity Engine games before it, demands one's full attention. And then laughs at you by overruning you with combat boars.

BUT I HAVE FIREBALLS, WILD PIGGEHS! HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW?!

Ahem.

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Titanfall (PC) down to £13.49 on Origin, DLC and Season Pass also discounted

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
DLC, EA, FPS games, multiplayer, PC games, Respawn Entertainment, season pass, Titanfall

Titanfall (PC) down to £13.49 on Origin, DLC and Season Pass also discounted

Titanfall | Origin | £13.49
Price ComparisonTitanfall Review | Expedition ReviewFrontier's Edge Review

EA have slashed prices on Titanfall and its DLC over on Origin for a day, meaning you can pick up the base game for just £13.49. The individual map packs have also been discounted, and EA have shaved a third off of the price of the Season Pass. Additionally, ifd you've not gotten into the game yet, you can pick up the Titanfall Digital Deluxe Edition, which contains the base game and the Season Pass, for just £23.99.

It's a cracking game, we're still playing it, and the latest map pack, Frontier's Edge, is an absolute winner. Thanks to shahidali47 @ HUKD!

Grab a PS Vita Slim (2014)+ 16GB Memory Card and 10 games for under £135 at ShopTo

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, PS Vita, PS Vita games

Grab a PS Vita Slim (2014)+ 16GB Memory Card and 10 games for under £135 at ShopTo

ShopTo have got some very attractive PS Vita bundles going for under £135 right now, and determining the ebst one is all about what you want out of the console as a gamer. For my money, it's all about snagging the best 16GB memory card package possible, but again, it all depends on the games themselves. Most of the bundled digital game packs contain a mix of large and small Vita titles, along with a couple of PSP games thrown in for good measure.

I'd probably go with the bundle that gives you three of the Vita's finest titles in LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, and WipEout with that bumper card. Do be aware that the Vita itself is wi-fi only, though, and it's the newer model which trades the OLED screen in for a more efficient battery.