If you saw the words Telltale and Game of Thrones pout together in that title up there and started having all of these strong, warm feelings and all of a sudden found yourself in uncontrollable throes of ecstasy, well, see a doctor. But the fact remains that an alliance between George Martin and Telltale Games might yield an episodic series of choice-driven, nail-biting, nerve-shredding moral quandaries the likes of which have never been seen.
If it happens, of course. Pinches of salt at the ready.Click here to read more...
Eight years after the Xbox 360 launched, its successor is set to release and kick off a new console generation here in Europe. With the PS4 snapping at its heels next Friday, you'd better believe that we're ready to deploy all manner of coverage. We've already cracked the seal on our PS4. The excitement is mounting. We are so very ready.
For now, though, there's not much we can do but wait until midnight (unless you're Matt, who's still trying to get his video capture box to work with the office PS4). Perhaps we should while away the time by having a little chat.
So, dear reader, we want to know where you stand on next-gen, and what you're buying. Are you splurging out on an Xbox One? Waiting a few days for the PS4? Laughing about the very idea of owning a console since your PC puts both to shame? Loving the Wii U? Or waiting, perhaps, until the smoke clears to make a truly informed decision? Since I'll be getting my Xbox One at the same time as everyone else, then starting on coverage, feel free to tell us about your first impressions and what you make of the launch titles! We're all in the same boat.
There's one day to go until the Xbox One launches and the next console generation officially starts here in the UK. Well, after everyone downloads the great big day-one patch, that is. Your new console will effectively just be the world's largest paperweight until you've pulled down nearly 2GB of data, so naturally, getting it will be your first port of call. Everyone's first port of call.
As a precautionary measure, Microsoft has made the update available to pre-download on PC, meaning that it can then be installed by USB. Then called it the "emergency offline update" just to freak us all out. Details below.
UPDATE: Microsoft has taken the site offline, stating that too many people were pre-downloading what was only intended to be an emergency measure. It's never too late for one last U-turn, eh?Click here to read more...
Grand Theft Auto V has received its first downloadable content today, in the form of the Beach Bum pack, which includes 30 new jobs, new vehicles and weaponry for both story mode and GTA Online.
What, not interested? Sorry, let me rephrase that. GTA V has received its first downloadable content today, in the form of the free Beach Bum pack. That's better.
Still, we're going to need those heists soon if Rockstar's online playground can retain its player base, what with those next-gen consoles scant days from release.Click here to read more...
Breaking news: The Last Guardian still hasn't released yet. Team ICO's anticipated title was announced back in 2009, promising all manner of heartbreaking adventure before being heartbreakingly delayed for what feels like an eternity. Fumito Ueda is "terribly sorry" for making fans wait so long, and has explained why he decided to become a freelance contractor on his own game - plus warning us against the fleeting motivation boosts of "hobbies and alcohol."
Following some interesting comments from Sony a few days ago, we have to wonder whether The Last Guardian is now being repurposed as a PS4 title. And, perhaps, whether our excitement has turned to apathy over these last few years.Click here to read more...
The Xbox One controller is a sumptuously comfortable if conservative piece of kit (barring awkward bumper placement - hopefully we'll get used to that), but Microsoft spent “hundreds of millions” of Dollars experimenting with truly bizarre concepts before settling on the final design. If the R&D division had their way, we might have been able to hear, smell or even see the action projected onto the walls and floors.
Wait, smell the action? Could that ever have been a good idea? Most games have at least one sewer section, after all...Click here to read more...
Media Molecule's long-awaited Vita exclusive Tearaway releases this week, and we'll have our review of the gorgeous papercraft adventure for your eager delectation tomorrow. However, if you've had it pre-ordered for months, you might be unaware that Sony reduced the official price down to £19.99 on PSN, and most retailers have followed suit including Amazon and ShopTo. Of course, the legendary HUKD community have located even cheaper deals if you're willing to shop around.
I'm sure that most of you are already all over this, but a few retailers are still holding out at higher prices - such as GAME, Grainger Games and Littlewoods. Be sure to check your pre-order and ensure that you're not paying over the odds. Not long to go now.
According to Sony and Microsoft, the PS4 and Xbox One both have the best launch titles of all time and everything is fantastic forever.
Paraphrase? Me? Surely you jest. Either way, we've got the quotes below, along with some
facetious ribbing commentary.
The next console generation starts this Friday in Europe, but frankly, it looks like us Brits are perfectly happy to play with LEGO instead. And quite right too. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes has smashed into second place (not quite unseating Call Of Duty: Ghosts) on account of it appealing to absolutely everyone. It's also really rather brilliant, as I'll explain in our full review at 17:00. I'm the Juggernaut, bricks.
Elsewhere the same old faces jockey for position, though Professor Layton has gracefully tipped his hat askance in tenth place. XCOM: Enemy Within has entered the charts in 25th, which is to be expected since many players will favour the PC download option. And, erm, it probably should have released in summer in a perfect world.
What are the charts going to look like next Monday once the Xbox One has finally released? Ghosts will probably retain its top spot, we shouldn't wonder, but can the likes of Forza 5, Ryse and Dead Rising 3 get in on the action? Your guess is as good as mine [so why do we employ you, Jon? - Ed].Click here to read more...
Blockbuster is already facing some tough decisions as it enters administration for the second time this year. According to the BBC, a buyer for the troubled retail chain still hasn't been found, and administrators Moorfields Corporate Recovery have taken the decision to close 72 stores this week. 452 jobs will be lost in what was deemed a "necessary" move.Click here to read more...
The European releases of the PS4 and Xbox One are edging ever nearer, which means lots of last minute quotes and promises of extra features to come, or in Sony's case, adding ones that should have been there in the first place. We'd be mad, but they went ahead and announced a PS4 Uncharted game, which is a reason to slap some pre-order cash down right now.
Carl's extensive Battlefield 4 PC review gives you the deets on why Dice has struck multiplayer gold again while Jon suffered through the FPS stinker that was Deadfall Adventures. He cleansed himself with a neat RPG double though in the forms of Desktop Dungeons and Avadon 2: The Corruption.
Matt's been trying out some Xbox One Kinect titles this week and the future is daring to look bright for it too in the shape of Fighter Within and Kinect Sports Rivals. Elsewhere, Jon made his demands for next-gen in his Top Ten feature, Aggravating Things That Need to Die Next-Gen. We've also got a playthrough of the first 15 minutes of Contrast, which is looking like an excellent addition to the PS Plus roster. DriveClub who?Click here to read more...
Uncharted has always seemed like a great game to include some campaign co-op gameplay and it could well be on the cards for Uncharted 4 if a recent job listing post on Naughty Dog’s website is anything to go by.
The developer of the Uncharted series and The Last of Us is currently on the lookout for someone to fill the position of, “Game Designer (Co-op).”
Elements mentioned in the listing included:Click here to read more...
This week's Game Buzz is all about the PS4 as we react to the first early round of reviews, chat about our hopes for the platform, whether or not we're considering buying one, and discuss the recent Uncharted tease.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
Collector's Editions are a mug's game, pure and simple. Spending obscene amounts of money on a bit of tat, some DLC and a statue to gather dust on your shelf for a few months? What a waste of time.
And yet, I think I want Titanfall's massive 20-inch tall mech complete with customisable LED lighting more than anything else in the world, even though it costs a ridiculous £249. Meaning that us Brits effectively have to pay £95 more than US customers!
I just... I can't... I ought to care more about this than I actually do. Damn you, Respawn Entertainment. You know we can't say no to mechs this grandiose. See what you think after watching this video, or avoid it like the plague if you want to actually pay some bills next Spring.Click here to read more...
Metal Gear 5 may be multi-platform, but Kojima and Sony are still the best of buddies. Nothing says "I love you" like fat sacks of cash, after all. Today brings us the news that the PS4 version of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will contain an exclusive flashback mission that lets us play as... Solid Snake. As in, the original Solid Snake. From the PS1. Low-poly model and all.
It's a fun little feature, at least judging by the trailer below that's stuffed with cameos (ooh look, the Darpa Chief!) - though it might feel strange to hear Kiefer Sutherland doing the VO. In case that's not enough, we've also got some more gameplay footage, because SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE?!!Click here to read more...
'Games With Gold' is coming to Xbox One in 2014, Microsoft PR man Larry Hryb tweeted today, meaning that Xbox Live Gold members will be able to download a rotating selection of software for free. Though that's literally the only details we have and will have until next January at the earliest, this announcement is more important than you might think.
See, Microsoft are aware that the playing field is changing as the next console generation fast approaches, and that Xbox Live Gold has to evolve in order to compete with Sony's PlayStation Plus service. But can it evolve fast enough?Click here to read more...
Well now, this is some pleasing news. After revealing that practically no existing headsets would work with the PlayStation 4, including their own pricey offerings, Sony managed to cram support for USB headsets into the system's day one update. Considering that a patch was set for a nebulous 'some time after launch, probably, if we can get round to it' window, this is the fastest we've seen a major console manufacturer move in some considerable time.
No Bluetooth support, though. Sorry.
Sony also recently promised to look into adding media streaming, audio CD and MP3 playback functionality - and this new update makes us slightly more confident that it'll happen at some point.
Sony promised a "shocking" PS4 game announcement last night, and delivered a teaser trailer for... gasp!... Uncharted. We're not entirely sure if "shocking" is the right word for an Uncharted game coming to a PlayStation platform (bleedin' obvious might have been more appropriate), but that doesn't make this news any less fantastic.
However, the teaser is leading some of us to wonder whether the next Uncharted game might not be a direct sequel. Let's review.Click here to read more...
We've still got a fortnight to wait for the PlayStation 4 (not that we're bitter or anything), but a trailer is better than nothing, we suppose. You'll probably be seeing this on the telly a fair bit over the coming weeks, but here it is. This. Is. PS4.
Mind you, some of the featured games have either reviewed poorly (Knack) or were delayed for several months (DriveClub) - which makes us even more intrigued about exactly what Sony plans to reveal tonight during a Spike TV 'all access' broadcast. Hideo Kojima reckons that the show will feature "a shocking PS4 related announcement that will blow your mind," which has gotten us rather excited.
The Last Guardian? Agent? Something from Naughty Dog or Sony Santa Monica? Lair 2? Place your bets now. The broadcast will be streamed live on Spike and UStream, starting at... four in the morning?!! Great. Guess I'll pop the coffee on then.
Your games. Your entertainment. Your sports. Your television. Your sports television [that joke was old five months ago - Ed].
It's all yours, all in one, on Xbox One. A new video documentary shows off how Microsoft's upcoming console will automatically recognise players and show them a personalised home screen, along with some predictable last-minute posturing. There are only eight days to go, so you can hardly blame them.Click here to read more...