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No Man's Sky is definitely coming to PC, "always had PC in mind"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Hello Games, PC games, PS4 games

Procedural universe exploration simulator No Man's Sky is currently one of the PS4's most hotly anticipated titles, and quite right too. An infinitely huge expanse of planets and deep space randomised on the atomic level? 'Next-gen' rarely sounded more appropriate.

However, plenty of PC gamers became very excited after the January reveal, but were left spluttering after Sony swooped in to secure PS4 exclusivity. It turns out that Hello Games are indeed planning on bringing No Man's Sky to other platforms... but it's a matter of time.

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Sorry Vita, BioShock is coming to iPhone

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
2K China, Bioshock, iOS games, Irrational Games

Sorry Vita, BioShock is coming to iPhone

We're not getting that BioShock Vita game Ken Levine promised us back in 2011, but there's still some mobile Rapture to look forward to.

On iOS of all places.

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White Xbox One console might release this October - would you buy One?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Xbox One

White Xbox One console might release this October - would you buy One?

The snazzy white Xbox One model was previously only available to Microsoft employees, but you can always rely on  indiscreet retailers to accidentally jump the gun. By the looks of things, you'll be able to buy one in a bundle with Sunset Overdrive later this year.

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The Last Of Us is the First In Charts

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
UK Games Charts, UK retail

The Last Of Us is the First In Charts

The Last Of Us may be old news, but its rebuilt Remastered version is proving to be a massive hit with dedicated PlayStation fans and new converts alike. Naughty Dog's cinematic thriller is once again sitting pretty atop the UK Games Charts, while also proving to be the fifth biggest gaming launch of 2014 (behind Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Wolfenstein and InFamous: Second Son).

Otherwise it's a slow old week for new releases, while even the familiar mainstays are just jostling for position. A lull, then, before the upcoming September-October storm. Make hey with your backlog while the sun shines, because Winter Is Coming.

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At A Glance: Roundup 28th July - 3rd August 2014

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 28th July - 3rd August 2014

Earlier this week, EA unveiled a new subscription service that allows gamers to play a large range of their top titles for what seems like a very tempting price. But it will only be available on the Xbox One as Sony snubbed their noses at the apparent "poor value" of the service, which seems to us that they're not keen on PS Plus having any competition. Sony have been tooting their horns with some impressive sales figures that saw them recently shifting considerably more hardware than Microsoft, although these figures are possible inflated by including all of the PS branded consoles, rather than just the PS4. Michael Ancel teased us again about Beyond Good & Evil 2 (the swine). Finally, there was some positive news for Homefront: The Revolution as the troubled game and dev team were bought from Crytek by Deep Silver, who worked wonders when they picked up Saints Row IV from THQ.

In our reviews we have verdicts on a range of PC titles including: Gods Will Be Watching, Neil Gaiman's Wayward Manor and So Many Me. I know, summer release schedules are truly an awful thing, especially for console gamers. Still, there's always The Pile.

In the features we have a hands-on preview from Lords of the Fallen as it looks to step out of the looming shadow of the Dark Souls series. There are also two hands-on reports for Turtle Rock's Evolve as I try out both the Kraken monster and the hunters' medic class. There's an Opening Scenes video for Wayward Manor and The Last of Us Remastered gets the comparison treatment and an Opening Scenes one too. With the beta of PlayStation Now recently launching, Matt gets stuck into Sony for the gob-smackingly awful prices. Microsoft aren't safe though, as he also thinks it's time they thought about a releasing a trimmed down version of the Xbox One if they want to catch the PS4. We imagine you've been pining for Destiny since the beta finished last weekend, so be sure  to check out Matt's Top 10 for a list of things to do while we wait for the full game next month.

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Sod The Console Wars, Let's Talk Zelda - Game Buzz #85

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
EA Access, Game Buzz, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, SKEA, Sony Microsoft, The Legend of Zelda, Xbox One

Sod The Console Wars, Let's Talk Zelda - Game Buzz #85

This week on Game Buzz, we chat about the recent reports suggesting a 3-1 PlayStation lead over Xbox in the last quarter and ask what Microsoft can do to turn things around. We also have a natter about EA Access and the likelihood of other publishers coming out with subscription models. But all of that is fairly dry, so it's not long before we find an excuse to talk about how awesome the Zelda games are.

Additionally, there's a spot of further recruiting for My Little Dealspwny - the only Destiny clan you'll ever need.

Game Buzz | Episode 85 - Sod The Console Wars, Let's Talk Zelda. Recorded 2nd August, 2014.

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.

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It seems Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development, though Michel Ancel has started a new studio

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Beyond Good & Evil 2, Michel Ancel, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montpellier

It seems Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development, though Michel Ancel has started a new studio

Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Ancel has started up his own studio, named Wild Sheep. There are thirteen staffers, and the studio already has a new game in development. We're pretty sure it'll be a whimsical delight whatever it is.

However, Ancel will still be remaining with Ubisoft to lead "select projects at Ubisoft Montpellier", including one that's apparently "very close to his and the team's heart".

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Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Crytek, Deep Silver, Free Radical, Homefront

Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

From Free Radical to Crytek UK to Deep Silver Dambusters

Deep Silver, or more accurately Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media, has made a couple of canny purchases from financially-floundering Crytek. Specifically, the German media outfit has snaffled up the Homefront IP, upcoming sequel Homefront: Revolution as well as its developers Crytek UK... who were previously better known as Free Radical back in the day.

If that's ringing a bell, you probably played a little series known as Timesplitters back in the day.

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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
PS4, Xbox One

PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Sales figures really shouldn't mean anything to us gamers. We should be too busy revelling in our favourite hobby and interactive art form to worry about the performance of uncaring companies we have no financial stake in.

But hot-damn, Sony's latest quarterly financial report contains some seriously BIG numbers.

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Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Playstation Plus, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony

Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

Sony has revealed the incoming and outgoing free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers next week. August 6th sees brand new PS4 'roguelike puzzler' Road Not Taken release free for members, joined by the critically-acclaimed Fez. Brendan acclaimed it as "a bit full of itself" in his review, though, so horses for courses.

PS3 owners will get to hunt aliens in Crysis 3 and saunter about a beautiful relaxing island in Proteus, while new platformer Metrico and LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 headline the upcoming Vita titles.

TowerFall Ascension, Strider, Vessel and more quality games will be leaving the Instant Game Collection, though, so be sure to queue up the downloads while you can! Full details below.

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Sony blasts EA's Xbox One subscription scheme as poor value

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
EA, EA Access, Sony

Sony blasts EA's Xbox One subscription scheme as poor value

Handbags:ˈhan(d)bags. Noun, plural

  1. Small bags used to carry everyday personal items.
  2. a confrontation or squabble, typically involving videogame publishers, hardware manufacturers and fanboys
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New peripheral promises stronger pelvic floors & "improved orgasm quality"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Kickstarter, Mobile games

New peripheral promises stronger pelvic floors & "improved orgasm quality"

"Skea can be comfortably positioned inside body"

We usually spotlight Kickstarter campaigns for the right reasons: having tested the latest prototypes, interviewed the developers and done our damndest to ensure that the project is potentially deserving of your hard-earned cash.

Occasionally, however, we highlight a campaign because it's utterly bizarre or all the cool Outbrain-pimping sites are doing it. So now that a gaming peripheral designed to be inserted directly into the body with the intention of strengthening pelvic floor muscles is seeking funding, it's time to jump on that bandwagon hard.

Pelvis-first, presumably. Let the shameless bid for hits commence.

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Please understand, Europe: Nintendo delays Captain Toad into 2015

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
Financial reports, Nintendo

Please understand, Europe: Nintendo delays Captain Toad into 2015

6.68 Wii Us sold as of June 30th

"Please understand." Nintendo's boilerplate apology has felt like a distant memory of late following a resurgent year for the Wii U and a cracking E3 performance, but the latest quarterly financial report reveals that us Europeans won't be able to play the Wii U's biggest Christmas release before year's end. A shame, perhaps, because stonking sales of Mario Kart 8 haven't quite managed to pull the company out of another operating loss.

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EA Access subscription service on Xbox One points towards the future

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Battlefield 4, EA, EA Access, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Microsoft, Subscriptions, Xbox One Games

EA Access subscription service on Xbox One points towards the future

We knew this was coming.

We've seen it across the other major entertainment mediums -- subscription services designed to offer consumers value, choice, and convenience. It was only a matter of time before a publisher followed in the footsteps of PlayStation Plus and PS Now, and it's happening sooner than we perhaps thought it might.

Not only that, it seems that the pioneer in this regard is EA.

EA Access has launched in beta over on Xbox One in partnership with Microsoft. The service went live earlier this week, giving a limited number of players access to four of EA's biggest titles: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. Here's the official blurb for good measure:

EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play.  During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, with more titles being added soon. That’s over $100 worth of games for $4.99 a month. You can play these EA favorites as much as you want with the click of a button.

Here in the UK, you can sign up already for £3.99 a month. Stateside, there's a pretty damn generous $29.99 annual subscription option, but that's not been made available yet over here. Twelve months at £3.99 a month would run you £47.88.

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At A Glance: Roundup 21st-27th July 2014

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 21st-27th July 2014

Talk about a slow news week. Not to worry though, we're pretty sure it's because half the planet has been hammering the Destiny beta. There's just the one review this week in the shape of Unrest. Our features section is as packed as ever though. There's a hands-on preview for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my visit to Manchester MCM Comic Con and Matt plays an early access build of The Forest. There's a look at why the recent Battlefield: Hardline delay is no bad thing at all.

Videos include Opening Scenes for UnrestThe Forest, The Crew (beta), Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty and a look at a spectrum match in Arena Commander. Jon leafed through the release schedules to bring you lists of the hottest console exclusives for the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. We're not saying the PS4 exclusives are a bit slim this year, but Samurai Warriors made the list...

There's tonnes of Destiny coverage and videos for you as Matt and I dive into the story missions, competitive multiplayer and Iron Banner events. Our comparison video shows the difference between the PS4 and Xbox 360 versions of the game too. Written pieces discuss ten things we love and hate about the game and Matt takes a look at how Sony are using the shooter to poach Halo fans away from Microsoft. Sadly, the beta is due to finish today, so I'm off for one last blast before the full game lands in September.

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CLOSED! WIN an Xbox One or 360 Destiny Beta Code

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
Competitions, Destiny, FPS games, Giveaway, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

CLOSED! WIN an Xbox One or 360 Destiny Beta Code

UPDATE: ALL CODES HAVE NOW GONE OUT, CHECK YOUR INBOXES!

We've given our PS4 gamers the chance to get a hold of a beta key for our most anticipated shooter in years, but fear not Xbox fans, we didn't forget about you. In fact, we have a bunch of codes to give away on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The codes are not region locked either so they should work wherever you're playing.

The hype for Bungie's upcoming shooter has been building significantly since players got their hands on the Alpha build and with new missions and extra multiplayer maps to enjoy in the latest Beta version, we really think you should give it a try.

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At A Glance: Roundup 14th-20th July 2014

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 14th-20th July 2014

Amidst all the cancelled Kickstarter news from the Yogscast team there were some tasty new trailers to get us in the mood for upcoming releases like Assassin's Creed Unity, Project Zero 5Super Smash Bros and The Walking Dead. There was also a trailer for the newly announced Tekken 7, but it failed to show us any gameplay whatsoever, instead focusing on the batshit mental family feud that's been torturing cutscenes throughout the series' history. Bad Bandai! And bad Microsoft, who fired 18,000 people this week (very bad) and shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios (not so bad).

Our Divinity: Original sin review may have been a long time coming, but this is a game that was well worth the wait as you can see with Matt's review of the RPG. Also racking up a high score this week is the Sokoban-inspired, Sokobond.

It's hard to believe our features section is so packed despite the Destiny beta landing this week. But land it did and we have our first wave of videos to prove it as Matt and myself work tirelessly to bring you the hottest content -ha, look at us pretending playing Destiny all day is work. You've probably been playing it too, if you haven't and you didn't enter our competition, then more fool you and keep an eye on the site in-case we have another prize draw next week. Jon has penned a careful reminder of what our expectations about kickstarter should actually be in the wake of the yogscast debacle. The team also have the latest previews for Sunset OverdriveRadial-GSplatoonMyriad and A Good snowman is Hard to Build. There are also videos and interviews for the likes of Star Citizen's Arena CommanderSunset OverdriveRadial-G and Supraball. Also be sure to check out our new Community Feedback video where things get a little bit, well you'll just have to watch it. Enjoy the links below and be sure to come back next week for more, including hands-on previews for Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my trip to MCM Comic Con Manchester earlier today. If I see one more Naruto headband or ill-advised corset...

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Crowdfunding and Corruption - Game Buzz #84

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Corruption, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Star Citizen, Youtube

Crowdfunding and Corruption - Game Buzz #84

This week on Game Buzz, we turn our attention to some rather serious topics. First up, we chat about the misadventures of Yogventures, and the cool half million down the drain from the ill-fated Yogscast Kickstarter game. Then we have a rather length natter about the ethics of YouTubers taking money from developers and whether or not there really is all that much difference between reviewers and an opinionated Let's Play aficionado when it comes down to influencing an audience and the ethics of responsibility.

Also on this week's podcast, we chat about Microsoft's plans to dissolve Xbox Entertainment, and check in with Star Citizen as the funding push almost hits $50 million.

Game Buzz | Episode 84 - Crowdfunding and Corruption. Recorded 18th July, 2014.

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.

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Have 10 mins of Fable Legends offscreen gameplay footage

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Fable Legends, Gameplay footage, Lionhead Studios, Microsoft Studios, Videos, Xbox One Games

Gears of Fable? Oh go on then. Fable Legends has copped a fair bit of flak forits more action-oriented approach to the Fable universe, but there might just be space for a co-op TPS that leverages the IP for fresh purposes.

You can decide for yourself by checking out the 10 minute video we captured at a recent Microsoft showcase. There was no game sound to record due to the in-game audio being pumped out through headphones, so we've stuck in some favourites from the Fable OST.

Doom 4 is a double-jumping circle-strafing skull-crushing ultraviolent reboot

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Bethesda, id Software

Doom 4 is a double-jumping circle-strafing skull-crushing ultraviolent reboot

id Software spills the beans at QuakeCon

Doom 4 is dead. Long live Doom!

id Software has finally revealed that their long-awaited Doom sequel is actually a full-on reboot that plans to overhaul more than the story. As opposed to a tense horror crawl, our marine sets out on a brutal fast-paced orgy of destruction complete with double jumps, no regenerating health, messy melee executions and slippery combat that harks back to the original classics.

We are, as they say, so ready.

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