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Predator hunts down Call Of Duty: Ghosts in next map pack

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Devastation, DLC, FPS, Infinity Ward, Predator

Predator hunts down Call Of Duty: Ghosts in next map pack

Call Of Duty: Ghosts' upcoming map pack -- Devastation -- is another downloadable dollop of four arenas, an Extinction mode scenario and a foldaway assault rifle that moonlights as an SMG.

Both of which have been thoroughly upstaged by none other than the freaking Predator, who's set to make a cameo at the very least.

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At A Glance: Roundup 24th-30th March 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 24th-30th March 2014

Titanfall had a slightly rough week with a quick tumble down the charts courtesy of Infamous: Second Son and it also caught some flack for making teamwork less rewarding during multiplayer matches. Microsoft lifted the lid on details for cutting features for online griefers and we saw a few new screen for Arkham Knight. So yes, a quiet week. Not for Facebook though, who came out of nowhere and bought VR studio Oculus for an insane amount of money.

In the reviews, Cloudbuilt turned out to be well worth the wait and Mercenary Kings was a fine throwback to our retro years. Diablo III's Reaper of Souls is hella expensive, but Jon's going to tell you if it's worth the cash. We'd love to tell you that the medieval Sin City-stylings of Betrayer makes it worth your time, but a 5/10 says otherwise.

In our features we have fresh video coverage of Dark Souls IICarmageddon ReincarnationTitanfall and Betrayer. Articles include a look at why graphics are super important, a piece on why a free title update may mean you don't need the new Diablo III DLC, Chris weighs up safety vs surprise in gaming and Matt assures us that Facebook buying the Oculus isn't a bad thing at all and also tells us which games he'd like to see get a FFX-style HD makeover. Stay tuned next week too as Jon and Carl bring you the best from the Rezzed Expo in Birmingham. Rezzed? It's like the Eurogamer Expo but with added nerd. Yeah, I went there.

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Xbox One: No cross-play, no War Thunder

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Actin games, Combat Flight Sims, Cross-Play, F2P, Gaijin Entertainment, Microsoft, War Thunder, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One: No cross-play, no War Thunder

War Thunder will not be coming to Xbox One any time soon. Why? Well, apparently because Microsoft won't allow cross-play between PC and Xbox One, according to the game's publisher Gaijin Entertainment.

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PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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PS4, PS4 games, Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Worldwide Studios

PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

This week, Sony released a list detailing every PlayStation 4 game announced for 2014 so far, along with expected release windows. Still no idea when the hell Driveclub is coming, mind; and there's no sign of The Last Guardian either, unsurprisingly.

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Watch the entire Project Morpheus reveal right here

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Project Morpheus, Sony, Virtual Reality, VR

Watch the entire Project Morpheus reveal right here

Want to know more about Sony's plan to bring Virtual Reality to the living room? Have a spare hour on your hands, sweet Alt-Tab skills or a very hands-off boss? If so, you might be interested to know that Sony have posted their entire Project Morpheus reveal presentation online including the full Q&A session.

It's clear that Morpheus is a serious contender when it comes to VR, and is currently receiving extra attention after Oculus Rift's controversial buyout. Are you ready for the Virtual Reality revolution, or will you take some serious convincing first?

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So Batman isn't the 'Arkham Knight' after all

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC, PC games, PS4, PS4 games, Rocksteady Studios, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

So Batman isn't the 'Arkham Knight' after all

Rocksteady creates new canonical character

When Rocksteady revealed their next-gen Batman sequel, many of us assumed that "Arkham Knight" referred to the Caped Crusader himself. Right?.

Well, wrong, actually. Rocksteady are introducing a brand new character -- The Arkham Knight -- who'll antagonise Batman and become part of the wider continuity after the credits roll.

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Watch out, Xbox One griefers - Microsoft's gunning for you

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Reputation, Xbox One

Watch out, Xbox One griefers - Microsoft's gunning for you

No Twitch For Twits

Griefers, quitters, trolls and other aggravating online denizens can make Xbox Live a much more toxic place than it ought to be... but apparently this might be about to change.

As promised, Microsoft are preparing to roll out the Xbox One's revamped reputation system later this week, which is designed to punish serial offenders and scare potential griefers into perfect gentlemen. Whether it works is another matter entirely.

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"You know that team was crying" - Oddworld creator slams Battlefield 4 & big publishers

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield 4, EA, Lorne Lanning, Oddworld, Oddworld Inhabitants

"You know that team was crying" - Oddworld creator slams Battlefield 4 & big publishers

"F*&$ that business"

Lorne Lanning is not a big fan of AAA development and major publishers. At all. The foul-mouthed creator of Oddworld has explained why upcoming revamp New & Tasty was developed independently, using Battlefield 4's launch as example of bad business without mincing any words whatsoever.

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Steam & XBLA prices could rise after budget kills tax loophole

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Digital Distribution, Steam, Taxpayer, UK retail, Valve, XBLA

Steam & XBLA prices could rise after budget kills tax loophole

George Osborne's latest budget closes off a key tax loophole that Steam exploits to provide cheaper games.

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Titanfall update fixes bugs, but causes controversy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS, PC games, Respawn Entetainment, Xbox One Games

Titanfall update fixes bugs, but causes controversy

Titanfall's latest patch has squished several lingering bugs, which is always good to know, but some major rebalancing tweaks caused a bit of a stir over the weekend. Crucially, XP for defending capture points and flags has been massively reduced, meaning that there's now much less incentive to support your team by keeping your bases secure. Titanfall's generous rewards for playing the objective deserved special mention in our review, so we're actually rather disappointed by this new change of pace.

Otherwise, the smart pistol is now slightly less viable in ADS, while Dead Man's Trigger comes with a few caveats. You can read up on the full patch notes after the break, and be sure to tell us what you make of Respawn's changes.

No sign of custom matches. Though we absolutely love Titanfall, it's annoying that Respawn have had time to slightly worsen their XP system, but not address this oversight yet. Thoughts?

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inFamous: Second Son smokes Titanfall in the UK Charts

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS Vita, PS3, PS4, UK Games Charts, UK retail

inFamous: Second Son smokes Titanfall in the UK Charts

PS4 exclusive inFamous: Second Son has shot straight to the top of the UK Charts in its first three days on sale, hardly surprising considering that it's the major exclusive that many early adopters were waiting for. Fighting our way around Seattle with Smoke and Neon powers is fantastic fun, as Matt explains in our Editor's Choice review.

Sony will doubtlessly be delighted, especially when they look at the figures for this week's runner up. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes pushes Titanfall down to third, owing mainly to strong sales on PlayStation platforms. 58% of copies sold were on PS4, while 15% were PS3, meaning that Xbox owners only made up 27% of the install base.

Finally... ooh, that works on so many levels... Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD has debuted in at fourth place, showing that Square remakes 'em like they used to.

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At A Glance: Roundup 17th-23rd March 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 17th-23rd March 2014

The biggest news this week was Sony finally officially unveiling their new Virtual Reality headset, Project Morpheus at GDC. Not far behind though was Ubisoft also giving into pressure from numerous leaks and admitting a new Paris-based AC game is in the works for PS4, Xbox One and PC in the shape of Assassin's Creed: Unity. The game will be set during the French Revolution, so there won't even be an Eiffel tower to climb. It's not like we all wanted to go to ancient Japan or China though is it? There's always 2015 folks.

There are tonnes of ace games to play right now though as shown in our reviews section. This week we have verdicts on Infamous: Second Son, Dark Souls II, Luftrausers, The Witch and the Hundred KnightHatsune Miku: Project Diva F and more shite Dead Rising 3 DLC. I dipped into some hardware reviews this week and checked out three of Orb's PS4 headsets - they're pretty good.

Titanfall and Dark Souls II dominate our features with lots of video coverage from Matt/Jon and Carl respectively - I know, poor Carl right? Chris put together a Dark Souls II survival guide, Carl took a break to check on WildStar's progress, Matt played an early build of Warlock II and we interviewed Dealspwn regular reader and developer Andy ford, about his upcoming Wii U game. That was the week that was then. We'll let you get back to Titanfall/Infamous/Dark Souls II now.

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Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, Game Buzz, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, VR headsets, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

This week on Game Buzz, we chat about the rumoured news that the next AssCreed will take place in revolutionary France, we discuss Sony's VR plans now that the cat is out of the bag, and we suggest IPs Nintendo could bring back on Wii U.

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis. Recorded 21st March, 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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Assassin's Creed: Unity officially announced

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Assassin's Creed: Unity, Ubisoft

"Abstergo are trying to force our hand"

Spurred into taking early action by this week's massive leaks, Ubisoft have decided to turn rumour into reality. Assassin's Creed: Unity is indeed headed to next-gen consoles, set in Paris during the French revolution.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls getting London launch party

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Diablo III

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls getting London launch party

Diablo III's first major expansion, Reaper Of Souls, is out next week - and looks really rather impressive. To celebrate, Blizzard will be throwing a bash next Monday night at Meltdown London, involving competitions, swag signage etc, which is open to the public from 21:00.

You can check out the details on the event's Facebook page. Anyone going?

Next-gen Assassin's Creed set during French Revolution, says leaked screenshots

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Assassin's Creed, Leaks, Rumour, Ubisoft

Next-gen Assassin's Creed set during French Revolution, says leaked screenshots

Roll up, roll up, for a great big steaming pile of leaks fresh from the rumour mill. Kotaku, as per usual, have thrown an absolute sizzler onto the flames by revealing some leaked screenshots of what appears to be this year's Assassin's Creed game. Sources claim that Assassin's Creed: Unity (probably a working title) is set during the French revolution and features a retooled parkour system, starring an assassin called Arno.

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The worst kept secret in gaming is out - Sony unveil VR plans at GDC

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Matt Gardner
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News
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GDC 2014, Project Morpheus, PS4, Sony, VR

The worst kept secret in gaming is out - Sony unveil VR plans at GDC

The cat's out of the bag.

To be fair, the cat in question had been leaving all sorts of signs for the past year, and the Forbes sort of let it out for a bit before Sony could properly... (where the hell are you going with this metaphor Matt?).

Yes, Sony have VR plans. They have a prototype headset. They have a cool name for the whole shebang, and it's called Project Morpheus.

“At SCE we view innovation as an opportunity to build on our mission to push the boundaries of play,” said Shuhei Yoshida. “Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE, and we’re looking forward to its continued development and the games that will be created as development kits get into the hands of content creators.”

So what is Project Morpheus?

Well, it's a work-in-progress VR headset that combines sensory immersion -- such as we've seen with the Oculus Rift (to whom Sony paid thanks for setting a fire under the industry in the form of accessible VR) -- with the potential for more expansive motion control, designed to work in conjunction with the PlayStation Move, PS Eye and PS4.

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Xbox One getting friend notifications & Kinect improvements next month

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One getting friend notifications & Kinect improvements next month

Microsoft have been patching the Xbox One like crazy over the last two months, and aren't stopping yet. A new firmware update is slated to roll out next month which will add friend notifications, improve Game DVR quality and improve the accuracy of Kinect's voice commands.

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SimCity's offline mode goes live today, take the win mayors

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Maxis, PC, PC games, SimCity

They said it couldn't be done. They said it was impossible. But, at long last, SimCity is finally going to be playable offline when a major update hits later today. Maxis have taken the servers down at the time of writing to prepare for the update, which has long topped many a mayor's wishlist.

Singleplayer sessions are saved locally, granting you access to all region maps, multiple cities and a fixed-price Global Market. Naturally Citylog, leaderboards, achievements, friends lists, region invites and other multiplayer acoutrements won't be available.

This will be great news for many players, but the issue of restrictive city size limits still hangs over SimCity like the sword of Damocles. Hopefully this will be the next priority for Maxis over the coming months (unless, as my inner cynic suggests, they're planning to just shut the servers off later this year).

Spec Ops creator fights AAA "creative stagnation" with new indie studio

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Horror games, Indie Games, Tangentlemen

Spec Ops creator fights AAA "creative stagnation" with new indie studio

Tangentlemen working on new surreal horror title

Cory Davis, the lead designer behind Spec Ops: The Line, was horrified at having to shoehorn pointless multiplayer into Yager's thought-provoking sleeper hit. He's now teamed up with a Tomb Raider veteran to form a new indie studio dedicated to creating new and innovative games, and pushing against the "creative stagnation" that often AAA games development.

Tangentlemen have a great name and amazing beards. It's a promising start.

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