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The Sunday Seven: How Assassin’s Creed Rogue smashes Unity

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: How Assassin’s Creed Rogue smashes Unity

Assassin’s Creed Rogue has been living under the shadow of Assassin’s Creed Unity since it was announced that both games would be sharing a release window. When both were moved to the very same day, faithful and eager new-gen fans of course opted for Unity. Sadly, that loyalty was rewarded by a broken and oddly dull entry. But now that we’ve had time to play through both games, it’s clear that Ubisoft has released a fantastic Assassin’s title this year, but one you’ll have to dust off the PS3 or 360 for. So then, here are seven reasons why Rogue has absolutely smashed Unity.

The Sunday Seven: How Assassin’s Creed Rogue smashes Unity

Ships!

As in Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue lets you set sail and take a break from all the climbing and stabbing. It’s as moreish an experience as ever and has greatly benefitted from the shift towards the frozen waters of North America and expanded arsenal options that make you more formidable than ever. Where is Unity’s escape from itself though? There’s simply nothing in comparison, ensuring you feel landlocked in every way possible.

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The Sunday Seven: Top 7 Influential Brands on PS1

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Top 7 Influential Brands on PS1

Earlier this week, the PS1 (or PSX for our US readers) turned 20 years old since its Japanese birth in 1994. Think about that, we’ve been playing PlayStation for 20 years. There have been some incredible innovations and games from the multiple generations of PlayStation. But let’s take a look at seven of the most influential brands that shaped the original PS1’s success and turned the gaming world upside-down.

The Sunday Seven: Top 7 Influential Brands on PS1

7: Gran Turismo

Racing cars and video games have gone hand in hand for as long as we can remember. But they were always very much experiences set in a fictional world of kart racers or repetitive scrolling roads. Then Gran Turismo happened. The handling was more realistic than anything that had come before. The graphics seemed as close to reality as we thought possible (hey, we’re all young once) and the number of cars and tracks included meant that the experience lasted for months, even years. No other console was even attempting to do things Polyphony were doing and the PS1’s sales soared accordingly.

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The Sunday Seven: Assassin’s Creed Unity Survival Tips

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Assassin’s Creed Unity Survival Tips

Assassin’s Creed Unity is seriously tough. Even when the various glitches and bugs aren’t making Arno’s life hell, there are plenty of other factors that make pulling off hits an unforgiving gauntlet of snipers and swordsman. We feel your pain though, and have come up with seven top tips to put you on the right path. And no, one of them isn’t buy Assassin’s Creed Rogue instead. I eventually came up with a seventh in the end. Happy hunting!

Buy disguise skill

There are many skills to buy with points awarded for completing story missions and you’ll have to selective as to which ones you choose. As tempting as it is to go for all the health enhancements, you’re better buying skills that keep you out of combat first. So pick up the disguise one early on for a measly two points. It will allow you to briefly don the uniform of anyone you target and can make slipping past a few guards much easier than trying to sneak past on their blind side.

Buy the lockpick skill

This doesn’t just allow you to open treasure chests, giving you more cash to blow on swords and armour, there are also plenty of opportunities to unlock doors and windows. This means you can open up shortcuts during missions and often stay clear of larger groups of guards. Also, being able to pick locks of prison cell doors (escaping convicts is always a nice distraction for the guards) means you won’t have to steal the key from the bloke strolling around with a brace of goons. Be sure to regularly visit the store for extra lockpicks too as some of the tougher locks will probably break a lot of them until you can afford to upgrade the skill.

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The Sunday Seven: Improvements for the next Call of Duty

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Improvements for the next Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been a fantastic return for the mega-selling first-person-shooter franchise. In my review I heaped praised upon both the campaign mode and the fun multiplayer options, mainly because of the excellent shift in style afforded by the exoskeleton. All in all, it's the best Call of Duty game in years. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. There are still ways in which Call of Duty could blow away the competition and here are seven ways they could do it.

The Sunday Seven: Improvements for the next Call of Duty

Campaign Co-Op

For years, Call of Duty games have had AI companions bossing you about through the campaign modes and we'd give our left foot to dump them for a human partner in splitscreen or online co-op. Frankly, the lack of co-op makes the series seem a little behind the times. COD has nailed multiplayer, the campaigns are fun, but this is the missing jewel in the crown. Fingers crossed for next year.

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The Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014

With one short month to go before Far Cry 4 lands, we take a decisive look at all the available evidence, including our very own hands-on sessions, to make the case that we could be looking at a Game of the Year contender here. So dive into this week’s Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014.

The Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014

The honey badgers will mess you up

You wouldn’t think it to look at them, but the honey badgers are arguably the most vicious creatures in Kyrat. Hunting missions will make a return, but using fire or explosions to kill animals will result in damaged pelts that are worth less cash and possibly not be as useful for crafting. Looks like we’ll have to avoid using rocket launchers and mines on the monochrome missile-like bastards then. Other animals that want to eat your eyes include wolves, rhinos, leopards, eagles, cave bears and much more. Come at me, nature!

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The Sunday Seven: DriveClub's Ups and Downs

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: DriveClub's Ups and Downs

The racing game PS4 owners have been waiting for since launch is finally here and it's facing a hell of a lot of pressure after a prolonged development that has seen some mixed messages emerge during the course. It's not been the smoothest of launches either, with the online side of the game being blocked off to most gamers. So, our review is going to be a short while yet as there's no point reviewing half a game. In the meantime though, let's have a look at some of the highs and lows we've experienced in our first four days with the game.

The Sunday Seven: DriveClub's Ups and Downs

Superb Track Design

With so many games opting to recreate real-life professional racing circuits, it's always nice to race on brand new track, especially road ones. DriveClub excels with its collection of unique tracks spread around countries like India, Scotland, Chile, Canada and Norway. If you found the recent Need For Speed entries' abundance of straight roads to be a bore, then you'll adore the curves and wriggles offered in DriveClub. To be honest, they feel more like rally tracks, minus the handbrake turns, which is just fantastic seeing as rallying has been on the backfoot in recent years on PlayStation.

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The Sunday Seven: Shadow of Mordor Tips

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Shadow of Mordor Tips

We’ve been playing a lot of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor here at tower Dealspwn and have frankly been loving it. As keen Tolkien geeks, the Mordor setting provides an intriguing look at an area of Middle Earth for so long trapped behind those daunting Black Gates. Taking place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is a great idea and rich with potential. Monolith tells how the one ring was forged and how a solitary ranger can play an important part when paired with an elven wraith. Carl’s review will be ready soon, but to warm you up I’ve put together a few tips to get you started. As ever readers, be sure to share any you might have too.

Stick with stealth

Talion is a bit rubbish with a sword and takes ages to finish off enemies in a straight fight. So, be as sneaky as possible by using dagger strikes from behind, above or while hanging from ledges to thin out a crowd before attacking a Captain or Warchief. Don’t worry if you’re seen, you usually have a second or two to rush forwards and silence any Uruk before they get into a battle stance. The bow is also a neat weapon for silenced headshots which can get rid of those pesky archers.

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The Sunday Seven: Destiny Strike Tips

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Destiny Strike Tips

I’ve had Destiny for a week now (thanks to Royal Mail’s usual shoddy service) and have been hitting the modes pretty hard to level up my gear enough to take on the upcoming Raids that are only open to level 26 and up. So, we imagine that you too are going to be putting a lot of time into Strike missions to get in some essential practice for Destiny’s tougher journeys. Well Guardian, you’re not going to last two minutes in the Raids if you don’t take these tactics into your Strike missions.

The Sunday Seven: Destiny Strike Tips

Carry elemental weapons

Between your secondary and heavy weapons, it isn’t hard to have a few of each element. These are essential for chewing through the coloured energy shields surrounding smugger enemies. Unlike RPGs, you don’t attack with an ‘opposite’ element; instead you attack with the same. So, any orange shields will wilt against sunny solar, blue will fry against arc and purple will pale against void weapons. Any weapon will damage shields, but these are the quickest ways to get into an enemy’s soft bits.

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The Sunday Seven: Under the Radar Releases This Xmas

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Under the Radar Releases This Xmas

The Christmas release line-up has a long tradition of being ridiculously packed every year. After one of the driest gaming summers in recent memory, this is all the more frustrating. The big publishers will often drown out the marketing efforts of any releases that aren’t Call of Duty, FIFA, Halo or other major console branded spots, so this list is for seven games that deserve a little boost and ones we hope won’t get brushed aside in favour of the usual suspects. Keep your browser aimed at Dealspwn as we’ll be aiming to review the lot of them.

The Witness (PS4)

Jonathan Blow’s follow up to Braid is looking like one of the PS4’s must have digital titles and with a bit of luck it will be released this year. The game puts you on a large colourful island with little instruction for the world packed with puzzles to complete to unlock new areas. It reminds us a bit of Myst, but a bit more tranquil than the classic 90s puzzler. Blow has explained the puzzle progression would be taught naturally to the player without words, but by showing them simpler versions at some point in an environment, gradually teaching the player how to complete the 600+ puzzles. It sounds complicated, but the above video does a great job of explaining his concept and sets The Witness out as potentially one of the most innovative titles of the year.

Release date: TBC 2014.

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The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

If you patiently waited all that time for the new-gen version of Diablo III you may be wondering what all the fuss is about Adventure Mode. Well, after you finish the campaign mode, you’ll be wanting to bag some serious XP and loot to keep the game feeling fresh and getting to Level 70 so you can explore the Paragon system and maybe start on a few new characters to share the additional benefits of your first demon slaying hero. So why not take a look at this week’s Sunday Seven which has a few starter tips to get you going on the next part of your quest for epic loot in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Naturally, we’d love to hear any hints you’d like to share too.

The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

Bounties

Before diving into Rifts, you’ll need to complete a few bounties. Access the map, choose an act and then visit any of the locations with an exclamation mark. These quests task you with killing a mini-boss at the end or finding an item. If you finish five bounties in one continuous session, you may be in line to receive a bonus in the form of a bag full of loot and gems and a large haul of XP, usually a few million, which you’ll need on your way to Lv. 70 so you can start playing around with Paragon stats.

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The Sunday Seven - Beginner Tips for Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven - Beginner Tips for Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

So, you patiently waited for the PS4/XO version of Diablo III, or Diablo III Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition if we’re going with the full name. This new edition is stuffed with extra content, like the Reaper of Souls expansion, but you’re going to have to do some serious levelling before you can look the reaper in the eye.

So for those of you that didn’t play the original Diablo III to death two years ago, we’ve put together seven top tips for all you new adventurers out there to make your life that little bit easier. Naturally, we’d love to hear any hints you might have whether you’re a Diablo regular or a newb with a hot tip.

The Sunday Seven - Beginner Tips for Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Pick a simple class first

The Barbarian is the simplest class to start with, as they’re more melee-focused compared to the fancy-pants wizards. Why not take advantage of the Crusader though for added depth? The Crusaders are playable for the whole game now, after previously only being available in the expansion. Go on, they’re pretty badass.

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The Sunday Seven: Gamescom 2014 Videos You Missed

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Gamescom 2014 Videos You Missed

Well folks, the doors are closing today on yet another huge Gamescom Expo and just like you, we’re still eagerly devouring all the latest info, trailers and gameplay demos. Carl and Jon have an absolute tonne of previews and interviews to bring you in the near future, so be sure to stay tuned for those. Today is all about the videos though.

Seeing as you’ve probably already seen the videos for the hottest big-name games that you can’t wait to get your hands on (Far Cry 4 and Quantum Break look amazing, no?), we’ve been scouring the net to find those precious gems that slipped through the cracks amidst all the triple A noise. So here’s our picks of the seven best Gamescom videos you may have missed.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

The news that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a (timed) Xbox exclusive buried alive Square’s other Tomb Raider game. This was a shame because Temple of Isis is the follow-up to the excellent Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light and it’s looking pretty damn awesome. The co-op options have been doubled from two players to four, which is all sorts of awesome. Plus, it’s the only new Tomb Raider game we’ll see on PlayStation for a while.

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The Sunday Seven - Why Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deserves Your Attention

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven - Why Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deserves Your Attention

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is going to be big news come November 4th. No surprise there, but could this year’s title be a game changer for the series? As enjoyable as COD has been in recent years, there’s no denying that recent entries have played things a little safe and not attempted to push any large scale changes. Well, apart from seeing a dog take down a helicopter, which was all sorts of stupid, or awesome, I’ll never be able to decide. So, unless the series is going to feature a cat taking on a submarine there will have to be other ways to get us psyched for the new game. Thankfully it would seem there are quite a few reasons; here are seven of the best.

The Sunday Seven - Why Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deserves Your Attention

Kevin Spacey

Maybe it’s because we’re addicted to Netflix’s House of Cards here at Dealspwn, or maybe it’s because everything’s better with Spacey, but seeing Frank Underwood’s face here is kind of a big deal. COD’s stories have been gaming’s definition of ‘throwaway’ in recent years, but attaching a big name like Spacey to the project hints that maybe something interesting is going on behind all the explosions and bullet storms. Fingers crossed it’s a bit more natural than his awkward plug for a PS Vita in House of Cards though.

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The Sunday Seven: Ways for Sony to Win E3 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Ways for Sony to Win E3 2014

Not long to go now before gaming’s Superbowl lands in LA and we all go crazy for the latest new games, exciting demos and those massive revelations. Sony are going to have a hard time topping last year, where they delivered some heavy blows to their rival Microsoft, who stuttered their way through the Xbox One’s build-up campaign. This year’s E3 is all about maintaining the pace and staying ahead of the Redwood company, especially now the two consoles are similarly priced. So, here’s seven ways for Sony to win E3 2014.

The Sunday Seven: Ways for Sony to Win E3 2014

Uncharted PS4 Gameplay Demo

After that teaser on the PS4’s launch night, we’ve not seen a single screen shot for the new Uncharted game on PS4. Sony stole the show in 2009 with one of the most memorable stage demos ever and hopes are high they’ll do it again.

No CGI trailers, a full-on action packed demo with the sole intention of nailing jaws to the floor please. Fingers crossed for an expanded co-op mode too as earlier games showed enormous potential in this area. Expect to hear some news about story-related DLC for Infamous: Second Son too.

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The Sunday Seven: Survival Tips for Killzone: Shadow Fall Multiplayer

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Survival Tips for Killzone: Shadow Fall Multiplayer

Tried out Killzone: Shadow Fall’s multiplayer yet? Pretty mean isn’t it? Don’t go running back to the warm embrace of Call of Duty just yet soldier. Man up, and check out our Sunday Seven Survival Tips to leave behind your days as a snivelling recruit and be reborn as a feared harbinger of doom. Failing that, maybe we can make that kill/death ratio a little less pitiful.

The Sunday Seven: Survival Tips for Killzone: Shadow Fall Multiplayer

1: Equip some spawn beacons

I don’t know why, but the vast majority of players seem content to respawn from the default base over and over, with a tiresome slog back to the action. Who the hell has the time for that crap? For Vekta’s sake, equip some spawn beacons to your support classes. With this ability, you can deploy a spawn point anywhere in the map for your team. It can be destroyed by enemy fire, but it doesn’t expire if you die and you’ll get loads of points when your teammates spawn on it. Be careful not to drop it in front of enemy turrets or in wide-open spaces though.

There’s too much of a mentality of ‘someone else will do it’, just change class for one spawn and do yourself -and your team- a huge favour and drop a beacon. Or carry on going for a long jog that ends in being shot in the back time and again.

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The Sunday Seven: Reasons to be Excited about PS Vita TV

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Brendan Griffiths
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Media streaming, micro-consoles, PS Vita games, PS Vita TV, PS4 games, Streaming games, The Sunday Seven, Tokyo Game Show

The Sunday Seven: Reasons to be Excited about PS Vita TV

Earlier this week, Sony took to the stage at the Tokyo Game Show to announce the excellent-looking PS Vita TV micro-console, which will be released in Japan later this year. Sony haven’t announced anything about a Western release beyond “stay tuned”, but considering the high interest the device has received from this half of the world, we’re expecting to get our hands on it early next year at the latest. We can’t complain really, especially as Japan is getting the Vita TV device instead of the PS4 this year. I bet they’re furious deep down, but in a really polite way.

So, is Vita TV really just a consolation prize for gamers in Sony’s homeland? Far from it, in fact, I really want one. Is that because I’ve been told I can’t? Very possibly, but here are another seven reasons why I’m crossing everything in the hope we’ll soon be plugging the little white box into a nearby TV.

The Sunday Seven: Reasons to be Excited about PS Vita TV

Cheaper than a Vita

In some ways, this is a PS Vita for about £60. Yes, at launch, it won’t play some important titles like Uncharted or WipEout, but as I discuss later on in this article, I expect that could well change. Not only is it cheaper than a Vita, it’s cheaper than the Ouya and it has more attractive functions than the upcoming GameStick, both of which look positively archaic when put side-by-side with Vita TV.

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The Sunday Seven: Why You'll Enjoy Saints Row IV More Than GTA V

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: Why You'll Enjoy Saints Row IV More Than GTA V

We’ve been looking forwards to Saints Row IV ever since Deep Silver surprised us all with its announcement earlier this year. Yet much of its hard-earned limelight has been stolen by Rockstar’s upcoming GTA V. Rockstar release a few screenshots, one gameplay trailer and the world goes nuts, despite the press not even being allowed to touch it. Same old story, same old Rockstar.

Well, balls to them. Less than a month before GTA lands, one of the worst gaming droughts we’ve seen ends with numerous big hitters and none of them look half as entertaining as Saints Row IV. Here at Dealspwn we’ve had plenty of updates, trailers, interviews and hands-on sessions and it’s time to tell you why you’ll be having more fun with the dudes in purple.

The Sunday Seven: Why You'll Enjoy Saints Row IV More Than GTA V

You're not as grown up as you think you are

It's crude, rude, and lewd and you'll enjoy it all despite knowing better. Sure, we have games that try to be funny and just come out as embarrassing (hello Lollipop Chainsaw and Deadpool) but SR games have consistently amused with humorous missions and characters you'd never be able to call boring.

Unlike the competition, Saints Row has always allowed you to create the game’s leading star so there are no complaints about how they look or sound. Get under their skin and they still manage to have a fun personality thanks to a decent range of voices to choose from and a tongue-in-cheek script.

Rockstar tried to use Niko, Roman and it's collection of racial stereotypes to tell an interesting story in GTA IV, but amidst all the dull friend missions, overcooked accents and never-ending escort jobs, they proved to be a collection of unlikable, tediously miserable bastards. Whereas here we have a street gangster who became so popular they went from the crack house, to the whorehouse to the White House despite a seedy obsession for all things purple and gangsta.

What was the point of Rockstar trying to make Niko out to be this wounded soul, haunted by his past in Eastern Europe when most players were going to make him run down pedestrians, shoot pigeons and kill all of the prostitutes in Liberty City with molotovs before robbing their still flaming purses? Yeah Rockstar, a kill/forgive choice at the end was really deep after what we'd put the poor fucker through.

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The Sunday Seven | How To Make Mad Money & New Friends In Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Jonathan Lester
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The Sunday Seven | How To Make Mad Money & New Friends In Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a home away from home, a sensational time sink and a phenomenal success the world over. Unfortunately, you'll also have to put in an inordinate amount of work to earn the staggering sums of money required to get anywhere. To this end, we've compiled a list of seven tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of the game; whether it's making bank or making lasting friends.

7: Fruit Farming

The Sunday Seven | How To Make Mad Money & New Friends In Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Gathering fruit will likely be one of the key ways to pay off your first home loan, but savvy Animal Crossing players know that money really does grow on trees. Forget your town's native fruit, which sells for next to nothing, because sooner or later you'll be presented with an exotic fruit (by a villager or letter) that sells for around 500 bells a pop. Instead of selling them, grab a shovel and plant them.

Trees don't require watering and grow quickly if you space them out regularly, and you'll quickly be rewarded with your first crop in a couple of days. At which point, it's time to bust out your shovel and axe, massively enlarge your orchard, and cut down all the useless pine trees to replace with tasty fruit-bearing alternatives. Within a week, you'll be able to make 1500 Bells per tree, and continue to expand your earnings exponentially by turning barren ground into money in your pocket, and fruit-less trees into fruitful Bell mines. Remember that you can stack up to nine identical fruit in a single inventory space!

Not only will you create a self-sustaining source of regular income, but your citizens will also be immensely grateful for all the new greenery, which will be reflected in the satisfaction survey. Thanks much!

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The Sunday Seven: How the PS4 Could Win Next-Gen

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Sunday Seven: How the PS4 Could Win Next-Gen

Last week, I looked at how Microsoft could come out on top in the next-gen console wars despite their initial self-inflicted setbacks. So it’s only fair that I give the same treatment to Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4. Both consoles are going to release around the same period, just in time for the Christmas madness. We’ve not had consoles launch head-to-head for generations, which means we’re going to see a real fight between the two. Ring that bell Mr. Shopkeeper. It’s so on.

The Sunday Seven: How the PS4 Could Win Next-Gen

PlayStation Plus

The only downside to PlayStation Plus is the size of your hard-drive. Sony wants to fill it with quality every month. This month alone subscribers were given Battlefield 3, Saints Row The Third, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, Unit 13 and more.

Microsoft have started giving freebies away with Gold subs too. This month Xbox 360 gamers got Defense Grid and the promised ancients of Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II are still nowhere to be seen. Frankly, it’s a bit embarrassing watching Microsoft try to defend their free tripe.

Yes, PS4 will require a PS+ subscription to play online, but when one subscription covers players for free games on PS3, Vita and PS4, they’d be mad not have one anyway.

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Sunday Seven: How the Xbox One Could Win Next-Gen

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Brendan Griffiths
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Sunday Seven: How the Xbox One Could Win Next-Gen

A few weeks ago, Microsoft were fighting a losing battle against the PS4. Every time they said anything via statement or twitter, gamers would become enraged and bewildered at why the company seemed determined to alienate consumers around the world. But then they sobered up ditched the two features of the Xbox One that may have handed an early victory to the PS4 – pre-owned blocking and daily online requirement.

However, is the damage already done? We’re far from writing off the big company yet, just look at how many times they’ve screwed up Windows and survived. So here’s our Sunday Seven on How the Xbox One Could Win Next-Gen.

Sunday Seven: How the Xbox One Could Win Next-Gen

The Exclusives

Just because we’ve only seen the shortest of teasers for Halo 5, doesn’t mean it’s not already a system seller. With 343 Industries exceeding expectations for their debut with Halo 4, fans will be keen to keep in touch with their first next-gen effort.

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