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Next Week’s Releases: Zombie fairgrounds vs farming sims

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week’s Releases: Zombie fairgrounds vs farming sims

A big week for Microsoft, with one of their big exclusives finally hitting the shelves. We also have the new pretender to Dark Soul’s bloodthirsty throne, a farming sim, a futuristic co-op demon hunt and a gloriously muddy battle between dirtbikes and quads. Have a look below for our full weekly guide of upcoming releases along with links to our past coverage and the best prices.

October 28th

Next Week’s Releases: Zombie fairgrounds vs farming sims

MX Vs ATV: Supercross (PS3, 360)

This is Nordic’s first MX release since acquiring the series from THQ and with 17 tracks to tear up with dirtbikes and ATVs, we’re quite sure this will be the muddiest release of the week. Fingers crossed it’s a hit as we’d like to see the series make the jump to PS4 and XO sooner rather than later. Hmm, next-gen track deformation.

Best Price: Base: £19.99

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Next Week’s Releases: Witches, Wangs and Warriors

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

 

Next Week’s Releases: Witches, Wangs and Warriors

A great week for Wii U owners who can feel super smug as the Umbran witch makes her Nintendo debut. There’s quite the musical theme elsewhere with the latest Just Dance title and Harmonix’s motion-controlled take on Fantasia. The words Firaxis and Alpha Centauri are probably enough to get our PC-gaming readers excited, not to mention a certain Dreamfall title. Read on for the full rundown along with links to our past coverage and the cheapest prices.

October 21st

Next Week’s Releases: Witches, Wangs and Warriors

Dreamfall Chapters: Book 1 – LONGEST WAIT AWARD OF THE WEEK!

Fans have only been waiting since 2006 to find out what happens next in the Dreamfall saga, so yeah, they’re pretty pumped for this one. We get the feeling this is going to be a Kickstarter success story and can’t wait to play the new episodic format. The game is also coming to PS4 at some point, but release dates vary from next week (wrong), to November, to next year. Expect reviews of the PC version from our very own Carl Phillips soon.

> VIDEO PREVIEW | The exploration & decision making of Dreamfall Chapters

> INTERVIEW | Tornquist & Scheve on why Dreamfall Chapters will "evolve narrative experiences in games"

> Dreamfall Chapters: Sony more "proactive” than Microsoft, "it made sense to go with PlayStation"

> Only 3 weeks to go until Dreamfall Chapters Book One

> Didn't back Dreamfall Chapters? GOG have a season pass pre-order now available

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ZombiU only £5.95 at The Game Collection on Wii U

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Survival Horror Games, Wii U games, ZombiU

ZombiU only £5.95 at The Game Collection on Wii U

ZombiU | Game Collection | £5.95
Price ComparisonReview

How cheap does ZombiU have to get before you buy this criminally-overlooked horror masterpiece?! It annoys me that Ubisoft were brave enough to create one of the most tough, faithful and terrifying survival horror games of the last decade, yet the final product was slapped down for having clunky melee combat, high difficulty and other essential survival horror elements. Ugh.

Anyway, rant over. We've seen it £1 cheaper during a previous Game Collection flash sale, but they're back with a great price nonetheless. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Super Smash Bros. Wii U finally dated - the stocking filler killer app?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Wii U games

Super Smash Bros. Wii U finally dated - the stocking filler killer app?
Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS is great so long as you own a 3DS XL, and 2.8 million gamers are already on board, but the fact is that the handheld version feels a little like a stopgap before the Wii U edition arrives. Boasting crisp visuals and the legendary single-screen play we crave from the franchise, along with Amiibo figurines and GameCube controller compatibility via a new adaptor, we've been clamouring for this long-awaited brawler ever since the Wii U launched.

Nintendo has finally confirmed that it's out on December 5th here in Europe, available solus or in a bundle with the GameCube controller adapter. They'll even be manufacturing a new run of wired GameCube controllers to go with it!

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Next Week’s Releases – Xenos, hoops and shiny cars

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week’s Releases – Xenos, hoops and shiny cars

The release schedules are fattening up nicely now and we have a great selection of titles hitting the stores this week. Like hiding in lockers? Well the horror fan in you might find something Alien-related to enjoy, while the perv in you is also catered for via the latest browser-troubling release from Japan. PS4 racing fans rejoice as a certain much delayed racer is finally on the starting grid and XO owners, get those creative juices flowing for your answer to LBP. Failing that you’ll have to settle for some basketball or running around Hong Kong with a meat cleaver and handcuffs.

October 7th

Next Week’s Releases – Xenos, hoops and shiny cars

Alien: Isolation (PS3, PS4, 360, XO, PC)

Creative Assembly’s title ditches the pulse rifles for a survival horror experience which seems so well suited to the Alien universe we don’t know why it’s taken someone this long to try it. Early reviews are largely positive and we’ll have our own soon. Be sure to check out our past coverage below.

Best Price: Simply Games: £32.85 (PS4/XO)

> Alien: Isolation PS4 Gameplay | Opening Scenes

> PREVIEW | Four Hours With Alien Isolation's Perfect Killing Machine

> Alien: Isolation Interview | Al Hope on making a game worthy of Ridley Scott's film

> Alien: Isolation Hands-On Preview | Monstrous Potential, But With A Great Big "If"

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Disney Infinity 2.0 - Guardians Of The Galaxy Playset Review | Racket Raccoon

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Infinity 2.0 - Guardians Of The Galaxy Playset Review | Racket Raccoon

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Avalanche Software | Ninja Theory (combat)

Publisher: Disney Interactive

Guardians Of The Galaxy deserves a good game. This isn't it.

We were initially thrilled at the news that Disney Infinity 2.0 would be doing the heavy lifting when it came to Guardians' movie tie-in. Instead of a terrible Activision-published atrocity, we were promised a lengthy piece of fanservice including high quality miniatures and production values, boasting a story from none other than Brian Michael Bendis himself, available for £15 alongside the Star-Lord and Gamora figures. What a fantastic idea.

And what horrible execution. Disney Infinty 2.0 ultimately triumphs despite its issues, but the Guardians Of The Galaxy playset is one of the worst games I've suffered through in years. Other sites seem to have included this expansion in their reviews for the base game, but I'd like to discuss what is effectively a DLC pack in detail so you can be forewarned against throwing bad money after good.

Or, in other words, buy the Rocket Raccoon figure and steer clear of this sorry shovelware.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Review | Marvellous Toybox, Perilous Playsets

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Infinity 2.0 Review | Marvellous Toybox, Perilous Playsets

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Avalanche Software | Ninja Theory (combat)

Publisher: Disney Interactive

There's no such thing as a "good game for kids." There are only good games, some of which are more accessible than others. Take Minecraft, designed to encourage experimentation and creativity regardless of age. Or Mario, beloved by millions despite punishing each pitfall with instant death.

Half of Disney Infinity 2.0 gets this absolutely right. The toybox mode is utterly fantastic no matter how old you are. Create your own levels, invite some friends and then watch your favourite Disney and Marvel toys come to life. It's genuinely magical.

Disney Infinity 2.0 Review | Marvellous Toybox, Perilous Playsets

Sadly the other half displays the same lazy level design, shonky mechanics and lack of care that typifies so-called kids games. "Who cares? It's just for children."

Fun fact: everyone deserves quality software. So thank goodness that Disney Infinity 2.0's better half is also its biggest by far!

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Super Smash Bros Wii U pre-order only £36.95 at The Game Collection

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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multiplayer games, Super Smash Bros, Wii U games

Super Smash Bros Wii U pre-order only £36.95 at The Game Collection

Super Smash Bros. Wii U (pre-order) | The Game Collection | £36.95 (save £2)
Watch Jon suck at Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros will release in time for Christmas, meaning that Boxing Day plans are pretty much sorted. If you're not in the market for the Gamecube controller/adapter bundle, The Game Collection are currently running a pre-order for £36.95, which will save you £2 versus the next cheapest retailer Base.com. You can watch a Nintendo rep blatantly let me win a few matches in the linked video above.

Thanks to Ninjin00 @ HUKD!

Next Week's Releases: Footy, murder and dungeons

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
New Releases
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New Releases, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week's Releases: Footy, murder and dungeons

Destiny has been a huge seller, but FIFA is bound to smash it off the top spot next weekend and is a good shout for Xmas #1. Other brave (foolish?) games are releasing the same week too, including the eagerly awaited Gauntlet remake and the intriguing murder mystery title, the Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Check out the full lineup for the week below, along with links to our past coverage and the best online pre-order prices.

September 23rd

Next Week's Releases: Footy, murder and dungeons

Gauntlet (PC)

As a console gamer, I’m really jealous that this is only coming to PC for the foreseeable future. I blame this newfound addiction to Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Gauntlet is a true original brand though and we can’t wait to see its modern update. It has four player co-op of course.

Pre-Order: Steam £14.99

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Opening Scenes | Hyrule Warriors - First 20 Mins Gameplay

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Action Games, Gameplay footage, Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo, Omega Force, Opening Scenes, Videos, Wii U games

Opening Scenes | Hyrule Warriors - First 20 Mins Gameplay

I can't get enough of Hyrule Warriors. It helps, of course, that I'm quite a fan of the musou genre, but Omega Force have quite outdone themselves with this hybrid mashup. I spent much of yesterday listening to the game's outstanding soundtrack, which mainly consists of epic, widdly, J-rock variations on an abundance of Zelda themes.

Much like the OST for Pacific Rim, it instantly makes whatever you're doing seem more awesome than before.

Anyway, our review is already out, in which I gave it 8/10 and called it a bunch of fun, along with branding it as probably the best Warriors game to date:

Hyrule Warriors doesn't pretend to be anything that it isn't. It does exactly what it says on the tin, producing what is probably the best Warriors game to date, and doing so by taking many of the best aspects of The Legend of Zelda and successfully incorporating them into the classic 1-vs-1000 gameplay. The fan service is astonishing, the level of detail very welcome indeed, and the action can be truly satisfying, with the various bosses going a long way to making the repetitive action seem quite refreshing at times. A triumphant mash-up indeed.

Not only that, but we've also gone and captured the game's first battle on Hyrule Field, which features lots of Spin Attacks from Link, and an appearance from King Dodongo.

Hit the jump to see Hyrule Warriors gameplay in action >>

Hyrule Warriors Review | The Best Warriors Game Ever Made

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Action Games, Hyrule Warriors, Koei Tecmo, Musou games, Nintendo, Omega Force, Team Ninja, Wii U games

Hyrule Warriors Review | The Best Warriors Game Ever Made

Nintendo are usually fairly strict when it comes to their own IPs, especially when it comes to their big hitters. But their slight history of sharing isn't without success stories... along with other, admittedly contentious, results. Take the Metroid series, for instance. Retro Studios' Prime trilogy is still a benchmark in fantastic reimaginings of a yesteryear favourite, even if Other M proved that sometimes there'll be mixed results when a Nintendo IP is loaned out into other creative hands.

Unlike those games, though, Hyrule Warriors is not representative of Nintendo giving another studio relatively free rein with one of their most beloved franchises. Here we find a very specific mashup, and one that tends more towards the latter part of its name than the former. Hyrule provides the sizzle, but Warriors the steak.

It's worth bearing in mind that I like the various Warriors series that have emerged over the years. My favourite is still probably Dynasty Warriors 4, but that has more to do with it being an incredibly cathartic game at a certain point in my life rather than anything that game does especially well over any of its fellows. You generally know what you're getting with a Warriors game: a range of playable heroes, amusingly nonsensical cutscenes, 1-vs-1000s combat stuffed with button mashing and epilepsy-inducing special attacks, taking over enemy keeps and knocking out Outpost Captains.

Hyrule Warriors does all of those things.

But it does them in better fashion than I've ever seen from a Warriors game before.

Hyrule Warriors is basically a Warriors game as modded by the world's biggest Zelda fan. It's a spectacular piece of fan service that manages to frame everything in terms of the various adventures of Link and Zelda over the years, from playable characters and weapon sets to fairly pretty maps based upon locales from a number of different Zelda titles, to an entire adventure mode that plays out on a retro map plucked from the original Legend of Zelda NES game. Rupees burst out of downed enemies, fulfilling certain requirements on the battlefield will cause chests to spawn that tinkle in familiar fashion when they appear, and deliver the same anticipatory music when you take a peek inside. Variations on Koji Kondo's musical themes weave in and out of the wildly-soloing electric guitars that accompany most Warriors titles.

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Next Week’s Releases: Contains Plastic Avengers and Sheep

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
New Releases
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New Releases, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week’s Releases: Contains Plastic Avengers and Sheep

Finished Destiny already or just have a really short attention span? Fear not, we’re back with our weekly look at next week’s releases. This is the week that parents will be dreading ahead of Xmas as Dinsey are rolling out their latest toy-fest. Will Zelda survive it’s whoring out to the Dynasty Warriors franchise and why are those sheep acting like Lemmings? This is the week to find some answers.

September 19th

Next Week’s Releases: Contains Plastic Avengers and Sheep

Disney Infinity 2.0 (PS3, PS4, 360, XO, WiiU)

This might be the year to check out Disney’s Skylanders-baiting franchise that sees real-life toy figures used on a portal to appear in-game. Since Disney acquired Marvel, it’s always been a sure bet we’d see them in Disney Infinity. So get ready for new playsets including The Avengers, Spider-Man and the crew from Guardians of the Galaxy. 2.0 also marks the series next-gen debut on the PS4 and XO. The base game and some extra figures is looking pricey, so be sure to check out our past coverage below first and stay tuned for Jon’s verdict on the XO version.

> PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

> VIDEO INTERVIEW | Everything you need to know about Disney Infinity 2.0!

> VIDEO | Disney Infinity 2.0 Developer Walkthrough

Cheapest PS4 / XO Pre-Order: Simply Games £50.94

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Bayonetta 2's Cosplay Closet | Peach, Fox, Samus and more - Taking a look at Super Mirror 64-2

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Action Games, Bayonetta 2, Cosplay, Games previews, Nintendo, Platinum Games, Videos, Wii U games

Bayonetta 2's Cosplay Closet | Peach, Fox, Samus and more - Taking a look at Super Mirror 64-2

With four Super Mirrors available in Bayonetta 2 (although only one that we can talk about currently), there's a fair bit of opportunity to play dress-up in Platinum's madcap action bonanza. To give you an idea of what to expect, hit the jump for a bunch of gameplay footage of Bayonetta in action, dressed in a variety of costumes and outfits from Super Mirror 64-2.

The Super Mirror's are all available at different intervals via Rodin's shop -- The Gates of Hell -- and the Mirrors themselves all cost 100,000 in currency. Unfortunately, you only get one costume included in that price (for 64-2 it's Fox's outfit), and every other costume costs another hundred grand as well. Cosplaying is an expensive pastime when you're an Umbra Witch.

Bayonetta 2's Cosplay Closet | Peach, Fox, Samus and more - Taking a look at Super Mirror 64-2

The effects that the costumes have on the game itself are fairly minimal -- this is pure bonkers fan service, and there's nothing wrong with that. Most of the little changes are cosmetic, but there's something undeniably grin-inducing about rolling a Morphball about the place, or kicking the butts off of angels and demons with a set of tiny Arwings.

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Would you have traded a new Metroid game for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon?

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Metroid, Next Level Games, Nintendo, Wii U games

Would you have traded a new Metroid game for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon?

Because apparently that's what Nintendo did

Ask the question "what Nintendo IP would you most like to see on the Wii U/3DS?" and the answer often involves Samus. It's been too long since we've had a kickass Metroid game (sorry Other M), and being one of the most popular Nintendo IPs, you'd think that the Big N would have been eager to mobilise on it.

God only knows it would have been a better use of Retro's time than Donkey Kong Tropical Laurel-Resting.

As it turns out, a Metroid game for 3DS might well have been in the works at Next Level Games, only for Nintendo to nix the very early prototype in favour of Luigi's Mansion 2.

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Nintendo Direct | Bayonetta 2 Star Fox cosplay confirmed for October, also release date

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Platinum Games, Wii U games

Nintendo Direct | Bayonetta 2 Star Fox cosplay confirmed for October, also release date

But Original Free Game Offer Is US-Only

Today's Nintendo Direct presentation was all about Bayonetta 2, the sequel to the best brawler ever made that's been getting us hot under the collar for some time. No, not like that. As in: it's looking more utterly ridiculous every time we see it.

You can watch the video below, but here are the salient points:

  • It's out in the UK on October 24th
  • There'll be a Star Fox costume complete with ears
  • The 'Tag Climax' mode lets you play as Rodin and earn persistent currency
  • You can get it in a solus edition (£33.99), 'special edition' with the original game (£44.99) or a limited 'First Print Edition' (£55.99)
  • Matt previewed it right here,

Almost all good news, but unfortunately it appears that we won't get the original game for free as originally advertised; rather we'll have to pay an extra tenner. Why does Europe deserve nice things, right?

We'll keep an eye out for a deal.

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New Super Mario Bros. U only £18.81 at VideoGameBox (with code)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Nintendo, Platformer, Wii U games

New Super Mario Bros. U only £18.81 at VideoGameBox (with code)

New Super Mario Bros. U | VGB | £18.81
Price ComparisonReview | Voucher Code: FBFAN5

Super Mario 3D World is definitely the 'go to' Mario game on Wii U, but platforming fans should definitely check out New Super Mario Bros U if they have a gap in their schedule. And have played Rayman Legends to death. This launch title isn't designed to be a tech demo, rather it's a familiar yet tightly-designed experience with a few cheeky surprises along the way, not to mention a whole mess of levels. ShopTo's £18.81 price tag is seriously cheap, so be sure to use the FBFAN5 voucher code. Thanks once again to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

PREVIEW | Can Project CARS take pole position this Christmas?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Bandai Namco, PC games, PS4 games, Racing Games, Slightly Mad Studios, Wii U games, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | Can Project CARS take pole position this Christmas?

I don't often start a preview with a disclaimer, but when a publisher invites you to Brands Hatch for a day behind the wheel, I suppose you probably ought to mention it. Within minutes of emerging from the pedestrian tunnel, I found myself abusing the traction control of a beefy BMW and taxing the patience of a trained racing driver as he patiently -- oh so very patiently -- explained where I probably ought to be braking and hitting the apex to avoid going all kinds of sideways.

This might sound like an old-school journalistic junket, but when I traded the real thing for the PS4 version of Project CARS, on the same track in the same weather conditions, I discovered that it was actually my training.

PREVIEW | Can Project CARS take pole position this Christmas?

See, Project CARS is designed to be more than a soulless simulator. It may be underpinned by reams of official engineering specifications and raw data, but every facet of the game has been pored over and tweaked by real racing drivers to give it the human touch. As such, every piece of advice I received on the track was instantly and completely relevant in the game, while the virtual course looked and felt like the real thing.

It's the sort of authentic design philosophy that could well put Project CARS into pole position this Christmas, even as it stares down the barrel of Driveclub and Forza Horizon 2. The fact that it's drop-dead gorgeous, VR compatible, 12K-ready and powered by next-gen tech is probably not going to hurt either.

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Project CARS Video Interview | Racing Driver Oliver Webb On Expert Input & The BAC Mono

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PC games, Project CARS, PS4 games, Racing Games, Slightly Mad Studios, Video interviews, Wii U games, Xbox One Games

Project CARS Video Interview | Racing Driver Oliver Webb On Expert Input & The BAC Mono

At Brands Hatch, Natch

Plugging official specifications and tyre data into your racing game is all well and good, but Project CARS promises to go one step further this Christmas by focusing on the human element. As such, Slightly Mad Studios have worked closely with real racing drivers including Nicholas Hamilton, the original Stig and Oliver James Webb, who advise on how the cars actually handle in real life.

Having recently attended a Project CARS preview session at Brands Hatch, I naturally grabbed Oliver Webb for an interview about his input, which has influenced everything from handling minutiae to track design. Plus, seeing as he's currently one of the faces of BAC Mono, naturally we had to chat about the gorgeous British sports car.

Stay tuned for our hands-on preview, and be sure to check out our previous coverage!

EXPIRED | Splinter Cell: Blacklist only £2.97 at Gamestop on Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Stealth Games, Ubisoft, Wii U games

EXPIRED | Splinter Cell: Blacklist only £2.97 at Gamestop on Wii U

Splinter Cell: Blacklist | Gamestop | £2.97 (cheap!)
Review

Splinter Cell Blacklist is a seriously impressive sequel hinged around player choice, and better yet, it costs a ridiculous £0.97 on Wii U at Gamestop.

It's so cheap, in fact, that it won't qualify for free delivery, instead requiring an extra £2. Which is still phenomenally inexpensive.

VIDEO | Five of the Most Ridiculous Moments in Bayonetta 2 So Far

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Action Games, Bayonetta 2, Games previews, Nintendo, Platinum Games, Wii U games

Words can't quite explain just how utterly bonkers Bayonetta 2 actually is, so here's a little video showcasing five of the most crazy happenings I've encountered thus far in the game. We can only talk about the game up to chapter five currently, but already I've unleashed a Hellish unicorn, surfed the tunnel of a tsunami on the steeple of a cathedral, stopped a Lumen Sage with an epic fistbump, and seen Black Santa wall-ride a department store in a Cadillac.

I can only apologise for the number of times words fail me in this video and I'm reduced to shouting "WHAT?!" in delighted confusion, but you'll hopefully understand why by the end.

Check out my most recent Bayonetta 2 preview here.