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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, iOS games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

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

Rocket Raccoon vs Donald Duck

Disney Infinity 2.0 has big plans. The original may have been relatively successful, attracting millions of players and holding its own against the established might of Skylanders, but arguably lacked a little bit of pizazz and a sense of the epic. Thankfully, few franchises can bring the epic quite as comprehensively as Marvel comics, which is now neatly under Disney's purview.

Let the crossover commence! Rocket Raccoon, meet Thor, Stich and Donald Duck.

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

Avalanche Software brought two new Infinity 2.0 playsets along to Gamescom this year, showing off the new Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy campaigns. Both the gameplay and the figures have received a serious upgrade. On the collectibles front, the new line of toys are much more solid and sturdy than their predecessors; feeling impressively weighty and hard-wearing. The new Venom and Hulk figurines are utterly enormous, almost twice the volume of previous figures, while the level of detail is seriously impressive when it comes to the new Rocket Raccoon and Stich models. Shame they'll be standalone, really, as opposed to included in the starter packs.

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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Alien: Isolation, Horror games, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sega, The Creative Assembly, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

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

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One

Developer: The Creative Assembly

Publisher: SEGA

I have no sympathy for Ellen Ripley. Sure, she went through 117 minutes of hell during the original Alien, but last week SEGA threw me into a darkened room with the latest build of Alien Isolation for four terrifying hours of desperate panic, evasion, improvisation and over a dozen grisly deaths.

Keen to maintain full transparency following the Colonial Marines debacle, The Creative Assembly gave me free reign with their very latest Steam build -- achievements, graphics settings and all, with no timeskips or gameplay breaks -- then sat back and left me to it. I emerged browbeaten and emotionally drained, yet deeply impressed with what I'd played.

Alien Isolation is set to be a very different kind of horror game. Not a haunted house, but a horror playground that pits you against an implacable adversary that hunts without mercy and constantly hits you where you think you're safe. Where no two levels, or even handful of minutes, plays out the same way.

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

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Microsoft Gamescom 2014 Press Conference: Twitch Embed & Live Blog - 1PM BST

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Microsoft Gamescom 2014 Press Conference: Twitch Embed & Live Blog - 1PM BST

Happy for Halo? Craving some Crackdown? Stoked for Sunset Overdrive? Fawning over Forza? That's right, folks, it's time for the Microsoft Gamescom Press Conference. Hit the jump for the Twitch embed and for the site Twitter stream where I'll be merrily live Tweeting reactions and commentary for this year's show.

Follow us here to get stuck into the conversation.

Jon's fashioned a list of expectations and predictions, and you can find that right here.

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Get Splinter Cell: Blacklist - Ultimatum Edition from just £13.49 at HMV on PS3

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, PS3 games, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Stealth Games, Ubisoft, Xbox 360 games

Get Splinter Cell: Blacklist - Ultimatum Edition from just £13.49 at HMV on PS3

Splinter Cell: Blacklist - Ultimatum Edition | £13.49 (use code: JULY10) | HMV
Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

After all of the furore about possibly dumbing down Splinter Cell and turning one of gaming's classic stealthy franchises into an action romp after THAT E3 showing, it turned out that Blacklist was actually a really good game with a gloriously open-ended approach to things that allowed us players to play pretty much however we wanted, whenever we wanted.

Which is nice.

Anyway, HMV have the Ultimatum Edition for under £15 (knock a further quid off with the code JULY10 - still working at the time of writing) which includes the game along with an a mini graphic novel, a watch, and a bunch of DLC maps. You can grab the X360 version for the same price here.

Cracking spot by s_hayhurst at HUKD.

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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HD remake, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Remasters, Top 5, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

With the news this week that Sleeping Dogs is to be re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One (and PC for that matter), the issue of old games being remastered for the new-gen consoles has again become a hot talking point among many gamers. Are they good value? Or a rip-off to fleece gamers who don’t have many titles to play on their shiny next-gen machines? Is there any point? Well, here are our five essential tips to help clear the waters a little.

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

Check for additional content

Most new-gen remasters chuck in the paid DLC from the original release. Sleeping Dogs will include 24 pieces of DLC, one of which is a single-player story expansion. Start to add up the price of the DLC and it doesn’t take long for it to exceed the price of buying the old version of the game and the DLC separately. This is also true for The Last of Us: Remastered which includes the Left Behind story DLC. Pay for the old game and the DLC and it’ll be £30+, more than £28.97 we’ve seen for the new PS4 version. Granted, not all DLC is created equal; take Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and the additional multiplayer material. Nobody needs more of that. Conversely, as excited as the Dealspwn team are for the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the polished up campaign, that one’s all about having all the multiplayer maps in one place.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance only £5.50 on Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Xbox 360 games

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance only £5.50 on Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

Metal Gear Rising: RevengeanceThe Game Collection | £6.95
Price ComparisonReview

The Game Collection are currently running a flash sale for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is a perfect example of why Platinum Games are the best in the brawler business. Superb HF Blade combat, amazing set pieces and tough bosses make this a game to savour, especially at a frankly silly £5.50. Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD for a fantastic spot!

Assassin's Creed: Rogue leaks out as last-gen sequel

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Leak, PS3 games, Ubisoft, Xbox 360 games

Assassin's Creed: Rogue leaks out as last-gen sequel

How many Assassin's Creed games do we need per year? Following Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD and Assassin's Creed; Unity, Ubisoft reckons that three is the magic number.

Leaked screenshots and trailer confirm that Assassin's Creed: Rogue is headed to PS3 and Xbox 360 as a semi-sequel to Assassin's Creed IV, allowing us to play as a Templar hunting Assassins throughout the icy Antarctic wastes.

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Resident Evil is getting an HD Remaster, but needs a reboot

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, HD remake, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Resident Evil is getting an HD Remaster, but needs a reboot

Still, Capcom has to start somewhere

We can all agree that Resident Evil has lost its way. Though I don't feel that Resi 6 was as atrocious as some pundits, it marked the illogical conclusion of a series that completely lost sight of what it was meant to be, and what its fanbase really wanted from the experience. Not to mention that the storyline has become so convoluted and bloated that Kingdom Hearts reads like Doctor Seuss in comparison.

Enough is enough. Capcom needs to step back and reassess their priorities before rebooting Resident Evil in its entirety; putting the focus back on survival horror and creating a nice stable story foundation for any future sequels.

However, what they're actually doing is remastering Resident Evil's Gamecube remake for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It's not exactly the treatment that Resi desperately needs, but personally, we reckon that this could be a great first step in putting the series back on track.

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Titanfall: Frontier's Edge Review | Come For The Update, Stay For The Maps

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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DLC, EA, multiplayer, PC games, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Titanfall: Frontier's Edge Review | Come For The Update, Stay For The Maps

Platforms: PC | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed, £7.99)

Developer: Respawn Entertainment

Publisher: EA

Be advised: I'm still playing Titanfall and loving it. Though many players have departed over the last few months, angrily citing the lack of a metagame and arbitrary unlockables, the evergreen gameplay and superbly designed maps of Respawn's shooter ensure me a fresh and exciting experience every time I scamper along a rooftop or crush fleeing infantry into bloody smears under steel heel.

Mind you, Titanfall dropped the ball hard post-launch, which I've poked and prodded at relentlessly. From dwindling player numbers on objective gametypes to long matchmaking times and the lack of cosmetic customisation, there's been plenty to moan about. Thankfully Respawn have managed to patch things up in any sense of the phrase, resulting in a sharper, faster, more engrossing and customisable experience after a sequence of updates. Update 5 brings a new economy into the mix that adds a new dimension to Burn Cards, alongside extra fixes and tweaks that improve and expand the gameplay experience for free.

Titanfall: Frontier's Edge Review | Come For The Update, Stay For The Maps

Frontier's Edge feels like the last piece of the puzzle: three thematic stages that lack the obvious gimmicks of Expedition's trio, designed to tempt players back onto objective gametypes with smart scalable design. Come back for the update, then stay for the maps. We'll discuss both over the next few hundred words.

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Xbox Live sale discounts Capcom Classics

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Capcom, XBLA, Xbox 360 games

Xbox Live sale discounts Capcom Classics

This week's Xbox Live sale is all about Capcom classics, as well as a few more modern games at significant savings. Personally I'd recommend scooping up Dead Rising 2: Case Zero at a silly £1.69, Final Fight: Double Impact for £2.70 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike for £2.49, but we've rounded up the marketplace links below for your convenience.

Resident Evil Revelations is best experienced on 3DS but still represents great value here, while Remember Me is also a steal at £4.99. It didn't exactly set the world on fire, but if you liked the concept, now's probably the time to take a punt.

Full credit must be given to yarkiebrown, who rounded up the deals and Gold Exclusive offerings on HUKD. Many thanks!

Sacred 3 Review | Borderline Blasphemy

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
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ARPGs, Deep Silver, Keen Games, PC games, PS3 games, RPGs, Sacred 3, Xbox 360 games

Sacred 3 Review | Borderline Blasphemy

Is nothing Sacre...

Nope, can't do it. This is no laughing matter. Deep Silver have dredged up the bones and bits of the Sacred IP, chucked most of them out, and used the remaining pieces to assemble a game bereft of any particularly worthwhile. Sacred 3 bears the Sacred name, but it's something of a shell of a game rather than the open-world, loot-stuffed romp to which fans might be accustomed.

Gone are the expansive environments of previous, "proper" Sacred games. Indeed, Sacred 3 has more in common with Sacred Citadel than its numbered predecessor. Except it's not a side-scrolling beat 'em up designed for couch co-op -- it looks like a top-down, Sacred-esque RPG.

Sacred 3 Review | Borderline Blasphemy

But it isn't.

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13 Months Xbox Live Gold Membership £24.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One Games

13 Months Xbox Live Gold Membership £24.99

13 Month Xbox LIVE Gold  | Simply CD Keys | £24.99

The Xbox Live Gold fee is no longer mandatory to use services like Netflix or Hulu, but it will be needed for all online multiplayer and to grab your free Games with Gold titles, which have now extended to the Xbox One too. Unlike PS Plus, the games are yours to keep if your membership runs out. This offer has added an extra month to the deal, giving you 13 months of coverage.

£15 of XBL Credit for £11.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
XBL Credit, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live, Xbox One Games

£15 of XBL Credit for £11.99

XBL £15 Credit | Simply CD Keys | £11.99

Credit on your Xbox Live account is useful for all sorts of things like DLC, downloadable game and films. So be sure to take advantage of this deal and get some for even cheaper than usual. £15 of credit for £11.99, sounds like a plan to us. The site emails you the code within five minutes of ordering, so you could be spending today if you wanted. You can also get £10 for £8.99 or £50 for £43.99, but the £15 deal provides the best value overall. Credit can be shared on both your Xbox 360 or Xbox One too.

Thanks to The_Smug_B at HotUkDeals.

Grid 2 just £4.60 at Tesco on Xbox 360

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Codemasters, GRID 2, PS3 games, Racing Games, Xbox 360 games

Grid 2 just £4.60 at Tesco on Xbox 360

Grid 2 | Tesco | £4.60
Price Comparison PS3 / 360Review

Grid 2 is a cracking little racer, and well worth a look if you don't fancy splurging out on Autosport just yet. Tesco have it for under a fiver for both PS3 and Xbox 360, although the PS3 version appears to be unavailable at the moment. Xbox owners, buy with gleeful abandon!

Cracking spot by fps_d0minat0r.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £6.95 on 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Xbox 360 games
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £6.95 on 360

Platinum Games really rescued this one when they took over development. While stealth is sometimes an option, Rising is much more fun when played with the pedal to the metal. One minute you slicing up troops with meticulous precision, then you're running up the sides of missiles in mid air, or you're taking on three Metal Gears at once. This is not a subtle game. Put it in your face now.

Thanks to tigerman10 at hotUkDeals.

CLOSED! WIN an Xbox One or 360 Destiny Beta Code

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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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.

Click here to enter the draw.

This week's Deals With Gold headlined by Batman and other superheroes

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Deals With Gold, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

This week's Deals With Gold headlined by Batman and other superheroes

It's all about superheroes with this week's Deals With Gold initiative. As with the previous post, some of them are better than others, but we certainly won't turn our noses up at Arkham Asylum and City for under four quid apiece, even if you do need a Gold subscription to access these deal prices.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for over £20, though? BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Don't do it.

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THQ/Nordic sale kicks off on Xbox LIVE - features Darksiders, Red Faction, Painkiller

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Darksiders, Nordic Games, Red Faction, THQ, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

THQ/Nordic sale kicks off on Xbox LIVE - features Darksiders, Red Faction, Painkiller

There's a big fat Nordic/THQ sale that's kicked off on Xbox LIVE, with a bunch of games such as Red Faction: Armageddon, Guerilla and Darksiders getting a lovely little price slash for digital aficionados. As usual, there are a few "deals" on here that might raise some eyebrows (RF: Guerilla for £7.49 will no doubt be hilarious to anyone who's browsed physical media for it over the last couple of years) but it's worth a look for those of you who prefer convenience to clutter, and it's certainly a decent opportunity to snap up some DLC offerings if you're so inclined.

Click here for the full list of Nordic/THQ deals >>

PREVIEW | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - There's more to space than Destiny

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
2K Australia, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS games, PC games, PS3 games, RPG Games, Xbox 360 games

PREVIEW | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - There's more to space than Destiny

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place on the moon of the planet Pandora in the time between the first and second games, with players working for Handsome Jack. Not played any of the other games? Don’t worry; this is a simple place to start and newcomer friendly while giving plenty of nudges to the fans. So let’s dive in and see what 2K Australia has brought to the table since Gearbox handed them the reigns.

Two playable characters were available to choose from in this demo. First time through the snaking queue at the MCM Manchester Expo I tried Athena, a light and nimble character packing a collection of long-range weapons. Her standard mêlée move involves a sweet red katana slash that has a satisfying feel. Athena's most impressive feature though is her shield ability. A tap of L1 sees her raise her shield in her left hand, leaving the right free to continue firing a gun. The shield can be thrown Captain America style for a devastating attack with a tap of L1. The shield is thrown automatically after the meter has depleted too. It’s a great way to create some breathing room when multiple enemies are closing in. You're going to be happy to splurge hard-earned skill points on reducing the cooldown period for this one.

PREVIEW | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - There's more to space than Destiny

The second character I was able to choose was the imposing figure of Wilhelm. So, it comes as no surprise that we’ve found this Pre-Sequel’s tank character. His default loadout favored more explosive weaponry like shotguns and rocket launchers. Sadly, his melee attack lacked any sort of impact or visual style compared to Athena’s. Why should we be content with a standard rifle butt jab when Athena gets a freakin’ sword? Come on 2K, give him a hammer at least or seeing as we expect mental weapons from this series, maybe a small rabid skag on a stick would be better? Wilhelm’s special ability is much more useful (but again not very unique), a small backup drone that flies around you shooting at will. Frankly, I was too busy shooting to see how useful it was being.

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