As promised, Microsoft are set to release a headphone adaptor for the Xbox One, which allows players to plug in their existing stereo headsets and cans through a 3.5mm audio jack. However, before you can use it, you'll need to manually update the controller's internal firmware via a separate procedure.
Still, at least we won't have to put up with the crummy pack-in headset for much longer. It feels like locking your head in a D-clamp.Click here to read more...
About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production build, interviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.
The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.Click here to read more...
Developer: Kojima Productions
Ground Zeroes is a curious little thing. Neither full game nor free demo, Kojima's attempt to bridge the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the upcoming Phantom Pain acts as both a FOX Engine showcase, a playable tutorial for Snake's massively overhauled gameplay and a shameless story teaser that sets up one heck of a cliffhanger. With concerns about its length, value and Jack Bauer making headlines, I approached my first hands-on session with a degree of trepidation.
Over more than five hours of contact time, however, I gradually came to realise that Ground Zeroes is more than the sum of its parts. Crucially it's a sandbox; a freeform playground designed to ease players into the new Metal Gear Solid experience by letting us experiment with the retooled mechanics on our own terms.
The scene is set in a lengthy intro cinematic that sees Snake rappelling into Omega Base, a Guantanamo Bay-inspired Black Site in which Paz (remember her?) may have been incarcerated. His mission is to extract her alive by any means necessary, even as we're introduced to the horrifically disfigured new villain Skull Face, who sets a sinister plan into motion involving the nefarious XOF forces. It's an excuse to get Snake back into his skintight stealth suit, but scant seconds after assuming control, you'll realise that Metal Gear has changed in several fundamental ways.Click here to read more...
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes releases later this month, giving players a taste of the FOX Engine's capabilities, a storyline teaser and insight into Snake's new abilities. However, many gamers are desperately concerned about its value, following a report that the campaign can be completed in less than two hours.
Now that I've spent several hours with Ground Zeroes' 95% preview build, I'm finally in a position to confirm or deny these allegations firsthand.
Or, more accurately, tell you that they're absolutely correct... and completely misleading.Click here to read more...
It's here, the massive Xbox One March Update is finally rolling out across the world, and you can check out the whole list of new features after the jump (including Twitch integration, Dolby support, improved Friends lists and party chat), along with a bunch of other stuff that Microsoft have announced will also be coming this month.Click here to read more...
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare may be the friendliest and most delightful shooter around, but you'd be surprised at the amount of depth that lurks just beneath the cheerful surface. War is hell, even when it's utterly adorable.
So to maximise your vanquish potential, keep your chlorophyll safely within your stalks and ensure you a tasty brain banquet, here are ten essential tips to bear in mind while playing online. Some are tricky, some are common sense, but all will keep you alive when the goop and concrete starts flying!
Chomper is easily the most unique class in Garden Warfare, and my personal favourite (especially the Fire variant!). His stealthy burrowing skill and instant-vanquish melee attacks are perfectly suited for sneaky offensive actions... but when you're playing 'Gardens & Graveyards,' you'll discover that he's also one of the best defenders the Plants have to offer.
The Spikeweed ability lets you lock down three approaches to your capture points, tying up attackers for your ranged team-mates to painlessly dispatch. Chompers can burrow under objectives, instantly scoffing any zombies who breach the perimeter, or flank around to quickly neutralise any pesky Scientists setting up healing stations. In a pinch, Goop attacks can slow down All-Stars and Engineers racing for the control zone. Remember that any zombie vanquished by a chomp attack cannot be revived, forcing them to slog all the way back from the nearest spawn point.
Finally, never underestimate the psychological impact of a Chomper defensive team. Once the foe knows you're there, they'll have to advance slowly and methodically, wasting valuable time as they desperately try to work out where you're hiding. The horror. The horror!Click here to read more...
WB Games Montreal did a reasonable if underwhelming job with Batman: Arkham Origins, but we all knew that original masterminds Rocksteady Studios had to be working on a tasty new project for next-gen systems.
An exciting prospect... which has been blown wide open thanks to an indiscreet product listing from GAME, followed by a Game Informer cover story. Batman: Arkham Knight is set to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One later this year, providing the "explosive finale" to the Arkham series alongside the opportunity to finally get behind the wheel of the Batmobile.
UPDATE: Enjoy the announcement trailer!Click here to read more...
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has no right to be any good. It's everything we're supposed to hate: the corruption of a beloved franchise into yet another multiplayer shooter. Peashooters, zombie workmen and Sunflowers trade charming tower defence for ironsights and circle-strafing, more casualties of the war on wallets that never changes.
So I'm genuinely delighted to report that, despite all odds, Garden Warfare is a rather lovely little thing! PopCap may lack experience with the gritty genre, but their unsullied innocence allowed them to inject fun, happiness, colour and real personality into what's often a crushingly drab shooting gallery. Sunflowers and zombies merrily flounce and flail around some vibrant maps, working together to push the simple objectives or 'vanquish' as many foes as possible. It's easily the most stress-free and family friendly shooter out there, eschewing K/D ratios, sprinting, gore and microtransactions to create a safe and relaxing environment for newcomers to enjoy.
Don't mistake a cheerful and casual approach for a lack of depth, however. Behind the smiles lies an impeccably unbalanced set of classes and abilities that can cater for any play style. Often you'll find me sniping flowers from rooftops as a mobile zombie foot soldier, whereas much of my time is spent ruthlessly stalking my undead prey from beneath the Earth, hunting my quarry as they vainly flee in abject terror, only to meet their grisly demise as I smash through the tarmac and devour them whole with razor-sharp fangs.
I am Chomper! I am Death! And I am having an absolute blast with Garden Warfare, even if I might not be able to recommend it quite as highly as I'd like.Click here to read more...
Having forced us to sit through several nervy months of delays, Watch Dogs is set to reveal its release date very soon by way of a new trailer.
We won't have long to wait... but if you're desperate for new info, you might be interested in an intriguing little slip on the PSN Store.Click here to read more...
Stand by for Titanfall intel.
Respawn's anticipated shooter launches next week on Xbox One and PC, and we already know that it's fantastic fun courtesy of the superbly successful beta, but the specifics still elude us. Thankfully a megaton leak has granted us a detailed look at all of the game's 15 maps (admittedly including the tutorial training area), by way of high-quality images presumably lifted from the official strategy guide or art book. We've corralled them all below, thanks to Reddit user FallenFusion [via NeoGAF].
By the looks of things, the fifteen stages contain a pleasing mix of verticality to exploit as agile pilots and open spaces to stomp around in Titans. If you want to eyeball the best Rodeo ambush locations, perhaps you ought to start mugging up now.Click here to read more...
Xbox One Titanfall bundle & extra game | Zavvi | £399.99
Zavvi are selling the Xbox One solus for £369.99, but an extra £30 will net you two games. One of them has to be Titanfall (I'm not hearing any complaints!), but the other is your choice of Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse or Zoo Tycoon. We'd recommend the first two in terms of bang/buck ratio. Thanks to Gazhtbm @ HUKD!
GameStop are a few quid cheaper for a spare official Xbox One controller. Admittedly, there aren't many games that feature local multiplayer, so you may be better off buying a play and charge kit kit instead. But if you''ve got some mates coming round you'll need one of these to play multiplayer for the likes of Killer Instinct, FIFA 14 or maybe even Tekken X Street Fighter in the distant future.
If you're not bothered about waiting for the £400 Titanfall bundle (AKA, the only exclusive game you should want), then this is the cheapest price for the solus console, beating most other sites by about £30. The Xbox one has some tasty exclusives already in the shape of Forza 5 and Dead Rising 3, but Titanfall's the one we're really waiting for. Further ahead, you can also look forward to Project Spark and Quantum Break.
Thanks to Djh95 at HotUkDeals.
It's Game Buzz time, folks! Ready your eardrums for some magnificent waffle as we dive into the hottest topics from the industry from the past seven days.
This week, we discuss Microsoft's Xbox One UK price cut and Titanfall bundle -- is it a big middle finger to Day One buyers? We also chat about Nintendo entering the mobile space in the wake of hedge fund manager Seth Fischer's open letter to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, we have a gander at Sony Santa Monica's cancellation of their four-year, new IP, and we hand out our Winners and Losers of the Week as per usual.
Strap yourselves in, folks; this one's a good 'un!
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.
Developer: Double Helix Games
Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.
The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.
When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.Click here to read more...
The Xbox One's Titanfall bundle may be making headlines at present, but GAME are offering an intriguing alternative for those who want a bit more variety out of their starting lineup. For £419 (just £20 more than a solus Xbox One at RRP) you can buy Microsoft's console with the brand-new Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, a FIFA 14 download code and one of a selection of games. Buying Titanfall separately then results in a major saving.
Here are the bundles in question:
Rayman Legends is one of the best games of the last console generation... and is now a highlight of the new one. Its masterful, innovative, beautiful platforming is an absolute joy to experience (not to mention the barmy Kung Foot minigame!), so if you're in the market for the PS4 or Xbox One version, a quick browse over to Amazon will save you £2 versus GAME. It appears to be on back order, though, so delivery will take between 11-14 days. Thanks to mhardy @ HUKD!
We're less than a month from Titanfall's long-awaited launch, having tasted its uniquely accessible blend of mobility, parkour and massive mechs in the thoroughly successful beta. I can report that it feels absolutely fantastic to play on Xbox One since the slick gameplay is brilliantly suited to a console controller, so this nifty voucher code deal is well worth your attention. Be aware that the TD-RN6K voucher code doesn't require you to create a new account, which is doubly convenient.
Thanks to kevinc6784 @ HUKD!
The Xbox One's lacklustre party formation and friends options were an annoying sticking point at launch, throwing up all manner of annoying workflow issues, but Microsoft are gearing up to respond to feedback ahead of Titanfall's launch. A new firmware update is slated to roll out on March 11th, containing a completely revamped party interface and a 'recent players' list to efficiently add new acquaintances to your friends list.
It's a welcome if overdue update, which you can see in action by way of a new video fronted by Microsoft PR guru Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb and engineer Richard Irvin. However, once sorted, they'll be free to address some uniquely European concerns.Click here to read more...
Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)
Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
You've got to feel sorry for Hunter Thibodeux. Before being pummelled and burned to a crisp by Nick Ramos in the first Dead Rising 3 boss battle, the hapless motorcycle gang leader spent his last hour on Earth undertaking fetch quests, smashing up emergency telephone booths, then doing another few fetch quests for a fistful of extra PP. Beneath his posturing and facepaint, he's basically a golden retriever with a mohawk, wagging his tail as he does everything his masters tell him.
It's such a waste, because this was Capcom Vancouver's golden opportunity to finally give us a decent slice of DLC. The groundwork's laid perfectly: you play as a boss character who's well-placed to enjoy the zombie carnage. He's out for a rip-roaring revenge story. You get to ride the outrageous offspring of a Harley Davidson and the Sea Drill from Tomorrow Never Dies. What could go wrong?
Pretty much everything, as it turns out. If you needed further proof that season passes are an idiotic waste of money, here's Chaos Rising with a textbook example of rushed, rehashed content that was pushed out to order with the minimum possible effort.Click here to read more...