Games with Gold – Crackdown, Dead Rising 2 and DR2 Case Zero FREE

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Crackdown and Dead Rising 2 were the rumoured games for FREE this month with the Games with Gold promotion on Xbox LIVE running until December – and has now been confirmed as yes… FREE…

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Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) of Xbox LIVE posted the news us money grabbing freeloading freebie bitches were looking for. Crackdown and Dead Rising 2 – full retail games on there way from August 1st for Crackdown, and then Dead Rising 2 and XBLA DR2: Case Zero for August 16th 2013.

Gamer’s in Germany get something a little different due to restrictions on the titles mentioned above:

Enjoy!

Shag a Gamer Goes After GTA V Product Placement

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Roughly this time last year we reported on the launch of Shag a Gamer, the online dating website encouraging others to just fuck each other silly probably with or without the control pad. Now, randy gamers who want to indulge their desires without taking their hands off their joysticks could have their prayers answered after the creators want to strike a six-figure deal with Rockstar Games for a placement in GTA V!

With the fifth edition of the multi-million dollar GTA franchise about to hit the shelves, www.shagagamer.com is hoping to begin talks that will see Rockstar introduce an in-game version of their saucy site so horny GTA characters can get as much action as their human members.

Founder of Shag Gamer Tom Thurlow quotes: “We could see characters using an in-game version of the Shag a Gamer site to read profiles and even hook up with any horny ‘members’ that take their fancy…

“Shag a Gamer could be integrated into the plotline of GTA V too. We’ve been considering how it could be used as part of a blackmail storyline, where the main character poses as a female online, in order to trick a married drug boss into a raunchy liaison. ”

Grand Theft Auto V is due for launch on September 17th and is reputed to be Rockstar’s biggest and most ambitious game yet, focusing on three main protagonists; Trevor, Michael and Franklin, whose stories interconnect as they complete missions together.

Shag a Gamer is the flagship product offered by UK sister site Date a Gamer and offers geeks that are gagging for it, the chance to meet like-minded people so they can hang out, hook up and much more. So far, Shag a Gamer has attracted more than 200, 000 users worldwide.

Is this just the biggest load of shit you’ve read ever!!!

EA BRINGING F.C BARCELONA TO LIFE

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It’s been revealed today that EA (Electronic Arts Inc.) and F.C Barcelona have agreed to a new 3 year partnership. Through this EA Sports will become the exclusive and official video game partner of the most popular (anyone disagree?) football club in the world.

“Joining a world class football club like Barcelona as an Official Club Partner is a fantastic opportunity for EA SPORTS and our fans,” said Matt Bilbey, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager, EA SPORTS. “We will create a deeper connection with their passionate, global fan base, and use our games as a platform to engage supporters all around the world for years to come. We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with EA SPORTS, one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment brands, and to create a stronger relationship between our global fan bases. We encourage everyone to try out the game, get a feel for being under the skin of our players and emulating their actions on the pitch; without a doubt those who try it will enjoy it.”

Said Laurent Colette, the Chief Marketing Officer at FC Barcelona.

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In FIFA 14 (via this new partnership) EA Sports were able to capture 3D head scans of 17 F.C Barcelona players such as Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas, Dani Alves, and Andrés Iniesta. These 3D scans should mean they appear, as EA put it, as ‘stunning, high-quality and authentic 3D digital player models’. In addition, Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home pitch, will be a featured stadium. F.C. Barcelona and its superstar forward and FIFA 14 cover athlete, Lionel Messi, will become central figures in global marketing, advertising and social media activities for the critically acclaimed FIFA franchise. Plus, F.C. Barcelona will host an exclusive videogame tournament later this year to determine the best FIFA 14 player on the squad.

F.C. Barcelona joins many other prestigious EA SPORTS partner clubs around the world, including Valencia from Spain’s La Liga, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City from Barclays Premier League in England, Borussia Dortmund from the German Bundesliga, Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain F.C. from Ligue 1 in France, and AC Milan in Italy’s Serie A.

FIFA 14 is released on September 27th on Xbox 360.

Beat Hazard Ultra finally lands on XBLIG

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Over 3 years ago the original Beat Hazard was released on Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) and marked the start of Steve Hunt’s near career as an Indie Developer. Having working for worked for big studios for nearly 15 years it was time for change – based out of his Northwest UK home, Steve created Cold Beam Games, a one man games studio. Now 3 years on he is back with Beat Hazard Ultra.

Beat Hazard Ultra adds awesome new features to the original Beat Hazard:

  • Co-op and Verses online and local multiplayer
  • Boss Rush and Survival modes
  • 2 New bosses and 10 new enemy ships
  • 24 perks to unlock and 3 devastating tactical weapons

Experience your music collection as never before with this intense music driven arcade shooter. Each of your songs will have its own unique ebb and flow based on the music.

Power up your spaceship and watch as the music boosts your firepower. Unleash hell on the enemy ships when you max out with weapon pickups!

Beat Hazard seamlessly mixes the love of gaming and music. Together they become greater than the sum of their parts.

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Since the games original release it has been ported to 6 other platforms, (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and PS3). Beat Hazard has sold in excess of 700,000 copies and grossed over $2.2 million. With overall development costs in the region of $70,000, this gives a return on investment of 3000%!

Download Beat Hazard Ultra TODAY and help support indie game development. Costing just 400MSP you have no reason not to go download this now.

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Terraria: Collector’s Edition at Retail for Xbox 360

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Terraria, the popular indie hit which hit the Xbox LIVE Arcade earlier this year is headed to North American retail outlets via a special collector’s edition. Terraria: Collector’s Edition includes the game on disc, a pickaxe USB flash drive, Terraria themed vellum stickers and a crafting poster.

Thisisxbox.com rated Terraria 8.5/10 in our review:

In the worlds of Terraria nothing is impossible, soon you will have a 2D dream and live out your days in-game as a sprite equivalent Christopher Columbus – you may not discover America, but you’ll certainly discover you inner instincts for wanting to beat the environments and all the elements that come your way determined to halt your existence. If you find great enjoyment in games that tap into your must-do nature such as Harvest Moon and Minecraft – then Terraria will tempt you away and capture you into a whole new 2D crafting experience where you’ll be your own worst enemy.

In Terraria players explore vast and vibrant worlds with friends and face treacherous perils including hundreds of twisted foes, magical creatures and mighty bosses. Gamers literally dig to the ends of the earth and then craft with what they discover to make amazing armor, weapons and other items in order to build fantastic dwellings using only their imagination as their limit — Terraria is their canvas.

The game is currently available on the Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Matchmaking on Xbox One – Top Three Things You Need To Know

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Microsoft via XboxWire has given a run down of the top three things that Xbox One gamers will need to know about the all-new-improved Smart Match Matchmaking feature for Xbox One.

First of all it is a revolutionary multi-tasking feature that can let you do other things whilst waiting for a game to start, such as watch TV, check-out Apps and anything else that might be on offer. Just “How Long” will gamers be waiting to start a match? It does seem a little concerning that we could need to be occupied in the time it may take to start a new multiplayer game. Microsoft are touting the idea that Smart Match frees up your time somehow!

“With Smart Match, you can do whatever you want while Xbox One finds your perfect match. This means that less popular multiplayer modes and maps that have traditionally taken a long time to find players suddenly become playable. Because Snap mode is a core feature of Xbox One that lets you do two things at once, you no longer have to wait in lobbies while Xbox Live is matchmaking for you. One friend can even set up matches for your whole party.”

Next up is finding the perfect players for the perfect game – we know the Xbox One uses a new Rep’ System which up until proven otherwise feels like a flawed function if you are to believe the word of those reporting players and their gaming behaviour – how can this be trusted?

“Smart Match on Xbox One is completely reengineered for a new generation of gaming – using advanced algorithms to pair players based on skill, language, and now reputation. It’s smarter, faster and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want. The advanced party system goes far beyond the beacons of Xbox 360, which was limited to people you already knew. Helping you discover and connect easily with players is now central to the experience. In addition, for the first time, games will be able to share player stats with Xbox Live and each other; to learn, evolve, and provide you with the best possible matchmaking available.”

Finally, letting you know when your game is ready – perhaps like waiting for a readymeal in the microwave?

“After you or a party member inputs the criteria for your perfect game, do something more fun than waiting; it’s up to you. Play another game, find some new downloadable content, or jump on Reddit. Take yourself as many touch points away from the matchmaking process as you can and you still don’t need to worry about finding your way back. Once Xbox One is done finding your perfect match, it will prompt you with a simple toast—no matter where you are or what you’re doing—so you can jump straight into playing.”

Source: XboxWire

Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer Reveal Dated August 14

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It was as if Activision had read our minds when we wondered exactly what the date would be for the multiplayer reveal in August. Only earlier today had we posted a reminder of the reveal – it’s now been officially dated and detailed for August 14th 2013 and will be streamed live from Los Angeles on CallofDuty.com

There has been a few rumours circulating around the internet regarding a complete refresh of the multiplayer system. Lobbies might have been removed in favour of some new mini-game whilst waiting on loading times. Spec Ops totally removed and a sort-of co-operative mode introduced somewhere along the lines. Possibly even a new special dog for multiplayer as a Perk!

Gamer’s who pre-order Ghosts from participating retailers will receive a FREE Bonus DLC map. “Free Fall” drops players into a shattered skyscraper on the brink of collapse. Sideways staircases climb into the night sky, elevator shafts run along the ground, and what were once windows now form a terrifying glass floor, hundreds of feet above the city streets. It is assumed that dynamic maps will be detailed more during the reveal on August 14th this year.

All we can do now is sit and wait it out… roll on August 14th! 10:30am PDT // 6.30pm BST

Source: CallofDuty

Capcom Essentials 5 Game Bundle Outed for Xbox360

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5 Great Capcom games at 1 Special Price – and it’s heading to Xbox 360 on August 10th this year… well for Canada at least since the Canadian EB Games website listed it this week! As of yet we’re unsure if this is a worldwide bundle, keep an eye at your favourite retailers around launch unless we deliver the news sooner!

The amazing Capcom Essentials at retail includes:

Devil May Cry 4

  • 9 out of 10 – Game Informer
  • 8.7 out of 10, Editors’ Choice Award – IGN.com
  • “All the characters, attacks, bosses, and levels look amazing.” – Game Trailers
  • “…action fans are going to get one incredible experience with this game…” – IGN.com

Dead Rising 2

  • 9.5 out of 10, Platinum Award – Game Informer
  • 8.5 out of 10 – GameSpot
  • “…a great sequel to one of the most original open-world games available.” – GameSpot
  • “…Dead Rising 2 is definitely a winner.” – IGN.com

Super Street Fighter IV

  • 5 out of 5 stars – Giant Bomb
  • 9.5 out of 10 – Destructoid
  • “…a thoughtfully compiled and thoroughly addictive package that reminds you precisely why the series is still king of the streets.” – GameSpot

Resident Evil 6

  • 8.8 out of 10, Editors’ Choice Award – GameTrailers.com
  • 8.75 out of 10 – Silver Award – Game Informer
  • “…RE6 is the best-looking RE game to date. Make no mistake, it’s the goriest, and among the most disturbing horror games in recent memory” – CNET
  • “…an absolute blast from start to finish.” – PlayStation Universe

MegaMan 10

  • 8.5 out of 10 – IGN.com
  • 8.75 out of 10, Silver Award – Game Informer
  • “Mega Man 10 is easily a better game than 90% of what we play on a yearly basis” – IGN.com

Thanks EBGames Canada via CVG

BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds DLC Out Now

2K and Irrational Games has today announced that BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds DLC is available for download worldwide starting today for 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE.

BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds, developed by Irrational Games, is an action-focused downloadable content pack that presents players with a series of unique, intense challenges and a whole new gambit of combat opportunities. Players will combine a diverse toolset of weapons, Vigors, gear, Tears and Sky-Lines in four new areas inspired by the classic BioShock Infinite environments. In addition, by completing all 60 Blue Ribbon challenges, players will unlock exclusives in the Columbian Archeological Society, gaining access to new Voxophones, Kinetoscopes, concept art and more.

Also in development at Irrational Games, BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – a two-part add-on campaign featuring an all-new story for Booker and Elizabeth, set in the underwater city of Rapture before its fall. These two campaigns will be available individually for £9.99 (1200 Microsoft Points), and are also included as part of the BioShock Infinite Season Pass.

The BioShock Infinite Season Pass is available now for £15.99 (1600 Microsoft Points) and includes all three pieces of add-on content, as well as the Early Bird Special Pack, which includes powerful weapon upgrades, exclusive gold weapon skins and infusion bottles to upgrade abilities.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer Reveal Mid August

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Please accept our apologies for not noticing this before, and how could we miss it! But Infinity Ward had confirmed that the multiplayer aspect of Call of Duty: Ghosts will be revealed mid August this year.

This news could tie in with a pre-Gamescom event reveal; whether this will be another livestream or series of web videos is currently unknown.

When the reveal happens we’ll let you know in good time!