Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – Mastery System Video

Konami has dropped upon us a gameplay video showcasing the new adaptive combat elements of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

The conclusion to the ‘Lords of Shadow’ series is available now and the new footage highlights how users can create modified combat elements within the game. The new system is integral for combat, as Dracula awakens in a weakened state and must gradually extend his abilities. Gamers can gather experience points by killing foes and solving puzzles, and then use them to enhance the abilities of the game’s three main weapons: the Void Sword, Chaos Claws and Shadow Whip. Each weapon is governed by a ‘skill tree’ system, wherein players cleverly level up their weapons.

The more the player uses a specific weapon to execute key combination attacks, the more their power grows. Experimentation is rewarded with increased power as challenging attacks are perfectly implemented. The new trailer highlights how these attacks reward the player, devastating those that dare defy Dracula.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 scored 90% in our review which you can peruse through clicking this direct link!

GTA V – The Business Update Coming March 4

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Thrill-seekers and weekend warriors can hop in any of three all-new, blazing fast sports cars: the Albany Alpha, Dinka Jester and Grotti Turismo R… or take to the skies in the new Vestra airplane. Players will be able to enjoy the perks of rising through the ranks of their Los Santos and Blaine County business ventures with The Business Update, coming Tuesday March 4th on Xbox Live.

Take to the skies in the luxurious Vestra.

Swing by Ammu-Nation to pick up two new weapons, the Heavy Pistol and Special Carbine, which both offer some serious firepower.

Dress for success with formal and business casual attire options like new suit jackets, slacks, glasses, heels and blouses, or don new all-business hairstyles and currency themed tattoos. There’s also a collection of new masks, perfect for disguising yourself during the next hostile takeover.

The Heavy Pistol and Special Carbine, two new weapons available as part of The Business Update.

Just like the recent Valentine’s Day Massacre Special, the new vehicles and weapons will be available in both Story Mode and Online. In Story Mode, weapons will be deposited into all three characters’ inventory with two full ammo-clips and all three cars are accessible from their garage properties. In GTA Online, players will be able to purchase the new weapons and their attachments at any Ammu-Nation location while the vehicles will be available for purchase from Legendary Motorsport and Elitas.

The Turismo R and Alpha evading LSPD pursuit through downtown Los Santos.

Don’t forget that this weekend is the last chance for players to grab the Albany Roosevelt limousine, the Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun and all the rest of the exclusive items from the Valentine’s Day Massacre Special before they’re gone. Once purchased in-game, they are player’s to keep – but they will no longer be available to purchase after midnight EST this Sunday, March 2nd.

And stay tuned for details about our upcoming Business Update Event Weekend as well as more info to be revealed on future updates including Online Heists, the Capture Creator update, new Assassination and Flight School missions for Story Mode and much more…

Call of Duty Teams from Europe Battle it out for a shot at $1million prize

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The best Call of Duty players from across Europe are descending on London this weekend to battle it out in the finals of the Call of Duty European Championships. Twenty-Six teams from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and the rest of Europe will go head-to-head for a chance to represent their country at the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox being held from 28th March to 30th March in Los Angeles for a share of the tournament’s $1 million total prize purse.

Hosted by Activision Publishing in partnership with Gfinity, the Call of Duty European Championships will take place from 1st March to 2nd March in one of England’s most iconic sporting venues, Twickenham Stadium, where teams will compete for a €15,000 prize pot in the Twickenham Live Room. The top eight teams will then qualify for the global Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox – the first competitive prize tournament to be held on Xbox One at the end of March in Los Angeles.

Over the last month, more than 500 teams across Europe competed for a spot in London this weekend. Eight UK teams qualified and will face-off against each other, with the top four teams heading to California for the global Call of Duty Championship.

Follow your favourite team(s) in London and watch the action live and exclusively at MLG.tv as they compete for the ultimate prize in eSports.

Trials Fusion Coming to Xbox On April 16th

The next chapter in the Trials series is heading for Xbox 360 and Xbox One on April 16th. Trials Fusion from Red Lynx and published by Ubisoft, follows in the footsteps of Trials HD and Trials Evolution.

Coming with visual breakthroughs, the arrival of FMX tricks, and taking place in a high-tech and futuristic world, Trials Fusion goes even beyond what you knew about Trials and its crazy gameplay!

 

Batman Arkham: Origins – ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ DLC Releasing April 22nd

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Warner Brothers Games and WB Montreal have finally revealed the Single Player DLC expansion story for Arkham: Origins which had been teased up until now. The DLC Called ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ will tell the origin story of Mr.Freeze and players will learn how he earned his role as one of Batman’s arch nemeses. This DLC will be available to players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass from the in game store and can be bought as standalone on April 22nd from Xbox LIVE Store

Unfolding across iconic Gotham City locations, including Wayne Manor, Cold, Cold Heart equips players with the powerful Batman Extreme Environment (XE) suit and new gadgets including the Thermal Gloves and Thermocharged Batarangs. The game introduces several hours of all-new content in which players will battle through punishing, icy landscapes to witness Mr. Freeze’s heart-pumping first encounter with the Dark Knight.

World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition Review

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World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition is a free to play game which allows players to build a fleet of Tanks to take into battle against other players in a battle to the death across seven maps. First announced last year at E3, it has been a long wait for this game to land fully on Xbox 360. Was it worth the wait?

Originally a PC Game, World of Tanks 360 Edition as much a battle of strategy as it is big metal things going boom at one another across a map. The premis is simple. Pick a tank, take it into battle and use the XP and currency earned to upgrade and buy new tanks to build your own garage full of destruction. The game mostly has the player spending time in their Garage. From here tanks can be upgraded and bought before the easy process of picking a tank, pressing A and going straight into a match lobby and game.

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The matches take the form of a Team Deathmatch style where two teams of Tanks leave their respective Home Bases with the two objectives of either destroying all the enemy tanks to win the match or capturing the enemy home base to win. Matches run for fifteen minutes and at the end of the match any XP or Currency earned via killing enemy tanks, spotting them or capturing the base will be dished out to all. You only have one life in a match, there are no respawns. But the game does something very clever with this restriction. Should your tank fall in battle, you are immediately given the option to return to your Garage where you can instantly pick another tank and go join another match. Should you fall early in the match, your tank will not be available to use again until that match has ended, but if you do leave the game and go to join another, any XP and currency will still be deposited to  you once that match ends.

XP during battle comes in two forms. Tank XP and Free XP. Tank XP is tied to the tank you use in battle and can only be used on that tank. Free XP and currency can be used to buy or upgrade any other Tank in your garage. Each tank has a tier system comprising of ten levels. Buying ‘packages’ with XP or currency will upgrade the tank. One that tank’s tier tree is completed, you will then have the option to buy a new tank in that class. I found that the first three to four tiers were quite easy to obtain via normal gameplay, but the higher tiers required much more careful gameplay to get maximum XP from each match by destroying enemy tanks, spotting tanks for your team and capturing the enemy Base.

The matchmaking system is also very balanced in this regards. Higher graded tanks will be put in lobbies to fight other high graded tanks so you will not find yourself in an entry level tank going up against bigger more powerful tanks so the matches remain balanced as you work to level up your tanks and earn XP without the fear of being instant cannon fodder.

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Of course, as a Free to Play game there is an elephant in the room. The dreaded Micro Transactions. In WoT Xbox 360 Edition, this comes in the form of being able to use real cash to purchase in game Gold coins. These can be used to fast track tier progression and unlock unique tanks. But before you start thinking “here we go again”, the use of Gold Coins is not a one sided advantage in the game. Other then the unique tanks, all other tanks on the roster from the USA, Germany or Great Britain, can be unlocked and bought using normal gameplay and XP won. Gold Coins can also be used during the customisation of your tanks, from camouflage skin options to emblems and symbols. You have the option of times usage of such items or with gold, you can buy them as a permanent addition to your tank. Whilst you can fastrack to more powerful tanks using gold, the way that the match lobbies work, as above, means just having a tier 8 tank will not mean instant win in a match as you will be placed in a match against other tier 8 tanks.

WoT Xbox 360 Edition is more simulation then arcade. Movement is very much as you would expect from Tanks, and depending on the class and size will change the way in which you approach combat. The Left stick controls movement of the tank and the right stick controls the turret. The game has a good tutorial which gives you the basic principles of gameplay but it does a poor job of giving real instruction to the much deeper aspect such as types of shell you can use, consumables which can enhance attack and defence options and repair your tank during battle.

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The controls are easy enough to use and follow, but it will take time to learn how a tank will move across the seven maps. A few times my tank was stuck in a convoy of team mates as everyone shot off at the start of a match and there is nothing more annoying then when you have an enemy tank in your sight then a team mate driving in front of you and blocking you. The maps themselves will have various different terrains and obstacles such as vegitation and buildings. The buildings can act as good cover but can be destroyed by cannon fire and should you get trapped in a location with no escape route then you will be canon fodder if spotted by the enemy. Knowing your tank, what it can do and is capable of blended with good map knowledge is key to succeeding in this game.

It can take a while and patience to get the hang of the gameplay style and earn a more “fun” tank to use but with such quick access to matches and garage you will always find a match quickly and that adds to the charm of  WoT Xbox 360 Edition. I found that trying to be the “kill shot” when fighting an enemy tank was better then just going toe to toe with one as it can take several shots to take out an enemy tank which ever tier you are using, and often I would mix it up only to have a team mate steal the kill with a final shot once I had done all the hard work. The more time you devote to this game the better the game will become for your gaming experience.

It does have issues though. Whilst you can customise and use XP or Gold coins to apply emblems and skins to your tank, in a match they are often only visible up close and only you will really notice them at all. The maps themselves can be problematic with great distance needed to be covered to get to the action and if you are in a slow tank this could take a while. Using buildings as cover is logical and makes sense, but I found that sometimes if an enemy tank is hiding behind a bush, they become almost invisible to my turret and shots will miss which makes no sense considering its just a bush. The deeper aspects to the game have no tutorials so you go in almost blind to upgrading or to what tank you should go for next.

For me, World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition is a fun game, pick up and play to begin with but will take strategy and game experience to get the best out of it. It is free to play and 90% of it is achievable without the micro transactions but progress to the higher levels can take time but will feel more rewarding when you get there. You can fire it up and be in a match in a matter of minutes, but the more simulation over arcade action means you wont find yourself getting mixed up in the action and killing tanks with every shot you fire, but that is something that I actually liked about the game.

This game will have a select appeal, it will not be to everyone’s taste even as a Free to Play game. But it can be fun but needs investment in time to get the most out of it, which not all gamers will have or choose to devote to it. Not a game I would fire up on a daily basis but would fire it up on a weekend just to have a tank fight for an hour or so.

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Risen 3 – Announced for August 2014 Release

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Piranha Bytes, the creators of Gothic and Risen, return to their origins with a new classic RPG, Risen 3: Titan Lords , set for release in August 2014 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

The key element of the cult Gothic series as well as Risen is the vivid world and the freedom to explore it. The world of Risen 3: Titan Lords will be diverse, authentic and full of life, providing the player with an authentic, classic RPG experience. Bjoern Pankratz, Project Lead at Piranha Bytes said of the announcement:

“Like a carpenter with a handcrafted piece of furniture, we put together the story, the characters and the landscape until it all fits and the player has the possibility to discover things all around the place. You can try out and find things that others might not. Exploration is the key to our game”

The world of Risen 3 is abandoned by all gods and suffers from the Titan Wars when a new threat rises from the soil. A young warrior is attacked from the shadows and deprived of his soul. He sets off to reclaim what is lost amidst the darkness that is spreading throughout the world. The banned Mages could be powerful allies on his quest. To get their help, he needs to find the Mage sanctuary on Taranis, also known as the Island of Thunder. Protected by the Guardians, the Mages search the mines of Taranis for crystals loaded with magic energy. Will the player join the Guardians to get in contact with the Mages? Or will he choose one of the other guilds in Risen 3 to reach his goals?

For more information on Risen 3 check out the links below:

Official Website: http://risen3.deepsilver.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/risengame
Twitter: www.twitter.com/deepsilver

New Deal of The Week now LIVE – Call of Duty Themed with Black Ops 2 and MW3

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The newest Deal of the Week offerings have gone live and this week sees a distinct Call of Duty themed sale with Games on Demand versions of Black Ops 2 and MW3 along with their Season passes and DLC packs up to 50% off:

Here are this week’s Call of Duty-themed games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 3 March 2014.

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Games on Demand 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Season Pass Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Cyborg Pass Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Games on Demand 60%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 01 Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 02 Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 03: Chaos Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 04: Final Assault Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Apocalypse Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Revolution Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Uprising Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Vengeance Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Nuketown Zombies Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Extra Slots Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Dragon Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Graffiti Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Party Rock Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Bacon Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Benjamins Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Pack-A-Punch Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombies Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Rogue Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Aqua Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Dia De Muertos Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Viper Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Kawaii Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Jungle Warfare Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Breach Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Coyote Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Glam Pack Add-On 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals of the Week are for Xbox Live Gold members.

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII – DLC Out Today

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Available today on Xbox LIVE Store, new DLC for Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII has been released. Bringing new costume packs, avatar items and the original Japanese language voice Pack

. The new DLC comprises costume packs, avatar items, themes and the Japanese Voice Pack.

Item: Format: Release date: Price:
Ultimate Savior X360 Today (25 Feb) €3.99/£3.19
Moogle Lover X360 Today (25 Feb) €3.99/£3.19
Divine Wear X360 Today (25 Feb) €3.99/£3.19
Avatar Items X360 Today (25 Feb) €3.99/£3.19
Japanese Voice Pack X360 Paid for from 28 February €3.99/£3.19

Additional Costume Pack information below:

Ultimate Savior 
·         Garb: Celestial Body
·         Weapon: Excalibur
·         Shield: Aegis Shield
·         Adornment: Tiara of the Goddess

Moogle Lover 
·         Garb: Moogle Queen
·         Weapon: Mog’s Staff
·         Shield: Mog’s Shield
·         Adornment: Moogle Hat

Divine Wear 
·         Garb: Cosmocrator
·         Weapon: Crocea Mors
·         Shield: Abyss Gate
·         Adornment: Deathless Mask

Buy all three and save with The Premium Collection

The Premium Collection (€9.99/£7.99)
·         Ultimate Savior, Moogle Lover, Divine Wear