Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion DLC Dated June 3

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Activision and Infinity Ward has today revealed that the third DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts will be launching on June 3rd for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Titled, Invasion, the latest DLC delivers four new multiplayer maps from unique locales around the world, each with hidden secrets and unique Field Orders. Invasion also includes Episode 3: Awakening, the next chapter in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative taking players deep into an alien underworld to discover the truth behind the Cryptid attack.

Invasion’s four new small-to-medium-sized multiplayer maps feature the fast-paced gameplay Call of Duty fans crave, each one donning a distinct look, feel and unique killstreak. “Departed” is a medium-sized map set in a rural Mexican town during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. The colorfully decorated streets, vendor carts and storefronts provide ample cover for run-and-gunners, and players that complete the map’s unique Field Order will unlock the Death Mariachi killstreak. Armed with dual-wielding pistols, the Death Mariachi settles scores, with each kill turning enemy players into another member of the band, and a temporary squad mate.

“Pharaoh” is the abandoned archeological site of an ancient Egyptian palace. Players will have to be on the lookout for collapsing monuments and urns full of flesh-eating scarabs, among other surprises in this multi-level map. Inside the palace, gamers will battle through multiple chambers ideal for close-quarters combat and short-range weapons, all under the watchful eye of Anubis, the half-jackal/half-human, protector of the dead, who will handsomely reward players who unlock this map’s Field Order.

Invasion’s third map, “Mutiny,” transports players to a remote Caribbean island harboring an eerie pirate hideout complete with abandoned trading posts and prison cells. Speed and stealth are a must as players navigate the narrow and intertwining pathways. However, let ye be warned that gamers taking up positions on the pirate ship moored in the center of the map will become vulnerable to enemy fire from the numerous flanking routes created by the map’s horseshoe shaped dock. Players that unlock “Mutiny’s” Field Order will find themselves escorted by two ethereal ghost pirates, who will happily send enemy combatants down to Davey Jones’ locker on their behalf.

Invasion’s fourth multiplayer map is a refreshed version of the fan-favorite map from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2, “Favela.” Since its original release, the Brazilian shantytown has seen substantial change. Buildings once under construction are now complete, while others have crumbled into a state of disrepair. Players must avoid falling to their death as they traverse the map from one building to the next, with ramshackle scaffolding creating varied pathways between structures, and enemy snipers taking advantage of the long sightlines. Players who complete the Field Order in “Favela” will be able to call in heavy air support from a nearby Y-8 Gunship to bring the rain with a 105mm cannon, a 40mm auto-cannon and a 25mm cannon.

Invasion is available a la carte for a suggested retail price of $14.99, or as part of the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass.

The final DLC pack, Nemesis will be announced in due course!

BlinkBox App Now On Xbox One

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blinkbox movies & TV has launched on the Xbox One console today, giving users access to the very latest blockbuster movies and popular TV series. New release films available now on blinkbox include Oscar-winners 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street and Inside Llewyn Davis. TV series available include the critically acclaimed Hannibal and HBO series Girls and Game of Thrones.

blinkbox Managing Director Adrian Letts quoted:

Our developers are working harder than Hugh Jackman’s personal trainer to give customers access to the very latest movies and TV shows on their favourite platforms and devices. We’ve been on the Xbox 360 for a while and together with PlayStation, we’ve seen games consoles overtake computers as popular devices for enjoying our service.

The Xbox One app includes all the popular features of blinkbox apps on other devices including the ability to browse and buy from a vast catalogue of movies and TV, filter by Best Sellers, New Releases, Top Selling and Genre and search to find the movie or TV series you’re after. The app also supports the Xbox One help functionality to offer relevant customer support based on where they are in the application.

Thanks BlinkBox

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – New Pricing

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Konami Digital Entertainment has today reduced the price of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which is available from the Xbox Games Marketplace for just 29.99 Euros.

Set in a modern-day open world, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 offers a shocking conclusion to the Gabriel Belmont story arc started in 2010’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. In a first, players assume the role of Dracula who has been resurrected by an old ally in exchange for help defeating a powerful threat as old as time itself: Satan. Looking to settle an old score, Satan has returned to bring about the apocalypse as an act of final revenge for his previous defeat, and Dracula must face him head on as the fight between good and evil comes to a dramatic end.

Mixing intuitive combat and stunning story-telling, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is a huge game that spans time zones and concludes the story of history’s most famous Vampire. The new price point will allow a new wave of fans to embrace the darkness and become absorbed by Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2’s dark story as they explore its visually stunning 3D realms.

ThisisXbox.com reviewed the title and scored it 90% after release this year:

Lord Of Shadows 2 has more positives then negatives. It is a big game and it feels like one, with a rich story that draws you in and gives you a great experience that encapsulates the previous game for new players and rewards players who are already fans of Castlevania. There is so much to learn and master that more then one playthrough will be required.

Xbox 360 Special Edition Arctic Camouflage Controller

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With colors that mimic snow-covered environments, the Xbox 360 Special Edition Arctic Camouflage Wireless Controller is designed for covert operations. The D-pad transforms from a plus to a disc for greater precision in both directional and sweeping movements. Xbox kindly provided thisisxbox.com with a controller and it looks great, it compliments any gamer who is into first-person-shooters as the camo’ design could also be seen to represent army gear for the virtual war hero within you.

As well as featuring a unique camouflage design, the controller has a 30-foot wireless range and a transforming D-pad, enabling rotation between the “plus” and “disc” formats for greater precision. Special Edition controllers such as this make perfect gifts for the gamer who you know is likely to have all the latest games, but you still want to find that perfect present that fits with their gaming habits. So, if you’re unsure about what game to buy your friends and family instead of opting for the gift-card-voucher easy option, have you thought of buying a new controller?

Maybe you’re thinking about this for yourself recently, or if you’re in the military it would be fitting to replace your controller with a design that you’re eyes have likely seen for months or even years on end – make your controller match your uniform! It has also been known that many hardcore fans of the Xbox 360 buy all the Special Editions of both console and controller, since the retail units are often limited and come in a range of jazzy designs and styles that will not be around for long. If you feel like adding a camouflage design to your collection, then why the hell not – especially if you’ve previously snapped up the silver and purple metallic editions!

A very brief unboxing video is below showing it in a pair of hands:

Battlefield: Hardline Outed By EA Slip-Up

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Rumours were previously pointing at a police themed Battlefield currently in development from February 2014, and after todays fresh leaks courtesy of EA themselves via their Battlelog it looks set to be named, Battlefield: Hardline. Internally the next Battlefield is code-named Havana and is in development from Visceral Games who are best known for the Dead Space franchise.

Both a logo and a set of icons for Battlefield: Hardline were discovered on EA servers this afternoon (and have since been taken down). It is also known that four soldier classes (Enforcer, Mechanic, Operator, Professional), along with references to a map named (“MP_Downtown”) for use in the game’s upcoming Beta were detailed. Identifiable gameplay modes have been revealed as Blood Money, Bomb Squad and Carrier Assault.

Awards for Battlefield: Hardline were tweeted by @BFDaily as shown below

EA could reveal more details for Battlefield: Hardline at E3 2014 next month, or alternatively since the slip-up could announce something imminently. Either way we’ll keep you posted when more details surface.

Thanks: Eurogamer

Sacred 3 Dated for August 2014

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Deep Silver has announced that Sacred 3 will storm into retail stores from August 5th for the Xbox 360. Sacred 3 is the third outing in the Sacred universe where good is pitted against evil in a timeless battle filled with non-stop action and the chance to become the ultimate hero. The game features immersive and engaging drop in/drop out seamless co-op gameplay where players must outperform and outshine their teammates in epic battles!

Sacred 3 features classic arcade Hack ‘n’ Slash action centered around drop in/drop out cooperative multiplayer for both offline (2 players) and online (4 players) play. The game brings back favorite characters such as the Seraphim, Ancarian, Khukuri and the Safiri, and introduces the aforementioned new character, Malakhim. Each character class features its own unique skills and weapons that can be upgraded to match the player’s very own combat style. Master the art of war and fight through enemy hordes and try to outshine fellow companions on the way to become the greatest hero of all.

All fans who pre-order Sacred 3 until launch will be able to jump into Ancaria primed for battle with the playable Malakhim character, who uses mysterious blood magic to combat the armies of Emperor Zane. Additionally, fans that purchase Sacred 3 at GameStop will receive the Underworld Story mission pack, the playable Malakhim character and the exclusive Z4ngr13f Weapon Spirit.

Weapon Spirits are a brand new addition to the Sacred universe in Sacred 3. Players will be able to enhance their weapons with these upgradable and interchangeable weapon augmentations, each with their own unique buffs and debuffs. Certain Weapon Spirits even take the form of previous characters from the Sacred franchise, to help aid players of Sacred 3 in their fight against the hordes of evil.

The Evil Within – New Release Date with New Trailer

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Bethesda has revealed that The Evil Within will now be available in North America on October 21st, 2014, in Australia on October 23rd, 2014, and throughout Europe on October 24th, 2014. Shinji Mikami and his team at Tango Gameworks have asked for additional time to further balance and refine the game in order to deliver the polished, terrifying pure survival horror experience they set out to create. Additionally today a new pre-order incentive – The Fighting Chance Pack has been unveiled.

The Fighting Chance Pack provides players with a handful of additional items that may help them stave off death for a moment longer and includes:

  • Medical Kit – A vital health enhancement to enable Sebastian to fight on.
  • Green Gel – Used to upgrade Sebastian’s attributes.
  • Double Barrel Shotgun and Three Shells – A larger and more formidable shotgun than the regular shotgun, it’s useful for tight situations with multiple encroaching enemies.
  • An Incendiary Agony Bolt – Capable of showering nearby enemies with damaging fire sparks.
  • A Poison Agony Bolt – Will draw enemies towards it and poison them, allowing Sebastian time for a quick escape.

Both the new release date and pre-order incentive are highlighted in the latest video below.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham This Autumn on Xbox

Warner Bros’ has today announced yet another LEGO game for consoles – LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available beginning of Autumn 2014 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well as other platforms.

In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics Universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

Players will unlock more than 150 unique characters from the DC Comics universe, including members of the Justice League and LEGO big figures such as Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy and many more. Fans of all ages will be able to control their favourite heroes and villains with new gadgets and abilities. Brainiac’s mind controlling abilities and the power of the Lantern rings bring unexpected twists to the classic characters’ personalities.

Check out the trailer above for a little tease of what to expect this Autumn!

Watch Dogs Available Now on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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Watch Dogs, from Ubisoft is now available at retailers worldwide for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and other platforms. The latest hacking game tells the story of Aiden Pearce, a hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt his family, players will be able to monitor and hack their enemies by manipulating everything connected to the city’s Central Operating System (ctOS). Watch Dogs lets the player use Chicago as their ultimate weapon and exact their own style of revenge.

A season pass is also available from today and offers savings of 25% on post launch content, including the new single-player story featuring T-Bone; a new Digital Trip game mode, plus new missions, weapons, outfits and more.

Furthermore, take your experience beyond the console with a groundbreaking, real-time, companion game Watch Dogs: ctOS Mobile. This innovative mobile platform allows players to connect and compete with friends, even when away from their home console. The Watch_Dogs companion game delivers revolutionary dual-screen gameplay that enables you to play from anywhere, at any time. Watch Dogs: ctOS Mobile is available at launch on iOS and Android.

3D Printer Rifle Weapon for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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What do you get when you combine a state of the art 3D printer with an Assault Rifle? The next weapon to feature in the latest Call of Duty title set for release on November 4th 2014 – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

As part of GameInformer’s exceptional coverage of the Advanced Warfare from Sledgehammer Games, it has been revealed that one of the futuristic weapons in the year 2054 timeframe (I’d be 74 by then) is a rifle that can print its own ammunition within the weapons chamber!

Other technology revealed includes a plasma rifle, a hoverbike, vertical takeoff aircraft, and an exo suit that will increase player speed, strength and jump height on the battlefield.

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Thanks: GameSpot via GameInformer