50% off on ASTRO Gaming Apparel

In just a matter of days now the summer convention season kicks off at E3. Followed by San Diego Comic Con (and other Con;’s across the states and Europe), PAX, GamesCom and many more. In celebration of this, ASTRO Gaming are offering 50% off with FREE shipping from ASTROGAMING.com on all gaming apparel found in their online store. The offer is only valid in the United States store, not the Canadian, UK, German or French unfortunately. Good news for our US readers, bad news for the rest of us.

Are you heading off to a convention over the coming months? Let us know below and let us know what you’ll be getting from the ASTRO Gaming range.

Take a VIP tour of LEGO Jurassic Park

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have released their latest trailer for LEGO Jurassic World where players are invited to join a VIP tour of LEGO Jurassic World’s state-of-the-art facility and get a glimpse of LEGO dinosaurs like Indominus Rex, Mosasaurus and the Creation Lab.

Anyone who Pre-orders the game on Xbox Live before 12th June,  will receive free Downloadable Content (DLC) including:

Jurassic Park Trilogy Pack #2

Characters – Jurassic Park Helicopter Pilot, Lex and Tim Murphy

Vehicle – Iain Malcolm’s San Diego Cruiser

The DLC will be available to buy after June 12 for £0.79.

Halo 3: ODST now available

Earlier in the week we reported that the Halo 3: ODST release date had been accidentally revealed by Xbox.com only to be quashed by 343 Industries, well the very next day after the ‘release date’ eligible players started to receive codes for the game!

The Halo 3: ODST campaign will be free to players who logged in to their Xbox Live account and played Halo: The Master Chief Collection between Nov. 11, 2014 and Dec. 19, 2014.

Otherwise it’s available for the outrageous price of £3.99/$4.99.

The update to the game also includes access to Remnant, a re-imagined version of the Halo 2 multiplayer map, which is free for all.

Have you played the remastered ODST yet? How are you finding it?

Portal Pinball review

Zen Studios are certainly back on form. Their Star Wars: Rebels table was highly authentic and enjoyable, and their latest table, Portal, follows in its footsteps with just as much care and attention to detail as any other property they’ve turned into a pinball experience.

Indeed the Portal pinball table is smashing. Dialogue has been expertly lifted from Valve’s puzzle series and repurposed to fit this table and your actions within it spectacularly; with GLaDOS taunting you, Wheatley encouraging you, and the companion cube silently loving you. Moreover, the miniaturised GLaDOS and Wheatley, residing near the top of the table, look fantastic, GLaDOS in particular with her fully animated motion and reactions to lazers being refracted by cubes and aimed at her.

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Moreover, series protagonist, Chell, stands ready to the bottom left with her trusty portal gun, ready to create portals and re-appear above her starting position or across a light bridge to a platform on the right above the ball launcher. The ball launcher itself is a digital computer display of the power you can generate when launching the ball, however, on the launch lane are a set of collapsing tiles and portals, time your launch and get the right power and you can jump through one and start the round off with a nice score bonus. Indeed, it’s a visually stimulating and attractive, feature rich table.

However, it’s also a visually busy table, with the aforementioned features and table details that represent the minimalist and clean white Aperture Science labs as well as the darker, grimier foundations, all vying for your attention alongside the fast pace of the ball. The table is also complex, of course there are the portals which pop up where you’d otherwise see targets and drops, teleporting the ball to other parts of the table. They’re terrifically implemented to fit with the expected play of a pinball table but match the aesthetic and theme of Portal. Tight lanes mean hitting a specific one can be a challenge, even more so when physics altering goo is splashed onto the table. Add two extra flippers, one on the central lane and the other on the left, and the additional options to fling the ball around and rack up speed and points multiplies further. It all results in a fast and frantic experience that’s equally challenging and awe-inspiring.

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Fortunately, the missions can be completed in any order and you can choose which of the six to tackle each time you activate them, keeping the focus on fun pinballing action rather than narrow parameters and potential frustration. Overcome them all and you get to face GLaDOS in a final showdown.

The Portal pinball table is brilliantly authentic and oodles of fun to play while offering a stiff challenge for pinball veterans. It’s another spectacular example of Zen Studios capturing the essence and personality of a property and converting it wonderfully into a pinball experience. What will they think of next?

Thanks to Xbox and Zen Studios for their support

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Focus Home Interactive E3 line-up

Focus @ E3

With E3 just around the corner our good friends at Focus Home Interactive have revealed their line-up including presentations of the games by the developers + hands-on sessions. In addition to this they’ll be some exciting new announcements, which will be showcased behind closed doors. If you are heading to E3 this year below you’ll find the list of the games you will be able to take a look at, or even try at the Focus Home Interactive booth (West Hall 5312), next month.

  • Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC), the multi-award winning RPG developed by Larian Studios arrives on consoles, with a load of new features and enhanced graphics.

  • Blood Bowl 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC), developed by Cyanide Studio, smashes Games Workshop’s Warhammer and American football together, in an explosive cocktail of turn-based strategy, humour and brutality.

  • The Technomancer (PS4, Xbox One and PC), a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic RPG set in a cyberpunk world from studio Spiders, that will bring you to the hazardous red planet.

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  • Mordheim: City of the Damned (Consoles (but which ones?), PC) is the videogame adaptation of Games Workshop’s cult classic tabletop game. This is a turn-based strategy game that blends RPG elements, fast-paced tactical combat and intricate unit customization in a time wrought by chaos and rivalry.

  • Space Hulk Deathwing (PS4, Xbox One, PC) by Streum On Studio is a First-Person Shooter experience of Games Workshop’s classic boardgame Space Hulk, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (PC), developed by Tindalos Interactive, is the real-time strategy adaptation of Games Workshop’s tabletop game, that stages the dark, deadly and intense space battles from the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
  • Farming Simulator 2015 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox360, PC, Mac, Vita) joins E3 after its recent release on consoles. Developer Giants Software will tell you more about the future edition, and will unveil the first official Farming Simulator wheel controller, created by Saitek. You can read our review of Farming Simulator 2015 here.

  • Act of Aggression (PC), the new real-time strategy game on PC from Wargame creator Eugen Systems. Act of Aggression draws inspiration from the Golden Era of RTS titles, with a unique near-future techno thriller ambiance. Watch the teaser
  • Vampyr, the RPG from DontNod, will unveil its first teaser trailer at E3!

Games with Gold – June 2015

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Xbox Wire have revealed June’s line up for Games with Gold.

Xbox One owners will receive Pool Nation, which has been available since April and Massive Chalice from developer Double Fine. This is the result of their second Kickstarter project after Broken Age. Massive Chalice is a turn-based strategy.

Xbox 360 owners can get their hands on the awesome Just Cause 2 and Thief.

Happy with this months offerings?

FIFA 16 to include International Women’s teams

EA Sports have revealed the first feature for FIFA 16 – International Women’s teams.

12 teams have had the full motion capture experience and England’s Steph Houghton seems very excited…

She went on to say:

To be one of the first female players included is something we’ll always be able to look back on. Hopefully it will help raise the profile of the women’s game even further

The 12 teams to be included are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America.
The trailer below also reveals that the game will be released on Sep 25 in the UK and on the 22nd in the U.S.

So that’s one great feature added, what are your thoughts, what else are you hoping to see in FIFA 16?

The Elder Scrolls Online final gameplay trailer

Elder Scrolls Online

With just days to go until the release of the highly anticipated and VERY overdue release of The Elder Scrolls Online for Xbox One, today the final installment in the This is The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited video series was released.

This third video, Exploring Tamriel, highlights the game’s expansive world. From hunting the forces of Molag Bal to gathering natural resources for crafting, to plumbing ancient ruins for treasure, your next big adventure awaits in Tamriel.