America has Fallen in the latest Homefront trailer

Deep Silver Dambuster Studios have unveiled the opening cinematic for Homefront The Revolution. America has Fallen takes a morbid look at how a country so reliant on foreign technology could have its liberty taken away by a backdoor in that technology, placing it into an archaic state and below the America has Fallen trailer is the story of APEX – I’ll let you work out the similarities of companies and timelines…

The core premise of Homefront – an occupation on American soil – remains unchanged,

said Hasit Zala, Game Director at Dambuster Studios.

But we have created a brand new fiction that offers a very different interpretation of how we got there.

May’s Games with Gold revealed

Xbox Wire has just announced which games we’ll be getting as part of Games With Gold for May.

May brings Defense Grid 2, a tower defense title from Hidden Path Entertainment & 505 Games – followed by Costume Quest 2 from Double Fine Productions and Majesco. On the Xbox 360, Xbox Live Gold members start the month with Codemasters’ racer GRID 2, followed by EA’s ever-popular puzzle classic: Peggle.

 As usual, all games are available only for a limited time, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program, so sign up now to get in on the action!

* Defense Grid 2 Available from May 1-31 on Xbox One

* Costume Quest 2 Available from May 16-June 15 on Xbox One

* GRID 2 Available from May 1-15 on Xbox 360

* Peggle Available from May 16-31 on Xbox 360

Lifting the hood on the next Need for Speed update

Tomorrow sees the release of the next Need for Speed update and with it comes a whole host of new challenges and changes. The main change is the introduction of the SpeedLists feature.

SpeedLists

This new feature allows you to compete against other human opponents in a series of five pre-selected events. Simply select the new SpeedList tile from the main menu, choose from Quick Play, Speed, Style or Mixed, to use the new events.

At the end of each event you’ll gain points depending on where you finished. Once all events are completed the final standings are calculated and the best racers shown off in a short cinematic sequence.

Need for Speed Speedlist Menu

Player Titles

As you play SpeedLists you will be ranked based on your score, against the rest of the community. With these ranks come titles but remember there can only be  one World Champion. The titles are as follows:

  • Street Urchin
  • Sunday Driver
  • Wannabe Racer
  • Stick shifter
  • True Contender
  • Rising Star
  • Night Rider
  • Top Competitor
  • SpeedList Junkie
  • SpeedList Pro
  • SpeedList Master
  • Urban Legend
  • Chosen One
  • The 1%
  • Top 100
  • Top 10
  • World Champion

 Need for Speed Speedlist Screenshot

Prestige Mode

Once you have completed the main story you will get a call from an old friend unlocking Prestige Mode. Along with this comes a new App for your phone and this will allow you to try the original five modes of the game, Speed, Style, Build, Crew and Outlaw in Hard Mode. Are you ready for the challenge and to prove you are the Ultimate Icon?

Activities

Two new types of Activity are coming to the game in the form of Drift Corners and Speed Runs.

Approach a Drift Corner and send your car sideways to rack up the points, or go full throttle through one of the Speed Runs. Keep your run clean and leave your mark on the Speedwall – with bragging rights at stake you’ll want to make sure you’re coming out on top.

Achievements & Trophies

Three new achievements and trophies are waiting for you to unlock and collect.

  • Basic Bronze: Win all the Prestige events
  • Gold Plated: Win Gold on all Prestige events
  • Speed Master: Win all the events in a SpeedList

Daily Challenges

Daily Challenges have been altered, so with each Daily Challenge you complete you will receive one of the 150 decals on offer. This has changed as before you were required to complete all three of the challenges to receive the decal.

Once again I’m impressed with Ghost and EA, and how they are really focusing on the Community and content of this game. Personally I’m looking forward to this update and climbing the Player Title Ranks. Feel free to send me a request and I hope to see you on the streets of Ventura Bay.

For more information about the up and coming patch then check out the full patch notes here. The Need for Speed Speedlist update will be hitting our consoles tomorrow, April 27th.

Battleborn release prequel motion comic series

In preparation for the up and coming release of Battleborn, Gearbox Software and 2K have released an awesome animated comic series. This series tells you the story behind the destruction of the second to last planet, Penarch. How the 25 playable heroes get together and Trevor Ghalt’s rise as leader of the Battleborn. All this takes place before the events of the game and leads us nicely to the start of the Battleborn episodic campaign.

Chapter 1: Running the Numbers
A few years and several hundred star veilings are enough to drive even the most loyal espionage agents to betrayal.

Chapter 2: The Rescue
The Varelsi invasion is becoming overwhelming but the United Peacekeeping Republics (UPR) will not leave their own man, clone, or avian behind.

Chapter 3: No More Heroics
With his back against the wall, UPR Commander Ghalt faces a difficult decision with universe-ending ramifications.

Battleborn is scheduled for release May 3, 2016 on Xbox One and PC.

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Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition revealed

Microsoft have announced that the Standard and Ultimate Editions of Gears of War 4 are now available for pre-order from the Xbox Store and participating retailers, including the Microsoft Store. Fans who pre-order either edition of Gears of War 4 will receive the pre-order exclusive Vintage Del Gear Pack featuring a Vintage Del character model, emblem, two Vintage weapon skins and a special Vintage Del bounty as an added bonus.

The Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition includes:

  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War 4 Season Pass
    • Includes exclusive Vintage VIP Pack featuring Vintage JD and two Vintage weapon skins, permanent access to 24 additional DLC maps (two per month for a year) for private play on dedicated servers, an exclusive Developer Playlist that grants access to new maps, modes, and features that can be tested prior to broad release and six Gear Packs (which unlock character and weapon skins, emblems, equipment and boosts)
  • A limited edition SteelBook®
  • Early Access to Gears of War 4 on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, four days before the game’s worldwide launch.
Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition

Rhythm puzzler 140 coming to Xbox One

140 game

Double Fine, publisher of some smashing titles already on Xbox One, have recently announced a partnership with serial video game adapters, Abstraction Games, to bring Jeppe Carlsen’s 140 to Xbox One.

This rhythm based puzzler will challenge anyone with, or without, any sense of timing in a quest to, well, we’re not quite sure what the quest is. It looks interesting though.

Jeppe Carlsen, for those who are interested, was the lead puzzle designer for LIMBO, so I’d be expecting something fairly devious and challenging in 140. The title has been out on PC and MAC since 2013 and even won the Excellence in Audio award at the Independent Games Festival, with in-game music by Jakob Schmid, Playdead’s current audio programmer.

Abstraction Games have been handed the task of adapting 140 from PC to Xbox One, something they’ve done a few times in the past with titles like Pixel Piracy.

What can we expect from this puzzler then? Well, if the trailer below is anything to go by, we can expect some well-timed moves to conquer an environment controlled entirely by Schmid’s thumping soundtrack.

It won’t be over-burdened by graphics either. It sacrifices plush graphics for more precise and frustrating gameplay.

Carlsen Games have 140 down as an old-school platformer at heart though. Set in it’s world of colourful yet abstract graphics. You’ll certainly need to up your rhythm game and sync up every move and jump to the backbeat. The game will give you ability to switch your playing piece between circle, square and triangle in order to traverse the current area. It’s up to you which one you pick to best meet the obstacles in your path.

140 looks to be coming to Xbox One this summer.

 

Time for some Battleborn badass beta statistics

Now that the Battleborn Open Beta is over and the 2K and Gearbox teams have crunched the numbers, it’s time they shared their findings with us.

Over two million people played the Open Beta and in addition to testing the game the development team set three collective challenges to the community.

  • 1.1 Million Competitive Multiplayer matches
  • 1.4 Million Story Mode episodes
  • 27 Billion Shards collected

These challenges were smashed in just 5 days and this means that everyone will receive a shift code on May 3 for three golden skins, one for ISIC, Benedict, and Shayne & Aurox!

Battleborn is due for release on May 3.

Battleborn Infographic

 

 

Gears 4 multiplayer trailer released to get you excited

If you haven’t managed to bag an early code for the Gears 4 beta, then the multipayer trailer from Xbox isn’t going to help matters, sorry.

The trailer shows off the new maps you’ll be playing on, some of the brilliant new weapons and the rather excellent range of executions you can perform. The Beta runs form April 25 to May 1and you’ll be bale to read my impressions of the beta so far over the weekend.

New Rainbow Six Siege DLC titled ‘Operation Dust Line’

The new Rainbow Six Siege DLC is to be called ‘Operation Dust Line’

Ubisoft confirmed the name earlier today on Twitter and you can also see the DLC in full during a Rainbow Six Pro League livestream later today, with the broadcast set to begin on Twitch at 10am EDT (3pm BST).

Watch live video from Rainbow6 on www.twitch.tv