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Games and sports – what more could you ask for in life? I'm from the "land of castles", Wales and for my sins I support Arsenal and the Green Bay Packers.

DMC: Definitive Edition releases today

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Today marks the return on Dante as Capcom’s 2013 release of DMC gets a next-gen make over which sees it remastered to run at 1080p and at 60fps on the Xbox One.

Not only does it get a nice make over, DMC: Definitive Edition comes with all previously released content including ‘Vergil’s Downfall’, and a brand new ‘Vergils Bloody Palace Mode’, where you’re able to play as Dante’s brother, Vergil, which Capcom say was requested a lot by fans for the games original release. There are also a whole host of improvements made to the combat, as well as new game modes such as Turbo Mode – an improvement to combat power and ups the game speed by 20%, and Hardcore Mode – A throwback to previous DMC games.

Halim got his hands on DMC back in 2013, check out what he thought in this review.

DMC: Definitive Edition is available from retailers or from the Xbox One marketplace now. Though, you may find it cheaper to get it from an online retailer than opting for the digital release.

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode two releases today

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Picking up exactly where the first episode left off, the second episode of Capcom’s Resident Evil Revelations 2 sees Barry Burton reeling after discovering the his Daughter’s distress signal he picked up from her, and Claire which lead him to this strange island is six months old.

This second episode is titled ‘contemplation’, and is available to download now for GBP4.99/EUR5.99/$5.99. Obviously, if you purchased the season passed for Revelations 2 there will be no extra cost for this episode, or future episodes.

If you’re yet to play episode one ‘Penal colony’ then check out Greg’s review of it here. I managed to get my hands on it yesterday and found it to be a pretty good game, a far better effort that Revelations, and well worth a play if you’re a fan of Survival horror’s or the Resident Evil franchise.

Lords of the Fallen: Ancient Labyrinth DLC trailer

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The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for CI Games’ hit action-adventure game, Lords of the Fallen, is available to download as of today.

This is the first major content expansion for the title, and will boost characters and the storyline for the popular action-RPG. Players can expect the same challenging gameplay that they experienced from the original game as they take on the long forgotten library that exists between human and demotic realms.

Checkout the trailer below.

The Ancient Labyrinth DLC will cost $7.99 on the Xbox One marketplace, or you can click this link which will take you right to it.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 gets its first episode today

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Capcom release the first of the four weekly Resident Evil Revelations 2 episodes on the Marketplace for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 globally today, with the physical boxset being released in stores on the 20 March.

The story picks up from where Resident Evil Revelations leaves off, Claire has a new job working for anti-bioterrism group, Terra Save when she and Barry Burton’s daughter Moira get kidknapped and taken to a mysterious island. Barry heads off to the island to rescue his daughter and pals up with a brand new character Natalia. The story will alternate between the two sets of characters.

Each episode comes with 2 raid missions that add to Claire and Moria’s story, as well as Barry and Natatlia’s.

As with everything these days, there’s a season pass available for all the episodes for the price of GBP19.99/EUR24.99/$24.99, with each episode costing GBP4.99/EUR5.99/$5.99 each. It’s actually cheaper to by them separately if you do the math.

Episode 2 will be released on 4 March, with Episode 3 and 4 being released on 11 March and 18 March respectively.

Look out for our review on the latest member of the Resident Evil franchise soon, if you haven’t played the first installment then check out what Kris thought of the game back when it released in this review of Resident Evil Revelations.

Check out the launch trailer for Revelations 2!

Evil Within The Assignment DLC coming soon.

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Shinji Mikami’s latest survival horror title is to get the first part of it’s two-part DLC this March in the form of ‘The Assignment’ which will be followed up by the ‘consequence’ a little bit later on in Spring.

The Assignment sees you play as the mysterious Juli Kidman were you answer a lot of question of her whereabouts during the main story of Evil Within. You’ll discover new horrors and new mysteries as you unlock her hidden motivations and her connection to mobius.

The obligatory season pass will be available for both sets of DLC for the price of $19.99/£14.99/€19.99, or alternatively you can buy both parts of the DLC for $9.99/£6.99/€9.99. The Assignment will be available on the 10 March.

If you’ve not checked out The Evil Within yet, and you’re a massive fan of the Resident Evil series, then you may want to rectify this as soon as possible and get your mind warped by Mikami-San’s gruesomely graphic story.

Project Cars and Namco Bandi team up for 24-hour GamerBlast stream

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This weekend sees a lot of gaming streams go live for a very good cause, no doubt some of your favourite twitchers will be getting involved in aid of Special Effect. Well, Namco Bandi are teaming up with the good folks with Project Cars in their 24-hour Gamerblast stream.

The stream will feature never before seen in game footage of the upcoming racer. from 10:30 to 11:30 and 13:00 to 14:00 on Saturday, February 21 tune into http://www.twitch.tv/gameblastlive to see Andy Tudor, creative director on Project Cars, and Namco’s very own Lee Kirton showing off the latest footage of Project Cars.

There will be a second session with Andy and Lee shown on GinxTV’s Twitch account – http://www.twitch.tv/ginxtv/ – between 15:00 and 16:00

For more information on GameBlast LIVE visit Special Effect’s website and we urge you to donate via the GameBlast JustGiving page.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Launch Trailer

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Techmo Koei has today released the launch trailer for upcoming fighter, Dead or Alive 5: Last round. The trailer [below] shows off pretty much the the entire roaster of characters that you can use on the game, including new girl, Honoka – who was announced a few weeks back. You can also see the new danger zones on each level, and some pretty cool double team action.

TK also inform us that there are too be a whole host of unlockable outfits for you to fill the wardrobe of your favorite characters up with.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will be launching on the 20 February on Xbox One [digitally, and phsyically] and on the Xbox 360 [Digitally only].

Rugby 15 Review

Being Welsh and from the land where everyone lives and breathes Rugby, you would think that I would be best suited for this review – well this wasn’t always the case. The first time I watched a game of Rugby it was the 1999 World Cup that my father dragged me to – I think it was Samoa vs Argentina, not a clue who won, I remember my father telling me off for sitting down for the entirety of the proceedings, we were in the standing section of the ground and  I “looked bored” for the entirety of the game. I was more of an American Football guy anyway. Knocking on, that’s just an incomplete pass, surely?! Why are the defence and offense on the pitch at the same? It’s a very confusing sport. I’m happy to say my Welsh blood runs strong and happily for my Dad, I now love the sport as much as my beloved Grid Iron.

I don’t like starting on negatives with games, unless there’s a load of positives to talk about and you can get all of the disappointments out-of-the-way early and talk about everything you loved in the game, sadly this isn’t going to be the case with Rugby 15.

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The controls are awful, it feels like the developer thought “Let’s find a game that we could make 8 mini games out of and do them all exactly the same” – ok, eight mini games is an exaggeration but the three mini games they have included are exactly the same! Rucking, Mauling, and the Scrums are identical! If you want to win the ball on these passages of play you have to find the sweet spot with the analog stick, the bar highlights green which means you’re good to play the ball without being penalised, when the bar is yellow you run the risk of being penalised, when it’s red, you get penalised. Simple, yes?

Right, that’s the first bit of negative out-of-the-way, on to the second. Rugby is a game based on possession, territory and exploitation of the numbers game. Like a game of Risk, played by Rhino’s. If you’re lucky enough the passing mechanism doesn’t completely ruin any sort of break away – you’re quickly halted by a single tackle that you can’t side step or do a skill move as you would in real life – you have no option but to take the hit and sure enough, a mini game ensues. It’s impossible to get any sort of overlap on the go to create gaps. I tried multiple times and ended up throwing the ball to the ground where a player dives on it and… yes, you’ve got it – a mini game ensues.

You’ll find that this happens a lot with this dreadful pass mechanic that the game has been given. The last Rugby game I played on a console was the rather brilliant effort by Codemasters with Jonah Lomu Rugby on the Playstation back in my early teens. I also had an EA rugby game for the PC that ran like a one-legged dog with asthma on my low spec desktop, yet the passing on the EA game was still a smoother, more fluid experience than this. You pressed a button to move the ball one way, you pressed a different button to move the ball the other away. Ok so the ball would often come loose or get intercepted, as it does in the real game but oh my god this torturous mechanism in Rugby 15 must have been spawned from Satan himself. I even found myself slinging the ball over my head in the direction where I had just ran!

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When you think that you’re going to get tackled, which is pretty much when you take a step after receiving the ball, you’re instantly put on the floor. You have to use the right stick, highlight a player you want to pass too – while running and looking where you’re going – press the Left Trigger and pray to god it doesn’t go to the other team. Surely using the bumpers on the controller would have been the better option? You know, left bumper to move it left, right bumper to move it right.

The biggest gripe I have came before I even played a match. As stated, I’m Welsh, I’m quite proud of that fact. Yes, I support an English Football team but when it comes to egg chasing I’m a patriotic Welshman so being greeted with no option to play in the league of my homeland, the country that lives, eats, sleeps rugby, I was a bit outraged. The only way I could play as one of the teams from my home was to play the European cup competition – where I could only choose from a few Welsh teams.

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With the World Cup just around the corner surely there should have been an international season option; there are a lot of tricks missed in this game.  The game plays a lot like a how we used to play back at school – 15 boys chasing the ball and not a single bit of cohesion.

From the outset, I wasn’t a fan of Rugby 15. The lack of Welsh and international teams annoyed me. The mini games bored me with their lack of variation and the passing mechanic was incredibly frustrating that didn’t allow for a smooth fluid representation of the sport. There are a lot of features and modes that could have been added to Rugby 15 to make it more appealing – an international game mode where you just play as England would have been a start.

Not being able to play rugby as I know it was incredibly frustrating, every move or advancement down the field was instantly broken down by a single tackle. Graphically, the game isn’t what you would expect from an Xbox One title either, it reminded me of Sensible World of Soccer on the Mega drive, which isn’t a bad thing, but not everyone likes the retro look these days – I on the other hand thought this was the game’s only silver lining.

Thanks to Big Ben Interactive for supplying TiX with a download code

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Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel coming to XboxOne

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Gearbox has announced that they will be bringing Borderlands 2 and The Pre-sequel (with enough DLC to fill Moxxi’s corset) to the XboxOne.

Why no Borderlands? The collection is going to be called The Handsome Jack Collection, so it’s going to be telling the story of the infamous villain of Borderlands 2 (therefore Borderlands will not be included in the collection). There are to be updates done to the title’s including 2 player split screen turning into 4 player splitscreen, and the game getting done over to be even more HDier than before, apparently.

In addition to that, if you have the games on the 360 already – or at least played them – there’s to be a cross save feature that will allow you to transfer your character over allowing you to pick up where you left off.

As you expect with these collections, you’ll get all the DLC available bundled with the collection too.

The Handsome Jack Collection is due to be released on the 24 March in the US, before coming over the UK on the 27 March.

* There’s also a variation of the game that comes with an RC Claptrap, but it costs more than your average game, as you’d expect with an added toy like that. If you want to go down that root and purchase that, it will cost you about $400 USD. But the RC Claptrap is pretty neat, as you can see below.

Saints Row IV re-elected edition gets a launch trailer straight outta hell

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What’s there to say about Saints Row IV that we don’t already know? The game has been out since 2013! Well, on the Xbox 360 at least. And now it’s coming to the Xbox One in the form of the Re-Elected Edition – Which is to be like a GOTY kinda thing that will include all the DLC previously released on the 360, as well as the upcoming standalone title, Gat Out of Hell.

I could ramble on about what to expect from Gat Out of hell, but the guys from Deep Silver and Volition do such a great job of it in the launch trailer for both games [below]. So, I’m going to let them do it!

Expect to see Gat out of Hell, and the Re-Elected Edition of Saints Row IV to be launching on the 23 January.