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Dragon Age: Inquisition video shows off classes and specializations

If you haven’t already started your 6 hour trial of Dragon Age: Inquisition then the following video will be most useful to you.

Bioware having released a video give fans more details about the classes and their specialisations. It’s definitely worth checking out as it does a good job of explaining everything to you.

The third game in the series is only 6 days away from releasing in Europe and by the look of the reviews that are out its looks like we’ll have another great game to sink our teeth into.

Early Access to Dragon Age: Inquisition on EA Access

Subscribers to EA Access will be pleased to hear that they will be able to grab hold of Dragon Age: Inquisition five days before anyone else.

EA revealed the details in a blog post that anyone with an EA Access subscription will be able to play the game November 13, five days before the November 18 launch. It hasn’t been confirmed whether this is worldwide.

You’ll get a six hour trial that will give you access to both the single player and the co-op multiplayer portions. All progress will carry over to the full game if you buy it. You’ll also bag 10% off if you buy the games digital version.

Halo 2 cinematics shown off in new trailer

With the Halo Master Chief Collection only a couple of weeks a way the build up will be pretty intense, and you’ll no doubt see plenty of videos like this coming up.

Part of the collection includes a remastered version of Halo 2. 343 Industries, who are responsible for the project have drafted in Blur Studios to create all new cutscenes for the game.

The trailer is below and I have to say it’s only getting me more excited for this.

Latest Deals with Gold Announced

Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has revealed what discounts Gold subscribers can get from this weeks Deals with Gold.

Titanfall has 50% off this week and the Season Pass is down to only £6.60. Considering how any updates this game has had, if you haven’t played it, now is the time to pick it up.

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Titanfall Xbox One Game 50%
Titanfall Season Pass Add-on 67%
Battlefield 4 Assault Shortcut Kit Add-on 33%

 

There are also a whole host of deals on the 360 which can be found below. What takes your fancy?

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Grand Theft Auto V Games on Demand 50%
Grand Theft Auto IV Games on Demand 75%
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost & Damned Add-on 75%
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony Add-on 75%
Amy Arcade 66%
Deadblock Arcade 75%
The Walking Dead Season 2 Season Pass Add-on 50%
The Walking Dead Survival Instinct Games on Demand 80%
Zombie Wranglers Arcade 50%
TMNT OOTS Arcade 67%
Zombie Driver Arcade 67%
Dead Space Games on Demand 66%
Alice Madness Returns Games on Demand 75%
Mass Effect Games on Demand 75%
Dead Island: Riptide Games on Demand 50%
Dead Space 3 – Awakened Add-on 50%
Slender: The Arrival Arcade 50%
GTA San Andreas (Remastered Edition) Games on Demand 75%
Battlefield 4 Assault Shortcut Kit Add-on 33%

Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition review

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When Sleeping Dogs was released on the 360 it got all the natural comparisons to Grand Theft auto, but it had a different pace and a much better story. As with many games this years Sleeping Dogs has been whisked into the new generation to become the Sleeping Dogs Definitive edition, but was it worth it?

For those who didn’t get to experience this underrated gem of a game, let’s give you an overview of the story. Sleeping Dogs tells the story of Wei Shen, a former low-level Triad player turned LA cop turned undercover mole, who has relocated to his hometown in an effort to infiltrate his old gang, the Sun On Yee. Wei Shen has to find a balance between doing his job while maintaining the trust of his gang members. You’ll help Shen through his struggles whilst finding yourself gripped by the storyline. I found the story really interesting throughout and was never quite sure what was going to happen. It was always nice to have the game set in Hong Kong as opposed to a fictional city in America, the game has a great atmosphere and feels so alive, it just make me want to visit Hong Kong even more. As you explore the city you’ll come accross markets that will allow you to buy new clothing, tattoos as well as food and drink that will give you boosts to your abilities. You can explore the city in a vehicle but it’s just as entertaining on foot especially with Wei Shen’s parkour abilities.

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The Definitive Edition gives the game an upgrade in graphics department, which brings the city even more to life. Character models are improved, and te lighting effects are superb, you’ll notice as soon as the game begins as the rain hits Hong Kong just how much of a difference there is. The Xbox One version brings even more life to the city with more NPC’s who look much more human, there is much more traffic on the street and there is much more to destroy as you drive through the streets, draw distances are much better too.

The game still struggles to keep its frame rate while driving but generally the game performs pretty well. The voice acting is excellent and have a really strong cast with Tom Wilkinson, Emma Stone, and Lucy Liu all taking part in the game.

One of Sleeping Dogs strengths is the combat, lending ideas from the Batman series, Wei Shen is able to take down big groups of enemies using combos, grapples, throws and finally taking them down using the environment. Whether you are throwing them through windows, slamming shutters down on their heads or even throwing people over buildings the combat is hugely entertaining. As you explore the city you’ll discover martial arts centres where you can learn more impressive combos to use against your enemies. Guns are available but the physical combat is so much fun you’ll rarely want to use them.

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Aside from the main storyline there is plenty for you to do. There are drug busts and gang favours to play as well as a whole host of mini games. There are street races, collectables to find and dates to go on. You’ll also notice little leaderboards popping up to show your progress against friends for things like the longest wheelie on a bike or the biggest jump in a car, little things that distract you from the main story and adds to longevity.

In total you’ll have about 15 hours playtime, with the Definitive Edition you get all of the previously released DLC too. It’s pretty comprehensive when you start to go through the list, there are loads of outfit packs, themed vehicles and buffs for Wei Shen. There are two big bits of DLC that were released for Sleeping Dogs, the first released was Year of the Snake. This story takes place immediately after the original story of Sleeping Dogs. Wei Shen starts doing normal police work again, but is initially given punishment duty as a beat cop due to the carnage caused in the main storyline. However, Wei almost immediately encounters a cult that is doing their best to usher in the apocalypse with a bang during Hong Kong’s New Year celebrations. This piece of DLC is good fun and is 12 missions long. One difference in this from the main game is the fact that Shen is given a Taser to take criminals down with during combat. The other DLC was Nightmare on North Point which sees Wei Shen’s girlfriend get abducted by the ghost of a former gangland leader, to get here back Wei Shen needs to get hold of a special tea brew to allow him to take on an army of possessed gangsters, it’s all a bit silly but will add a good few hours to your total play time.

Yet again, I’m faced with another remastered game, thankfully this one has been well worth my time. It’s great to go back and play through the brilliant story, the DLC is pretty good and visually the game looks much better It’s always hard to recommend this to someone who has already played the game, especially as the price is quite high for the game, if it had come in at around the same price as Metro Redux you would be on to a winner but until that time I’d only go for this if you hadn’t played it before, you’ll be in for a treat.

Thanks to XBOX for providing the code.

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MS announce November system update features

Microsoft have announced what participants of the Preview Program can expect, when the latest system update hits their Xbox Ones.

One of the most requested features has been implanted, custom backgrounds! Currently you’ll be able to choose a colour or and image from an achievement you have unlocked, in the future the media app will be updated to allow you choose any picture. There are loads of other features coming including updates to your profile, SmartGlass and One guide. Check out the video below for more info and also Xbox Wire for more notes.

NBA 2K15 review

When 2K first started their sports section and targeted the Basketball market you got the feeling they had something up their sleeves, the 2013 was ok but when NBA 2K14 came out last year on the Xbox One we got one of the best NBA games you were likely to play. It wasn’t perfect, which at least have 2K the chance to improve on them for the latest release. Was the 46gb download going to impress me more than last year? Only time would tell…

Things get off to a bit of a shaky start as you create your in game persona for the MyCareer mode. You can make the usual sorts of edits to your future NBA star but this year you are able to scan your face into the game using Kinect. The best time to attempt this is during the day, with as much natural light as possible, once you align your face where the game asks you to it will ask you to slowly move your face left and right for about a minute. Once you have been captured you’ll see quite a cool image of the your face being built, as well as how many markers Kinect has picked up to help create the image, you’ll be informed on how good your scan was before see the final result. Unfortunately it rarely came out well for me, there were glimpses of my face but it also looked like I’d lost a 12 round boxing match badly. Once you have ironed out all the usual details you’ll be wicked off to the main menu.

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Over the past couple of years The game has visually got bet and better, but totally let down by the UI, finally they have addressed this in 2K15, the first thing you’ll notice is that they have set up a TV show for you to watch, the first one had the host sit with the Cover star, Kevin Durant to discuss the game, it’s worth checking out if you are interested in the behind the scenes action. In general they have made lots for improvements to the UI so it’s no longer an issue with me.

All the same games modes are back from last year, if you are here to play the online modes you are going to find yourself disappointed though, I’ve tried my best to take on other players thorough MyPark but frankly the experience has been pretty awful, if I’m lucky enough to get a game it’s crippled with lag making it almost impossible to play, which is a shame. Unfortunately my experience of MyTeam isn’t much better; there is plenty of more content as well this year with a whole host of new challenges for the single players. As much as I had been complimenting the UI, in MyTeam it’s a bit of a mess and ruins the experience by making things overly complicated. MyGM mode returns although apart from some small tweaks you can attempt to take over a franchise and either select a fantasy draft or use the current roster as you attempt to win championships.

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Thankfully things in MyCareer have improved, there is some way to go but 2K have at least taken on feedback and tried to improve the experience for fans. As it stands your character miss out at the NBA draft but gets a chance to earn a 10-day contract with a team later on in the season, if you perform well you may bag yourself another contract, and then possibly a proper one after that. It’s a shame there is no option to start the game in similar fashion to last year, where you played in the game before the draft to show off your skills in front of the scouts. Either way it’s a little bit frustrating at first as you don’t get much game time but if you are patient it becomes really good fun.

On court it’s clear 2K have made a big effort to try and make the game a little more accessible to players less familiar to the sport, the biggest thing you will notice is a little shot meter around the players, release the shot within the sweet spot and there is a good chance that you’ll score. For more established players of the game you’ll more than like know your players and can base your judgement on the animations but for people like me it’s a welcome addition. Players feel weightier this year, which is great when defending and as ever the presentation is simply brilliant. They have thrown in cheerleaders during breaks in play as well as mascot diving onto the floor. I’ve noticed a few glitches such as the mid game interviews sometimes have the players missing despite being able to hear their true voices. Thankfully there is more player audio throughout the game, in MyCareer for example your player gets taken under the wing of one of the senior players and actually has some dialogue recorded, giving the game a bit more atmosphere.

In short this year’s effort builds on what was already the best basketball game about, I’m pleased they have addressed some issues that really annoyed me from 2K14 and if only they can improve the online service this game will become unstoppable. If you are fan then you probably already have the game, and if you are on the fence I encourage you to jump off and start shooting some hoops.

Thanks to XBOX for providing us with a code.

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343 apologises for 20gig Halo Master Chief Collection update

Frank O’Connor, boss of 343 Industries has apologised for a 20GB day-one download for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

It was announced that as well taking up the full 45 gigabytes that a Blu-Ray could hold, there would be an additional 20gig day-one update for the Halo Master Chief Collection. O’Connor address a forum post on NeoGAF saying:

The game is designed to run as a single, unified product, digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discss. Since the bulk of it is MP or MP related, the logic is sound. There will ALSO be a TU in there, but that in itself is a tiny fraction of the content.

He believes that it will be all worth in the end but he understands how frustrating it will be for some.

Will this convince you to go for a digital version or will you stick with the disc? Let us know below.