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Halim Rhouila

Halim joined the thisisxbox.com team as a news writer and reviewer Dec 2012. Is a huge fan of Capcom's fighting games and is an avid gamer on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One
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Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut Xbox One Review

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Strike Suit Zero is a game that was released on the PC over a year ago to some pretty stellar reviews. Fast forward to 2014 and it has had its release on current gen (I can say that now right?) consoles with some added tweaks and changes. This director’s cut of Strike Suit Zero even comes with some extra ‘Heroes of the Fleet’ DLC. But will you like the cut of its jib? Let’s find out.

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut is a space combat simulator that harkens back to old classics such as the Star Fox and Lylat Wars days of my youth. Strike Suit Zero is a game that appears to cater to my own personal nostalgic tastes. So if you’re in your mid-twenties like I am, you just might enjoy all the occasional nods to the things that made your childhood great. Things like the appearance of 90’s hottie and X-Files legend, Gillian Anderson.

Strike Suit Zero takes place in the year 2299. You play as the rambunctious go-getter of a spaceship pilot known simply as Adams. There is a civil war going on between the planet Earth and its colonies. This is a real ‘every movie ever’ kind of plot as the colonies procure a weapon that can obliterate Earth like it is nothing more than a low-level Alderaan. Therefore, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to stop the oncoming assault and overcome the odds through nothing but grit and determination.

Let’s talk about how it looks for a short moment. This is the next generation after all. We are yet to get a game that truly wows us on the Xbox One. Ryse: Son of Rome is the closest we’ve come to true next-gen graphics. Well don’t worry, » Continue Reading.

Titanfall Xbox One Beta Giveaway [CLOSED]

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UPDATE: DUE TO EA & MICROSOFT OPENING THE BETA FOR ALL ON THE MARKETPLACE “XBOX BING TITANFALL” THIS COMP HAS NOW BEEN CLOSED. NO POINT WINNING A CODE WHEN YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE BETA RIGHT NOW!!

By now many of you have noticed and seen posts about the thousands of people currently enjoying the Beta for the Xbox One’s upcoming console-shifter, Titanfall. But what of you who weren’t lucky enough to receive an early access code? Well you’ve got a second chance at life right here.

We have one delicious Titanfall Beta key to give away to one lucky winner among you. All you have to do is tell us what you’re favourite upcoming ‘non-Titanfall’ game is for 2014. Regardless of whether it’s on Xbox One or…that other thing. Winners will be selected at 5PM GMT tomorrow (February 16th).

Comment down below for your chance to win. For now, check out our preview video of what you’re missing.

Happy hunting.

WWE 2K15 And NBA 2K15 Confirmed For Xbox One

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Take Two President, Karl Slatoff has announced that the next in the WWE 2K and NBA 2K series’ will be released on the Xbox One. This is double the excitement for fans of the WWE games as it will enable 2K Sports to get over all the hindrances that were in place on the Xbox 360. For example, having more than six people in the ring was unachievable on the previous generation, and the roster number can certainly rise this time. Leaves more room for undercard greats like Tyson Kidd to make an appearance. It also marks 2K Sports’ first true WWE game. As WWE 2K14 was all but shipped while they were under the THQ mantle.

Speaking during the companies latest earnings call, Slatoff said, “During fiscal 2015, consumers can look forward to exciting next generation releases from our NBA 2K and WWE franchises as well as other unannounced titles that promise to raise the bar for excellence.

“Our WWE franchise has quickly proven to be a successful addition to our portfolio,” added chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick.

“Sales of WWE 2K14 have exceeded our expectations and the title is being supported with add-on content including a Season Pass featuring many of fan-favorite WWE superstars and legends.

“We believe there is a meaningful opportunity to grow this series by further leveraging 2K’s marketing power and development expertise.”

It was also revealed that Borderlands 2 is officialy 2K Games’ most successful game in their history, outselling the entirety of the Bioshock series.

As for NBA 2K15 and WWE 2K15, assuming that is what they will be called, you can expect NBA 2K15 around September, and WWE 2K15 during the 1st week of November, as is tradition.

 

Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition Unboxing

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Zenimax Online Studios announced The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition last week, and today they are giving you a more in-depth look at what comes in the box.

The meat of the Imperial Edition is the nifty and scary looking Molag Bal statue. As well as the hefty 224 page guide to Tamriel. It also comes with some digital content that can only be unlocked by purchasing this edition.

Check out the unboxing down below:

The Elder Scrolls Online is coming out on the Xbox One in June 2014

Rumour Mill: Visceral’s New Battlefield Is “Police Themed”

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The EA Ghost team responsible for the excellent Need For Speed: Rivals have fallen on pretty hard times as of late. A lot of the staff are being let go due to financial troubles. However, some new information has come to light from this unpleasant news. Rumours have come from some pretty reputable sources within the company that Battlefield 5 is being developed by Visceral Games, the team behind the Dead Space franchise.

What this means is that the future of Need For Speed is up in the air. But light at the end of the tunnel as the so-called Battlefield 5, codenamed ‘Havana’ could be getting an entirely new makeover as a police themed shooter. There is not much else to fuel the fire that are these rumours, but the sources are reputable enough that this cannot be overlooked.

It should also be noted that listings for job roles such as UI Artist, VFX Artist, and Senior Environment Texture Artists for an ‘exciting new IP’ have appeared on the EA Careers page. Take from that what you will. A new Battlefield? Or something so much more?

South Park: The Stick Of Truth Brings A Holy Trinity Of Trailers

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The guys and girls over at Ubisoft have today released a trio of hilarious trailers for the upcoming South Park: The Stick of Truth.

These trailers see the return of the vastly popular Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo as well as his family, among many other surprises.

Now these trailer require age verification, so you’ll have to sign in to your Youtube or Gmail accounts. Check out the trailers down below:

Those of us that have been looking forward to this game have felt the sting of many a delay. But it seems that this game has survived the untimely demise of THQ, and looks to finally be coming out. South Park: The Stick of Truth brings its lewd, rude, crude humour to the Xbox 360 on March 4th in North America and March 7th in Europe.

 

Murdered: Soul Suspect Revealed For Xbox One

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Square Enix have revealed that Murdered: Soul Suspect, which was originally slated for an Xbox 360 release, is now slated to make an appearance on the Xbox One.

It is certainly an intriguing pitch. Ryan O’Connor is a detective that is out to solve his own murder in his current poltergeist-like form.

Murdered: Soul Suspect is certainly an interesting looking IP. I personally look forward to trying it out upon its release on March 2014. Yup, next month.

Konami Release Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 Community Q&A Video

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Today at the busy Konami studios, a Q&A video filled with Q’s from the consumer community was met with A’s from the people responsible for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. The Game’s Producer and Konami Studio Head, Dave Cox bring a lot to light in this informative video. Such as the game’s setting and information about the narrative.

Check out the video down below:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 whips its way onto an Xbox 360 near you (if you’re in North America) on February 25th, and (for the European crowd) February 28th.

 

EA Sports UFC Slams Five New Fighters Into The Fold

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EA came out today in force for fans of MMA and the UFC franchises. Five new fighters have sauntered into the foray with amazingly beautiful, photo-realistic imagery. Your new warriors are as follows:

First up is the former Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir. Frank Mir is definitely the most well-known of today’s announced fighters. This is mostly due to his astounding mat-work and a memorable feud with current WWE superstar, Brock Lesnar. The others fighters are Jose Aldo, Ricardo Lamas, Cung Le, and Joe Lauzon. Check out all of their details down below.

Frank Mir

    Nickname: NA Current Record: 16-8-0 From: Las Vegas, NV, USA Fights Out Of: Las Vegas, NV, USA Age: 34 Height: 6’3” (190 cm) Weight: 240 lbs (109 kg) Strengths: Great Submissions, Improved Striking, Two-Time Heavyweight Champion

Stepping into the Octagon for the first time in only his third pro bout, Frank Mir has been a staple of the UFC’s Heavyweight division since 2001. After winning the Heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia in 2004, Mir was sidelined for 20 months by a near career-ending motorcycle accident. His return to the sport is recognized as one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history, with Mir managing to fight his way back to become the division’s interim champion in 2008. An impressive ground game has helped Mir secure devastating submission wins over, Sylvia, Brock Lesnar, Cheick Kongo and Minotauro Nogueira.

Jose Aldo

    Nickname: Junior Current Record: 23-1-0 From: Manaus, Brazil Fights Out Of: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Age: 27 Height: Height: 5’7” (170 cm) Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg) Strengths: Very Strong Ground Game, Knockout Power, Stamina

Jose Aldo became the UFC’s inaugural Featherweight champion on Nov. 20, 2010 and hasn’t let » Continue Reading.

FIFA 14 Xbox One Review

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Tis the season for the next generation. What this means is that the Xbox faithful have an entirely new version of FIFA to dive right into. FIFA has been available on the 360 since September, but with the promise of gameplay improvements that aren’t on the previous generation, I and many others have been excited to see how things panned out. Now there are improvements to the game. But it doesn’t really change that much to be honest. Read on to find out how it all panned out.

Let’s jump straight into what matters most, the gameplay. I’ve been very vocal about the fact that I feel they may have ruined what they were getting so close to with last year’s game, even since I played FIFA 14 on the Xbox 360. The game is trying to become as real as a football sim has ever been. Not to say it’s not realistic, it’s just that some things have been thrown in that do not compliment what made FIFA 13 such a great game. For example, rubber-banding appears to exist now. Rubber-banding is a term that would only be familiar to avid fans of racing games. What it means is that when you, the player controlled driver is way out in front with no chance of ever being caught up, the game will automatically make trailing cars speed and turn outside of their capabilities to constantly make it a close race. EA Sports have adapted this to the defending. Defenders as slow as say Per Mertesacker will blister towards a player with lightning pace like Theo Walcott from out of nowhere. Essentially what I’m getting at is, if you initiate a through-ball to an extremely fast player, he will fumble his first touch slightly and do » Continue Reading.