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Wargaming today announced “Map Madness”, a limited-time campaign challenging World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition players to reach a cumulative global tank destruction quota. By reaching key numbers of tanks destroyed, the global community will unlock new maps in the game.
Starting March 18th and running until March 24th, tankers around the world will be able to unlock the following maps:
Lakeville—unlocked when 10 million cumulative tanks destroyed. El Halluf—unlocked when 25 million cumulative tanks destroyed. Prokhorovka—unlocked when 40 million cumulative tanks destroyed.
The urban Lakeville is a deeply strategic location where the careful use of buildings and cover become the ultimate key to team success. The desert-based El Halluf provides a plethora of key strategic ambush spots for careful players. Prokhorovka, a classic battle arena from the PC version of World of Tanks, combines both open space and an urban setting to create an extremely balanced map, incredibly popular with eSports players.
Projekt RED and their PR team kindly sent us an email to inform the sad news that we will not be playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2014. As I continue to type with a little lump in my throat due to this being one of the most anticipated game releases on Xbox One for me – a snippet of information taken from a really long winded boring piece is below:
The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.
Dear gamers – we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.
So, we’ll just plod on and assume that this has nothing to do with the increasing popularity of The Elder Scrolls online which will hit the Xbox One later this year?
Xbox have very kindly sent thisisxbox.com one of the very perfectly designed wireless Xbox One controllers themed especially for the sure-hit title from EA and Respawn Ent’ – Titanfall. Being primarily white in appearance with signature Titanfall colours of orange, black and greys the controller is every bit as stunning in-hand as it appears from many of the promotional images you might have seen advertising the controller in stores.
Check out some images taken by thisisxbox.com below of the controller, the packaging and how it compares next to a “Day One” controller that I had to unfortunately pay for myself (smiley face)
Designed by Respawn Entertainment, the sleek controller was inspired by the C-101 carbine, used by the elite IMC titan pilots of the Frontier. Crafted in striking detail for maximum authenticity in colour and graphics, it looks and feels like an artefact from the world of Titanfall and is a must-have for every Titanfall fan.
The Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller is sold exclusively at GAME in the UK for £54.99 and will be available from March 11th 2014 to coincide with (you guessed it) the release of Titanfall in the UK only on Xbox One
Before Capcom delivered Street Fighter II to the arcade cabinets, the world had Strider – it was a late 80’s 2D side-scrolling platformer that also hit multiple home consoles back in the day. Now almost fifteen years later, Double Helix Games and Capcom release the most graphically detailed Strider yet that not only plays homage to the original, but it’s a full-on original game in its own right. I was expecting a complete re-hash of the arcade coin-up from ’89, but Strider ’14 is a superb re-telling of the futuristic ninja story to be loved all over again! Thank you to Xbox for providing thisisxbox.com with the review code.
Ninja titles were hot property in the late 80’s to 90’s with not only Strider, but games such as Shinobi, Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Cop, Tenchu, and more! Thanks to the Strider ’14 release you’ll soon be reminiscing about the gaming greats of the past whilst donning your best ninja skills in this fresher alternate dystopian future of Earth. The entire planet Earth in Strider ’14 is still suffering under the oppressive, iron-fisted ruler known as Grandmaster Meio and as the main protagonist Hiryu; you’re the only man deemed capable enough to eliminate this evil ruler. Well, you did pass the Strider Training program with a Special A Class rating, so as the youngest ever recruit to receive such a prestigious evaluation you head off to Kazakh City advancing from objective to objective. The question is – can you handle the pressure?
Double Helix have undoubtedly crafted a masterpiece with this digital title, keeping Strider ’14 as fun as you’ll remember with an improved pacing through the campaign adding supplementary environments and ninja fighting grounds to explore to give the impression it’s now more of an open world » Continue Reading.
NAMCO BANDAI has announced that PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures is out now at retail in the UK for the Xbox 360 (and other platforms). The game is based on the original storyline from the hit animated series aired on Disney XD, produced by Avi Arad, the renowned Hollywood producer and founder of Marvel Studios. In PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures our favorite yellow chomping machine with an insatiable appetite becomes the unlikely hero destined to save PacWorld from the evil plots of Betrayus and his Netherworld ghosts!
The modern makeover of NAMCO BANDAI Games’ beloved PAC-MAN property immerses players in a wacky world of new adventures while still harkening to classic PAC-MAN gameplay elements such as chomping ghosts. Not only will Pac still be devouring scared blue ghosts in PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures, he will also have to face various types of Netherworld ghosts that will prove to be a challenge for the yellow youngster. In the fight for freedom and the future of PacWorld, Pac will need to rely on an extensive menu of Power Berries that bestow Pac with unique power-ups that allow him to either burn or freeze ghosts, bounce around like a rubber ball, barrel through levels as a spinning top or even mow down ghosts as a giant granite ball. Each power up changes the way players can attack or move across various terrains, bringing new and exciting gameplay challenges for players to master.
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures twists the rules of PAC-MAN by letting gamers take on the role of the four mischievous ghosts—Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde—in an all-new exciting multiplayer mode. The re-imagined maze mode allows gamers and up to three of their friends to play competitively to see who can catch PAC-MAN first as the elusive » Continue Reading.
Ubisoft have finally revealed that Watch Dogs, will be released worldwide on May 27th 2014 – and this should hopefully be the actual final release date! Just in case you’ve forgotten amidst the hype of other toip titles, in Watch Dogs, you’ll become Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante hero who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) to control almost every element of the city! How exciting does that sound?
Watch Dogs will be available on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One (as well as other platforms that we’re not interested in)
Check out the trailer above also for more jaw dropping gameplay.
Devastation, the second DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts is set to launch on April 3rd exclusively first on Xbox Live for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. Devastation is set to deliver four new small to medium-sized multiplayer maps that include a mountaintop Mayan temple, a mangled container ship, a giant excavation digger in South America and a fully reimagined version of Infinity Ward’s fan-favourite map “Dome” from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – each with their own unique Field Order. There’s also the all-new “Ripper” tactical 2-in-1 weapon and “Episode 2: Mayday” – the gripping second chapter in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative which includes multiple mod-able versions of the Venom-X weapon and closes with a battle against a monstrous, 100-foot tall Cryptid alien boss, aptly named the Kraken.
Additionally, as a special offer available starting today for players on Xbox Live, Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass owners get instant access to Devastation’s all-new “Ripper” weapon, which features the unique ability to quickly convert from Sub Machine-Gun (SMG) to Assault Rifle and back again in the midst of battle and can be used in all Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer maps.
Devastation delivers four distinctive new maps with the fast-paced gameplay Call of Duty fans love, each with their own surprises. The first map, “Ruins,” is located on a Mexican peninsula and set amidst the remnants of a mountaintop Mayan temple, with multiple levels providing verticality for longer-range weapons and underground pathways perfect for close-quarters encounters. Savvy players that find and complete the unique Field Order will be able to trigger the map’s volcano to erupt and enjoy watching enemy players attempt to take cover as fiery debris fall from the sky.
The latest chapter in the Sniper Elite series, Sniper Elite 3, will take players to the unforgiving yet exotic terrain of WWII’s North Africa conflict in a battle against a deadly new foe. Sniper Elite 3 will be released at retail and digitally on Xbox One from July 1st, 2014.
Some say Hitler shot himself in a bunker in Berlin in 1945. Others believe he fell to a sniper bullet two years earlier during a secret trip to North Africa. Or was it his double? Decide for yourself when you get your hands on Sniper Elite 3’s pre-order bonus “Hunt The Grey Wolf.”
Hitler, Allied code name “Grey Wolf”, and his double have embarked upon a clandestine trip to the Libyan port town of Tobruk in 1942. In order to prepare for this mission, and that crucial final shot, you must infiltrate the ancient streets and crumbling rooftops of the German-held town using stealth and distraction. Featuring an expansive open environment, and randomized target identities, journals and locations, no two playthroughs will be the same. The question is – can you tell fact from fiction, the real target from the double?
You can pre-order Sniper Elite 3 at participating retailers and a collector’s edition for Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 features a limited edition ammo tin box, dossier, three exclusive ammo and weapon DLC packs, collectible playing cards, sniper shooting range target, dog tag and a bullet-shaped torch pen.
PopCap Games has today confirmed that Peggle 2 is coming for the Xbox 360 on May 7th worldwide. Not only will the game include the lovable Peggle Masters that players have gotten a chance to work alongside, but the Xbox 360 version will have multiplayer Duel Mode so players can challenge their friends on the couch or online.
Peggle 2 has become more magical with the first installment of downloadable content available today for Xbox One, the all-in-one games entertainment system from Microsoft, which features the awesome multiplayer Duel Mode – a profound new experience that’s completely and utterly free. In a smart match, a private match or just relaxing on the couch, players can now compete against each other on the same board and take turns shooting pegs and demolishing bricks in an ultimate test of Peggle skill. Which mighty Peggle Master will you pick? And who will reach the heights of Extreme Fever first? You’ll have to play Duel Mode to find out!
If you have never, ever played Peggle before, I can describe it best as a form of the old block smashing game Breakout combined with Pinball elements. Together this makes the ultimate fun arcade style points racking game with platformer style Master characters that add super abilities to your balls. As you start a game your screen is filled with a combination of coloured pegs whilst you have limited balls, the aim is to clear all orange pegs (although they look more red) whilst all other blue pegs on screen add to your points and help with skill shots. In between the mass of orange and blue pegs are green pegs that once smashed will activate your Masters special abilities for a limited time » Continue Reading.
The official launch trailer for EA’s highly anticipated shooter is out, check out Titanfall by hitting the play button above. Get.Ready.
Stand by for Titanfall. Crafted by key developers behind the CALL OF DUTY franchise, Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines fluid wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. Already the winner of more than 75 awards from critics around the world, Titanfall is winning over fans with its thrilling, dynamic first-person action gameplay featuring elite assault pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot titans.