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I've been gaming for longer than I care to remember and spent four years writing for another XCN website leading a 10 strong team. Now I'm in charge of TiX alongside Dave Moran – I hope you enjoy what we do!

Esper puzzles onto PSVR next week

I do love a good puzzle game, more so when it’s in VR and Coastsink Software are bringing their popular mobile VR puzzler, Esper, to PSVR next week and it looks like great fun.

Like something from the minds of Aperture Science Laboratories – it seems that you are cast into a whole sequence of testing on account of an unusual telekinetic ability to move objects – there’s the point of reason of context for PSVR. Essentially it’s a cool set of puzzles in VR.

“Esper is where the VR journey began for Coatsink and it holds a dear place in our hearts. Having Oculus approach us in the early days of modern day VR and trust our then small team to build and create an acclaimed VR game for Gear VR was nothing short of incredible.” Tom Beardsmore, CEO of Coastsink Software

Esper launches on June 29th, 2018.

Bridge Constructor builds a Portal package of titles

The Portal adaptation of the addictive Bridge Constructor is one of the best game mash-ups I’ve played – you really can’t go wrong with Portal – and now a physical release of the game is headed to stores. If this wasn’t reason enough to pick up the bridge building puzzler, there’s two more reasons why you should buy this – Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Stunts are also included!

“We love seeing the highly creative and unique approaches players take in the Bridge Constructor series,” said Gregor Ebert, PR Manager of Headup Games. “You can really innovate and create your own victory path in each of these games, so we’re excited to share each of these challenging experiences in a single bundle.”

Coming late Summer, 2018 the trio of titles will cost a measly $29.99 – that’s a whole lot of puzzling for your dollar. Check out the launch trailers for all three titles below.

War Thunder’s Land, Sea and Air battlegrounds hit Xbox One

War Thunder, which will enter a free-to-play format later this year, is now available for Xbox One. The cross-platform war ground between land, sea and air comes in three purchasable packs, which start at £15.99/19,99€, each with their own unique vehicle, decals and player titles.

With over 1,000 military vehicles to choose from, the MMO takes place across 80 maps that have been created from real-life battle scenarios across our history. Playable in both PvP or PvE, War Thunder will appeal to those after an intense battle against other players online or for those wanting to partake in historical campaigns.

With land and air squared away, War Thunder Naval Battles is the last piece of the puzzle for Gaijin Entertainment, with Xbox One players able to get access right away, while PlayStation 4 and PC players need to be owners of a Naval Pack for access to the closed beta.

Five minute 4K gameplay trailer of Resident Evil 2 released

Hot off the heels of their E3 reveal, Capcom have released a five minute 4K gameplay trailer of Resident Evil 2 and it looks absolutely chilling. Rebuilt from the ground up, Resident Evil 2’s re-release is so much more than just your standard HD remix. With fresh horrors and a new over the should camera angle, the scares will be that much more intense – to be honest – it looks scary enough with the new lease of life that has been given to the game courtesy of the power that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 brings.

Penned for a January 25, 2019 launch, there’s a lengthy wait for this one that will see many clawing in anticipation for its release… especially our own Greg Giddens! Check out the 5 min gameplay trailer below, which where available, is also viewable in glorious 4K.

The opening 10 minutes of Forza Horizon 4

How does Forza Horizon 4 kick things off? How good will it look? Where does it begin? What cars will we drive to the festival in? And where does the festival start? Enough with the questions – feast your eyes on this instead, what appears to be the opening 10 minutes of Forza Horizon 4, which includes a taste of all the seasons…

Forza Horizon E3 Gameplay | Xbox UK

10 minutes of pure, unadulterated Forza Horizon 4 gameplay from #XboxE3. You’re welcome. ✌

Posted by Xbox UK on Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Jurassic World Evolution to get ‘film’ dinosaurs

Available now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, you can now build your own dinosaur park with Jurassic World Evolution – something that both children and adults will enjoy, particularly if you ever played Theme Park.

It’s not just about building though, you are in charge of all operations, which includes bioengineering, there’s even one or two outbreaks that you need to contain – or your park’s guest may inadvertently become a dino’s next meal!

Morals and tactics ultimately lie at the heart of this game but it’s also a good bit of fun for those that want to create their own Jurassic Park. While the film is already out in the UK, the US won’t be able to experience the new film until June 22, at which point the game will receive some free DLC – adding several new dinosaurs from the film.

 “Jurassic World Evolution immerses players and fans of the movies in the Jurassic World universe,” said Jonny Watts, Frontier’s Chief Creative Officer. “With masses of rich franchise lore, iconic characters, incredible living dinosaurs and islands you can reshape and construct however you choose, Jurassic World Evolution brings the dream of building and running your own Isla Nublar to life. This is YOUR Jurassic World, and we can’t wait to see what players create.”

Ticket to Ride takes a journey to PS4 PlayLink

Ticket to Ride has already seen a release on console, with the Xbox 360 getting a version back in 2008. Now, with the help of Asmodee Digital, Ticket to Ride is heading to PlayStation 4.

The move will see the digitised version of the popular tabletop game make full use of the console’s PlayLink initiative, with a release date of “later this year”. Using PlayLink, each connected player will be able to interact with the board via their phones, thereby keeping all their cards in their hand rather than visible to all who are curently playing in couch co-op.

“Digital board games are a natural fit for Sony PlayLink, and bring the tradition of board game nights to PlayStation gamers,” Pierre Ortolan, Asmodee Digital’s CEO, said. “By casting the game to a phone screen, players can hide their hands and plan their moves without revealing everything to their opponents. PlayLink allows us re-create the traditional board game experience while keeping the benefits of playing digitally. We are honored to have partnered with Sony Interactive Entertainment and look forward to sharing ‘Ticket to Ride’ with PlayStation gamers.”

Hopefully if this goes smoothly then another of Asmodee Digital’s titles might also get the PS4 treatment – Catan VR was released for PC earlier this year and boy would I like to see that head to PSVR.

Ubi Store reveals a flurry of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey editions

Hot off the heels of last night’s reveal, the Ubi Store has put up the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey editions available to pre-order and boy is there a lot to choose from – it will be tough to choose from all the awesome statue editions. Starting from £49.99 and ending at the mighty Pantheon Edition, priced at £214.99, it will certainly be worth using your Ubisoft Club rewards to get 20% off! The editions are as follows:

Pantheon Edition £214.99Ubi Store Exclusive

  • Play Early from October 2nd (PC Digital only)
  • The Nemesis Diorama
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Steelbook
  • 64 page Artbook
  • Exclusive Lithograph
  • World Map
  • Selected Game Soundtrack
  • Season pass
  • An additional mission: The blind King
  • Digital Deluxe pack
  • For the first 10,000 pre-orders: a Medal Necklace

Spartan Edition £144.99Ubi Store Exclusive

  • Play Early from 2nd October (PC Digital only)
  • Spartan Leap statue
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Steelbook
  • 64 page Artbook
  • Exclusive Lithograph
  • World Map
  • Selected Game Soundtrack
  • Season pass
  • An additional mission: The blind King
  • Digital Deluxe pack
  • For the first 10,000 pre-orders: a Medal Necklace

Medusa Edition from £94.99

  • Fallen Gorgon statue
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game
  • 64 page Artbook
  • World Map
  • Selected Game Soundtrack
  • An additional mission: The blind King
  • Kronos Pack
  • For the first 10,000 pre-orders: a Medal Necklace

Ultimate Edition £91.99 – PC only

  • Play Early from 2nd October
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game
  • Season Pass
  • Digital Deluxe pack

Gold Edition £79.99

  • Play Early from 2nd October (PC Digital only)
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game
  • Season Pass
  • For the first 10,000 pre-orders: a Medal Necklace (PS4 and Xbox One Only)
  • Steelbook (PS4 and Xbox One only)

Deluxe Edition £58.99 – PC only

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game
  • Digital Deluxe pack

Standard Edition £49.99

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game
  • For the first 10,000 pre-orders: a Medal Necklace (PS4 and Xbox One Only)
  • Steelbook (PS4 and Xbox One only)

 

First look at Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Our first look at the new Assassins Creed and it looks full of colour with a vast world to explore. With a distinct feel of ‘300’, I’m fully anticipating Archimedes’ various inventions to make an appearance – after all, the previous games have dabbled with each time period’s greatest inventors.

Set in Ancient Greece the newest title, which begins 400 years before the events of Assassin’s Creed Origins, allows you to choose your character – male or female, Alexios or Kassandra – a series first. No switching mid-game either, you play as that character for the entirety of the game.

Not content with just showing off a badass trailer, Ubisoft showed a glimpse of what looks like the opening cutscene of the game before revealing some combat sequences, which reveal some of the key weapons before revealing that instead of merely listening to NPCs tell their stories, you can choose your responses to dialogue – another series first – before ending with a full gameplay sequence.

The combat looks like it has grown from Origins and I’d wager that it has also been learning a few tricks from For Honor.

Releasing October 5, 2018. This. Is. Assassin’s Creed.

Transference coming to VR and ‘traditional’ platforms

Transference offers a unique world with a dark narrative. Played in first person, you must explore the minds of your family members and solve puzzles in attempt to piece together the game’s secrets.

Launching on VR and ‘traditional’ platforms, the game has been created using live action camera work and heavy lighting effects. There’s an air of creepy unsettling narrative to this intriguing title, which launches in the Fall of 2018.