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Jade Raymond Quits Ubisoft After 10 Years

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In a press release on the official Ubisoft blog, it was announced by the gaming giants that Jade Raymond after 10 years is leaving to pursue other things and that Alexandre Parizeau, a founding team member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio, replaces Raymond as managing director.

During her tenure at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin’s Creed (2004-2007) and served as executive producer on Assassin’s Creed II (2008-2009), Watch_Dogs (2008-2009) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (2010-2013). She also opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio and served as its managing director since 2009, a role she will turn over to Parizeau starting October 29th 2014.

“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors.”

With more than 15 years in the game industry, Parizeau has an impressive range of experience across many facets of the business. As a founding core member of Ubisoft Toronto studio, Parizeau is a proven and trusted team builder and leader. He also served as senior producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Rainbow Six Vegas. Parizeau will report to Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, and will » Continue Reading.

Sledghammer Games Discussed Modern Warfare 4 Possibility

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Eurogamer 2014 at Earls Court (EGX), London on Saturday 27th September was one of the busiest days of the event – and with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare taking a prime central spot on the show floor it looked like it was getting a great deal of the much deserved attention from the fans. For the hardcore and those interested in the art direction of the new franchise addition, Studio Head, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, Glen Schofield, gave a great presentation on the matter which is viewable above.

Having previously played the EGX build at Gamescom ’14 in Cologne, Germany, the new Exoskeleton suit is a major positive highlight! Playing multiplayer has now completely changed within Call of Duty and for the better since you can literally be killed by anyone in any direction – it’s the biggest and most needed change in the history of Call of Duty. With the Exoskeleton suit new strategies have to be thought through since enemies can climb buildings, jump higher, acquire tactical playing abilities such as shields, and it all seems to distance the age-old tradition of sitting in corners with Sniper Rifles – finally “Camping” might have been wiped out in Advanced Warfare!

Following the art direction presentation from Glen Schofield, I, along with many others in attendance was granted permission to go to a different room to give further questions and take photographs with the man himself. As thisisxbox.com has a long running piece of history with Modern Warfare 4 rumours since sitting on the plane with the voice actor of Captain Price, I asked the burning question, “Was Modern Warfare 4 considered or ever an option?” Schofield replied “it was considered and discussed, but never taken forward.” before generalising on » Continue Reading.

LeapTrade – The Trading Community For Gamers

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LeapTrade is the new way to trade games with other gamer’s in the US. If you’ve never heard of them before, at Leaptrade you can trade in the games you’re done with and get games that are new to you, all for only the cost of shipping. You can request to get games from Leaptrade.com and even Trade-In to earn credit to be used towards other games! The idea is to Play More. Pay Less.

LeapTrade are not like other video game retailers and their goal is to save you money so you can play more games. They also offer all kinds of other benefits that you wouldn’t find anywhere else and the ability to trade retro titles from Master System, SNES, PS1, and even the good old SEGA Dreamcast!

LeapTrade is a trading community created by the individual contributions of all and they take great pride in the honesty and fairness of their users, but that being said, sometimes trades can go wrong and users never have to worry about losing out because of their solid Trade Guarantee Policy. This means that if you don’t receive the game you were promised or the game is broken, they will refund you the full credit value of the trade for peace of mind.

Thanks to LeapTrade for the recent competition in which lucky winners received Forza Horizon 2 and LeapTrade credit accounts.

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Destiny Has Launched – The Most Pre-Ordered New Video Game IP In History

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Bungie, the original creators of the Halo franchise and Activision, the creators and publishers of Call of Duty have now fully unleashed the world’s most pre-ordered new game IP in history across the land – Destiny has launched! Famous fans of the game that include Olympic medallist Anthony Joshua MBE, Manchester United footballer Ashley Young, rapper Professor Green and England Rugby star Danny Care attended the star-studded UK launch last night on London’s Southbank.

Destiny has won over 180 awards and nominations in total, setting the stage to become one of the biggest entertainment launches of the year and the next big blockbuster franchise in gaming. In July, over 4.6 million people tested Destiny in what became the biggest console beta of this console generation. Millions are expected to start playing the full game today.

Bungie’s President, Harold Ryan commented – “Destiny is the game we’ve always wanted to make… We’ve dreamt of this universe for years, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to swing open the doors and let fans shape this experience as they tell their unique stories in the game…”

In addition to the launch of the game, the Destiny Expansion Pass is available for purchase that will extend the Destiny adventure after launch with two expansions containing brand new story missions, cooperative activities and competitive multiplayer arenas as well as a wealth of all new weapons, armour and gear to earn. The Expansion Pass is available at a suggested retail price of £34.99, with Expansion I and Expansion II to be priced individually at £19.99 when they launch. Expansion I will launch in December, with Expansion II following.

In Destiny, you are cast as a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to explore the ancient ruins of our solar system in a » Continue Reading.

[CLOSED] – US Competition Win Forza Horizon 2 On Xbox One

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WINNERS:

    1st Place: @BennyCX26 – Forza Horizon 2 upon release 2nd Place: @StingX2 – $50 LeapTrade Credit 3rd Place: @l3g0l0v3r – $25 LeapTrade Credit

LeapTrade is the new way to trade games with other gamer’s in the US. If you’ve never heard of them before, at Leaptrade you can trade in the games you’re done with and get games that are new to you, all for only the cost of shipping. You can request to get games from Leaptrade and even Trade-In to earn credit to be used towards other games! The idea is to Play More. Pay Less.

LeapTrade are not like other video game retailers and their goal is to save you money so you can play more games. They also offer all kinds of other benefits that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, but for more details on how it all works you’ll need to visit the website directly with this link

LeapTrade are kindly offering US readers of thisisxbox.com the opportunity to have the upcoming Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One for FREE. All you need to do to enter is find us on twitter @ThisisXbox follow the accounts in the comp tweet below and Re-tweet it.

Pls RT: US #Competition Win Forza Horizon 2 with @_LeapTrade_ & @Bremaine #Follow #TiXFH2 http://t.co/GZ8T4uAijR

— This is Xbox (@thisisxbox) September 4, 2014

A US only winner will be picked at random after the comp closes at just after midnight (00:01) Sunday 14th September so you have plenty of time to enter and to tell all your friends too , but there’s more! The winner will receive Forza Horizon 2, and three (3) runner ups will receive Leaptrade credit. 1st runner up gets $50 credit » Continue Reading.

Far Cry 4 – #XboxGamesCom

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Far Cry 3 albeit released late in December 2012 was a commercial success for Ubisoft, and although we’ve had Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon since then, fans of the series are excited to get their hands on the latest open world shooter. We at ThisisXbox are amongst those fans and were lucky enough to gets hands on with one of the missions showcased at Gamescom 2014.

In Far Cry 4 Ubisoft have gone big and are pushing the boundaries of the serious further than they have before. Far Cry 4 is set in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat ruled over by an evil dictator called Pagan Min. Players will take up the story of protagonist Ajay Ghile as he fights to remove Pagan Min from power.

At Gamescom 2014 Ubisoft brought with them 2 different playable missions for people to get stuck into. First was the stronghold mission and the second that centred on the mythical Shangri-La. We got stuck into the first and from the outset, the stronghold mission drops you immediately into the action. We were dropped outside of our stronghold and left with two choices; storm the front gate or use stealth tactics to fulfil our objective. I choose to go with stealth, at least to begin with…

The objective during the mission was to assassinate an enemy Lieutenant using a knife which is always easier said than done. As we made our way through the stronghold, using our crossbow to pick off guards we couldn’t help but notice the level of detail and impressive graphics on display. The stronghold was alive, the foliage around the buildings swayed and moved naturally as you brushed passed them whilst creeping to cover. Shadows cast from cloud above you moved realistically. » Continue Reading.

Sunset Overdrive Hands-On #XboxGamescom

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If I had to admit that there was one game I wasn’t particularly interested in or over excited about before travelling to Gamescom this year (because I had already made my mind up from watching E3 trailers) it was Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac Games. It can be surprising though just how you can get the perception of a game completely wrong from a trailer in comparison to a hands-on session because after my time on this title in Cologne, Germany; it’s an insane game that is bursting with fun and exceptional use of team work! Sunset Overdrive completely blew me away to the point of fast becoming my least wanted to an absolute must-have in my collection. It’s not that the original trailers were a bore, but I felt a sense of trying too hard to be the new cool kid in town and wasn’t won over by its eccentricity.

During the Gamescom 2014 Xbox Brief, Microsoft announced the glossy white Xbox One console to coincide with the release of Sunset Overdrive on October 31st 2014. Having seen the console with my own eyes it does look every bit as sexy as it looks on screen, I wanted it so bad! If you’re not familiar with the concept of the game, it’s basically an open world with no rules or limits. You can leap off buildings, run along walls, and grind power lines and rails to destroy your foes from every angle. It’s definitely got the fun-factor embedded into every second of gameplay and I doubt you could ever get bored with this level of utter mayhem and madness from one title.

In what looked every bit an over-the-top action ride, actually is just that – a totally whacky over the top third-person insane shooting game, but it » Continue Reading.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Hands-On At #XboxGamescom

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Halo – one of Microsoft’s greatest franchises of all time that started life on the original Xbox more than ten years ago from the original developers’ Bungie. Now in the hands of 343i the franchise has been revived and now revisited as the Master Chief Collection for Xbox One brings all four games featuring the ‘Chief on to our newer consoles with enhancements. 60FPS fluid movement, touch-ups, all maps and content unlocked from the start, and a completely re-touched Halo 2 Anniversary Edition ensuring all multiplayer matches across all games featured have the same Halo 2 ranking system.

During Gamescom, Microsoft and 343i announced that a new Halo Channel will also hit the Xbox One from November 2014 and will be a new destination for all-things Halo related. This could be a next-gen alternative to Halo Waypoint which was a last-gen app for stats, news and updates within the Halo Universe. The Halo Channel will allow you to access behind the scenes footage from Halo Master Chief Collection, Halo Nightfall and the upcoming Halo 5 Guardians. It’s assumed to be always updated with new content.

As part of the Halo 2 Anniversary Edition within the collection, the Halo Booth at Gamescom in Cologne was showing a fully playable fan-favourite map known as Ascension. It hasn’t kept its original name as the map is renamed Zenith, but for all the Halo fans out there you are likely to be aware that the iconic Ascension with it’s famous centre piece battle hot-spot was also in Halo: Reach as a map named Pinnacle. I have to be completely honest now in that I wasn’t over impressed with Zenith and I would rather have seen a map that hadn’t been re-made in Halo: Reach. Although in terms of visual quality and the » Continue Reading.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare MP Hands-On #XboxGamescom

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With an Xbox gamer tag known as “Jason of Duty” – it might come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of the Call of Duty franchise right from its very early World War II days; despite being disappointed with the past two games, (Ghosts, Infinity ward – Black Ops II, Treyarch) I am pinning all my hopes on Sledgehammer Games delivering a fresh new take with their own original title this year. Based upon everything I witnessed during Gamescom 2014 in Cologne, I am excited to say that I am very impressed with Advanced Warfare! If you didn’t know already it is the first Call of Duty to use a totally brand new (as in brand new, not IW’s updated crap) engine since Call of Duty 2 and looks every bit a true next-gen title as you should expect!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare had an extended campaign premiere during the Xbox Gamescom ’14 briefing which showcased vivid scenes of the Golden Gate Bridge being blown apart with intense thrills that appeared to replicate the over-the-top action packed drama experienced from past Modern Warfare games in the franchise. Although this is Advanced Warfare – it appears that everything learnt from Sledgehammer’s co-development in Modern Warfare 3 on last-gen consoles could have made the transition into their own game as I sat there during the conference in awe. With my jaw dropped I knew upon first impressions that this was a Call of Duty that could make gaming history and I was hooked into every minute of the chases and fire-fighting gameplay on screen as the bridge was rapidly being destroyed. The game looks set to make you feel the drama of the character with a journey of hope, comradeship and defeating all the odds for what » Continue Reading.

Fable Legends – #XboxGamescom

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Our first stop during our week in Cologne, Germany was to the Xbox Media Briefing on Tuesday held offsite in the city as the convention centre was not yet open. It was here that our journey with Fable Legends began.

Phil Harrison, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft took to the stage to go through a number of Xbox One exclusive titles which of course included the latest in the Fable franchise from the UK based Lionhead Studios. As well as a new gameplay trailer Phil Harrison also detailed the upcoming Multiplayer BETA which launches on October 16th. You can sign up here: http://www.fablelegends.com/

The news was announced alongside a gameplay trailer, which showcases the multiplayer battle system. Hero characters are available in multiple classes, while villains will be able to set traps using a top-down perspective. Watch the Fable Legends trailer below and keep reading to see what we thought after we go hands on with this new multiplayer mode.

Over the coming days I managed to get hands on with Fable Legends twice ensuring that I played as both the Villain and a Hero. Playing as the Villain is unique and incredibly more fun than I initially thought it would be. Unlike playing as a Hero, the villain is played via an overhead view of the action so you can see the multiple units and traps at your disposal. As the villain it was my job to harm, annoy and kill the heroes before they made it to the end of the map securing themselves victory.

In the map we were playing I had 4 special units/minions under my command. I had archers who could lay smoke traps as a special ability, a ranged » Continue Reading.