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Thoughts On Halo 5 Guardians Beta Early Access

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We all have that one special game that got us hooked. Halo 2 hooked me into multiplayer gaming – and as much as I enjoyed Halo 3 and 4, nothing compared to the fun I had back on my original Xbox. 343 Industries have been at the helm of the franchise for some time now but Halo 5: Guardians is their first step into new-gen. OK, so there is Halo: The Master Chief Collection… but Halo 5: Guardians is truly our first real glimpse at 343i’s vision for the series on Xbox One.

From December 19th to the 21st, Xbox One Preview Program members, select gamers, and members of the press have been given a special treat – early access to the beta’s first week content, which goes live for everyone else on December 29th. This includes two maps: Truth (a remake of Halo 2’s Midship) and Empire; both playable in 4v4 Slayer.

The first thing I was happy to see was the removal of Spartan abilities. For me, these took away the essence of Halo and frustrated me more than empowering my gameplay. You can still sprint (which may still bother some purists) but it certainly helps to speed up the pace of the game. Spartans also have jet packs that can be used to boost in any direction (think Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare). The only real ‘ability’ is the ground punch but I found this rather tricky to pull off – and even when I did, I found it nigh impossible to take someone out.

It can be said that Call of Duty took a lot of inspiration from Halo. Titanfall took inspiration from Call of Duty, and Destiny tried to make a niche for itself and establish a foothold Bungie once commanded in the competitive » Continue Reading.

Something For The Weekend: Christmas Gaming Jumpers

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The Christmas jumper, something of a tradition that seems to have become cool in the last few years. It’s no surprise then that your favourite films, TV series  and even games have got in on the action (and charging a pretty penny too). Check out TiX’s favourite Christmas jumpers below – Christmas is just around the corner but it’s not too late to secure your Christmas gamer jumper!

Ok ok so we cheated a bit with one or two Christmas t-shirts! Did we miss your favourite jumper? Let us know in the comments below

Something For The Weekend: The Real-life HADOUKEN!

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Wouldn’t it be pretty cool to shoot fireballs like Ryu? The Pyro Fireshooter allows you to do just that! Developed by professional magician Adam Wilber, the device has primarily been created for fellow illusionists but I reckon it’s only a matter of time before a fanatical Ryu fan completes the cosplay and actually shoots out a fireball from their palm complete with the infamous HADOUKEN!

The Pyro Fireshooter is available for $174 and is due for release on December 17th. I know what I want for Christmas…

Chatty Man – The Party Invite

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Ah, the chat feature. It’s something that can become the bane of any gamer’s existence while also serving as a crucial tool for conquering your next mission (depending on the game, of course). While the concept of chat in its most basic form is an admittedly wonderful thing and can even lead to friendships with like-minded people, it’s a feature that can be quickly bastardised by teenagers looking to hurl insults at everyone they can.

Enter the party invite. For those unfamiliar with the party system, you can head to the Xbox LIVE site for more information, though it works a little something like this: You can setup a group of up to eight people with whom you can communicate directly instead of throwing yourself into the world of open chat. In other words, it restricts your brain from dealing with the potential nonsense of someone talking smack about you (or in most cases, your mum). Again, this is especially helpful when playing a game such as Destiny, the Halo-RPG hybrid that pretty much isn’t the least bit entertaining when playing solo. That storyline? Awful.

In our review of Destiny, we mentioned that the game comes alive when playing with friends on your Xbox LIVE list “due to knowing it will be a co-operative effort.” But then we asked, “But how many times before it becomes stale?” The answer could potentially be that, in this case, party chat isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Or, rather, it’s the idea of only playing with your party that can make a game like this stale. Sure, playing with people you don’t know can be intimidating, awkward, whatever, but it can also open a game up to new experiences. A random person may know something you don’t or be » Continue Reading.

Who’s Really Gaming Today?

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You always think of Xboxers and gamers in general as teenage and male – at least, that’s the stereotypical image. Perhaps Xbox has a slightly younger profile than other consoles (though this is a moot point) but, generally, that’s the overall perception.

But is this accurate today?

Well, when it comes to consoles, there is a high degree of accuracy in the perception, but when we talk about gaming in general, the truth is very different.

In particular, the explosion in smartphones in the past five or six years has really changed both the gaming possibilities and the gaming stats. The stereotypes hold true no longer (if they ever did).

One recent UK survey by the Internet Advertising Bureau researched the online and overall gaming traits of the country. Somewhere in the region of 4,000 people were surveyed, so this is a reasonable sample of the country’s estimated 33.5 million gamers of all different types.

Now what’s really interesting here is that the females of the species took the lead for the first time ever in any such gaming surveys in the UK. In fact, just over half of all gamers today are women – with a score of 52 per cent, according to the survey.

And many of the players on smartphones choose to play games for real cash, including bingo and casino games. The former are certainly more popular with women than they are with men, and other surveys seem to suggest that the social aspects of the game and the sheer fun are more important to women than they are to men who are simply playing to win.

Most bingo sites have chat room facilities, but they also have progressive jackpot prizes and although the stats suggest that bingo is still predominantly female preserve » Continue Reading.

Destiny: The Dark Below Launch Trailer

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Bungie have just released the launch trailer for the first piece of Destiny DLC, The Dark Below.

Due to release on December 9, The Dark Below will feature new weapons, armour and gear, plus new story missions, three new Crucible multiplayer arenas, and co-op challenges – including a new Strike and brand-new six-player Raid.

You can see the Launch Trailer here:

 

What Would Make The Ultimate Gaming Room?

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Many of us make do with what we have in terms of where we game. The majority of gamers probably use their living room TV and sofa to do their gaming on, and some of us may have a spare room that we can use. But those rooms will usually serve other purposes too, especially if you live with other people.

For most of us it’s pure fantasy to have a space that is completely dedicated to gaming, but if you played the lottery and happened to land the jackpot, you’d be able to create the perfect gaming room – along with fulfilling all kinds of other dreams, of course!

So what would you include in your ultimate gaming room? For a start, you might move to a bigger home, where you’d have enough space to include a gaming heaven. Then, you could get a team in to install sufficient sockets (you can never have enough), custom-built surface space to accommodate your consoles and computers, as well as special tinting on the windows so you wouldn’t get any glare on the screen, and UV wouldn’t damage any of your gaming equipment. You’d add in some task lighting and mood lighting, so that you can give the room different ambiences depending on what mood you’re in.

Obviously comfortable gaming chairs are a must – not just for you, but also for any of your gaming buddies who come round. You’ll need built-in storage for all your accessories and discs, and other gaming paraphernalia. Then when you’ve got the room set up, then you could splash out of any of the following:

The $13,000 gaming PC from Yoyotech

IF you want perfect 4k resolution on all the 3D games that are available, choose something like the XDNA Aurum 24K, » Continue Reading.

Where Does The Xbox Player Go To Play Bingo?

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If you prefer to do your gaming on a console such as Xbox, it’s great if you can get all the games you want on the one device. But there are some games where it’s better to go elsewhere, and that’s especially true for real money games such as bingo and casino games.

Before there were real money gambling sites, it was possible to play gambling games such as bingo and casino classics like roulette, blackjack and slots on a console. But the major downside to all the different versions of these games was that you couldn’t play with real cash. And while a positive from that is that you’re not spending money to play, any win that you had would always feel pretty meaningless. After all, what’s the point of playing a game that is designed to be about real money when you can’t place real bets.

The Xbox bingo option is Bingo Party, where there are four different types of bingo game that you can play. One plus point to playing these kinds of games on an Xbox is that you can make it a multi-player experience – inviting just the people you want to play with. Bingo Party can have up to 31 players at once, so you can certainly make it a party atmosphere if you want to. And the games can be fun as there are lots of unlockable items and over 50 different winning patterns.

However, you can invite friends to play with you at online bingo sites too. Click to play online here and you’ll see that there are different rooms that you can play in, and each of those has a chat room linked to it. So if you want your friends to join you in a game of bingo, » Continue Reading.

Celebrate One Year Of Xbox One This Saturday

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This Saturday, November 22nd marks the official one year anniversary of Xbox One – and Xbox want to thank you for being a part of an amazing 12 months by celebrating with you all weekend long.

First, if you’re in one of the original 13 markets and have opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails, you’ll receive a personalized email detailing what you’ve accomplished since the Xbox One launched last November, and To show their appreciation their are several gifts to be had:

    A Year One Gamer Picture New Xbox One backgrounds: A special Year One background as well as an exclusive Day One background for those who unlocked the Day One achievement A Year One background image for use on Twitter, your desktop, etc. A free rental of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” (for a limited time) A free rental of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods” movie and a sampler pack of “Dragon Ball Z” TV episodes (for a limited time, available in the U.S. and Canada only)

And in addition, fans will be selected at random to receive a special gift from Xbox. The full list of possible gifts include:

    Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle (U.S. only) Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle (U.S. only) One month membership for Xbox One-exclusive EA Access service Tiger Shark cash card for Grand Theft Auto V, worth $200,000 in-game GTA Online dollars Forza gift pack with Forza RallyCross hat, Lamborghini Huracán 1/24 scale replica, and Xbox One Controller (launch team edition) signed by Tanner Foust, host of Top Gear America, Global RallyCross champion and professional stunt driver (U.S. only) Forza Horizon 2 Limited Edition Casio G-Shock Men’s Black Multi-Function Digital Sports Watch (U.S. only) Grand Theft Auto V gift » Continue Reading.

Halo 2: Anniversary Documentary Dated Friday October 31

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The story of how 343 Industries brought Halo 2 to a new generation while honoring its fabled past will be told this Halloween on October 31st 2014. The full documentary will be available from the Xbox Video Store as detailed below…

“How do you remake a title that is so beloved by fans? How do you decide what must stay the same and what can be updated? It takes an army to build any game and we realized this process was one that the Halo Nation rarely gets a glimpse into,” said Tina Summerford, Director of Programming for 343 Industries. “We hit the road to capture the process from top to bottom, talking to all of the key players who helped bring Halo 2: Anniversary into the next gen and giving our fans unprecedented access to this process.”

Throughout the game’s development 343 Industries travelled the world, capturing the perspectives of 343’s expansive team of creative partners, Halo fans, pro players, and industry experts to tell the story behind the story millions know and love. With over four-hundred hours of footage and more than 80 interviews, they had what they needed to complete their story.

“We made some pretty important discoveries along the way,” said Summerford. “As we got deeper into the project, we realized we couldn’t talk about Halo 2’s impact on the industry without telling the story of Halo’s origins. It’s pretty awesome to hear the original team from Bungie talk about the beginning of this franchise and it’s something we think both new and old fans will appreciate”.

The documentary includes never-before-seen story elements and footage from Halo 2: Anniversary and features interviews with high-profile Halo contributors Bonnie Ross, Frank O’Connor, Dan Ayoub, and Phil Spencer, as well as members of the original Halo 2 team » Continue Reading.