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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.

Dragon Age: Inquisition – #XboxGamescom

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One of the titles I was most looking forward to getting hands on with was the latest in the series from BioWare Edmonton; Dragon Age Inquisition. Unfortunately attendees were not able to play for themselves, but BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn walked gamers, trade and press alike through an extended demo on stage.

Flynn immediately went into detail on the nine companions available and explained that the character creation system allows for millions of combinations. With nine class specializations, 21 combat trees and 200 spells and abilities, it was demonstrated that your character will play the way you want to play. There are 200 different weapon and upgrade schematics, 150 different types of armour, and 80 materials, each with their own properties. Holy crap that makes for some serious customization!

As Flynn begins the walkthrough we spot he is playing as a female Warrior. Flynn begins in Fallow Mire, a dark swamp which is full of decaying structures and wildlife. A perfect setting for the hordes of the undead wandering around. Rain and fog make for a nice atmosphere, but don’t hamper the view as you can still see your main objective. Flynn explained that the goal of this quest is to rescue some Inquisition soldiers who have gone missing. It doesn’t take him long to learn that a ruined castle called Hargrave Keep is spot where the soldiers are being kept by hostile Avvar barbarians.

Immediately we noticed that the combat system has been vastly improved and looks to flow a lot better especially when switching between companions on the fly to use whatever abilities are needed to help turn the tide of battle. Probably the biggest difference everyone will be keen to try is the addition of a tactical camera view. » Continue Reading.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Live Stream On ThisisXbox

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Whilst we are currently on our travels to Gamescom in Cologne, you can watch the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Reveal on thisisxbox.com above. Bookmark the page, share it on Facebook, twitter – plug in some ear phones and enjoy the show.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from Sledgehammer Games and Activision looks set to really raise the bar and deliver the action packed intense thrills that Call of Duty is bets known for.

We should have a hands-on multiplayer write up from Gamescom very soon.

Casey Hudson’s Departure From BioWare/EA

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With the build up to GamesCom, it could have been easy to miss this massive announcement. What follows is the post from blog.bioware.com

 

After nearly 16 years of game development at BioWare, Executive Producer Casey Hudson has made the decision to move on from BioWare and enter a new stage of his career. We thank Casey for his hard work and dedication as we look back on his time with BioWare.

Starting as a Technical Artist on Neverwinter Nights and MDK2, Casey moved into the Project Director role with 2003’s Game of the Year Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He then led the team in the development of the Mass Effect trilogy, an award-winning series that I and many others consider to be one of the most important science-fiction universes of our generation. Casey’s focus on production quality, digital acting technology, and emotionally engaging narrative has made a substantial impact on BioWare and the video game industry as a whole.

Casey shared his thoughts with his colleagues in a letter earlier today:

After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare. I’ll take a much needed break, get perspective on what I really want to do with the next phase of my life, and eventually, take on a new set of challenges.

Though there’s never an easy time to make a change like this, I believe this is the best time for it. The foundation of our new IP in Edmonton is complete, and the team is ready to move forward into pre-production on a title that I think will redefine interactive entertainment. Development for the next Mass Effect game is well underway, with » Continue Reading.