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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 1TB 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 » 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.

BBC IPlayer – Xbox One Version Due By End Of 2014

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The BBC iPlayer on Xbox One is way over-due, so over due it has been a cause for concern and a flurry of conspiracies have been circulating the internet as to its omission from the App Store on the Xbox One Marketplace.

The BBC have updated their blog to bring awareness that the BBC iPlayer is now available on over 1,200 devices, and that migrating to the newer version of iPlayer to all devices has taken some time. With regards to the Xbox One – a short, brief and blunt statement was confirmed in their blog post.

Q. You said Xbox One was coming soon – any update there?

A. Yes. I am happy to announce that we’re aiming to launch new BBC iPlayer on Xbox One by the end of this year.

When the BBC iPlayer has finally landed on the Xbox One – we’ll endeavour to keep you updated. We might even host a ‘Finally Here’ party and celebrate! At least we now have a time-frame in mind!

Via BBC

Watch The Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Event On ThisisXbox

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Whilst we will be on our travels to Gamescom in Cologne from Monday 11th August, 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 as it happens from 6pm BST. We will be sat on a coach and will only see the Multiplayer hands-on when we arrive in Cologne, Germany.

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 best known for. This page will very cleverly re-post itself again 30 minutes before the show starts to prompt you.

We should have a hands-on multiplayer write up from Gamescom 2014 very soon.

Ubisoft Reveal Their Gamescom Line-up

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Ubisoft has today revealed a lineup of games including Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, Just Dance 2015, Just Dance Now, Tom Clancy’s The Division, The Settlers Kingdom of Anteria, Shape Up and more for Gamescom 2014, taking place August 13 – 17 in Cologne, Germany.

Visitors to Ubisoft’s booth (Hall 6, space A021) have more chances than ever before to learn more about their favorite titles first hand at the show. Assassin’s Creed Unity and Tom Clancy’s The Division will be showcased in dedicated 150-person and 85-person theaters, respectively. Attendees also can get hands-on time with a number of Ubisoft’s upcoming games, including Far Cry 4, The Crew and the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Rogue. Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be available on 40 pods, and The Crew will be available on 24, with the popular simulation chair available again for players who want the added thrill of playing from an interactive driver’s seat. Finally , Far Cry 4 will be playable on 90 pods, the biggest demo installation of its kind for Ubisoft.

There also is a packed program of activities scheduled at the booth. Just Dance 2015, Just Dance Now and Shape Up will be featured on Ubisoft’s center stage. Assassin’s Creed fans will find cosplayers roaming the area and tattoos will be available for every person who plays Assassin’s Creed Rogue. Meanwhile, Far Cry fans can have their photo taken sitting in Pagan Min’s throne. With additional community activities, prizes and performances planned throughout the event, there is something to keep every fan entertained.

“Ubisoft is making it easier than ever for Gamescom attendees to look at our games and connect with their favorite franchises,” said Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO, Ubisoft. “We’re hopeful that every type of gamer will find » Continue Reading.