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You would be Slightly Mad to miss Project CARS 2 coming to Xbox

Project CARS 2

Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe have once again, teamed up, to bring us news of a follow up to arguably the most intense driving experience on console. Project CARS 2 is the game and it promises to be even more authentic than the first iteration.

Project CARS 2 is being created by gamers and tested by a team of world-class racing drivers, whose ranks include two-time Le Mans winner Tommy Milner, Rene Rast of the Audi factory test team and stunt driver Ben Collins; long thought of as the man inside the now infamous white helmet of the Stig. It aims to be the continuous choice for the world’s best Esports drivers and teams while also delivering the full spectrum of motorsport racing for all levels of racers with complete freedom to choose what and where to drive.

Project CARS 2 invites racers to challenge a host of online opponents, or take on lifelike AI in the most beautiful, authentically crafted and technically advanced racing simulation game on the planet. Slightly Mad Studios’ confidence game is strong.

Project CARS 2 will improve on what was one of the highest rated racing games of its generation, shifting up a gear and offering the largest track roster ever on console, with a wide selection of over 170 licensed vehicles from the world’s most iconic motoring brands as well. All of this is offered along with support for 12K and VR where available.

The input from professionals isn’t where the developer-listening has ended though. This new title will offer an Online Championship game mode, which has been much requested by fans. This will allow you to create and join ongoing racing leagues, with Esports functionality built-in from day one, including Competitive Racing License accreditation. Rallycross and IndyCar are also catered for and you can even be the Broadcast Director for the whole event. It promises to create a whole virtual world of championships to to lose yourself in.

Track conditions have had a tweak too, with the Livetrack 3.0 system using dynamic time of day, seasonal, atmospheric and race weekend track evolution conditions to constantly evolve the racing surface. Fight against Mother Nature with dynamic weather that now includes snow and even take on the challenge of ice tracks such as the official Mercedes-Benz Driving Events Winter Training Ice Track in Sweden. This will be a faithful recreation of the ice track Mercedes use in Sorsele, in the very north of Sweden.

Look out for more to come from Slightly Mad and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe regarding Project CARS 2 as it marches towards it’s slated late 2017 release date on Xbox One.

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 review

In a time where so many gaming mascots are a distant memory, you have to give Namco some credit for keeping Pac-Man alive; whether it be through recent Nintendo appearances in Mario Kart and Smash Brothers, or through it’s Ghostly Adventures TV show and toy line. My fondest memories of Pac-Man take three forms; Pac-Land in the arcade, Pac-Mania on my Amiga, and the Pac-Man board game I got for Christmas in the 80s.

Aside from a quick lunch-break flirtation with Google’s offering in 2010, having not actually played a proper Pac-Man game since 2007’s Championship Edition (which still brings back such sweet, sweet Xbox Live Arcade memories), I’d wondered if it still held any place in my interest. There’s a nice little place at the back of my mind where Pac-Man could easily sit along with Kid Chameleon, Cool Spot, and the voice of the dude that just keeps saying, ‘RAD MOBILE’. On reflection, Pac-Man’s not ready for that yet.

However, on first loading the game, I wasn’t really sure if I could be bothered with Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 (PMCE2). The ‘classic’ chime that plays EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. that you press the A button in the menus is instantly the most annoying thing you’ve ever heard, and then there’s a lengthy training mode that presents the game as a bit of a convoluted mess. I should also mention that I first started playing this at night when everyone else was in bed, and the excessive vibration from the controller when consuming ‘ghost trains’ (more on those later), made me stop out of sheer worry of embarrassment. Make of that what you will…

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But then, you start playing the proper game (maybe at a more sociable hour), and it’s an absolute delight. At first glance, there seems like there’s a lot of variety in the game modes, but essentially they’re just slight variations on the classic game (aside from the slightly baffling ‘Jump Mode’), available in beginner, standard and extreme variants. What the game does so well, though, is tweak little parts of the core gameplay, slowly making your 5-minute-timed runs more and more manic as you progress through the screens.

And my favourite thing about PMCE2 is that it’s one of those games that puts you in ‘the zone’. Similar to something like Geometry Wars or Tetris for me, shortly after you start a new run, you’ll just stop thinking, to a certain extent, and your hands will just subconsciously make the most incredible ghost-avoiding, fruit eating moves. There were a few times when I was playing that I just amazed myself with what I’d just been able to pull-off (maybe the wrong choice of words taking an earlier paragraph into account).

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In certain games modes, things can get absolutely frantic as you reach the pinnacle of your score run, knowing that just a few extra seconds could make all the difference in earning a different score grade (which run from E-A, and then the all-important ’S’). How scoring works isn’t really going to be any great surprise; you get points for maintaining a steady diet of pellets and fruit, and power pellets make our returning ghost antagonists, Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde also edible. If you want the big points, though, you’ll need to prepare a ‘ghost train’.

Ghost trains can be made by waking up the sleeping, translucent green ghosts placed around the screen. On awakening them, they’ll join onto the trail of the nearest ghost, creating a kind of snake-like effect. Whilst this makes it easier for you to collide with the head ghost, and in turn make it angry (three collisions, and it will become speedier due to being so livid with you), it also opens up the opportunity for massive scoring when you consume the power pill; just be prepared for that monster vibration.

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Once your game is finished, you’ll get a review screen, where your score is mapped out over a two-axis graph, showing you at what points during the screens you peaked; it’s reasonably interesting, I suppose? Much more of note is seeing where you rank globally, and between your friends. Now, none of my Xbox Live friends had the game at the time of writing, so it was me versus the world. So, when I made my first A grade, I was positively euphoric, and then even more so when I saw that it put me at 173rd in the rankings. Did I have a new career option as a professional Pac-Man player? Just think of all the plaudits, the riches, the fast cars and loose women…..oh, ok, it’s only 173rd, but still, it’s something to tell the kids next time they call me something rude like, ‘Fat Daddy’ (true insult story).

If any of my friends were to buy this, and they totally should, by the way, then I’d get completely addicted to the high score chase; it’d be like Geometry Wars and Trials all over again; no mercy.

Thanks to Bandai Namco Entertainment & Xbox for supporting TiX.

It’s time to go Super Saiyan in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe has revealed its pre-order offers in the up and coming title Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. As expected the game will come in a variety of offerings including a Deluxe and Collector’s Edition. So check out below as we take a closer look at what’s included in these, the general pre-order bonus and also the Season Pass.

For players who pre-order any version of the game, a special character from Dragon Ball Super as well as the Tao Pai Pai Stick, to fly with style in Conton city, will be included free of charge. However for all UK customers this offer will be available exclusively from GAME.

Deluxe Edition – Fans who purchase the Deluxe Edition will get the game as well as the Season Pass. The Season Pass will have access to 4 massive packs featuring additional playable character, episodes and quests (including master quests), stages, skills, costumes and accessories. You will also have access to an early access character and Future Trunks from Dragon Ball super.

Collector’s Edition – Along with all the above the Collector’s Edition will also offer a 34 cm Son Goku Master Stars figurine and the official Time Patroller’s Guide. All of which will be presented in an exclusive collectors box.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Collectors Edition

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will be coming to Europe, Middle-East, Australasia and Africa for the Xbox One, and PC Digital on October 28th 2016. Find out more about Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 on the Official Website.

Pac-Man 256 review

In 1980, Pac-Man took the world by storm, and hasn’t stopped munching those pellets since. Through multiple revisions, from arcade cabinets, games consoles, and various mobile phone titles, Pac-Man has been played anywhere and everywhere… Now, he returns to the Xbox One in Pac-Man 256.

Pac-Man 256 offers the classic Pac-Man gameplay we’re so used to. Guiding the yellow guy around a level, with the goal to pick up all of the pellets whilst trying to dodge those pesky ghosts. 256 takes that base, and gives it a great little twist… Each level is a never-ending run, trying to accumulate as many pellets, and points, as you can without getting caught. Mix in various power pick-ups along the way, such as lasers, tornadoes, stealth, and the ability to make yourself bigger, and things start to get even more interesting. Power ups play a big part of Pac-Man 256, and can take a sinking playthrough to a victorious one. You have the option to choose three different power ups to take into the game with you, which you can change at any point from the main menu. Each of these power ups available to you can also be upgraded with the credits you earn along the way, making them more powerful.

However, your time in Pac-Man 256 is not limited to solo play, and you can grab three other friends for some local fun too. The aim of the multiplayer side is to gain the highest score, and to last the longest. Before long, living room rivalries shall develop, and it’ll feel like you’re huddled around the old arcade cabinet once again. Unfortunately there’s no online multiplayer, which I can completely understand. However you can still vie for top spot amongst your mates with the incredibly well-hidden online leaderboard, which you can only access once you’ve finished a game. It’s also here that you can see your single and local multiplayer stats, such as how many pellets you’ve eaten, which ghosts you’ve eaten the most, and which ghosts have caught you.

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The sights and sounds of Pac-Man 256 are what you’d expect from a Pac-Man game. What I did really like, though, were the various options for stage “skins”. You can change the appearance of the stage into an array of different themes, such as classic Pac-Man, the office, Crossy Road, and more. This adds a bit of variety into the visual aspect, and gives you the opportunity to find the perfect stage for you play on. The accompanying music and sounds are classic Pac-Man, from the ever familiar “wakka wakka”, to the dreaded death whine.

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Overall, Pac-Man 256 is a great little game to pick up and play, whether you have five minutes or 50. The familiar style and gameplay will suit anyone whether they played the original, or are just starting out. It offers an accessible challenge, which with the right strategy can result in fantastic scores, but of course, is met with the peril of completely screwing it up within seconds. Unfortunately the lack of online multiplayer does let it down a little bit, but it’s not a massive drawback.

Pac-Man 256 is now available to download for £3.99 from the Xbox store.

Thanks to Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe & Xbox for supporting TiX.

Eldar are coming in Warhammer 40k Eternal Crusade

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If you’ve played any of the excellent Warhammer 40K titles on PC, you should know that the Eldar are one of the most ancient races in the 40K universe. Today, Behaviour and Bandai Namco Entertainment have revealed that the ancient and advanced Eldar faction will be deployed in the upcoming Warhammer 40K Eternal Crusade.

Based on the best-selling gaming universe, Warhammer 40K Eternal Crusade will bring together Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Orcs, Eldar and Tyranids in huge battles across the universe.

The game will pit player vs player or player vs environment as your squads work together to engage in massive battles and exterminate the other factions. Choose from 20 different sub-factions, earn hundreds of weapons, customisation options and accessories. All of these are drawn from 29 years of Warhammer 40k lore.

The Eldar seem more advanced than the other races thanks to their great psychic powers. Though they once ruled the stars, the proud and ancient Eldar brought a terrible curse upon themselves that sundered their empire forever. Now they struggle against the dying of the light, deploying their few remaining warriors only in the face of gravest threats. On Arkhona the Eldar fight to reclaim a world that was once theirs.

This massive online 3rd person shooter will be released this summer for Xbox One.

You can find out a little more about the latest title in the Warhammer roster, here.

Here’s that all important Eldar info trailer:

Gobble up PAC-MAN 256 on Xbox One soon

PAC-MAN 256

He’s coming up to 36 years old. 36! Who would have thought that PAC-MAN would have stood the test of time when he was initially conceived way back in 1980? He’s had cartoons, more titles than you can shake a stick at and even a wife with her own spin-off games. Quite a fun-packed ride for such a simple concept.

To coincide with the wee yellow one’s 36th anniversary, Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe are bringing PAC-MAN 256 to Xbox One. This latest version of PAC-MAN is a faithful console representaton of the popular mobile version, even down to the almost infamous “256 Glitch”.

PAC-MAN 256 will feature our little yellow friend with the voracious appetite munching his way through Pac-Dots and Power-Pellets. Even after all this time, he will still need to be nimble enough to avoid the notorious Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde. The Xbox One version will allow up to 4 friends playing in a local co-op multiplayer mode. You’ll be nudging each other out of the way to grab a whole host of crazy power-ups though.

Full social sharing will be available in-game as well as 10 unlockable themes.

The game is being developed by 3 Sprockets, developers of Fight the Dragon and Cubemen along with Hipster Whale who are famed for the popular Crossy Road mobile games.

Director at 3 Sprockets; Seon Rozenblum;

We have really enjoyed working with Bandai Namco Entertainment and Hipster Whale on PAC-MAN 256 for mobile, and having the opportunity to ship it on the latest generation of consoles and PC is the icing on the cake for us! We can’t wait to see how much fun players have with it.”

PAC-MAN 256 will be heading to Xbox One on the 21st of June. Here’s a taster of the fun it will bring.

Project CARS announce Game of the Year Edition

Ever since the release of Project CARS in May 2015, the community racer has gone from strength to strength and today Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe have announced the upcoming release of Project CARS Game of the Year Edition.

The game of the year edition builds on the all ready succesful Project Cars racing sim with extra content including,

  • An additional 50+ cars (125 total)
  • 4 tracks (35 unique locations, 100+ layouts total)
  • 60+ community-created liveries
  • 500+ features and improvements that have been added since launch

In addition, the Game Of The Year Edition will feature two distinctive and exclusive items:

  • The iconic Nürburgring Combined Nordschleife+ GP circuit
  • 2 exclusive vehicles to Project CARS from Pagani Automobili, both unveiled today at this year’s Geneva Motor Show – the Zonda Revolucion, and Huayra BC.

The Game of the Year Edition is both a celebration and a thank you, from Slightly Mad Studios and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, to the racing community around the world as they have made Project CARS into the start of an exciting new franchise, and the leader in the sim racing game genre. So if you have thought about it but never bought Project CARS then personally I would hold out just a little while longer.

Expect to see Project CARS Game of the Year Edition hit the track in Spring 2016.

Project CARS ninth DLC released

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Project CARS has had some incredible DLC released for it already and it’s hard to believe that we’re already on the ninth set of cars for the title.

Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe have released the US Race Car Pack, featuring some of the States’ most iconic race liveried muscle.

Included in this DLC are:

  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
  • 2015 Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3
  • 2014 Dallara DW12 Indycar
  • 2016 Ford Fusion Stock Car
  • Aston Martin Vantage GT12

Wait.. the Aston Martin? Is that even American? Well, no it isn’t, but as it’s this DLC’s free car I suppose it can be forgiven.

Project CARS US Race Car Pack is available now, here, for £2.79 or your local currency equivalent.

Still undecided?

Dark Souls III shows it’s true colours

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Bandai Namco are really gearing up for the release of the much antcipated Dark Souls III. They’ve released the next in a line of new teaser trailers, with this one highlighting the dangers of the Kingdom of Lothric. Set to a hauntingly good backing track, the Kingdom is showcasing it’s True Colors of Darkness.

Will you be ready to defeat them?

Dark Souls III is still on schedule for a 12th of April release.

Dark Souls III season pass details revealed

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Who’s been waiting for Season Pass and digital pre-order news on FromSoftware’s incoming sword hacker, Dark Souls III? The good news is, your wait is finally over.

Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe have today revealed an exclusive digital pre-order deal on Xbox One for Dark Souls III, as well as a Season Pass programme for the title.

If you pre-order Dark Souls III from the Xbox Store, here, then you’ll recieve a digital copy of the original Dark Souls. This will be playable on your Xbox 360 initially, and later through the Backward Compatibility feature on Xbox One. This code will be delivered to your Xbox Message Centre 7-10 days after pre-ordering.

Also announced was the Dark Souls III Season Pass programme. This will be available for both the standard and will be included in the digital Deluxe Edition, containing the main game, the Season Pass, official soundtrack and dynamic theme. This is available for pre-order here, costing £69.74.

Pricing and further details will be unveiled as we approach the 12th of April launch.