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Forza Horizon 2 and Dead Space 3 now available with August Games with Gold

Forza Horizon 2 Standard – 10th Anniversary Edition and Dead Space 3 are now available for free as part of Xbox Games with Gold for August. Coming up later in the month are For Honor and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

Forza Horizon 2 Standard: 10th Anniversary Edition – Drive over 200 exotic cars and explore the beautiful vistas of southern France and northern Italy like never before, in this 10th anniversary edition of Forza Horizon 2. Show off your driving skills with friends online in challenging races and events, day or night, in dynamic weather conditions. A world of beauty and freedom awaits in this ultimate celebration of speed and style.

For Honor Standard Edition – Be prepared to enter the chaos of war in For Honor. Mix speed, strategy, and team-play across several multiplayer modes as you control your favorite warriors, be they bold Knights, brutal Vikings, or deadly Samurai. Master the innovative Art of Battle combat system and guide your armies to ultimate victory.

Dead Space 3 – Return as protagonist Isaac Clarke in the survival horror game Dead Space 3. Joined by Sgt. John Carver, travel to the ominous ice planet of Tau Volantis to uncover the secrets of the Necromorph plague. With online co-op mode, join a friend and use teamwork to end the deadly threat once and for all.

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Grab your magic paintbrush and return to save the world of Wasteland once again in Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. Pair up with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, interact with classic cartoon characters of the past, and defeat the Mad Doctor in this heroic two-player co-op adventure.

Dead Space: Liberation – Prequel To the Events of Dead Space 3 Out Now

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The Dead Space gaming franchise is a popular beast, spanning a trilogy of hit video-games and a popular collection of graphic novels to compliment the thrilling plot-lines of the spine tingling gaming series. Having recently published ‘The Art of Dead Space’ Titan Books also follow in the Dead Space published series of graphic novels with the newly released ‘Dead Space: Liberation’.

Penned by Ian Edgington, one of the UK’s top comic writers having worked with virtually every major comic company during his career, and producing spin-offs for Aliens and Terminator – ‘Dead Space: Liberation’ acts as a prequel to the events of Visceral Games, Dead Space 3 video-game. The graphic novel reveals even greater secrets of the power of the Markers and their threat to the human-race as they transform humans into the terrifying Necromorph species.

‘Dead Space: Liberation’ was illustrated by the award winning artist Christopher Shy, who also produced the art work for the graphic novel ‘Dead Space: Salvage’ which was released in 2010. This graphic novel was set between the events of ‘Dead Space’ the video game and ‘Dead Space: Aftermath’ the animated short film. If you are a collector of these fine and beautifully detailed graphic novels, then Liberation should most definitely be on your ‘must-buy’ list as it enhances the story from the Dead Space 3 and defines the ultimate battle between man-kind and the Necromorphs through the character of John Carver.

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The story takes you to the planet Uxor, where Earthgov Sergeant John Carver from Dead Space 3, is caught up in events beyond his control when religious fanatics attack the alien Marker site where his wife works. Racing to rescue his family, Carver is forced to band together with Ellie Langford – a survivor of an earlier Necromorph outbreak, and the highly trained Captain Robert Norton. Together they unlock deep and forgotten secrets about the Markers in an epic and spectacularly illustrated race against time.

For any major gaming franchise, written works of fiction aside from the video games can piece up information left untold, or provide an insight into a characters world to explain the purpose of their presence within the game. ‘Dead Space: Liberation’ depicts the dramatic events in Carver’s world leading up to the events you play within Dead Space 3 as you read about his colleagues, family and the lengths he will go to for the sake of saving the human race. If you haven’t ever considered buying a graphic novel before, think about how gripped you are to the story within the video game and maybe all those unanswered questions you might have as to the backstory of new characters and unfinished business – ‘Dead Space: Liberation’ (even if you haven’t even purchased Dead Space 3 yet) will tie up some potential loose ends and make the journey into the frozen planet of Tau Volantis more enlightening and insightful.

As well as publishing ‘Dead Space: Liberation’ this month and ‘The Art of Dead Space’, Titan Books are re-issuing previously released graphic novels ‘Dead Space’ and ‘Dead Space: Salvage’ written by Anthony Johnson, creator of the apocalyptic comic book’s ‘Wasteland and illustrated by Ben Templesmith and Christopher Shy, respectively.

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‘Dead Space’ the graphic novel was first released in 2008 and covers the unearthing of an alien Marker where a Necromorph threat had long remained dormant. Whilst, ‘Dead Space: Salvage’ follows on from the events of the original Dead Space video game and details the story of a group of freelance miners who find the abandoned USG Ishimura in deep space. Soon turning their once-fortunate luck into a catastrophe – the Earth Government is racing to reclaim the ship whilst an army of Necromorphs are wreaking havoc on board!

Each and every one of the graphic novels associated with the Dead Space franchise is a gripping tale of survival and hope in their own right; a great addition to the Dead Space universe that will piece together some of the plot-lines from the games and give reasoning to mystery characters backstories you might have often wondered about?

Why not step aside from the Dead Space video games and purchase the graphic novels from the Titan Books website (or other online retailers) and further build your knowledge of the Dead Space universe and learn all there is to know about Carver and the Markers that threaten humanity?

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Dead Space 3 Review

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Visceral Games and EA deliver an intense and action-packed survival game with Dead Space 3. It’s not all about the chills and suspense you might have experienced with previous instalments of the Dead Space universe, but nonetheless it is an epic encounter as you journey through a deserted world with a trail of blood-thirsty Necromorphs on your tail.

Leading up to the Dead Space 3 release I wasn’t over familiar with the complete story of the past two titles in the franchise, but I was under the impression that Dead Space was something of a ‘fright’ – a game that was dark and eerie enough to make you jump with its surprising twists and unsuspecting enemies. I didn’t feel this element of shock or horror with Dead Space 3, and that many of the scenes which looked as though it was designed to surprise you – were actually quite predictable. The music loudens, the cut-scenes introducing some freakishly ugly double-jointed beast play and then comes the hardest part; surviving the objective! This is every bit a survival game, but more so due to the difficulty of killing, limited ammo resources and often being cornered across nineteen chapters.

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Dead Space 3 is certainly no walk in the park either; even on its easiest casual setting you will encounter many deaths and overwhelming rage at all the arms and legs thumping you from all directions. It is in many ways a horror themed setting with some amazing designs and attention to detail on the characters, but the suspense comes through being a lonesome trek in solo mode with your buddies mostly nothing more than a voice in the distance. The game doesn’t feel original, it’s traditional of the “I’ve-been-here-before-many-times” as you walk down corridor after corridor, open door after door as Dead Space 3 is bloated out with unnecessary annoyances that include twiddling the direction pads to make some blocks move or press a few buttons in the required order. This annoying semi-puzzle scenario that pops up here and there doesn’t add or take anything away from the main story, but you just get to stand still for an extra few seconds to make unlocking or visualising something more interesting – but it’s NOT that interesting…

Confusing at first, but better once you’ve mastered the art of it is being able to create your own weapons from scratch or with the help of blueprints and any old bit of scrap junk and parts you find lying around the environments. In every chapter is a ‘Bench’ and at the Bench you open up an intuitive options screen where you can upgrade your current weapons, create new and store items in your safe. It’s a pretty amazing deal as your unique weapon type has an impact on how well you are going to take down the oncoming Necromorph horde that soon follows. Certain parts and upgrades require you to have found an X amount of materials so the more you look around the chapters you play, the better you might be able to make your next weapon for the next chapter. If you fancy skipping the collecting part, then you can buy points from the Xbox Marketplace to obtain all the materials you need. Not only does this take the fun out of searching and collecting within the environments, but why would you want to pay any more money to make a gun when most of what you have and find is more than adequate? Don’t you dare buy Microsoft Points to make a weapons!

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Sadly, in some of the earlier chapters, Dead Space 3 felt a little repetitive – in the same way that Halo CE re-used the assets over and over and over, Dead Space 3 has a similar approach on some of the outer-space environments, but it’s not until about half way through that it really feels as if the game has finally started when you eventually reach the frozen planet of Tau Volantis with Isaac Clarke. Your immediate mission is to track down your lost ex-girlfriend who has gone on the hunt for a Marker, a tool that turns Humans into the Necromorphs, so its destruction is obviously of some importance for the survival of the Humans and maybe the long journey to rescue his ex-girlfriend would bring them closer together?

Level design within Dead Space 3 is awesome on a spectacular scale. I’d say the majority of it is faultless except for the reused same-old-same parts in the space station scenes. It is every bit complimenting to the story line and a pleasure to see how the world within Dead Space 3 can take you to so many great places with vast detail and impressive effects, but the best and most greatest gift this game can give you is the drop in, drop out co-operative mode – and then your gameplay experience comes alive!

Playing online with randoms or friends on Xbox LIVE greatly improves the fun-factor, although as a compromise for ‘fun’ you do lose out on even more of the creepy moment, as it becomes less scary than the less scary it was before, but you’ll never go Solo again! Dead Space 3 is the first title in the series to feature co-operative gameplay and offers new sets of missions to complete as a duo and requires teamwork, such as sharing weapon resources and not being able to progress in some parts without the other player. We all know how annoying it can be when you’re just getting stuck into something and a co-op partner runs on ahead, cutting the scene out to his/her current location – well not in Dead Space 3, it takes two to tango (and open doors). Dead Space 3 is one of the best co-op games of this generation (so far in my opinion).

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By now you should have learned that Dead Space 3 is not some shocking horror game that will have you on the edge of your seat, but it is instead heavily action-packed with some horrific creatures to shoot at as you aim to survive in a universe where it seems everyone is missing!  It is a long old road and a journey where your actions have a sense of responsibility. It’s a serious plotline which gets deeper and more intriguing with every chapter. Although I have mentioned a few negatives above because the game is not as ‘great’ as you may think or expect, but it’s neither all that bad – I just wish it was a bit more scary and a little less predictable. Thankfully as a newcomer to the Dead Space story, the game feels complete on its own and even though I had read up on some of the past titles and kept in the loop with some of the design and characters through the recent release of ‘The Art of Dead Space’ hardback book – anyone who is unfamiliar will not feel lost or intimidated by the plot. As a continuation of the Dead Space series it is also a story in its own right where you would not need to have played any past title to understand what is going on around you and why it is happening in the first place.

Dead Space 3 is a fantastic game that has a more than adequate campaign length over nineteen chapters and extra longevity with its brilliant co-operative mode. It could have been better with a more mature and scary horror theme, but as it goes for action – it will not disappoint.

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Two Million Gamers Enjoyed The Dead Space 3 Demo

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As Dead Space 3 hits retail shelves from today in North America and Friday for European shores, fans are out in full force demonstrating their excitement as the recent Dead Space 3 demo is being played by close to two million players! EA confirmed this is a double digit increase over Dead Space 2 and fans are sharing their enthusiasm for the game across all social channels. Continue reading Two Million Gamers Enjoyed The Dead Space 3 Demo

Dead Space 3 Q&A With Associate Producer

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To coincide with the Dead Space 3 demo that went live yesterday, we have an XCN exclusive, a Q&A with John Calhoun, who was an Associate Producer on the game.

1. How will Dead Space 3 attract new visitors to the franchise? Is pre-play of 1 & 2 a pre-requisite and if not, how do you ensure they’re suitably informed?

The most important thing we can do to attract new players is to make a kick-ass, high-quality game! More than anything else, gamers want fun and thrills; when we deliver on that expectation, people are going to check us out. But we hope Dead Space 3 will also attract new players with the game’s optional drop-in, drop-out co-op experience. For long-time fans, it’s an entirely new way to play Dead Space. And for people who may have found previous Dead Space games too scary or challenging to play alone, it gives them the option to take down the terror with a friend. Continue reading Dead Space 3 Q&A With Associate Producer

Play Mass Effect 3 To Unlock FREE N7 Armor in Dead Space 3

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EA has announced that in honor of the release of the Dead Space 3 demo, which has now gone public on Xbox LIVE – you can unlock a very cool in-game bonus for fans of both Mass Effect and Dead Space. Simply play one to get a freebie in the other. Simple as that! Continue reading Play Mass Effect 3 To Unlock FREE N7 Armor in Dead Space 3

Dead Space 3 Demo Impressions

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EA and Visceral Games have been kind enough to allow gamers expressing an interest to play Dead Space 3 enjoy a demo up to one week earlier than its public launch on January 22nd 2013. ThisisXbox has had a tinker around the environments and are pleased to say that both solo and co-operative gameplay from the demo was pretty impressive to say the least. Continue reading Dead Space 3 Demo Impressions