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PES 2015 Trailer

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PES 2015 sees a true return to core PES values of total control, super responsive controls and renowned gameplay, where the user has unrestricted control over how they play.

Stay tuned for more information heading your way very soon as new features are expected to be announced within the next week.

PES 2015 will be released on September 26th 2014 for Xbox One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YnW6HBEVKk

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – New Pricing

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Konami Digital Entertainment has today reduced the price of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which is available from the Xbox Games Marketplace for just 29.99 Euros.

Set in a modern-day open world, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 offers a shocking conclusion to the Gabriel Belmont story arc started in 2010’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. In a first, players assume the role of Dracula who has been resurrected by an old ally in exchange for help defeating a powerful threat as old as time itself: Satan. Looking to settle an old score, Satan has returned to bring about the apocalypse as an act of final revenge for his previous defeat, and Dracula must face him head on as the fight between good and evil comes to a dramatic end.

Mixing intuitive combat and stunning story-telling, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is a huge game that spans time zones and concludes the story of history’s most famous Vampire. The new price point will allow a new wave of fans to embrace the darkness and become absorbed by Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2’s dark story as they explore its visually stunning 3D realms.

ThisisXbox.com reviewed the title and scored it 90% after release this year:

Lord Of Shadows 2 has more positives then negatives. It is a big game and it feels like one, with a rich story that draws you in and gives you a great experience that encapsulates the previous game for new players and rewards players who are already fans of Castlevania. There is so much to learn and master that more then one playthrough will be required.

Metal Gear Solid V Confirmed 720p on Xbox One

 

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In preparation for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Konami recently released the following table and screenshots. We thought we would share with you, just in case you had missed the news. We’ve also been told to expect comparison videos to land very soon.

Make sure you click the images below to enlarge.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Special Edition

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As we can see from the image above, a new special edition of Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2 has been released including the game disc, limited edition art book and special edition Belmont box. Listed on Amazon at £59.99, this is £25 more than the standard edition.

Will you be paying the extra for an art book and box? Let us know in the comments below.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is released on the 28th February here in Europe for Xbox 360.

 

Konami Release Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Community Q&A Video

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Today at the busy Konami studios, a Q&A video filled with Q’s from the consumer community was met with A’s from the people responsible for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. The Game’s Producer and Konami Studio Head, Dave Cox bring a lot to light in this informative video. Such as the game’s setting and information about the narrative.

Check out the video down below:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 whips its way onto an Xbox 360 near you (if you’re in North America) on February 25th, and (for the European crowd) February 28th.

 

Castlevania Lord of Shadows – 2nd Developer Diary Video Released

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Featuring Dave Cox, Producer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Studio Head of European Production for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V and Enric Alvarez, Head of Development at MercurySteam, the video details how the events of the new game take place during the course of one night, within both a modern city setting and Dracula’s castle. Cox and Alvarez discuss how Dracula’s evil presence has impacted the many environments, with the castle’s Gothic look having a huge influence on the surrounding settings and their design, while also tying in the familiar look of past Castlevania titles.

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The five-minute video offers a tantalizing glimpse of the game’s many settings, and how MercurySteam’s native Madrid provided inspiration for the locations. The pair also touch on the menagerie of creatures and bosses that lurk within the city, and set the stage for the game’s climactic confrontation with Satan himself.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Stealthily Gives 12 Minute Gameplay Video

What a wonderful way to kick off the weekend. Konami have released the Tokyo Game Show build of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, finally in English for us here in the west! From what I can see, CQC is absolutely amazing in this game, and it makes me giddy with anticipation.

Ground Zeroes is the prologue to Metal Gear Solid V and will be released in Spring 2014 for the Xbox 360 for £29.99/$29.99 at retail, and £19.99/$19.99 for the downloadable version. The Xbox One downloadable version is also out in spring 2014 and will cost £29.99/$29.99.

Check out the vid down below.

PES 2014 Data Pack Updates Rosters and Likenesses

Konami have announced that one of their famous data pack updates will come to PES 2014 later this month. The new data pack updates the rosters to reflect the summer transfers in the football world. As well as adding at least 800 new player likenesses along with some new boots. The likenesses come as a pleasant surprise as it was a gripe that we mentioned in our review. Data Pack 2 will be available to download for free later on this month.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 Review

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It’s one of gaming’s true rivalries. To some, it almost supersedes the classic Mario and Sonic rivalry. Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA have been battling it out for the top spot in the world of football gaming since I was a child. In the early days, when it evolved from International Superstar Soccer and into the Pro Evolution Soccer we know it as today, Konami’s brainchild had same story every year. Pro Evolution Soccer couldn’t compete with the sponsorship that FIFA had. Without real kits and team names, it was always going to be hard to compete with the stronghold that FIFA had and still has on the football world. However, Pro Evo was always a much better pure football experience. This was until 2007 when EA Sports seriously stepped up their game with a whole new engine. Since then, Konami have found it hard to compete with FIFA’s realism and ever-improving gameplay. So the question is, have they done it this year? Let’s read on and find out.

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Let’s start with the nitty gritty, the core of every football game, the gameplay. It’s such a strange situation. If FIFA never existed, I could play Pro Evo 2014 and say that this is a great game. One that I could even play a lot of the time. But sadly, this is one game that will constantly live in comparison to another. It’s just not as good. The gameplay feels rigid and uninspired. With an entirely new glossy engine, Konami have still failed to make players off the ball do any sort of work. In fact, the only way you’ll see any off-ball innovation is if you initiate the one-two pass. I will give credit where credit is due. Hand the ball over to Ronaldo or Messi and you will see yourself thinking that they run, pass, and move exactly like their real life counterparts. I also noticed this signature movement whenever Cesc Fabregas was on the ball, this is something that FIFA could truly learn from. Unfortunately, this is where the innovation dies. Any player that isn’t a superstar will run in straight lines, pass with no finesse, and cross like somebody lined it up with a  ruler. The only time you’ll see any kind of realistic ball movement is when you shoot. To be completely honest, this feels like nothing more than a 3D version of Sensible Soccer.

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One thing that I’ve believed for years is that Pro Evolution is much nicer looking than FIFA. The player’s faces and kits have looked so impressive for years. However, the switch to the new Fox Engine means that Konami have had to start from scratch. Although the players that they have made an effort to render look absolutely fantastic, and miles better than FIFA. Having to start from the beginning means that they haven’t put the work in on a number of high profile players that they have in the years before. This is a genuine disappointment, but it will get better year by year as it did before. But instead of dwelling on the ugliness of a player having a default edit face, we can focus on the positives. What they have worked on looks absolutely fantastic, adding to this and working hard on the gameplay can really put this game on top again.

It’s time to address the elephant in the room. Sponsorships and teams. You have to look at this objectively. This is a world where all games based on real sports and leagues should strive for realism first and foremost. With that In mind, the lack of real teams and kits in the most popular league in the world is truly an issue. An issue that it seems just cannot be fixed. As a supporter of the great North London Red, I find it hard to play as the team I support and love in this game. On the bright side, Serie A and La Liga sports full kits, real names, and stadiums. This is one saving grace for Konami. Another coup in this vein is the return of the Champions League. There is nothing like starting a match and hearing that beautiful theme blaring from the television. It genuinely adds a sense of awe and wonder. Bumping down a game’s score due to a lack of licensing does seem a tad harsh. However, this is a game where realism is the key to success. Pro Evo fails extensively in this instance.

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Where FIFA’s menus have become easy and seamless to navigate, Pro Evolution’s are archaic and rage inducing in comparison. Getting into a simple kick-off friendly match is even a task that takes time. Setting up your squad is so painful that you would just give up nine times out of ten. The menu music is despicably horrible as well. Just avoid it completely and turn on your own tunes. Word of warning, keep it on during the matches as John Motson’s horrific commentary makes an epic comeback.

Multiplayer and online returns. There’ nothing to the multiplayer as it it just a kick-off game with two people. Getting online was frustrating for me. Finding a stable connection with another player seemed to be a daunting task, but it finally happened after 45 minutes of trying. It appears that the game just won’t work at all if you don’t attempt to connect to people nearby or in surrounding countries.

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To sum up, I once loved Pro Evolution Soccer. It was an amazing series that innovated its use of the beautiful game year after year. After losing their way this generation, they never really did come back. This is a game that utilises nothing new in terms of gameplay. In fact, it appears to back track completely. Ignore the licenses for a moment, put this side by side with FIFA, it just isn’t fun and I wouldn’t recommend it to a soul. I think it’s time for some new blood to try and combat EA and FIFA, I nominate 2K Sports.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection Dated

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Konami Digital Entertainment BV has announced it will release its Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection on November 8th, for Xbox 360 for £29.99.

Set to end with the release of the final chapter of the heroic Dracula trilogy in February 2014, the compilation will  immerses gamers in Lords of Shadow lore and boasts over 40 hours of award-winning gameplay.

This collection will include:

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Users guide Gabriel Belmont, a holy knight charged with protecting innocents from the malevolent Lords of Shadow, as his murdered wife’s spirit guides him to his ultimate destiny. Included with the first chapter are the ‘Reverie’ and ‘Resurrection’ DLC chapters.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD – The second chapter of the series continues the story 26 years after the events of the original Lords of Shadow, as Gabriel’s descendants confront their destiny.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Demo – Whetting appetites for February’s epic conclusion, players also have their first chance to play as Dracula in the epic Lords of Shadow finale, via this exclusive demo.