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TIX’s day out at Rezzed

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Now I love games and when Dave emailed me and asked if I wanted to go to EGX:Rezzed in London for TiX I jumped at the chance, who wouldn’t. So with book and pen in hand I trundled off on the Thursday with my press pass like it was my first day at school. Situated at the Tobacco docks in London it was a great venue for developers of all shapes and sizes to come and show us what’s coming to console and PC (windows 10) in the up and coming months.

Walking through the door I already had my shortlist of games I wanted to see, thanks to Phil and myself, and headed straight for the ID@Xbox room. The room was busy with gamers, developers and press but I still found that I had enough room to walk around and spend some quality time on the games, chatting and sharing views and opinions with like-minded people. My main focus here though was several key titles, SMITE, Soul Axiom, Super Dungeon Bro’s and Shovel Knights but that’s not to say there are several other great titles coming, including Goat Simulator (that everyone is mad about, apart from me).

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SMITE – Having received the Alpha invite 24hrs before I’d already had a taste for the game and wasn’t disappointed. The game is a smooth (yet frustrating at times) combat sim where you get to level up characters and earn new skills while you fight. All at the same time of being the god you want. It’s a good game but  I found it a bit repetitive especially when you pick the wrong god to fight with. I know there is a lot of demand from people to get a taste of this game so keep you eyes open and head to the SMITE site to sign up for the beta.

Soul Axiom – I got to play this at about 75% completion but it’s still in Alpha – the game looks stunning and brings an interesting twist with two abilities, the left hand gives and the right hand takes and with these skills you solve numerous task within a stunning environment. It’s definitely a title that you should have on your radar, a huge effort has been made to integrate a story without restricting the player too much within the adventure.

Shovel Knights – a top down view of pretty much a hack and slash of stick men. You have the ability to pick up an assortment of weapons and hack your way to defeating opponents.  This is met with a gratifying pixellated blood splatter and you start all over again. A very simple yet very addictive concept that had people queuing up all day to play it.

Super Dungeon Bros – Now I kept this to last as seriously this game blew me away. Developed by Wired Productions, the game focuses on four heroes moving through a series of dungeons fighting monsters and avoiding traps. The whole game is based around teamwork. The closer you are to your team members, the more powerful your specials are and there is even an ability where all the players form a tower and create a cyclone of devastation. Speaking to Kevin Leavers (senior Producer) he explained that even the maps you face are all randomly generated so you never feel like you’re playing the same level over and over again. The beauty of this game is that it’s also cross-platform so you can play side by side on Xbox and Windows 10. I will look to cover this further in a more dedicated review but all I would say for now is to keep a close eye on this one.

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Super Dungeon Bros in action

Having left the ID room I moved to Team 17 to preview LA Cops. This is a top/side on shooter where you control two police officers during various missions.  I seemed to get shot a lot on this and my gung-ho approach didn’t work as well as expected but the game is solid and plays well and out now to buy on the Xbox marketplace. Check out TiX’s review on this for more information.

One of other big titles I was keen to track down was Project CARS, it was said to be here and I eventually found it tucked in a corner of the Bafta Inside Games room on a single machine with a couple of posters above it that I would find on my sons bedroom wall. Why? I have no idea because the game is amazing. I know it has been delayed again and again but the version I played was close to 100% complete, all options and online playability were available and all tracks, career and cars where there for the taking.

Speaking to the representative he stated, just like the recent press release, “We don’t want to be someone who releases a game and is not happy with it or has to release a patch on day one. We want it to be perfect for the community having pent over 3 years on this we don’t want to face just mediocre reviews, we want people to love this”.  I have to agree, I played the game and at first I thought the controls were sluggish and pulled to the left only to realise I had a flat tyre and my pit crew were telling me I needed to head in for a change. The game is amazing and if you are a petrol head like me and want a real true to life racing game then this is the one.

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Project CARS – looking amazing

The other game Phil asked me to track down was Carmageddon: Reincarnation. Purely for the PC at the moment this game looks great and brings back the memories from the old days of playing Carmageddon. Now will this come to the console, the guys I talked to could not either confirm or deny but a hunch and a wink tells us to watch this space.

It was great to mingle with like-minded people and experience some of the exciting things coming to Xbox and to Windows 10 cross-platform. I also have to add that I spent some quality time with our friends from Special Effect looking and learning about what they do for kids and they truly are an amazing organisation. I know Dave is running the London Marathon for them this year and if you can, please do drop him a few pennies (or dollars) – they are a really worthwhile cause. If you want to learn more about them check out their site here.

More in-depth views and games reviews will be coming soon so stay peeled and watch this space.

LA Cops review

“Do you know how much an extra Restroom is going to cost?” Says the Chief to his newest recruit, he puts his heads in his hands. Kowalski walks in and immediately dismissed his new partner, another woman in his life, all he needs after finding out his wife has just left him. In another cutscene, two cops are sat in the car discussing Kowalski before deciding the siren needs putting on because they are out of doughnuts. If you have ever enjoyed a 70s cops show this will all feel very familiar and it will mean you’ll quite enjoy LA Cops.

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LA Cops is a short game (it only has eight levels, with some that have secondary missions), but it’s a game you’ll keep going back to as you try to best your score, or conquer the more difficult levels. The game starts you off with a quick tutorial in a doughnut shop that will give you all you need to know to play the game.

The aim of the game is to kill or arrest the criminals inside different isometric locations, sounds simple, but it isn’t. Before each level you’ll choose two of six cops to control, as you complete levels you’ll earn XP which can be used to upgrade your squad’s health, speed and unlock more powerful weapons.

On each level you are in control of both cops, the Y button switches between them and the A button will call you partner to help cover you. There is little room for failure, one mistake can lead to you having to start again, so going in all guns blazing is not a tactic worth employing.

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Using the shoulder buttons allows you to rotate the level to get a different perspective of where your enemies are, while pressing up on the D-pad will zoom out the level. This will give you time to work out your enemy’s walking patterns and to choose when (and where) to enter a room to blow away your opponents. Some rooms may only have one or two bad guys inside, giving you the chance to rush in behind them, hit the left trigger and arrest them. The AI can be quite random at times, if you get into a firefight with an opponent it might be over too quickly but at other times you may end up with four or five guys all firing at you, trust me, it doesn’t last very long. There are first aid packs lying that will revive your partner and doughnuts can be used to restore your health.

There are three difficulties for each level and even on normal I found myself struggling to get past some of the levels. If I ever complete a level on Nightmare mode I’ll be genuinely surprised. When you do eventually beat a level you’ll receive a debrief in the Chief’s office for a summary of your score. You are awarded points for kills, arrests and damage, but you’ll lose points for dying, restarting the level or killing civilians. You can also see how much XP you have earned to upgrade your squad as well as an overall performance grade.

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Despite the basic graphics, the game plays really well, they have nailed the 70’s cop vibe, complete with sexist stereotypes and doughnut eating, they have even thrown in some awful dialogue too, but it’s clear they are taking the mickey, so there is no need to start getting too uptight about it all. The music makes me want to don a pair of flares and slide over some bonnets and bust some bad guys too!

The one thing I feel the game is missing is co-op, I would have a great time constantly trying to keep Rich alive playing this, and I know he would appreciate the backup, but unfortunately we have to fight the good fight alone, at least we have the leaderboards to battle over… For £11 you are getting a game that despite being short and quite tough, will keep you coming back for more, much like the Trials games, the achievements are pretty generous, mostly rewarding you for racking up kills. If you can ignore the rubbish dialogue and have a lot of patience you’ll have great fun playing this.

Thanks to Xbox & Team 17 for supplying TiX with a download code

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Something for the Weekend: Let’s play games!

Rich has left me in charge of Something for the Weekend, he really shouldn’t.

Anyway, I though I would take a quick look at what you could be playing this weekend, first up, it’s time to bust some criminals in LA Cops…

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LA Cops is a fast, action packed 3D top down shooter, set in the seedy underbelly of 1970’s LA where you control a maverick bunch of cops, playing by their own rules. Partner up and remember, in LA Cops, your buddies always got your back. Let’s forget the rules and start cleaning up these streets, our way.

Buy LA Cops from the Xbox Store now

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning action-platformer crafted by Moon Studios for the Xbox One. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, and a fully orchestrated score, “Ori and the Blind Forest” explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.

Buy Ori and the Blind Forest from the Xbox Store now

Jet Car Stunts

Feel the thrill of supersonic racing, miles above the ground! Drive a Jet Car, a hybrid between a racing car and a jet plane, and race your way through the most devious tracks full of jumps, loops, free falls and sharp turns. Packed with improved tracks, new cars and new game modes, this is the definitive version of Jet Car Stunts on any platform!

Buy Jet Car Stuntsfrom the Xbox Store now

If none of those take your fancy, why not sign up to EA Access and grab your help 10 hours of Battlefield Hardline? Also this weekend if you are an Xbox Live Gold member you can have yourself a free trial of Dragon Age Inquisition, but wait, there is more! Lets not forget that to celebrate being a year old, all of Titanfall’s DLC is free to download.

Personally I’m hoping that GTA V’s heists mode starts working properly, I can dream right?

 

Team17’s LA Cops – 70’s Themed Shooter Coming Soon

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Team17 have announced their partnership this morning with developers’ Modern Dream. Together they are taking 70s cop themed top down shooter, LA Cops, to the max with a release on console and PC.

LA Cops is a rad action game with a tactical aspect that sees you cleaning up the mean streets of 70s LA one action packed shootout at a time! Can you dig it? LA Cops is currently available in Steam Early Access for just £8.99 and will be coming soon to console and PC as a full release.

The video below is PC early access footage and will resemble the console version (probably) in many ways. 3d cell shaded graphics ahoy, but since the footage below the developers have added in permanence to the vanishing blood and bodies – they’re now here to stay!

If we managed to grab a review code – we’ll keep you posted.