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Ellie kissed a girl and she liked it. New The Last of Us Part II footage

To kick off Sony’s E3 2018 press conference, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II was shown, with a new cinematic furthering Ellie’s characterisation into the realm of a lesbian relationship, and gameplay footage showing off the brutal combat you’d expect from the series but revealing the protagonist to be, in fact, Ellie this time around.

Stealth mechanics, distracting whistles, salvaging for weapons and equipment, world-class voice acting and desperately intense combat is certainly the order of the day. Be sure to check out the trailer below:

The Yorkshire Games Festival Is Back!

 
From LEGO Video Games to The Last of Us: 3 Weeks To Go Until The Yorkshire Games Festival Brings Gaming’s Big Hitters To Bradford
Minecraft, Star Wars: Battlefront VR And Overcooked All Set To Feature

With a remit both to celebrate games culture and introduce a new generation to the science and art of games development, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is excited to announce the return of the Yorkshire Games Festival, back for its second year.In 2016, attendees were treated to talks from the likes of Warren Spector, John and Brenda Romero, Rhianna Pratchett and Charles Cecil amongst others, setting the tone for all the events to come. This year sees Bradford College return as Headline Sponsor, and organisers are aiming to match, if not surpass, that same high standard.

Running from Wednesday 8th November to Sunday 12th November, 2017’s event will see speakers who have worked for the likes of award-winning studio TT Games,  Frontier Developments, Criterion Games, Ninja Theory, Wargaming, Naughty Dog, and the talent that created mega multiplayer hit Overcooked, take to the stage to offer their insight on the industry.

But the Yorkshire Games Festival isn’t just about great speakers. The first day of the festival  – Wednesday 8th November – will serve as a dedicated ‘School’s Day’, expanding the festival to KS2 and KS3 kids looking to learn how to make a great game; from teaching how to code through to creating a cracking story. It’s all part of a package designed to bridge the gap between gaming fans and the talented folks who make them.

“There are scores of brilliant games events all across the UK, across Europe even, but we want to take a different approach with the Yorkshire Games Festival,” offers Festival Director, Kathryn Penny. “Across the five days, we’ll be bringing some of the industry’s brightest and best to Bradford to discuss frankly what they’ve learned from being behind some of the most creative and successful titles out there. In the midst of all this will be the next generation – the games industry’s future stars, lapping up that expertise and that knowledge for the years ahead.”

As well as the talks, those looking to find their feet in the industry will also benefit from a dedicated Business of Video Games workshop,  and a networking event designed to enable people to make vital connections in a relaxed environment. And this is all in addition to Let’s Play! – a weekend of gaming designed with families and gamers of all ages in mind.

The headline sponsor of the festival

The schedule, in brief, includes:

Wednesday 8th November, 2017

School Day: A free day of activities for schools, with special events for KS2 and KS3 children to cover all elements needed to make a great game

Thursday 9th November, 2017

Talks: Presentations by Destiny 2 videogame writer Martin Korda, Arthur Parsons – Head of Design, TT Games – who will examine the legacy of TT Games and delve into the making of his current game, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, Director of Special Projects at Wargaming.net Tracy Spaight, Louise McLennan and Sebastian Hickey of Elite Dangerous developer Frontier Developments, and Dominic Matthew from Ninja Theory
Workshop on the Business of Video Games

Friday 10th November, 2017

Talks: Keynote speech from former Naughty Dog VFX artist Iki Ikram to talk about his work on The Last of Us and Uncharted 4, legendary composer and musician David Wise, Overcooked’s Oli De-Vine and Phil Duncan, Kieran Crimmins and James Svensson of Criterion on Star Wars: Battlefront VR Mission, Gang Beasts’ creators James Brown and Michael Brown of Boneloaf
Meet the Developers networking event

Saturday 11th November, 2017 and Sunday 12th November, 2017

Let’s Play Weekend –  Scores of special events, many of them free, extending beyond the National Science and Media Museum, encompassing games showcases, arcade games, WiFi Wars (charge applies), Minecraft workshops and The Displaced, a live-action multiplayer game!

The full schedule can be found over at the Science & Media Museum website. Tickets for the speaker events on Thursday 9 November and Friday 10 November can also be purchased there, with prices starting from £35. The Let’s Play Weekend  is free to attend, but some events are charged for.


 

ThisisNotXbox Top Ten: Best Playstation 3 Exclusives

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Many a jealous gamer has spouted their mouths off with ridiculous slurs such as ‘PS3 has no games’. Those of us with superior intellect know that it does in fact have many games. Here to dispel the rumours is a list of the 10 best of the best Playstation 3 exclusives. Have you been playing an inferior console? If you have, we know how you feel.

walking-dead-memeThis here list will give you some insight into the great world of the Sony Playstation 3. Let’s move along.

 

 

 

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Do you have a hunkering to shoot down hordes of intergalactic invaders that threaten to overthrow everything you hold dear? Well, Resistance: Fall of Man is just the title to get. The only game of its kind and if there are any other similar games, who cares? This is better.

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Killzone 2 is the sequel to Killzone from the brilliant Playstation 2. Well it went next-gen with the first sequel and it out did itself. There are no other shooters that have ever encapsulated this kind of impact. Except Resistance, but they are two completely different, amazingly developed games. To shoot things in a very different way than Resistance, give Killzone 2 a go. It is splendiforous.

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Ever played DmC: Devil May Cry? Well Heavenly Sword was ushered into the godlike Playstation community by the very same creators. Ninja Theory currently have a reputation for churning out top quality sleeper hits. Heavenly Sword is no exception to the rule. Hack, slash and Nariko’s wit and superiority to enjoy yourself one hell of a game.

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Don’t you just hate it when a platform has a good idea for a game yet can’t put the ink to paper because of their limited mindset? Well the heroes at Sony took a valid formula from the dreadful Smash Bros series, and made it their own with Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. Picture Smash Bros with better, more suited characters from the more refined universe of the Playstation. Like Nathan Drake, Big Daddy, Raiden, Dante, Sly Cooper and many others.

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It just goes to show our little powerhouse’s strength when we have a game with such power. Creation is what Little Big Planet is about. Your mind is the only roadblock. There aren’t any other games on any other console that share that mentality. Well, Minecr…no, just Little Big Planet. Plus,Sackboy is so cute.

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No free roaming sandbox style action adventure game has featured a man with superpowers before. Well, there’s Prototype, The Incredible Hulk and several Spider-Man games. But inFamous 2 has a morality mechanism. It is an important part of gameplay as it will determine whether you have blue electrical powers, or red electrical powers. Cole is such a cool guy, too. Much better than Mason and Hulk and Spider. So ner.

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The adventures of Kratos have never been duplicated. The best hack and slash game in history. This God of War has spawned a huge series that cannot be matched. God of War III is definitely one of the contenders for the best game on the Playstation 3, all games ahead of this have earned their spot but from this point on, consider these games the best of the best.

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Well, here is where the Playstation 3 has instigated a coup. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is our exclusive. No one else has it, we are the greatest. There is no need for me to explain this game. Hideo Kojima has once again graced us with an amazing movie with some linear gameplay that is even more action packed than the previous three.

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Nathan Drake was the man who overtook Lara Croft and Indiana Jones in every way in the excellent Uncharted. When Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out, it absolutely blew Uncharted out of the water. Uncharted 2 and the most recent Tomb Raider are definitely in the midst of a battle for the best adventure game there is.

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Heavy Rain is the best Playstation 3 exclusive. A spiritual successor to Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy. Quantic Dream once again did not disappoint. Heavy Rain is the most immersive game in the history of gaming. You play as a many protagonists (and possible an antagonist or two) and the graphics are like nothing else you will ever see. Heavy Rain is also an emotional tale of redemption as you play a man whose first son died in a tragic accident. When his second son is kidnapped by a currently well-known serial killer, he most go to leaps and bounds to reclaim his son. On the other end is detective ‘Naaaaahman Jaaydun’. Presumably a Boston cop trying to solve a string of murders whilst working with his on addictive tendencies. Heavy Rain is the best game on the Playstation 3, and its best exclusive.

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