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If you ever wondered why so many people love Titanfall this video should go a long way to help you understand.
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You look up to see an atmospheric explosion and the gift you have been waiting for drops like a giant metallic smorgasbord of gun-toting goodness. This is Titanfall and we could be looking at the release of the next huge franchise in gaming. The hype has been created ever since we first saw news of the game at the 2013 E3 Xbox presser and since then the game has only grown in expectation. This was aided, in no small part, from the game’s Beta where players were able to get to grips with some of what the game has to offer. The internet and YouTube in particular were full of gameplay videos showing off the gaming experience. You can read our Beta impressions here.
Titanfall is the first title from the newly established studio, Respawn Entertainment, and will be published by Electronic Arts. They were however formed from the studio that brought us Call of Duty, Modern Warfare so they already have a pretty sizable pedigree.
We have seen mechs in games before so why is Titanfall different?
The best way to explain it is the way you (as a pilot) interact with your Titan. You are able to pilot your titan from the outset, or activate the Guard or follow mode. These allow you to utilise the Titan’s firepower while you can gain a handy kill or two on the battlefield. Of course, should you want to you can hop back into the Titan at a moment’s notice. Visually speaking it can be great to see all the different boarding techniques available for gaining access to your Titan, but the most important aspect is the fluidity of entry and how you are only out of the game for a matter of seconds.
Once you are in the pilot’s seat a whole new world of weaponry is opened up to you and you can take delight in the fact that you can be an FPS god. That is until you encounter another Titan and then the game really comes into its own.
Even though the Titans are roughly the same design, they do have class strengths and weaknesses that a good pilot can exploit. Mix these with various weapons and powers and you can really make your mech feel like an extension of the pilot. The Titan-on-Titan battles can be epic in scale. Even if the worst happens and your Titan gets destroyed, you can still eliminate the responsible party with your heavy weapons or by going rodeo on the giant’s back, exposing its brain and unloading a few clips.
With these new features and a universal entry standard, Titanfall is shaping up to be the first Next-Gen must have and could well be the system seller for the Xbox One. With a host of future DLC packs in the works, this could be the game to rule 2014 and beyond. We will be bringing you more on Titanfall very soon.
Titanfall will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. Launch date is the 14th March.
This post has been sponsored by EA Games, but all thoughts are our own.
It seems that the zany weapons and madcap characters allow for a younger point of entry to the world of shooter games and actually seems like a clever way to grab a whole new audience who may be less inclined to the RTS style of playing. Popcap have a well known background in terms of producing accessible titles, but with deeper, addictive gameplay. Add to that the trademark humour Popcap are famed for and we could see a refreshing combination of fun and great visuals that could be a tonic for all Titanfall junkies.
With game features that are taking full advantage of the Frostbite 3 engine you will be able play 24 player multiplayer matches, take on the zombie horde with three online friends and, just for extra kicks, take to the Kinect, SmartGlass or even your controller in the all new Boss Mode. Customisation tools help you personalise your plants and zombies, and allow for you to add your own wacky slant to in-game characters.
All in all Garden Warfare could have the potential to go up against the big boys in the race to dominate the Xbox One titles.
This post has been sponsored by EA Games, but all thoughts are our own.
I think if I hit refresh once more on my Gmail inbox my phone may pack up its charger and leave home. Things have been made worse by the fact Steph has a code for the XboxOne version of Titanfall. I say worse because I'm petty and a bit jealous.
Anyway thankfully he has thrown the non Beta particpants a bone with some gameplay video, So sit back and drool at this clip of Mech related goodness.
For full disclosure this post was created by Paul and yes I am a bitter Muppet and proud of the fact.
The team at Futurlab have had a tough week. The release of a new title in Surge Deluxe (you can read Paul's review here) is tough but today they have started showing Alpha footage of their new title Velocity 2x. Not only this they also did a PlayStation Blog takeover which we will link to below. My advice to them is take a break and put your feet up once this game is finished until then keep working.
Playstation Blog post; New Velocity 2X trailer and update: So far, so good!
ACTIVISION AND INFINITY WARD’S CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ONSLAUGHT REVEALED AS THE FIRST OF FOUR EPIC DLC PACKS PLANNED FOR 2014
Launching First, Exclusively on Xbox Live on 28th January Onslaught Will Feature
Four New Multiplayer Maps, the All-New “Maverick” Dual-Purpose Weapon and
“Episode 1: Nightfall,” the First Instalment in Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction’s Four-Part Episodic Storyline
Fans Can Purchase Onslaught Individually, or as Part of the
Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass Discounted* Bundle
Gamers mark your calendars as the first of four massive Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack offerings for Call of Duty: Ghosts, the #1 most played multiplayer title currently for Xbox 360 on Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft, is on the way with Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught. Set to launch on 28th January first, exclusively on Xbox Live for both Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Onslaught debuts four unique multiplayer maps, each with their own distinct environments, small to medium scale and varied gameplay, as well as the all-new “Maverick” dual-purpose Assault Rifle/Sniper Rifle. Anchoring Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught is “Episode 1: Nightfall,” the first instalment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative that delves deeper into the storyline and features new characters, a new weapon and new alien species including a towering, three-story tall alien enemy.
Get ready for lots of new content updates for Grand Theft Auto Online, beginning with the launch of the free Deathmatch and Race Creators tool coming this week. Here's a look at what’s on the way in the weeks ahead...
Deathmatch & Race Creators Beta
This week, we will give you the first chance to build your own content in GTA Online (and play content others have made) with the release of the Deathmatch & Race Creators Beta. With access to some of the same tools as our own game design and development team, you can craft your own custom blood-soaked gunfights, high-octane street races, screaming jet dogfights and more. You’ll also be able to publish your original Deathmatches and Races via the Rockstar Games Social Club for the whole community to discover, download, play, rate and share. Players can create and customize Jobs for the following modes:
We’re planning on regularly reviewing some of the best community-created content to recognize and distinguish them as Rockstar Verified Jobs, shared out to the entire GTA Online community. The Deathmatch and Race Creators will come to you via a free update, and you’ll need to have a Social Club account that is linked to your Xbox Live Gamertag or PlayStation Network ID to use them. The Creators are in Beta so please help us iron out any flaws and bugs via the GTA Online email address.
Also in December, we will introduce possibly our favorite competitive team mode, Capture. A proper GTA twist on classic capture the flag, Capture mode brings territory infiltration and a new form of team-versus-team treachery into GTA Online. Up to four squads battle to steal contraband, trucks, buses or whatever from opponents' bases using high-speed vehicles, explosive weaponry and cunning teamwork. Craft, cooperation and team tactics are key. The free Capture update will bring a host of new jobs to GTA Online, accessible via the open world and also directly through your phone. Capture is broken down into four variations - ‘Raid’, ‘Contend’, ‘Hold’ and ‘GTA’ – we will give you full details on each of these next week.
Coming in 2014
Expect big things in both Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V next year including:
GTA Online Heists. We know many of you in the GTA Online community are super excited for the debut of co-operative Heists. Heists are currently in development and we are working very hard to get them as polished and as fun as they can be. Stay tuned for much more detail in the New Year.
GTAV Story Mode Updates. For those ready to jump back into the story of Grand Theft Auto V, we have big plans for substantial additions in 2014 continuing Michael, Franklin and Trevor's action, mayhem and unexpected adventures in Southern San Andreas.
Plus much more still to be announced.
Look for all the latest updates on Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online at the Rockstar Newswire, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Recording gameplay and commentary is huge at the moment. From LevelBf’s Below Radar Cup, to tips and tricks on Grand Theft Auto 5 and even live streams of Crusader Kings II, if you haven’t got a Personal Video Recorder connected to your computer or console of choice, it feels like you’re being left behind.
But what PVR do you go for? Will you have a computer hooked up to it to record to?
Shipping online from the 2nd of November, Hauppauge launches the HD PVR Rocket, a standalone unit, which when coupled to a USB connected external hard drive or flash drive can record gameplay while simultaneously recording commentary.
Without needing to hook up additional hardware to record to, the Rocket will fit anyone worried about space and at £139.99, setup costs.
Using a PVR myself, the hardest thing about them is storing the hours of gameplay that can come out of a single session. The Rocket’s different. Using H.264 to compress the footage, Hauppauge claim to get 4 hours of gameplay onto a 16GB USB drive without sacrificing video quality. Gamers can do all this while recording a commentary track through the inbuilt audio mixer with either a microphone or headset through the microphone input.
After all this is done, all you need to do is edit the footage, which can be done through the Hauppauge Capture software, and post it on Youtube
It's nearly the end of the season but before we hit Brazil there is the small matter of a Gran Prix on US soil. Join Sauber drizer Nico Hulkenberg as he takes you for a hot lap of the circuit.
The newest automatic title update for GTA Online is now available for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. As mentioned previously, this update addresses some residual issues where occasionally people's vehicles or vehicle modifications were disappearing due to a cloud save failure - as well as the other fixes mentioned below:
The real championship is all sewn up by Seb Vettel and his Red Bull, but the racing still goes on. This weekend we are at the Yas Marina circuit as we join Pastor Maldonado in his Williams for a trip around this spectacular track.
The new DLC from Volition is out tomorrow. Originally destined as DLC for Saints Row III, but with such a compelling central idea that Volition turned it into a fully fledged game, 'Enter the Dominatrix' is finally here to play as extra content for Saints Row IV.
With boundless self-referential humour squashed into a couple of hours of content, expect to get more of the same batshit-crazy fun you have already seen in the main game. This is not just a skin pack, or extra weapon download package (although there are some new fun weapons and outfits to be had as you play), but actually extra story content which adds to the main game without ruining any of the existing canon. You can actually play even before finishing the main story, however you do have to reach a certain level to be able to access the missions and side quests.
The story presents you with the Saints being interviewed by a reporter on their spaceship about the DLC pack. That's right, in the usual smash down of the fourth wall, the Saints discuss the history of the famous DLC-that-became-a-game in the actual DLC itself, with each character commenting on their roles within. The missions are presented as flashbacks, which you play through with tongue-in-cheek comments from all the crew narrated over your gameplay.
The missions are a pure joy, as ever, with the emphasis being placed on unadulterated fun, rather than challenging gameplay. There is plenty of fan service being pushed out too, with many references to geek-genre entertainment, although, as the name suggests, the Wachowski bros do get hit with the parody paddle on plenty of occasions. One particular protagonist, in sunglasses and long leather jacket, features, making complaints about the editing process of the game which left out many of his favourite lines. This is much like the minor character from the original Matrix movies who appeared with a more important role in the disappointing game tie-in.
There are plenty more gaming-related jokes too. At the beginning your character pointedly ignores a request to go through the laborious tutorial process as, quite rightly, the player should know all this by now (much like the beginning of Blood Dragon). There are some pretty funny scathing comments from the Saints about having to do the usual fetch quests and escort missions, and pixelated fast forwarding of some of Kenzie's tech related exposition, with a loud, "BORING!" from the president. The final level reaches new heights of (self-confessed) craziness and the primitive cut scene footage is another homage to the cutting room floor style of the DLC. The scene with The Saints travelling out of Paul's head made me laugh out loud.
If you are feeling jaded after putting many hours into GTAV, Enter the Dominatrix is a very welcome tonic; it certainly put a smile on my face. It is no coincidence that Volition are releasing this DLC now, their timing is pretty good. It certainly made me want to jump back into Steelport for a bit of gimp bashing, so to speak. If you've played the main game already, or are still missing wielding your big purple dildo bat, I can throughly recommend downloading this. You might be cautious about spending £5.99 for two hours play, but this gets you a package (ahem) of high density fun and genuinely good humour. Whip-crackingly good.
At this point I do not think there will a platform that is not getting attention from the upcoming Batman Arkham franchise (well maybe not the Ouya). This is due the announcement over the weekend during NYCC of an upcoming Free to play title for mobile devices. Initially launching on the iOS platform during the full game's release and later to be followed by the Android version.
The trailer below shows some of the graphics and it is looking pretty good at this juncture, for a free add on to the franchise this could well be worth a download.
The fusion between different forms of entertainment medium is becoming stronger all the time. From Superhero video games to comics based on IP's like Mass Effect and Bioshock.
Call of Duty though has the pull to grab some serious attention in the form of its association with music and in this case Eminem. Love him or hate him there is no denying the Rapper is a global star and his association with the Marmite of FPS titles has moved into new territory with his latest music video. Not only does he sport the now infamous Ghosts mask but you can also see game footage in the background of many of the shots.
In a very crowded market will this kind of association help both sides gain market share? I suppose we will have to wait to after November the 5th (when both the game and album are released) to see.
Be warned the Video is explicit as it says on the top banner below.
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As F1 2013 nears launch so the 2013 season is drawing to a close.
Nether the less the hot laps still keep on coming so join the Marussia driver to see what it takes to master this beast of a curcuit.
There have been quite a few changes going on around the site. Some of these will be getting revealed over the next few weeks but we are happy to announce a new writer will be joining the site. His first pieces will be up on Tuesday and we will be introducing him later in the week
Believe it or not but GTAV was released last week, you may not have realised but lets face it would you really be reading this page if you did not know. Anyway we sent our intrepid explorer Jon to find out if Rockstar have lived up to the pre-release hype. You van view his findings here.
Love them or hate them Goal celebrations are part of the game, so much so that FIFA has put a lot of time and effort into making them part of their game.
To celebrate the release of the games demo the trailer below will teach you a few of the controls needed to pull off the crowd pleasing moves.
Today we will finally see the next edition of the Call of Duty franchise. Click the link above to watch the stream starting at 10.30 am Pacific Time or 18:30 BST
Look for the world premiere of the official GTA Online Gameplay Video as well as coverage of first press previews here at the Newswire and at rockstargames.com/GTAOnline – this Thursday, August 15th.
Jon talks about Battlefield 3. Do take a look, He does have a lovely time.
Highlights from the OPC official TLOU night. We caught the end of the sesison. Three matches with specific rules. First was Melee only, followed by Sniper Loadout only, and finally 9mm pistols only. Highlights from Jon's POV, watch him die. Frequently.