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Coming Up – UK Game Releases (1st November 2013)

So we’re back for another week, and its certainly a week of highs, and lows, but let us know what you think…. So heres the run-down….

1st November:

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First up of our big releases this week is Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360 /PS3/PC/PS4/Xbox One). There are no big surprises here though, DICE have stuck to the tried, tested and probably dated formula of a weak campaign tagged onto a popular multiplayer.  Vast multiplayer maps, all with their own flavour, enhanced with ‘Levolution’ a feature which created cataclysmic changed to the map when certain criteria is met, and DICE is thinking big, and it does sound great.  The campaign on the other hand is seemingly riddled with dumb AI, a limp story and easy headshots… some nice set pieces though!

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Unfortunately, and I agree with this, this old-gen style of multiplayer is soon to be outdated, with Destiny and Titanfall pioneering the online multiplayer front, Battlefield 4 wont be able to keep up. Stretched too thin, DICE developing this game for current & next gen, as well as PC…. and apparently its with the current gen that loses out, with apparently murky textures, low resolution and frame-rate problems.  So got that PS4/Xbox One on pre order? Really want to play Battlefield 4?…. Wait until the next gens come out, or alternatively, get a PC; and make sure your friends get the same!

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Next up we’re heading over to the DS’s for a team up? Madagascar 3 and The Croods Combo Pack (DS/3DS), and this isn’t the first combo Nintendo are trying today… First you get Madagascar 3: The Video Game, an action-adventure, platforming and mini-game circus related fun for the family with multiple playable characters that you kids love form the films.  The second game, The Croods: Prehistoric Party, includes 30 Crood-themed party mini games, to keep the kids entertained with.

Another riveting one up next…….. Monster High 13 Wishes (Wii/DS/3DS/Wii U), a young girl friendly puzzle action adventure, to save Monsters High as their favourite freaky-fab ghoul… I think they can play dress up too….. Moving on….

To the other combo pack from Nintendo, oh yey……. The Croods & Rise of the Guardians Combo Pack (Wii). I wont repeat about what the The Croods game is, but Rise of the Guardians you play as either Santa, the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Sandman or Jack Frost, exploring the realms either solo or in multiplayer mode, in the kid friendly action adventure game.

And then last up for today is a subject that comes up surprisingly often on the podcast, and now a new game for it too, WWE 2K14 (Xbox 360/PS3). All the tools you could want to relive those old WWE memories and to create new ones too, with 30 years of Wrestlemania to draw on, with 46 of the most memorable matches, its a faithful curation.  And the creation suite is vast, from custom pyrotechnics to tattoos… Sounds like that if this is your jam, then this game will give you hours of fun.

5th November:

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Then last up for this week, its another biggie, Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360 /PS3/PC/Wii U).  Now we first saw this at the Xbox One launch, and even myself who is in no way a CoD fan, couldn’t helped but be impressed by what I saw.  Infinity Ward have graphically created a game that is made for the next-gen of consoles (Although it will be out on 360 too, this is a game thats worth waiting for on the new console), the visuals are seriously impressive, and although not reinventing the wheel when it comes to game play, they’ve simply concentrated on perfecting it.

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Visually the SubD rendering will blow your mind, and you raise your gun, the texture count increases in real time, to the point you can see blemishes in the skin, and dirt under your nails. There is the HDR lighting, beams of light coming through the canopy causing you to shift your position due to glare, change your view, your eyes will take a second to re focus after staring into all of that dazzling light….. It is neat… really neat… and you get a dog…. I think I might be sold, and I may have to give back my “I hate CoD” badge, because this game, sounds absolutely amazing….

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Coming Up – August 2013 UK Game Releases

So August brings us a quiet start to the month, but that pace soon ramps up by the end of the month, and the race begins to Christmas! Wait…. What… Oh let’s just get started!!

9th August

Were going to start with last weeks release of Tales of Xillia (PS3), part of a long series of JRPG’s, it has a strong battle system, but the graphics and repetitiveness will let it down. But if your a fan of the Final Fantasy style gameplay, then this could be an enjoyable 30hrs…

13th August

Duck Tales Remastered (PC/WiiU/XBLA/PSN/3DS eShop) makes an unusual mid week release, but from the sounds of it purely because they didn’t want anyone to notice it, a shallow reimagining of a retro classic, that shows its age… Avoid.

16th August

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Pay Day 2 (PS3/XBOX360) is the first to come out later this week, the name of the game? Select your crime, plan the best way to pull it off, and then try to achieve it. All reviews point towards a shakey game, with technical issues galore that could have been better. But look beyond that, and you might find a greatly entertaining multiplayer.

Next, you’ve got it, another movie tie in spin off, Planes (Wii/DS/WiiU/3DS) also come out this week… Get it for your Cars/Planes obsessed young child, it’s all it was made for.

23rd August

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Disney Infinity (Xbox 360 /PS3/Wii /PC/3DS/Wii U) starts off our choca-block couple of weeks as summer holidays starts to end. Now at first I wasn’t sold on this, but then as soon as I discovered you could as well as play in the worlds of the Disney characters, but also make your own, I realised this could be good fun for Disney fans out there! Disney meets Lego/Minecraft…. I know that’s a big ask, but there is potential… Just maybe not a story….

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Next up, its a biggie! Saints Row IV (Xbox 360/PS3/PC), its been in all the news, either from its purely crazy weapons, to struggling to get classification in Australia… This game looks… Well quite frankly mental, you the president of the world, must save us all by the most ridiculous means possible….. sexual violence and drugs as rewards aside (which is why it has been banned by our down under relatives)… I think it will be a games of tastes, either you will love its outrageousness, or you will loathe and be offended by it… Only you can decide…

Set in 1962, just after the Cold War The Bureau: XCom Declassified (Xbox 360/PS3/PC) tells the story of XCOM’s first encounter as a third person tactical shooter… Now I know some people who love this series, who will obviously enjoy this game… To be honest I’m more interested in the era it’s set in, oh so very Roswell.

Next up is a WiiU exclusive with The Wonderful 101 (Wii U), superheroes vs aliens in which you will have to work together, this is a unique mass-hero action game. Cartoony, fast paced with lots going on, you have to draw your formations on the screen to perform actions… This looks like it could be good fun!

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Then last up this week is Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Xbox 360/PS3/PC/Wii U), if I remember rightly this impressed us from this years E3, so we’re definitely glad this is coming out sooner rather than later. Dubbed as the best Splinter Cell game yet, not only taking influence from Assassins Creed, but also Mass Effect and Metal Gear…. This definitely looks like the game to have this week, and is going to live up to the hype.

27th August

Now FF are always impressive in scope, and this MMO revamp looks to live up to that… Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3/PC) trailer game us lots to see, but I must admit I don’t think this will be as amazing as us FF fans would want, I’m usually blown away by new FF trailers, and this left me wanting, but I may still pick it up cheap when I can.

30th August

Then into our final week, we will start with Etrian Odyssey IV (3DS), making its move to the 3DS, it’s a an old school dungeon crawler with modern enhancements. Build your own guild of explorers, and brave the dangers of the under and over worlds… It may be a little old fashioned, but will appeal to some.

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Killer is Dead (Xbox 360/PS3) is next, with its highly stylised look, very Frank Miller? The trailer in fact left me confused about this game, and the only thought I came away with was “Well that looked like a button mashing what the hell…” So yup… Confused, and will probably miss this one….

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Next up is a series I have long been told I would enjoy, Ive simply just never gotten round to it, but I’m not sure I would be sold on the trailer for Lost Planet 3 (Xbox 360/PS3/PC). It didn’t win me, and if anything looked clunky, don’t get me wrong I will still give the series a go… But this doesn’t look like a strong game, but will apparently answer a lot of questions for existing fans… I guess I will see when I get to it!

One for James, Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360/PS3/PS4/Xbox One) is also out this week, with next definition visuals, better physics and AI, this will be a must buy in our household…

More anime next, with One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 (PS3)… Anime through and through, down to the weird character design, and outlandish moves, not to mention the odd graphics… I think this is for the serious hardcore anime fans only…

The trading/economic simulation games Port Royale 3: Gold Edition (Xbox 360/PS3/PC) is also released this week, including the expansion pack Treasure Island, and the micro expansions Harbour Master and New Adventures.

And then last but not least is Rayman Legends (Xbox 360/PS3/PC/Wii U/Vita) with a new adventure, with online games, new characters, environments and game engine, this should be a great addition for the Rayman fans out there.

And that’s it for this month, it’s a bit of a wired one, but there a couple of games in there to keep you going until next month all been well through these last months of the current gen… Will we see some swan songs next month, we will have to wait and see…