Category: Xbox

Zombi Review

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ZombiU as it was known in 2012 is a first-person survival horror game, a WiiU exclusive launch title from Ubisoft Montpellier that made extensive use of the gamepad for inventory management and scanning purposes as well as a multiplayer mode, the latter of which was cut for this renamed and retooled version “Zombi”.

So what has changed? As I said the Game Pad integration is gone instead pressing back on the controller makes the character kneel and open his back pack up so you can see if you’re being (or about to be) attacked by a zombie, the map is now displayed on the bottom right hand corner of the screen, holding left bumper brings up the prepper pad which scans environments, field of view increased, general movement and control improvements and finally two new mêlée weapons, a shovel which has a longer reach and a nail bat, both of which also do more damage than the standard cricket bat.

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Microsoft Studios – Current projects list (September 2015)

Gamescom 2015 Edition

First-party studios:

  • 343 Industries – Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) / Halo: The Master Chief Collection updates (Xbox One) / Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One/PC)
  • Big Park – Entertainment and sports apps (Xbox One)
  • Decisive Games – Unannounced strategy game
  • [Fun]ction Studios – Hololens development
  • Good Science Studio – Hololens development
  • Lift London – Hololens development
  • Lionhead Studios – Fable Legends (Xbox One/PC) / New IP
  • LXP – Hololens development
  • Mojang – Minecraft (PC/Mobile/Hololens) / Cobalt (Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC)
  • Press Play – New project choices
  • Rare –  Sea of Thieves (Xbox One/PC) / RareReplay (Xbox One)
  • Team Dakota – Project Spark (Xbox One/PC)
  • The Coalition – Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) / Gears of War Ultimate Edition (Xbox One/PC)
  • Twisted Pixel – “AAA” game
  • Turn10 – Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One)

Second party studios (publishing relationships or contract work): (more…)

Blues and Bullets Review [Episode 1]

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Spanish developer A Crowd of Monsters releases their second Xbox One title (also available on PC) following the release of Funk of Titans back in January and the two couldn’t be anymore different. Moving away from the bright light-hearted tone of Funk of Titans is the complete polar opposite Blues and Bullets, an episodic noir fiction style investigation game about a retired police officer who runs a diner being dragged out of retirement to investigate the case of a missing child.

For this review as its episodic I’ll give an overview of the gameplay mechanics based on the first episode which I doubt will change much then talk about each specific episode as they release, without spoilers! When a new episode releases I’ll update this post.

The first thing you’ll notice is the distinctive look which is based on classic American comics and noir fiction and it looks great with splashes of red and other colours too. It’s an impressively styled game that I think was a very good choice and represents this dark and corrupt city of Santa Esperanza you’re getting into very well. When I call it a dark and corrupt city [no spoilers], in Episode 1 this becomes clear quite quickly with what to expect from the game going forwards. (more…)

Gears is back! Gears of War Ultimate Edition releasing next week

 

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Next week sees the return of a franchise that is one of my favourites: Gears of War. Its been almost 2 and a half years since Gears of War Judgment and now the franchise owned by Microsoft and developed by The Coalition (Ultimate Edition with Splash Damage) is releasing on Xbox One August 25th in North America and August 28th in EMEA regions.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition takes the blockbuster original and gives it a new coat of paint with an all new art and graphical style, boost up to 1080 and 60 frames per second multiplayer (30 fps campaign) on Xbox One.

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MS Gamescom 2015 Predictions Review

 

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Following the conclusion of Gamescom 2015 its time to review my predictions for the show, it wasn’t just about the conference so anything else Xbox showed or announced at the Daily Shows or some other capacity will be including in this. Generally I think I did pretty well really:

  • Quantum Break = March 2016 release date, Alan Wake Remastered pre-order bonus available in 2015
    • April release date. No Alan Wake Remastered
  • Scalebound has 4 player co-op, Spring 2016 release date
    • 4 player co-op, holiday 16
  • Crackdown gameplay demo, cloud tech destruction detailed, Holiday 2016
    • Yep, yep and nope, the game is scheduled for Summer 2016
  • Halo 5 LE console, Fifa 16, Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 bundles
    • Halo 5 and Fifa 16 bundles
  • New Halo 5 trailer featuring Master Chief + TR, Forza 6 trailers
    • Trailers for all, although not a Master Chief one
  • Brand new Halo game announced, not made by 343 Industries, begins in 2016
    • Halo Wars 2 made by Creative Assembly, 2016
  • Halo Spartan Strike (finally) announced for Xbox consoles
    • Nope
  • Halo MCC PC port announced
    • Nope

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Mini-Reviews #3: Screamride, Kalimba, Rayman Legends

Screamride (Xbox One)

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Developed by Frontier developments who made Xbox One launch title Zoo Tycoon, Screamride is a fun game about rollercoasters, riding them, building them and destroying them with impressive physics and destruction mechanics I had a lot of fun with.

The campaign has 3 modes to it: screamrider, destruction and builder with different goals on each level with 6 “series” each of which have multiple levels within them for each gameplay type. I feel like it suffered a bit between being a premium digital title and low-cost retail game but whatever it was it’s certainly fun. (more…)

Submerged Review

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Submerged is a third-person combat-free exploration game set in a mysterious open world flooded city, made by Australian studio Uppercut Games, whose earlier work included the Bioshock franchise for 2k and the Epoch franchise on mobile. You control a girl called Miku, who has brought her injured brother to the city with the hope of patching him up and leaving for pastures new.

You arrive in a small fishing boat which you explore the city by sailing around in, collecting rudder upgrades, hidden objects, landmarks, wildlife and for the story progression, supply drops which are around hotel roofs, collecting these will help you get your brother back to full health. (more…)

Microsoft Studios – Current projects list (August 2015 – Gamescom)

Gamescom 2015 Edition

First-party studios:

  • 343 Industries – Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) / Halo: The Master Chief Collection updates (Xbox One) / Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One/PC)
  • Big Park – Entertainment and sports apps (Xbox One)
  • Decisive Games – Unannounced strategy game
  • [Fun]ction Studios – Hololens development
  • Good Science Studio – Hololens development
  • Lift London – Hololens development
  • Lionhead Studios – Fable Legends (Xbox One/PC) / New IP
  • LXP – Hololens development
  • Mojang – Minecraft (PC/Mobile/Hololens) / Cobalt (Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC)
  • Press Play – Unannounced new project
  • Rare –  Sea of Thieves (Xbox One/PC) / RareReplay (Xbox One)
  • Team Dakota – Project Spark (Xbox One/PC)
  • The Coalition – Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) / Gears of War Ultimate Edition (Xbox One/PC)
  • Twisted Pixel – “AAA” game
  • Turn10 – Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One)

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Hype: The Swindle (31st July)

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UK Studio Size Five Games in collaboration with Curve Studios are releasing The Swindle next week on a variety of platforms! The game looks pretty interesting and I look forward to checking it out soon

“The Swindle is a steampunk cybercrime caper about breaking into buildings, hacking their systems, stealing all their cash, and quickly running away again before the police show up.

All the buildings you’ll be robbing are randomly-generated, so you’ll never get the same level twice.

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Gears of War 4 E3 Demo thoughts

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At E3 2015 Microsoft and The Coalition lifted the lid on Gears of War 4 with a live gameplay demo by studio head Rod Fergusson.

The important take out for me was moving away from their traditional teaser trailers to announce games with and do a gameplay demo on-stage which I think was good move. People told Microsoft they wanted less CGI trailers after Crackdown, Scalebound and Phantom Dust at last years E3 so they showed gameplay and then people complain about what they see when it’s quite early, hilarious.

Black Tusk Studios as they were known when they took over the Gears of War franchise back in January 2014 have worked hard on the game and at E3 represented 17 months worth of development time (if the demo was finished in June) and if it launches in November 2016, it will have another 17 months left in development, so whichever way you look at it we’re pretty much dead on the halfway stage in development, The Coalition have also been working with Splash Damage on Gears of War Ultimate Edition which launches next month. (more…)

Ratings Boards #4: More games coming to Xbox One

Round 4 of my compilation of newest games rated by PEGI (EU), USK (Germany) and ESRB (US)

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

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“Legend foretold it. Prophecies predicted it. Chosen ones chose to believe in it. Now the adventure saga continues. A sequel is coming. Join Wilbur, Ivo, Nate and Critter in another classic point-and-click adventure in the wicked world of Aventásia. Help them fulfill their destiny. A destiny as yet unwritten.”

  • Developer/Publisher: King Art Games/Nordic Games
  • Rated: PEGI
  • Visit: Website – Steam

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The Fall Review

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The Fall is a 2D sci-fi puzzle-solving action game set on what appears to be an abandoned space station of some sort, it looks like The Swapper which came to Xbox One recently although The Fall balances up the “puzzles” with more action scenes, giving you control of a weapon and its more about exploring the environments and connecting the dots between the different moments using your items to progress and not being a heavy puzzle focused title.

You play as ARID, an artificial intelligence which has been activated by your crash landing on this unknown place somewhere in space. The landing has left your suits functions impaired and you must get to a medical bay to help the injured human inside your suit.

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Hitman: Live Experience launch thoughts

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At E3 IO Interactive announced Hitman, a sequel to 2012’s maligned Hitman Absolution, it has a nice new stylish logo and is back to the big open levels of something like Blood Money (except like much bigger) and according to Video Gamer.com is also really good!

At the Sony conference it was announced as a digital first release which was sort of glossed over and left to comments after from IO Interactive studio head Hannes Seifert (Via Videogamer.com), I’ve lifted a few choice quotes and taken the rest from a newer Q&A they did on the Hitman website:

  1. There will be “no DLC or micro transactions”
  2. “Its fully complete at launch but not finished”
  3. More locations, missions and timed-available targets will be added
  4. Amount of content to be released day 1 has not been decided yet and they are unsure on the delivery frequency of new content
  5. “We can promise you it will be a very big release day one”
  6. New content every week, an event every week and “people can engage every week”

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Ratings Boards #3: More games coming to Xbox One

Round 2 of my compilation of newest games rated by PEGI (EU), USK (Germany) and ESRB (US)

Submerged

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“Exploration, Sacrifice, and the Serenity of Desolation

Trapped in an ancient, half-submerged city and desperate for supplies, you must explore the flooded streets in your simple fishing boat, and scale the ruined buildings that hold the promise of salvation.

With gorgeous visuals powered by Unreal Engine 4 and music by BAFTA Award-Winner Jeff Van Dyck, Submerged will drag you under.”

Submerged is an interesting game with a cool premise, I hope it lives up to its potential.

  • Developer/Publisher: Uppercut Games
  • Rated: USK
  • Visit: Website – Twitter

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Top 10 Games of E3 2015

With E3 having been and gone, here are the games I’m most looking forward to from the show:

ReCore (Armature Studios/Comcept/Microsoft Studios)

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Definitely the new announcement I’m most excited about, the second game shown at the Microsoft E3 conference was teased with a CGI trailer and lots of interviews after. A partnership between Keiji Infaune’s Comcept, Armature Studios (ex-Metroid Prime developers) and Microsoft its a story heavy game about a girl and a companion core that can be placed into different robots such a dog and this tells the story of one of the last humans on earth.

The game sounds good from what we’ve heard, with a dynamic world that changes when sandstorms occur it has left intriguing questions about how it plays which we should be hearing about soon given comments made in interviews, the game is playable according to Phil Spencer and with a release window of Spring 2016 (mid-March to mid-June) Gamescom certainly seems like a good time to show us more.

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