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May 19, 2014

Reaper of Souls is coming to a console near you

On the 19th August 2014 Diablo III’s Ultimate Evil Edition will be available to play on your console, that’s PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You will be able to battle the Angel of Death either solo or with a team of four players ia PlayStation Network or Xbox Live and it includes all the content from the latest expansion ‘Reaper of Souls’ as well as Acts I to IV from the original Diablo III. This is a great release for console players, the price comes in at 69.99 EUR/59.99 USD for the PS4 or Xbox One and 39.99 EUR/39.99 USD for the PS3 or Xbox 360.

Additionally, if you pre-order you also get the ‘Infernal Pauldrons’, this piece of shoulder armour provides vitality, life per second and cooldown reduction bonuses and can also be transmogged.

The good news for those who played the original PS3 or Xbox 360 versions of Diablo III is that they will be able to continue their journey without starting again. PS3 characters from the original game can be transferred to either the PS3 or PS4 Ultimate Evil Edition, and Xbox 360 characters can be transferred to the Xbox 360 or Xbox One version.

For anyone who hasn’t played the PC version of Diablo III this is a must have for the console, it really is full of fast-paced action, awesome heroes (crusader, barbarian, witch doctor, demon hunter, monk, or wizard) and legendary drops and unlike the PC version, you get all this from the comfort of your couch.

For more information about the world of Diablo III visit the Blizzard website: http://www.battle.net/d3.

May 6, 2013

MMORPG Update: Destiny Awaits

“From the creators of Halo and the publishers of Call of Duty comes Destiny… the next evolution of entertainment” http://www.destinythegame.com

Destiny Screen Shot

Although there has been no date for launch officially released for Destiny, it has had a lot of coverage in recent months and there seem to be a lot of questions surrounding the release that remain unanswered, at least for the time being. Bungie, the developers behind the game in association with Activision, have been careful to avoid labelling the game as an MMO instead describing it as an always-online FPS that will incorporate MMO elements referring to it as a ‘shared-world shooter’ because it doesn’t follow all the traditional elements of an MMO game, e.g., you won’t be able to see and interact with all players on your server, instead you would be matched up with other players by the game which will be driven by a brand new game engine which builds upon Bungie’s ‘hopper’ technology that has been used within the Halo games. It is expected that Destiny will be a cross-platform game being released for the XBox360 and PS3, perhaps even the next generation consoles, particularly the PS4. Bungie have definitely stated that Destiny will definitely have a presence on these new generation consoles however they have not yet stated whether this will be in time for launch. Also, as a PC gamer I was interested in Destiny being released for the PC market and there seemed to be some insinuation that gamers just don’t play FPS on PCs anymore… not entirely sure who came up with that one because it’s definitely not what I see, but in all honesty I can’t see this game being released without a PC version, it is a major game and has been under development for years and given the investment I don’t think it will be left off.

The game is set in the future on a post-apocalyptic earth, the survivors of the apocalypse, saved by a being known as the traveler, now call upon a yet unknown power that seems to be connected to the traveler to defend Earth’s last remaining city. As a Guardian of the City you are tasked with destroying the hostile alien races that have taken hold before humanity is completely wiped out. You will be able to choose one of three distinct races as a Guardian: Human, Awoken, or Exo, as well as one of three classes: Hunter, Warlock, or Titan. Each race and class has it’s own unique abilities and it is the combination of a Guardian race and class that determines the kind of Guardian you will be. For more information on what the game will look like and the creative vision of Bungie take a look at the video clip below or for more information visit the official website at: www.destinythegame.com.

May 1, 2013

Diablo III for PS3 now available for pre-order

“We’ve poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into creating an epic Diablo III experience for PlayStation gamers” Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment

Select retailers worldwide have now begun taking pre-orders for the upcoming PlayStation 3 system version of Diablo III — see the official website for a list of participating retailers.

Diablo III was originally released for PC and Mac on 15th May 2012 and within 24 hours became the fastest-selling PC game of all time. Now console gamers can pre-order the PS3 version which has been tailored especially for the console, with updates to the game’s thrilling boss battles, an all-new user interface featuring an intuitive control system, and a dynamic camera perspective that will make vanquishing evil feel like second nature on the PlayStation. Players can take on the vile denizens of the Burning Hells alone or in a party of up to four via same-screen local cooperative play, online play over the PlayStation Network, or any combination of online or local players.

Players who pre-order the PS3 version of Diablo III will receive an exclusive in-game item: the Infernal Helm, which grants an experience point boost to any character who wears it, accelerating their progression as they rise in power. Certain retailers will also offer limited-edition pre-order bonuses.

Diablo III continues the epic Diablo storyline, with players taking on the role of one of five heroic characters: barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter, embarking on a perilous quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells.

The game will go on sale later this year for a suggested retail price of $59.99/£39.99, more information about the release will be announced closer to the time.

April 18, 2013

Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall – Now Available

Dishonored DLC image

Take on the role of Daud, the legendary assassin who killed the Empress. This second add-on pack for the award-winning first person action game from Arkane Studios gives you a new perspective on Daud, and access to his weapons, gadgets, allies and supernatural abilities.http://bethsoft.com/en-gb/games/knife_of_dunwall

April 14, 2013

Penguin United Xbox 360 Keyboard Mouse Converter

Old habits die hard and one hardest ones for me to attempt to ditch in an attempt to play with some of my XBL brethren was the Keyboard and Mouse setup that I’ve become accustomed to on the PC over the past 17 years.

Some of you may be asking “Why would you lower yourself to playing games like Battlefield 3 on a console when you can play it on a PC at five times the visuals and speed?” the answer to that question is… I have friends who refuse to convert.  So in attempt to keep those friendships intact I’ve purchased games that I normally wouldn’t purchase on systems I normally wouldn’t play.  Primarily Battlefield 3(which I love) and Call of Duty: Black Ops II (which I can’t stand).

Obviously my biggest complaint with consoles is the lack of KB/M support and forcing me to play with, what I consider to be, an inferior control interface.  I gave it a good attempt on Battlefield 3 and the best scores, on rush, that I could come up with where 5/18 or around that on a fairly consistent basis and I would place last if not close to last every other game.  I gave this a go for about a month before I finally got fed up and started to look for a solution that would allow my old school gaming habits to function on ‘modern’ gaming consoles.

The solution came in the form of Penguin United’s Eagle-Eye Keyboard and Mouse Converter.  I decided to pick this up after I looked around the net for a solution and honestly when one of my friends *Xbox fantatic* told me to buy it.

So is it any good?  In short… yes but it does have some drawbacks.  Let’s start with the negatives:

The Bad:

This was confusing to configure even for an experienced System Architect like myself.  I eventually figured it out but it did take me about 6 hours from the moment I bought it to the point where I was playing.  There were several things about it that were hard to figure out but once I got it was smooth sailing from then one.  The biggest complaints I had were this:

You have to have a wired Xbox *official* controller otherwise you won’t be able to get the EagleEye to sync with your Xbox.  Yes you have to plug in the wired controller into your converter every time you start your xbox and connect it.  Connecting it, from what I can deduce, allows it to steal the licensing from the controller and emulate it on the controller.  Once it’s connected you’ll be fine until the next time you turn off your Xbox 360.

Sensitivity can be annoying.  I’m used to high sensitivity on the PC and on the console I was forced to pump the sensitivity all the way up to get it to the point where I could be competitive in games.  It’s still not what I would like but it’s far better than the alternative.

This complaint is specific to Battlefield 3 so I cannot speak to other games as the only two games I’ve played with this are Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Battlefield 3.  It’s hard to use any vehicles outside of the tank and even then it can be a challenge as it is VERY slow to turn turrets.  It’s hard to explain until you’ve used it but once you have you’ll understand.  Don’t even try flying a jet or a helicopter.

Finally the last complaint I had is having the right hardware.  This device only functions with specific hardware.  Do yourself a favor and do your research before you purchase this and purchase it with the proper Keyboard and Mouse combo.  I’ll do an article later on showing what I did to make it work.

The Good:

While there are… what some would consider a lot of negatives, there are a good number of positives as well, especially once you get everything configured the way you like it.

The biggest question is will this making playing an FPS on a console better?  Yes it will and by a good margin.  Yes graphics will still suck like they always do on consoles but at least from a controls perspective things will be much better.  I went from being 5/18 and near last on the team playing rush to going 35/5 on a fairly consistent basis and getting MVP 1 -3.  You can tell right off the bat that you have a pretty big advantage from other players by just the nature of controls.  Having said all that BF3 and COD: BO II don’t play the same on Xbox as they do on PC, they are much slower.

EagleEye comes with some pretty slick controller software.  It allows you to fully customize your keys on your controller to their keyboard and mouse equivalents.  Yes there are some that can’t translate over quite the way I’d like but it’s still much better than using a controller.  The biggest part is just memorizing what those are as you’ll still have to memorize what keys you’ve mapped to what controller buttons.  You’ll need to know these for navigating menus and such.  Once you’ve memorized those it’s smooth as butter.

Conclusion:

Would I recommend this?  Yes… once you get past some of the quirks with go along with this product it’s a pretty slick product.  When you finally get it functioning it works really well aside from having to initialize it every time I start my Xbox.  Having said that it’s a price I’ll gladly pay to not have to deal with clumsy controls.  While this product does need some improvements in the form of ease of use it still gets TGB’s stamp of approval.  Anyone else had experience with this product?  What did you think?

You can check out Penguin Uniteds site here.  If you’d like to purchase it you can buy it at Amazon.com here. You can also purchase a PS3 version.

 

March 17, 2013

New game arrivals in the next 3 months

Bioshock Infinite

The third installment in the Bioshock series is a first person shooter set in 1912. Players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt on a rescue mission to save a young woman named Elizabeth. During their escape, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond – together they fight their way through a storyline packed with twists and turns.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release: 26th March 2013

Defiance

Defiance is a science-fiction MMO shooter from Trion Worlds. Players are enlisted as Ark Hunters to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area in search of advanced alien technology after a massive world-wide event led to the the fall of plant and animal species and the rise to new species. Futhermore, several alien species came to Earth which led to war, further devastating the planet.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release: 2nd April 2013

Star Trek

This is a third-person action-adventure game, developed by Digital Extremes and co-published by Namco Bandai Games and Paramount Pictures. Players can assume either the role of Captain Kirk or Spock, the two characters are intended to show different gameplay techniques, with Kirk being the more typical shooter while Spock has stealth techniques – but each are armed with weapons to reflect their gameplay style.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release: 26th April 2013

Grid 2

A racing video game developed by Codemasters, Grid 2 is the sequel to Race Driver: Grid. It includes real world locations such as Abu Dhabi, Paris and US states to name a few and lets you choose cars spanning four decades. Check out the trailer below, there are some seriously sexy rides going on.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release: 31st May 2013

December 16, 2012

Coming next year: Games to look forward to

Upcoming games image for 2013

Christmas is coming and if you’re anything like me some of that time that I get off work is going to be spent totally submerged in gaming – I’m already looking forward to it. What I’m also looking forward to are the titles that are coming up in 2013, these are the ones that we’ve seen at events like E3 and Gamescom this year. I’m particularly interested in seeing The Elder Scrolls Online when it comes out next year, The Elder Scrolls goes from single-player to MMO, I have a feeling it’s going to be good.

Dead Space 3

Developed by Visceral Games this title is the highly anticipated sequel to Dead Space 2, a survival horror third-person shooter, Dead Space 3 sees Isaac Clarke pitted against the Necromorphs in a struggle to end the scourge forever. You will also be able to fight in co-op mode now or run solo, which is even easier with the drop in drop out functionality, so you can team up with a partner at any checkpoint in the game.

– Release date: 8th February 2013
http://www.deadspace.com/

Aliens: Colonial Marines

They’re back! Developed by Gearbox Software this first-person shooter is cross-platform and is set after the events of the film Aliens 3. The game employs drop-in/drop-out co-op for up to 4 players online or 2 players locally. If the recent prequel in the Aliens series has peaked your interest this will be one not to miss next year.

– Release date: February 2013
http://www.sega.co.uk/alienscolonialmarines

Crysis 3

In this, the third installment of the Crysis series, take on the aliens in New York City’s Nanodrome where you become the hunter. Crysis 3 will be utilising the CryEngine 3 game engine giving you stunning graphics and an amazing gameplay experience.

– Release date: February 2013
http://www.crysis.com/us/crysis-3

Carmageddon: Reincarnation

Carmageddon is back, this time more gory than ever! This game was covered a lot over the course of this year and if there’s a more exciting vehicle combat game waiting in the wings I’d like to know about it. This game is the fourth in the series following Carmageddon, Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon: TDR 2000.

– Release date: Febrary 2013
http://www.carmageddon.com/reincarnation

Company of Heroes 2

If real-time strategy games are your thing, why not try this WW2 sequel coming next year. You are in command of the Soviet Red Army, your goal to free Russia from the Nazi threat of 1941 on the Eastern Front. The game runs on the Essence 3.0 game engine, which the publisher THQ claims will bring “new technological advancements” to the game.

– Release date: April/May 2013
http://www.companyofheroes.com/

Remember Me

Capcom’s cyberpunk release for 2013. Interesting concept here, the game uses ‘memory remixing’ which is entering and rearranging a target’s memories to manipulate them. By doing this you can then change the target’s memory of the outcome of any event. You play Nilin whose memories have been erased and the aim is to retrieve those memories and find out why.

– Release date: May 2013
http://www.capcom-europe.com/

The Elder Scrolls Online

One of my favourites for next year, The Elder Scrolls is going MMORPG! The game will be set on the fictional continent of Tamriel a millennium before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and it will have a storyline that is not connected to any of the previous games. After a lengthy development period it will be great to see what this game brings to the MMO market.

– Release date: 2013
http://elderscrollsonline.com/en/

October 31, 2012

Risen 2: Dark Waters Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Risen 2: Dark Waters giveaway. The winners are:

– Darklurkr23 (The ARRRRRRRRRRRRREA 51)
– loozer (Dark Wings)
– unreal713 (The Flames of Atlantis)
– angiem32 (Lady of the Water)
– Greig spencer (The Jolly Podger)
– belinda3 (Bella)
– suewilly (The Ghoul­ish Galleon)
– Wadestark (The Wraith)
– Moby (The Crusty Lady)
– gingerjess13 (The Ginger Parrot)

We will be contacting each of the winners this week to get the game sent out. We hope you are having a great Halloween and please do look out for our next giveaway, coming soon!

Thanks once again to our friends at Koch Media for providing the prizes for the giveaway and also allowing us to interview Björn Pankratz, Project Direc­tor at Piranha Bytes.

October 18, 2012

Elite Services for CoD Black Ops 2 will be Free

Activision Blizzard have announced that the Call of Duty Elite Services for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be made free. Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg said in a statement “What we have realized is that several of the Call of Duty Elite services which are currently only available to our premium members for Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 are things that would further unite, engage and delight our player community. So we are going to make them free for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”

As a free service for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the Call of Duty Elite platform includes new and enhanced features such as:

Player HQ
Clan HQ
Zombies Support
Call of Duty Elite TV
Social Sharing and Notifications

The worldwide launch is set to be the 13th November 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Fans can find more information at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2, on facebook at www.facebook.com/codblackops or on Twitter by following @Treyarch.

October 10, 2012

Risen 2: Dark Waters Giveaway

To coincide with our interview with Björn Pankratz, Project Director at Piranha Bytes, our friends at Koch Media have given us 5 Xbox and PS3 promo copies of Risen 2: Dark Waters to giveaway!

Now you’ve earned command of your very own pirate ship, the question is, what are you going to call her? All you have to do is tell us what you would call your pirate ship in the comments section below. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 31st October. Won a prize from us before? No problem! You can play and win as many times as you like! To qualify for the contest do the following:

1. Register for an account (if you’ve already done so go to step 2)

2. Like us on Facebook (if you’ve already done so go to step 3)

3. Tell us your pirate ship name and your preferred platform, Xbox or PS3

That’s it! You’ve qualified!

Good luck and game on!

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