All posts by Brendan Griffiths

FIFA 17 e-sports TV coverage has a long way to go

Truth be told, I’ve never really taken the time to watch much e-sports coverage online. Sure I’ve watched the occasional Street Fighter tournament final, but I’ve never tuned into the latest League of Legends fixture, or checked in on the Call of Duty tournaments.

However, when flicking through the BT Sports channels (in the UK) a few days ago I happened across some coverage of a regional match for the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championships in Paris. I was surprised to see dedicated coverage on a popular UK TV channel and settled down to watch the rest of the programme involving a two-leg match between two pro players. Continue reading FIFA 17 e-sports TV coverage has a long way to go

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A Bloodborne convert plays Dark Souls III

Back in 2010 I had to review the original Demon’s Souls on PS3. We did not get along. While I appreciated it trying to stand out from the crowd with its bastard hard difficulty and measured approach, it wasn’t for me. There’s a fun to challenge ratio I find acceptable in games and the unresponsive combat and miserly checkpoints just didn’t sit personally.

By the time Dark Souls appeared, I was relieved to see another member of staff take it on instead. And that was the last I saw of the series until From Software released Bloodborne in the PS4. Our Souls-friendly staffer was yet to grab Sony’s new machine, so I found myself handling the beta and review. Then something strange happened, I started to like it. Continue reading A Bloodborne convert plays Dark Souls III

Hitman Beta Impressions – Agent 47’s job interview

“Just drink the damn wine, you swine!” I mutter murderously. I’m dressed as a member of the cabin crew and am running out of glasses to clean behind the bar while I awkwardly wait for my target to pick up the glass of wine dosed with rat poison and save me the bother of getting throat flesh on my cheese wire. Aaaaand he’s walked away without taking his complimentary drink.

While rushing to follow him, I barge into some plantation owner-looking fossil, he alerts the guards which ends in me getting shot to shit while staggering down the gangway. This must be how Wile E. Coyote feels all damn day as he fails to murder the roadrunner. Welcome, to the Hitman beta. Continue reading Hitman Beta Impressions – Agent 47’s job interview

FIFA 16 Xbox One instant delivery $28.24/£18.99/€25.89

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EA’s top-tier games are usually tough to find a good deal for, but we’ve found an excellent price for a FIFA 16 Xbox One code that smashes the competition. The code will be delivered instantly as soon as you buy, making it an ideal last minute Christmas present. The added bonus of a digital copy is that you wont have to have Jordan Henderson’s mug on a physical box in your home. Continue reading FIFA 16 Xbox One instant delivery $28.24/£18.99/€25.89

The Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight (Book Review)

Rocksteady’s trilogy of Batman games have become gaming legend in recent years. Never before has a studio nailed the feel of a comic/movie icon so well in gaming form. Behind every great game though, are reams of artwork inspiring ambitious mechanics and design. The creative mind’s eye uses the page to provide the provisional jumping off point for others.

This hardback book is a celebration and homage to the journey of the Batman series’ aesthetics from concept through completion. It’s an absolute beast of a book too, a true coffee table piece if ever there was one. Weighing in at 2KG, The Art of Rocksteady’s Batman has 304 pages containing 400 high quality images. Concept art has long been an unlockable feature in video games, but high quality art assets are much better appreciated on the page rather than your TV screen.

Continue reading The Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight (Book Review)

Just Cause 3 Review – Appetite for Destruction

We’ve had more than our fair share of open world sandboxes on the new-gen consoles, but the wait for Just Cause 3 has been a rather long one. After all, nobody quite does explosions like Rico Rodriguez.

Just Cause 3 does so many fun things right, but the number of basic elements that it utterly fails at is truly shocking. My first few hours with the game were not good at all actually. However, as I got used to the rough edges, the fun side of the game eventually prevailed and I found myself reluctantly being teased into having a good time. Continue reading Just Cause 3 Review – Appetite for Destruction

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition only $25.65 / £17

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition makes the long wait for Gears 4 that little bit more bearable for Xbox One gamers. Grab your 5% discount via the retailer’s Facebook page. You don’t have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code. Continue reading Gears of War: Ultimate Edition only $25.65 / £17

Xbox One console with Fallout 4, Rare Replay and Ori – £249.99

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If you’ve been waiting for a Xbox One console bundle with Fallout 4, this Cyber Monday deal is the best we’ve seen. In addition to the 5ooGB Xbox One console and Fallout 4, you’re also getting Rare Replay and Ori and the Blind Forest. All for just £249.99. Continue reading Xbox One console with Fallout 4, Rare Replay and Ori – £249.99

Get a $50 PSN Gift Card for $44.91 / £30.59

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If you’re a regular shopper on the PlayStation Network, this could come in handy. Using the Cyber Monday promo code, you can get $50 of PSN credit for $44.91 and it’ll be delivered instantly.

UK buyers can also take advantage of this if they have a US PSN account. This way, you can buy items from the US PSN store without having to own a US bank card.  Continue reading Get a $50 PSN Gift Card for $44.91 / £30.59

Last-minute Just Cause 3 PC preorder is the cheapest yet

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Just Cause 3 is set to add an explosive end to 2015 with another action-packed cocktail of guns, rockets, choppers, skydiving and cheeky grappling hook tethering. Today’s deal takes advantage of a Cyber Monday discount code to bring the game down to its cheapest price yet. Continue reading Last-minute Just Cause 3 PC preorder is the cheapest yet

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is shockingly cheap on PC today

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Today’s Black Friday discount code is really smashing the prices down for some of the newest games for both US and UK buyers. This price beats the already-generous offer a few days ago at the same site for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which has only just released on PC. You’ll get the Darwin and Dickens Conspiracy Mission DLC too. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is shockingly cheap on PC today

Uncharted Collection has never been cheaper thanks to Black Friday

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[UPDATE: There’s a new discount code now. See below for details]

We’ve had some great deals for the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection recently, but today’s Black Friday discount code brings it down to its lowest price yet. You’ll need a US PSN account to play it, but it’s simple to set one up from outside the USA.  Continue reading Uncharted Collection has never been cheaper thanks to Black Friday