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COMPETITION: Win one month EA Access and 10 hour Star Wars: Battlefront trial

[UPDATE: The competition is now closed. Check your email/twitter inboxes to see if you’ve won!]

Star Wars: Battlefront is almost here, but how would you like to play it even sooner? We have three codes to give away for a month of EA Access on Xbox One.

The highlight of EA’s program right now being a free ten hour trial for Star Wars: Battlefront. That’s right, you’ll be able to download Battlefront as soon as you get a code and play it for ten hours, unlocking new gear, XP and achievements as you go. Then you’ll have the option of buying the game via download or your save file will work when you pick up the disc version.

Once you’ve blitzed 10 hours on that though, you’ll want to spend the rest of the month’s access downloading a wealth of hot EA content included Dragon Age: Inquisition, Need for Speed Rivals, UFC, Madden 15, FIFA 15 and more.

There are two ways to enter and feel free to try through both (although you’ll only win one code).  Continue reading COMPETITION: Win one month EA Access and 10 hour Star Wars: Battlefront trial

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Pricing and dates for Unravel, Alienation, Shadow of the Beast and This War of Mine

Release dates of digital titles are often tricky to lock down, but a few of next year’s early highlights have recently appeared for preorder on PSN with a release date and pricing information. They seem oddly specific too, so it’s highly likely they’re not placeholder preorders. For example, we can assume the Street Fighter V preorder for December 31st is a placeholder given Capcom have confirmed it’ll be out later in 2016.

However, titles like Unravel, Alienation, Shadow of the Beast and This War of Mine: The Little Ones seem to have more reasonable looking dates on them. Naturally, as with any game, these are subject to change, but for now, you can preorder them for the following dates and prices. Continue reading Pricing and dates for Unravel, Alienation, Shadow of the Beast and This War of Mine

How Disney Princesses would look in Fallout 4’s world

Fallout 4 is set to rampage though our lives this week, but the pop culture invasion is already well under way. Digital artist, Peter Slavik (aka Petarsaur) has turned his talents to giving iconic Disney Princesses a Fallout-style makeover.

We most certainly approve and imagine the modding community will be having a crack at bringing them to the game over the next few months. Take a look at some more images below and be sure to check out his full collection over at Deviant Art. Continue reading How Disney Princesses would look in Fallout 4’s world

Rise of the Tomb Raider launch trailer + combat trailer

Here’s a duo of new trailers for Rise of the Tomb Raider. The launch trailer doesn’t have much new material as far as locations go, but there are some fresh character scenes with Lara’s friend, Hannah, and the no-good leader of Trinity. If you’re after some new footage, you’ll be better off checking out the second part of the Woman Vs Wild series, where we see Lara engaging enemies with different combat styles. Oddly enough, there  seems to be a lot of Stealth kill XP awarded for using explosives. Hmmm. Not that we can’t wait for the release in just 10 days time!

We’ve included the latest preorder deal too, although we’ve seen it cheaper in recent weeks. Continue reading Rise of the Tomb Raider launch trailer + combat trailer

The Technomancer – First Contact trailer

Usually, I’d laugh at the awfulness of this game’s name, but then Detroit: Become Human came along to distract my ire. Anyway, here’s your first proper look at The Technomancer in action. The sort-of sequel to the sort-of dull Mars: War Logs is certainly looking like an improvement. Today’s trailer documents the different fighting stances available to the player, along with the deep skill trees behind them. If we’ll be able to switch between these stances on the fly, the combat could turn the series around.

Take a look for yourself below and let us know what you think. Go, on, it’s worth it to see him kick an alien-spider thing. Continue reading The Technomancer – First Contact trailer

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Harsh Environments trailer

A new series of Rise of the Tomb Raider videos entitled Woman Vs Wild are set to give us new looks at the game in the build up to launch next month. Today’s episode looks at ‘harsh environments’.

This shows us the wildlife Lara will face. And by face, I mean nail to the endangered species list with an arrow or possibly shotgun. There’s a brief mention of the story too and a look at the new expanded hub environments. Enjoy the trailer after the break and I’ve dug out the cheapest current preorder offer too. Continue reading Rise of the Tomb Raider – Harsh Environments trailer

Street Fighter V Laura trailer and new beta dates

Crikey, talk about a ‘reveal’ trailer. Laura was unofficial unveiled as a brand new Street Fighter V character a few days ago, but today we can bring you her actual gameplay footage. One look at her in action and we’re certainly thinking she’ll be replacing Blanka on the day one roster. While her style is a bit faster than the green man-beast, her use of electric shock moves and a Blanka-esque roll move incorporated into her V-Trigger finisher makes us think Capcom have fallen for their own Brazilian bombshell over him. Not that he couldn’t appear as an unlockable character post-launch. Continue reading Street Fighter V Laura trailer and new beta dates

Elite Xbox One controller customisation trailer

Want to know what all the fuss is about with the upcoming Elite Xbox One controller? Well, this latest trailer documents the deep customisation options to be found inside this premium-priced pad.

In addition to button remapping, extra control paddles and swappable d-pads and analogues, you’ll be able to adjust the sensitivity settings. Of particular interest is being able to get the triggers to ‘fire’ sooner in FPS titles, meaning you can get your shot off without having to fully depress the trigger. With all sorts of different setups being needed for different genres, you’ll be able to store tonnes of them and be able to switch between two on the fly via a new button. Take a look at the video below and see if the Xbox One Elite controller is that little bit more tempting. Continue reading Elite Xbox One controller customisation trailer

Primal Carnage: Extinction coming to PS4 this month

Originally intended to be a PS4 launch title, it’s fair to say we may have forgotten about this one. The single-player ambitions have been scrapped in favour of an online multiplayer-only FPS title, that still looks like it could be fun.

Primal Carnage: Extinction puts the dinosaurs against the humans in online arenas. There’s a trailer for you after the break, which in all honesty makes the game look like the dinos are going to struggle against the humans’ firepower. Look out for the game on PSN from October 20th. Continue reading Primal Carnage: Extinction coming to PS4 this month

Zangief and Laura added to Street Fighter V roster

Zangief is now officially coming to Street Fighter V and even has a new trailer. That’s not much of a surprise, but the leaked images of a new character certainly are. While yet to be officially announced via a trailer, expect to see Laura in action very soon if these leaked images are anything to go by.

Coming from Famitsu (via Event Hubs) the new leaked screens show the new fighter giving Ryu a beat of a beating. If rumours are to be believed. Laura is a Brazilian fighter and harnesses electrical abilities similar to Blanka. Does this mean the green man beast has been replaced in Street Fighter V?

You can see some more Laura screens and the Zangief trailer below. Continue reading Zangief and Laura added to Street Fighter V roster

Techland and Dying Light reveal the Silas car

Techland has just released a new trailer for their Silas car. Well, a buggy at least. If we’re to believe their latest press release, the company are set to expand into the automotive industry for real. We expect tongues may be wedged in cheeks here:

“Today Techland announced plans to expand into the automotive industry. As a part of this process, a new automotive brand –  SILAS® Motors – has been launched, with plans to specialise in automotive products based around driver safety.

The first project under this new initiative is the SILAS® All-Terrain Dirt Buggy. The vehicle is being designed with a “Driver’s Survival First” attitude, in response to the growing number of threats on the road these days. Using proprietary protective technology, the vision is to arm drivers with the right tools to deal with the current and future dangers of the road.” Continue reading Techland and Dying Light reveal the Silas car

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate story trailer (contains epic moustaches)

We’re warming up to Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate the more we see of it. Naturally, it’s facing a lot of pressure after the poor showing of Unity, but we’re sure Ubisoft is keen to get its flagship franchise back on track.

Today’s new story trailer shows us the ruthless Templar characters who are running London in Syndicate. Fans of twirly gentleman’s moustaches are in for a treat. There’s zero mention of a modern-day storyline sitting alongside the London narrative, so we presume Ubi has ditched it, which they were in the process of doing with Unity. Take a look at our features below for our earliest impressions on the game. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate story trailer (contains epic moustaches)

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Descent into Legend trailer

It’s not hard to see why Microsoft were so keen to grab Rise of the Tomb Raider as an exclusive as it’s looking pretty damn good right now. The latest trailer is an action-packed tour of the various locations in the new title as we see gaming’s most beloved burglar embark on another epic quest to steal some fancy relics before the guys with guns do.

We’re presuming the relics are linked to an ancient power that shouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. Otherwise, it would mean that Lara’s just a murdery mental-case. We’ve always had an odd feeling about her yanno. Continue reading Rise of the Tomb Raider – Descent into Legend trailer

Life is Strange finale will be very late

Remember Life is Strange? That very promising episodic adventure game? Well, we finally have a release date for Episode 5, the final part in the first season.

The previous episode released at the end of July, and the gaps between episodes continues to grow as the finale won’t be ready until October 20th. That’s an absurd 12 week difference. Dontnod originally intended to release episodes every six weeks, but the second half of it has fallen way behind schedule. Continue reading Life is Strange finale will be very late

CLOSED -Rainbow Six: Siege beta key competition

[UPDATE: The competition is now closed]

Rainbow Six: Siege looks like fantastic fun and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. We know you savy lot like a bit of ‘try before you buy’, so you’ll be keen to get involved with the beta later this week ahead of the game’s December release. You can preorder for guaranteed access, but we have a fat stack of beta keys to give away too. The keys can be used to unlock the beta on PS4, Xbox One or PC.

So, how can you win a key? It couldn’t be easier, just comment (one entry per person will be counted) in the box below and we’ll pick some winners out at random. Don’t forget, you’ll need to use a valid email address to comment, so we can send you your code.  Continue reading CLOSED -Rainbow Six: Siege beta key competition

Fancy a laugh? The BBC’s ‘factual drama’ about GTA is online now

The BBC recently aired a film of theirs called The Gamechangers. This ‘factual drama’ aimed to tell the story about Grand Theft Auto and the controversy surrounding the series around the release of San Andreas. Daniel Radcliffe starred as one of the game’s creators, Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton played the infamous Jack Thompson, the lawyer hellbent on suing Rockstar and destroying the game.

We were cautiously optimistic, but alarm bells started to ring months ago when RockStar sued the BBC for using the GTA brand without permission. It turns out that the BBC’s ‘facts’ were gathered via third-party interviews rather than direct from Rockstar or the Housers. Not long after it aired, Rockstar were quick to jump on Twitter and ask the BBC, “What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?” Continue reading Fancy a laugh? The BBC’s ‘factual drama’ about GTA is online now

BBC documentary asks “Are video games really that bad?”

The Horizon documentary series turns its gaze to the world of videogames this week in an episode called ‘Are video games really that bad?’. The most recent (August 2015) reports are discussed, where psychologists claim to have found a link between gaming and aggression/violence. These same arguments are then refuted by other experts. More interesting is how games have been studied with the approach that they might actually be beneficial to players of all ages and even how they can improve the cognitive abilities of seniors. Continue reading BBC documentary asks “Are video games really that bad?”

Tales of Zestiria gets combat-packed trailer

Tales of Zestiria isn’t far away now, and this new trailer is packed with battle scenes. The Tales of games are more action-orientated than most JRPGs, but they’re far from simple. Once you get rolling though, the fluid moves are a lot of fun, as I found when reviewing Tales of Xillia.

It’s great to see a trailer show so much gameplay, instead of random story points that have no meaning without the context (like most JRPG trailers). Take a look, and if you like what you see, how about one of these cheap Tales of Zestiria PS3 or PS4 preorders? Continue reading Tales of Zestiria gets combat-packed trailer