EA's boss says "linear" games are less popular with gamers than they once were. Is the end nigh for cinematic games like Uncharted?
Huge games that last for dozens of hours. Mobile games that can fill a few idle minutes. Shooter epics that take in small armies of players, and intimate experiences that pit a single mind against a fiendish puzzle. Technology has given rise to a multitude of genres and all kinds of videogames - far more than anyone could have even dreamed of back when the medium was still in its infancy in the 1970s.
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In recent months, however, there's the question of whether a very particular kind of videogame can survive in an industry where replayability and continued revenue are becoming ever more important for a studio's bottom line. We're talking about single-player games - the big,
The deals have been divided into days, with the first deals going live today
If you’ve got kids, or even adults who are young at heart, there is no better gift than Lego.
From Star Wars to DC Comics, Marvel and even Frozen, there’s likely to be a set to suit anyones tastes and hobbies, and for five days, starting today, many of these sets are available directly from Lego with at least 20% off in what is being called Lego's Brick Friday and Cyber Monday event.
The deals have been divided into days, with the first deals going live today. As a result, the 20% won’t show on the Rrp until the day that particular deal goes live - and the deals run for that day only where listed. Some sets will then be available for the full five days, and others will have more than 20% off.
Today brings us to our Christmas gift guide for gamers. Our contributors have come up with some cool shopping ideas for you to pick up for friends/family, or even add to your own wishlist. If you’re looking for movie specific gifts, be sure to check out our Movie Guide, or our Geek Guide for everything else!
Who doesn't need some of their very own gaming T-Shirts from our own team?
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All the cheapest and best games you can buy from Game this Black Friday
Game is a rather sizeable games retailer and, in that position, you’d expect it to offer up massive savings and games deals around. With Black Friday on the horizon, Game has started to drop some of its prices in anticipation and our chums at Alphr have decided it’s best to round them all up to help you sift through the rubbish they might bring to the top of the pile.
Game already has a Black Friday page ready and raring to go, and it’s looking like they’re going to be starting all of their deals on Thursday 23 November, just ahead of Black Friday itself.
The page details how Game will be offering up console offers, game bundles and accessories. It’s also using the same page to push its Game Reward card too,
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The ultimate bad couple, Bonnie and Clyde, played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, rob banks and cars, and fall in love along the way. These guys are the original criminal couple, whose cross-country trip involves more shootouts than your average romantic getaway. Oscar winning Bonnie and Clyde follows the loved-up couple as they embark on a new life of crime together with the rest of their gang, and
The beta of Destiny 2 opened last week, and we have a few thoughts...
I stopped playing Destiny about eight months ago, but despite that I’ve managed to clock in over 50-days of playtime! While many modern games struggle to deliver 15 or 20 hours of gameplay, I’ve spent over 1,200 hours in the company of my fellow guardians, battling through a confused and fragmented, yet ultimately compelling universe. Even when you consider that I would have spent around £125 on the game and expansion packs, that’s a pretty incredible return on investment.
When I finally kicked my Destiny habit I found myself playing some other great games that I may have otherwise missed – Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Resident Evil 7, Dishonored 2, to name but a few – but as Michael Corleone once said, just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!
This week Bungie opened
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Immerse yourself in the world of Transformers where things are “More than Meets the Eye”! We take you behind-the-scenes through the latest entertainment from movies to animation to comics,
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So below is our guide to the various notable characters that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) encounters over the course of the film, and where else you have seen them before.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Role: Aaron Davis, a local criminal who, it’s been said, is canonically the uncle of Miles Morales, who in the comics eventually becomes Spider-Man. (This is a nice nod to a
Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl & Friendssearch For Their Stolen Memories Whenwarner Bros. Home Entertainment,DC Entertainment & The Lego®Group Presentlego® DC Super Hero Girls:Brain Drain On Digital HD July 25 and DVD August 8, 2017
Burbank, CA (June 1, 2017) – Missing memories provide an intriguing mystery for everyone’s favorite young female protagonists in the all-new animated film, Lego® DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The Lego® Group, the film – the first Lego® entry in the worldwide DC Super Hero Girls franchise phenomenon – will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) July 25, 2017 on Digital HD ($19.99 Srp) and August 8 on DVD (Srp $19.98).
When Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Bumblebee and Katana suddenly realize they cannot remember a single moment from their Monday at Super Hero High, the young DC Super Heroes spring into sleuthing action! Suspecting foul-play, they band
For any of us who grew up with the Power Rangers (which is likely a majority seeing the number of years they have spanned) have either already seen the movie, or are looking to check it out upon its release on DVD. Below I will give an overview of the movie itself followed by a review of the special features included on the different DVD releases:
The film opens with a large exposition introducing the audience to the teenagers with attitude. Each individual fits some type of the cliche high school student, and while some have been put off by this, it actually is a strong reflection of the 1990's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which gave a nostalgic feel to a modern take. I did feel that there was a bit too much focus on the "attitude" of each individual. Yes, the original series
Daisy Ridley returns as Rey for Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny. You can watch the animated short here...
This summer, the Forces Of Destiny miniseries will show vignettes from around the Star Wars universe, focusing on the “everyday heroism” of female characters like Leia, Jyn, and Rey.
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This is the first Star Wars series to launch straight to YouTube, a move that matches nicely with its younger demographic. The format is reminiscent of the Clone Wars miniseries, which aired on Cartoon Network in 2003 as two-to-three minute episodes before expanding into a 15-minute format for a second volume.
Here's the first episode, starring Daisy Ridley as the voice of Rey...
Jennifer Muro, a veteran of shows such as Justice League Action, Lego DC Super Hero Girls, and the upcoming Spider-Man animated series,
The best part (for me personally anyway) of any E3, is the sheer amount of new game trailers we get to see. Trailers are our window into the game world, offering up our first looks at what’s to come, or new things to look forward to. They’re specifically designed to generate/build hype and some are more effective than others.
As I have done in years past, I’m here to talk about some of the best trailers E3 gave gamers this year. There was plenty to choose from (and yes, I’m including trailers launched in the week or so before the event that were created for the show), so I made my picks off of the hype factor, the cool factor, and overall presentation.
God of War
The new God of War reboot kicked off Sony's press conference last year and blew people away. This time around, we got another look at Kratos' Nordic adventure with a swanky new gameplay trailer, that also gives us some hints/clues towards the story. We know his son and that relationship is an integral part to the story, but this trailer finally gave us some insight to that. While we will still have to wait until next year to play it, at least we got a release window and footage to showcase how the development team really wants to make God of War special again.
We got our first glimpse at Anthem this year and I'm already excited to get my hands on it. Sure, I know it's basically Bioware's version of Destiny, but I'm 100% okay and on board with it. If they can bring their brand of storytelling to that Mmo/shooter format, I'm definitely eager to see more. Bioware always does a stellar job crafting engaging, epic feeling trailers, and Anthem's reveal was no different.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
I've made no secret about my disappointment in the first Star Wars Battlefront game and it's lack of story content. EA made it crystal clear they heard the complaints from fans in that regard and are committed to providing a great single-player experience along with the multiplayer for Star Wars: Battlefront II. While we saw a story trailer previously, the new E3 trailer mixed in more of the multiplayer elements, showing off the Prequel content and some exciting hero battles. All in all, the trailer left me feeling like issues had been properly addressed and I'm eager to see how it plays when it launches.
The Evil Within 2
Everyone knows I'm not a huge horror fan (movies or games), mostly because I'm a big chicken. I'm sure the neighborhood heard my echoing screams when I was playing Alien Isolation when it released...So it may seem odd that I've picked The Evil Within 2 to sit on my top trailers list. Despite the fact that I'll likely not play it, there's no denying how effective this reveal trailer is. It hits all the right notes, striking a solid balance between gory horror, and full-on suspense. It's enticing to fans of the original and newcomers alike.
Skull & Bones
Perhaps I'm just a sucker for Pirate related video games (I'm unreasonably excited for Sea of Thieves), but the announcement trailer for Ubisoft's Skull & Bones really caught my attention. The cinematic reveal showed off a swashbuckling endeavor, where you can take to the high seas and live out your wildest Pirate dreams. Coupled with the excellent gameplay demo afterwards and it's hard to deny the hype for this game.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Bandai Namco's latest Dragon Ball Z related video game made it's debut at E3, and takes the franchise back to its more traditional roots. Unlike the latest Xenoverse games, story isn't the big focus, and FighterZ looks to play out like a more traditional 2D fighting game...and it looks so gorgeous. The art style feels like it's pulled straight out of the beloved anime with all the over the top action fans have come to expect. While it was a quick announcement trailer it was enough to get fans excited.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
One of the most impressive indie games for the Xbox One was Ori and the Blind Forest. The art style is stunning and brougth together solid gameplay and an engaging story. As such, it was great to see a trailer for the sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Beyond the excitement of a sequel, the trailer is just well crafted and beautiful to watch...I mean, how in the Hell does a trailer make me get all choked up?!
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Ubisoft closed out their press conference this year with a surprise, a cinematic trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2. The long gestating sequel has been the source of much frustration over the years with a constant "will they, won't they" back and forth. Despite rumors about it making an appearance at just about every E3 for the last several years...it finally happened. Moreso, it's ridiculously good looking, with sleek animation and characters that already feel interesting. Even if you haven't been among the fans anxiously awaiting the game, the trailer surely caught your attention.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 gave us a much better look at the upcoming game and the new cast of characters/environment we'll be traversing. Where the first trailer gave us a quick glimpse at the big RPG, the new E3 trailer introduces the story, confirming the game won't return us to the Bionis or Mechonis, but forging it's own path in a similar style. Either way, it was a great look at the characters and villains.
Horizon: Zero Dawn - The Frozen Wilds
Thankfully, we didn't have to wait long to get our first look at story Dlc for Horizon: Zero Dawn. The action open-world action game is among the best games I've played this year (and the past decade), and after sinking a ridiculous amount of hours into it, I'm still eager for more. The Frozen Wilds returns gamers to that world, with Aloy back for more in a new locale, with new robot beasts to take on. Sign me the Hell up!
There are some notable omissions, but I purposefully chose to leave off videos shown during the event that played out more as gameplay demos than actual trailers, which means Insomianc’s Spider-Man and Days Gone were left out even though they were insanely cool. These are the game trailers that had me the most excited during the event, which ones did you enjoy the most from E3?
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Let me be honest from the start, this started as a top 5 list to begin with, but I had to bump 2 trailers off the list. Super Mario Odyssey, I have no doubt, will be another cracking game in the Mario catalogue, however, I couldn’t in good conscience make anyone sit through that incessant and sickly chirpy music one more time. It nearly drove me insane so how could I possibly include it? After that a Top 4 just sounded weird, so Anthem was cut. The reasons you ask? Deeply personal. Bioware make (or is it no made) amazing RPG games, arguably some of the greatest of all time. I am referring to the amazing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. So with that disappointment in mind, the very Destiny-looking Anthem gets chopped off the list. Disagree? Well it’s
“Strange Brigade is a four player co-op or single player action, puzzle, and hoard game. In a way, it reminds me of a less-narrative-based Uncharted game. Definitely a blast to play.” - Eric
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Speaking of Uncharted, it looks like Naughty Dog has done it again with The Lost Legacy. They managed to make to side-characters and make them the stars in their own incredible adventure.
Doctor Who series 10 episode 10 is The Eaters Of Light. And we've been digging into it right here...
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve waited for 54 years for Doctor Who to explain why crows sound like they do, so now that they’ve finally tackled that important issue it’s time for our weekly round-up of callbacks, similarities and generally interesting things taken from this week’s episode. And as ever, if you’re sitting thinking ‘How can he have missed that?!’ (the answer is usually ‘ineptitude’), leave it down in the comments below…
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The Eaters Of Light was written by Rona Munro, an award-winning Scottish writer responsible for films including Aimee & Jaguar and Oranges And Sunshine, as well as a multitude of theatre works.
Ubisoft - Assassin's Creed Origins:
I sat down for a demo of Assassin's Creed Origins with two fellow press members and the Lead Game Designer. He walked us through a general lay out of the new control scheme and then let us have our way about the quest at hand.
Points of interest/Questions
Assassin's Creed Origins has revamped the counterattack combat system that’s subsisted through a 10+ title franchise. This mechanical change trickles down and affects the entire control scheme. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, and generally it made combat feel more fluid and mobile (dependent on
It now joins the growing list of PS4 exclusives to fall within the same nebulous release corridor (see: Detroit: Become Human, God of War, the Shadow of the Colossus Remaster), so it’s small wonder why fans are beginning to feel a little anxious. One look at the calendar tells us that, barring Gran Turismo Sport and Level-5’s Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Sony has been left facing another fall window that is relatively sparse on the exclusives front. Third-party content partnerships with Call of
But instead the $60 million war satire featuring Brad Pitt as star and producer has squeaked by with a modicum of short-lived buzz. And in “War Machine’s” absence, the talk about Netflix stayed focused on its bustling TV side, though not in the form of the usual wonderment about the endless string of hits like its most recent, “13 Reasons Why.” To the contrary, this was the week when Netflix displayed a rare sense of fallibility, axing two expensive original series after years of appearing to rubber-stamp renewals. Icarus had finally drooped into the stratosphere.
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