XCOM 2 – Launch Trailer

XCOM® 2 Available Now on PS4™ and Xbox One

 Join the resistance and reclaim Earth from alien rule

 Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #XCOM2

Sydney, Australia – September 29, 2016 – 2K and Firaxis Games announced today that XCOM® 2, the sequel to the Game of the Year* award-winning strategy title, is available now in Australia and New Zealand for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Xbox One.

“Firaxis took the XCOM franchise to a whole new level with XCOM 2’s epic story and replayability, making it the most thrilling game in the series,” said Sarah Anderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “We’re pleased to now bring that experience to gamers on PS4™ system and Xbox One.”

In XCOM 2, humanity had lost the war against the alien threat that established a new world order on Earth. XCOM, formerly a secret paramilitary organization, is largely forgotten and must strike back from the shadows to reclaim Earth from the aliens’ rule and free mankind from their evil plans.

 XCOM 2 is rated ‘MA15+’ in Australia and ‘R13’ in New Zealand and is now available for the PlayStation®4 system, and Xbox One, for AUD$69.95/NZD$79.95. XCOM 2 is also available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux by Feral Interactive. For more information, please visit www.XCOM.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter or subscribe to XCOM on YouTube.

EB EXPO 16, LiveBlog

logo_eb2016It’s 2016 and we embark once more to Sydney’s Olympic Park (maybe Brisbane next year guys?).

This should be an interesting collection of thoughts as the day goes by in a blurry exhausted haze.

Remember to read from the bottom up.

 

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Skylanders Imaginators, making amends.

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Had a play with Imaginators and while it may just another Skylanders game it is fair to say that they are bringing something really new this year.

Forgetting the vehicles of Superchargers, Imaginators lets you build your own Skylanders from hundreds of options.

So, the traditional figures are pretty much bunk. Time to throw Creation Crystals into the mix, but here’s the rub. Once you create a character it’s pretty much locked to that crystal, some people won’t like it, but I don’t mind. It makes you think about the strategy of building your ultimate Skylander and probably being priced around. .99 cheaper than the figures of 2015.

The crystals are elemental based and give access to base body types, then you can dress them up with unlockable skins and weapons. I like the system, it’s breathing life into the franchise. There will be Sensei figures that will add upgrades and experience to your creations, so there is still the need to gather some of the new batch plus you will be able to introduce your old characters too.

After that it’s a classic Skylands adventure, platform and smash and level up, with a few experience earning gizmos thrown in. In fact the selfie mode is more appealing than the Dead Rising one.

Back to Skylands? Yes please, sign me up.

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Driveclub VR hands on.

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Ok, managed to get into a quiet slot and jump behind the wheel of some Driveclub VR and it was awesome.

The depth of field is nice with a floaty 3D effect, the response time of the visor to the screen is good enough. Not forgetting this is a mass market product for the home. And the immersion just got me straight off the bat.

The race started and I was driving, really driving, while the VR and sound did a lot for that you have to credit the steering wheel and force feedback with som of it. Regardless, I’m so in – even with a minor problem. I am somewhat myopic and not wearing glasses with VR doesn’t work for me. As such my varifocals struggled to keep everything in focus, I may have to resort to contacts and that’s my excuse for hitting a few walls, even if I did manage to bash my way to the front and win.

VR 10 mins in? Yes please.

14.20

Hands on with Steep.

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Steep is a mountainous playground for thrill seekers in the snow.

What more do you need, the demo offered all types of the 4 sports on offer. Controls are pretty intuitive and the visuals are really quite breathtaking, if a little white.

I jumped onto a snowboard eager to relive some1080 style skills, which almost got there, but ended up being more of a Snowboard Kids wipeout.

I might not manage being the fastest on the snow, but love the Wingsuit and Paragliding for some nice views.

14.12

So, Phil Spencer the actual Head of Xbox came to Sydney and addressed the crowd. I have to admit initial scepticism, but the man sells a genuine story his focus is the community and exploring the best future for his brand.

I have to say I was won over by his no nonsense approach along with the rest of the crowd. The message is clear Xbox might not be launching into VR this year, but they are laying the foundations for the future.

The line up of recent and future games looks strong, Forza started the session along to the tune of “I don’t want to fall in love” – the game obviously has other ideas. It’s stunning and the social aspects or Blueprints that were demoed are a step up.

Follow that with an enthused showing of Dead Rising 4, even though it’s hard to forget the failings of the series back in my 360 days.

Gears of War looked shiny and exciting, returning to an older Marcus is the draw for me, but being without Xbox – it can likely wait.

As for the hardware, the recently released XboxS looks very nice in the flesh, more compact and sexy. However the chat was all about the Scorpio which will be raising the bar come 2017.

Now, where’s mister Spencer – I need to ask for an Xbox handheld…

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Popping Corn Theatre
Phil Spencer and Xbox presentation – imminent.

10.02

Farming Sim

Strangely quiet over here….

09.56

Hands on with Tombraider PS4.

Yes it’s been on the XB for a year, but this is the first time I have had a play and it look terrific. The weather effects (I was in a blizzard) are top notch and it feels very familiar to the recent reboot, amongst other third person leaping adventures.

My only concern after 5 minutes was Lara’s relentless internal monologue…

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It’s been a long day so far, waking late and racing for a plan, 4 trains and now an hour into the show. I need coffee and bacon STAT.

First impressions, the show is loud and full of hands-on experiences as usual, but exhibitors do seem a touch thin on the ground. Sony have the majority of real estate with a heap of VR hands-on and queues to match, not forgetting CoD and Skylanders, as they brought Activision and partnered with Warner too.

With Battlefield 1 weeks away the absence of EA is noticeable, Ubisoft and Xbox have hefty stands while Namco/Square and 2k are present. 2K with their Mafia 3 inspired movie theatre.

Bethesda have a big Dishonored 2 showing, More on that later.

EB Expo16, Playstation Line Up

logo_eb2016There’s not really any other way to do this apart from dump a text heavy press release in the wild.

The Playstation Stand at EB’s Olympic Park Expo is going to be choc-full of hitherto untested joy, its like Christmas again.

Now – which screen will have The Last Guardian demo on?

PlayStation Brings Show Stopping Line Up To EB Expo in 2016

Players will have the chance to step into the immersive world of PlayStation®VR ahead of its highly anticipated launch on October 13 and be the first in Australia and to get hands-on with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Multi-Player

27 September 2016 – Sydney, Australia: PlayStation® Australia is giving gaming fans attending this year’s EB Expo the chance to experience the future of play and entertainment, with PlayStation®VR (PS VR) and PlayStation®4 (PS4™). The PlayStation booth will give fans a sneak peek of the upcoming, highly anticipated titles for PS4. Whether players want to enter the post-apocalyptic world and reclaim the ruins of a forgotten civilization with Horizon Zero Dawn™, or sit in the cockpit and rev an engine in DRIVECLUB™ VR, there is something for everyone.

ps4_ecosystemFans will also be able to get hands-on with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multi-player before the Beta opens on October 15th on PS4. The spectacular line-up of games and hardware featuring on the PlayStation booth includes: PlayStation VR Powered by PS4, PlayStation VR is a virtual reality system that takes console gaming to the next level of immersion. Titles available include: ?

  • DRIVECLUB™ VR: Get behind the wheel and be transported to some of world’s most stunning locales, as this virtual reality edge-of-your-seat racing will test your skills and reflexes ?
  • Farpoint: Set off on a perilous journey into an hostile alien environment in Farpoint, available exclusively to PS VR ?
  • PlayStation VR Worlds: Step into PlayStation VR Worlds and journey through five unique and exclusive PS VR experiences ?
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League: Set in the near future, you will pilot fast, large, heavily armed athletic sports machines in gripping matches held at incredible arenas around the globe ?
  • Until Dawn™: Rush of Blood: From the developers of horror survival title Until Dawn, strap yourself in for the most disturbing arcade-style rollercoaster ride you’ll ever take
  • EVE: Valkyrie™: Explore an intricate sci-fi universe like never before, where you will experience deep-space aerial dogfights and nerve-shredding tactical incursions ?
  • Batman Arkham VR: Immerse yourself in the Dark Knight’s Universe and redefine what it means to Be The Batman, exclusive to PlayStation VR ?
  • Call of Duty Jackal Assault: The first-ever Call of Duty PlayStation VR experience, will allow those at EB Expo to enter the cockpit and take control of a Jackal, the personal fighter jet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare ?
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard: Prepare to be taken to a whole new level of immersive horror and terror with PS VR PlayStation 4

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EB EXPO Countdown: New gameplay trailer for Dishonored 2

Another great reason to hang out at the EB Expo this year, I’m pretty sure there will be some Dishonored 2 action…

In this narrative-driven trailer watch as Corvo Attano enacts his vengeance on Delilah, the otherworldly usurper who has seized the throne from his daughter, Empress Emily Kaldwin. You can check out this new trailer here:

Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2 – the next chapter in the award-winning Dishonored saga by Arkane Studios. Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano? Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system, or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character’s unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? The story responds to your choices, leading to intriguing outcomes, as you play through each of the game’s hand-crafted missions.

Dishonored 2 will launch worldwide on November 11, 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more information about the game please visit https://dishonored.bethesda.net/

EB EXPO Countdown: Phil Spencer, on stage!

logo_eb2016EB Games is thrilled to welcome Head of Xbox Phil Spencer to EB Expo for his first Australian appearance. Phil Spencer is an icon in the gaming world and is set to inspire audiences at EB Expo with his only public speaking engagement in the country. EB Expo 2016 will be held 30th September to 2nd October at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Spencer, who leads the global creative and engineering teams at Microsoft’s premier consumer brand, is responsible for the Xbox console family of devices and accessories, Xbox Live service, and the gaming experiences and content across devices and platforms. A gamer at heart, Spencer has been instrumental in building a community of more than 48 million monthly active users globally on Xbox Live.EB-Expo-A4_Phil-Spencer-Announce

EB Expo attendees will hear from Phil Spencer and other Xbox developers on innovations in new hardware, the greatest exclusive Holiday title line-up as well as new features on the console. In addition, only at EB Expo can attendees play the latest Xbox titles like Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 and Dead Rising 4. Phil Spencer will deliver his public keynote to EB Expo attendees at 11:00am on Friday 30th September at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Arena seating capacity limited, don’t miss out!

Tickets are available at EB Games stores, online at www.ebexpo.com.au, Zing Pop Culture stores, or at Moshtix.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection

ACEC_PACKSHOTSydney, Australia — September 14, 2016 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Assassin’s Creed® The Ezio Collection will be available on November 17 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One. Fans of the series and new players alike can relive the adventures of legendary Assassin, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, as the franchise’s most celebrated games come to current generation consoles.

Assassin’s Creed has become one of the most popular video game franchises of all time, with more than 100 million copies sold to date. The series’ compelling, innovative gameplay, rich narrative and detailed, historically-accurate open world environments have spawned a passionate and global fan following. As players’ interest in Assassin’s Creed has grown, Ubisoft has expanded into Assassin’s Creed-themed books, comics, and short films, and is now set to release a major motion picture from January 1, 2017 in Australia.

“This is a huge milestone for the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but we believe the best is yet to come,” says Etienne Allonier, Brand Director for Assassin’s Creed. “Having seen what’s gone into the movie and into future Assassin’s Creed games, we think fans and newcomers alike will be excited by everything Assassin’s Creed has to offer.” Continue reading

CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE MULTIPLAYER BETA STARTS OCT. 14

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  • Pre-order on PS4 and Get First Access to the Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Beta
  • News of Beta for All-New Call of Duty Highlights Call of Duty XP Global Briefing
  •  Jackal Assault for PlayStation VR Revealed as Free Bonus to Infinite Warfare Owners on PS4 Later this Year
  •  All 16 Multiplayer Maps Coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered 

CoDIW_rigSeptember 3, 2016 – Call of Duty® XP is now open.  The sold-out Call of Duty® fan celebration kicked-off yesterday with a global briefing featuring the world premiere of Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare multiplayer trailer, followed by the announcement that Activision will release a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta starting October 14th, first on PlayStation®4.  Fans who pre-order the game on PlayStation®4 will get first access to the Beta*, further details to be announced shortly. Activision also shared that all 16 of the original multiplayer maps will be coming to Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Remastered, the previously announced 10 maps at launch, and the additional six from the hit original will be made available in December at no additional cost**.CoDIW_01

Activision also revealed that Jackal Assault, the first-ever Call of Duty PlayStation®VR experience, will be offered later this year to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare players on PS4 as a free, added bonus. Jackal Assault immerses fans in the cockpit and puts them in control of a Jackal, the personal fighter jet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Fans attending Call of Duty XP will get the chance to play Jackal Assault on-site at the event.

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No Man’s Sky – launch trailer(s) campaign

With the 10th August approaching faster than the Falcon on the Kessel Run everybody that has been drooling at the possibility of exploring an impossibly infinite universe will get their dreams fulfilled.

No Man’s Sky is officially Gold, and in around 3 weeks we will know how much life to give up to exploring, naming planets, learning alien languages and joining epic space battles.

Bring it on people.

Here is trailer number four: Survive. It appears the odds are against us and the situation is grim, sounds like fun – No Man’s Sky.

Here is trailer number three: Trade. Thankfully there really is ‘more’ to No Man’s Sky.

Here is trailer number two: Fight. Giving an insight into the combat of No Man’s Sky.

For now, enjoy the first of four glimpses in to the NMS Universe: Explore.

The Last Guardian, October 25th 2016

There’s nothing else to say, The Last Guardian will be released on October 25th.

I’ve been watching sneak promos for 9 years. I bought a PS3 to play this game 8 years ago, the music and the creature still make me shiver.

Come to me Trico, with this announcement E3 can pack its bags and go home.