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Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Spring Trailer

Square Enix has today posted a new cinematic trailer of their summer release, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. The release date for the exclusively PlayStation 4 title is drawing near, with fans able to get their hands on the latest instalment on July 11 this year.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age transports players to the grand world of Ivalice, a place where magic surrounds all and airships fill the sky. As war engulfs the Dalmasca’s kingdom, ruin and uncertainty consume the lands. The only surviving heir to the Dalmascan throne, Princess Ashe, commits herself the resistant forces determined to liberate her country. With Vaan, an orphan of the war, by her side the unlikely allies and their companions embark on the mission to free their homeland.

 

 

Originally launched in 2006 for the PlayStation 2 system and known for introducing many landmark features to the FINAL FANTASY series, FINAL FANTASY XII takes place in the grand world of Ivalice, where the small kingdom of Dalmasca is caught between warring empires Archadia and Rozarria. The lone heir to the Dalmascan throne, Princess Ashe, has devoted herself to forming a resistance to liberate her homeland while Vaan, a young thief, dreams of flying free in the skies. The story begins when these two fated individuals meet, changing the destiny of the world’s greatest nation.

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Microsoft’s E3 Conference: A Quick Roundup of Events

xbox-one-consoleMicrosoft is one of the videogame sector’s biggest players. It is a giant among minnows. Its videogame division has revenues of £5.5Bn and it is a massive player in both the console and PC gaming environments. Because of Microsoft’s role as console maker, games maker and all-out technology superpower, their E3 conferences are usually a big fan favourite. This year was no different.

First, we need to highlight something. It’s something really, really big. Microsoft at last year’s E3 talked about the Xbox One as an ‘all round entertainment platform’. Yesterday’s announcement was a little less grandiose as the focus of the entire event was on gaming. This is surprising as ‘entertainment’ was no-where to be seen? No Steven Spielberg made TV shows or music or social media apps, just boring old video games? What happened?

Microsoft in the past year has been ‘listening to fans’ and these ‘listening exercises’ resulted in some wholesale changes – not least of all, the boot given to the Kinect sensor. The changes were predicated on fan’s requirements that Microsoft, in a way, goes back to basics. This is what Microsoft’s E3 endeavours were all about.

They started off by ‘dropping’ the One. Not one mention of the Xbox One. It was all ‘Xbox’ and nothing else. The games demoed included Halo 5, Forza Horizon 2 along with Fable Legends. In the ‘active’ camps they announced Dance Central as a somewhat ‘Kinect’ ready title. However, they continued with a nice little exclusive surrounding a new game called Scalebound – a dragon fighting epic.

In usual Microsoft fashion, ‘exclusive’ DLC packs are going to be made available for Call of Duty: Advance Warfare before PS4 and additionally for Tom Clancy’s The Divison which will have special DLC features. Another ‘gem’ from the past was the announcement that Microsoft and Real-Time Worlds are working on a re-boot, of sorts, of the cult classic Crackdown.

These titles showcase a changing attitude from Microsoft, led by Phil Spencer, as they move away from the entertainment-only focus which was a disaster first-time round for the Xbox (One). The core branding is a nod to the disaster of the Xbox One and Kinect launch. They are offering fans a Mea Culpa – an apology – of sorts by offering some great next-gen content. This is the key here, as last year developers were working on multi platforms (i.e. PS3/PS4 and Xbox 360 and Xbox One). This time round they are just working on next-gen – this can be seen in the quality. So thank goodness Microsoft has seen the error in its ways and have found new traction and new motivation to move forwards.

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Activision’s E3 Expo Lineup

With just over 24 hours till the official opening of this year’s E3 Expo, Activision have revealed what they’ll be wetting our appetites with at the show. Activision will be showcasing what they’re dubbing as “a new era” for the Call of Duty franchise with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the latest in the innovative Skylanders series and the hugely anticipated Destiny will be playable on the show floor, as will Skylander Trap Team.

“This year’s E3 has been years in the making for us,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Each game we are showcasing is the result of our commitment to quality and innovation: our first 3-year development and our first new lead developer on the  Call of Duty franchise in a decade with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Our biggest innovation since we invented the Toys-to-Life category with  Skylanders Trap Team. And the result of over four years of passion, partnership and investment to bring Bungie’s vision for Destiny to life. I think this is the best slate in Activision’s history and I can’t wait for gamers to get a closer look.”

 


Call of Duty Advanced Warfare 1Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

While Sledgehammer Games had a hand in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, they’re now running the show with the development of their first Call of Duty title in the new tri-annual Call of Duty cycle. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare promises to deliver gamers a truly exceptional experience with an immersive and compelling narrative, stunning visuals and all new gameplay which will redefine how Call of Duty is played. With the power of a mechanical exoskeleton, players become an advanced future soldier empowered by an arsenal of never before seen weaponry, new abilities and gameplay mechanics to match. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the first Call of Duty is the first in the franchise to be developed with the now current-gen Xbox One and PS4 consoles as the primary development focus. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare retains its early November slot, this year releasing on the 4th on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and Windows PC.

 

Destiny_31Destiny

From the creators of the infamous Halo, Bungie brings us Destiny. An epic action-packed adventure title set in a mysterious universe that resembles our own. Destiny is trailblazing a whole new way to play first person shooters with a story-driven universe filled with single player, cooperative, competitive, public, and social activities, all seamlessly connected in a vast, persistent universe, creating the world’s first “Shared World Shooter”. Players take the role of Guardians of the last city on Earth, wielding incredible powers and exploring the extremities of our solar system. From September 9th, Destiny will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. 

 

 

Skylanders-Trap-Team_Snap-ShotSkylanders Trap Team

After the roaring success of Skylanders, see  our review here, Toys for Bob are hard at work creating Skylanders Trap Team. In the next chapter of the Skylanders journey, kinds will be able to take characters out of the digital world and bring them into the real world. In  Skylanders Trap Team, Portal Masters seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, taking them out the game by capturing them in Traps. Players can then send the villains back into the game where they become playable characters, fighting for good. Skylanders Trap Team will include the Traptanium Portal, a ring of magical energy that enables kids to not only bring their Skylanders to life, but also capture villains using Traps.  Skylanders Trap Team introduces new heroes known as Trap Masters and will be available on October 5th in North America for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U. A completely unique version will be available on the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system.

 

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E3 Expo LIVE on UGP

E3 Expo LIVE right here on UGP!

 

E3 Expo 2014 was a fantastic event with some really awesome unveils and news coming out of L.A.

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Homefront: The Revolution Announcement & Trailer

Homefront The Revolution LogoComing in 2015 is a game that is sure to be popular. Take back the streets of Philadelphia with sneaky urban guerilla warfare tactics in Homefront: The Revolution. The new free-roaming FPS will be co-published by Crytek and Deep Silver.

 

Releasing on Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC, Mac and Linux in 2015, Homefront: The Revolution projects players into a near future dystopia. A series of catastrophic events have brought the United States to its knees. The Korean People’s Army imposes a brutal military occupation. Trapped in this nightmare, Philadelphia has become a police state. Surveillance drones and armoured patrols keep a close watch on citizens, crushing any dissent with brutal and final force.

To overcome their oppressors, players will have to utilise guerilla warfare tactics; ambushing and infiltrating in thrilling un-scripted fire fights. In Homefront: The Revolution, you’ll find a sprawling open-world city, in which recruiting fellow revolutionaries and building improvised weapons are just two of the key ingredients to nurturing a powerful resistance.

Homefront: The Revolution is more than just a single player game. Homefront: The Revolution supports up to four player online Co-Op where you form your own resistance cell and become renowned as Heroes of the Revolution.

“Homefront: The Revolution stands out from the crowd by immersing players in a world where they’ll feel emotionally compelled to fight for their freedom,” said Hasit Zala, Game Director at Crytek. “We’re very excited to work with Deep Silver and deliver an experience that underlines Crytek’s commitment to quality whilst tapping into the huge potential we saw when we first acquired the Homefront IP.”

Homefront The Revolution Preview Artwork

Homefront: The Revolution represents the first time Crytek and Deep Silver have worked together, the two partners collaborating to release the game as part of a co-publishing agreement.

“Crytek has an outstanding track record of creating AAA action games. Homefront is a fascinating IP with huge global potential. With Crytek’s technical pedigree and Deep Silver´s publishing expertise, we will take the IP to new heights,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver / Koch Media.

Developed in Crytek’s Nottingham studio, Homefront: The Revolution harnesses the latest features of the CRYENGINE. On the ground, players will encounter a dynamic environment that looks and feels truly alive as day turns to night and storm clouds come and go – an authenticity that extends to the strikingly lifelike expressions, skin and clothing of everyone they encounter.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Gravewalker E3 Trailer out now!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions have released their Gravewalker trailer of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor ready to premiere at E3 next week. The trailer shows protagonist Talion on his journey for vengeance, forever accompanied by the immortal Wraith Spirit thanks to an infallible curse. Like Talion, the Wraith Spirit is seeking revenge on Sauron and his army of pure evil. 

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is scheduled for release on October 7 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is all about defining your own personal path for vengeance as you bend the dynamic game environment, that is Mordor, to your will. It all begins when Sauron returns to Mordor, slaying the Rangers of the Black Gate with the help of his Black Captains. Players take on the persona of Talion, a ranger who’s lost his family and everything he values leaving him empty.

Depending on the player’s actions within the game, the Nemesis System will sculpt every enemy encountered into a distinct and unique foe which can even evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game.  As Talion’s personal vendetta plays out, you’ll uncover the mystery of the Spirit that drives him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.

 

 

 

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New Indie looks for Greenlight on new AAA style Sci-Fi Action Shooter

actoinscreenshots8Pixelbomb Games, a new micro-developer from Manchester, are all systems go with their new Greenlight Campaign for their new title, Beyond: Flesh and Blood. 

As it stands, the third person shooter as received a wave of acclaim from the Greenlight community following its launch onto the platform with a brace of excited comments and up-votes. Pixelbomb Games are looking forward to engaging with the community in their quest to receive 100% Greenlit status.

It’s been a long time coming from the small team which after 2 years are over the moon to unleash their action packed shooter on the world. Set and made in Manchester, it’s now time for the public to let them know what they think of it.

There’s a free demo coming in July and the team are anxiously hoping their shot at Triple-A stardom is going to be well received and foster a growing community who will play a key part in where the game goes in the near future.

 

A little from the Developers

A graphically intense nod to the 3rd person shooter genre,  Beyond: Flesh and Blood challenges players to blast through multiple levels of hostile scavenger forces and mutating enemy threats on a mission to help reclaim the surface of earth – starting with dystopian Manchester.

Players jack into advanced multi-ability combat rigs and battle a range of formidable enemies and mech weapon systems across post apocalyptic Manchester, in fast paced gameplay that will push any players shooter skills to the limit.

 

Beyond: Flesh and Blood is scheduled for release on PC later this year with plans afoot to release on Xbox One and PS4 soon after. 

 

Take a look and support the Greenlight campaign here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=262363097

 

 

 

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