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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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New Kickstarter campaign: Formula Wincars

arcadeThere’s a new Kickstarter campaign just kicking off from indie studio, DragonJam Studios. The aim of the campaign is to raise funds to for their ambitious PC online multiplayer arcade racer, Formula Wincars. 

Already off to a flying start, the campaign offers some fantastic rewards for contributors. Up for grabs is an amazing full size Formula Wincars styled arcade machine with all the usual pedals, wheel and a copy of the game pre-installed.

Formula Wincars aims to be launched by the end of the year, 2014, and will be a free-to-play game with the typical micro-transaction additions to the title. One of the key and somewhat exciting features of Formula Wincars is the ability players will have to be able to win prizes and hook up with others from around the world to share special skills and common strategies. There’s going to be all the usual unlockable cars and characters associated with this kind of game, each with their own unique strengths and abilities.

To see the project on Kickstarter, head over to this link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/dragonjam/formula-wincars-mmo-racing-arcade

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Flockers gets early release access

Flockers Alpha build 2From May 6 2014, you’ll be able to get your hands on the awesome new title Flockers from the guys at Team 17, creators of the legendary Worms series. Flockers follows in the same vein as Worms with quirky characters and the infamous style of graphics.

We were at EGX Rezzed recently and were lucky enough to get a first hand look at Flockers and it’s ace. It’s so much fun to look at and play. The game has great depth to it and promises to get better and better as final release nears. We’ll be bringing you a full write up on what we think of Flockers before May 6. What we can tell you now is that if you’re a fan of Worms, get Flockers. It’s a must!

Here’s what the developers have to say about Flockers

“Welcome to Flockers. The Early Access game is already in a very playable state with twenty-five levels ready to play plus the powerful “Meat Maker” editor with which you’ll be able to create your own fiendish levels and share them via Steam Workshop. We decided to release Flockers via early Early Access to ensure the community gets a chance to help us shape it.

In this first release you may experience some bugs, crashes or compatibility issues. Things may change unexpectedly and scores may need to be reset. User levels might need to be reworked as a result of our changes and sheep logic will get tweaked. I’m sure you already expect this sort of thing with Early Access releases, we just wanted to remind you.

Your feedback is extremely important to us so please feel free to let us know what you think about Flockers, we’ll be listening to all your suggestions!”

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PC gets Trials Fusion Beta

trials-fusion-2Ubisoft’s announced that it’s highly anticipated Trials Fusion title is going to be available as a closed Beta to people who pre-order the title for Windows PC on Uplay and other selected digital retailers. The Beta kicks off tomorrow on the March 21 and will run right through to launch which is happening on April 24 for Windows PC.

Initially the Trials Fusion Beta will include 14 tracks and 2 skill games, leaderboards and challenges. Each week, Trials Fusion Beta will receive additional content, evolving all the way up to launch. Great news for lovers of the Trials series and Trials Fusion predecessor, Trials Evolution. 

Trials Fusion continues where Trials Evolution left off, building on the highly addictive and a often, maddeningly testing physics-based gameplay of its predecessor and includes a tonne of new features such as the FMX Trickas System. The track editor returns allowing players to create the most imaginative and warped ideas for tracks to test friends and the community.

While Trials Fusion is available on Windows PC on the April 24, it’s coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 a little earlier on April 16.

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Monkey Mofo On My Back

It wasn’t that many years ago that you’d find me in moments of quiet reflection avidly glued to my PSP, fingers a-blur as I manoeuvred a small monkey in a ball around a series of increasingly complex tracks.  Monkey Ball had everything – it had a monkey….in a ball; what more could you want?  Other games came along and my thirst for monkey madness abated as I chose to be a part of a Black Ops force, or cruise make-believe cities being bad to the bone.

1053803787But now my monkey fever rises again with the news that Monkey Mofo is now available on a range of operating systems and consoles.  Its name alone suggests a cheekiness that befits a hoot of a game and this one looks like a keeper.  Developed by British development house Lucky Red Fish, the 3D platformer looks to be just the title to inject a huge jolt of fun into the genre that it so needs.  Featuring over 180 levels split over 18 different worlds, Monkey Mofo is a title with the freshness of current graphics but with the heart a certain small Italian plumber beating away behind it.

Similar in construction to the classic Lemmings game, the levels start of light-weight and easy with the task of collecting fruit mere Childs play, but expect things to hot up with new levels offering increasingly complex situations and puzzles as you progress up the leader boards.   Steering your monkey round the course will become increasingly difficult but ultimately satisfying as you encounter all manner of foes and fiendish puzzles.  The game has moved on from the original scrolling maps to present the player with a smaller, more compact, but fun-filled levels.

Originally developed back in 2005 for an Android competition, Monkey Mofo worked its way round phone OS’s before heading to the smaller consoles and PC’s running Windows 7 and XP, in an updated 3D format and with graphics polished enough to make the game appear to be the brainchild of a much bigger design house.  Monkey Mofo – its very name yells ‘play me’ – is now available to download on almost everything bar the major consoles, and if interest in it continues to climb as it has done, it could well be hitting those to.

Look out for further news on this game with a great name!

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Hey Cut The Rope Fans!

Activision Publishing, Inc. announced today that it is bringing Cut the Rope: Triple Treat exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS early in 2014. The title will unite 3 full games from ZeptoLab’s the hugely successful Cut the Rope series, recipient of the Apple Design Award and BAFTA Award The original mobile version, as well as its first two sequels, Cut the Rope: Experiments and Cut the Rope: Time Travel will be launching on the 3DS in an all-new, 3D experience.

Cut-The-Rope-Game-768x1366Cut the Rope: Triple Treat compiles three standalone adventures, boasting over 650 levels that’s sure to keep even the most addicted fan happy with over 50 hours of gameplay. Full utilisation will be made of the 3DS’s precision control interface stylus, online leaderboards, in-game achievements, stereoscopic 3D visuals during gameplay and cheerfully animated Om Nom Stories. We love Om Nom!

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of being addicted to Cut the Rope, it is a single-player, touch-controlled, physics-based puzzle game starring Om Nom. An adorable green monster with an insatiable appetite for candy. In each scenario, your goal is to feed Om Nom the sweet snack he craves by successfully manipulating a series of obstacles with simple taps and swipes, while collecting bonus stars along the way for high scores. Later levels introduce additional mechanics, like steam valves, bubbles, magic objects and teleporting portals, mixing them seamlessly with earlier elements for ever-increasing combinations of trials. All in all, the result is a charming blend of creative, out-of-the-box design, and thoughtful strategy, easily accessible for young gamers while still providing a challenge to adults. Cut the Rope is perfect for playing in either quick, casual bursts or longer, more relaxed sessions. Cut the Rope: Experiments and Cut the Rope: Time Travel expand on the first game with new content and new information about Om Nom’s background story and lineage.

Cut the Rope: Triple Treat is provisionally rated PEGI-3. For the latest information, follow Cut the Rope on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CutTheRope  and Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Cut_The_Rope or visit the Cut the Rope website, http://cuttherope.net.

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