Monthly Archives: February 2016

Far Cry : Primal – Review

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Do you remember a time before smart phones? Seems ages ago doesn’t it? How did anyone survive before then? It certainly feels like thousands of years ago as opposed to just ten or so. Well, twelve thousand years ago people used to have to communicate by speaking a language that you wouldn’t even understand. They did still have emojis of sorts though and their parents didn’t yell at them for drawing on the walls because wallpaper hadn’t been invented then either. Also it was more than likely that your parents would have been eaten by a sabre-toothed tiger before they got home to find out. It was a simpler time.

I am talking about Far Cry : Primal, a very adventurous game in some respects about a man called Takkar who sounds like Adam Jensen from Deus Ex trying to learn dutch without any augments to help him. As the game began I found myself in control of a slightly freaked out Takkar who was having some problems of Mammoth proportions, and I had to throw a spear at said Mammoth which a helpful bit of text reminded me was my last spear. Takkar, it seems, is a very under prepared mammoth hunter. I launched the spear right into the mammoth’s snuffloesophagus and peeled another from a recently deceased, mostly naked, companion and kept throwing. Everything seemed to go to plan until a cat the size of an ice cream van decided it wanted the cuddly elephant corpse and killed everyone I knew. This leads to the plot which is primarily about expanding my social circle of Wenja (my tribe), and fighting off dangerous animals and other clans in an attempt to survive, and though I am in charge of all these people at no point do I feel like a megalomaniac with sights on world domination like you might in Saints Row or something.

One of the braver parts of game design is the complete lack of English language. Everything is subtitled. This is world cinema for AAA games, what Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was to the film market in 2000 A.D (the year of our lord, not the home of Judge Dredd comic books). Considering the sheer quantity of people who won’t watch films with subtitles and won’t begin to entertain the possibility of playing a game that doesn’t have a thousand different kinds of gun in it, this seems like a brave move. Aside from this particular decision the game isn’t wholly original as much as it is a clever use of the best things of games up to this point, the game owes a lot to Dying Light for example, I think.

There is a nice element where they have integrated possible superstition and legend involving human sacrifice and blood rituals. As well as these, the ability to tame and communicate with animals as a way to make the game something just a bit more than semi-naked people running around in a field waving sticks at cats of varying sizes. There isn’t a lot that stands out as particularly memorable though at this point it still has my attention and I have put about fifteen to twenty hours into the game where normally I would only put in somewhere close to five to ten before attempting to review it. It may not be groundbreaking but it’s certainly fun and a slight breath of fresh, twelve thousand year old air.

As an experiment it certainly seems to pay off, and I’m sure there are a lot of people out there getting angry that they don’t speak english, (bloody immigrants coming over here from the past, getting into our digital vast mountainous landscapes) and I’m sure there are people who get annoyed about the lack of guns aside from the fact that there is a near infinite amount of games out there to scratch that particular itch (at least five of them with Far Cry in the title). I really enjoyed this game and it would suit fans of Dying Light and Far Cry, as well as the Elder Scrolls games, despite not being a masterpiece.

4/5

ACTION HENK RACES ONTO XBOX ONE AND PS4 WITH A BRAND NEW MULTIPLAYER MODE

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BUTT-SLIDE TOGETHER: ACTION HENK RACES ONTO XBOX ONE AND PS4 WITH A BRAND NEW MULTIPLAYER MODE
RageSquid’s phenomenal “Toy Story meets Trials” PC speedrunning platformer to make console debut in March, thanks to Curve Digital.
February 1st, 2016 – London, United Kingdom

Get ready to run, jump, butt-slide and race your friends as highly anticipated title ‘Action Henk’ from the talented RageSquid team races onto the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One digital stores this March – complete with a brand new local multiplayer race mode.

Action Henk is an intense speed platformer set in a toybox world, where a cast of classic action figure inspired characters compete to see who is the fastest toy in town. Often hailed as a cross between Sonic, Toy Story and Trials, Action Henk challenges players to shave milliseconds off their times by running, jumping and butt-sliding across stunning environments in a game which revels in supersonic action.

DiRT RALLY® CONSOLE EDITION NEW CONTENT DETAILED

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Tuesday 2nd February (1pm UK) – Codemasters & Koch Media today released a new gameplay trailer for the acclaimed DiRT Rally® and confirmed the additional content that will be added to the game when it launches on PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC(DVD) on April 5th 2016. The trailer is available to watch now at www.dirtgame.com

In addition to the wealth of game content added during DiRT Rally’s Steam Early Access programme, console and PC players will be able to enjoy substantial new additions to the game in April. New Classic Mini and Super 1600 series will introduce the thrills of rallycross racing from the start of the game and 21 advanced rally driving video guides will help gamers maximise their rallying performance. Players will be able to drive the vintage full gravel surface at Pikes Peak for the first time in the game and three of Colin McRae’s most iconic liveries will enable them to relive the exploits of a legendary rally champion.

The DiRT team have also added seven extra cars, including some much-requested fan favourites:

· Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak
· Renault 5 Turbo
· Renault Alpine A110
· Opel Corsa Super 1600
· Peugeot 207 S1600
· Renault Clio S1600
· Mini Classic Rallycross

Available to pre-order now is the limited run DiRT Rally Legend Edition, which includes the full length feature documentary Colin McRae: Rally Legend. The film tells the full story of the rally icon that inspired the DiRT series from the man himself and charts his career from the earliest days, through to his domination of the rallying world and his involvement with the famous Codemasters games.

Also included in the Legend Edition is the Fully Loaded MINI Pack, which unlocks and fully upgrades the MINI Cooper S from the start of the game, gives an exclusive livery for the car and provides a unique team mechanic with perks.

Gamers pre-ordering the digital edition of DiRT Rally will receive both the Fully Loaded MINI Pack and the Fully Loaded Rallycross Pack, which unlocks the Mini Classic Rallycross and provides the same benefits as the other packs.

DiRT Rally is now available on Steam and will be powersliding onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC(DVD) on April 5th 2016.

OPERATION BLACK ICE FREE UPDATE FOR TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX® SIEGE NOW AVAILABLE

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Ubisoft® announce that the Operation Black Ice free update for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

As part of the ongoing commitment to provide new content on a regular basis for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, the Operation Black Ice content pack includes the new yacht map, two new operators, Frost and Buck, from the elite Canadian special operations JTF 2 force, and new weapon skins. Additionally, the Spectator Camera feature will be available online for all platforms in custom games.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege post launch philosophy is to avoid any split in the community, consequently all gameplay elements will be available with no additional costs. Maps and modes will be free and available immediately for everyone. New operators and most weapon skins can be unlocked with earned currency, called Renown, or with R6 Credits.

Season Pass holders will instantly receive the new JTF 2 operators and non-Season Pass owners will be able to unlock them using Renown in-game currency or R6 Credits starting on February 9th.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is currently available worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, please visit rainbow6.com
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RAID BLACKWOOD’S VOLCANO LAIR AS OPERATION EARTH SHAKER HITS WARFACE

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The pressure is on in the latest Co-op challenge to come to Crytek’s free online shooter
Frankfurt am Main (Germany) February 3, 2016 – Face the heat of battle like never before in Operation Earth Shaker – an intense new Co-op challenge coming to Crytek’s free-to-play online shooter, Warface, today.

Operation Earth Shaker invites players to join forces and ascend through an enemy base constructed inside a cavernous volcano. As they progress, Warface operatives will face new trials at every turn, including a hailstorm of incoming fire from the advanced gun turrets that guard the facility.

Each of the five turret types poses a unique strategic threat that can only be neutralized with tactical teamwork. Alongside the turrets, enemy personnel wielding heavy duty weapons add another explosive element to contend with – ensuring players have to be at the top of their game to clear one secured area and move on to the next.

Those who survive to see the base’s uppermost level will soon discover that they’ve stepped out of the frying pan and into the fire as they encounter a deadly new boss. This final layer of high-tech security proves Blackwood will stop at nothing to protect – and eventually detonate – the giant Seismic Activity Generator housed within the volcano.

Operation Earth Shaker is the latest Co-op Special Operations mission to be added to Warface, following on from the popular Cyber Horde and Tower Raid challenges. Its arrival comes hot on the heels of a raft of new content added to the game in a winter update.

Watch the new trailer for Operation Earth Shaker now at www.youtube.com/warfacegame and sign up to play Warface for free at www.warface.com.

FAR CRY PRIMAL: “THE CHARGE” LIVE ACTION TRAILER

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Ahead of Far Cry Primal’s launch later this month, we wanted to share our brand new live action trailer with you. Entitled “The Charge”, players can get a glimpse of the challenge that awaits them when they travel back to the Stone Age in Far Cry Primal.

Far Cry Primal will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 23rd. The game will be released on March 1st for Windows PC.

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Trackmania Turbo release date and trailer

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DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES!

TRACKMANIA® TURBO TO RELEASE ON MARCH 25, 2016

Ubisoft® has announced that TrackMania® Turbo, the latest instalment in the TrackMania franchise developed by Nadeo, a Ubisoft studio, will be released on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC on March 25, 2016.

TrackMania Turbo features an easy-to-learn, hard-to-master, arcade racing universe with time attack gameplay, where players set their own limits and challenges. The game revolves around an exhilarating combination of matchbox car fantasy and massive scale, focused on the pursuit of the perfect run around the track.

Using the Trackbuilder tool, players can build an endless number of tracks to train and challenge their skills. TrackMania Turbo also includes more than 200 head-spinning tracks set in four beautiful environments, each with their own driving style: Rollercoaster Lagoon, International Stadium, Canyon Grand Drift and Valley Down & Dirty.

The brand-new Rollercoaster Lagoon is set in a tropical paradise, where drivers must race through sunny beaches and magnetic rollercoasters. The fan favourite International Stadium is back, along with the Canyon Grand Drift and Valley Down & Dirty environments, all reworked with updated graphics, gameplay, dedicated new car designs and a new artistic direction, creating a visual identity that immerses gamers in the arcade racing experience more than ever.

To learn more about TrackMania Turbo, visit trackmania.com.

Arslan : The Warriors of Legend

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KOEI TECMO LAUNCHES
ARSLAN: THE WARRIORS OF LEGEND
Final playable characters and launch trailer released!

Hertfordshire, 9th February 2016- Koei Tecmo Europe is pleased to announce the release of anime-based tactical action title Arslan: the Warriors of Legend on Friday 12th February 2016 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft via retailers across Europe; the game is also available digitally for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. A PC version will be released via Steam® today, 9th February. Specifically for Steam®, Koei Tecmo has announced a special 10% discount for early purchasers of the title. This offer will apply for 10 days after launch and will conclude on the 19th of February.

Arslan: the Warriors of Legend tells the story of the young crown prince of Pars, Arslan, as he is forced out of his kingdom when his father, the king, is betrayed and defeated and his domain conquered. The player takes on the role of Arslan and his few companions as they strive to re-assemble an army and fight against overwhelming odds to liberate the kingdom.
Aside from the playable characters already revealed, Koei Tecmo announced today an additional two characters, this time from
Arslan’s enemy camp!

The first is Hilmes; the mysterious man behind the Silver Mask and Arslan’s arch-rival, has temporarily aligned himself with Luisitania, though his end-game appears to go deeper than simply leading the attacking forces to victory. By his side stands Zandeh, his highly skilled sword protector. Both characters will be playable in the free mode of the game, in the original extra scenarios available.

Additionally, three more stages have been revealed, a small Village, the imposing Zabul Fortress, and the vast Keep of St. Emmanuel, whose labyrinthine streets stage the last act of Arslan’s exciting adventure.

Finally, in anticipation of the launch on Friday, Koei Tecmo has released a launch trailer showcasing all of the game’s key playable characters and impressive battlefield manoeuvres! The trailer can be viewed here.
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