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  • New Official Xbox 360 Controller Released

    new camo xbox 360 controllerMicrosoft has just announced a brand new controller for the Xbox 360, despite a lot of their effort now focusing on their latest console, the Xbox One. The new Xbox 360 controller follows the same design as previous controllers for the console, although it has been printed with a brand new skin.

    This skin has been named the Arctic Camouflage skin, and can be seen in the picture above. This skin is another attempt by Microsoft to offer players customization when it comes to buying accessories for their console, and is certainly not the first official skinned controller.

    This particular Xbox 360 pad will set you back $54.99, and will be available in North America next month.

    If you want more customization options for Xbox 360 controllers or controllers for other consoles you may want to check out our custom controller creator - on here you'll be able to find a huge range of great controller skins, as well as other mod options and customization features.

    In other news, Microsoft has revealed plans to fix the drivers for the Xbox One controller so that gamers can use the new controller with their PC. Currently the Xbox One controller has a few compatibility issues with Windows PCs, but these bugs should be fixed in the upcoming driver updates.

    So far details on what controllers will work is unclear. It would make sense that you'd need to use a wired connection for the controller, although a wireless option may be possible in the future. We'll keep you update with any news on this as it is released by Microsoft.

  • YouTube Set to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion

    Youtube Buys Twitch

    Over the past year, Twitch has transformed from a niche video game streaming community to a huge platform that hosts hundred's of thousands of viewers worldwide. Twitch now takes up a huge portion of the world’s internet traffic, and it's certainly turned a few heads.

    Some of those heads are the owners of big internet companies like Facebook and Google, and these companies are renowned for spending big on other businesses to buy out their own competition.

    It was inevitable really, but rumors suggest that YouTube is planning to acquire Twitch for a massive $1 billion, all in cash. For the small home-grown Twitch team, this is an offer that's going to be hard to turn down, so it's very likely that the internet's favorite video game streaming service will soon be handed over to YouTube.

    For a lot of gamers, this news comes as quite a shock - Youtube is already renowned for being incredibly strict on the content video game broadcasters can submit to their channels, and if these same rules move over to Twitch, it could potentially put a lot of streamers out of business, or certainly make their streaming lives a little bit harder.

    YouTube's acquisition of Twitch could also be bad for the average viewer, too. If YouTube decide to integrate their Google+ account system into Twitch, then the overall chat experience could be watered down a little.

    What are your thoughts on this? Would you be happy to see YouTube acquire Twitch, or would you prefer it if Twitch refused the $1 billion offer?

  • Rumor Suggests GTA V Will Come to Next Gen in June

    next gen gta vGrand Theft Auto V was such a big success on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, that it'd almost seem stupid for Rockstar to not release it on next gen consoles. However, ever since it's release, all we've had to hear about a next gen GTA V are rumors, rumors and more rumors.

    At this point in time, it would make sense that Rockstar are probably already working on it behind closed curtains.

    Recently, an international retailer has put up a product listing for none other than Grand Theft Auto V for PC and Xbox One. The product listing also included details on a release date. Not only is there a product listing up for GTA V next gen, but the retailer in question, SuperGame Czech, is actually taking pre-orders for an Xbox One version and a PC version for Grand Theft Auto V.

    Either the Czech retailer has made a very, very big slip up, or they have received information from Rockstar about a release date for a PC and a next gen version of the latest Grand Theft Auto. According to SuperGame Czech, the Xbox One version of GTA V will be released on June 13th, along with the PC version.

    It seems like quite a while since it's original release now, but Rockstar may have simply been waiting for the sales for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to bulk up a little before releasing GTA V. Let's hope this rumor is true, because otherwise it might just be possible that a next gen GTA V may never come.

  • Civilization Beyond Earth Revealed

    civilization beyond earth trailerA new trailer has been shown off at PAX East by Firaxis Games to showcase a brand new Civilization game, under the title Beyond Earth. Civilization Beyond Earth will be a brand new title in the game series, and as the name suggests, it will take players into ambitious new environments.

    Civilization Beyond Earth will give players the opportunity to take their civilizations up into space. The trailer that Firaxis created has stated that, "As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space."

    The release date for Civilization Beyond Earth has been set for a release later in this year in 2014, most likely this Fall. The trailer has strangely only suggested that the title will be available on Civilization Beyond Earth, but hopefully it will be adapted for consoles as well.

    Firaxis has been well known for it's great strategy franchises, with XCOM Enemy Unknown being their latest release.

    However, the civilization games have always received the biggest bundles of praise for being fully featured and unique strategy game experiences, and taking the franchise into space could really make things ever more interesting.

    We'll keep you updated on Civilization Beyond Earth as more information comes in - hopefully we'll see some proper gameplay footage closer to the launch date, which as mentioned before, will most likely be later this year in Fall.

  • New Mass Effect Game Now in Playable State

    There's still no real information on what kind of game the new Mass Effect game will be, but BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn revealed that the game is now in a "playable state" and it feels "fresh, but recognizable."

    It's already been confirmed that the new Mass Effect game won't be a direct sequel or prequel to the Commander Shephard series, and will instead focus on an entirely different story within the Mass Effect universe.

    In fact, Commander Shephard and his crew won't play any part in the new Mass Effect game at all, and the gameplay will be entirely different to what we remember from the first trilogy.

    Whilst this doesn't give much information about what kind of gameplay the new Mass Effect game will offer, it suggests that the game will offer a different gameplay experience to the action shooter RPG we've recognized in ME1, 2 and 3.

    This could mean we could end up with a Mass Effect golfing game for all we know, but it's much more likely to involve some kind of combat. Perhaps we'll end up with a team based shooter that has a larger focus on squad tactics.

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    Or perhaps BioWare will go with the trends and turn the new Mass Effect game into an online multiplayer experience, an MMO? FPS deathmatch game? Who knows..

     

    We'll have to wait till BioWare releases more information about the upcoming title, unfortunately.

  • Ultra Realistic Project Cars Screenshots Shown

    Racing fans, you've got a real treat in-store this year. On top of the awe inspiring Drive Club, and the possibility of a new FlatOut game, you've now got the beautiful world of Project Cars to look forward to.

    New Project Cars Screenshots

    60 new screenshots have been released by Slightly Mad Studios, and they highlight the amazing graphical fidelity that will be found within Project Cars. If you thought Forza is good, then Slightly Mad Studios' Project Cars will definitely take your breath away.

    I'm sure Slightly Mad probably put a lot of effort into making sure these screenshots showed the absolute best of the game, however they have revealed that everything has been done in-game, meaning that all 60 screenshots were from real gameplay.

    "As usual, all shots show purely in-game footage that has not been made in any special photo mode, using no post-processing or filters that aren't available during the actual gameplay. What you see is what you experience while driving!"

    It's important to mention that all 60 screenshots were taken from the PC version of the game, so it will be interesting to see what the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions look like.

    Slightly Mad Studios have had experience with other racing games such as Need for Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed in the past, so I expect that on top of the great graphics, the game will turn out to be pretty fun, too.

    Project Cars is set for a full release on Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC and Steam OS late 2014.

  • Prologue Trailer for Capcom's F2P Deep Down Released

    A new prologue trailer has been released for Capcom's upcoming next gen free to play title, Deep Down. The trailer depicts what looks to be two players fighting monsters within a dungeon, however no actual gameplay footage is shown, and instead we're greeted with a bunch of cinematics again.

    Deep Down Gameplay Trailer The trailer does, however, show that Capcom's Japanese roots are still intact, with a keyboard melody playing in the background akin to the old turn based Japanese RPGs, it's clear who's Capcom's target demographic is here.

    However, with it being free-to-play, Capcom haven't left out the rest of the world either, and we'll be able to get our hands on the game as soon as the Japanese can.

    The problem is, it's still unclear what kind of game Deep Down will actually be; gamers are comparing it mainly to Dark Souls, but comparisons to Assassins' Creed and other action RPGs are being made as well.

    Capcom is hinting at some kind of MMORPG twists to the game too, but once again it's unclear what this will mean for actual gameplay value.

    The truth is, no one is going to be interested in these trailers any longer unless Capcom shows some actual gameplay, so let's hope they get round to doing that before we get lost in Titanfall, Watch Dogs, Destiny, and any other nice looking titles that have impressive gameplay footage readily available on the internet.

  • The Last of Us Could Get a PS4 Port

    The Last of Us has been one of the many PlayStation exclusive titles that truly rocked it last year, however, with it being on the end of a generation, it left some gamers stuck between purchasing the game and saving for a new PS4 game upon the console's release later on in the year.

    Last of Us PS4 PortBecause of this, it's been pretty commonplace to hear players asking for a PlayStation 4 port for the Last of Us, and Naughty Dog may actually be considering it.

    It's not a definite yes at this point, but it's certainly not a definite no when it comes to a PS4 port for the Last of Us, and instead we're greeted with a "We'll see what the future brings" from community strategist Eric Monacelli.

    What this suggests is that Naughty Dog aren't quite sure what the demand would be for a PS4 port, and they are probably happy working on other projects until the answer to that question is more clear.

    If you'd love to see a PlayStation 4 port for the Last of Us, your best bet is to try and get out there to get your name heard, let Naughty Dog know that it is something that we all want.

    Personally I think the launch window title selection for both the PS4 and the Xbox One has been a little weak, so anything to add to our play experience would certainly be worth it at this point in time.

     

  • New Killer Instinct Patch Introduces New Free Character

    As Killer Instinct is a free to play game, there are certain elements that are "locked down" for every user until they splash out on cash. One of the biggest things that is limited for the basic player is the available character roster. In fact, only one character is available for play at one time, and the others must be purchased permanently before they can be played.

    New Character Killer Instinct

    Before you shout about how money-grabbing this screwy tactic is looking to be, one thing that makes it more reasonable is that the character that is available for free changes regularly, thanks to the rotation system that works similarly to the weekly system found in League of Legends.

     

    This means that players will always have a chance to try each and every character, but they'll have to put in money to purchase a character that they enjoyed playing with.

     

    Right now, Jago has been replaced with Sabrewulf. On top of this, some character balancing has been put into place, and some bug fixes and menu changes have been added with the latest patch.

     

    The store has been fine tuned to make browsing through it more easy on the eye, and the annoying bug that forced players to put their controller in USB slot 1 has also been resolved.

     

    If you're still not happy with the whole "one character at a time" thing, there are packages that give players access to all eight characters, and it costs roughly the same price as a full retail game.

  • Two New Assassin's Creed Projects Launching in 2014?

    Well I don't think fans would really mind if Assassin's Creed took a year off. The fact that a lot of them were not happy with the idea of Assassin's Creed 4 coming out so quickly was subdued because the game was good, but fear is rising that this franchise is turning into Call of Duty.

    AssassinsCreedBut lo behold, recent rumors suggest that Ubisoft might not be just coming out with one, but two Assassin's Creed installments for 2014. One of the games are supposedly being developed just for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U while the other is being developed for the PS4 and Xbox One. In addition to that, the franchise is supposedly attempting a "massive re-scope" which could mean that they are going to change up how the entire story is going to head.

    Considering that the open world gameplay of AC4 which got most of the credit while the story sticking to the usual formula got most of the flak, it seems that Ubisoft might indeed be thinking that change is due. In the middle they even had a survey asking if players wanted an open world sailing and exploration game, without the need to connect Assassin's Creed core story.

    For now it seems that we might see some changes coming in the future, and this might be a way they hope to avoid the entire dilemma COD is facing right now. Other than that, it could just be that Ubisoft will be coming out with one game, but two different versions for current and next-gen consoles. Only time will tell what to really expect.

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