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  • Knack 2 Gets Free PS4 Demo In Europe

    knack 2 demo europeA new demo has been released for the upcoming PS4 exclusive, Knack 2. The new demo is currently only available in Europe and Australia. If you're in either of these regions you can jump in and download the demo for free right now.

    So far, the demo weighs in at just 2.6GB. If you download it from the store today, you'll have roughly one week to play before Knack 2 is launched worldwide. Unfortunately, there's no evidence that the Knack 2 demo will come to any other regions, including North America.

    Knack 2 was originally revealed via a leak quite some time ago, but it wasn't until Sony's PSX event last year that the game was officially revealed by Sony. Now, Knack 2 is set to launch on September 5 in North America. Knack 2 will also launch in Europe and Australia a day later, on September 6.

    The original Knack didn't get as much critical appeal as the developers had originally hoped. However, game designer Mark Cerny feels like the sequel touches on a lot of the areas that the original game got wrong.

    When asked about the sequel, Mark Cerny mentioned that "There's a lot unexplored there, I think anybody who played the [original] game would tell you that."

    Are you interested in the Knack sequel? If the previews are anything to go by, it looks as if Knack 2 will be a considerable improvement over the first Knack game.

  • New Game Fortnite Now Available In Early Access

    fortnite in early accessFortnite is a brand new IP by Epic Games and it has finally arrived on Xbox One, PC, and PS4.

    Fortnite has been in the eyes of the media for a good few years now, and it's been in development for even longer than that. Today, Fortnite has finally made it to early access and can be picked up on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

    The development studio responsible for Fortnite is responsible for both Gears of War and Unreal Tournament. Fortnite takes things in a different direction. There are less blood and gore, and more room for creativity.

    In Fortnite, players must team up to build structures that can defend themselves against an oncoming onslaught of enemies. As the game continues, the enemies become more aggressive and powerful. As a result, players must put in more effort to improve their defenses.

    To get into early access, you'll have to pick up Fortnite for $40 on either Xbox One, PS4, or PC.

    There are more expensive versions of the game if you feel like supporting the team behind it. The $60 deluxe version includes better weapons, XP boosts, and a number of other digital items.

    The super deluxe $90 version includes everything the deluxe version does, as well as more weapons and boosts. Finally, the $150 version includes everything the other packs include and even more digital items.

    What are your thoughts on Fortnite? Is it the kind of game that you'd be interested in?

  • Mass Effect Andromeda Can Be Played Early on Xbox One

    mass effect andromeda EAThanks to the EA Access program on both the Xbox One and the Origin store on the PC, EA Access subscribers will be able to play Mass Effect Andromeda a week before launch.

    It's not been confirmed yet, but it's likely that all, or if not, the majority of the title will be available during this early EA Access period. Similar to different EA Access promotions in the past, this early play time will be restricted to just 10 hours of gameplay. Players can close down their game and open it at any point to ensure they get the most out of those 10 hours.

    Once the 10 hours are up, players will be locked out of playing, but they will be able to continue their progress on the full game a week later.

    To make the deal sweeter, this promotion will apply to those that have not yet pre-ordered the game. This means that players with EA Access will be able to get a taste of the Mass Effect Andromeda experience before purchasing it. Once again, players who go through this route will be able to continue their progress after launch day if they choose to purchase the game.

    Unfortunately, the EA Access program is not currently available for the PS4 version of Mass Effect Andromeda - PlayStation owners will need to wait the extra week to play the full version, and it's unlikely that a trial version will be available.

  • DayZ Xbox One Early Access Planned for 2016

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    DayZ was originally planned for early access on the Xbox One at the end of 2015, but hiccups in the development process has pushed the Xbox One early access launch to 2016. If all goes to planned, hopefully the delay won't be that long - we are most likely looking at a quarter one release in 2016, although no date has been set in stone just yet and it is very possible that DayZ for the Xbox One could be delayed once again.

    DayZ is also planned for the PlayStation 4, but no details of a release date for this have been given yet. If DayZ can’t get it’s way onto the PS4 in early access, then PS4 players may have to wait a while before the game comes out of early access and gets a full release.

    Unlike early access on Steam, the early access on Xbox One offers players safer control over the games they play. The early access Xbox One program is called Xbox Game Preview, and once available later this year, will allow players to have a free trial of early access games before players can decide whether they'd like to purchase it or not.
    Early access titles on the Xbox Game Preview will include Ark: Survival Evolved, Elite: Dangerous, The Long Dark and of course DayZ.

    Will you be interested in trying out DayZ once it gets to the Xbox One? It had a lot of hype surrounding the PC release so it will be interesting to see how well it does on the Xbox and the PlayStation 4.

  • Destiny Beta Timed Exclusivity for PS3 and PS4

    Despite being on the Microsoft side of the fence with the popular Halo franchise, Sony has managed to bag a deal with Bungie to bring PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gamers entrance into the Destiny beta a little while before players on either the Xbox One or the Xbox 360.

    Bungie have been pretty vague on the beta access for Destiny, and at first there was not any mention of any early access to the game. However, a little while after pre-orders were opened up for all four consoles the game is supported on, Bungie announced that pre-orders would give players access into the beta that will be available early next year.

    Following on from that, it looks as if Bungie are being even more vague and have announced that there will be a disparity between the launch date for the beta on Sony consoles and the launch date on Microsoft consoles.

    At this moment in time, details on how much longer Microsoft gamers will have to wait over PlayStation gamers haven't been given. Beta keys will automatically be given to those who pre-ordered before October 1st, however for those that have pre-ordered before this date, Bungie & Activision have told customers to ask the retailer that they purchased the game from.

    The full release for Destiny will hit in 'Spring 2014,' suggesting that the beta for the game will be very close to the final launch date. It's most likely the game is almost complete at this stage, and the beta test will probably be a way for Bungie to test drive Activision's servers.

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