• COD World Championship Starting September 2

    CODXP World Championship 2016

    We recently posted about the upcoming BioShock collection being released in September and today we have some more news to get you excited for the 9th month of the year. The next COD World Championship will be taking place from September 2 to September 4 during CODXP 2016.

    For those unaware, the CODXP event will be held in Los Angeles. On top of the eSports championship, the three day event will be home to a number of other activities and happenings, including Call of Duty VR, real life Nuketown paintball, and a closer look at Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered. As far as we're aware, those who purchase tickets should be able to take part in the VR events. We're not so sure about how the paintball event will work but we should hear more from the CODXP event hosts about that soon.

    As for the eSports tournament, the event will see 32 teams battle it out for a huge prize pool. The prize pool will see some funds from the CWL 2016. The prize pool will sit at $2 million, topping out the total prize winnings from CWL events in 2016 to a huge $3.5 million.

    There are different packages for fans that are wishing to attend the event. Whilst some tickets with extra privileges go for $199, the cheapest entry level ticket is going for $50. Fans will get access to the three-day event for $50, and all tickets will include additional digital content for Infinite Warfare.

  • "BioShock: The Collection" is Coming

    Bioshock The Collection Game

    2K Games has announced that a new BioShock collection will be coming soon. The collection will feature the previous BioShock games and all related DLC packs. As you can imagine, the title for the collection is simply "BioShock: The Collection."

    2K Games made the announcement with an announcement trailer, which has been posted to their Youtube channel. If you've played the BioShock games then the trailer is certain to send chills down your spine. It may be surprising, but it's been nine years since the first BioShock title. Nine years!

    2K Games has described the collection as being a $59.99 bundle with other $100 worth of content. Obviously this is taking the full game digital retail prices into consideration, and not the far cheaper price of a used physical copy.

    All three games have been remastered for Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 with help from Blind Squirrel Games. Below, the content from each three games in the collection has been listed. On top of the full games and complete DLC, a number of extra have been added for each game. BioShock will receive a director's commentary called 'Imagining BioShock,' a virtual museum and extra challenge rooms.

    BioShock 2 will receive the Minerva's Den and Protector Trials DLC. BioShock Infinite will include all of the previously released DLC. Whilst everything seems pretty feature-rich, the multiplayer content in BioShock 2 will not be available unfortunately.

    The new collection will be available for purchase on Xbox One, PS4 and PC from September 13.

  • BioShock Collection May Come to Xbox One and PS4

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    You can't always trust retailer listings but it's very true that retailers are often one of the first organizations to hear about upcoming releases. One retailer in South Africa, named Raru, has recently listed a new game named The BioShock Collection and it has been described as a collection of BioShock titles for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

    Seeing game collections for the latest generation of consoles has become a common occurrence, but it's a little harder to believe the latest collection rumor because the developer behind the BioShock series has been effectively shut down.

    This would mean that if Take Two Games wanted to release a collection for BioShock they would have to pull together the old development team or hire a completely new one that will be familiar with the BioShock series. If we can look past the disbanding of the BioShock dev team, having a BioShock collection for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 would be quite amazing.

    In the past, Raru have listed up game content before game publishers have announced the content. One time Raru listed a selection of different Amiibos before anybody else and eventually these Amiibos were released.

    Let's hope the same happens with the BioShock collection. All three BioShock games are absolute classics and being able to play them on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 would be great, especially if the games received a graphical remaster. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed.

  • Dead Island Will be Free as Part of Games for Gold in February

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    This month's PS Plus lineup is looking to be pretty gold - PS Plus subscribers will be able to get their hands on Bioshock Infinite and Metro 2033, despite both games only being released around a year ago.

    Unfortunately, I can't really say the same for the Xbox Live Games for Gold promotion - you won't be able to grab yourself a free copy of Bioshock Infinity or Metro 2033, but if you do have an Xbox 360, and you also have Xbox Live, you'll be able to pick up Dead Island 3 for free this month, so you've got that going for you, which is nice.

    Dead Island was a very enjoyable game, and if Left 4 Dead were to take more of an RPG turn, then perhaps Dead Island would be the result. If you haven't yet played through the Dead Island series, and you're a fan for Co-op games like Left 4 Dead, but also love the open nature of FPS rpg games, then definitely check out Dead Island this month.

    There is also a Dead Island 2 out, which could probably be picked up pretty cheap from a retailer that sells second hand games, the second game is called Dead Island: Riptide.

    If you don't fancy dealing with any more zombies this month, then on February 16th, you may instead want to download Toy Soldiers Cold War. Toy Soldiers will be the second Games for Gold title this month, and it will take Dead Island's place two weeks after the start of February.

  • First of Three Bioshock Infinite DLC has Been Released

    The first of the previously announced trilogy of downloadable content packages for Bioshock Infinite has been released, and it will be available for both PS3 and Xbox 360 as soon as both Microsoft and Sony make it so according to Irrational Games.

    The first DLC pack has been named Clash of the Clouds and is a wave based arena game that will test players skills within the various fields of the combat system used within-game.

    The Clash of the Clouds DLC will also include new voxophones written by creative director Ken Levine, as well as some new Kinectoscopes and other unlockables. The DLC package currently costs $5 on Steam so similar prices will probably be released to Microsoft and Sony.

    Ken Levine has also revealed that the other two downloadable content packages will form a two-part story that puts both Booker and Elizabeth as a two team detective squad that the player will be able to play as in both stories.

    The first part of the DLC, named Burial at Sea will allow the player to play as Booker and is set on New Years Eve in 1958. The story will start off confusing but will make sense as the story progresses.

    The first part of Burial at Sea will definitely be released this year, whilst the second episode may be released this year or next.

  • What Will The Next Gen Bring to The Tables?

    Next Gen Console Predictions

    There's been a lot of talk about the two next generation consoles, the PS4 and the Xbox "Durango," but so far there hasn't really been any roundup or analyzing of what the new consoles will bring, and how games will be responded to by the gaming communities.

    Below is a list of what I believe to follow in the next two to three years, however these are just speculations, so it could be right, but it could be wrong.

    The PS4 Brings in More Hardcore Gamers

    We all already know the PS4 will be packing more raw power than the next Xbox, and because of this the Xbox may have trouble competing with the PlayStation 4, especially in 6-10 years' time. Developers may favor the PS4 over the Xbox because of the extra hardware capabilities, allowing them more freedom for their games. Because of this, Microsoft may focus the new Xbox towards a more casual market, which will eat into the sales of the spectacularly unsuccessful Wii U. Along with the Kinect 2.0, the Xbox has the ability to appeal to the casual gamers with ease.

    Battlefield will take the FPS Crown

    Everyone loves a good first-person shooter game, but if you've been in the loop recently, you may be starting to get the jist that a lot of gamers are getting a little tired of the constant slew of FPS games with little change. It's true that gamers are usually happy with playing with the same concepts for a long time, but unless the COD and Halo developers come up with good ways to make better use of the next gen hardware, they will fall behind. The Battlefield engine is perfect for the next generation. Destructible scenery and up to 64 player multiplayer should be a huge appeal to players when other levels on Battlefield's competition keep to rigid and static structures.

    Ouya and Steambox won't be considered competition

    The only reason you'd buy either of the above would be if you're an Android fan or a Valve fan, or you have enough money to "try it out." Both consoles will have the ability to change and renew hardware just like you can with a PC, but with the Android ecosystem not having enough games to appeal to mainstream gamers, and the Steambox to be an undefined, unknown brand to most everyday gamers, they'll both most likely be considered separate from the main console war, even if they did gain a considerable amount of success. In three to four years, when new hardware comes out at a decent price, both consoles may have a chance to kick ass though, thanks to the handy removable hardware.

    Both Consoles will Make Good Use of Mobile devices

    Smartphones are a huge part of everyday life, and because of this, businesses in the media are seeing the potential and are creating apps to allow users to access more of what they love via their smartphone. Social TV apps are available to give smartphone users more information on their TV shows, and Xbox has already created an app that lets users remotely control their console via a smart device. The next gen consoles will definitely make use of this capability, and it'll be much more convenient than the current offering. Gamers will want to use their smartphones for the functionality instead of silly reasons like trying to impress their friends.

    A lot more will come from the next-gen consoles, and at such an early stage it's hard to predict much else, however you can still stitch together a few possible outcomes from rumors, developer talks and other information spread through media channels.

    What do you think will happen in the first few years of the next-gen console's lifespan? What do you think about out newest modded controllers?

  • Microsoft Employee References the New Xbox for the First Time

    New Xbox Rumor

    Well it's about time isn't it? For Microsoft to reveal SOMETHING about the next gen Xbox right?

    It seems that one of their employees thought we deserved to know more and thanks to him we get to hear the very first actual reference towards the new Xbox. In an interview with The Verge, Brian Hall (General Manager of Windows Live) literally mentioned that the "new Xbox" when listing the wide range of Microsoft products that could be incorporated with Windows 8.

    This is what Hall said during his interview, "We've had Hotmail and operated Hotmail for about 16 years. We obviously have Exchange, and Outlook, that people use at work. We just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those and put them together and release it right in time for the new wave of products that we could have coming out with Windows 8, with the new version of Office, with the new Windows Phone and the new Xbox."

    And thus we have our very first reference of the next-gen Xbox. Even though this reveal is not surprising to anyone, it is still nice to hear it straight (sort of) from Microsoft. If you are new to the whole scene and wondering "why is this news not surprising?" then let me sum it up for you.

    Firstly, we all know that next-gen Xbox is already in development thanks to the leaked photos of its development kit. The photos also confirmed that the code name set for the new console is "Durango" as was suggested by early rumors. If you haven't read that article please be sure to check our previous post regarding the development kit leak.

    Secondly, for months now several studios have been posting job listings that indicate that they are well on their way in developing games for the next-gen. To add to all this we have already seen enough evidence that shows the next-gen Kinect (Kinect 2.0) is also development (also described in previous articles). Numerous developers have also come forward to say that the current gen is coming to end very soon and that we will be witnessing the next-gen in 2013.

    But Microsoft won't be Microsoft if they did not try to somehow divert this info or cover it up. When contacted regarding Hall's comments, Microsoft gave the following statement to IGN, "The comments to The Verge were not understood in their intended context. When Brian mentioned a 'new wave of products,' he was referring to the full lineup of products coming later this year from Microsoft, including Windows 8, Office, Windows Phone and of course our fall Xbox update which will bring a host of new consumer experiences like Xbox Music, Videos, Games on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass."

    I call cover-up! Hall said it pretty clear "new Xbox" and not Xbox 360. No matter how many updates you throw at the Xbox 360 it is never going to be referred to as the "new Xbox", especially not by a Microsoft employee.  Also the fact that Microsoft responded so quickly with a lengthy reply is also suspicious. I would more or less expect "We have no further comments on this".

    But whatever it maybe, a misunderstanding or an actual slip up, be sure to keep a check on our website as we bring you all the latest news revolving around the next-gen Xbox aka "Durango".

    A new console isn't on the horizon for another year. Until then be sure to order a modded controller to get the most out of your Xbox 360 today!

    Blog Written by Shahriar Azad

  • Dishonored: Bethesda Softwork's New Game

    Dishonored Info

    From Bethesda Softworks comes Dishonoured, a game involving a Steampunk world and an assassin with supernatural powers. The game had been revealed for some time now but only recently did the developers actually show some gameplay footage. Currently the game is set to be released on the 9th of October 2012. Check out the super cool trailer from the following like before we head into the details:

    As you can see, this game is a like the love child of Bioshock and Assassin's Creed! The story takes place in the Steampunk city of Dunwal which is being decimated by plague and corruption. The protagonist Corvo was once a Royal Protector of the city and a legendary swordsman in charge of protecting the Empress.

    Unfortunately, the Empress was assassinated and Corvo was framed for the murder. As you can see from the trailer, during his imprisonment Corvo is approached by a mysterious figure who gives him supernatural powers. From that point on, it is Corvo's mission to slay all who betrayed him; this story is all about revenge.

    The game is basically split into different missions. During each mission you will have one or more high profile targets that you have to assassinate. In between missions you can choose to back to your base where you will be able to level up your weapons, abilities, etc. Although mission based, each of these missions are located in unique situations and have a very traditional sandbox feel to them.

    There are multiple ways that you can go about your mission, either using stealth or brute force. Primarily the game is supposed to make players rely more on stealth like peeking through keyholes and eavesdropping on conversations to get vital hints. There is no right way of playing the game and essentially different players will get the job done in any number of different ways. Even the developers were surprised by how the testers utilized different powers, gadgets and weapons to achieve things even the developers did not conceive before!

    The use of the weapons and gadgets along with supernatural powers is what makes me see this game as very similar to Bioschock, which is a good thing. And there are a ton of different powers such as: ability to slow time, Blink (teleport across a short distance), summon animals, possess animals and other character within the game; the list goes on. The wide variety of abilities is basically what gives the players the power to do as they please and see fit.

    This game with its unlimited possibilities is really showing great promise and we will be sure to keep you as more info arrives. Till then, check the first ever official game demo of Dishonored in order to get a better idea for yourself:

    Blog Written by Shahriar Azad

  • Ken Levine Wants to Show You Bioshock on the Vita Rather Than Just Talk About It

    Ken Levine Prefers to Show a Game Rather Than Talk about It.

    According to sources from Joystiq, Bioshock Creator Ken Levine was at the Game Developers Conference and was asked about Bioshock on the Playstation Vita. He stated that it wouldn't be Bioshock Infinite being ported to the Vita and that he and his team was working on it.

    He continued on that a lot of people are behind the development of the game and that he would be happy to talk about it, but he would rather wait until the game is ready to show. He said this in response to the millions of tweets and messages he has been getting from many sources hounding him and his team for information of Bioshock on the Vita. He went on to comment that it is kind of silly that so much energy is going into a game that is still in its early stages of development.

    I think this is a better approach. People and gamers these days are more dependent on visual depictions than just spoke ones. If Ken Levine says he wants to impress us with what he and his team has done rather than talk about it, so be it. It just sweetens the anticipation for Bioshock on the Vita.



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