GTA V New DLC…

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Rockstar have announced via their website that Grand Theft Auto V will be getting a new piece of DLC called ‘The Business Update’ which will be available March 4th. The update will add quite a bit of new content included cars, clothes, hair styles and weapons. As the name suggests, all of the new content will revolve around a business theme as well as some unrelated Story Mode content. The single player content will be in the form of new assassination missions, new flight school missions and “much more”. Rockstar also notes that players should grab what they can from the Valentines day Massacre update now, as these items will not be available in game after March 2nd.

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The Grotti Turismo R and the Albany Alpha…

Once you download the update you will receive the cars in your single player garage and they will be available to purchase with your in game money on GTA Online. The new cars are the Albany Alpha, the Dinka Jester and Grotti Turismo R.

The Heavy pistol and Special carbine

The new guns in question are the Heavy pistol and the Special carbine, both of which you can see above. To shooter fans and gun aficionados these two guns seem to most resemble the ‘Desert Eagle’ and ‘Heckler and Koch G36C’. You’re newly downloaded weapons will be available in a similar way to the new cars. In Story mode you will find all three characters with both new weapons and two full clips of ammo, whilst in GTA Online you will need to speed to your local Ammu-nation to pick them up with your hard earned online cash. Apart from the cars and guns Rockstar has also said that you will be given new hairstyles, clothes, tattoos, masks and even a new plane called The Vestra which you can see below…

The Vestra...

The Vestra…

Wolfenstein: The New Order on Xbox One will be 1080p 60FPS

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In response to rumours suggesting that Wolfenstein: The New Order would be adding its name to the growing list of games that won’t be running at 1080p 60FPS on the Xbox One, Bethesda have issued a statement to GamingBolt saying that the Xbox One version will indeed run at the highly coveted resolution and FPS speed. This will come as great news to Xbox One owners who must have been worried that the trend of 3rd party games running at lower resolution and framerate to the PS4 counterpart would be continuing. A string of games have been revealed to run at lower specs on the Xbox One such as Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which runs at 720p 30FPS on Xbox One and 1080p 60FPS on PS4, as well as the up and coming Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes which runs at 1080p on PS4 but only 720p on the Xbox One. Developers have suggested that the partition of the super fast eSRAM inside the Xbox One was proving difficult to make full use of because of it is separate to the larger but slower 8GB of DDR3 RAM. However Sniper Elite 3 senior producer Jean-Baptiste Bolcato thinks that this is a problem that will be solved with more experience developing for the platform and will get easier to manage over time. He went on to say “It’s got better and they are quite comparable machines. The Xbox One is a bit more multimedia, a bit more hub-centric so its a bit more complex. There’s stuff you can and can’t do because it’s a sort of multimedia hub. PS4 doesn’t have that. PS4 is just a games machine.” Hopefully this will be the end of what was becoming a frustrating trend for Xbox Owners and with the fantastic Titanfall on the horizon things are looking up.

If you want to read more about Titanfall, click here….

The Order 1886 first gameplay footage…

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The first piece of gameplay footage for The Order 1886 has finally been released by Readyatdawn Studios, the studio behind God of War on the PSP and a Wii version of Okami. The Order will be their first major release on console and their first original IP. The trailer shows a mix of gameplay, cutscenes and a quick time event in what is a fairly unusual unveiling of a game we have yet to see an awful lot about. From the outset though you can tell that Readyatdawn look to have nailed the smog covered “Neo-Victorian” feel that got people so excited after the initial reveal trailer. The alternate history mash up of sci-fi weaponry and tech in an old English setting all blends together quite nicely, without the futuristic weaponry looking out of place thanks to the gorgeous art design. You get the feeling that if The Order is to be a success, the characters and setting will play a much more integral role than the actual running and gunning. That’s not to say it doesn’t look fun though. The Order already infamously looks to play similarly to Xbox fan favourite Gears of War, which any Gears fan will tell you is no bad thing. Although at the moment the frame rate looks to be dropping well below the 30FPS that Readyatdawn have promised, undoubtedly that will be ironed out during optimization before release. The final part of the trailer features a short quick time event that shows one of The Order’s lead protagonists known as Galahad engaging in hand to hand combat with an enemy. According to Readyatdawn QTEs such as this one will not be your typical linear event, as the player will have to make snap decisions and hit the corresponding button on their controller. Overall The Order 1886 looks very promising. With gorgeous graphics, a brilliant setting and hopefully silky smooth shooting PlayStation fans should definitely keep an eye out for this one. The Order 1886 is currently scheduled for release in Q3 2014 exclusively on PlayStation 4. You can watch the trailer below…

Take a look at more news on another PS4 Exclusive infamous Second Son….

Star Wars VII Villain cast…

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Variety is reporting that Girls and Inside Llewyn Davis star Adam Driver is close to signing a deal that would see him play a new villain in the up and coming Star Wars VII. Davis had previously been rumoured to be playing Nightwing in Batman Vs Superman but that seems to have cooled in recent weeks. Filming for the new Star Wars film starts in April at Pinewood studios in the UK so expect plenty of casting news over the coming weeks. Other actors rumoured to be involved are Hugo Weaving known for playing Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy and Michael Fassbender of Prometheus and the up and coming X-Men Days of Future Past. No official statement has been made by Disney regarding casting or plot of the movie as of yet.

Xbox One Titanfall bundle £399 in the UK….

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In conjunction with Titanfall’s UK release on the 14th of March, Microsoft has permanently lowered the price of the Xbox One in the UK to just £399. Not only that but for a limited time only they have also included a FREE copy of arguably this years most hotly anticipated title ‘Titanfall’.  When asked if this new deal with the inclusion of the Kinect sensor and Titanfall, had Microsoft finally justified the Xbox One’s price against that of the cheaper PS4, UK marketing Boss Harvey Eagle said “Yeah, it’s about value rather than price”.  The Xbox One Titanfall bundle includes a controller, HDMI cable, power cable, Kinect sensor, black Xbox One console, one month of Xbox live Gold and of course your copy of Titanfall. Pre orders are available now from most game retailers in the UK. If you want to take a look at the bundle on Amazon I have included a link here.

Click here to see my on-going preview of Titanfall….

Assassins Creed 5 wont be set in Japan…

Sorry samurai fans but Jade Raymond of Ubisoft Montreal has said that the next Assassins Creed wont take place during feudal Japan. She went on to say that although she couldn’t say specifically, the next game would take place during her personal favourite historical era. Considering AC IV was developed for last gen consoles and the amount of teams currently working on the franchise, its safe to say that the next instalment isn’t far off and this time will hopefully be optimized for Next Gen consoles. AC IV received all round great reviews for its slightly lighter tone and swash buckling pirate simulation. If you haven’t already played it then its more than worth a play through. It can be picked up for around £25.00/$30.00 for Xbox 360 and PS3 or for around £40.00/$50.00 on Xbox ONE and PS4. For those who don’t mind buying second hand you may find a copy on eBay for a saving of around £20.00 or $30.00.

Twitch live streaming coming to Xbox One.. (finally)

Yes its finally happening all you streaming fans, you will now be able to stream live gameplay directly from your Xbox One console. Twitch has been available on Xbox One since launch but only as a way of watching other gamers channels. But now Xbox fans will be given the full service thanks to a fancy new app update built by the Twitch team themselves as apposed to the PS4 App which is built in house at SONY. CEO and Co founder of Twitch Emmet Shear has said that Xbox One will now be given “Complete integration” which is great news for Xbox fans. Apart from your basic live streaming you will also be able to start live streams using Kinect voice commands, use the chat function and it will also allow the user to broadcast themselves via Kinect (if they don’t mind people looking at them in their silk PJs, Surely I’m not the only one). The update will go live on March 11 just in time for Titanfall’s launch the same day in the US.

Note: Many Xbox One early adopters were upset that live streaming wasn’t available at launch, but in my opinion I’d rather the App be developed properly and not released before it was finished. If you disagree let me know your thoughts in the comments….

Introduction…

Like many people reading this I’m a gamer at heart. I appreciate every angle and aspect of gaming culture, from playing the games themselves to flicking through brilliant cosplay galleries, to reading every piece of news and gaming rumour I can find. One aspect of our culture I have come to hate however is the emergence of the infamous ‘fanboy’ and the commenting carnage that ensues wherever they go. This in many ways is the reason I have pulled myself out of my gaming induced coma to try something new and hopefully give people something decent to read and enjoy. I hope to write reviews, special features and maybe some bite size previews. Wish me luck…