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Codemasters puts Grid in reverse

Posted by Erin Marcon On Wednesday 23 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

One of the industry’s marquee racing franchises appears to be heading back to the drawing board. The freshly announced Grid Autosport will apparently abandon the arcade handling and social media melodrama of Grid 2. In its place will be a pure racing experience far more in keeping with previous offerings from the team at Codemasters, which is also responsible for the popular Dirt series.

Writing for the official PlayStation Blog, Codemasters community manager Ben Walke acknowledged that Grid 2 had missed the mark with some fans. “If Grid 2 raced off into a more narrative-led world of racing with more accessible controls, it’s clear that for many of you that wasn’t what you wanted or expected,” he wrote.

According to Walke, Grid Autosport will hark back to Codemasters’ roots “in terms of content and handling”.

Look for this one to land on 360, PS3 and PC in June, with no sign of next gen versions at this stage.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Review

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Friday 11 April 20142 COMMENTS

Available on 360 and PS3 l Published by Konami l Developed by Kojima Productions l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > There’s not really much to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, except a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming Phantom Pain. What you will find is an enjoyable stealth experience with striking graphics and acute attention to detail. What you won’t find is your money’s worth. At a RRP of $49.95, you’ll wonder why it wasn’t just a demo, or at most, a $10 download.

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Borderlands goes down under

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 10 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

As more and more games seek to confuse us with sequel names, I think at this point in time it is safe to say that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel probably takes the cake. I must say it is a very “Borderlands” way of saying that the next game in the series will be set between the time periods from the first and second games. Confused yet?

Series creator Gearbox is also playing second fiddle behind 2K Australia in developing the game. I didn’t see that coming, after all Gearbox hasn’t been exactly setting the world on fire with any of its games that aren’t called Borderlands (*cough* Aliens *cough*) but after a little thought it does make some sense, because the third and perhaps most perplexing detail in regards to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is that it is coming to last gen and PC only. No PS4 and no Xbone looting, which leads me to believe that Gearbox is hard at work on next gen Borderlands and publisher 2K really wanted an entry in the series this year (Borderlands 2 sold a squillion copies after all) so it got farmed out to another studio.

Along with the game announcement, there has been some gameplay and setting detail released. This entry will be about Handsome Jack’s rise to power, it will be predominantly set on Pandora’s moon, low gravity is an important gameplay mechanic and Claptrap will be a playable character… yes, Claptrap. The annoying little toaster will be one of four all new characters to play as on the Pandoran Luna landscape. Oh and as for a release date? Well, waiting won’t be too hard as it is due Spring 2014.

So are you ready get looting again? Will you feel the urge to punch Claptrap when you see him? Is Borderlands 3 actually going to be called “Borderlands: The Sequel to Sequel to the Pre-Sequel”? All this and more will be answered later in the year.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review

Posted by Stephen Foote On Wednesday 9 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

Available on 360 and PS3 l Published by Square Enix l Developed by Square Enix and tri-Ace l Classified M l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Lightning Returns reinforces the notion that Square Enix is doing its best to squeeze every last dollar out of increasingly cynical Final Fantasy fans and the ageing Crystal Tools engine. It is an amalgamation of disparate game mechanics, some reused art assets and a heavily retconned storyline masquerading as the last hurrah for the venerable series on ‘current’ generation consoles. Read the rest of this entry »