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Dark Souls goes (a little bit) next gen

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 28 November 2014Comments Off

The Dark Souls series was undoubtedly one of the most significant franchises to emerge during the last generation of consoles. So far, next gen players have been forced to make do with an (admittedly enjoyable) knock off called Lords of the Fallen. Well, thanks to publisher Bandai Namco and developer From Software, XBO and PS4 owners will soon have access to the real thing.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, which is also coming to PC, bundles the core game, all three DLC instalments and a range of bonus content, including fresh enemies and a new NPC. According to the announcement, players can look forward to an “all-new level of graphics, sound, and lighting”. In short, it may be port, but it looks the game will be receiving some TLC for its next gen debut in April 2015.

A version of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will also be coming to 360 and PS3 and a free update containing many of the improvements will be made available for existing copies of the game.

Ubisoft soothes Assassin’s Creed rage with free content

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 27 November 2014Comments Off
It’s probably time to get a watch.

It’s probably time to get a watch.

It’s beginning to look like 2014 will be remembered as the year of the troubled launch. High profile titles like Driveclub, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor have all tested the patience of loyal fans. Ubisoft is just the latest publisher forced to patch, apologise and otherwise scramble to claw back player confidence. In this case, the culprit is the bug-blighted Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

In a show of goodwill, Ubisoft is gifting a free game (options include blockbusters like Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs) to Season Pass holders and giving away the Dead Kings DLC to all players. For reasons not yet entirely clear, it is also discontinuing new sales of the Season Pass, though it seemingly hasn’t cancelled the content originally scheduled to be a part of it.

Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has conceded that “the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues” and apologised “on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin’s Creed team.” This follows the rollout of a major patch for the game designed to address more than 300 issues with the company’s flagship release.

Far Cry 4 Review

Posted by Dylan Burns On Wednesday 26 November 2014Comments Off

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Available on XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Ubisoft l Developed by Ubisoft Montreal l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-10 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Although shaped by Ubisoft’s overgame, Far Cry 4 sidesteps, presenting a prettier, more refined version of Far Cry 3. Featuring some smart enhancements to the genre and a stronger focus on ecosystem, Far Cry 4 is an addictive popcorn shooter that offers plenty of freedom, stealth, explosions and free flying. Read the rest of this entry »

Test Tube – GTA V (Next Gen)

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 25 November 2014Comments Off

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Welcome to Test Tube. Not to be confused with our full reviews, these ‘two hour test’ articles see us tackle remakes, ports, expansions, mobile games and other titles of interest.

Available on XBO and PS4 l Published by Rockstar Games l Developed by Rockstar North l Classified R18+ l Supports 1-16 players

In a move that basically everyone saw coming, Rockstar has released its smash hit GTA V on next gen consoles. The question is, can a game released only 12 months ago be worth a repurchase? Has Rockstar put the appropriate effort into porting the mammoth game or is this simply a quick cash in? Well I am more than happy to say that this is much more than a cheap port. Read the rest of this entry »