By Chris

Hi! I'm Chris. It's not the name I would have given myself at birth, but it'll do...
Playing games is my favourite pastime, whether it be on a console, a handheld, a phone or some simple snakes and ladders, I just love playing games!

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News: Minecraft Could Come To WiiU If Conditions Are Right

Minecraft may eventually get a release on the struggling Nintendo WiiU, if the conditions are right.

Speaking with TotalXbox, 4J’s Daniel Kaplan discussed the porting of Minecraft to the PS4 and Xbox One whilst hinting towards what would be needed for a Wii U release.

“There aren’t many platforms left to release on. We’ll see, whatever makes sense and if the platform has the user base for it. We won’t release on the platform is the base is very small because it’s much too big of an effort.”

The few platforms left are undoubtedly the WiiU, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS, though the PS Vita is in development and was poised to launch alongside the PS4 version this August before being pushed back.

4J only want to release Minecraft on platforms that will sell the game, so it’s not unreasonable for them to be doubtful about releasing on the WiiU which has yet to hit the 10 million units sold milestone, despite being out on the market for almost 2 years. As well as a large install base being needed, an efficient update system has to be in place. Minecraft isn’t quite like other games, there are constant updates to add features, resolve issues and provide new content to end-users. Kaplan goes on to state that:

“The whole point of Minecraft is that you get updates all the time. If you release somewhere you want to make sure that we will be updating rather than, ‘Oh yeah, we only sold 1000 copies on that platform so let’s kill it off’. That’s not the way Minecraft has been developed.”

It’s good to know that 4J is committed to their product and aren’t happy to release it on a platform where it may wither and die, but with the WiiU’s relatively small install base and not-so-smooth updating processes, it could be a while before 4J port Minecraft to the WiiU…

Personally I think the WiiU would be the ideal console for Minecraft to release. The GamePad was made for games like this, think of the functionality!

Would you like to see Minecraft on the WiiU and Nintendo 3DS? Grab your pickaxe and chisel away a comment down below.

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TGC Review: BioShock iOS

The year is 2007, the Xbox 360 has been out for around 18 months and the PS3 is still under a year old and settling into the space under the old standard-definition television.

August comes around and BioShock is released by Take Two to universal critical acclaim and ushers in a new era of unconventional first-person shooters.

Fast forward 7 years and we’re in a similar position, except instead of BioShock being released on the new consoles it’s being released onto mobile iOS devices, something we would have not though possible back when the title originally launched all those years ago.

So how does the pint-sized port of one of the highest rated games of all time stack up? Surprisingly well actually. Ken Levine’s bio-punk world manages to squeeze onto the latest mobile devices with little difficulty and is a satisfying time-killer.

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The story throws you in the shoes of Jack and then throws you further into the 1960′s and for good measure gives you a kick up the arse down to an underworld city, Rapture. Everything, literally everything from the original is here. Weapons, environments, the lot. There’s a lot of fun to be had poking around and seeing what you can find, as well as the series signature combat.

The environments are what make the game, the blood spattered girls, the creepy ambient music as you pass through Rapture to the equally disturbing characters you encounter along the way. The creepy aesthetic and atmospheric gameplay complement each other and form a world that you totally believe in, despite the fact one could never truly exist. bioshock-ios3

The run-time for BioShock iOS is roughly 10 hours, depending on how fast you progress through the story. If you were speedy on the consoles or PC, you may be in for a bit of a stumble when you load up BioShock iOS, but more play time for your money right?

As with most ports to smartphones and tablets, the controls are the real let down. Whilst the graphics are nice, they’re far from the best seen on the platform but are perfectly serviceable and bring to life the seedy world of Rapture. bioshock-ios-04

The on-screen controls are simple enough in practice, but the sizes of the virtual buttons are a hindrance as are the lack of response when things get heated in the fray of battle. This can be remedied by using a third-party controller, however they don’t come too cheap and it’s a hefty investment.

Aside from the control issues BioShock iOS achieves what it set out to do and it does it pretty darn well, resulting in the best first-person shooter currently available across all mobile platforms. The price-tag may be a deterrent as it’s currently going for $14.99 and £10.49, considerably much more than you would pay for a second-hand copy or even a digital version on the consoles or PC. Still, you are paying for the convenience of playing on the go, so keep that in mind when you doubt its worth.

Score: 8/10

Have you played BioShock iOS? Agree with our review, or do you think we’ve got our heads on wrong? Let us know down in the comments section below.

News: New DriveClub Screens Show Off High Detail Environments

Some new screenshots have emerged for PS4 exclusive DriveClub.

The new screens from the PS4 rubber-burner detail the environments of Canada, India and Scotland, all of which are sans cars.

Check out the screens down below:

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Wow. The attention to detail is phenomenal, especially when you consider that 90% of the time you’ll be speeding round the tracks to fast to really be able to take it all in and admire the hard-grafting that’s gone into it, well there’s always photo-mode…

DriveClub is currently hosting a very secret Beta before it’s release on October 7th. It’s only a month away so make sure you’ve got some cash stashed!

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News: Minecraft Updates To Stop On Xbox 360 & PS3

Minecraft for the PS3 and Xbox 360 will one day be technically unsupportable, according to Mojang’s Owen Hill.

For the time being 4J studios still intends to frequently update the title on the older consoles, in fact they hope to be able to keep all platforms on the same page for as long as is possible.

However, due to hardware limitations within the Xbox 360 and PS3 there will come a day when no more updates will be available for Minecraft. When will this day come? We haven’t a clue at the moment, but it’s not worth fretting over just yet.

4J Studios has ported the indie blockbuster to the Xbox 360, PS3 and more recently the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, though the latter versions are awaiting certification from Sony and Microsoft. A PS Vita version is also in development, but has recently been delayed.

Maybe it’s time to jump the old ship and join the next-gen crew? Or purchase the PC version?

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News: Save Some Coin With Smash Bros 3DS Double Pack

Nintendo Italia revealed on Twitter today that you’ll be able to save some of your hard-earned cash when you buy Smash Bros 3DS.

Translation: MORE GAME, LESS MONEY!!!! (May not be accurate.)

The savings? Well, no price is confirmed as of yet but you’ll get two copies of the game at a discounted price. May be worth getting a buddy to go halves with you and you both reap the rewards of a cheap deal!

So far this has only been confirmed for Europe, but keep an eye with The Games Cabin and we’ll update if the dual-pack is set to release in other territories.

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News: State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Stumbling To Xbox One

Zombie survival title State of Decay will be getting an Xbox One port and will release as State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition.

Microsoft’s announcement bills the upcoming release as the “definitive version” as it’ll be running at 1080p with improved visuals and textures, as well as both downloadable extras and some brand new content specially created for the port.

At the moment there’s no news on what the new content is but Microsoft has promised that more announcements will follow as the release date closes in.

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition will be released on the Xbox One sometime in the Spring of 2015.

Another day, another last-gen re-release on a next-gen console…

State of Decay originally release on the Xbox 360 and PC back in 2013 and was well received amongst players and critics for its solid gameplay and mechanics, despite it’s flaws. Here’s hoping the Xbox One release is just as good, if not better.

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News: Lizard Squad Hackers Caught, Feds Nab Members

The hacking group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’ seem to have been rumbled at long last.

The reviled group was responsible behind DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks on the PSN a little earlier this month, followed by a bomb scare that caused the flight of SOE ‘s John Smedley to be diverted as a precaution.

Since then there have been a spate of attacks that have been linked to the group, but a recent tweet from one of the groups members suggests that the groups days are numbered.

These are the sort of people who ruin the enjoyment of the many to satisfy the few. The point to their actions? There doesn’t seem to be any reasonable, logical point, at least from the stance of a well-functioning normal human being.

Groups such as this are amongst the most detested people within the gaming community, so there will be a few cheers when they are finally caught and punished.

 

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News: Next-Gen GTA V To Get New Radio Tracks

The next-gen release of GTA V won’t just be shipping with the typical enhanced graphics and all the other mumbo jumbo that publishers declare to try to get you to buy the same game twice, it’ll be getting some new radio tracks too.

Cara Delevingne, the radio hostess on the in-game Non Stop Pop FM recently tweeted that she is back at Rockstar recording some new material for the upcoming re-release of GTA V on the PS4, Xbox One and the PC version (if it doesn’t get cancelled.)

There’s not much else to say about this apart from we’ll have to wait and see. Or hear…

Looking forward to mass-murder and mayhem in the next-gen GTA V? Lock and load in the comments section down below.

https://twitter.com/Caradelevingne/status/505474515988922369

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Rumour: Activision Looking Into Take Two Acquisition

Here’s a rumour that’s bound to send a chill down the spine of gamers; Activision are looking to make a deal that would see them takeover Take Two, Rockstar’s parent company.

Coming from industry analyst Mike Hickey, this isn’t the most solid of rumours so breathe easy for the time being.

Hickey reckons that Activision is interested in getting their hands on the GTA franchise as well as making a move into the motion-picture industry, something that could easily be done with a GTA movie should they acquire the intellectual property.

As well as the movie-making side, there’s the possibility of annualising Rockstar’s most popular franchise, as well as Borderlands and the other properties that rest in Take Two’s portfolio.

However, this is just speculation for the time being but with every rumours comes a snippet of truth…

Activision are best known for the long running Call of Duty series and World of Warcraft MMO, as well as numerous movie tie-in games.

This isn’t the first time such a rumour has come around, in fact back in 2008 EA actually made an offer but were rejected by Take Two and EA decided to slink away empty-handed.

 

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News: The Last of Us Remastered Throws You Into Treacherous Territories With Free Maps

The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4 has two brand new multiplayer maps available to scrounge your way through online.

The two new battlegrounds are based on sections from the excellent single-player campaign, Beach and Financial Plaza, both of which are free to play without paying a penny.

The new maps are joined by some new firearms that are available to purchase as well as a patch that should straighten out the network issues that have plagued the online-features of The Last of Us Remastered.

There’s a trailer down below which will give you a glimpse of what to expect in the two new maps, so get familiar with them and we’ll see you on the battleground!