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News: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Trailer Released

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS has a brand new trailer for you to feast your eyes on.

The new trailer in question features a short pre-rendered intro and then some gameplay footage from the game itself, which going by the trailer, looks pretty darn sweet.

Check out the trailer below:

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is being developed by Sanzaru Games, whose notable works includes Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, The Sly Collection for the PS Vita and The God of War Collection also for the PS Vita.

With Sanzaru Games at the helm we’re confident in a solid Sonic title being released, something that has been lacking over the last few years…

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is set to release exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on November 11th in North America and Novmember 21st in the UK and Europe.

What do you think? Has the trailer got you excited for some fast paced Sonic action? Let us know down in the comments.

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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.


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: 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.


News: Nintendo’s New 3DS Has More Power, More Buttons

Nintendo has officially announced that they will be releasing a new model of the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo 3DS XL.

Announced during the Nintendo Direct broadcast, the details were given that the new and improved models will be more powerful, bigger and will feature additional buttons and an analogue nub for dual-stick gameplay.

In addition, players will be able to customise their new 3DS console via the use of inter-changeable face plates for the system, of which 50 are expected to be released by the end of the year.

Another improvement is the devices touchscreen which will now serve as a NFC port, eliminating frustration (hopefully.)

The improved consoles are also confusingly named ‘New Nintendo 3DS’ and ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL’ just in case you were in any doubt as to whether they were the new 3DS consoles, I assume… The naming of the consoles seems a bit hap-hazard and is sure to confuse some of the not-so-bright consumers.

The new devices will be available in Japan from October 11th of this year whilst the UK and Europe will have to wait until 2015 to get their hands on a unit. There’s currently no scheduled release for North America, but expect it to be around the same time as the UK and Europe in 2015.

You can check out some images of the new console down below:

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News: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Busts Bricks This November

Warner Bros. has announced that LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be smashing its way onto shop shelves this November 14th.

The Caped Crusader and friends will be, as the games title suggests, traipsing beyond the familiar setting of Gotham City and off out into different cities, planets and even the final frontier, space.

With over 150 playable characters lined up, there’s sure to be enough there for the casual fans of DC’s works as well as some throwbacks that only the hardcore followers will appreciate.

As you can expect from long-time developer of the LEGO series of games, Travellers Tales isn’t shaking up the tried and tested formula too much with the latest outing. Players will still be smashing everything in sight to collect those precious studs all the whilst figuring out simple puzzles and fending off the evil-doers with some super-hero smack down. What’s not to like?

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be releasing on November 14th for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita and of course the PC.

Source: Eurogamer


News: PS Plus Content For Septemeber Spoils You Rotten

Sony has just announced the PS Plus line up for September, revealing the goodies that will be available to download come September 3rd.

For PS4 owners there’s two treats to get stuck into with Velocity 2X and Sportsfriends which comes highly recommended from The Games Cabin! Both are indie games, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth your time. Be sure to nab both titles when they enter the Instant Game Collection, and if you’re not left satisfied then I’ll eat a replica of John Marston’s hat from Red Dead Redemption.

The PS3 is also playing host to two new titles in the Instant Game Collection. The fantastic brawler PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale and the fast-paced strategy game that is Hoard.

Finally the PS Vita. With two new titles being introduced to the Instant Game Collection you’ll find a reason to take your poor PS Vita from your desk, wipe off the dust and let it see the light of day. TxK will be blasting you back to the past with its bold and bright visuals reminiscent of the arcade games from the early 90′s whilst Joe Danger swaggers onto your Vita’s screen with equally glorious visuals, all running at 60 FPS.

Not a bad haul for the price of your subscription. Of course, there will always be some who will be left disappointed by the offerings of PlayStation Plus. Chances are you already own or have played one or two of the titles that are due to arrive in September. Still, there’s always October…

What do you think of the latest PlayStation Plus update? Happy with whats being thrown your way, or are you feeling the bitter taste of buyers remorse? Let us know down in the comments section below.


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News: Minecraft Passed On For Testing On PS4 & Xbox One, Vita Version Delayed

4J Studios has been chiseling away at Minecraft, trying to get the game up to scratch for the release on the PS4, Xbox One and of course the handheld version for the PS Vita.

After failing to pass the certification tests with Sony, the PS4 version has been hit with a minor delay whilst 4J brought the game up to scratch, which they seem to have done rather quickly.

Posting on Twitter, the studio responsible for bringing the blocky adventure to consoles tweeted that Minecraft had been submitted for testing with Sony and that they’ll be handing over the Xbox One version to Microsoft at the end of the week. Certification can take up to two weeks to complete, so if all goes well you could be playing Minecraft on your PS4 and Xbox One within the next couple of weeks!

However, there is some bad news. PS Vita owners will have to hold tight for the time being as Minecraft for the PS Vita has yet to be submitted for testing.

The explained in a tweet:

“We have a bit more work to do on #MinecraftPSVita before we can hand it over to Sony. We’ll let you know when we hand it over.”

Whilst it’s disappointing to see the Vita version is delayed, it’s reassuring to know that 4J are working hard to get the multiple versions out and are keeping fans of the indie blockbuster informed every step of the way.

It’s also worth mentioning that you can expect a small update to be downloaded for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. The update is needed to copy your current-gen creations over to your next-gen consoles!

Looking forward to importing your creations to the PS4 and Xbox One? Shout all about it down in the comments section below.

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Rumour: Super Smash Bros. 4 Leaker Found, Fired & Sued

Nintendo has been having a run of bad luck lately, especially in keeping things under wraps where Super Smash Bros. 4 is concerned.

The upcoming brawler has been hit with leaks detailing the games playable characters and such. Nintendo has apparently identified the leaker within Nintendo of America and as the rumour goes, the leaker has been fired and is being sued by Nintendo.

Of course this is just rumour for the time being, we’ve emailed Nintendo for comment, and if they ever do manage to get back to us, we’ll let you know.

Leaks are just one of the many woes of the video game industry, and it’s understandable for Nintendo to be taking a strong stance. Hard work and not to mention vast amounts of money goes into creating these games we enjoy, so it’s in a publishers interest to protect their financial investment.

Super Smash Bros. 4 is set to release later this year on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U.

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News: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Could Be The Last Outing For Drake & Co

As the title of the upcoming sequel suggests, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End could very well be the last in the series. It’s a touchy subject for the fans of Naughty Dog’s epic series, but even the man behind the voice of monkey-man Nathan Drake thinks it’s the last.

Speaking to the folks over at IGN, Nolan North expressed his desire for the series to go out with a bang and at the top of it’s game, stating.

“If this is the last one indeed, and I believe it’s the last one – nothing’s confirmed, but I believe it’s the last one Naughty Dog wants to do.”

Whilst it may be sad to see the series end, it’s also a chance to conclude the tale of Nathan Drake, closure if you will. Remember, there can be too much of a good thing. Though Nathan’s adventures may end, there’s always the possibility of a prequel, maybe in the same vein as the PS Vita exclusive Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Would you like to see Naughty Dog end the Uncharted series with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End? Would you be open to the possibility of a prequel series handled by a different developer? Duck into the comments section below and shoot away your comments.

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Source: IGN





Feature: Top 5 X-Men Games

X-Men: Days of Future Past hit cinemas in the last week, raking in the money and garnering great reviews here’s mine. Surprisingly, for a film this big with a massive hype machine behind it, there was no official videogame to try and part us from our hard-earned cash. So, if you’re in the need for a game to give you your mutant fix, we’ve got a top 5 to sort you out. The only rule is the game needs to have X-Men in the title, so Marvel Vs Capcom 2 is out, but our number five should make up for that…

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The first official entry into the ‘Vs’ series (although its predecessor, X-Men: Children of the Atom, is Capcom’s first fighting game using Marvel characters) pits the Cyclops, Wolverine and co. against Street Fighter favourites like Zangief and Kylie Minogue (I mean, Cammy) because of… something to do with Apocalypse. The genesis of the legendary Vs games can be seen here, with colourful and crazy combat and tight controls. The tag mechanic was introduced here, allowing you to take two characters into battle for double the fun.


That is, on the arcade version anyway. The PSone port suffers from poor loading times, missing frames and the tag feature. If you can find the original arcade version somewhere, or have a way we’re not going to tell you to play the Japanese only Saturn port, then you are going to have a blast with this one. Or just play Marvel Vs Capcom. Or X-Men: Mutant Academy. Actually don’t do the last one, it was pretty lame.

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

Before the rivalries of iOS vs Android, Xbox vs PlayStation and Pokemon vs Digimon there was the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive if you live outside America). Each system has a competing side scrolling action platformer based on the merry Mutants and fans continue to debate which one was better.


Personally, I’ve already preferred the SNES and Mutant Apocalypse is part of that reason. Each of the five characters had their own mission to follow through as part of a bigger plan to sort out the problems in Genosha caused by Apocalypse. Except… Magneto is actually the final boss. I guess being called Mutant Mangeto doesn’t have that ring to it…

X- Men Arcade

Probably the most famous X-Men title out there, this game is all sorts of cheesy goodness. We were blessed by the game gods at Konami for giving us “Magneto, Master of Magnet” and “The White Queen welcomes you to die” in all their hammy glory. Of course, the game is (correctly) fondly remembered for its gameplay too. A recurring theme of this list is about the X-Men beating people up and for good reason: I can’t imagine a Farmville type game where Storm waters the plants and Wolverine trims the hedges would do very well.


Like the classic Turtles in Time, X-Men Arcade is about going from screen to screen clearing all your enemies out of the way with just your trusty jump and attack buttons, with the occasional (and costly) mutant power thrown in for good measure. The nineties were built on these kinds of games and X-Men is one of the standouts. The HD port for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade is well worth picking up, with drop in/out online and local multiplayer carnage. Avoid the smartphone version however, whilst it costs pennies, its tough to control and takes all the fun out of the most fun X-Men game.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Isn’t it ironic the worst X film by a mile gets the best movie tie-in by a mile? X2: Wolverine’s Revenge wasn’t bad, laying the foundations for this triumph by focusing just on the one character. Origins takes liberally (pinches everything) from God of War and to its credit, does it very, very well. This game is amusing gory, especially with the real-time healing factor system in which your skin patches itself up after being shot, sliced or burnt off. Wolverine may be a tragic character with a horrific past, but playing this game, you understand just how cool it is to cut people up with adamantium claws. Swings and roundabouts.7


So, this game loosely follows the dreadful movie plot (which means Hugh Jackman – woo!- and -boo!- on voice duties) but throws a lot of other characters from the comics at you for good fanservice. The classic unlockable costumes are a plus too, its nice to see the movie franchise include easter eggs that link to the comics. This isn’t up there with the first two Arkham games when it comes to revolutionary solo-superhero games, but it is mighty satisfying to play through.

So, if Arcade nails the unbridled fun, and Origins gets the franchise’s most iconic character down to a T, what can top them to take the number one spot? It has to be something legendary…

X-Men Legends

It was pretty difficult choosing between this and the sequel, Rise of Apocalypse, but a few things swing it in the direction of the original. You get more characters to play in number two, but they took out my favourites, Emma Frost and Psylocke. The sequel has a lot more generic, repetitive environments, and the music is equally so. The original also has a much sleeker menu design, with a nice shade of blue and a pleasing font compared to the harsh red menus and EVERYTHING IN CAPS of the sequel. It’s a little thing, but it counts. If you’re looking for a good multiplayer experience, you should go with Rise of Apocalypse, because the hub sections are much shorter and there are no one player segments, meaning you aren’t far from jumping into action with your friends.


However, this is the main reason why I prefer the original over the second and every other X-Men game. You see, the story of X-Men Legends follows a young girl named Alison who discovers her mutant powers and gets thrown into the conflict between the X-Men and the Brotherhood, joining Xavier’s School for the Gifted and the superhero team as things progress. In-between missions you spend a lot of downtime in the mansion just… talking to the other X-Men and pupils. And I love that. Magma is a great audience perspective character and its fascinating to see her reactions to everything around her (it helps she’s voiced by the always excellent Cree Summer). Just being able to hang with the X-Men during down-time from world saving gives you a level of immersion into the world of these Mutant heroes not seen in any game before or since. The combat is fun but perhaps not quite as good as X-Men Arcade, and the action isn’t presented as cinematic or as well as Wolverine, but for bringing you into the world of Charles Xavier and his pupils, you can’t top this PS2/Xbox/Gamecube classic.

If you like what you’ve read and want even more of my ramblings about the X-Men, you can read my spirited defence of X-Men 3: The Last Stand right here. If you have a Top 5 to suggest, or agree/disagree with this list. Post in the comments below.

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