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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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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: 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

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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: LEGO Marvel Superheroes Confirmed For PS4 & Xbox One

lego marvelTT Games’ upcoming super-hero packed fun-a-thon, LEGO Marvel Superheroes, will indeed be seeing a release on the next-gen consoles, according to publisher Warner Brothers.

In addition to being released on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PS Vita and PC, it’ll also be available for Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.

Why should I buy the next-gen version, I hear you cry. I’ve no idea to be honest. It’s not like there will be a massive graphical leap, maybe some higher resolution textures, maybe some anti-aliasing and of course some next-gen features tacked on.

It’s not that much of a surprise really, the LEGO games seem to make their way onto just about every platform available, as shown by the recent release of LEGO Batman 2 on iOS devices.

Check out the E3 trailer down below:

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Will you be picking up LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 on current-generation consoles, or will you be splashing out on the next-gen version? Let us know down in the comments section down below.

News: ‘First Look’ At EA’s Star Wars Plan This E3

eastarwarsFrank Gibeau of EA recently confirmed that during this years E3, EA would be showing off their plans for the Star Wars license that they have recently acquired.

According to Fran Gibeau’s post on the EA’s Beat blog, the E3 conference will be giving us “a first look at our plans for the Star Wars partnership with Disney.”

What this is set to entail, we’ve no idea. There’s been speculation around the wonderfully rumour-ridden internet that EA are looking to finish off the work already put into Star Wars 1313, and maybe even Star Wars: Battlefront III. This is all rumours at the moment though, we’re just going to have to wait until EA’s E3 press conference for confirmation.

EA’s E3 conference will be taking place on June 10th at 23:00 GMT time and 15:00 PT.

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Source: EA.com

News: Sonic: Lost World Coming To Wii U & 3DS, Nintendo Exclusive

Sonic: Lost WorldSonic: Lost World has been announced for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, and will remain a Nintendo exclusive.

The announcement comes from the Nintendo Direct Broadcast where Nintendo President Saturo Iwata revealed that Sonic: Lost World would be coming to Nintendo’s games consoles.

At the moment there’s little news on what the game actually is, other than that it’s an action platformer, but more details will be shown off during E3 in June, maybe even some gameplay footage will feature.

These day’s it’s not uncommon for SEGA to produce Sonic games for multiple platforms, but it’s strange to think that just 15 years ago SEGA and Nintendo were, for want of a better word, enemies. Actually, just thought of a better world; business rivals. Now they’re producing a Sonic game exclusively for Nintendo. Crazy times… Crazy times…

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Great News: EA Kills, Buries & Mourns The Online Pass

EAOnlinePassRecently all news regarding EA has been bad news. Lay-offs, cancelled games, acquiring the Star Wars license, it’s all be terribly sad as of late.

So it’s with much joy that we get to report that EA has decided to do-away with the controversial Online Pass system that has plagued just about every EA game over the last few years,

Speaking to GameInformer, Electronic Art’s VP of corporate communications, Jeff Brown gave an explanation for the corporations decision:

“There’s not much to say. The online pass came out in 2010. It was a way of packaging together a suite of post-launch content and services for people. There was also an element for people who bought the game second sale. It never really caught on. People didn’t like it. People told us that they didn’t like it and you know, we went through a cycle and we’re about to put out some new games and we just decided not to do that anymore. We’re 100 percent committed to creating on-going content and services so the consumers get more value out of the game – you know games like Battlefield and FIFA where there’s all sorts of new things that get added all the time – but the whole idea of packaging it up with an online pass, clearly it was not popular, so we listened to people and we stopped doing it.”

So there you have it, the Online Pass is no more… With EA at least. There are still plenty of publishers who are using the Online Pass system in one form of another, including Sony and all of their first party titles. The majority of publishers just followed the line when EA introduced the much-despised Online Pass, but will they follow once again in removing it? Probably not…

This is great news, but at the same time, it’s hard to not wonder what EA will introduce next. It’s hard to imagine that EA will just sit back and smile whilst players enjoy their games that they’ve bought at a lower price due to it being second-hand. Only time will tell…

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Bad News: EA Given Exclusive Rights To Star Wars Games

star wars: battlefront III was nearly finishedIf you thought the Star Wars franchise died with The Phantom Menace, or even Kinect Star Wars, or maybe the day Disney flashed it’s skirt at George Lucas, revealing wads of lovely cash, you were wrong.

It has recently been revealed that Disney, who now owns the Star Wars franchise, has given “the most hated company in America”, EA, exclusive rights to developer future games set in the Star Wars universe.

EA will be setting their team of in-house developers to work on Star Wars games, including BioWare, DICE and Visceral Games, however, Disney will still have the right to develop and publish “new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.”

Without wanting to come over unprofessional, this is the worst news I’ve received since I was 8 years old and got told by Mum and Dad that my hamster had died in a “tumble-dryer” related accident.

EA are notorious for running franchises into the ground and implementing controversial micro-transactions, Online Passes as well as just being generally the biggest dicks of the gaming industry. They weren’t voted worst company in America for no reason.

Bye-bye Star Wars… When we’re getting ripped off by EA, we’ll look back on Jar-Jar Binks with much kinder eyes.

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News: Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time Release Date Confirmed, Trailer Inside

plantsvszombies2The follow-up to the highly successful and completely unavoidable Plants vs. Zombies is set to release this summer with Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time.

EA has released a trailer for the upcoming strategy game as well as informing us that the sequel will launch this July, though no exact date was specified. Also worth noting is that there’s no confirmation as to which platforms Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time will actually launch on, though I think it’s safe bet that it will release across almost each and every platform, just as it’s predecessor did.

You can check out the embedded trailer down below, featuring the one and only Angry Francis:

Plants vs. Zombies was a great success and it’s actually a surprise that EA didn’t order up another one a lot sooner. Hopefully Plants vs. Zombies 2 will be just as good as the first, which I’ve personally no doubt it will be.

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News: GameStop Expo To Allow Gamers Some Hands-On Time With PS4

ps4If you’re itching to get your hands on the PS4 then you’ll want to check out this years GameStop annual expo as they’ll be letting members of the general public get some hands-on time with the upcoming PS4.

The event takes place on August 28th at the Sands Convention Centre in Las Vegas and begins at 11.00am (though VIP’s get early access at 10.00am) and runs all day until 6.00pm. The cost? Not that much, just $35 to get your admission ticket.

If you live in the area it’s definitely worth a look, for just $35 you’ll be able to see the latest games and consoles before they go out onto the market for general sale, plus the chance to play some PS4 before it releases is worth the admission price alone.

There’s no word on whether Microsoft’s Next Xbox will be available to trial at the expo, but then again nothing is really said about the Next Xbox these days, we’re all just waiting until Microsoft’s event on May 21st where we fully expect to see the new console. After that? We’ll probably get every developer under the sun putting out details of their Next Xbox products, something that will be a god-send and we’ll be done with rumours (though not for too long, there’s always one rumours or another flying about.)

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Source: GameStop

Feature: Call of Duty Announcement May 1st: Our Predictions

Call-of-Duty-ghostsYesterday UK retailer Tesco leaked the box art for Call of Duty: Ghosts, pretty much confirming that the next entry in the very long running series will indeed be Call of Duty: Ghosts. 

We’ve previously heard from Activision that “all will be revealed” on May 1st, but what exactly will it be? Well, I spent twenty minutes in the bath last night, the perfect place to relax and think about stuff that will in no shape or form make any difference to my life, or yours. I started wondering what would be revealed. Would it just be the name? Maybe a short trailer? Or maybe some gameplay? Multiplayer details? The ability to order a Subway sandwich from within the game? 

First off, I’m pretty sure they’ll want to show off a trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, so that’s my first prediction. Secondly, we’ll find out what platforms it’s coming to, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC are a given, but will it be released on the next-gen consoles? The PlayStation 4 and Next-Xbox are supposedly set to release around the same time, so why wouldn’t Activision want to try and grab some cash from the new crowd? 

Then there’s the PS Vita. Last years Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified was a disrespect to gamers, consumers and our intelligence,  not to mention a studio also got screwed over in the process. In all fairness to Nihilistic, the team who developed the game, they had limited time and resources and were under pressure to put out a game within a time frame that suited Activision and Sony. 

Last week a listing for Call of Duty 2013for the PS Vita appeared on ZMArt, hinting that another Call of Duty would be getting released on the Vita. We also know that Neversoft are working on Call of Duty, but without their logo plastered on the box art for Call of Duty: Ghosts, I reckon they’re working on a port for the PS Vita.

This may seem like the height of optimism, but I reckon we’ll see Call of Duty: Ghosts ported in full, albeit with a few graphical adjustments, to the PS Vita. Before Nihilistic were working on Black Ops Declassified, Vicarious Visions were supposedly working on a full port of Black Ops 2 for the PS Vita, but for whatever reason it got scrapped and passed on to the now defunct Nihilistic. 

Next, the Nintendo DS and 3DS. The DS has played host to a whole load of Call of Duty games over the years whilst the PSP sat in the sidelines with it’s sad face on. Maybe this year the 3DS will get a decent version that utilises the optional additional analogue stick, or maybe not. There’s a good chance we’ll see a spin off of sorts for the DS, but a 3DS version is looking unlikely, though it would be welcomed.

Lastly, Call of Duty Elite. The service that tracks your progress and acts a social hub for the online homicidal, bazooka wielding fans of the series. I’m probably jumping the gun, but I think we’ll see a few changes to the service. Maybe deeper integration within the game, more connectivity with Facebook, Twitter and whatever else people use to spy on their ex’s these days. Maybe even some new paid features, though that would obviously be bad for us, we want it all for free! (No, I’m not “entitled” I just love a good bargain, or better yet, a freebie!)

So there you have it, whether any of this comes true or not, it won’t affect our lives, it’s just a bit of fun. We’ll find out on May 1st if I’m a delusional idiot or a man sent back from the future to save mankind from needless gossip and rumours. 

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News: Call of Duty: Ghosts Box Art Leaked Via Tesco

callofdutyghoststescoOops… More leaks… Yay!

This time it’s UK retailer Tesco who’ve done the dirty and leaked the box art for Call of Duty: Ghosts. The image appears to show a man pulling on the fan-favourite’s iconic skull mask as well as firmly displaying the Infinity Ward logo.

It’s not really a surprise at this point, we’ve had numerous sources reveal that the next Call of Duty would be a prequel titled Call of Duty: Ghosts, but I expect all will be made clear by publisher Activision this May 1st when they are supposedly set to formally announce the next chapter in the long running Call of Duty series.callofdutyghostsps3boxart

The most intersting thing about this new listing by Tesco isn’t the fact that there will be another Call of Duty (we knew it was coming, each and every year) nor that it will be called Call of Duty: Ghosts. The real mystery is what Activision owned Neversoft is working on.

By now it’s common knowledge that Neversoft is involved with Call of Duty now, but with their logo missing from the box art for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s got me thinking that they may be working on a PS Vita Call of Duty, or working with Treyarch for the first next-gen Call of Duty for the PlayStation 4 and Next Xbox.

Maybe this will be answered this May 1st? Maybe not. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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News: FIFA 14 Announcement Brings Details & Screens

fifa14-1Every year a new FIFA football game gets released, this year is no different with today’s announcement from EA confirming that FIFA will be returning with FIFA 14 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, though we fully expect FIFA 14 to release across pretty much every platform available, so a Wii U, PlayStation 4, Next Xbox, PS Vita and 3DS version are already pretty much a given.

The latest outing of FIFA will bring a few new features to the table in the aim to perfect the beautiful game. Check out the details below and then have a nosey at some of the screenshots that have been released.

  • Pure Shot: Shooting has been transformed. Players have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position for hitting the back of the net. Well-hit balls feel satisfying and goals are rewarding. As well as quality strikes, players can now shoot while off balance or rushed.
  • Real Ball Physics: Strike the ball with more force and finesse. Realistic ball physics now determines the trajectories of balls in game, enabling players to strike the ball with force from distance, drill low rising shots with accuracy, and blast dipping or swerving shots, just like real footballers.
  • Protect The Ball: Dominate midfield and dictate the tempo of a match. Fend-off and block defenders from the ball while dribbling at any speed. Protect the ball from opponents to control play through midfield and dictate the pace of the match. Plus, out-muscle opponents for position before receiving the ball, then turn defenders to carve out opportunities.
  • Teammate Intelligence: Better decision-making delivers tighter, smarter marking and improved run tracking. Defenders recognize opportunities to provide support and win back possession. Attacking players have new ways to outsmart their opponents and break down tighter, more intelligent defences by creating space for themselves, running along the backline and checking their pace.
  • Sprint Dribble Turns: Utilize quick, explosive cuts and turns to beat defenders one-on-one while sprinting with the ball. Players can move in any direction, preserving their natural momentum and maintaining possession of the ball.
  • Variable Dribble Touches: The First Touch Control of dribbling varies a player’s touch when dribbling with pace. Skilled players have the touch and control to stand out while less skilled players will experience fewer perfect touches and more uncertainty dribbling, creating opportunities for defenders to win back possession, and placing emphasis on building play through midfield.
  • 2nd Chance Tackles: The tackling zone has been extended to enable defenders to combine different types of tackles, recover from missed tackles quickly, and have a second chance to compete for the ball in any tackling situation.
  • Curling Lofted Through Balls: Players have the ability to curl the ball around opponents to deliver precision passes to teammates or send the ball into space.
  •  Skill Games: A competitive practice mode that enable players to learn or master the fundamental skills necessary to compete at FIFA 14. Become a better player, faster, no matter what your skill level, competing against yourself or friends in all-new mini-games.
  • Career Mode: Search for talent year-round with the new Global Scouting Network that brings the world of professional scouting to life. Develop and refine your own scouting network. Evaluate footballers to uncover the attributes of players who could bolster your squad during the transfer windows. A new hub delivers easy navigation, fewer interruptions and live scouting reports.
  • Complete Authenticity: All the authenticity EA SPORTS is known for with officially licensed clubs, leagues and more than 15,000 players.

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If it all seems quite familiar that’s because it is. FIFA doesn’t really change much year after year, just a few gameplay updates and squad changes and bam, another £50/$60.

Forgive me if I seem unprofessional and biased towards EA, but do a few minor gameplay updates really warrant a full retail price?

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