Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag is nigh. We have five Assassin’s Creed games’ worth of gameplay and timelines and three individual protagonists each with their own backstories to take into consideration. We’ve visited nearly every continent and taken a look at 5 different eras in time, so for Ubisoft to announce yet another AC game, that has to be just as unique and fresh-faced as the first day we were introduced to Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s brilliant adventures (his games are critically the best in the series), it’s a move that is just as bold as the font of their logo.
But have they succeeded? It’s a good question, and with the Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag release date over 7 months away, we won’t know how the full game reviews for a while, but does that stop us from speculating? Of course not, and we can make up our minds on the plot points and promised gameplay now as Ubisoft have released Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag info in the shedloads, all collected here for you to peruse.
Click ‘continue reading’ for the Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag story, screenshots and trailer.
I’m a strong believer that any ‘evil’ should stay firmly outside of my body. I’m not interested in being possessed or taken over by some corner dwelling demons, thank you. But one thing’s for certain, and that’s that possession is an absolutely terrifying prospect. While Dead Space 3 skimped on the scares when it was released earlier this year, The Evil Within is taking that inner-hiding badness and turning it into what could possibly be one of the most cack-inducing video games of all time.
Published by Bethesda Softworks, the team who brought you Skyrim and made frostbitten spiders frighten the ever-loving bejesus out of you and developer Tango Gameworks there’s no doubt that The Evil Within will be a quality game, and what’s more is that it’s headed up by none other than the creator of Resident Evil, premium scaremaster himself, Shinji Mikami.
What we know about the likely nightmare inducing fear that The Evil Within will instil in us is that it will likely be set in some kind of asylum, judging from the trailer anyway, it’s guaranteed to scare use out of our skin. Watch the video after the break.
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We’re barely 4 months away from the release of the last Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed 3, but already, Ubisoft have announced the next game in the series, Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag.
Not a lot is known about Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag, but we do know a few pieces of information, for example, the ‘Black Flag’ in the title and the image on the box art is a reference to the fact that Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag will have a heavy emphasis on sea-based missions. However, we don’t yet know what or who you’ll be fighting against at sea, other than (presumably) a heck of a lot of scurvy.
Other Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag tidbits that we know this far are that the game the game is set in 1715 and it will be introducing you to an all new protagonist. You’ll play as “Edward Kenway”, who is the father of Haytham Kenway and the grandfather of Connor Kenway (the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 3), albeit, this member of the Kenway family thankful has a more easily spelt name (Ratohnhaké:ton, anyone?)
We’ll know more on Monday, 4th of March when Ubisoft are planning on releasing more information about the game. – Click here to sign up to the J Station X newsletter to find out all the latest Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag news.
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Ask a PS3 user what they’re go to racing sim is and they’ll likely tell you Gran Turismo 5, an Xbox 360 user might tell you Forza Motorsport 4 or even the original GRID that hit consoles way back in 2008. Now, the developer and publisher of that critically acclaimed game (who are also the team behind both DIRT games and no fewer than five F1 video games), Codemasters are back again with GRID 2, the sequel to one of their many stellar drivers.
The question on everyone’s keyboards is ”will GRID 2 be better than Gran Turismo 5?”, the latter of which is regarded as one of the best (if not the most-delayed) racing sim in history and while none of us can really answer that question until the GRID 2 release date of May 31st, 2013, there are some other questions that can help give you an idea as to whether or not Codemasters’ next best racing game should get a much-deserved look in.
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The Skyrim DLC that Xbox 360 and PC players of the game have already gotten to know and love has been out for several months now and thankfully, PS3 players who’d like to get their hands on the critically acclaimed Skyrim DLC can now do so.
On this very here blog we slated Bethesda for releasing Skyrim knowing that it was undoubtedly broken on PS3 and nearly a year after announcing that they knew about the broken mess they tried to sell PS3 players pre-release, Bethesda are finally making amends.
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It was the ‘Rimlag’ problem that prevented PS3 players from playing the Skyrim DLC initially but now Bethesda say that with the installation of the recently released Skyrim 1.8 update, players will be able to play all the Skyrim DLC packs – Dragonborn, Hearthfire and Dawnguard as they’re released on the PlayStation Network (complete with a 50% discount for their first week on sale).
The first to be released is Dragonborn which sees players taking on the original slayer of dragons and yeller of ‘FUS RO DAH’. It’s out today on the store.
The entire Skyrim DLC release schedule is below
- Dragonborn releases Wednesday, February 13
- Regular Price: £12.99, € 16.99, AUS $24.95; First Week Pricing: £6.49, € 7.99, AUS $11.75
- Hearthfire releases Wednesday, February 20
- Regular Price: £3.99, € 4.99, AUS $7.35; First Week Pricing: £1.99, € 2.49, AUS $3.65
- Dawnguard releases Wednesday, February 27
- Regular Price: £12.99, € 16.99, AUS $24.95; First Week Pricing: £6.49, € 7.99, AUS $11.75
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Aliens : Colonial Marines has finally been released and in space no one can hear you scream unless you too are that angry that it’s taken this long to hit shelves. But now, after months of rabid slobbering from Aliens fans waiting for Gearbox Software to release their interactive homage to the series, the title, which was produced with help from original Alien director, Ridley Scott, is here.
Acid blood, wall crawlers and movie references alike, some critics are still slating the game already but hopefully that won’t put you off, and Gearbox have even released an Aliens : Colonial Marines launch trailer for you to fully decide if you want to play a piece of cult film heaven.
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The next game in Rockstar Games’ behemoth sandbox series, GTA 5, has had the black cloud of a ‘Spring release date’ since that GTA 5 trailer debuted all the way in December. Release was almost guaranteed, as it always is with the Grand Theft Auto games, that our next outing in los Santos would debut in Q1, but with a small room for uncertainty, Rockstar have pushed the GTA 5 release date back to September.
Speaking of the new September 17th release date, the official word from Rockstar is that it’s being pushed back “in order to allow additional development time” but it sounds like the ever-excellent dev has bitten off more than it can chew with players now in control of three protagonists instead of one and that the GTA 5 multiplayer that Rockstar say will “redefine open-world games” needed a little more time in the Game of the Year oven before it’s deemed worthy of the praise that this game is no doubt going to get.
Given that September is an entire 7 months away, Rockstar have all the time in the world to put the finishing touches on the “deepest, most beautiful and most immersive world yet” that they’ve promised us.
The GTA 5 release date is September 17th, 2013. – Click here to pre-order it now.
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As a new year of gaming begins, EA are starting the year off right helping us all decide upon the very first game on our 2013 gaming wishlists as they’re all ready to release the demo for Dead Space 3.
The full game of Dead Space 3 is set to let players take control of the bad-luck plagued space engineer Isaac Clarke and experience his willingness to constantly get himself into danger in places entirely overrun with necromorphs, as players will get to see an entirely new world, the “unforgiving ice planet”, Tau Volantis.
When the Dead Space 3 demo launches later this month (Dead Space 3 demo release date – 15th of January on Xbox 360, 22nd of January on PS3) you can take on Tau Volantis with a friend as the controversial inclusion of co-op takes form with secondary Dead Space 3 character, Sergeant John Carver, making his video game debut.
Those in doubt about the new co-op feature in Dead Space 3 (or the game as a whole) needn’t worry as EA say that their game will include “the franchise’s core elements of suspense, horror, action and sound”, which is exactly what made us love the previous Dead Space games.
As an added bonus for Xbox 360 players, EA say that you can go to demo.deadspace.com to win a chance to get to play the demo even earlier than the 15th of January.
Dead Space 3 is out on Xbox 360 on February 3rd and PS3 on February 5th (North American release dates).
In games development, bedrooms are the new offices, publishers are optional and a developers’ budget is the price of a computer and the several pints that will suffice as payment for your creative friends who will become your “colleagues”.
Surfing this revolutionary wave are The Game Creators, an aptly titled team from the UK who have created FPS Creator Reloaded, an updated version of their FPS Creator software (you can see a tech demo for it here), a tool that lets anyone, anywhere with the idea for a first person shooter make a game, with FPS Creator Reloaded giving them the high quality graphics, audio, effects and functionality they need to make it.
To coincide with the launch of their Kickstarter (in order to fund FPS Creator Reloaded) we interviewed The Games Creators’ CEO, Lee Bamber on the UK games industry, the future of first person shooting games and why FPS games are that popular.
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Continuing to well and truly push the boat out with their games, Rockstar’s tongue in cheek, rags-to-riches series, Grand Theft Auto is back with GTA 5 trailer #2, giving us a preview of Los Santos’ (the fictional California-like world of GTA 5) craziest and wealthiest characters as we meet the three characters that will be playable at the GTA 5 release date.
Back in the series are planes, helicopters, cars (some fast, some rust-bucket-y) as well as high-speed chases, less than legal dealings and those that anyone old enough for a Winter heating benefit would call “hoodlums.”, as well as some extremely pretty cutscene footage showing that GTA 5 is completely obliterating the graphical and lighting standards set by GTA IV all the way back in 2008.
Click ‘Continue Reading’ to watch GTA 5 trailer #2.