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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Pirate Sail into the Sunset as 13-Year RuneScape Questline Concludes

Tuesday 20th March 2018, Cambridge, UK – RuneScape returns to the high seas today, launching Pieces of Hate, the epic finale to one of the MMORPG’s longest running stories. The concluding voyage of the 13-year old pirate quest series challenges players as they dive into the depths of underwater expeditions, conquer sea monsters, and battle zombie pirates, and is released just two weeks after RuneScape introduced deep-sea fishing into the game for the first time.

In addition to tying up the loose ends of the pirates’ tale, Pieces of Hate contributes to the foundations of RuneScape’s next five years of rich narratives and immersive adventures. The new quest invites skilled players to plunder its riches, including an upgrade to the Book o’Piracy, which allows players to teleport across various locations throughout Gielinor and can be recharged using rum (of course!).

RuneScape has also made sure players have a whale of a time with the launch of deep-sea fishing, an all-new offshore hub to the game. Available to adventurers with at least level 68 Fishing, players can cast their nets and catch a whole variety of surprises, from jellyfish to great whites, and reel in that fishing XP to gain extra rewards. Only the bravest of buccaneers who dare travel farther out to sea will bag the most valuable loot, but they will also face the greatest dangers.

Dave Osborne, Lead Designer, RuneScape, said:
“It’s really astonishing to have reached the end of the pirates’ tale after 13 years, so we’re thrilled that our players can experience the concluding events in Pieces of Hate. The team has worked hard to deliver an exciting end to the story, especially to those waiting since 2005, and we can’t wait to build on it as part of our narrative arcs for the next five years. The recent launch of deep-sea fishing has already enticed the greatest fishers from across Gielinor to experience the new activity hub; it’s a great way to level up the skill and it’s so rewarding to see our players agree!”

Quest Requirements
Clockwork Syringe (quest completion)
Gertrude's Cat (quest completion)
Level 83 Agility - (Need the run energy for the invasion minigame and it's the best reference for swimming)
Level 85 Thieving - (pirates, yarr. Also explains lockpicking and so forth for puzzles)
Level 82 Firemaking - (Setting fire to Crassian eggs)
Level 81 Construction - (Repairing things for the invasion)

Combat Racing Turned Upside Down In GRIP

Watford, United Kingdom and Toronto, Canada, 20th March, 2018, Wired Productions Ltd., a leading independent video games publisher, and ground-breaking developer Caged Element Inc. are thrilled to announce that GRIP – the ferociously fast, futuristic combat racer – is set to arrive on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC via Steam in 2018.

Check out the breathtaking, high speed, adrenaline fuelled announcement trailer:

Fully enhanced for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, GRIP was inspired by the Rollcage games of the late 90’s and backed by a highly-skilled and accomplished team. Harnessing the power of Unreal® Engine 4 to deliver gravity defying physics alongside a bristling arsenal of outlandish weapons. GRIP delivers the fastest, most competitive racing experience ever. Featuring a killer soundtrack, furious speeds and intense action, GRIP is guaranteed to generate unforgettable gaming moments - online or offline - with nail-biting split screen racing and tournaments.

Evolved from the age of street racing, the world of GRIP is brutal and cut-throat to the core. To win the race is never enough, greatness comes from the journey and the trail of merciless destruction you unleash upon your rivals along the way.

Scale walls, ceilings and anything else you can get your tyres on to... as you master tantalising tracks, tricks and perform mind-blowing stunts to race your way across the cosmos. Customise your vehicle, utilise devastating weapons and exploit a destructible environment to ensure not only victory, but the complete annihilation of your opponents.

“We’re very excited to finally announce our partnership with Wired Productions today,” said Chris Mallinson, Game Director at Caged Element. “GRIP began as a passion project paying tribute to the great Rollcage games and racers of a past era, but it’s now truly transformed into a fully-fledged, futuristic combat racer fit for this generation. We’re extremely proud of the game and can’t wait to unleash it later this year on all platforms.  Combat racing is back, baby.”

“As long-standing fans of Rollcage and the combat racing genre, we’re delighted to sign GRIP and to build our partnership with the incredible team at Caged Element,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions. “Born from passion and nostalgia, driven by great minds and taking full advantage of the latest capabilities in both engine and hardware, GRIP is a racer with limitless horsepower and the title to keep your eye on this year.”

GRIP will make its US debut this week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, in South Hall, Booth #1023 (in the UKIE area of the show) and will be available for consumers to get hands on for the first time at PAX East, Booth #20031 (Boston, USA) and EGX Rezzed (London, UK).

GRIP is currently available in early access on Steam, with a fully tuned release planned for PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch and PC later this year.

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REVIEW: Pure Farming 2018

Review by Jon Donnis.
It is hard to put into words exactly how much you can do in this game when it comes to farming, calling the game Pure Farming almost doesn't seem enough.

You start the game with 3 different modes, My First Farm, Farming Challenges and Free Farming. My First Farm is for novices, and that is where I started, as I have never played a farming game like this before. The Farming Challenges are a set of 20 hour challenges whereby you are thrown into the game with a number of situations you need to overcome, so things like vermin, or fires, droughts and so on. The Free Farming mode is for people familiar with the game, and gives the most freedom.

As I said I started out with My First Farm, and this really does help you get to grips with how to play the game. Talking you through things step by step, from how to use the tractor, to harvesting crops, to buying new machinery, as well as introducing you to side missions, whereby you can help other farmers and earn more money.

This is not the kind of game you play to get a quick fix. This is a game whereby you really feel the need to invest time to play. And although sometimes playing it can feel like real work, as opposed to just gaming, it is strangely addictive, and before you know it a few hours have passed in the real world.

If you have played this kind of game before, then you know what to expect and I am sure you will love it. I had never played this kind of game before on a console, the closest I had come to any kind of farming game, would be those old Facebook farming games.

It is hard to score this game, because for some it will be perfect, and for others it will be tedious and boring. It really depends on the type of gamer you are, and I really advise you to watch the trailer below.

But I have to admit, the challenge of owning and running farms all over the world, having staff, turning a profit, driving all manner of vehicles etc, really is a challenge I would be willing to take up, there is a high level of accomplishment when you do get to that level.

For me personally I give the game a strong 8/10.
It is a relaxing game to play, but with plenty of challenges.

Click here to buy from Amazon, link opens in a new window.

Developed by Ice Flames and published by Techland Publishing, Pure Farming 2018 is out now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Visit the official Pure Farming 2018 game’s Official Website to stay up to date with all upcoming farming announcements

Venom Brings Order and Power to Xbox One Gamers with the Vertical Charging Stand!

Hertfordshire, UK – March 20th, 2018 – Venom®, a leading UK provider of quality gaming accessories, announced today the shipping of the Vertical Charging Stand, a new accessory compatible with Xbox One X and Xbox S. Neatly storing and protecting the Xbox console in a space-saving upright position, the Vertical Charging Stand also features a convenient docking station, charging up to two Xbox One wireless controllers.

Designed with the modern home in mind, the Vertical Charging Stand ensures that the console is kept neatly protected and controllers are always on hand, fully charged! The two powerful rechargeable battery packs, supplied with the stand, provide up to 18 hours of supercharged gameplay.

The Vertical Charging Stand caters for gamers who use a range of external accessories with their console, neatly integrating two additional USB ports for easy plug-and-play access without the need to move or disrupt the console. In addition, the Vertical Charging Stand can store up to six boxed games, keeping console, games and controllers all in one neat, centralised location.

Tom Hodge, Director of Sales for Venom, commented: “Space is increasingly at a premium in modern homes and gamers are looking for something which is not only functional but fits in with the aesthetic of their living spaces. We wanted to offer something that would not only help gamers stylishly store their console, games and controllers, but also provide some extra functionality, which we believe we have achieved via the integrated USB ports. We’re sure that the Vertical Charging Stand will prove a hit amongst discerning Xbox gamers looking for a simple, one-stop solution to storage and charging.”

The Xbox One Vertical Charging Stand retails for an SRP of £29.99 and is available at alongside all leading gaming retailers.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

ARK - Mobile Announcement Trailer

ARK: Survival Evolved is a free-to-play game coming to iOS and Android.

Dive into the ultimate mobile dino-adventure with ARK: Survival Evolved! A massive game world combines with 80+ unique dinosaurs and primal creatures for you to capture and tame – making for a survival experience bar-none. Meet up with other players and friends in this Jurassic-era world, to form tribes and work together to build colonies of survivors.

Based on the genre-defining adventure from PC and console, ARK: Survival Evolved challenges you to survive and thrive on a mysterious island, where you start out alone and unarmed. Gather resources and craft tools to build shelter and hunt. Expand your domain while capturing and taming dinosaurs to do your bidding. Make new friends online, form tribes, and build mighty structures to defend against man and mega-predators alike!

Features of ARK: Survival Evolved include:

– 80+ Dinosaurs: Use cunning strategy and tactics to tame, train, ride and breed the many dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the dynamic, persistent ecosystems across land, sea, air, and even underground.
– Discover: Explore a massive living and breathing prehistoric landscape as you find the means to survive, thrive, and escape on the Ark.
– Craft and Build: Using any means necessary to survive, craft weapons, clothes, and items, and build shelters, villages, or even large cities.
– Survive Alone or With Others: Group up with, or prey on, hundreds of other players in a large-scale online world or choose to go it alone in single-player mode.
– Join a Tribe: The ‘Tribe’ system encourages cooperation, by supporting dynamic parties to share resources, XP, and re-spawn points.