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Monday, 25 February 2019

Live the Dream with Legacy of Discord


We all need somewhere to call home. YOOZOO Games and GTarcade have recognised this need and now players of Legacy of Discord can start picking out furniture and maybe even find a few friends to share the housework.

Players can now invite and place certain NPCs into their sanctuary. They can also select from three available home styles and choose furniture. Through daily resource runs and a bit of interaction with friends they can train their pets within their sanctuaries to receive special combat boosts. Or simply visit friends in their homes to get additional resources — they can even gift items to help in-game chums furnish their dream home.

Like most homes, there’s the occasional ‘domestic’ to sort out. In Guardian’s Sanctuary this comes, typically enough, in the form of a hobgoblin fight. At 7:45pm each night some sanctuaries will be visited by a hobgoblin. Players can gain additional resources by defeating this unwanted visitor and  restoring peace and tranquility to their homes.

Legacy of Discord has also seen a wide range of improvements recently, with a numerous new items added to shops; as well as a new chapter unlocked in the main dungeon. There’s also some bug squashing and plenty more to keep players happy when they’re not sitting at home with their feet up.

To play Legacy of Discord visit the site
https://lod.gtarcade.com

RuneScape launches stunning conclusion to the Elite Dungeon Trilogy

Monday 25th February 2019, Cambridge, UK – RuneScape is calling on all seasoned adventurers to plunge into the underwater depths of The Shadow Reef, the third and concluding chapter of the game’s Elite Dungeons storyline, which launches today. Set in the ancient sunken temple of Ulthven Kreath, players face a hostile environment full of aggressive enemies before a chilling encounter with The Ambassador, a malevolent creature that dwells in the deep.

The Elite Dungeons are a series of three dungeons with an over-arching storyline, where players can buddy up or go solo in raid-like experiences, and are available to all RuneScape members.


As with the previous two Elite Dungeons, The Shadow Reef includes a story mode option, enabling players to focus on the unravelling narrative, with enemies having reduced health and combat strength, although reward drops only come from boss encounters.

Dave Osborne, RuneScape Lead Designer, said:

“Last summer, we created Elite Dungeons to combine engaging storylines with raid-like dungeon experiences. The Shadow Reef brings that questline to an epic conclusion, as players uncover the secrets beneath the inky waters of Gielinor, and experience an unforgettable encounter with The Ambassador, which will push players to the limit, whether adventuring as a team or solo.

“We know that The Shadow Realm appeals to a wide variety of RuneScape players, whether that’s the ‘skillers’ who are looking to level up  their combat skills, the ‘questers’ who love delving into adventures, or the ‘challengers’ – players that are seeking to overcome the dangerously deadly dungeon, to secure the best rewards possible in the fastest time possible.”

The first parts of the trilogy, The Temple of Aminishi and Dragonkin Laboratory, were both released during summer 2018, and had to be completed chronologically by players. However, with today’s launch of The Shadow Reef, the three Elite Dungeons can be completed in any order, removing a barrier for high-level players looking to test their combat skills and meet with The Ambassador.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Dirt Rally 2.0 Review


Dirt Rally 2.0 reviewed on PS4, Xbox One and PC by Luke Reilly.

DiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most iconic off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage. You will need to rely on your instincts with the most immersive and truly focused off-road experience yet, including a new authentic handling model, tyre choice and surface degradation.

Power your rally car through real-life off-road environments in New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the USA, with only your co-driver and instincts to guide you.

Race on eight official circuits from the FIA World Rallycross championship, complete with licensed Supercars and support series.

Develop your team and cars around race strategies, and progress through a varied selection of Events and Championships in both a single player Career Campaign and a competitive online environment.


Friday, 22 February 2019

Up-Coming Horror Adventure Game Close to the Sun to Arrive Exclusively on the Epic Games Store


February 22nd, 2019 –Watford, UK - Wired Productions today announced the highly anticipated indie darling, Close to the Sun, will come exclusively to the EPIC Games Store on PC. Available now for pre-purchase worldwide, prospective adventurers can discover Close to the Sun at EpicGames.com, for $29.99 in North America and €29.99 in most European countries.

Close to the Sun is an atmospheric horror adventure game developed by leading independent Italian studio Storm in a Teacup. Its launch on the Epic store is a success story for Epic and its support of the game creation ecosystem.

Storm in a Teacup switched from using Unity as a development engine to Unreal 4 with Close to the Sun, embracing leading-edge technology. The change in engine led to huge increases in fidelity and quality within the game, delivering a breathtaking experience for players. Storm in a Teacup’s early success secured the studio a coveted Unreal Development Grant before signing with independent publisher Wired Productions.

“It’s great news for independent developers and publishers that Epic has opened up these incredible opportunities for its partners,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director, Wired Productions. “Success in this industry is hard to come by and the industry relies on each other to drive progress. Great games need great developers, who need great tech, who need great publishers, who need great distribution opportunities."

Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi, CEO & Founder, Storm in a Teacup, said: “Our relationship with Epic and the decision to use the Unreal Engine have provided fantastic opportunities for our studio, enabling a greater creative freedom and the ability to double-down on quality for our games. To launch on the Epic games store feels like the perfect next step and we are delighted that our partnerships with both Wired Productions and Epic Games will help propel Close to the Sun to achieve our ambitions.”

Close to the Sun will launch on PC and console in 2019.

For more information, visit http://www.closetothesungame.com/ or follow the game now to receive future updates on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/closetothesungame

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Mortal Kombat 11 - Official Jade Reveal Trailer | PS4


Armed with her iconic Bo Staff, Jade serves the Netherrealm as an undead Revenant resurrected by an evil sorcerer

Mortal Kombat is back and better than ever in the next evolution of the iconic franchise. The all new Custom Character Variations give you unprecedented control to customize the fighters and make them your own. The new graphics engine showcasing every skull-shattering, eye-popping moment, brings you so close to the fight you can feel it. And featuring a roster of new and returning Klassic Fighters, Mortal Kombat's best in class cinematic story mode continues the epic saga over 25 years in the making.


H1Z1: Battle Royale - Season 3 Trailer | PS4


Season 3 of H1Z1: Battle Royale starts Thursday, February 21 on PlayStation 4! Get ready for FFA Deathmatch, Ranked Leaderboards, and a new 100 tier Battle Pass filled with weapons, outfits, and more!


LOVE IS (STILL) IN THE AIR WITH PLENTY AMORA’S GIFTS AND LEAGUE OF ANGELS III LUNAR FESTIVAL EVENTS


Valentine's Day has come and gone — your only lasting recollection may be a less than stellar bank balance. Fear not though, for in League of Angels III the love lives on … the gifts are all yours and The Lunar Festival could put a blossoming spring in your step.

The Valentine's Holiday invites players to collect teddy bears and sweet chocolates in exchange for gorgeous outfits like Amora's Gift, Lunar Blaze, Holiday Vestments and tons of special items at the shop.

Happily, this also coincides with the Lunar Festival Holiday Event, where all creatures will go through a period of re-birth (also known as The Blossoming Spring). What does this mean for players? An all-new outfit, Lunar Blaze can be obtained in various events where tons of items can be won — like exclusive tokens or strings of firecrackers and even more spring festival tickets.

A new Wheel of Fortune Event also sees a brand new mount enter the fray, a Mount Lunar Beast — Blackpyre. Spin to win and gain enhancements in battle and greatly increases the HP, ATK and DEF of your heroes (improving your BR by over 50,000).

Finally, following on from the heroic celebrations surrounding Theresa last month — it's now Victoria's turn to be immortalised as the first Mythic Angel to appear in the game. With her two Divine Armas: Dawn Sword and Dusk Shield in hand, she feels sure she can lead the Angels to victory. The most powerful defensive hero so far, she has three key skills: Dawn's Light, Dusk Slash and Victory Dance.

To find lots of love, lunar gifts and more head over to the League of Angels III site to play the game.

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Official Site (http://www.yoozoo.com/)

Saturday, 16 February 2019

REVIEW: Estiman for Nintendo Switch


Review by Jon Donnis
Kool2Play are back with another unique title for Nintendo Switch.
Estiman is an endless arcade type game that has you clicking on shapes which represent the highest number of duplicated shapes on the screen. The faster you can "estimate" the more time you get.

Once you clear the screen more shapes will pop up. And as the games gets harder, the shapes will get harder to differentiate, so might look similar, have similar colours and so on, to try and confuse you.

The game is very original, and very simple, and is perfect for the kind of person who just likes to pick up a game and play without too much thought.

As we have all come to expect from Kool2Play, the soundtrack is great, this time it is a perfect ambient style soundtrack that is never distracting and actually quite relaxing.


As a simple easy to play game, you will find yourself picking up this game to play for 5 minutes here, or a few minutes there, it really is perfect for that kind of situation when you need to kill some time.

And for only £1.79 it's hardly anything to buy.

For such a simple and easy to play game, at such a low cost it is hard to really criticise the game at all.

Fun, simple game that you will keep coming back to.
8/10

Buy at
https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Estiman-1504643.html


Virtual reality special of Doctor Who coming soon from the BBC


Doctor Who fans will soon be able to step inside a virtual reality version of the TARDIS in an upcoming immersive VR adventure called Doctor Who: The Runaway.

The new original story set in the TARDIS will see Jodie Whittaker reprise her role as the Doctor in animated form. It will run for around 12 minutes and will be available on selected VR headsets in the coming months.

Viewers will join the Thirteenth Doctor on board the TARDIS in this animated interactive story from the BBC and Passion Animation Studios. Fans will get the chance to be the Doctor's champion and help her on this exciting adventure, as they find themselves at the centre of the action facing a deadly threat.

Jo Pearce, creative director for the BBC's digital drama team, says: “Fans will experience the TARDIS like never before in this thrilling new interactive story. As ever, the Doctor is full of warmth, wit and charm - helped by a wonderful performance from Jodie - which puts fans at the heart of the story as they immerse themselves in this beautifully animated world.”

Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, says: “Our team at the BBC VR Hub has been creating new experiences with the goal of helping to usher virtual reality into the mainstream, and Doctor Who is exactly the sort of series that can help more people to try this new technology. The show has been pushing boundaries for over 55 years, and VR enables Doctor Who to explore a whole new dimension of storytelling.”

Featuring new original music from series composer Segun Akinola, Doctor Who: The Runaway has been written by Victoria Asare-Archer and directed by Mathias Chelebourg, whose previous VR films include Alice, the Virtual Reality Play and The Real Thing VR. It has been produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The First 19 Minutes of Far Cry New Dawn Gameplay


Set 17 years after the apocalyptic events of Far Cry 5, New Dawn has you step into a new role as you lead a group of survivors against the deadly Highwayman, led by the cruel twin sisters, Mickey and Lou.

Buy from Amazon here

Metro Exodus Review


Metro Exodus reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on Xbox One X.

The year is 2036. A quarter-century after nuclear war devastated the earth, a few thousand survivors still cling to existence beneath the ruins of Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro. They have struggled against the poisoned elements, fought mutated beasts and paranormal horrors, and suffered the flames of civil war. But now, as Artyom, you must flee the Metro and lead a band of Spartan Rangers on an incredible, continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in search of a new life in the East.

Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created. Explore the Russian wilderness across vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter.

Inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro Exodus continues Artyom's story in the greatest Metro adventure yet.


Thursday, 7 February 2019

Evoland Legendary Edition - Release Trailer | PS4


Evoland Legendary Edition gathers two epic RPGs in one game!
In Evoland, the graphic Style and Gameplay changes as you progress through the game!

Embark in a journey through the history of action/adventure gaming, allowing you to unlock new technologies, gameplay systems and graphic updates!

Inspired by many cult series that have left their mark in the RPG video gaming culture, Evoland takes you from monochrome to full 3D graphics and from active time battles to real time boss fights, all with plenty of humor and references to many classic games!

REVIEW: Hyperide for Nintendo Switch


Review by Jon Donnis
Hyperide for Nintendo Switch is very much your arcade side scroller but with a twist, unlike classic games like R-Type this is not just a "hold your finger on the fire button" type game, instead the main flow of this game is avoid obstacles. Those can vary from asteroids to black holes.

Along the way you have the usual collectables that improve your ship, but you also have astronauts that you have to save, who are conveniently floating in your direction.

You can travel through worm holes to reach different parts of the universe. The game has 7 different void quadrants and 3 different game modes.


As you have come to expect from - Kool2Play, a studio from Warsaw, the sound track is impressive and the heavy beat trance style tunes help pump you up as you play.

The graphics are very good, and the ships you can choose from have taken inspiration from various sci-fi franchises, the most obvious one being Star Trek.

The game plays very well on the Switch, and the controls do seem almost perfectly made for the Switch.

The game may not be an all time classic, but if you are a fan of the side scrolling obstacle avoiding arcade game, then you should very much enjoy this, as I have done.

I gave this game a strong 8/10

You can get this game now from the Nintendo Store for only $1.99



Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Sect of Metal runs amok in the new Season of Heavy Metal Machines


Florianopolis, Brazil - January 6, 2019 - Crazed religious fanatics are loose in Sect of Metal, a new Season that is available right now on the free-to-play car combat PC MOBA Heavy Metal Machines. The Season expands the game’s lore, bringing new insights into the machinations of the violent Sect of Metal religious order, as well as 90 new items, such as new skins for characters that have been “converted” to the sect: Rampage, Little Monster and Killer J.


This new chapter of Heavy Metal Machines now explores one of the richest and most popular facet in the game’s lore, and gave room for the art team to bolster the quality of the new assets, based largely on feedback from the game’s passionate community.

“We are also working on loads of new features based on the community’s feedback”, says Tatiana Moreira, Hoplon’s Head of Marketing and Publishing. “The community was the first to know about the theme of the Season 3 and already know a little bit about Season 4. Their approval is very important for us.”

Heavy Metal Machines came out of beta in September of last year, with the introduction of the Metal Pass progression systems and it‘s first Season, the gelid Road to Malmheim, which was followed by the lovecraftian horrors of Into the Abyss, before the arrival of Sect of Metal.

Why Heavy Metal Machines rocks
Free-to-play MOBA: 4v4 multiplayer car battle with a heavy metal theme.
A Legend Reborn: Narrated by Larry Huffman, of Rock ’n Roll Racing.
Choose your role from three main classes: Interceptor, Support, and Transporter.

Deadly Drivers: 15 playable characters with their own characteristics and backstories. From Little Monster, a child hell-bent on seeking revenge for the death of her father, to Dirt Devil, a pirate leader from the Wastelands who hunts the giant sandworm that cost him an arm and an eye.

Three Hellish Arenas: Temple of Sacrifice, Metal God Arena, and the Cursed Necropolis already available to play.

Just the Beginning: More content constantly updated and new characters, arenas and game modes on the way.

eSports Championships: Planned competitive tournaments featuring cash-prizes to fuel the game’s eSports scene.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Fishing Planet 2.0 - Euro Update Trailer | PS4


Fishing Planet, a realistic fishing simulator, presents a big Euro Update full of new cool features and amazing new content:

* 5 new European Waterways in different countries!
* New totally revised highly realistic biting system!
* Bottom fishing, including feeder fishing, with all the bottom and feeder baits and tackle!
* New European fish - 37 new species added!
* Multi-rods support: now you can fish with multiple rods at the same time!


Overcooked! 2 - Chinese New Year Update Trailer - Nintendo Switch



As the Onion Kingdom sizzles with celebration for Chinese New Year, the Onion King would like to wish all you valiant chefs a year filled with joy, prosperity and plentiful platefuls. And what better way to celebrate than by grabbing your nearest and dearest and preparing to chop, cook, serve (and maybe shout) your way through seven succulent new levels!



Monday, 4 February 2019

League of Angels III celebrates Theresa and her dancing


While large chunks of the UK may not agree, League of Angels III aficionados will know that Theresa is indeed a hero. Which is why the game is putting on a special event in her honour. Of course, we’re not talking about the embattled UK Prime Minister, but the flame-haired hybrid child of Prime Angel and Dragon King Ulysses.

In League of Angels II, Theresa’s life was full of conflict and uncertainty (ok, still the odd similarity) due to her special heritage. Essentially, she’s not had it easy — but League of Angels III is celebrating her kind, albeit rebellious, disposition with a special in-game event that players can find right now when they log into the game. So, let’s all celebrate Theresa for a change!

League of Angels III has also seen some big improvements recently: in version 4.0.0. the Guild War game mode has been rebuilt, with some new rules and upgraded rewards. A first Mythic Hero has been added, Victoria in the new Temple — Nebula.

January also saw a new Mount arrive — Night Falcon. One of the few flying mounts, Night Falcon grants a sharp rise in the battle rating of your heroes while also adding a huge amount of bonus HP, ATK and DEF. He also has fearfully sharp feathers and an imposing appearance; which doesn’t do any harm, right? This legendary mount can be obtained via the Wheel of Fortune.

January’s earlier New Year celebrations saw League of Angels III invite players to enjoy Angel’s Carnival — a holiday event whose origins go all the way back to Mikaela and Glacia’s reunion. Included among some tokens for turkey dinner and pumpkin pie is a new outfit, Silverfrost.

If you want to engage in some Theresa-related hero-worship, or simply play League of Angels III head over to the game's official page: https://loa3.gtarcade.com