Hands On: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

The XCOM series has seen a recent resurgence, buoThe-Bureau-XCOM-Declassified-logoyed largely by the success of Firaxis’ brilliant XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The mix of turn based squad tactics and resource management worked superbly to immerse you in the universe that XCOM takes place in, and the permanent death of your squadmates added to the gravity of your tactical decisions.

2K’s other offering in the XCOM world is The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, which started its life as a first person shooter, but now takes the form of a squad based third person shooter. Now, before the collective eye roll, it’s important to note that, while there are definite similarities to the main TPS series doing the rounds, The Bureau easily feels like a valid part of the XCOM series.

 

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New Game Plus – S02E16

This week's ep is dedicated to everyone's favourite activity on the couch with another person: co-op gaming. We review Star Trek, Battleblock Theatre and Army Of Two: Devil's cartel. Feature-wise, we sneak a look at Battle Arena Melbourne, and had interviews with Ted Price of Insomniac about their latest game FUSE, and the guys behind a new PC game called Divinity: Original Sin. All this, plus more, on episode 52 of New Game Plus.

NG+ Feature – Planeswalker Plus 'Learn to Play'

Join us for the very first installment of Planeswalker Plus! New Game Plus' monthly Magic: The Gathering segment. Our host, Alice Clarke will introduce you to the game and guide you through the basic rules. Check in next month as we introduce our four players who will be building a deck on a budget!

Wordfight! Blood Dragon Edition!

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is first and foremost a big, loving homage to the dumb, burly action movies of the 80s. But with its over-the-top attitude and neon excess, its a tribute with its tongue drilled hard into its cheek. On the most recent episode of New Game Plus, I took great issue with Blood Dragon’s comedic merit. Naturally, there are those on crew who believe otherwise.

So once again, we pull out the Wordfight! lecturns so that Jamie and I present our views on this issue: Does Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon succeed like the VHS tape or does it fall flatter than a bad Betamax joke? Continue reading Wordfight! Blood Dragon Edition!

Xbox One Revealed

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Early this morning, Microsoft announced their new Xbox One with more announcements to come at their E3 press conference but here is what was announced today.

First up we have some details about what is inside the box. Similar to the sony route, Microsoft have gone with architecture similar to that of a PC featuring an 8 core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Blu-ray and HDMI in/out. Along with the box is a new more advanced kinect with 1080p webcam for skype usage. The controller has also had a slight revision with shinyness and a fixed D-pad. Personally I think the box itself looks like a VCR or a home theatre unit which fits in perfectly with their goal to be a lounge room entertainment necessity. Continue reading Xbox One Revealed

New Game Plus – S02E15

It's been five long weeks, but we are back, and we have a heap of new content! Alongside our reviews of Super Knights, FC3: Blood Dragon and Injustice, we also interview Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame, Jon Day from Disney Infinity, and we bring the Magic with an exclusive reveal of an upcoming MtG card, as well as the premiere of Planeswalkers Plus! All this, plus more, on episode 51 of New Game Plus.

WiiU Focused Nintendo Direct Broadcasting Tonight

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To counter-act the “WiiU has no games” argument, Nintendo seeks to remedy this by hosting a new Nintendo Direct broadcast to elaborate on and perhaps even announce some new titles for 2013.

“But Matt, when will this happen?” you ask. It’s much closer than you think! This upcoming Nintendo Direct will commence tonight. The notice given may have been little, but Nintendo are prone to drawing a crowd, not to mention that the time frame between now and showtime adds an element of excitement.

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EA no longer utilising Online Passes

 

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In what has been one of the better recent executive decisions, Electronic Arts have decided to knock off the Online Pass feature that has been bundled with many of their recent titles.

Originally implemented to discourage pre-owned game sales and to cull piracy, EA’s own John Reseburg had announced that newly released EA titles will no longer include the feature.

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Hands On: Remember Me

Very recently, it feels as if there has been a rise of cyberpunk influence in the industry. From the cyberhacking stylings of Watch_Dogs to the PMC dominated universe of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, it seems that developers are comfortable at the last legs of this generation and are now pushing the limits with ambitious and sometimes frightening depictions of the future. Capcom and Dontnod Entertainment’s Remember Me is no exception, and appears to exhibit qualities of both aforementioned adjectives.

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EA No Longer Licensing Real Guns, But May Still Use Real Guns

EA has severed licensing ties with gun manufacturers. The company told Reuters that it will no longer pay gun companies to use their names and guns, however this won’t prevent these guns from featuring in future EA titles.

It has been industry practice for publishers like EA and Activision to have deals in place with weapons manufacturers to use their brands and products in games such as Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops II; Eurogamer’s Simon Parkin looked at the issue earlier this year. Continue reading EA No Longer Licensing Real Guns, But May Still Use Real Guns