E3

June 6, 2012 at 12:19 am | Posted in Update posts, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Unfortunately, I’ve not been lucky enough so far in my writing to be able to attend E3 in person to be able to cover and write how I’d like to for the event so until then, Ill keep using Eurogamer Expos as practise runs.

Still, this year I’ve been covering the Xbox 360 side of it as well as I can for both twitter and the site xboxliveaddicts.co.uk via posting videos of trailers, interviews, demonstrations and such as they come (courtesy of Gametrailers) as well as a collection of screenshots for select titles from the Xbox press site.

Its hard work doing it alone, not to mention with limited resources being only a forum site AND a fansite so if your on the hunt for all things Xbox 360 and E3 related, please check it out, have a search through the forum threads, find the games you like and feel free to have a bit of a chin wag about it. Because theres still plenty of it to go in the next couple of days.

http://www.xboxliveaddicts.co.uk/forums/forum/570-e3-2012/

 

Reviews and such to resume shortly. Thanks.

 

 

Mass Effect 3 Demo

February 14, 2012 at 5:43 am | Posted in Articles, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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I am genuinely sure that I’m probably alone in this statement but I am finding it hard to get excited for Mass Effect 3. No doubt the games are great and ME2 was a fantastic sequel but with Mass Effect 3 I just can’t seem to get overly excited.

Perhaps I don’t have the Mass Effect bug, or maybe it’s because I play a lot of other games in between which fails to keep the Effect fires burning, but for me, this demo was mainly to try and help kindle the embers and get me back in the mass mood.

 

 

Battlefield 3 Vs Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

January 16, 2012 at 3:53 am | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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The big battle has finally come. After a couple of months since both the games release, the rivalry still burns strong through fans of the games. So let’s take both games and compare them up against each other. What’s the worst that could happen? Oh…that.

So let’s kick this Godzilla Vs King Kong battle with a part of both games that possibly 30% of the gamers haven’t even touched. The campaign.

Gears of War 3 Raams Shadow Downloadable Content

January 4, 2012 at 3:29 am | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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The second of Gears of War 3’s downloadable content is upon us and oh boy is it a biggun. Sitting in at an exact 2GB, Raams Shadow brings new single player to our Gears of War desires.

Gears fans and sharp eyed readers may be confused as to why its labelled Raams Shadow, since this juggernaut tower block of a locust general died (albeit stubbornly) back at the climax of Gears 1, so what’s Raam got to do, got to do with it?

Gears of War 3 Horde Command Centre DLC

December 8, 2011 at 3:43 am | Posted in Articles, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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So, the beginning of November has brought us the beginning of downloadable content for franchise giant Gears of War 3. With the second batch of downloadable content already announced and on its way, lets take a look at DLC pack one. The Horde Command Centre.

The main focus of this map, being called the Horde Command Centre is non surprisingly, a Command centre available in horde mode. A new form of defensive upgrade, the command centre allows you to call in some aid in the shape of sniper fire to hammer of dawns to clear out those pesky waves. Other upgrades have also appeared on the horde scene with a new decoy which turns your defence into an Onyx guard bot, a new auto turret which will have better use against Berserkers and the Silverback upgrade which lets you fire rockets. These new upgrades are great to use. When you actually get to use them. Unfortunately, your going to have to put in a lot of work to get these, as standard, you’ll need to have maxed out the decoy, turret and silverback in order for you to be able to access the new upgrades, and if you want to get your hands on that command centre, you’ll need to have spent a whole $360,000 on turrets after you’ve purchased the content, meaning anything earned before the downloadable content, isn’t going towards that ultimate defence upgrade. Sigh, it’s a tough job, but we have to get there at some point.

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Motionsports

December 8, 2011 at 3:35 am | Posted in Articles, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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When Kinect launched, there was plenty of sports games to boot, with Ubisofts MotionSports 2 coming out soon, we take a brief look at #1 to see if it’s worth taking a punt at as a cheap title to get us ready for the sequel.

Throughout all of the different activities, unlike active games like Kinect Sport, Motionsport doesn’t get you involved in full games. Instead, you’re given lots of different challenges situated around the sport. Activities like Boxing, Horse Riding and Hand Gliding do have you perform the activities as you would normally go about them, but modes such as Football (both UK and US versions) are only challenge based like penalty shootouts (UK) or sprinting to the end line avoiding tacklers (US). This is a massive shame due to the fact games like Kinect Sports have a great way to have people playing Soccer together and in a proper game, rather than boring and done to death shootouts.

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Gears Of War 3 Multiplayer Beta

December 8, 2011 at 3:34 am | Posted in Articles, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | 2 Comments
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Two weeks in and the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta is booming with customers. With the VIP’s and Bulletstorm code owners having chainsaw’d, shotgunned and executed their evenings away for the past two weeks, those of you who pre-ordered a copy of Gears 3 will now be allowed to join in the masses and try out the beta for yourself, so what’s new in the world of Sera and what can you guys expect from one of the Xbox 360’s biggest trilogies ever?

Gears of War 3 was originally planned to hit us this month however due to the dates being pushed back to September, this gave Epic the perfect chance to try out the new additions to the gears competitive multiplayer to make it as balanced and iron out any bugs ready for day one. The beta has been going for a few weeks already but as the beta progresses, more and more game types and maps will become available, currently only Team Deathmatch, this standard game type is familiar to all, however the Gears take on it gives teams a pool of lives, once those lives are depleted, its one life left for each on that team, bringing back those tense moments of being the last man standing from Gears 1 we all knew and desperately wanted to avoid. The other game types are Capture the Leader, a game type similar to Assassination and King of the Hill, a territories based favourite from Gears 2 fandom.

Sonic Free Riders

December 8, 2011 at 2:37 am | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Enjoyable, innovative and a breeze to play. Sorry Sega, but if you EVER hoped for words like this, or anything similar to crop up in a review for your latest Sonic slaughter, Free Riders, then you truly are dreaming. Gamers, welcome to one of the most avoidable Kinect games currently on shelves. Or at this rate. Bargain bins.

It was pretty much inevitable really, as always at the forefront of every peripheral and console launch, Sega barges their way through with yet another Sonic title. This time round, Sonic is definitely tired and those stress lines are really starting to show.

Final Fantasy XIII

December 8, 2011 at 2:30 am | Posted in PS3 Reviews, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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With Final Fantasy 14 well on its way, its time to have a quick look at the JRPG of 2010 that has been rocking fans since the beginning of the year. Final Fantasy XIII.

Back in the day, I loved Final Fantasy 7, but I always used to think ‘damn, this game would be so much easier to play if I didn’t have to read all the dialogue’ Here, Final Fantasy 13 has full dialogue sequences, but they’re not exactly well written. 70% of the dialogue in the scenes are actually just your typical anime gasps or usually with females, rather orgasmic noises. Or then there’s the other noise people make, rather than saying ‘yes, your right there Terrance’, or ‘no I don’t think we should do that’ half of it is replaced with ‘Ugh’s or. ‘Mmm!’ this is a little troubling, especially since the dialogue is pretty much 100% of the storytelling, so a lot of the time, its pretty awkward to follow, and following the story is far from being easy.

Its as if the writer had already set the scene in about three previous books, so when characters start talking about the fal’ce the l’cie and this and that, its almost like we are expected to know what the hell they are on about from the get go. If you really care enough for the FF13 story, there’s an encyclopedia which is updated after ever cut scene so you can look up all the crap they talked about and might be in with a chance of understanding what on earth is happening.

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Brink

December 8, 2011 at 2:28 am | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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The first person shooter is a tough nut to crack. Since the PC, First Person shooters have been stealing players away from other genres and slowly but surely, the genre has developed and grown in intuitive and clever ways. We’ve taken the bad with the incredibly good and currently, we sit within a FPS limbo. With the Call of Duty franchise wooing over a majority of FPS players, this genre deadzone is literally enough to make or break new series. But is now the time for something new to take in the limelight?

God I certainly do hope so. As groundbreaking as COD 4 was when it hit our consoles, the multiplayer, four games on has become stale with little real advancements and whilst the ‘don’t fix what ain’t broke’ saying would normally apply. Sometime down the line, minor changes and fannying about with over priced map packs just isn’t going to cut it.

Enter Brink, a title from UK developer Splash Damage, known for titles such as; Enemy Territories Quake Wars and Doom 3. Brink brings an objective heavy, class based style of game play with some seriously creative parkour elements. Top that off with a unique visual style and some serious customisation and we could be onto a winner here.

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