Author: Alex Seedhouse

Ubisoft have today revealed plans to being a new environmental initiative that is to be implemented to stop printing paper game manuals in its forthcoming titles, with these being replaced instead by in-game digital manuals on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The publisher says that such a move will offer players “easier and more intuitive access to game information,” alongside being able to offer fans “a more robust manual.” Such plans will begin this Autumn when Shaun White Skateboarding releases, and internal data at Ubisoft shows that such a decision is sure to help the environment. According to figures,…

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Robert Bowling, Director of Communications and Community Manager for Infinity Ward, appeared on Major Nelson’s podcast this week to discuss the recently announced ‘Stimulus’ Map Pack for the hugely successful Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The “Stimulus Package”, due for release on Xbox Live on March 30th, is set to provide fans with five new multiplayer maps and will be priced at 1200 Microsoft Points ($14.99). The maps encompass a variety of locations and the three brand new maps are as follows; “Bailout,” a multi-level apartment complex,“Storm,” an open industrial park littered with heavy machinery,“Salvage,” a snowy junkyard fortified by stacked…

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Like many others, i’m really looking forward to the upcoming fifth installment in Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell franchise, Splinter Cell: Conviction. The announcement that the co-op mode itself would not only act as a prologue to the main game, rather than be a set of challenges as seen in previous titles, as well as the fact that the co-op portion lasts around six hours was enough to excite me even more about the title. If that wasn’t enough to get your gaming tastebuds going, Ubisoft further announced that co-op will be available to be played in splitscreen, and it is today…

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Charles Cecil, Managing Director for Revolution Software and the man behind such critically acclaimed titles as Beneath a Steel Sky and the Broken Sword series, has stated that whilst he feels that Quantic Dream’s title, Heavy Rain, was a “work of absolute genius” it was still “deeply flawed”. “Half way through I thought it was a work of absolute genius,” Cecil commented. “When I finished it, I still thought it was a work of genius but deeply flawed. There’s a lot of questions it asks, and I think some of those are answered really well, and others are flawed. But I…

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Following the rumoured information yesterday regarding Halo: Reach receiving the Standard, Limited and Legendary editions that Halo 3 did, Bungie have today officially unveiled that such information is indeed true – even including pictures for fans to drool a little over. Announced through Halo Waypoint, accessed via your Xbox 360, die-hard Halo fans are sure to be immediately eyeing up the Legendary Edition. The three editions are as follows; Halo: Reach Standard Edition ($59.99) Halo: Reach Limited Edition ($79.99)- Game disc housed in recovered ONI “Black box”- An exclusive Elite armour set for use in Multiplayer- Artifact bag containing Dr.…

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Published by Diogo Miguel It seems that Italian website is Multiplayer. It has been lucky enough to have been sent an anonymous batch of photos of a Project Natal development kit, allowing us a further glimpse at what to expect from the device. These images demonstrate that the current development kit requires a power supply in order to function, as well as warning within its instructions that the user should not forcefully tilt the camera, as it may damage the tilt motor. This suggests that the camera will automatically tilt, which certainly opens up for very interesting possibilities. The website…

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Whilst many are keen to get their hands on Alan Wake when it releases next month, you may be able to whet your appetite a little by checking out a prequel for the psychological action thriller that is due to go live on April 22nd. It was just last week that Microsoft announced that the European release date had been moved forward a week to May 14th. In regards to the prequel, a magazine advertising campaign for the title reveals, “Before you play the game, watch the prequel. ‘Bright Falls’ premiering 22nd April at xbox.com/AlanWake.” Heading over to the page in question presents us…

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Ubisoft have released a selection of stunning concept art for their upcoming title Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, set to release later this year. Depicting such scenes as a crashed aircraft, a burning aircraft carrier at sea, and the Russian skyline, these easily provide clues as to what we can expect to see within the final game. Remember that you can also gain access to the upcoming Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Multiplayer Beta due to go live during Summer, by picking up a copy of Splinter Cell: Conviction.

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Sonic fans please don’t get me wrong, I have every hope that the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will be a fantastic retro return for the intrepid blue hero. However, the latest leaked footage that shows ‘Lost Labyrinth Zone, Act 2 – Strange Mine Cart’ has allowed me to lose all faith. It was really the Mega Drive that got me heavily into gaming, Sonic the Hedgehog easily being the biggest early influence, and I’ve happily gamed my way through the rise and fall of Sega’s most famous mascot. If the gimmicks of Secret Rings, Black Knight or…

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Maxime Beland, Creative Director for Ubisoft’s upcoming title Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction, has revealed that if there was one thing that he wished the team could have implemented into the final game to please fans, it would have been to carry dead bodies. However they “didn’t have enough time” and it wasn’t something needed to be done within the new gameplay style. Speaking at the recent launch event for the game, he stated “The number one thing that I would have liked to bring for the fans is obviously carrying dead bodies. It is not something that we needed…

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