Tagged "Titanfall"

Apr 09
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

There’s more riding on Kinect Sports Rivals than you may expect – Microsoft hopes that it’ll reignite people’s passion for the motion controlled device, just like the original Kinect Sports did back on Xbox 360.

Sadly though, review scores haven’t been too positive so far. On the bottom end of the scale there’s the 2/5 Joystiq dished out on the grounds that most of the sports are “insultingly simple” and the package as a whole “feels cheap”.

GameSpot and Videogamer meanwhile found it to be merely mediocre, both giving it a 5/10. GameSpot called it “inconsistent” while Videogamer found that although the technology is impressive, the game itself isn’t.

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God is a Geek, GameCentral, Polygon and the Official Xbox Magazine enjoyed it a tad more, each giving it a 6/10.

A few outlets handed out a higher score than the above – such as Eurogamer Italy’s 8/10 – but not enough to bring the Metacritic average any higher than 64%.

This lukewarm reception once again fuelled discussion regarding Microsoft’s decision to bundle the Kinect with the Xbox One. Worryingly, we can’t find a single other Kinect game on its way to Xbox One after Kinect Sports Rivals releases this Friday. Does this mean that a Kinect-less Xbox One is due out soon? Probably not – Microsoft insists that the device is a vital part of the Xbox One experience.

It’ll be interesting to see what the future has in store for Rare should the game fail to sell. The thought of them making sports games still seems alien to us.

Those who haven’t jumped ship to Xbox One yet may be interested in how the belated Xbox 360 version of Titanfall performs. Eurogamer has done the dirty work and put the Xbox 360 version up against the Xbox On and PC iterations. To quote: “There are times when the game feels uncannily close to the Xbox One version“.

“With just one tenth of the available RAM and far less capable silicon, it’s safe to say that Bluepoint Games has more than exceeded expectations”, they continued.

It’s a decent conversion, then. Hurrah!

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LEGO The Hobbit is also out this week, launching on just about every format going – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC. As mentioned in our weekly Nintendo eShop round-up, we’re slightly worried that it’ll be too similar to the LEGO Lord of the Rings. The fact that the third chapter is rumoured to be released as DLC later in the year doesn’t sit well with us either. With just two chapters, it may be on the short side. Just like a Hobbit.

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Mar 31
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

For a second week in a row, PlayStation 4-exclusive inFamous: Second Son claims the UK chart’s top spot. Titanfall only managed one week at top, so no doubt Sony are quite chuffed with that.

MGSV: Ground Zeroes holds in at #2, with Titanfall likewise remaining at #3. FIFA 14 and The LEGO Movie Videogame round off this week’s top five.

At #6 it’s a new arrival – Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. Had Chart-Track’s data incorporated sales via Battle.net it would have doubtlessly entered higher. It may have even dislodged inFamous.

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright failed to make the top 10, but it did break the top 20 – it’s in at #15. Then at #19 it’s the review shy MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame.

Over in the single format charts meanwhile we spy the apparently surprisingly good Deception IV: Blood Ties enter the PS Vita chart at #5 while Invizimals: The Alliance makes #3. Somewhat ironically, the PlayStation 3’s new Invizimals game is nowhere to be seen.

Mar 24
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

Last week’s trio of big name new releases have all managed to make the UK chart’s top five.

Anticipated PS4-exclusive inFamous: Second Son took the top spot, becoming the first inFamous to do so. It didn’t perform quite as well as launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall though, having to settle with becoming the second biggest selling PS4 title so far.

The previous inFamous games only managed #5 and #4, if you’re curious.

At #2 it’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. A quick glance at the individual formats chart reveals it was the PS4 version that shifted the most copies, followed by the Xbox One version.

Titanfall falls to #3 after just one week. The upcoming Xbox 360 release – delayed until 11th April – could however see it go back to number one again.

Then at #4 it’s the last new arrival in top 40 – Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

It’s #1 in both the PS3 and PS Vita charts. The PS Vita version has performed incredibly well, in fact – if we turn to the individual chart again, it’s #9 in that chart – once place higher than Dark Souls II on Xbox 360.

This means Yaibia: Ninja Gaiden Z has failed to make the top 40. After getting a critical mauling – including 2/10 from EDGE – this was perhaps to have been expected. It’s in at a lowly #29 in the PlayStation 3 chart and #34 in the Xbox 360 chart, outsold by the likes of Ben 10: Omniverse 2 and Farming Simulator 2013.

The Witch and the Hundred Knight meanwhile made #20 in the PS3 chart.

Mar 17
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Titanfall has shot straight to the top of the UK chart, dethroning South Park: The Stick of Truth after just one week.

Ubisoft’s colourful RPG now sits at #3, with Dark Souls II entering at #2.

Chart-Track claims Xbox One sales are up 96% thanks to Titanfall, with 70% of those being the Titanfall bundle. EA’s shooter is also the biggest release of the year so far, and also EA’s first #1 – which isn’t FIFA related – since March 2013’s Crysis 3.

The LEGO Movie Videogame and Thief round off this week’s UK top five.

There’s still a good reason for Bandai Namco Games to celebrate – Dark Souls II is #1 in both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 charts.

A waft of mediocre reviews don’t seem to have harmed sales of Yoshi’s New Island – that’s in at a respectable #12.

Chart-Track informs that it’s the third biggest week for a new Yoshi game, behind Yoshi’s Island DS and Yoshi’s Story 64. An N64 game? Crikey – Yoshi really doesn’t get much limelight, does he?

Fellow platformer Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, albeit of the 3D variety, is on the up too, rising from #21 to #19.

Finally, Killzone: Shadow Fall re-entering at #20 would suggest that Sony released a new supply of PlayStation 4 consoles last week. Knack, meanwhile, is nowhere to be seen. Good.

Mar 13
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

From Thief to Fable Legends, this year has already seen a fair few big hitters. This week however sees not one but two of the most anticipated releases of the year – Titanfall and Dark Souls II.

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There’s also Yoshi’s New Island on 3DS, which of course is aimed at entirely different demographic.

Arriving the same day as Titanfall and Dark Souls II may still have some impact on sales however, due to it not receiving the same amount of press coverage that it may have gained had it been released, oh let’s say…last week.

The first reviews of Nintendo’s new 2D platformer are far from glowing – a 4/10 from both Eurogamer and EDGE. IGN however thought it was pretty good, giving it a 7.9.

Reviews of Titanfall meanwhile went live on Monday, where general consensus has it that it gives the multiplayer shooter genre the good old kick up the behind that it so sorely needs.

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“Titanfall has all of the pieces to make a very nice FPS puzzle — a wide variety of well crafted maps, a decent amount of familiar game modes, and a prestige system to hold the interest of veterans. In that sense, it’s a very welcoming game that many disenfranchised genre fans will enjoy. Just don’t expect anything monumentally different, or a worthwhile world to enjoy while you’re having fun shooting everything in sight,” said Destructoid in their 9/10 review.

There has been fewer 10/10s than we expected – just one currently, from EGM – but there is a very long list of 9s and 8s behind it. We haven’t seen a review score lower than 7/10 yet, in fact.

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Dark Souls II has indeed been receiving plenty of perfect scores – 10/10 from Eurogamer Germany, 5/5s from US Gamer, The Telegraph, The Guardian and an almost perfect 9.75 from Game Informer. “Players new to the Souls franchise will quickly learn that Dark Souls II plays quite differently than most mainstream titles today; it is an incredible experience anchored in exploration, immersion, discovery, defeat – and ultimately triumph,” they said.

Again, we’ve not seen a review score lower than 7/10 yet for this one either.

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Mar 10
By Matt Gander In Blog 1 Comment

European gamers have to wait until Friday to get their Titanfall fix, but that’s not the case in the US where the fast-paced FPS launches tomorrow.

Reviews started to surface this afternoon, and scores are somewhat predictably high. At the time of typing the Metacritic stands at a lofty 87% from 26 critics.

A few websites – such as Eurogamer – have however decided to hold their scores back until public servers are available.

We should also point out that the Xbox 360 version hasn’t been reviewed yet – that iteration isn’t out until later this month. With HD conversion specialists Bluepoint Games behind it, we have good faith that they’ll do the ageing Xbox 360 proud.

Here’s how the Xbox One version has been received so far:

10/10 – EGM: “Respawn’s debut is, unquestionably, worthy of all the praises sung about it”

9.3 – GameTrailers: “If you’re looking for a story-driven experience, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a shooter, Titanfall will satisfy and surprise you”

9/10 – gamesTM: “Forget about whether it’s an Xbox One system seller, if it can beat Call of Duty, or any similar chatter. All you need to know is that Titanfall is damn good fun”

9/10 – NowGamer: “If all goes smoothly at launch and Titanfall does prove to be a stable online shooter, then jump right in, because Titanfall is bloody good”

9/10 – Polygon: “Titanfall may not mark the same kind of sea change that Modern Warfare started but the pieces are all there in a game that delivers on its potential as the next big thing”

9/10 – GameCentral: “It could do with a few more ancillary options, and a more interesting backstory, but in terms of online gameplay Titanfall is now the game to beat this gen”

9/10 – Official Xbox Magazine UK: “An imperfect but utterly unmissable tour de force of multiplayer design, bustling with so many new ideas that it’s a wonder it doesn’t fly apart in mid-air”

8.5/10 – OXM (US): “A consummate multiplayer shooter, Titanfall has little to offer those interested in story — but for everyone else, it’s a must-play”

8/10 – VideoGamer: “A very good first instalment [then], but the best is yet to come”

4.5/5 – JoyStiq: “Titanfall isn’t tuned to perfection for everyone yet, but it starts as a smart, swift and startling movement in well-traveled space”

4/5 – GamesRadar: “Titanfall’s moving parts complement each other well, and take a familiar FPS formula and make it feel fresh–it’s just a shame that it relies so heavily on the familiar”

We’ll take a closer look at the potential Xbox One system seller during this week’s new release round-up, along with Dark Souls II and Yoshi’s New Island. Some unsteady timing there, Nintendo.

Feb 19
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

With the beta underway – and currently available to all, in order to test server stress – you don’t have to stray far on the internet to find previews, hands-on footage, or anything else deemed newsworthy about Titanfall. Not that much has been said about the twelve player limit, however. Or to be more exact – that this limit actually works in the game’s favour.

We aren’t the biggest multi-player fans in the world, dabbling only when mood takes, but even we felt slightly dismayed upon hearing about the 6 vs. 6 player limit.

Shouldn’t the Xbox One, with all its newfangled technology, be able to cope with more than a dozen players shooting each other at once? Yes. And not for one second do we doubt that it can. Titanfall isn’t your typical shooter though, and that limit is a clear design choice rather than a technical one.

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The general pace is faster than Call of Duty and the maps slightly larger, plus the ability to double jump and climb over just about every obstacle allows the war-torn environments to be traversed with both speed and grace. Moreover, if there is a respawn period to wait between deaths then we didn’t notice it. With players constantly respawning without penalty or delay – coupled with the carnage of what’s going on around you – you’d be pushed hard to even notice that you’re fighting alongside just five others.

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Jun 11
By Matt Gander In Blog 3 Comments

Microsoft didn’t so much pull a rabbit out of the hat for their E3 conference, but rather a whole warren’s worth of them – the return of franchises new and old, and surprises galore.

Apart from a short SmartGlass demo, the conference was solely about software and began in the best possible fashion – in-game footage of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which showed of Konami’s new FOX engine with style. Snake’s latest has been revealed to be an open world affair, set in a very sand environment presumed to be Afghanistan. Snake makes his appearance riding a horse – which thus lead to Red Dead Redemption comparisons – with other modes of travel including tanks and jeeps. The demo ended by revealing a line-up of new characters, including Skullface – a ghost sniper.

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The next announcement was rather unexpected – a new model of Xbox 360 is being released today across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia. The sleeker new design is intended to resemble that of the Xbox One, but it won’t cost any less than the current model. Three different “editions” are being released – 4GB, 250GB, and a 4GB Kinect bundle.

Sticking with announcements for the current Xbox, Xbox Live gold members will receive two free full game downloads a month from 1st July until 31st December. This would appear to be a knee-jerk reaction to PlayStation Plus, which has proven to be more than slightly popular. The first two confirmed freebies have been aren’t exactly the freshest of faces – Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 – but decent titles nevertheless.

Xbox Live gold members will receive two free full game downloads a month from 1st July

Fable III is also available for free, this month only. Eagle-eyed gamers spotted this early this morning, where upon first glance it was understandably thought to be a glitch. It’s about time Microsoft gave gamers a little bit back in return for their subscriptions, especially seeing that countless adverts are creeping onto the Xbox dashboard.

The freebies don’t end there – global hit World of Tanks is coming to Xbox 360 as a free to play title, albeit for gold members only. We very much doubt this is because Tank! Tank! Tank! is now a free download over on the Wii U eShop.

Next IP was revealed next. Well, kind of – it was kept very quiet that 2D platformer Max and the Cursed Brotherhood is sequel of sorts to the not very popular Wii/DS game Max and the Magic Marker. The next game on show couldn’t be any more different – Dark Souls II. Production values look significantly higher than the last Dark Souls, although we’re still slightly anxious about the new casual approach.

The next demo bore resemblance to Saving Private Ryan’s famous beech landing scene. Quite amazing seeing that Ryse is set in ancient Rome, without even a rife or gun in sight. When Crytek’s Ryse was first unveiled it was destined for the Kinect, but with Kinect sales on the decline it has now been shifted over to Xbox One and gained joypad controls along the way. Visually it looks impressive, with a very cinematic look to the presentation, but the amount of button-bashing QTEs was rather worrying.

Panzer Dragoon’s spiritual successor Crimson Dragon has made a jump from Kinect to Kinect 2.0 also, making an appearance much later on in the conference.

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