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3D Dystopian Adventure State of Mind Teaser Trailer Released

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Daedalic Entertainment has announced a new project titled State of Mind. You can watch the new trailer in the player above.

Together with Martin Ganteföhr, the studio develops a 3D dystopian adventure with remarkably realistic low poly visuals.

State of Mind is a futuristic 3rd person thriller game exploring into transhumanism.

Combining multiple story layers and characters, the game delves into themes of separation, disjuncture and reunification, in a world that is torn between a dystopian reality and a utopian virtual future.

Although much isn’t given away, the game seems deep, employing multiple playable characters and two separate game worlds, whilst exploring the existential drama that develops in a society on the brink of post-material existence.

State of Mind is scheduled for release at the start of 2017 for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Explosive Battlefield 1 Trailer Released

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EA and Dice have taken us back in time, and released a brand new explosive trailer for Battlefield 1. You can watch it in the player above.

After huge amounts of backlash against the Call Of Duty franchise’s progressively futuristic settings, it seems EA have returned to the FPS genre’s roots and given players what they want. A simple WW1 set shooter, brought in to the 21st century.

Following in the footsteps of past chapters, EA have designed maps with intuitive destruction and now dynamic weather, to ensure that no battle is ever the same.

The Frostbite engine forces players to adapt their tactics to weather changes as the elements will now play a part in the battle, whilst Operations introduces a completely new way to play multiplayer.

In Battlefield 1 you play a series of interconnected battles across multiple fronts.

It’s an exciting prospect to play a sequence of battles where your actions have consequences beyond a single match, as you try to conquer territory or push back your attackers, whilst at the same time blowing through walls to destroy those ever present campers.

“With Battlefield 1 we’re looking to deliver the most dynamic shooter ever. We want to make sure that no battle is ever the same for the players, and with the introduction of Operations, we’re giving the fans variety for game play and creativity,” said Aleksander Grøndal, Senior Producer, DICE

Hopefully this will be a breath of fresh air into what has become a stale genre over the last few years.

Battlefield 1 will launch on 21st October 2016 worldwide on Xbox One, Origin for PC, and PlayStation 4.

Players who pre-order can begin playing as early as 18th October 2016. You can get your hands on Battlefield 1 on Amazon here.

Robinson The Journey trailer

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From the game studio that brought you FarCry and Crysis, comes a new virtual reality, Sci-Fi adventure titled Robinson The Journey. The brand new trailer has been released and can be watched in the player above.

Although no official release date has been confirmed, there’s rumours that this graphical virtual reality adventure will be available towards the end of 2016.

Crytek used the CryEngine in Robinson The Journey, and the studio believes that virtual reality, specifically PlayStation VR, is said to be the most suitable platform for the upcoming game.

Shown from the player’s perspective, the trailer features dramatic flashes of the spaceship crash that leads to the game’s protagonist becoming cast away on a mysterious extrasolar planet.

As the door of the stranded ship opens to reveal the world outside, prepare to witness a beguiling landscape peppered by meteor showers, populated by dinosaurs, and featuring unexplored territory that stretches as far as the eye can see.

This is just a taster of what is to come from the next generation of virtual reality gaming, and it looks absolutely incredible.

Retro gaming trends in 2016

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Many of the gaming headlines of 2016 have focused upon how the likes of Oculus Rift are going to grant us all brand new virtual reality futures. But for a hardcore gaming fraternity, it seems that the gaming hits of yesteryear continue to hold a great deal of fascination.

From archaic titles that have inspired fashion and retro gaming events, to websites that cater to the online roulette revival, it seems that there’s nothing like simple gameplay and a few pixellated graphics to make a large impact in 2016.

Retro gaming trends in 2016

A quick look at the big name releases of 2016 reveals that we’re still enthralled by many iconic video games characters of the 20th century. As Ryu approaches his 30th birthday in this year’s Street Fighter V release, it’s a good reminder how embedded certain characters are in our gaming culture.

And Nintendo have certainly cemented their retro gaming credentials by announcing that Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog will team up for a special Rio 16 Olympics video game that will also be accompanied by the revival of all-things Pokemon as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

However, some recently-revived games go even further back than the dark ages of the 1980s as has been witnessed by the likes of Betway’s digital gaming site that gives players the chance to see if your lucky number wins in their retro games of online roulette.

Retro gaming trends in 2016 - man playing retro game

And even the nerdiest of retro games have been treated to a rebirth as the recent revamp of Warhammer illustrates. But where retro games really excel is where they provide a focus for all of the vintage gamers to get together in some of the surprisingly popular retro gaming festivals that have started popping up around the globe.

2016 has already seen some big retro gaming events in the UK with the likes of Play Expo Blackpool dazzling vintage gamers with Tekken tournaments, games of Manic Miner on the Spectrum ZX, and even some deeply weird retro Cosplay events.

Retro gaming trends in 2016 - arcade

And whilst these vintage games may seem a little anachronistic to today’s evermore advanced digital trends, the fact that Vans footwear have embraced retro gaming with their own Zelda-themed shoes shows that sometimes the oldest games make the biggest impression.

So whether you’re into online roulette, or prefer spending your time trying to get the fastest lap-time on the fiendishly difficult Out Run racing game, it seems that retro gaming is going to be big news in 2016!

Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay trailer released

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The official multiplayer gameplayer trailer for Tintanfall 2 has been released. You can watch it in the player above.

The highly-anticipated first person shooter is set to build on the foundation Respawn established with the first Titanfall game.

“With the original Titanfall, we focused on nailing the gameplay and reinventing the way you move and fight in a first person shooter,” said Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment.

“With Titanfall 2, we’re building on that foundation by introducing a bespoke single player campaign backed by a deeper multiplayer experience that together will once again push the shooter genre forward.”

In Titanfall 2, there’s 6 new Titans, deeper Pilot abilities, more customisation options, and a robust progression system that is sure to satisfy fans.

In single player, playable offline, the campaign in Titanfall 2 will let fans step out onto the Frontier as a Militia rifleman with aspirations of becoming an elite Pilot.

Titanfall 2 is available worldwide from 28th October 2016 for Xbox One, Origin for PC, and for the first time ever for the franchise, PlayStation 4.

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope teaser trailer released

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A new teaser trailer has been released for Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope. You can watch it in the player above now.

This trailer release coincides with the announcement of the game that’s the first of its kind in the series.

You’ll immerse yourself in the universe of Serious Sam. You’ll travel the galaxy, meet interesting aliens, and blow the shit out of them all in a mind-blowing, fast-paced, guns-blazin’ virtual reality environment.

Featuring multiple levels on multiple planets, the bosses you’ll encounter in this virtual world are bigger, badder and uglier than you’ve yet encountered as Sam Stone.

It appears that the game will be only be available on Windows.

Serious Sam VR available for early access via Steam later in the year.

The world’s first test facility for thrills and excitement

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Back in the 90s, Baz Luhrmann released a track called ‘Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen’. The song includes some of the most reasonable, motivating and thought provoking lines ever to be featured in a song. One of which, stuck in my head for years, and still to this day crops up every now and again…

“Do one thing, everyday, that scares you”.

Until now there hasn’t really been a reason for it, and why would you want to scare yourself everyday?

Well it seems that many of us men in the UK between 18 and 35 are actually bored the vast majority of the time. According to premium online casino Maria Casino, almost 50% of men in that age group in the UK are bored, even when they factored in TV, mobile phones and the endless resource of information and entertainment available on the internet.

50 % of men apparently feel bored
50 % of men apparently feel bored

With that information in mind, their mission was to turn boredom, into thrill. The first part of the mission was to actually figure out what boredom is. In order to solve something so complicated, much like everything in life, you must understand it, on some level or other.

A thrill can be placed down to a simple human response to stress, and the best way to experience a short-term thrill is to enter the body into state of fight or flight, which then allows you to adapt and overcome.

The next step for the team at the casino was to find out the most effective way of putting the human body and mind into that particular state, at any given time. So what better way to do it, than create the world’s first test facility for thrills.

Patrick Bateman enjoys some bugs down his top during an experiment
Patrick Bateman enjoys some bugs down his top during an experiment

They placed four test subjects in a very scary looking warehouse, and wired them up to measure their total increase in respiration, blood pressure and heart rate during a variety of extremely stressful experiments.

It was expected that the highest point of stress would be during one of the tests, especially with spiders crawling up their legs and a cannon shooting flour into their faces. This did work, however there was actually something that caused the measured rates to go higher than anything else. You can watch the video below to find out what happened:

If you didn’t watch the video then you won’t have seen that it’s the actual waiting around that raised everything to the highest level. The anticipation of the event became the most intense and thrilling part of the experiments.

So for the 50% of you that’s bored the majority of the time, why not test your nerves and see if you can handle the anticipation and thrill of putting yourself in a high-pressure situation such as a roll of a dice, or a pair of aces in your (digital)hand.

Remember to gamble responsibly, and be aware of what your bank balance will look like if you’re not approaching it correctly. If you need help, advice, or need to look into further detail about spending money in an online casino, you can go to the GambleAware site.

This post is sponsored by Maria Casino, however the opinions are of the author.

PlayStation For The Players Since 1995

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As if it isn’t an exciting time in the run the up to Christmas, but to tease us with the biggest console release of the last few years, PlayStation have released a lovely little heart-wrenching advert to look back on where it all began.

The PlayStation 4 is set for release at the end of the month (29th November), and this nostalgic advert will get your memories out of the closet and re-live those years gone by. Watch the video in the player at the top.

The clip features a young gamer going through every important stage of his life alongside his ever-expanding collection of PlayStation consoles.

Starting at just a youngster with the original PlayStation, then following his life as he grows up through the years getting through girlfriends, bad records, PS2, PS3 and now the new PlayStation 4. This evolution in games console really is astounding, and makes you re-live the moments you’ve had in your life as a gamer.

The clip was made to celebrate fans’ contributions to the Twitter topic “#PlayStationMemories”, which started back February ahead of the PlayStation 4 announcement.

As you will be aware, the new games look incredible. The graphics, the gameplay, even the new-look-sleek-design is enough to make every gamer dribble.

PlayStation 4 will be released on 29th November in Europe, get excited, it lands soon!

UFC Undisputed 3

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Can you think of anything more manly than beating the crap out of someone? Maybe sitting on the sofa watching porn, drinking a beer and ordering a curry might tick all the boxes in your man-checklist, yet there is nothing more caveman-like than a good old bloody battle.

Hands down, the UFC has become one of the most exciting, frightening and bloody sports known to man, and what better way to vent your anger than to play as one of your favourite fighters in the new action-packed UFC Undisputed 3. Not only that, you can create your own players and build them up through the ranks in the fighting world.

Fancy yourself as the next Ultimate Fighter, but can’t really be arsed to get down the local gym to fix up the “bought and paid for” beerbelly? The easiest way is to create your own player (with matching beer belly if needed) to look just like you and build them up right from the bottom. You train, you fight, you run, you punch, you do it all to create your own little UFC avatar. With several different game modes to play with, you’re not short of options when playing UFC Undisputed 3.

The gameplay is fantastic, with easy-to-learn controls that won’t leave your controller looking like Chornobyl. The injuries that appear on fighters are absolutely spot on – depending on where they are hit, or how hard they have been hit, the injury will appear differently. For example: Kick the opponent in the side a few times on one side and it starts to bruise (obviously a good tactic for grinding the opponent down).

The fighters are so realistic, you can’t help but feel a tad bit sorry for them after smashing the living daylights out of them. The worst part is after the knockout – you can jump on them and give them an extra smack just for a laugh. The referee obviously jumps in at this time, but you can have your sadistic fun while it lasts.

Each fighter has their own strengths and weaknesses. Once you find these you, can use these to your advantage and create a more tactical approach to the fight. You learn how your fighter works through the training and how you can improve. You know where your weakness lies, and you know how to round-house kick the opponent’s front tooth onto the Octagon matting. It’s just super fun.

The only frustration surrounding the game is loading times and cut scenes in-between the fights. After several replays of a fight after being knocked out in the first 30 seconds – watching the entrance and announcements (including one of those chicks that holds the board with the round number on and walks to the camera) becomes frustrating.

There are pretty much no limits to what you can achieve with UFC Undisputed 3, unless you have a couple of years solidly playing the game for 12 hours a day that is. You want to find games that capture the very essence of the subject, and keep you interested, keep things fresh so to speak. UFC Undisputed 3 does just that, it keeps your heart pumping and your eyes glazed for the Ultimate Flipping Cracker of a game.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

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There are many enjoyments in life that are put on hold when you grow up. Whether it be a whole day sat in front of the TV, mindlessly smashing the keypad, or back-to-back episodes of Red Dwarf eating toast and cereal. So, what better way to solve this nostalgia than to pick up the controller, and start again…

Having not played a computer game since 2007, it quickly became apparent how things have progressed. It’s a whole new dimension, world, and a completely new experience. The Uncharted series is apparently “a bit like Tomb Raider”, and some have said “if you like Tomb Raider, you will be sure to like this” – this is more than the truth.

Years ago, when Lara Croft’s assets looked like two slabs of Toblerone, we could experience interactive gameplay like no other. And more importantly, an interesting story to run alongside the game. Some would say an interactive movie experience. Years have past, technology has progressed, and it’s fantastic to see the level of gameplay at jaw-dropping new heights.

Sadly, Uncharted 3 doesn’t contain Lara Croft, what it does contain is an unbelievable, cinematic adventure game. This is the third game in the Uncharted series created by Naughty Dog for Playstation 3, and boy, what a game it is.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is graphically stunning. The attention to every little detail stands out from start to finish, and leaves you wondering whether you’re actually playing a game, or you’re stuck in reality as the lead character Drake.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Game Review

Every movement of the character is totally interactive, from touching the walls when walking/running past, to the smallest of details on how Drake runs up the stairs. Drake’s mannerisms are spot on as he looks at things, moves his body in ways you have never seen before in actual gameplay. It’s just quite phenomenal.

You can’t quite grasp the concept of humans being able to create such a masterpiece, but, they bloody well have. Full credit can go towards the writers of the storyline too, the whole game is a book that you never want to end. You hold the control pad and never want to let go until the finish.

With a plethora of levels and different landscapes to explore, you’ll find yourself lost in the PS3 for many hours at a time. Maybe not recommended if you want a relationship to last, so why not dump the missus for a week and get Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception out of the way first. Plus, who needs to shower nowadays, you can skip that out of your day too.

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There are always faults with a game, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception contains only a few, but one of the main frustrations is camera angles and the sensitivity of the joypad. Obviously these can be configured, and I’m not sure whether that’s just myself having four years of no gameplay with a Playstation controller, but this can become slightly annoying when you have twenty blokes trying to rip your face off.

Naughty Dog have come along way since the Crash Bandicoot series, and they’ve managed to create an essential game to add to the collection. Without question, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will stand the test of time and become one of the greatest games in history.

For more information on the Uncharted series, you can go to their website here.