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Microsoft and Crytek have announced the release of “Duel of Fates,” the third downloadable content package for “Ryse: Son of Rome.”

Available right now, the downloadable content features two new arena mode round-to-round maps in “Invictus” and “Barbarous”, and a survival map titled “Island.” Players will also be able to access two new gladiator skins for their combatants, both taken from “Ryse: Son of Rome’s” single-player campaign: Glott the barbarian chief, and “Ryse” protagonist Marius Titus.

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The maps are loosely based on historical events. The Servile Wars, a series of slave uprisings, inspired the creation of the “Invictus” map. “Barbarous” hearkens back to the numerous barbarian invasions that helped spur the fall of the Roman Empire. In these maps, gladiators are tasked with seizing and holding special landmarks such as the God Tree, lighting wicker men on fire, defending Emperor Nero from harm, and avoiding numerous firetraps and arrow jets. New underground areas link certain stages together, with plenty of thematic and environmental diversity within each map.

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Gladiators come to the new survival map, “Island,” already bleeding. The challenge here is to fight off an endless series of combatants, pulling off executions to ensure the restoration of their health. The limited combat space and constantly diminishing health creates a sense of urgency, and this tension is heightened further by a barrage of arrows raining down on the battlefield. This map demands that players fight without quarter or pause and is “Ryse: Son of Rome’s” most intense offering to date.

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The fates are aligned, and they will duel today. You can get the new “Duel of Fates” content on Xbox One as part of the “Ryse: Son of Rome” season pass for £15.99, or as a standalone pack for £4.79

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Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released Cold, Cold Heart, the action-packed story add-on for Batman : Arkham Origins.

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Set on New Year’s Eve, Cold, Cold Heart sheds light on the tragic origin story of Mr. Freeze and players will discover how he earned his place as one of Gotham City’s greatest villains. Cold, Cold Heart is available today for purchase on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Games Store and STEAM for £7.99 and also for players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass and are connected to the Internet.

The Cold, Cold Heart Story Add-On introduces new locations including Wayne Manor and GothCorp, taking players on an ice-cold journey as Victor Fries encounters Batman for the first time. Players will have access to all new gadgets including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves.

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Batman is also equipped with his powerful Extreme Environment (XE) suit to take down Mr. Freeze and his Cryo-thugs in hours of new story content.

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Starting today, the hilarious shooter from EA and PopCap, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare heads to the Wild West in Zomboss Down, the brand-new free downloadable game pack.

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The new pack will feature even weirder shooter fun with the new Cactus Canyon Gardens and Graveyards Map, eight new playable characters, over 200 wild customization items, an increased Level cap from 20 to 30 for each character, and all-new challenges to accomplish on Xbox One, and the Xbox 360.

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In Zomboss Down the plants have blasted down Dr. Zomboss’s blimp and unleashed packs of zombies, who are now roaming the desert and battling their way through the wreckage to reach the local golf course.

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This golf course doubles as a super-secret facility housing a Cactus army on the unbelievable new Gardens and Graveyards Map, Cactus Canyon.

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Players will also enjoy increased character levels and eight fun new characters like the Archeologist Zombie, the Wrestling Star Zombie, the Law Pea and the Sun Pharaoh. In addition, players will discover weapon upgrades and skins for new characters, new accessories, tattoos and facial hair, and even more.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare combines a best-in-class multiplayer shooter experience with the fresh humor of the beloved Plants vs. Zombies franchise. Players are able to take on the roles of plants and zombies across a mine-blowing terrain. Powered by the Frostbite 3 engine, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare features a stunning 3D world, blooming with vibrant colours and unique landscapes.

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The first DLC for Titanfall has been announced today at PAX East. The DLC called “Expedition” will add three maps will be coming in this May and it will continue the story told in the game’s campaign.

One of the new gameplay elements to be introduced in the first map is wall-running on trees. Now Players will now be able to adjust their path while wall-running, choosing to jump from tree to tree, go higher or not. There will also be “zip-vines” for players to take advantage of it you like them.

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War Games is another map in the upcoming map pack, While map packs will be paid DLC, Respawn Entertainment promises that game modes will be free. Another new mode coming to Titanfall is 2v2 Last Titan Standing. In addition, new Burn Cards will be coming, with the next update to focus on Titan-specific abilities.

Every now and again I experience a game so awesome I just want to scream and shout about it from the top of the highest mountain but fear everyone else would have me shot due to spoilers.

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Telltale’s latest episode for The Wolf Among Us is the culprit for this desire of mine. It’s perfectly paced, has an amazing story and once again features a lot more detective work as opposed to an imbalance of action and quick time events. Episode 3: A Crooked Mile throws you into a deeper and darker world, yes it goes further down the rabbit hole so please excuse the fable pun. With the continuation of all the events and choices you’ve made from the previous episode Bigby Wolf, Sheriff of Fabletown, is put into more situations where you must decide if the violent approach is the only way of getting answers.

With all eyes pointing towards Deputy Mayor Ichabod Crane the race against the clock is on before the truth is lost forever. What I loved even more this time round was the fact even more choices were given as to where you’d like to visit first and what clues are being lost in the other locations due to your lateness. This gives you the temptation to replay the episode right away to see what you’ve missed even though you should stick to your decision, that’s the Telltale way.

One thing I’ve noticed whilst playing was the fact that I was starting to enjoy seeing the recurring characters as if I’ve known them as long as Bigby himself. With the immersive story and heightened situations characters such as the strong Snow White, intelligent Bufkin or the mischievous Tweedle twins, my belief that deep 3 dimensional characters have a big impact within a video game and should never be overlooked. Just as you find yourself getting to know them you’re thrown into a position where you can help or pursue one and upset or let the other get away, that makes every decision tough yet interesting.

There is a huge improvement from the previous episode with the catch up and coming soon video now running more smoothly. Before the tailored story videos that was different for each player’s choice staggered with long loading times to the point of annoyance and seeing as that was the only thing letting it down previously it’s now perfected.

We’ve reached the half way mark and once again the twists and turns will make the long wait for episode 4 an exciting and painful one. So many questions arise where the previously answered ones lay. I’m still hooked and most importantly I’ve not predicted a single thing.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts players on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC will have access to Devastation, the game’s second of four massive DLC Packs planned for this year, on 8th May. Devastation delivers four small-to-medium sized multiplayer maps, the all-new tactical 2-in-1 “Ripper” SMG/Assault Rifle, and “Episode 2: Mayday” – the next chapter in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative. Devastation is available a la carte for a suggested retail price of $14.99, or as part of the discounted Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass.

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Devastation’s new multiplayer maps include:

  • Ruins: A multi-level Mayan temple with verticality suited for long-range weapons and underground pathways perfect for close-quarters showdowns. Skilled players that find and complete the map’s unique Field Order will have the ability to become one of Hollywood’s most formidable action film stars and the galaxy’s ultimate hunter, the deadly Predator. As the Predator, players will brandish its dual wrist blades and shoulder-mounted plasma cannon, as well as be able to utilize the creature’s keen hunting abilities to track down enemy players.
  • Collision: The mangled remains of a cargo ship that’s crashed into a New York City bridge. The map’s tight corridors – made-up of burnt-out vehicles and demolished shipping containers – create a space perfect for run-and-gun players.
  • Behemoth: Players battle atop a massive excavation platform in South America with long sight lines ideal for long-range weapons, while the confined interiors of the platform’s control rooms make for intense SMG and Shotgun encounters.
  • Unearthed: A reimagined version of the fan-favourite map “Dome” from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. “Unearthed” is full of new secrets and Cryptid artifacts for players to discover in this compact, versatile map, great for all play types.

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DC Entertainment have released an exclusive video where WB Montreal Developers discuss the new DLC For Arkham: Origins, Cold, Cold Heart. The DLC story introduces the Bat Villain Mr Freeze for the first time in the Arkham universe.

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Set one week after the events of the main game, this cold hearted deadly enemy picks his moment to rise up and targets an event being held by Bruce Wayne.

The DLC will see a new area of the city opened for gameplay. Batman will get a new ‘Batsuit’ to allow him to take on the cryogenic weapons used by Mr Freeze and his goons, a suit which will also bring new combat options. Looking at the dev video, it does seem as though the Mr Freeze GCPD laybout area from Arkham City has been “recycled” as much with Origins was from City. Will have to see just how much this DLC has borrowed from that part of Arkham City.

Cold, Cold Heart is out on 22nd April for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC

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Devastation, the latest DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts is available now first, exclusively on Xbox Live for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Adding a host of new content to the game’s definitive online multiplayer experience, Devastation features four new, small-to-medium multiplayer maps, the all-new tactical 2-in-1 “Ripper” SMG/Assault Rifle, and “Episode 2: Mayday” – the second installment in Call of Duty: Ghosts’ thrilling episodic Extinction story that follows mankind’s fight for survival against the Cryptids. And of course, let’s not forget one of the most fearsome, iconic characters from Hollywood action film history, the Predator!

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Additionally, of the Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation DLC launch, Activision, Infinity Ward and Xbox are hosting professional football players A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals and LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles in a Call of Duty Grudge Match for the ages. Each player will captain a team of hardcore Call of Duty fans and members from the development team at Infinity Ward in a no-holds-barred bout. Fans can see match highlights on the Call of Duty Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CallofDuty.

Devastation is available a la carte for a suggested retail price of $14.99, or as part of the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass, which gives fans access to four epic Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Packs suggested retail price of $49.99. Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass holders also get instant access to the Team Leader Digital Pack, which comes with a unique multiplayer character head, weapon camo, reticle, patch, playercard and background.

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Devastation is another incredible offering for fans to sink their teeth into,” said Daniel Suarez, Vice President of Production, Activision Publishing, Inc. “With an array of new maps tuned for the fast-paced, run-and-gun action Call of Duty is best known for, new weapons in both multiplayer and Extinction mode, the next chilling entry in the game’s Extinction story, and now the Predator – Devastation continues the unparalleled season of Call of Duty: Ghosts post-launch content.”

“Activision and Infinity Ward have done a tremendous job in bringing the Predator to life within Call of Duty: Ghosts,” said Mike Doyle, Head of Fox Interactive Games. “The Devastation DLC Pack was a perfect opportunity to pair two incredibly iconic and complementary brands – Call of Duty and Predator, and we’re extremely pleased with the explosive result.”

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation content headlines with four thrilling, small to medium multiplayer maps with the fast-paced experience Call of Duty fans love:

  • Set in a multi-level Mayan temple, “Ruins” provides the verticality needed for long-range weapons, while the underground pathways below are perfect for close-quarters showdowns. Skilled players that find and complete the map’s unique Field Order will have the ability to become one of Hollywood’s most formidable action film stars and the galaxy’s ultimate hunter, the deadly Predator. As the Predator, players will brandish its dual wrist blades and shoulder-mounted plasma cannon, as well as be able to utilize the creature’s keen hunting abilities to track down enemy players.
  • “Collision” takes place in the mangled remains of a cargo ship that’s crashed into a New York City bridge. The map’s tight corridors – made-up of burnt-out vehicles and demolished shipping containers – create a space perfect for run-and-gun players.  Players that dominate “Collision” and complete the map’s specific Field Order will be able take control of a heavily armed aircraft and rain down destruction from above.
  • “Behemoth” drops players atop a massive excavation platform in South America.  The map’s long sight lines are ideal for long-range weapons, while the confined interiors of the platform’s control rooms make for intense SMG and Shotgun encounters. Completing “Behemoth’s” Field Order will allow players to control an attack helicopter armed with a deadly, armour-piercing mini-gun as it circles the excavator searching for enemy combatants.
  • “Unearthed” is a reimagined version of the fan-favourite map “Dome” from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. “Unearthed” is full of new secrets and Cryptid artifacts for players to discover in this compact, versatile map, great for all play types. Unlock the map’s Field Order and unleash the power of the Cryptids, with three “Seeder” aliens chasing down and inflicting heavy damage on enemy combatants.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation also brings fans “Episode 2: Mayday” – the next chapter in the on going episodic Extinction story. In the aftermath of the events at the Nightfall Program facility in the Alaskan wilderness, the Quick Reaction Force boards a mysteriously abandoned Chinese research vessel adrift in the South Pacific Ocean. Armed with multiple, mod-able versions of the Venom-X weapons that harness the power of Cryptid technology, players will pursue Captain Archer in an attempt to uncover what’s become of Dr. Cross, all while battling against a new Cryptid enemy called the “Seeder”, and culminating with players facing-off against a massive, 400-foot tall Cryptid beast from the deep – the “Kraken.”

Devastation also arms players with the tactical 2-in-1 “Ripper,” a new hybrid SMG/Assault Rifle, and a formidable addition to Ghosts‘ weapons cache. The “Ripper” is the perfect complement to Devastation’s new multiplayer maps, providing players two different configurations – medium to short-range capability as an SMG, and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle. The “Ripper” is a one-of-a-kind weapon in Call of Duty, having the unique ability to convert from SMG to Assault Rifle and back again on-the-fly in the midst of battle, giving players unprecedented flexibility to adjust to a variety of map types and tactics.

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Watch the new Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction: Episode 2 Mayday trailer from Activision and Infinity Ward.

Following the events of Nightfall, the Quick Reaction Force team has been sent in to investigate a high-tech ghost ship adrift in the South Pacific. They will find new weapons and items to aid their fight against the alien hoard. But new terrors also abound, such as the insidious wall-crawling “Seeder” and the skyscraper-sized “Kraken.” The epic four-part Extinction series returns with the all-new Episode 2: Mayday!

Episode 2: Mayday is included with Devastation, the second DLC pack for Call of Duty: GhostsDevastation comes to Xbox LIVE from tomorrow (3rd April), with other platforms to follow at a later date.

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Watch the new gameplay trailer for the second Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Pack, called Devastation.

Devastation brings four small to medium-sized Multiplayer maps: Ruins, Behemoth, Collision, and Unearthed, for which is a re-imagined version of Dome, the fan-favourite map from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Devastation also includes the “Ripper,” a brand new tactical 2-in-1 weapon with the unique ability to switch from SMG to AR and back on the fly, in the middle of combat.
The Extinction saga picks up with Episode 2: Mayday. Following the events of Nightfall, players board an abandoned research vessel, in search of answers. Players will face two new alien foes – Seeders, and the 100ft tall “Kraken.” This exciting new chapter comes packed with new weapon mods and paths to explore.

Devastation arrives first, exclusively on Xbox Live on this Thursday 3rd April, with other platforms to follow at a later date..

Irrational Games have released BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 featuring an all-new story for Booker and Elizabeth, set in the underwater city of Rapture before its fall, but it is worth playing?

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Episode 2 starts off from the point we left Elizabeth at the end of episode 1, only this time we are playing as Elizabeth and we have to rescue Sally (I’m not going to spoil the ending of episode 1 for anyone who hasn’t yet played it, but for those who have, well then you know what happened!).

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It’s really good to be able to play as Elizabeth for once, although this is not the same Elizabeth from either BioShock Infinite, or episode 1 of Burial at Sea. Again, I won’t spoil it, but this Elizabeth doesn’t have the ability to open tears, see all the doorways, and anything else that gave her those unique abilities. In fact, she even has her pinky back! But she is still Elizabeth, and as a character she is very strong and determined to do what has to be done. Don’t worry Booker fans, he is still in the game, although he is reduced to a voice on the radio that Elizabeth talks to throughout the game.

This game is really all about stealth – you have to sneak around (Elizabeth is wearing heels and you can hear them making noise as you walk – crouching reduces the noise, as does walking on carpet) and as you have very limited ammunition for the various weapons you have to take out a lot of the bad guys with melee attacks from behind.  You do however have some new weapons in the form of a crossbow that shoots darts, and you also get gas darts later in the game that can render a group unconscious.

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Remember Elizabeth’s lock picking skills – well they are still there, and still needed, only this time you have to pick the locks through a series of mini games. Get the right tumbler and the lock opens, get the wrong one and an alarm is sounded bringing you nothing but trouble.

The vigors are back, and this time Elizabeth can use them – there are a few new ones in there too!

Length wise, episode 2 was quite a bit longer than episode 1 – my only complaint about episode 1 was that you could finish it in a little over an hour. Episode 2 took me around 3 hours to finish, and there were still a few things I hadn’t done, and a few items to collect.

Fans of the original BioShock games will really enjoy episode 2 (again, spoilers!) and you might want to consider watching the “previously on BioShock” intro at the start of the episode, as it’s all about the original BioShock game rather than episode 1 of Burial at Sea.

I really enjoyed Episode 2, even more than I enjoyed Episode 1. There are parts in the game that explain certain actions from BioShock Infinite which only goes to enhance the original as well. Good job Irrational, the debt has been paid in full.

The two episodes are available individually for £9.99 (1200 Microsoft Points), and are also included as part of the BioShock Infinite Season Pass.

The BioShock Infinite Season Pass is available now for £15.99 (1600 Microsoft Points) and includes all three pieces of add-on content, as well as the Early Bird Special Pack, which includes powerful weapon upgrades, exclusive gold weapon skins and infusion bottles to upgrade abilities.

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 2 is available now on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC.

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