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On Sunday November 2nd, GAME will be opening 316 stores across the UK from 11pm to enable eager fans to get their hands on the exclusive Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero edition, which is packed full of exciting bonus content including state of the art weaponry.

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Fans of the franchise will be able to get involved in all the action at their local store, including early hands-on access to the game and the chance to win loads of prizes. Gamers should visit www.game.co.uk/whatson and check their twitter feeds for all the latest information. For lucky fans who can make it down to GAME’s Stratford store, there will be a host of entertainment from early evening right up to midnight, including the chance to play against others in a 6 x 6 player purpose built pod ahead of midnight.

The Day Zero edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be available to purchase on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC from 00.01 3rd November. The standard edition will also be available on the same formats from 00.01 4th November.

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WWE Superstar Mark Henry will be making a special appearance, meeting local fans and signing autographs at GAME Uxbridge from 3:30pm on Wednesday 5th November.

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In order to come face to face with Henry, 400 exclusive wristbands will be available to fans from the GAME Uxbridge store and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

For full details on how you can come face to face with Henry will be available at instore.game.co.uk/WWE

Those unable to make it down to the event still have time to snap up the WWE 2K15 pre-order. Only at GAME, the WWE 2K15 Hulkamania Edition, comes complete with exclusive access to a range of bonus material such as an Exclusive collectible art card personally autographed by Hulk Hogan, Exclusive Funko “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan vinyl figure and a piece of authentic ring canvas from Hulk Hogan’s Monday Night Raw appearance on 10th March 2014, in Memphis.

·         Fans under the age of 16 will need to attend with a parent or guardian who has also registered.

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FIFA has become so much of a heavyweight these day that its closest rival has all but given up the ghost by moving its release window back a full month after the current champion. Pro Evo has given up the chase for licenses, and aims to compete on gameplay alone, and while that strategy has some merit, it’s not going to win back any ground. Put simply, FIFA 15 is the best football game ever created, succeeding FIFA 14 and every FIFA before it for the past two console generations.

There’s plenty in the way of new additions, but instead of new modes, we have more subtle changes, like corner commands, contextual emotion from players, and a slight tinker to gameplay mechanics. This is all well and good, while the numerous new Ultimate Team features are great, and serve an increasingly large number of players.

FIFAs biggest issue, though, is that it all feels a little stale. Sure, it’s hard being the best football game every made, and that is a monumental achievement in and of itself. However, perhaps we’ve become so used to accepting and rejoicing in what the latest iteration offers, that we’ve stopped questions why it doesn’t offer more – how it could be better, or more importantly, demanding more for your money.

It’s here we’re ending the normal review, because we’ve told you pretty much everything you need to know – FIFA is a brilliant game – not without its faults, but in the interests of progress, let’s talk about what FIFA needs to go to the next level.

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Formations
In FIFA 15, much is made of the variety of formations. Here’s a secret; there should be two base formations for each team. An attacking formation, and a defending formation. To simplify this for the layman, football games, and the perception of formations have been dumbed down into a single formation. And everyone forgets the goalkeeper. If you ask most people, they’ll prefer 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-. The truth of it, is that the majority of singular formations are based on 3-5-2 or 4-2-2. However, a 4-3-3 in real life translates to a 1-2-3-2-3 with the ball and a 1-4-1-4-1 without. Imagine being able to switch formation mid game, depending on the area of the pitch you’re in, and turnover of play (the transition). It’s pie in the sky, but if FIFA brought this to the table, online games would be epic, and strategy pre-game and in-game would take on a whole new level of importance.

Formations
Wait, what? Yes, this is almost the same thing, but not quite. You know how most top European team split their centre backs, push up the full backs, and have a deep lying defensive midfielder AND THAT IS JUST FIVE PLAYERS SO FAR AND WE HAVEN’T MENTIONED PLAYING THE KEEPER AS A SWEEPER? You can set up a team sheet to mimic real life, but the formation is rigid, because FIFA doesn’t really support realistic in-game formation play. Wouldn’t it be great to know that you’re exploiting real space, or that you can rely on your split defence pushing up? Yeah, I thought so too.

Training
Skill games are brilliant, and the leaderboard element is exceptional, allowing you to track your progress against friends, offering a Trials like experience. Surely EA are missing a trick by not using this for manager mode, awarding training points based on how well you carry out each drill? Or how about training too often and getting injuries. The basis of the mode is already there, it just needs implementing.

Manager mode
We were supposed to be having some upgrades to manager mode. Telling me when someone else has made an offer for players on my shortlist isn’t really a quantum leap. For too long, manager mode has been the poor relation to Ultimate team, and it’s understandable when you consider the revenue streams generated by the best implementation of a free-to-play title in a full price game. However, Manager Mode hasn’t changed in years, is incredibly slow, and is rather predictable. Just keep an eye out for pacey wingers, a quick striker, and a 16 year old with 82 value and you’re set for years. Manager Mode is a stagnant feature that really needs an overhaul. Perhaps offer something like Football Manager’s scenarios, or allow a little more detail in terms of Finances – let players negotiate or chose sponsorships – surely there’s something to be learned from Ultimate team that can be borne out in the classic mode, still enjoyed by millions

Ultimately, FIFA 15 feels like it lacks a little heart, or at least new features that aren’t explained by “feel the emotion” in each interview. Sure, it’s a great message, but is paint that doesn’t quite cover the cracks of a game that is feels like is should be doing more.  If you want the best football game ever made, this is it; a champion of our times. But, it has the potential to be so much more.

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We gave you the chance to win Pro Rugby Manager 2015 on PC and here are the winners.

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Developed under license from the biggest rugby union leagues in the world – Aviva Premiership Rugby (England), PRO12 (Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy) and TOP14 / PRO D2 (France), Pro Rugby Manager 2015 will give players the opportunity to manage any of the 54 official teams from these leagues.

Here is the launch trailer:

The Winners

We had three digital copies of Pro Rugby Manager 2015 on PC to give away:

Wendy Procter
Paul Scotland
Tom Baines

And thanks againto our friends at 505 Games for the codes.

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Capture evil and unleash good as an all new cast of heroes joins the Skylanders Trap Team Club at GAME.

This October, Portal Masters up and down the country will have the chance to become members of the exclusive Skylanders Trap Team Club, launching only at GAME. Fans of the franchise will be able to join new characters, the Trap Masters, as they explore the world of Skylands and take on the ultimate challenge against Kaos.

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The new club will make getting to know the new Skylanders Trap Team characters and the amazing world of the Skylands even more rewarding. Members can make Trap Team friends and be kept up to date with all the latest news, not to mention, the chance to get their hands on a whole host of extra content; from Topps trading cards to exclusive Skylander Swap Force characters. This exciting club will help fans of to embark on a new adventure trapping bad guys with the power of Traptanium and using their awesome powers for good.
If that wasn’t enough, club members who recommend their friends will receive a starter pack for Skylanders Spyros adventure on Xbox 360 or PS3.

If you want to join Gusto, Dark Food Fight and friends in the Skylanders Trap Team Club, simply check out: www.game.co.uk/skylandersclub for details on how to become an instant member. To get your hands on new characters, simply pop into your local store or visit www.game.co.uk for more information.

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Sean spoke with indie video games developer Mike Bithell at the EuroGamer Expo about his upcoming title Volume.

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Bithell is an awesome character himself so we spoke more about what makes him tick, his inspirations, favourite games and what titles he’s looking forward to.

Volume was available to play at the expo with several tutorial stages and the new gadgets to help you escape with the stolen goods.

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It’s time for another giveaway on CDW, and this time you can win Pro Rugby Manager 2015 on PC.

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Developed under license from the biggest rugby union leagues in the world – Aviva Premiership Rugby (England), PRO12 (Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy) and TOP14 / PRO D2 (France), Pro Rugby Manager 2015 will give players the opportunity to manage any of the 54 official teams from these leagues.

Here is the launch trailer:

How to enter to win

We have three digital copies of Pro Rugby Manager 2015 on PC to give away!

There are three different ways you can enter to win – for a better chance of winning you can enter using all three!

Via the site

So all you have to do to win is to leave a comment below telling us who your favourite Rugby team is.

Via Twitter

Just retweet the message below, and make sure you are following @aedney on Twitter:

Via Facebook

Like Us on Facebook and leave a comment on the Facebook post:

Usual contest rules apply, and the winners will be selected at random. This contest is open only to those in the UK – sorry!

The contest ends Sunday 12th October, so good luck and thanks to our friends at 505 Games for the codes.

Ubisoft recently took us to Paris to take a look at Assassin’s Creed Unity and we have some Xbox One gameplay to share with you.

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Paris, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once-magnificent city into a place of terror and chaos. Its cobblestoned streets run red with the blood of commoners who dare to rise up against an oppressive aristocracy. Yet as the nation tears itself apart, a young man named Arno will embark upon an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin.

The first video shows some gameplay from the single player story mode:

The second video shows some gameplay from the co-op mode, including 2 player and 4 player co-op:

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released November 13th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

What do you think of Assassin’s Creed Unity? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Ubisoft recently took us to Paris to take a look at Assassin’s Creed Unity. Everything you want to know about Assassin’s Creed Unity is in this interview.

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Paris, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once-magnificent city into a place of terror and chaos. Its cobblestoned streets run red with the blood of commoners who dare to rise up against an oppressive aristocracy. Yet as the nation tears itself apart, a young man named Arno will embark upon an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin.

Alex Amancio is a Creative Director with 13 years of gaming industry experience. He began his career at Ubisoft back in 2005 as the Art Director of Far Cry 2, where he helped develop the visual pipeline that would set the standard an entire generation of open world shooters. He then moved onto Creative Direction and the Assassin’s Creed franchise, where he spearheaded Assassin’s Creed Revelations, the anticipated conclusion to the Ezio trilogy.

Alex is currently rapping up Assassin’s Creed Unity, his second Assassin’s Creed title as Creative Director.

So over to Alex, and there is some new Xbox One gameplay as well:

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released November 13th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

What do you think of Assassin’s Creed Unity? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Ubisoft recently took us to Paris to take a look at Assassin’s Creed Unity – in this interview we talk to Lesley Phord-Toy, one of the producers.

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Paris, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once-magnificent city into a place of terror and chaos. Its cobblestoned streets run red with the blood of commoners who dare to rise up against an oppressive aristocracy. Yet as the nation tears itself apart, a young man named Arno will embark upon an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin.

Lesley is a producer at Ubisoft Toronto working on Assassin’s Creed Unity with 12 years of experience in the video game industry.

An engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo, Lesley started her career in R&D developing visual effects software at Sony Electronics in Los Angeles. By 2002, Lesley decided to follow her passion for videogames and moved back to Canada to join the game industry. Since then, she has played key roles in creating and shipping a wide variety of titles ranging from family-friendly games, to AAA blockbusters, most recently helping deliver the critically-acclaimed Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist.

So over to Lesley, and there’s some new Xbox One gameplay in there too:

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released November 13th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

What do you think of Assassin’s Creed Unity? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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