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To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated strategic shooter Sniper Elite 3, we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of the game on PS4, along with a PS4 headset by Giotek, and a runner up a copy on the Xbox One – and here are the winners!

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Observe.  Plan.  Execute. Adapt… Sniper Elite 3 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 from 505 Games.

Check out our review of Sniper Elite 3 here.

The Winners

So the first prize of Sniper Elite 3 on the PS4 along with a PS4 headset by Giotek goes to:

Jane Chadwick

The runners up prise of Sniper Elite 3 on the Xbox One goes to:

Lee Hardy

In addition, Gioteck are offering 50% off their AX1-R headset for PS4 (also works with Xbox One with the additional Microsoft Stereo Headset Adapter) via Gamers Outlet http://tinyurl.com/osmb2p2- just enter the code SNIPER50 on the check-out screen (valid from the 1st of July to 22nd July).

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From tomorrow the 11th July  to 10th August, Pokémon fans can head to participating GAME stores to get a fiery Charizard for their Pokémon X or Pokémon Y game via Nintendo Zone.

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This Charizard is holding the Mega Stone that enables it to Mega Evolve during battle, becoming even more powerful than before! Pokémon X players will get a Charizard holding a Charizardite Y Mega Stone. The Charizard that Pokémon Y players get will be holding a Charizardite X.

Players heading to GAME should bring their copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y and Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system.

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GAME will also feature the recently released Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire expansion, where fan-favourite Charizard appears on several cards.

Charizard will be available at GAME UK only until August 10, so it’s the perfect trip to make during the long summer holiday!

For shops without access to Nintendo Zone, Charizard fans can ask for a special code at the till.

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I can honestly say I’ve been clapping for some time now since completing the final episode of The Wolf Among Us ‘Cry Wolf’. I rarely feel compelled to clapping after films and video games. I must be thoroughly entertained, brought to some kind of tears and/or left wanting more in whatever type of ending I’m left with. I’ll put my hands up now and admit that Episode 5 did this and gave me the same closure to the story, content with my decisions throughout and the emotional rollercoaster ride that their previous game The Walking Dead ended on too. Anyone that has read my previous reviews for these episodes will remember that every episode has got progressively better. More detective elements balanced with Bigby’s quick time events in the wolf action sequences has made each episode progressively better. And to top it off, Cry Wolf takes everything that worked well and ends on an incredible climax.

For anyone that still hasn’t played through the game I’d recommend you to overt your eyes and pick up the season pass as soon as possible. For everyone else that has you’ll be glad to know that Bigby’s tale of uncovering the mysteries behind the deaths in Fabletown and the corruption behind the key characters actually ties together nicely and all questions answered, unlike in the TV show Lost. In the final scene from the previous episode Bigby finally comes across the infamous Crooked Man, instigator behind everything that went wrong and is the sole reason behind this investigation. What cleverly flips these accusations against said man is the reasoning behind such manipulation and exploiting throwing the player into their biggest morality trip ever. If someone instructs the murder of someone then are they innocent or just as bad as the killer themselves?

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From the opening scenes you’ll find yourself playing this season’s most heavily quick time event driven episode so far. Fighting for your life and chasing down the truth players will find the first half of Cry Wolf pretty much an extended action sequence. With less than a handful of choices deciding where you’d like to pursue first and very little differences in the outcome of the choices we discover who actually killed Faith and Lily before facing off with Bloody Mary, finally. With a lot more back story to hear from Georgie the pimp, his girl Vivian and their club Pudding N’ Pie we learn some disturbing truths and finally understand what exactly the magical neck ribbons actually do. And there’s me thinking it was just a magical fashion statement.

The second half of episode 5 is by far one of the best bits of writing I’ve experienced in a game. To set the scene, the Fabletown members including Snow and Bigby have an informal trial regarding The Crooked Man’s crimes. Getting to hear what he has to say countered by what you could possibly choose to say sways the ‘jury’ to who’s making the better point to defend their actions. You have The Crooked Man on one side explaining that this manipulations and exploiting characters such as Beauty and Beast was for a good cause to keep a roof over their heads. On the other side you have Bigby defending his own actions for hurting or killing characters, if that’s how you played, and with Snow over watching our choices does this make her just as bad as The Crooked Man for not being involved in the killings and just over watching it too? All the moral choices are played out in this amazing trial and depending which people you please there’s always going to have others that are upset with either your kindness or brutal decisions. I certainly learned a lot about myself as a human being during this scene. I’m diplomatic, allow everyone to have equal say to defend themselves and if there’s no evidence to clearly prosecute someone then I won’t treat them as bad, or I could have just cut off the heads of everyone that opposes me. The choice is really up to you.

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Everything from this trial onwards teases the fact that there could be more to come from detective Bigby Wolf. Not so much a cliffhanger but more to the point that Fabletown is a town that needs work to be cleansed still. We’ve learned that none of the characters are perfect, every choice has impacted characters such as Toad and his son not being able to live peacefully among the Mundies and sometimes you got to put the squeeze on someone to get an answer. But most importantly Cry Wolf questions at the end if we’ll go out of our way to help someone if there’s not an emotional reason to get involved. My mind was blown. Thank you Tell Tale.

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I must honestly say I’ve always known about the One Piece anime but never watched it or played any of the other games. I can now say that I’ve missed out. After playing through Unlimited World Red on the 3DS I’ve started watching the show and I’m now actually a fan. If a video game makes me interested in the story and characters outside of the game that’s pretty good in my books and this latest title from Namco Bandai was the perfect stepping stone into this world.

One Piece Unlimited World Red follows the protagonists from the Straw Hat pirate crew on an adventure led by Luffy, the kid with the elastic rubbery limbs. All the characters are extremely unique and very eccentric. There’s a skeleton with an Afro called Brook who’s the musician of the group and there’s even a shape shifting talking deer. No one in this game, friendly or foe, is normal but that’s what makes this game have its charm and uniqueness.

Unlimited World features two very different game modes, the story mode and the Battle Coliseum mode. The Story is the adventure that is the action role playing game side to the game. There is a town development element to the game where you must collect resources on your outings to build shops, places to eat and other useful outlets for the town hub you come back to. Having such shops allows you to buy items for your missions but from my play through isn’t as vital as you might think. As the base genre of the game is fighting you can more or less complete the game as a fighting game and overlook the town expansion side to this game. It is there however for anyone that wants to further their experience and for the players playing on a console with the trophies system who want that platinum.

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Within each mission you’re usually trying to track down something or someone before coming across a boss character that you must defeat. The only thing that mixes up the variety is all the side tasks you can participate in. Whether you’re exploring to collect materials and resources for your town hub, grinding the enemy hordes to level up your characters or participating in the mini games such as fishing, there’s something for everyone making the missions less linear than you would expect. The presentation for the in game cut scenes is quite the spectacle. You can see the team behind the game have tried to keep the epic fights and humour as true to the anime from the episodes that I’ve seen. This is a game about the most eccentric group of pirates with their own unique approach to fighting and morals and each of the playable members come across exactly how they’re portrayed in the show.

The Battle Coliseum mode was my favourite mode to play through which follows a different story arc to the game and show itself. Instead of just being a mode where you can fight all the bosses and enemies it has been structured into an actual developing story itself unlike other game’s similar modes. The Coliseum is about Luffy’s team partnering up with the new playable character Law to fight in a tournament. With more characters to play with including the unlockable bosses you must work your way up through the 3 leagues. The types of fights to choose from are Duel which is one verses one, Scramble which is fighting multiple enemies just like in the story mode, Battle Royal where you battle two strong foes or a strong foe and an enemy horde or the Boss Rush which is 5 boss fights back to back. These eventually come in 3 difficulty settings that unlocks more experience points to progress through the league.

What makes the Battle Coliseum amazing is that there are multiple challenges to complete before you’d even get a full completion rate. You have to unlock characters which aren’t available by meeting requirements such as winning battles with certain characters, performing a number of special attacks or even participating in Special Matches where fixed combatants must face up against each other as rivals all with its own back story.

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There’s very little to fault with this game as every small issue I’ve had with it has a solution or understandable excuse. At first I found the camera angle to be tough to get to grips with but there is a Circle Pad Pro option to have that second analogue stick to fix this on the Nintendo 3DS (sold separately). The game wasn’t in 3D at all and it would have been interesting to see some of the sequences like this but the game itself is on multiple formats and is understandable to keep it the exact same. Finally, the game seems to be a game that would be better to play with others and is actually cooperatively for the Wii U if you transfer your save file across. Ideally for me I’d have liked to play this on the move on the 3DS and the on screen hints about playing with others does appear on the format that doesn’t have multiplayer capabilities, but I can half excuse it as you can transfers your save to the Wii U.

All in all I enjoyed my first experience into the One Piece franchise. It’s quirky, fun and offers something for everyone out there with longevity, replayability and the lack of portable cooperative play keeps it from being perfect.

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In case you missed it last week, Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition has been released on the Xbox One.

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Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition is published through the ID@XBOX program, exclusively on the Xbox One. Ultimate Edition includes all of the downloadable content that was ever created for the game, plus a new pack of car skins that hasn’t been released on any other platform. We didn’t want to just throw the extra DLC into the package so we’ve modified the Blood Race campaign to include the additional cars as rewards for winning the tournaments. The game now features 31 story missions, 36 Blood Race events, 9 Slaughter arenas and 15 drivable vehicles.

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition is available now from the Xbox Store priced £11.99.

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In case you missed it, Another World 20th Anniversary Edition was released last week on Xbox One.

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Also known as Out Of This World, Another World is a pioneer action/platformer that released across more than a dozen platforms since its debut in 1991.

Along the years, Another World has attained cult status among critics and sophisticated gamers alike.

An immersive adventure with unique storytelling, Another World chronicles the story of Lester Knight Chaykin a young scientist hurtled through space and time by a nuclear experiment that goes wrong.

A remastered presentation: a joint effort between visionary game-designer Eric Chahi and developer Martial Hesse Dreville, Another World is back in its 20th Anniversary Edition with Full High Definition graphics faithful to the original design.

It’s available now from the Xbox Store for £6.49.

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To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated strategic shooter Sniper Elite 3, we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of the game on PS4, along with a PS4 headset by Giotek, putting the player in the centre of the action in World War 2′s North African Campaign!

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Observe.  Plan.  Execute. Adapt… Sniper Elite 3 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 from 505 Games.

Check out our review of Sniper Elite 3 here.

How to enter to win

So the main prize is a copy of the game on PS4, along with a PS4 headset by Giotek and we also have a runners up prize of a copy of the game on Xbox One.

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

Via the site

So all you have to do to win a copy of Sniper Elite 3 is to leave a comment below telling us you want to win.

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 Friday 11th July, so good luck.

In addition, Gioteck are offering 50% off their AX1-R headset for PS4 (also works with Xbox One with the additional Microsoft Stereo Headset Adapter) via Gamers Outlet http://tinyurl.com/osmb2p2- just enter the code SNIPER50 on the check-out screen (valid from the 1st of July to 22nd July).

At E3 I sat down with Michael Kempson from Yager about Dead Island 2.

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The zombie apocalypse has hit the iconic, sunny realms of California. Building on the strengths of the multi-million best-selling hit Dead Island, Dead Island 2 delivers a shared survival, open-world zombie experience set in a clash of natural beauty and bloody horror and violence: paradise meets hell once again! Developed by award-winning studio Yager, Dead Island 2 is scheduled for release in spring 2015 on Xbox One, PlayStation4 and PC.

Several months after the events on Banoi, the United States  military has put the Golden State under full quarantine. Now a restricted zone, California has become a bloody paradise for those who refuse to leave their homes and an action-packed playground for renegades who seek adventure, glory and a fresh start. Combining the classic Dead Island elements of immersive close combat, action and role-playing, Dead Island 2 features crazy, never-before-seen handcrafted weapons and over-the-top characters in taking players from the iconic Golden Gate to the celebrated beachfront boardwalk of southern California’s Venice Beach.

Developed in Unreal Engine 4, Dead Island 2 brings back its acclaimed, seamless  multiplayer for up to eight players who cooperate, compete or simply coexist in a truly social, new-gen multiplayer experience. Dedicated classes offer a variety of gameplay: From the action-oriented berserker to the stealthy hunter, every character offers a different style of play. An in-depth skill system allows the player to handcraft their own heroes and weapons.

Over to Michael:

What do you think of Dead Island 2? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

In this interview shot at E3, I talk with Alexey Pajitnov the creator or TETRIS on the 30th anniversary of him writing the game.

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A lifelong love of puzzles and strategy gaming has led Moscow-born Alexey Pajitnov to worldwide recognition as one of the computer game industry’s most renowned game designers. He is best known as the creator of the Tetris game, which on its 30th anniversary has sold hundreds of millions of copies on over 50 gaming platforms as one of the world’s most popular electronic games. Today, Alexey spends much of his time working with Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris franchise, to continue making Tetris branded products exciting and fun for its millions of fans.

In the past 30 years, Alexey has won numerous accolades for game design and his creation of Tetris, including the International Game Developers Association’s First Penguin Award in 2007 for “pioneering the casual games market.” In 2009, Tetris was named the #2 Top Console Game of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Over to Alexey:

Do you still play TETRIS? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S announced today that ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red is available in Europe and Australasia! This new game is playable on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U! ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red is an action-adventure RPG game developed by Ganbarion Co., Ltd., based on the widely popular and praised ONE PIECE manga created by the renowned mangaka Eiichiro Oda.

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Boasting amazing and exclusive content, this new game offers hours of exciting gameplay where the players’ will happily discover two brand new characters –Red and his follower Pato– through an epic original storyline! Topping that; an all-new mode called Battle Coliseum mode, inspired by the Dressrosa story arc, the characters compete in a tourney to test their battle abilities. During this tournament, the fighters contest in five different battle types:

  • In Battle Royal, the players fight against two mighty opponents or against one mighty foe supported by a swarm of enemies
  • In Duel gamers fight one-on-one against one tough enemy.
  • In Scramble, the contenders compete against a swarm of weaker enemies,
  • The heroes battle against the most dangerous bosses of the ONE PIECE universe in Boss Rush
  • Try the Special Match to challenge your battle skills using preselected characters to win in battles that cannot be witnessed in the One Piece storyline!

Our association with Ganbarion Co. Ltd has been successful for years, yet we prove it again with the release of a high quality ONE PIECE game on 4 different platforms!  Having tons of new first-class content to fulfil all fans’ desires is a true honour and an objective to us, and we are sure that our most enthusiastic followers will enjoy it!” Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of IP Strategy at BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe.

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For all the fans eager to have exclusive items, the Straw Hat Edition offers 10 outfits (Luffy Strong World Adventure outfit and the Anniversary Pack with 9 outfits commemorating Japan’s 15th Anniversary of the One Piece Animated series – this item won’t be sold later!) and a unique quest where the 2 brothers are re-united: “Flame Fist & Straw Hat”.

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The Straw Hat Edition can be purchased from leading retailers, including Amazon.

Surprises aren’t stopping here as BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe created a special Chopper Edition with all of the above items, plus a Key Holder of Chopper, 10 stickers of the Straw Hat Crew members and the game logo, Wall scroll of Chopper, lanyard with Chopper, Artbook and the Takoyaki DLC Pack (3 costumes & 1 quest)!

The Chopper Edition will be available for PS3 only and is only available to purchases from GAME. To pre-order your Chopper Edition.

One of the surprise hits of E3 was Lords of the Fallen from CI Games and Deck 13, and I spoke with the Creative Director, Jan Klose about it.

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In an unforgiving world where no sin is ever forgotten an army of the long-ago defeated god attacks the human realm. You are Harkyn, a convicted criminal who is given a chance at redemption. Released from prison, Harkyn and his mentor, Kaslo, set out on a mission to stop the war.

In his journey, Harkyn will forge strong alliances and face even stronger enemies. He will learn the true power of the Rhogar Lords – commanders of god’s army. He will even bring the battle to the Rhogar, travelling to the heart of the demonic dimension.

Will the god manage to enslave humans again? Is mankind really able to banish evil? Will Harkyn’s sins ever be forgiven?

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Jan is the Creative Director at Deck 13 in Frankfurt, Germany, supervising all processes and helping shape the creative and artistic vision of the game. He also maintains and supports the key publisher-developer communication.

The last 13 years of his 18-year career in the games industry have been spent at Deck 13. Some of the titles he worked on include Venetica, Blood Knights, Tiger and Chicken, Exodus and series such as Jack Keane and Ankh. Jan is a jury member of the German Developer Award.

Over to Jan (and there’s some new gameplay in there too):

Lords of the Fallen will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in the Autumn, published in the UK by Square Enix.

What do you think of Lords of the Fallen? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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