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Any excuse to go back to the city of Los Perdidos where Dead Rising 3 is set pretty much excites me. This living breathing world, no pun intended, filled with zombies is home to Episode 1 of the DLC ‘Operation Broken Eagle’.

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Set before the events of the main campaign this episode opens up with a video that
explains that there are 4 others stories that took place under the watchful eyes of a mysterious character, very creepy. Broken Eagle puts you in control of Spec Ops Commander Adam Kane with a very unorthodox mission.

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Available as part of the Season Pass this single episode alone gave me a different take on my Dead Rising 3 experience. With additional new weapons, 1 new combo weapon and a new vehicle this is a fine example of furthering an original game’s playability. The main mission is to establish a base camp and neutralise all “unlawful combatants, which includes the President of the United States. Being top secret, after your helicopter crashes with your troops being scattered throughout the city your new objective will be to recover the aircraft’s
black box and finding your team, what a crazy turn of events Kane will have to encounter that night.

Without any countdown timers for any of the missions you can literally take your time to explore the city if you hadn’t had the chance to during the original campaign. Just beware that the army are amongst the zombie hordes so it isn’t a walk in the park but enough challenge to keep you on your toes. Who knew capturing the President would be so challenging?

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Kane is full of witty remarks as he tears through zombie flesh but also respectful for any fallen comrades he stumbles across whether they’re dead or turned and have to be killed. He quickly becomes a protagonist torn between his duties in this post-apocalyptic environment and his fight for survival, a great insight into a mercenary’s approach from Capcom. Available with it’s own Nightmare mode just like in the campaign it more than makes up for the fact
this DLC doesn’t have cooperative play.

It took me several hours to complete this and I’m intrigued to finding out what other untold stories from Los Perdidos will reveal.

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Operation Broken Eagle is available now on the Xbox One.

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At the recent Dream Toys 2013 event, Leapfrog Toys were showing off some great products for Christmas.

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The LeapPad Ultra is the brand new kids’ learning tablet aimed at 4-9 year olds. Ready to go straight out the box, it is bigger, brighter and better than ever before.

It comes armed with a seven-inch touch screen, 100% kids safe Wi-Fi, peer-to-peer gaming and chat functions, a long-lasting rechargeable battery, plus two megapixel front and back cameras and video recorders.

There is also 8GB of storage that can store over 40,000 photos and a learning library of over 500 educator approved games, apps and more.

LeapPad Ultra comes with 11 apps and 10 songs out of the box and retails for £119.99.

Learn more about the LeapPad Ultra here.

LeadReader Reading and Writing System

LeapReader is a revolutionary new learn-to-read-and-write solution for 4-8 year olds offering three unique literacy experiences in one – Learning to Read, Learning to Write and Learning Through Listening.

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LeapReader reads words and sentences aloud whilst also encouraging children to trace letters, words and numbers through stroke-by-stroke audio guidance.

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By practising these skills together, children learn to become confident, independent readers.

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LeapReader also has a built-in rechargeable battery and comes with a sample book as well as a preloaded audio book and trivia game.

The LeapReader retails for £39.99.

Learn more about the LeapReader Reading and Writing System from here.

Gaijin Entertainment has released a new CGI-trailer for its MMO-combat game War Thunder, available on PC and also the launch title for PlayStation 4.

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This video is called “War Thunder Heroes” and encompasses our vision of the game, where host of aircrafts, ground vehicles and naval forces are locked in a full-scale global conflict over WW2 theaters of war.

War Thunder is the Next Generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armored vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world. Become a lone hero or lead your team to victory — the choice is yours!

War Thunder offers a highly detailed and personalized aviation experience, giving players access to hundreds models of planes with detailed cockpits, dozens of upgradeable weapons, and flying skills that can be honed and improved with each mission. Thanks to the game’s painstaking attention to detail, you’ll truly feel like a World War II fighter pilot as you plunge into battle.

The genuine World War II experience isn’t limited to the skies. The massive historical battles featured in War Thunder cannot be fought by aviation alone, so the game will also expose players to combat on land and at sea.

Borderlands 2 is to receive a New Playable Character via DLC. Gearbox Software’s Jonathan Hemingway and Matthew Armstrong made the announcement at SXSW Interactive and hinted that the new Vault Hunter will be melee-focused, Polygon reports.

A teaser trailer for the character shown at the convention depicts a hulking, silhouetted figure killing enemies with its bare hands. “Deep beneath Pandora, an experiment has escaped,” the trailer teases. “Bandits beware, a new Vault Hunter is coming. More mayhem awaits.” Season Pass holders will not receive the new DLC for free, Joystiq has learned. No date for this new DLC just yet but hopefully very soon.

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Later this year EA Games will be releasing the new Command and Conquer game and we have some new screenshots to show you – did we mentioned C&C uses the Frostbite 2?

And here are some more screens to keep you going:

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Are you interested in the new Command and Conquer? And do you want to share any of your C&C memories with us? If so, leave a comment below.

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Koch Media, a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products in Europe and North America, announced today that it has secured the intellectual property rights for two of the most popular and successful THQ franchises, Metro and Saints Row, as well as Champaigne-based development studio, Volition, as THQ continues to liquidate its assets in closed auctions this week.

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Deep Silver, Koch Media’s international publishing powerhouse, will lead all further development and marketing on the Saints Row and Metro franchises, each of which boast millions of units sold worldwide and vast, dedicated fan bases.

“Koch Media welcomes the addition of these magnificent franchises to the Koch Media family of entertainment properties,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media GmbH. “With more than 200 games on notable platforms globally, and its proven success creating renowned franchises like Dead Island, Deep Silver is perfectly positioned to lead these brands into the next generation of interactive entertainment for fans around the world.”

“Deep Silver already has a track record for out-of-the-ordinary games, including the immensely successful Dead Island brand. Both the Saints Row and the Metro franchises perfectly fit into our future lineup and strategy. We’re really excited to lead these well-respected licenses into a bright new future,” said Menno van der Bil, International Commercial Director, Deep Silver. “We also welcome the legendary development studio Volition to the Koch Media/Deep Silver group!”

Koch Media and Deep Silver will roll out future plans for each franchise in the coming months.

Good old Larry Hryb. He’s updated his blog today with a whole heap of new dashboard app goodness.

Microsoft have been busy doing deals with over 40 new entertainment partners around the world and some of them will be coming to a dashboard near you. These are all scheduled to be released between now and Spring 2013 and could be included in only specific regions, which are listed in brackets next to the channel.

Here’s the full list:

1. All3M (United Kingdom, United States)

2. Ameba TV (Canada, United States)

3. ARTE (Germany, France)

4. Azteca (Mexico)

5. Canalplay Infinity (France)

6. CBC’s Hockey Night (Canada)

7. CrunchyRoll (Majority of LIVE Regions)

8. Deezer (Majority of LIVE Regions)

9. Eredivisie Live (Netherlands)

10. Fightbox (Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom)

11. Flixster (United States)

12. GameTrailers (Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States)

13. Globosat Muu (Brazil)

14. Gulli Replay (France)

15. HBO Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

16. IndieFlix (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

17. Livesport.tv (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom)

18. Machinima (Majority of LIVE Regions) 19. Maxim (United States)

20. MTV (United States)

21. MyTF1 (France)

22. MyTF1VOD (France)

23. Napster (Germany, United Kingdom)

24. Pathe Thuis (Netherlands) 25. PBS (United States)

26. PopcornFlix (United States) 27. Rai TV (Italy)

28. Sainsbury (United Kingdom)

29. Saraiva (Brazil) 30. SBS (Netherlands)

31. SF Anytime (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

32. Slacker Radio (Canada, United States)

33. SPORT1 (Austria, Germany)

34. The CW Network (United States)

35. Televisa (Mexico)

36. TV3 (Spain)

37. Viaplay (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

38. Vidéo à la Demande d’Orange (France)

39. Vimeo (United States)

40. VIVO Play (Brazil)

41. Watchever (Austria, Germany)

42. Zattoo (Germany)

43. Ziggo (Netherlands)

In addition to this, some regions will be seeing new entertainment apps being rolled out, as of today.

Here are the ones we’ll expect to be getting in the UK:

Karaoke (All LIVE regions, excluding Japan and United Arab Emirates) Karaoke provides access to more than 8,000 songs from the latest hits to the oldies but goodies, available on Xbox LIVE. Your avatar will go on stage and sing with a full complement of stage props and back band. Use SmartGlass to play/stop/pause, browse the database and lyrics or to add songs to the playlist. Songs don’t require any download and will playback immediately via streaming for a robust karaoke experience.

Napster (Germany, United Kingdom) With your Xbox and Napster Unlimited plus Mobile, you can play millions of songs instantly. Listen to millions of songs in various genres, play as much as you want, enjoy hours of expertly programmed music. Discover new releases, charts and much more.

SkyDrive (All LIVE regions) SkyDrive is the place to store your files so you can access them from virtually any device. With SkyDrive for Xbox, you can easily view your photos and videos on your TV. You can also play slideshows and view photos and videos shared with you.

 

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As many of you probably know by now I write a lot of books! Well my next book, An Introduction to Mac OS X Mountain Lion is now out.

The book is a 128 full colour pages which help you get the most out of your Mac.

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The price is £7.99 and it can be ordered right now!

Why not buy it today? Well I had to try Smile

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Warner Bros announced two new downloadable content (DLC) packs for LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, the UK All Formats chart-topping videogame.

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Available for purchase beginning today at £1.36 each on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, the Heroes and the Villains DLC packs unlock exciting new sets of characters to play in Freeplay mode.
Heroes Pack DLC:

  • Nightwing, Katana, Shazam, Zatanna, plus the brand-new Robin (Bruce Wayne’s son, Damian Wayne)

Villains Pack DLC:

  • Bizzaro, Captain Cold, Black Adam, Black Manta, Gorilla Grodd

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is the perfect way to bring the blockbuster Batman franchise home for the entire family to enjoy together! Now available in stores everywhere, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes introduces an original LEGO adventure filled with action and humor as gamers of all ages explore, solve puzzles and help put an end to the evil plans of the notorious villains Lex Luthor and The Joker.

I’m really enjoying playing LEGO Batman 2 – expect our review soon.

Have you played LEGO Batman 2? Have you got the DLC packs? Let us know what you think of the game by leaving a comment below.

Today saw Ceton make two announcements – one on the availability of their Companion Apps and the other about an Extender beta.

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This is what Ceton posted:

Today we are pleased to make two announcements. First is that the Ceton Companion App will be available to ALL Windows Media Center (Windows 7) users. There is no need for new hardware and will simply plug in to your current HTPC. Second is that registration has opened for both the Ceton Companion Apps for Windows Media Center and the Ceton Extender for Windows Media Center. Simply head over to http://beta.cetoncorp.com and fill out the registration form and you will automatically be entered into a chance to participate in the Ceton Companion Apps beta. Selection will take place on or before May 25th and you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the beta program. Additionally when you register for the Companion Apps beta you also have the ability to register for the Ceton Extender beta. Selection for the Ceton Extender beta will take place on or before July 15th.

Ceton Companion Apps Features:

  • Multiple platforms
    • iPhone (iOS 4.1+)
    • Android (2.2+)
    • Windows Phone 7 (Mango)
  • Works on any Windows 7 HTPC
  • Browse all of your media center libraries
    • Videos
    • Music
    • Photos
    • Movies
  • Start playback of content on multiple devices
  • Manage and Schedule Recordings
  • Rich meta data for Movies and Television
  • Browse Premieres of upcoming television shows
  • Universally search movies, TV, guide, and more.
  • A whole lot more!

Throughout our Beta process we want to hear back from you our customers. We are extremely interested in your likes, dislikes, feature requests, and just about anything else you want to tell us. We will be sending out surveys each week that will help in making the best mobile applications that we can for you!

So go and register now!!! http://beta.cetoncorp.com

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This week saw Motorola launch their MOTOLUX smarphone in white at Tesco here in the UK.

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This is the press release:

LONDON –April 12, 2012 – Calling all British style gurus! Get ready for even more choice when it comes to flaunting your fashion flair with the arrival of an ice white version of the ultra-vogue, rail-thin MOTOLUXE from Motorola Mobility UK Limited. The smartphone that combines brain and beauty is available in Tesco Phone Shops and online through Tesco Direct in the UK from today priced free from £20 a month on Tesco Mobile.

When it comes to panache, this Android 2.3 powered smartphone sets the bar high. With a 4-inch touchscreen that’s perfect for writing emails, surfing the Web and watching movies, you’ll always be connected, clued-up and entertained – whether at work, hanging out with friends or out on the town.

For photo buffs, an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash lets you shoot like a pro. You can even instantly share the pics with friends and family using the phone’s pre-loaded social networking apps.

But there is a reason this is called a smartphone! Incorporating Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface, the MOTOLUXE learns who you talk to and which apps you use the most, and puts all that information front and center.

The Social Graph feature gives you easy and fast access to the people who really matter. It learns who’s most important to you and uses that information to populate the home screen. The more frequently you communicate with someone, the bigger their icon becomes. The Activity Graph focuses on your app habits; automatically changing to reflect the apps you use the most to provide customised menus.

With Music Now you can now play your favorite music while the Smart Gallery feature displays your favorite pictures as collections.

When you’re on the go, MOTOLUXE’s GPS technology will point you in the right direction and make sure you get to where the action is. If that isn’t enough, the phone is Bluetooth®1-enabled, as well as your portal into Google Play – where you’ll find thousands of games, apps, music, books and movies.

MOTOLUXE also sets itself apart with a lanyard slot that lights up, so you can see when you’ve missed a call, text or even check battery charge at a glance.

“We are dedicated to offering great value and choice to our customers and we see the MOTOLUXE as one of the must have handsets of the summer,” said a Tesco Mobile spokesperson. “The combination of the sleek and stylish MOTOLUXE and a choice of great value Tesco Mobile tariffs ensures this smartphone will be sure to turn heads both online and in-store.”

“The new MOTOLUXE in white offers even more choice to UK fashionistas when it comes to smartphones that combine sleek style and high-end features that won’t break the bank,” said Victoria McManus, UK & Nordics marketing director, Motorola Mobility. “Not only does this smartphone have a big screen and the latest, greatest entertainment tools, it’s affordable and combined with Tesco Mobile you’ll be sure to have plenty left over to take your brand new smartphone out and show it off.”

Motorola MOTOLUXE in white is available free from £20 a month from today in Tesco both online and in-store.

For more information please click here.

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As many of you probably know by now I write a lot of books! Well my next book, An Introduction to the New iPad is now finished and will be out very soon.

The book is a 128 full colour pages which help you setup and configure your New iPad and how to get the most out of it.

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The price is £7.99 and it will be available in the next few weeks.

Why not pre-order it today? Well I had to try Smile

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