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Titanfall is already shaping up to be one of the biggest games of the year, and Titan Books have released an amazing Art of Titanfall book, and we have 2 copies of the book to give away.

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THE ART OF TITANFALL,  written by Andy  McVittie,  offers fans of this ground-­breaking game an exclusive insight into its visual development through all stages of production…  and a rare sneak–peek  at what they can expect.  The book also features  detailed creator  commentary from the entire Respawn Entertainment art team, giving readers added insight into the evolution of the game.

How to enter to win

Via the site

So all you have to do to win one of the two copies of The Art of Titanfall book is to click on the Contact Us link here or at the top of the page and tell us which your favourite titan is – simple!

Via Twitter

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

Usual contest rules apply, and the winners will be selected at random. This contest is open only to those in the UK – sorry! You can enter as many times you as you like, but only one entry per day will be counted.

The contest ends Thursday 17th April, so good luck.

Last year Mad Catz announced that they were entering the Android Micro-Console market with their M.O.J.O. device, and we got our hands on one to review.

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M.O.J.O. by Mad Catz is a truly versatile gaming and media console. Connect M.O.J.O. to your HDTV to play Android games, surf the web, stream media, and connect with your friends. Root and customize, modify and create – the stock Android OS lets you take M.O.J.O. where you want to go. Fully compatible with Mad Catz’ GameSmart suite of mobile accessories. GameSmart brings Bluetooth keyboards, controllers, headsets, and mice to M.O.J.O., your PC, and other smart devices.

Back at E3 2013, Alex “The Big Boy” Varrey showed us the M.O.J.O.

Who are Mad Catz?

From their website:

Mad Catz Interactive is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz (gaming), Tritton (audio), and Saitek (simulation) brands. Mad Catz also develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios; publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for third parties.

Specifications

  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40S 1.8GHz Processor
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n Support
  • USB 3.0 Port
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • MicroSD Flash Slot
  • 3.5mm Headphone Socket
  • HDMI Out
  • 100Mbit Ethernet Socket
  • Pre-installed Google Play and NVIDIA TegraZone Apps

What’s in the Box?

The box contains:

  • M.O.J.O. 1080p Gaming Console and Media Player
  • HDMI Cable (4.9ft/1.5m)
  • AC Adapter
  • C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad
  • USB Nano Dongle
  • Travel Clip
  • 2x AAA Batteries

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Everything comes very neatly packaged.

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A Closer Look

The M.O.J.O.

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The rear of the M.O.J.O. houses all of the ports. These include both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports (you will want to plug in the C.T.R.L.R dongle into the USB 3.0 port), an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, headphone port, power socket and MicroSD card slot.

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C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad

The first thing you will notice about the C.T.R.L.R gamepad is that it looks very similar to an Xbox 360 controller. Gamers should immediately feel at home holding it, as it feels nice and robust in your hands.

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The C.T.R.L.R has three separate modes which are selected via a switch. These include a “mouse mode” which enables the left stick to control the cursor on the screen, as though it were a mouse.

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There are also media playback controls situated on the top of the C.T.R.L.R which include play, pause and mute.

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Fitting the batteries is simple, as you would expect.

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There is also a travel clip included in the box which enables you to connect up your smartphone to the C.T.R.L.R so that you can pretty much play games wherever you want.

Using the M.O.J.O.

Setting up the M.O.J.O. is very simple and only take a few moments – you can use either Wi-Fi or Ethernet to connect to your home network. If you plan on streaming a lot of content such as movies and music you might want to go for wired, but for everything else Wi-Fi works just great.

When the M.O.J.O. is operational, the light on the front is illuminated. There is no on/off switch on the M.O.J.O. so this is the primary way of telling that the device is operational (it will go into deep sleep mode after a period of inactivity). Don’t worry about having the M.O.J.O. running, it only draws 4.7W when used intensively and in standby mode it only draws 1.5W!

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One thing I did notice when I was setting the M.O.J.O. up was that it kept being referred to on screen as a phone. So Android would report “your phone is installed”. It’s not a big deal, and doesn’t really cause a problem, but it would have been nice to have had it saying M.O.J.O. instead of phone!

Once you have signed into your Google account you can start installing apps and games, although you will fairly quickly notice that a number of games (such as Angry Birds) and apps (such as Facebook) won’t actually allow you to install them as it says your device isn’t compatible. Don’t worry, you haven’t just purchased an expensive media player, this is because of the way games and apps are reported in the Google Play store – they expect your device to be “touch-screen” enabled, which out of the box the M.O.J.O. doesn’t report. Mad Catz are actually working with developers to resolve this quirk, but in the meantime there is a simple solution and it’s called rooting!

Rooting enables your device to do more than was originally intended by the manufacturer and is something that the Android community adopted with open arms. In fact, an extremely high percentage of Android devices have been rooted, and there are thousands of sites on the Internet that offer guides, and even custom ROMs that make your device do more.

Mad Catz actually provide onscreen assistance in rooting the M.O.J.O., and even support the device once it’s rooted (not something that a lot of manufacturers actually do).

Rooting the M.O.J.O. is very simple and is just a case of downloading a small piece of software to your computer, connected your M.O.J.O. to your computer and running the software in order to root it. And that’s it! Once you have rebooted the M.O.J.O. it is rooted and you can then go an easily install and use any app or games from Google Play. In fact, the once rooted, the M.O.J.O. thinks its a Nexus 10 device.

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Final Thoughts

The M.O.J.O. is very small, and lightweight and it looks great – perfect for sitting in your living room by your television without looking out of place. The setup is quick and easy and if you have ever used an Android device it will all be familiar to you. The M.O.J.O. runs the latest (at the time of writing) Android OS (Jellybean 4.2.2.) and thanks to its Tegra 4 it is very fast!  It is also silent, and it’s power requirements are extremely low. We mentioned earlier that even using an intensive game results in a draw of 4.7W compared to the 170W that an Xbox 360 drawers at its peak.

The M.O.J.O. is fully compatible with the Mad Catz GameSmart range of accessories, so it is very easy to connect up a mouse, or keyboard to the M.O.J.O – this will make your life easier in the long run.

I liked the feel of the C.T.R.L.R – it really did remind me in both look and feel of the Xbox 360 controller, but with more functionality. And the inclusion of the travel clip means that if you have another Android device such as a smartphone you can use the controller with that too. It also uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology to ensure lag free gaming, and believe me the last thing you want if you are playing a game is lag! You also get around 50 hours of playtime out of a single set of AA batteries, so that’s really good too!

The box also contains a set of batteries for the controller (which you would expect) but also an HDMI cable. This may not seem like a big deal, but you may not have a spare one laying around, so the fact they put one in the box makes life easier, and saves you a few pounds!

The M.O.J.O. comes with 16GB of built-in storage, and along with that it has a MicroSD slot so that you can expand your storage or plug in some of your own existing content to use.

Whilst it would have been nice to have had the device pre-rooted, this isn’t something I believe Mad Catz are allowed to do, however they can offer guidance and assistance, and as the whole process only takes a few moments and isn’t a scary list of steps and comments, pretty much anyone can do it. Once rooted the device really comes into it’s own.

Controlling the M.O.J.O. using the on screen pointer (remember that Android really is designed for touch) can take a little bit of getting used it, and is a little cumbersome at times, but it doesn’t take too long to get to grips with it, and you could always connect up one of those GameSmart devices to make your life even easier.

One thing that is a pain though is that some of the games you could install and play force a certain screen orientation – now on a phone or tablet the solution is simple, you turn the device, but that isn’t so easy on a large television. Fortunately there are plenty of apps available to change the orientation, so make sure you look for one and install it pretty much after you have rooted – after all you don’t want to ruin your gameplay experience!

One really great thing about the M.O.J.O. is that if you already own apps and games that you have previously purchased from Google Play, unlike other Android consoles you won’t need to buy them again, you can just download and install them without paying anything more.

The M.O.J.O. can be used for more than just playing games – you can surf the Internet (although you really want to use a keyboard for that otherwise you will get annoyed at how long it can take to enter a URL, especially if it is a long one), listen to music, watch movies, and so much more. In fact, if you have a TV or movie collection one of the first things you may want to install is Plex. And with the recent announcement that Mad Catz are bringing OUYA Everyone to the M.O.J.O. you will be able to do even more!

Overall I was very pleased with the M.O.J.O. I wasn’t concerned that it needed to be rooted, after all it was simple and quick to do, and most likely the majority of people who will buy the M.O.J.O. would be comfortable doing that anyway, and beside, Mad Catz actually help you to do it! There is so much that can be done with the M.O.J.O. and I look forward to exploring that more in the coming months, including testing it out with NVIDIA’s GameStream technology.

The current price of the M.O.J.O. is £179.99 which is quite a drop from the launch price at the start of the year.

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You can learn more about the M.O.J.O. from the Mad Catz website.

2K Games have just announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, being developed by Gearbox Software and 2K Australia – and we have some gameplay footage for you.

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This game takes place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2 and focuses on Borderlands 2 bad guy Handsome Jack. Oh, and it’s set on the moon!

Here is the gameplay footage in 1080p – enjoy:

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available in Autumn 2014 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

What do you think of it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug has just been released on DVD and Blu-Ray, and you can get an exclusive Lego Mini Set if you buy it from Sainsbury’s.

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The exclusive Lego Mini Set, which includes Legolas Greenleaf with accessory kit is only available when you buy the Blu-Ray from Sainsbury’s, so if you are a Lego collector, and you want to see a great movie, you know where to go!

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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In the early 1980s, enormous oil and gas deposits were discovered in the North Sea, and that is the premise for the new movie Pioneer, opening tomorrow.

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A corporate battle ensues between competing Norwegian and American diving teams to win the lucrative contract to bring these natural resources ashore through a pipeline on the ocean bed, 500 metres below the surface. Norwegian diver Petter (Aksel Hennie – Headhunters) is obsessed with reaching the depths necessary to lay the pipeline and – along with his brother and an ambitious American diver (Wes Bentley – The Hunger Games) – has the discipline, strength and courage to take on this dangerous experiment. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. In trying to get to the truth behind the accident, Petter finds himself up against shadowy forces and an industrial machine that will go to any lengths to keep the truth under wraps, in order to secure the profits that will flow. With his life at stake, he must decide who he can trust and what he most believes in.

Based on real events that are still unfolding even now, Pioneer is a claustrophobic, edge-of-the-seat conspiracy thriller featuring an international cast, from the producers of HEADHUNTERS and the director of INSOMNIA, Erik Skjoldbjærg.

Pioneer opens around the UK tomorrow, April 11th.

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High-octane British action thriller HE WHO DARES, was released on 7th April, 2014 and we had 3 copies on Blu-Ray to give away – here are the winners.

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Directed by Paul Tanter (The Rise And Fall Of The White Collar Hooligan) HE WHO DARES is the tense and brutal tale of six SAS soldiers called in to infiltrate a multi-storey building taken over by a gang of ruthless terrorists.

With the terrorists barricaded deep within the building, and holding the Prime Minister’s daughter hostage, the elite team of SAS troops are left with only one way in and one way out. With the odds of coming back out of the building alive stacked against them, their only option is to take the fifteen storey building one floor at a time in the hope of reaching the hostages before it’s too late.

Starring Tom Benedict Knight (Kick Ass-2), Ben Lloyd-Holmes (Skyfall), Simon Phillips (The Fall of the Essex Boys) and martial arts bombshell Zara Phythian, HE WHO DARES is an explosive, action-packed thriller that keeps the tension on a knife edge.

The winners

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Emma Wolski

Jill Cordner

 

HE WHO DARES is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and EST.

Bethesda in conjunction with MachineGames have released a brand new trailer for Wolfenstein: The New Order called Nowhere to Run.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order, the upcoming first-person action-adventure shooter under development at MachineGames, reignites the franchise widely recognized for pioneering the first-person shooter genre. Set in the 1960s, the monstrous Nazi regime has used mysterious advanced technology to win World War II. They now rule the globe with an iron fist. Wolfenstein: The New Order sends you across Europe on a harrowing mission to bring down the Nazi war machine.

Wolfenstein is slated for release in North America, Europe, and Australia on May 20th on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. As an added bonus, everyone pre-ordering the game will be invited to access the DOOM beta with their copy of Wolfenstein. For more information on the DOOM beta access pre-order bonus, as well as applicable terms and restrictions, please visit: www.wolfenstein.com/doom.

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If your computer doesn’t have an HDMI port, you may want to take a look at the USB 3.0 to HDMI External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter from StarTech – here is our review.

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The USB32HDE USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter turns an available USB 3.0 port into an HDMI output, with high resolution 1920×1080 (1080p) video support – a convenient external video solution that makes it easy to add multi-monitor capability to a USB 3.0-enabled desktop or laptop computer (optimal performance from USB 3.0, backward compatible with USB 2.0).

Leveraging the high-bandwidth (5 Gbps) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, the adapter functions as an external graphics card to deliver smooth, high-definition content to your HDMI or DVI-capable display (HDMI to DVI Adapter included). The adapter can be used to mirror your primary desktop, showing the same image on each display, or to extend your desktop to double your workspace and increase your productivity.

Who are StarTech?

From their website:

Founded in 1985 by Paul Seed and Ken Kalopsis, StarTech.com is an ISO 9001 Registered manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts. Since its inception, our company has been dedicated to making IT professionals jobs easier by helping them identify, find and get the connectivity parts they need to enable their solutions.

Features

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) Interface and backward compatible with USB 2.0
  • Supports resolutions up to 1920×1200
  • Includes HDMI to DVI-D Adapter
  • USB-powered – No external power adapter required
  • Choose between Mirrored, Extended or Primary display configurations
  • Driver software supports display rotation
  • Supports the Windows Aero interface
  • Supports 2-channel (Stereo) audio
  • Supports the use of multiple USB32HDE adapters on a single system (up to 5)

What’s in the Box?

The box contains:

  • the adaptor
  • a DVI/HDMI connector
  • manual
  • driver CD

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A Closer Look

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Final Thoughts

The USB 3.0 to HDMI External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter is fairly small so it doesn’t take up much room – which is great if you don’t have a lot of room around the TV or monitor you want to connect to. It always makes it portable, so you can slip it into your bag if you want to connect your laptop to a TV in a hotel room, for example (just don’t forget to take an HDMI cable with you).

You can easily mirror the display from the laptop, or if you want, extend the display from the laptop to the TV.

The adaptor works on Windows and Mac, and even Linux, so pretty much all your bases are covered.  drivers……..

To use the adaptor you just connect it up to the computer or laptop, install the drivers and that’s it – very quick and simple.

I connected a laptop up to a TV with HDMI (via USB 3.0) and was very pleased with the results – there was no lag, and everything seemed very smooth. I played a 1080p movie through the laptop and again I was very happy with the results – there was no obvious quality difference and there was no lag. I tried it on a USB 2.0 port and it was noticeably slower, but then it is a USB 3.0 device! One thing to note though – don’t expect to play graphic intensive games through it, it just isn’t that type of device unfortunately.

So if you are looking for a small, portable, easy to use device to connect your laptop to a monitor, TV, or projector then you should take a good look at this one!

The USB 3.0 to HDMI External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter retails for £59.00.

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You can learn more from the StarTech website.

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Would you like to join the War Thunder PC closed beta? We have 500 special beta keys to giveaway!

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War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armoured vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world.

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.

Want a code?

If you want to join the War Thunder PC beta, just click below for you code:

No keys left! Sorry.

Instructions for activation:

  1. Login or register at warthunder.com
  2. On the main page, click the “Redeem code” button in the right menu
  3. Download the CBT-launcher and let it download the beta http://launcher.warthunder.com/wt_launcher_cbt.exe

ATTENTION: Beta-access is valid only for one PC that was used for the first launch of beta (ip-address doesn’t matter, only hardware).

Current Test Schedule
Sunday – 18:00 PDT – 00:00 PDT
Tuesday – 06:00 PDT – 12:00 PDT
Tuesday – 18:00 PDT – 00:00 PDT
Thursday – 06:00 PDT – 12:00 PDT
Thursday – 18:00 PDT – 00:00 PDT
Saturday – 04:00 PDT – 09:00 PDT

Saturday – 18:00 PDT – 00:00 PDT
Sunday – 04:00 PDT – 09:00 PDT

If you want to get exclusive vehicles and other bonuses once the Open Beta starts (in addition to CBT-access), there are special Packs available at official Store.

And thank you to Gaijin Entertainment for the codes.

Why not check out our review of War Thunder beta on the PS4 here.

At a recent event for Ubisoft’s forthcoming game Child of Light, we got to play for a while, and so here is our new Let’s Play series.

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hild of Light is a re-imagining of classic fairy-tales, inviting players on an epic adventure into the magical painted world of Lemuria. Players will uncover mysteries, participate in turn-by-turn combat inspired by classic JRPGs, and explore a mystical kingdom. The game puts players in the shoes of Aurora, a child stolen from her home, who, in her quest to return, must bring back the sun, the moon and the stars held captive by the mysterious Queen of the Night. Helped by her companion Igniculus the firefly and several unlikely allies, Aurora will face her darkest fears, including dragons and other mystical creatures in this modern take on a coming-of-age story.

We have some gameplay footage that was captured at a special preview event for Child of Light – this is the PlayStation 4 version of the game:

Here is part one:

Here is part two:

Here is part three:

Here is part four:

Here is part five:

Child of Light will be released on April 30th for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC, Wii U priced £11.99.

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