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The third and sadly the final map pack for Titanfall has arrived for gamers on the Xbox One. So let’s all go out with a bang as we enjoy more Titan exploding fun across 3 more battlegrounds. Whether you’re into your open and wide playgrounds for Titan and sniper heavy duals, to my personal favourite tighter built up arenas to show off your parkour abilities there’s something for everyone here. The IMC Rising DLC adds yet another 3 maps to the game’s playlist giving you more reasons to take down your opponents in a variety of ways.

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Backwater is a medium sized map that is set high into the mountains. The story mention ex-IMC pilot Barker and his fellow colonists have made a comfortable living by producing moonshine in this hidden bootlegging colony. Players will notice that the centre of the map is raised while the surrounding area is flatter, but as this is Titanfall being king of the hill doesn’t mean you’re at an advantage. With lots of shanty-like structures and buildings surrounding the based of the hill you’ll find various ways to sneak to the top as a pilot.

I particularly enjoyed playing Last Titan Standing on Backwater as players without a death wish all avoided going straight up to the hill to be exposed and resulted in tactical ground level fights surrounding it.
(A cross between the maps Smuggler’s Cove and Colony)

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Zone 18 is a map that is inside an old IMC base that’s hidden in the vast wilderness of the Dakota system. Home to the advanced IMC robotics research labs this base was my personal favourite map to play from this pack. The larger exterior with vast runabout space is home to some of the best Titan fights I’ve had, and that’s me facing them as a pilot. The rooftops have dips in them that allow you to get up high and avoid being attacked from other roofs as well as Titans on the ground. This map is large and is perfect for pilots to go toe to toe with Titans from above.

This map was great for Marked for death as nothing really beats running from other enemies across the tops of building all whilst trying to avoid the larger open ground level where Titans and only the bravest pilots will traverse across.

(A cross between the maps Nexus and Airbase)

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Sand Trap is a secretly recommisioned IMC facility which holds deep reservoirs of unrefined fuel which, to the story could be key in improving fleet and manufacturing capabilities This night time map a couple of cool areas which includes a huge open field to duke it out on and perfect for long distance sniping and several bottomless pits with the possibility to wall run across if you’re skilled enough.

Playing Capture the flag on this map was by far the most enjoyable game mode. With a variety of ways to cross from one side to the including both the dangerous open fields and the underground pits, this game mode played differently every time I played Export.
(A cross between the maps Demeter and Rise)

The IMC Rising variety pack and IMC Rising Attrition are 2 playlists you can choose to play if you fancy just playing the 3 maps on rotation. These, the DLC and the added recent update have given more to the Titanfall experience including yet another free game mode. Being the last game DLC map pack we’re to expect this could be possibly the last unless there’s more up EA’s sleeves. Over the months we’ve had a total of 9 great maps and several massive free updates that has improved the game including the Black Market, Insignias and Private lobbies. Good show, EA.

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Capcom invited us down to a special and unique banquet in honour of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. In fact I can’t say I’ve experienced anything like this and not sure I ever will again. In collaboration with the Ocean House Yashin restaurant in South Kensington, London we were treated to a Monster Hunter’s experience with the upcoming game to try out and the carcasses of the beasts to devour.

The Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate preview we played included the 2 new weapons; the Insect Glaive, which has the manoeuvrability of a fighting staff and summons insect help; and the Charge Blade, which reminds us of the Switch Axe with the properties of the Sword and Shield when sheathed. We fought against 3 bosses which included the classic Great Jaggi, the crab-like Daimyo Hermitaur and the terrifying Tigersripe Zamtrios. The build we played performed well, the co-op without lag and previous Monster Hunter players like myself welcomed the improvements such as jumping, climbing and midair attacks.

The meal itself featured names from the game as the titles for the foods and concocted drinks. ‘Monster Curios’ was the title for the first round. We were served the Mega Potion as our starting alcoholic beverage accompanied by Fresh Kirin Tears with Kezhu Saliva, the bubbles on top. This was served on a really eccentric fish backbone as the holder.

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The ‘Gore Magala’ was the tasty second course. It consisted of Tundra aged Gore Magala Tail which was pretty meaty. Accompanying this was Sliced Gore Magala Feeler, Crystalised Frenzy Jelly and Grated Parashroom. It looked divine and tasted just as great as it looked. The Ancient Potion was the second beverage, potent with a citrusy kick.

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The next course was the ‘Kushala Daora’ which was a haute cuisine styled dish. It featured 1000 year aged Rare Daora Webbing Steak, which was the best tasting Wagu beef ever, Daora Eye Lens, Deep Fried Daora Carapace Piece and Fragment of Dragon Treasure. The Elder Dragon Blood that came in a wine glass was a sweeter tasting beverage.

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After the table was cleared we all had to make extra room down the middle for the upcoming ‘Wyvern Scale Sushi’ centrepiece. And boy was it a huge display. The Rathian, Rathalos, Pink Rathian and Silver Rathalos were amazingly presented on a large fish skeleton several metres long. It was a great selection of Sushi that did wonders to the taste bud that was top quality. The Psychoserum was the beverage that was a delicious cocktail. Refreshing and pallet cleansing.

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To end the entire night of weird and wonderful foods was the Pièce de résistance ‘Handpicked Jewels’. The Gore Magala Nycto-gem and Daora Gem desert balls, chocolate and lemon flavoured, was served upon a dry ice fountain. It was incredible fun to sit back and gaze at the ice that covered the table.

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It’ll be great for Capcom to have this event more often and include the community of Monster Hunter fans to experience what we tried out for the first time on British soil. The food was great, everyone enjoyed themselves, playing the preview was amazing and the chef and waiter was a fan of the game!

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We gave you the opportunity to win the new movie Sabotage on DVD – and here are the winners.

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Ultimate action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger makes an explosive comeback alongside an incredible supporting cast in SABOTAGE, the most brutal action thriller of his career to date, released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from 15th September 2014 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), SABOTAGE stars Schwarzenegger (The Last Stand, Escape Plan) as commander of an elite yet volatile DEA task force, with support from an all-star cast, including Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, TV’s True Blood), Josh Holloway (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, TV’s Lost), Terence Howard (Dead Man Down, Hustle & Flow), Mirelle Enos (World War Z, TV’s The Killing) and Olivia Williams (Hanna, The Sixth Sense).

After raiding a drug cartel’s mansion, John ‘Breacher’ Wharton (Schwarzenegger) and his team of rogue agents hide $10 million of the hoard for themselves. Returning to retrieve the money later, they find it’s vanished… and the carnage begins. As the agents find themselves taken down one by one in increasingly sadistic and horrific ways, the race is on to find the culprit. When Breacher teams up with Caroline Brentwood (Williams), the officer assigned to investigate the murders, the team find themselves turning on each other, culminating in an explosive showdown where no one is safe – and everyone is a suspect.

Featuring the most violent, gory scenes of Schwarzenegger’s career, SABOTAGE is THE action thriller of the year- a must own for fans of old-school heroes, featuring nail-baiting tension throughout, and a return to form for the ultimate action hero of our time.

The winners

We had three copies of Sabotage on DVD to give away, and here are the winners:

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Kerry Lethbridge

Jane Miller

Congratulations to everyone who won and keep checking CDW for lots of great contests and giveaways coming up.

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At a recent event for Project CARS held at the iconic Brands Hatch race track, I had the opportunity to talk with professional race car driver Oliver Webb.

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Project CARS is the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet

Create a driver, pick from a variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and enter the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, or continually-updated community events.

Featuring world-class graphics and handling, a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, and deep tuning & pit stop functionality, Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.

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Some of his highlights for this year alone include Dubai 24hours with Lamborghini, 2nd in class. Daytona 24hours in LMP2 with Oak Racing, 8th Overall. Worldseries by Renault feeder series to F1 at Monaco. Prototype factory driver for Signatech- Alpine in European Le Mans series with podiums and driver in the Le Mans 24hour with podium on debut at the race.

Over to Oliver:

And why not watch some gameplay from Project CARS captured from the PS4 version of the game:

Project CARS will be available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in November 2014, and on Wii U and STEAM OS in 2015.

What do you think of Project CARS? Let us know be leaving a comment.

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Alex Ness is a writer at Toys for Bob working on Skylanders and I sat down with him at their studio in San Francisco to talk about the story and voices – he does a lot of them, including the Chompy Mage and Broccoli Guy!

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The Chompy Mage is a well loved villain and for those of you who don’t know much about him, here is his bio:

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Believe it or not, the Chompy Mage actually hatched from inside a Chompy Pod. At least that is how his Chompy hand puppet tells the story. Having been raised by Chompies, it is no surprise that the old magician is a little strange. He simply grew up embracing the Chompy way – believing that Skylands would be a better place if everyone was a Chompy – an illegal enchantment which he has actually tried to perform on several occasions. It was this kind of magic that led to him to be locked up inside Cloudcracker Prison, where he met the other Doom Raiders. Of course, they all thought he was completely crazy, but the Chompy Mage can see through the eyes of any Chompy in Skylands – and having a few billion little spies can come in handy when trying to enact revenge on the Skylanders. Plus, he could secure the Chompy vote for any sort of political elections that followed.

Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

Skylanders Trap Team will be released October 10th for the Nintendo Wii, Wii U and 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and various tablets including the iPad, Android tablets and the Kindle Fire HDX.

And here is some gameplay footage captured from the PlayStation 4 version of the game:

Are you excited for Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Paul Reiche is the studio president at Toys for Bob working on Skylanders and I sat down with him at their studio in San Francisco.

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Paul Reiche III is the President and Co-founder of Toys for Bob, an Activision studio and occasional Tiki bar in Novato, California.

Toys For Bob was formed in 1988 by Reiche Reiche and Fred Ford, best known for being the co-creators of the cult-classic Star Control series.  Before their partnership, both Reiche and Ford attended UC Berkeley while working on games; /Ford programming early Japanese computers and Reiche working with TSR Hobbies on D&D(R) and co-designing Archon 1 & 2 and Mail Order Monsters on the Atari-800 and Commodore 64 home computers.

Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

Skylanders Trap Team will be released October 10th for the Nintendo Wii, Wii U and 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and various tablets including the iPad, Android tablets and the Kindle Fire HDX.

And here is some gameplay footage captured from the PlayStation 4 version of the game:

Are you excited for Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Jeff Poffenbarger is the Executive Producer at Toys for Bob working on Skylanders and I sat down with him at their studio in San Francisco.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

Skylanders Trap Team will be released October 10th for the Nintendo Wii, Wii U and 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and various tablets including the iPad, Android tablets and the Kindle Fire HDX.

And here is some gameplay footage captured from the PlayStation 4 version of the game:

Are you excited for Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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It’s time for another giveaway on CDW, and this time you can win a Season 2 of ARROW box set on Blu-ray.

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ARROW SEASON 2 is the epic sci-fi serial drama that breeds a whole new level of superhero. The crime fighting masked vigilante with a bow and arrow returns to Starling City as ARROW : SEASON 2 aims and shoots to Blu-ray and DVD on 22nd September from Warner Home Entertainment.

Season 2 boasts an all star young Hollywood cast including; Stephen Amell (The Flash, New Girl) as leading man Oliver Queen and the masked Arrow man;  Katie Cassidy (Gossip Girl, Monte Carlo, A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Laurel Lance the attorney and former girlfriend of Oliver Queen; David Ramsey (Blue Bloods, The Defenders, Outlaw) as John Diggle, Oliver’s partner, confidant and bodyguard; Willa Holland (Tiger Eyes, Straw Dogs, Chasing 3000) plays Thea Queen, Oliver’s younger sister and resident troublemaker; Paul Blackthorne (The River, CSI) is Detective Quentin Lance; Emily Bett Rickards (Dakota’s Summer, Romeo Killer, Bacon and Eggs) brings Felicity Smoak to life as the IT technician at Queen Consolidated; Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf, Look, The Gates) plays petty crook Roy Harper, and Colin Donnell (Pan Am), Oliver’s best friend, Tommy Merlyn.

ARROW SEASON 2 follows the story of spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) who becomes missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. Season two focuses on Oliver’s decision to stop all criminals, without killing them, following the death of his best friend. Oliver must also contend with outside forces attempting to take over Queen Consolidated, as well as the revelation that certain individuals have returned from perceived death. Oliver is later forced to reveal his identity to Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) in order to protect and use him and his help to take down the criminals and all of the other bad people who try to destroy the city.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of the Season 2 ARROW Blu-ray box sets 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 comic book hero or heroine 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 and you have to be 18 years old or over to enter!

The contest ends Friday 26th September, so good luck.

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I-Wei Huang is the Character Director at Toys for Bob working on Skylanders and I sat down with him at their studio in San Francisco and he showed me how he draws Chopper, one of the new Skylanders.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

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Chopper is a very cute dinosaur with an exo-skeleton that enables him to fly and shoot rockets, and it’s amazing to see how easily, and quickly I-Wei draws him, so over to I-Wei:

Are you excited for Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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I-Wei Huang is the Character Director at Toys for Bob working on Skylanders and I sat down with him at their studio in San Francisco and we talked about his designs and other things Skylanders related.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

Are you excited for Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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At a recent visit to the Toys for Bob studio in San Francisco, I was allowed to capture some brand new Skylanders Trap Team gameplay.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

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Toys for Bob were kind enough to allow me to capture an entire level to show off to you guys – this is level 5 of Skylanders Trap Team and it is called Chef Zepplin.

It is captured from the PlayStation 4 version of the game in glorious 1080p and in total it’s around 22 minutes of footage – and don’t worry, we have kept as many spoilers out of it as possible.

Here is part one:

Part two will follow soon.

What do you think of Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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At a recent visit to the Toys for Bob studio in San Francisco, I was allowed to capture some brand new Skylanders Trap Team gameplay.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

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Toys for Bob were kind enough to allow me to capture an entire level to show off to you guys – this is level 5 of Skylanders Trap Team and it is called Chef Zepplin.

It is captured from the PlayStation 4 version of the game in glorious 1080p and in total it’s around 22 minutes of footage – and don’t worry, we have kept as many spoilers out of it as possible.

Here is part two:

What do you think of Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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