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Ubisoft has announced the launch of pre-orders for the most complete Far Cry 4 package available: the Ultimate Kyrat Edition. Presented in an exclusive box, this definitive fan package will include all the elements featured in the Kyrat Edition and in the Limited Edition as well as the Season Pass that will allow players to get access to the forthcoming Far Cry 4 downloadable contents. Only in the EMEA territories, players will be able to purchase this Ultimate Edition for PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, on the uPlay Shop – shop.ubi.com/UltimateKyratEdition.

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The Far Cry 4 Ultimate Kyrat Edition features:

  • Hurk’s Redemption: Three action-packed single-player missions featuring Hurk, the popular Far Cry 3 character
    • Mission 1: Fight dangerous enemies in the ice caves of snow-capped mountains to retrieve a rare artifact.
    • Mission 2: What’s better than riding elephants? Fighting waves of enemies on an elephant with Hurk by your side.
    • Mission 3: In this epic finale, chase down an enemy convoy in a gyrocopter and save Hurk from certain death.
  • Hurk’s exclusive Harpoon gun “the Impaler”!
  • A 20 cm figurine of the game’s villain Pagan Min seated on an elephant throne
  • A travel journal to record your own adventures
  • A Pagan Min Propaganda Poster
  • The game Map
  • The Far Cry 4 Season Pass
  • The exclusive future pack Metal Box
  • An exclusive collector case

With Far Cry 4 players will experience the most expansive and immersive Far Cry ever, in an entirely new, massive open-world. Players will find themselves in Kyrat, a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape. Developed by Ubisoft Montréal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios, Far Cry 4 will be available worldwide on 18th November for PlayStation4 and PlayStation3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

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Wargaming has announced the street dates for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition Combat Ready Starter Pack!

It will be available worldwide at participating retailers starting on 12th August, 2014. Specific dates and prices for each region are as follows:

• 12th August  – North and South America

• 14th August  – Asia-Pacific

• 29th August  – Europe

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Available at a discounted price of $19.99 (£15.99), the bundle will offer players a tremendous value of exclusive items that will enhance the experience with the game that is free-to-play for all Xbox Live Gold members. All other Xbox Live account holders can get in on the action for a free seven-day trial.

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For the first time, players will get to drive the premium Panzer 38H Tier II German light tank, famously known for its heavy armour and quick firing gun.

The full contents of the Combat Ready Starter Pack are:

• The premium Panzer 38H Tier II German light tank, currently available through the retail package for a limited time

• 3 days of premium account time granting 50% boost in accumulated Silver and experience

• 200,000 in-game Silver

• 1500 in-game Gold

• 30-day voucher code for Xbox Live Gold status

 

505 Games and Rebellion are back with their gruesomely satisfying Sniper Elite series, this third entry promises to be the largest of them all with vast open expanses to traverse and several new gameplay mechanics on offer. Can they expand on their ever improving series, or will this one be slightly off the mark?

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It’s not long before Karl Fairburne, the elite sniper, is called into action in the dusty, unforgiving plains of Africa. Mere moments after been given control of our stoic, chisel jawed American exterminator, we’re tasked with clearing out a few pesky snipers and spotters from the overlooking cliffs ahead. One justly lined up shot later; you’re introduced to the series’ famed x-ray killcam in all of its glorious destruction. Instantly shocking, gratifying and curiously addictive, these killcams offer a slow motion insight into the life of a fatally wounding bullet. Not only will you see skulls crumple under the sheer velocity, but also lungs puncture, hearts explode, and should you desire, testicles rupturing. The scope of horrendous bodily harm you can commit to an unaware, meandering soldier never gets old, despite the player seeing it potentially hundreds of times during the course of the campaign.

Making the local coroners life easier comes with its own problems however. It’s often either too easy or too difficult to get your snuff fix, turning the difficulty up will add magnified effects such as gravity and wind direction/speed to contend with, however one quick tap of the ‘empty lungs’ button will place a cursor directly on your bullets predetermined destination. Electing to ignore the empty lung/cursor of death button isn’t easy, but can make for a more rewarding experience knowing you’ve earned the kill yourself.

In terms of difficulty, the AI can certainly make life either a trauma or a walk in the park. Possessing the hearing of a bat or an ancient geriatric, depending on your actions, they will remain blissfully unaware as you take down a room with the Welrod (your handy silenced pistol) Or you can creep and stalk your your enemy for as long as you please, provided you’re crouched. On the other end of the spectrum, they’ll hear and pinpoint your position from a misjudged sniper shot, even if it’s mere milliseconds out of the sound cover range.

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Handily, Africa is packed full of easily malfunctioning generators, sporadically dotted about the map and often adjacent to elevated sniper positions. One quick sabotage later and you can mask your gunfire by timing it with the chugs of your ill mechanical friend, hopefully avoiding the new searching mechanic implanted into the local guards. Firstly, they’ll take cover from any other errant shots that might come their way, before attempting to locate your crafty position. Moving in flanks and small formations, they’ll push your last known/seen position, visually marked by a Splinter Cell esque outline of yourself. Relocating is the name of the game here, as escaping the radius of your crime will revert your foes to their initial patrols, despite them having to tiptoe over the corpses of their fallen comrades along the way.

Linear level design is slowly becoming a thing of the past now with Sniper Elite III’s larger open maps, however you do still have to complete objectives in a predetermined order, as they are marked along an obvious and plain route. Secret objectives can open up play a little as they are often not apparent until you’ve fulfilled a prerequisite requirement, such as searching a table for Intel regarding a passing through officer who’s ripe for early retirement.

Despite the main missions pointing you in the right direction, how you tackle them is left up to you and your imagination. Taking out key personnel could be achieved by anything from a silenced Welrod shot, to laying down a mine before retreating. It heavily encourages stealth, but doesn’t restrict you to it, letting you experiment with various methods due to the large sandbox style environments.

Gunplay is fairly solid, however strangely, what with the snipers being quite so heavily featured, the differences between rifles and their upgrades feels a little non distinct. The sub-machine guns feel as though they’re meant to be used only as a last resort, which in a stealth orientated game, is a plus point. Whilst the Welrod is suitably slow to fire and has a meagre ammo capacity at best, scavenging corpses and crates will often yield far more than is necessary. Despite not really knowing what sort of battle you’ll find yourself in, you can alter your load out pre-mission with anything you’ve unlocked via levelling up in the various modes. If you feel a silenced pistol is a little over powered, switch it for a revolver, love to go loud? Bring along a pocket full of dynamite and a few land mines at the expense of health packs.

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Whilst it may not be the prettiest game on the PS4, there are not only some very nice lighting effects, but the frame rate is consistently high, making it a much smoother experience than you might be used to. Add to this that each of the eight levels on offer usually lasts around an hour each, and you’ll become increasingly impressed.

That’s not to say it’s been completely smooth sailing however, Sniper Elite III does have it’s drawbacks too. The enemy AI, whilst in alert mode, can be fairly competent, but the transition back to their designated patrols despite half a squadron lying at their feet instantly takes you out of the experience. Some of the context sensitive prompts can grate a little too early as well, actions overlap all too frequently meaning that the wrong task is occasionally performed if you’re not careful. Searching bodies requires deft usage of the right thumbstick before the option can appear; silently knifing someone in the back can often take multiple button mashes before registering too.

Your time spent with Sniper Elite III will vary from either being too easy at the upside of being daft, visceral fun, or too difficult along with some of the more infuriating technical blemishes peppered about the place. If you’ve played the others and still can’t fill that sadistic void with anything but slow motion testicle battery, then you’ll more than likely enjoy this instalment. If not, and you’re hankering after some stealthy fun; alongside being capable of brushing aside a disappointingly clichéd narrative and the occasional technical hiccup, Sniper Elite III might just have found its mark.

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Ubisoft has announced today that single player content for the open world action-adventure game Watch Dogs will be available tomorrow on all platforms. Tomorrow’s release includes three single player missions, unlockable weapons, perks and bonuses to help Aiden on his quest for revenge.

The three missions, detailed below, give players tasks to complete, but also bonuses, boosts, perks, weapons and outfits to earn and unlock along the way.

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  • The Palace Single Player Mission: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His databanks have intimate details on thousands of people including Dedsec and Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe his hard drive and escape before the raid begins. Then silence the Internet mogul.

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  • Signature Shot Single Player Mission: A biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for a captain of the Black Viceroys gang. The weapon only works with the first person to imprint his palm on the handle. Breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to imprint the weapon.

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  • Breakthrough Single Player Mission: A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago South Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Find the scrambler vehicles and take out their technicians. Locate the meeting and eliminate everyone taking part.

New weapons available with this content include the Biometric Rifle and the Auto-6 pistol. The Biometric Rifle is acquired after successfully completing the Signature Shot mission and is unique to Aiden, responding his finger prints alone. It excels at long range, but still has a high rate of fire for when combat gets up close and personal. The Auto-6 is a burst fire pistol that is extremely effective and deals a large amount of damage.

Among the new perks and bonuses are a Dedsec Battery Boost that adds additional phone battery, a Blume Weapon Boost that permits faster reloading for all weapons and less recoil, a Driving Master boost that offers improved vehicle hit points and an ATM Hack boost that increases the amount of money gained when hacking accounts at ATMs.

Season Pass holders received access to this content one week in advance and starting tomorrow non Season Pass holders can purchase the content. Players hoping for early access to the upcoming Single Player Story, as well as access to today’s content drop and the Conspiracy! Digital Trip can still purchase the Season Pass.

 

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From Paleto Bay to the Port of Los Santos and everywhere in between, it’s time to celebrate the birthplace of freedom with The Independence Day Special (in association with Ammu-Nation) for Grand Theft Auto Online.

Demonstrate your exceptionalism and own the road from sea to shining sea with two new star spangled rides, the Sovereign motorcycle and the super-sized Liberator monster truck. And protect your rights the same way our Founding Fathers did with the latest addition to Ammu-Nation’s antiques collection, the high-powered Musket… or channel your inner Jack Howitzer with the spectacular Firework Rocket Launcher.

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Seven new properties have also been added to the Dynasty 8 rolls, including locations in Paleto Bay and Vinewood Hills that provide plenty of yard space to scorch the grass with your very own Fireworks show.

Use up to 12 varieties with different fuse lengths to create a spectacle that would make even the most battle-hardened Republican Space Ranger shed a tear. If you prefer rickety amusements operated by minimum wage teenage workers over incendiary lawn displays, then venture down to Pleasure Pier where you can now ride the Ferris Whale and the Leviathan Roller Coaster.

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This limited-time update also features an overabundance of patriotic flare: show off nationalistic pride with a “Made in the U.S.A.” t-shirt, a backwoods mullet or let the eagle soar with an animal mask featuring this great nation’s most fearsome and majestic creatures.

This special seasonal content will be available to redeem in-game until Mid-July (we will announce a specific redemption expiration date soon). The automatic update for the Independence Day Special also includes additional game tuning updates and other adjustments, including the new On Call Matchmaking function. This new option allows players to accept a Job invite and continue playing in Freemode until that Job fills up, reducing time spent idle while waiting for Job to start.

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This new option allows players to accept a Job invite and continue playing in Freemode until that Job fills up, reducing time spent idle while waiting for Job to start. For the complete list of all the fixes and tuning updates, visit the Rockstar Support site.
To download the Independence Day Special, fire up your online-connected PS3 or Xbox 360 and start GTAV. You’ll be prompted to download the automatic update (1.15) and Xbox 360 players will also be required to download an additional compatibility pack upon entering GTA Online.
And look for details about the upcoming celebratory 4-day Independence Day Weekend Event tomorrow.

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Deep Silver today reveals ESCAPE Dead Island, a third-person single-player survival mystery spin-off that unravels the origins of the zombie outbreak and tells the story between Dead Island and the recently announced successor Dead Island 2.

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Developed by Fatshark Sweden, ESCAPE Dead Island is scheduled for release in autumn 2014 for the Xbox 360 and for the PlayStation 3 as well as Windows PC for a recommended retail price of £39.99 for the console versions and £34.99 for the PC version.

ESCAPE Dead Island is a survival mystery that follows the story of Cliff Calo, who sets sail to document the unexplained events rumoured to have happened on Banoi. Arriving on the island of Narapela, part of the Banoi archipelago, he finds that not everything is as it seems. Haunted by Déjà vu, Cliff will have to make sense of it all throughout the entire game again and again.

This story-driven adventure lets players delve into the Dead Island universe and unravel the origins of the zombie outbreak. Escape is only the beginning. Delivering the key features of a Dead Island game visceral melee combat set in a beautiful paradise setting ESCAPE adds a completely new tone to the zombie universe. The visually unique styles accompanies the player on his struggle against insanity as he experiences the secrets of the Dead Island universe, fights off zombies with a vast and unique array of weapons and opens the path to the events that will happen in Dead Island 2.

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Today 2K has announced that John Cena will be the cover star for this years WWE 2K15.

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“WWE 2K15 will be the absolute BEST game you’ve ever got your hands on” – not my words but of John Cena!

WWE 2K15 will be the second wrestling title published by 2K Sports, the game launches on 28th Oct for North America but 31st October for internationally for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

“It is truly an honour and privilege to serve as the WWE 2K15 cover Superstar,” said Cena. “2K has a tremendous history of sports simulation games and cover athletes, including Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and of course, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. I look forward to carrying the flag for WWE 2K15 and introducing the incredible next-generation of WWE gaming to the WWE Universe.” Cena has established himself as one of the most prolific WWE Superstars of all time.

A pop-culture fixture, Cena is frequently recognized for his film, television and music endeavours, as well as for granting more than 400 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, more than any other celebrity. In addition, Cena is one of the world’s most popular athletes across social media with more than six million Twitter followers, as well as 27 million likes on Facebook, making him the most-followed active U.S. athlete on Facebook.

“With his outstanding record of accomplishments in WWE and beyond, the iconic John Cena is the perfect WWE Superstar to represent the WWE 2K franchise as we launch the first-ever WWE video game on next-generation consoles,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “Along with monumental gameplay, graphical and presentation improvements, we are confident that Cena will drive WWE 2K15 to cement its spot in history as the greatest WWE video game released to date.”

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Watch the explosive trailer to celebrate the launch of Sniper Elite 3 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3 that is out this week.Sniper-Elite-3_1680x1050.jpg

Laying low for days, this may be your only your shot…make it count. Observe. Plan. Execute. ADAPT. In the latest chapter of the award-winning series, players are taken to the unforgiving yet exotic terrain of North Africa in a savage conflict against Germany’s infamous Afrika Korps.

Stalk your targets through the twisting canyons, lush oases and ancient cities of the Western Desert in the deadly rush to sabotage a Nazi super-weapons program that could end Allied resistance for good. Use stealth, planning and execution to hunt your targets, whether human or machine.

From signature long distance kills, to melee takedowns, distractions and explosive traps, you are as deadly up close as you are from afar. It must end here. You are the turning point. Because one bullet can change history…

Karl has one shot, one chance to take down his target. But there’s a division between him and his objective. Piece of cake.

 

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Some screenshots has just been released of video game documentary-maker, TV writer and satirist Charlie Brooker’s character in the upcoming Sniper Elite 3, as part of the bonus material available to those who pre-order their copy ahead of the official launch in the UK on 27th June.

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Oxford-based developers Rebellion, and creators of the Sniper Elite series, have released exclusive images of Brooker, presenter of ‘How Videogames Changed the World’ in his role as a enemy soldier in the highly anticipated World War II strategic shooter game.

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Charlie Brooker debuts as a German field officer in Hitler’s entourage – his character and level are part of the special downloadable content package called “Hunt the Grey Wolf”, which gamers can access if they pre-order the game in the next 2 days. Brooker’s character follows and salutes Hitler throughout the level and – like all other enemy characters – can have his internals shredded by a sniper bullet, all captured by the game’s signature X-ray KillCam. It’s believed that Rebellion has included a secret achievement in the level to encourage gamers to assassinate Brooker’s character as creatively as possible.

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Brooker underwent full motion capture in April at the Rebellion HQ to create his digital-self along with a voice recording that has been included in-game. The recording will play as radio transmissions sent by UK intelligence on hidden radios throughout the bonus level.

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The latest chapter in the award-winning series co-developed by Rebellion and international games publisher 505 Games, Sniper Elite 3 takes players to the heart of the WWII conflict in the deadly, exotic territory of North Africa in 1942. The game centres on Allied attempts to sabotage the development of Nazi super weapons in the Western Desert, pitting a lone OSS agent against the might of Germany’s Afrika Korps and ferocious Tiger Tanks.

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Sniper Elite 3 is out Friday 27th June on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC via Steam.

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Deep Silver today reveals a new trailer for Sacred 3 which focusses on the competitive aspect of the game.

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While working together on their fight against the evil that has come over Ancaria, the four heroes also have their very own agenda: Trump their companions and become the ultimate hero of Ancaria. The newest installment of the classic Sacred series will be available from 1st August in Europe and 5th August in the United States for Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 as well as PC.

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Ubisoft announced that Valiant Hearts: the Great War is now available to download on Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and PC Digital, at the price of £11.99.

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War is the story of crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart. It gives players the chance to live a touching yet comical adventure which focuses on the journey of four people as they brave the battles and difficulties of the Great War following their faithful canine companion. All of the main characters are inextricably drawn together, and friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy befall each as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors of war.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is being developed by a small team at Ubisoft Montpellier, known for their work on titles like Beyond Good & Evil, Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. The team is using the UbiArt Framework to easily and efficiently animate the game’s comic-book style, which consists of a wide-ranging colour palette from the dank trenches to green forests and snowy fields  that provides stunning scenic variety and visual contrast. Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework is a powerful engine that lets programmers and artists to bring their art to life by allowing original concept art to be inserted unedited into the game world.

Why not watch the exclusive interview with Gregory Hermittant and Guillaume Cerda, who are both Associate Producers on Valiant Hearts: The Great War to talk about the influences on the game.

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Out this week is Sniper Elite 3 will launch with a 10GB day-one patch on Xbox One, it has been confirmed. The sizeable day one patch will be used to make a variety of improvements and reduce the install size from 21GB to 19GB, Rebellion has told Eurogamer.

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It will also be used to sync data between retail discs and future multiplayer DLC.

“The main part of the update is to sync data between the game’s retail discs and the Xbox Live digital download edition of the game,” a Rebellion spokesperson explained.

“In the several weeks between sending the code off to manufacture and release, rather than sit around or take a break, we’ve continued to work on the game, making improvements and optimisations.

“We’ve also begun work on multiplayer DLC and a small part of this update is to introduce a compatibility pack.

“This is standard for any game that adds DLC – it’s just to make sure everyone can have the same multiplayer experience whether they own DLC or not.”

“It’s part of this ongoing optimisation process that’s enabled Sniper Elite 3 to perform well at a native 1080p on both Xbox One and PS4,” the spokesperson continued.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and we firmly believe Sniper Elite 3 will be worth the wait!”

Sniper Elite 3 will make its European debut on 27th June for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC. It will launch in North America on 1st July.

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