The three original Crash Bandicoot games have recently been remastered and were released on the Sony PS4 last week in the form of “Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy”. Since the game was announced there have been questions over whether the game would make its way onto Xbox One, or if it would be a PS4 exclusive with the original games being PS1 exclusives and fondly loved PS1 games at that. However, Sony no longer holds the IP for the games so there have been rumours abound as to whether Activision would release the game for the Xbox One or not. Especially with a lot of the promotional artwork for the game not stating “PS4 exclusive” like a majority of exclusive games do.
Good news for fans of the original Black Ops game who are also Xbox One owners. The original Call of Duty Black Ops game, originally released in 2010 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Windows is now part of Microsoft’s Backwards compatibility program for the Xbox One. So if you have the disc version lying around still, or can get hold of it easily you will now be able to play it on your Xbox One console.
There seems to be a growing perception that in an increasingly digital world, traditional methods of entertainment are falling by the wayside. In other words, we’re too absorbed in our computers and smartphones to bother with good old fashioned fun. Sometimes complaints about this shift are as simple as someone muttering that kids never play outside anymore, and sometimes they come in the form of a more thorough analysis of the state of human amusement. For instance, a piece at Medium titled “Why Can’t We Read Anymore?” recently took a pretty dire look at what’s happened to human concentration.
Well, it’s about time. EA have announced that the next iteration of the popular football video game FIFA will for the first time include womens international teams. We will see players from teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the United States of America in Fifa 2016.
Current England Womens team captain Steph Houghton was on hand to celebrate as she will be featured in the game herself: “To be one of the first female players included is something we’ll always be able to look back on. Hopefully it will help raise the profile of the women’s game even further”
With the rise in popularity of Womens Football over the past few years, it’s great to see EA take the initiative and include the girls in a game that is undoubtedly a male dominated sport and game genre. You can take a look at a demo below showing the virtual women players in action:
With the announcement of the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft in the form of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively, there has also been quite a bit of discussion surrounding the pricing of games on the next consoles. Currently new releases for the PS3 and Xbox 360 generally cost around £40 from most retailers. With the Xbox One however, games will cost a bit more.
Microsoft have priced the games on their website at £49.99 and include titles such as Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse and Kinect Sport Rivals. However in the US, the pricepoint between 360 games and Xbox One games remains the same at $59.99 which seems a tad unfair to those not living Stateside as us UKers were already paying more than our US counterparts anyway with this generation of games.
Currently Fable 3 is on offer on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Normally the digital download costs $19.99 for the full game download. Today the game has been spotted as free. There’s no indication of how long this offer will be on so you should be quick to download it. You will need to be an Xbox Gold member to download the game for free though and 48 hour trials do not work according to reports.
It is incredible to think how far first-person shooter gaming has evolved over the years. It all started with Battlezone in 1980, but the big game changer was Doom released in 1993. To play it now you would question the dodgy controls and questionable graphics but back then it really put FPS on the map.
We’ve gone a long way since then with Duke Nukem, Half-Life, Quake, Halo and Call of Duty bringing use into the 21st century with amazing weaponry. But, with the number out there at the minute, how can the genre evolve positively? The key is creativity. Maybe you prefer strategy pc games where outcomes change and it isn’t a generic storyline that you can predict.
Cult gaming classic title Metro 2033 will be available to purchase on the Xbox Live Arcade from the 16th of October, at a reduced price. Metro 2033 will actually be half price to buy until the 22nd of October.
“About Metro 2033:
Based on the novel of the same name by acclaimed Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky and set in the shattered subway of a post-apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intense underground survival in which the fate of mankind rests in the player’s hands.”
THQ are offering Metro 2033 for £5.49 for a limited time, in anticipation of the release of their upcoming first person shooter Metro: Last Light.
Two new trilogy game sets are making their way to Sony’s PS3 this November. First up we have the Mass Effect trilogy. Mass Effect 2 and 3 were both released on the PS3 but, the original Mass Effect game that started it all off was an Xbox 360 exclusive and as of yet has not been made available to PS3 owners. Come November 7th however, you will now be able to finally play the first Mass Effect game. As well as making the game available in this trilogy box set, the game will also go up on the PlayStation Network for download. The launch coincides with the first annual “N7 Day”, which is a worldwide celebration for the Mass Effect franchise. Will you be celebrating N7 Day on November 7th by playing the first Mass Effect game?
Two new games from Sega will be heading to your Xbox 360 or PS3 very soon. Sega have announced two of their games from the ‘SEGA Heritage Collection’ will be arriving on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade very soon. Both Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS will be available for download on PSN on October 2nd priced at $9.99 each. While 360 users unfortunately have to wait a couple of days longer. Both games will go live on October 5th for 800 Microsoft points.
Sega have also announced that NiGHTS will include Christmas NiGHTS content in the price, while Sonic Adventure 2 will get DLC in the form of Battle Mode for $3 on PSN and 240 Microsoft points on XBLA.