Even if you only try the Star Wars Battlefront Beta for five minutes, it’s worth it

I got access to the Star Wars Battlefront Beta, the hotly anticipated DICE developed sequel to 2005’s Star Wars Battlefront 2, on Tuesday.

I live in a shared house, so I took my PS4 out of my room in order to show it to a couple of my housemates who were interested in seeing it in action. I powered on the console, downloaded the beta and dove right in. Eager to play the game’s survival mode (in which waves of Stormtroopers try to “blast your ass” into wherever it is that Star Wars character’s go when they’re singed to death by hot beams of light) I selected that first.


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Eight new Kingdom Hearts games leak following TGS announcement

Boy, what a week its been for all you Kingdom Hearts fans! Yesterday morning, a Square Enix representative bounded onto the stage during Sony’s conference at the annual Tokyo Game Show, shouldered Atsushi Morita out of the way, and (during the stunned silence which followed) announced Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue.

Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (which I won’t be abbreviating because a name like that deserves to be honoured within its entirety every time it’s mentioned) consists of a HD remaster of 3DS spin off title Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance,  a short film titled Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover and an exclusive “playable episode” that likes to be known as Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage.

I can hear all of you now, rubbing your legs at the thought of more hot Keyblade on Keyblade action, moistening your lips whilst contemplating which beloved Disney franchises will be invaded by moody teenagers and kids with frighteningly large shoes next. It’s an exciting series that has more spin off’s than I’ve had hot dinners (seven), and the thought of more new Kingdom Hearts content that isn’t a numbered sequel has no doubt got you all hot under your impractical Japanese collars.

Well, luckily for you, the week of exciting announcements isn’t over, as one of our contacts at Square Enix has this evening sent us a confidential document revealing the names and plot synopses of eight new Kingdom Hearts spin off titles that are set to be released on a variety of platforms over the next four years.


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For PlayStation newcomers, the Uncharted collection will be an essential purchase

Following on from yesterday morning’s unfortunate leak, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake collection has now been officially announced for the PlayStation 4.

Boasting updated textures and models, updated resolutions and frame rates (1080p/60fps), as well as access to the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta, the collection includes all three console installments of the Uncharted franchise so far and will be released this October.

If you owned a PlayStation 3, there’s a high chance you’ve already played at least one Uncharted game over the years. If you have, and if you enjoyed it, this article isn’t for you. Go on scamp, run along outside and go for a bike ride or something. I’m here to talk to everyone else. Your tea will be ready around 7. Stay away from the brook in Mulberry forest. That’s where Karen was found dead.

Anyway. If you’re new to the PlayStation range of systems this generation (perhaps after transferring over from an Xbox or Nintendo console) then this announcement is incredibly important, because Uncharted is well regarded as one of the greatest new IP’s of the last generation and for good reason too, because they’re great.


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Fallout 4 looks bloody lovely

I don’t know whether you’ve heard, but Fallout 4 was finally announced today. It was a fairly low key event. No one was really talking about it. I wouldn’t be surprised if it passed you by.

Just in case it did, here’s the trailer. Go on, have a watch. It’s well nice.

Enjoy it? I know I did. As a fan of the series since 2008’s Fallout 3, this next installment looks to be everything I hoped for and more. Its got Ghouls! Robots! Contextually humorous product names! Blue jumpsuits! It even has a dog in it which mopes around a house looking all sad. I didn’t even know I wanted that, but now it’s there, I feel all the more fulfilled for its inclusion.

Still, because the internet is the internet, it took all of eight minutes before people started whinging about how the graphics don’t quite look as good as they were expecting. Well, pfft. Screw you. I think Fallout 4 looks gorgeous, and it has nothing to do with its graphics (which, for the record, I think look quite good) and everything to do with its aesthetic. Primarily, its use of colour and texture, which are well considered and tonally, very interesting.

Here, let me show you what I mean.


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