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Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Called it: Dragon Ball Xenoverse will let you customize your very own Dragon Ball Z character

In June this year, a series of screenshots from Bandai Namco‘s latest Dragon Ball game, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, were released into the wild and they seemed to focus on a character not featured in any of the Dragon Ball lore. With Bandai Namco saying that Xenoverse was going to “rewrite DRAGON BALL history as we know it”, much of the speculation suggested a new character was about to be introduced into the anime universe. My opinion was slightly different as it seemed the unknown character bore hallmarks from several different characters in the Dragon Ball universe, suggesting that Xenoverse was going to introduce instead customizable characters. That theory has now been confirmed at the Tokyo Game Show after Masahiro Kashino of developer Dimps Corporation spoke about the game.  The premise for Dragon Ball Xenoverse is that the history of Dragon Ball has been altered – in Goku and Piccolo’s battle with Raditz, Piccolo’s ...

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Destiny parody Twitter accounts

Destiny parody Twitter accounts make light of the game’s frustrations

Destiny has been out now for just over a week – that might seem like weeks for some – and plenty of players have already voiced their varied opinions. I’ll save my opinions for my review, but there appears to be a common point of frustration among most players centred around equipment and engrams after you reach level 20. As many of you know, once you reach the game’s ‘soft’ level cap of 20, you can increase your level further by acquiring more powerful gear with the “Light” attribute, a process which has turned out to be particularly gruelling, no matter the approach you take. Of course, there are some in the community who have a sense of humour about all of this, and have started their own Destiny parody Twitter accounts to give everyone a bit of a chuckle. One of those is the @LegendaryEngram account, which assumes the persona of ...

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Destiny panorama screenshots

Bungie outlines Destiny content to come over the next two months

Bungie weren’t kidding when they said full reviews for Destiny in the first few weeks weren’t going encompass all that Destiny has to offer. As part of their plan to make Destiny a constantly rich and replenishing game, Bungie has outlined the Destiny content that is going to be coming in the next two months, with some of the events starting as soon as this weekend. The events include Crucible events, the start of raids in Destiny as well as teasing what looks like more Crucible events and some additional story events to round out September. October is going to see another Iron Banner event, which some people would have experienced during the Beta. Check out the full infographic Bungie posted: Community manager, Deej, also mentions that new vendors will arrive at the Tower to sell you different gear, and that there will new bounties that sound ominously unobtainable. As expected ...

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5 things House of Wolves changed in Destiny

Bravo, Destiny: You’ve put the ‘game’ back in ‘gamers’

There’s something to be said about current video game culture. Without getting into the nasty controversial stuff, gamers have become increasingly reliant on game reviews to help direct their decisions and perceptions of games. Bungie‘s highly anticipated massively-multiplayer-online-shooter-thingy, Destiny, opened its doors to the masses today, and did so without even one game review to its name. Sure it was a risky plan, but I’d say its paid off. As someone who regularly reviews games, I often find myself nitpicking different things about games, whether it be graphics, story, or just general peeves. What happens is that I generally enjoy games less, and that’s not even because it’s my job – it’s more the fact having to analyse the game takes some of the fun out of it. And similarly, I think game reviews do that for general gamers as well, which can somewhat detract from the full game experience ...

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Xbox can't advertise Destiny

Clever, backhanded ad points out Xbox can’t advertise Destiny

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard that this year’s (or any year’s) biggest game release, Destiny, is about to happen on September 9th (only 1 day and 12 hours left!!!). You might have noticed, however, that despite the game coming out on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, advertisements everywhere have centred pretty heavily on the Sony consoles’ release, with Xbox ads almost non-existent. As we know, Bungie and Sony have cosied up closely for this release with exclusive PS4 console and game bundles, leaving Microsoft’s console out in the rain. So close is that relationship that Xbox can’t advertise Destiny at all, a point it hilariously pointed out in some ads in the U.K. this week (see above). Xbox U.K. this week posted a series of advertisements promoting a new perfume called “Destiny“. Of course, there is no perfume, but presumably the opportunity to ...

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Xbox Games with Gold

September’s Xbox Games with Gold keeps the free gaming coming

The end of the month is quickly becoming one of my favourite times as Microsoft reveals what games it is going to be offering on its ongoing Xbox Games with Gold program. Last month we got gems like Dishonored and Strike Suit Zero, and it looks like we’re getting more of the same in September. For Xbox One owners, you’ll only be getting one new game in September; Crimson Dragon, one of last month’s games will be continuing its tenure into this month. The other game you can get for free will be Super Time Force, a nifty little indie game that is quite a lot more tricky than its appearance as a side-scrolling gun-fest might suggest. Super Time Force will be available for the full month of September. Xbox 360 owners have hit the jackpot again this month – not only will the get to download the pixellated, heist, indie ...

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skate 3

The Power of YouTube: Skate 3 gets a second lease on life thanks to PewDiePie

“Skate 3?” I hear you say. “Why are we talking about a four year old game?” Well, we’re talking about it because this game is currently sitting in 20th position on the UK game sales charts – there is no other game nearly as old in the Top 40. Not surprised yet? EA has actually ordered more copies of Skate 3 to be reprinted to keep up with this newdemand. But what’s the cause of all this commotion around what is ultimately a good, but buggy, skating game? The answer is PewDiePie. Gaming’s YouTube royalty, PewDiePie, is one of countless YouTubers who have made videos of themselves playing Skate 3, a game which isn’t inherently interesting (sorry skating fans!) but is made all the more entertaining by unusual glitches and bugs. For a better idea of why this is so interesting, check out PewDiePie’s Skate 3 video below which has some 12 million ...

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nba 2k15

New NBA 2K15 trailer coins the term ‘Yakkem’

The NBA 2K series has stood head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to basketball simulation games for years now and their annual offering, NBA 2K15, is about to release, looking pretty snazzy in its first full trailer. Check it out below: Showing snippets of ESPN favourites, Ernie Johnson and the original Superman, Shaquille O’Neal, the video also delves into some delicious looking gameplay with character models bordering on uncanny. Whether the dynamic duo will feature just in pre- and post-game analyses of the game, or throughout it as well, remains to be seen. The game also focuses much of its snippets on cover athlete, last year’s MVP, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA 2K series goes through intense scrutiny every year, partly because they are so far ahead of their direct competitor, the NBA Live series by EA Sports, and partly because the game is already ...

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Destiny Launch gameplay trailer

The official Destiny Launch gameplay trailer takes off, makes the wait to release a little less painful

If there’s anything that was widely felt after the Destiny Beta, it was that the official release of the game on September 9th was much too far away. Now that the game is only 16 days, 8 hours and 55 minutes away (not that I’m counting), Bungie and Activision have decided to satiate our hunger for the game a little more by releasing the official Destiny Launch gameplay trailer. Check it out below: Quite a lot of the gameplay clips we’ve spotted at one time or another in some of the other Destiny trailers – as well as many of the press quotes – but for many of the faithful, they could have made a trailer made of completely re-used clips and we would still be happy. The one thing that this trailer does do is pull together all the bits of the game that they have been teasing separately for some time ...

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destiny mars gameplay trailer

Explore The Red Planet in the new Destiny Mars Gameplay Trailer

Not that I’m counting, but there are only 23 days, 9 hours until Destiny is officially released, and boy is there a lot of anticipation around the web. Although we’ve likely only seen a small portion of the gameplay and story that will be afforded to us in the full game, that hasn’t stopped us poring over every detail of the beta and what little information we have. To help satiate our thirst for gameplay snippets, Bungie has released the Destiny Mars gameplay trailer, which takes us through some of the landscapes and enemies you’ll be facing on The Red Planet. Check it out: Mars, of course, isn’t the only place besides Earth that you’ll get to visit in Destiny; other celestial bodies like Venus and the Moon are also on the navigation charts, with a small number of people getting the opportunity to visit the Moon in a two ...

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