Can Syndicate Revitalize Assassins Creed?

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was finally revealed yesterday in a bold PR move from Ubisoft. After the lukewarm reception of the bug-plagued Unity, developers Ubisoft Quebec needed to come out with all guns firing – but can they give the series the boost it needs or are the game playing public suffering from Creed fatigue?

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Horizon: H1Z1 Early Access Preview

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Martin Conmy takes a look at H1Z1, a zombie apocalypse surviver currently available in Steam Early Access. Developed by Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online before being sold), H1Z1 is in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Imagine Day Z combined with Everquest 2 and you’re going in the right direction, but is the game? Read on…

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Horizon: Reflections

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It’s a big year for Broken Window Studios – Grave, an intriguing first-person, desert-set horror, has already been announced and is sure to add some badly needed fresh blood and ideas to that genre (read our interview here). Coming first is Reflections, another passion-project from the studio and a game that passed through Steam Greenlight in just 7 days…

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Horizon: Crimson Dragon

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Flying under the radar at launch for the Xbox One is exclusive on-rails arcade shooter Crimson Dragon. A digital-only release, and announced as a Kinect title for the Xbox 360 years ago, you’d be forgiven for over looking it. You really shouldn’t though – this is a game with some serious pedigree. James Paton explains… Continue reading

Horizon: Beyond Two Souls

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Emotion. There – glad we got that out-of-the-way. Quantic Dream’s figurehead David Cage has long sought to create games that push the boundaries of what we believe to be possible in our favourite medium, by blurring the lines between video games and cinema. His aim – to make us feel ’emotions we have never felt in real life’ (?). His earlier games Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain have gone a long way to achieve a cinematic flair unmatched by his contemporaries, but it is with Beyond: Two Souls that his vision may finally reach fruition. Continue reading

Horizon: Is Prequel Batman Arkham Origins A Cop-Out?

batmanaoBatman is on a roll. After being subjected to the Joel Schumacher double-whammy of “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin” in the mid-90s, the franchise has recovered due Christopher Nolan’s excellent Dark Knight trilogy and Rocksteady’s critically acclaimed Arkham series. Warner Brothers Interactive want to keep the good form going so this year will see the release of Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel in the Arkham universe from an all new studio, Warner Brothers Montreal. That’s right, franchise creators are not involved. Worried? Don’t be, the  Batman is in safe hands… Continue reading