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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition announced…

Ubisoft will release Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition, which includes seven downloadable content packs, in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) territories March 27 and the U.K. March 28, the company announced this week.

In addition to the full game, the Jackdaw Edition will include the Death Vessel Pack, Kraken Ship Pack, Crusader and Florentine Pack, Illustrious Pirates Pack, Multiplayer #1: Blackbeard’s Wrath Pack, Multiplayer #2: Guild of Rogues Pack and Freedom Cry — a nine-mission, story-driven DLC. In addition to being released as DLC for Black Flaglast year, Freedom Cry launched as a standalone game.

The game is available to Xbox One, PS4 and PC owners. We’ll be offering the physical and digital copy of the PC version. Order here to secure early-bird pricing.

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The Video Game Box business…

Hi everyone

Due to massive demand on certain games using this months 15% off code we’ve had to higher some game prices slightly as we’ve had thousands of orders on some games. We’re certainly not complaining but as we’re a small independent business we pride ourselves on getting all orders to customers in a timely manner and without issue. The slight increase is to slow orders down a little and cope with demand. If we kept the extremely low prices we’d be buried under next-gen games forever…

We are always looking to expand and we have great plans for our gaming community in the near future. We thank you for your understanding and support.

Regards

The Video Game Box Team

Xbox One and Wii U: Impressions from Eurogamer Expo

With Eurogamer Expo 2013 wrapping up and the dust settling to what was a frenzied first day, I have recovered from the shell shock to make an attempt to put down what I experienced in writing. As Joe mentioned the show was not the best when it came to organisation, pushing English sensibilities to their limits with far too much queuing and even a little kettling for old time’s sake, but putting that all aside, it’s the games that we their for.

Splitting our focus, I went for the Xbox One area to get some hands-on with Microsoft’s new machine. First up Forza Motorsport 5, but before I go on about the game I should mention the console and control pad as it was my first hands on. The console itself is really something you will want to hide under your TV as it is not the most beautiful looking piece of kit. Whereas in the past the Xbox 360 had its curves, this has more in common with the old top loader VHS players in bulk and presence. The Kinect also is pretty large; how this will fit on top of some of the thinner TV’s out there is anyone’s guess. The controller on the other hand is a vast improvement on previous iterations; the control sticks are very responsive as are the well placed trigger and bumper buttons and the size, though it is smaller, manages to fit well even in my spade-like hands. Back to the game itself and a bane of any new console quickly rears its head, loading times. They are everywhere, frequent and long, selecting your car then selecting your colours, each area leads to a long and impatient wait just to get to the track and even when on it I have to say I was a little underwhelmed, OK the cars look fantastic but the tracks and environments in the background felt a little “digital”(not helped with Gran Turismo 6 across the room that looked stunning). The controller was yet again the saving grace, offering tight controls and the rumble feedback being the best I have experience for a long time, really making it feel like you are working hard for those corners.

Next up was Ryse: Son of Rome, a game that after the recent expo’s didn’t get the best reaction Miscrosoft could have hoped for; thankfully with a hands on this now looks like it can be a real contender. The apparently overused button bashing moments have been put aside for a more God of War feel, this time with the game taking us through a two player co-op colosseum, fighting for the pleasure of the amassed crowds, with the visuals really showcasing what the Xbox One can do, taking in the scenery of the towering spectator areas before spotting the incoming warriors, looking to prove their worth by spilling your blood. The fierce action is quite simple in execution with you swapping from attacks and shield blows before wearing down the enemy for one of those visceral slow motion finishers. In co-op you need to keep an eye on your partner, teaming up to fight the many incoming enemies whilst also negotiating the many traps that litter the sand and blood strewn floor. Though not explained there was a crowd meter in the top corner that appeared to rise when you got into more fights or lower when you just wander around looking for something to do, possibly linked to a scoring system. With numerous objectives popping up during this huge battle and an awful lot to take in, the colosseum mode looks like it will be a treat to play come its final release.

Killer Instinct was also playable at the Expo, this hyper fast fighting game teaching me many types of humiliation, my arse being handed to me on numerous occasions with the games signature combos and over the top visual style looking great on the screen, the same can’t be said for my fighting skills. The overly large arcade fighting stick was however a treat to use and something I am sure dedicated fighting fans will want to get their hands on for future tournaments; will this replace the Street Fighter series? Only time will tell.

At this point the disorganisation began to wear my patience thin, with queues that did not want to move for Dead Rising 3, or a go on World of Tanks that was a five minute wait in an in game lobby, the worst experience has to go to Fable Anniversary, a game that’s even though not finished, to meet the 2014 release and have a good game seems an impossible dream, playing like a ten your old game with slow and sluggish controls and graphics that look like they had just covered the old ones with a few new HD threads. The actual gameplay didn’t really showcase the game with a running battle though an enemy camp that got boring very quickly, just swinging your sword over and over again in different directions, now I can see why there was not a queue for this game.

Moving away from the Xbox One area I finally gave Nintendo some attention, with the new Super Mario World 3D on the WiiU looking fantastic, with four player co-op returning for some multiplayer mayhem, the standard platforming shenanigans making for familiar but fun gaming with plenty of new powerups to learn, with the cat power up looking particularly good, with Mario donning a cat suit that enables him to scamper up walls and unleash a claw attack. Mario Kart also gets an inevitable and long awaited Wii U title, incorporating many of the recent changes like hang-glider and underwater elements but also adding some F-Zero ideas with racers able to ride along walls and even go upside down on certain parts of the tracks, creating real rollercoaster races. Even with all of the new ultra powerful next gen consoles on show it goes to show that even having the lowest spec console on the market does not mean the Wii U can’t create some stunning visuals.

Not one to sit in a queue for too long and opting for an over the shoulder approach to the final few games, Dark Souls 2 looks like more of the same punishing action as the previous games, with most of the players coming to some grisly ends and Destiny, Bungie’s new title having a standout running demo that looks like everything that made the Halo games great, but with even more.

Queuing and disorganisation aside it’s the games that shone at Eurogamer Expo 2103, giving us all a glimpse of what to expect over the next twelve months and getting us all hyped up for what will surely be an insane and expensive November 2013.

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Sony reveals PlayStation Plus content for October

Sony has revealed the content that PlayStation Plus subscribers can expect this October. It’s pretty good.
Starting from September 25, games such as Assassin’s Creed 3 and Saint’s Row The Third will be replaced with similarly excellent titles in Far Cry 3, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen.
In summary
Leaving PS Plus:
25th September: Assassin’s Creed 3
25th September: Saints Row the Third
25th September: Payday: The Heist
25th September: Urban Trials
25th September: New Little Kings Story
Entering PS Plus:
25th September: Far Cry 3
25th September: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
25th September: Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen
25th September: Street Fighter X Tekken
25th September: Touch My Katamari
Pretty impressive titles once again.

FIFA 14 soundtrack revealed

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EA has revealed the songs which made it into the soundtrack of FIFA 14, know any?

The track list is as follows:

Hit It – American Authors – American Authors
Get Down – Amplify Dot – Paper Cuts
Ratchet – Bloc Party – The Nextwave Sessions
We Sink – Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
Love Natural – Crystal Fighters – Cave Rave
Compliment Your Soul – Dan Croll – From Nowhere
Runnin – David Dallas – Falling into Place
Down Town – De Staat – I_Con
F For You – Disclosure – Settle
Alive – Empire Of The Sun – Ice On The Dune
My Number (Trophy Wife Remix) – Foals – Holy Fire
I’m With You – Grouplove – Spreading Rumours
I Know Its You – Guards – In Guards We Trust
Funky Futurista – Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas – Chances
Marathon – Jamie N Commons
Love Me Again – John Newman – Love Me Again
Boa Noite – Karol Conka – Batuk Freak
Hot – Los Rakas – El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo
Voice Diz Que O Amor Nao Doi – Marcelo D2 – Nada Pode Me Parar
Don’t Forget Who You Are – Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
Am Ende – OK Kid – OK Kid
Mechanical – Oliver – Mechanical EP
Magic – Olympic Ayers – Episode III
Purple Yellow Red And Blue – Portugal The Man – Evil Friends
Here – Robert Delong – Just Movement
I Am – Rock Mafia Ft Wycleaf Jean And David Correy – I Am
Dreaming – Smallpools – Smallpools
The City – The 1975 – The 1975
Miko – The Chain Gang Of 1974 – Daydream Forever
Little Games (St. Lucia Remix) – The Colourist – (Original Appears on) Lideo EP
Hearts Like Ours – The Naked And Famous – In Rolling Waves
On Our Way – The Royal Concept – Golrushed
Worship You – Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
24 Hours – Wretch 32 – Growing Over Life
Lived A Lie – You Me At Six

What do you think?

Gaming Charts, w/e Sept 9: Saint’s Row IV still top

Good morning, this week’s latest gaming charts are in, showing Saints Row 4 in top position, despite challenges from Total War: Rome II and Diablo III for consoles.

 UK All Format Gaming Charts, w/e September 9
  1. Saints Row 4
  2. Total War: Rome II
  3. Diablo III
  4. Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  5. Disney Infinity
  6. Minecraft Xbox 360
  7. Payday 2
  8. Killzone: Mercenary
  9. Rayman Legends
  10. Farming Simulator.
  11. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
  12. LEGO Lord of the Rings
  13. Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes
  14. FIFA 13
  15. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  16. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  17. Max Payne 3
  18. The Last of Us
  19. Madden NFL 25
  20. Tomb Raider
Charts provided by UKIE.

GTA V cost £170 million, most expensive game of all time!

Grand Theft Auto 5 is the most expensive game in history, with a whopping total of £170 Million spent to develop and promote the game.
According to a report by The Scotsman, Rockstar’s GTA 5 has a budget of £170 million, although it seems to be working since there are already 2.5 million pre-orders ahead of its September 17 launch.

We’d imagine Rockstar will make it’s money back fairly easily.

What do you think of the development costs?
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E3 News

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Sony

Since their PS4 reveal went so well, all eyes were on Sony to deliver to the utmost of their ability with their E3 conference. And, to the vast majority of fans, they did. Sony focused on every aspect of PlayStation that they could offer their fans, from existing PS3 owners, to PS Vita owners, to potential PS4 owners. They even finally revealed what their new console actually looks like.

Sony has worked hard to put together what would make the perfect entertainment bundle, offering original programming and PlayStation Network exclusives for the PS4, along with a wide range of diverse and innovative games both exclusive and non-exclusive to the PS4. Sony is one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world, and intends to have all that sit under the one roof with the PlayStation 4.

Xbox One

Since Microsoft’s E3 Conference, it’s become clear that the Xbox One is a console that demands attention. With a wide range of exclusive games, alongside social media elements such as Twitch integration, the Xbox One is an entertainment system through and through. This innovative console is designed to fit around and enhance the fast-paced lives we lead with intelligent, voice-powered activation features, with the combination of next-generation games boasting stunning graphics and immersive gameplay. Boasting three operating systems, the Xbox One can offer a gamer a truly interactive experience 

Metal Gear Solid V – Phantom Pain

Developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the tenth main entry in the iconic Metal Gear Solid series, and is coming soon to both current and next-generation consoles. The first Metal Gear game to employ an open world structure, The Phantom Pain still follows traditional MGS gameplay with its action and adventure style, combined with stealth elements.

Final Fantasy XV

Previously known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Square Enix announced today at Sony’s E3 conference reveal that the game will be rebranded as Final Fantasy XV. At the moment limited to Sony’s PlayStation 4 console, the title was originally announced seven years ago in 2006, and this is its first mention since then.
Final Fantasy XV features the iconic Final Fantasy action role playing style of gameplay, with the inclusion of a customisable battle system, large roaming environments, and more freedom for players to play how they want to, for a more realistic, believable, and immersive experience

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Ubisoft earlier announced Tom Clancy’s The Division, brought to you by Massive Entertainment, which asks you “What will it take to save what remains?”. This brand new open-world third-person shooter combines RPG elements for unique gameplay, and is coming soon to both Microsoft’s and Sony’s next-generation consoles: the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

Ubisoft

Given the company’s success, everyone always expects big things from Ubisoft. With some amazing franchises under their belt such as the Assassin’s Creed series, along with some much more recent big name acquisitions such as South Park: The Stick of Truth, all eyes were glued to Ubisoft’s E3 conference to see what the company had in store for itself in terms of next-generation gaming.

Microsoft

Whether you’re pro-Xbox One or not, those who watched Microsoft’s E3 conference can’t deny that Microsoft pulled out all the stops to show that they’re serious about games. From honouring their Xbox Live Gold members with free downloadable games each month, to treating their existing Xbox 360 owners to new and exclusive games, and then Xbox One exclusive games to boot, those who are Team Microsoft will not be getting a raw deal. 

EA

EA’s E3 conference stream has brought together a collection of games that everyone can be excited about. Whether you love your sports games, first person shooters, or lesser known diamonds in the rough, EA revealed them all in their hour of E3 prime time. Weathering quite a few highs and lows in the recent months, this renowned company turned it all around with their E3 conference last night.

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Nintendo Direct announced for tomorrow, to focus on upcoming Wii U titles

Nintendo today announced a new global edition of Nintendo Direct. The broadcast will take a look at the line-up of games coming for Wii U this spring and summer and will be streamed from the Nintendo Direct website tomorrow, 17th May from 3pm BST.

Details of Wii U releases scheduled for autumn and beyond are to be announced in a separate Nintendo Direct broadcast around the time of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

You’ll be able to watch the direct stream on the following websites:

– Nintendo Direct website http://nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect
– Nintendo Direct on Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/NintendoUK
– Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/nintendoukofficial