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12 Games Of Christmas - FIFA 15 Vs DOTA 2

Written by Jon Sutton on 22 December 2014 at 18:00

Well, well, well, here we are in the second round of the 12 Games of Christmas semi-final and we’ve got an old-school versus new-school showdown. The might of the ever-popular FIFA 15 is up against the fervent support of DOTA 2. It’s sports vs eSports in a fight to the death, and only one of these gaming powerhouses can make it through to the final in two day’s time.

Football’s popularity is undisputed; hundreds of millions tune in to televised matches every week, and the World Cup is a moment when the entire planet can involved. DOTA 2 represents the strongest force of the new kids on the block though, demonstrating that eSports can be just as popular as sports, pulling in millions upon millions of spectators to its grand finals and the highly anticipated DOTA 2 Internationals. FIFA 15 and DOTA 2 must step into the ring one final time, to decide once and for all which is the dominant sporting force, and the outcome is down to you. [More]

PS4s Could Be In Short Supply For A Second Year In Europe

Written by Sam Welch on 22 December 2014 at 15:30

Sony has warned that Playstation 4 consoles could get a little hard to come by in the remainder of the holiday period in some European countries. Impressive sales this side of the pond might mean that some retailers are soon sold out.

The same difficulties shouldn’t be had by US customers, though. The console is selling according to predictions, and various incentives and discounts from Microsoft have seen improved competition from the Xbox One. [More]

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Bossa Takes Physics Gameplay To The Skies In Worlds Adrift

Written by Sam Welch on 22 December 2014 at 14:00

Those kooky trailblazers of physics-focused gameplay at Bossa Studios have announced the next project up their sleeves: a physics-based (of course) multiplayer adventure aboard great wooden airships, called Worlds Adrift.

Physics has always been important to the studio behind Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread, and will return in Worlds Adrift, but what sets the Worlds Adrift concept apart is multiplayer gameplay. The concept isn’t finished though, and Bossa Studios is looking for feedback. [More]

343 Industries Announces Free Halo 3: ODST Campaign For Master Chief Collection

Written by Neil Soutter on 22 December 2014 at 12:45

2014 has without doubt become the year of the screwed-up game launch. It’s the sort of year we’ll look back on as a time of gaming missteps, where pre-order content has run rampant, season passes have become obligatory, microtransactions are an accepted part, and games are rushed to launch at whatever the cost.

Hopefully a number of lessons can be learned from these collective messes, but at least it seems that Microsoft is trying to make amends for the botched Halo: The Master Chief Collection, somewhat generously offering up the entirety of the Halo 3: ODST campaign for download sometime next year. The offer is designed to make amends for MCC’s broken matchmaking that has plagued it since launch, and will be open to anyone who played the game before December 19th. [More]

Future Games From Titanfall Developer Could Respawn On Steam

Written by Sam Welch on 22 December 2014 at 11:30

Titanfall, the massive-mech shooter from EA, is exclusive to EA's Origin service on PC, but Respawn’s Vince Zampella has teased the possibility that future games in the series will branch out. The dev’s CEO regrets not being able to release the game on more platforms.

Zampella points out that Titanfall’s player base is quickly approaching 8 million, but that doesn’t change his mind. EA Origin’s exclusivity deal currently only covers the original Titanfall game, after which “future projects will not necessarily be exclusive”. [More]

Incredible Star Citizen Trailer Looks Back At A Momentous Year

Written by Jon Sutton on 22 December 2014 at 10:20

The gaming world’s attention might be squarely focused on the recent launch of Elite: Dangerous, but Cloud Imperium Games has given us a little nudge that it still means business with the incredible looking Star Citizen.

While Elite: Dangerous is certainly ambitious, Star Citizen is looking to take the concept of sci-fi space faring and launch it into orbit. To give gamers a taster of what to expect from Star Citizen when it begins to officially arrive next year, CIG has debuted an absolutely awe-inspiring new trailer taking a peek at everything we can expect from this next-generation experience. [More]

Assetto Corsa Leaves The Pit Lane

Written by Sam Welch on 21 December 2014 at 17:30

Kunos Simulazioni Studios’ gorgeous new track racer Assetto Corsa is now firing on all cylinders with a full 1.0 release on Steam. It’s been in Early Access for a little over a year now with bi-weekly updates issued, but has finally worked its way to pole position.

Those who’ve taken part in the title’s Early Access period may download the launch version for free, which adds an extended career mode with a “fully blown” championship series. The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2014 Launch Edition and the Ruf Yellowbird are chucked in too, as well as numerous tweaks and optimizations and performance improvements. [More]

12 Games Of Christmas - Assassins Creed Unity Vs Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Written by Jon Sutton on 21 December 2014 at 15:00

Roll up, roll up, and welcome to the semi-final of the 12 Games of Christmas. Six games have already been brutally dispatched and now only 6 remain, ready to duke it out for the honour of the Game Debate community's favourite game to play over Christmas.

In the first set of rounds Assassin's Creed Unity scored a surprising and yet narrow victory of Watch Dogs, putting Aiden Pearce in his place with a well-timed Phantom Blade. Shadow of Mordor meanwhile absolutely stomped over Dark Souls 2 in what has been one of the standout victories of the tournament. Now though, these giants must battle each other for a coveted spot in the 3 way final. Will it be the young Padawan that is Shadow of Mordor, or the wise old master that is Assassin's Creed Unity? You decide. [More]

Escape Dead Island Review : No Brainer

Written by Mukul Gupta on 21 December 2014 at 14:00

"What if we took a minimal amount of features from our past games and we cel-shaded the whole thing?", is probably what Deep Silver and Fat Shark must have asked themselves when the creative work for Escape Dead Island was going on. The apple here has not so much fallen far from the tree but been picked up, tossed into the air, and thwacked over the garden fence, especially for Fat Shark, who are fresh off the success of War of Vikings.

You play as Cliff Calo, the son of a wealthy media mogul. In an attempt to prove his worth and to resolve underlying daddy issues, he sets out to the archipelago of Banoi to investigate the story of apparent zombie attacks. He also pulls in two of his friends to get murdered with him. Sorry, I mean get the next big scoop for his dad's big media enterprise. The story is weak off the bat and doesn't improve much in the later segments of Escape Dead Island. [More]

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