New Games

The Xbox One has some new releases out soon, which look like they may convert me to the new system.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

New outing for Lara Croft. Better game play for the new consoles. Shiny high def graphics.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry

Another great Assassins Creed outing this time in high def!

Halo: Spartan Assault

Halo for old and new fans. Plenty of multiplayer and single player missions with the added bonus of high def graphics.

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TV to Game – Game of Thrones

I’m not always a fan of TV shows coming out as console games, however when AMC ventured out to the console with its Walking Dead game I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t shit. And now it looks like another popular TV titles is heading the same way. Telltale games have announced a Game of Thrones story driven game which will feature a number of characters from the hit show.

So far it’s only in the early stages of conception but I still have high hopes for it as they are following a similar formula to the Walking Dead game. You can choose to save a character rather than killing them off. I think it will definitely suffice whilst the TV show is off air. I’m currently heading back to the Walking Dead game as on Friday we hit a mid-season break and left with a bit of a cliff-hanger and Saturday night whilst there was nowt I fancied watching on telly I thought I would play a game as I was already missing it.

Anyway I won’t give away any spoilers for that ep, but instead enjoy a video of Game of Thrones video game announcement.

small-football.jpgAnd yes I am glossing over Leeds 3 all draw against Watford. It was close to being a loss early on, we brought it back, took a lead and then drew. Less said about that the better. Onwards to the next game away next Saturday to Doncaster.

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Man Microwaves Brand New Never used PlayStation 4 – idiot

I may not be a PlayStation fan but even I can see microwaving one is plain stupid and a waste of money/dangerous. At least he states during the video do not attempt but still I personally think he is an idiot even if it’s in the name of ‘Art’. Watch it below if you wish.

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New PlayStation for US

Sony PlayStation 4Today the Sony PlayStation 4 came out in the US, we will have to wait until November the 29th. Next week the Xbox one is being launched, however Microsoft will be launching it in their most popular gaming countries which luckily and unsurprisingly features the UK. So the US, most of Europe and other countries will get the new console on the same date.

So far the PlayStation 4 has had a few problems, these have been unearthed by people who had them to review i.e. journalists. It includes problems connecting the console to the TV and receiving a picture to a Sony ‘ring of death’ where they have a pulsating blue light rather than the white glowing light which you get when it works. So not all good but there are always hiccups on release.

I’m not a Sony console fan, currently deciding on whether I need to buy a new Xbox as mine will suffice really and with Christmas coming up the wife doesn’t really want me spending that much money on myself! Anyway, I really should get out and about more and not play on my Xbox all day, or my laptop or my new phone…

I need to get out a bit and use my new lens which I got to work on my new Sony Xperia Z1. I have taken a few shots around the house, not really very arty mainly cups of tea, beer and a cranky wife but I haven’t been up to much to take any great outdoors photos with it. Now probably isn’t the best time as we head into winter and the weather takes a turn for the worst! However this weekend I plan on heading out whilst the weather looks fair, gets some exercise and play with my new toy especially as my back is now on the mend.

Plus as there is no football this weekend, I thought why not get out and about. Tonight England play Chile at Wembley no doubt we will lose, because we are shit! Our second international game is against Germany again at Wembley. Even with the home advantage I smell disaster in the air….. oh no wait that’s England’s smell. I know I should be supportive of the national team, but it is rubbish. It’s lacking in so many areas, experience, teamwork and generally ability! This is the problem when you have a Premier League dominated by foreign players. And now these foreign players are making more appearances in the Championship, that we have no hope of fielding a good team in the future if it carries on like this.

 

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New Phone Time

xperia-Z1-hero-black-1240x840-3c449514e1daf8b0652a5dc235530ebcI bought a new phone the other day, it was time as my last one was just bout hanging in there. There was a part of me which was tempted with an iPhone however I ignored the devil on my shoulder (my wife) and opted for a Sony Xperia Z1. I wasn’t 100% sure about sticking with Android devices, but as there is little else out there I thought I would prevail. It was quite pricey though, so I bought some insurance through mobileinsurance.co.uk for it which was pretty affordable.

It’s quite a large handset, (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm) but it does feel surprisingly light and in my man hands pretty easy to use. The screen size is an impressive 5in which is full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display and 1920x1080p. Its main features are the fact it has the world’s best camera and it is waterproof. It comes in three colour black, white and purple, the wife wanted me to get purple (what, do I look gay?) however I opted for black.

Despite the fact I have a DSLR camera, I actually really like the one on my phone, and it is very good. I bought a Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera which has high magnification and 3.6x optical zoom as well as advance sensor technology. It is a pretty fun toy, works well and importantly takes great photos’. I think it will be most useful when I don’t want to be lugging my DSLR around.

I’ve found that it is pretty quick as well, compare to my last phone it works like lightning. The OS is also seamless on it, but that is more to do with the fact that the phone is up to date, I think once a year or so has passed and we have had multiple updates it will slow like my last phone. It comes with a number of entertainment features installed, including 3D motion gaming, a Walkman application, Social Media, Google Wallet and it is PlayStation Certified.

It also comes with a number of inbuilt Google applications, including Chrome which is handy as it’s my preferred browser and what I use on my laptop. I’ve also downloaded a number of apps from Google Play, which was easy and quick.

There aren’t too many bad points I have come across yet with this new phone, I would like a case for it though to protect it, however I am struggling to find any. The market is saturated with iPhone cases and Samsung cases however something decent looking for the Sony Xperia Z1 is pretty hard to come across.

 

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FIFA 14 Review

FIFA 14I have spent most of my time playing GTA V like many others, I have pretty much completed it, barring some of the smaller games, no spoilers here I won’t ruin the ending. So for a change of pace I picked up a copy of  FIFA 14, I got some money off as I traded in a number of older issues (they really weren’t worth that much). I kept FIFA 13 just to compare gameplay.

For those who are upgrading to the new Xbox One, you probably haven’t got the new FIFA, due to the fact that the Xbox one comes with a copy. As I am unsure yet whether I will be getting a new Xbox I thought I’d get a copy, I can always sell it.

Anyway I have to say this isn’t my favourite FIFA edition. It seems like EA are not improving, yes I know they bring out a new game every year, but it does seem like they are going backwards in terms of quality and control. Unless this game has been designed with the new Xbox in mind, then they have really gone downhill. It’s slow and sluggish, not smooth and consistent that we have had in the past.

It also seems like they have become real sticklers for the rules, more so than actual FA officials in the real game. I found with tackling, ones which should have seen a yellow card sees nothing. It may seem like I’m complaining at that like I do with real games but it just seems ridiculous at the moment. Plus shots seem to too easily blocked for the other team/ they seem to move much better than my players. Perhaps I need to play more and gameplay may improve with ability, but currently it’s bloody frustrating. As the players you build your team from no matter their ability in real life it doesn’t transfer to this game, they are all poor, even Messi.

I generally don’t play online because I am pretty antisocial and generally get kicked from servers a lot. However I tried to hop online and it took bloody ages, was laggy and after a while the connection went. I checked by broad band which was fine, running its pretty fast speeds and the wife had, had no problems so no idea what was wrong there.

It does seem like FIFA struggles to improve each year, until they bring out a patch which is hugely frustrating for those who buy the game when it comes out. It also won’t help them boost sales with plenty of negative reviews for the first few months. Not encouraging any one to buy till they get themselves sorted out.

For those who have not yet got this game, I would wait a while and buy it when it drops in price which I would think it would. Or wait till you upgrade to the Xbox one if you are and get it for free, maybe it might be better on that or they may have fixed some bugs.

 

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