Gamescom 2014 Round-Up: All The News From Microsoft and Sony

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This week has seen the big names in gaming gather in Germany for the annual Gamescom conference. Though not as likely to contain the kind of news bombshells that are a basis of E3, it’s still a good opportunity for the mayor players to add detail to their upcoming rosters, and even throw in a few surprises. Also, once again Nintendo opted to not hold a conference but instead had their most recent games running in a booth to try and maintain the WiiU momentum.

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E3 2014 Schedule: LiveBlogs All The Way, Baby

 

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The biggest event in gaming kicks off tomorrow when E3 2014 begins its week of hyperbole, broken promises and overbearing dubstep. Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony will be holding their conferences on the first day, and I’ll be liveblogging every single one of them! Take note of these times and get the kettle on.

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And So Here’s The Trailer For Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Hang on, I just need to set my watch by the Call Of Duty release schedule. Activision has just released the first full trailer for CoD Advanced Warfare, their latest entry in the FPS juggernaut due out as usual in November of this year.

“But how can we make people care about this one?”, scream the marketers.

Two words: Kevin. Spacey.

Little more interested now?

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Great Moments Of The Generation: Vanquish’s Opening Hour Staples Jaw To Floor

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Shinji Mikami is a man involved in redefinitions. He created the modern horror genre with Resident Evil. He defined third-person stylish action with Devil May Cry. He followed these by redefining action games with Resident Evil 4 and made the funniest, most hardcore brawler ever in the sublime God Hand.

Then he took a look at one of the staples of Western game design – the third person cover shooter, popularised by Gears Of War – and casually made a game that bests all of them. That game, Vanquish, isn’t just a standout moment of the generation, but is also one of my all-time favourite games. And it’s really down to jawache.

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Great Moments Of The Generation: Leaps Of Faith In Mirror’s Edge

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I had to go full circle with Mirror’s Edge. It took two returns and three purchases to finally become friends with DICE’s parkour adventure. First, there was love at the sight of the first trailer; blue skies and scrubbed white buildings as a playground for first-person running. Next, obsession with the demo, learning the quirks and characteristics to try and get the best time. But, then came the full game.

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Great Moments Of The Generation: The Trials Of Trials HD

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Redlynx’s Trials HD burst onto the Xbox 360 in 2009, a shiny update of Trials 2 that had been a PC favourite for a long time. The transition to console brought a few things to the table – a more playful attitude, perfect controls, and hundreds of Back buttons becoming suddenly spotlessly clean as impatient thumbs hammered them repeatedly.

For not only is Trials HD tense, brutal and gratifying, it’s also king of the just-one-more-go.

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Great Moments Of The Generation: Leaving No-one Behind In Left 4 Dead

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The first time I heard of Left 4 Dead was from a forum member at Eurogamer. Because of his involvement in the games industry, he’d managed to snag a preview build of Valve’s new zombie killing game, touted as a pure co-op survival test against screaming hordes and an intelligent adaptive AI. When asked of his opinion, he said that he thought it might be the best online co-op game ever.

I still think he might be right.

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Introducing…Great Moments Of The Generation

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Well, that’s it.

As of 12:01am this morning, as Microsoft released the Xbox One to counter Sony’s one-week PS4 lead in the new generation, our shiny home consoles that have been the source of much gaming pleasure over the last eight years officially became last-generation technology. It’s hard to predict just where the new consoles will take us (and probably we won’t really know for another year or so), but it’s a great time to reflect and take a look at what the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii added to our gaming lexicon.

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I Wonder Where The Wonder Went

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The first time I completed my all-time favourite game, Sega’s astounding Rez, it was on a semi-stolen projector. I mean, stolen is probably too strong a word, but it’s definitely safe to imply that I shouldn’t have had it hooked up in my games room instead of being tucked up safely in a dark recess of my work office.

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