Sea of Thieves cannon stunt breaks Guiness World Record

When you think of promoting games you may think of TV adverts, billboards, posters etc. but Rare had a different idea when it came to promoting their upcoming game Sea Of Thieves. They decided to shoot someone out of cannon.

On Tuesday 13th of March 2018 David “The Bullet” Smith took part in the World Record attempt of getting shot out of a 34ft cannon ….just like players can in the game. The attempt was shown live on Microsoft’s own streaming service Mixer. So after doing the last few safety checks “The Bullet” climbed into the cannon and the countdown began, “The Bullet” was shot high up into air and the Guinness World Records confirmed that he had indeed set a new World Record. So a big congratulations to David “The Bullet” Smith on his explosive new record!

Sea of Thieves will be out on Xbox One and Windows 10 on the 20th March 2018 and available to pre-order now. The game will also be available on the Xbox Game Pass on it’s day of release.

Get access to Sea of Thieves on Day One with Xbox Game Pass for just £7.99

 

REVIEW: Murdered: Soul Suspect

I have recently been playing Murdered: Soul Suspect developed by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix in 2014. I have heard so many mixed reviews about it but there was something inside of me telling me to play it… so I jumped in to Ronan O’Connor’s Journey to cross over the bridge.

The game is set in Salem, Massachusetts and starts with Ronan apprehending a suspect known as “The Bell Killer” and getting into a scuffle with him which inevitably ends with Ronan being thrown out of the fourth floor apartment window and landing in the street. He proceeds to get up and ask for help from bystanders who seem to ignore him and turns round to be confronted with his own lifeless body. The killer then comes down from the apartment to finish the job by shooting Ronan seven times with his own gun. Ronan and his environment suddenly turn a greyish-blue and he is sporting 7 bright orange bullet holes on his chest complete with exit wounds in his back. It’s then explained that Ronan has something that is unresolved about his death and this is stopping him ‘crossing the bridge‘ to the afterlife with his late wife who had died a few years prior due to being stabbed whilst trying to stop an argument.

Throughout the game you’re able to see a mix of surroundings in the ghostly realm and reality. Playing as Ronan you are able to pass through the items and walls that are not glowing in the spooky blue, leaving a white outline where you are able to walk through the wall. Ronan eventually finds a medium named Joy who is the only person who can see and hear him in the ‘Living world’ she helps him throughout the story to work out who the Bell Killer is and why he committed the murders of young girls as well as Ronan. We learn that the Bell Killer’s method of choice derives from the torture methods used on young women who were thought to be witches such as burning at the stake and hanging.

The game involves A LOT of cutscenes! Although they are informative and help the story progress, you see parts of the cutscenes when searching for clues before the whole investigation is finished and then the whole cutscene starts so it begins to feel a little repetitive at times. Speaking of the investigations you have to do, the solutions go from one extreme to another…  either they are so obscure you wouldn’t have even assumed that it was a relevant clue or they are so painfully obvious it makes you question your own intelligence.

The gameplay can be a little jumpy and confusing with the transitions through the walls which normally leads to you being caught by demons and having to run for your (after)life and hide in the remnants of other spirits who came to a worse fate than you. Ronan is susceptible to getting caught on random objects on the floor or coming out of the walls that you wouldn’t normally notice and this can really disrupt the game play and leads to untimely deaths and in my case a multitude of rage quits!

Graphics-wise they are average… there’s not much you can do with a game that is generally monochrome in terms of colour depth, however they aren’t bad! I love the contrast between the inside of the church with the bright reds to the beach that leads up to it which is very dark with the blue/grey coloured ghost walls and shipwreck. The walls and items that are in the ghostly blue are meant to represent what would have been there during the time in Salem when the witch trials were taking place but I feel that they could have been a little more creative with making a bigger contrast between reality and ghost realm as the game is very dark in general. I did enjoy the fact that Ronan stayed translucent throughout normal game play and in cutscenes and the little details such as the bullet holes being lit up to show how he had died and the fact that he still has his hat and trusty cigarette (which never seems to go out by the way).

Overall I really enjoyed playing through Murdered: Soul Suspect! The demons are pain in the butt to get around if you’re not concentrating, Also…  I HATE GHOST TRAINS!!!! (when you get to the museum level you will understand!) and the ending is quite satisfying. I am looking to play though again and try to ‘100%’ the game getting all the collectables and passing every investigation 100%. I would recommend playing through the game as it’s quite easy to complete if you put some time into it! I would rate the game a 7.5 out of 10, the story is great but the game play and dynamics could use a little work.

I hope you enjoyed my review! Be sure to follow me on Twitch and on Twitter @TriplehazardTV. If you have played this game then please let us know your opinions!

Xbox Game Pass to add future Xbox exclusives on day of release

Ever since Xbox announced their new subscription based Xbox Game Pass on February 28th 2017 to the insider members with a limited amount of games it got a lot of mixed reviews because of the monthly price being £7.99. Then in the last part of the second quarter of 2017 Microsoft opened the Game Pass to everyone with just over 100 games which has since grown to over 160 titles with a mix of Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Original Xbox Games.

Xbox then announced on the 24th of January 2018 that they would be adding 3 Xbox exclusive games to the Game Pass on day of release starting with Sea of Thieves on March 20th and other games such as Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2 would follow. The team have since come out and said that they plan to bring all Xbox exclusives including the new Gears of War, Halo and Forza games to the service on day of release. Now with these new additions in mind some may say that Microsoft just supercharged the Game Pass and a lot of Xbox players are very happy about these recent announcements.

Could this be the biggest threat to Playstation and Nintendo yet from Microsoft in this current generation? Well, only time will tell!

Microsoft announce plans to add Xbox Original games to Xbox One library

Since launching the backwards compatibility feature in 2015 the Xbox team have been adding Xbox 360 games to their Xbox One library, which currently boasts 385 games. Today Microsoft announced at E3 that they would be adding original Xbox titles to the library as well.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer did not announce any games other than the much requested Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, however we expect to have more news closer to the launch of the new feature later this year.

Microsoft also announced the latest addition to the Xbox One family, the most powerful console in the world and smallest console from the team ever, Xbox One X.

 


Xbox announce the worlds most powerful console “Xbox One X”

Xbox have made the announcement at E3 that they will be releasing a new console towards the end of the year. The new console is said to be the most powerful console in the world and it’s also the smallest Xbox ever.

Originally nicknamed Project Scorpio, the new system will feature a CPU that is 30 percent faster than the current Xbox One and also boasts a GPU 4.6 times more powerful that the current Xbox One. The new console will also have 12GB of GDDR5 memory, Teraflop GPU clocked at 1.172 Ghz and 326 GBs of memory bandwidth with true 4k resolution at 60fps. Head of Xbox Hardware Engineering Kareem Choudhry was the one making the announcements about the updated Xbox specs and also said that the console will feature a liquid-cooled vapor chamber that has previously only been used for high end PC’s.

All Xbox One games and accessories will work with the new console which will also coincide with faster load times and updates.

Not only will the latest version of the Xbox One bring games in glorious 4k but it can also do what the Xbox Team are describing as “supersampling” which essentially means it will also look better in 1080p as well, so even those without a 4K TV can experience enhancements.

New games were announced too, including Forza 7, Assassins Creed Origins and Metro Exodus. The team announced a total of 42 games with 22 of them being Xbox/Windows 10 exclusives. The Xbox One X will be released worldwide on November 7th and will cost $499 in North America.

Microsoft also announced plans to bring Original Xbox games to their backwards compatibility feature on Xbox One.

More to follow…


Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer released

After the announcement from Rockstar Games earlier this week, we finally have the chance to get a glimpse at the new game from the Red Dead series and it looks awesome.

The original Red Dead Redemption was one of those games that made thousands of gamers realise that they needed to upgrade to a HD TV because of how brilliant the graphics were, fast forward to the next generation of consoles and the Rockstar guys have really stepped it up again.

The first trailer to be released features some amazing landscape shots and really helps add to the feeling that you are in the ‘Old West’ just like the previous game did. We also see some shots of character models in the trailer with some beautifully flowing horse riding animation. Now we just can’t wait to see more video of the game with a little more action in future teaser trailers.
Check out the official trailer below:

 

Nintendo announce new console ‘Nintendo Switch’

The follow up to the Wii U has finally been announced today and it will be called the Nintendo Switch. Previously rumoured to have been called “NX”, the console will be released in March 2017 and will be both a home and handheld console.

nintendoswitchmainThe revolutionary console will give players the ability to slide parts of a portable controller onto a screen that comes out of the home device and allows you to play your games on the move. Nintendo have been known to take bold moves when it comes to bringing out their latest consoles.

The company have made several bold moves with their consoles since the introduction of the Playtstation and Xbox brands to stay fresh and innovative by being ahead of the curve with motion sensor controllers and 3D gaming. It seems that the company are continuing that tradition with what seems like the right move, incorporating a natural progression of how we as a society are beginning to want our games.
Watch the official trailer below:

Rockstar Games officially announce Red Dead Redemption 2

After months of speculation the guys at Rockstar Games have officially announced the sequel to their highly successful Old West game Red Dead Redemption. This past week alone saw the company tease the world with some Red Dead Redemption stylised images and today they have said what we have all been waiting to hear, Red Dead Redemption 2 is on it’s way and will be available in the Fall of 2017. The official statement is below

Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.

RD2 will be available on PS4 and Xbox One, we can’t wait to run around the Old West once again.

Playstation games are coming to Windows PC

Did you ever try and put your Playstation games in the CD-Rom and just hope it would work as a kid? Well I did…and it didn’t. But now, Playstation have announced that it will be bringing its “Playstation Now” service to Windows PC. Gamers will be able to play PS3 games on their computers using a subscription and a DualShock 4 controller. The games will stream via the internet, so no need for any discs, just like the service thats already available on PS3, PS4, PS Vita and some Smart TVs and Blu Ray players. A Playstation Now subscription currently costs £13 per month in the UK and has over 400 Playstation 3 titles available on it.

Playstation have said that the service will be coming to the UK “soon” and will follow in the US and Canada shortly after. This will surely have a huge impact on the console wars and could be a step into the direction of gamers not needing to own a console anymore with Xbox recently announcing that Xbox games will soon work on Windows PC also. As the accessibility to Playstation’s archive grows, we will see their games played on smaller devices such as Laptops and Tablets which could revolutionise the way we play our games.

Diddy has curated the WWE 2K17 soundtrack

Long time WWE fan and hip hop mogul P Diddy has announced that he has put together the track listing for the latest instalment of the WWE 2K franchise. Diddy has previously worked with the WWE having performed live at Wrestlemania 29 in New Jersey.

Talking about the game, Diddy said “I am a huge WWE fan. I love the intensity and the competition and I wanted fans to feel that energy in the soundtrack for WWE 2K17″. The soundtrack coincides with the Bad Boy 20-Year daily reunion tour and the track listing reflects that with Diddy choosing some of his own back catalogue of hits to artists he have inspired him, both new and old.

Diddy will be appearing on WWE Raw this week and the game is scheduled for worldwide release on October 11th 2016. The track list is as follows:

* Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ (feat. Rico Love) – “What About The Rest Of Us”

* Anderson .Paak – “Come Down”
* Andy Black – “We Don’t Have To Dance”

* Axwell Λ Ingrosso – “This Time”

* Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”

* Bring Me The Horizon – “Run”

* FIDLAR – “Drone”

* French Montana (feat. Kojak Black) – “Lockjaw”

* iSHi (feat. French Montana, Wale, & Raekwon) – “We Run”

* P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry – “Bad Boy For Life”

* Travis Barker & Yelawolf – “Out of Control”

* Twenty One Pilots – “Ride”

* Yellow Claw (feat. Lil Eddie) – “We Made It”