Saturday, 3 May 2014

I Got 99 Problems But 4G Ain't One!

The Kestrel? Why didn't they call it the Bacon?

EE have just released a new £99 phone. The best bit? It's 4G capable! Even better? Every £10 top up gives you a whopping 10GB of data! Sure, it won't win any awards for design or specs, but anyone looking for cheap little phone that can use 4G will be pleasantly surprised! It's got a 5MP camera that can shoot HD video, a 1MP front camera, a 4.5 inch HD screen and a 1.2 GHz processer, plus it runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is pretty good for a phone that of that price! Still, it'll never replace Kevin Bacon as the center of the universe.

Compared to the other big £99 phone, the Motorola Moto G, it's actually a better value phone than the Moto G! The phones are practically identical in terms of specs, except that the Moto G runs Android 4.4 KitKat and the EE Kestrel can handle 4G. Could it be the next great budget phone? Who knows!

What do you guys think? Will you be buying the Kestrel? Or are you fine with 3G? Tell us in the comments below!

Itsa Me, Promotional Mario!

"My plumber job isn't a holding up, so now I'm promoting a racing game for minimum wage a!" (Mario, 2014)

Good news for European and South African Club Nintendo members buying Mario Kart 8 (Sheesh, small bracket!), because if you buy Mario Kart 8 before July 31st and register it on Club Nintendo, you'll be able to get a free game! You can choose between Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros U, Pikmin 3, Game & Wario, The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Sonic Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Wii Party U, The Wonderful 101 and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate! The picks of the bunch have to be Pikmin 3 and Wind Waker HD, but none of these games are bad!

Speaking of deals and promotions, there's also going to be a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle! The cheapest you can buy it is at Tesco Direct for £219, which is a pretty good deal for a console and a brand new game! Mario Kart 8 is coming out on the 30th May in North America and Europe, 29th May in Japan and 31st May in Australia for Wii U!

What do you guys think? Will a free game and a cheap bundle convince you to buy a Wii U? Or do you think that it's nothing special? Tell us in the comments below!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Ears Are Weird (And So Is Apple)

"By 2020, we aim to be everywhere. Including your pants." (Apple, Never)

Ear-ie news today, as Apple have announced that they're working on a pair of smart earphones that can measure your heart rate and blood pressure, and can never get lost thanks to iBeacons being in them, which means that your phone always knows where they are. Well, so much for that iWatch! Anyways, they'll be called EarPods, and are expected to release when Apple's new iOS 8 comes out sometime later this year, which will apparently be quite health focused. I mean, who needs doctors?

Well, don't go feeling sorry for old Dr Jenkins, as he will actually benefit from these too! After tracking your heart rate and blood pressure, you can send the results to your doctor, so hypochondriacs should be pleased! Weirdly enough, the EarPod will also plug into your phone via the charging port instead of your normal headphone port, which is understandable because that means that the EarPods can send health data to your phone.

What do you guys think? Are you glad that Apple is going for a more health-focused approach? Or do you think that it's unnecessary? Tell us in the comments below! 

Call Of Cards!

Modern Warfare? NON CANON! Black Ops 2? NON CANON! This is the real future!

Activision have released the reveal trailer for the new Call Of Duty game developed by Sledghammer Games, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, after Destructoid leaked 9 images of the next game in the COD franchise. The new trailer doesn't reveal too much, except that the game will be released on 4th of November, it will be on the Xbox One (And probably on other platforms), it will be set in the near future with hover bikes, drones, mechs and sticky climbing gloves, plus Kevin Spacey (Who plays Frank Underwood in House Of Cards) will be playing the leader of a private military corporation. Yup, that sounds about right.

In other news, Activision has also revealed that they'll be working with Vice, a news media network specializing in finding the truths of controversial events, to make a documentary called "Superpower For Hire" about the world of private military corporations. Deep stuff for a video game that gets quite unrealistic and silly, but it could be a good one! My guess is that it'll be one of the 6 exclusive Xbox One documentaries airing in the summer, but I hope I'm wrong.

What do you guys think? Has the trailer for the new Call Of Duty already put you off? Or do you think that the series will be better now that each developer has 3 years to make a game? Tell us in the comments below! 

Thursday, 1 May 2014


Hi guys!

I'd just like to announce that we have reached a total of 3000 views! That's 1000 views every month! You would not believe how happy we are, and from Sam, Joe, Carlo and Michael, we'd like to thank you so freaking much for liking and viewing our blog! It's so great that when we put in the effort to post daily and it gets viewed a bunch, so a huge thanks to all of you for making us happy! Also, a special thanks to Deirdre Hollis from Carbine Games for shouting out our blog, and a big thanks to Tristan Rosenfeldt from EA, Jay Stuckwisch from Twisted Pixel, Jennifer Chorlton from Snowed In Studios, Laura Skelly from Capcom, Veronica Gunlycke from Paradox Interactive and Jaakko Maaniemi from 10tons for giving us a chance to review their games!

Also, I'd like to announce that we'll be opening up a Twitter account this weekend, and our YouTube channel should be starting up this month, so stay tuned for that! 

Thanks to all of you guys!


NOW TV? Not Quite....

Well, not on PS4 anyways...

"Cool, I guess" news today, as Sky have announced that the PS4 will be getting a NOW TV app in summer, and a Sky Go app later this year. This means that any plucky PS4 owner will be able to watch Sky channels through a console, something that you could never do before!

Oh, wait...

Anyways, this is still pretty good news, as it means that you should be able to watch your normal amount of Sky channels anywhere in your house without buying an extra TV box, which will be pretty useful for those midnight binge watching sessions of Game Of Thrones and America's Next Top Model! I mean, who WOULDN'T want to watch a bunch of women being judged purely on their ability to walk down a catwalk?

What do you guys think? Do you prefer NOW TV over other streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Instant Player? Or do you think that NOW TV is unnecessary? Tell us in the comments below!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The Month Ahead... May 2014 Edition!

(All release dates are for Europe)

2nd May: The Amazing Spider Man 2
The Amazing Spider Man 2 promises to match the amazingness of Spider Man 2, the best (And only good) Spider Man game! The web slinging and swinging system is revamped, but still goes back to the best bits of Spider Man 2. There's a new Hero Or Menace system that tests your morality, and it'll include tons of villains to beat up, including Kraven the Hunter, Electro, Kingpin, Black Cat, The Green Goblin, Carnage and Shocker. Plus it has Spider Man 2 in the title, so it's officially game of the year. Buy it.

9th May: Bound By Flame
Bound By Flame looks to be the next moral-based RPG (If that's even a thing), as you play a character influenced by demons. You can either be evil and accept the demonic powers, or you can protest against the demons, and develop heroic talents. The more demonic you get, the more demonic you look. Simples! Anyways, Bound By Flame looks to be an RPG with substance, too, so don't go writing this one off, as it has 30 hours of gameplay, different missions for different moral paths, and it runs at 1080p 30-60fps on the PS4! What's not to like? 

20th May: Wolfenstein: The New Order
Sure, you may be thinking "I don't want the new Wolfenstein game because I can't kill a half-mech half-Hitler with two gatling guns.", but let me assure that the game makes up for that with HUGE weapon capabilities and a old school health system that still accommodates modern players. First of all, you have an unlimited inventory, plus you can dual wield many weapons! There are also weapons that transform into tools, and the environments are destructible! If that doesn't top Cyborg Hitler, nothing will!

27th May: Watch_Dogs

Now here's a game on this list that'll surprise you! Watch Dogs is one of the years biggest games, and it sure will be! With 100 hours of gameplay, a seamless blend between multiplayer and singleplayer and the ability to hack anything an everything, Watch Dogs is going to be a game you'll play for days on end, and with more DLC coming later, there'll be even more fun stuff to do! I mean, who DOESN'T want to play as the NSA?

30th May: Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 could very well be the next Wii U system seller, with it's anti gravity tracks, huge amounts of races and many amazing features carried on from 3DS exclusive Mario Kart 7! Motorbikes, hang gliders, underwater racing and customizable vehicles will all be back, along with new items like the Boomerang (Does what it says on the tin) and the Piranha Plant, which attacks nearby racers! There'll be a slew of new characters, plus the ability to upload gameplay clips straight to YouTube!

Swtor lowdown: May the 4th be with you!

Hi guys,

Welcome to a special edition of swtor lowdown, as today is Star Wars day! Also this weekend is a double Xp weekend so get on your toons and level them as much as you can. I think these are a great way to level and if you have the time I recommend loging on :) 
Now a lot of exiting things have happened in swtor this last week so let's jump in!

All swtor accounts would have received a mini pet today for May 4th. 

Look at that cute little guy, unfortunately this pet does nothing special but I think it is verry cool. 

Subscribers as of today will receive 1000 cartel coins to spend.

Well that's it for today. The 2.8 pts pach notes will be coming soon so I recommend you log on to the test server and take a look. Also Torocast is hosting a contest to give away some goodies so check twitter for that. Sorry for the short article but that's all that's really happening at the moment. More info as it arrives. 

Have fun, 

Joe :p 

Monday, 28 April 2014

ET Dig Hole?

What if ET was directed by Atari? Well, he'd end up buried in a New Mexico landfill site apparently.

Mythbusting news today, as Microsoft, Fuel Entertainment and a excavating crew have dug up a huge amount of ET game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill, along with many other Atari 2600 games. This proves that the urban legend of Atari burying tons of unsold games in the desert is true, but guess what? Microsoft is making a documentary about it called Atari: Game Over, which will exclusively air on Xbox One  along with 5 other tech-focused documentaries called Xbox Originals, which will start showing sometime in June. TV Shows, great. Just what I bought my Xbox One for.

Still, it seems like quite a good documentary, so maybe it may be a selling point for the One. However, this discovery made me think: what other games should be buried in the desert? Well, Ride To Hell: Retribution is definitely one, and so is Rambo: The Video Game. Still, lets not forget Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing! You know what? I'm turning this into a discussion! What are the games that you think should be buried in the desert? Tell us in the comments below!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Push Me, And Then Just Touch Me, 'Til I Can Get Your Fingerprints

Siri, get me a quip related to Touch ID!

Things that make you go hmmm news today, as a lump of code in the new iOS 7.1 update, found by twitter user @bp_unicorn, indicates that the next iPad and iPad Mini will have Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor included in the iPhone 5S that can make your phone more secure and quicker to use. The code for iOS 7.1 referenced the iPad and Touch ID, showing that the new iPad and iPad Mini will probably be released when iOS 7.1 is released. So I'll be able to stroke my new iPad suggestively and it'll unlock it, right?

Not so fast, sonny! Benjamin Mayo, writer for 9to5Mac, has said that the iPad has been referenced in many updates, so the new iPad family won't be getting Touch ID.

Also, if you like to stroke things suggestively, I SUGGEST that you go to the police station.

What do you guys think? Do you want Touch ID on the next iPad? Or does Touch ID not really matter to you? Tell us in the comments below!

You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Mad! (Max)

Mad Max? More like Bittersweet Max!

Goodbad news today, as developers of the upcoming Mad Max game Avalanche Studios have released a new trailer today, the Magnum Opus Trailer, which takes a look at the famous car that you'll pretty much be using the whole game because running in the Outback for long periods of time isn't recommended. Pssh, sissies. Anyways, even though the trailer is damn cool, there's one moment that ruins it. No, it's not Nicolas Cage playing Mad Max, it's much worse. It revealed that the game is coming out in 2015. Looks like you won't be able to drive a car in a , apocalyptic, dangerous, desolate wasteland for a long time.

God dammit, that was on my bucket list!

However, Avalanche Studios have confirmed that Just Cause 3 is real, after it was found out that Square Enix were registering Just Cause 3 website names. Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg listed a project on his LinkedIn profile that said it was a "new installment in a very well known game series" and that "the game is scheduled for June 2015 for next-generation console platforms". Now I don't mean to be a Magic 8 Ball, but, c'mon, all signs point to yes? Am I right?

What do you guys think? Are you excited for Mad Max? And do you think that Just Cause 3 is coming? Tell us in the comments below!

Raucous Reviews: 2014 FIFA World Cup!

If you've got Pac Man Fever, you've come to the wrong place!

There comes a time every 4 years where English people all over the world come together and riot in Trafalgar Square. That time is the World Cup, and EA Sports have made a game for it! 2010 FIFA World Cup was one of my favorite sports games of all time, and with the disappointment of the last-gen version of FIFA 14, FIFA World Cup Brazil is a chance for all Xbox 360 and PS3 owners to get their slice of next gen kickyball.

The first thing that hits you in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is the presentation. Exotic colours, icons that look like they've been painted and cheery, catchy music populates every menu, and it really gets you in the mood for a game that can be quite frustrating. However, the pre-match presentation is what blew me away, with many panoramic shots of the stadium, close ups on many fans and players, national anthems playing and a look at fans around the world, watching the game in places like Trafalgar Square and Brandenburg Gate. It's definitely the highlight of the game.

The actual gameplay is vastly improved over the last gen version of FIFA 14, with a solid framerate, smooth transitions and no noticeable glitches, other than some players' hair or shorts contorting weirdly for a second. The pre-match skill games are pretty much the same, but there were some noticeable framerate issues as the match is loading at the same time. I also had a little problem with the difficulties, as on Semi Pro I beat Uruguay 7-0 as England, but in the same match on Professional difficulty I lost 3-0 to them.

However, it's still as fun as any FIFA, and with many new modes exclusive to the FIFA World Cup franchise, it's got some great replay value too. There's the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Road To Rio De Janeiro modes, where you compete in the World Cup and compete in the qualifiers and the World Cup respectively, there's the popular Captain Your Country mode, in which you, as a player, work your way up from being a B International to captaining your country in the World Cup (If you Qualify), and by far my favorite mode, Story Of Qualifying, in which you are put in a number of scenarios in different matches, and then you try and meet the goals. One scenario that sticks in my mind is a match between Ghana and Lesotho where you have to score 5 goals in 65 in game minutes. There will also be a similar mode, Story Of The 2014 FIFA World Cup, that will have similar scenarios, but will start once the World Cup starts.

You can also play multiplayer single matches or compete in a Online World Cup, and with such a wide array of countries to play as, from American Samoa to Brazil, the possibilities are endless. I experienced no lag or framerate issues while playing multiplayer, so hats off to EA! There is also the returning EA Sports FC marketplace, where you can buy many historical kits and balls, plus other items to help you in other modes. It's a deep game, but once the World Cup is over, it may lose it's fun.

One thing that I didn't like about FIFA 14 is that there was no advances in graphics, and the paper thin fans were easily noticeable. Well, I can safely tell you that 2014 FIFA World Cup is definitely the best looking last gen FIFA game, with many detailed fans, vivid colours and lovely shadow effects. All players look great, and thanks to the great presentation, 2014 FIFA World Cup is great game to look at.  

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is a beautiful game about the beautiful game, with amazing, exotic presentation instead of the dull whites and grays of FIFA 14, and some great graphics to marvel at. The matches are fluid and fun, and there's plenty of modes to keep you going until (And through) the World Cup this year, but sadly will probably lose it's spark once the World Cup ends. 

Exotic Presentation
                                                                                                                Will Only Last A Couple Months
Beautiful Graphics
                                                                                                                 Some Pre Match Hiccups
Fluid Gameplay

Lots Of Modes

Recommended To: Anyone looking for a good, fun football game!

A big thanks to Tristan Rosenfeldt and EA for providing us with a Review Copy!