Elite: Dangerous – Official GDC Trailer – PC, Mac and Xbox One

eliteElite: Dangerous is the classic massively multiplayer space trading game brought right up to date, and is available now on PC, then out in spring on the Mac, and later in 2015 as a console-exclusive on Xbox One. Yes… if you have a PS4, you won’t be getting it. Elite’s creator David Braben has strong connections with Microsoft and he has spoken.

Elite: Dangerous brings gaming’s original open world adventure into the modern generation with a connected galaxy, evolving narrative and the entirety of the Milky Way re-created at its full galactic proportions.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on May 5th

the-old-bloodWolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone prequel to last year’s first-person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order, and is released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on May 5th, and developed by MachineGames.

The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favour, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Rudi Jaeger and the Den of Wolves – pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artefacts that threaten o unleash a dark and ancient power.

Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain – Release date, Collectors Edition and packshot revealed!

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Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain continues on from where the superb Ground Zeroes left off, and now, the release date has been revealed.

This entry is the series’ largest and most ambitious edition to date, expanding upon themes and content seen in Ground Zeroes. Set within huge open-world environments, Phantom Pain is brought to vivid life with realistic weather patterns and day/night cycles. Thus, players can adapt their tactics to match the changing environment, creating an intuitive and non-linear gameplay experience. Similarly, a host of acclaimed Metal Gear Solid troops return in hugely advanced forms, including expanded CQC (Close-Quarter Combat) skills, vastly improved enemy AI, online elements that complement the single player campaign, and an all-new version of Metal Gear Online, a competitive multiplayer mode, included within the main game.

We’re back!

We're backWe’re back!

Well, the website server update is still in progress, but I heard back from 1&1 in the meantime and I’d been misled about not being able to update the site while it went on. Gah!

Oh well, let us crack on now!

Website server update in progress…

Website server update in progressWebsite server update in progress…

I’ve had some recent server issues and my hosts, 1&1, tell me that an upgrade to sort it out may stop me being able to make new posts on here for 3-5 days, so if you hear nothing new from me for a short while then I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth and, like James Bond, I will return… obviously a lot more quickly.

Of course, if Jennifer Aniston pops round and asks me to run away with her to Los Angeles or wherever she resides, then I’ll be a little longer. But the chances are that will not happen….

Chappie and Still Alice lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e March 6th 2015

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This weekend there are six new films out for you to choose from: sci-fi in Chappie, dementia drama in Still Alice, crime thriller in Kill The Messenger, French farce in Life of Riley, alleged comedy in Unfinished Business, and tedious drama in White Bird in a Blizzard.

Chappie is the latest film from Neill Blomkamp, director of the superb District 9, and also Elysium.

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot.

The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.

As with The Voices, I’m in two minds as to whether this will be any good. It’s got a great director, and also high-profile cast (Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel, plus Sharlto Copley doing the motion capture for Chappie, himself), but it feels like we’ve been here before with Short Circuit. On balance, I’ll err on the side of…

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

Movie Charts – UK & US – w/e March 1st 2015

March 1st 2015This week’s Movie Chart for the UK w/e March 1st 2015 is as follows:

    1. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    2. Fifty Shades of Grey
    3. Focus
    4. Big Hero 6
    5. Shaun The Sheep: The Movie
    6. Kingsman: The Secret Service
    7. The Boy Next Door
    8. It Follows
    9. The Wedding Ringer
    10. The Theory Of Everything (review)

Video Games Charts (All formats) – week ending February 28th 2015

dying-lightIn this week’s video games charts, week ending February 28th 2015, there are two new entries, and one re-entry.

    1 (-) Dying Light (Warner Bros Interactive)
    2 (2) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision) (review)
    3 (-) Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Namco Bandai)
    4 (1) The Order 1886 (Sony)
    5 (5) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games) (review)
    6 (6) FIFA 15 (EA Sports)
    7 (4) Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft) (review)
    8 (3) Evolve (2K Games)
    9 (7) Minecraft: Xbox Edition (Microsoft)
    10 (9) Minecraft: Playstation Edition (Sony)

Poldark – New BBC1 2015 series – Official Trailer

poldarkPoldark returns to BBC1 after nearly 40 years as it originally ran for two series between 1975 and 1977, with Robin Ellis in the lead role.

This time round, Aidan Turner takes the lead as Ross Poldark, and the actor may be best known to viewers as Mitchell from BBC’s Being Human, and as Kili in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, which came to a finale last Christmas with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Poldark returns to England after fighting in the American Revolution. His family and friends thought he was dead. The woman he hoped to marry is now engaged to his cousin. His father is dead, and the property he has inherited has been allowed to deteriorate. It is the late 1700s in Cornwall, England.

The Casual Vacancy Episode 3 – The DVDfever Review

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The Casual Vacancy Episode 3

The Casual Vacancy Episode 3 finally puts itself out of its misery, and a good job too as, quite frankly, over the course of these three weeks I could’ve pulled a better story out of my arse!

Howard and Miles are fussing over the vandalism on the front of the former’s pie shop, adorned with the election poster for the latter, with the added scrawl, “I like soapy tit-wanks”.

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