Just Dance 2016 Preview

I had my review copy from Ubisoft in a few days ago, came home from work to find it so I decided to have a quick go on it that night.  I was lying in bed.  And after 3 songs had earned 4 trophies without even busting a move.

I don’t own a Playstation Camera, I have the Playstation Eye and Move controller but the Move is only compatible with the new camera as the Eye doesn’t work on the PS4 which we all (should) know.  So after popping in the disc to install it and then running through the quick profile set up the typical getting started cards appeared and, to my surprise, one mentioned playing via your mobile phone.

Singstar and Just Dance have a number of similarities, the 2 main ones being the fact you can play with your mobile if you don’t have or can’t be bothered to haul the bits ‘n’ bobs out.  Secondly, as I found whilst lying in my bed and waving my arm around like an over-caffeinated flight controller it’s quite easy to “cheat”.  Singstar allowed you to mumble or say other words but as long as the pitch was similar you’d score points.  Here, you can dance the night away by just waving your arm around like a loon.  But where’s the fun in that?

Naturally, like Singstar and other games of their ilk, these are party games with much fun to be had with family and friends.  At the time of writing this little preview, I haven’t had a chance to do that yet but my first impressions are that this game seems like the perfect means of entertainment if you have a few friends round or a family night.  Whether I will be saying this after the kids try their hand at it and end up dropping my Galaxy S6 or getting too hyperactive due to the lucid colours and dancing pandas is yet to be determined.

Pick up your copy now!

Traipsing Tamriel – My First Few Hours On The Elder Scrolls Online

Slight change of plan.  Batman: Arkham Knight was meant to be my birthday present but, as I had decided I wanted The Elder Scrolls Online Crown Edition (ESO) last week, I figured I would have that for my birthday (16 June) and as Arkham Knight (AK) won’t arrive until the 23rd June at the earliest it made sense that that be my Father’s Day pressie.

So, after a lengthy install – a 15.86GB day one patch had been released, and not playing it at all last night – instead, I played Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 on my Vita and then a spot of Saints Row IV (prior to me installing my 2TB HDD, I had inadvertently formatted my PS4 in order to try and resolve display issues on 2 of my TVs – it didn’t work so I ended up getting a PSTV in order to play on the main TV in the living room using Remote Play – and lost a lot of game saves.  SR IV was one of them).

Anyhoo, I digress!  Talia (middle child) had us up at around 3am, after getting her back to sleep it was a struggle to get back to sleep myself.  I won’t discuss my ailment much but I think the pain had caused me to become wide awake so i thought I’d play ESO as it would have downloaded in rest mode (I love the fact the PS4 can download in standby).

And, henceforth, I began my quest.  I normally spend ages working on my character – I spent maybe ten minutes after reading the various traits of races and the alliances.  I created my Nord, Aldo Storm (took that from my FF XIV character that I had used a name generator for).  I hate coming up with character names.  I used to use my favourite movie characters (for example, in the original GTA game, I called myself Castor Troy), but all manner of inspiration has escaped me.  Pick a shitty name and, for the most part, you’re stuck with it.

After the character creation, you begin a staple for the Elder Scrolls series – you begin in a prison.  Only this time you’re not in Tamriel.  You’re on the other side.  As usual, the opening scenes pave the way in the form of a tutorial.  Unlike other MMORGs, the tutorial is very fluid with very unintrusive screen pops and tips.

It’s not long before you level up a few times and, by the time you actually reach Tamriel, you’re probably about level 4 or 5, having defeated your first boss.  Graphically, it takes Skyrim’s visuals and gives it a major kick up the ass.  Staying true to the Elder Scrolls series, your typical options are there – looting corpses, searching urns and so on.  Lockpicking threw me off slightly – I didn’t get a tutorial pop (not sure I was meant to) and unlike previous lockpicking sequences in the series where you turn the sticks in the direction to apply force and judge by the vibration whether you’re on the money or not – here, you have to work the various tumblers in a particular sequence to unlock doors and chests BUT, you also have a time limit.  After a couple of attempts, I had it sussed but it wasn’t great going in relatively blind – my first attempt had the timer running out as I wasn’t paying full attention – kinda like when your ambling along in a game and then an unexpected QTE (Quick Time Event) occurs.

From what I’ve seen in about 3 hours worth of gameplay is impressive.  I had a go at fishing – all you need is bait.  This was quite refreshing considering the fact you need to access the Fisherman’s Guild in FFXIV and equip a rod etc.  Here, you’re straight in.  I’m not sure about other features like crafting and so on as I haven’t tried.  Although I’ve spoken to a couple of NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) who sell items like saws etc and it just seems that the limitation is having enough gold.

Quests seem rather abundant.  After waking up in a township that I discover I was brought to after floating around in the sea, I had covered little ground before I had about five or six different quests under way.  Nothing particularly groundbreaking here – go here, do this, come back, receive this and scene!  This is inescapable in MMORPGs as this is what they are, but some of the set ups are pretty cool and different.  One quest had me use a dog whistle in a certain spot to summon a dog and follow it back to its owner and help him out.  Another had me reversing a wizard’s spell after he had turned 3 companions of this woman into Skeevers.

One thing I quite enjoyed while exploring the map (I ended up heading off to Bleakrock Isle) is the standard location indicator on the compass bar – you know, the outlined image of a mine or town and then you get the typical “X LOCATION DISCOVERED” across your screen.  I know other MMORPGs do a similar thing and rewards XP (Experience Points) for doing so but it just feels more…homely.  You’re in this new world, this new concept but there are many familiar staples from previous games to immerse you.  Most open world games, especially totally new games, daunt me.  The feeling of anxiety wondering where do I go? What should I do next?   So having these little pieces of the previous games puts that to bed as it feels like it’s more of the same but just bigger, better and with a ton more to do.

So, despite it having some heavy criticism from friends and other tidbits I have seen online I am loving it so far and if you will excuse me…I’m going back in.  If you wanna join me, my PSN is Nerdgazzum84.

 

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LEGO Dimensions Pre-order Discounts

I have now added all of the starter packs ready for the launch of LEGO Dimensions on 29 September 2015.  As a pre-order bonus, save £5 across all Starter Packs for all platforms.

The Back to the Future Level Pack and Ninjago Team Pack are also available to pre-order along with the Fun Packs including Wonder Woman, Gollum, Benny and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Starter Pack pre-order discounts run up until midnight on 28th September so grab yourself a bargain and order before then!

Don’t forget that all UK orders also have free shipping!

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Lego Dimensions

Good morning (or whatever part of the day it is that you’re reading this)!

I had an e-mail towards the end of last week and decided to share some awesome news.  A distributor has reached out to me to offer me the opportunity of jumping on the “toys to life” craze.  And, I must admit, Skylanders has never really taken me.  Disney Infinity was tempting but the different versions etc. seems confusing for the consumer and when I heard of Dimensions, I was keen for me personally as I love Lego and the possibilities that it may offer really captured my imagination (tie that in with the announcement of Lego releasing a game akin to Minecraft and it’s a case of ‘mind = blown’).

Below are details taken from the Lego Dimensions fact sheet that I have been supplied and I will be looking to add the various sets to the store very soon.  In the meantime, check out the deets below!

LEGO® DIMENSIONS

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RELEASE DATE: 29th September, 2015
PUBLISHER: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
DEVELOPER: TT Games
GENRE: Toys to Life, Action-Adventure
PLATFORMS: Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation® 4, PlayStation®3, Wii™U
PRICING:   Starter Pack £89.99 – £99.99
Level Pack £29.99
Team Pack £29.99
Fun Pack £14.99

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The Product Experience:

What is LEGO® Dimensions?

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO® worlds, different characters from DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away.   To save their friends, Batman™, Gandalf™ and Wyldstyle™ bravely jump into the vortex and quickly find themselves fighting to save all of LEGO® humanity.

Let creativity be the guide to a building and gaming adventure – journey through unexpected worlds and team-up with unlikely allies on the quest to defeat the evil Lord Vortech.  Play with different minifigures from different worlds together in one LEGO videogame, and use each other’s vehicles and gadgets in a way never before possible.  LEGO® Bad Cop™ driving the DeLorean Time Machine…why not?!  The LEGO® Ninjago™ Masters of Spinjitsu fighting alongside Wonder Woman™…yes, please!  Get ready to break the rules, because the only rule with LEGO Dimensions is that there are no rules.

The LEGO® Dimensions Starter Pack is all players need to begin – build the base and embark on a fantastic quest.  Included in the LEGO® Dimensions Starter Pack:

  • LEGO® Dimensions videogame
  • LEGO® Toy Pad
  • Bricks to build the LEGO® Gateway
  • 3 LEGO® minifigures (Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle)
  • LEGO® Batmobile vehicle

Build the minifigure heroes and fire-up the game to start the experience, then follow the in-game build instructions to assemble the loose bricks into the LEGO® Gateway, and place the structure on the LEGO® Toy Pad.  Expand the adventure by collecting more minifigures, vehicles, gadgets, and new levels with the purchase of three different types of expansion packs.  Use whatever minifigure with whichever vehicle or gadget – go ahead… break the rules! 

Level Pack:  Want more to explore?  Expand the gaming experience with a level pack which contains a whole new mission-based game level, along with a minifigure, a vehicle and a gadget to build and use in-game.

Team Pack:  Want the biggest collection?  Get a dynamic pair of minifigures and a vehicle or gadget for each, all with their own unique in-game abilities.

Fun Pack:  Want the best variety? Extra fun comes in each pack containing one minifigure and a vehicle or gadget.

Key Features:

  • An Extreme Cross-Over. For the first time in any LEGO® videogame, characters from a mix of some of the best brands in the universe join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. A Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a LEGO® Master Builder travelling together down the Yellow Brick Road is just the beginning…
  • Keep Expanding. By purchasing additional expansion packs, players can grow their collection with a variety of their favourite brands to create even more crazy combinations.
  • More is Better. Bring up to seven minifigures, vehicles and/or gadgets into the game all at once by dropping them on the LEGO® Toy Pad for the most exciting and action-filled game around.
  • Play Alone or with a Friend. Players can let imagination guide their solo journey or have a friend join the adventure with co-operative, drop-in/drop-out play.
  • The Starter Pack Will Last. The LEGO® Toy Pad and the videogame found in the initial Starter Pack will offer continued compatibility with future Expansion Packs for years to come.  Like any LEGO building set, LEGO Dimensions is a system of play that offers continued compatibility – everything bought today or expanded with tomorrow will continue to work.

Game Storyline:

There is an ancient planet at the centre of the LEGO® Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech.  It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse.  Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of LEGO worlds to help him find these building bricks of LEGO® civilization.  Some have agreed.  Others have rebelled.  And only the combined powers of the greatest LEGO® heroes can stop him.

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO worlds, different characters from DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away.   To save their friends, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle bravely jump into the vortex.  As they journey to locations beyond their wildest imaginations in search of their friends, they soon realize that Lord Vortech is summoning villains from across different LEGO® worlds to help him gain control. As his power grows, worlds mix, unexpected characters meet and all boundaries are broken. Our heroes must travel through space and time to rescue their friends before the vortexes destroy all of LEGO® humanity.

Featured Brands:

  • DC Comics™
  • The Lord of the Rings™
  • The LEGO® Movie
  • LEGO® Ninjago™
  • Back to the Future™
  • The Wizard of Oz™
  • And more still to be announced…

2015 Expansion Packs

Level Pack

  • Marty McFly (Back to the Future)

Team Pack

  • Kai & Cole (LEGO Ninjago)

Fun Pack

  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Cyborg (DC Comics)
  • Gollum (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Gimli (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Legolas (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Emmet (The LEGO Movie)
  • Bad Cop (The LEGO Movie)
  • Benny (The LEGO Movie)
  • Unikitty (The LEGO Movie)
  • Wicked Witch (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Jay (LEGO Ninjago)
  • Nya (LEGO Ninjago)
  • Zane (LEGO Ninjago)

More Level, Team and Fun packs to be announced prior to launch.

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LEGO DIMENSIONS Videogame software © 2015 TT Games Ltd. Produced by TT Games under license from the LEGO Group. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group. © 2015 The LEGO Group.  Batman and all related characters, and elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2015. THE LEGO MOVIE © The LEGO Group & Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.  © 2015 New Line Productions Inc.  All The Lord of the Rings content other than content from the New Line films © 2015 The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises (“SZC”).  The Lord of the Rings and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of SZC under license to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  Back to the Future is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture.  Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.  All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.  All rights reserved

Facebook Page

Hello!

I recently set up a new Facebook page in the advent of me getting my PS4 for Christmas (I have to fecking wait ’til then 🙁 ).

After I got GTA V for my PS3, I set up a Tumblr called Michael Parking Bay – the concept was simple: use Michael and park in silly places and take a pic and post it on there.

I liked a page on Facebook called Parking Like A Twat Merthyr Tydfil and, when I ordered GTA V for the PS4 I figured the scope for this type of tomfoolery would be huge considering the sharing features the PS4 gives you plus the first-person opportunities too!

As a result,  Parking Like A Twat San Andreas, Vice City & Liberty City was born.  Come and join in on the fun!  At 50 page likes, I’m doing a little giveaway as form of thanks!

I may even run random competitions for the funniest picture/caption going forward also.

So come on and like and share the fun!

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Far Cry 4 Launch Trailer & Companion App

This is my first proper gaming post in regards to juicy details.  I am waiting for my review copy of Far Cry 4 to arrive in the mail from Ubisoft (hopefully I get a chance to write a nice in-depth review at some point!)

The PR team fired over some details regarding the launch trailer and the Companion App (available on iOS and Android).

Today, Ubisoft announced that Far Cry® 4, sequel to the #1 rated shooter of 2012*, is now available worldwide on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios Far Cry 4 invites the player to experience the most expansive and immersive Far Cry ever, in an entirely new, massive open world. Players will find themselves in Kyrat, a breath-taking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape.

Check out the trailer below…how beautiful does this game look?

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The Companion App is a pretty interesting addition too…

Arena Master, the Far Cry 4 Companion App, is now available on IOS and Android, both for tablets and smartphones.

In Far Cry 4, you’ll prove your combat prowess and fight for fame and fortune in Noore’s Arena. You’ll earn the respect of roaring crowds and test your will to survive, battling man and beast alike, until only one contestant remains standing. The Arena Master Companion App on mobile devices allows the player to explore the open-world, collect animals or mercenaries for his own personal pens and send them to battle against other players on the console or PC version of the game. The player can share his progress and send custom Far Cry 4 arena challenges to his friends from just about anywhere with an internet connection and his iPad or Android device.

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Also check out the Far Cry 4 Poker game!

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The Rise Of The Tomb Raider Controversy

It was announced at Gamescom today that the next instalment in the Tomb Raider franchise is to be an XBox exclusive.

Naturally, a few folks are pretty pissed at this announcement.  As an anti-XBox gamer, I must admit I’m a tad annoyed as the last game was fantastic.  As a “hater”, I would deem it a move to assist a flailing next gen console gain sales – let’s face it, some folks are so passionate about certain games they would buy a new console just to play it (GTA: Liberty City Stories was the only reason I bought a PSP…only to later find it was to be released on PS2…)

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