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In July 2013, Microsoft launched its answer to Sony’s popular and successful PlayStation Plus: Games with Gold, the loyalty scheme that rewards Xbox Live Gold subscribers with two free games a month. It was originally intended as a limited-time offer that would run until the release of the Xbox One, but the ten titles that were made free-to-keep during that period (which included Fable III, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3) garnered such an overwhelming response that the scheme was continued into the eighth generation of consoles. It’s been expanded to cover Xbox One titles. Two years later, it has remained a permanent fixture of Xbox Live Gold. Continue reading The Best Hidden Gems of Xbox’s Games With Gold
Ever since this once hit-and-miss indie publisher gripped the gaming world with its wonderfully immersive adaptation of The Walking Dead, and became one of the most consistently exceptional and talked about studios in the AAA market, any discussion involving Telltale Games remains focused on what popular licensed property they should tackle next. Continue reading How Telltale Games Plan to Revolutionise Television
Despite twenty years of technical progress and the influx of competitors it spawned, Toy Story remains, to most film lovers, the finest and most visually innovative children’s film of all time. So, for directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to borrow freely from such an ageless and beloved classic, yet ensure The Lego Movie remains universally appealing is a testament to the way this existing material is handled. It may not be wholly original, but nor is it derivative and this rip-roaring homage is imbued with enough freshness of its own to offer an experience like no other. This is Toy Story for a new generation; a cinematic event expertly crafted to attract and inspire film lovers new and old. Continue reading The Lego Movie Review
Achievement Unlocked: Don’t Wreck It.
While cinema has mastered the adaptation of novels, theatre and comic books, among many other mediums, the thriving video game industry remains unconquered. Cinema’s leading studios have tried on several occasions, but even the better video game adaptations – Silent Hill, Hitman and Tomb Raider – left a large proportion of audiences disappointed. As their rival studios continue to fail, Disney step in to the still emerging subgenre with their original, video game influenced animation Wreck-It Ralph.
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