Posted by thor on June 18th, 2013
Following the E3 event where producers get to put their work on show and give gamers a look at what they expect in the near future we look at what the Xbox one and PS¤ had to offer and how they compare.
Xbox one kicked of the competition with their conference and it seemed that the main feel they was going for was a home entertainment console that has a lot more than just games. But they have looked at how to get people’s hand held devices involved which is great because they showed how you could be sitting on a bus and help your friend out on-line by using your handheld device to affect the game which was pretty cool. But one thing that they have added is the game sharing method and have really tried to exploit more money out of gamers by making them pay a fee if they borrow a game and that really put me off along with paying on-line and lets not forget the price which is a big $499.
The PS4 conference was great because they literally just came out and told everyone why there console was better and picked up on the two flaws Xbox one had which was the game sharing and the price of the console by allowing gamers to swap games and by pricing their console at $399 which is $100 cheaper than the Xbox one. Also the design for the console is much more creative with a slender cool look. Lastly the control pad is also inventive with the touch pad and I really think PS4 have tried to give us an inventive new console.
After the conferences it seems that the majority of gamers were opting for the PS4 which is no shock but it will be interesting to see if Xbox have any tricks up their sleeve in the coming months to sway the gamers onto their side.
Posted by thor on May 24th, 2013
Now that we’ve had a good look at the Xbox one we can really start to get an idea of what console we will opt for this year, either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One.
Lets start with the controller now personally I love the PlayStation controller it is just so simple but other people prefer the Xbox because of the location of the analogue but out of the two controller on the PS4 and Xbox One I have to say the PS4 has won simply because they done something different and innovative by adding the touch pad compared to the Xbox one which is practically the same just a few minor differences.
Both companies have confirmed that you won’t be able to play old games on the new consoles for example you can’t play a PS3 game on the PS4 console.
We haven’t seen as much from the PlayStation compared to the Xbox in terms of design but I feel like PlayStation will win because the Xbox is just literally a box no real design to it and following the teaser videos we have seen.
Overall I’m swaying towards PS4 but when they reveal it probably that’s when us gamers will know for sure which console we want to opt for.
Posted by thor on May 9th, 2013
EA have thankfully been given FIFA licensing rights until 2022 which is great news for us gamers as we will continue to receive the top quality kits and logo’s and stadiums up until this date in which if FIFA continues the way it’s going they will be sure to extend that.
The licensing rights mean that any future FIFA branded video games will have to fly under the EA banner. Also EA sports hold exclusive rights to release the FIFA World Cup game.
Andrew Wilson, Executive Vice President and Head of EA SPORTS said: ”EA Sports released the first FIFA-branded soccer game in 1993, and 20 years later our partnership with FIFA continues to be very strong,
“Our franchise has become the benchmark for quality and innovation in the sports video game genre, and we look forward to many more years of connecting with consumers around the world with our games carrying the prestigious FIFA name.”
Also EA have announced that FIFA 14 is likely to be released on the 4th of October which is a later release date compared to FIFA 13.
Posted by thor on May 2nd, 2013
It was initially thought that by sitting of a screen playing games for hours would be damaging to your brain but now a new study suggest that playing video games can slow down ageing and by playing a game for ten hours can make your mind up to seven years younger.
But researchers said that the benefits only come with their specially made game named Road Tour.
Those that played the game for at least 10 hours gained 3 years of cognitive improvement on average.
Lead author Fredric Wolinsky, professor in the University’s College of Public Health, said: “We not only prevented the decline; we actually sped them up.
“We know that we can stop this decline and actually restore cognitive processing speed to people.
“So, if we know that, shouldn’t we be helping people? It’s fairly easy, and older folks can go get the training game and play it.”
Professor Wolinsky said: “The game starts off with an assessment to determine your current speed of processing. Whatever it is, the training can help you get about 70 per cent faster.”
Posted by thor on April 19th, 2013
In a conference producers released information of some of the features that gamers can look forward to upon the release of FIFA 14.
Firstly we will start of with the new feature known as pure shot in which a player will adjust there stride to ensure that they hit the ball purely and the player will think about the angle in which to approach the shot for example a player performing a finesse shot may want to approach the ball from the side.
Secondly we have a feature known as real ball physics and this will improve the shots in FIFA, for example in FIFA 13 when you take a shot it tends to go straight most of the time but this new feature will allow you to dip and swerve the ball and you will be able to perform the Ronaldo free kick.
Another feature is called protect the ball which allows the player to use their physical strength to shrug players to give them the advantage.
Next we have team mate intelligence which looks at making the team play as a unit and playing for each other.
Posted by thor on April 11th, 2013
Asda are anticipating that the Ps4 will be released some time in 2013 and are now taking Pre-orders to ensure that they get more customers for the console when it comes to the release date to beat of there competitors.
The Chain which is owned by Walmart say that they are the only supermarket that are offering the pre-order service and say that customers can secure there console by putting down a £20 deposit.
Asda’s statement reads: The current expected date of release made by Sony is Christmas 2013. Asda make no Guarantees that this is correct or will not change and Asda shall not be held responsible if Sony change or delay the release date of the Sony PlayStation 4 in the UK and or limit stock.”
Posted by thor on March 21st, 2013
With the huge success god of war 3 had there is huge expectations for this game and everyone wants to know if they can improve on what was an amazing game before this one.
Aesthetically this game is very pleasing with some great graphics and these go along well with the huge beasts you have to fight and overall is very excellent.
We knew it would be hard to have a better storey than the last three after fighting the likes of Zeus and Aries. In this game you don’t really come up against anyone as great as those characters instead you find yourself fighting second rated villains and it’s very easy to get the storey muddled up.
The combat in the game has improved and is more gruesome which is aesthetically pleasing for some.
The game overall is a forgettable one compared to the others as you fight the same people again and again.
They also offer a multi player mode which is very good and you can customise your character which is always good and the main aim of the multi player is to get more points than your friends.
This game is probably the worst out of the God of War games but still very enjoyable to player so we are going to give it a 7/10
Posted by thor on March 19th, 2013
Arguably the best zombie game out their with just non stop killing and more new machines and weapons to be put together to kill zombies.
At the end of the last Dead Island game it was thought that the survivors had eradicated the problem but in this game a storm hits the island which brings back the zombies.
This game will follow the same game modes in the previous dead island but has evolved.
The game has evolved in terms of graphics as the previous game can be compared to those on PS2.
The new features include:
- Successful combination of First-Person Action, Open World and Coop Multiplayer set against a tropical island backdrop
- New playable character
- New vehicles: boats
- New multiplayer communication feature
- New Zombies to kill & Locations to explore
- New skills to develop
Here at Hitflip we give this game a solid 7/10.
Posted by thor on March 14th, 2013
A new study has claimed that playing video games everyday can increase children’s cognitive skills on particular tasks.
Adam Chie-Ming Oei and Michael Donald Patterson are the two student of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore that carried out this study found that playing video games can help children on certain cognitive tasks that are similar to tasks that you find in some video games.
Two games that help with these task include Bejeweled where you have to match 3 similar shapes and Sims both helped with these tasks.
They also found that people who play action packed video games had improved their capacity to track multiple objects in a short space of time.
Posted by thor on March 8th, 2013
Following the success of the TV series The Walking Dead a game has been created in light of this success to put the viewers into the shoes of the survivors in which the game follows a similar storey.
What’s exciting about this game? The fact that you make choices throughout the game that will affect your route throughout the game and the choices made will make up your end outcome so every person who plays this will most likely have a different outcome from their friends.
Also who doesn’t love killing zombies? Zombie games such as left for dead have proven to be very successful but that zombie games storey mode is not as good as this one which can be argued was the only thing missing.
We’re going to give this game a 6.5/10