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Five Games that Need to be Re-Mastered on Next-Gen

As technology advances, we are blessed with the progression of gaming graphics and gameplay. Every pixel is more defined, every story is more immersive and every goal you concede on FIFA is even more annoying. Here we have five games we ABSOLUTELY NEED to be remastered for next-gen consoles.

Burnout: Revenge

burnout-revenge-01.jpgAvailable on most consoles, the Burnout franchise were a gaming favourite as you crashed and smashed your way through the city. The franchise went quiet after their 2008 addition Burnout: Paradise was not as popular as hoped.

With many different game modes, including my personal favourite ‘Crash’, Players would take part in a number of objectives, during rush-hour traffic in a busy city. Brutal Take-downs and total annihilation of your enemies vehicles would never have looked as beautiful as they would now in modern-day graphics. This franchise absolutely needs a reboot on next-gen gaming consoles, bring it back!

Fable 2

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The Fable franchise are role-playing games set in the immersive magical world of Albion. You play the main hero as you are thrown into a gruelling adventure of self discovery, pitted against a number of different enemies, human and creature.

The first Fable instalment was remastered for XBOX 360 under Fable: Anniversary. Fable 2 would be a good addition to the remastered collection on next-gen featuring modern day graphics and game engine. The second game featured a slightly less forced storyline with smoother gameplay and story progression, with a number of new options and capabilities. In a game where every decision you make matters, your experience of the game changes every time you play it, as creatures and humans alike react differently to your presence depending on how you behave. Fable 2 also introduced your adorable and helpful companion, your dog, which of course you can interact with on a number of levels.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted 

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This one gets a spot, despite the semi-recent and frankly disappointing reimagining of the game that was released in 2012. We’re talking a full-scale remaster of the thrilling 2005 creation, that understandably was the highest selling game in the Need for Speed franchise.

Working your way up the ‘Blacklist’, your aim was to cause as much mayhem as possible in order to get enough reputation to take on your next rival on the leaderboard, eventually working your way to the final boss, Razor. You’ll probably remember his trademark Mustang with flame vinyls from the beginning of the game, well he takes your striped M3 GTR as the main player is incarcerated, and proceeds to use this against you in the final boss races of the game… don’t worry, you can get it back though. We need Need For Speed to return to it’s original hot blooded street racing lineage, come on EA!

GTA: San Andreas

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There’s no argument that the GTA franchise has always pleased us with new additions, and the current next-gen games are nothing less than pleasing. However, there’s just something that, no matter how good new instalments are, always takes us back to this one. GTA: San Andreas was an absolute highlight of the franchise, released in 2004 / 2005.  Set in the fictional U.S. state of San Andreas, you play the role of our loveable main hero/ murderer/ criminal Carl “CJ” Johnson, and is often considered one of the best video games ever made.

Imagine CJ causing havoc, eliminating rival gangs and clashing with the military forces in next-gen graphics. Rockstar, we beg you.

Elder Scrolls: Oblivion

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Released in 2006, yet another trademark creation in a very popular gaming franchise. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion took the gaming scene by storm. Set in the magical world of Cyrodiil, you play the role of the main hero, with a large variety of character customisation options including race and classes.

Cyrodiil is packed full of wonderful beasts and creatures, all for you to fight against or alongside. It is also home to a number of races including humans, orcs, argonians and more, as well as factions including the warriors and thieves guilds… and yes you can join and take part in them all! Escaping from prison, you find yourself entwined in a magical journey as you become the Hero of Kvatch, and attempt to save the world from the Dremora, a demonic race that are frequently appearing alongside the opening of portals to their universe, known as Oblivion Gates.

The game also featured hundreds of side-quests and tasks, as well as a very fun Arena in which you are pitted against other highly skilled warriors in a gladiator-style fight to the death, for sport.

XBOX ONE saw the release of The Elder Scrolls Online, but we’d all love to be thrown back into this game see the Oblivion Gates in all their next-gen glory.

Top Tips for Conquering Call of Duty: WW2 Nazi Zombies

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Call Of Duty is again attempting to conquer that ‘Shooter’ top spot in 2017 as it releases its highly anticipated instalment Call of Duty: WW2. With an newly refined campaign dynamics and new multiplayer game modes, gamers were chomping at the bit to get hold of the game. However, what really sets apart Call of Duty from other new shooting games, is the fan-favourite Nazi Zombies game mode, and this version is sure to cause some seriously sweaty palms.

Here are our top tips and tricks to dominating Nazi Zombies, and getting to those higher stages…

Tailor Your Loadout!

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We will start with the most important thing to do before you even start the match of zombies, and that’s choosing and modifying your load out. It’s essential to choose your load outs and abilities to complement not only your own playing style, but the team you’re playing with. Don’t be surprised to discover it was a bad idea for you all to pick Shellshock, for example. You want to ensure you have a healthy balance of roles within the team, as each of them are highly beneficial in a number of situations.

The special abilities are as follows:

Freefire: Gives the user unlimited ammo for a short period of time, even if the clip is empty.

ShellShock: The user creates a powerful burst in that location, knocking back nearby zombies and stunning them for a short period of time.

Camouflage: The user becomes invisible to zombies for a short period of time.

Frontline: The user taunts the zombies, attracting them to that particular player for a short period of time. The user also gains double damage to enemies for the duration of the ability.

Use The Shovel in Earlier Rounds!

Like melee attacks with your knife in previous Call of Duty instalments. It is beneficial for ammo to use your melee attack in earlier rounds where the zombies are easy to kill. Not only this but you gain more jolts (in-game currency) for a melee kill and so it allows you to build up a healthy amount of points in the earlier stages.

The enemies in wave 1 can be killed with one melee attack. The enemies in wave 2, take two melee attacks… and so forth.

Take Out Pests Quickly!

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There are a number of different types of zombie you will come across in the game, with varying traits and methods to take down. One of these are the ‘Pests’.

These fast-moving zombies are armless, but definitely not harmless, and hunt in packs. They will charge at you in large numbers and can cause a lot of problems if they aren’t taken down quickly. Not only this but they can damage you even when you’re sprinting away from them. Get rid of them quick!

Ignore the brutes!

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Another new form of enemy is the Brute. This enemy is a large, bulky creature that roams the map in search of your demise. However, you DON’T have to take these down in order to progress the wave. The brutes move very slowly and so can be easily avoided most of the time. Make the mistake of firing at one though, and it will charge at you quickly causing huge amounts of damage if it lands it’s attack. They also have large amounts of health and so will consume tonnes of valuable time and ammo in order to get rid of, so best just to ignore these and let them roam without putting your team in danger.

Get the Best Weapons!

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This one seems pretty obvious. The more you progress through the waves, the more sturdy and harder to defeat the zombies will become, and quickly! By Wave 5 your pistol is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard, so you’ll need something with a bit more kick. Here are some of our personal favourites:

BAR – Good damage output with quick rate of fire, reloads pretty quickly too.

M1 Garand – Useful if you’re an accurate shooter. Low rate of fire but lethal for headshots or picking off the slower zombies.

MG42 – Although this LMG is slow to reload, its high damage output makes it worth it.

MP40 – High rate of fire with good damage output, perfect all-round weapon.

Upgrade Them!

Eventually, even the best weapons will lose their effectiveness against higher level, sturdier zombies. In order to survive, you’ll have to upgrade them. To do this you’ll be required to spend 5000 Jolts on Pack-a-Punch’ing them. Upgrades can include higher rate of fire and higher damage output in order to keep ahead of the game against the higher stages.

Of course, it’s not that easy, you’ll have to activate and unlock the Pack-a-Punch machine first!

‘Kite’ Zombies!

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You may or may not have heard of the term ‘kiting’ before. To “kite’ an enemy means to attract and keep the attention of an enemy on a player, in order for others to go about their business or attend to an assignment. This is done much easier with a slower, less lethal enemy as one player keeps it attention, whilst others either upgrade weapons, explore the stage, unlock new areas or attempt to complete an objective.

On this game however, you can no longer blow a zombie in half and lead their scrambling upper body around the map. So just keep one of the slower ones limping after you.

Share Your Points!

One thing that is so commonly ignored, is the fact that you’re a team! You’ll quickly learn that working as a team, progressing together, and equally becoming stronger is key to success. Share your points with team-mates and upgrade guns and buy perks together. If only a couple of the players are upgraded and strong, all you will find is that you’re constantly having to then risk yourself to revive the players who are struggling. Work together to become strong together, and you’ll find it much easier to progress, as well as keep everyone alive and effective.

Don’t be that guy with the huge stockpile of points you’re not using.

Use Your Notebook!

By pressing the Back button, you can view current assignments and objectives on the stage. These help you to figure out what you need to do next in order to progress through the ‘story’. It’s also very important to do so on your first few attempts of the game mode, so you can learn the necessary steps for future play-throughs.

 

Combine these methods and we have no doubt that you will become an undead Nazi slaying beast in no time. Let us know in the comments how far you get!

 

Top 5 Tricks for Beating Legendary Difficulty on FIFA 18 for BIG Squad Battles Rewards

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FIFA 18 Ultimate Team’s BRAND NEW game mode Squad Battles is taking the FIFA community by storm. Pitting your squad against the sometimes frightening line-ups of other gamers around the world in order to accumulate as many points as possible in a specified number of games and climb up the SB leaderboards. The higher you finish in the leaderboards, the more valuable your rewards upon completion of the weekly event.

To cut a long story short, if you want to be up towards the upper tiers of the ladder when the week is over, then you need to be playing on Legendary difficulty at least.. and winning! As you probably already know, squad battles difficulty is strongly linked to not only the strength of the squad you are playing, but the chemistry too. Difficulty levels on Squad Battles are more difficult than their respective difficulty levels in other game modes due to these fluctuating squads and chemistry ratings. Ultimately, the higher the chemistry of your opponent, the more challenging you will find it to play against them.

Legendary difficulty on any game mode is challenging enough, so how can you be expected to play against not only an even harder Legendary difficulty, but also against star studded squads packed out with the likes of Messis, Ronaldos, Hazards and more? Well, there are a few very important, and very effective tricks in order to do this. I’ll narrow it down to my Top Five Tips for Beating Legendary Difficulty on Ultimate Team Squad Battles.

Trick #1 – Legacy Defending

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This is probably the first tip I would give to anyone who is struggling against higher difficulty AI. Ever since coming across this, I’ve felt like I’ve almost been cheating on the game. Legacy defending is an in-game feature that you can activate in your gameplay settings. The feature allows you to almost automatically chase down and press the opposition with the player you are controlling, and they’ll even put in the tackle for you too. By holding the ‘A’ button (XBOX) or ‘X’ button (PlayStation), your player will pressurise the opposition player with the ball and make the tackle, without you having to direct them, or press to tackle. All you have to do is change player. Like I said, almost a cheat, right?

This is crucial because trying to press and tackle against legendary difficulty on the almost manual style ‘Tactical Defending’ setting, sometimes feels impossible. Not only does this win the ball back for you over and over again, when you get better at timing it, you’ll be winning the ball so high up the pitch and become a lethal counter attacking force. This for me, is by far the most effective trick I’ve come across to improve your chances against the harder difficulties.

Trick #2 – Counter, Counter, Counter!

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If you’ve been struggling on Legendary Squad Battles, you’ll already know by now that you’re not going to see much possession. Particularly the higher rated and higher chemistry teams, will often knock the ball about like a Barcelona squad on steroids. We’re going to turn this into one of our most deadly weapons.

The AI will pass, pass, pass, and especially on Legendary, will push its players further and further up the pitch in an attempt to make you concede. Something you may not know, is that on Squad Battles, the AI is programmed to win at all costs. There are no draws, as the games lead onto extra-time and ultimately, penalties. Due to this, the computer will play to win. This means that if the scoreline is a draw, or you are winning, the opposition will become more and more aggressive in it’s attacking as the game progresses. You may have noticed that you seem to score most of your goals late in the game? Well, as the computer becomes more aggressive in order to win, they will commit more players further up the pitch, take more risks in passing, and push their defensive line higher, playing straight into your hands.

So, now we know the opposition game plan, how do we use this to our advantage?

The starting tactic? Stay compact and defend well! Let the AI control most of the ball, let them knock it round, and almost let the time run down a little. Your aim is to try not to concede. So don’t take too many risks and try to minimise mistakes. If you manage to counter attack and steal a goal or two, then that’s even better.

Secondly, if you’re drawing, or ahead towards the start of the second half, this is the time to take more risks. Press higher, attack more, and play risky but cutting passes through to your forwards. You will definitely notice more space between the opposition defence, and you’ll find it easier to find openings and hit them on the counter. You still have to defend well though and do your best not to concede.

So your overall game plan is stay tight and compact for as long as possible, focus on not conceding and defending well. As the game progresses and you see more openings start to appear, and the opposition being more aggressive, then you start taking the game to them and picking them apart on the counter.

Trick #3 – Don’t Panic, Things Change Very Quickly

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I can’t stress this enough; DON’T PANIC! There has been countless games where it’s been 0-0 on the 70th minute, and I’ve gone on to win 4-0 or 5-0. As mentioned previously, the longer the game progresses, the harder and more aggressively the AI will try to win the game. As the game reaches it’s later stages, you’ll find it easier and easier to pick them apart with ease, and make the most of the huge gaps that they leave in their defence. Trust me, once that first goal has gone in, the flood gates well and truly open. Keep calm, stick to the game plan, and you will come away victorious.

Trick #4 – Prioritise Points Awarded

You aren’t only awarded points for just winning the game. Whilst winning is your utmost priority, once you get a little more comfortable playing against Legendary, you should start prioritising how you need to perform in order to achieve the maximum points possible per game. Here should be your priorities, in order:

  1. Goals – Goals, Goals, Goals. Every goal you score earns you more points after the game. Scoring five goals past your opponent earns you significantly more points, so if you’re able to, scoring five is the main target.
  2. Clean Sheet – You also are awarded bonus points for keeping a clean sheet. As hard as this is against Legendary difficulty (because sometimes there’s just nothing you can do for the goals scored against you), it is absolutely possible to keep them out for the full ninety minutes, and you should be trying to do so. Once you concede a goal, prioritise fully on scoring. You only lose a mere 20 points per goal conceded, so winning a game 5-4 will actually earn you more points than winning 2-1, for example.
  3. Possession – So, you’ve bagged five against them. Maybe you’ve even managed to keep them out of your goal up to now. Focus on keeping the ball, you earn more points for having it around 60% in your favour.
  4. Shots on Target – Again, another match stat that you should keep in mind once you have prioritised the above. If you’ve scored your required goals, you will earn more points for shots on target, fire in a few accurate attempts to maximise points.

Trick #5 – Substitutions

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Keeping in mind the previous tips, substitions can be the difference between winning or losing, or the difference between a 1-0 or a 5-0 victory. Like stated, as the game progresses and the AI gets increasingly aggressive, your substitutions will play a key part in your in-game success. As your opposition gets more fatigued, and space starts to open up in the latter stages of the game, it’s time to bring on your whippets.

You’ll want fresh legs, and fast ones to burst into those gaps in their defence, and tear apart those tired and sluggish defenders. I like to have on my more technically gifted, and more physical players from the start of the game, to hold the ball up, keep possession and stay defensively compact, like Alvaro Morata. As soon as the gaps appear and counter attacking becomes easier, on come my faster players who will leave their defence in the dust, my personal favourite super-subs being Marcus Rashford and Leroy Sane. This is why it’s important to keep a cool head if the result isn’t what you hoped for towards the latter stages, these substitutions if timed well, can completely change the flip the game on it’s head. Like I said, you can go from a frustrating stale mate in the 70th minute to a 5-0 victory with such ease.
Put these five top tips all together to create a lethal winning formula. It takes a little while to get the hang of it, but keep at it and eventually you’ll be earning the best rewards that this new and exciting game mode has to offer. I’ll see you in those Elite bandings!