Homefront: The Revolution Revealed


A New Conflict

The future of THQ‘s ‘Homefront’ has been announced by Crytek and Deep Sliver, taking the Korean invasion to near future Philadelphia in Homefront: The Revolution.

You’ll play as a civilian who has taken up the fight with the resistance, charging into battle with improvised weapons and bolt cutters. The game’s format has also changed from the original, rather than a linear shooter The Revolution takes the form of an open world guerrilla FPS, much like Far Cry 3. The game will be playable completely solo or in four player co-op.

A reveal trailer has also been released, showcasing the new look enemies and unique visuals.

As yet there is no release date, but Homefront: The Revolution will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Jayden Perry ©2014

Bring A Coat: Far Cry 4 Revealed


Ubisoft Announces Their New Foray Into The Wild

Have you had your fill of futuristic shooters? Depressed by the dark and dirty environments the seems to come part-in-parcel with most FPSes nowadays? Well gamers, like me you can now rejoice, as Ubisoft earlier today revealed the latest entry in their Far Cry series, somewhat surprisingly named Far Cry 4.

The sequel to the hugely popular and not to mention OXCGN’s GOTY for 2012, Far Cry 3, players will once again be able to explore a vibrant open world as they create their own adventures. Far Cry 4 takes place in Kyrat, a Himalayan region that is filled with danger as it is beauty. Much like Vaas in Far Cry 3, players will have to deal with a powerful ruler throughout their travels, as the land is ruled by a self-appointed king.

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Ubisoft are going all out with Far Cry 4, aiming to make it better than all that’s come before. Excerpt from Ubisoft’s blog:

“Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans’ expectations,” said Dan Hay, Executive Producer. “Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we’re eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months.”

Can’t wait to set out your next adventure? Neither can we, and luckily we don’t have to wait too long. Far Cry 4 will be available this year on November 18 in the US and November 20 worldwide. The game will be available on both generations of consoles – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as PC.

I don’t know about you, but this has rocketed to the top of my list of Most Wanted Games.

© Daniel Geikowski 2014

Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag Preview


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Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag Preview

Get ready to set sail with Ubisoft’s latest assassin adventure!

by Jayden Perry

©2013 Jayden Perry

AC4-BIG-boxart-imageLast week I visited Ubisoft Sydney to get an exclusive hands on with Ubisoft’s new title, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, in the lead up to it’s release for current generation consoles on October 29.

The demo I got my hands on was a large open world demo, not playable at any public showing.

I got to experience free roam in both the Jackdaw and on foot, exploring several islands and regions of the map. I also played underwater diving segments, side missions such as assassination contracts, and the harpooning activity.

I’d like to thank Paul and the rest of the team at Ubisoft Sydney for having me, and for taking the time to walk me through this incredible game.

Continue reading Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag Preview

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Kicks Ass and Chews Bubblegum: OXCGN Preview


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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Kicks Ass and Chews Bubblegum: OXCGN Preview

If it bleeds, you can definitely kill it

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos

far cry 3 blood dragon box art oxcgnWhat do you get when a development team decide to stay in on a Saturday night, get drunk and watch a dozen 80’s and 90’s B-Grade action flicks? Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Or, at least that’s how I’m hoping the idea was formulated by the geniuses at Ubisoft Montreal.

What started out as an April Fools joke (hich everyone believed it to be) quickly turned into something real when days after the 1st of April screenshots were being leaked online.

Fast forward to now and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has finally been unveiled with a launch trailer encapsulating the era of VHS in the 90’s. From corny commercial to animation, it reminds me of Heavy Metal.

How bloody is this dragon?

OXCGN’s Tomb Raider Review


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OXCGN’s Tomb Raider Review

A Survivor is Reborn

by Daniel Geikowski

©2013 Daniel Geikowski

PS2CoverSheet108Rebooting a game is risky business.

On one hand, a game is usually rebooted due to a decline in popularity of a franchise, where a fresh start and new perspective is required. Therefore, various changes and mechanics are implemented, sometimes with characters being overhauled in order to generate new interest in the series.

On the other hand however, altering much of the core themes, characters or mechanics can have disastrous effects. Developers risk damaging their product even further and possibly losing the last remnants of an audience they were so desperate to retain.

Time is also a factor on the popularity of a franchise. As time goes on, and more entries are released, it is only a matter of time before fans begin to lose interest due to stale or overused mechanics, bland characters, and cliched storylines.

The latest entry into the franchise, simply titled Tomb Raider, aims to reboot the ailing series, detailing the beginnings of the young Lara Croft.

And it succeeds.

Developer Crystal Dynamics, along with publisher Square Enix, have injected the once popular Tomb Raider series with new life.

Tomb Raider successfully reappropriates the franchise for a new generation of gamers thanks to updated mechanics, along with two very important things: a believable main character and a well-told story.

See if Lara’s new adventure is for you…

OXCGN’s Crysis 3 Review


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OXCGN’s Crysis 3 Review

Best looking game on 360 to date?

by Daniel Geikowski

©2013 Daniel Geikowski

crysis3 packartGamers love being badasses.

Whether it’s being placed in the shoes of a supersoldier wielding an arsenal of weapons, a highly-trained assassin, or given superhuman powers by an ancient god, gamers love playing the one man (or woman) army.

These gamers can rejoice once more, as EA‘s Crysis 3 lets players become the ultimate badass, the perfect hunter, by using the famous Nanosuit.

It’s one thing to be given a whole bunch of neat abilities though, but players want to roam environments in which they can constantly utilise said abilities without feeling forced.

Thankfully, Crytek has once again created some diverse and gorgeous environments in which to blow enemies to hell in. Situated in an abandoned New York, nature has reclaimed the city, perfect for hunting unsuspecting prey throughout.

Crytek and EA have given players the ability to approach objectives in various ways, utilising the Nanosuit’s various abilities, as they try to defeat CELL, and the Ceph, once and for all.

Crysis 3 verdict here

Crysis 3: “How Far Can We Push This?”: OXCGN’s Interview with Mike Read – Crysis 3 Producer


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Crysis 3: “How Far Can We Push This?”

OXCGN’s Interview with Mike Read – Crysis 3 Producer

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos

crysis-3-oxcgn-screenshot 1February seems to be a huge month for EA, with the release of Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3, both the final installments in their respective trilogies, and both drastically changing the direction of the series.

Where one game moves away from the slow and horrific corridors of space to appeal to a broader audience, the other tries to combine the better features of the previous installments to please its fans.

Crysis 3 interview here

Why March 2013 is the Greatest Month for Gaming in Years


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Why March 2013 is the Greatest Month for Gaming in Years

A month that packs a tremendous punch

by Nicholas Laborde

©2013 Nicholas Laborde

bioshock infinite cover2012 was an above average year for gaming.

We got tons of major franchise iterations like Far Cry 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Borderlands 2, and Assassin’s Creed III.

In addition to these solid titles, we also received a plethora of new IP and imaginative adventures: Dishonored, Journey, and Spec Ops: The Line, to name a few.

While these were excellent games, it feels as if not that many were actually released in 2012.

The first quarter of 2013 alone tops the entirety of 2012’s lineup, and you’ll see why. Continue reading Why March 2013 is the Greatest Month for Gaming in Years