E3 2014: World of Tanks: Blitz Preview


Tanks on the go!

At this year’s E3 the Wargaming team showed off their new mobile title, World of Tanks Blitz. The game is going to be released globally on iOS on June 26th, with an android version coming in the future, and will allow players to compete and battle tanks just like in the core World of Tanks game, but on their tablet or smart phone.

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The version of the game I got to try out was the current version from the soft launch in Nordic countries, played with a fast connection speed in the United States. Upon opening the app I could choose my tank from the garage and upgrade it’s components with permanent and single use items (via the in-game store), much like in the PC version of the title. It all felt very familiar, and the intuitive and simple touch controls work great to both manipulate the camera and to customise your tank.

Battles play out against real opponents in teams of seven vs seven, I played against real people participating in the Nordic soft launch version. World of Tanks players will be well at home here, this app shares a lot of similarities with its PC counterpart once again, the main difference being that maps are much smaller in size for faster paced on the go gameplay. An especially neat feature of the app is the ability to customise the controls in the user interface, with each of the virtual buttons and analogue sticks able to be scaled or moved to allow a comfy and personalised layout for every player. The touch controls lend themselves well to the title, allowing both new and experienced players to jump in and do battle.

In terms of loading and lag, I had no issues with either. Even from a connection in the United States to Nordic servers it was easy and fast to find a match, and in-game assets loaded up in no time. As the game releases worldwide we should see plenty more players jumping on to the servers, but thus far both the game and servers seem to perform well on mobile devices. Wargaming has said that the app will even be playable on older devices such as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2, which is great for gamers that haven’t grabbed the latest iOS device.

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The game will launch with three playable nations at first, Russia, the United States of America and Germany, with more to be added in the future. You’ll be able to use your existing Wargaming.net account for this title, and it will even incorporate friends and platoons as well as Facebook integration for invitations and sharing.

World of Tanks Blitz is free to download and play from the App Store now. You can find more information on the official site.

2013 in Gaming: The Year in Under 2 Minutes


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2013 in Gaming: The Year in Under 2 Minutes

What a year for gaming

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

There’s a reason why I love December and no, it’s not only because of Christmas and getting new presents but because of this single Youtube video by Malcolm Klock. If you want this year in gaming summed up for you then look no further than this 2 minute video.

All the years biggest and best titles.

I look forward to other videos which sum up the year in gaming, movies, trailers and so much more!

If you do remember Malcolm by any chance then you’ll know that he also did a 2012 in Gaming: The Year in Under 2 Minutes, which was accompanied by music from Mass Effect 2, that hit all the right spots.

I’m not to sure which year was better though 2012 or 2013, either way we have these two great videos which sum each year up. I cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store for us.

(Thanks to Rae Johnston for posting the link on her Facebook and bringing this to my attention and Malcolm Klock for another great video!)

©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos

Stephen Colbert Defends Violent Video Games


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Stephen Colbert Defends Violent Video Games

Because facts aren’t true enough

by Nicholas Laborde

©2013 Nicholas Laborde

stephen colbert oxcgnStephen Colbert is what I imagine as the definitive American.

For those who don’t really know who Colbert is, he’s an American political satirist and host of The Colbert Report, Comedy Central’s premiere “fake” (see: satirical) news program.

He invented a word (“truthiness”), has written multiple books, and has his own wax sculpture, among many other things.

In my opinion, he’s the funniest man on television. [Ed.: Nick may or may not have a crush on Stephen.]

Last night, while making fun of NRA (the National Rifle Association) head Wayne LaPierre‘s message before Congress several weeks ago about having armed guards in schools, Stephen spoke his mind on the matter… and it’s perfectly up to his standards.

Find out what Colbert said…

Assassin’s Creed 3 Pro-American Controversy: Ubisoft Marketing A Storm in a Boston Tea-Cup?


Assassin’s Creed 3 Pro-American Controversy

Ubisoft Marketing A Storm in a Boston Tea-Cup?

by David Hilton and Nicholas Laborde

© 2012 David Hilton and Nicholas Laborde

OXCGN is contributed to by a multicultural team of various nationalities and religious faiths and beliefs

This is for UK/Aus so why does it have a great big American flag?

The following is a debate between two hard-nosed Assassin’s Creed fans and students of history: Canadian-born Australian OXCGN Editor In Chief David Hilton takes on proud American OXCGN 2IC Nicholas Laborde.

The topic?

The ever controversial lack of ‘Americans’ getting killed by new assassin Connor in all the Assassin’s Creed 3 trailers and footage shown by Ubisoft.

As both participants are engaging in a debate, they may be exaggerating their true opinions.

We will be dealing with contentious historical perspectives, so if you are easily offended by this sort of debate, better turn away now.  Offence is not intended.

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Experience The Boston Massacre in Assassin’s Creed 3


Experience The Boston Massacre in Assassin’s Creed 3

Ubisoft Showcases America’s Breaking Point

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

I’d go so far as to say that right now it’s a time of political turmoil for the United States of America.

Well, somewhat. We have the drawdown of our war effort in the Middle East. The battle for Obama’s health care is still raging. Our Presidential election occurs on November 6, and it’s arguably one of the most important ones in decades.

Assassin’s Creed 3 is one of the year’s most anticipated titles, vying for supremacy only a week before Microsoft encourages a new generation of voters to not partake in their civil duties by picking up Halo 4 instead of voting for our next President.

In accordance with our own “turmoil” and Independence Day (known more commonly as the 4th of July), Ubisoft have released a brand new trailer ‘mysteriously’ entitled “4th of July.”

The trailer was filled with hidden gems, and one major item stuck out to me.

After doing a bit of cross-referencing, I can confirm that one of America’s most historical events will unfold before the eyes of the player in Assassin’s Creed 3.

Boston Massacre in Assassin’s Creed III here

OXCGN’s Sniper Elite V2 Review


OXCGN’s Sniper Elite V2 Review

A Ball-Busting Good Time

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

Ever since the massive success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007, the World War Two genre has, for the most part, disappeared.

While I personally had no problem with the setting, many gamers that were active in that era will recall that there was a massive market infestation of them, until Modern Warfare proved that we could move on, and successfully, too.

Sniper Elite V2 pays no attention to this, and is the sequel/remake to its fairly well-esteemed predecessor Sniper Elite.

More Sniper Elite, here

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: Willing to do what others cannot?


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Treyarch ‘willing to do what others cannot’?

by exterminat

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

I’m not a new bandwagon critic of the Call of Duty franchise.

I can recall my utter confidence in 2007, stating how Call of Duty 4 would inevitably fail due to the fact that not a single mainstream modern warfare title had been released up to that point (not counting Battlefield 2 or GRAW), and moreso since it was coming from a World War Two-based franchise.

Of course, I was aptly proven wrong.

I’ve been steadily losing interest in the franchise with each title following 4, but Black Ops 2‘s trailer has done the unthinkable: it’s got my attention, well and truly.

And if a Doubting Thomas such as myself can be lassoed back in, what does this mean on a wider scale, considering sales for Modern Warfare 3 were already very impressive?

Black Ops 2 this way

Assassin’s Creed III: Watch The First Official Trailer


Assassin’s Creed III: Watch The First Official Trailer

Just Revealed by Ubisoft

by exterminat

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

The clock has ticked down and Ubisoft has officially unveiled Assassin’s Creed III.

Watch the brand new first official trailer and tell us you aren’t the least bit excited!

Yes, it’s another game set in America, and yes, there is a lot more wilderness and less soaring ancient architecture, but for fans looking for something a bit different, this is it.

The American Revolution will give our new Assassin, Connor, plenty of scope to fight Templar agents, and we will finally discover what Desmond has to do to save the world from Templar world domination and/or prevent the end of the world from disaster!

Watch the video, then read all the Assassin’s Creed III details we’ve amassed from the links below.

Assassin’s Creed III: The video