Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

 LoTR: War in the North Hints and Cheats #2

Below you will find new tips and tricks for video game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Developed by Snowblind Studios, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North pits a Fellowship of three – human, elf and dwarf – against the evil forces amassing in the Northern Lands of Middle-earth. Let this knowledge aid you on your adventure.

Please see below for tips and hints, 

1.       A huge variety of elf-stones can be found in Middle-earth, which can be slotted in weapons and gear giving you extra abilities. Some items have multiple slots, so stack elf-stones for hundreds of unique combinations.
2.       Want to learn more about Middle-earth? Keep an eye out for map fragments, which unlock the lore of locations in The Lord of the Rings that will bring the conflict in the North into greater focus.
3.       War in the North is full of hidden rooms stuffed with loot. Each of the heroes can find their own unique secrets, so team up to maximize your benefits.

4.       Chasing down AgandaĆ»r and his minions is just the beginning of your adventure! Talk to characters you find in towns for exciting side-quests that can give you sweet rewards.
5.       A Compass is available to show the locations of your allies, as well as the next mission objective. Access the Compass (and the mini Quest Log) by pushing down on the right thumbstick, or Q on the keyboard.
6.       Ranged and melee skill attacks are fun to use, but don’t neglect your special skills – they can make the difference in a tough fight.
7.       Outfitting new gear is awesome, but while you’re at it don’t miss the mirrors in each town, which allow you to change the appearance of your character. 
8.       Teamwork is an essential part of War in the North, so make sure to explore online play and split-screen co-op.
9.       After freeing Beleram the Great Eagle, he can be called to help in most outdoor locations by using a Great Feather. Enter ranged attack mode and press A (Xbox) X PS3) to summon Beleram if he’s available.
10.   Keep an eye on your item durability. If a durability icon appears on screen, visit a smith to repair your equipment, or equip another item until you’re able to visit a town.

11.   Completing some missions will allow you your choice of gift. Open your inventory with Back (Xbox) or Select (PS3) and select the Gift Box to choose your gift.  Make sure to check that you can equip the reward you select, as some are restricted to a particular hero or skill level.

12.   Andriel’s Sanctuary spell is great for protection from enemy ranged attacks, but it can also heal, providing you a safe place to rest, or go on the ranged offensive.

13.   Many looted items are usable or equippable, but some are just useful for selling to merchants for coin. When speaking with a merchant, press the indicated button to sell all unessential items.

14.   If you are playing as Eradan or Farin, use your arrows and bolts wisely, as you can only carry a limited amount. Enter Ranged Mode or view your Inventory to see how many arrows you can carry. If you need more, they are available at merchants or as loot.

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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is an intense Action RPG video game based on the renowned The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Through innovative online, interdependent co-op play for up to three players who form their own Fellowship, the game breaks new ground as the first The Lord of the Rings video game to embrace the gritty and brutal reality of Middle-earth. Exploring previously unseen lands, storylines and characters as well as those familiar from The Lord of the Rings film and literary trilogy, gamers experience expansive co-op gameplay and upgradeable weapons, character customization and development, skills and special abilities.  Gamers must play together or perish as they work to defeat Sauron’s forces in the North. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Games for Windows.  

Tuesday, 29 November 2011


The standalone expansion to the award winning Total War: SHOGUN 2 explores the conflict between the Imperial throne and the last Shogunate in 19th century Japan, 400 years after the events of the original game – a dramatic clash of traditional Samurai culture with the explosive power of modern weaponry.

Guide ancient Japan into the modern age, as the arrival of America, Britain and France incites a ferocious civil war which will decide the future of the nation.

·         Dramatic 19th century Japan setting
Based on the backdrop of the Boshin War period, the new campaign starts in 1864, a time of growing resentment against Western colonial power and influence. As Japan began to modernise and industrialise, the inevitable social and economic changes led to increasingly militant nationalism and antipathy towards the Shogunate.

·         6 new playable clans
Play as a clan supporting the Imperial throne, or the last Shogunate:
o    Shogunate clans: Aizu, Nagaoka, Jozai
o    Imperial clans: Choshu, Satsuma, Tosa

·         New foreign powers
The American, British and French nations played an important part in the story of the Boshin war and your relations with these foreign powers will be integral to unit recruitment and to advancing your technology trees.

·         New 19th century Japan campaign map
o    The new island of Ezo extends the SHOGUN 2 campaign map northwards.
o    Fully refreshed towns and other campaign map features reflect the different time period, with railways making their first appearance in a Total War title.

·         Railway lines on the campaign map
o    Develop your own railway network to move armies and agents between your regions.
o    Railways can be sabotaged and transport can be blocked by enemy armies who take control of parts of the line or railway stations.

·         39 new land units
o    Including modern ranged units - such as the Gatling gun and Armstrong gun - controllable in a new first-person mode.
o    New units can also be recruited from foreign powers, including the British Royal Marines, US Marine Corps and French Marines.

·         10 new naval unit types with a total of 21 ships
o    New steam-powered warships, heavily armed with modern artillery.
o    Foreign ironclad ships can also be purchased, including the Warrior-class ironclad.
·         New port siege battle type
o    This new battle type triggers when attempting a naval assault on an occupied enemy port.
o    The attacking fleet must sail into the harbour and capture the port, running the gauntlet of coastal gun defences.

·         New land and sea unit interactions
o    During a land battle, armies can call in offshore artillery support barrages.
o    Conversely, costal gun emplacements can target enemy ships during port siege battles, when ending their turn within the range of upgraded coastal defences.
o    Campaign map bombardments: offshore naval units can bombard armies and cities in adjacent coastal areas on the campaign map itself.

·         3 new agent types
o    The Foreign Veteran, the Ishin Shishi and the Shinshengumi.
o    Each new agent has its own skill tree. Ninja and Geisha agents have had their skill trees updated.

·         Improved siege battle mechanics
o    New upgradable tower defences can be built with a specific defence specialty: archery, matchlock or Gatling gun.

·          4 new historical battles
Fight in 4 brand-new dramatic portrayals of the major historical battles of the Boshin War.

·         Multiplayer 2.0
o    New Conquest map reflecting the 19th century setting
o    Brand-new Fall of the Samurai avatar, including:
§  Over 40 new retainers
§  Over 30 new armour pieces
§  New 19th century avatar skill tree

o    Multiple avatars: players can enjoy multiple careers and progression across Shogun 2 and Fall of The Samurai


Today Ubisoft released new information and assets for the new Rainbow 6 title, Rainbow 6 ®Patriots. Team Rainbow faces a new and very real threat known as the “True Patriots,” a highly-trained, well-organized group of militias. The True Patriots are capitalizing on the growing sense of frustration and anger in a modern day America that they feel is irrevocably corrupted by greedy politicians and corporate special interests. Lead by a calculating figurehead named Tredway, this grassroots, homespun, terrorist organization will stop at nothing to overthrow the government and financial institutions to reclaim their country. Capturing the reality of modern-day terrorism, players will take on the role of a new Team Rainbow member as they face critical scenarios that will require them to make tough ethical decisions in order to stop this new breed of terrorists. 

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal with the support of Ubisoft Toronto and Red Storm, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots not only revolves around a dynamic single-player storyline but also introduce a huge variety of new innovative co-op and multi-player experiences.


·          UNPRECEDENTED NARRATIVE – Patriots’ storyline explores an ultra-realistic what-ifscenario inspired by real events and characters. The game will allow players to experience events from multiple perspectives creating an unprecedented level of immersion.

·          A NEW THREAT FOR A NEW TEAM Terrorism has evolved and Team Rainbow must face an organized militia of home-grown insurgents.  As the leader of a new squad, players will wrestle with difficult ethical decisions and determine if the doing-whatever-it-takes mentality is needed to stop the enemy.

·          ENHANCED SQUAD MANAGEMENT - At the press of a button, the Rainbow squad will perform the most efficient and deadly tactic given the context of the situation.  When extreme measures are required, or when players call for it, you can take full control of your squad to plan the perfect assault.

·          EVOLVED COMBAT – The game’s combat techniques have been pushed to the next level with cover and weapon systems redesigned to accommodate every combat situation. New Rappel and Breach mechanics are now enriched with multiple new techniques including Wall & Ceiling Breach, Fast Rope Rappel, inverted ‘Aussie Style Rappel’, Infiltrate & Subdue, to name a few.

·          INTENSE MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE - Players will be rewarded for working as a team and mastering the game’s new features that enhance communication and tactical execution between teammates.  Once such feature found in the pre-game online lobby is the Sandtable, a holographic display that helps acquaint players with the level maps before they jump into the action. This will help players strategically coordinate attacks and add a new dimension to squad tactics.

·          SURPRISE AND OVERPOWER ENEMIES – Utilize the game’s new Scan mode to strategically breach and infiltrate areas. This new tool will provide a thermal read on the situation, allowing you to determine the squad’s best course to overwhelm and defeat enemies.

For more information on Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots, please visit and “like” the game on Facebook at


GAME UK: This week’s Top 10 Best Sellers

GAME  are proud to announce this week’s Top 10 UK sellers. In top place is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, followed by and Saints Row: The Third
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Friday, 25 November 2011

LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7 Locations Gameplay Trailer Released

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and TT Games have released a brand new gameplay trailer for the LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7 , giving viewers the opportunity to take a peek at some of the enchanting locations in the game, including the Ministry of Magic and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes joke shop.
Available in the UK now for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the Wii™ system, the Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held systems, and Windows PC.

  You can download the video at the following link:

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Locations Gameplay video:
, you can watch the video the YouTube channel here: 

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 continues the saga of the Boy Who Lived in this spell-binding adventure for wizards and Muggles alike. This time, players are transported through the final three books and final four films to experience the ultimate fight of good vs. evil. The creative LEGO prowess unites with the expansive world of Harry Potter once again to deliver an exciting and rewarding gameplay experience. The game features lessons, spell-casting, dueling and much more for players of all ages to enjoy. 

To mark this week’s release of F1 2011 on the Nintendo 3DS Codemasters has today revealed the new gameplay trailer for the handheld version of its award winning FORMULA ONE™ franchise. Released today, the 3DS version heralds the first time that gamers can experience a FORMULA ONE game in full 3D. The new gameplay video¹ can be viewed at:

Whether players are looking for a quick FORMULA ONE fix or want to build their own career from rookie to FIA FORMULA ONE DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPION, F1 2011 for Nintendo 3DS immerses players in the world’s fastest sport like never before. Developed by Sumo Digital, under Codemasters’ exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One World Championship Limited, F1 2011 features all the official teams, drivers and circuits from the thrilling 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™. 

Gamers can compete for motorsport’s ultimate prize across a full season, enter an individual GRAND PRIX™, jump into Time Trial mode or take on the new Challenge mode which is perfect for portable racing.

Players can also compete on the go across a range of multiplayer modes. Up to four-players can race in a GRAND PRIX or go head-to-head in Time Trials while you can also team up with a friend in the co-operative career mode. The race experience can be tailored across solo and multiplayer modes by adjusting race distance, tuning the car, choosing from a range of driving aids and selecting tyre, fuel and weather options. 

F1 2011 is now available on Nintendo 3DS. F1 2011 is also available now for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation®3 (PS3TM) computer entertainment system and PC Games for Windows®. F1 2011 will also be a launch title on the forthcoming PlayStation® Vita. To get all the news on F1 2011 head over to or follow the game on twitter

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James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes™ is now available in stores across the UK, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™system. In this brand-new franchise, players will go deep in an exciting and immersive adventure and be confronted with more than 140 intriguing puzzles and riddles to solve a series of murders.

In James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes™, the player embodies the participant of a TV game show, gathering the best puzzle-solvers from the United States. But a diabolical criminal mastermind manipulates and defies players at every turn, and former winners are killed one after the other. To escape this situation and discover the identity of the murderer, the player has to solve puzzles left by the killer on every crime scene.

Rising Star Games


Rising Star Games fighting sensation THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII out in stores today

Rising Star Games today announced the release of THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII, the latest bone-crunching episode in the legendary series. The exhilarating fighting game is now available at retail nationwide for gamers to kick some ass on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The series started back in 1994, making THE KING OF FIGHTERS one of the longest running and most celebrated fighter games around. Test abilities through the story mode or online against anyone in the world to become the number one, customise fighters to create a unique character to truly become the fighting king, becoming not only the best, but also the most noticeable.

THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII is based on the arcade version and allows up to three playable characters in 3-3 battles, taking the non-stop frenzied fights to the limit.

Key features
  • The final chapter in the Ash Saga storyline
  • Huge developments in global online play, vastly improved from previous editions of KOF
  • Play in matches to improve your ranking on the global leader boards, or in friendly matches against friends or other players online.
  • 30+ playable characters, including the return of Mai Shiranui and Yuri Sakazaki
  • Multiple endings depending on specific characters or forming specific teams
  • Unlockable customisation options to make your fighter unique. Choose from over 20 colour types, parts and icons
  • Overhaul of fighting mechanics: New NEO MAX super moves, faster gameplay and camera control
  • 10 game modes: Arcade, Story, Versus, Mission, Online and much more
  • Story mode features 2D slide scenes and impressive animated movies. Stories are branched by offering the player choices, leading to multiple ways to enjoy each narrative

THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII is now available in the United Kingdom to for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.  For more information, visit Rising Star

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Iconic Platforming Fun Coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation ®Network this Spring

Today, Ubisoft® announced that in celebration of the return of Rayman in his all-new adventure, Rayman® Origins, the fan favorite Rayman® 3 Hoodlum Havoc™ is returning with an all-new high-definition makeover for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Network this spring.

Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc released on the original Xbox®, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Windows PC in 2003 and was the third title in the million-selling platforming series by visionary game designer and creator of Beyond Good & Evil®  Michel Ancel.

In Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc HD, fans and newcomers alike can now enjoy this piece of video game history with stunning new HD graphics. Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc HD provides 15–20 hours of gameplay and a wealth of extra content to unlock, including nine fun stand-alone mini-games, achievements and worldwide online leaderboards. In addition, the game has been updated to run at 60 frames per second and offers improved audio quality!