Thursday, 29 November 2012

Naughty Bear completes his homage to classic horror with the latest addition to the naughty marketplace — the Ghostfacebear costume set available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Network.

This costume is a scream, guaranteed to scare those wretched bears more than ever before. The Ghostfacebear DLC contains the Mask of the Major Yawn, Pitch Black Hood, Pitch Black Garb and Pitch Black Skirt. No retro, homage mass murderer would be complete without an iconic knife, so why not complete the look with Stabby, the most violent knife available on Paradise Island. It's the perfect weapon of choice for the Ghostfacebear Costume. Those bears can run, but they can't hide from Stabby the Knife.
Do you dare to pick up the phone? 
Ghostfacebear costume set and accessories are priced individually at 80 Microsoft points and €0.99€/$0.99/£0.99 for PlayStation Network.

With Ghostfacebear joining Teddy Krubear, Pennybear the Clown and Jason Pawhees running amok around Paradise Island, it looks like it’s time to call in the good guys to restore a bit of order. Holy need to save the day, Naughty, is that Batbear? Grab the last of Naughty Bear’s new costumes for 80 Microsoft points and €0.99€/$0.99/£0.99 for PlayStation Network from 5th December.

For more information on Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise and to stay updated on all future DLC releases like Naughty Bear at log on to
Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise
Formats: PS3, X360
Out: 2012 (online)
Publisher: 505 Games

Guardians of Middle-earth Character Reveal

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a new Battle Profile gameplay video for Guardians of Middle-earth. The Battle Profile video features Haldir and Lugbol which can be seen below.
In  Guardians of Middle-earth, gamers team up as the most powerful heroes from the greatest fantasy epic of all time, bringing up to 10 players together in a competitive multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game.  Featuring tie-ins to the upcoming film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the game allows players to develop and master more than 20 iconic characters. Play as Gandalf, Gollum, Legolas, Sauron and more, forming memorable and unlikely alliances with and against friends. Gamers will have the ability to connect with other players via an in-game voice communication system, as well as access to a comprehensive online stat and leader board system where they can track friends’ victories and defeats, and more. Available December 2012 at select retail stores and via download for Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network; rated PEGI 12.



Invite your friends to speed through the streets of Japan in today!

Today Codemasters® announced F1 ONLINE: THE GAME will be expanded with a range of new features and brand-new circuits in a wide-ranging update launching today. F1 ONLINE: THE GAME is the fun new free-to-play online racing and management game which invites players to create and develop their own racing team from Codemasters Studios under exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One World Championship Limited.

F1 ONLINE: THE GAME, currently in open BETA, today adds three new circuits in Japan which can be raced with up to 24 players online. Complimenting the existing licensed circuits and expanding the fictional environments to six, the new Japan routes are inspired by Tokyo and offer three different street racing challenges. ‘Kitamachi Kaido’ offers a short sprint through a financial district with aggressive corners, the ‘Higashi Kokado’ is a high-speed sprint through docklands and includes a dramatic elevated expressway and the ‘Ryokuen Route’ is an extensive race in which players speed through parks and past Imperial Palaces.

Further updates being added to F1 ONLINE THE GAME include all-new High-Performance A-Class components, new Team Headquarters upgrades and a new Friends system which will enable players to invite friends to a race. A range of new Team Objectives extend the game further and players will now be able to sign-up and login to the game via Facebook. Full details on all of the updates can be found by logging on ;

F1 ONLINE: THE GAME combines intuitive top-down racing gameplay with the ability to create and grow your own racing team. Players will dive into a range of multiplayer races across a range of game modes with simple controls on track and become the team boss off the track. To lead their team to victory, players will choose how to develop their team HQ and create, customise and upgrade their very own racing car. F1 ONLINE: THE GAME is being developed in-house at Codemasters using the Unity game engine to deliver stunning performance in a web browser.

To get all the news straight from the studio, race over to or follow the team on twitter at ;

Register your new Nintendo 3DS XL with Club Nintendo before January 15th, 2013 and download one of five top Nintendo 3DS games for free from Nintendo eShop

 Nintendo 3DS XL is set to be the ultimate gift for handheld gaming fans this Christmas and now there is an extra incentive to upgrade to the new console featuring the biggest screen ever on a Nintendo handheld system. If you buy a Nintendo 3DS XL by January 15th 2013 and register it with Club Nintendo then you will be able to download one of five games from Nintendo eShop for free*.

Receiving your free game download couldn’t be simpler: all you have to do is visit register any Nintendo 3DS XL before the 15th of January 2013. Once registered you will be able to choose your free game and will receive a download code. The selection includes Super Mario 3D Land, Freakyforms Deluxe Your Creations, Alive!New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art,Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask and Nintendo presents: New Style BoutiqueTo download your game of choice you simply need to head to Nintendo eShop between January 1st, 2013 and January 31st, 2013 and redeem your download code. Download your free game of choice and enjoy it on your new, extra large screens!

With 90% bigger screens, a larger battery capacity and a bundled SD Card that is double the size of the original Nintendo 3DS SD Card, Nintendo 3DS XL gives you the best on-the-go gaming experience this Christmas. To take advantage of this offer make sure you register your console with Club Nintendo by 15thJanuary, 2013 and redeem your download code between January 1st, 2013 and January 31st, 2013 to claim your free game download.  

* Offer is valid in the following countries: UK & Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Russia. Registration to Club Nintendo required. Terms and conditions apply. Acceptance of the Nintendo 3DS Service User Agreement and Privacy Policy required. All Nintendo 3DS XL systems (European version) purchased since release in July 2012, including Nintendo 3DS XL Hardware Bundles, are eligible for this promotion. Full terms and conditions available at

For more information:

Nintendo website
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour:
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter
Nintendo UK on Twitter

WiiU competition - win yourself a WiiU

Ubisoft are running a WiiU competition, if you don’t have a WiiU but fancy trying to win one!
Head over to the site and give it ago

Format: WiiU
Out: TBA
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: In-house

ZombiU Launch Trailer

Format: WiiU
Out: TBA
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: In-house

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The December IGN Car Pack Brings Phenomenal Power and Timeless Design to “Forza Horizon”

Forza Horizon” gives players intense action racing experiences on the wide open roads of Colorado and the December IGN Car Pack serves up even more thrills with some truly unique cars. Available Tuesday, 4th December on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, the December IGN Car Pack’s limited-production exotics and all-conquering off-roaders can tackle any of the diverse road surfaces of “Forza Horizon.”

The December IGN Car Pack for “Forza Horizon” includes six vehicles (plus one free car available to all Forza Horizon players) that cover the spectrum of automotive excitement and will put a smile on any car enthusiast’s face:

·         2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Halo Edition
Fans of the “Halo” series will appreciate this elaborate skin celebrating one of the most anticipated titles in years. Talented designers at 343 Industries, developers of “Halo 4,” crafted this special UNSC-grade livery for the 2011 Ford SVT Raptor, and it will be a welcome addition to any “Forza Horizon” garage.
·         2008 Aston Martin DBS
The Aston Martin DBS and the most famous spy in the world go hand-in-hand. The original DBS made its initial appearance in “Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969. The new DBS sports a massaged 510 horsepower V-12, a clean air splitting body kit, and significant lightening. No details have been left unattended – as should be expected from a supercar fit for a superspy.
·         2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta
Ferrari’s fastest road car ever can not only defeat a Ferrari Enzo or 599 GTO on the track, it is also a superlative GT car. The 730 horsepower V-12 sounds feral from idle to redline, and its power delivery is ferocious at any RPM, yet it is as behaved and composed as any proper Ferrari tourer. A contradiction? A quick drive shows that the F12berlinetta can do it all.
·         2006 Ford GTX1
Styled after the 1966 Sebring-winning Ford GTX roadster and built specifically for the 2006 SEMA show, the Ford GTX1 offers a functional and versatile top as well as brutal performance. The rear clamshell showcases the nearly 700 horsepower 5.4 litre supercharged V-8, while just behind the engine two buttresses flow dramatically rearward. This rare beast takes the Ford GT to a new level of exclusivity.
·         2006 Hummer H1 Alpha Open Top
So long as practicality is not part of the argument, the Hummer H1 is unquestionably the most dominant and capable off-road vehicle ever created. Demanding attention from any passerby, this unapologetic behemoth can conquer any terrain. Its 300 horsepower and advanced 4x4 system are perfectly suited to tackling anything that dares to stand before it.
·         1993 McLaren F1
Conceived by Gordon Murray to bring Bruce McLaren’s dream of a McLaren road car to life, the McLaren F1 exceeded all expectations and set multiple speed records upon release. With its central driver’s seat and 6.1 litre, 627 horsepower BMW-built V-12, the F1 is still the fastest naturally aspirated car ever created. Its one million dollar price tag also made it the most expensive car of its time. 
·         1971 AMC Javelin-AMX (available as a free download to all Forza Horizon players)
Capitalizing on Mark Donahue’s stunning successes driving a Javelin in the SCCA Trans Am Series, AMC sought to ingrain more performance into their perceived brand identity. With the AMX package and the 401 V8, the Javelin AMX came alive. It was advertised as having 330 horsepower and could achieve mid-14 second quarter mile times. The Javelin AMX is a classic muscle car and one of the last of its kind.

The December IGN Car Pack will be available on Tuesday, 4th December on the Xbox LIVE marketplace for 400 Microsoft Points.
Rule the Open Road With the “Forza Horizon” Season Pass: The “Forza Horizon” Season Pass is your all-access pass to six monthly game add-on packs as they’re released through the next year, as well as the Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack, coming to Xbox LIVE on 18th December. Players can purchase the Season Pass on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and at participating retailers for 4,000 Microsoft Points. Season Pass owners will also receive five exclusive cars, with one car being released per month through until March.

Hit the Road Today: “Forza Horizon” is available in a Standard Edition (£49.99 ERP) and Limited Collector’s Edition (£59.99 ERP) and is rated PEGI 12. The Limited Collector’s Edition offers exclusive content, including the “Month 1” Car Pack and “VIP” Car Pack, as well as additional downloadable content, and VIP membership status.
Forza Horizon
Format: X360
Out: 26/10/2012
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Turn 10
Playground Games

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


Rise from the ashes and fight for survival! In Battlefield 3: Aftermath, players fight for supremacy amongst shattered streets and buildings across four earthquake ravaged maps.
This launch trailer features footage from all four maps and features the new crossbow, vehicles, and the new Scavenger game mode where players armed only with a pistol must search the environment for more powerful weapons.
Battlefield 3
Formats: PC, PS3, X360
Out: 28/10/2011
Publisher: EA


Total number of coins collected by players of New Super Mario Bros. 2 across the world now exceeds three hundred billion!

 From today onwards for a limited time only, Nintendo will be offering a brand new Coin Rush course pack for free to celebrate players collecting a staggering three hundred billion coins worldwide inNew Super Mario Bros. 2. Like previously released course packs, this new add-on content is inspired by players’ feedback and features courses based on classic Mario games including the original Super Mario Bros. & Super Mario Bros. 3. This Gold Classics pack is available to access from the in-game Shop menu in New Super Mario Bros. 2 on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL now and will be free for a limited time only* before being made available for purchase. Take a peek at The Gold Classics pack by watching the latest video on ourNintendo Direct webpage.

Coin Rush is a fun and accessible game mode in New Super Mario Bros. 2 where players can enjoy collecting as many coins as possible. As you only have one life, you must race across three courses with care - but be quick as well, as the time left at the end of the course is transferred into coins. In these add-on content packs the courses are set so you can have fun playing them again and again to try and grab as many coins as you can. Your scores for Coin Rush can also be shared with other players via StreetPass, allowing you to challenge your friends and see whose records are the highest.

The Gold Classics pack is available so that every New Super Mario Bros. 2 player can enjoy the experience of collecting lots of coins. The Gold Classics pack is available in addition to five packs previously released for purchase, with each pack offering a variety of play types and a difficulty ranging from one to five stars
  • Gold Rush Pack has a difficulty rating of one star and is designed for fun. This pack lets you transform into Gold Mario as you try to collect huge amounts of coins.
  • Coin Challenge Pack A has a difficulty rating of three stars and a global ranking table on the official Nintendo website.
  • Nerve-Wrack Pack is difficulty five stars and ramps the challenge all the way up.
  • Gold Mushroom Pack has a difficulty of two stars and features more Gold Mushrooms than you can count!
  • Coin Challenge Pack B has a difficulty rating of three stars and also offers a global ranking table on the official Nintendo website.

You can get access to these Coin Rush course packs after receiving the corresponding notification through SpotPass on your Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL console. With your system connected to the Internet, you can then purchase and download the individual packs using a Nintendo eShop Card or credit card through the Shop menu in the Coin Rush mode of your New Super Mario Bros. 2 game.

For more information:

New Super Mario Bros. 2 website:
Nintendo UK’s official Super Mario Hub:
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour:
Interviews at the Iwata Asks Hub:
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter
Nintendo UK on Twitter


DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, today announced that Battlefield 3: Aftermath, the fourth digital expansion pack for Battlefield 3, is now available for all Battlefield 3 Premium members on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.Battlefield 3: Aftermath provides a new brand of carnage to urban combat delivering four new maps in a vertical and horizontal setting, depicting a continuing struggle for supremacy and survival amongst Iran’s post-earthquake devastation. G4TV even said “DICE continues to play withBattlefield 3's multiplayer action in creative ways with its downloadable content releases. Aftermath is shaping up to be the most unique of the bunch by far.”

In Battlefield 3: Aftermath players can weave through the shattered districts, streets and cities in three new vehicles including heavily modified troop transports and a civilian vehicle adapted to deliver deadly force to the enemy. Battlefield 3: Aftermath also sees the debut of Scavenger mode – an objective based conquest where players must brave the environment armed with only one sidearm, as they try to find more powerful weapons in an attempt to survive with their squad. In addition to this, Battlefield 3: Aftermath delivers a new deadly and versatile crossbow for more silent kills, ten new assignments, dog tags, trophies, achievements and more.

Battlefield 3: Aftermath Release Schedule:
 PlayStation 3Xbox 360® and PC
Battlefield 3 Premium membersNovember 27December 4
Battlefield 3 playersDecember 11December 18

Battlefield 3 has quickly become the fastest selling title in EA’s 20+ year history selling 17 million units since release and has been lauded by game critics worldwide for its compelling single player campaign, intense co-op missions and its world class multiplayer. Since its debut in June of this year, Battlefield 3 Premium has surpassed 2 million members worldwide, delivering five massive, themed digital expansion packs –Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand, Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill, Battlefield 3: Aftermath and Battlefield 3: End Game hitting March 2013 – all for £44.99 on the PlayStation® Network, PC at or 4000 MS points on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace. Current Battlefield 3players who have yet to upgrade to Battlefield 3 Premium can do so now and automatically receive all the great content listed above when it becomes available.

For more information on  Battlefield 3, please visit, and for more information on Battlefield 3 Premium be sure to go the latest news on  Battlefield please visit or follow us on Twitter at Press assets for Battlefield 3 are available at

Battlefield 3
Formats: PC, PS3, X360
Out: 28/10/2011
Publisher: EA


'In the eye of ZombiU' episode four

Format: WiiU
Out: TBA
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: In-house

Wii U changes the game in UK from 30th November

There is now only a few days to go until Wii U launches across UK on 30th November. This latest home console from Nintendo is in full HD and due to the innovative Wii U GamePad controller, offers more choice and variety of gameplay than ever before. The Wii U GamePad offers an integrated second screen and can also be used independently of the TV set with certain software; it also features full motion controls, an inbuilt camera, microphone and stylus for more detailed touch screen controls.

At launch this Friday you will be able to choose from the strongest line-up of launch software in Nintendo history featuring 24 titles including family favourites such as New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land as well as third-party exclusives such as the highly anticipated ZombiU from Ubisoft.

New Super Mario Bros. U is a brand new 2D platform game that introduces a giant world map full of distinctive Mario courses. The Wii U GamePad can be used to play solo when the TV is in use but can also be used to assist other players when playing co-operatively. In Nintendo Land each of the 12 attractions in the theme park are based on famous Nintendo franchises. Each attraction is a standalone game with multiple levels and gameplay modes that fully showcase the new gameplay possibilities of Wii U in various ways. Attractions such as Mario Chase and Luigi’s Ghost Mansion create a new dynamic in multiplayer gaming by assigning different roles to players using the GamePad and those using a Wii Remote controller.

Wii U will be available in three different hardware packs at launch. The Wii U Basic Pack features a Wii U console with 8GB internal storage* and a Wii U GamePad, both in white. The Wii U Premium Pack contains a black Wii U console and Wii U GamePad, and with 32GB of internal storage* provides more space for downloadable digital content. The Premium Pack also contains a stand for the Wii U GamePad and console, a charging cradle for the Wii U GamePad, a sensor bar and the Nintendo Land software. A further limited editionZombiU Premium Pack is available that features ZombiU and a black Wii U Pro Controller instead of Nintendo Land. Both types of Premium Pack also offer the Nintendo Network Premium reward program. All three packs also feature an HDMI cable and AC adapters for the console and Wii U GamePad.
 In addition to introducing new ways to play, Wii U also offers a variety of online and non-gaming entertainment features to enhance the overall experience by connecting the console to the Internet. At launch a System Update** will be available that allows Wii U owners access to innovative applications such as Miiverse, Nintendo eShop, Wii U Chat and a dedicated Internet Browser.

Miiverse is a brand new network communication system that lets you share experiences, discuss games and discover new game content with other players from around the world. Nintendo eShop is the digital storefront for Wii U which will offer a variety of content including exclusive games, game demos, trailers as well as select digitally distributed games that are also available at retail stores*. Wii U Chat uses the built-in capabilities of the Wii U GamePad to allow a unique form of real-time video chat with friends via the TV screen, while theInternet Browser makes it easy to surf the Internet from the comfort of your sofa by using the GamePad for browsing and having the ability to display Internet content for the whole family to enjoy on the TV screen. Parents will be able to use Parental Controls to determine exactly which online and offline content their children will have access to on Wii U.

After performing the Wii U System Update, existing Wii owners will also be able to perform a System Transfer***, allowing them to transfer, among others, WiiWare and Virtual Console games from their Wii to their new Wii U console. Those who already own a Wii will be pleased to hear that nearly all Wii peripherals will be compatible with the Wii U console - with neither hardware pack including a Wii Remote controller, Wii owners won’t need to repurchase peripherals they already own. For players who don’t already own a Wii console, Nintendo has created a Wii Remote Plus Additional Set containing a Wii Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk and sensor bar.

Whether playing alone or with friends, Nintendo will deliver brand new entertainment experiences to your living room when Wii U launches across Europe on 30th November.

For further details:
Wii U website
Nintendo Support website
Wii U (UK) on Facebook
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter
Nintendo UK on Twitter

Kids’ favourite awarded ultimate accolade at illustrious awards

Activision Publishing is proud to announce that at last night’s British Academy Children’s Awards (BAFTA) ceremony, Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® won the Best Video Game category, cementing Activision’s place at the forefront of creative and innovative gaming for children.  

One of the most illustrious and respected award ceremonies in the UK calendar, Activision is proud to have been recognised by BAFTA in the video game category for Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure®, which comes shortly after the launch of Skylanders Giants, the latest game in the popular franchise.   

Commenting on the win Peter Hepworth, UK Managing Director of Activision Blizzard said; “We are absolutely delighted to have won best video game at the British Academy Children’s Awards.  This is a proud moment for Activision and development studio Toys for Bob and with Skylanders Giants proving to be a hit with children, we’re all very excited about the future of Skylanders.”

To find out more about Skylanders Giants visit

Monday, 26 November 2012

The map editor trailer
Far Cry 3
Formats: PC, PS3, X360
Out: 30/11/2012
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: In-house

Max Payne 3 Painful Memories DLC Coming December 4th
Inspired by the grisly shootouts from Max’s past, the Painful Memories Pack will bring four new maps and much more to Max Payne 3 Multiplayer this December.
Revisit the subway bloodbath from the original Max Payne in the Roscoe Street Subway map. Flashback to the dingy Hoboken watering hole at Marty’s Bar, open fire on the posh Branco family yacht in Shoot First and wage Gang Wars at Canal De Panamá. The Painful Memories Pack also includes the IMG 5.56 and UAR-21 assault rifles, new avatars, items and the Hangover Burst, which causes enemies to respawn with blurred vision, reduced stamina and health.

Check out the first screens from this pack below, which will be available on December 4th for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE and £7.29 on PlayStation Network and PC (Rockstar Pass owners will receive this content at no additional charge).

We're also making the new shoot out at the Roscoe Street Subway station artwork above available as desktops and avatars at, along with a pair of original illustrations from theHostage Negotiation Pack featuring the Filhos De Ogum wielding the IA2 Assault Rifle and other weaponry as they attempt to dominate the Estádio Do Galatians and O Palácio Strip Club multiplayer maps.
An intense shootout in the cathedral from Marty's Bar map.
Wielding the new UAR-21 assault rifle at Canal De Panamá.
Gunfight in the new Roscoe Street Subway multiplayer map.

Max Payne 3
Formats: PS3, X360, PC
Out: 18/5/2012 (PS3 X360)
 1/6/2012 (PC)
Publisher: Rockstar