Top 10 Natural Wonders of the World to See

The Earth is an incredible planet that holds many spectacular places to see. From snowy mountains to the heated air of the desert, this world pulsates with life and never ceases to amaze us.

8 Autombiles That are Forbidden Fruit in America

Whether safety restrictions, marketing plans, or distribution issues stand in the way, American auto consumers can’t get some of the hottest cars drivers around the world enjoy. It doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a look (or a little lusting after). Here are eight automobiles U.S. consumers would love to have but don’t even have the chance.

The Most Anticipated Geek-Friendly Movies of 2015

Looking at this year's calendar of premieres, here's what I'm most excited about over the next 12 months:

10 Best Xbox Games of 2014 That Nobody Can Forget

2014 was a bizarre year. It was a year of HD premasters and “Conclusive Editions” on Xbox One, or more heaps of cross-gen games discharged on both Xbox 360 and Xbox 1. Few games genuinely emerged – especially on 360 – so making our yearly Game of the Year list in the not so distant future was troublesome. So here is the list of 10 best Xbox games of 2014 that no buddy can forget.

Problems Only 90s Gamers Could Understand

With the PS1 turned 20 last December it’s got us thinking about gaming in the 90s. We complain a lot these days, but there were a lot of problems with gaming back then that we all seemed to ignore. If you were a gamer in the 90s you’d know all about these particular problems…

Thursday, May 21, 2015

8 Predictions for Sony and PlayStation 4 at E3 2015

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is kind of like Christmas for video game fans who want to know what’s heading their way in the coming months and years. It’s when all the biggest game makers give elaborate presentations of all of the most exciting games in their lineup. It’s the Oscars of gaming: Everyone who’s anyone in the video game industry will be there.
This year’s E3 presentations take place June 14-18 and will provide a torrent of news from the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Bethesda, Square Enix, and more.
Sony is in a very interesting position this year. The PlayStation 4 is selling in massive numbers, but it doesn’t have a ton of exclusives announced for this year. However, Sony says it’s not worried about this holiday season, which means it probably has some big announcements planned for E3.
Here are eight items we expect to hear more about during Sony’s presentation.


1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

It’s not coming out until 2016, but Uncharted 4 already promises to be the PS4’s biggest game yet. It follows explorers Nathan Drake and Victor “Sully” Sullivan as they go one one last mission to find treasure and fight off bad guys. These guys live lives that would make even Indiana Jones jealous, doing things like climbing steep cliffs, getting in epic shootouts, blowing up every vehicle they find, and kissing the girl (or girls) along the way.
Not much information has been released about this next — and possibly final — installment, but Sony has released a couple of videos to give us some hints. Whatever Uncharted 4 ends up being like, expect to see a whole lot of this game at E3.

Source: Sony
Source: Sony

2. Uncharted Trilogy HD

This game hasn’t been announced yet, but don’t let that get you down. For months now, the rumor mill has been churning up a storm about it, which means it’s almost certainly in development. And it makes sense that Sony would put out a remastered trilogy of the Uncharted series as a lead-up to the fourth game launching early next year. If you missed these games the first time around, you’re in for a rip-roaring adventure on PS4 — provided it’s a real project. If it is, you’ll probably be hearing something about it at E3.

3. No Man’s Sky

When it was unveiled at last year’s E3, No Man’s Sky received an enormous amount of fanfare. That’s because the trailer showed us things we’d never seen before in a game. It’s an “open universe” sci-fi game, populated with (literally) billions of planets, in which you explore new lands, fight in space battles, and generally get a first-hand look at the galaxy.
It looks and sounds amazing, but much about the game remains unknown. We’ll see if Sony can shed some light during this year’s E3 press conference.

4. Persona 5

With each new entry, the Persona series gets more and more popular. That’s because these games follow a group of interesting high school students who always get wrapped up in spellbinding mysteries as they explore dungeons, collect demons, and fuse those demons together to create new, more powerful ones.
It’s kind of like a more mature take on Pok√©mon, and it has worked great so far. We don’t know much about Persona 5 yet, but more info from E3 would be welcome.

5. Until Dawn

If you like scary movies, then you’ll definitely want to follow Until Dawn, a game that puts you in the shoes of eight potential murder victims being hunted by a horror movie slasher. You get to play as each of the characters in turn, making decisions about where they hide and how they react when the killer comes a-slicing.
Your choices determine who lives and dies, so if you’re always yelling at horror movie characters for making dumb decisions while they’re being hunted, you’ll be pleased to know that you get to craft the narrative here. But when they die, just know it’s on you.

Source: Insomniac Games
Source: Insomniac Games

6. Ratchet & Clank

This reboot of the original PS2 game was recently delayed to 2016, but we’ve heard plenty of hints that it will be more than just a remastered edition.
Since a computer animated movie starring the two title characters is launching this year, buzz for the franchise has never been higher. What the finished game will look like remains to be seen, but E3 is the perfect place to show it off.

7. The Last Guardian

OK, this one’s a long shot. Every year since its announcement at E3 2009, we’ve been hoping to see more about this game from the makers of the classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. And without fail, each year we’ve been disappointed.
Sony has sworn up and down that the game is still in the works, but who knows what state it’s in after all these years. If it still is coming, Sony will have to show it off sometime. This year’s E3 would be as good a time as any, but don’t hold your breath.
Source: Sony
Source: Sony

8. Project Morpheus games

Since Sony plans to release its virtual reality headset early next year, something must be in the works for it. So far all we’ve seen have been tech demos, but this thing is sure to get a lot of attention at Sony’s E3 conference.
What kinds of games are in development for it? Which studios are working on those games? These are great questions that remain to be answered. Another thing we’d love to get at E3 is a final name for the headset, seeing as “Morpheus” is just a placeholder.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Racing Game Best Rain Effects? FH 2 Vs Driveclub Vs Project Cars

It has become a common trend to feature dynamic weather conditions in games, especially racing games. It makes the game all the more realistic and it has become something over which game developers compete. Here we decided to compare some of the most popular games and see which one nails the rain effects the best, Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One, Driveclub on PS4 or the multi-format release of Project CARS. We are comparing those elements included in the game, and not the expansions which you have to buy.



Obviously, all three developers actually do a great job in conveying rain, and it’s just a matter of preference who does it best. As for us, we would go with Driveclub which invested extra effort to tiniest of details. Developers of the game are Northern England based company Evolution Studios and we’re looking forward to seeing what they will come up with in future. Incidentally, all three game developers are UK based.


Monday, May 11, 2015

16 Upcoming PS4 Exclusives To Get Excited About

Graphics, design, technology, platforms and consoles all change – but the desire for gaming never fades, and similarly the interest in new releases continues unabated. There are many reasons as to why the PS4 is branded as the best console, however, one main reason is the vast amount of quality exclusives.
Let’s look ahead to some of the exclusive PS4 releases which are still (rumoured) to come this year.

Alienation

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Alienation: In a nutshell, as Earth is overrun by alien invaders grab friends and firepower to start the fightback. It is a four-player action game with drop-in drop-out multiplayer from developer Housmarque Games, and will feature cooperative, single player, and player-versus-player modes. It is a sequel of sorts to Dead Nation, but instead of fighting zombies, this time it’s aliens. The gameplay is similar, in that it’s viewed from a slightly-slanted top down viewpoint, and there looks likely to be monstrous aliens galore in an action-packed alien-invasion fest. The release date is still TBA.

Tearaway Unfolded

Tearaway Unfolded
“Two heroes on a daring adventure”; “A messenger with a unique delivery”; and, perhaps best of all, “An all-powerful You”… “What will your message be”? So ask Tearaway Unfolded developers Media Molecule in their intriguing trailer for the follow-up to the three-time BAFTA winner, Tearaway. Unfolded is an expanded retelling of the original story and Media Molecule tell us on their website that the adventure has been reimagined as a world inside your TV with bigger and better ways to explore and all-new ways to play. Additions include the power of wind, with which players can blow obstacles out of the way, unfold rippling bridges, or send enemies tumbling off cliffs. The graphics are fun and the premise is sure to appeal to the many rather than the few. From the current information available, Tearaway Unfolded is set to (paper)cut its way straight through its rivals.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End
From makers Naughty Dog, Nathan Drake returns in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, three years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The retired fortune hunter is forced back into the world of thieves when his older brother Sam, who is long assumed dead, suddenly requires Drake’s help. This time, therefore, the stakes are much more personal as he embarks on a world journey to save the one he loves. The most intriguing aspect of the game’s trailer is arguably the Latin sentence written next to the drawing of a skull: ‘Hodie mecum eris in paradiso; in other words, ‘Today thou shalt be with me in paradise’.

Let It Die

Let It Die
The trailer for Suda 51’s next game, Let It Die, has left many dying to know (sorry) just how violent the finished product will be. Containing a series of grim combat sequences with different weapons including spiked bats, hatchets, and flamethrowers, it looks set to be brutal and will satisfy the bloodlust within. While many details are still unknown, including the date it will be released, it’s safe to say with some conviction that this looks set to be one strictly for those of a strong disposition.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn
If you love a good horror, then Until Dawn is surely topping your current wish list. After all, the game is expected to explore new terrorotity within the horror genre. This exciting upcoming title is expected to have a lengthy play through. The storyline and theme will follow similar to that of a typical horror movie: a bunch of mates are in the middle of know where, they are taking a break in a log cabin, and the surroundings are lonely, cold and snowy. Add to the mix a serial killer and you’ve got the ingredients for a spooky horror game.

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky
(PS4 console exclusive, also available on PC)
Exploration, survival and vulnerability are three words to sum up the next release. No Man’s Sky is set in an infinite procedurally generated universe. This universe is yours for the taking, though beware your vulnerabilities. Where there is wonder, there is also danger and every encounter will test your skills to the limit. Preparation is key, and in a world where other players will be exploring the same universe in parallel, perhaps you will make your mark on their worlds as well as your own. Suit up, train up, stock up and get ready to unleash yourself into the vast unknown.

The Tomorrow Children

The Tomorrow Children
According to the Sony Playstation blog, The Tomorrow Children will enable you, “For the glory of all, [to] work together, [and] conquer the impossible”. After an experiment goes disastrously wrong, and all of humanity (except you, of course) has melted into a dismal mass known as the Void, it is down to you to journey into that self-same Void and recover what you can to rebuild the human race. No pressure, then. The visuals in the available screenshots look stunning, and certainly worthy of such a grand mission.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
The release of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is edging ever closer, as a recent announcement informed us that it has now entered its beta stage. Not a lot is known about this game, yet it is still successfully generating a lot of hype. Featuring a backdrop of a small, quaint English village – complete with requisite thatched cottages, pub and corner shop – there appears to be an attempt to lure the game-player into a false sense of security. It certainly doesn’t lend itself, at first glance at least, to the situation against which to set the scenario of an unknown disaster which has brought about the end of the world. Creative Director, Dan Pinchbeck, has said of the game: ‘In Rapture, your relationship – who you are, what you are in the world, what you’re doing there, and who you have become – is central to the story’. This really does sound like a game to watch; it’s easy to imagine it taking the gaming world by storm on its release.

WiLD

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Still in the early stages of development, WiLD is a new game from a new studio (Wild Sheep Studio, co-founded by Rayman creator Michael Ancel). The world of WiLD is the size of Europe, with dynamic weather and seasons, and is filled with endless interactive opportunities. Set 10,000 years ago, players have the chance to choose what kind of character they play as – whether wolf, sheep, horse, even trout. All creatures are playable, so when you set that opportunity against the vast backdrop of the game’s setting, it is easy to see why the release of WiLD into the, ahem, wilds of the retail market, is attracting some excited attention.

VizionEck

VizionEck
Michael Amburst, creator of VizionEck, has described his creation as a first person shooter like no other, and from what I can see, this is an apt description. For starters, you play as a cube; a solid white outline means you’re in perfect health but if you’re wounded you’ll be practically invisible.   Apart from the characterisation, there is else nothing black and white in this game (so to speak), and the multiple scenarios can each be approached in multiple ways. Intriguingly, Amburst has also written, ‘Even self-destruction has positive outcomes depending on the player’s circumstances’. This is yet another example of Sony taking a punt on an indie outfit, and it looks set to pay off once again. The art-style is innovative and exciting and the interpretations look set to be mind-blowing.

Shadow of the Beast

Shadow of the Beast
Another violent number is up next, this time one which attempts to find a balance between beauty and brutality. Interestingly, it is also a reboot of the 1989 Amiga side-scroller, which will attempt to stay faithful to the unique art style of the original. Shadow of the Beast is a violent adventure into the world of Aarbron, a human who is seeking revenge for his monstrous transformation, as he was forged by the evil Maletoth as a living weapon. The developers Heavy Spectrum are a small team, and that they are working with Sony has reignited the discussion as to whether Sony is and/or should be the company of choice for such indie outfits. The game’s principal designer, Matt Birch, is certainly in favour, saying, “Sony is one of the companies that are still trying to make games better”.

Rime

Rime
Another indie outfit, Tequila Works have centred their new game Rime around the tale of a lost boy who is stranded on a mysterious island with a dreadful curse; with your help, he must use his wits and ingenuity to survive. The focus in this game goes against the grain somewhat, in that the focus is not on killing, more on surviving loneliness, exploration and solving numerous puzzles. It sounds beautiful, it looks beautiful, and it is likely to appeal to a large number of gamers looking for something slightly different.

Ratchet and Clank 2015

Ratchet & Clank (2015 video game)
The names Ratchet and Clank will be comforting and familiar to many PlayStation stalwarts, given that its first incarnation was released around 13 years ago, in 2002. Ratchet and Clank for 2015 is a reimagining of that first game in the series and gives creators Insomniac Games a fantastic opportunity to work with the characters in two media as a CG-animated Ratchet and Clank feature film is also being released this year. As far as the game goes, there will be updated gameplay and completely new visuals. As this year progresses, expect to hear those two familiar names mentioned with increasing regularity.

Alone With You

Alone With You ps4
(PS4 console esxlusive, also available on PSV)
Single-player, sci-fi exploration game, Alone With You, gives you the chance to play as the last surviving member of a failed terraforming project. Your character’s only companion on their distant planet is an AI and together you must collaborate to solve clues to escape. Toronto-based game developer Benjamin Rivers reckons that how well you communicate with your AI companion will determine your success or failure in the game – the two characters may even fall in love. This is another intriguing concept from yet another indie outfit.

Fat Princess Adventures

Fat Princess Adventures
I know, I know, the name Fat Princess Adventures was controversial back in 2009, and it will be just as controversial when the follow-up is released later this year. Anyway, moving away from the discussion topic that is the title, this game, as mentioned, is a follow-up to the 2009 original, and will feature dozens of new enemy types as well as classic character types that can be upgraded with items and spells. Similar to the original, players will be able to switch between character classes, but unlike the 2009 release, this time the princesses can fight alongside you. Fighting princesses? Now that does sound like fun.

Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary
(PS4 console exclusive, also available on PSV and PC)
Talking about names of games, which, admittedly, we weren’t, how about Salt and Sanctuary for a captivating title? It’s not initially obvious where the ‘salt’ aspect comes from, although you are cast as a sailor who is shipwrecked, so perhaps we’re being referred to an abundance of salty water. Sanctuary references are clearer to fathom, however. Being shipwrecked on a strange, purgatorial island, the only refuges or places of hope can be found in the Sanctuaries – protected dwellings where explorers connect together under common creeds to take cover from the outside world. The creators, Ska Studios, have been inspired by old classics such as Castlevania DS and ‘new classics’ like the Souls series.

There is clearly much left to anticipate in 2015, despite us being almost halfway through the year. Come on now Sony, let’s have ‘em!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hyrule Warriors has sold 1 million units worldwide


Hyrule Warriors was sold in more than 1 million copies in 2014, according to Koei Tecmo who released their financial report. Naturally, Koei Tecmo is very happy because of the success of the series, and he also revealed that DLC packs for the game are also being sold at a good price.

However, maybe the biggest announcement regarding the report, is that Koei Tecmo has planned yet another great collaboration this year, as well as revealing two new IP’s.

There are still speculations circulating about who this new partner will be, but the most prevailing opinion is based on the previous collaborations with Nintendo. After all, Koei Tecmo is known to follow the style rules of Nintendo in the past, so it may be possible that we will enjoy the new cross-over game.

It is, however, still early to say anything for sure, since the financial report implies that the collaboration may not start until 2016.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Here’s Who Adam Driver And Lupita Nyong’o Are Playing In ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’


A veil of mystery still hangs in front of most of the new Star Wars movie, like what unholy methods were used to bring BB-8 to life. One thing is certain however, courtesy of the Vanity Fair, and that is the roles of Adam Driver and LupitaNyong’o in the movie.

Driver will, not surprisingly, play the main antagonist KyloRen, but that might as well have been made official, since it was obvious if one paid more attention to the first teaser. This will in turn cause even more Girls x Star Wars crossovers than one could wish for.

Nyong’o on the other hand, will play the role of CGI character Maz Kanata, a mercenary whose loyalty lies where the money is. Compare her to Jabba the Hut, but subtract the body size of a smaller truck and a soul of a smuggler. On a second thought, if we get to see John Boyega in a bronze swim-wear the statement falls to water.