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February 14, 2017

Star Trek VR game is delayed until end of May

Ubisoft has announced yesterday that the release of its upcoming virtual reality game Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be delayed until 30th May 2017. To compensate for the delay, Ubisoft have added the famous bridge deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, from the original Star Trek TV series.

The game was originally expected to be released in November. With the licence of CBS Consumer Products, Star Trek: Bridge Crew has now been delayed until 30th of May 2017 for Playstation VR, Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive headset.

A screenshot of the game

To apologize for the delay, the company has chosen to include the famous Enterprise.

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February 11, 2017

Asphalt Xtreme Review

EA owned mobile games developer, Gameloft, has developed a reputation for making free mobile games with impressive graphics and limitless content. Known for popular titles such as Modern Combat and Dungeon Hunter, Gameloft has now released a sequel to their most popular game, Asphalt 8. What you will immediately notice about Asphalt Xtreme is that it is very different to its predecessors in terms of the theme. Gone are the days of driving ground-hugging supercars through the city streets. Asphalt Xtreme focuses more on racing through snow-capped mountains and mud-filled boneyards in ridiculous monster trucks and beach buggies.

Judging by the 1.14GB download size alone, I knew [...]

 
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February 13, 2016

Firewatch – I wish I was playing Overwatch

Firewatch – Review

Firewatch is a game which is brought to you by the newly formed studio, Campo Santo. This new studio is comprised of multiple semi-indie developers, some of which are lead developers of the Telltale franchise of games and many other developers who have worked on games such as 30 Flights of Loving, Mark of the Ninja and Gone Home. Firewatch is a first-person traversal of the woods simulator in which the lead protagonist is trying to escape the responsibility of his wife whom has succumbed to a disabling disease. The first few minutes of the game opens with you and your wife and how you came to the position you are currently in, within the [...]

 
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November 2, 2014

Batman Arkham series gets animated spin-off

Batman’s Arkham series is the most successful superhero videogame franchise to date, and it has even inspired a direct to DVD game inspired movie.

The movie takes place between the third game Arkham Origins released in 2013 and next year’s game Arkham Knight. It is focused on the Suicide Squad – a team of villains including Harley Quinn, Black Spider, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Killer Frost, KGBeast and King Shark – recruited to infiltrate the Asylum and assassinate the Riddler.

Heath Corson who wrote the animated movie ‘Justice League: War’ and ‘Justice league: Throne of Atlantis’, claims that “You will see Batman use moves that he uses in the game”.

Director [...]

 
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September 14, 2014

Oculus Rift planning public beta for next year

Oculus Rift Public Beta

Oculus VR are a firm known for their Virtual Reality technology that was brought to life by a Kickstarter campaign for their original Oculus Rift Developer Kit 1 VR headset. Rumours have it that their next big project, the Rift headset, is being prepared for its beta test that won’t just be aimed at developers, but the general public too, as up until now it has been recommended that only developers purchase the development kits as they are not ready for consumer use yet. Multiple sources that claim to have knowledge over the matter believe that Oculus will ship several devices in a limited batch  by summer 2015.

Once source said that the release [...]

 
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August 13, 2014

iPhone 6 Leaked!

Bathe in the iPhone glory

iPhones were the first phones to be mass marketed with true multi-touch capacity displays and intuitive touchscreens without the need of styluses. They are one of Apples largest revenue generators and seem to be the most desired phone of our time, acting also as a portable music machine and a gaming device as well as being one of the few phones that are applicable with Apple’s iTunes, one of the largest online libraries there are expanding in Music, TV, film, books and games.

The phone is set to be shipping on the 19th September, almost a year after the previous one was released. More information confirming the phone will be released on [...]

 
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August 3, 2014

Top 5 revolutionary games of all time

5) LA Noir.

LA Noir was released in 2011 and is set in Los Angeles in 1947. You play a detective who used to be a soldier iworld war 2, but now has to investigate a series of crimes, usually murder. The gameplay was you going around town trying to solve these cases, whilst also dealing with you personal life.

This game is in this list because it was the first game to introduce motion capture into videogames. Where as before everything is computer animated and actors just spoke into a microphone, in this game they would record the actors face and place it within the video game so that you could pick up on the little actions that the actors would do (so you may spot a [...]

 
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August 2, 2014

Portal 3 (and others) confirmed

Here at Synapse, Valve has always been an underlying theme in some of my articles, be it with their upcoming gaming device Steam machine (see best game console) or the fact that they are notoriously known for only taking any successful game series to up to 2 games, Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, Half life and Half life 2, Portal and Portal 2.

Valve has in recent history been known for leaking information that later proves to be false, as can be seen in the video below, as featured in the article linked above;

However, unannounced Valve has released what is believed to be the works of Portal 3 still in Alpha stages (the first test). Rumours stated that they were working [...]

 
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June 10, 2014

Tech Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Over the past week, Apple has completely dominated the world of technology news. While the new features iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are certainly exciting, there were many other interesting items and tidbits that came to light outside of WWDC.

Google Chrome Overtakes Microsoft Internet Explorer in the United States. While Chrome has been the browser of choice on a global basis since 2012, it has now surpassed Internet Explorer in the U.S.   According to the Adobe Digital Index, Chrome now controls 31.8 per cent of the U.S. as compared with 30.9 per cent for Internet Explorer. Amazon to Launch Smartphone This Month. Multiple sources are reporting that Amazon will unveil its first [...]
 
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May 9, 2014

Nintendo Announces Plans for New Console for Emerging Markets

Nintendo has announced that it plans to launch a new gaming system that will target consumers in developing countries such as China and India. According to reports, the lower-cost console will be released in 2015 or 2016, which indicates that the company is just in the early stages of development.

Nintendo has been struggling financially, posting significant losses over the past three years. Much of the company’s financial hardship is the result of lacklustre sales of Wii U, which has sold a mere six million units since its launch in November 2012. In comparison, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has sold seven million units – yet has only been around for six months.

There is also [...]

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