Dead Rising 3 is by far the best horror title to join the launch titles you'll want to buy for Xbox One. It was officially announced on 10th June 2013, as part of E3 2013. The launch show included trailers for the new addition to the Dead Rising series, and shortly after the event the games developer Capcom released media screenshots of the game. The action all takes place ten years after the events from the previous game, and we have a new hero and location. His name, Nick Ramos, his previous occupation car mechanic, is new role: Apocalyptic Hero.
The action moves to a city in Calaforina called Los Perdidos, with the storyline taking a “darker” touch. The new location provides a massive outdoor zone to explore with each area providing vast open spaces which are filled with hordes of rampaging zombies, each rendered in glorious detail. The debris in the areas tells a story on its own and the music showcased in the trailer added tension, depth and any eerie touch which really added to the game. Of course we can’t forget to mention the signature dark humour which returns to the Xbox One game, an element which you can’t help you have enjoyed from Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2.
The gameplay itself returns to the usual and very popular sandbox style. Which we have grown to both expect and love from the original two Dead Rising titles, the huge open game play offers a wide variety of different ways to
enjoy the game. The vast areas to explore offer a treasure trove of weapons which you can use in incredible ways. Explained simply if you’re struggling against a horde of vicious undead zombies and your table saw just instead providing enough “fire power” you can step up the strength by combining it with a sledgehammer to make your very own Hammer Saw.
There is an endless combination of weapons, 100’s in total, each with unique benefits, all great for certain situations and boy do you need it, with the greatly improved AI the zombies are a much more dangerous enemy than they were in previous Dead Rising games.
The game includes co-op which is great if you enjoy completing games with your friends, through Xbox One Live. You can team up with your buddy at any point throughout the game, and don’t worry any achievements; experience and progression you earn will be carried back to your own game.
The Xbox One adds some interesting features to the game, for example using the power of Kinect the zombies will responds not only to noises your create in the game but also noises from your living room, personally I’m not sure how much I like that, but it could certainly add to the immersion of Capcom’s game.
One of the new features we love is Dead Rising 3’s integration into the Xbox Smartglass system, it allows you to use your phone or tablet as an in game PDA it displays your map, tracks objective progress and call in air strikes to use as defence against the army of undead you face. It provides in-game phone calls, text messages and live briefings. We love this idea and can’t wait to see how this game and others make use of this new feature.
Overall we can’t wait to play the new Dead Rising 3, it’s going to be a great gaming experience, I mean who doesn’t enjoy smashing their way through zombies, the new Xbox Smartglass feature is a great addition and the Xbox One hardware provides a solid platform to bring the game alive. Capcom have done a great job developing this game, and we hope it lives up to expectations. It's worth a buy for sure!
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Well we won’t lie, here at Buy Xbox One UK we expected the new Xbox One to be fully compatible with old content available on the 360. It turns out we were wrong, the new Xbox One will not feature any backwards compatibility for existing Xbox 360 games. Don't get us wrong we are sure you will still want to buy it!
They claim that the new console was built from the ground up and therefore the ability to make old games work with the new system would have been far too costly to implement. This will come as a disappointment to anyone who owns a 360 with a big catalogue of games because it means you can only play them whilst your old console keeps running and who knows how long it will survive for.
It also means all the games you have purchased through the existing Xbox Live will not longer work on your new device. But on a brighter note you will have a whole range of shiny coffee cup mats to use!
All movie and music purchases will carry over to your new console, and once you are connected it will be available on both your new Xbox and your old 360. Although the new console has 500GB storage drive you can also store these movies in your new unlimited Xbox Cloud. You can find our more about these features in our previous article here.
It isn’t clear yet if developers of popular indie games plan to remake these classics for the Xbox One, potentially those not working on ground breaking sequels might decide it is worth converting their older games into something usable on the new console. Of course expect them to charge you for the pleasure, and this is not something we are likely to see until at least the middle of next year.
So, we know old games won’t be backwards compatible but movies and media will be, so what about accessories? Well once again no surprises here, the new console will not work with old accessories it’s that simple. Basically they claim that the new accessories include new technologies which allow for faster transmission of data and more advanced plug-in additions for the controllers, this includes their new headset and the controller’s interaction with the new Kinect. Microsoft has yet to confirm the pricing for the new pads, but expect them to be in the region of £40- £50 at launch.
Overall we are not overly happy about the lack of backwards compatibility for the Xbox 360, we hope some developers will set out to re-make some of the better Live games for the new console, but we won’t hold our breath!Well we won’t lie, here at Buy Xbox One UK we expected the new Xbox One to be fully compatible with old content available on the 360. It turns out we were wrong, the new Xbox One will not feature any backwards compatibility for existing Xbox 360 games. So if you do decide to buy an Xbox One will you keep your original Xbox 360?
Over the past few years streaming digital content to your home has become common place, from Lovefilm & Amazon to online TV catch up the UK has embraced the next generation method of acquiring content, so it’s no surprise to see that Microsoft has too. They plan to offer two options for purchasing games.
Althought it doesn’t really need explaining; you visit your local retailer and purchase a copy of the game on a Blu-ray. Some consumers still feel they prefer to have a copy in their hands; there is nothing like breaking the cellophane packaging and holding the shiny new disk. Good news for these people, there’s not much change here, the only difference is you will now be required to install the game on your Xbox One before you can play. However as a nice bonus once the game is installed Microsoft will hold in their cloud, allowing you to play you games whilst you’re at a friend’s house. This is AWESOME.
Then for those of us who have a decent internet connection and it is quite likely you will be downloading your games from Live.
Again anyone who has an Xbox 360 or a Playstation 3 will be familiar with the idea of digital downloads; basically it is Microsoft’s way of cutting out the middle man retailer. From what we know about the Xbox One most of its titles will be available to download directly from Xbox Live, and again if you want to play these games from a mates house, that’s not going to be a problem!
Personally I prefer digital downloads, I am lucky enough to have a reliable, speedy internet connection and the idea of not having loads of Blu-ray’s cluttering up the place appeals a lot. However, its unclear how selling the digital versions will work, I expect it might fall under the rules we outlined in our previous article:
"There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once."
Physical copies will also have new rules/charges applied to them but this will be determined by publishers and trade-ins will only be available with participating retailers, we do wonder if this will include Ebay?
As more news is released we will let you know, in the meantime we are left wondering what this will do to all the retailers in the UK who’s business revolves around physical media, it’s certainly going to be a time for change in the UK gaming market.
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