Train2Game News Mod of the Year 2015

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As 2015 reached its end, the 120,640 votes were tallied and it is time to crown the 2015 Mod of the Year.

This year saw many compelling entries however in the end it was Middle-Earth inspired Edain Mod that took out 1st place, followed closely by the strategically popular Rise of the Reds and Mental Omega taking out 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Modding is all about morphing already amazing games into something different, quirky, better and all of this years winners did just that. The final top 10 includes:

10. Portal Stories: Mel

9. S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Chernobyl

8. Fallout: Project Brazil

7. Thrawn’s Revenge: Imperial Civil War

6. Warsword Conquest

5. A Clash of Kings

4. Ultimate Apocalypse Mod

3. Mental Omega

2. Rise of the Reds

1. Edain Mod

Huge thanks to all modders and supporters of the awards who recognize the work these developers dedicate to their craft.

Train2Game News Mod of the Year 2015

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Today marks day one of the 14th Annual Mod of the Year Awards.

A celebration of the years finest mods picked by the gaming community. For the next four weeks player votes will determine the top 100 (announced December 11) and then the overall winner announced shortly after Christmas.

Last year’s awards amassed a stunning 131,789 votes for a plethora of great mods. The 2014 podium saw Euro Truck Simulator 2 Multiplayer take first place, narrowly edging out amazing mods including S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Lost Alpha, Breaking Point among others. Previous winners include DayZ, Garrys Mod, Natural Selection and other mods which have gone on to become household names.

For more information on the event including a live scoreboard and how to vote head over to the official awards page.

From now until the close of 2015, join in on celebrating the phenomenal work modders do, in pursuit of creating something remarkable for us gamers to enjoy.

Train2Game News Linkin Park playing Blizzcon

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Whether you’re geeking out on the show floor at BlizzCon® or tuning in from home, this is a performance you won’t want to miss.

Blizzard Entertainment today announced that Linkin Park will be taking the stage on Saturday, November 7, to provide an epic send-off for everyone attending this year’s BlizzCon or watching from home. While tickets to Blizzard’s two-day gaming convention are sold out, players and Linkin Park fans around the world can still watch the show live with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

Over the course of Linkin Park’s genre-defying career, the Grammy Award–winning band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and is the biggest band on Facebook with over 63 million fans and counting. They also made Internet history by becoming the first rock band to hit 1 billion views on YouTube. This week, Linkin Park is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their smash debut album, Hybrid Theory. They’re currently in the studio working on their seventh studio album.

“We’re beyond excited to welcome SoCal natives Linkin Park to close out BlizzCon with a bang on Saturday night,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We can’t think of a better way to bring two full days of gaming and action-packed eSports matches to an epic conclusion than with a band that’ll carry the weekend’s electricity through to the very end.”

“Playing BlizzCon will be one hell of a first for us,” said Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of Linkin Park. “We’re looking forward to giving all the gamers out there a killer rock show.”

BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities that bring Blizzard’s games to life. Taking over the Anaheim Convention Center November 6 and 7, this year’s show is brimming with discussion panels of all sorts, eSports tournaments, contests, hands-on play time with the latest Blizzard Entertainment games, and much more.

Though tickets to the convention sold out rapidly, viewers at home can still join the excitement by ordering the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket (£24,99), which offers comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event—including the community contests hosted by Wil Wheaton on Friday evening and Linkin Park’s performance on Saturday night.

As the countdown to BlizzCon continues, further details about the show will be announced at www.blizzcon.com

Train2Game NEws EGX 2015

egx2015I had the pleasure of attending EGX again this year, my fourth year in a row. This year however I took a slightly different approach.

Every other year I have just played the games at the event to see what the next big games are going to be like but as the event moved to its bigger venue at the NEC in Birmingham many of the games had a 3 hour plus wait.

All though I didn’t experience the games my self I did get to see many of them like Rainbow Six Siege which looked incredibly tactical, Tom Clancy’s: The Division which seemed more casual and accessible to casual players, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst which seemed to be just a modernised version of the original which in my opinion is no bad thing and finally Star Wars Battlefront which looks as good and exciting as we all hope it will be.

Instead of playing these games this year I took in the atmosphere and watched more of the talks. At the PlayStation stage I listened to Charles Cecil hold a Q and A on the Broken Sword series. It was truly heart warming to hear from a man who has been in the industry since the 80’s still have an incredible passion for the industry. He also dropped a hint that he may be working with comic book artist Dave Gibbons in the future.

Over on the Xbox stage, games personality Julia Hardy hosted a number of indie and triple A games coming to Xbox in the near future. She was also very passionate about the games she was covering with numerous interesting ID@Xbox games arriving soon.

In conclusion this year was again bigger and better than before with the move to Birmingham giving more space for bigger stands and more people.

Train2Game News Ubisoft at EGX 2015

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Ubisoft have announced three big games will be playable at the UKs biggest gaming expo in September.

EGX, the UK’s biggest video games event, today announced that Ubisoft titles Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will all be playable at EGX this September 24-27, including a UK first public hands-on for Tom Clancy’s The Division.

In Tom Clancy’s The Division, a devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City on Black Friday, and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, an autonomous unit of tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, these agents are trained to operate independently in order to save society.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate takes the series to a stunning recreation of Nineteenth Century Victorian London at the height of the Industrial Revolution, complete with underground criminal elements and the ongoing struggle between the common poor and rich elite. New Assassins, twins Jacob and Evie Frye, make it their mission to jump in and redress the balance.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’s take on the tactical shooter has been wowing gamers worldwide since its announcement at E3 2014. This hyper-intense first-person shooter features explosive close quarters combat, high lethality, tactics and team play; all within a highly detailed, fully-destructible environment.

Louise Marchant, Group Marketing Manager at Ubisoft said, “We’re really pleased to be bringing three of our biggest games to EGX in the form of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six Siege and The Division. The show continues to go from strength-to-strength and we’re looking forward to seeing UK gamers get up-close and personal with the first-ever London-based Assassin’s Creed, the long-awaited return of Rainbow Six and the UK premiere of The Division”.

“Ubisoft fans are in for a treat at EGX as three upcoming heavyweight games from the publisher will be playable on the show floor”, said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “Visitors to EGX will have yet more bragging rights as they’ll get their hands on Ubisoft’s The Division before all their mates. Bring on September!”.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Ubisoft’s full catalogue of games, please visit www.ubisoft.com .

EGX will take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24-27 September 2015. For more information about all the activity at the event, including eSports, hundreds of playable games and dozens of exclusive developer announcements, please visit www.egx.net/egx .

Train2Game News UK Top 20 – 13.07.15

F1_2015A surprising chart this week as petrol heads nation wide have dethroned the dark knight. F1 2015 is number one with Batman: Arkham City at number two. Lower down the charts is Disney Infinity 2.0 which debuts at number thirteen.

All formats
Week ending 11 July 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 F1 2015 CODEMASTERS
2 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 1
3 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 2
4 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 3
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
6 THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT 4
7 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 7
8 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 10
9 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 9
10 DESTINY ACTIVISION 11
11 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 8
12 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
13 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY
14 FARMING SIMULATOR 15 FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE 14
15 HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION MICROSOFT 16
16 PAYDAY 2: CRIMEWAVE EDITION 505 GAMES 13
17 SPLATOON NINTENDO 15
18 YOSHI’S WOOLLY WORLD NINTENDO 6
19 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 19
20 TERRARIA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 19
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2015 UKIE Ltd

These charts cannot be reproduced either in print or online without obtaining permission from Ukie. If you wish to reproduce the charts in print or online, please contact david.smith@ukie.org.uk for the appropriate license.

Train2Game News MineCon 2015 Record Winners

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GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the global authority in record-breaking achievement presented MineCon with the Guinness World Records title Largest convention for a single video-game at MineCon 2015 and eight new titles were achieved at the  GWR Live! stand.

The first batch of tickets to MineCon 2015, were sold out within 12 minutes and the full allocation of 10,000 soon afterwards in March this year. The first MineCon in 2011 was attended by just 200 people and just like the game; its success has been meteoric with tickets now earning diamond ore status!

Guinness World Records brought the GWR Live! experience to MineCon 2015 where gamers could take part in the hourly live official record attempts. Over 1000 young gamers visited the stand and eight new Guinness World Records titles were achieved in physical attempts and on Minecraft pocket edition.

13 year old Jake Edwards achieved The most sand castles built in 3 minutes on minecraft pocket edition, creating 14 sandcastles and 12 year old Omar Siraj managed The most cobblestone collected in 3 minutes on minecraft pocket edition, collecting 137 cobblestonesl

Brothers Adrian and Darren Mo walked away with the Guinness World Record title for ‘Most soft toys caught blindfolded in 30 seconds (team of 2)’, managing to catch an impressive 11 Minecraft toys.

No one was able to break the record  for the  fastest time to stack 20 large LEGO bricks but there were some very close misses and the enthusiasm and dedication from the gamers  and excitement on taking part in actual live record attempts more than made up for it!

Lydia Winters, Brand Director at Mojang was excited to receive the Guinness World Records title and accepted the official certificate at the exciting opening ceremony.

Stephen Daultrey Editor of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition said ‘For a multi-genre games convention to attract 10,000 fans is a big enough feat in itself. But for a convention dedicated to a single video-game to get that number is nothing short of astonishing. This record is testament to the incredible fandom around Minecraft and the game’s ability to unlock the imaginations of millions of gamers around the world.’

A must-have for all gamers the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Gamer’s Edition 2016 is available on 10 September 2015, £9.99 RRP.

Train2Game News GamesIndustry.biz Summit at EGX

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GamesIndustry.biz, the world’s leading video games trade website, and Creative England, who support and invest in the creative industries, today announced a partnership to bring the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit to this September’s EGX – the largest video gaming event in UK history.
  
Running at The Vox Conference Centre Resorts – next to EGX at the NEC – on Thursday 24th September, the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit will provide the perfect platform for small-to-medium-sized games companies to learn about public and private games investment opportunities.
  
“The Gamesindustry.biz Investment Summit has always been a fantastic venue for developers to get the inside track on investment opportunities available specially for them”, said Jaspal Sohal, Head of Games at Creative England. “Creative England has funded a number of companies in attendance during previous summits, so it’s great that we’re able to play a larger role in bringing the Investment Summit to Birmingham this year”.
  
As the UK’s premier games investment event, the summit attracts industry leaders and investors from all corners of the games industry. High profile speaker sessions will feature topics such as crowdfunding, market opportunities and pitching advice, while the Games Investment Panel will bring together an eclectic mix of venture capitalists, angel investors, publishers, platform holders and public investors to present a fantastic opportunity for developers to ask questions about every type of games investment.
  
Attendees will not only have the ability to pitch their ideas informally to investors during the event, but also to apply for formal one-to-one meetings during the afternoon of the Investment Summit. Last year, the Investment Summit enjoyed more than 50 highly successful formal pitch meetings, and in previous years these meetings have resulted in direct funding for games developers, such as a £25,000 investment from Creative England for Mad Fellows Games in 2014.
  
Investors and speakers already confirmed include Creative England, Nintendo of Europe, All 4 Games (Channel 4) and Chris Lee (Media Molecule co-founder & investor) – with more to be confirmed soon.
   
A special Early Bird price of £69 (plus Eventbrite fee) – a huge £30 off the full price of £99 (plus Eventbrite fee) – is available until Friday, 31st July. Every ticket purchase for the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit includes:

●    Four morning speaker sessions from major games industry spokespeople
●    The Games Investment Panel featuring Chris Lee (Media Molecule co-founder and investor), Jas Sohal (Head of Games at Creative England) and more
●    Introductory coffee/tea and a full networking lunch
●    Full access to EGX, featuring all the latest & greatest games & developer sessions
●    Exclusive access to the non-public EGX Press Area
●    An application form for games companies to apply for formal pitch meetings with investors, which take place in private meeting rooms in the EGX Press Area from 1.30-6.00pm
  
For more information about the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit and to secure your place, please visit: www.gamesindustryinvestmentsummit2015.eventbrite.co.uk .

Train2Game News Nintendo at E3 2015

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In an hour long show reel Nintendo showed off their late 2015 and early 2016 games lineup.

With the publisher previously announcing that Zelda on Wii U would be delayed until 2016, it did not feature in the event at all.

Instead, we were treated to a lengthy gameplay trailer for Starfox Zero on Wii U with transforming vehicles and dual screen gamepad controls to add additional gameplay mechanics to the well loved franchise.

The theme of the event was ‘transformation’ and to highlight the change in how the company handles their IP, Nintendo announced a partnership with Activision for Skylanders SuperChargers – exclusive characters and vechicles for the Wii U version of the game that act as both Skylanders characters and amiibo with a twist of the base.

With the game already released in Japan, it was highly expected that Xenoblade Chronicles X would get some new gameplay footage and a western release date, and Nintendo did not disappoint in that department. In a new and exciting trailer showing off combat, mech warfare and planet surface exploration, it ended with a 4th Dec 15 release date.

Among the other new highlights was The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heores, Hyrule Warriors Legends, Yo-Kai Watch and Fire Emblem Fates, all on 3DS, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival on Wii U.

Train2Game News Sony at E3 2015

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Sony ended its string of E3 2015 press conferences with an assortment of game news and announcements.

The company’s conference started off with a bang with a new trailer for The Last Guardian. It then followed up with tons of new trailers and footage for Street Fighter V, No Man’s Sky, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. But there were also announcements for brand new games like the next Hitman game, Guerrilla Games’ new IP Horizon: Zero Dawn, and a remake of Final Fantasy VII.

Here’s a roundup of all the biggest news from Sony’s E3 2015 press conference.

Previously Announced Games With New Info:

    Sony began the press conference with a new gameplay demonstration for The Last Guardian, which confirmed that the long awaited Sony title is still alive and well. The game is being directed by Fumito Ueda and will release in 2016.

    A new trailer for Street Fighter V revealed classic series characters Cammy and Birdie for the roster.

    Hello Games gave an all-new gameplay demonstration of No Man’s Sky. It featured a glimpse of space combat and a planet generated on the fly.

    Media Molecule came up to give more information on their newest IP called Dreams. The developer also showed some of the interactive animated sequences that players can create.

    Santo’s humorous Firewatch was announced to be getting a release on the PS4.

    A new trailer announced the newest Destiny expansion called The Taken King.

    PS4 will be getting a Devolver Digital bundle of indie titles.

    Sony showed the other side of Assassin Syndicate with some gameplay of Evie Frye, the twin sister of Jacob Frye. The game will be getting content exclusive to the PS4.

    Sony showed off a cinematic trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight that covers the first moments of the upcoming open world game.

    Activision took to the stage to reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s co-op campaign gameplay and a multiplayer gameplay trailer. It was also announced that PS4 users will be getting exclusive map packs and access to online betas.

    John Vignocchi appeared on to the Sony stage to show a new trailer of Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, which adds Star Wars characters to the roster. The game is expected to launch this fall.

    DICE debuted new gameplay for Star Wars: Battlefront for the game’s survival mode. It had players fighting off waves of enemies while completing objectives.

    To end it off, Naughty Dog revealed new gameplay for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Newly Announced Games:

    Killzone studio Guerrilla Games announced their newest IP called Horizon: Zero Dawn. A gameplay demonstration was shown that had a tribal protagonist fighting off robotic dinosaur-like creatures.

    A trailer was revealed ahead of the Square Enix press conference for the new Hitman game, which simply titled Hitman. The game will release on other platforms but will feature content exclusive to the PS4.

    Square Enix debuted a trailer for a new game in the Final Fantasy franchise called World of Final Fantasy. It will release for PS4 and PS Vita in 2016.

    Square Enix also announces a remake of Final Fantasy VII. It will be coming to PS4 first.

    Sony announces the launch of a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3.

Other Sony News:

    The company announced more details about its cloud-based TV service called PlayStation Vue. The service will now be rolling into Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to Sony’s Andrew House, PlayStion Vue users can subscribe to individual channels instead of having to subscribe to multi-channel packages. PlayStation Plus members are also able to get discounted rates.