Train2Game News Final Fantasy 8 Remastered OUT NOW

One of gaming’s most cherished RPGs returns today on modern platforms with the release of FINAL FANTASY® VIII Remastered on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PC (STEAM®), and the Xbox One family of devices.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the game’s original release, FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered features newly rendered visuals that breathe life into the game’s characters like never before. Players step into the shoes of SeeD recruit Squall Leonhart and resistance fighter Rinoa Heartilly as they work together to save the world from the military nation of Galbadia.

The remastered version includes the following boosts to enhance the experience:

  • Battle Assist: The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
  • No Encounters: An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story’s event battles.
  • 3x Speed Boost: Play through the game with three times the speed.
  • The STEAM version will also receive additional functions, including All Items (possess all items except for a few certain items), All Abilities, GF Max Level, Max Gil, Max Magic, All Limit Breaks, and All Cards (possess max number of Triple Triad® Cards except for Rare Cards).

FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered is available now for £15.99 for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 system, PC (STEAM), and the Xbox One family of devices.

For more information, visit http://www.ffviiiremastered.com

Train2Game News Windows 10

MicrosoftMicrosoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available Oct. 1.

The announcement highlighted advancements designed for business, including an updated user experience and enhanced security and management capabilities. The company also introduced the Windows Insider Program, kicking off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort to change the way Windows is built and delivered to best meet the needs of customers. Program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10 and a steady stream of builds through the development cycle to use and give feedback on.

“Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft. “This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.”

Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using — from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets — and what they’re doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity. Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide. Microsoft is also delivering a converged application platform for developers on all devices with a unified app store. Developers will be able to write an application once and deploy it easily across multiple device types, making discovery, purchase and updating easier than ever for customers.

Windows 10 builds nearly everything that businesses need right into the core of the product — including enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features — in ways that can reduce complexities and provide better experiences than other solutions. One area of advancement is in the work Microsoft has done with user identities to improve resistance to breach, theft or phishing. Windows 10 will also help advance data loss prevention by using containers and data separation at the application and file level, enabling protection that follows the data as it goes from a tablet or PC to a USB drive, email or the cloud.

Management and deployment have been simplified to help lower costs, including in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8 that are focused on making device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete. Businesses will also have the flexibility to choose how quickly they adopt the latest innovations and influence continued improvements. In addition, organizations will be able to customize an app store specific to their needs and environment. The intent is an app store that will allow for volume app licensing, flexible distribution, and the ability for organizations to reclaim or reuse licenses when necessary.

The early technical preview of Windows 10 demonstrates new levels of flexibility, navigation and familiarity through the Windows experience. Features include these:

  • Expanded Start menu. The familiar Start menu is back, providing quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most, and it includes a new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, people and websites.
  • Apps that run in a window. Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do. They can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing users to maximize, minimize and close with a click.
  • Snap enhancements. Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive with snap improvements. A new quadrant layout allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping, and it will even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
  • New Task view button. The new Task view button on the task bar enables one view for all open apps and files, allowing for quick switching and one-touch access to any desktop created.
  • Multiple desktops. Instead of too many apps and files overlapping on a single desktop, it’s easy to create and switch between distinct desktops for different purposes and projects — whether for work or personal use.

The introduction of the Windows Insider Program demonstrates Microsoft’s continued commitment to working closely with customers to help shape the future of Windows. Windows Insiders will be able to give feedback on early builds of the product throughout the development cycle. The program will include various ways for Windows Insiders to engage in a two-way dialogue with Microsoft, including a Windows Feedback app for sharing suggestions and issues and a Windows Technical Preview Forum for interacting with Microsoft engineers and fellow Insiders. More information on the Windows Insider Program and the technical preview can be found at http://preview.windows.com.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 09.06.14

Watch DogsAfter six months the charts are finally starting to become more active again. Watch_Dogs holds the number one spot in the charts this week with Mario Kart 8 still just behind. Square Enix’s Murdered: Soul Suspect has entered the charts this week in third.

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Week ending 7 June 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 WATCH DOGS UBISOFT 1
2 MARIO KART 8 NINTENDO 2
3 MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT SQUARE ENIX
4 WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 3
5 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 4
6 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL EA SPORTS 6
7 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION 3 EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 5
8 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 9
9 TITANFALL EA GAMES 7
10 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 8
11 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 16
12 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES 13
13 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 10
14 WILDSTAR NCSOFT EUROPE
15 TOMODACHI LIFE NINTENDO
16 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 11
17 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 15
18 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE EA GAMES 14
19 LEGO THE HOBBIT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
20 SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH UBISOFT 19
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2014 UKIE Ltd

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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 02.06.14

Watch DogsA battle for the top spots was held this week as two highly anticipated games were released. Mario Kart 8 reached number two being held off by Watch_Dogs which had the seventeenth biggest game launch in UK history.

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Week ending 31 May 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 WATCH DOGS UBISOFT
2 MARIO KART 8 NINTENDO
3 WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 1
4 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 3
5 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION 3 EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 2
6 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL EA SPORTS 5
7 TITANFALL EA GAMES 4
8 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 7
9 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 6
10 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 10
11 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 13
12 LEGO THE HOBBIT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
13 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES 9
14 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE EA GAMES 11
15 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 14
16 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 16
17 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 ACTIVISION 8
18 BORDERLANDS 2 2K GAMES
19 SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH UBISOFT 17
20 SKATE 3 XBOX 360 CLASSICS
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2014 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.