Train2Game News Havok enjoying 2015

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Havok has enjoyed a strong start to 2015 with a variety of Havok-powered titles earning the highest industry accolades, including the BAFTA Best Game Award for Destiny and the Game Developers Choice Awards Game of the Year honor for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

These and other Havok-powered AAA games were acknowledged within critics and peer-voted awards ceremonies during the 2015 awards season and demonstrate a renewed and increasingly acknowledged appreciation for AAA developers in pushing the technological and design boundaries of gaming ever outward.

Havok has long maintained close partnerships with the key AAA developers who have crafted some of the most indelible and critically-acclaimed titles of all time. The recent award winning games are merely a small slice of the outstanding AAA games that chose to adopt Havok technology in the past year, including Sunset Overdrive, Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, titles that Havok highlight as proof of a resurgent AAA gaming segment.

“At Havok, we’re proud of our AAA roots.  From your first uneasy steps into Rapture, the first time you use the Gravity Gun, and the first time your nemesis in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor openly mocks you after a bitter defeat, these are the experiences we remember, and these are the games Havok is proud to support via our technology and knowhow,” Says David Coghlan, President and Managing Director of Havok. “There are true visionaries at work at these game studios, and they’re the ones who create these worlds through their passion and talent. At Havok, we are proud to see these incredibly creative teams realize their visions by leveraging Havok Technology and Support. Hearty congratulations to all the teams at this year’s GDCAs and BAFTA Game Awards for their well-earned recognition and their landmark achievements in game development.”

Alongside critical acclaim there is ample evidence of the renewed optimism being felt in the AAA gaming segment. With console hardware sales buoyant and global home console software revenue forecast to top $24bn by 2017, it’s clear that the death of AAA console gaming has been greatly exaggerated. This buoyant market validates Havok’s strategy to be the world’s leading provider of technology to the AAA game development industry.
                                                                                                                                    
For further information, developers can visit www.havok.com

Train2Game News Far Cry 4 Review

Far Cry 4The lovely people at Ubisoft sent me over Far Cry 4 to review and it has taken me this long to get round to writing the review!

This game is huge! I ended up with a 74.9% completion and it took me about 34 hours to get there. I did the very minimum to get the achievements and it still took me a long time to get through it. However this being said it doesn’t feel repetitive.

I didn’t get the pleasure of playing through Far Cry 3 my self but I did see my flatmate play through it. From what I could gather the story is more in depth and interesting in the third game but the antagonist Pagan Min is an excellent character and amused me throughout the game.

The game is breath taking to look at and just travelling around the land of Kyrat is a pleasure in its self. The scenery is stunning and the map has many ways to get around which brings me on to my next point.

There are many additional features in this game compared to Far Cry 3. The addition of the Buzzers are helpful, they are one man flying vehicles and one of the most helpful things I found was being able to throw bait in to a base and watch as a wild animal tears across leaving you with one maybe two to take out.

Over all I would say this is just a larger feature filled version of Far Cry 3 with less of a story to go with it.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 24.11.14

GTA VThree big new games released in the charts this week with the release of the next generation Grand Theft Auto V knocking Call of Duty: Advance Warfare off the top spot. Far Cry 4 hit second pushing CoD down to number three. Dragon Age: Inquisition was also released this week debuting at number five.

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Week ending 22 November 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR
2 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT
3 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 1
4 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 4
5 DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION EA GAMES
6 ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY UBISOFT 2
7 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 20
8 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 5
9 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 7
10 HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION MICROSOFT 3
11 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 14
12 ASSASSIN’S CREED: ROGUE UBISOFT 6
13 DESTINY ACTIVISION 10
14 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 12
15 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY 13
16 SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM SKYLANDERS 11
17 TOMODACHI LIFE NINTENDO 19
18 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 16
19 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2015 KONAMI 8
20 FORZA HORIZON 2 MICROSOFT 17
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