Train2Game News Golden Joystick Voting

Golden JoystickWith less than one week left of voting, today, Green Man Gaming, the headline sponsor of the Golden Joystick Awards 2014, has revealed that they will be giving away XCOM: Enemy Unknown to voters of this year’s awards.

Voters, including those who have already voted, will be eligible to claim their free copy from TODAY via the free game giveaway site, which is now LIVE!
goldenjoysticks.greenmangaming.com

By using the same email address they registered and voted with, users will need to sign-up to Playfire (and link to Steam) in order to receive their verification email and game code.

Voting closes on 20th October, so this will be your last chance to have your say.
You can cast your vote for the awards at www.goldenjoystick.com

Paul Sulyok, CEO at Green Man Gaming, says, “After the success of the Golden Joystick Awards last year, we knew we had to make our offer to voters extra special this year, and are thrilled to have once again partnered with our friends at 2K Games to make this incredible free game giveaway possible.”

The offer is for the full PC version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the turn-based alien invasion strategy game from Firaxis and 2K Games. This critically acclaimed title was described by PC Gamer as, “more coherent and elegant than anything the genre has granted us in years”, awarding it 87%, with GamesRadar giving it an “Excellent” 4.5 out of 5 rating.

Extending the offer, thanks to Playfire Rewards, any user who plays XCOM: Enemy Unknown and unlocks the “and so it begins…” achievement, will receive an 80% voucher for XCOM: Enemy Within.

The Golden Joystick Awards presented by Green Man Gaming is the world’s most popular and credible games awards. Taking place on the afternoon of Friday 24th October at the indigO2 in the world famous O2 Arena, it celebrates the very best in the gaming industry. It is the only annual awards voted for by gamers, and in 2013 an incredible 10 million votes were cast in what was a record breaking year.

Now in its 32nd year, the 2014 awards have 16 reader voted categories, with additional special awards being chosen by an expert panel consisting of the editorial teams. The awards recognise every aspect of the world of gaming with gongs including Best Original Game, Studio of the Year, Best Visual Design and Game of the Year.
The Golden Joysticks shortlist was chosen by an editorial panel comprised of Future games staff from publications including CVG, PC Gamer, Edge, Kotaku UK and more.

Voting for the awards is open now at www.goldenjoystick.com

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 – 22.10.12

In the charts this week Skylanders Giants has come in at number two, leaving FIFA 13 still sitting pretty at the top for week number four and Bethesda’s Doom 3: BFG Edition has come in at number five.

Week ending 20 October 2012

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 –  FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 1
2 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS
3 DISHONORED BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 2
4 JUST DANCE 4 UBISOFT 6
5 DOOM 3: BFG EDITION BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
6 POKEMON BLACK VERSION 2 NINTENDO 3
7 RESIDENT EVIL 6 CAPCOM 4
8 –  BORDERLANDS 2 2K GAMES 8
9 POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2 NINTENDO 5
10 XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN 2K GAMES 7
11 F1 2012 CODEMASTERS 9
12 007 LEGENDS ACTIVISION
13 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 10
14 –  ROCKSMITH UBISOFT 14
15 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013 KONAMI 12
16 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 NINTENDO 15
17 SLEEPING DOGS SQUARE ENIX 11
18 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 19
19 FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 MICROSOFT 13
20 GRAN TURISMO 5 ACADEMY EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16

leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2012 UKIE Ltd

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 – 15.10.12

On Monday mornings I will now be posting the top 20 UK games chart from UKIE to keep you all updated.

 
Dishonored has come in as the highest new IP this year at number 2 but nothing can knock FIFA off the top spot for the third week running. It is interesting to see that Skyrim and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are still in the top 20.

Week ending 13 October 2012

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 –  FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 1
2   DISHONORED BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
3   POKEMON BLACK VERSION 2 NINTENDO
4 RESIDENT EVIL 6 CAPCOM 2
5   POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2 NINTENDO
6 JUST DANCE 4 UBISOFT 4
7   XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN 2K GAMES
8 BORDERLANDS 2 2K GAMES 3
9 F1 2012 CODEMASTERS 5
10 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 8
11 SLEEPING DOGS SQUARE ENIX 10
12 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013 KONAMI 9
13 FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 MICROSOFT 11
14 ROCKSMITH UBISOFT 7
15 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 NINTENDO 12
16 GRAN TURISMO 5 ACADEMY EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 13
17   CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3 ACTIVISION
18 NBA 2K13 2K SPORTS 6
19 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 14
20 DEAD ISLAND GOTY EDITION DEEP SILVER 16

 

Train2Game News: XCOM: Enemy Unknown developer diary discusses ‘modernising a classic’

Train2Game students can get behind the scenes of XCOM: Enemy Unknown in the latest developer diary from Firaxis and 2K Games.

The new video, entitled ‘Modernising A Classic’ sees lead programmer Casey O’Toole speaking about developing XCOM: Enemy Unknown and how they’re bringing the classic strategy title into the modern age.

Watch the developer diary below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

There’s more about XCOM: Enemy Unknown here.

What are your thoughts on the developer diary?

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Train2Game news: Firaxis videos take you behind the scenes of XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Train2Game students can get a behind the scenes look at XCOM: Enemy Unknown in not one, but two videos from Firaxis and 2K Games.

The first video, ‘Taking the lead’ sees lead designer Jake Solomon speaking about the core elements of how Firaxis building their reimagining of the classic strategy title.

The second video sees Art Director Greg Foertsch describing how Firaxis created the look and art style of XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

A previous developer diary sees Firaxis – the studio famous for the Civilization series – discussing how they’re making strategy ‘sexy.’  XCOM: Enemy Unknown is scheduled for release in autumn this year.

What are your thoughts on the XCOM: Enemy Unknown videos? Are you looking forward to this one?

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Train2Game news: XCOM: Enemy Unknown developer diary on making strategy ‘sexy’

Train2Game students can get a first look at XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the reimagining of one of the most loved strategy titles out there that’s being developed by Firaxis, the studio famous for Civilization series.

XCOM gives you the task of commanding a special paramilitary force to defend the earth from an alien invasion.

The developer diary sees the Firaxis team discuss their reimagining of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, explain some of their game design choices and talk about how they’re making a turn based strategy game ‘sexy’

Watch the XCOM: Enemy Unknown developer diary below for an insight into life at Firaxis.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown from Firaxis and 2K Games is scheduled for release in Autumn this year.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on XCOM: Enemy Unknown? What insights have you gained from the behind the scenes video?

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