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‘Grid 2: Mono Edition’ revealed
Codemasters have revealed an extremely rare special edition for their latest racing game, ‘GRID 2’. The special edition will set you back a rather humongous £125,000 and comes with the game and a limited edition poster… just kidding, it comes with a SUPER CAR!!! Yep you read that right, a super car! Unsurprisingly, the title has earned a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for most expensive game ever.
This one of kind package comes with the BAC Mono which can go 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds. Along with the car, you also recieve a day at the BAC factory to customise your car and full ‘driver race wear’ (as pictured above). Now I’m not really into my driving sims, however I’m now very much interested in this title. I may even pre-order this special edition from all the cash I’ve earned from G.E.E.K or at least put it on the expenses and see if I can get away with it! (Editors note- Reg, we need to talk)
I think this has to go down as one of the most bizarre special editions we have ever had the pleasure of seeing, do any of you think you can beat this? If so let us know the special edition of your choice in the comments below.
GRID 2 comes out on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on the 31st May 2013 which you can pre order here
G.E.E.K Out episode 6.5 - London! The Extra Bits
So you’ve hopefully watched our video of our trip to London to meet Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Bedlam) and Frazer Irving (Bedlam, Uncanny X-Men). If not, take a look here.
Now that video showed just a small part of our epic day out, so we thought we’d bring you some of the clips from the cutting room floor, including Madame Tussauds, M&M World, Leicester Square and more! Oh, and we got an exclusive interview with the man who recorded our very own G.E.E.K theme tune- Stephen Hawking!
Quicksilver to appear in ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’
That sound you’re hearing is thousands of comic book fans’ heads exploding (including ours!). Bryan Singer, director of ’X-Men: Days Of Future Past’, just tweeted that Quicksilver will be appearing in the prequel/sequel. While exciting on it’s own, it’s more the fact that a certain other director of another Marvel franchise also recently revealed that he was planning on introducing the character to his next movie (read Joss Whedon and Avengers 2).
So how can this be? In an age where licensing and exclusive rights stop all the epic cross-overs that we see in the comics hitting the big screen, how can the same character be appearing in 2 separate movies from 2 separate studios? Well, possibility one is that it was revealed at the time that Whedon first dropped his hints of the appearance that the character did not have any exclusive rights and could be used by both Fox and Marvel Studios/Disney. Possibility 2 is that Whedon and Singer have been secretly plotting to let the 2 worlds collide, paving the way for an X-Men/Avengers epic crossover movie!!!
Ok, so while the former is far more likely, the latter is waaaaaaaaay more exciting! While Singer’s version of the character will be a younger incarnation of the speedster, Whedon’s will likely be slightly more matured, so we’ll probably be seeing the character played by 2 different actors.
Time will tell whether this is all part of some grand cross franchise plan or just a big coincidence… or, possibly just 2 studios trying to best each other. We’ll be keeping a very close eye on this one.
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New ‘Man Of Steel’ trailer focuses heavily on General Zod
Ok, so ‘Iron Man 3’ was amazing, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ was brilliant, but if this trailer is anything to go by, ‘Man Of Steel’ is going to blow them both away.
This trailer for ‘Watchmen’ director Zack Snyder’s new take on Superman reveals a little more about the story, how General Zod is involved and explains those early pictures of Supe in chains. We could go on but it’s best you just sit back and watch yourself. And while you do that, we’re off to book Imax 3D tickets for June 14th!
Microsoft reveal the Xbox One
Yep that’s the name they actually opted for. Apparantly, the reason is they’ve advised us that this will be the only box we will need to have in our living room (seeing as all our TV’s are now flatscreens). The machine now efficiently lets you switch from TV channels, films, music on your hard drives and then to the most important of all; games just by saying “Xbox” followed by what you wish for. More on this in a minute.
First and foremost. What do we reckon to the unveiling?? Well 1-0 to Microsoft for actually giving us a peek at the console itself. Not only that, but they did it at the beginning too (unlike a certain company who we shall not name here) plus we even got a peek at the pad as well for good measure :) All in all it’s a very sleek looking bit of kit.
Onto the slightly boring bit now- the system specs. The system includes 8GB of RAM, an 8-Core CPU, a 500GB Hard Drive, USB 3.0, Blu-Ray Drive, HDMI in and out Ports plus Wifi Direct. They have now also confirmed the console will NOT be required to be always online. The final piece of the puzzle is the new Kinect feature that seems to be very dominant throughout the presentation.
The new Kinect camera comes across as a less buggy and more useful piece of kit comapared to the 360’s and due to the Xbox One needing Kinect to actually function thats a damn good job.
We were shown how we could command our console to run several apps all at once, like Skype call our friends whilst watching live sports, using “Snap” functionality to surf the web on one half of the screen whilst watching a film or TV, we were even treated to a lovely TV guide which is voice controlled too. Following on from this exciting announcement we were then shown some games… Oh wait, no we weren’t.
What followed was everyones favourite games company- EA (YAY!) to tell us all about their usual yearly updates with one more iteration to be included. A certain UFC license now joins the usual suspects ready for launch/christmas. By this we mean Fifa, Madden and NBA Live. Of course all of these titles all come with a certain surprise we’re not allowed to know as of yet but have been teased with their new engine ‘Ignite’ so expect more on these if and when we find a resident sports fan.
Moving on from Skynet… I mean EA, we were treated to a sneak peek at Forza 5 which looked pretty damn impressive and may actually seduce me back into driving sims. Next up on the stage were Remedy with a new IP which blended gorgeous looking CGI with live action for their teaser trailer for ‘Quantum Break’.
Then thankfully they decided to give us a break from games (despite it being a GAMES CONSOLE) and passed us across to 343 studios for a special Halo related announcement. And no, it wasn’t Halo 5 :( Instead, it was something which we would not have ever expected,. following on from the success that was the internet mini series ‘Forward unto Dawn, 343 studios announced a live action Halo TV series with help from none other than Steven Speilberg which could actually be something rather exciting.
To wrap up proceedings, Activision announced that all DLC for Call of Duty will remain for an XBOX exclusive for a time lapse until moving onto the competitors platforms.
Now despite all of my usual hatred for all things Call of Duty, I was actually rather impressed with CoD: Ghosts, which unlike what we all thought, has nothing to do with ‘Ghost’ from the Modern Warfare series. Instead, this is a brand new story with brand new characters using a brand new engine. In other words, it’s another FPS with set-piece after set-piece, however, this time with a story by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan… oh, and a dog!?!
Multiplayer wise they are adding quite a bit more into the maps with interactive moments to shake up play and pre determined events like the earthquake they demoed for us. On top of this there is now character customisation to go with the usual gun upgrades and skins plus much more.
Stay with us here at G.E.E.K. as over the next couple of days we will be bringing you in depth stories in relation to each game along with a breakdown of the console/controller and functionality itself. Plus we’ll be talking indepth on the reveal on next week’s podcast, up Monday 27th of May. Tune in to find out what we think after the dust has settled!
‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ trailer debuts
Following on from yesterday’s Deathstroke DLC announcement, Warner Bros have released the official trailer for ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’. The trailer is a very impressive 4 minutes and 53 seconds in length and whilst it shows no actual gameplay footage it does a very good job of gearing us up as to what to expect from the finished product.
The trailer starts off with Bats intercepting a group of henchmen trying to setup bombs in Arkham City which he makes very short work of (shame about the bomb). Once the Dark Knight “leaves” the building we finally get to see the full Deathstroke fight which was teased to us in the last trailer. During this epic fight scene we are also presented with yet another assassin who is tasked with taking down The Caped Crusader, Deadshot is shown taking pop shots at the dueling duo whilst they fight their way from crate to crate, eventually taking the fight to ground level.
Once the fight has reached it’s temporary conclusion we’re then introduced to the mastermind of the games plot- ‘Black Mask’, who sounds as though he has quite a lot in store for Bats in the upcoming 24hrs.
Now whilst we have to wait another 5 months until we get our hands on Arkham Origins, we can safely say this trailer has us very excited to see just what Black Mask has in store for us. So on this note, we’ve stolen the Calendar Man’s calendar and set bat signal for the 25th of October.
Batman Arkham Origins is due out on Playstation3, Xbox 360, Wii U & PC.
Sony tease us with a blurry trailer for PS4
After Sony held their announcement meeting a few months back to unveil their next generation Playstation 4, people were left wanting. Mainly to see what the actual machine looks like! I mean, sure we had some game announcements and we even got to see the control pad, but the one question on everyone’s lips was “where’s the machine??”. People were left hanging, which was a clever ploy by Sony as it’s kept us all intrigued and the social media sites buzzing with rumours and mock designs of said console.
Now that it’s getting close to E3 and, more importantly, Microsoft’s next generation reveal, Sony have released a teaser trailer of their latest console. Sure it’s blurry and just leaves us wondering why, but at least we can now gain some sort of insight as to what it looks like.
Our idea (at least Reg’s) is to get extremely drunk until you can’t see straight, then watch the video as the blurring disappears and you can see the imagery perfectly (just an idea, not tried it out yet but let us know how it works out in the comments below)! Meanwhile, all the sober and clever people who choose not to get blindingly drunk just to watch a blurry 39 second montage will have to wait a few weeks until their official E3 presentation to see the final product.
While ‘Batman: Arkham City’ had Catwoman DLC for your pre-order goodness, Warner Bros Games have joined forces with Amazon to bring one of Batman’s most dangerous and deadly villains.
Despite the general unhappiness that seems to have come with this announcement, we here at G.E.E.K. can’t wait to have our little Bat-mits on Deathstroke, so consider this game pre-ordered and excitement levels to the max.
The reason for the upset is the same with most DLC- the fact it’s not already in the main game, especially with Arkham Origins being 5 months away. However, as with most businesses they need a hook to get customers to return to them, so I’m not angry (just a little disappointed). However, any excuse to delve back into the Arkham world is alright with us, especially with how good the Catwoman DLC was.
Stay tuned with us as news and info gets released, as we’ll have it up on here speedier than Deathstroke himself!
Nintendo confirms brand new Mario, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros for Wii U
Nintendo have advised that they won’t be doing a traditional E3 this year, which is a shame as they always pull off one of the best shows at the yearly expo. Whether their presentations are awesome or just down right embarrassingly cringe worthy, either way they are always part of the reason we tune in to the live streams. However, this year Nintendo have announced their major releases will be at their very own Nintendo Direct events prior to the E3 show.
Nintendo America took to Twitter on thursday to intice us away from the XBOX reveal on Tuesday with news of 3 of their heaviest hitters from their stable.
The tweet from Nintendo states..
#IwataSays We will discuss new Smash Bros., 3D Mario game, Mario Kart and other Wii U titles in our #NintendoDirectNA before the start of E3.
Any new release of a Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros title always gets us G.E.E.Ks excited due to them being some of the best mulitplayer titles available. We have spent many hours knocking 7 shades out of each other in Super Smash then taking our famous fighters into the Karts to blow off a bit of steam… until the green shells start flying around of course, then it’s back to wanting to knock 7 shades out of each other :)
This looks like a clever move from Nintendo, as if they kept the announcement to E3, these titles would risk being lost in among the announcements that 2 certain companies are likely to have. So now we have the new X-BOX reveal tomorrow, The Nintendo Direct news coming soon, followed by what’s going to be an extremely exciting E3. Stay tuned with us here at G.E.E.K. to keep up with all the latest info on the gaming world as it’s going to be a very fun few weeks.