Posts By Mat Growcott

Halo Reach

Halo: Reach Now Available Free for Gold Members

With the Master Chief Collection on the horizon, Microsoft decided to make one of the few games not in the remaster set, Halo: Reach, available for free through Games with Gold. It was announced last month and is now available to download at no extra cost, so long as you're a Gold subscriber.

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Gears of War: Tactics Kinect Game Footage Leaks

Kinect was supposed to be a hardcore experience, something Microsoft kept repeating while it was unveiled Milo and Kinectimals. Sure, they were trying to attract a small slice of the Wii crowd, but they wanted everybody to invest in one of the devices as well. Unfortunately, it never quite worked out the way they'd hoped, and any possible 'proper' titles got cancelled. One of those games was Gears of War: Tactics, and footage has leaked showing exactly ...

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Portable Ops added to Official Metal Gear Canon

Portable Ops has always been the black sheep of the Metal Gear Solid world. It never got the official spin-off status like Ac!D and Ghost Babel, but it was never officially included in any timelines either. This was partly because Hideo Kojima was never included, but considering it includes a chunk of time between Metal Gear Solid 3 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Whatever the reason, this has now changed, with Konami recognising Portable Ops as an official ...

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Microsoft Looking to buy Mojang

We might look back on a multi-plat Minecraft with a touch of nostalgia, as details of Microsoft's apparent plans to buy developer Mojang. Even though the brick-'em-up only just made it to PlayStation 4 last week, the Xbox One developer looks set to purchase the developer for something in the region of $2 billion.

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PlayStation Turns 19

19 years ago today, Sony released their PlayStation console to American audiences. If you remember walking away from the store with your brand new console, Rayman or Battle Arena Toshinden in hand, you're allowed to feel a terrifying mix of nostalgia and ancientness. Since then, there have been nearly 8000 releases for the console worldwide, with some classics getting re-released on their original format well into this century.

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#GamerGate Indie Dev Talks Goals, Harrassment and Feminism

One of the biggest problems with the #GamerGate controversy is that it's all being said in 140 characters or less. Add in two or three people, and the conversation almost boils down to individual words. This isn't a good way of discussing what is a complicated issue, so I took to Twitter, asking for people on both sides to come forward in the hopes that we could record an interview to find some sort of middle ground. Although several #GamerGate supporters got ...

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Mortal Kombat X Release Date Announced

Warner Brothers have announced today that they'll be bringing Mortal Kombat X to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on April 14th, 2015. Considering it was only officially announced quite recently, this will be fantastic news for those that were worried about the wait.

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Metro Redux Review

Metro Redux is one in a long line of remasters released for new generation consoles, and it certainly won't be the last. While that might sound like a negative to those desperate for brand new experiences, Redux makes an effort to go above and beyond what other re-releases have done, offering new content and improved visuals on not one, but two already well-received games at a price that's difficult to ignore.

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#GamerGate Supporters Begin Emailing Publisher PR

#GamerGate is still going strong, with thousands of people adding their two cents to the discussion on Twitter and beyond. In some places, like The Escapist and the wider Defy Media network, this is having a great effect, and supporters of those bloggers interested in insulting the gaming community are starting to find their allies falling by the wayside. So far, the hashtag supporters have approached ad providers and other readers, but now they're looking at ...

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Journalists: Ignore #GamerGate and #NotYourShield at your Peril

The story behind #GamerGate and #NotYourShield is tough to pin down exactly, because there's various origins depending on who you ask. It's either the cruel march of the misogynists, a group of white men tired of having to share their entertainment space with a set of fragile girls and "people of colour" who just want to have a tiny corner of the industry to call their own, or it's a demonstration of how the gaming industry is already a melting pot of ideas, ...

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