Archive for Mike Lowe

Nissan X-Trail review (2014)
3.5 stars

Nissan X-Trail review (2014)

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It's rare we would ever call an SUV sexy, and while the 2014 Nissan X-Trail doesn't quite acquire that label it's a darn sight prettier than its predecessors. In many respects the X-Trail looks like the plumper sibling of the Nissan Qashqai, a car that... >>

Sony PlayStation 4 Glacier White in pictures

Sony PlayStation 4 Glacier White in pictures

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You've seen the PlayStation 4 in black, now it's time to marvel at the PS4 in white. Or "Glacier White" in capitals as it's officially called. Captured behind glass at a closed-doors Sony Entertainment Europe exhibit at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles,... >>

Tom Clancy's The Division preview: 'Our game is an RPG' says Massive Entertainment

Tom Clancy's The Division preview: 'Our game is an RPG' says Massive Entertainment

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When we see the Tom Clancy name it tends to make us think of first person shooters (and novels, of course). Which is exactly why The Division, and its third person style, defied our expectations - and then exceeded them.  "Our game is an RPG, and using... >>

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000: Premium 4K superzoom gives Sony RX10 a run for its money

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000: Premium 4K superzoom gives Sony RX10 a run for its money

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Panasonic has entered the premium superzoom market with the announcement of the Lumix FZ1000. Its a big-bodied camera but with equally big features it's sure to give even the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 a run for its money. The concept of the Panasonic FZ1000... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 review

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 review

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The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 may look like an ordinary superzoom, but it's got premium written all over it. Bigger, bolder, brighter: this Lumix embodies a large 1-inch sensor and a 25-400mm f/2.8-4.0 equivalent lens. Like a premium seat on a flight, is... >>

Forza Horizon 2 gameplay preview: Glorious racing, whatever the weather

Forza Horizon 2 gameplay preview: Glorious racing, whatever the weather

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Forza Horizon 2 is more than just the original racing game with some added weather effects. As you battle to stick your supercar to the tarmac in locations across southern Europe, it's hard to not marvel at the glorious graphics while dodging oncoming... >>

Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay preview: A next-gen return to form

Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay preview: A next-gen return to form

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Let's all welcome the Batman to the next-generation, because after playing Batman: Arkham Knight on PS4 we have to say it looks fantastic. It's a return to form following Arkham City's less inspiring turn. Key to Arkham Knight is the sheer scale of things.... >>

Far Cry 4 gameplay preview: Elephants, guns and microlites equals awesomeness

Far Cry 4 gameplay preview: Elephants, guns and microlites equals awesomeness

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The Far Cry 4 demo at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles presents us with a trio of options: "Stealth / Ride / Fly" reads the fortress conquest screen. It's no contest, really, as "Ride" means we get to mount an elephant, smash down a fortress door and... >>

The Evil Within gameplay preview: It's 'the Saw of video games'

The Evil Within gameplay preview: It's 'the Saw of video games'

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The Evil Within is like the Saw movie of video games. Some people are going to love its gruesomeness whereas others will find its old school Resident Evil style feels like predictable old hat. We fall into the latter camp at the moment. When we first... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review
4.0 stars

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review

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The PC era is on its deathbed and manufacturers are reacting in experimental and interesting ways to evolve the market. The Acer Switch 10 is a multi-positional laptop-meets-tablet device, and while it's far from the first device to proposition such a... >>

Sunset Overdrive gameplay preview: A gaggle of genres wrapped into one insane package

Sunset Overdrive gameplay preview: A gaggle of genres wrapped into one insane package

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Sunset Overdrive is a lot of things: colourful, cheeky, crazy. It's also tricky to master. The demo shown off at Microsoft's Xbox E3 media briefing showed our protagonist deftly swinging from wires, grinding on ledges, activating traps and shooting mutant... >>

Doom teaser trailer surfaces, Bethesda's 2014 rework looks like it'll be terrifying

Doom teaser trailer surfaces, Bethesda's 2014 rework looks like it'll be terrifying

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Holy bejeezus it's a Doom teaser trailer. We first heard about Bethesda's rework of the classic first person shooter when it was announced that its Wolfenstein title would carry the Doom beta. No gameplay footage just yet, with the full reveal set for... >>

Hitman Sniper preview: Agent 47 comes to iPad in scope shooter

Hitman Sniper preview: Agent 47 comes to iPad in scope shooter

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The Hitman franchise continues its genre-hopping campaign with the forthcoming release of Hitman Sniper, an iPad and iPhone scope-based shooter. We got to play a pre-release version of the free-to-download game on iPad ahead of the autumn release date.... >>

Battlecry gameplay preview: 32-player brawler ditches the guns for close-quarters combat

Battlecry gameplay preview: 32-player brawler ditches the guns for close-quarters combat

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Battlecry isn't your typical multiplayer deathmatch title. There is no gunpowder and therefore no guns in this parallel universe, so instead the game is all bows, blades and massive brawls. This free-to-play world, which fades into graphic novel style... >>

Zelda Wii U gameplay unveiled, vast world and non-linear path promised - see the screens here

Zelda Wii U gameplay unveiled, vast world and non-linear path promised - see the screens here

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If Nintendo hadn't shown off Zelda for Wii U at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles then not only would we have cried buckets, but it would have been the final nail in the coffin for Nintendo's console. But the Japanese company stepped up to the plate... >>

Amiibo for Wii U, Nintendo's answer to Disney Infinity, announced at E3 2014

Amiibo for Wii U, Nintendo's answer to Disney Infinity, announced at E3 2014

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Nintendo isn't just about new software at this year's E3. Using its Nintendo E3 live stream Reggie Fils-Aime, the USA CEO, also unveiled Amiibo - the company's answer to Disney Infinity. Amiibo are physical characters that can connect via the Wii U Gamepad... >>

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End coming 2015 exclusively for PS4, watch the trailer right here

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End coming 2015 exclusively for PS4, watch the trailer right here

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It was introduced by Andrew House, Sony's president and CEO, as "one last title from one of the finest studios in the world" at the company's E3 media briefing in Los Angeles. It is, of course, the much talked about Uncharted 4. This outing going under... >>

GTA 5: Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this autumn

GTA 5: Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this autumn

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A long-standing rumour can finally be laid to rest: Grand Theft Auto 5 will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this autumn. Next-gen is go, as announced at the Sony media briefing at this year's E3 expo. For players of the game on PlayStation... >>

Little Big Planet 3 for PS3 and PS4: Three new characters drive multiplayer focus

Little Big Planet 3 for PS3 and PS4: Three new characters drive multiplayer focus

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One of Sony's most loved franchises is due to make a return this Christmas. Little Big Planet is back for round three and this time it's the cooperative multiplayer action that sees the greatest boost. Our hero Sackboy returns, complete with new powers... >>

Sony PS4 available in white as part of exclusive Destiny bundle from 9 September

Sony PS4 available in white as part of exclusive Destiny bundle from 9 September

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You’ve seen it in black, now the PlayStation 4 will be shipping in white as part of an exclusive Destiny bundle. Revealed on stage by Sony’s Andrew House at the company’s E3 media conference in Los Angeles, the white PS4 will be available from 9... >>

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Seige unveiled at E3 2014, watch the gameplay trailer here

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Seige unveiled at E3 2014, watch the gameplay trailer here

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It's been six years since the last and Ubisoft has confirmed it: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Seige is an official next-gen title. Shown off in a live multi-player mission, the game's "protect the hostage" scenario that we saw took "capture the flag" to... >>

Ubisoft's The Crew available 11 November for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Ubisoft's The Crew available 11 November for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

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The Crew has got an official release date: its coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC on 11 November 2014. And if you can't wait that long then try your luck at getting access to the closed beta: registration begins 23 July (it's a dead link for the time being,... >>

Far Cry 4 first 5 minutes of play revealed in E3 trailer - and it looks awesome

Far Cry 4 first 5 minutes of play revealed in E3 trailer - and it looks awesome

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Ubisoft kicked off its E3 2014 media briefing with the first five minutes of Far Cry 4. And it looks like it could well be an absolute stormer. The trailer follows you attempting to cross the Himalayan border, but things quickly take a turn for the worse.... >>

Phantom Dust trailer shows Xbox One is all about revisiting the classics

Phantom Dust trailer shows Xbox One is all about revisiting the classics

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When the Xbox One was announced we saw Killer Instinct's revival in 2013. For 2014 now it's the turn of Phantom Dust, which was unveiled in a teaser trailer at the Xbox E3 media briefing in downtown Los Angeles. The same man behind the latest Killer Instinct,... >>

Crackdown 3 unveiled: Xbox One exclusive due in 2015

Crackdown 3 unveiled: Xbox One exclusive due in 2015

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It's official: Crackdown 3 will be coming to Xbox One in 2015. And it's an exclusive title for Microsoft's next-gen console. Unveiled at the Xbox E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, the trailer showed off the game's multi-coloured neon cityscape. Looks... >>