Gaming round-up: 01/12/14 – 07/12/14

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So this is the last gaming round-up of the year (sad face). Game releases have finally dried up after a manic November and Santa is busy making everyone’s games. A lot of important gaming news has emerged this week. We have picked a small selection of news which we think is the most important. So read on, get those games on your Christmas list and have many days of fun over the festive period.

Weekly news:

Gameplay footage for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End revealed

Up until now, no extensive gameplay of the new instalment in the Uncharted series has been shown, save for a very small trailer shown at E3. New footage was shown off this weekend at the ‘PlayStation Experience’ event. As with all Naughty Dog games, Uncharted looks fantastic on PS4 and introduces much more stealth into the series, with more intelligent enemy AI. Watch the gameplay video at the top of the page and bask in its glory.

Next Assassin’s Creed game set in Victorian London

The next game in the Assassin’s Creed series, set to be released in 2015, will be set in Victorian London and titled ‘Victory’. The information was initially leaked by Kotaku, alongside five screenshots of the game running on Unity’s engine. Soon after, Ubisoft reluctantly confirmed the validity of the information but stopped short of confirming the name or releasing any specific details. Unlike recent games in the series, next year’s game will be developed by Ubisoft Quebec and a spokesman said they have been “hard at work on the particular game in question for the past few years, and we’re excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date.” After the troubled release of Assassin’s Creed: UnityUbisoft will surely be disappointed that this news has been leaked so long before the game’s release.

Rocket League announced for Playstation 4

Rocket League, the sequel to the wonderful Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars, has been confirmed for release on Playstation 4. The game is being developed by Psyonix Studios and is essentially a football game with cars. In teams, players will take control of high powered cars with rocket and jumping abilities, as they attempt to knock a ball into a large net. The game features online play, some of the best local multiplayer and is due for release in spring 2015.

Street Fighter V confirmed to be PS4 and PC exclusive

A lot of news has come out of the ‘PlayStation Experience’ event over the weekend, but this was a big one. In a big move by Sony, which apparently teamed up with Capcom to help develop the game, Street Fighter V will only ever release on console on the PS4. Furthermore, players on PS4 will be able to play against players on PC, which is rarely seen these days. XBOX owners who play the game might be forced to invest in Sony’s next-gen console.

Last Week’s Releases (01/12/14):

The Crew: 02/12/14

Considering the bad press that the developer Ubisoft has been getting recently, what with their disastrous release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity on PC, PS4 and XBOX One, which turned out to be extremely buggy upon launch, it might come as a surprise that Ubisoft haven’t sat in a corner crying and pulled the launch of The Crew in a huff. However, the developer seems quietly confident about the open-world racing/driving game which promises to be full of action. The fact that an open beta of The Crew was available last week perhaps shows that Ubisoft might still be trying to iron out some last minute problems, but at least this time gamers have had the opportunity to try before they buy. Still, the launch can’t be any worse than that experienced by Driveclub, can it?

Games released this week:

Lara Croft and The Temple of Osiris: 09/12/14

With the announcement earlier this year that the follow-up to 2013’s Tomb RaiderRise of the Tomb Raider would initially only release on XBOX platforms in a timed exclusive deal, this new top-down Lara Croft adventure will have to tide PlayStation owners over for the time being. This new game promises four player co-op action and will involve solving puzzles, fighting enemies and ultimately solving the mystery. It is unclear how successful this new game will be, but fans of the previous instalment Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will probably enjoy the unique gameplay.

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