Monster Gaming Week (17 August 2014)

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The Last of Us: Remastered tops UK Video Games Chart for a second week

The Last of Us: Remastered has held on to the top spot in the UK Video Games Chart, despite seeing a 55% drop in sales.The PlayStation 4 exclusive held off competition from Watch Dogs and FIFA 14, which placed at number two and three respectively.

BBC iPlayer app to launch on Xbox One by ‘the end of this year’

The BBC iPlayer app for the Xbox One will launch by the end of 2014, it has been revealed. Posting on the BBC blog, Marcus Parnwell, the Executive Product Manager of BBC iPlayer, said: “I am happy to announce that we’re aiming to launc

FIFA 15 demo ‘drops soon’, says pulled EA page

A playable demo of FIFA 15 is due to release “soon”, according to a deleted page on EA’s support site. The page, which offered additional details on next week’s closed beta, told fans who weren’t invited into the beta not to worry, as “the FIFA 15 d

Destiny beta characters won’t transfer to final game

Bungie has ruled out the possibility of characters created during the Destiny beta being transferred to the final game.Bungie designer Tyson Green explained:

Diablo 3 download/install sizes are much higher on PS4

The Ultimate Evil Edition of Diablo 3 – which includes the Reaper of Souls expansion – is much larger in terms of file size on PlayStation 4 than it is on Xbox One.To download the game from the PlayStation Store means downloading 62.7GB of data. Th

EA is already working on FIFA 16

EA has already begun development on FIFA 16, COO Peter Moore has revealed. In an interview withCVG, Moore shared insight into the publisher’s development process for the series. “There are two phases to [development]. There’s the core game it

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty DLC dated

The first downloadable content for Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty has been dated.The game’s publisher Oddworld Inhabitants announced that the expansion pack will launch for the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014.Titled &ldqu

Gamescom Dead Island 2 – Sunshine & Slaughter Trailer

Check out this latest video for Dead Island 2 – ‘Sunshine & Slaughter Trailer’

Gamescom Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Reveal Trailer

Check out this latest video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – ‘Multiplayer Reveal Trailer’

Gamescom Sony Wants You To Watch Horror Reinvented on PS4

Check out this latest video for – ‘Watch Horror Reinvented on PS4’

EA Access rolled out for all Xbox One owners

Starting from today, EA Access will be available to all Xbox One owners, the publisher has revealed.The Netflix-like service allows gamers to download and play EA titles from “The Vault” for £3.99 a month (or £19.99 for the

Madden NFL 15 demo exclusive to EA Access

There will be no public demo for Madden NFL 15, it has been revealed. Speaking to IGN, an EA spokesperson confirmed that the only way to play the game before release will be through EA Access, which went live earlier today. The EA spokesperson said

The Halo Channel to launch ‘later this year’

The Halo Channel will launch on the Xbox One later this year, it has been revealed. Announced during Microsoft’s Gamescom conference earlier today (Tuesday, August 12th, 2014), The Halo Channel is a new interactive digital network which is set

PES 2015 demo launching in September

Konami has dated the PES 2015 demo.The free demo will be available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One from Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 – a week before FIFA 15 is released.PES 2015 will be the first in the series

Take-Two: ‘Rockstar want to blow consumers away’

The next generation versions of Grand Theft Auto V will exceed fan expectations, according to the game’s distributor.Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick told MCV that

The Crew – Console beta and 360 version confirmed

Ubisoft has confirmed that an Xbox 360 version of The Crew is in development as well as the previously confirmed Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions. The surprising announcement confirms that The Crew will not exclusively be a new-gen game, with external

PlayStation Now coming to Europe in 2015

PlayStation Now won’t launch in Europe until 2015, Sony has confirmed. Sony Europe chief executive Jim Ryan said during the PlayStation Gamescom conference that the service will make its European debut in the UK. Revealed at CES in January, PlaySta

Respawn announces third and final Titanfall map pack

Respawn has used EA’s 2014 Gamescom briefing to reveal the third and final map pack for Titanfall. Dubbed IMC Rising, it introduces three new maps to the Xbox and PC shooter.There were few further details revealed on IMC Rising – beyond the fact it

Microsoft confirms Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity deal ‘has a duration’

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed to Eurogamer that Microsoft’s controversial exclusivity deal for Rise of the Tomb Raider “has a duration”. However, he declined to confirm how long that duration is set for. Last night, during its Gamescom press

The Evil Within campaign ‘to last 15-20 hours’

The Evil Within’s single player campaign will last between 15 and 20 hours, the game’s developer has revealed. Posting on Twitter, European PR manager for Bethesda said: “Saw some people asking about it – we expect The Evil Within campai

Q&A Velocity 2X Developer Q&A

Today James Marsden from ‘Velocity’ developerFuturLabwas kind enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions about their upcoming PS4 release ‘Velocity 2X’.1. Greetings and thanks for setting aside the time to talk to m

Could The Rise of the Tomb Raider’s exclusivity win the console war for Xbox?

David Wriglesworth looks at how The Rise of the Tomb Raider’s exclusivity to the Xbox One could tip the console war in Microsoft’s favour.

Ubisoft explains why there’s no PS3 version of The Crew

Ubisoft has explained whyThe Crewwon’t be released on PS3. Earlier this week the publisher announced that the previously confirmed Xbox One, PS4 and PC editions of the open-world driving game would be joined by an Xbox 360 version. Expl

Phil Spencer: ‘Rare is an important part of Xbox’s future’

The head of Xbox has backed Kinect Sports Rivals studio Rare, deeming them an important part of Xbox’s future.Speaking to CVG, Phil Spencer revealed that the UK studio is working on a new project. He said:

Xbox Deals with Gold: Titanfall and MGSV Ground Zeroes half price

Microsoft has announced this week’s Xbox Live Deals with Gold.The deals listed below run until Monday, August 18. *These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members, while the others are Gold exclusive.Xbox OneEA Sports UFC – Xbox

Sony’s Jim Ryan interview: ‘We don’t need to buy exclusivity’

PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan has many reasons to be cheerful, and it’s easy to see why. At Sony’s Gamescom conference this week, he revealed that the PlayStation 4 has now sold 10 million consoles in less than nine months. A remarkable sales rec

Assassin’s Creed Unity to include microtransactions

Assassin’s Creed Unity will include microtransactions, the game’s developer has confirmed. The game’s senior producer Vincent Pontibrand told Total Xbox that paying real money will unlock new gear faster, but it won’t comprom

Xbox One update for September detailed

Microsoft has started rolling out new social and entertainment features for the Xbox One.Currently available to those in the preview programme, the new features will be available to all Xbox One owners in September. Included in the update is:

Ubisoft hasn’t ruled out a PS4/Xbox One port of Assassin’s Creed Rogue

An Xbox One version of Assassin’s Creed: Rogue isn’t entirely out of the question, if comments from Ubisoft Sofia producer Ivan Balabanov are anything to go by. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is very much Ubisoft’s focus for new generation hardware at the t

Xbox One version of The Witcher 3 Collector’s Edition gets exclusive content

Bandai Namco has announced additional physical content for the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Collector’s Edition.Exclusive to the Xbox, the collector’s edition will contain a physical cloth map and two Gwent card decks. G

PlayStation and Xbox Twitch accounts compromised, offensive highlights posted

The Twitch profiles for PlayStation, Xbox and the eSports League (ESL) were compromised by a third party today who posted offensive language and other unauthorized messages to each channel’s profile. Highlights from previous Twitch broadcasts were p

Monster Videos

Dead Island 2 – Sunshine & Slaughter Trailer

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Reveal Trailer

Watch Horror Reinvented on PS4

Project CARS – Discover The Limited Edition

Sleeping Dogs – Definitive Edition Trailer

Quantum Break – World Premier Gameplay Demo

Superhot – Gameplay Trailer

Space Engineers – Gameplay Trailer

The Escapists – Gameplay Trailer

SMITE – Gameplay Trailer

Ghost Of A Tale – Gameplay Trailer

The Rise of the Tomb Raider – Announce Trailer

Screamride – Announce Trailer

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – ‘Collapse’ Gameplay Video

Sunset Overdrive – Enemies – Floyd’s Guided Tour

Halo 5: Guardians – Multiplayer Beta First Look

Dying Light – Gamescom Trailer

Below – Gameplay Trailer

Evolve – Gamescom Trailer

FIFA 15 – Ultimate Team Legends

Assassin’s Creed Unity – Paris Horizon Gamescom Trailer

Fable Legends – Gamescom 2014 Trailer

Forza Motorsport 5 – Infiniti Car Pack

Forza Horizon 2 – Driving Social

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Sanctuary Reveal

Journey – Announce Trailer

The Order: 1886 – Gamescom 2014 Gameplay Trailer

Tearaway Unfolded – Gamescom 2014 Trailer

GUNS UP! – Gameplay Trailer

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Developer Diary

Battlefield Hardline – Single Player Gameplay

Fable Legends – Glory Hero Character

Velocity 2X – Gameplay Trailer

Driveclub – Gamescom 2014 Trailer

Toy Soldiers: War Chest – Announce Trailer

Assassin’s Creed Rogue – River Valley Land Gameplay Walkthrough

Assassin’s Creed Rogue – Arctic Naval Gameplay Walkthrough

Dragon Age: Inquisition – The Enemy of Thedas Gameplay Trailer

FIFA 15 – Next Gen Goalkeepers

NHL 15 – Official Gameplay Trailer – Gamescom 2014

Destiny – Competitive Multiplayer Trailer

Far Cry 4 – Keys to Kyrat Trailer

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Sauron’s Servants

Dead Island 2 – Sunshine & Slaughter Gameplay Trailer

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel – Last Hope Trailer

Alien Isolation – Gamescom CGI Trailer

The Crew – Playground Trailer

The Walking Dead – Reveal Trailer

The Walking Dead Episodes – Series 2, Episode 4 Accolades Trailer

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare – Suburbination

Assassin’s Creed Unity – GamesCom 2014 Commented Solo Demo

Xbox 360 Achievements

Alien Isolation


Madden NFL 15

NHL 15

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

PS3 Trophies

Madden NFL 15


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Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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