Robear robot care bear designed to serve Japan's aging population

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10 Best Xbox Games of 2014 That Nobody Can Forget

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10 of the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movies of 2015

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9 Hilarious Trevor Phillips Moments in GTA 5

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

6 of the Greatest Movie Robots of All Time

We’ve been making movies about robots since cinema’s very first sci-fi movie, Metropolis. Whether it’s their cold, calculated demeanor, or the image of a future where we become their slaves, for whatever reason we’ve been fascinated with the idea for decades now. With several recently released movies about robots, such as Chappie and Ex Machina, we thought this would be the perfect time to go back and pick our favorite robots of cinema. It’s an elite list full of only the most charming of semi-sentient machines, all accomplishing varying levels of intelligence and humanity. While some newer models are mixed with the classics, it still goes to show that until we create actual androids, movies are all we’ll have.

Source: Warner Bros.
Source: Warner Bros.

1. The Iron Giant from The Iron Giant , 1999

The Iron Giant may be Vin Diesel’s best bit of acting this side of XXX. In it, we have a concussed alien robot forgetting he was built to be a merciless conquering killing machine long enough to befriend a small child, learn the meaning of what it is to be a hero, and single-handedly get nuked into oblivion by the United States military. Believe it or not, this was actually a children’s cartoon, headed by Brad Bird (later of Pixar’s The Incredibles ) for a project that gave us the most confusingly beloved gigantic mechanized weapon in film history.

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HAL 9000 - Source: Warner Bros.
Source: Warner Bros.

2. HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey , 1968

For decades now, HAL 9000 has been everyone’s favorite homicidal robot, becoming iconic enough to the extent to where Siri will recite “Bicycle Built for Two” if you ask her to sing a song. He may not be as cuddly as the Iron Giant, but he’ll still go down in film history as the godfather of all robots that slowly go insane and turn on their human masters. Combine it with the fact that 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest movies ever made and you have a recipe for robotic greatness.

WALL-E
Source: Disney/Pixar

3. WALL-E from WALL-E, 2008

Pixar took a risk having WALL-E go 22 minutes before its first bit of dialogue, but in the end it worked beautifully. This of course is a testament to the fact that the title robot of the film is so interesting that we can watch him wander around picking up garbage for 20-plus minutes and still be entertained. Once his robotic romantic subplot kicks into high gear, we can’t help but root for the little guy as he goes all the way to space and back for the ladybot he loves and adores.

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Source: Walt Disney Pictures

4. Baymax from Big Hero 6, 2014

A more recent selection, Baymax’s affable demeanor as the world’s first nursebot gives him a well-earned place on our list. From his huggable exterior to his ability to rocket punch any villain who stands in his way, he’s equal parts superhero and fluffy companion. In a movie that deals largely in how we cope with the death and loss of loved ones, he’s a necessary ray of sunshine that keeps children in the audience from crying for too long before they can laugh again as Baymax ambles away from danger observing the obvious fact that “I am not fast.”

Source: 20th Century Fox
Source: 20th Century Fox

5. C3P0 & R2-D2 from Star Wars, 1977-2005

It may be considered cheating having two robots in a single listing, but we’d be remiss in not grouping the iconic Star Wars droids together. C3P0 and R2-D2 have made for one of the most recognized and charismatic duos in all of sci-fi, more often than not having their side quests end up being the most entertaining sequences in the Star Wars saga. Unlike many of their compatriots on this list, they’re known less for their propensity for accidental destruction and more for their ability to crack wise.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Source: TriStar Pictures

6. T-800 101 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day , 1991

The distinction between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg from the first Terminator installment and the sequel is important to make. The first edition was a murderous robot intent on taking out an innocent woman destined to give birth to the savior of humanity. For the sake of this list, we’re glorifying Judgment Day ‘s T-800 that attempted to save that same woman and her son. Arnold may very well have peaked with his performance as the no-nonsense destruction machine from the future, but his role will always be remembered for his monotone catch phrases and his thumbs-up exit (pictured above).

Sunday, June 14, 2015

10 terrific dinosaur movies (that aren’t Jurassic Park)




With the release of Jurassic World , everyone’s love for the original 90s classic is back in full force.
However, if you still need your prehistory fix, there are actually a lot of other fun dinosaur movies that you might have forgotten about, or weren’t even aware of.

The Lost World (1925)

The Lost World
This silent movie based on the book by Arthur Conan Doyle marks the first time that dinosaurs appeared on screen. The film follows Professor Challenger, who heads a newspaper funded expedition to a South American plateau where he believes dinosaurs still roam the Earth. Thought to be lost for years the film later re-emerged. You can admire the attention to detail in this amazing piece of cinema history for free on YouTube .

The Land Before Time (1998)

This Spielberg/Lucas produced animated adventure sees a group of young dinosaurs banding together to reunite with their families after being separated during an earthquake. It’s a bleak and touching tale we loved as children, but cry at as adults.

One Million Years B.C. (1966)

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The only thing that most people might remember from this Hammer produced film is Raquel Welch’s fur bikini. The film also includes some 100% accurate scenes of humans battling dinosaurs with spears,

King Kong (2005)

Obviously Kong is the focus in this film, but the dinosaurs arguably steal the show. Although a remake, you can’t deny how impressive the CGI world of King Kong looks compared to it’s 1920s counterpart. There’s a brontosaurus stampede that doesn’t end particularly well, and in this version Kong fights three T-Rexes at once. Wow.

Dinosaur (2000)

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Disney’s Dinosaur had mixed reviews upon it’s release, but it seems people have warmed to it over time. The film focuses on an Aladar, an orphaned iguanadon who was raised by lemurs. When a meteor shower destroys his home they join a trek to find a fabled sanctuary. So, a lot like The Land Before Time , but with a very young Hayden Panettiere.

The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

A dinosaur film with a Western crossover, The Valley of the Gwangi sees a group of cowboys capturing a purple T-Rex and making it part of a circus act. Yes – really. It’s anything but Barney though, as trouble quickly rears its ugly head – ending with with one T-Rex being set on fire in a church. Talk about sacrilege.

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)

We're Back A Dinosaur's Story
We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story is another animated feature produced by Steven Spielberg. When a lonely boy makes a wish for friends, he gets more than he bargained for when a scientist sends his dinosaurs. The film stars John Goodman as a friendly T-Rex and Felicity Kendal as a Pteradon – a sentence you never thought you’d probably read.

Journey To The Centre of the Earth (1959)

Pat Boone stars in this adventure film in which a group of explorers delve into an Icelandic volcano only to discover a whole new subterranean world, complete with underground ocean, lost city, and yep, you’ve guessed it, dinosaurs. Still an exciting film now, even if the effects haven’t aged particularly well.

The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

The Land That Time Forgot
The film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel initially sees a power struggle between a group of torpedo survivors and German navy officers that took them aboard. Then their ship inadvertently ends up in a land called Caprona where dinosaurs and early man co-exist.

‘Rite of Spring’ from Fantasia (1940)

Okay, so this isn’t an entire film, but it is a lengthy segment of Disney’s Fantasia . The Rite of Spring chronicles the universe from its inception to the extinction of the dinosaurs, and is backed by a tremendously powerful score from Stravinsky.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Howe and Howe unveils Ripsaw EV-2 "luxury tank"


If you've seen Mad Max: Fury Road, then you'll be familiar with the tank-tracked Peacemaker chase vehicle. In fact, the Peacemaker was actually a modified Ripsaw, an off-road vehicle manufactured by Maine-based Howe and Howe Technologies. Although the movie version had a car body on top, the consumer/military version is open-topped. Now, however, Howe & Howe has announced the new-and-enclosed Ripsaw EV2 (Extreme Vehicle 2) – it's described as a "high-end luxury super tank."

Little is available in technical details right now, which is partly due to the fact that the EV2 will be made largely to individual buyers' specs.

We can tell you, however, that it has a power winch, gull-wing doors, a high-intensity light bar, 12 inches (30 cm) of suspension travel, and a diesel engine that puts out over 600 hp. It additionally has an interior that looks more like something out of one of the Batman movies than a Mad Max creation.


There are also no performance specs just yet, although the company does state that the original Ripsaw (which is the base of the EV2) is the fastest dual-tracked vehicle ever made. In the first of the two videos below, you can see that the EV2 is indeed pretty quick.

Should you be wanting one, you'd better be quick, patient and wealthy. Howe and Howe states that the Ripsaw EV2 will be made by hand in a limited run, each one taking up to six months to build, and costing "well into the 100s of thousands depending on desired luxury and performance packages."

Source: Ripsaw

Monday, May 18, 2015

Five Hottest Video Games Female Characters Ever

Here is the list of 5 hottest video games female characters of all time.

Christie Monteiro

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Hope to see a great deal of battling game characters on this rundown – they’re one of the couple of classifications that organizes extensive, very much outlined characters. How about we begin off with Christie Monteiro from Tekken, the arrangement’s essential capoeira contend.

Tifa Lockheart

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Few RPG characters have had the persevering hotness as Tifa Lockheart, who made her introduction in Final Fantasy VII for the first PlayStation. I ask why (tremendous boobs)?

Joanna Dark

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Female leads in first-person shooters are uncommon – who needs to play a young lady you can’t see? – however Joanna Dark avoids the pattern, and we adore her for

Chun Li

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Assessments are brutally separated on unique Street Fighter II cutie Chun Li. Some criticize her huge thighs, while others protect them until the very end.

Aya


The Oneechanbara arrangement (interpretation: “Enormous Sister Sword Fighting”) may not be the best feature games ever, however they give you a chance to control a hot chick in a swimsuit with a cattle rustler cap and a samurai sword. What different games can say that? Her name is Aya, and she detests zombies.

Friday, May 15, 2015

10 Rarest Species You May Never Have Heard Of

Our Planet is full of wonders and rare species that make us wonder how wonderful and  mixed is nature .So we made list for 10 Rarest Species You May Never Have Heard Of. Enjoy and share if you like this article :)

1. Valais Blacknose Sheep

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p are some of the cutest animals I’ve ever seen. On first glance, they don’t even appear real; they have been mistaken by many for well-crafted felt undertakings.

2.The Glass Frogs

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The frog has golden irises and a short snout. Like many other species of glass frogs, the northern glass frog spends its days concealed under leaves and among branches and is nocturnal. At nighttime, it ventures out to investigation and hunt for a mate.

3.Rainbow Eucalyptus

Rainbow Eucalyptus
These trees may seem like they have been painted on, but these shades are natural. The multi coloured stripes on its trunk comes from spots of outer bark which are shed yearly at distinct times, revealing the vivid-green interior bark. This grows to give then, purple, orange and blue maroon tones and subsequently darkens.

4.The Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel

The Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel
The momonga, or Japanese dwarf flying squirrel, lives in subalpine woods of Japan. It’s nocturnal, spending days at nighttime comes out to eat bark, fruit, leaves, buds, and seeds, and curled in white sphere holes and a reddish in trees.
The body is 14- the tail 10, and 20 cm long -14 cm long. Wikipedia notes the Japanese dwarf flying squirrel is substantially smaller compared to Japanese giant flying squirrel.

5. Royal Antelope

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The royal antelope is the smallest of antelopes. It’s light brown in color, with somewhat darker and a paler underbelly heads and flanks. The man has small, spike like horns, about 1 inch long. They’re mainly nocturnal and are really shy, reputedly able to jump 2.5 meters in one bound if affected. They are not social animals, living by themselves or occasionally in pairs.

6.Glaucus Atlanticus

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Glaucus atlanticus (commonly known as the sea swallow , blue angel , blue glaucus , blue dragon , blue sea slug and blue ocean slug ) is a species of small-sized blue sea slug, a pelagic aeolid nudibranch, gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae. [1] It is closely related to Glaucus marginatus , which is sometimes included in Glaucu . more here

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Giant Isopod

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Seeming like it simply crawled out of a terrible science fiction movie, the giant isopod is undoubtedly among the most unfamiliar creatures seen in the deep sea. Additionally it is the greatest known members of the isopod family, several crustaceans closely related to crabs and shrimps. The giant isopod can be linked to the little pillbugs that you could see in the garden. The truth is, this insectlike creature might be called the giant pillbug

8 .The Blue Parrotfish

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Scarus coeruleus — is a nearly wholly bright blue species of parrot fish (Scarus). They may be the simply uniformly blue species of fish presently known of. They’re also referred to as kwabs, bluemen, blue parrots, and blue kwabs.
These teeth are accustomed to scrape algae off corals and of stone. Oddly, in addition they possess what’re called Pharyngeal teeth, which are basically only teeth in the throat. This really contributes to sandy shores in the Caribbean and the formation of little isles. Per year individual parrot fishes can generate just as much as 200 pounds of sand.

9.Narwhal

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Narwhals have become evasive and mystifying in nature, and quite different in look because of the big horn like tusk on their faces. The tusk is truly a tooth that grows in the upper jaw of male narwhals. Narwhals usually proceed slowly, but are regarded as unusually quick when pursued by predators. Narwhals are go nearer to the shoreline in the summertime and migratory, residing under stuffed ice in winter and while going out to sea.

10.Goblin Shark

Goblin Shark
The goblin shark ( Mitsukurina owstoni ) is a rare, poorly understood species of deep-sea shark. Sometimes called a “living fossil”, it is the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old. This pink-skinned animal has a distinctive profile with an elongated, flattened snout, and highly protrusible jaws containing prominent nail-like teeth. It is usually between 3 and 4 m (10 and 13 ft) long when mature, though it can grow considerably larger.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

10 Formally Dead Rockers That are Still Alive and Kicking

The old rock ‘n’ roll cliché is to live fast and die young. But these rockers flipped the script, died, and then went on to release album after album, even after some of their bandmates passed away.

10. Aaron Lazar


Just when the Giraffes were about to break out from the underground in 2005, frontman Aaron Lazar had a at age 27. And not just any old heart attack,  but sudden cardiac death. A quick thinking girlfriend flagged down some paramedics who brought Lazar back to life with a defibrillator. When discharged from the hospital, Lazar found himself on the receiving end of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator permanently installed in his chest. Warned to avoid over-stimulation, Lazar went right back on stage and kept on rockin’. Only three months later, Lazar’s defibrillator kicked on in the middle of a Giraffes set while Lazar kept playing. The Giraffes self-titled effort followed that same year, but the traction seemed to be lost for the band as a whole.
The Giraffes soldiered on for a couple more years and a couple more albums until Lazar left the band in 2011. At the time of writing they’re giving it another go — hopefully they’ll find the success that has eluded them for the past decade.

9. Don Powell

Image Credit: Per Bjarne Pedersen
Between the Beatles of the late ’60s and Queen in the early ’80s, it can be argued that Slade was the most popular rock band in Great Britain in the ’70s. With 12 Top Five UK singles in the early ’70s, Slade was on top of the world (well, on top of Britain, having never scored a Top 10 hit in the United States) when their drummer Don Powell had a serious car accident that took the life of his girlfriend. Powell’s heart stopped beating twice immediately following the accident and he suffered such severe head trauma that he was in a six day coma with memory problems that linger to this day.
So, what do you do to mark the 40 year anniversary of the death of your girlfriend and the accident that changed your life? You release an autobiography outlining the events in graphic detail and call it Look Wot I Dun – My Life in Slade.

8. Josh Homme


Josh Homme, the lead singer of Queens of the Stone Age, was an underground hero when they broke through to the mainstream in 2002. Soon after, trouble found him in the form of fighting as he was sentenced to three years of probation and a stint in rehab for assaulting the lead singer of the Dwarves in 2004. As opposed to the controversy seeking Dwarves, the Queens of the Stone Age are a fairly straightforward, talented rock band, having been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards.
When not fronting Queens of the Stone Age, Homme is known for his time in the bands Kyruss, Eagles of Death Metal and Them Crooked Vultures. More known for staying busy than getting into trouble, it was shocking news to learn that Homme had died in 2010. As opposed to many others on the list, Homme’s death stemmed from a poorly executed knee surgery. Medical malpractice isn’t exactly sex, drugs, and booze, and luckily Homme was revived on the operating table.

7. Dave Mustaine


As the original lead guitarist of Metallica, Dave Mustaine was kicked out of the band in 1983 for drinking too much. Getting kicked out of Metallica for drinking too much is quite the feat, but Mustaine went on to a successful career for 30 more years. During those years he drank, did a ton of drugs, became a hero of thrash metal, and
Wait, what?
The complicated and ever evolving Mustaine, who by some accounts has gone through rehab over a dozen times, revealed in his 2011 autobiography Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir that he had indeed died and then returned to the land of the living. Details of his brief interlude into the afterlife are vague, and interestingly enough that wasn’t the tipping point that led Mustaine to a conversion to Christianity. That came with a brush with losing the use of his arm, without which he couldn’t play the music that helps give his life meaning.

6. Slash


We could have been lazy and basically said the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses — Steven Adler has cheated death a number of times with his reward being stints on the reality show Celebrity Rehab, Izzy Stradlin put himself in a three day coma and Duff McKagan’s brush with pancreatitis was described as grave. But it was who took his addictions up to the very edge. Slash was such a hardcore drug user that he on the very same day. Since then Slash has stayed busy, forming Slash’s Snakepit, selling tons of units with Velvet Revolver, and is now on tour with his third solo effort. Want a more detailed description of Slash’s years of addiction? Try his 2007 autobiography simply called Slash .

5. Phil Anselmo



Primarily known as the lead singer of the immensely Phil Anselmo is yet another victim of substance abuse. We almost had to use the word was, because in 1996 Anselmo overdosed after a show and was Tensions in the band continued to escalate afterwards and the group blew apart at the start of the new millennium. Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell went on to form the band Damageplan and Anselmo focused on his other band, Down, where bass player Rex Brown would later join him.
Anselmo is currently promoting Down’s latest album IV Part II and is also known for the defunct Superjoint Ritual, a solo effort, and for being in a slew of other obscure metal bands. Of course there is a book, this time coming from Rex Brown, who documents the rise and fall of Pantera in the pages of 2013’s Official Truth 101 Proof.

4. Dave Gahan


Going from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, Dave Gahan has been the lead singer and driving force behind the pop band Depeche Mode for nearly 35 years. Depeche Mode is one of the most popular bands in western Europe, putting 50 singles and a dozen albums on the UK charts alone. In 1996 Gahan overdosed on heroin and cocaine and for two minutes was dead. His recollection of his death? He saw only darkness and “it scared the (crap) out of me.”
With the usual stories of addiction rounding out Gahan’s biography, including one where paramedics nicknamed him “the Cat” because they had gone to his house so many times they gave him the gratuitous nine lives moniker, Gahan also tried multiple times to clean up, putting out solo efforts and staying prolific with Depeche Mode, never going more than four years without a release. Today Gahan’s health problems are those of the run-of-the-mill 50 year old: torn muscles and gastroenteritis.

3. Ozzy Osbourne


When you think of obscene amounts of drug abuse across a lifetime, the first two names that probably pop into your head are Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards. Guess what? Ozzy Osbourne did die in 2003 due to… an ATV accident? The story is that Ozzy was horsing around on an ATV when it flipped up and landed on him, breaking eight of his ribs amongst other injuries. Ozzy recovered to do yet another stint at Ozzfest. Staying busy touring to promote new solo efforts and even re-uniting with Black Sabbath to release 13 , it seems like Ozzy is never far from the spotlight.
Ozzy posted online during 2013 that he had lapsed back into drug and alcohol habits. Now that Ozzy is 65, maybe he should settle on moderation as opposed to quitting. Besides his reality TV show The Osbournes , Ozzy wrote an autobiography in 2009 titled I Am Ozzy and the ghost writer said there was so much material left out that there was probably going to be an I Am Ozzy 2. And don’t forget Ozzy’s documentary God Bless Ozzy.

2. Nikki Sixx


Bassist and songwriter Nikki Sixx of was once more well known for ingesting copious amounts of drugs than his work with the Crüe. As outlined in his 2007 autobiography The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star , Sixx died in the clutches of addiction in 1987, only to be revived by two adrenaline shots. Instead of hiding from this fact, Sixx wrote the Grammy-nominated “Kickstart My Heart” a year later. Not only does it seem like “Kickstart” is more popular today than when it was written, but Sixx is on a two year farewell tour with Motley Crüe, started his own successful band Sixx AM, has his own clothing line, has his own radio show, and still writes and produces material for other artists.
What’s even more amazing is that Denis Leary once said “you could lock Motley Crüe in a room with two tons of (drugs) and they’d come out half an hour later, goin’ ‘Rock on Man.’” Sure enough, all four original members are circling the globe as you read this.

1. Al Jourgensen


When promoting his excellent book Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen , Jourgensen admitted that he, in fact, died three times across the span of his lifetime. Seemingly each time he came back to life he hated George Bush and Ministry bandmate Paul Barker more, and became more prolific at releasing material. Despite a high water mark in the early ’90s Ministry never went away, spewing industrial music to a loyal fanbase. All Jourgensen’s deaths were substance abuse related, and even though his friend and bandmate Mike Scaccia died in 2012, Jourgensen plans on touring in support of 2013’s From Beer to Eternity release.
When discussing rock biographies, it’s hard to top The Lost Gospels when it comes to amazing stories, whether it’s Jourgensen’s unlikely friendship with fellow junkie and author William S. Burroughs, where Jourgensen happened to be the night River Phoenix died, or even his encounter with aliens as a child. He uses brutal candor when talking about the quality of some of his releases, the 13 proper Ministry albums, the half-dozen live albums, the remixes, the side projects, the compilations, producer credits, and the time he dated Aimee Mann from ‘Til Tuesday. Oh, and he seems to have a healthy disdain for music writers. It’s a safe bet that he would hate this article.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

10 Upcoming Releases for PS4

Anticipation is the name of the game when it comes to new releases for the PS4; gamers have already been treated to a number of top class releases in 2014 and early 15.

Keeping tabs on upcoming releases can be enough to put anyone in a spin, so today we take a look at 10 of the most anticipated upcoming releases for the PS4. There are some remasters, expansion packs and Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition set to release, which I’ve intentionally left off this list, as while worthy we already know about those titles and what their game play entails.

10) – Sep 27

Lego dimensions
Any game that involves the small connector pieces is sure to be a hit for young and old fans alike, and Lego dimensions promises to bring the small blocks to life. The game will combine a real world toy-line with a virtual game experience similar to the Skylanders franchise. This game will bring to life Lego size characters from DC comics, the Lord of The Rings and the Wizard of Oz, to name a few, and provide an interactive link between real world and online play. With the success of the Lego Movie fresh in everyone’s minds and the success of franchises with a lot less history, I’m sure Lego Dimensions will be a success. Look for more announcements and updates at the electronic entertainment expo in June.

9) – Sep 15

Mighty No.9
This game is so similar to MegaMan, it’s comical, but being someone who as a kid spent countless hours playing MegaMan on the Game Boy, I’m sure I‘ll have some fun with this release. Mighty No.9 is an indie style platform game that has an obvious market, as the Kick-Starter program was funded within 2 days and the total funding across all stages reached 400% on the original goal a clear cry for Mega Man owners Capcom to get their act together. The story follows main protagonist Beck who is one of 9 Mighty Bots as she jumps, runs and fires at machines affected by a virus. This virus has also affected the other Mighty bots who Beck must defeat at the end of each level, while upgrading her weaponry and armour along the way. This 2D gem is sure to give gamers an enjoyable experience to pass the time and remember the good ol days of Mega Man

8) – Sep 1

The Phantom Pain
The Phantom Plan follows on from the events of Ground Zeroes as Snake looks to seek out those who left him in a coma. For those unfamiliar with Metal Gear gameplay will involve players sneaking into enemy territory and trying to remain undetected as they use an array of weapons and vehicles to infiltrate different strong holds in a massive open world environment. Back for this instalment of Metal Gear is the base building feature, which will allow players to upgrade and develop weapons in their home building, as well as recruit and convert enemy soldiers to the cause. Enemy AI has improved in situational tactics as the enemy will learn to adapt to each player’s unique style e.g for players adept at headshots, the enemy will begin to wear helmets, and increase support numbers. For those looking for a tactical and stealth style shoot-em up, Metal Gear promises to deliver, those players with saved game data from Ground Zeroes will be able to import that data and receive special perks as well for an added bonus of loyalty.

7) – Nov 17

Star Wars Battlefront 2
As the world waits for the release of Episode 7 the team at Dice bring fans the 3 rd instalment in the battlefront series. Played from either the first or third person battlefront allows player to transition seamlessly from either viewpoints as they travel and explore the worlds of Tattoine, Huth, Endor and Sullust. Players have the ability to navigate the planets via air or land but all battles are restricted to the planet which I’m sure will disappoint those hoping of a death star-esque battlefield. Players choose to play as either a storm trooper or rebel alliance soldier and missions can be completed cooperatively with friend’s offline or as a single player with AI or alone.
Online multiplayer supports up to 40 players per match which the sets the scene for an epic battle among players. The major sticking point with this game for me is the lack of a campaign mode which I’m sure is set to rile up fans of the franchise. Game play looks smooth and I’m sure for those gamers who enjoy multiplayer and online warfare battle front will deliver but for those casual fans looking for a solid campaign mode the game looks set to disappoint more than Jar Jar Binks. This game would be higher up the list if it wasn’t for the lack of a campaign mode, campaign mode is what draws the players in and gives them the idea of the story and without your relying on multiplayer and quality missions to keep you entertained and for some that isn’t enough. Whatever your preference online or offline battle front is sure to have even the most casual of star wars fans slobbering in anticipation for the release of “The Force Awakens”.

6) – TBC 2015

Kingdom Hearts 3
One of my all time favourites on the PS2 was Kingdom hearts is the action-role playing game featuring all your favourite Disney characters Goofy, Donald Duck and King Mickey. The main protagonist Sora looks set to explore the new and familiar world of the kingdom hearts franchise and the plot has been said to take off directly after the events of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
In Gameplay shown at the Disney D23 expo key blades (the main weapon of choice for Sora) will have the ability to change and transform in their own way.
Game play has strong links to the Disney world with players able to use Disney rides in battle. For those familiar with the Kingdom hearts franchise expect to see a stark upgrade similar to that seen from Kingdom hearts I to II, although game play controls and mechanics appear to be pretty similar. Kingdom Hearts 3 will be a family favourite and enjoyable experience for any gamer with fast paced, exciting and flashy action.

5) – Nov 6

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What would a gaming countdown be without one of the largest and most successful franchises of all time! Black Ops is back and it promises to be bigger and better than ever, after the creators had a 3 year cycle to put this one together, and after everything that was crammed into Black Ops 2, you can see why fans are excited.
While the reveal trailer shows a little bit of Titan Fall (wall running anyone?), fans of advanced and futuristic warfare look set to be in heaven. Multiplayer maps and AI look to be revamped, and players appear to have an array of weapons at their disposal. Exosuits have been removed, but robotic arms appear to be the in thing for this instalment. Set in a troubled and futuristic world dealing with the aftermath of Black Ops 2, the world has split into two warring factions with battles going on all fronts. Players will be pleased to hear that 4 player co-op is in, and the AI has been upgraded to cope with multiple targets, campaign characters are customisable, with players having the ability to choose which upgrades they desire, and unlike Advanced Warfare you’ll be able to use these abilities when you want to! You will also have the option to play as a female if you desire. With the customizable characters and re-emphasis on creating a game which isn’t as linear as previous franchises, Black Ops 3 may deliver on something the Call of Duty franchise has failed to do before – Repeatability in the campaign mode.
Black Ops 3 will be a popular choice for gamers come release time, and if the promising early signs come to fruition, COD fans will have a competitor for Black Ops 2.

4) – Sep 1

mad max PS4
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, with open expanses and filled with people trying to take away everything you own, Mad Max looks set to be one of the surprise packets of 2015. Like most post apocalyptic games, ammo will be scarce, and upgrading your character is sure to be an important part of the game. Originally, I heard this game was going to be a driving game, but game-play trailers have left me wanting more of this action packed and dangerous world.
Players will start with a group of villains stripping them of everything they own, and will be forced to build a car (the Magnum Opas) from scratch, scavenging for parts, in order to travel the world and avenge themselves. This vehicle will be upgradeable throughout the game, as will your character, which will be the main form of transportation. Players will have the choice to play silently or aggressively, and relationships will help play a large part in your search for revenge, for example – players will have the chance to strike a deal, that will provide them with ammo throughout the game. Graphics look top class with the team at Avalanche using the full power of the PS4 to deliver a game with picturesque landscapes, Mad Max gamers will find hours of fun in this post apocalyptic world.

3) No Man’s Sky – TBD 2015


This title from Hello Games has all the makings of a game changer, open ended gameplay with no restrictions and no pre-determined outcomes. No Man’s Sky really is a blank canvas for gamers to create their own experiences. While the vast expanses of space may be a turn off for those players who prefer multiplayer gameplay, the style of this game should allow players to get lost in their own universe.
Initial gameplay looks to have top class graphics, and the idea of adventuring through space on your journey of discovery is an intriguing concept that has never reached its full potential. Unlike other Mine Craft like exploration adventures, No Man’s Sky gives you an entire galaxy (via your spaceship, yea that’s right! a space ship) to explore with randomised planets and life forms. Coupled With the next-gen capabilities of the PS4, gamers should be excited to see what the team at Hello Games can create. While the lack of interaction may get old for some – what’s exciting is the ability to explore a world, which by its very creation, will be completely different from the next player; no two journeys will be alike and the lack of multiplayer interaction in such an expansive universe will be a welcome reprieve. My inner explorer and adventurer are yearning to come out and this is what is drawing me into No Man’s Sky. I can’t wait to go where no gamer has gone before, this title has the chance to revolutionise gaming experiences of the future.

2) – June 23

Batman Arkham Knights
Batman and comic book fans alike rejoice. The much awaited Arkham Knights game looks set to ease the cravings of a next-gen Super hero title, although it was set to be released last year, and has just been put back again. Team-up combo’s, the Bat Mobile (which looks absolutely stunning), cape- flying and countless villains await players, as they try to clean up the streets of Gotham City. The rugged and tough personality of Batman has in no way carried over into the gameplay, with beautiful graphics, cut scenes and mechanics looking as smooth as you could ask for. From the snippets of gameplay I’ve seen, the developers have stayed true to the feel of the comics and movies. with Gotham City a dreary and intense war zone, filled with villains for players to beat up on with the countless gadgets at their disposal. Arkham Knights appears to use the full capabilities on offer with the PS4, and promises to be one of the games of the year. Did I mention that the bat mobile looks absolutely awesome?
No doubt, the wait has been worth it, although if the rumours are true, gamers will be forking out close to $100 for the rights to the whole game. It would be no surprise to see this as game of the year!

1) – May 19

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
This is the big one! The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has the chance to, in my opinion, be the game of the year. At 1080p with 30 fps, TW3: WH appears to be at the cutting edge of gameplay graphics for the PS4. For those familiar with this franchise, Geralt’s (main character) quest for his long lost love Yennefer, has been a stable and fascinating story arc, which creates a meaning to even the most meaningless of side quests. For those unfamiliar, this game will still allow players to immerse themselves into a world of political feuds, social gripes and ghastly monsters. Witcher 3 promises to give so much, whether you’re new to the game, or feel your knowledge of this world is unsurpassable, with a huge map, that unlike other large scale games doesn’t feel empty. Everything from the smallest towns to the largest mountains has a story, and a reason for being there.
Every player experience will be different, depending on the type you want to be, you’re in control and decisions made in the smallest of cut scenes could come back to haunt you on the grandest of scales and that’s the beauty of the Witcher series. While Witcher 2 was ruthless to those that didn’t know the story or lore behind the game, this time around Wild Hunt looks to enable new players too move at a slower pace and focus on exploring and understanding the majestic nature of the game.

Special Mentions: Legend of Kay Remastered, Rainbow Six Siege, Dead Island 2