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A Guide to Videogaming Marathons

We’ve all had epic videogame sessions: long weekends spent blasting away aliens online or fulfilling our fantasies of being a premier league superstar. But what if you want to take your gaming sessions to the next level? How do you do that?

In recent years, videogame marathons have become more and more popular as a way for gamers to raise money for charity by doing what they love most. From personal gaming challenges for a local cause to full-on organised team events spanning the globe, playing games for extended periods is a great way for gaming to do some good in the world.

Earlier this year, I took on the challenge of playing Fifa 15 for over 48 hours non-stop in order to set a new Guinness World Record and raise money for the amazing Special Effect charity. So I thought I’d share my experience in order to help anyone who’s thinking of doing a videogame marathon in the future.


Here’s a few of the key things that I learned to help you through your horrific ordeal awesome fun times:

1. Know Your Limits

Playing your favourite game for an extended amount of time may sound easy at first, but there’s a hell of a lot of things that you have to consider when playing for this massive length of time.

Things like fatigue and morale are massively important especially for longer sessions. The longer you play the harder it will become to maintain concentration and you will start to forget what was ever fun about playing videogames. Your reaction times will also decrease dramatically so it’s worth planning ahead in regards to what game modes you’re going to play during the later stages. I gave myself breaks from the main game by occasionally opening up FIFA packs.

Don’t underestimate the physical toll this will take on your body. Towards the end of my Fifa session my hands had swollen so badly I was barely able to hold a controller. By the second day, one of my support staff called a doctor to make sure I wasn’t permanently injuring myself (I wasn’t, but the thought of never being able to play Fifa again no longer fills me with horror).

2. Pick Your Game(s) Carefully

One of the reasons I decided to take on Fifa was that at it’s core, it’s pretty simple to play. While you don’t HAVE to be any good at the game you choose, no-one wants to spend 24 hours getting hammered by their opponents. It’s just not good for morale. So look at games that feature a non competitive multiplayer mode or maybe some co-op to get friends involved


If you’re going for an official world record than there will be restrictions as to what games and modes you can play, but charity events like Extra Life allow you to choose whatever game you like. Take advantage and pick a game that has multiple game modes in order to provide some variety.

3. Get The Right Team

As with anything in life, it’s important to surround yourself with the very best people. This is hugely important, especially if you’re going for an official world record. Guinesses’ guidelines are very strict on just who you can have in your support team; you can’t just pick a selection of your friends and family to step in and you need at least one expert witness.

For non world record sessions it’s still pretty important to have the right people around you. For starters, an understanding partner will go a long way if you’re planning to park yourself in front of the living room TV for the best part of a weekend.

I was incredibly lucky to have a great team in place for my marathon, especially in the latter stages when things got really tough for everyone. I will openly admit that it was my team that had the most difficult job throughout, all I had to do was play games while they had to manage all of the paperwork and technical issues, as well as deal with any members of the public who wanted to get involved.


4. Choose the Right Place

If you’re going to settle in for a long session of anything then it’s important to be as comfortable as possible – not too comfortable mind, we don’t want you falling asleep midway.

Most gaming marathons can be done in the comfort of your own home. However, world record attempts must be done in a public venue so make sure you can find somewhere suitable that is willing to host you for that amount of time. Mine took place in London’s premier gaming themed bar, The Loading Bar. Even then, make sure to think about things like decent wi-fi and enough power outlets.


5. It’s Not All Red Bull & Pizza

It may “give you wings” but Red Bull isn’t necessary the best thing to use to keep you going through the night. For one thing it’ll dramatically increase the number of visits you’ll make to the bathroom. Alcohol, with its drowsiness-inducing effects, is obviously a no go for serious marathons too.

I tried using energy drinks throughout my marathon and had mixed results. Monster Energy made me feel ill and gave me a sore throat, despite me having no issues drinking it previously. in the end I went with a couple of large bottles of Lucozade to keep me going.

My support team constantly kept me motivated and awake far more than the energy drinks. By the end, we were quizzing each other about random things in order to keep our minds awake. That, and the the inspiring heartfelt ballads of Taylor Swift

6. Don’t Panic If things Go Wrong

Obviously, if you’re doing a personal marathon from home then there’s not much that can go wrong, bar maybe a power cut or an impromptu drop-in from the in-laws. However, if you’re doing an official record attempt then there’s a hell of a lot of planning and effort that goes into things to make sure it complies with all of the official rules (every toilet break was timed, key moments had to be filmed, volunteers had to be constantly awake etc etc etc). Nothing would be quite so heart breaking as everyone putting all that effort in over 48 hours to later be told it’s disqualified.


7. Be Grateful

The hardest part for me was putting together my support team in accordance with Guinesses’ strict guidelines. Getting strangers to volunteer their own time for little to no reward is a big ask even for the most charitable. There’s no way I would have lasted the full time without their support, insults and general tomfoolery. I was also incredibly lucky to get this opportunity to support one of my favourite charities. Be grateful! You get to play videogames for 24 hours+ straight!


Are you planning a gaming marathon? let us know. or maybe you’re thinking of having a crack at a world record of your own? feel free to get in touch for any advice or even if you need an expert witness :)

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How To Redeem A Call Of Duty: Ghosts Xbox 360/Xbox One Combo Pack Code

Here at GamePointsNow we’ve had a few customers who have had trouble redeeming the Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox 360/Xbox One combo pack codes.

As the codes aren’t quite like your average Xbox game digital code we thought we’d put up a handy guide for anyone having trouble accessing their games on either platform.


First of all there are a couple of things to bear in mind when redeeming the codes:

i) The Call of Duty: Ghosts codes CANNOT be redeemed on an Xbox One console. You will require access to your Gamertag on an Xbox 360 console or on a PC

ii) It is a single code that grants you a copy Call of Duty: Ghosts for BOTH systems which will be tied to the Gamertag used to redeem the code. You cannot gift one version to someone else. you will however be able to play both versions whenever you want

iii) The code grants you access to the Call of Duty: Ghosts Gold edition which comes with some added extras which will be available to you in game

Here’s how to redeem your code and access both versions:

1) The easiest way is to redeem the code via Load it up in your browser of choice and sign into your account


2) Once signed in highlight your Gamertag in the top right corner and a drop down menu with “Redeem Code” should appear. Click Redeem Code


3) Once on this page simply click Redeem


4) Here just enter your 25 digit code exactly as it appears in your email from us. If you’re having trouble reading it let us know and we can type it out again for you. Once you’ve entered your code hit Confirm


5) You will then see a screen confirming the product you have redeemed a code for. Hit Confirm again to continue


6) You’ll then be notified that the code has redeemed successfully


Now to download your games


For the Xbox 360 version all you need to do is boot up your console and press the guide button once signed in

Scroll to the right of the Xbox Guide until you see Account Management and press A


Then on this screen select Download History and press A again


You should then see Call of Duty: Ghosts ready and waiting for you to download just highlight it and press A


Then select Download Again to begin the download


For the Xbox One version there are two ways you can access your game either through or via the console itself.


To access it via simply navigate to the Xbox One game marketplace on the website and select Call of Duty: Ghosts. You should notice that the price has changed to 0.00. Simply click Buy Now for Xbox One and the game will be sat waiting for you in the ” My games and apps section” next time you turn on your system. If your console is set correctly it will even download itself for you


To access it via the Xbox One console simply scroll right on the Xbox One dashboard and select the Games tab for the store

Then use the search function to find Call of Duty: Ghosts. It should then display as FREE so simply hit Buy and confirm your purchase and the download will start (it’s a hefty one though)


And that’s it, enjoy your game. if you have any other issues feel free to contact one of our customer support team who will be happy to help you.


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The Buyers Guide To June

What a month June is, not only do we have the excitement of E3 and the World Cup but there is also a pretty decent line up of games coming out.

Here’s what’s going to be fighting for your pennies this month:

4th June 2014

Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS3/360)


The fourth update to Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition features five additional characters, stages and character tweaks based on community feedback.

Owners of SSFIV:AE can grab the add on digitally via Xbox Live and PSN while those wanting a physical release will have to wait until August.

6th June 2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect (PS4/PS3/XBO/360/PC)


Square-Enix’s ghostly detective action game sees you attempting to solve your own murder and capture a brutal serial killer. After being thrown out of a window and shot multiple times, Detective Ronan O’Connor must use his newly acquired supernatural powers to track down the mysterious Bell Killer.

Murdered: Soul Suspect mixes together traditional third person gameplay and ghostly powers to deliver an all new kind of experience. Whether it can stand out against today’s more action packed titles remains to be seen.

13th June 2014

Enemy Front (PS3/360/PC)


It’s been a while since we had a World War 2 based shooter and this month sees two. First up is Enemy Front, which features real historical events. In the game, you play as an American war correspondent trapped behind enemy lines and joining up with various resistance groups in the likes of Norway and Poland.

Describing itself as ‘the first truly modern WW2 FPS’, Enemy Front allows you to choose your approach to each situation – either go in all guns blazing, snipe from afar or just stealth your way through unnoticed.. The game also features four multiplayer modes, including deathmatch and team deathmatch.

17th June 2014

EA Sports UFC (PS4/XBO)


EA’s first official UFC title releases this month and it certainly looking the part. EA has such faith in the MMA title that it has put its successful Fight Night series on hold while it focuses on UFC titles.

Making use of EA’s new Ignite engine the game looks glorious, and with an AI system that adapts to players fighting styles, this could be the most realistic MMA titles ever produced. There’s also a demo available now for you to check out on both PS4 and Xbox One

27th June 2014

GRID Autosport (PS3/360/PC)


Race across over 100 routes in 22 gorgeous locations around the world in Career mode, or go up against your friends in local or online multiplayer in Codemasters’ latest racing sim. Choose your favourite discipline from a wide range or just dabble across them all. With everything from touring cars to single seaters and street racers, GRID Autosport is shaping up to be the most complete racing experience ever made.

Sniper Elite 3 (PS4/PS3/XBO/360/PC)


The second WWII based shooter this month takes the fight to the North African front. Sniper Elite 3 sees you face off against the infamous Afrika Korps and their artillery of tanks, armed with your trusty sniper rifle.

With massive multi-route environments, you can mix up your play style for each situation: distract you enemies to sneak by unnoticed, blast your way through or deliver bone smashing sniper shots from afar in the distance. As well as the usual multiplayer modes, you can also play the entire campaign in two player co-op with a friend.

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GamePointsNow E3 Predictions – Third Parties

Over the last couple of years it’s been the third party publishers that have made the biggest splash at E3. Be it Ubisoft’s reveals of Watch Dogs and the Division or EA’s demonstration of ‘levolution’, there’s always something that gets gamers talking.

So after we laid down our predictions for Microsoft and Sony, it’s only fair we have a go at predicting what the third parties will be announcing come E3:



Ubisoft usually have a pretty impressive E3 conference, and this year should be no different. Once again, US actress Aisha Taylor will be handling the presenting as Ubisoft show off their offerings for the coming year and beyond.

While Far Cry 4 has already been announced pre-E3, we expect they’ll be a extended gameplay demo of the upcoming shooter alongside an extended appearance of open world racer The Crew – both of which are scheduled to release later this year.

It wouldn’t be an Ubisoft E3 without Assassin’s Creed making an appearance, and this year there’s two. Assassin’s Creed: Unity has already been confirmed for next gen and PC, so we expect to see quite a bit of that. Including, hopefully, confirmation that it will feature some form of four player co-op. Ubisoft are also expected to finally confirm the existence of a second AC title for Xbox 360 and PS3 coming alongside Unity.

Despite it’s delay, last year’s showstopper The Division is expected to feature heavily again this year and Just Dance 2015 is likely revealed by some chart superstar as always. Although it’s Ubisoft’s new announcements that will probably make the headlines once again.


We’re hoping that the French publisher will continue its tradition of announcing at least one new IP every E3, but it’s likely we’ll see a few familiar faces make a reappearance. While Rayman could make an appearance, we at GPN are expecting to see the return of Prince of Persia sometime soon. And while the rumours of Beyond Good & Evil 2 are all well and good, it’s the return of Rainbow Six: Patriots that has us all excited.

Electronic Arts (EA)


It’s highly likely that EA will reveal most of their wares at Microsoft’s event earlier in the day as they’ve done in the past. Expect the usual Madden, NBA, NHL and Fifa titles to look shiner than they did before and probably add a new control system,. EA’s golf series should also return under the old PGA Tour label now that Tiger Woods has been dropped, but the big sports push is likely to be behind the upcoming EA UFC.

Last year’s teases are likely to become this year’s extended gameplay demos. While we expect Star Wars: Battlefront III and Mirrors Edge to be shown at MS’s conference, it’s likely EA will show more on their own stage. The as yet unannounced Star Wars title helmed by former Uncharted creator Amy Hennig is also likely to appear at at least one of the E3 pressers.


One sure thing is that EA will not allow Call of Duty to have the shooty shooty bang bang arena to itself this year. While announcing Battlefield 5 would probably cause the internet to riot in streets after the problems 4 has had, we do expect to see some form of spin off appear this year, most likely in the form of the SWAT based FPS that the former Dead Space team are said to be working on (edit:now confirmed as Battlefield:Hardline)

Dragon Age: Inquisition is likely to get a big showing too. The action RPG is set to release this year, so expect much more info at E3. We’ll probably get a firm release date for The Sims 4 along with a long video showing hairstyles and Simlish.

Our final predictions for EA are all in hope above all else. While the likes of new Dead Space and Need For Speed titles may not be shown just yet, we can only pray that Mass Effect (4?) gets at least a teaser to go alongside the likely reveal of a next gen trilogy re-release.

The Rest


Traditionally, Konami release their very own pre-recorded pre E3 conference laying out their plans for the next year and we expect to see that again this year. We’re anticipating more footage of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at one of the big E3 conferences. It’d also be nice to see something on the next Silent Hill title (which is expected to be a reboot), while a look at the first next-gen Pro Evolution Soccer is almost guaranteed.

Capcom are also expected to roll out the usual franchises this year too. A new Resident Evil  could make a long awaited appearance, with many hoping for a reboot or at least a return to the series horror roots. We might get the PS4 exclusive free to play dungeon crawler Deep Down confirmed for a Western release and maybe even a sequel to Dragons Dogma.

Finally, we expect to hear big things from Deep Silver this year with rumours around them announcing two AAA titles this year. While Dying Light has been delayed until 2015, we’re expecting to see the return of Metro or Saints Row in 2015 and hopefully not another Dead Island title.(edit Deep Silver are publishing Homefront: The Revolution)

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GamePointsNow E3 Predictions – Microsoft

So it’s that time of year again where gamers the world over get excited for all the big announcements coming out of gaming’s biggest trade show – E3.

With the usual bout of leaks & rumours doing the rounds, we at GamePointsNow thought it’d be fun to speculate on the things we expect from the big names this year.


To say Microsoft has had a tough year would be an understatement. It seems that they can’t do right for doing wrong lately, with the collective fingers of the internet going for their throat at every opportunity. After last year’s infamous ‘reversals’ there have been quite a few changes over at the Redmond campus, now headed up by the no-nonsense Phil Spencer.

Already Spencer has made sweeping changes, principally by making Kinect an optional purchase and lifting some of the Xbox Live barriers. Xbox is promising that this year is all about the games, so hopefully there will be less of the US centric TV apps that met much centre stage derision last year.

Here’s what we’d like to see from Microsoft’s E3 conference.
Black Tusk’s Gears of War – CGI


Ever since Microsoft announced it was putting together a studio of top talent, an awful lot of expectation has been placed upon Black Tusk’s shoulders. At last year’s E3 the Vancouver based studio got to showcase their “Shangheist” tech demo, but this year they should have a lot more to show.

When Microsoft picked up the rights to the Gears of War series earlier this year, they quickly announced that development duties had been passed onto Black Tusk. While it’s probably too early to see actual gameplay, we expect to at least see some form of CGI trailer with a sneak peek at a potential setting; fingers crossed for a prequel set in the Pendulum Wars.


It wouldn’t be a Microsoft event without some mention of Halo, but this year could feature more of the Chief than you can handle. Strangely, they decided to announce possibly the biggest Halo of them all (Halo 5: Guardians) before the big event, leaving us to wonder what other Halo related goodies they have held back.

It’s likely we’ll finally see the worst kept secret in gaming officially announced in the form of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It was initially rumoured that we would see just Halo 2 given the next-gen treatment, but now it seems that we’ll be getting Halo 1-4 for the Xbox One later this year along with a Beta for Halo 5 at some point next year.

Release Dates


At last year’s presser, Microsoft showed teases for a number of games like Quantum Break, Fable Legends and Sunset Overdrive. This year we can expect to see a lot more of them, so expect extensive gameplay demos and some release dates.

Happily, we predict that the vast majority will probably be released this year; with the likes of Below and D4 between now and September, and Sunset Overdrive not long after. Quantum Break is likely to fill the late October prime slot while Fable Legends will probably appear in 2015

New, Old Stuff


Microsoft have promised that this E3 is all about the games and so you can expect a slew of new game announcements. We expect to see the return of Crackdown, as well as a follow up to racer Forza Horizon. Crackdown 3 would likely be developed by Ruffian Games and release sometime next year, while we could see the much rumoured Forza Horizon 2 from Playground Games announced for September this year.

Third Party Blowout


As with every Microsoft event, we can expect to see a whole host of third party publishers showing their wares. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has publicly stated that there will be a range of third party stuff on show. We expect that most of this will be stuff already announced or expected like Call of Duty: Advance Warfare and Fifa 15, but there could still be a few surprises.

In 2012 Square-Enix showed off Tomb Raider at the Microsoft gig, so it wouldn’t be that surprising for them reveal the follow up they’ve admitted that Crystal Dynamics are working on – or maybe even the next Deus Ex. Epic RPG The Witcher 3 was shown last year so maybe we could a deeper look at that. Talking of epic, we can only hope that we’ll finally get to see something on Fallout 4 – even if it’s just a logo and someone admitting it’s in development.



Despite holding their own event not long after Microsoft, Electronic Arts always have a big presence at Microsoft’s event. The big game from them this year is expected to be Star Wars: Battlefront III so expect to see an on stage demo of that along with some gameplay of Mirror’s Edge 2.

However, it remains to be seen if EA will be able to resist the temptation to roll out former Uncharted director Amy Hennig onto the stage to reveal the as yet unannounced Star Wars title she’s currently helming at Visceral.

Titanfall DLC & More


This one’s a given, surely. The Xbox One’s killer app at present still has two lots of unannounced DLC. With the first Expedition pack sized at a disappointingly small three maps, we’re hoping that something more significant will be revealed for the future content. Maybe even the much talked about extra modes.

Talking of DLC, E3 could be the perfect place for Microsoft to reveal details of the planned Killer Instinct Season Two. After original developer Double Helix was purchased by Amazon for their new games division, development duties have passed to Divekick developer Iron Galaxy Studios, so it’d be good to see what’s coming next for the free to play fighter.

The Rest


While it’s ‘all about the games’, there’s still bound to be a few mentions of things like Smartglass and the upcoming Xbox TV programming. The Xbox 360 is sure to get some love too, so expect to see a few games showcased for the last generation such as Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and Tales From The Borderlands.

Also, it’s probable that we’ll see Microsoft’s world building tool/game Project Spark shown in some capacity too, probably highlighting all the cool things the community has been doing with the beta.

So that’s how we think/hope the Microsoft showcase will go down. What would you like to see announced? Let us know in the comments below.

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Xbox One Game Install Sizes

With the release of the next generation consoles it’s clear that Microsoft has one eye on a purely digital future with day and date digital releases. But with only a 500GB hard drive included in the Xbox One console and mandatory installs for every title (and 132GB reserved for the OS), just how long is it going to take to fill it up?

We at GamePointsNow have produced a reference guide for all Xbox One releases to date*

*Intitial downloads only, correct at date of publication. Further patches may be required [

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Total storage space required* – 571.30GB

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Gamings Longest Running Series

Despite gamers constantly demanding new IPs and bemoaning publishers’ conservative sequel-laden schedules, it’s actually usually existing franchises that consistently top the sales charts.

With the recent announcement of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8, we decided to take a look at the longest running videogame series that have had consistent entries.

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

First released in arcades back in 1978, the classic Space Invaders has largely remained identical throughout it’s numerous iterations throughout the years. Although the majority of the game’s re-releases has been as part of retro compilations, 2008 WiiWare title ‘Space Invaders Get Even’ switched up the gameplay entirely and allowed you to play as the Invaders themselves. The series’ most recent release was the 2009 iOS version – a full 31 years after its debut.

Length of series: 31 years
Number of games: 20+

Flight Simulator


A bit of a surprise entry, but Microsoft Flight Simulator has been around in various forms since 1980. The well known PC series was discontinued in 2009 when Microsoft closed down the studio responsible for making it. However, just a few short years later in 2012, it was relaunched as Microsoft Flight; a full 32 years from first release to last.

Length of series: 32 years
Number of games: 13



Richard Garriot’s iconic RPG series is still considered by many as one of the very best RPGs ever made and is without doubt the granddaddy of open world fantasy titles such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3. So far, there have been nine instalments of the main Ultima series as well as dozens of spin offs, including a hugely successful MMO (Ultima Online) which launched in 1997. The latest release in the series was 2013′s Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, a free to play online RPG.

Length of series: 27 years
Number of games: 25 +

Final Fantasy


Squaresoft, poised on the precipice of bankruptcy, originally chose their game name to represent the studio’s dying swansong. However, Final Fantasy was a breakout success and 27 years from its first release in 1987, the series is still going strong. Although FF has somewhat changed over the multiple console generations, its core ideas have largely remained. As well as fourteen main instalments, the series has also spawned multiple direct sequels and spin-offs including the popular Kingdom Hearts collaboration with Disney.

Length of series: 27 years
Number of games: 45+



Castlevania made its debut way back in 1986 and is still going strong today. The series even holds Guinness World records for ‘Most games in an action series’ with 40 titles (including Japanese only spin offs) and ‘Largest number of platforms for one series’. Again, it’s a series that has adapted throughout the generations with its most recent releases breaking from the series’ side scrolling roots, now morphing into an action RPG.

Length of series: 28 years
Number of titles: 30+

Super Mario Bros


Good old Mario has appeared in over 200 different titles since he first appeared as Jumpman in Donkey Kong back in 1981. Nowadays, the portly plumber is now adept at everything from kart racing to golf, but it all spawned from the iconic platformer ‘Super Mario Bros’ for the NES in 1983.

Length of series: 31 years
Number of titles: 200+


Pac-Man is one of the true iconic classics in gaming. The instantly recognisable pill muncher has been synonymous with videogames since he first appeared in arcades back in 1980. Barely a year goes by without some form of Pac-Man release and despite multiple forays into other genres, it’s still the classic top down gameplay that remains the most popular.

Length of series: 34 years
Number of Titles: 20+



Sid Meier’s empire building series may only be on its fifth full release, but it’s been around since the days of DOS. The turn based strategy series has been consistently popular with fans for over 20 years now, since its first release in 1991.

Length of series: 23 years
Number of titles: 5 (+ numerous expansions & spin offs)

Metal Gear


While most fans of the Metal Gear series will have joined the party in 1998 with the release of the brilliant PS1 title Metal Gear Solid, the series has actually been around since 1987. Originally appearing on the MSX in Japan as a top down stealth action title, it was also reworked and released on the NES. Interestingly the original game actually got two separate sequels. First up was unofficial sequel ‘Snake’s Revenge’, which came out on the NES; original creator Hideo Kojima then released Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake on the MSX2. Since then the series has gone from strength to strength with a number of spin offs and overly long cut scenes.

Length of series: 27 years
Number of games: 20

Sonic The Hedgehog


Like his one time rival Mario, Sonic has appeared in dozens of games since his debut. He’s featured in everything from 2D & 3D platformers to racing and educational games. Not to mention that the original Sonic game has been re-released on pretty much every platform known to man (even Nintendo hardware)

Length of series: 23 years
Number of games: 70+

What long running series is your favourite? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below

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The Buyers Guide To May

After a couple of quiet weeks, it seems the games industry has gone mad again and decided to release a whole host of big hitting games in the few short weeks that make up the month of May.

So here’s a brief round up of some of the biggest games trying to tempt those precious pennies from your bank account.

2nd May 2014

Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS/2DS)


Mario is back and this time, he’s brought his Golf clubs as Mario Golf: World Tour makes its way onto the 3DS. Play as a whole host of characters from all over the Mushroom Kingdom across a set of traditional and Mario themed courses. Mario Golf: World Tour offer a surprisingly deep golfing experience while also catering for players after a more casual golf game.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 (360/Xbox One/PS3/PS4/WiiU/PC/3DS)


It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good Spiderman game (which, incidentally, was also the last good movie tie-in game). Perennial Spiderman team Beenox are hoping their movie-based game can capture some of the elements that made the PS2 Spiderman 2 game so good. With improved web swinging and combat systems, things do look promising.

7th May 2014

Peggle 2 (360)


Finally Xbox 360 owners can get their Peggle on as Peggle 2 makes its way onto the Microsoft’s older console. Featuring more Peggle Masters with brand new skills, Peggle 2 offers up more of the insanely addictive and joy inducing gameplay the series has become known for. Expect it to release on more platforms soon.

The God of War Collection (Vita)


Didn’t this come out already several times? This God of War collection brings Greece’s angriest man’s first two PS2 adventures to Sony’s portable handheld for the first time. Complete with enhanced visuals and full trophy support, this latest Kratos compilation allows you to do your angry shouting wherever you travel.

9th May 2014

Bound By Flame (PS4/PS3/360/PC)


Bound By Flame is an action RPG that promises everything you’d expect from – well, an action RPG. Developer Spiders (this is the company name; it wasn’t actually developed by arachnids) is promising an epic 30 hour story , with player choices that affect the storyline. While it’s yet to be seen exactly what Bound By Flame offers that other titles haven’t, the game certainly does look interesting to genre fans so far.

16th May 2014

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)


Ever since its release in Japan earlier this year, this 2.5D platformer has received much praise – especially for it’s gorgeous art style and playability. Alongside the core games side scrolling platforming, Triple Deluxe also features a Smash Bros style 4 player fighting game and a rhythm action mini game featuring classic music from the Kirby series.

20th May 2014

Wolfenstein: The New Order (360/Xbox One/PS3/PS4/PC)


The granddaddy of the modern FPS returns this month, with MachineGames’ take on an alternative history where the Nazi’s triumphed in World War II. Wolfenstein: The New Order attempts to take shooters back to a time when everything was less grimy and serious and reintroduces straight out balls to the wall fun and explosions. While the decision to leave out online multiplayer may erk some, The New Order could hopefully inject some much needed fun into the single player FPS landscape.

Transistor (PS4,PC)


The studio that brought you the excellent Bastion returns with another action RPG. While comparisons with its predecessor are likely to be made, developer Super Giant Games is keen to stress that Transistor is very much its own game – though expect a familiar mix of careful strategy and planning with action heavy combat. With a typical gorgeous art style and a soundtrack that would make much bigger titles blush, Transistor is shaping up to be one of 2014′s most standout downloadable title.

27th May 2014

Watch_Dogs (PS3/PS4/360/Xbox One/PC)


Finally the game that has wowed the last TWO E3′s is actually getting released. While it’s fair to say that some of the excitement for Ubisoft’s open world hacking title has died down since it’s initial reveal, there is still a lot of attention on this one. Recent trailers have posed questions as to the game’s true graphical quality, but we’re hoping the the fully hackable open city offers up enough unique gameplay opportunities to keep it interesting.

30th May 2014

Mario Kart 8 (Wii-U)


The overworked portly plumber makes two appearances this month. Mario Kart brings all the favourite aspects of the previous games (and ahem…that blue shell) into the HD era, complete with all new anti gravity gameplay. With full local and online co-op and the ability to share your races on the Mii Verse via Mario Kart TV, Mario Kart 8 looks set to continue the series trend as the perfect multiplayer game for Nintendo systems. You can also snag a FREE Wii-U game if you register a copy after launch

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Could 2014 be the year the console First Person genre finally evolves?

For years gamers have cried out for more innovation within the FPS genre. While series like Call of Duty & Battlefield have dominated the sales charts throughout the last generation they have brought very little to the table in the way of innovation.

Many would argue the genre has rested on it’s laurels for far too long, preferring to deliver copy & paste reproductions rather than risk sales by trying new things, but with the introduction of new console hardware all that could be about to change.

Like most years, 2014 has a whole slew of FPS titles set for release. However, in contrast to most years, several of them appear to be attempting to introduce something new to the genre rather than the old move forward, shoot stuff mechanic of the past. In fact, more and more are foregoing the whole “shooter” aspect entirely.

We at GamePointsNow thought we’d take a look at just what some of this year’s big FPS titles are doing to try inject something new into a seemingly tired genre.



To many, Titanfall is just Call of Duty with massive robots, but Respawn’s Titanfall is focusing on bringing back one of the core reasons many of us play games in the first place – FUN. Titanfall is a pure blast to play and that’s exactly how they want it. Forget the resolution and textures, look past the lack of realistic destruction and enjoy it for what it is: a fun videogame.


Alien: Isolation

After the mess that was Colonial Marines, The Creative Assembly have a lot of work to restore gamers’ faith in the Alien franchise, but with Alien: Isolation, they appear to be pushing further than that. In fact, they are taking the ‘shooter’ out of first person shooter. Instead, choosing to focus on making the game feel like an authentic Alien experience akin to the classic first movie.

The Total War developers have also taken the bold step of including just one enemy in the game in an effort to ramp the tension levels right up, – citing the fact that in the movie the Alien was only actually on screen for around 3 minutes as an influence for this. While first person horror games are nothing new, done right Alien: Isolation could be a real game changer.



Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock is once again out to redefine the co-operative FPS landscape. While their former title involved you and your mates teaming up against a seemingly endless horde of the undead, Evolve strips everything right back to the point that there’s just a single monster. Evolve’s big hook however is that this monster is player controlled and the other four players have to team up in order to hunt them down before they themselves are picked off Predator style. It’s promising to be true hunter vs hunted gameplay at its best.


Wolfenstein: The New Order

It’s fair to say that FPS games have become a tad serious in recent years. It seems like not a week goes by where we aren’t presented with some “ gritty, realistic” military shooter aiming to show us the “horrors of war” but MachineGames are having none of that with their version of one of the genres defining titles. Wolfenstein: TNO is all about balls to the wall action and action packed lunacy as it mixes next gen technology and old school shooter mechanics in order to deliver a new, old experience.

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An open world science fiction FPS from the makers of Halo? A lot of people will instantly get on board with that, but it’s good to see Bungie are pushing the genre and not resting on their laurels. Although Bungie are refusing to call Destiny an out & out MMO, it’s pretty hard not to get that feeling when you hear them talk about it. Phrases such as “dynamic developing experience” and “shared world shooter” have already made Destiny one of 2014′s most anticipated releases



Zombie studios Daylight might look like a carbon copy of recent PS4 hit Outlast at first glance, but the studio responsible for the Saw videogames has a lot more up their sleeves than most FPS titles. This survival horror game sacrifices out and out combat in favour of a number of truly innovative features. Each new game will bring a whole new game world with random content and encounters such as Zombie aim to bring the procedurally generated mechanics of games like Sperlunky to the FPS genre, resulting in a completely new experience everytime you play.

Daylight is also looking to be one of the first games to truly harness the power of Twitch streaming; Audiences watching online streams of the game will be able to directly interact with the player by typing certain commands into the chat which will then result in a range of events occurring in game.


Gone Home

The Fullbright Company’s indie darling is making it’s way to consoles later this year after wowing PC audiences on release last year. While many will argue it’s more of an experience than a game, it’s focus on storytelling and the ways in which it delivers its narrative has proven that there is a place for deep, emotional stories in a genre more akin to mindless violence and over the top action.

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How to update your Xbox One controller

Microsoft has finally rolled out its second update for the Xbox One, bringing with it improvements to the party/friends system and Twitch streaming integration (finally).


It also introduces some refinements for the Xbox One controller which make it more precise than ever before, especially when playing FPS titles like the upcoming Titanfall. Unfortunately your controller won’t update itself when the console does so you need to do it manually.

Here’s a quick guide how to do it:

1. Once your Xbox One is all updated, sign into your gamertag and head to the My Games & Apps section


2.Then scroll left and down to the Apps menu


3.Before scrolling right along to the settings app


4.Once in settings you need to click the icon that says system


5.Then you should notice a new option to update controller


6.Before you hit continue you need to connect your controller to the console via a micro USB cable, any will do ( we used the one that comes with the PS4 but sssh)


7.Once connected hit continue and the update will begin


8.The update itself takes just over a minute, so you can soon be back gaming


9.And that’s it you’re all done, simply repeat the process for any additional controllers



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