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FEATURES 08 LOGITECH

Choose your weapon from the new G Series gaming peripherals from Logitech

10 MCAFEE

Offering essential, comprehensive and ultimate protection, the New McAfee 2011 range

17 LIVESCRIBE Managing Editor Danielle Govier Design Karl Kisala Sophie Hammond Production Support ohn Dunn Matt Andrews Peter Cox Gaming Feature Kristan Reed Publisher Gem Creative

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To place an order please call 01279 822822 between 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, or visit www gem co uk to buy online To open an account please visit www gem co uk or call our new accounts team on 01279 822800 Trade account needed

New communication and collaboration from Livescribe

24 MAFIA II

Promising to redefine action adventure forever

ALSO THIS MONTH 07 KASPERSKY

Kaspersky Pure, ultimate protection for your digital life

13 PORT DESIGNS

Protect your notebook witht the new Dehli skin range from PORT Designs

15 WEBROOT

Webroot 2011, you don t care how it work, as long as it does!

19 ROXIO

Enhance, preserve, capture and share your digital media with Roxio Creator 2011

20 SAGE

Future thinking with the New Sage 50 Accounts 2011

23 EXSPECT

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Bold sound you can carry around with the Logitech S751i rechargeable speakers

24 GAMES FOCUS

At look at this month s biggest releases including Halo Reach and F1 2010

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Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i ÂŽ

Bold sound that you can carry around! With a portable and sleek design the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i lets users rock out all night wherever they go with an eight-hour rechargeable battery. Made for the iPod and iPhone, the Rechargeable Speaker S715i also features an auxiliary input that opens up the music possibilities, enabling users to connect their speakers to earlier iPod models, other portable music players and Smartphones. Featuring eight custom-designed drivers, the Rechargeable Speaker S715i provides users with crisp high notes, a rich mid range and deep bass that gives users an improved iPod listening experience on the go. With the option to control their speakers from up to 10 metres (30 feet) away, users are able to enjoy all their favourite music from the comfort of their own sofa without even having to get up to switch it on. A travel case featuring space for the adapter is also included that allows the user to take their speakers with them wherever they go, ensuring that they are kept free from damage and scratches, offering users a great way to dock, play and charge their iPod or iPhone wherever they are. Available September. Webcode 984-000135 SRP ÂŁ149.99

For more information on Logitech products available from Gem, contact your account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/logitech

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KASPERSKY

Kaspersky PURE Ultimate Protection for Your Digital Life

With an average of 30,000 new threats being detected each day, the digital pollution that is plaguing the Internet is creating an associated risk for the many homes that are dependent on one or more PCs for their day-to-day digital life. For those wanting the ultimate protection for their digital life, Kaspersky Lab has launched Kaspersky PURE, a new generation of software product that empowers home Internet consumers to create a safe, clean, risk-free and protected environment for themselves and their families. The unique features and functionality of Kaspersky PURE have been specifically developed to be straightforward for the home user to install and use. Kaspersky PURE has all of Kaspersky Internet Security 2010’s tried and trusted functionality, plus a host of new interesting features including: Fights digital pollution Kaspersky PURE keeps malicious content and spam at bay, whilst letting the user manage access to their applications, email and the Internet. Additional security tools erase any datatrail, so hackers can’t follow. Protects digital assets Kaspersky PURE prevents the user’s digital assets from becoming lost, stolen or corrupted. Advanced backup tools and the latest encryption technology mean that the user can decide who they share their personal data with. Safeguards digital identities Kaspersky PURE has everything the user would need to protect their digital identity. With a built-in virtual keyboard, the latest in anti-phishing technology and a secure password management system, it won’t let the user down!

Ensures family-safe content Kaspersky PURE puts the user in charge of who uses the PC’s on their home network and what they can see and do, both online and off. Detailed reporting systems keep the user fully informed and their family safe. Centralises security management Kaspersky PURE allows the user to check their network’s security status, automatically download and roll out updates from a nominated PC, log events and organise scans and backups from any point on the network. Provides all-round protection Kaspersky PURE is the one-stop-shop for home network protection. It contains everything needed for the user to manage their network’s security and to keep it malware-free, without the need to be an IT expert.

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INTRODUCING THE NEW G-SERIES GAMING PERIPHERALS FROM LOGITECH速 The newest gaming peripherals from the award-winning Logitech G-Series family are crafted for maximum performance, freeing the user from technical limitations, allowing them to immerse themselves in their favourite games. Whether using a headset with 7.1 surround sound, a mouse with 13 controls, or a keyboard with an LCD that displays critical in-game stats, everything about the new G-Series line-up helps the user win, no matter what game they love to play. For more information on the Logitech G-Series please contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/logitech

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LOGITECH

LOGITECH GAMING KEYBOARD G510 //

LOGITECH GAMING KEYBOARD G110 //

Delivering all the tools that users need to win, the Gaming Keyboard G510 features 18 programmable G-keys with three mode states, giving the user up to 54 possible macro settings per game. Users can pre-define macros for their favourite games, or they can create new ones on the fly for easy customisation. The Logitech-exclusive GamePanel™ LCD gives users real-time game stats and PC performance data, with customisable RGB backlighting making it easy to keep keyboard controls in plain sight – day or night. The Gaming Keyboard G510 also includes 3.5mm audio jacks, so users can plug in an analogue headset for clear digital communication over USB.

Giving the user everything they need to really step up their game, the Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110 lets users customise their setup and execute complex commands easily. The integrated USB audio with separate headphone and microphone jacks lets users strategise with teammates and trash-talk enemies more effectively. The Gaming Keyboard G110 allows players to configure up to 36 single keypresses or complex macros per game on the programmable G-keys; whilst enabling users to locate the correct keys – even in the dark – with backlighting colours that users can select and assign. Users can also disable the Windows/Context Menu keys with the game/desktop mode switch, so that their game won’t be interrupted until they are ready to call it quits.

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LOGITECH WIRELESS GAMING HEADSET G930 //

LOGITECH WIRELESS GAMING MOUSE G700 //

LOGITECH G35 //

The Wireless Gaming Headset G930 immerses the player in 7.1 Dolby® surround sound, creating a detailed positional sound field that lets the user hear their opponents before they see them. With gaming-grade wireless technology designed specifically for two-way, uncompressed audio streaming users can focus on their game without being distracted by typical wireless lag or interference. The G930 gaming headset comes fully equipped with three programmable G-keys that put the user in total command over music, voice morphing and chat clients. A memory-foam-lined headband fends off fatigue, while plush ear pads ease pressure points and seal out unwanted noise. The noise-cancelling microphone also ensures that the user’s voice can be heard loud and clear.

Optimised for multiplayer online gaming while still offering the precision needed for first-person shooters, the Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 keeps the user comfortable, in control and deep in their game. Its 13 precisely placed controls can be programmed to perform single actions or complex macros in a single click, but are not in the way. Designed to fit the players’ hands, the G700 mouse features natural curves that ensure the player can keep playing comfortably for as long as they want. While the full-speed wireless connection gives the user gaming performance without lags coupled with the freedom of wireless.

The Logitech G35 headset offers users game-changing immersion with 7.1 surround sound powered by Dolby technology for a detailed soundfield, that lets the user hear their enemies before they see them. Three customisable G keys also give users greater control with one-touch command over music and voice morphing. Featuring three swappable headband pads users can choose the best fit for long-lasting comfort while on-ear audio controls offers users quick access to volume, microphone mute and surround sound adjustments. The adjustable noise-cancelling microphone focuses on the users’ voice and reduces any background noise so that their teammates can hear them with greater clarity.

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McAfee 2011 Range New for 2011 With thousands of new viruses created every day, relying on traditional security updates isn’t enough anymore. Due to release on 1st September, McAfee 2011 instantly detects and blocks viruses – and stops web threats before they are downloaded to the PC. Reengineered for the fastest PC performance ever, the software’s innovative design simplifies the user’s security experience while offering them essential, comprehensive and ultimate protection. Reasons to stock • Completely redesigned home screen gives the user all the information they need at a glance • Unlimited email and chat assistance • Continuous and automatic updates for the life of the products subscription

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Home screen – Completely redesigned to streamline the security experience. Users can easily check the status of their protection, monitoring how many threats have been blocked, and manage their security – all from the home screen. Idle timer and scheduler – Users can reserve security scans and updates for when they are not using their PC, minimising disruptions. Home network defence* – Easily identify and lock out intruders from the PC so that all home-networked PCs stay protected. Easy account management settings – Create machine aliases, and easily activate, deactivate, or upgrade PC subscriptions. Advanced firewall integration – Settings made in Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows Vista Network Manager will automatically update the McAfee firewall settings. Scheduled activity throttling – Updates initiate or resume when the PC is idle, minimising interruptions. Online backup** – Take the hassle out of manually backing up all valuable digital files. Once installed, the backup process is fully automated, and the files are encrypted and stored on a secure remote online server where the user has up to 2GB*** of backup available to them with the option to purchase unlimited online backup. *only available with McAfee Total Protection 2011 **only available with McAfee Total Protection 2011 and McAfee Internet Security 2011 ***1GB of online backup available for Internet Security 2011 and 2GB for Total Protection 2011


MCAFEE 2011

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McAfee’s Total Protection 2011 offers the ultimate security package for the user who wants to cover all bases in this digital age.

The all-encompassing McAfee Internet Security 2011 delivers an online-specific security package designed for complete peace of mind in this digital age.

Providing the best-possible anti-virus protection, this award-winning and easy-to-use product is the perfect solution to the ever-present problem of PC viruses.

With this comprehensive and easy-to-use package intruders are well and truly locked out, offering users total peace of mind from the thousands of internet threats that are created every day, and the threats that exist if users also share their files and internet connection on a home network.

With increasingly sophisticated Internet threats emerging so frequently, users are faced with the reality that they can no longer rely on traditional security updates. McAfee Internet Security 2011 deals with an array of problems with a feature-rich and simple-to-use package, so users can go about their day-to-day online activities, assured that the package will detect, block and remove viruses, spyware, and adware, as well as other malicious attacks that attempt to steal users’ identity details.

McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 is all about ease of use, with a completely redesigned home screen that gives users all the information they need at a glance offering a streamlined security experience. The improved alert system is less intrusive and easier for users to understand, whilst a smarter and more intuitive help centre also provides users with accurate answers that are specifically related to the tasks that the user is trying to accomplish.

This award-winning protection detects, blocks and removes viruses, spyware, adware, rootkits and any insidious programs designed to tamper the PC, allowing users to shop, bank and trade online with confidence. Better PC health is also ensured thanks to McAfee QuickClean that safely removes junk files that slow down the PC, and McAfee Shredder, which digitally destroys no-longer-needed sensitive files to prevent anyone from accessing them.

Faster than ever before, McAfee Internet Security has been completely reengineered to provide efficient download installation that enables the user to have their protection up and running in a snap, and a faster scan time that ensures the user will not be slowed down whilst scanning for threats.

Improved McAfee SiteAdvisor also helps the user to know whether a website is safe before they click to stop malware threats, whilst advanced “phishing” protection alerts the user to websites that may try to steal their identity or gain access to their financial information. Unlike any other anti-virus software, McAfee Active protection analyses and neutralises new and emerging threats in milliseconds, and users won’t even have to wait for updates to be downloaded, ensuring that their PC is protected at all times.

Exclusive McAfee Active Protection technology also allows users to analyse and block new and emerging threats in milliseconds, so they don’t have to wait for regular updates to arrive; resulting in virtually no gap in PC protection.

Meanwhile, confidential files can also be removed for good with the Shredder facility, while the most valuable files are backed-up to a variety of sources. Improved parental controls also allow the user to effectively manage their children’s online usage, ensuring that they are kept safe whilst surfing the internet.

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For more information on the McAfee 2011 range please contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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PROTECT YOUR IPAD W ITH P OR T DESIGNS

BERLIN | iPad case

MANDALAY | iPad case

• Utilising memory foam to offer maximum protection • Anti-scratch internal material • Zipper puller that matches the colour used internally • Twin rubber pullers • Made from Koskin and 8400 Nylon • Available in Red, Brown and Black

• Stylish Aztec design • Anti-scratch internal material • Lifetime warranty • Made from nylon • Available for the iPad and eReaders sized 9.7” and 6”

For more information on the New iPad cases from PORT Designs contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk


PORT DESIGNS

Protect your notebook with the new Dehli Skin range from PORT Designs An expert in the protection and carriage of transportable technologies, PORT Designs launches a new range of skins that protect the user’s notebook against scratches and shocks. Designed to protect a wide range of notebooks, the Dehli range of skins features a stain resistant, stretch material that fits securely around the user’s notebook and a plastic zipper that eliminates the chances of scratches when placing the notebook into the case. Available in four eye catching colours, the internal material colour matches the coloured stitching that features on the front of the skin, as well as the zipper and original pullers. The slim skin design enables the case to easily fit into a bag keeping the notebook free from harm, but can also be used alone to transport the notebook. Available in 4 Colours and sizes including 10”/12”, 13”/14”, 15”/16” and 17”/18” For more information on PORT Designs products available from Gem contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk

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Introducing Webroot Internet Security Complete!

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WHY partner with Webroot?

SIMPLY SECURE.

Traditional security programs protect PCs against online threats, but they are inadequate at protecting the sensitive information that most businesses are increasingly sharing online. Webroot Internet Security Complete provides better protection for the things you really care about: your identity, your privacy and your personal data. And because most businesses now access the Internet from a wide range of devices, Webroot uses a hybrid desktop/Web-based model to ensure that your personal information is secure, no matter where or how you go online. Whether you’re using a home computer or a friend’s laptop, you can easily access your personal security features via ‘My Webroot’ – a unique online account that is available 24/7 from any internet connection.

Safely stores your files online! Online file storage automatically protects your Your files are files against damage or loss. Your securely transfer red using S SL encr yption, transferred SSL encryption, and are stored in an encr encrypted ypted for format mat using 128-bit AES – the same level of protection used by major banks and financial institutions. W ebroot Inter net Security Complete includes Webroot Internet 10GB of online storage with the option to buy additional storage if needed.

Sync & Sharing Webroot Internet Security Complete not only protects your files, but it also makes them easier to manage and share. You can instantly access your online files from anywhere; share files with colleagues, and automatically synchronise your computers and laptops so that you are viewing/editing have the latest versions. Folders are organised in an intuitive, user-friendly fashion, and files are encrypted to ensure your privacy and security.


WEBROOT

Webroot 2011 ®

You don’t care how it works, as long as it does

David Bennett, Director EMEA Consumer Business Development at Webroot talks about the company’s latest product offering and the dangers of location-based social media applications.

About Webroot

Webroot is a leader in Internet security for consumers and SMEs worldwide. Our portfolio of products protects corporate networks and allows individuals to download music, store digital files, bank, shop, surf and search – safely. Founded in 1997 Webroot has grown to become one of the largest privately owned Internet security companies in North America. Known for pioneering the most effective antispyware technology, Webroot today is recognised globally for delivering innovative security solutions for home PC users as well as SOHOs, SMEs and FTSE 100 companies alike – enabling people and businesses everywhere the freedom to use the Internet safely. Webroot is a channel centric business that operates through a multi-tiered channel of distributors, retailers, E-tailers and resellers. Our goals for 2010 are to establish aggressive growth of Webroot’s solutions in the UK and across EMEA.

What’s new?

At the end of July, Webroot launched their latest offering – Webroot® Internet Security Complete – designed to protect the end user and not just their PC. With more than 40,000 new threats emerging every day, traditional security hasn't really evolved to meet the needs of the modern Internet user, who is more connected and active online than ever before. Webroot® Internet Security Complete, presents a very easy to use, Web-centric approach to protecting your identity and personal files online, while also providing Webroot's award-winning security against malware and hackers. Why is this new product so unique amongst all the current products on offer in the market? Webroot® Internet Security Complete extends SaaS-based security to consumers through a hybrid desktop/Web-based

model to deliver updates instantly without disruption. The product delivers four key benefits to its users. They are: • Unparalleled protection against malware and hackers using both desktop and security-as-a-service technologies to provide faster protection against emerging threats; • Secure access to personal files and log-in credentials whenever the user needs them by synchronising between devices and providing access through a unique Web portal; • Multiple layers of identity protection – password management and credit card protection; • All-new product design from the customer’s perspective to make the computing experience fast and secure without disruption. What are the stand-out features? It includes a host of new features, one of which will allow users unprecedented availability of personal information and files via a unique Web portal www.Webroot.com/mywebroot. Through the portal, which offers 10GB of free storage in The Cloud, users will be able to securely access Webroot’s identity manager and share photos (directly with friends or even posting to Facebook), videos and other files from any computer or mobile device. This means that users can access data and applications from anywhere, without compromising security. Additionally, Webroot® Internet Security Complete cloud-based technology instantly scans and classifies URLs returned in search results, sent in emails or posted on social networks to protect the user from visiting malicious sites. Another great feature is the Gamer mode. This function allows users to put on

hold any scheduled activities such as system scans without interrupting their games or movies, while at the same time still keeping them protected. Recently in the news there was talk of privacy implications around locationbased social media applications. Can you tell us more about this? Webroot recently conducted a survey across 1600 social media users who own geolocation-ready mobile devices such as the iPhone, for example. In this survey we found that among the UK respondents, 52% tag their whereabouts in a photograph online, thereby revealing their location in an instant. Plus in the last year alone, 30% of the UK respondents have shared their geographical location with people other than their friends. Worryingly, one in 11 respondents has used geolocation applications to meet a stranger, either digitally or in person. So what can users do to protect themselves from sharing too much information? • Be aware of your Smartphone settings – To keep your personal whereabouts private, turn off the “locate me” feature on your iPhone, or the GPS photo-tagging feature found on most Smartphones. When enabled, this feature allows your phone to store GPS data within your pictures. This means that every time you take a picture and upload it to a social network or other Web site, the photo contains GPS data that can pinpoint your location. • Never post anything you wouldn't want the world to see – Even with privacy

settings enabled, social network sites themselves make mistakes and sometimes accidentally make information marked private available to anyone. As a rule of thumb, only post photos or messages that you wouldn't mind your boss, parent, or any stranger to see or read. • Make personal information private – Protect yourself by updating privacy settings on your profile to restrict or omit access to any personal data. Users of popular geolocation services that allow you to share where you are should be especially careful to disclose your location only to specific people, and to nobody else. • Don't be the first to click a link – When a friend posts a link to a Web site on their profile or wall and you've never been to that Web site before, wait a few hours before you click. Being the first to follow a link can lead to being the next victim of a social network worm. • Read between the lines – Familiarise yourself with the social networks’ privacy options to ensure you’re taking advantage of any enhanced security features. • Be exclusive – Only accept friend requests, emails and site links from people you know. Even then, be selective about who you "friend" and what you open or click, especially from people you don't know. For more information on the Webroot 2011 range contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/webroot

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LIVESCRIBE

New communication and collaboration from Livescribe Revolutionising the simple act of writing, the multi award-winning Livescribe is fundamentally changing the way people capture, access and share written and spoken information to improve communication, collaboration, productivity and learning. This month, The Future takes a look at the new communication and collaboration tools that marks a signiďŹ cant advancement in paper-based computing, as well as personal and professional information management. Connect Software This Autumn sees Livescribe make the new Connect software available. Enabling users to send notes, audio and Pencast PDFs quickly and easily from smartpen and paper to a wide range of destinations including email addresses, online sites and other popular third-party consumer, education and business applications. Information is automatically sent when the smartpen is docked to a Mac or PC. With Pencast PDF, users will also be able to author and share pencasts in an industrystandard Adobe PDF document directly from smartpen and paper, allowing anyone with Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.3 or above to view and listen to an interactive Pencast PDF. The integration with Adobe PDF brings the communication beneďŹ ts of audio and ink together in a ubiquitous format for use by millions of people. Livescribe Paper Tablet Livescribe will also introduce Paper Tablet, the powerful new collaboration software that lets users communicate in real-time, directly from a Livescribe notebook to a Mac or PC using an Echo Smartpen and a standard micro-USB cable. This will now enable any Livescribe paper product to be used as an interactive, high-precision graphics tablet; with the smartpen being used as a real-time graphics stylus. Users will be able to create and share notes, drawings, and annotate or sign documents or presentations locally or over the Web with popular video conferencing applications and industry-standard education collaboration tools. Pencast Player from Livescribe on Apple iPad, iPhone and iTouch With the launch of Echo on 1st September, Livescribe is announcing the Pencast Player for iPad, iPhone and iTouch, which enables users to access their pencasts anywhere they go. Now notes and audio from critical meetings or lectures are portable, playable and easy to share with a simple touch. The Pencast Player will be available for free from the iTunes store later this summer.

For more information on the new Echo Smartpen and software contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/Livescribe Downloadable assets and videos available. TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Enhance, preserve, capture and share your digital media with Roxio Creator 2011

New features in Roxio Creator 2011 • NEW! Add the magic of 3D to your video and photos • NEW! Stabilise shaky video taken with a handheld camera • NEW! Access and share the digital media on your PC from the internet • NEW! Upload photos and video to Facebook • Burn, copy and protect discs directly on your desktop with Roxio Secure Burn™ • IMPROVED! Back up your files with completely redesigned BackOnTrack 4

For more information contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or visit www.gem.co.uk


ROXIO

A new dimension has arrived! New Creator 2011 adds 3D photos and 3D videos to its wide range of easy-to-use, award-winning, creative features.

The next great 3D movie won’t feature blue aliens, talking toys, or even mad hatters. More likely, it will involve a baby’s first steps, a daughter’s graduation, or a grandparent’s seventieth birthday. Roxio has ushered in a new era of Digital Media creativity, with Creator® 2011, the world’s first digital media suite to create, edit and share personal 3D photos, videos, and other projects. Both enthusiasts and beginners can immediately add a dynamic new dimension to family memories, converting standard 2D digital photos and home videos into amazing 3D! Creator 2011 also supports emerging 3D formats, including those used in popular 3D theatrical film releases, 3D-enabled capture devices, computers, HDTVs, and accessories.

What’s NeW? 3D Fun! Turn 2D videos and photos into stunning 3D masterpieces that users can enjoy on their PC or 3D TV with the included glasses Media server! Users can gain remote access to the media on their home PC with Roxio Creator technology Fast Fixes! The new stabilisation feature makes it easy to edit shaky video that has been taken with a handheld camera secure Copy! Protect all discs with Roxio Secure Burn technology that secures data with powerful encryption and password protection all-New Back-up! Restore a PC in case of a disaster with Roxio BackOnTrack™ 4 that has been completely redesigned to restore the crashed system, preserve precious photos, video and files and also guard against future computer crashes and user errors Music Collector! Capture music from streaming internet radio and automatically add title, artist and album info, then add to iTunes®

PLUs aWaRD WINNING FeatURes Music Make music files sound new again with BIAS SoundSoap™ SE* that removes any unwanted noise from soundtracks, clean up LPs, cassettes and audio files, while the intuitive user interface makes it easy to use. The powerful sound editor also allows users to covert CD audiobooks to place on their iPod, and create personalised mixes and compilations for any occasions.

Packs include 3D glasses, no 3D hardware required. Video Edit and create DVDs like a pro with the fast and versatile HD video editing and encoding to create movie magic with a few clicks to create Hollywood-style DVDs, as well as burn HD video to Blu-ray discs.

Copying Users can easily copy data, audio, photo or video CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs to create customised DVD compilations and convert video files for playback on the device of choice.

Photos Easily fix and enhance new and old photos with a few clicks, then use these images to create animated slideshows, greeting cards, panoramas and calendars effortlessly with Creator 2011.

sharing Users can convert video, photos and music to share and enjoy on CD, DVD, hi-def TV, YouTube™, or portable devices including iPhone™, PSP™ and more.

Burning Roxio delivers the industry’s best and easiest tools for burning CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs to preserve irreplaceable data, photos and video. The Roxio Burn desktop widget lets users easily drag and drop files for burning or copying right on their desktop.

Previous reviews of Roxio Creator...

top 3 Reasons to stock • Instant brand recognition • The number 1 selling digital media suite** • Add 3D to your videos and photos ROXIO CREATOR 2011 Webcode 246010UK SRP £49.99 ROXIO CREATOR 2011 PRO Webcode 246510UK SRP £69.99

Customise Easily orchestrate sophisticated soundtracks with songs from a new music library with SmartSound Sonicfire™ Pro*, using auto “Mood Mapping” to match audio to a picture.

Available 6th September

*Only available on Creator PRO 2011

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"Roxio's Creator is the most powerful and feature-chocked media editing and burning suite out there..." PC Magazine "One major convenience is the new smart encoding feature: The software now reencodes only the portions of a video that you've edited and changed. This approach makes encoding much faster and may help preserve image quality." PC World

For more information contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822, go online at www.gem.co.uk or visit www.roxio.co.uk

“With the release of Creator 2010, a solid multimedia suite just got better. ...Creator 2010 is a comprehensive, well-executed multimedia suite." Smart Computing "Roxio Creator is a top-notch program that is more than just your run-of-themill CD burner. The software is easy to use and does exactly what is says. New users and experts alike will appreciate the power of Roxio Creator." Top Ten Reviews

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Managing your money Integrate with Sage Pay

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Sage Pay offers you a way to receive and validate card payments and now it works even more closely with Sage 50 Accounts 2011.

You can easily set and manage your businesses on the flat rate VAT scheme. Sage 50 Accounts 2011 automatically calculates your VAT return on the scheme, allowing you to confidently submit to HMRC. You can even calculate the savings or losses to your business of being on the flat-rate VAT scheme compared to standard VAT, making sure that you can always see what’s best for your business.

In Sage 50 Accounts 2011 all the information you need appears on one screen in an easy-to-understand layout. You can even print it out if you need to. And it’s easier to make adjustments too; no more stopping and saving, just make corrections automatically as you go.

If you’re a Sage Pay customer, you can add a ‘pay now’ button to your electronic invoices and use online payments to get your cash more quickly. And now you can download all your Sage Pay sales and automatically generate invoices or create customer accounts in Sage 50 Accounts 2011. No need to create the invoices manually – saving you time.

Managing your time Integrate your web store with your accounts Using Sage Pay you can create new customers and products, sales invoices and receipts. Payments are downloaded automatically from your web store, saving you time.

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PUBLISHER 2K Games FORMAT X360/PS3/PC RELEASE DATE 27th August 2010 REASONS TO STOCK • Long-awaited follow-up lives up to potential • Fans of Red Dead Redemption will be hungry for more • Superb storydriven adventure • Varied gameplay freedom, with 10 square miles to explore • Intense driving, brutal melee, exciting shooting

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MAFIA II ight years on from the classic original, the release of the superb Mafia II promises to redefine action adventures forever. Now available on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, 2K Games' stunning tale of one man's journey from downtrodden war hero to feared Made Man is a modern classic. In the weeks leading up to the game's long-awaited release, we finally got a hands-on with four chapters from the game, and came away in no doubt that the game lives up to the lofty expectations placed upon it.

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Cinematic storytelling One of the first things that hits you as you stride through the snowy streets of

Empire Bay is the evocative atmosphere of post-war urban America. Loosely based on New York and San Francisco, you play the role of Italian immigrant, Vito Scaletta, a returning World War II veteran, home on leave. With simply stunning attention to detail, you wander home, chatting to locals in one of the most credible settings ever seen in a videogame. Chilly pedestrians huddle for warmth under their umbrellas, while storekeepers slop out for the night. Upon arrival at your mama's modest apartment, it's clear that all is not well, with spiralling debts to be repaid. But with Vito's lifelong friend Joe offering a shortcut to resolving the situation, you soon find yourself

embroiled in petty crime, and attracted to the riches of mobster life. Immersive missions, intense combat Once the scene is set, Mafia II soon establishes itself as an action-adventure of serious merit. Building on the groundwork laid by the 2002 original, and brought firmly up-to-date in every regard, missions are an immersive combination of driving excursions, melee combat and cover-based shooting. Taken individually, the driving is assured and exciting, and adopts a forgiving handling model that makes it possible to tear around the tight-knit streets and give the cops a run for their money. The intuitive melee combat,


meanwhile, adopts a straightforward, context sensitive two-button system that literally packs a punch, and allows you to slug it out in dramatic fashion. But it's the excellent cover-based combat system that really shines, allowing missions to take on a truly filmic quality as you take on a procession of seedy mobsters. The controls are superbly responsive, allowing you to sidle in and out of cover, and even turn corners while remaining safely out of harm's way. Combined with convincingly lifelike enemy AI and subtle in-mission narrative, the story unfolds along with the action, giving the game an immersive quality that draws you right into the drama. Boundary pushing Aside from its gripping storyline and pulse-pounding gameplay, 2K Czech has also pushed technological boundaries in every area. Exploring the 10 square miles of Empire Bay, every corner is brimming with incredible attention to detail that borders on the slavish. Advertising, signage, architectural style, fashions, haircuts are all impeccably observed, while even the music of the era is fully licensed. In fact, music historians will be truly delighted, with around 120 iconic licensed tracks from the mid 1940s and 1950s used during the game, along with more than three hours of orchestral score. Favourites such as Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Dean Martin and more give the game a truly evocative atmosphere. As if that wasn't impressive enough, the facial detail is simply up there with the very best ever attempted. With its hugely impressive voice cast, the game is perhaps as close to a true interactive movie as has been attempted to date. Primed to be one of the biggestselling titles of the year, Mafia II is a title that will ride high in the charts all the way up to Christmas - and beyond. Get in touch with your Gem account manager today.

About 2K Czech Formerly Illusion Softworks, the Brnobased studio opened its doors back in 1997, but first came to the industry's attention two years later with the release of the superb World War II tactical shooter, Hidden & Dangerous. The wellreceived game kicked off the company's long-running association with Take-Two, with a run of top-notch titles following in the first half of the noughties, including the original Mafia (2002), Hidden & Dangerous II (2003), Vietcong (2003), and Vietcong II (2005). After the company's next project, Enemy In Sight, was cancelled, the studio was acquired by Take-Two Interactive in 2008 and renamed 2K Czech. Two years on, work has been completed on its most ambitious project yet, Mafia II.

PRESSBUZZ Mafia II feels like the mob movies that we all love to watch... the devil is in the details. And the details are awesome, from the Playboy playmates to running water to the random racial slurs of the time

Trust us, it’s got the goods to be one of the year’s best action shooters IGN

The Escapist

Mafia II already looks incredible

No opportunity to evoke the era is missed, down to the spinning acetate record that serves as a save icon

This will be one of the highlights of 2010

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: HALO REACH t’s finally here! Bungie’s hugely anticipated fifth and final Halo title sees the acclaimed US developer sign off from the series with its most accomplished offering yet. Available exclusively for the Xbox 360, Halo: Reach lets fans experience the origins of the series, with a prequel that focuses on Noble Team's desperate last stand on an Earth-like colony known as Reach. With a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers the only thing standing between the might of the Covenant forces and the fate of humanity, the pressure is on. Set just prior to the events of Halo: Combat Evolved, in the year 2552, the game's epic campaign mode puts players in the shoes of Noble 6, alongside team leader, Carter-259 and second-incommand, Kat-320. As with all the Halo campaigns, players can expect memorable set-pieces, spectacular battles and amazing AI, but with a return to the more free-flowing sense of scale that the original conveyed. Epic battlefields will very much be the order of the day, but enhanced by Bungie's refined technology that brings scenes to life like never before. Rather than merely recycle the old engine, the studio has truly maxed out the 360's full potential, with vastly improved texture quality and polygon count making the

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game look jaw-droppingly beautiful at times. Veterans will notice some fundamental tweaks have made their way into the game, with the temporary singleuse equipment replaced by abilities such as sprint, active camouflage, jetpack, and an 'armour lock' which allows the player to remain invincible for a brief period. New weapons will also make the cut. "Best in class" multiplayer has always been Halo's biggest feature, and arguably the main element that keeps players coming back over and over again. With some 2.7 million players having already sampled what's in store via the unprecedented Beta campaign, expectation is higher than ever. Alongside modes such as King of the Hill and Slayer, players will be able to enjoy Headhunter, Stockpile, Generator Defence, and the six-versus-six Invasion mode. Meanwhile, exciting customisation options will allow players to personalise their Spartan armour in a huge variety of ways. With credits earned for everything you do in the game, players can spend their rewards on cosmetic upgrades via the game's Armoury. With every single element of the game improved in a myriad of ways, Halo: Reach is much more than just another sequel - it's the definitive First Person Shooter.

BACK CATALOGUE OTHER HALO TITLES AVAILABLE ON XBOX 360

HALO 3 (2007) Three years on, Halo 3 is still one of the most popular online shooters in the world, while its stunning campaign mode is up there with the best. Sales: 10 million + HALO WARS (2009) Ensemble's Real-Time Strategy take on the Halo universe is regarded as the best console game in the genre, and with sales of over 2 million is also the most commercially successful. Sales: 2.5 million + HALO 3: ODST (2009) Telling the story of the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, this is the first Halo FPS to shift the focus from the Master Chief, and is no less compelling. Sales: 5 million +


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PRESSBUZZ “The story telling has certainly evolved far beyond the main trilogy... the game engine is looking far more polished. Forge World and the updates to Forge look excellent... I’m sold so far”

COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS As well as the standard £49.99 version, Microsoft has two tempting Limited Editions for the Halo faithful. Packed with extras, fans will not want to miss out!

The Sixth Axis

“[Our] brief taster suggests Halo: Reach’s campaign will deliver all we expect and a lot more besides; dramatic, grandiose and more than a little solemn it’s the perfect parting gift from outgoing developer, Bungie” IGN

“Halo: Reach is breathtakingly beautiful at times, its in-engine cut scenes produced with cinematic flair, underpinned early on by the haunting restraint of Marty O’Donnell’s masterful score”

HALO: REACH LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION

In addition to the game disc and manual, the Limited edition includes: • Game disc housed in recovered ONI black box. • An exclusive Elite armour set for use in multiplayer modes. • Artefact bag containing Dr. Halsey’s personal journal and other classified documents and effects that unravel long held secrets from the Halo universe.

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PRE-ORDER OFFER PRE-ORDER YOUR STOCK TODAY AND BECOME THE MOST DEDICATED AND DECORATED SPARTAN. Receive a token for each unit ordered to download the exclusive Recon helmet. The coveted Recon helmet with the Vison/Blast Sheild (stowed) variant is available for use in Halo: Reach’s campaign and multiplayer modes; only available if you pre-order your copy of Halo: Reach before release. To pre-order now, contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/xbox

“Bungie has turned their FPS format into an artform, and there’s absolutely nothing to suggest that Reach won’t be a worthy sequel and a significant last hurrah for Bungie’s tenure with the franchise” Videogamer

“Halo: Reach does more to mix things up - and buck labels - than previous games in the series, which is a trait that includes environments, pacing and mood” Gamespot

HALO: REACH LEgENDARy EDITION

The complete “Halo: Reach” collection. In addition to the game disc, manual, the Legendary edition includes: • A 10 inch tall hand-painted and individually moulded Noble Team statue expertly crafted by McFarlane Toys. • UNSC-themed custom packaging • An exclusive multiplayer Spartan armour effect

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F1 2010 he master of racing games return this month with its first next generation Formula One title. Based on the current gripping season, F1 2010 breaks new ground, with amazing technological breakthroughs that capture the visceral thrills of being behind the wheel of the fastest racing machines on Earth. Promising to authentically simulate the handling and aerodynamics of a 200mph racing car, Codemasters' everevolving EGO game engine lets gamers truly experience the life of an F1 challenger. With all the real-life drivers, teams and circuits of the 2010 season featured, F1 fans will be able to take on the greats of the sport. This season, no fewer than four world champions make the line-up, including British pair Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, as well as Fernando Alonso and all-time great, Michael Schumacher. Players will be able to enjoy F1 on their own terms, with a variety of game modes to cater for a wide range of tastes. Included are one-off races and time trials, as well as the full Grand Prix race weekend experience.

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Races will take place on the expanded 26-car grid, and players can look forward to tearing up the world's most glamourous and iconic racing tracks. Rendered authentically in glorious and stunning high definition, circuits such as Spa, Monza, Silverstone and Monaco all feature, as well as the all-new Singapore's night race and the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. As with all of Codemasters' superb racing titles, a rich career mode allows players to go deeper, and experience the path to fame and glory over the course of several seasons. Seen directly through the eyes of the driver, all elements of the life of a professional are experienced, including dealing with driver rivalries, the pressures of the media, and your agent. Depending on how you react, your decisions can have a distinct influence on your career progression, with the standing within your team affected by your responses. F1 2010 also takes an realistic approach to the build up to the race day, with your engineer helping to set

up your car, and advice during the race relayed to you over the headset - just as it is in real life. With many technical strides made in recent years, Codemasters promises an advanced damage modelling system, while a fully dynamic weather system offers an uncanny level of realism. Affecting not only handling and performance, but visibility, players will be immersed in the driving experience like never before. Enhanced online multiplayer gaming is also promised, with up to 12 cars online simultaneously, and a raft of options that will keep players coming back for more. With F1 2010 setting new standards in every area, Codemasters looks well placed to lead the racing game pack this Autumn.


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Codemasters’ Andy Gray on F1 2010

PRESSBUZZ The license has been deprived of a decent game for some time, but Codemasters’ F1 2010 looks to restore some of that former glory Videogamer

It’s a fascinating proposition. On already solid-looking racing foundations, Codemasters is building a blend of interactive sport drama, and the sense of progression offered by the RPG schematics of Forza and GT... One of the most intriguing racing games in years Eurogamer

Feel solid, deep and convincing, and the graphics [are] impressive Gamer.tm

If they can deliver on their promises, F1 2010 could be the ultimate F1 experience, both on and off the track Xbox 360 Achievements

A racing package that comprises everything a famous F1 driver encounters in his career GamesRadar

F1 2010 has a GRID-style rewind feature in it. Can you explain how that works? In Formula One, it can be quite frustrating if you've spent a long time racing and then mess up on one corner and get put out of the race. It just gives you that ability to rewind very quickly. If you play with a joypad, will you be able to pick out all the subtleties that you're simulating, like differences in grip, wing angle and so on? Ideally a wheel is the best way to play it, I don't think anyone would dispute that, but it is very playable on the pad now, we've been working on the balancing on the pad so that you do feel little nuances like the feel of understeer and oversteer. Also, the audio feedback and visuals can help with that, so for example, a little bit of tyre squeal when you feel like you're understeering can actually see your car kind of drift a little bit. Will you be using any of the new control methods, e.g. Move and Natal, in any way, either for primary control or secondary stuff? No, there's no support for Natal or Move in 2010. It's something we're thinking about, something that's on our radar for future games, because it's a multi year licence for us, it's not like a one hit and one hit only, so it's something we're considering. Do you have commentary options or anything of that nature for more casual players? No, everything about the game is from the driver's perspective, so your feedback comes from your race engineer, as well as your agent and the media.

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300+ Hours of New Content Higher Level Cap Twitter Integration Includes original Aion® game

Coming Soon: • 10/09/2010 • SRP £24.99

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FABLE III he latest thrilling entry in Lionhead’s acclaimed action-RPG series hits the high street shelves on October 29th. Promising an "unparalleled action and adventure experience," gamers will be called upon to fan the flame of rebellion and revolution, and rise up to become the new King or Queen of Albion. Once in the hot-seat of power, players will then experience an "everevolving world of consequences" that will be felt right across the land, with choices and sacrifices ruling your every decision.

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There’s drama, emotion, a feeling of power and excitement. We’re delivering an experience that hasn’t been seen before

to life. Building on the acclaimed "Britishness" of the previous Fables, Lionhead has gone all-out to secure some of the most high profile voice talent ever seen in a videogame. Luminaries including John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Ross, Ben Kingsley, Bernard Hill and Michael Fassbender contribute to an incredible 47 hours of in-game audio, and bring to life a fantastic cast of characters. On top of that, a host of improvements have been promised, including dramatically improved co-op play where you can marry and even impregnate your partner! Elsewhere, a vastly improved 3D user interface does away with traditional stats and skill trees. Stay tuned for more news on this sure-fire blockbuster.

Collector’s Edition

True fans of the series won't want to miss out on this. Designed to look like one of the books from the game, this special edition features an exclusive quest, dog breed, outfit, playing cards, a Guild Seal Coin and more.

Lionhead chief, Peter Molyneaux, on Fable III

Will you play the heroic Monarch of the people, or allow the sweet taste of power to corrupt your principles and bring the population to its knees? Or will you simply play it your way? In Fable III, the choice is always yours. Laced with Lionhead's famed blend of humour, adventure and drama, Fable III promises to be a unique proposition in the gaming scene. Alongside its rich and engaging story, a unique cast of characters will truly bring the game

Coming soon: Fable III on PC Microsoft has announced that the Windows PC version of Fable III will follow after the release of the Xbox 360 SKU. In a statement issued to the media, Microsoft confirmed: "The console and PC versions are now on different schedules as we're focusing on building experiences optimised for each platform. We aren't announcing a ship date for the PC SKU at this time, but expect news soon." Meanwhile, Microsoft vowed to boost its profile in PC gaming, and stated: "In terms of revenue, Windows is far and away the largest gaming platform in the world, so it's an incredibly important part of Microsoft's business. From core games like Fable III to casual, social and Facebook titles, more gaming happens on Windows than anywhere else. "Windows 7 is a world-class gaming platform, and you can bet Microsoft has a vested interest in using it as a platform for amazing first party content," a spokesman for the company added.

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New Downloadable Content for Red Dead Redemption Rockstar Games is proud to announce plans for an ongoing series of downloadable content for the highly acclaimed open world game, Red Dead Redemption. Four packs of add-on downloadable content will be released for the PlayStation® Network and the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network over the next few months. The packs follow the recent release of the free Outlaws To The End Co-Op Mission Pack, which is currently available on PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE and include new competitive modes, weapons and characters to play as and new achievements and trophies. The upcoming downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption includes: Legends and Killers Pack (Available Now) • 9 new multiplayer map locations – more than doubling the amount of territories in the multiplayer competitive modes • 8 new multiplayer characters allowing players to play as characters from Red Dead Revolver • Also introducing a new projectile weapon: the Tomahawk, with corresponding challenges for single-player and multiplayer gameplay • Price – 800 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE) or £7.99 (PlayStation Network) Liars and Cheats Pack* • Attack and Defend multiplayer competitive mode and challenges • New multiplayer horse races, complete with mounted combat • Play as the heroes and villains of Red Dead Redemption, as well as 8 additional multiplayer characters • Multiplayer versions of Liars Dice and Poker from the single-player game • Also introducing a new weapon: the Explosive Rifle, with associated challenges available in single-player and multiplayer gameplay • Price – 800 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE) or £7.99 (PlayStation Network) Free Roam Pack* • Delve deeper into the world of Red Dead Redemptions with new modes and gang hideouts to discover • Additional Free Roam challenges • New action areas and defensive placements • Posse scoring and leaderboards • Price – TBC Undead Nightmare Pack* • Ghost towns and cemeteries come alive in a West gone horribly wrong • Brand new single-player adventure, challenges and quests • 8 new multiplayer zombie characters • Additional animals unleashed in the world • New dynamic events and more • Price – 800 Microsoft Points (Xbox Live) or £7.99 (PlayStation Network) More details on these upcoming packs and other updates will be revealed closer to each release. Red Dead Redemption delivers a massive world full of ambient challenges to participate in with friends, limitless freedom, constant unlockable awards for gameplay progression and a wide range of competitive game types that are perfectly matched to the game’s Western setting, as well as an epic single-player story. Red Dead Redemption is available on Xbox 360 and PS3 *Release dates TBC

Metroid: Other M FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE 3rd September 2010 PUBLISHER Nintendo SRP £44.99 Featuring a bold new blend between cinematic, storytelling and the best interactive entertainment, Metroid: Other M gives players an insight into the back-story of Samus, the enigmatic female bounty hunter, who has featured in this legendary franchise since 1986. Taking the best elements of first-person and third-person gaming, Metroid: Other M seamlessly blends gameplay, story-telling and dynamic cinematography that feels like a movie the player can control. Opening up all sorts of new possibilities for explorations and combat, players can look through the eyes of Samus to search a room carefully for hidden objects, access vital information and lock on to enemies for precision attacks. Or remain in third-person view to take on swarms of enemies with Samus’ Beam weapon, aided by an auto-aim feature that makes gameplay in this perspective fast, furious and utterly gripping. Samus is also more physical in Metroid: Other M than she has been in previous games in the series. Jump on enemies to perform the powerful Overblast attack, finish off wounded

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enemies with a Lethal Strike or dodge enemy attacks with a well-timed Sensemove. Amidst all the new features, the development have not forgotten what makes Metroid games so immersive and memorable; atmosphere, exploration and a truly great story. Exploring the hostile environments on a single, giant Galactic Federation vessel, players will find themselves drawn into a deeply personal story that finally tells Samus’ own tale, revealing her failings, her flaws and ultimately her motivation for being a Bounty Hunter. Beginning immediately following the events of Super Metroid, when a baby Metroid gave its life to protect Samus, Metroid: Other M features a bold new blend of stylish, noholds-barred action that offers dramatic new direction for the legendary franchise, making this the most cinematic experience you’ll have had in a Metroid game. Reasons To Stock • Latest instalment from the Legendary franchise • Immersive gameplay • Seamless blends gameplay, story-telling and dynamic cinematography


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John Daly’s Prostroke Golf FORMAT Xbox 360, PS3, PC RELEASE DATE 8th October 2010 PUBLISHER OG International SRP £44.99 Xbox 360/PS3 £29.99 PC Developed by Gusto Games, sports enthusiasts and gamers alike should get ready to “Grip it and Rip it” with John Daly’s ProStroke Golf, staring the world famous PGA golfer John “The Lion” Daly. Featuring the unique and critically acclaimed ProStroke™ control that allows players to shape and control real golf shots like never before in a golf video game. Bringing the real PGA experience into your home, the game features fully licensed courses which John has actually played on and includes many different game modes, realistic golf physics and commentary by the famous voices of golf delivering the complete golfing

experience for golf fans, sports fans and gamers. With five different playing modes including Challenge Mode, where players can pitch themselves against a pro, and enhance gameplay physics to ensure a truly realistic golfing experience. Delivering an authentic golf videogame that will bring the competition and excitement of golf to every home. Reasons To Stock • Features the world famous John “The Lion” Daly • Brings the real PGA experience to every home • Unique and critically acclaimed ProStroke™ control

Racket Sports

Final Fantasy XIV

FORMAT PS3 + Move RELEASE DATE 17th September 2010 PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP £29.99

FORMAT PC RELEASE DATE 30th September 2010 PUBLISHER Square Enix SRP £34.99

Developed exclusively for the PlayStation® Move, Racket Sports lets players experience perfect, natural control of their shots. Players can escape to exotic locations for intense, exhilarating competitions in five different racket sports including Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash and Beach Tennis. A flexible control system lets players set the amount of control required depending on their skills. Assisted controls are available for newcomers and casual users that are intuitive and accessible, whilst expert settings require precision and perfect timing for a full control of trajectory, power and speed. With 6 different game modes, Racket Sports provides fun for every occasion; from Quick Match for a short break to Party Mode where anything can happen on the court.

Players can also enter the challenge online and compete for a place on the leaderboards. 30 immersive environments inspired by real-world landmarks, take players on a journey, making them feel as though they are playing on the beach of Copacabana, at the foot of Mount Fuji, or in the middle of Central Park! The playing fields also come to life with animated backgrounds, dynamic sound mix and day/night support. Playable characters are also extremely customisable with over 30 outfits, 30 hairstyles, and 15 rackets to unlock. Reasons To Stock • Five different racket sports • 30 immersive environments • Six different game modes

Final Fantasy XIV marks the latest instalment to the Final Fantasy series, and brings with it unprecedented levels of player choice and freedom. Final Fantasy XIV introduces adventurers to the Armoury system, which influences character development as well as their individual gameplay experience. After choosing a path on which to embark, be it the Discipline of War, Discipline of Magic, Discipline of the Land or Discipline of the Hand, players may then select any of the various classes, and need do no more than simply equip the proper weapon or tool to instantly change their active skills. With defining emphasis on the game’s weapons and tools, the Armoury is a unique class system that influences both character development and an individual’s style of play. Players have the flexibility and

freedom to fight, craft and gather whenever and however they choose. On their travels, players will come upon massive, crystalline formations known as aetheryte that allows for teleportation throughout Eorzea. By using small, rectangular plates called guildleves, the power of aetheryte can be unlocked, granting players the ability to travel instantaneously from location to location. Players can take on adventures alone or with friends as they undertake quests and engage in battles as they travel through Eorzea. Reasons To Stock • Multiplayer mode • Fully customisable characters • The latest instalment to the Final Fantasy series

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R.U.S.E FORMAT PS3, Xbox 360, PC RELEASE DATE 10th September 2010 PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP PS3, Xbox £49.99 / PC £39.99

Fight a war of perception in R.U.S.E, the one-of-a-kind RTS game from the critically acclaimed strategy developers Eugen Systems. R.U.S.E sees players bluff their enemies to lead their nation to victory, controlling the action using views that range seamlessly from the heart of the battlefield to the full theatre of war. Players are plunged into the action thanks to the exclusive IRISZOOM™ Engine which offers an intuitive interface that allows for smooth, rapid transitions from a birds-eye view of the entire conflict, down into the heat of the battle; giving users an aerial, smooth interaction unlike anything seen before. Players must use their spying network to gather intelligence on their enemy and then strike at their Achilles heel! Using overturning deceptions skills, players must mislead their enemies with decoys, camouflage, radio

silence and intoxication to undermine the enemies’ strategy and weaken their logistics. Testing the players strategic skills with fastpaced, addictive cooperative and adversarial skirmishes, they then face unpredictable battle situations, commanding a huge spectrum of units including dozens of infantry, vehicle and aircraft units that all possess specific abilities that will help them overpower the enemy. In R.U.S.E players must use their brain as the ultimate weapon, fighting a war of perception, where the ability to deceive and mislead the enemy determines success. With new-found depth to the game play and incredibly detailed maps, R.U.S.E reinvigorates the real-time strategy genre. Reasons To Stock • Exclusive IRISZOOM™ engine • Incredibly detailed maps • Fast-paced and addictive game play

Sid Meiers Civiliisation

H.A.W.X 2

FORMAT PC RELEASE DATE 24th September 2010 PUBLISHER Take Two SRP £39.99

FORMAT Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii RELEASE DATE 3rd September 2010 PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP Xbox 360, PS3 £49.99 / PC, Wii £39.99 As a member of the ultra-secret H.A.W.X. 2 squadron, you are one of the chosen few, one of the truly elite. Players will have to use finely honed reflexes, bleeding-edge technology and ultra-sophisticated aircraft to dominate the skies, with their existence denied by many governments.

mighty empire. Combat is also more exciting and engaging than ever before, making Wars between empires feel massive with armies spreading across the landscape. The in-game community hub also allows Civ players to compete against players from all over the globe via the Internet and Play by Email, or compete locally in Hotseat and LAN matches, offering endless ways to rule the world. The fifth offering in the multi-award winning Civilization strategy game series, Sid Meier’s Civilization V features the famous “just one more turn” addictive gameplay that has made it one of the greatest game series of all time. Players must strive to become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the dawn of man into the space age, waging war, conducting diplomacy, discovering new technologies, going head-to-head with some of history’s greatest leaders and building the most powerful empire the world has ever known. With expanded visuals and immersive audio this believable world invites would-be kings to take up the reigns of power and forge a

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With unprecedented modding tools, players will have unlimited options for modifying Civilization V any way they like. Reasons To Stock • Addictive gameplay • Endless ways to play • Compete against players from all over the globe

Directly inspired by Tom Clancy’s books, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 will enable fans to once again experience the excitement and intensity that established H.A.W.X as a successful brand. In control of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 plunges fans into an explosive environment where they can become elite aerial soldiers. Appealing to a wide array of gamers, players will have the chance to control exceptional pilots trained to use cutting edge technology in amazing aerial warfare missions.

Players must master every nuance of the world’s finest combat aircraft, slipping into enemy territory undetected, delivering a crippling blow and escape before he can summon a response. Using their superior technology, players will decimate the enemy from afar, then draw him in close for a pulse-pounding dogfight; using their steel nerve to successfully executive night raids, aerial refuelling and more. Providing players with an astonishing degree of realism, actual high-resolution GeoEye™ commercial satellite imagery lets players see some of the World’s most famous locations from Moscow to the Persian Gulf, and from the Arctic Circle to the Indian Ocean Reasons To Stock • Become one of the finest military aviators the world has ever known • Sequel to the successful H.A.W.X. • Astonishing degree of realism


Rayman Rabbids Party Collection FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE 10th September 2010 PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP £29.99 Throw the ultimate party with this collection of Rayman Rabbids titles. Developed by the acclaimed game designer Michel Ancel, players see the return of the iconic videogame hero, Rayman, in the following titles, taking on some of his funniest and craziest adventures ever: Rayman Raving Rabbids Rayman Raving Rabbids sees the return of the iconic video-game hero, Rayman, in his funniest and zaniest adventure ever. When the world of Rayman is threatened by a devastating invasion of crazed, out-of-control bunnies, Rayman must rise up against his furry foes to foil their wicked plans. Utilising an array of amazing new abilities, and with the help of magical creatures, Rayman must break out off the moves to save his world from these delirious bunnies and their hareraising antics. Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 After invading the world of Rayman, the insane Rabbids have a new objective: THE INVASION OF PLANET EARTH! Setting their

home base at a shopping mall, the Rabbids try to study human behaviour and mimic everything humans do in funny, illogical ways. As part of their training, the Rabbids must carry out several missions around the globe to prepare themselves for world domination. Rayman will attempt to infiltrate the Rabbids, disguised as one of them, in a mission to foil their crazy plans and save Earth. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party The Rabbids have taken over almost every channel you can imagine, from music to movies - even TV ads! Help the Rabbids destroy all our daily viewing and drive Rayman crazy. Play through a week of television, with each day bringing new wacky challenges of skill and insane movements in a compilation of mini-games. With up to eight players in turn-based mode and four players simultaneously, get ready for you and all your friends to go insane. Reasons To Stock • Over 175 different games • Developed by acclaimed game designer Michel Ancel • Multiplayer madness

Ninety Nine Nights II

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

FORMAT Xbox 360 RELEASE DATE 10th September 2010 PUBLISHER Konami SRP £39.99

FORMAT PSP RELEASE DATE 10th September 2010 PUBLISHER Square Enix SRP £29.99

Ninety-Nine Nights II is the highly-anticipated sequel to the internationally acclaimed Xbox 360 title, Ninety-Nine Nights. Set in a mystical world of miracles and magic, humans co-exist alongside many other races including the elves, goblins and orges, but when the “Lord of the Night” suddenly appears, it takes only 3 months before the fertile fields of the land are reduced to scorched earth. Staying true to its predecessor, Ninety-Nine Nights II pits players against hundreds of enemies on screen for some of the most prolific ‘Hack and Slash’ gameplay to date with massive epic battles. Improved graphical presentation on the Xbox 360

features more enemies on screen, over-thetop destruction (Orb Attack), and uncompromised levels of violence including a blood camera system.

Mastery; Terra, Ventus and Aqua. The three of them will soon find themselves in the middle of a crisis affecting worlds far beyond their own.

Players can select from a multitude of fighting styles and weaponry, allowing them to campaign with various characters, each equipped with customisable weaponry and accessories allowing for enhanced combo attacks and features that progressively change enemy battles.

Featuring all-new characters and brand new but instantly recognisable Disney environments from the worlds Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep boasts exceptional graphics making it one of the most beautiful titles ever to be released for the PSP.

Online Co-op for 2 players also allows players to combat relentless enemies with a friend in the fully supported online player via Xbox LIVE. Reasons To Stock • Online co-op play for 2 players • Enhanced visuals • The most prolific ‘Hack and Slash’ gameplay to date

With more than 14 million copies shipped worldwide, the Kingdom Hearts series is one of the more beloved RPGs in video game history. Uniting Disney and original characters from Kingdom Hearts once more in a brand new magical game world, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is set to engage players with its gripping storyline and action-packed gameplay. Long before Sora was chosen by his Keyblade, the worlds’ safety lay in the hands of others known as the Keyblade Masters. It is under the command of one of these, Master Eraque, that three young pupils have been training long and hard to prove that they, too, exhibit the Mark of

In addition to new characters and environments, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep features three new battle systems and four different multiplayer modes including Versus, Arena, Rumble Racing and Roll the Dice. Reasons To Stock • 4 new multiplayer modes • All-new mysteries and secrets • Awe-inspiring graphics

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