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CONTENTS 05 EDITOR’S COMMENT

Faye Le Duc introduces the November edition of The Future

07 WE WANT ONE

Keep Xbox One wireless controllers safe and fully charged with the Energizer Charging System by PDP

09 NEW TO US

Introducing the ultimate data recovery technology brand, Infinity Wireless

10 Q&A

We welcome back Category Manager, Darren Hanlon

14 MICROSOFT

Microsoft provides the perfect companions for a tablet

17 LOGITECH

Introducing a brand new range of portable PC speakers

19 THRUSTMASTER

Discover the next generation of ultra-realistic racing simulation gear

21 STEELSERIES

Get a competitive edge with the new H-Series tournament grade gaming headsets

24 XBOX ONE

An new era of gaming and entertainment arrives this month with the highly anticipated Xbox One

26 FORZA

The highest-rated racing franchise of the past decade returns, setting a benchmark for driving simulations

30 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG

Set in the exotic Caribbean during the golden age of piracy, meet Edward Kenway and learn how he is drawn into the ancient war against the Templars

34 GAMING CHARTS

View our handy not-to-be-missed feature that helps you make the most of your gaming range

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editor’s comment

Editor’s Comment Welcome to the new edition of The Future from Exertis Gem! The new name reflects a change in our business; bringing together our group of companies under one brand, making it easier for you to do business. It’s been 8 six years since the launch of the Xbox 360 console so, as I’m sure you can imagine, Xbox One is dominating the atmosphere at Exertis Gem. As a business, we’ve been working on the launch since the initial announcement at E3 in May, so it’s exciting that the launch is finally here. We have a full feature on pages 24 & 25, be sure to check it out!

Faye Le Duc Trade Marketing Manager

Not only do we have an abundance of great offers but this month also sees the return of the ultimate driving franchise with the launch of Forza Motorsport 5 which takes full advantage of Xbox One’s next generation power. With Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3 and Zoo Tycoon all in the portfolio, Microsoft have covered a diverse genre of games to satisfy gamers for launch, with more Blockbuster titles still to come later this year and into the New Year. Being the official partner for Xbox One, we stock the consoles, games, Xbox Gift Cards, Xbox Live Gold Membership and all of the 1st party accessories from Microsoft. In addition to this we also have access to a fantastic range of official licensed accessories from Microsoft’s launch partners including Mad Catz, Thrustmaster, Turtle Beach and PDP - contact your account manager today to find out about the launch offers available. With Christmas fast approaching, I’m delighted to announce that our Christmas promotion will be running from the 3rd to the 13th December! As well as exclusive deals, we’ll offer exciting customer incentives throughout the 2 weeks so make sure you keep an eye on the Exertis Gem press centre for more information: www.exertisgem.co.uk/presscentre To find out more, please visit exertis.com

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Managing Editor Faye Le Duc

Publisher Exertis Gem

Editorial Assistant Brendan Adams

Exertis Gem St. George House, Parkway Harlow Business Park, Harlow, Essex CM19 5QF

Design Sophie Hammond Amber-sky Watts Digital Support Peter Cox Gaming Editor Kristan Reed

Head of Marketing and Retail Services Katie Rawlings

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Energizer 2x Charging System for Xbox One Microsoft has approved the PDP Energizer 2x Charging System as the only officially licensed Xbox One charging product. Featuring Energizer's trusted performance and dependability, this charging system keeps controllers charged and ready for gaming. The handy system also ensures gamers always know where to find their wireless controllers. Sleekly designed in matte and glossy black with chrome detailing, the Energizer System for Xbox One matches the new console perfectly. The stand gracefully cradles two Wireless Xbox One controllers while twin conductive power points simultaneously recharge them. There is also an AC Power Adapter which allows for quick charging. Easy-to-identify blue and green LED lighting indicate the charging status so gamers will know when batteries are ready for action. The charging system also includes two fully compatible 1200mAh Energizer Recharge® Battery Packs for up to 40 hours of playtime, meaning gamers will always have spares on stand-by, so they can keep playing even through marathon gaming sessions. Make sure your customers have power when they need it with this Xbox One charging solution controller stand.

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Q&A

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We welcome back Darren Hanlon he returns as a Category Manager You have worked in various roles for DCC (parent company); can you tell us about them, what bought you back here? I’m a graduate of the DCC graduate program, I started off within Exertis Gem, then spent the last two years moving between companies within the group which has been great. It’s given me an opportunity to work across a variety of industries over a short period of time, which is quite a unique opportunity and I have learned a tremendous amount. I really enjoyed the experience, but from day one, I knew I wanted to come back to Exertis Gem afterwards, as there simply wasn’t another company with such a combination of exciting vendors and brilliant people. Describe yourself in 3 words Nerdy, Ambitious, Irish. Tell us a joke What’s the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish Funeral? One less drunk person!

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As Category Manager for Microsoft SDA/Commercial and Turtle Beach, what are your main ambitions for the next year? The markets for both are constantly evolving but I’m really looking to growing the Turtle Beach business alongside the Xbox One release as they have some awesome new products launching, which should do great over Christmas and the New Year. With Microsoft SDA and Commercial, there are some really cutting edge products available, especially within the new ergonomic range, and I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do with this category going forward. Tell us a fact about yourself that most people won’t know? When I was a kid, I used to have a cow called ‘Liz’. She eventually had to go away to live on a farm in the country with all the other animals… at least that’s what my parents told me.


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The Sonora AV Lance is a powerful sound system comprising a 42” HD soundbar with a wireless Subwoofer. Featuring four 3" mid-range drivers, twin ¾" tweeters, and 6½” subwoofer, it’s elegantly balanced throughout the ranges to provide exquisite clarity with clean and rich mids and dynamic low-end bass. Pumping out a hefty 120W RMS, it’s devastatingly loud while remaining free from distortion. The power and volume as well as subwoofer levels can be controlled by the wireless IR remote control. At the press of a button customers can enhance the experience by switching to a panoramic simulated surround sound. The dual-purpose stands can be rotated to create wall mount brackets, allowing flexibility in the home set up. If customers are looking for a true home cinema effect, intense gaming or immersive music, the AV-Lance soundbar brings the experience to life.

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Otone’s Soundship Micro provides a premium-spec’d portable docking station specifically designed for Android devices. Pressing the top of the Soundship Micro will cause the panel to pop open and reveal an integrated micro USB dock connector. Once the base is open it will also display a retractable USB cable used to recharge the battery and a stereo jack connector for an AUX line in allowing most devices to be connected to the speaker. Bluetooth functionality also provides wireless connectivity to the Soundship Micro, adding even more flexibility on how customers connect their device, allowing them to stream their music from anywhere in the room. Webcode 11040101 SRP £99.99

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The ideal gift for tablet customers this Christmas

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Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse

Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard

The Wedge Mobile Keyboard is the perfect portable companion for your customer’s tablet. Ultra-slim and lightweight it’s designed for Windows 7 and Windows 8 tablet users who are constantly on the go.

The Wedge Touch Mouse lets customers comfortably navigate Windows 8 using Microsoft’s touch technology. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket, making it great for when on the go.

At less than three-quarters of an inch thick, the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard is both sleek and compact, making it great for people who are often on the move.

Full-sized, soft-touch keyset provides a comfortable, efficient typing experience that makes creating long emails and documents a breeze. The durable cover not only protects the keyboard from scratches but snaps into a tablet stand for watching movies or using for work.

The minimalist design gives a fluid, four-way touch scrolling and navigation in every direction. The mouse cleverly conserves its battery with its “Backpack Mode” which turns itself off when the tablets power downs or hibernates, so customers can throw it into a bag without having to turn it off.

Featuring built-in Bluetooth wireless connectivity means there’s no fussing with cords, cables, or transceivers. Ergonomically designed, the keyboard has a slight 6-degree angle in the keyset. This curvature helps to encourage a more natural arm and wrist posture, providing greater comfort during extended use.

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A powerful trio of new multimedia speakers Small size, clear sound

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Logitech Multimedia Speakers Z200

The twin 2.0 dual input multimedia speakers deliver 6 watts of peak power, producing a clear stereo sound that effortlessly fills a room. The controls are easy and convenient, with an integrated volume dial in the power button on the speaker’s solid, compact design.

Available in 2 colours and delivering 10 watts of peak power, these 2.0 speakers pump out rich sound with resonating bass. Featuring a sleek modern design, it has twin 2.5-inch drivers per satellite, generating balanced stereo and clear acoustics for a room-filling sound.

Users can also enjoy private listening via a handy headphone jack, meanwhile a 3.5 mm auxiliary input allows them to connect to a laptop or smartphone. The Logitech Z150 Multimedia Speakers are available in black and white, allowing the customer to match the colour with their devices or home styling.

Customers can use side mounted tone wheel controls to tweak the bass, while the power button is integrated into the volume dial. A 3.5 mm audio input and auxiliary line let customers connect to multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. Meanwhile a headphone plug-in allows a more personal listening experience.

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This eye-catching cylindrical mini speaker is compact and portable, giving customers the freedom to play their favourite multimedia around the home. Deceptively powerful for its size with excellent sound quality, the 2.25-inch single driver produces 10 watts of peak power. The mini speaker uses an AC power supply, so there is no need to ever recharge the Z50. Designed for plug and play simplicity, simply use the 3.5 mm audio line-in to connect the Logitech Z50 speaker into a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Available in three great colours: pink, grey or blue – there’s a personal style that matches the customers taste. Webcode Dolphin Grey - 980-000807, Magenta - 980-000808, Ocean Blue - 980-000809 SRP £17.99

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Designed for HDTV’s, the new Roku 3 is possibly the most powerful, responsive streaming box on the market. Its eclectic offering delivers some of the best entertainment from popular premium services like Netflix, Spotify and NowTV to many free entertainment options like Crackle, BBC iPlayer, Angry Birds, Demand 5 and VEVO. Roku 3 has an all-new interface that makes browsing effortless. While other intuitive features include an enhanced remote with a built-in headphone jack, allowing users to enjoy private listening which especially handy for watching at night without waking others, as well as motion-sensing technology that lets customers play games with a simple flick of the wrist or game-ready buttons for furious button mashing. It also delivers up to 1080p HD video and extended-range, dual-band wireless connectivity for increased speed. A free Roku app for iPhone® and Android™ devices can turn a customer’s phone into an advanced remote control for the Roku, letting them start a show, replay a favourite movie moment, browse through all channels in the Channel Store, or add new channels to the line-up. With over 50,000 movies and shows instantly available, Roku can deliver that perfect title to match the mood of the customer.

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The 3Hv2 is an entry level headset designed for both first time gamers who are seeking the SteelSeries audio experience and gamers wanting quality without having to make a large investment. Encompassing the four components that set SteelSeries audio above the rest, it delivers fantastic performance, convenience, durability and comfort. It comes in a compact, foldable design making it ideal for storage or travel and an adapter which allows for use with PC, Mac, tablets and phones. Unlike other headsets in this price category, the durable 3Hv2 brings together its powerful, next generation audio drivers, extra-padded leather cushions, a retractable microphone system and in-line audio controls on the soft-rubber cable in a compact and portable headset. Webcode 61023 SRP £39.99

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The 5Hv3 is one of the most talked-about headsets on the tournament circuit with its award-winning, gaming audio performance and portability. Building on the historic SteelSeries audio tradition, the newest generation of custom-engineered audio drivers accomplishes a clear and detailed sound without distortion. It’s features include a retractable microphone system, extra-padded and soft all-leather design, a double braided cable with an integrated volume controller and swappable cable system so that the headset can be used with a PC, Mac, phone or tablet. Especially popular at LAN-events and internet cafés around the world, it has the ability to be dismantled into 3 pieces for easy carrying and transportation, making it the one of the most sort-after headsets for many gamers around the world. Webcode 61031 SRP £79.99

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Delivering a professional tournament-grade audio experience, incredible digital features, and best-in-class comfort, the 9H is the most competitive gaming headset SteelSeries has ever produced. Equipped with an advanced USB soundcard, it provides users with two Dolby® technologies allowing up to 7.1 channels of realistic multi-channel surround sound, and SteelSeries Engine support for unlimited audio profiles, a 10-band equaliser and a state-of-the-art noise cancellation microphone. A double enclosure design, typically only found in high-end audio studios and DJ headphones, creates a level of noise isolation unlike any other headset in gaming. It’s audio drivers deliver a balanced dynamic range and also benefit from advanced components like high grade Mylar film to further perfect the sound, giving the best possible tournament-grade gaming experience.

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The T500RS is an ultra-realistic racing simulator, with official GRAN TURISMO®6 & PlayStation® Licences. Specially designed for the Gran Turismo series, the T500RS delivers one of the most authentic driving experiences without compromise. Delivering a benchmark in force feedback, it uses an industrial motor with 150mNM of Torque motor, while H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate Technology™ provides unique precision with 16-bit resolution. Optimised for GRAN TURISMO 6, it allows several Force Feedback effects at one moment, providing lifelike racing sensations. Depending on the type of racing circuit and the car being driven, the 30 cm diameter detachable wheel can turn up to 1080 degrees, that’s 3 complete rotations.

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The T60 is the new official licenced Sony PS3 racing wheel, developed for an enjoyable racing experience in almost any environment, thanks to its exclusive knee-top system. This brilliant knee-top concept lets customers use the wheel in complete comfort from any armchair or sofa. There’s also still the conversational central clamping system for attaching to a table or desks. With easy-to-reach ergonomic control positions, the wheel features a D-Pad, 12 action buttons, and a Home button as on the official PlayStation gamepad for an intuitive gameplay. The wheel is also fully programmable through the PS3 Mapping function.

The T500RS also comes with three 100% metal pedals, the pedal set can be either floor mounted - F1 style or suspended - GT style.

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Delivering an unparalleled gaming experience, the T80 DRIVECLUB Edition is the first official licenced wheel for PS4. Specially optimised for the exclusive launch title – DRIVECLUB, this limited Edition wheel will be available on the games release. The T80 DRIVECLUB Edition includes special features to let users get the most out of the PS4’s new functionalities with automatic recognition by the PS4, along with the official “SHARE”, “OPTIONS” and “PS” buttons that are easily accessible. Gamers can use these buttons to share their favourite racing moments in DRIVECLUB. Featuring a rubber texture coating, adjustable wheel sensitivity, auto-centring, 11 action buttons, a multidirectional D-pad and wheel-mounted digital sequential paddle shifters, drivers can quickly shift gear with complete control and comfort. The wheel’s central clamping system also ensures total stability during intense gaming sessions. The large pedal set features adjustable angles of inclination, allowing for optimised acceleration and braking according to the user’s preferred driving styles. Availability 22nd November 2013 Webcode 4160598 SRP £99.99

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The new generation is here. N

ovember is here and with it brings a new era for Xbox and gamers alike. With 23 titles launching for Xbox One this month, the console sets an unprecedented standard of quality for modern gaming.

From an open world apocalyptic survival game to the highest-rated racing franchise of the past decade, the diverse catalogue of titles means whatever palate pleases, there’s a dish to suit.

As well as multi-award winning exclusive titles on the Xbox One, there is also exclusive in-game content such as FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Legends and first access to downloadable content like Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC. The fluid and instant interchange between entertainment is one of many reasons people are choosing Xbox One. Designed to be the centrepiece of every living room, the Xbox one has top multiplayer action, much-loved movies, music and live TV that have all been brought together in one place.

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• Play an exclusive line-up of games including Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome

• Enhance game experiences using a phone or tablet with Xbox SmartGlass

• Enjoy exclusive FIFA 14 Ultimate Team content

• Chat in full 1080p HD resolution using Skype for Xbox One

• Be the first to access to Call of Duty®: Ghosts downloadable content

• Watch live TV from a set-top box through the console

• Access Xbox Live, the premier online multiplayer community

• Instantly jump back and forth between a game, TV, music and movies

Advanced TV hardware required. Games, add-ons and media content sold separately. Initial set-up and some games and features require broadband internet; ISP fees apply. Online multiplayer, Skype and some features also require Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) and/or additional requirements. See xbox.com/xboxone.


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Exertis Gem is the official UK Distributor for Xbox One, and the only place to get the exclusive Xbox One games and accessories. Xbox One is set to revolutionise games and entertainment, so make sure your customers don’t miss out on an additional Xbox One Wireless Controller or an Xbox One Play & Charge Kit for the fullest Xbox One experience.

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Xbox One Wireless Controller

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FORZA MOTORSPORT 5

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MICROSOFT | XBOX ONE | 22nd NOVEMBER 2013

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tart your engines: Forza Motorsport 5 arrives this month to thrill gamers with the chance to race the most desirable cars on the most exciting tracks across the world.

The brand new graphics engine tech under the bonnet boasts new lighting, particle and texture techniques that enable Turn 10 to push for levels of realism that were never previously possible.

Billed as a 'cinematic automotive journey", Turn 10's Xbox One exclusive delivers the white knuckle thrill of racing better than ever. The mantra of Forza 5 is 'never race alone.' With its innovative cloud-powered Drivatar technology, the game learns over time how gamers and their friends drive, and delivers 'real human behaviour' during races. That means real characteristics, real mistakes, and therefore real victories. As we've come to expect from the top-rated Forza series, players can truly live out their ultimate car fantasies. From purpose-built race cars to classic sports cars to modern tuners, there's something for every car aficionado. Everything from the 1965 Mini Cooper to the 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans-AM to the bang-up-to-date 2013 Audi S4 is catered for in its 60+ roster. Compelling variety is also promised in its track selection, with the likes of Silverstone, Mazda Raceway Laguna Secs, and the Mount Panorama Circuit featuring among a wide selection. As the first next gen title in the series, Forza 5 has been crafted from the ground-up to take full advantage of the next generation power of Microsoft's Xbox One. With a baseline frame rate of 60fps at full 1080p, it's a game that takes the shackles off Turn 10's ambition, and delivers the kind of astonishing visual fidelity that gamers have long been craving.

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"a world of speed, beauty and danger real enough to touch." Thousands of types of materials, such as metal, glass, leather, rubber and concrete look even closer to real life. This, they say, helps create "a world of speed, beauty and danger real enough to touch." Tracks, too, are now more accurately represented than ever, thanks to laser-scanning techniques that capture detail with "millimetre accuracy". The racing environment will feel more authentic, with fans crowding the walls, helicopters circling overhead and the hubbub of race day. Forza 5 also boast Top Gear Exclusives - such as unique challenges from Stig’s Digital Cousin in unique car challenges, and Power Laps on the Top Gear Test Track. Meanwhile, the iconic hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May provide their insight and commentary throughout the game.


A turbocharger and new paint job on perhaps the best racer of the outgoing generation. EDGE

An excellent, tight and beautiful-looking racing game. HUFFINGTON POST

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[A] new level of immersion and challenge each time they play the game. DAILY MAIL

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Microsoft also promises that the automotive journey will continue long after launch, thanks to updated online race events, as well as desirable new cars that will hit the game months before they're available in real-life.

'Drivatar' tech learns how players race Top class visuals Seamless customisation options

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And it's a game where intense rivalries play out everywhere in the game. Players will compete against friends’ top times in rotating challenges for in-game credits and those all-important bragging rights.

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A triumph of visual fidelity.

"Fast and fair" multiplayer is also one of the core features of Forza 5, with Smart Match matchmaking and dedicated Xbox Live servers offering an experience tailored to the skill and style of each driver.

As well as making the game feel more realistic, the power of the cloud has also allowed Turn 10 to beef up the customisation options. For example, over time Forza 5 gets to know what cars and paint schemes you like, and will seamlessly delivers the best user-generated content to the player.

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Turn 10 appears to be leading the pack. OXM

There’s no denying that Forza is ushering in a next-gen approach to racing games. And we can’t wait to start those engines in November. DAILY MIRROR

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RYSE: SON OF ROME

MICROSOFT | XBOX ONE | 22nd NOVEMBER 2013

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et set for Roman warfare on an epic scale, as the team behind Far Cry and Crysis returns with a brutally realistic combat experience.

Developed by Crytek exclusively for Xbox One, Ryse: Son Of Rome is a visually breathtaking title that sets a new benchmark for next-generation action games. The game focuses on the trials of Marius Titus, a Roman soldier who sees his family slain by bandits. With revenge firmly on his mind, Titus engages in bloody, raw, close-quarters combat against a vicious barbarian horde. Armed with sword and shield, he attacks, counters, blocks and pulls off brutal executions with vengeful fury. In this spectacular, cinematic title, players will truly relive the ruthless history of ancient Rome and roar across packed battlefields, taking in action-filled scenes with over 100 characters on screen at once.

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Ryse brings gamers an incredibly immersive action experience that boasts 'unmatched intensity and realism.' The game depicts the bloody conflict in the Roman Empire on a level never seen before. As you'd expect from the visual masterminds at Crytek, the settings are truly jaw-dropping. From the northern reaches of Britannia to the Coliseum and the very heart of Rome, Ryse takes players on a journey. Meanwhile, the latest advancements in performance capture allow players to become more immersed than ever, and interact with convincing characters that feature "incredibly detailed facial animation and naturalistic emotion," according to Microsoft. Elsewhere, Ryse also lets friends enter the fray, and fight alongside them in the Coliseum. With the roar of crowd behind them, players will team up and face the challenge of an ever-changing array of enemies.

Innovative Kinect features also add a gloss to an already impressive package, with players able to strategically command surrounding units in battle using voice commands, block incoming attacks or fire pilums or arrows. The game also integrates SmartGlass features, including character management and the ability to share experiences from the game with directly from a supported mobile or tablet. Ryse: Son Of Rome stands out as a key launch title for Xbox One. Call Exertis Gem today!

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Cinematic presentation Visceral hand-to-hand combat Colossal battles


DEAD RISING 3 MICROSOFT | XBOX ONE | 22nd NOVEMBER 2013

Fight for survival in a huge open world teeming with undead in Capcom's latest heart-pounding zombie slayer. Bigger than the previous titles put together, the latest chapter in the series is set a decade on from Dead Rising 2, and focuses on the adventures of young mechanic Nick Ramos. An impending military strike is poised to annihilate the entire city, so Ramos must find a way to escape thousands of bloodthirsty zombies before everyone is wiped off the map. Billed as "an experience quite unlike any other," Capcom's latest epic takes advantage of the next gen capabilities of Xbox One to allow players to seamlessly explore the captivating world of Los Perdidos. With no load times and advanced AI to enjoy, players must delve into their reserves of cunning and employ creative combat skills to stay alive.

Players' very survival is at stake, so desperate measures are called for. Everything is a weapon, and almost anything can be combined to make a new one. Combine a sledgehammer and a saw to create a Sledgesaw, or use alcohol with food to spit fire. Creative combos can also be used with vehicles, allowing players to create unlikely death machines like the RollerHawg - a deadly motorcycle and steamrollers creation! Gain access to exclusive missions; weapons, military support and more by connecting with Xbox Smart Glass. Online play is also fully supported, with drop-in/drop-out online co-op supported over Xbox Live.

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Biggest open-world experience to date Combine weapons creatively Co-op support

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ZOO TYCOON MICROSOFT | XBOX ONE | 22nd NOVEMBER 2013

The evergreen Zoo Tycoon series makes a welcome return this month, and promises to bring the excitement, challenge and satisfaction of building the ultimate zoo to Xbox consoles.

For the first time, players will be able to perform face-to-face interaction with the animals. Thanks to the power of Kinect, animals will recognise players' voices, and react to their movements.

Re-imagined for Xbox One and Xbox 360, the game lets players get up close and personal with more than 100 visually stunning species.

With real calendar tie-in and community-wide conservation efforts, Zoo Tycoon makes running your own zoo more fun and more involving than ever.

Boasting the biggest and most detailed zoo environments ever, Zoo Tycoon is designed for players of all ages, with fun tutorials and intuitive controls easing players into the game. Players get to create their own unique zoo layouts, adopt and care for animals, and also create and manage their own zoo with up to four pals on Xbox Live. It pays to be smart in Zoo Tycoon, because keeping the animals happy also keeps the guests happy, which ultimately keeps the cash coming into the zoo, and therefore a opportunities to make it even better.

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ssassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has just washed up onto the sandy shores of November 2013. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft’s latest epic cut-throat adventure marks the sixth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Set in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy, players are dropped into an 18th century world of exotic cities, lush tropical jungles and vast open seas of the West Indies. This year’s protagonist is Edward Kenway, a young British pirate captain and member of the Assassin’s Order, who finds himself drawn into an ancient war against the Templars. Kitted out with exciting new weapons, Kenway can effortlessly switch between four flintlock pistols, dual cutlass swords or the hidden Blade of the Assassin’s Order. Kenway also commands his own ship, the Jackdaw, which plays a big part in Black Flag. The Jackdaw allows the player to navigate the seas and rain down cannons fire on enemy ships and ports, plunder towns, and board and capture other vessels and their crew.

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Captured foes can also be recruited, to help Kenway keep the Jackdaw shipshape, plunder, pillage, buckle down the hatches, man the crow’s nest and scrub the decks. While plunder found or taken from conquered ships can then be used to upgrade the Jackdaw enabling players to take on tougher opponents. With 3 major cities: Havana, Kingston, and Nassau, and 50 unique locations to discover, the player is free to explore hidden coves and underwater shipwrecks for lost loot, pursue Templars through towns and cities, or hunt for animals and hidden treasure in the thick jungles and ancient ruins. While still including some colourful tales from a real cast of characters from the era, such as Anne Bonny, Blackbeard, Calico Jack, and Charles Vane, Black Flag avoids the obvious pirate clichés and retains a captivating and strong historical setting. Boasting the most expansive single player experience to date, multiplayer has also received a substantial overhaul. Players can select from an all-new set of pirate characters, and explore new land-based locations. There are 6 main game modes: Deathmatch, Wanted, Assassinate, Manhunt, Artifact Assault and

Domination - as well as a cooperative mode called Wolfpack, where a player can team up with friends online and work together to complete a timed based NPC’s hunting story mode. An expressive new element to the multiplayer is the Game Lab feature. This lets the player to tweak over 200 parameters to create their own game-play by selecting abilities, rules, bonuses and more, and then share the results with friends providing endless replay value and a great community experience. The exciting naval combat and refined fundamentals of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag re-establish what’s so special about the series. It’s the pirate game many have been searching for; delivering stunning visuals that looks even more outstanding on the next generation consoles.

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PRESSBUZZ Fast shaping up to spectacularly shiver our timbers as the open-world game to beat. OPM

The sheer fluid motion between islands, ships, swimming and each areas’s various activities makes for a great feeling of freedom. GAMEFRONT

For those unfamiliar with the series, Black Flag might just be the perfect opportunity to get on board. PLAYSTATION BLOG

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rom the team that brought us Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed comes Watch_Dogs - the latest action blockbuster from Ubisoft.

In a city where everything is connected, Watch_Dogs puts you in the role of a gifted hacker out for revenge.

It’s nice to know that all the fuss is worth it.

Set in Chicago, it's a cutting edge, networked world not a million miles away from the one we live in right now. A place where everyone leaves their digital footprints in all the information they share, and a city where the urban infrastructure is continually monitored by complex operating systems. In Watch_Dogs, the lead character Aiden Pearce has the ability to hack this Central Operating System (ctOS), and can manipulate almost every part of the city to track down those who hurt his family.

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When hacking is no longer enough, Pearce can always resort to force. Mete out street justice with melee attacks or take down enemies fierce gunplay. Said to rival anything in the shooter category, Watch_Dogs grants players access to more than 30 weapons. And thanks to contributions from Driver developer Ubisoft Reflections, Watch_Dogs also boasts a high octane driving experience, with 65 vehicles to explore the city with.

Watch_Dogs played as well as it looked.

Watch_Dogs will also deliver visuals right out of the top drawer, thanks to its 'Disrupt' game engine. With all versions developed in tandem, gamers will enjoy benchmark-setting visuals - no matter which platform they own.

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Player choice is also a key feature of the game, and the decisions made will create a "ripple effect" on not just the story, but the city and the life of Chicago's population.

Using his cyber-skills, players can monitor and hack everyone and everything in real-time via a mobile phone. Access security cameras to avoid detection. Download information to locate a target. Control traffic lights to cause a mass vehicle pile-up. Halt a train and board it to evade the authorities. Raise a bridge to narrowly escape your enemies. The city is his ultimate weapon.

Meanwhile, the game's unique multiplayer component allows players to control surveillance cameras in order to hack opponents. Watch_Dogs will be one of next year's key releases. Get in touch with your Exertis Gem account manager today.

Ubisoft Hall Of Fame

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Watch_Dogs is just one of many new blockbuster IPs introduced by Ubisoft down the years. Check out the rollcall of its key franchises.

2002

Splinter Cell launches on Xbox SERIES SALES 27 MILLION

2004 Far Cry launches on PC SERIES SALES OVER 8 MILLION

2006

Raving Rabbids launches on Wii SERIES SALES OVER 6 MILLION

2009

Just Dance launches on Wii SERIES SALES 28 MILLION

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1995

Rayman launches on PlayStation SERIES SALES 20 MILLION

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2003 Prince Of Persia. Rebooted on PS2 SERIES SALES 17 MILLION

2005 Brothers In Arms launches on PC SERIES SALES OVER 6 MILLION

2007 Assassin's Creed launches on Xbox 360 and PS3 SERIES SALES 55 MILLION

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The hacking system is certainly the game's biggest strength, providing lots of inventive and additional ways to achieve objectives.

PRESSBUZZ

DIGITAL SPY

It's no shock to say that 'Watch_Dogs' is a brilliantly ambitious and graphically stunning new take on the open-world action genre. HUFFINGTON POST

At its core Watch_Dogs uses some well-worn genre mechanics, but it overlays these with both a level of visual sheen that only next-gen can provide, and the type of large-scale interactivity that hasn’t been seen before. It’s hugely enjoyable to thrash around in.

Watch_Dogs has some GTA in its genes, but playing it doesn’t feel like playing GTA. It’s not satire and it’s not silly. There’s nothing funny about driving over pedestrians, or shooting into a crowd. PC GAMER

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