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August 2011

26.08.2011

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A MOUSE FOR ANY OCCASION Touching on the evolution of the Logitech Mouse

Colour Collection

Darkfield

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9 colours to choose from Nano receiver

Anywhere Mouse MX™ Works on any surface – even glass Unifying Nano receiver Webcode 910-000873 SRP £59.99

M500 Hyper-fast scrolling 1000dpi Laser precision – better than optical Webcode 910-001203 SRP £29.99

G500 Gaming grade laser precision Customisable settings

Presenter

Trackball

Mobile

R400 Intuitive slideshow controls 15 metre range

M570 Sculpted shape for extra support Unifying Nano receiver

Webcode 910-001356 SRP £34.99

Webcode 910-001882 SRP £59.99

M235 Compact design 2.4 GHz wireless connection - more reliable

SRP£29.99

Webcode 910-002201 SRP £19.99

Webcode 910-001262 SRP £59.99

For more information on Logitech products, please contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822 822 or visit www.gem.co.uk/logitech


CONTENTS

FEATURES 07 SMK Gem proudly announce their recent partnership with SMK

09 CYBERLINK Gem look at the brand new PhotoDirector 2011

11 MICROSOFT The latest innovative products from Microsoft; the LifeCam VX – 800 and the Explorer Touch Mouse

13 EXSPECT Managing Editor Faye Le Duc

Gem are pleased to announce two new members to the Exspect team

Associate Editor Danielle Govier

14 KASPERSKY LAB

Editorial Assistants Dean Clemmett Julian Cinque

We take a look at the new 2012 range of Internet Security with special prices exclusive to Gem!

Design Sophie Hammond Finn Maclean Production Support John Dunn Matt Andrews Peter Cox Gaming Feature Kristan Reed Publisher Gem Creative 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.

ALSO THIS MONTH 16 LOGITECH Gem looks at a number of innovative new products from Logitech that are perfect for those going back to school.

24 DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION Gem announces the highly anticipated Deus Ex: Human Revolution. By Kristan Reed

28 DRIVER: SAN FRANCISCO The latest edition to the famous Driver series comes to Gem!

*Trade account needed

32 BODYCOUNT One of the biggest releases of summer 2011 arrives at Gem! Gem Distribution Ltd St. George House, Parkway Harlow Business Park Harlow, Essex, CM19 5QF Telephone numbers Office: +44 01279 822800 Sales: +44 01279 822822 Facsimile numbers Office: +44 01279 416228 Sales: +44 01279 412604 Printed in the UK by Cadmium Multimedia

34 GEARS OF WAR 3 A deep look into one of 2011’s biggest releases by Kristan Reed

REGULARS 05 WE WANT ONE An exciting look at the new Logitech Z906 in our We Want One feature

24 GAMES FOCUS A look at this month’s upcoming releases

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With a Gem Online account, you’ll gain access to the latest Gem news, microsites, online ordering, offers, trade pricing as well as updates from our e-shot system.

Gem Online is here as a 24/7 ordering service. All orders are processed through your dedicated account manager before being shipped and gives you the quickest option in ordering and receiving your products for the right price. For any login issues, or relevant online queries, please email online@gem.co.uk or contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822800


Logitech Z906 Users can make their favourite music even more special with the Logitech Z906 speakers that deliver theatre quality sound for movies, music, television and games. Delivering a very powerful 500 watts, this 5.1 bit system will not only shake the house but will shake the whole neighbourhood! The THX certified speakers deliver a big, bold sound that allows users to pick up minute detail that they would not have otherwise noticed in their music. The 5.1 system delivers fantastic surround sound, adding a whole new dimension to the home cinema experience – explosions will come to life in the living room and listening to music will feel like you’re listening to your favourite artists live on stage with instruments booming from every angle. Although the 5.1 speaker set is intended primarily for use with a PC, the Logitech Z906 can be connected to up to six devices and will always deliver premium sound quality. Now the iPod, PC, television, notebook and more can all be plugged in at once, making for one noisy home! Logitech understand that music listeners are learning about sound quality in their speakers and they cater for this need with the Easy-To-Read Control Console that is included. The stackable design fits in with the speaker set and allows users to change the sound to their own preference. No matter what the taste in sound is, the Logitech Z906 speakers will be the right speakers for them!

Webcode 980-000469 SRP ÂŁ329.00

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For more information on the Logitech Z906 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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For more information on HedKandi range contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk


SMK

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SMK-Link Gem are delighted to announce their recent partnership with SMK-Link, a global success in producing innovative consumer electronics, presentation accessories, remote controls and computer peripherals. SMK-Link supply products including wireless keyboards, portable presentation speakers and presentation remote controls which drive an increased effectiveness of PowerPoint presentations. Their products aid presentations to corporate, government and educational markets under the Interlink brand developing unique solutions for some of the world’s best organisations. The SMK-Electronics Corporation is a division of SMK-Link and has excelled greatly in becoming the world’s largest manufacturer of remote controls. They currently produce 60 million remote controls worldwide each year. 18 million of these are infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) remote controls which are produced at their Mexico facility alone. The others are created in 155,000 square feet of manufacturing space in the USA.

Pad Dock 10

Bluetooth Calculator Keypad

The Pad Dock 10 has been electronically and acoustically tuned to produce the pinnacle of lifelike vocal presence and instrument tonality from the user’s iPad. Its powerful stereo system creates the perfect balance of volume and sound quality to enhance the experience of users listening to their favourite songs. Its design is custom made with oval 40mm X55mm speakers that uses high-energy neodymium magnets which create a room filling sound which is perfect for either empty or busy rooms. Its innovative passive radiator extends the bass frequency making a crisp and full range quality. Included is a USB power cable which connects the user’s iPad to their computer and the Pad Dock 10’s convenient switch allows the user to switch between ‘Charge’ or ‘Sync’ modes without having to change

cables. Charge mode will charge the user’s iPad quickly and efficiently and Sync mode will allow them to organise and upload all of their music, videos, apps and photographs to their iPad. The innovative rotate feature allows users to rotate their iPad 360 degrees to provide the best possible orientation for apps and the perfect viewing angle for films and the user’s favourite programs. Its solid construction means that it is heavy enough for the user to not have to worry about it moving during operation making it a fantastic internet station. Whether the user is in bed, at their desk or at the opposite side of the room they are guaranteed the best view with this innovative feature. Webcode VP3650 SRP £89.99

The Bluetooth Calculator Keypad increases productivity and efficiency for notebook users. This unique product combines the functions of a ten-key for spreadsheet data entry and a standalone calculator making it an incredibly useful tool for the workplace. The Bluetooth Calculator Keypad features a 12-digit LCS display and an OS selector switch making it compatible for both MAC and Windows. The calculator uses a SEND key which will send the user’s calculations directly into a spreadsheet. This eliminates any typing errors and makes the product very easy to use. The Bluetooth Calculator Keypad uses Bluetooth technology which means carrying a receiver dongle is unnecessary. The Bluetooth transmission range is up to 33 foot (10 meters) and is easily portable for those that are on the move.

For the working person the Bluetooth Calculator Keypad is a fantastic tool that will improve the efficiency and ease of transferring data. The high range Bluetooth technology is very convenient and will definitely impress users with its speed and simplicity. MacBook users will find this tool essential for any numerical work they wish to undertake and will enjoy the necessity of a numerical pad. Alongside all of this, its sleek, professional design will sit perfectly next to your Mac or PC. Webcode VP6273 SRP £49.99

For more information on SMK-Link and the products available 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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Develop spectacular photos that express your creative vision Fast, Intuitive Workflow Amazing Adjustable Tools Precise Regional Adjustments Native RAW Support Connect With DirectorZone Freedom to Experiment Buy PhotoDirector 2011 and receive a FREE Update to PhotoDirector 2012 upon release

White Balance

Sharpness

RGB Levels

Supported by For more information on CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011 contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk


CYBERLINK

Create a Masterpiece with CyberLink CyberLink, developer of a wide range of award-winning digital media creation, playback, sharing, and enjoyment applications, would like to announce the launch of PhotoDirector 2011.

Precise Regional Adjustments Target specific areas of your photos with dynamic regional adjustment tools. Adjustment brushes, gradient mask and much more.

PhotoDirector perfects every step of your photography by smoothing the flow from the time an image is imported to its final output. Cutting edge adjustment tools let you perfect your photos by enhancing targeted areas or retouching whole photos in a non-destructive environment. PhotoDirector delivers all the advanced tools that pros need for photo editing, including noise reduction, white balance, levels and adjustment brushes in addition to native rendering of camera RAW files from Canon and Nikon. Download unlimited adjustment presets and connect with the PhotoDirector community on DirectorZone. Once you have the brilliant look you were shooting for, share your creativity directly to Facebook, Flickr or YouTube.

Freedom to Experiment Explore your creative potential. PhotoDirector is a non-destructive editing environment that inspires your creative flow.

PhotoDirector 2011 provides the features you need to perfect, manage and share your photos. Let your creativity shine and bring out the brilliance of your photos with PhotoDirector.

Key Product Highlights Perfecting Every Step PhotoDirector 2011 delivers the most intuitive workflow that is designed specifically for photographers to smooth the flow from import, manage, enhance to final output.

Native RAW Support Native rendering of RAW files from Canon and Nikon cameras maintains the immaculate quality of your images Connect with DirectorZone Create, share and download unlimited adjustment presets from the passionate DirectorZone.com community. Connect with pros on DirectorZone to share and download unlimited presets that will transform your photography. Easily manage large batches of photos and huge photo libraries. Photographers serious about their hobby do it all with PhotoDirector 2011 With a whole host of exciting and competitive features, CyberLink’s PhotoDirector offers something fresh and exciting into the photography genre. The product offers both novice and prosumer the opportunity to be able to produce and manage quality photographs with ease. PhotoDirector 2011 will be available this August, please contact your Gem account manager for more details.

Fast, Intuitive Workflow Photo workflow software designed specifically to smooth the flow from the time an image is imported to your PC to its final output Amazing Adjustment Tools The best way to spectacular photos. PhotoDirector delivers all the cutting edge tools to retouch and enhance your photos.

For more information on CyberLink products contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk or visit www.cyberlink.com

TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Microsoft Hardware 速

Get great value products without compromising on quality and reliability

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Explorer Touch mouse

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

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LifeCam VX-800


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LifeCam VX-800

Explorer Touch mouse

Whether it’s moving to a new town, going off to university, or the arrival of a new baby, webcam video calling offers an ideal way to stay close to the ones we love, no matter where life takes them. With the Microsoft LifeCam VX-800 video-calling is as simple as pressing the Windows Live Call Button, and the plug-and-play setup enables the user to get connected straight away.

The new Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse is the latest addition to Microsoft’s Touch Mice Collection, offering users a simple and comfortable design that is ambidextrous; working with the user whether they are left or right handed.

Featuring a VGA Video Sensor, the LifeCam VX-800 is equipped with everything needed to provide the user with best-in-class video quality by compensating for the lack of light; increasing the luminosity of content and boosting colour saturation. For more natural and detailed audio, the LifeCam VX-800 also features a built-in microphone that automatically picks up the users voice with remarkable clarity. The LifeCam VX-800 has also been optimised for use with Windows Live Messenger, which makes it incredibly easy to share experiences; ensuring it is effortless to stay in touch with friends and family who live far away. Webcode JSD-00009 ERP £16.99

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With five customisable buttons for convenient usage, the Explorer Touch also features a touch scroll pad that offers optional feedback in very light vibrations that lets the user know what they are doing as they use the mouse. This feedback can be turned off, should the user not like the feeling. Microsoft’s BlueTrack™ technology ensures that the Explorer Touch works on almost all surfaces with unrivalled responsiveness no matter where the user is working. Making it easy to transport, the Explorer Touch also features a small USB receiver that clicks into the mouse’s undercarriage, keeping it safe when travelling so users do not need to worry. Webcode Coal Black U5K-00009 Storm Grey U5K-00010 ERP £49.99

For more information on Microsoft and the products available from Gem 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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Universal Travel Speaker The Universal Travel Speaker enables you to listen to your music anywhere - at home, in the park, at the beach, by the pool. A small and compact system which delivers good quality sound in any environment. Part Code EX855

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For more information on the Exspect products contact your For more information on Exspect products Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822


EXSPECT

Introducing the new members to the Exspect Team

James Tattersall

Adam Alvey

Vendor Manager for Ministry of Sound and HedKandi

Business Manager for Exspect

In the year and a half that James has been working with Exspect he has been the liaison between the product development of Exspect and the sales team at Gem. He works with a huge variety of customers and enjoys operating under the diversity of retail. James has recently become the Vendor Manager for Ministry of Sound and HedKandi and he has taken the opportunity to use the skills from his previous role and apply them when working closely with these brands to ensure they are efficiently managed. James’ role at Gem is to liaise between the brands, Exspect as the manufacturer and the sales team, to maximise opportunities with Gem’s traditional and non-traditional customers.

Adam has been working with Gem for the past 11 years and has worked with a vast array of customers from Mail Order, Online, and Virtual Warehouse to Store Front across independent, major and national accounts. Recently becoming the Business Manager for Exspect has allowed Adam to use a multitude of skills that he has gained over the past years and support the account manager, understanding theirs and their customer requirements. Adam’s role is to manage processes and maximise Exspect’s opportunities with retail, e-tail and also in looking at non-traditional avenues.

Few brands are as current and relevant to the audio accessory market as Ministry of Sound; I am extremely excited to be working on the project

With Exspect having such a comprehensive scope of opportunity for licenced and non-licenced products, I am looking forward to being part of the team that can drive the business forward

For more information on the Exspect Team and their products 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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For more information contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/kaspersky

TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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Back to School with Logitech Everything you need to get the most out of your laptop

When it comes to catering for all needs, Logitech has products to suit everyone; whether you’re a student who’s just starting university or a professional looking for a mouse that will work wherever you go. Here The Future takes a look at a few of the products available from Logitech that allows the user to enjoy their notebook in comfort, listen to their favourite music and keep it protected.

Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700 With the Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700 users get more than just a lapdesk, they get a home theatre style sound system and a comfortable laptop experience. The Speaker Lapdesk N700 offers users two built-in high definition speakers with 2-inch high-performance neodymium drives, and are specifically designed for laptops to give users a rich sound and powerful bass. The Speaker Lapdesk also features a quiet, efficient fan that circulates air under the laptop, protecting the fan from dust and damage, whilst the heatshielding design and angled riser helps to keep the heat off the user’s legs and lap, ensuring a comfortable experience. Webcode 939-000288 SRP £69.99

For more information on all products available from Logitech contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk/logitech 16


LOGITECH

Logitech HD Webcam C270

Logitech Notebook Sleeve 15.6” Pink Balance

Anywhere Mouse MX

Making HD video calling simple the Logitech HD Webcam C270 offers users clear conversations and the best possible images thanks to RightLight and RightSound technology. Users can enjoy HD 720p video calls on most major instant messaging applications, as well as Logitech Vid HD.

Offering protection, comfort and convenience for a 15.6” notebook, the Logitech Notebook Sleeve is the perfect accessory for anyone on the go. Featuring a zippered accessory pocket, the Notebook Sleeve gives users a handy spot to keep their power supply and mouse.

Users can also send their families and friends pictures when they don’t have the time to talk or record a video. Pictures can be taken at 3-megapixels with just one click of a button.

The Notebook Sleeve also features a soft fleece lining that keeps the notebook looking its best by protecting it from scuffs and scratches.

With Logitech darkfield laser tracking the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX allows the user to use their mouse virtually anywhere they want with precise cursor control on any surface, even glass tables, where optical and standard laser mice fail. While the compact size enables the user to take it anywhere and be sure that they will get things done more comfortably with its sculpted design, and hyper-fast scrolling.

Webcode 939-000317 SRP £19.99

The Logitech HD Webcam C270 also comes with MAGIX Photo Manager 9 and MAGIX Video Easy, enabling users to edit their video and images to help users get organised and fix minor blemishes in photos.

The unifying technology also enables all compatible mice and keyboards to be added to just one receiver, and is so small that there is no need to unplug, ensuring that the receiver is kept safe and will work when the user needs to. Webcode 910-000873 SRP £59.99

Webcode 960-000582 SRP £24.99

Ultimate Ears 200vi Get into the zone with definitive acoustics and professional sound from Ultimate Ears 200vi. Tuned by the same engineers who make the Custom Stage Earphones, this headset includes on-cord controls and integrated microphone that lets users take calls without missing a beat. With a simple, stylish design and three colours to choose from, users can start listening to music right away. The noise-isolating design also keeps out background noise so that users can listen to their music whilst on the go with no interference. Ideal for all audio, Ultimate Ears 200vi is compatible with audio sources with a 3.5mm jack including iPhone™, iPod™, Blackberry™, home audio and games consoles. These earphones are also available in three funky colours so that they can match them to their lifestyle. Webcode Blue 985-000168 Green 985-000156 Purple 985-000162 SRP £34.99

Logitech Notebook Kit MK605 The Logitech Notebook Kit MK605 is a complete solution that lets the user pick from the accessories included to suit what they are doing and where they are doing it. The accessories included are the Logitech Wireless Mouse M505, that features a combination of form and features that helps users get more done, more comfortably and in more places; the Logitech Wireless Keyboard K340 that is designed to fit the user’s space and life, freeing up space on their desk and features a three-year battery life; and the Logitech Notebook Riser N110 lets users pick from one of three angles, so that they can enjoy the perfect position when watching movies, sharing photos or just working at their desk. Webcode 939-000223 SRP £69.99

TEL 01279 822822 FAX 01279 412604 WEB WWW.GEM.CO.UK

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MACALLY

Introducing Macally High quality and value accessories

PRODUCT RANGE

Gem are pleased to announce their recent partnership with Macally, the world-class designer and manufacturer of next-generation mobile and in-home electronics. Since 1975 Macally has been delivering aesthetically pleasing, high quality, competitively-priced consumer electronics peripherals equipment and accessories to satisfy customers. The company’s mission is to create easy-to-use products that add enjoyment – not complexity – to life; exceeding customers’ expectations. With innovative and attractive

product lines, they provide solutions for customers’ mobile lifestyle as well as the home and office. Macally achieve their mission through excellence in design, manufacturing and service. Macally’s solutions include feature-rich MP3 accessories, mobile accessories and input devices. Here The Future takes a look at a selection of the products from the range.

EcoFanPro

ShellStand 2

The Macally EcoFanPro is a bamboo cooling stand for notebook computers up to 17” that can be used both on a desk and on the lap. The EcoFanPro contains two 2.5” fans which are powered from the notebook’s USB port. These will ensure that the user’s notebook will not overheat and makes using a notebook much more comfortable and cooler for the user when they are using their notebook on their lap. The EcoFanPro is almost entirely made of organic and eco-friendly bamboo material for a greener living style and the stand can be adjusted in height to improve the typing and viewing comfort for the user.

The ShellStand 2 is a black faux leather case that acts as a protective case as well as a brilliant stand for the iPad 2. It contains several compartments in which users can store business cards, pens and anything else they need making it a fantastic product for working people. Users can rest in assurance that their iPad 2 is safe in the ShellStand 2 as the faux leather will protect it from any bumps and scratches and the case is also open to all connections and controls for efficiency.

Webcode ECOFANPRO SRP £34.95

The integrated stand supports landscape and portrait modes, which means that whether the user is browsing online, watching a film or sending an email they are guaranteed a fantastic view of their iPad 2. Webcode SHELLSTAND-2 SRP £44.95

MagStand2

EcoStand2

SmartMate

The Macally MagStand2 is an elegant and minimalistic magnetic stand/mount that allows the user to view their iPad 2 in both upright and downright position. The MagStand2 can be used as an upright table stand, as most iPad 2 stands, but what makes it so special is that it also can be mounted (with screws) under a kitchen cabinet so that the user can watch their favourite movies or recipes while they are cooking. The magnetic mounting solution of the MagStand2 is strong enough to keep the iPad 2 in downright position, but still offers the possibility to easy install and remove the iPad 2.

The protective case with bamboo stand for iPad 2 offers an elegant design solution that can match the users living room. The hard-shell plastic case is a perfect fit and ensures maximum protection, while the adjustable bamboo stand supports both landscape and portrait mode, and is easily adjustable to suit various viewing angles and positions. Easy-to-use, there is a magnetic solution that attaches the case to the stand, even leaving the iPad 2 open to all connections and controls.

Designed to complement Apple’s SmartCover, this protective snap-on case for iPad 2 is the ideal solution. The SmartMate not only protects the back of the iPad 2, but its smart Lock ‘n’ Go mechanism also makes sure that the SmartCover doesn’t detach from the iPad.

Webcode ECOSTAND SRP £34.95

SRP £26.95

Webcode White - SMARTMATE-2W Black – SMARTMATE-2B

Webcode MAGSTAND SRP £26.95

For more information on the range of Macally products available from Gem 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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Connect with Innovation Introducing Netgear’s latest range of Wi-Fi products

Netgear’s newly announced innovative products are set to make internet browsing efficient, safe and more enjoyable than ever. Connect wirelessly to numerous devices at impressive ranges without the worry of interference or slow download speeds, even with HD data. The N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router, Universal WiFi Range Extender WN3000RP and the Universal WiFi Range Extender, 4-port WiFi Adapter WN2000RPT guarantee safe, secure and reliable web services at impressive speeds. Netgear have introduced the latest wireless technology to their new range with simplest of set up so people of all ages can enjoy their connection without any problems. With the increasing number of wireless internet devices in the average home it is necessary for consumers to have a reliable and fast connection to the internet. With Netgear’s latest range of routers, you can expect to be impressed by fantastic signal and speed with the internet on all of their devices.

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Here, The Future provides you with information as to why these new products are a ‘must have’ for those that want the most out of the web across a multitude of wireless devices, such as the iPad, iPod or Notebook, in a connection that is fast and secure.

For more information and to buy today, contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822822 or go online at www.gem.co.uk


NETGEAR

N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router boasts concurrent dual band technology that ensures top speeds and great range for applications while minimising interference. The benefits are endless, from streaming HD video impressively fast to quick online multiplayer gaming in which the user can ensure no lagging. Without the frustration of slow internet speeds, simultaneous downloads of the latest apps are quicker and easier with minimal disruption. The routers built in DSL modem means that it is compatible with all major DSL Internet service providers making it available to the majority of the market. The N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router will handle a safe and dependable internet connection across a range of wireless devices simultaneously. Consumers can have their iPad, Notebook, television and Smartphone connected at the same time to the router without having to suffer lagging and an unreliable connection, which is massively beneficial for households that are acquiring more of these wireless devices. Live parental controls are included for those that want to keep their internet experience safe and are reliable and easy to set up. The variety of settings available can enable Guest Network Access, which provides separate security and restrictions for guests using the network. The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router is truly an all in one router. With its Built-in ADSL2+ modem, WAN Gigabit Ethernet ports and Dual Band wireless capabilities create the Ultimate Integrated Home Gateway Webcode DGND3700-100UKS SRP £159.99

Universal WiFi Range Extender, 4 -port WiFi Adapter WN2000RPT The Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, 4-Port Wi-Fi Adapter is the perfect tool for wide range and high speed internet availability. It allows the customer to keep their current wireless equipment and improve coverage to eliminate ‘dead zones’, giving access to the internet with great coverage whilst roaming anywhere in the home across a number of devices at the same time. It’s compatible with wireless B, G and N routers, gateways and Internet services provider devices from Netgear and other brands. The Four Ethernet Ports enable users to hard wire gaming consoles, IP TV’s, Blu-Ray Players plus many other devices simultaneously to the Internet. The ports also allow the Extender to function as a wireless bridge to connect to home AV devices creating versatility in the browsing opportunities. The Push ‘N’ Connect feature makes connecting simple. Using a Wi-Fi Protected Setup the Push ‘N’ Connect button will ensure the computer is connected to whatever device the Extender is plugged into quickly and securely.

Universal WiFi Range Extender WN3000RP With the Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, the operating distance of the entire wireless network is doubled without the worry of connection loss or need for additional power cables. The Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender offers limitless freedom in surfing the web. Its signal will overcome obstacles and it will also enhance the network signal overall so roaming around the house with a good connection is easier than ever. Wireless devices such as iPads, iPods, Smartphones, game consoles and televisions will all be able to receive speedy coverage from any room in the house. Its small and sleek design has been made to blend in with any environment and it can be plugged into an ordinary electrical outlet making it perfect for the home. Webcode WN3000RP-100UKS SRP £69.99

A graphical step by step guide to installation makes getting set up very easy and convenient. The Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender also contains a dynamic LED display to show connection status and signal strength which makes usage simple and efficient. Webcode WN2000RPT-100UKS SRP £59.99

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for more seasoned audio editors. Considering the wide range of editing and recording tools, which are a snap to use, it is easy to declare this the best program available in the Mac audio editing software lineup.“

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NCH Software Founded in 1993, NCH Software focuses on designing easy-to-use applications that improve productivity, fulfill specific needs, and provide straight-forward solutions at economical prices for both small businesses and general consumers. By offering a wide breadth of software applications encompassing everything from audio and video to business and telephony, NCH Software strives to be who users turn to for reliable software applications for any need.

What is NCH Software’s strategy for the UK?

What make NCH’s Audio Essentials Suite unique?

The UK is already one of our largest markets in online sales, and by expanding our brand into the retail arena we are confident NCH Software will quickly gain more recognition and market share with our reliable and easy-to-use software solutions.

Not only do we support more audio file formats than competitive products, the included vinyl converter and DJ software give the suite more depth and functionality. Programs included in the suite are well respected, have won multiple awards and have a loyal fan base worldwide. All of the programs are dual platform compatible for both Windows and Mac users. Add the included sound effect and music library on top, and you couldn’t ask for a more versatile and robust software package.

What are the key NCH Software products in the UK market? We are going back to our roots in audio for our retail debut in the UK. As a leader in audio technology, our audio applications are well known for their ease of use and high quality output. All our applications work strongly as basic solutions on their own, or integrate with each other to handle the complexities of larger scale audio productions, making the Audio Essentials suite the basis of a solid foundation for our retail presence. Audio Essentials will soon be followed with more streamlined products included the Business Essentials Suite, which integrates solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Who is the target market? Audio Essentials is perfect for any audio project in the sound studio, at home, or at the office. The intuitive designs of these programs have you up and running quickly, giving audio engineers direct, uncluttered access to all the powerful tools they could want at their disposal. Audio enthusiasts of all skill levels can use Audio Essentials to take their audio projects to the next level.

What are the key NCH Software products in the UK market? Audio Essentials is the most comprehensive suite for anyone serious about audio, complete with six intuitive programs allowing end consumers to do everything from simple audio recording to complex audio manipulations. The suite includes: • WavePad Sound Editor • MixPad Multi-track Recorder and Mixer • RecordPad Sound Recorder • Switch Audio File Converter • Zulu Virtual DJ Software • Golden Records Vinyl Converter

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ore than four years in the making, the third title in the critically acclaimed Deus Ex series hits the shelves this month, and promises to be a genuine contender for Game of the Year

PUBLISHER Square Enix FORMAT Xbox 360, PS3, PC RELEASE DATE 26th August 2011

REASONS TO STOCK • Long-awaited sequel to revered classic • From the team behind Tomb Raider • True choice-based gameplay • Stellar marketing campaign • Triple A production values and cutting edge tech

Set a quarter of a century prior to the first Deus Ex title, 2027 is a time of social division, where great technological advancement has also brought chaos and conspiracy, with a sharp contrast between those who can afford mechanical augmentations of the human body and those who cannot. In this genre-blending first person action spectacular, players take controls of ex-SWAT specialist Adam Jensen, a man brought in to oversee security and protect company secrets at high tech experimental biotechnology firm Sarif Industry. But as with anything extremely valuable, you can bet there's someone out there willing to do what it takes to get their hands on it. Sure enough, a deadly black ops team gains entry and performs a chilling assault that wipes out the very scientists that Jensen is assigned to protect. On top of that, Jensen is left with the kind of crippling injuries that only biomechanical surgery can fix. Once kitted out with cutting edge augmentations, the super-enhanced Jensen is compelled to chase down every lead from all over the world to uncover those behind the conspiracy. Described by Square Enix as "the perfect mix of action and role-play", Human Revolution promises to be an action-packed affair, featuring

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an exciting blend of visceral close-quarters takedowns and intense shooting. As with the previous critically acclaimed Deus Ex titles, player choice is firmly at the heart of the game, and Human Revolution grants players a vast array of augmentations and upgrades for their character as well as the various weapons at their disposal. Players will be able to unlock new abilities and enhance areas of their choice, including stealth, social, hacking or combat skills. As you'd expect from Deus Ex, the latest iteration rewards players regardless of the style of play. Players get to decide upon their own approach to any given situation and can then evolve their character accordingly. With choice comes consequences, though. Players will decide upon every step: do they blast their way through enemies, sneak up behind them without being traced, hack systems to retrieve crucial information, or use social skills to glean information from key characters? It's up to them. With multiple approaches, multiple paths and multiple tools at your disposal, Deus Ex: Human Revolution truly puts the players in charge, but with the price that they must always face the consequences of their actions. With critics hailing Deus Ex: Human Revolution as a potential game of the year, demand is expected to be intense. Contact your Gem account manager today, and don't miss out!


NEED TO KNOW : A BRIEF HISTORY OF

DEUS EX JUNE 2000 The original PC version of Deus Ex, developed by Warren Spector's Ion Storm, is released to universal acclaim, with reviews averaging at 92 per cent on Metacritic, and was later named PC Gamer's best PC game of all time.

JUNE 2002 Two years after its original release, Deus Ex finally comes to console, with the PlayStation 2 version benefitting from a simplified interface and graphical enhancements.

MARCH 2004 Ion Storm's long-awaited sequel finally arrives in Europe almost four years after the original, on PC and Xbox, with average review scores of 80 per cent and 84 per cent, respectively. Ion Storm was closed in February 2005.

MAY 2007 Deus Ex 3 was announced, with a teaser trailer following in November. Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics revealed as the developer.

FEBRUARY 2011 First wave of hands-on previews published, to universal approval.

26TH AUGUST 2011 Game released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

PRESSBUZZ If the game lives up to the promise of its first few hours, we might need a whole new choir to sing its praises The Escapist Magazine

The key is to really stick with the gameplay style you enjoy the most – but be willing to adapt as the game changes; that's always been Deus Ex's mantra – and we're relieved to see it underlined again IGN

It’s visibly more futuristic than the first, the melee and cover are very different, and that first half hour is misleadingly straightforward. But none of these things stop the meat of the game from capturing the Deus Ex feel: thinking “OK, how do I want to play this?”, stumbling across interesting alternate routes, and panicking when it all goes wrong PC Gamer

Perhaps the best compliment we can pay to Deus Ex: Human Revolution at this stage is the fact that in many ways it feels different, but at the same time remains faithful to a series that has become enshrined in video game lore TotalVideoGames

Already Human Revolution is looking like the successor fans of the 12-year-old original have been waiting for and that alone could make this a game of the year contender

Even from the onset, Adam Jensen also seems like a character that I wouldn't mind spending dozens of hours with

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Just Dance 2 Extra Songs FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE 15th July 2011 PUBLISHER Ubisoft SRP £19.99 Even more sweat and even more fun are expected with this addition to the Just Dance series. Following on from Just Dance 2 this latest edition features 22 tracks previously only available via download, plus two exclusive tracks. The songs are diverse to cater for everybody and feature popular artists such as Rhianna, Blur, Katy Perry and Panic at the Disco to name but a few. Those that are unfamiliar with the Just Dance Series (Where have you been!!?) you don’t need to worry. Just Dance 2 Extra Songs doesn’t require either of its predecessors to play it and tutorials mean that you will pick up the dance moves quickly. Just Dance 2 Extra Songs will wow newcomers to the series and deliver even more entertainment to existing fans. Reasons To Stock • A New edition to the massively popular

Tracklist A Band of Bees - Chicken Payback A R Rahman, Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger - Jai Ho! Blur - Song 2 Carl Douglas - Kung fu fighting (Dave Ruffy / Mark Wallis remix) Estelle feat Kanye West - American Boy Katy Perry - Firework M/A/R/R/S - Pump Up The Volume Panic At The Disco - Nine in the afternoon Rihanna - Pon De Replay Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild The Supremes - You Can’t Hurry Love V V Brown - Crying Blood Countdown Dee’s Hit Explosion - Barbie Girl Love Letter - Why oh why Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen Professor Pumplestickle Studio Allstars - Maniac Sweat Invaders - Funkytown Sweat Invaders - Skin-to-Skin The Hit Crew - Here Comes The Hotstepper The Lemon Cubes - Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of Monica) The Lemon Cubes - Moving On Up The Reverend Horatio Duncan & Amos Sweets - Down By The Riverside The World Cup Girls - Futebol Crazy

We Sing UK Hits

We Dance

FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE 30th September 2011 PUBLISHER Nordic Games SRP £29.99

FORMAT Wii RELEASE DATE 2nd September 2011 PUBLISHER Nordic Games SRP £24.99

We Sing UK Hits is the only singing series of games to support four players simultaneously in any Party mode. Party mode includes We Sing, Versus, Group Battle, Pass The Mic, First to X, Marathon, Blind and Expert. There’s also Solo mode and Karaoke mode, which strips the track of vocals to really challenge players. Other features include Singing Lessons to help singers fine tune their voices to rival any professional and Jukebox mode allowing people to play the entire 40-song track list continuously. Players can also line-up their favourite songs using the Playlist feature and play them in any mode. In-game awards come from playing either single or multiplayer modes, adding further depth and replay value to We Sing UK Hits.

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Just Dance series • 22 Tracks that were previously only available as downloads • Fun and energetic gameplay that is perfect for the active gamer

Plus, once a track has been sung, players can replay performances and add cool effects to their voice. More points come thanks to Star Notes which provides extra points for hitting hard notes and Player Statistics give a detailed breakdown on how good the performance was.

We Dance will have the whole family, young and old, putting on their dancing shoes. This new release from Nordic Games is set to arrive into the market in early September. Perfect for family fun, We Dance is fun, easy to use and fantastically energetic.

Reasons To Stock • The first range of singing games to offer 4 player simultaneous multiplayer • Many different games modes offering extensive gameplay options • Customise your performance with tons of cool effects and watch your own play-back • Featuring 40 blockbuster songs from the UK’s biggest artists with many original music videos included, exclusively for Wii

Unlike other dancing games, We Dance utilises three different styles of play. Players have the option to use the Wii remote, the Star Mat or a combination of both. Each method of play offers different levels of difficulty. The flexibility in the gameplay and difficulty means that anyone can join in the fun. Warm up sessions will help you prepare for the stage and there’s even a dance school to help you learn the dance steps which will get you ready for the main game.

spanning over four decades of music with a range of genres including Disco, Pop, Rock and more and is the ultimate dance party game which is set to turn lounges into dance floors all across millions of homes. Reasons To Stock • Three different styles of gameplay • 40 classic dance songs in a number of genres • Suitable for the whole family • Perfect combination of fun and fitness

We Dance features 40 classic dance tracks

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The Smurfs & The Smurfs Dance Party

PUBLISHER Ubisoft FORMAT Wii & DS RELEASE DATE 29th July 2011 SRP Wii / DS - £19.99

REASONS TO STOCK The Smurfs Dance Party: · Dance moves created by real choreographers · Play with your favourite Smurf characters such as Smurfette or Papa Smurf · Release also coincides with the release of the CGI motion picture film The Smurfs DS: · Release coincides with the release of the CGI motion picture film · Number of entertaining mini-games · Storyline is dependent on the players actions which gives them longer gameplay

The Smurfs are making their comeback this summer in a way that is expected to be enchanting! Coinciding with the much anticipated CGI motion picture film expected to arrive in August, Ubisoft have announced the release of The Smurfs for DS and The Smurfs Dance Party for Nintendo Wii. The Smurfs Dance Party is an all new dancing game for Nintendo Wii. Its gameplay has been based heavily on the bestselling Just Dance and Just Dance 2, a series which has revolutionised the dancing simulation games across all formats. The Smurfs Dance Party’s gameplay features iconic dance moves which are fun and easy to follow. Real choreographers have given their expertise into the games development which allows the player to experience a fun exercise in an array of different music styles. Using both single player and multiplayer you can master the dance moves with some of The Smurfs most legendary characters including Smurfette, Clumsy Smurf, Papa Smurf and even the evil Gargamel! The game will feature recent top of the chart songs and you can also expect a few of the classic Smurf songs also, so there’ll be music to suit everyone! Based on the coming CGI film it is a game to be enjoyed by both children and adults with its highly energetic and playful gameplay. Also in Ubisoft’s pipeline this summer is The Smurfs DS. Differing from the Nintendo Wii’s The Smurf’s Dance Party, the DS game will contain a series of fun and educational mind games and read-along stories about the Smurfs as the Smurf village prepares for the Blue Moon Festival.

However problems will be encountered as the evil Gargamel plans to cause his disruption. The gameplay is transfixing offering a number of fun games. These include Cake Decoration, Smurf Symphony and Smurf & Smurfette’s dress-up plus more. Challenges will arise during gameplay which requires you to use your initiative and problem solving skills to overcome any obstacles. Overcoming these will grant you a figurine of your favourite characters which you need to collect as you progress. The storyline is dependent on your choice which means that the gameplay will never tire. Interact with characters, challenges and items to make your own individual path through the story making a truly exciting experience. The storyline for The Smurfs DS also coincides with the release of the CGI motion picture which makes it the perfect game for Smurf fans. HISTORY The birth of The Smurfs was in Belgium in 1958 where it began as a comic strip created by the famous comic strip artist Peyo. After the success of the loveable Smurf characters The Smurfs hit television screens in the early 1980’s as a cartoon. The Smurfs became global and merchandise such as CDs, toys, DVDs and games became growingly popular with children. Last year Capcom’s Smurf Village app on the iPhone became one of the world’s top grossing apps and now in 2011 the little blue men are becoming personified with CGI and will appear on the big screen for a highly anticipated motion picture.

THE SMURFS DANCE PARTY

TRACK LISTING The Smurfs Dance Party track listing: ‘Walk This Way’ ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ Blame It on The Boogie’ ‘One of the Boys’ ‘A Year Without Rain’ ‘Like Whoa’ ‘Boom-Shak-A-Lak’ ‘Higher’ ‘Barbra Streisand’ ‘Just The Way You Are’ ‘Who Let The Smurfs Out’ ‘We Like To Smurf It’ ‘Mr Smurftastic’ ‘The Noisy Smurf’ The Lala Song’ ‘Smurfberry-licious’ Go Go Go Get It’ ‘More Than a Name’ ‘Very Blue Moon’ ‘Gargamel’ ‘We Hav Us’ ‘Everybody Up’ ‘Welcome to NY’

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DRIVER:

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PUBLISHER Ubisoft FORMAT Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Mac / Wii RELEASE DATE 2nd September 2011 SRP Xbox 360 / PS3 £49.99 Wii / PC - £39.99 Collectors Edition £69.99 Xbox 360 / PS3 only

REASONS TO STOCK • A series reboot of the 14 million selling franchise •One of the biggest driving environments in gaming history • Introduces Online Multiplayer mode for the first time in the series

fter almost five years out of action, the ultimate car chase series is back! Making its belated debut on both the Xbox 360 and PS3, the latest actionpacked DRIVER epic picks up the thread a few months after the dramatic events at the end of 2004's Driv3r. It soon emerges that evil crime lord Charles Jericho survived the shootout in Istanbul and is on the loose. But while this might be pretty rotten news for the residents of San Francisco, it sets things up nicely for hardened detective John Tanner to put things right in his own unique style. Having driven the streets of a hundred cities, and having spent his whole life putting criminals behind bars, Tanner wants nothing more than to get his revenge and take Jericho down - for good. Developed by the creators of the series at Ubisoft Reflections in Newcastle-Upon Tyne, the return of the 14-million selling franchise promises "some of the most intense chase sequences ever seen." Ubisoft promises a "groundbreaking" gameplay feature, where players can seamlessly 'Shift' between more than a hundred licensed vehicles, including the DeLorean DMC-12 and Dodge Challenger. Players will have to recharge their Shift meter by driving skilfully, by, for example, pulling off power slides, performing huge jumps and other daring feats, such as driving headlong into oncoming traffic.

As players go through the game, they will be able to upgrade their Shift ability, allowing them to shift into cars further away. Interestingly, DRIVER: San Francisco returns to the game's roots, with the focus once again purely on the driving experience, with no on-foot gameplay or third person shooting this time around. The Film Director mode will also make a return, allowing players to edit together their favourite gameplay clips for public consumption. The game boasts on one of the biggest driving environments in gaming history, with some 208 miles of road, and some of San Fran's most iconic landmarks will be present, including the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. For the first time in the series' history, online multiplayer gaming has been added, and boasts nine "frantic and addictive" online modes. Thanks to the innovative Shift feature, players can be "anywhere at any time". Ubisoft says gamers will be able "ram, tail and overtake friends in offline split-screen or online modes." Offering a timeless atmosphere, unique car handling and reinvigorated playability, DRIVER : San Francisco looks set to be a cinematic car-chasing classic.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF

DRIVER • Driver (1999) - Pushed the PlayStation to unprecedented heights, with a stunning free-roaming 3D gameworld, and unique handling. One of the biggest hits of the year. • Driver 2 (2000) - Following on from the original's stellar success, this double-disc release expanded on every element, and was another instant chart-topping smash for Reflections. • Driv3r (2004) - Broadened the gameplay to include on-foot third-person shooting, and a wider selection of drivable vehicles, including motorcycles and boats. • Driver: Parallel Lines (2006) A return to the driving-focused earlier titles, and switched between 1978 and 2006-era New York for the best in the series since the original. • Driver 76 (2007) - A PSPexclusive entry in the series, set two years before Parallel Lines, with an all-new storyline and missions. • Driver: San Francisco (2011) The long-awaited series reboot, set a few months after the conclusion of Driv3r, and once again picks up the story of undercover cop, Tanner. The exclusive Wii version, meanwhile, focuses on Tanner's early years as a cop.

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GAMESFoCUS ABOUT UBISOFT

REFLECTIONS Newcastle-based Reflections Interactive originally made its name in the late 1980s as one of the prime-movers of the 16-bit era, releasing several Amiga and Atari ST classics of the day including Shadow Of The Beast for Psygnosis. But it was its trailblazing releases on the PlayStation that made the studio a household name, with the two Destruction Derby titles proving a huge success, and laying the groundwork for the 14-million selling DRIVER series. Ubisoft bought the studio for $24 million in 2006, and changed the name to Ubisoft Reflections.

UBISOFT ON

DRIVER In many ways, the DRIVER franchise defined the action driving genre with its unique blend of intense driving action and iconic locations. DRIVER San Francisco features a thrilling storyline and exciting new gameplay elements that are sure to captivate both long-time fans as well as newcomers to the series. Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA chief marketing and sales officer at Ubisoft.

THE LIMITED COLLECTORS EDITION INCLUDES:

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A replica of the 1970 Dodge Challenger. A map of San Francisco. Two exclusive in-game vehicles. The “Mass Chase” challenge.

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F1 2011 PUBLISHER Codemasters FORMAT Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS & PC RELEASE DATE 23rd September 2011 SRP £44.99

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tart your engines for the much anticipated release of Codemaster’s F1 2011 set for release in September. With an improved visual element to the game and the availability of every Formula 1 driver F1 2011 will be the perfect associate for racing fanatics.

REASONS TO STOCK • Race with all 24 drivers on every circuit; even the new Buddh International Circuit • New online multiplayer to race people all over the globe • Fantastic gameplay and cinematics to produce tireless fun

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Following up from the BAFTA winning F1 2010, F1 2011 will have all of the 12 teams and 24 drivers that will be starting the 2011 season so you can race with your favourite drivers and progress throughout the intense and exciting gameplay. All of the circuits for the new seasons are also set to feature giving you many options of difficulty, driving style and scenery. Even the new Indian Buddh International Circuit is going to feature so racing fans will be able to experience the circuit before the Formula 1 drivers will! There is an increased focus on the Multiplayer mode which aims to create a fantastic online and split screen racing experience. Online multiplayer sees players all over the world competing with an expected maximum of 16 players in one race for privately hosted games or 8 players in public lobbies. Or if you want to keep the action at

home you can play split screen with your friends and family. You and a friend can race in the same team making teamwork and communication essential. Objectives will also be included in multiplayer which means that you can progress your driver’s experience in both solo mode and multiplayer mode and gain rewards throughout. The cinematic elements of the series have had a lot of work in F1 2011 making beautiful sceneries to race through. There is also an improved quality and attention to detail on things such as the vehicles and the drivers. The intricate detail of the cars will impress you. Watching the rainwater splash up from the tyres as you race at 150 mph is amazingly realistic and the detail in each of the driver’s appearance and driving style will have similar effects, making a personal story mode as you never doubt who you’re close behind. Along with the exhilarating gameplay and the wonderful cinematics F1 2011 promises to deliver an incomparable satisfaction to racers when you’re are stood on the podium. The cinematic element to winning races is rewarding to say the least, nevertheless your fingers will be itching for the next race to start.


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will take players through a different planet of the Lylat system as they blast enemies, collect power-ups and fight powerful bosses on their way to the final battle.

Released to massive critical acclaim way back in 1997, Star Fox 64 3D immerses gamers in the exciting adventures of Fox McCloud. The legendary leader heads a fearless squadron of fighters in fierce aerial combat to battle the evil forces of Andross and save the galaxy from destruction.

Along for the ride are your trusted wingmen Peppy, Slippy and Falco, and if one of them is pursued or captured by an enemy, players must act to protect them in order to keep their team strong.

ne of the all-time Nintendo 64 classics returns with this glorious 3D remake of the celebrated space shooter.

PUBLISHER Nintendo FORMAT Nintendo 3DS RELEASE DATE 9th September 2011 SRP £39.99

REASONS TO STOCK • Complete graphical overhaul to a true classic. • New four-player multiplayer Battle mode. • Enjoyable for newcomers or N64 veterans.

Remade and remastered in glorious 3D, Nintendo promises rich 3D visuals that deliver a remarkable sense of depth, distance and position as players dodge meteors and blast enemy fighters out of the sky. But it's not purely about the stunning visuals alone. Star Fox 64 3D also makes effective use of the Nintendo 3DS system’s dual screens. The top screen will feature 3D aerial combat, while the bottom screen displays characters and dialogue. Players will be able to enjoy the game with two distinct control methods. In old school Nintendo 64 mode, gamers will be able to play it with the original control method, while the new Nintendo 3DS mode uses the motion controls of the built-in Gyro Sensor of the Nintendo 3DS system. Each of Star Fox 64 3D's hugely enjoyable missions

Meanwhile, an all-new multiplayer Battle Mode option allows up to four players to fight it out in fierce aerial combat via a local wireless connection (using four systems and one game card via DS Download Play). Battle Mode also includes new power-ups and special weapons. Elsewhere, a new Score Attack mode allows the player to revisit any planet and play for a high score on that level. Players will also be able to use the Nintendo 3DS console's inner camera to display a live video feed of their faces as they fight it out, and it promises to bring a new level of fun and personalisation to the Star Fox 64 multiplayer experience. With a release date now confirmed for September 9th, call your Gem account manager today for more details on this superb new 3DS exclusive from Nintendo.

PRESSBUZZ Star Fox 64 3D is still the best Star Fox game ever with a new coat of paint!

RipTen

It's still a great game, and it plays just fine on the Nintendo 3DS...there's a very good chance that it will land in my library.

It looks fantastic, and it definitely captured me again.

Nintendo Fuse

Gamespro The 3DS conversion [gives] some nice depth to the visuals, particularly the Airwings' targeting reticle. Fans of the original will find a lot to like.

Nintendo does youth-era heartstring tugging like no one else, and Star Fox 64 3DS is shaping up to be yet another solid example of this tried and true tactic.

If the goal of Nintendo is to contentiously pull on the strings of my youth by re-releasing or remaking their classic catalog of games, they're winning.

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rom the creative genius of Codemasters comes a blockbuster that's set to reboot the First Person Shooter genre.

PUBLISHER Codemasters FORMAT Xbox 360 & PS3 RELEASE DATE 2nd September 2011

Focused firmly on delivering "best-in-class gunplay," Bodycount will let gamers experience the intense satisfaction of spectacular close-quarters combat in a 'shreddable' world as players and opponents tear through cover to pull off spectacular and explosive kills. This explosive title focuses on the adventures of Jackson, a former U.S. soldier recruited by an enigmatic, mysterious organisation called 'The Network' that resolves conflicts that even the UN cannot. Ensnared in a clandestine global power struggle that rages away from the headlines and under the cover of conventional war zones, Jackson becomes a powerful combat asset green-lighted to eliminate targets with extreme prejudice.

REASONS TO STOCK • Developed by an all-star team. • Best-in-class gunplay. • Brilliant, cinematic gameplay. • Fully featured multiplayer. • Cutting edge AI, advanced physics system.

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Tasked with terminating rivals designated only as ‘the Target’, gamers must complete multiple objectives amid the chaos of civil war, armed with the freedom to decide how and when to attack. Do you light-up anyone and everyone who stands between the player and their target or use stealth to conceal

movement across raging battlefields? In this "mysterious labyrinth of a covert conflict" operatives are encouraged to leave no witnesses With a powerful selection of contemporary firearms at players' disposal, "outrageous arcade action" is brought to the fore, and skilful play is rewarded with deadly power-ups. Players can use kill chains, gain signature destruction bonuses and gather Intel to build up their bullet meter and then unleash devastating air strikes on their enemies and further decimate the environment. Meanwhile, a unique cover system allows players to enjoy near complete freedom while in cover. And better still, the solo campaign is complimented by co-operative play and multiplayer modes (including Team Deathmatch), that Codies says will "set new standards" and "put the fun back into the FPS." Developed by an "all-star" team of development talent using Codies' incredible and award-winning EGO Game Technology Platform, Bodycount puts the bullet right at the very heart of the experience. Whether it’s the bone-jarring, blood-spattering devastation caused by blasting a foe away, or ripping up

the scenery with a hail of bullets, Bodycount is said to "perfectly crystallise the moment of pulling the trigger of contemporary weapons into a sensory overload of power and exhilaration." Codemasters reckons that players should prepare to immerse themselves in "a cinematic orgy of shooting and wanton destruction", and says that the game will "set new standards for the genre as Bodycount blasts outrageous fire-fights and indulgent, spectacular action from both barrels." Developed using the EGO Game Technology platform, Codemasters' designers have been given free rein to realise their creative visions across multiple platforms using cutting edge graphics, powerful AI, advanced physics systems and integrated network play. And one of the consequences of the EGO engine's 'shreddable' environments is the way it creates tactical options for players. Do you rip through cover to get at the enemy quicker, or shoot through the environment to create unique escape routes? In this game, every bullet counts, every body counts. Contact your Gem account manager today about this exciting new title.


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PRESSBUZZ Manages to feel both relevant and unique by ensuring it never loses its focus: being bombastic ... It’s like an eighties action movie shoved into a console THESIXTHAXIS.COM

Could well be one of the most progressive and individual shooters for a number of years GUARDIAN.CO.UK

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The bold visuals are complimented by an equally bold approach to shooting VIDEOGAMER.COM

Basically you’re encouraged to kill as creatively as possible. Well, if you insist... OFFICIAL PLAYSTATION MAGAZINE

The developers say it’s ‘all about the guns’ and it shows IGN

Bodycount’s weaponry feels shockingly powerful

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GEARS OF WAR 3 PUBLISHER Microsoft FORMAT Xbox 360 RELEASE DATE 20th September 2011 SRP £49.99

he epic concluding chapter to one of the most successful blockbuster gaming trilogies ever is almost here, with a pledge to plunge players into "a harrowing tale of hope, survival and brotherhood."

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With survivors scattered and the remnants of civilisation in ruins, time is running out for humanity. Marcus and his comrades must face their biggest challenge yet in this brutal sci-fi adventure.

Available exclusively for Xbox 360 on the 20th September, Microsoft Games Studio and Epic Games brings players another bombastic, cinematic third person shooter that raises the bar for action gaming.

Once again, Epic Games has gone all out to push the boundaries, and Gears Of War 3 promises to expand on the capabilities of the Xbox 360 to unprecedented levels, with some of the most incredible visuals ever seen.

Gamers will catch up with Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad 18 months on from the fall of Jacinto, the last human city in Gears of War 2. With the COG now disbanded, the Gears are stationed in the island of Vectes, aboard a converted aircraft carrier.

And if its cinematic scale and ambition doesn't already make it a must-play, the groundbreaking four player co-operative campaign makes it among the most anticipated new releases ever. Playable both offline in split screen and online over Xbox Live, it promises to be one of the most highly rated games of all time.

Marcus and his team face the threat of both the dreaded Locust and a new, mutated threat known as the Lambent. Emerging from deep within the infected planet's surface, they present another fearsome threat to overcome.

PRESSBUZZ REASONS TO STOCK • Latest in the multi-million selling franchise • Four-player co-op campaign play • Immense multiplayer gameplay • Benchmark-setting visuals • Backed by vast marketing campaign

Die-hard Gears fans will find themselves happy with how the game appears to be shaping up, but equally important, Epic appears to be doing a great job of making the game accessible and comfortable to new players as well

MCV Gears of War 3 is more of the good things from the previous games but with some slight improvements. For some people that may sound like a bad thing but from my perspective it is actually a huge plus because the past games were great. Why fix what isn’t broken?

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New playable characters will be introduced, as well as new weapons, new enemies, and fully controllable Silverback mech suits for use at key points in the game.

[Horde mode is] not about fighting wave after wave of enemies anymore, it’s about setting up shop and defending like you’ve never done before with your backs to the wall and your sphincter so tight it could turn coal into diamonds. And that’s nothing but good, baby

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As ever, the online play also promises to be another benchmark experience - as the recent online multiplayer beta programme proved recently. Essentially, it builds on the first two Gears in spectacular style, with the all-new Beast mode allowing players to fill the role of the Locusts and attack Delta Squad. All-new classes are present, including Tickers, Wretches, Digger Boomers, Butchers and Berserkers, Horde mode will return bigger and better than ever, alongside the ever-popular Team Deathmatch. When it comes to blockbuster gaming experiences, you can count on Epic to deliver the goods, and Gears Of War 3 looks set to be its crowning achievement. Contact your Gem account manager today about this fantastic title!

Gears 3 is a lot more light and colourful compared to the drab, dark gothic world of its prequels and the lighting engine is looking particularly polished and vibrant

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What it lacks in flair it makes up for with its meaty interplay of weapons and positioning, a formula oft-copied but never bettered, and the sheer gusto it can bring to an exploding chicken

Everything feels quicker, tighter and more slick, and the graphics are beautiful. The gameplay is as fantastic as always and combines the previous Gears of War title’s multiplayer aspects nicely

EUROGAMER

GOD IS A GEEK

Gears of War 3 is incredible. Its as if Epic went through their list of customer complaints from Gears 2 and waved a magic wand to make them all disappear

BOTCHWEED


SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

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