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store.gem.co.uk November 2012

06.11.12

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CONTENTS 05 EDITOR’S COMMENT

Faye Le Duc summarises this month’s Gem activity

06 WE WANT ONE

Wii U, we want you

07 GEM NEWS

November’s update on all things Gem

11 Q&A

Gem’s Business Manager, Neil Smith, takes part in this month’s Q&A

15 LOGITECH

Logitech keep customers moving with a selection of portable solutions

17 MICROSOFT

Microsoft show off their range of Windows 8 accessories

19 HERCULES

Hercules presents the Wireless Audio Experience range

23 KASPERSKYS

Security software giant Kaspersky announces new bundle offers

24 HALO 4

Master Chief returns for the eagerly awaited Halo 4, exclusive to Xbox 360

26 WII U

Future takes a look at the highly anticipated new home console, Wii U

28 UBISOFT

Ubisoft deliver strong support for the Wii U with their excellent launch line-up

30 WWE 13

THQ take us back to the ring side in raw wrestling action with WWE 13

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COMEDITOR’S editor’s comment

The clocks have gone back, mornings are darker, evenings are cosier and the shops are bursting with festive cheer, needless to say this is probably my favourite time of year. This year, as well as our annual Christmas promotion, Gem has launched a Microsoft Xbox campaign to pass on outstanding Xbox deals to our customers throughout the busiest time of year. Our dedicated Xbox Sales Team has built a comprehensive promotional plan and the available offers will give our Indies a chance to stock an outstanding range of accessories, software and Xbox Live in time for the Christmas rush.

Faye Le Duc PR & Marketing Manager

Not only do we have an abundance of great offers but this month also sees the return of Master Chief in the latest chapter of the Halo franchise with Halo 4 and we have some fantastic deals available for launch. Nintendo’s highly anticipated new home console Wii U is out this month along with a selection of outstanding titles from Ubisoft, turn to pages 28 and 29 for more details. Over the past month, we’ve welcomed a number of new vendors to the Gem party including Transcend, XtremeMac, Piggyback and SOL Republic; four unique vendors who each strengthen Gem’s position to supply a greater range of products to the channel. I won’t spoil your reading, so to find out more about the new partnerships, please turn to the news page for more details. As always, we have some fantastic promotions throughout November. To celebrate the launch of their new Norton 2013 range, Symantec are running a reseller promotion to incentivise their customers, offering a chance to win a luxury skiing trip for four people to Chamonix or a spa break in Austria as well as monthly spot prizes. What’s more, when you order through us we’ll give you the chance to win between £250 and £500 worth of Gem credit. This issue of Future shows off just some of the new products available from Gem this month but don’t forget to like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/GemGroup and sign up to our newsletters to get the latest offers!

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Managing Editor Faye Le Duc

Publisher Gem Creative

Editorial Assistant Brendan Adams

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

Web Executive Peter Cox Design Sophie Hammond Amber-sky Watts Gaming Editor Kristan Reed

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Head of Marketing Katie Rawlings

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we want one

Wii U

A new way to play

In 2006 Nintendo first launched the original Wii console. With its ground breaking motion control technology it transformed the way games were played, but far more importantly it changed how games were viewed culturally. 6 years on from the launch of Wii, and Nintendo are about to release its successor, the highly anticipated Wii U. Nintendo’s next generation console boasts stunning Full HD graphics and 20 times more memory than the original Wii. It will be available in 2 versions which vary in colour and internal storage size: an 8GB version in white and 32GB version in black; but arguably the most revolutionary new feature of the console is its main controller, the Wii U’s Game Pad. It features a built-in 6.2” touch screen, dual analogue sticks, camera, microphone, gyroscope and accelerometer. Available on selected titles, the Wii U Game Pad can be used as a standalone screen without a television or to display user interfaces and menus to keep the gameplay on the television screen clear and more cinematic. The unique Game Pad creates countless unique ways to interact with your television, and here at Gem there’s nothing we want more this holiday season.

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EDITOR’S gem news

Gem News

Gem partners with Piggyback

New TDK Life on Record Wireless Bluetooth speaker range

Gem will now be the exclusive distributor of Piggyback titles in the UK

Available exclusively from Gem

Gem is thrilled to confirm the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with Piggyback to supply their games guides to their extensive retail customers. Anthony Haworth, Purchasing Director of Gem Distribution is confident that the new agreement will create excellent opportunities for both Gem and Piggyback. He comments: Gem are thrilled to welcome Piggyback to our portfolio of gaming brands. Piggyback guides really are a work of art and a ideal gifting opportunity. Louie Beatty, Managing Director of Piggyback added:

Last month, Gem announced the new range of TDK Life on Record wireless speaker products to round out their premium audio offering. These new products mark the next evolution of the TDK Life on Record audio portfolio, creating an ecosystem of products that give consumers high-fidelity audio with universal input flexibility and portability in all areas of their lives.

Debuting at the IFA trade show in Berlin, the new TDK Life on Record line features a Wireless Weatherproof Speaker, Wireless Boombox, Wireless Sound Cube and Wireless Charging Speaker. All four of the new wireless audio products were created to offer an easy connection with Bluetooth A2DP enabled mobile devices in a wide variety of locations and settings.

Building on the success of their initial audio line launch in 2011 and highlighted by its proprietary “Signature Sound” and sleek designs, the new TDK Life on Record products now integrate Bluetooth® technology to deliver a truly wireless audio experience.

The new line builds upon the high quality of the initial TDK Life on Record audio products with clean, striking designs carefully crafted to make bold visual statements, while delivering high-performance audio. These new additions have already won a 2012 silver “IDEA” design excellence award from the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Gem Creative hire Marketing & Events Assistant

XtremeMac signs Gem as a UK distribution partner Complete range of Apple accessories now available from Gem

Brendan Adams joins Gem’s marketing team Brendan Adams recently joined the business in the position of Marketing & Events Assistant within Gem’s in-house marketing & creative team, reporting to PR & Product Marketing Manager Faye Le Duc. Brendan joins Gem from Reach Marketing Solutions where he held the role of Business Development Executive, running the key media events and retail marketing campaigns on behalf of clients such as Nintendo. Joining Gem Creative Brendan will work alongside Faye Le Duc, helping to promote Gem and its services to the channel, whilst working on behalf of some 90 different vendors and over 5,000 product lines. Head of Marketing, Katie Rawlings, comments “Brendan is a positive and proactive individual. His experience within the gaming and IT industry is vital to ensuring Gems marketing offering continues to evolve. He has already demonstrated a vast skillset and hunger to achieve. Combined with his personable approach will no doubt make him a valuable member to Gem Creative.”

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Piggyback is delighted to be working with the Gem team. Gem’s experience and reputation in the market is second to none. We look forward to supporting Gem and its wide range of customers in the UK and Ireland on our guides.

Founded in 2001, the same year Apple introduced the first iPod® device, XtremeMac provides innovative solutions to protect, power and play Apple® products. The brand’s award winning cases, speaker docks and charging solutions incorporate leading edge design and advanced technology to enhance the customer experience with Apple® products. First to market with a bold range of Apple iPad Mini cases, XtremeMac pride themselves on staying ahead of Apple’s launches, ensuring that accessories are available for every new device on the market. Gem is delighted to welcome XtremeMac on board and is confident that, with the excellent range of fashionable, durable accessories available, they can heavily grow their market share in the UK.

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new to us

Transcend

Global memory manufacturer partner with Gem Transcend is a customer driven company who focus their efforts on providing the highest quality products with attentive after sales service and support, that ensures total customer satisfaction. It is this commitment to excellence, coupled with Gem’s exceptional relationships with their extensive retail partners, which ensures a recipe for success. Anthony Haworth, Purchasing Director for Gem Distribution, comments “The opportunity to support Transcend’s UK market growth is one that greatly excites us. Partnering with an industry leading brand which has in-house control of production, quality, service, and the ability to quickly adapt to the demands of the market puts us in a strong position to react to the needs of our customers and provide a complete memory solution.” One of Transcend's key strengths is their enormous product range; designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing all types of memory modules, flash cards, USB drives, external hard drives, multimedia products and accessories. With over 2000 memory products in stock, Transcend are able to cater to every possible memory requirement, offering a complete retail solution to the UK channel. Transcend has an impressive trophy cabinet, receiving countless awards for their products with external hard drives and digital photo frames receiving the highest praise from top technology reviewers. Transcend not only manufactures a high-quality line of memory and flash products, but has created an innovative line of consumer electronics. The extensive range will be available from Gem before Christmas.

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Available Now

Call your Gem account manager for more information • 16064 - GXT 27 Force Vibration Steering Wheel • 16661 - Preme Wireless Laser Presenter • 17063 - KerbStone Wireless Laser Mouse • 17836 - Folio Stand with Bluetooth Keyboard • 17966 - Tytan 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker Set

• 18008 - Tocamy Wireless Entertainment Keyboard • 18018 - Vintori Wireless Speaker • 18038 - Rocca Portable Speaker • 16529 - Slimline Widescreen Tablet • 18058 - Curve Wireless Keyboard & Mouse


Q&A

Follow Gem for the latest news & updates

Neil Smith

Gem’s newest Business Manager talks to Future Neil, you’ve recently joined Gem following a long and successful career with Trust, what do you think so far? I’m really enjoying my time at Gem. The whole team have made me feel extremely welcome and I’m enjoying working with such a wide range of different vendors whereas before I was focused on just one. Heading into peak season has meant that hitting the ground running is essential and everyone around the office has helped so that I’m up to speed as quickly as possible. As a Business Manager you’re the link between sales, purchasing and marketing and responsible for driving the business - what’s your biggest challenge? It is a unique role that many distributors don’t offer and the biggest challenge has to be managing vendors expectations during this busy period. It’s a nice challenge to have though as we are finding so many top games titles and new products being released which are in such high demand. With all the plates we have to spin it’s crucial that none are dropped.

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What’s the geekiest item you own? Mordaunt Short floor standing home cinema speakers Who would you invite to celebrity dinner party? Russell Howard, Greg James & Holly Valance. Tell us a joke…. Following the recent sponsorship of Newcastle United from Wonga.com, Alan Pardew has to speak to his players to make sure they aren’t distracted by media talk. “Now lads, I know the recent news about Wonga.com has been distracting but I want you to focus on the game and go out there and give me 4715%”.

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EXCLUSIVE

TO GEM

MAKE IT AN XBOX CHRISTMAS WITH GEM YOUR OFFICIAL DISTRIBUTOR FOR MICROSOFT XBOX

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em Distribution has proudly held the exclusive title of ‘Official Distributor for Xbox’ for over a decade and with over 10 years of continuous growth we’re delighted that Xbox is still Britain’s best-selling console for the last two years running. The gaming world was a very different place in 2001; the home console market was dominated by the PlayStation 2, Nintendo was launching the GameCube and the Dreamcast was proving to be a lead weight for Sega. It was in the November of that year that Microsoft launched the sixth generation video game console, Xbox. With its integrated Xbox LIVE service allowing gamers to play online, the launch of Xbox redefined gaming and Gem became a pivotal partner in taking the console to market.

Just four years later Gem launched the second video game console produced by Microsoft, the Xbox 360 which now leads the 7th generation of video game consoles. In 2010, Gem launched ‘Kinect’ for Xbox 360, originally known by the code name Project Natal and after selling a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days, the Kinect still holds the Guinness World Record of being the "fastest selling consumer electronics device" of all time. Throughout the decade, Gem has bought two next generation consoles and countless titles from the gaming giant to market with great success, none of which would have been possible without the support and drive of the dedicated Xbox Sales team. Gem’s Xbox Sales team includes Rob Brown, Peter Foreman and Adrian Fairbrother who have over 25 years of combined experience working as dedicated account managers for Xbox, led by Paul Langley who has been with Gem for 15 years. All gaming enthusiasts, the team is devoted to maintaining and developing the Xbox business with Gem’s loyal indies. Day to day they work determinedly to deliver deals, stock and POS as well as being a hub of information for the latest releases, not just for Microsoft but all third party titles and accessories. In recent months the

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team has expanded to also include Sarah Bartlet and Jay Drinkwater, enabling Gem to service a wider breadth of accounts in the peak season. With a profusion of exclusive bundles and hundreds of Microsoft Xbox products in stock and ready to ship, Gem works directly with Microsoft to create added value bundles and promotions which is in turn passed on to their customers, empowering them to remain competitive and pass on savings to consumers, or enjoy the additional margin. For the first time ever Gem has launched a 12 week Xbox campaign to support its customers through the peak Christmas period, extending into January to provide maximum opportunity to offer the consumer a great Xbox bargain into the New Year.

Our customers have really felt the effects of the economic downturn over the past 12 months so it’s great to be able to give something back for their loyalty. The Gem Xbox campaign will offer exclusive promotions, giveaways and freebies on Xbox 360 consoles, software, accessories and Xbox LIVE over the next 2 months, none of which would be possible without the support of Microsoft. Paul Langley, Divisional Manager for Xbox. Every week new and exclusive deals will be in place from Gem, rotating between software, accessories and Xbox LIVE followed by console and Kinect, which in turn will represent fantastic margin opportunities for their loyal Indies. The promotions will include BOGOF’s, spot prizes or free items with orders, however Gem will be keeping many of them under wraps so customers will have to call to find out what is available.


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Jon Sutherland, Divisional Business Manager and former Microsoft Business Manager for Gem, is thrilled with the extensive campaign, commenting

Gem in partnership with Microsoft, want to build a programme of promotional activity that rewards the independent accounts for buying from the only approved box distribution company. We feel Paul and his team have created a comprehensive plan to deliver a market leading promotional campaign to excite the independent channel and allow them to compete in what is an extremely competitive time for retail. Over the coming weeks we will focus on accessories, Xbox LIVE, 1st party software and of course the Xbox 360 and Kinect, we will also be looking to roll out an exclusive rewards programme to incentivise our Indies, more details on this will follow.

The deals available have been planned by Gem’s Xbox Sales team, based on what they know their customers want and each deal is fully supported by Microsoft. As the only official UK Distributor, promotions like these are completely exclusive and not available anywhere else in the market.

UNVEIL THE DEAL OF THE WEEK BY CALLING YOUR GEM ACCOUNT MANAGER ON 01279 822822 OR VISIT STORE.GEM.CO.UK

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Technology that’s ready, wherever you take it

Laptop accessories from Logitech

Logitech

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Laptop Speaker Z205 Laptops benefit from being immensely portable, but the sound quality on built-in speakers can leave a lot to be desired. The Z205 by Logitech gives an immersive rich full stereo sound for music, movies and whatever else customers enjoy on their laptop. Clipping securely on to most laptops and netbooks, wherever customers go, they will find it easy and convenient to attach the speaker. Connecting via USB, there’s no need for an external power supply, delivering instant pure digital audio without the need to install additional software. Logitech also provides a quality carrying case to protect the speaker while it’s inside a bag or briefcase making it as portable as their laptop, with superior sound. Webcode 984-000156 SRP £59.99

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Wireless Speaker Z515 The Z515 speaker can be positioned and easily moved to meet the needs of the customer, and wireless audio there are nothing to tie them down. Mobile devices like a laptop, iPad or iPhone can connect to the speaker from an impressive 15 meters away, allowing customers to move freely while staying connected. The Z515 has multiple wireless connection options, by either the wireless adapter, plugging into any port USB port on a computer, or paired with any compatible Bluetooth device. The Dual 2 inch drivers fill the room with crisp clear sound and punchy bass. Designed with portability in mind, a rechargeable battery powers the speaker for up to 10 hours, and includes a soft travel case so the speaker is protected with on the move. Webcode 980-000428 SRP £89.99

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Wireless Mouse M515 Nicknamed the couch mouse, the M515 allows customers to ditch their mouse mat in favour of blankets, carpet or even a cushion from the sofa. Logitech is no new comer to designing devices that work on unconventional surfaces, and this experience shows with cleverly thought out ideas like a sealed bottom. This feature allows smooth movements to be made without getting caught on loose material, and also prevents fabric fuzz connecting in the sensor. Featuring an ambidextrous shape and ergonomic design the M515 is comfortable in either hand. Another practical feature of this mouse is Hyper-Fast scrolling. At a click of a button the scroll speed can be adjusted from ultra-responsive, to a more traditional scrolling speed. There are quite a few unique features to the M515, in particular the touch sensor function, only activating the mouse when there’s a hand on it. This hand activation feature means the cursor only moves when it’s meant to, and also greatly improves the battery life of this product, which can be up to 2 years. The mouse has a nano-USB receiver with Logitech’s Unifying technology. This feature allows multiple devices to use connect to a single receiver, rather than having one for each device. The Wireless Mouse M515 gives customers the flexible to use their mouse wherever they take it while maintaining the precise control they demand. Webcode 910-002095 - Blue 910-001843 - Silver SRP £44.99

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Microsoft’s new range of peripherals Accessories great for Windows 8 Comfortable, Productive & Sleek Microsoft® Sculpt Comfort Keyboard Microsoft’s very own Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is an exceptionally attractive and sleek device designed to work with features from the new Windows 8 operating system. Carving lines that contour to the natural position of a user’s wrist, the Windows 8 keyboard is a magnificent combination of ergonomic design and comfort. Free from wires the keyboard connects to devices via a USB receiver. Its cushioned palm rest and palm lift delivers one of best typing experiences possible; users can also detach the palm rest to make it more portable. Windows 8 specific keys provide quick access to Microsoft’s new functionalities as well as Window’s start key, but one of the most unique features is its split spacebar with built in back space aimed at providing increased typing efficiency for users. Webcode V45-00006 SRP £59.99

Compact Mobile & Ergonomic Microsoft ® Sculpt Mobile Keyboard The Sculpt Mobile Keyboard features Bluetooth technology providing one of the most practical solutions to devices that need to be ‘pick up and go`, and as there is no transceiver required it frees up USB ports, which are often in short supply on laptops and notebooks. The Sculpt Mobile Keyboard features a massive 10 months battery life, an indicator to warn when it’s time to switch battery and of course an On/Off switch to conserve power. Windows 8 compatible, it features hot keys allowing users to quickly share, search and access files. The Ultra-thin elegant design makes this keyboard manageable on the move while maintaining an economic convex shape that promotes a relaxed posture. Webcode T9T-00006 SRP £49.99

Designed for Comfort & Portability Microsoft ® Sculpt Touch Mouse The Sculpt Touch Mouse will provide fluid and precise control to make scrolling through documents, however long and wide, simple and easy with its 4 way touch strip. The mouse’s responsive and exact control perfectly complements Windows 8’s advance navigation system.

*BlueTrack™ Technology - Microsoft’s exclusive technology ensures you can use your mouse on almost any surface*, rough, glossy or textured.

The Sculpt Touch Mouse has 3 buttons that users can customise providing more control to improve their work flow. Users on the move will benefit from BlueTrack technology allowing the mouse to work on almost any surface* whether it is wood, metal or carpet. The Bluetooth connectivity allows the mouse to connect wirelessly to any compatible device, so even devices without USB slots can be connected to make use of this fantastic mouse. Webcode 6PL-00001 SRP £49.99

*Except for glass or mirrored surfaces

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For more information on the Hercules® WAE* Speaker range, contact your Gem account manager on 01279 822 822 or

visit store.gem.co.uk WAE* WSM01 by Hercules® Portable Speaker for PC & Mac® Webcode Black 4768156 White 4768159 SRP £229.99

WAE* BTP02 by Hercules ® Bluetooth® Portable Speaker Webcode Black 4768153 SRP £179.99

WAE* by Hercules® 20h+ battery life *Wireless Audio Experience


Wireless Broadcasting Brilliance The Wireless Audio Experience by Hercules

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WAE* BTP05 by Hercules

WAE* BT03 by Hercules

Wireless Android® Portable Speaker

Wireless Speaker

Specially designed for Android®, the WAE* BTP05 offers smartphone users the ultimate wireless audio solution, pumping out 15 watts of RMS and peaking around 30 Watts, when listeners need to get the party going this speaker has got the power. The device is battery powered making it completely portable. It provides around 12 hours of playing time and a carrying handle so customers can take it wherever they go.

The WAE* BT03 at just 23.5cm wide is incredibly compact and comfortable to carry with its rubber lined grip. The dual bass ports and two wide-range active drivers deliver 12 watt RMS of punchy sound and superb acoustics. The controls are located on the front face of the speaker, featuring volume buttons and a Bluetooth® (Bluetooth® EDR A2DP) pairing button allowing the speaker to connect to compatible devices wirelessly as well as the option of connecting via an auxiliary port. The design has a sleek lacquered finish with an embossed metal grille which looks stylish but remains functional protecting the driver from damage.

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Listeners demanding quality will benefit from Hercules’s fine-tuned speakers engineered for excellent audio sound, suffering from almost no distortion even when the volume is cranked up to max. Users can connect audio devices using the 3.5mm line-in or connect wirelessly (Bluetooth® 3.0) to Bluetooth® enabled devices running Android® 2.2, iOS 4.0 or later that are within 10 meters. The Android® app allows listeners to connect and control the speaker, adjusting volume, audio effects and pre-fined equalizer settings, they have the ability to browse and play music from internet radio stations or user playlists. Webcode Grey/Green 4768200 SRP £179.99

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The WAE* BT03 and WAE* BTP05 are both exceptional speakers and competitively priced sharing many features including an application to control the speakers via mobile devices. The BT03 is a high quality mid-range speaker and hits the shelves with an RRP that’s under £90, while the premium BTP05 has an RRP of £179.99, with great attention to detail Hercules makes no compromises with these stunning but functional portable speakers. Webcode Black/Green 4768202, Black/Orange 4768201, White/Green 4768154 SRP £89.99

WAE* WBT06 by Hercules

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Wireless Speaker Quality speakers are an essential item for any self-confessed audiophile, and the WAE* WBT06 unleashes a whopping 90 Watt RMS of amplification through 4 transducers. The speaker has integrated DSP always ensuring its frequency response, and produces intense clarity throughout its range with deep bass, reactive mids and crisp trebles. This speaker offers 2 wireless connection options, firstly from Wireless 2.4GHz RF technology, this uses a USB receiver for connectivity to a PC or Mac, and automatically detects to any available sound card. The Wi-Fi feature allows music to be broadcast over a 20 meter range with an impressive 10 millisecond sound latency that’s virtually undetectable. The other wireless feature is Bluetooth® 3.0 AD2P; allowing connections to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, with control functions available from a downloadable App. The Bluetooth® feature allows music to be broadcast to the speaker from a 10 metre range. The WBT06 will work on both iPhone and Android® devices, with 2 tweeters and 2 woofers giving 2.2 Stereo Sound, the elegant design and high-end quality build of this product is very apparent, it’s categorically one the best wireless speaker available. Webcode Black 4768177, White 4768199 SRP £279.99 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registred trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc and any use of such a marks by Hercules® is under license.iPhod and iPhone are registered trademarcks of Apple Inc. Android® is a registered trademarck of Google Inc.

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Offer ends 26/11/2012


The new QuickBooks 2013 range from Intuit

Small businesses get accounting solutions

The United Kingdom has over 4.5 million small businesses in operation and most of these businesses have fewer than 10 members of staff. Tasks like cash flow, finances, payroll and invoicing can be tough challenges to solve, especially for new companies. Accounting software provides a solution, but can often be complicated to use without training. A leading provider of accounting, financial, and business management software for small business owners; Intuit QuickBooks is the UK best-selling small business accounting software. Allowing customers to efficiently manage their accounts, the software is designed to make accounting tasks straightforward with no prior accounting experience required. This means users can put less time into accounting and more time into the business.

QuickBooks Pro 2013 ®

Webcode: 418963 SRP £299.99

Offer ends 26/11/2012

QuickBooks Pro allows a company to organise key accounting tasks like tracking money, generating instant business reports and filing VAT returns online with HMRC. With its step by step tools, it’s easy to set up and learn with no accounting experience necessary. Packed with features to optimise and effectively organise financial aspects of a business, customers using the software can add their products, partners, services and bank accounts of their company. Although QuickBooks is easy to use, it features tools to keep both internal and external business assets looking professional and modern, like the ability to brand invoices with company logos and headers, and then send them as emails or PDFs. It also has tools to tackle time consuming tasks like data entry; customers using QuickBooks can import from Excel spreadsheet so they won’t have to repeat tasks twice. Cash flow, with instant reporting on sales, expenses and profit allows users to track their business performance in real time and important tasks can be kept on top of with QuickBooks Calendar View. The software handles multiple currencies and has a basic stock control feature ensuring products are tracked and logged correctly. Users can also track new sales leads and customers with the new Lead Centre. QuickBooks Pro delivers software perfect for VAT registered businesses, contractors and consultants. While remaining simple to use it’s packed full of content and features, it’s the perfect solution to financial management in any small business.

Product features • • • • • • •

Create and send branded invoices Track sales, expenses and pro���t Easy VAT returns – HMRC Recognised Company Snapshot and Calendar View Track Sales Leads Handle Multiple Currencies Basic Stock Control

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Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 delivers the essential security elements for a PC system. The installation has been made incredibly easy, with a web installer and automatic product activation it’s quick and simple to get protected. The internet is dynamic and ever changing so it’s important to keep security software up to date, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 runs in the background and frequently updates definitions so the protection is as comprehensive as possible without effecting performance. A computer can become infected with Viruses, Trojans and other harmful files by the simple act of downloading a contaminated file or entering a website. To make sure consumers are safe, websites are automatically scanned alerting users about phishing scams or malicious content before entering. These safety checks are performed instantly on files and websites to deal with treats in real-time. But threats don’t just come from websites, exploits in popular applications are a common way for a computer to become infected or attacked. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 scans and controls the actions of programs with vulnerabilities to prevent a compromise. With Free technical support via phone, email or live chat, getting help for whatever reason won’t be a taxing ordeal and if a computer does become infected beyond use there’s an extremely useful rescue CD that cleans your system. Webcode KL1149UBAFS - KAV 2013 1 User 1 Year SRP £29.99 Webcode KL1149UBCFS - KAV 2013 3 Users 1 Year SRP £39.99

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This could well be a classic, and exciting new chapter in the Halo story NUTS

The game Halo fans have been waiting for COMPUTERANDVIDEOGAMES.COM

Simply the best Halo game ever ZOO

The most ambitious entry into the series to date X360 MAGAZINE

MICROSOFT | XBOX 360 - £49.99 | 6TH NOVEMBER 2012

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exploration and discovery and featuring a strong, coherent narrative, setting the stage to take the series in a completely new direction.

Set 5 years after the events of Halo 3, partnered with his AI companion Cortana, Master Chief crashes onto an eerie new world called Requiem. Shrouded in mystery the planet reveals an advanced ancient race of beings with a destructive nature threatening the fate of the entire universe. Designed and produced by 343 industries, the studio promises to evolve the series beyond its first person shooter roots, developing the genre with key elements of

The ancient race is known as the Prometheans, and these technologically advanced foes will require innovative new combat tactics to be defeated. Players will also get access to an expansive range of futuristic humans and alien weaponry, armour and vehicles to take in to combat. Fans of the series will be pleased to see the reappearance of classic weapons from the battle rifle to the rocket launcher,

conic Spartan super soldier, Master Chief returns at last for the beginning of a brand new trilogy, set in the Halo series’ epic sci-fi universe.

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TO GEM but bundled in are some devastating new ones like the mighty Rail Gun firing high yield explosives. Halo 4 offers a deep story driven main campaign as well a separate mode called Spartan Ops. Both offer the choice to be played Single player or cooperatively with up to 3 other players. Neatly linking the campaign and multiplayer together, Spartan Ops tells the story of the UNSC Infinity. Delivered in episodic adventures, Season 1 offers five Missions in weekly installments for the first 10 weeks, promising action-packed intense gameplay and an immersive cinematic story.


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Key Xbox 360 exclusive Cinematic Narrative Vast marketing backing

The UNSC Infinity is the setting for your multiplayer career in Halo 4, as the central hub of operations for both War Games (competitive multiplayer) and Spartan Ops. There, players can customize their Spartan super soldier’s appearance with a huge range of cosmetic options and armor permutations. There’s also a weapon load out allowing players to choose their primary and secondary weapons, grenade type, armour ability, tactical package, and support upgrade, so users can fine tune the character to match their role on the battlefield. Veterans of the series will see an array of familiar classic modes they know and love, reimagined Capture the Flag and Oddball modes as well as the addition of a community-created mode known as Grifball. A true blockbuster of 2012, the Microsoft exclusive makes its triumphant return with Halo 4. Along with the standard game, there’s a fantastic range of limited edition accessories including a Halo 4 Limited Edition Xbox 360 console, Limited Edition controller and Limited Collector’s Edition of the game.

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Halo 4

LIMITED EDITION WIRELESS CONTROLLER The Halo 4 Limited Edition Wireless Controller features UNSC artwork design in collaboration with 343 Industries. The controller has a wireless range of up to 30 feet giving customers more freedom while they play, as well as customisable D-Pad that has 2 positions, standard disc position and a raised disc position to give better control. The controller is also partially transparent while the Xbox 360 ring glows blue rather than green, all in all a fantastic controller to make anyone without one drool with envy.

Halo 4

LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR’S PACK Real fans of the series will want more than just a DVD box and disc; prestigious extras are available in a Limited Edition Collector’s Pack. The limited edition version includes an extra 9 maps to download post-launch, early access to 6 specializations at launch, used to achieve higher ranks and unlock new customisation options, an extended version of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn the live-action digital series, unique Spartan armour and Assault Rifle skins, an exclusive in-game emblem, Xbox-LIVE Avatar prop and Avatar Spartan IV armour set, and UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet. The Limited Edition version of Halo 4 is not just aimed at collectors, but any gamer wanting to get the fullest possible experience from the latest Halo game.

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Introducing Wii U

Nintendo’s next generation console

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intendo's new console the Wii U goes on sale this month, and is set to change the way we play games.

The centrepiece of Nintendo's next gaming revolution is its innovative new controller, the Wii U Game Pad. Unique among home gaming systems, the new controller skilfully combines the standard functionality of a typical controller, with the modern touch and tilt tactility similar to a tablet device. The result is a unique controller with a built-in 6.2 inch touchscreen that does everything, and allows players to interact with games in entirely new ways.

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Other games, like New Super Mario Bros. U and Just Dance 4, allow players to continue playing the game on the Wii U's new controller if, say, someone wants to watch TV. This facility sets gamers free in a way never previously possible. In multiplayer, meanwhile, the Wii U's unique capabilities give rise to entirely original types of games never before seen. For example, in ZombiU, one player views the action via an overhead map, and gets to spawn zombies near their opponent, while the other player views it in first person on the big screen.

Prior to release, developers were excited about the potential of the new system, and they were right to be - the results are nothing short of revolutionary.

Meanwhile, Nintendo Land features a number of innovative team-based and competitive games for up to five players, where one of them controls the action from a different perspective to the remaining four.

Games like Ubisoft's ZombiU, for example, not only utilise the touchscreen as an overhead map of your immediate surroundings and an inventory system, but also as a forensic device, with users tasked with literally scanning their immediate environment via the built-in rear-facing camera for clues and crucial extra information.

Luigi's Ghost Mansion, for example, showcases the Wii U's unique qualities perfectly. The game pits four players in a maze on the hunt for a ghost - but they can only see it by shining their torches on it. Meanwhile the player using the new controller plays as the ghost, on a mission to creep up behind players and scare them witless.


Wii U specs.

What’s in the box?

Black Wii U Premium Bundle

White Wii U Basic Bundle

• Black 32GB Wii U Console and AC Adapter • Black Wii U Game Pad and AC Adapter • Wii U Sensor Bar • Nintendo Land game • HDMI Cable • Nintendo Premium - access to downloadable games

• White 8GB Wii U Console and AC Adapter • White Wii U Game Pad and AC Adapter

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1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long. 6.2-inch, 16:9 screen, accelerometer, gyroscope, rumble, camera, microphone, stereo speakers, sensor strip. MEDIA Wii U high-density optical discs (25GB per layer), Wii optical discs. VIDEO OUTPUT 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i. HDMI, component, composite. AUDIO OUTPUT AV Multi Out connector, HDMI. STORAGE 8GB or 32GB, expandable with SD card or USB storage device. INTERNAL MEMORY 2GB. CPU IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor.

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Technically speaking, the Wii U has a number of things going for it. For a starters, it's the ďŹ rst Nintendo console to embrace high deďŹ nition, meaning that all those iconic brands will be seen in breathtaking, pin-sharp clarity for the ďŹ rst time. The on-board 2GB of RAM is reportedly 20 times as much as the original Wii, while its built in ash memory storage has been ramped up equally dramatically - 8GB on the basic version, and 32GB on the premium console, compared to just 512MB on the original Wii. Users will also be able to extend their storage easily, via SD cards, or USB storage, meaning that they won't run out of space when downloading games from the improved eShop. Elsewhere, the Wii U houses a bunch of useful extras as standard, such as a built-in microphone, front and rear cameras on the controller, accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as support for a standard twin-stick joypad controller, the Wii U Pro Controller. Usefully, the Wii U is also backwards compatible with most original Wii titles, and fully compatible with all Wii controllers and peripherals, such as the Wii Balance Board, Wii Nunchuk and Wii Remote. With its HD Graphics and innovative controller, the Wii U will change the way people play games forever!

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New Super Mario Bros. U

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A lively theme park ďŹ lled with 12 different Nintendo-branded attractions, including innovative multiplayer-centric games based on Donkey Kong, Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Luigi's Mansion. Players can play solo or with up to four other players in dynamic ďŹ ve player multiplayer face-offs, where one player views the action via the new controller, while the others play on the TV screen.

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Ubisoft showcase their Wii U titles Nintendo gets a diverse line-up from their leading 3rd party publisher

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bisoft have produced a fantastically diverse selection of titles for the launch of Nintendo’s Wii U, helping the console blast onto the market with a strong line-up of games to match its innovative technology. Even from the early stages of the Wii U, Ubisoft have been developing unique features and capabilities for the Wii U console and Wii U GamePad, strongly seating themselves as one the leading third-party publishers.

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Zombi U

Assassin's Creed III

Ubisoft’s multiplatform titles will see functionalities only available to the Wii U, as well as an exclusive title for the platform ‘Zombi U’, which has already made a big impression to gamers at this year’s E3. Zombi U will also be available at launch in a special console and game bundle.

DATE 30th November 2012 SRP £54.99

DATE 30th November 2012 SRP £54.99

ZombiU places players in a desperate fight for their lives as they try to evade the slavering undead hordes that roam the streets of London.

One of this year's key action adventure blockbusters promises to be even better on Wii U.

Here we give you around up of the Ubisoft titles available from the launch, and some of the top titles that are coming soon.

With limited ammo and resources, you're left scavenging just to stay alive. But with innovative use of the Wii U's tablet controller, you can scan the environment and stay one step ahead.

Viewed from a first person perspective, Ubisoft Montpellier's latest redefines the survival horror game, with its visceral, life-or-death combination of close quarters melee combat and tense gunplay.

ZombiU provides one of the scariest videogame experiences yet - can you handle it?

Set during the American Revolution era, the latest assassin, Connor, fights through blood-soaked battlefields and crowded city streets, to the perilous wilderness and beyond. Powered by the visually stunning Anvil Next engine, this beautifully realistic title features lethal new skills and weapons, and takes the franchise to the next level. Wii U players will be able to view an overhead map and keep a track of their enemies, switch weapons on the fly and employ touch controls to vary their combos.

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Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 Sports Connection

Just Dance 4

DATE 30th November 2012 SRP £39.99

DATE 30th November 2012 SRP £39.99

DATE 30th November 2012 SRP £39.99

This world leading fitness product helps users set and achieve their goals in an engaging and motivating fashion.

The first multi-sports title for the Wii U features six of the most popular sports worldwide: Soccer, Football, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, and Karting

The world's biggest dance game returns with over 40 new songs, the coolest dances and brand new features.

Billed as a fun new way to connect with family and friends, Sports Connection takes full advantage of the Wii U's new touch screen controller.

The latest version includes innovative modes like the all-new Battle mode, an upgraded Just Sweat mode, and exclusive Wii U features.

Via touch controls, players can control a blitz in football to sack the quarterback or score a curled free kick in soccer. Via gestures, players can swing with precision in golf or hit a home run in baseball. Players can even enjoy five player karting fun, with one on the New Controller, and the rest viewing the action via split-screen on the TV.

For the first time, players will be able to create their own playlists, choose the next song, and write live dedications via the new touchscreen Wii U GamePad.

Featuring 125 different workouts and 215 moves, players can access an array of activities from strength building, to cardio, stretching, or relaxation. Leveraging the unique features of the Wii U, players can create a personalised fitness regime that lasts up to four weeks, tailored to their current fitness level and preferences: set personal goals and workout frequency, get fit and stay motivated. User can also get online and access news feeds, online challenges, leaderboards, achievements and friend competitions.

Not forgetting to mention that players can take pictures and videos of the best moments, and share them with friends, or change the choreography in real time.

Rayman Legends

Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth

Rabbids Land

DATE Q1 2013 SRP £39.99

DATE 30th November 2012 SRP £39.99

DATE 30th November 2012 SRP £39.99

Rayman Legends is the follow-up to last year’s top-rated platformer Rayman Origins, and promises to take full advantage of the Wii U controller.

Time to unleash your inner superhero in the ultimate super hero brawler.

The fiendish Rabbids have decided to take over a beloved amusement park and invade all the attractions!

Featuring 20 different characters including Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and fan favourites, players use motion gameplay to unleash explosive super attacks, devastating special moves, and battle their friends in a wide variety of game modes.

It's chaos - the princess castle, the pirate boat, haunted house, tunnel of love, roller coaster - they've all been taken over, which is definitely a cue to use the Wii U tablet in a host of fun and wacky ways.

Use the Wii U controller’s touch screen to take out enemies or clear paths and use the gyroscope technology to manipulate and rotate platforms on the TV screen. Ubisoft also says it will "bring players innovative multiplayer interactions that go beyond those found in traditional platform games." And thanks to the unique capabilities of the Wii U controller, players can also continue the action even while the television is off.

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The game boasts a variety of compelling modes including Co-op, Campaign, Arcade, Challenges, Versus, and Tournament, and as players work their way through the game, they'll unlock unique outfits and collector cards.

Aim with it, plan moves with it, tilt it, shout at it, watch it, steer it, share it, touch it, draw on it. Once again, the Rabbids are going to make players interact with their console in ways that they probably never imagined.

Presented in an authentic comic book style, players will battle opponents via an enhanced fighting system, using Super Attacks, Velocity Boost, Breaker, or Frenzy to win the day.

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Latest in the annual best-seller Largest roster of WWE superstars in the series' history Features new Attitude Era mode

THQ | XBOX 360 & PS3 - £49.99 | Wii - £29.99 | 2nd NOVEMBER 2012

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restling fans are in for a treat this month, with the release of the ground-breaking WWE 13.

The latest in THQ's officially licensed series boasts "the most authentic, extensive and fanatical WWE experience to date." WWE '13 comes rammed with exciting new features including better visuals, improved audio, and an all-new single-player campaign that takes players back to the legendary Attitude Era of the 1990s. This action-packed single player campaign is based during the peak popularity of WWE - a time of

pure raucousness, grandiose personalities and colossal revolution.

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Players will get the chance to relive those infamous “Monday Night Wars" via eight WWE Attitude legends, including WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, The Rock, Mankind, D-Generation X and more.

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TO GEM WWE '13 also promises to be not only the best looking but best sounding wrestling game yet. Yukes' new Predator Technology 2.0 technology returns to deliver intelligent, fluid and engaging WWE action.

But players who prefer to create their own WWE Superstar legends can indulge in the industry-defining Creation Suite. This not only lets players develop and customise their Superstars, but their entrances, arenas, finishing moves, storylines, highlight reels and more.

Some 300 new moves have been added, and the result for players is a smoother gameplay experience than ever before, driven by new animations, transitions and modified controls.

Better still, players can then share and download creations with others from around the world to show just how much of a badass they are.

Meanwhile, the overall experience will be transformed by the new audio and presentation system, called WWE Live. Designed to produce the most authentic and vibrant commentary, sound effects and crowd participation


levels ever heard in a WWE videogame, players will truly experience the authentic atmosphere and fervour of a WWE live event. Instead of pre-recorded chants, WWE Live features crowd noises recorded from actual live WWE events. To make the experience even more realistic, the crowd will responding depending on the situation in a match, including chants, cheering and booing. The career mode, WWE Universe, will now dynamically introduce matches, alliances, rivalries and unpredictable moments based on your actions and decisions as players compete for championship gold. WWE '13 will also be the first game in the series to feature 'Spectacular Moments'. This allows for environmental moves such as ring breaks, barricade breaks, announce table breaks, and catching (mid-air) finishers - ramping up the authenticity another notch. All in all, WWE '13 looks set to be the ultimate wrestling game and a must for any fan this Christmas.

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The Attitude Era mode has the potential to be the most fan-friendly single-player campaign yet. OFFICIAL XBOX MAGAZINE

Whether you’re a fan of CM Punk or Stone Cold Steve Austin, WWE 13 looks to be the most hardcore series entry in some time. GAMES RADAR

WWE ’13: it’s as perfect as wrestling games can get. KERRANG

Attitude era... it is awesome! MACHINIMA SPORTS

WWE 13 doesn't just offer a decent layer of technical refinement and polish, it also sees McMahon and Co in a rather nostalgic mood, looking to past glories as much as those of the present. EUROGAMER

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UBISOFT | XBOX 360 & PS3 - £49.99 | PC - £39.99 | 30th NOVEMBER 2012

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he follow-up to the acclaimed 2008 first person shooter classic hits the shelves this month and promises to be another action-packed island adventure. The star of this openworld shooter is Jason Brody, a tourist separated from his girlfriend on a mysterious, dangerous tropical island. Cut off from civilisation in a violent, savage paradise, he must ultimately survive and escape from this lawless hell in any way possible. How Jason escapes is entirely up to the individual, with Far Cry 3 granting players the freedom to outwit the enemy in a way that suits their playing style. This fully customisable adventure lets players tailor their weapons, skills and approach to each mission to their liking. Some may prefer to go loud and enjoy the intensity of teeth-gritting run-andgun action, while other players may opt for a slower, quieter approach and employ stealthy close quarters takedowns, or silently snipe from a distance. One thing's for sure on this island of insanity - the only way to escape is through the muzzle of a gun, taking down psychotic warlords and deranged indigenous rebels. Far Cry 3 promises to be a game of revelations. Along the way, players will not only discover the island’s dark secrets, and engage with a disturbed cast of characters, but also encounter different sides of Jason's personality as he is forced into a desperate life or death struggle to outwit a ruthless enemy.

up by stunning presentation via groundbreaking technology. On this diverse island playground, players will wander across beautiful terrain, from mountain ranges to swampy grasslands and white sandy beaches. En-route, they will discover relics, hunt exotic animals, fight through the island’s towns, temples, river ports, and even travel in vehicles by land, sea or air. Like many of Ubisoft's brilliant titles, Far Cry 3 also features innovative multiplayer modes to enjoy long after the adventure has been completed. Designed to reward skill and team play, players level-up through supporting one another, issuing battle cries, reviving teammates, and calling-in team support weapons.

At the conclusion of a match, players can choose whether to punish or show mercy to their foes in fun and twisted ways according to Ubi. If that wasn't quite enough, the more creative minded players can access and develop new content via the built-in map editor. Promising new and improved features, the game's community of mapmakers means that players will never go short on content. By using intuitive map template tools, it's simple to make amazing maps quickly and easily. Far Cry 3 is yet another top-class release from Ubisoft, and is certain to be one of the biggest and best titles to emerge this side of Christmas. Get your orders is to avoid disappointment - demand is expected to be very strong for this future classic.

Written by a Writer’s Guild award-winner, Ubisoft's latest blockbuster provides a cinematic level of narrative depth, beautifully backed

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It takes a lot to coax a raised eyebrow from a jaded video game hack at this stage of the console cycle, but I'll happily admit to being taken by surprise. Far Cry 3 will not be a game you'll forget in a hurry EUROGAMER A clear improvement on the last game and a useful evolution of the first METRO Far Cry 3 is an achingly pretty world juxtaposing perfectly with the carnage it contains T3 Far Cry 3 looks like it's going to be absolutely massive...it looks like it'll be a lot more fun than its predecessor too XBOX360ACHIEVEMENTS.ORG Jason might lose himself on this wretched island, but it looks like getting lost will be a lot of fun BEEFJACK

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Long-awaited sequel to blockbuster FPS Incredible degree of gameplay freedom Cutting edge visuals from the makers of Assassin's Creed

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F1 RACE STARS CODEMASTERS | XBOX 360 & PS3 - £39.99 | PC - £29.99 | 16th NOVEMBER 2012

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odemasters injects a welcome dose of formula fun into the super-fast world of F1 racing, with this kart racing spin-off of Formula One.

Monaco's famous swimming pool, grab a power-up and take down an opponent en route!

Designed for all the family, excitement awaits on every straight, hairpin, jump and loop-the-loop as players collect and deploy power-ups in their quest for the chequered flag.

Developed at Codemasters' Birmingham studio, F1 Racing Stars also includes a ton of multiplayer fun, with not only four-player local split-screen, but 12-player online as well as players compete wheel to wheel for F1 glory.

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Promising high-octane kart racing fun for all ages, F1 Racing Stars lets players experience the wheel-spinning thrills of the Championship Career mode, where they can take on all the iconic stars of Formula One, in wacky recreations of all the glamourous circuits across the globe.

Due for release in the weeks leading up to the all-important Christmas selling season, F1 Race Stars looks set to be a contender for one of the family games this year.

We’re really excited to bring the whole cast of Formula One into a fun new world of racing. We’ve really let our Art and Design teams off the leash to bring F1 stars’ personalities alive in a new way and create a game where racing fans of all ages can jump into all-action solo, split-screen and online multiplayer races. It’s the game we’ve wanted to create for a long time and, building on our strong relationship with Formula One Management Limited, we’re now able to bring Codemasters’ long-standing expertise in track design and AI to create a Formula One racing experience quite unlike any other.

Starring cartoon recreations of F1 icons such as Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, this Mario Kart inspired affair is anything but serious. All of F1's famous and familiar tracks are included, and all have been redesigned in a variety of outlandish ways. For example, Spa's Eau Rouge features a loop-the-loop section, while players can leap at high speed across

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Talk to your Gem account manager today for more information on Codemasters' latest racing hit.

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Family oriented take on F1 Multi-format rival to Mario Kart Split-screen or online multiplayer

ON F1 RACE STARS

CHRIS GRAY, SENIOR PRODUCER, CODEMASTERS



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