Live Preview: Funeral For A Friend/ Such Gold/ I Divide/ Major League @ The Haunt, Brighton Feb 4th

282354_10151178528159376_1409962654_nFuneral For A Friend make a triumphant return with this February 4th show at Brighton’s beloved The Haunt, with support from Such Gold, Major League and I Divide.

A band that need no real introduction, Funeral For A Friend released their sixth album, Conduit, on January 28th. The first to feature former Rise To remain member Pat Lundy in replacement of their drummer Ryan Richards, the record has already received praise from critics, with Rock Sound giving it a 9/10 rating. Funeral For A Friend have had an undeniable influence on the British post-hardcore scene since the release of Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation, with bands like Fightstar, The Blackout and Kids In Glass Houses all taking inspiration from them.

Rochester, New York melodic hardcore four piece Such Gold are no strangers to playing alongside big name bands, and have toured extensively, with shows in the US, Australia Europe and Japan. Their debut, full-length album, Misadventures, reached number six on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

With fast paced, raw energy fuelled performances that leave crowds gasping for air, breakthrough rock act I Divide, hail from the dark depths of Exeter, their standout sound gaining them followers by the bucket load. Sing-along choruses that hook listeners and melodic anthems define the band.

New Jersey pop punk five piece Major League released their album, Hard Feelings, on November 13th.

DOORS 7PM / TICKETS £14

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Top 100 Best Selling Games Of 2012 Revealed

The top 100 best-selling games of 2012 have been unveiled, with Call Of Duty: Black Ops II and Fifa 13 sitting at the top of the table.

 Many entries including the Hitman and Max Payne reboots, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Sleeping Dogs were predictably highly placed. Older games like Fifa 12 and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 still continue to shine.

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The top 100 stands as follows:

1. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II – Activision Blizzard

2. FIFA 13 – Electronic Arts

3. ASSASSIN’S CREED III – Ubisoft

4. HALO 4 – Microsoft

5. HITMAN ABSOLUTION – Square Enix

6. JUST DANCE 4 – Ubisoft

7. FAR CRY 3 – Ubisoft

8. FIFA 12 – Electronic Arts

9. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – Bethesda Softworks

10. BORDERLANDS 2 – 2K Games

11. MASS EFFECT 3 – Electronic Arts

12. LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES – Warner

13. NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED – Electronic Arts

14. FIFA STREET – Electronic Arts

15. MARIO & SONIC LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES – Sega

16. SKYLANDERS GIANTS – Activision Blizzard

17. BATTLEFIELD 3 – Electronic Arts

18. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3 – Activision Blizzard

19. MAX PAYNE 3 – Rockstar

20. SLEEPING DOGS – Square Enix

21. RESIDENT EVIL 6 – Capcom

22. LONDON 2012: THE OFFICIAL VIDEO GAME – Sega

23. TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER – Ubisoft

24. DISHONORED – Bethesda Softworks

25. WWE ’13 – THQ

26. LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS – Warner

27. FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 – Microsoft

28. NEW SUPER MARIO BROS 2 – Nintendo

29. MEDAL OF HONOUR: WARFIGHTER – Electronic Arts

30. ASSASSIN’S CREED: REVELATIONS – Ubisoft

31. JUST DANCE 3 – Ubisoft

32. MARIO KART 7 – Nintendo

33. F1 2012 – Codemasters

34. BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY – Warner Bros

35. FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013 – Sega

36. SUPER MARIO 3D LAND – Nintendo

37. FORZA HORIZON – Microsoft

38. SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD – THQ

39. SKYLANDERS: SPYRO’S ADVENTURE – Activision Blizzard

40. LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 5-7 – Warner

41. SNIPER ELITE V2 – 505 Games

42. SONIC GENERATIONS – Sega

43. RAYMAN ORIGINS – Ubisoft

44. FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 – Square Enix

45. DEAD ISLAND GOTY EDITION – Koch Media

46. ZUMBA FITNESS – 505 Games

47. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – Activision Blizzard

48. MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLINGS THEME PARK – Mind Candy

49. LEGO PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN – Disney Interactive

50. SSX – Electronic Arts

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51. KINECT STAR WARS – Microsoft

52. TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 13 – Electronic Arts

53. MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLING ZOO – Mind Candy

54. THE SIMS 3 – Electronic Arts

55. ZUMBA FITNESS 2 – 505 Games

56. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS – Activision Blizzard

57. NEED FOR SPEED: THE RUN – Electronic Arts

58. PROTOTYPE 2 – Activision Blizzard

59. DIABLO III – Activision Blizzard

60. MARIO KART WII Nintendo

61. RAGE – Bethesda Softworks

62. UFC UNDISPUTED 3 – THQ

63. WWE ’12 – THQ

64. CARS 2 – Disney Interactive

65. METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION – Konami

66. PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013 – Konami

67. SKATE 3 – Electronic Arts

68. GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES – LIBERTY CITY – Take-Two

69. FOOTBALL MANAGER 2012 – Sega

70. UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE’S DECEPTION – Sony

71. POKEMON BLACK VERSION 2 – Nintendo

72. DARKSIDERS II – THQ

73. LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 1-4 – Warner Bros

74. MARIO PARTY 9 – Nintendo

75. KINECT SPORTS – Microsoft

76. F1 2011 – Codemasters

77. KINGDOMS OF AMALUR: RECKONING – Electronic Arts

78. GRAN TURISMO 5 – Sony

79. SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED – Sega

80. UDRAW STUDIO: INSTANT ARTIST – THQ

81. GRAND THEFT AUTO IV – Rockstar

82. PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE MIRACLE MASK – Nintendo

83. ANGRY BIRDS TRILOGY – Activision Blizzard

84. KINECT DISNEYLAND ADVENTURES – Microsoft

85. LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME – Warner Bros

86. LEGO STAR WARS III: CLONE WARS – Lucasarts

87. POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2 – Nintendo

88. TOY STORY 3 – Disney Interactive

89. GUILD WARS 2 – NCSoft

90. THE SIMS 3: PETS – Electronic Arts

91. UNCHARTED: GOLDEN ABYSS – Sony Computer Ent

92. DOOM 3: BFG EDITION – Bethesda Softworks

93. ROCKSMITH – Ubisoft

94. RESIDENT EVIL: OPERATION RACCOON CITY – Capcom

95. WII FIT PLUS – Nintendo

96. BOOK OF SPELLS – Sony

97. DANCE CENTRAL 2 – Microsoft

98. DIRT SHOWDOWN – Codemasters

99. 007 LEGENDS – Activision Blizzard

100. HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY – Microsoft

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Game Preview: Silent Hill: Book Of Memories

Exclusive to Playstation Vita Silent Hill: Book Of Memories is an all-new addition to the popular horror series, and one we don’t think fans will expect.

The story begins when you receive a strange book. Inside that book is your entire life story; everything that has ever happened to you, all your memories. By altering what’s written within you can alter the events of the past, and rewrite your own history to your ideal. But, in true Silent Hill style, not everything is as it seems.

A departure from the norm of Silent Hill, the game focuses more on co-operative multiplayer action rather than the traditional psychological horror players will be familiar with. Book Of Memories will force players to work together as they explore several different and macabre otherworlds, defeating creatures and solving ghastly puzzles as they advance towards an ultimate goal of uncovering the truth behind the book, and escaping the nightmare.

Featuring a hellish legion of classic creatures from over a decade of Silent Hill, the game is to be considered a celebration of the series’ history, and a strange one at that.

With gameplay resembling that of top down fantasy favourite Baldur’s Gate, and a first time RPG element that allows you to create your own character, Silent Hill: Book Of Memories looks really interesting, even if we aren’t sure what to make of it.

Game Preview: Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation


Exclusive to PS Vita Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation is the story of female African-French assassin, Aveline de Grandpre.

Set in 18th century New Orleans around the end of the French and Indian war and up to the middle of the American Revolution, the game follows the story of Aveline, a woman recruited to the Assassin Brotherhood by the escaped slave, Agate, who acts as her mentor.

As with Assassin’s Creed 3 gameplay will not just take place inside a city. Aveline will be able to trek through the alligator and smuggler infested Bayou, as well as travel across the Gulf into Mexico.

Liberation uses the same game engine as its console cousin, but it also makes us of the Vita’s touchscreen, rear touch pad, cameras and gyroscope, and allows players to link to the original game.

As well as having the familiar hidden blade, pistols, knives and swords, Aveline will also have an updated array of weapons including a blowpipe and the ability to dual weald.

Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation makes us want a PS Vita.

Game Preview: Assassin’s Creed 3

Out October 31st for PS3, XBOX 36, PC, Wii U.

Moving on with the full, rich storyline established in previous titles with Desmond, Altair and Ezio, Assassin’s Creed 3 is the most ambitious and tantalizing installment to date.

Set in Colonial America during and after the American Revolution, the game will put players in control of a half-English, half-Mohawk man called Ratonhnhake:ton, also conveniently known as Connor, who is pulled into a desperate fight against tyranny when his home is attacked by European colonists.

During the game’s thirty-year span Connor will meet a long list of historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, General Lafayette, King George III and George Washington, and travel to beautifully rendered recreations of 18th century cities like Boston and New York.

And, in a larger way than the previous games, the action in Assassins Creed 3 isn’t confined to the city walls either. Players will be able to explore a vast, untamed frontier, full of animals that, for the first time, can be hunted.

Of course, what with it being the 18th century, Assassin’s Creed 3 will also feature an updated selection of weapons, with the addition of bayonets, bows, tomahawks and rope darts.

Built upon the Anvil Next game engine Assassin’s Creed 3 will deliver an experience that’s bound to more than surpass that of the other games.

On the whole the game looks awesome and here at Sound And Motion we’re wetting ourselves with excitement. It’s just a shame they haven’t dumped the boring modern-day elements.

Game Preview: Lucius

FOR PC/MAC

When Lucius was born June 6th 1966, he was expected to be just another little boy. His childhood, spent within the walls of a luxury manor, was as normal as that of any child born into privilege. But everything changed when he turned six, and his father, the Devil, began appearing in his dreams.

Through Lucius the Devil managed, as God did with Jesus, to bring a part of himself to Earth- and it is Lucius’ task to do his bidding, and gain control of the world. But before he can do that, Lucius must kill his family, and all the staff in the manor.

Paying homage to classics of the horror movie genre like The Omen, The Shining and The Exorcist, Lucius appears to be more or less just like the former, with a brown haired, innocent boy going on a rampage under Satan’s control.

Despite its possible lack of originality Lucius looks interesting, and the graphics look of a high standard too. The game will put players in control of the young boy in an open world with supernatural powers at their disposal. Anything could happen.

Game Preview: Street Fighter X Tekken

Two of the three most popular fighting franchises in the button-bashing combat universe fight it out in Street Fighter X Tekken, finally out on Playstation Vita.

A game that has surely been long awaited by fans, Street Fighter X Tekken is built upon the acclaimed fighting engine from Street Fighter 4, and features what must be one of the most robust character lineups in fighting game history.

In addition to the core roster of thirty-eight characters from the console version and five PS3 excliusives this Playstation Vita version will feature twelve extra playable characters; flame haired green skin savage, Blanka, Well-balanced street Brawler, Cody, upper-class black boxing heavyweight, Dudley, African tribal warrioress, Elena, ninjutsu fighter, Guy and schoolgirl, Sakura from Street Fighter, and android Alisa Bosconovitch, enraged Interpol officer Bryan Fury, dance fighter Christie Monteiro, latest Jack prototype, Jack-X, weird-haired military maestro, Lars Alaxandersson, and super cop, Lei Wulong, from Tekken.

The game features cross play functionality, allowing Vita players to compete against PS3 owners anywhere in the world, and includes Tekken’s popular tag team mode.

Another superb addition to the crossover fighting genre? You bet.

Game Preview: Medal Of Honour: Warfighter

Call Of Duty rival Medal Of Honor hits back with Warfighter. Inspired by real events and written by US Tier One operatives deployed overseas the tactical first person shooter packs a punch and delivers a true-to-life look at the battlefield in this modern day, the fight against the ongoing global terror threat.

The game puts players in control of Tier 1 operatives from ten different nations around the world to experience heart-stopping missions that have ties to real events. From rescuing hostages in the Philippines to assaulting a modern day “pirate town” in coastal Somalia the gameplay is varied intensely, and allows the player to be immersed in situations that can and do happen.

Medal Of Honor: Warfighter is more than just a blind shooter; it’s a heroic story of patriotism, and a reminder of why brave men step out into the line of fire each and every day.

With the Call Of Duty games beginning to become stale it’s refreshing to see that those behind Medal Of Honor can still deliver after thirteen years producing titles. The fourteenth game in the franchise and the sequel to 2010’s series reboot, Medal Of Honor, Warfighter looks like another fresh and satisfying game, and with a killer soundtrack to boot.

Game Preview: Doom 3 BFG Edition


The third installment in the game series that spawned the first person shooter genre, Doom 3, is coming back to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 bigger, better and badder than ever before.

Doom 3 disregards the storylines of the previous games. Set on Mars in 2145 it sees the player take on the role of an anonymous space marine who must fight through a beat infested research base and stop the legions of Hell from attacking Earth.

With weapons like the BFG 9000, chainsaws and shotguns the player must pass dismembered corpses, walk through pools of blood and venture into absolute darkness, all the while knowing that nightmarish monsters could appear before them at any time.

This revamped edition of Doom 3 includes remastered versions of the 2004 game, its Resurrection Of Evil expansion pack, seven additional missions, Doom I and Doom II. The game will have a high-definition facelift, with new lighting, better sound, the addition of a checkpoint system and achievements and trophies.

Live the nightmare again.