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We take a look at some of the hottest games coming in 2015. Game reviews, comics, board games, collectables, anime, manga, cosplay interviews and tons more all in this month's Live Magazine.

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  • FEBRUARY 2015 ISSUE

    2015!Games to look our for in

    ASSASSINS CREEDRogue & UnityFull ReviewsPage 44

    Page 16Nintendo World!Page 72

    We visit

    Who else loves Star Wars

    Comics?Page 92

  • EXCLUSIVESSPECIALS

    PROMOTIONSTONS MORE!

    GET YOURS IN STORE.

  • Publisher: Rob Jenkins (Gametraders Operations Centre)

    Art Director: Giselle Capozza (Gametraders Operations Centre)

    Game Review & Preview Editors:Nick Getley & Kylie Tuttle

    (Sticky Trigger)

    Retro Writer: Jess Wilson

    UK Writer: Elliott Buddo

    US Writer: Serwa Aboagye

    Sticky Trigger Writers: Kylie Tuttle Nick GetleyAlex HolmesSam Babu

    Nick PearceAaron MilliganBen Rachow Elliott Buddo

    Bridget SweeneySean Fox

    Miranda NelsonTim Arnold

    Matthew RaspeSasha KarenLiam Church

    THE LIVE TEAM

    INSIDE16 Games in 2015 to look out for40 Reviews72 Nintendo World

    102 CosplayBoy that was quick!

    Yes its all over folks. Holidays have ended and reality has set in - I wont have another long break (apart from Easter) for 12 months. Oh well, lucky theres a ton of great gaming and cool tech stuff due out in 2015. As I write this, Im thinking about our writers who are spread across the world. In the U.S its winter, cold, wet and miserable. Same with the U.K where snow is covering many homes and roads.

    In Australia where the fabulous Kylie and Nick (our gaming editors) live its summer and beach weather. But the one thing we all have in common is our love of games, tech, pop culture and so on. We love when cool new stuff is due out - theres an excitement as release date approaches. Games like Below, Cuphead and Evolve are high up on our editors wish list. Tech like the Apple Watch, Oculus Rift and exciting new smartphones are on the horizon and have many tech heads (like me) salivating with anticipation.

    Here at Live Magazine were excited about all these things and for the cosplayers out there, there is a new event called CosCon in Adelaide thats coming up in early March that promises to be the place for cosplayers and photographers wanting to learn about taking great cosplay pics.

    Yeah 2015 is looking pretty interesting!

    FROM THE EDITOR

  • Available on PC, PS4, XB1

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  • FEBRUARYGAMERELEASES!

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    DATE TITLE FORMATS

    Evolve with Preorder DLC

    Don Bradman Cricket

    The Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask 3D

    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    The Order 1886

    Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

    Dragon Ball Xenoverse

    Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires

    10/02/2015

    12/02/2015

    14/02/2015

    14/02/2015

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    26/02/2015

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    PC, XB1, PS4

    PC, PS4

    3DS

    3DS

    PS4

    XB1, PS4

    360, PS3, XB1, PS4

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    AVAILABLE 14 FEB!

  • PRE-ORDER OR BUY THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORAS MASK 3D FROM GAMETRADERS FOR YOUR CHANCE TO

    WIN THIS ZELDA BOX SET VALUED AT $249!

    Winner announced Friday 6 March and will be advised by email. Ask staff for details.

    Visit www.gametraders.com.au/zeldaprize to enter.

  • WHATS NEW?

    The war-torn land of Orience is the setting of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, a remastering of the Japanese PlayStation Portable blockbuster from 2011 and one of the most wanted games for Final Fantasy fans.

    Pre-order now at Gametraders!

    FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0

    PROJECT CARSProject CARS is the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet.

    Create a driver, pick from a variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and enter the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, or continually-updated community events.

    Featuring world-class graphics and handling, a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, and deep tuning & pit stop functionality, Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.

    Pre-order now at Gametraders!

  • By now most of us are back to work/school and getting set for a long year. Its not all bad though. Theres some great games coming out in 2015 and with developers really knowing the ins and outs of the current systems we can expect some hot games coming out. Heres a couple were looking forward to

    This could be super exciting or super disappointing. We can only wait to see what the team from Microsoft come up with after a bit of a miss with Windows 8. If youre wondering what happened to Windows 9, PC World suggests that Microsoft is eager to break with the past and according to the head of Microsofts Operating Systems Group, Terry Myerson, they are not building an incremental product.

    WINDOWS 10

    According to the official Windows blog its time for a new Windows. This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. This new Windows must help our customers be productive in both their digital work and their digital life. This new Windows must empower people and organizations to do great things.That new Windows is Windows 10.

    Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver.

    Fingers crossed this will be awesome for gamers too!

    APPLE WATCHWere hoping to see the new Apple Watch soon. While we are not sure how this affects or influences game developers on the iPhone and iPad platforms were expecting some clever developers to be creative and include the new device in some aspects of gaming, if not immediately, then down the track a bit. At least the Watch sport might be able to monitor your activity and remind you to put the controller down now and then and move around and get some stretching and exercise to allow you to play longer? Maybe, maybe not.

  • WHAT'S HOT IN THE USGAMING IN THE US

  • WHAT'S HOT IN THE USGAMING IN THE US

    2014 bought us some amazing games, however a lot of them were shooters or platforms and whilst they are great and all, nothing seemed to challenge me mentally like I would have liked it to. What I want to see from gaming develop-ers in 2015 are some games which were like the 2010 interactive game, Heavy Rain from developers Quantic Dream.

    For those of you not familiar with the title, Heavy Rain (released on the Playstation 3) was an interac-tive chose your fate style game where you one of four protagonists who were involved in solving the mystery around a serial killer called the Origami Killer. The choices you make in the game affected the outcome and ending of the game. Who dies? That choice was yours to make so you had to choose your decisions wisely.

    What I liked about Heavy Rain was that it was hard to put the control-ler down and you just had to keep on going! The only similar title that hit the shelves in the last few years would have been Beyond: Two Souls in 2013 (again from the de-velopers at Quantic Dream) and in 2014 would have to be TellTales Wolf Amoung Us and even though its an amazing game, it was short and left me wanting more.

    The interactive genre is one that I feel needs to be explored more in 2015 and Quantum Break to be released on the Xbox One may fill that gap with its how you play the

    game, impacts the end result prem-ise.

    Is Quantic Dream the only devel-oper dedicated to the interactive genre? I mean look at their back title 4 releases, 3 of which have been interactive titles and the 5th title coming out in 2015/2016 which is currently in development they know how to develop games, they know they have a dedicated audi-ence who is hungry for more in-teractive gaming and less blow up the baddie or shoot the alien! Why havent other developers caught on to this niche genre and invested time and effort into developing more games which challenge a person to make conscious decisions? Why? Why? Why?

    First person shooters and action are the market leader, we know this and its not going to change anytime soon, but if gamers and the market place are presented with more inter-active titles to challenge the gamer, interactive titles could climb up the ladder and be a contender with the likes of Battlefield and COD.

    Heavy Rain was rated one of the best titles in 2010. Beyond: Two Souls was one of the top 20 games pre-ordered in 2013. There is a market for the interactive genre, gamers just need the developers to seize that niche gap in the mar-ket and feed the masses what they want!

    Do you think the interaction genre needs more games? Let us know your thoughts!

    WRITTEN BY serwa Aboagye

  • WHAT'S HOT IN THE UKGAMING IN THE UK

  • WHAT'S HOT IN THE UKGAMING IN THE UK

    Just like 2014, 2015 has some great games coming out. Some that we have been waiting what feels like an eternity (Im looking at you Bat-man Arkham Knight!) and some that many of you may not have heard of.

    Regardless of what you might be picking up this year, there are some pretty cool releases heading to your local game stores shelves.

    Its a real mixed bag for releases in the first quarter and gamers of all genres should be pretty happy with the lineup!

    Towards the end of February sees a new 3DS game for Pokmon fans Pokmon Shuffle. Similar to the Pokmon Trozei, more so the more recent Pokmon Link: Battle!, play-ers will come across a wild Pok-mon, and must battle it by chaining groups of Pokmon in the to