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Walking Dead Season Four Competition

With Season 3 nearly upon us, a competition has arisen on the AMC website for your chance to “Win a trip to the Season 4 set”

From AMC’s website”

Just because the walkers are mindless flesh-eaters doesn’t mean you have to be so inconsiderate. AMC and The Walking Dead are joining forces with the American Red Cross for a nationwide blood drive that, aside from being a great way to show your humanity, also might win you a 3-day, 2-night trip to the Season 4 production of The Walking Dead in 2013. Use Your Brains. Give Blood.

In order to win this prize you have to head over to this website, register and ensure you give blood!

It’s great that AMC has teamed up with the American Red Cross to support a blood drive, and it gives us a heads up that a Season 4 will definitely be on the cards next year.

Morpheus Road Competition

We’re gonna celebrate a new book release, this time! 

Trailer:

Synopsis:

D.J. MacHale, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendragon series, has a new adventure for readers in Morpheus Road.

Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In The Light, the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, sixteen-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it’s clear whatever this is–it’s huge.

Marshall has no idea what’s happening to him, but he’s soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend Cooper, who’s been missing for over a week. Together with Coop’s sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined.

The book is in stores April 20th.

What We’re Giving Away:

One (1) winner will receive:

Set of Pendragon Books #1-#5

Copy of Morpheus Road: The Light

To enter, just hop over to the Competitions page now!

Win 2 Gold Tickets to the Official Star Trek Convention

Win 2 gold tickets to the official Star Trek convention in Vegas!

The official Star Trek Magazine has a sensational prize up for grabs for one lucky winner – two gold tickets to the official Star Trek convention on August 5-8 in Las Vegas.

The soon to be sold out gold tickets entitles holders to a host of sensational perks, including complimentary in-person autographs with guests and exclusive access to the Saturday night gala party.

Guests at the official Star Trek convention include: WILLIAM SHATNER (Captain James T. Kirk), JERI RYAN (Seven of Nine), JONATHAN FRAKES (William T. Riker), CONNOR TRINNEER (Charles “Trip” Tucker), NANA VISITOR (Major Kira), RENE AUBERJONOIS (Odo/ Curzon Dax/ Douglas Pabst), ARMIN SHIMERMAN (Quark/ Audrid Dax/ Herbert Rossoff), with many more to be added…

The Gold Ticket entitles holders to a host of sensational perks, including complimentary in-person autographs with guests and exclusive access to a Saturday night gala celebration.

For your chance to win enter the competition here

Competition – Win 2 Gold Tickets to SALUTE TO SUPERNATURAL

Win 2 Gold Tickets to SALUTE TO SUPERNATURAL Convention And Meet Jensen & Jared!

The official Supernatural Magazine has a sensational prize up for grabs for one lucky winner – two gold tickets to the official Supernatural Convention – SALUTE TO SUPERNATURAL on March 26-28 in Los Angeles.

The now sold-out Gold Ticket entitles holders to a host of sensational perks, including complimentary in-person autographs with guests and exclusive access to a Saturday night cocktail party.

Guests at SALUTE TO SUPERNATURAL will include: Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Misha Colins (Castiel), Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer), Jake Abel (Adam Milligan), Travis Wester (Harry Spangler), AJ Buckley (Ed Zeddmore), and Richard Speight, Jr (Trickster).

To enter, head on over here

Watchmen Hoodie Competition

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Watchmen_Packshot_3DWe’re giving away one of these Limited Edition Watchmen hoodies to celebrate the launch of  Watchmen – Tales of the Black Freighter on DVD and Blu-Ray earlier this month (April 6).

The DVD offers audiences two essential Watchmen background stories, and allows viewers to experience the exclusive and dramatic origin – essential to the Watchmen experience – as the comic-within-the-comic and Night Owl’s autobiography are brought to life.

The set also features a special feature called Under the Hood.  The feature – Hollis Mason’s tell-all autobiography -chronicles the events in Hollis Mason’s life that led to him becoming the masked avenger Nite Owl and discusses how the Minutemen were formed.

Well worth a look if you’re a fan of the series.  And if not, well, it’s a nifty hoodie.

Hop along to the Competition page to enter, and also consider our fantastic Star Trek competition.

Competition: Star Trek Giveaway!

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Now this is epic.  Epic, I tell you.  We’re giving you the chance to win:

  • Star Trek TOS Season One on Blu-Ray
  • Star Trek Movies 1 – 6 on Blu-Ray
  • Star Trek: Alternate Realities Fan Collective on DVD
  • A Star Trek Bottle Opener
  • A Star Trek Bottle Cooler

The whole collection retails at well over £200 ($300), but we’re giving one lucky winner the entire bunch for free.  No strings attached.

Head on over to our Competitions page right now to enter.

Competition: Masters of Science Fiction

We have TEN Region 1 copies of this exciting title to give away!

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On August 5th, the critically acclaimed Masters of Science Fiction anthology series will be released on DVD as a 2-disc set. The Masters of Science Fiction DVD contains the entire series – including the world premiere of two episodes never-before-aired!

Originally broadcast last year on ABC, Masters of Science Fiction adapted short stories from some of the genre’s greatest practitioners, including Robert Heinlein, Harlan Ellison, Robert Sheckley and John Kessel.

Mark Dawidziak of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote: “I’ve seen what may be the best futuristic anthology series since the glory days of ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘The Outer Limits.’

It’s called ‘Masters of Science Fiction.”

Please head over to our competitions page to enter.

Sins of a Solar Empire Review + Competition

Sins_Cover_UK_FinalI’ll say right from the off, strategy games aren’t usually my thing.  Sure, I’ve played many, and some were even pretty good (Dungeon Keeper 2, although it’s not really hardcore).  Generally, pass me good first person shooter or a football/cricket game and I’ll be hooked for days.  So I found myself wondering why, after I loaded up Sins of a Solar Empire and played my first game, I had lost three hours of my life.

There is something beautifully addictive about this game; the time just disappears as you construct your galactic empire in glorious 3D.  I think the game’s primary asset is the simplicity of the interface.  Everything is so easily accessed.  The GUI combines classic elements from strategy games (reminiscent of Star Trek: Armada) with magnificent ease of use, allowing the player to zoom out from a ship to an entire solar system in a matter of seconds.  Not that zoom is new to the genre, but I have never seen it implemented so smoothly.  It’s been a long time coming; we’ve been waiting for immersive 3D graphics to become friendly and pleasant to manipulate, and Sins provides.sins-of-a-solar-empire-ss3  Features such as the cinematic mode (again reminiscent of Star Trek: Armada) prove that final polish that makes the interface so intuitive.

The graphics are nifty as well, particularly the use of colour in the game.  So often space strategy simulations rely on cool blues and neutral/dark greys – not here.  Sins displays the universe in technicolor glory, with multi-coloured stars and starfield backdrops.  Not unlike the systems in EVE Online, the universe is a pleasure to play in.

The ease-of-use I mentioned earlier carries over easily into the gameplay.  With just a quick run through the first tutorial, I threw myself into a full-scale game, and found the point-and-click interface tremendously easy to get the hang of and the zoom and movement were all simple and intuitive again.  I found the resource system in the game fairly basic, but it seemed to spawn many possiblities.  The three main resources in the game: credits, metal and crystal are all accessible from the get-go, yet it still takes some time for you to develop your civilization.  This is actually quite refreshing, as I have seen in other games rare, vital resources that create strangleholds in star systems as players vie for control.  Not here, you’re given everything you need and yet the research and development costs ensure it still takes a reasonable amount of time for you to advance.

Another of the game’s strengths is how easy it is to manage large fleets of ships, up to 50 in a fleet.  The game handles your actions intelligently – for instance, when you drag a box select your fleet it will automatically leave out all the civilian ships such as colony ships, assuming you need the military ones for attack.  If you do need the colony ones, you can select these manually or cycle through the different types of ships available from the system overview which appears as you zoom out.

sins3It’s nice to see the use of the diplomacy system (a la Age of Empires) here, and particularly one that works in Single Player.  You can forge alliances and improve standings with other races by carrying out missions for them.  It gives the Single Player mode that added dimension that other games lack.  Similarly, the use of the pirate bounty system (where you can offset pirate attacks by raising the bounty on another race, thereby encouraging an attack on them) is another refreshing way of changing the flow of the game.

Also important to mention is the audio.  The quality ambient music changes smoothly depending on the situation, and the voice-overs (whilst sometimes a little annoying) add the professional polish that makes this game stand out.  The weapons sound professional and the audio effects are of high-quality, for instance nuclear weapons detonating on a colonised world.  So often games are let down by soft audio effects; not here.

Sins does not suffer from the over-complexity that I have seen so many other RTS games fall into.  As a result, the game is just fun.  It grabs you, hooks you, and leaves you wanting more.  I’ve had it for three days now, and I’ve spent the good part of twelve hours exploring it.  I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to designing my own star systems, or seeing all the possibilities the rare artifacts hold. 

47aa0b4e506a6_featured_without_text_sins_solar_empireIf I had any qualms, there would only be two.  One was that the game took some convincing to actually work.  I had to upgrade both the game to the latest version and upgrade my nVidia drivers before the game played without crashes.  Also, the graphics are very pretty, but they are not quite of the highest standard yet reached by the likes of EVE Online.  This is a minor qualm, as I would still take gameplay over graphics any day, but I think the bar has been set by EVE and its a standard that hasn’t yet been toppled.  Nonetheless, it allows the game to run on lower-end systems, so for many users this may be a blessing.

Overall, if you’re an RTS enthusiast (but maybe more suitable, if you’re not particularly) I heartily recommend Sins of a Solar Empire.  It’s frighteningly addictive, tremendously fun and more than a little refreshing.  If you don’t want to buy it, Sci-Fi Heaven are giving away 5 copies so feel free to try your luck on our competition page.  Otherwise, the game rolls out into the UK on 20th June from Ironclad Games and Kalypso Media.

Grade: 90% (A)

“Be Tony Stark” Competition

Our friends over at VH1 and MTV gave us the heads up on their new “Become Tony Stark For A Weekend Competition”, in promotion of IRON MAN.

They’ve produced two promotion videos for the competition, which you can see below. Quite clever, really.

Basically, the contest allows one person to experience the life of billionaire Tony Stark. The winner and a guest will be flown to LA first class and greeted by their own chauffer driven Audi. They will stay in 5 star accommodations for 3 nights at the famous Beverly Hills Hotel. The winner and their guest will be given a private VIP helicopter tour around all of LA’s most prestigious land marks followed by dinner at one of LA’s best restaurants. Finally they will spend a day relaxing at a spa and be whisked off to Rodeo Drive on a $1,000 shopping spree.

Honestly, what can you lose?

If you want to enter, you can do so either through MTV or VH1.

Also, we’re going to be giving away an IRON MAN t-shirt and poster to celebrate the movie’s successful launch.