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Welcome to our new Sunday feature ‘The Sunday Effect’. What better way to spend your lazy Sunday than catching up with everything that mattered this week. Here, you’ll be able to find the biggest stories we’ve covered this week and a round-up of our reviews/hands-ons. You’ll also be able to find out what we’re playing, watching and loving over the last 7 days. Let’s get cracking…

This week’s big stories:

Microsoft announces Windows 10 – Skips Windows 9

Microsoft this week announced that Windows 9 will be skipped completely with the next iteration of Windows, ‘Windows 10’. Find out what this means for you in our article here.

Penny Dreadful: Season Two News and End of Season Review

Penny Dreadful began filming season two of the show in and around Dublin and at Aardmore Studios in Wicklow in September. Find out more in our review!

PlayStation Plus October Line-Up Revealed

It’s that time again where we find out what is in the PlayStation Plus October line-up. Of course, this month includes a bonus in the form of the much-anticipated DriveClub PS+ edition. Find out what else you’ll be getting your hands on here.

This week’s reviews:

FIFA 15

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The latest installment in EA Sport’s best-selling football franchise is out now. With FIFA 15 being extra polished on next-gen, what did we make of the title? Find out here!

Forza Horizon 2

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Microsoft’s biggest racer is out this week. With Forza moving to an open world, how does this affect the franchise? Is it a good racer or a great driving game? Find out in our review.

What we’re playing this week:

Dave – Destiny

I’m still plugging away at Destiny, finally at level 19! We’ll have a review of the game up soon. Initial thoughts? It’s Halo of Warcraft – Borderlands Edition.

Tony – Shadow of Mordor

It’s only out a few days, so I’m really only getting to grips with it, but so far it’s bloody amazing. You really have to think and plan ahead. The nemesis system is the key feature here where your enemies level up when they win in battle! Revenge is sweet!

John – The Crew BETA

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a BETA code for the new Ubisoft racer, The Crew for PS4 and I must admit, I was a little disappointed. The graphics aren’t as good as I expected them to be. Think of it like a mix between the graphics engine for Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and Watchdog’s, but just a little more polished. The UI is way too dense and there is far too much text to keep up with.

That being said, the cars look great and I’d say once you have access to the full digital world of North America to race across, it should become a lot more fun.

What we’re watching this week:

Gotham:

2 Episodes in and we’re still very intrigued with this show. It’s dark and gritty with great acting and the seeing the formations of the characters you know and love (or hate) is pretty cool. We’ll be interviewing the cast at New York Comic Con soon, so if you’ve any questions, you’d like us to ask, just get in touch via our Facebook or Twitter pages!

Doctor Who:

Although this season seems to be hitting a slump, last week’s episode ‘The Caretaker’ is still pretty decent, exploring Clara’s new relationship. There seems to be a fascination with soldiers this year, also, have you noticed the Doctor’s wedding ring? I’ll leave that thought with you!

A Walk Among The Tombstones:

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An adaptation of a crime novel, ‘A Walk Among The Tombstones‘ stars Liam Neeson as an ex-NYPD cop who turns his hand to undercover work as a detective as he hunts down some pretty gruesome kidnappers.

The tone is quite odd though as the film jumps between some pretty unsettling scenes to a little hearted interaction between Neeson and his little sidekick TJ. Overall, the story is engaging and the cinematography is nice and edgy.

That’s it for this week! What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter pages. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for reviews, previews, hands-ons and more.

David McGinley

About David McGinley

Irish Writer, Ad man and lover of tea, all things digital, gaming, coffee, photography, gadgets, writer @TheEffectDotNet. Views are my own.

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