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GamesMaster XMAS 13

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GamesMaster XMAS 13

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In GamesMaster Xmas 271:

The first next-gen reviews are here! In an issue almost entirely devoted to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we put the two new consoles head-to-head in a massive ten-page showdown. If you’re wondering what next-gen machine to go for we pull no punches: one winner is crowned, one loser is shamed.

Hot on the heels of the showdown is a next-gen special preview section in which we test every launch game (and Watch Dogs and DriveClub – both of which suffered release day slippage into 2014 this month) to let you know what’s hot and what’s not in the launch line-ups. Want to know what games to grab to make the most of your shiny new console? This is where you need to be.

Er… apart from if you want opinion on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and cover game Battlefield 4, that is, which respectively dock and explode into our reviews section as the first two next-gen reviews of the generation. Both are corkers, and we’ve completed them both on the next-generation machines.

And rounding off the next-gen love we’ve got a 14-day PlayStation Plus trial, so you can grab a free PS4 game (Contrast) on launch day – this offer applies to UK readers and brand new PS+ subscribers only.

Away from next-gen we’re tons more content. Reviews of Batman: Arkham Origins, WWE 2K14, Pokémon X&Y, Skylanders: Swap Force, Sonic: Lost World, Grand Theft Auto Online and many more nicely fill the wait before the new machines land, and in our superb Retro section we take a close look at the history of Batman and the classic that is Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars.

GTA V is the subject of a very special CHEAT! section this issue, while in our Upfront section we take a close look at Valve’s console-killing Steam Machines, the brand new Deus Ex, Kingdom Hearts 3 and some brand new tech that could revolutionise the future of gaming.