Planet Coaster Alpha Launches

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From the 21st of March, Planet Coaster will be launching its open alpha test, to all those who have purchased the early bird edition of the game.

Planet Coaster brings back the good old days of the Roller Coaster Tycoon series, and allows you to design and build your very own theme park. You can build anything your heart desires, from rollercoasters to restaurants to flat rides.

The alpha test will launch in three stages, the first allowing you to construct buildings and paths in your park, the second bringing in roller coaster creation and the third adding in community features.

The pre-release alpha test will last all the way up until the launch of the beta test, where access to the game will be available up until the launch.

To access the Planet Coaster Alpha test, you must purchase the early bird edition of the game, which is available on the Fronteir store. If you have already purchased one of the other editions of the title, you may upgrade to the early bird edition for an additional fee.

Top 4 VR Experiences of 2016

2016 is the year of Virtual Reality!

Virtual reality headsets are officially the in thing for techies in 2016. Want to stay on trend, and keep up to date with the latest gear? Here’s our quick guide to the best VR experiences available in 2016 and how you can experience them.

 

  1. RIGS – Playstation VR Game

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Who doesn’t love giant mech-suits fighting to the death? With the launch of Sony’s Playstation VR headset later this year, you’ll be able to suit up and take your own rig to war. You’ll engage in tense combat scenarios where you are on the front line fighting for survival.

 

  1. Virtually Dead – London Scare Attraction

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We know our fans love a good scare, so whilst we’re preparing for our annual Halloween Fright Nights event, here’s a terrifying new attraction to keep your adrenaline addiction satisfied.

Using the HTC Vive VR headset, scare theatre meets virtual reality in an hour-long experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. Sounds like an absolute screamer if you ask us! Being face to face with hordes of ravenous zombies is certainly one way to spend an evening out. Do you think you can survive the entire hour and come out the other side in one piece?

 

  1. Galactica – Alton Towers Rollercoaster

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In space no-one can hear you scream… Unless you’re riding the newly refurbished Galactica at our sister park Alton Towers. You may have experienced their fantastic flying coaster Air in the past, well now it has seen an upgrade.

It’s time to board the new spacecrafts and blast out into the final frontier, and go where no man has ever gone before. As you’re flying around swooping and diving, you get to pass over galaxies and suns. That’s right, you get to ride a rollercoaster in space… how cool is that?!

 

  1. No Limits 2 – PC Videogame

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It’s pretty much every coaster-junkies dream job to design roller coasters for a living. We’ve all come up with crazy designs with 100mph launches and 10 loops. Well No Limits 2 is a PC game, which allows you to make those dreams a reality, and create your own simulated theme park. Using the Occulus Rift VR headset, which has just launched this year, you can even step onto those rides and experience them for yourself.

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Are you as excited for virtual reality as we are?

Thorpe Park are bringing VR to a new dimension with Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, an attraction which will immerse you in your own personal nightmare, where reality becomes distorted. Are you brave enough to board this train?

 

Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge Review

Could you be persuaded to commit murder? Are you fully in control of your own actions? How do you know you aren’t being manipulated into acts you wouldn’t normally do?

These three questions are the main focus of Derren Brown’s latest one off special, on Channel 4, Pushed to the Edge.

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Now we’re all pretty used to Brown’s dark sense of mischief by now, but his latest show is a new high for the performer. After all, it takes some serious skills to transform an unsuspecting member of the public into a murder in just one night.

Considering this is a Derren Brown show, you can rest assured that there’s some smart back-story to the entire premise. Sure enough, the leading participant has been coerced into working at a charity auction, which is being run by some rather interesting characters.

Obviously, things don’t go quite as planned and after a supposed heart attack, and some seriously impressive special effects, things get pretty dark, pretty quickly. Everything goes from 0-10 in the space of a second, and Derren’s unknowing volunteer gets thrown into a web of lies, with only one way out… murder.

Everything starts out innocently enough, with the participant directed into seemingly minor pranks, but ultimately things get pretty nasty. It’s not long into the show where Chris, the victim of this situation, is dragging dead bodies around, stealing somebody’s identity and discussing murder. It’s all rather stomach wrenching and we aren’t afraid to admit we squirmed a more than a couple of times in the lead-up to the finale.

Once everything has reached boiling point, and Derren has suitably conditioned Chris to obey his orders, it’s time for one final push.

The final scene on the rooftop is really something to behold. Derren is well known for being a master of tension, but this is truly something else. In scenes reminiscent of Shia Labeouf’s infamous ‘JUST DO IT’ motivational speech, Chris is egged on by the cast to commit murder. Will he or won’t he?

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After a flip of expectation there are some genuinely shocking results, which will leave you floored as you realize all is not as it seems. Once again Derren has pulled the rug out from underneath our feet and subverted expectations with the conclusion.

Honestly, this is one of Derren’s most powerful shows. It explores how far people can be manipulated using only words, and encourages people to make a stand, and be aware of how easy it is to coerce people into committing vile acts. Pushed to the Edge really does cement Derren as a true master of deception and trickery.

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If you’ve enjoyed Derren Brown’s Pushed to the Edge, keep an eye out on May the 6th, when Thorpe Park opens Derren Brown’s Ghost Train. Get ready for your mind to be taken on a thrilling journey on an abandoned Victorian train carriage to your deepest fears.