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(Sunday Mirror (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) GAMES TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2014
Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC. Out March
Created by key members of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare team, Titanfall promises to redefine first person shooters in the next- gen era.
For a start it's both campaign driven and entirely multiplayer, the game's narrative woven in and around a series of large-scale skirmishes. And what scale! The titular Titans are massive mechs that provide unprecedented protection and firepower on the battlefield. The game's real genius, however, could be the way it balances them against the regular grunts.
Jetpacks and parkour ensure footsoldiers aren't confined to terra firma, and the multi-tiered maps encourage acrobatic battles and fast, free-flowing firefights.
Microsoft reportedly paid a not inconsiderate chunk of change to ensure exclusivity for Titanfall in the hope it could be their not- so-secret weapon to turn the tide of the next-gen console war.
From what I've seen so far, I wouldn't bet against it...
Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC Out September.
A new sci-fi shooter from the creators of Halo, Destiny promises a massive, immersive universe and persistent multiplayer thrills. Look out for a beta in early 2014.
THE WITCHER 3: THE WILD HUNT
Xbox One, PS4, PC. Out September
Threatening to redefine the word 'epic', this next-gen only RPG promises one of the biggest gameworlds ever.
TOM CLANCY'S THE DIVISION
Xbox One, PS4, PC. Out late 2014
Set in a jaw-dropping, postpandemic New York, it promises guns, gadgets and a massive multiplayer online world. Is it Christmas yet?
Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC. Out in spring
Ubisoft's open-world cyber-hacking game looked impressive even before it was delayed for six months. Now we just want to play the damn thing!
The boyband are a worldwide phenomenon so it's not surprising their third studio album is the fastest selling of the year so far. It's a more rock sound than fans are used to as the boys show their maturity. The pick of the 14-track disc is ballad You and I.
The Old Me
He's the most exciting new voice of RnB. This title track off the young hitmaker's debut mixtape - available free online - has vibes of Drake and Trey Songz. Try something new and give it a listen.
7 Minute Workout. iTunes. Free
Using nothing more than a chair, a wall and your own body weight, this scientifically designed workout gets the most out of you in the shortest time possible. The challenge is to complete the seven- minute session at your own pace every day for seven months, with precise illustrations, visual timers and spoken instructions. For added motivation, you get three lives - just like a video game.
WHAT MAISIE KNEW
99 mins. Cert 15. Out now
A truly delightful comedy-drama, the film follows sweet and sensitive Maisie (the enchanting Onata Aprile) who is stuck in the middle of a divorce between her rock star mother (Julianne Moore) and art dealer father (Steve Coogan), both too selfinvolved to care for her properly, but too selfish to give her up. A charming and engaging film.
FORTUNE'S FOOL Old
Vic Theatre, London
Rarely has a production presented two such wildly different halves, but that is what makes Lucy Bailey's production of Turgenev's 1848 play so brilliantly effective.
The first half takes the form of a country house satire, as newly- married Olga returns home to find various hangers-on drifting around her vast inherited mansion.
These include Kuzovkin (Iain Glen), a sort of court jester.
Egged on by the horribly unforgettable Tropatchov (Richard McCabe) he reveals a huge secret - which takes the play in a dark direction. The evening swoops from wildly funny to genuinely moving. Highly recommended.
London's O2 Arena
Having sold out their first FIVE reunion performances in a matter of minutes, more dates to see the Monty Python team live have been announced. The comedy favourites are back for the first time since 1980 at London's O2 Arena, July 1-20. Tickets are still available for the last few dates. viagogo.co.uk/Mirror
T IN THE PARK
Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, T in the Park will welcome 80,000 music lovers to Balado in Kinross-shire for Scotland's biggest music festival.
Indie rockers Arctic Monkeys are the first headliners confirmed for the bash, July 11-13. Expect plenty of mud and a diet of Irn- Bru to soothe hangovers after the organisers were granted a late music licence to party until 1am.
For more information, head to Tinthepark.com or sign up with Mirror Tickets at viagogo.co. uk/Mirror.
Bangerz UK Tour
She's no longer just the talk of Tinsel Town as diva of the moment Miley Cyrus prepares to invade our shores. The former Hannah Montana star will be touching down in the UK on May 6 for a gig at London's O2 Arena. The 21-year-old twerkaholic follows it up with dates in Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Dublin on May 20.
Swings Both Ways Live
Cheeky chap Robbie Williams turns serious swingster and hits the road with his big band next summer.
The former Take That star will be showcasing his 10th studio album, Swings Both Ways, on a massive UK tour from June 13 until July 11. The Candy singer will no doubt treat fans to his iconic catalogue of pop classics, as well as new material from the history- making disc which became the UK's 1,000th number one album when it topped the charts last month.
Robbie kicks off in Belfast's Odyssey Arena before dates in Leeds, Glasgow, three in Manchester and another tripleheader in London.
You won't want to miss it.
BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME
Hyde Park, London
Banish the winter blues and book now for Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time - a 10-day summer musical extravaganza in Hyde Park, London Newly merged pop group McBusted will headline on Sunday July 6 with special guests the Backstreet Boys.
And Neil Young and Crazy Horse will be joined by The National and Tom Odell on Saturday July 12.
More stars are due to be announced shortly but if last year's line-up - which included The Rolling Stones, Nile Rogers & Chic plus Jake Bugg - is anything to go by, this year will be a must. bst- hydepark.com
Book it now
Dancing on Ice, The Final Tour. March 28-April 27. With Dancing On Ice back on air, Jayne Torvill and Chris Dean will be marking the anniversary of their Olympic gold with the lastever Dancing On Ice tour, starring a host of celebs from the hit show. Visiting Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, Leeds and London. ticketzone.co.uk, dancingonicetour.co.uk, 08444 99 99 55
Happy Days: A New Musical, Churchill Theatre Bromley. January 14, then national tour until June 30. On the 40th anniversary of the hit American sitcom, Happy Days has been turned into a musical, starring ex-Sugababe Heidi Range, Emmerdale's Ben Freeman and Cheryl Baker, with the original Fonz, Henry Winkler, as creative consultant. happydaysthemusical.co.uk
Richard Deacon (Tate Britain, London. 5 February 5 - April 27. A major exhibition of the work of Turner Prize winner Deacon, a leading British sculptor. tate.org.uk
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