Many of you will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day today
and even if you're not, hopefully you have something to be thankful for. I'm
thankful we have a community of bloggers who post original content each and every
week. It was a bountiful week with plenty of blogs to feast on. Have a safe and
Period Reviewed: November 17 – November 23, 2014Number of User
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Blogs Herded: 10
Informer Online Fantasy Football League Scoreboard – Week 11According to cerpintaxman's
weekly GIO Fantasy Football League highlights reel, it was a low-scoring week
which really helped tighten the standings in preparation for the playoffs.
Development Can't Go On Like ThisSeveral recent big-name
releases have been plagued with technical issues, leading Doctor Apozem to
publish this blog addressing the matter and his thoughts on how to fix it.
I'd Like To See In Just Cause 3The official announcement of Just
Cause 3 made a lot of gamers happy and it sounds like cerpintaxman is one of
them. He takes a moment to outline a few ideas he would like to see in this new
Early ImpressionsNintendo launched its first
set of Amiibo, their interactive figurines similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity
figures. TheAnimeGamer describes the experience using them here.
Much Will The Holiday Damage Sony And Microsoft's Brand Image?TimSedai examines a potential
issue that might arise with holiday sales already being advertised now,
especially with some of the deals on console bundles being advertised by Sony and Microsoft.
Friday – F.E.A.R. OnlineCraigaleg makes it two for two
by posting another video this week, spotlighting a different free-to-play game
with this installment showing off F.E.A.R. Online.
Discussion: November EditionMightyMagikarp collaborates
with quite a few members of the community for the latest episode of Community
Discussions, a periodic feature that asks a question and collects the
Pressure Of New ContentWriting with his normal flair,
whovian223 (the blogger formerly known as Hist) muses about how he normally
never buys collector's editions until a particular game he likes released an updated
Potential: The Hero Of WindsThomas Stensland returns with
another chapter of Untapped Potential, a feature where he explores the
narrative from one of The Legend of Zelda games to see what untold mysteries might
Cry 4 ImpressionsThe Destroyer didn't think he
was all that excited about Far Cry 4 but he bought the game anyway and seems to
be enjoying it so far. Check out his quick analysis of the game.
InquisitorEric Watson acknowledges he is
a huge fan of the Dragon Age series and describes the choices he made, including
race, gender, class, and specialization, when creating his inquisitor.
Alpha Sapphire Review: A Sparkling GemA solid review of Pokémon Alpha
Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS courtesy of Enuo, who awards the game an
impressive score of 9.5 out of 10 and claims it's a dream come true.
Smash Bros. For Wii U Review – The King Stays The KingMany gamers have enjoyed Super
Smash Bros. ever since it released on the Nintendo 3DS, but now the Wii U
version is out. If Raging Searchers review is any indication, it is really
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Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:"I hope when I die all my possessions fall
off me like loot in a video game." @maxlavergne
343 Industries continues to conduct repairs on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. A new patch seeks to address a number of problems with matchmaking and stability.
Included in the new update are fixes to team balancing and searching with a party. The patch notes reveal some of the causes of matchmaking problems, including players being unjoinable after match-made games and at times after simply searching for a match.
Microsoft says that the 523 MB update isn’t the last, as additional patches will target other issues identified by the community. For more on the troubled launch of The Master Chief Collection, check out a recent statement from 343’s Bonnie Ross.
Our TakeI don’t have much more to say about the problems facing a number of this fall’s launches. Instead, I’ll just direct you to a recent opinion piece on the matter.
In addition to loved ones and roofs over our heads, we’ve gotten a lot of great games to be thankful for this Fall, and we’ll likely be spending a chunk of the weekend playing them. How about you?
Tim Turi (@timturi): I always look forward to this time of the year. As someone who has spent countless hours of his life playing games where delicious, fully-cooked turkeys are commonly found in trash cans and castle walls, it’s always exciting to see one of these things in real life. In addition to eating myself sick, I plan on using my time out of the office to play a ton of games. I have a strong feeling that Dragon Age: Inquisition will be syphoning away most of that time, but I hope to play some more This War of Mine, Diablo III, and maybe some Halo: Master Chief Collection if 343 Industries can get the servers up and running.
Ben Hanson (@yozetty): I have too many games to play over the Thanksgiving break. I'm going to continue to play an unhealthy amount of Smash, I'll be bringing my Wii U back home and am looking forward to playing it with some old friends. I'll also probably play some Game & Wario pictionary with the family as well. Oh, and Fibbage on PS3 with the family. Tonight I'm also starting to play Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the first time. It'll actually be the first Castlevania game that I've ever played, so I've been told that I have a lot to look forward to? I'm hoping it's not too difficult. Other than all that, I will continue to play Far Cry 4 and This War of Mine on Steam. Have a good holiday!
Mike Futter (@futterish): I’m continuing to dig out from under my backlog of 2014 releases. This weekend, I’ll be spending time with some handheld games, including Persona Q, Bravely Default, and Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. I also hope to work in some time with PC titles, including Divinity: Original Sin, This War of Mine, and Lichdom: Battlemage. End of year is fast approaching, and I need to be ready.
Jeff Marchiafava (@GIJeffM): I’m going to take advantage of the extended weekend to tackle one of the most time-consuming games of the year: Dragon Age: Inquisition. I haven’t played either of the first two games, but I think I get the gist – run around a big open world, kill dragons, and marry an elf or something. I also still have to get back to Shadow of Mordor at some point, and finish off Advanced Warfare. Oh, I’ll probably eat some turkey too.
Matt Kato (@MattKato): Going to be spending chunks of the weekend with Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity. It's interesting playing both at the same time and seeing how the two labelmates approach things in similar and different ways.
Jason Dafnis (@nintendufus): My girlfriend is braving a Megabus from Chicago to visit me for Thanksgiving, which brings my "thankful for" tally up to about 30,000 things. I'm going to try to squeeze in some Crash Bandicoot – feeling another backlog weekend coming on – but I'll likely spend a good bit of time showing Sadie around the Twin Cities. Ben Hanson thinks he's going to be playing Smash Bros. all weekend, but we'll see how that works out (don't tell him, but I've still got his copy from a feature I've been writing).
Kyle Hilliard (@kylemhilliard): It’s a low-key Thanksgiving this year, which I am thankful for. I am hoping to use the time off to catch up on some games (I’m currently jumping back and forth between Sunset Overdrive, The Evil Within, and Super Smash Bros. Wii U, and will likely add Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 to that list before the week is out), and hang out with the family. I am cooking a turkey, which I didn’t ruin last year – a trend I am hopeful I will be able to keep moving forward.
Spoiler: Wario is surprisingly busty.
Talented Tumblr artist Xyrafhoan decided to create a series of works that shows familiar Nintendo universe characters dressed as Samus from Metroid. As you can see, the results are pretty amusing.
Thanks to GI community member GI Droid for the tip.
First details for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's zombie DLC came from a leaked trailer appearing on Reddit in October. Activision made a valiant effort to remove the video from the Internet, but other users who had downloaded trailer, continued uploading it. The DLC was confirmed a few days later as a part of Advanced Warfare's season pass that sells for $49.99.
Activision officially released the "Exo Zombie Trailer" today, stating that it's one of five DLC packs included in the season pass, which kicks off first on Xbox One in January. Holding true to Call of Duty's zombie modes of old, Exo Zombie is a co-op experience, only now against zombies wearing exo suits.
Players who already purchased the season pass get early access to the AE4-Widowmaker assault rifle starting December 11. The season pack kicks off with with Havoc map pack. No release date for the Exo Zombie content was given.
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This week marks the biggest shopping period in the United States, as retailers both physical and digital discount their wares. For those looking for deals on PC games, the Steam Exploration Sale is live now.
According to the Steam front page, there are 1,860 games on offer right now. The deals are live now through 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern on December 2.
We’ve also assembled a list of games you might want to consider for PC and console. Gamestop (Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company) is running a Black Friday sale, as are many other retailers.
Ubisoft has confirmed that plans for an Assassin’s Creed Unity season pass have been changed a bit. The pass was slated to include the “Dead Kings” campaign, new missions, and an entire new game.
Assassin’s Creed Unity has been plagued with problems since its November 18 launch. The title has had a number of bugs and glitches that have impacted play, including one crash that is caused by adding friends to the in-game social list.
In a note to fans, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat addresses the problems the title has faced and what the publisher will do to make it right for purchasers. Every player will receive the Dead Kings DLC free. Anyone who has already bought into the season pass will receive another Ubisoft game from a select list of titles, including The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and Just Dance 2015. Redemption details will be available soon.
"Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues," Mallat writes. "I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential."
Ubisoft has already announced details on the next title update, called Patch 3. Another is in the works, as well.
"In addition to the latest patch and this offer, we are committed to delivering further fixes for other issues you’ve raised," Mallat writes. "In the meantime, please keep your feedback coming – it has been both humbling and incredibly helpful as we continue working hard to improve the overall quality of the game. We are hopeful that with these forthcoming updates, everyone will be able to truly enjoy their Assassin’s Creed Unity experience."
[Source: Ubisoft (1), (2)]
Our TakeUbisoft is making the right move here to appease those that purchased the game and the season pass. What gamers really want is for this to not happen again. We'd rather be enjoying these games than wondering when they'll finally be in appropriate working order.
Bohemia Interactive has notified Early Access buyers that DayZ, its zombies survival game, will not be finished until the first half of 2016. The developer shared with us its plans for 2015 and beyond today, including final price points for when the game is released.
The standalone version of DayZ entered Steam Early Access almost one year ago. The price is slated to gradually increase, though it will be reduced from the new norm of $34.99 to its previous cost of $29.99.
As the game completes alpha testing in the final quarter of 2015, that price will be raised to $43.99. Final release price will be $49.99.
Between now and then, Bohemia Interactive has a quarterly roadmap that includes vehicles, new zombie AI, diseases, and basic stealth in Q1 2015. In the second quarter, vehicle repair and modification will be introduced along with player statistics, a new user interface, and dynamic events.
In the second half of next year, traps, barricades, wildlife predators and companions, aerial transportation, construction, and Steam community integration will be completed. More details on the roadmap will be made available in the coming weeks.
DayZ was announced for PlayStation 4 at Gamescom. There is no information at this time about how PC development impacts rollout on consoles. DayZ's creator, Dean Hall, announced his intentions to leave the project earlier this year.
Our TakeIf you’ve purchased the Early Access version of the game, you have a long way to go to see your investment realized. I suspect that the PlayStation 4 version will be delayed until at least this long, unless Sony decides to introduce its own Early Access program to consoles. I sincerely hope that is note the path living room hardware will go down.
Microsoft has announced the December Games with Gold titles for Xbox Live members. One new Xbox One game and two Xbox 360 titles enter the rotation on December 1.
On Xbox One, players will be able to lob holy hand grenades at each other in Worms Battlegrounds. On Xbox 360, you might solve a mystery in The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief or, instead, go snowboarding in EA’s SSX reboot.
The Raven will be available for the first half of the month. SSX swaps in from December 16 through the end of the year. You've still got time to pick up November's titles. Check out our previous coverage for the details.
[Source: Major Nelson]
Our TakeI’ve always enjoyed Worms titles, and I’m interested to see what the Xbox One version brings. As for the Xbox 360 games, SSX is a good get. I hope EA revisits that franchise sometime this generation.
We’re in the final week of November’s PlayStation Plus lineup. If you haven’t downloaded those titles yet, you’d best get on that. Not sure what’s available? We’ve got you covered.
On Tuesday, December 2, a new slate of games becomes available. And if we’re being technical, this month includes eight games. No, Driveclub is not one of them, PlayStation Plus fans.
On PlayStation 4, you’ll be able to don cape and cowl with Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition. As we mentioned yesterday, gunslinging arena title Secret Ponchos will also hit the service.
On PlayStation 3, you’ve got quirky horror title Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut. And, for your bonus games, it’s the Hitman HD Trilogy, including Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts, and Hitman: Blood Money.
Vita gets a pair of new games. Final Horizon is a tower defense title, and Titan Attacks pays homage to Space Invaders.
Our TakeThis is quite a solid month for PlayStation Plus. The older Hitman games are a little rough around the edges (and terribly unforgiving), but there’s definitely a sense of accomplishment when pulling off the perfect assassination. As for PS4, I liked Secret Ponchos in preview, and I’m always up for more Injustice.
Razer has announced a three-part documentary series that will explore some of the most competitive video games and their players. Team Razer: Great Games will explore the origins of competitive gaming in an effort to introduce new viewers to the sport.
The first installment of the series focuses on Starcraft II, with a look back at the first title and its expansion, Brood War. Further installments will examine Dota 2 and League of Legends.
Team Razer: Great Games was directed by Travis “Samox” Beauchamp, who also was behind the camera for a documentary called The Smash Brothers. The first episode will premiere online and live at DreamHack Winter in Jönköping, Sweden, on Saturday, November 29.
It wasn’t even September when readers started asking when we’d publish the initial list of 2015 release dates. Our ever-popular and regularly updated roster of launch dates for the new year is here.
If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping.
Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3, Vita) - January 13Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (Vita) - January 13Blackguards 2 (PC) - January 20Saints Row IV: Re-Elected / Gat Out of Hell Expansion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 20Dying Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - January 27Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 27Grand Theft Auto V (PC) - January 27Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 (Vita) - January 27
Criminal Girls: Invite Only (Vita) - February 3Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - February 5Evolve (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - February 10Kirby and the Rainbow Curse - February 13Dead or Alive 5: Final Round (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - February 17Total War: Attila (PC) - February 17The Order: 1886 - February 20The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - February 24htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (Vita) - February 24
Bladestorm: Nightmare (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) - March 3ScreamRide (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - March 3Battlefield Hardline (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 17Final Fantasy Type-0 (Xbox One, PS4) - March 17Bloodborne (PS4) - March 24Project CARS (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
AprilDark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - April 7Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - April 14
JuneBatman: Arkham Knight (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - June 2
Confirmed for 2015, but undated
Assassin’s Creed Rogue (PC)Aztez (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Battleborn (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Battlecry (PC)Below (Xbox One, PC)Chronicle: Runescape Legends (PC)Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS)Darkest Dungeon (PC)DayZ (PS4)Dead Island 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Deathtrap (Xbox One, PS4, PC)The Devil’s Third (Wii U)Dreadnought (PC)The Division (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4)Fable Legends (Xbox One)Fenix Rage (Xbox One, PS4, Vita)Firewatch (PC)Fortified (Xbox One)Fortnite (PC)Habitat (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)Hellraid (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Hollowpoint (PS4, PC) Homefront: The Revolution (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Hotline Miami 2 (PS4, PC)Hyper Light Drifter (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Vita, PC)Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (Vita)Just Cause 3 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Killing Floor 2 (PC)The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS)Let it Die (PS4)Mad Max (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Wii U)Mario Maker (Wii U)Mario Party 10 (Wii U)Massive Chalice (Xbox One, PC)Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)Might & Magic Heroes VII (PC)Mighty No. 9 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC)Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)No Man’s Sky (PS4)Not a Hero (PS4, Vita, PC)OlliOlli 2 (PS4, Vita)Omega Quintet (PS4)Once Upon Light (PS4)Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, PC)Persona 5 (PS4, PS3)PGA Tour Golf (Xbox One, PS4)Project CARS (Wii U)Quantum Break (Xbox One)Resident Evil Remastered (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC) Rime (PS4)Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360) Roller Coaster Tycoon World (PC)Roundabout (Xbox One, PS4)Runemaster (PS4, PC)Scalebound (Xbox One)Shadow Realms (PC)Shroud of the Avatar (PC)Silent Hills (PS4 confirmed, others TBA)Smite (Xbox One)Space Engineers (Xbox One)Space Hulk: Deathwing (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)Splatoon (Wii U)Star Wars Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One) Superhot (Xbox One)Tales of Zestiria (PS3)Tearaway Unfolded (PS4)Titan Souls (PS4, Vita, PC)The Tomorrow Children (PS4)Tropico 5 (PS4)Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)Until Dawn (PS4)Viking Squad (PS4)Volume (PS4, Vita)Xenoblade Chronicles (New 3DS)Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U)
The Pokémon Company has announced that sales of its latest duo of titles for the Nintendo 3DS are off to a strong start. Over 3 million copies of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have been sold so far.
The titles were released in Japan, North America, and Australia on November 21. European release is slated for later this week.
According to a report in Famitsu, 3.04 million copies of the titles were sold in the opening week. Three-day sales in Japan totaled 1,534,593 inclusive of the double-pack of games, but not counting digital sales. Because of the mismatch in periods, it’s not possible to draw a specific line between Japan domestic sales and the other territories.
By comparison, Pokémon X and Y sold 4 million copies worldwide in its first two days. Given that the new games aren't out in Europe until this Friday, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are on track to match performance of the last title. For more on the latest entry in the long-running series, check out our review.
[Source: Famitsu (1), (2) via NeoGAF]
Our TakeThe early sales for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are even more impressive when you consider that this is essentially a remake. Nintendo’s software sales are tracking well, which should give a push to hardware. Just how much though won’t be known until the new year, when financial reporting occurs.
It's that time of year when everything is slightly cheaper than usual for a brief period of time, and the PlayStation Network is no exception.
Below you will find a large collection of games currently on sale on the PlayStation Network dubbed, "The Co-op Sale." In the list below you will find the name of discounted game, the platform, the PlayStation Plus sale price, followed by the non-PlayStation Plus sale price. You can also find the full list on the PlayStation blog.
3 on 3 NHL Arcade, PS3 - $3.49, $4.99Angry Birds: Star Wars, PS4 - $22.49, $24.99Angry Birds: Star Wars, PS3 - $17.99, $19.99Angry Birds: Star Wars, PS Vita - $17.99, $19.99Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!!, PS3 - $14.00, $27.99Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!!, PS Vita - $14.00, $27.99Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel, PS3 - $3.99, $4.99Awesomenauts Assemble, PS4 - $5.39, $5.99Battlefield 3, PS3 - $3.99, $4.99Borderlands 2, PS3 - $4.54, $6.49Bulletstorm, PS3 - $3.99, $4.99Chaos Code, PS3 - $5.99, $7.99Dark Souls II, PS3 - $19.59, $27.99EA SPORTS UFC, PS4 - $13.99, $19.99Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, PS3 - $8.99, $9.99Far Cry 3, PS3 - $9.79, $13.99Fight Night Champion, PS3 - $3.99, $4.99LEGO The Hobbit, PS3 - $14.69, $20.99LEGO The Hobbit, PS4 - $19.59, $27.99LEGO The Hobbit, PS Vita - $9.79, $13.99LittleBigPlanet, PS3 - $7.99, $9.99LittleBigPlanet 2, PS3 - $7.99, $9.99Lord of the Rings: War in the North, PS3 - $5.00, $9.99Madden NFL Arcade, PS3 - $3.49, $4.99Mercenary Kings, PS4 - $8.99, $11.99NBA JAM: On Fire Edition & NFL Blitz Bundle, PS3 - $3.99, $4.99NCAA Football 14, PS3 - $8.99, $14.99Rayman Origins, PS3 - $9.79, $13.99Rayman Origins, PS Vita - $13.29, $18.99Rayman Legends, PS4 - $19.59, $27.99Rayman Legends, PS3 - $19.59, $27.99Rayman Legends, PS Vita - $13.29, $18.99Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, PS3 - $14.69, $20.99Resogun, PS4 - $5.99, $7.49Soul Sacrifice Delta, PS Vita - $14.39, $17.99Surgeon Simulator: A&E Anniversary Edition, PS4 - $6.39, $7.99Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, PS3 - $8.99, $9.99Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2, PS3 - $9.79, $13.99Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, PS3 - $9.79, $13.99TowerFall Ascension, PS4 - $7.34, $10.49Trine 2: Complete Story, PS4 - $7.99, $9.99
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Our TakeThere's a lot goof stuff here. I would recommend either of the Rayman titles, Far Cry 3, or Mercenary Kings as just a few of the highlight titles.
Ahead of Black Friday, Microsoft has marked down a huge collection of digital games, with more discounts planned for the day after Thanksgiving.
You can check out the whole extensive list here, but below you will find just a small sampling of some of the bigger highlights. Some of the games are discounted for everyone; some you will need an Xbox Live Gold account to take advantage of the sale.
Xbox OneStrider - $7.49Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition - $34.99Rayman Legends - $19.99Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag - $34.99Killer Instinct Ultra Edition Season 1 - $20
Xbox 360Strider - $7.49DmC - $9.99Devil May Cry HD Collection - $9.99Resident Evil 4 - $6.49Super Time Force - $8.99Slender: The Arrival - $4.99Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - $4.94Red Dead Redemption - $7.49Gears of War 3 - $4.99Gears of War 2 - $4.99Gears of War - $4.94Battleblock Theater - $7.49Batman Arkham City - $4.99The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - $9.99Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z - $15.99Burnout Paradise - $2.99Mirror’s Edge - $2.99Just Cause 2 - $4.94Borderlands - $4.99Borderlands 2 - $4.99Bully - $3.74
For more Black Friday help, head here.
Thanks to Aaron for the news tip!
Our TakeWith all of our Just Cause 3 coverage this month, now is the perfect time to catch up on Just Cause 2
A few days ago, we showed you how to play Grand Theft Auto V as a shark. As a faux documentary shows, the waters of Los Santos are alluring to a variety of people – and not necessarily only recreational drug users.
The video, called "Into the Deep," shows the crew of a small sub exploring the seas, calling out the impressive variety of creatures and plants that call it home. It's a fantastic showcase for how good the game looks, and it's one of the more relaxing game videos we've seen in a while.
The video is the work of Chaney555 on the YouTube channel 8-Bit B--tard. If you have an insane memory, you might remember that channel from this impressive recreation of The Sopranos' opening title sequence a few months back. Nicely done!
[Source: 8-Bit B--stard, via GameSpot]
Earlier this month, Sony announced that Secret Ponchos would be available on PlayStation 4 in December at no cost as part of the PlayStation Plus' Instant Game Collection. Now, developer Secret Ponchos has provided a firm release date for that version of the game.
Secret Ponchos will be available on PlayStation 4 starting December 2. You'll have a month to download it, along with Injustice: Gods Among Us Edition, on the house. After that, it'll cost you. For more on the shooter, take a look at our earlier hands-on impressions of the game.
Our TakeSecret Ponchos was originally due out in the beginning of the year, but it was delayed. While there's no shortage of games to play now, it's nice to have another free game to look forward to playing once my backlog thins out.
Next year is a big one for both Batman and Star Wars. Arkham Knight arrives in June, completing Rocksteady’s Batman trilogy. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters in December 2015 (with a sneak peak this weekend at select cinemas).
There has been a running joke between directors JJ Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Zack Snyder (Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), with the duo blending their respective universes. But what if those two properties really did collide?
In the latest episode of Machinima’s Super Power Beatdown answers the question of what would happen if Batman tried to take down Darth Vader. We won’t spoil it.
If you’ve never checked out Super Power Beatdown, now’s a great time. You can watch Captain America duke it out with the Master Chief or the original White Ranger fight Scorpion.
Thankfully, these are just fantasy. Bloody, bloody fantasy.
Ubisoft is getting ready to release Assassin’s Creed Unity “patch 3” this week across all three platforms. Rollout will begin on Wednesday, November 26, on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. PC users will receive it later this week.
This update includes eight categories of improvements, with PC users slated to get a number of fixes tailored to that platform. Included on the list are repairs to stability, including improvements in the area of “numerous random crashes” and frame rate.
Gameplay improvements address “haystack issues” as well as problems with players getting stuck. Matchmaking and online components also received some care in this update. Here is the full list of fixes:
Stability and Performance
Gameplay (Navigation, Fight and Stealth)
AI & Crowd
Matchmaking, Connectivity and Replication
Menus and HUD
Mission Tweaks (Campaign, Co-op and Side Content)
World and 3D
Progression and Difficulty
Patch 4 is currently in progress, with more news about it coming after the Thanksgiving holiday. For more on Assassin’s Creed Unity (and other games having trouble this season), check out a recent opinion piece.
Our TakeThis patch looks to address a diversity of problems leading us back to a drum I’ve been forced to beat often in the past few weeks. How on Earth was this game allowed to ship with so many problems?
I’d also recommend that anyone interested in The Crew, which releases on December 2, be aware of a recent Ubisoft blog post. It seems you might do well to hold off until after launch to make your purchase decision.
Today Humble announced it has teamed up with Sega for its latest deal, the Humble Sega Bundle. This latest offering lets you pay what you want for eight Sega games, including Sonic Adventure, NiGHTS Into Dreams, Crazy Taxi, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, and more. As always, proceeds go to the developers and charity.
The four charities Humble is supporting with this bundle are AbleGamers, WIllow Foundation, SpecialEffect, and GamesAid. You can choose to donate equally to all four, or all to one if you like.
Beating the average donation will earn you even more games, and donating $50 gets you can exclusive Dreamcast t-shirt. The deal ends on Tuesday, December 9th so don't wait too long to decide if you want in. Also be sure to check the page frequently to see what games are added in the coming week.
Everyone loves a good hero, and that affection is typically amplified when it comes to teams of remarkable people. But even the most powerful assembly of champions need to kick back once in a while.
Today, BioWare shared the Dragon Age: Inquisition art above. The caption made us raise an eyebrow and scurry off to confirm our suspicions.
“All great teams of heroes need time to unwind after closing a giant hole in the sky,” BioWare writes. Now what other team could they be slyly referencing? Well… this one:
Well played, BioWare. Well played. For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, check out our review.
[Source: BioWare on Twitter]
In October, Bandai Namco announced that it would be transferring online services from Games for Windows Live to Steam. That process was supposed to be completed in November, but it’s now been delayed.
The migration is now slated for December. “We are working hard to finalize the process to move your Dark Souls: Prepare to Die saves and achievements to Steam,” Bandai Namco writes. “We need to conduct additional testing and we are now hoping to begin this process in December. We'll have more information in the coming weeks. Thank you very much for your patience!”
When the transfer service does go live, Games for Windows Live users will be able to redeem a copy of the game on Steam and move their data. Those that delay will still be entitled to a copy of the game, but may not be able to migrate their saves and achievements. We’ll update once migration dates are finalized.
Our TakeThis year has been challenging for developers and publishers with regard to middle-ware services. Games for Windows Live is now not well supported (though Microsoft speaks to the contrary) and Glu shut down the Gamespy matchmaking service.
These migrations aren’t inexpensive, but they are worthwhile in many cases. Developers and publishers are spending money to maintain something more valuable: consumer good will.
In a new trailer released today, Bungie is showing off two new exotic weapons coming in the first expansion. Get ready to gear up with the Necrochasm and the Dragon’s Breath.
The video below features both of these weapons, along with a new Hunter helmet. The Arachnid is an exotic you can earn once the expansion arrives.
For more on Destiny’s The Dark Below expansion, check out the intro movie. You can also watch a ViDoc featuring some of the new content.
Last year, we shared with you a Disney Infinity secret only available if you have a “magic band” from one of the company’s theme parks. These nifty accessories unlock hotel rooms, get you into the park, and allow you to charge purchases to your room. They also make dragons appear in Infinity.
For this year’s installment of the game featuring Marvel Super Heroes, the magic bands give you access to a whole new world. Waving the band over the Infinity base while playing 2.0 will unlock the It’s A Small World attraction.
This comes complete with the familiar theme song. Once you save your game, you won’t need to unlock it again with the band and it will always be available.
For more on Disney Infinity 2.0, check out our review. You can also see a video of last year’s magic band surprise here.
In the early days of the PlayStation Vita, Sony made a number of claims about the system’s features. One of those was the ability to move seamlessly between the PlayStation 3 and the handheld. As history tells us, the mechanics were a bit more complex.
As we know now, the feature wasn’t available on every PlayStation 3 game and use of cross-save often required the purchase of two versions. In the case of titles like MLB ’12 The Show, the process wasn’t instantaneous, requiring completion of a full game on the PS3 in order to transfer to the Vita.
An early PlayStation Vita advertisement
Sony also came under fire for alleging that Killzone 3 was playable via the Vita’s remote play feature. That title was never supported.
The FTC charged Sony with misleading customers over its claims. Furthermore, the FTC found that Sony’s assertions that depictions of playing with 3G were not true, as the system does only supports remote play via WiFi.
The settlement calls for a $25 cash refund or $50 merchandise voucher for anyone who purchased a Vita prior to June 1, 2012. Sony will be emailing eligible users after the settlement is finalized following the comment period (ending December 29).
Our TakeA number of these promises were eventually realized with the addition of cross-buy and the PlayStation 4, but it’s clear Sony overpromised early on. Watch your email for compensation information in early 2015.