YouTube user Bart Rowell has taken Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor's newly implemented photo mode and put it to unexpected use.
It's reminiscent YouTube's Grant Voegtle's use of the photo mode with The Last of Us, but it has a much different tone. You can check out the video below, and then you can bookmark for whenever you're having your own bad day.
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For our review of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, head here.
[Source: Bart Rowell on YouTube, @middleearthgame]
Grand Theft Auto V will not have a beta prior to its release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PC, and Rockstar wants to make sure its fans are aware.
On rockstargames.com/nobeta you will find a very clear, very direct message that reads, "Please note: There is no pre-release 'beta' test for Grand Theft Auto V. If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam."
So, if you see some kind of invite to join in Grand Theft Auto V's new-gen beta program and think it's too good to be true, then you're right.
Grand Theft Auto V is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18, 2014 and PC on January 27, 2015.
Update: Rockstar reached out to let us know that while it is accurate that Grand Theft Auto V will not have a beta for its Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC releases, this website was technically put in place for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases of the game. The PSA still stands – don't accept invitations from anyone offering you beta entry to Grand Theft Auto V on any platform!
[Source: Rockstar, via Joystiq]
Our TakeIt's always nice to get your hands on a game a little early, so in that regard it's disappointing new-gen GTA V won't be receiving a beta, but on the other hand, it's nice that Rockstar is being straightforward about the lack of a beta. Also, we pretty much know what to expect from the game, and I'm sure Rockstar does, too, at this point.
When playing Destiny do you ever stop and think, “hey, some of this stuff is pretty silly,”? If so, you might enjoy this short video from LoadingReadyRun that satirizes some of Destiny’s goofiest moments. It hits on everything from the game’s story, to its exploits, and especially that gosh darn Cryptarch, then wraps it all up in a colorful 8-bit artstyle.
Most of us here at Game Informer really enjoy Destiny, but we can't deny that some of its parts are a little ridiculous. Watch the video and see what we mean for yourself!
Source: LoadingReadyRun via Shacknews
Video game conventions are a rare beast in the midwest. Here
in Minnesota we see the occasional comic-con or anime convention, but rarely a
game convention that brings fans together to celebrate the stories, characters,
art, and music they love. Gamer's Rhapsody is coming to the Twin Cities next
month with the aim to bring people together and bask in the warm glow of shared
enthusiasm while staving off the encroaching winter.
Spanning the weekend of November 15 and 16, the first-year convention
is designed to be a place for fans, artists, musicians, and developers to come
together and share their mutual love for the medium. There will be panel
discussing everything from the classical roots of video games to a "name that
tune" contest. Gamer's Rhapsody will also have places for musicians to come together
and jam or aspiring games artists an developers to show off their stuff to one another.
Attendees will also be able to play some of the local indie games being brewed
up here in Minnesota as well.
Saturday evening will feature a live concert aimed towards
fans of video game music. Artists like Fez composer Disasterpeace, Shovel
Knight composer Jake "virt" Kaufman, Nerd Enhanced Sound, and Dragon Book
Fantasy II composer Dale North (formerly of Destructoid) will be putting on the
"What really makes me excited for Gamer's Rhapsody is
the chance to meet people who share the same level of passion for video games as
me, whether they are coming from across the country or right here in the Twin
Cities," says Gamer's Rhapsody founder Thomas Spargo via press release.
"I've been to all of the major video game concerts in the Twin Cities, but
Gamer's Rhapsody will be more than just a concert. We strive to be a community.
Other guests include Emily Reese from MPR's Top Score, a
podcast about video game music, the Super Marcato Bros., OverClocked Remix,
along with myself and some fellow Game Informer editors. More guests
announcements are to follow.
Gamer's Rhapsody is happening at the Double Tree by Hilton
in St. Paul, Minnesota from November 15-16. To learn more about Gamer's
Rhapsody, visit the official website here.
(Disclaimer: Game Informer is a sponsor of this event.)
Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers (our review) pitted players against the hulking planeswalker Garruk Wildspeaker when it came out in July, but Wizards of the Coast’s new expansion for the virtual card game takes a look at Garruk's perspective. The Garruk’s Revenge DLC lets players assume the role of the titular hunter as he brings the dish best served cold upon his foes this November.
Garruk’s Revenge introduces fan-favorite cards from the Alara block (the Shards of Alara, Conflux, and Alara Reborn expansion sets) to Magic 2015. Players will earn these cards as they defeat new enemies in the expansion’s four new campaign levels, as well as its expanded explore level.
The expansion will also make all cards from Magic 2015, the Hunt Bigger Game campaign, and Garruk’s Revenge attainable entirely through gameplay. Previously certain cards were available only through Premium Boosters that cost $1.99 each. Now, players who have finished Magic 2015’s initial five chapters can earn these cards in Battle Boosters, which they can get by winning multiplayer matches.
Garruk’s Revenge will be available for $4.99 on Steam and Android via Google Play on November 5. The content will come to Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS, and Amazon Kindle on a later date.
Sony has announced two weeks of deals on horror-themed games, movies, and television shows. The offerings span all three active Sony systems and PSP, so you should be able to find something for the hardware you own.
Week 1, which runs today through when the PlayStation store refreshes next week includes:
Next week, look for a trio of Castlevania games, two Corpse Party titles, and the PS2 classic Manhunt (among others). You can check out the full rundown of prices (with an added discount for PS+ members) and the movie and television listings on the PlayStation Blog.
If you’re an Android tablet user who has been waiting for Hearthstone, you’ll be able to play soon. Blizzard confirms that the popular digital collectible card game is coming to Android in 2014.
Unfortunately, the iPhone and Android phone versions won’t be along before the end of this year. You’ll be able to play on those devices some time in early 2015.
“It’s very important to us that the phone experience for Hearthstone is just as accessible as the tablet and PC versions,” the Hearthstone team writes. “One of the biggest challenges with that is revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience, but this time from the palm of your hand.”
Earlier this year, Blizzard celebrated 20 million players for its small-team project. The developer says that over 2 billion hours have been played across all registered users.
More Hearthstone news is coming at Blizzcon next month. If you haven’t yet purchased tickets to attend, it’s too late, but you can still participate with a virtual ticket.
Our TakeProductivity around the world will slow when Blizzard releases Hearthstone for phones. I’m hopeful that Activision Blizzard will reveal a bit about monetization on its upcoming earnings call. I suspect that Hearthstone has been an enormous success, especially when you consider the small team and relatively low expenses that made it happen.
Microsoft and ESL Gaming have announced the release of the ESL app on Xbox One. ESL joins MLG and Twitch as portals to eSports on Microsoft’s new-gen console.
With the new app, you’re able to watch eSports events and compete. ESL recommends that new players start with Open tournaments to get experience before trying to qualify for major events.
The app is available today in the United States, Canada, and 21 other countries.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
Our TakeThis is another step in making eSports more accessible to the average player. Giving people more ways to watch and opportunities to participate will help grow viewership across eSports in the long-term.
Developer Mike Maulbeck is the creator of Paranautical Activity. For a short time, his game was available on Steam, first as an Early Access title and then as a fully released game. Yesterday, Mualbeck threatened to kill Valve founder Gabe Newell.
As you might suspect, Valve didn’t take kindly to the series of insulting and threatening statements made by Maulbeck, culminating in a promise to harm Newell. “I am going to kill gabe newell [sic],” Maulbeck wrote in a since deleted message on Twitter. “He is going to die.” (Polygon shares an image of Maulbeck’s threat.)
Maulbeck’s anger was touched off by problems releasing his game on Steam. Following successfully moving the game from Early Access to launch, the game’s page still carried the Early Access banner. You can see the entire chain (without the since-deleted threat) here. Be warned that there is some coarse language.
Valve confirmed to Polygon that the threat triggered the game’s removal from Steam storefront and relations with the developer have ended. According to Maulbeck, his game is still available on the Humble Store and other platforms.
Update: Maulbeck has announced his resignation from Code Avarice, selling his stake in the company to one of his partners. In his statement, he says he won't front another project, choosing instead to "be as an anonymous 1 of 1000 at some *** corporation, not the most public figure of a single digit sized team." You can read his entire statement here.
[Source: Mike Maulbeck on Twitter via Polygon]
Our TakeOnce again, this should go without saying. Don’t threaten harm against other people. It’s not only unprofessional, but it is not how civil people interact with one another.
John Wick, the titular character of Keanu Reeves’ upcoming action flick, is coming to Payday 2 in a free DLC pack releasing tomorrow. The announcement comes after Overkill Software, developer of Payday 2’s DLC, reached its goal of 1.5 million Steam group members.
The DLC pack includes John Wick as a playable character, the Hitman perk system (including new features like Akimbo, which gives players the ability to dual-wield weapons), a new pistol and knife weapon, and three sunglasses customizations. At 1.5 million members, the Payday 2 Steam group is the largest community group on the service.
Continuing the promotion, moviegoers who pre-order tickets to John Wick through Fandango tomorrow will receive a free Steam download code for Payday 2. The John Wick DLC for Payday 2 is out tomorrow at no cost to Steam users.
Bethesda is teaming up with Titan Books for two series of books intended to bring a bit of The Elder Scrolls series into the real world. The five books are written “in-universe” and focus on the history of Tamriel and the accumulated works found within The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of Tamriel will appear as two volumes, with the first focused on the land and the second centered on the lore. These books will include original art and stories about The Elder Scrolls Online factions and the invasion of Molag Bal.
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The Skyrim Library collection three books is an assemblage of the in-game books and texts. That set is broken up into history, creatures, and the arcane. No prices have yet been revealed for the books, which should be released in March 2015.
We have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming to Mac and Linux. The bad news is that it won’t be this week alongside the PC release.
Aspyr Media, which has handled the ports of a number of recent 2K titles, is bringing Beyond Earth to Mac and Linux this holiday. The title will be playable cross-platform, so you’ll be able to engage in multiplayer matches with your friends on PC. It will also be eligible for Steamplay once Beyond Earth is on Mac and Linux, so if you purchase on PC, you'll be able to continue playing on one of the other two without purchasing another copy.
The feature set will be identical, and pre-orders (with the Exoplanets Map pack) are available on Aspyr’s Gameagent website. For more on Civilization: Beyond Earth, check out our coverage from Gamescom.
Our TakeAs someone who used to be restricted to Mac gaming, I know the pain of having to wait for later ports (especially when they are Civilization games). It’s an improvement from the old days when there weren’t many games on Mac at all, though.
Nintendo America just announced that the Link Amiibo figure will soon be compatible with Hyrule Warriors. No details have yet been made available on exactly how this will work.
The news comes by way of Nintendo America’s Twitter account, which shared the above image. “#amiibo figure Link with [sic] be compatible with #HyruleWarriors,” the company writes. “Stay tuned for more info.”
Amiibo figures will also be compatible with Super Smash Bros., Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Yoshi’s Wooly World, and Mario Kart 8. Specific details on integration for most of these titles has yet to be revealed.
We’ll update as soon as we have more to share. For more on Hyrule Warriors, check out our review.
[Source: Nintendo America on Twitter]
Our TakeThe difference between Amiibo figures and Skylanders or Disney Infinity is that in the former case, the physical items are accessories. In Skylanders and Infinity, they are integral to the experience. Amiibos are cute shelf items, but I’ve not yet seen any real reason why they are must-haves. Maybe the Hyrule Warriors details will change that.
Blizzard has announced that Metallica will be the closing act at this year’s Blizzcon in Anaheim, California. The event takes place on November 7 and 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Tickets are sold out, but those wishing to see the panels, contests, and the concert can purchase a Virtual Ticket. Home viewing is available via Internet stream or DirectTV for $39.99.
As we previously reported, the Virtual Ticket will also get you in-game loot. You’ll also be able to purchase merchandise during the show in advance of items becoming available to the wider public. For more on the Virtual Ticket, visit our previous coverage.
The first DLC add-on for Alien: Isolation arrives on October 28, bringing three new Survival mode maps and a new character. “Corporate Lockdown” tasks players to escape Sevastopol Station while competing against friends for the best time and score.
As Ransome, a Seegson executive, players will work across the three maps for the best escape time and the best score, based on accomplished side and bonus objectives. There is also a new Gauntlet mode that challenges players to work through all three maps without dying.
Corporate Lockdown is the first of five DLC packs that will be rolled out through March 2015. You can either purchase it individually for $7.99 or purchase the season pass for $29.99.
For more on Alien: Isolation, check out our review. We’ve also got some tips for surviving the Xenomorph (and the other foes on Sevastopol Station).
Evolve developer Turtle Rock studio is getting ready to launch the game's alpha at the end of the month, so don't miss out on your chance to be the hunter or the hunted. Today is the last day of registration!
The alpha starts on October 30 for Xbox One and on October 31 for PlayStation 4/PC users. The alpha goes through November 2 on all platforms, and Xbox One and PS4 users will have to have an active Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership to participate.
To register for your chance to be included in the alpha, you can get referral/registration codes here.
Those who pre-order the game at participating retailers* automatically receive access to the alpha. Pre-ordering the game also gets you the Monster Expansion Pack, which includes the Savage Goliath skin and a fourth playable monster after the game comes out.
For more info on the Evolve's Big Alpha, go here.
Evolve comes out on February 10.
*Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer's parent company.
If you’re still working your way through Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, there are some new items to help you on your quest for revenge. Warner Bros. and Monolith have announced the free Power of Shadow bundle available now for Xbox One and coming soon to PS4 and Steam.
Including in the bundle is a skin that changes Talion’s appearance to that of the Black Hand of Sauron. There are also three new epic runes:
For more on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, check out our review. You can also read up on our tips for starting out in the game. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will be out on November 18.
If you’ve been sitting on a copy of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition on PC, you might have noticed some problems thanks to the defunct Games for Windows Live. There’s good news, as Bandai Namco has announced it will be porting everything over to Steam.
During November, you’ll be able to use your Games for Windows Live token to redeem a copy on Steam. During the transfer period, you’ll be able to move your characters and progress over to the new platform.
If you miss the pilot window, you’ll still be able to get your Steam copy. However, you may miss out on moving your data over. Dates have yet to be announced for the migration period, but we’ll update you as soon as we know more.
[Source: Bandai Namco via Polygon]
Our TakeMicrosoft says that it continues to support Games for Windows Live, but developers continue to flee the platform. Between it and the death of the Gamespy matchmaking service, it’s been a costly year for publishers and developers. It’s good to see games rescued from wilting platforms and continue to have a life via other means.
As for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die, the community improved that game with a patch. It would be great to see Bandai Namco take the opportunity to improve the PC version of this title with already proven and widely adopted upgrades like DSfix.
Microsoft has been regular with its Xbox One updates, rolling out improvements and new features on a monthly basis. We now know what to look forward to in November.
You’ll finally be able to change the standard black background to something a bit more personal. To start with, you’ll be able to choose another color or art from one of your achievements (yes, you can only use one that you’ve unlocked).
Your profile will also start looking a bit more like it did on the Xbox 360. It will also feature a new showcase area to which you can pin your favorite achievements, clips, and more.
You’ll also be able to tweet your saved clips directly from the dashboard using the share button in the menu. Twitter is also coming to television. You’ll be able to see which live programs are trending in your Twitter timeline.
Trending programs (separate from Twitter) are rolling out today to preview members. This appears as a separate tab in the One Guide. It will show the 20 most popular shows, updated every minute. There are other TV improvements coming, including recents and favorites.
SmartGlass is getting some new social features and store improvements, including the ability to see your friends’ gaming activity and Xbox Live Games with Gold. Internet Explorer will be eligible for Snap from the address bar in the November update, too.
For the full list of changes, you can read up on Xbox Wire.
Our TakeEven though I run my television through my Xbox One, I’ve not spent much time with the OneGuide. I’m curious to check out the trending features and the Twitter integration.
I’m glad that some personalization features have been integrated, but I’m surprised that they are a bit limited. The achievement art function is made cooler by being tied to those you’ve unlocked, making each one a system-wide collectible.
The most interesting feature is the Twitter sharing for recorded clips. I’m looking forward to seeing those pop up in my timeline.
Humble Bundle has kicked off a six-day flash bundle that will raise money for this weekend’s Extra Life marathon. You can get 18 games and more for just $13.
And the “pay what you want” level, you’ll get Potatoman Seeks the Troof, access to the Trove closed beta with a starter pack, a Defiance starter pack, 30 days of Twitch Turbo, a 30-day Reddit gold subscription, and one-week access to the Everquest Landmark closed beta.
For contributions of $6 or more, you’ll get King Arthur’s Gold, Speedruners (currently in Early Access), a Rift starter pack, and nine classic You Don’t Know Jack games. At $13 or more, you’ll get Nom Nom Galaxy (currently in Early Access) and three more copies of King Arthur’s Gold for your friends.
For more on Extra Life, read up on our team. There’s still time to participate if you want in on the 24-hour charity effort, which raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. You can purchase the Humble Flash Bundle in support of Extra Life on the Humble website.
As the number of consumer-facing trade shows has increased, so has the volume of more easily obtainable, game-related paraphernalia. Inflatable weapons, branded and oddly shaped USB drives, patches, and more are handed out to consumers as they walk the halls of PAX, ComicCon, and more.
We’ve asked you about your game-related collectibles before, but this is a more focused question. Is there a specific type of item you collect, or is there a specific game for which you’d buy any related item.
I’ve got an absurd collection of pins and patches, for instance. Andrew Reiner and I are a bit fanatical about our Lego sets (and we have the text message history to prove it). Whether it’s action figures, Magic or Pokémon cards, or even strategy guides or manuals, we want to hear about.
Let us know in the comments! And happy hunting for the next collector’s item on your list.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Titan City. One enterprising 19-year-old gamer from Delaware spent over two years making what is possibly the largest city constructed in Minecraft. Eat your heart out New York.
YouTube user Colonial Puppet, used over 4.5 million blocks to create a living city, complete with roads, lights, a rail system, and 96 skyscrapers in the in the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft. Many of the buildings are even furnished. Even more impressively, this city was built entirely by hand…and it’s not done yet. Check out Colonial Puppet’s current progress in the video below, or download the 360 map for yourself here, or the PC version here.
[Source: Reddit via Joystiq]
Super Smash Bros. is super hot right now, but the four-player fighting game featuring most of Nintendo's biggest brands almost didn't feature a single recognizable character. Here's a quick recap of the development history of the series.
Did you know that Super Smash Bros. was once called Dragon King: The Fighting Game? Or that it’s designers added Nintendo’s mascots without official approval from Nintendo? You can’t pretend that you don’t know that now. Watch this video from Lore in a Minute if you want. Or don’t. We don’t care.
Legendary has announced the cast for its upcoming Dead Rising film. Retired marine, comedy news reporter, and actor Rob Riggle (who has actually covered wars with The Daily Show, you know) will be playing photojournalist Frank West.
Riggle will be joined by Aleks Paunovic (This Means War), who will play Logan, leader of a biker gang. His number two, Pyro, will be played by Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time). Finally, Keegan Connor Tracey (Bates Motel, Once Upon a Time) will play a journalist by the name of Jordan.
The film will reportedly be directed by Leprechaun: Origin's Zach Lipovsky. Other actors previously announced for the project include Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die, Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time, Vampire High), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, The Number 23), and Dennis Haysbert (24, Wreck It Ralph).
Unsurprisingly, Dead Rising: Watchtower will take place during a zombie outbreak. Conspiracy lies at the heart of the story, and signs point to something related to Zombrex (the fictional zombie infection-fighting drug) playing a role.
Dead Rising: Watchtower is planned as a direct-to-video release on Crackle in the United States. Following the exclusivity period, it will be released digitally and on disc.
From the failed relationship of two people came a firestorm known as "GamerGate." The episode brought to light how the media and the subject can intersect, which began a conversation about ethics and disclosure.
Game Informer has always acted with ethics and honesty, provides relevant disclosures, and takes the stand that discussing these things and improving game journalism is a positive thing. If journalistic ethics was all GamerGate was about, then it would be a movement worth discussing.
However, from the moment of its inception, GamerGate has been associated with harassment of women in the games industry, and has since repeated that pattern with Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian (both of whom have endured being driven from their homes due to death threats). While the harassment may only be from a minority, it is harassment nonetheless and unacceptable at any and all levels when people fear for their safety.
Game Informer's stance on the issues is clear. The term GamerGate however is mired in confusion and is one that we reject. We have not covered the movement at Game Informer up to this point because we feel that the moniker misrepresents the issues. The GamerGate hashtag hides the true meaning of the speaker, muddying the water and giving defenses to the indefensible.
Since the meaning of GamerGate is held in the eye of the beholder, we believe the label doesn't help those searching for answers or improvement on the real issues this industry has faced for some time. Being pro-GamerGate won't improve ethics in the games industry as its association with harassment and entitlement has forever tarnished its advertised goal. This forces anyone who believes women in the gaming community have the right to critical opinions, safe work environments, or even safety on the internet from rage and abuse to stand as anti-GamerGate even if it furthers the confusion and political backtalk. We think there are people on both sides who agree that these issues are important, and putting them at odds doesn't further the conversation.
We implore all involved to let "GamerGate" go, because GamerGate is not an issue. It is a nebulous term that has served no master, but has been misused by those who wish to divert us from the real issues that the game industry faces as it evolves from its humble beginnings to a place where gamers of all types are accepted. All it has done is furthered stereotypes of violence and misogyny that have set the video game industry back further than any other issue this century, and has once again created an environment where the fanatics have marred the image of gamers everywhere.
Game Informer is pro-ethics and honesty in game journalism. Game Informer is pro-women's rights, and advocates for diversity and representation for all within the industry and the games it creates. Game Informer strives to create a safe environment where opinions can be shared without fear of retaliation both in our workplace and in our products.
We welcome new thoughts, new people, and ideas so that we can all learn and grow to be better. Let's focus on the issues not some stupid hashtag from Twitter.
PS: I certainly didn't want this post to be about Game Informer, but I am aware that many times during this controversy Game Informer's ethics and standards were put in question due to our relationship with GameStop. We have been upfront with our relationship from the beginning and that GameStop has no say in our editorial decision-making process. My team and I have always worked to set the standard of truth and honesty when it comes to game reporting, and we will continue to hold ourselves to that lofty goal.