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Dragon Age Inquisition Will Include Separate Co-Op Mode
Aug 27, 2014 - 8:32 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Over at IGN, Bioware has unveiled the co-op multiplayer component of Dragon Age Inquisition. Let me assuage some fears right off the bat: multiplayer is walled off in it's own section away from the campaign.

Matches in multiplayer are designed to run for 20-30 minutes, and has your squad of four running through a trio of MP campaigns. Each campaign is randomly generated from a pool of 10 or so sections, each of which can be additionally randomized. Players will choose from a roster of 12 characters, four each from the game's three core classes (Legionnaire, Reaver and Mage).

From the video and text releases, it sounds like there will be an unlocking scheme similar to the Mass Effect 3 multi. You get currency and items as you play, but you don't necessarily get to pick which upgrades you earn.

I was a big fan of the Mass Effect 3 multi. If the Dragon Age co-op is built around similar themes and mechanics, I'm in.

Dragon Age Inquisition will be released on November 18 in NA and Nove 21 in Europe for all the usual suspects.

Sources - IGN; Joystiq; Polygon
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Upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC for Fall 2014/Spring 2015
Aug 27, 2014 - 12:34 AM - by Evian 'Evil Avnovice' Machore
Nintendo of America plans to grace Mario Kart 8 owners with two new DLC packs starting later this fall and next spring, including the new software update that will release for the game tomorrow, mind you. Starting at that time (Aug 27), gamers will have the ability to advance purchase these DLC packs, either through Mario Kart 8's new shop icon, or Nintendo eShop. The packs can be purchased seperately at $7.99 each, or both as an $11.99 bundle.


The first pack, "The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8", will be available in November and includes Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Link, 4 vehicles and 8 courses. The second, "Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8", arrives next year in May 2015, and includes Isabella and the Villager from Animal Crossing, Dry Bowser, 4 vehicles and 8 courses. If both packs are purchased, you'll gain immediate access to 8 colored yoshi and 8 colored shyguy.

Note: Be sure to download the software update to get the in-game shop icon.
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Hyrule Warriors Pre-order DLC Bonuses
Aug 27, 2014 - 12:02 AM - by Evian 'Evil Avnovice' Machore
Nintendo of America is sending word today that Hyrule Warriors can be pre-ordered from select retailers to earn a particular costume set.


If pre-ordering through GameStop, you'll receive a Ocarina of Time costume set, Best Buy a Skyward Sword costume set, and a Twilight Princess costume set from Amazon. And during the period of September 26 - October 23, if the game is registered at Club Nintendo at the time, you'll earn additional DLC in the form of two downloadable costumes for Ganondorf.

Hyrule Warriors will see release on September 26, 2014.
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US PlayStation Store Update 8/26/14
Aug 26, 2014 - 3:39 PM - by Chris 'Gorvi' Squeri
This week’s headliner is most certainly inFAMOUS: First Light, but don’t fret PS3 owners! The awesome OlliOlli comes to the PS3, and PS4, this week, cross buy for those of us wise enough to already own it on the Vita. Vita owners get…. well, better to not go there. Sales are pretty decen this week, with a number of PixelJunk games going on sale in addition to a random smattering of more recent games in honor of PAX. The full update from the PlayStation Blog:

PS4
  • inFAMOUS First Light($14.99)
  • Madden NFL 15 ($59.99)
  • Metro Redux ($49.99, Cross Buy)
  • Metro 2033 Redux ($24.99)
  • Metro: Last Light Redux ($24.99)
  • The Golf Club ($34.99)
  • OlliOlli ($12.99, Cross-Buy)
  • NFL Sunday Ticket App
PS3
  • Madden NFL 15 ($59.99)
  • OlliOlli ($12.99, Cross-Buy)
  • Putter Golf ($5.99) [PS1]
  • Card Games ($5.99) [PS1]
  • NFL Sunday Ticket App
Vita
  • Day D Tower Rush ($5.99)
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth1 ($39.99)
PlayStation Plus Sale Items:

On Sale:

PS4 DLC:

PS3 DLC:

Vita DLC
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 34
Aug 26, 2014 - 10:43 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

We’re spending too long on a topic we shouldn’t at the following link.

I suppose it’s my fault for opening the door to the conversation, but at the time I was very uninformed with the goings on of Phil Fish, Zoe Quinn, and that whole situation happening for the past week. What I realize now, after the fact, is that I, personally, have very little to say on the matter that hasn’t already been said. Someone on the CoG forums said it best, I think, “Just treat people like people.” Thinking back on the situation, it was a topic we shouldn’t have brought up. It didn’t go anywhere on the show and only led to us trying to get off the topic onto other things. It also makes writing a summary of the episode even more difficult. Even now I’m ready to move on to some other topic to tell you about from the show.

So, moving on, Firefall seems to come highly recommended by a regular listener of ours, even to the point of calling into the show to give it his praise. Speaking of praise, James returns to the show this episode and we give Wolfenstein: The New Order its due (by that we mean, hey…you should probably play this, it’s good). On the other side of that coin, his opinion of Destiny has changed since playing the beta but it opened the doors to our discussion of space combat games – something we seem to possibly seeing a revival of in the very near future.

Show Note: While I will be at PAX, the show will be LIVE this weekend!
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The New Pokemon Game Is...An Arcade Fighter
Aug 26, 2014 - 7:52 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

*checks calendar*
*not April 1*

So either I'm tripping balls, or Nintendo has just announced Pokkén Tournament, a fighter developed by Namco Bandai and starring the Pokémon. Oh, and it's for Japanese arcades. At this time no home release has been announced. Both Tekken chief producer Katsuhiro Harada and Soulcalibur producer Masaaki Hoshino - and their respective teams - are working on the game, which is set to launch next year.

Does this sound as insane to you as it does to me? In some ways this is modern Nintendo to a T. They take one step forward - in this case doing something a little different with a core property - and immediately take two steps back - by making it arcade only. Why? I know arcades are more popular in Japan than they are in, literally, any other place on Earth now, but how does this make any sense? A Pokemon fighter could be a real shot in the arm for the Wii U, but they'll put it in arcades instead because reasons. Again, I applaud them for making this game - and partnering with Namco Bandai to do it - but why not announce it for home release while you're at it?

Sources - Kotaku; Polygon

[Update] Trailer added
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Amazon Buying Twitch for $970M
Aug 25, 2014 - 4:32 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Amazon today announced plans to acquire video streaming site Twitch.tv for $970M. This comes on the heels of reports that Google, through their YouTube subsidiary, was in talks to grab Twitch. The price tag is just south of the $1B amount floated last week, although with two behemoths like Amazon and Google involved, the total shouldn't be a big surprise.

Twitch began just 3 years ago as the gaming arm of "lifecasting" site Justin.tv, which has since been shuttered in favor of it's much more popular progeny.

So what does this mean, beyond the "streams delivered by drone" jokes? Amazon is clearly a major player in the media streaming arena, and they've just acquired an outlet that has a significant presence on every major console. While lifecasting never hit huge heights in the early days of Justin.tv, it is increasingly popular among tech savvy youths. The days of posting about every little aspect of your life on social media is starting to morph into broadcasting every little aspect of your life on a stream.

Sources - Polygon; Ars Technica; Joystiq
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All Major Game Services Up (For Now) After Weekend of DDoS Attacks
Aug 25, 2014 - 8:06 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
A weekend-long DDoS attack that brought services on PSN and Blizzard to a halt appears to be ending. The service page for PSN reports all services up and running, although scheduled maintenance for today is suspended. The various pages showing the status of Blizzard games also shows green across the board. There does seem to be an issue with chat on the Xbox versions of Diablo 3, but it's unknown at this time if it's related.

A group calling itself Lizard Squad has taken credit for the attacks. They've also taken credit for a bomb threat that diverted the flight of SOE president John Smedley, which changes this into a much more significant crime. The FBI is investigating both the attack and the bomb hoax.

Sources - Polygon; Joystiq; Game Informer
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US Nintendo Download ~ August 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014 - 11:04 PM - by Evian 'Evil Avnovice' Machore
Seems like we're in the middle of a bunch of sales. Disney Infinity, which released last year, is now available on WiiU eShop as a digital release, and at no charge. WiiU owners are also treated to Mega Man 6 and Life Force.

If you looking for something cheap, Nano Assault Neo and Chasing Aurora are currently on sale. 3DS owners will look forward more to a good amount of titles (including Atlus' offerings) on sale, though WayForward's Xtreme Sports, originally released on the Game Boy Color is now on Virtual Console. Titles on sale include those such as Nano Assault EX and Quell Reflect.

Nintendo WiiU eShop



Nintendo WiiU Virtual Console



Nintendo WiiU eShop Sales



Nintendo 3DS eShop



Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console



Nintendo 3DS eShop Sales

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Nintendo at PAX Prime 2014
Aug 21, 2014 - 8:51 PM - by Evian 'Evil Avnovice' Machore
Nintendo of America will attend the upcoming PAX Prime, held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from August 29 to September 1.

They will have select playable titles, and of the ones set aside for sampling, Super Samsh Bros. 3DS/WiiU will be included in their lineup. For anyone who would like to get a chance to play Hyrule Warriors, people can head over to Renaissance Seattle Hotel at 515 Madison St. from 7 to 10 p.m on the 30th. This will be open to the general public, and not just PAX Prime attendees.

The full lineup is as follows:

Nintendo 3DS

-Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
-Pokémon Art Academy
-Azure Striker GUNVOLT

Nintendo WiiU

-Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
-Hyrule Warriors
-Bayonetta 2
-Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
-Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
-Stealth Inc. 2
-Swords & Soldiers II

Simply click the link to get the full details of NoA's PAX Prime events.
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US PlayStation Store Update 8/19/14
Aug 19, 2014 - 3:52 PM - by Chris 'Gorvi' Squeri
CounterSpy on the PS4 and Vita is probably the biggest release this week, though fans of JRPGs should pay attention to Sword Art Online on the Vita. Otherwise the PS4 gets The Last Tinker and it’s version of Hotline Miami (free if you own another PS version of it), while the Vita gets Crimson Land and the awesome Gravity Badgers. I have no idea what that is, but with a name like Gravity Badgers how could it be bad? Nothing huge on the sales or the DLC front, so that just about does it. The full update from the PlayStation Blog:

PS4
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition ($59.99)
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare ($39.99)
  • CounterSpy ($14.99, Cross Buy)
  • Hotline Miami ($9.99, Cross Buy)
  • The Last Tinker: City of Colors ($19.99)
  • Arcade Archives Rygar ($7.99)
PS3
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition ($39.99)
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare ($29.99)
  • CounterSpy ($14.99, Cross Buy)
  • Tales of Xillia 2 ($59.99)
  • Kung Fu Rabbit ($4.99, Cross-Buy)
Vita
  • CounterSpy ($14.99, Cross Buy)
  • Crimsonland ($13.99, Cross Buy)
  • Gravity Badgers ($5.99)
  • Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment ($39.99)
PlayStation Plus Sale Items:

On Sale:

PS4 DLC:

PS3 DLC:

Vita DLC
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 33
Aug 19, 2014 - 10:20 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

There’s 30 minutes of more show for iTunes pre-orders at the following link.

We’ve done bonus content for our show before and if we ever did it again we’d never hide it behind a paywall or make it exclusive to iTunes or YouTube or something like that. We’d like everyone to be able to enjoy it with the least amount of hoops to jump through as possible. Which is why it sometimes comes as a head scratcher when a previous game becomes exclusive to a system. Even when DLC becomes exclusive to certain retailers. I mean, we know WHY it happens, we’re just not fans of it.

Money makes the world go round, as it were, and that seems to be the case for games as well with the recently revealed Rise Of The Tomb Raider being exclusive to Xbox consoles for “holiday 2015”. We know it’s a timed exclusive, but that doesn’t make it any better for us to come to terms with. Then again, it seems like something we should since there’s no sign of this ever stopping.

Money: now you’re playing with power.
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Far Cry 4 Will Include Insane Shangri-La-set Levels
Aug 18, 2014 - 1:03 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

One of the more surprising titles of this year was Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, which took the gameplay of Far Cry 3, and transported it into a neon-drenched ode to 80s action flicks. Now we've learned that the upcoming Far Cry 4 will also have similarly trippy segments sewn right into the fabric of the game. And I mean that literally, as mystic tapestries spread around the fictional Kyrat will transport you to the fantastic realm of Shangri-La.
Quote:
Injected by Ubisoft Toronto (lead developer on last year's Splinter Cell Blacklist), the Shangri-La levels fling you into a vivid imagining of a corrupted utopia, inspired by Hindu mythology. Instead of snow-encased mountains and heavily-guarded outposts, you find continents floating away, restrained by massive chains, and blood-red rivers crossing the paths of a demonic army. There's a serious visual commitment to the premise, which feels alien not just for Far Cry, but games in general. And though Shangri-La generally steers clear of overt religious material, Ubisoft hasn't sanitized it so much as to have ancient warriors converse in odd accents – all dialogue is in Hindi and subtitled.
As with Blood Dragon, they're not messing with the gameplay in these levels, just transporting it to a setting that doesn't concern itself with 'realism.'

Far Cry 4 will be released November 20 for the PS3, PS4, 360, XB1 and PC.

Source - Joystiq
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Azure Striker Gunvolt US Release Confirmed For August 29
Aug 15, 2014 - 4:06 PM - by Evian 'Evil Avnovice' Machore
After Inti Creates announced Azure Striker Gunvolt's japanese release date of August 20, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS eShop, they let fans know via twitter that its US release would follow a few weeks after its japanese release.

The good news is that it's coming a lot sooner. Init Creates tweeted that Azure's north american eShop release will be on August 29, 2014, and at a price of $14.99. A release for Europe is also being planned, though 3DS owners there will have to wait for further information.

In the meantime, view the japanese game systems tutorial below to get a feel for how Azure Striker Gunvolt plays:

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US Nintendo Download ~ August 14, 2014
Aug 14, 2014 - 6:27 PM - by Evian 'Evil Avnovice' Machore
This week's Nintendo Download is all about sales. In addition to Xtype Plus, WiiU owners will receive Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge through Virtual Console and Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is one of a few titles on sale.

Nintendo 3DS owners should be on the lookout next week, as Atlus will hold another sale which will include Code of Princess and Etrian Odyssey Untold. A demo of Cooking Mama 5 is available for downloading, with the retail release coming September 16.

Nintendo WiiU eShop



Nintendo WiiU Virtual Console



Nintendo WiiU Sales



Nintendo 3DS eShop



Nintendo 3DS Sales



Nintendo 3DS Price Reductions



Nintendo 3DS Demos



Source: Press release via GoNintendo
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US PlayStation Store Update 8/12/14
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:01 PM - by Chris 'Gorvi' Squeri
Hohokum is probably the most talked about game coming out this week, though calling it a game might be a stretch. Experience may fit better. Surgeon Simulator makes its way to the PS4 after just being announced in the past 10 days or so, while the Vita gets some Japanese love with both Akiba’s Trip, Disgaea 4, and Phantom Breaker. Gravity Crash Ultra also comes to the Vita, and Defiance is now officially free to download on the PS3. The full update from the PlayStation Blog:

PS4
  • Hohokum ($14.99, Cross-Buy)
  • Don’t Starve + Reign of Giants ($18.99)
  • Surgeon Simuator Anniversary Edition ($12.99)
PS3
  • Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed ($39.99)
  • Hohokum ($14.99, Cross-Buy)
  • Risen 3: Titan Lords ($49.99)
Vita
  • Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed ($39.99)
  • Hohokum ($14.99, Cross-Buy)
  • Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisted ($39.99)
  • Gravity Crash Ultra ($8.99)
  • My Singing Monsters (Free to Play)
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds ($11.99)
PlayStation Plus Sale Items:

On Sale:

Price Drops:

PS3 DLC:

Vita DLC
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Shadow Realms is Bioware Austin's New Series
Aug 13, 2014 - 8:41 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

The new property that Bioware (Bioware Austin to be precise) has been teasing the past few weeks has been revealed as Shadow Realms, a multiplayer-only fantasy game.

EA and Bioware are pushing two main features of this RPG. Firstly, it features 4v1 play, with a team of 4 heroes fighing the Shadowlord, who can be controlled by the AI or by a player. The Shadowlord controls the whole level, and seems reminiscent of the dungeon master in D&D (cited by Bioware as an influence). Complementary to this is the story, which Bioware will release episodically, "like a great TV series."

You can sign up for the alpha now. The alpha is expected to launch in the fall, with the full game launching in late 2015.

Sources - Polygon; Joystiq
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New Silent Hill Coming From Del Toro & Kojima
Aug 13, 2014 - 8:16 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

The mysterious P.T. demo that hit the PS4 PSN yesterday turned out to be the stealth announcement of a new Silent Hill game. The demo has you moving around a house, solving puzzles before you get a teaser movie for Silent Hills, from Metal Gear impresario Hideo Kojima and director Guillermo Del Toro, and starring The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus.

Beyond that we don't know much about the game, including platforms or release window. Del Toro had a previous horror game - THQ's InSane - in development before falling apart in the wake of the publisher's collapse.

I do have to say, I'm digging the emerging (or maybe re-emerging) trend of getting known actors to 'star' in games. Reedus has become very popular with genre - particularly horror genre - fans due to his role on The Walking Dead, and that little bit of extant connection may be enough to entice more gamers to the store for the new Silent Hill. Kojima's involvement is a bit more worrying for me, since I'm generally the biggest fan of his work, and his 'vision' can be all-consuming. While we don't have many details, I'd expect this one to be fairly far over the horizon, release-wise.

Sources - Soapy Warpig; Polygon
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Rise of the Tomb Raider Goes Xbox Exclusive
Aug 13, 2014 - 8:02 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Microsoft kicked off Gamescom with a minor bombshell: Rise of the Tomb Raider will be coming exclusively to Xbox platforms. Rise - the sequel to 2012's rebooted Tomb Raider - was first shown off in cinematic form at E3 in June, but no mention was made then of exclusivity.

Let us get the formalities out of the way. I personally think exclusives are bad for gamers. They clearly have value to the publishers and platform holders, but unless you own all current consoles from day one, this means some gamers are missing out on some experiences (and I say this as someone who owns an XB1 but not a PS4). These announcements also tend to use the word 'exclusive' when they really mean 'timed exclusive.' While there are exceptions, I assume that any third party game will go multiplatform eventually. So while PS4 fans of the series should be somewhat upset, lets put the pitchforks away for now.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released holiday 2015 for the 360 and XB1.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 32
Aug 12, 2014 - 5:17 PM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

We’re [text removed due to copyright claim] at the following link.

I suppose I could just do a running joke of having copyright claims throughout this post, but we’ve had enough of that on just this episode alone (if you watch it on Twitch). I’m honestly not opposed to it, personally. It’s something I know isn’t really ever going to go away, but I’m not very fond of how it’s being handled on Twitch. In fact, I’m not fond of a few things they’ve recently done over there. We’re trying out some streams on Hitbox for the time being and may actually move over completely at some point, but we’ll keep you posted on that.

It wasn’t a far stretch to figure this particular episode would get flagged for audio, both on Twitch and Youtube. That’s due to a request made from Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann on audio he’d like us to use for opening and closing the interview we had with him and Jason Gregory. They joined us (pre-recorded) to talk about The Last Of Us Remastered. It’s a more technical conversation than I was expecting and it really surprised me how interesting that actually was over just talking about the game itself.

And, by the way, it’s mentioned in the show during the beginning but the song choice was the one played during The Last Of Us: One Night Live, done exclusively for the live audience at the theatre.
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