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AC Unity Goes Time Crazy
Oct 30, 2014 - 11:05 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

The timey-wimey aspects of the Assassins Creed overarching story are, to put it mildly, controversial. Some, myself included, think it's a cute way to link disparate stories together. Others hate the present day/future space gods story with the passion of a thousand exploding suns. So this new trailer for Assassins' Creed Unity will trigger disparate reactions in people.

New character Arno is suddenly surrounded by the Animus effect and thrown into what appears to be WWII era Paris, complete with a fighter jet strafing the Eiffel Tower and blimps scouting the area. You're not playing as a new character, just Arno thrown into his future for some reason.

Assassins' Creed Unity will hit the PS4, XB1 and PC November 11
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 43
Oct 29, 2014 - 6:17 PM - by 'fishbang'

We agree to disagree at the following link.

We obviously don't agree on the specific qualities of games at all times, but we could honestly stand to disagree a deal more than we do. One of the effects of spending so much time with friends of the same vintage is that your tastes, which were probably similar to begin with, have aligned even further as time rolls on. The conflicting opinions keep the conversation interesting, and the friendships keep them civil. It's too bad, then, that we find so many reasons to tell one another how right they are. Of course, if Scott continues to enjoy his time in Destiny as much as he has, there will be no shortage of material to fight about.
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US PlayStation Store Update 10/28/14
Oct 29, 2014 - 8:53 AM - by Chris 'Gorvi' Squeri
Another week, another slew of releases. Freedom Wars for the Vita is the big one, think of it as a futuristic Monster Hunter with more verticality and a whip/grappling hook. Next up we have a pair of indie horror games, Home on the PS3 (Vita next week) and Poltergeist on the Vita. Costume Quest 2 is also out, though it hasn’t been getting the warmest reception. Lastly, the artistic indie darling Unfinished Swan comes to both the PS4 and Vita, Cross Buy for those of us wise enough to already own it. Oh, and of course there’s the usual assortment of sales and such. The full update from the PlayStation Blog:

PS4
  • Battle Islands (Free)
  • Costume Quest 2 ($14.99)
  • Home – A Unique Horror Adventure ($2.99, Cross Buy)
  • #KILLALLZOMBIES ($13.99)
  • Lords of the Fallen ($59.99)
  • NBA Live 15 ($59.99)
  • Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition ($59.99)
  • The Unfinished Swan ($14.99, Cross Buy)
PS3
  • Blood of the Werewolf ($4.99)
  • Costume Quest 2 ($14.99)
  • Deadfall Adventures: Heart of Atlantis ($19.99)
  • MX vs. ATV Supercross ($29.99)
  • Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition ($59.99)
  • Tiny Troopers Joint Ops ($7.99, Cross Buy)
  • TMNT: Danger of the Ooze ($39.99)
  • WWE 2K15 (Regular $59.99, Digital Deluxe $79.99)
Vita
  • Freedom Wars ($29.99)
  • Mahjong Royal Towers, Mahjong World Contest, Mahjong Gold ($9.99, Cross Buy)
  • Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror ($7.99)
  • The Unfinished Swan ($14.99, Cross Buy)
  • Tiny Troopers Joint Ops ($7.99, Cross Buy)
PS Plus Sales:

On Sale:

Price Drops:

PS4 DLC:

PS3 DLC:

Vita DLC
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First Destiny Expansion Detailed & Dated
Oct 29, 2014 - 6:52 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
The first of two planned expansions for Destiny will launch worldwide on December 9. The Dark Below has players meet with a new vendor - Eris - in the Tower, who sends them on a number of quests to kill the dark god Crona. The DLC will raise the light level cap from 30 to 32, add 5 more bounty slots, 3 new multiplayer maps, and a bunch of new missions, weapons and armors.

All players will get the Will of Crota strike, while Playstation players will also get access to the Undying Mind raid (it won't come to Xbox platforms for a year) plus an exclusive exotic item. A new Crota's End raid will also be made available to all purchasers some time after the DLC's launch.

The Dark Below will cost $19.99, but can be purchased with the second expansion, House of Wolves, as part of the Expansion Pass for $34.99.

Sources - Eurogamer; Game Informer
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Battlefield Hardline Coming In March, Star Wars Battlefront in Q4 2015
Oct 29, 2014 - 5:55 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

EA has begun spelling out the future of their shooter franchises. We now know that Battlefield Hardline - previously delayed from this holiday season to "early 2015" - will be released March 17 in North America and March 19 in Europe. EA also confirmed that DICE's Star Wars Battlefront will hit stores in time for the holidays in 2015 (a release that will coincidentally put it in close proximity to Star Wars Episode 7's theatrical release). The next mainline Battlefield game will then be set for 2016.

EA's shooter fortunes have waned a bit in recent years. The Medal of Honor franchise never really got off the ground with it's recent revival, and has been put back on the shelf. 2011's Battlefield 3 was a big hit, but technical problems plagued Battlefield 4's launch last year, and it sold about two-thirds as many units as it's predecessor. Those same technical problems also delayed the release of DLC for the game, and although usable sales numbers for DLC aren't available, anecdotal evidence shows the DLC sales suffered even more. Having two shooters in 2015 should help EA's bottom line, although I wonder if this will shorten the DLC cycle for Hardline, as EA likely won't want to be releasing DLC for their first shooter while the second is on store shelves.

Sources - Polygon; Polygon
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Marvel Announces All Of The Movies
Oct 28, 2014 - 1:01 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
(image via Slashfilm)

Not strictly gaming related, but it's a slow news day, and I want to talk about it, so it's going on the front page.

Marvel held an event where they pulled back the curtain on their film slate for the next half decade or so. They are:

Captain America: Civil War (A joke slide listed this as 'Cap: Serpent Society initially) - May 2016
Doctor Strange - November 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 2017
Thor: Ragnarok - July 2017
Black Panther - November 2017
Avengers Infinity War Part 1 - May 2018
Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) - July 2018
Inhumans - November 2018
Avengers Infinity War Part 2 - May 2019

We also learned that Chadwick Boseman was confirmed as playing Black Panther/T'Challa. No other casting announcements were made.

There's a part of my mind that normally would be annoyed by a company announcing such a huge slate of interlinked films stretching this far into the future. When DC made a similar announcement recently I felt a lot of trepidation. But Marvel has such a great batting average recently that I feel mostly excitement. I WANT to see their cinematic take on Black Panther, and Captain Marvel, and Black Bolt. That sort of banked good faith is a rare commodity in modern popular culture, where one mediocre-to-bad effort can seriously harm a brand. But the Marvel Studios output has been so good that we give them the benefit of the doubt that, say Universal and their Monsters, doesn't get.

Discuss this story here.
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Lucasarts Classics - Including X-Wing - Coming to GOG Today
Oct 28, 2014 - 5:54 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
A collection of classic Lucasarts titles will be making their way onto GOG today, with some making their digital debut. Those titles are:

Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition
Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition
Sam & Max Hit the Road
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

X-Wing and TIE Fighter are widely regarded as absolute classics of the old flight/space sim era, a sentiment I wholly agree with. The next three are point and click adventure games, while Knights of the Old Republic is Bioware's sublime effort in the deep past of the Star Wars universe.

The slate of releases was leaked early, and GOG initially opened up about the deal, but the link to their statement is now dead. When the announcement formally goes live, I'll add a link to the page.

Sources - Joystiq; Shacknews; Polygon

[Update] - Here's the link to the games. The Star Wars games and Monkey Island will run you $9.99, while Sam & Max and Indy are going for $5.99.
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Xbox One Getting Temporary $50 Price Cut in NA
Oct 27, 2014 - 9:48 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Microsoft is dropping the price of Xbox One console in the US by $50 for the holidays starting next week. Consoles will be available for $350 w/o Kinect and $450 with Kinect.

I say it's a $50 cut, but it's really a $100 cut, since you'll be able to grab bundles with Assassins' Creed Unity and Sunset Overdrive for $350, while the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare bundle - which includes the game and the system, plus a 1TB hard drive, custom console, custom controller and Limited Edition exoskeleton - for $450.

Earlier this year an Xbox One with a game would cost you $560. Now the (Kinect-less) system and a new game can be had for $350. That's a hell of a price drop in eight months' time.

You can order a console through Amazon, although the new pricing won't go into effect until next week (CoG also gets a bonus if you buy through our referral link!).

Source - Major Nelson
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Dungeon of the Endless Launches Today on Steam
Oct 27, 2014 - 9:18 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Amplitude Studios' Dungeon of the Endless emerges today from Early Access on Steam. It's a sci-fi Rogue-like that I've sunk a fair amount of hours into, and I figured it's a game right up many of your respective alleys. You can pick it up now at a launch discount for $11.69.
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Super Smash Bros Wii U To Include 8 Player Mode
Oct 23, 2014 - 5:58 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

We're less than a month out from the launch of Super Smash Bros for the Wii U, and we have another Nintendo Direct video to help build anticipation. You can head over to Shacknews for a full textual recap of the 35+ minute presentation, but there are two major announcements I think people will be interested in.

- Mewtwo will be available as a downloadable character sometime in the spring for owners of both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game.

- An all new 8 player battle mode will be included in the Wii U version. It will only be playable offline, and you won't be able to use all of the stages, but if you have 7 friends and controllers, you may be able to have a hell of a Smash Bros party.

Super Smash Bros launches November 21 on the Wii U.

Source - Shacknews
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 42
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:08 PM - by 'fishbang'

We're talking shop at the following link.

It's nice to detour around the discussion of actual games from time to time in order to talk to one another about the ergonomics and hardware of playing them. We've only ever grazed the issue, but there are nearly unlimited variations on the theme of gaming hardware, and there are loads of things to be said about how each of us chooses to play and what interfaces we choose to use. When and whether we use controllers or mice or keyboards or speedpads says a lot about our tastes and priorities (and budgets, sadly.) It'd be lovely if we could make it a regular part of our conversation, though the last thing we need is to add a hardware backlog to the one we already have.
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US PlayStation Store Update 10/21/14
Oct 22, 2014 - 1:57 PM - by Chris 'Gorvi' Squeri
You could very easily call this week a lull, a quite week in the middle of what’s become the Fall rush. not a lot is coming out this week, as indicated by the biggest games this week being Race the Sun and Escape Goat 2. And that’s really it. There’s a ton of games on sale this week if you’re looking for some older stuff this week, including the first week of a two week Halloween themed sale. The full update from the PlayStation Blog:

PS4
  • Battlefield 4 Premium Edition ($59.99)
  • Escape Goat 2 ($9.99)
  • Fluster Cluck ($14.99)
  • Just Dance 2015 ($49.99)
  • Race The Sun ($9.99, Cross Buy)
  • Samurai Warriors 4 ($59.99)
  • Shadow Warrior ($39.99)
  • The Legend of Korra ($14.99)
  • The Walking Dead – Season 2 ($24.99)
PS3
  • Battlefield 4 Premium Edition ($59.99)
  • F1 2014 ($59.99)
  • Just Dance 2015 ($39.99)
  • Race The Sun ($9.99, Cross Buy)
  • Samurai Warriors 4 ($49.99)
  • Spelunker HD Ultimate Edition ($16.99)
  • The Legend of Korra ($14.99)
  • The Voice ($49.99)
Vita
  • 3-In-1 Mega Bundle ($9.99)
  • Race The Sun ($9.99, Cross Buy)
  • Samurai Warriors 4 ($39.99)
PS Plus Sales:

On Sale:

Price Drops:

PS4 DLC:

PS3 DLC:

Vita DLC
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Meet The Companions of Dragon Age Inquisition
Oct 22, 2014 - 8:14 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

The new trailer for Dragon Age Inquisition introduces us to three of a possible nine companions you'll be able to recruit in the game. Iron Bull the warrior, Sera the archer and Dorian the mage each get an introduction, in the video.

I feel comfortable calling the Dragon Age series one of the more divisive out there. Lots and lots of people have played them, and few either love or hate the games without reservation. In particular, I think DA2 took some significant steps forward, while also regressing in other aspects. Bioware has apparently taken these criticisms to heart in developing Inquisition, so we're going to get the improved combat and character management from 2, but with the expansive story and setting of 1.

We'll see if they're successful when Dragon Age Inquisition is released November 18 for last- and current-gen platforms.

(via PC Gamer)
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Sunset Overdrive Launch Trailer
Oct 22, 2014 - 7:13 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

The launch trailer for Insomniac Games' Xbox One-exclusive Sunset Overdrive is here, and I still don't quite get what the game is about. It's a shooter, but it also seems to revolve around grinding rails or blazing zip lines. Even after a year of trailers and info, I'm still largely in the dark about how the game plays, and that's worrying. I'm a huge fan of Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank series, but their other efforts - Resistance and Fuse - really haven't grabbed me. I like the brightly colored visual style of Sunset Overdrive, but 'adult' humor seems pretty forced. As of now I don't see any plans for a demo, which may be another bad sign.

Sunset Overdrive launches next week exclusively on the Xbox One.
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Former Torchlight Devs Announce Rebel Galaxy
Oct 20, 2014 - 7:07 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

A pair of former Runic devs who worked on Torchlight have a new studio - Double Damage - and they've just announced their new game: Rebel Galaxy.

They describe the game thusly:
Quote:
As the commander of an immensely powerful star destroyer, you’ll battle pirates, explore anomalies, befriend aliens, scavenge battle wreckage, mine asteroids, and discover artifacts. Choose your path as a roguish do-gooder, crafty space-trader or power-hungry privateer – or maybe a little of each! Buy larger and more powerful craft with your hard-earned credits, and outfit them with a variety of wicked weapons and defenses. Set in a galaxy of fantastic sights, and secrets to be found, Rebel Galaxy is above all a space epic of adventure, exploration, and combat.
Space action games have had a resurgence of late, and while not a traditional space-flight sim, this looks like it has a decent amount of action mixed in with the ship building and trading.

Rebel Galaxy is set for a 2015 release on the PC and PS4, with an XB1 release a possibility.

Source - PC Gamer
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[Episode 72] Gamer Is Dead! Maybe. Probably Not.
Oct 16, 2014 - 9:47 AM - by Eric 'Ravenlock' Leslie

Hey we’re back! Sort of. Some of us are back. Not all of us. We’re partially back!

Look, I’m rusty at this, give me a break.

There are lots of reasons for the lack of episodes this time around, and we talk about some of that within – basically, a big part of it is that in addition to being busy with other stuff, I’ve been feeling kinda crappy about gaming for a little while, because in a lot of ways it’s been crappy. If it could stop that, it’d be swell. It seems to be getting better, but clearly there are bumps in the road we’re traveling.

But we still love playing games and talking about games, and focusing on the good helps, so we do a lot of that. We don’t just focus on the crappy stuff, don’t worry. There’ve been some sweet games out there lately – Clayton walks us through the surprisingly high-quality Wolfenstein: The New Order, for instance, and I gush unreservedly over Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. And Steam curation! And Blizzard canceling Titan! And Notch getting unfathomably rich! There’s lots of stuff, give it a listen and hear for yourself.

Small crew this time around, but we’ll try to up the player count next time around. If anybody’s around, that is. I mean, I hear Gamer Is Dead! Maybe. Probably Not.

Hosted and Summarized by Eric [Ravenlock]
Participants are Robert [Trebor] and Clayton [Voodoo]
Produced by Clayton [Voodoo]

(Have you followed our Twitter feed? That’s a thing you could do. Also come chat with us in the Episode Thread.)

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Steam Holding Massive Free Weekend For 10 Games
Oct 16, 2014 - 8:44 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
Steam is doing something a little different this weekend. Starting today at 1pm EST/10am PST they'll be holding a free weekend for ten different titles. Those titles:

Awesomenauts
Blade Symphony
Company of Heroes 2
Don't Starve
Grid 2
Injustice
Killing Floor
Payday 2
Trine 2
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Each will be playable for free, presumably until sometime late Sunday, and will be available for purchase at a big discount. I have extensive experience with three of the games - Awesomenauts, Killing Floor and XCOM - and can say they're all a lot of fun. Looking forward to trying out Don't Starve and Blade Symphony.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 41
Oct 15, 2014 - 7:53 PM - by 'fishbang'

We're dismantling exotics at the following link.

Destiny, in case there was any doubt, is very far from perfect. We continue to play and assess the game so that we may, every week, tell you in detail how broken, shallow, or disappointing any particular mechanic happens to be. But we do keep playing it, don't we? That phenomenon is hardly unique to Destiny, and it's hardly new. Broken (or mildly sprained) mechanics can't quite suppress the pleasure of solid moment-to-moment gameplay. Wrong or right, it's hard to ignore and not at all worth the effort of denying, though it's probably time to look away to some other game that has no hope of living up to its hype.
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HBO Launching Standalone Service in US in 2015
Oct 15, 2014 - 9:47 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
Not strictly a gaming story, but one I'm sure many of you will be interested in. At the quarterly Time Warner shareholder meeting, HBO CEO & Chairman Richard Plepler announced that the company would start offering standalone HBO subscriptions in the United States sometime in 2015.

This is, really, a huge shift for the industry. 'Cord-cutting' was fought tooth an nail by all carriers and most broadcasters. Time Warner and HBO going the over-the-top route means many others will follow suit, although few will likely be as successful as HBO. We don't know exactly how much the standalone sub will cost, when exactly it will launch in the US, and when it will come to other territories.

Source - IGN
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Get Aliens vs Predator Classic Free For Beta Testing GOG's MP Service
Oct 15, 2014 - 9:33 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
GOG.com is offering free copies of the cult fave Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 as a tool to attract beta testers for the company's soon-to-go-live Galaxy standalone app. While recent efforts at AvP have been less than stellar, the 2000 edition is regarded as a classic of asymmetric multiplayer. And lets face it, if you have a PC now, you can run it.

You can grab your copy by signing up for the GOG Galaxy beta. You have to sign up within the next 48 hours or so - and wait for a code to be sent to you - but once you add the game to your account, it's yours to keep. GOG will also soon be pushing a cross-play update that will allow you to play AvP with your friends on Steam.

The company has also added a number of Hasbro titles to the roster of Linux-compatible titles - including Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment - bringing their total roster or Linux games up to 100.
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