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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 46
Nov 18, 2014 - 7:04 PM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

We’re under review embargo at the following link.

We often talk about being a fly on the wall during certain conversations, though the one that must have taken place at Ubisoft wasn’t likely as interesting as we might make it out to be in our heads. There likely wasn’t any push back saying that Assassin’s Creed Unity wasn’t ready for release. Probably just questions about if a day one patch would fix it or something along those lines. Hell, it may not have been any question at all. Pre-order numbers were probably enough to justify release. Told PR to make sure the review embargoes were far enough out to make any cancellations negligible and then ship it.

Whatever the case may be, the problems with Ubisoft as well as the matchmaking issues and day one patch needed for Microsoft’s big Halo collection on Xbox One made for a pretty depressing week to enjoy this hobby. Nothing works when you pay for it anymore and there’s a chance even after you pay for it, it may still not work.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 46
Nov 18, 2014 - 7:04 PM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton
We’re under review embargo at the following link.

We often talk about being a fly on the wall during certain conversations, though the one that must have taken place at Ubisoft wasn’t likely as interesting as we might make it out to be in our heads. There likely wasn’t any push back saying that Assassin’s Creed Unity wasn’t ready for release. Probably just questions about if a day one patch would fix it or something along those lines. Hell, it may not have been any question at all. Pre-order numbers were probably enough to justify release. Told PR to make sure the review embargoes were far enough out to make any cancellations negligible and then ship it.

Whatever the case may be, the problems with Ubisoft as well as the matchmaking issues and day one patch needed for Microsoft’s big Halo collection on Xbox One made for a pretty depressing week to enjoy this hobby. Nothing works when you pay for it anymore and there’s a chance even after you pay for it, it may still not work.
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Just Cause 3 Announced
Nov 18, 2014 - 2:48 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

One of the more...interesting games of the last gen is getting a sequel. Developer Avalanche Studios will bring Just Cause 3 to the current generation of systems in 2015.

I call Just Cause 1 & 2 interesting, and not always in a good way. They gave the player a feeling of power few other sandbox games managed. There's nothing quite like parachuting into a town, stealing a car, ghost riding the car into an enemy compound, & tearing down a statue with your grappling hook. However much of the rest of the game didn't, in my opinion, live up to those heights. Hopefully the third installment fixes some of those problems.

Source - Game Informer
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[Review] This War of Mine
Nov 14, 2014 - 5:42 AM - by Caelyn 'Shieldmaiden' Ellis


Our game-based war experiences are usually confined to being the guy with the gun, in the tank, or overlooking the whole shebang and sending little pixel men to their deaths.

11 Bit Studios' survival game offers a refreshing perspective on modern conflict, but is it worth your time. Come sit by the fire and let me tell you what I think of This War of Mine.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 45
Nov 12, 2014 - 7:31 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

We’re not as excited about Overwatch as you might be at the following link.

Blizzard did a thing and announced some stuff. But no manner of flash, pomp and circumstance could rile the excitement of most of us on the show. Particularly that of Nate and James, the two people on the show with the most experience of what it is Blizzard does.

The rest of us had no real opinion either way, but speaking for myself and what Overwatch showed off didn’t seem like anything new to me, and, in fact, it seemed VERY familiar what with the banging of wrenches to make a thing and setting up portal stuffs. I’ve done that before. I can do it now, in fact. There’s more to be said for Overwatch, particularly after more is revealed and known, but for now...we’ll probably just be watching over it for something to strike our collective fancy to draw us in. Also, we’re keeping an eye on how they’ll want us to spend our money with it as well.
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Telltale's Game of Thrones Revealed...Sort of
Nov 11, 2014 - 3:29 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

The first installment of Telltale's Game of Thrones is coming soon, and we now know more about the game's setting.

You'll play members of House Forrester, a domain of The North which pays fealty to the Starks of Winterfell. Specifically you'll play as five different members of the house, and actions of one member will effect the lives and storylines of the other PCs. The game will take place during seasons 3-5 of the HBO show, which fans will note includes a season we've yet to see.

Telltale has grown into a powerhouse of adventure game development, working on games in properties such as Back to the Future, Fables, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. All after a period in which adventure games were declared 'dead.'

Sources - Telltale; Polygon
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, A New Shooter
Nov 09, 2014 - 10:00 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Blizzcon is here, and in addition to new info on Hearthstone expansions, Warcraft casting and Heroes of the Storm reveals, Blizzard has announced an all new property in a genre new to them.

Overwatch is a team-based FPS for the PC, with a bright color palette and characters ranging from battle gorillas to dwarven engineers to the Grim Reaper.

At first blush, Overwatch invites obvious comparisons to Team Fortress 2, in terms of visual style and play style. Personally, I think that's a good thing, as I'm a big TF2 fan. Blizzard says that some elements of their canceled MMO, Titan, have made their way into Overwatch. According to several Blizzard execs, that means Overwatch is closer to being playable than most people would assume.

You can sign up for the beta, tentatively slated for early 2015, here. A financial model for the game has not been decided upon yet, so it could be a retail product, a free-to-play title, or something altogether different.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 44
Nov 07, 2014 - 3:29 PM - by 'fishbang'

There's no time like the past at the following link.

This episode was due out many days ago. As it is now only hours before the next broadcast and we're too old to remember what happened a week ago, we'll just go ahead and publish this thing with many apologies and zero summaries. Enjoy.
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Ubisoft Pulls Upcoming Titles From Steam
Nov 07, 2014 - 8:36 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
Everyone wants to be the big fish.

In a move that we probably should have seen coming, Ubisoft has pulled their slate of upcoming games from Steam. Assassins' Creed Unity, The Crew and Far Cry 4 had all previously available for purchase from Valve's ubiquitous digital storefront, and all are now gone. According to Polygon, the games are still available for purchase through other digital storefronts, such as Green Man Gaming, Amazon and Gamestop. Of course they're also available through Ubisoft's proprietary Uplay client and store, which is the whole point of this exercise. Ubisoft is doing what EA did several years back: make their games exclusive to their client. You can buy the game through other means, but you have to use Uplay, and only Uplay to play those games.

Ubisoft has not commented on the removals at this time. When EA pulled their games from Steam, it was over EA's insistence that they be able to sell DLC for their titles directly to the gamer, and not through Steam. I presume that a similar disagreement is likely the root of this current conflict.

Sources - RPS; Polygon
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Bethesda Trademarks 'Fallout: Shadow of Boston'
Nov 05, 2014 - 7:49 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
A German trademark filing by Bethesda may indicate that a new Fallout game is (finally) on the horizon.

The company has filed a trademark for Fallout: Shadow of Boston with German authorities, although at this time no listing has been found with registrars of any other country. A few caveats before we get too excited. The Boston setting is in line with rumors we've been hearing for the last two years, so a filing with that name doesn't show anything definitively. We also went through a whole thing at this time last year with fan-made teaser sites and fake trademark registrations.

So let me reiterate what I said last year. We are essentially certain that Bethesda is making a new Fallout game. The property is too valuable to sit on. This may mean an announcement is coming soon (Spike/Gametrailers' VGX show airs in early December), or this may be another nothingburger. But I really want a new Fallout, so I'm going to hope it's real.

Sources - NeoGAF; IGN; Gamespot
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US PlayStation Store Update 11/4/14
Nov 04, 2014 - 4:35 PM - by Chris 'Gorvi' Squeri
It’s the first week of the month, and you know what that means: six more free Plus games. This month has a very nice selection of indie games, with highlights being the brand-spanking-new The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, along with Luftrausers and Steamworld Dig. As for new releases there really isn’t much. Probably the CoD effect. There are a few nice sales, but nothing to go nuts over. The full update from the PlayStation Blog:

PS4
  • Disney Infinity Revolution (2.0 Edition) ($19.99)
  • How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition ($19.99) [With Demo]
  • MotoGP 14 ($59.99)
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition ($59.99)
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth ($14.99)
  • The Wolf Among Us ($24.99)
PS3
  • BlazeRush ($9.99)
  • Disney Infinity Revolution (2.0 Edition) ($19.99)
  • Frozen Synapse Prime ($19.99)
  • Frozen Synapse Prime Soundtrack ($7.99)
  • Frozen Synapse Prime Soundtrack Edition ($24.99)
  • MotoGP 14 ($39.99)
  • Snark Busters: High Society ($11.99)
Vita
  • Don’t Die, Mr. Robot ($4.99)
  • Home – A Unique Horror Adventure ($2.99, Cross Buy)
  • MotoGP 14 ($29.99)
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth ($14.99)
  • The Hungry Horde ($9.99)
  • The Wolf Among Us ($24.99)
PlayStation Plus Free Games:
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Cross Buy PS4/Vita)
  • Frozen Synapse Prime (PS3)
  • The Hungry Horde (Vita)
  • SteamWorld Dig (PS4/Vita Cross Buy)
  • Luftrausers (PS3/Vita Cross Buy)
  • Escape Plan (PS4/Vita Cross Buy)
PS Plus Sales:

On Sale:

Price Drops:

PS4 DLC:

PS3 DLC:

Vita DLC
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EA's MOBA Dawngate Cancelled After 6 Month Beta
Nov 04, 2014 - 4:20 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

EA has announced that Dawngate, the publisher's attempt to crack the MOBA market, has been shelved after a six month open beta. Gamers who spent real money in the game will receive refunds for the amount spent.

MOBAs are big money now, with League of Legends and Dota 2 leading the way, but other titles such as Smite, Awesomenauts and Infinite Crisis bringing in some real revenue. EA wanted to get in on the action, but realized that the market just wasn't great for another standard MOBA. Rather than try and get blood from a turnip, they pulled the plug early.

It sounds like things may be bad for developer Waystone Games, which was founded by EA specifically to create a MOBA. Reports on Twitter (so take them with a grain of salt) say some members of the Waystone team have been offered positions with other EA studios.

I think we're officially moving on from MOBAs as being the hot, new genre for publishers to exploit. Of course MOBAs took the title from MMOs, which took the crown from JRPGs, all the way back to the dawn of FPS'. So what becomes the hot new genre? My money is on CCGs, led by Blizzards' Hearthstone. Which likely means that EA will be founding a new studio tasked with building a new CCG, and beginning the cycle once again.

Sources - Dawngate; Polygon
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Evolve Big Alpha Delayed on PS4
Oct 31, 2014 - 12:01 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Technical issues with Firmware 2.0 means that Evolve's Big Alpha playtest/demo will be delayed on the Playstation 4.

PS4 players are invited to register for the Alpha on the PC or XB1 - if possible - using the following code.

Registration Code: 05379-29749-32069
Referral Code: EvolveBigAlpha4v1
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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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