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Assassin's Creed: Unity Season Passes Suspended
Nov 26, 2014 - 4:24 PM - by Andy 'wyeast' Roe

As Ubisoft rolls out the third patch for their current title Assassin's Creed: Unity, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat posts an update on Ubi's work on Unity, which involves a rather dramatic turnabout with Unity DLC Season Passes.

To whit:
  • Sales of Unity Season Passes will be Suspended. Future ETA to resume sales not known.
  • Upcoming DLC Dead Kings will be made available for free for all Unity owners.
  • Existing Season Pass Holders will continue to receive other content associated with their editions (including ACC:China, add'l armors, etc), but NOT DLC (other than the above Dead Kings. Instead, Pass Holders can receive a free Ubi game from among the following titles:

    The Crew
    Far Cry 4
    Watch Dogs
    Assassin’s Creed Black Flag
    Rayman Legends
    Just Dance 2015

Details on claiming the game are a little fuzzy at this time, but appears to be something they are currently working on. Ubi has also released a FAQ on the above offer to Unity Players.

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Source: Ubisoft
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Are You An Early Vita Adopter?
Nov 26, 2014 - 6:39 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
...Then you may be entitled to some money, thanks to a settlement Sony has reached with the FTC.

Gamers who purchased a Vita in the US before June 1, 2012 are in line to receive either a $25 refund or a $50 voucher for "select games and services." The settlement stems from some claims made in early ads that were a bit...fanciful. Those early ads showcased features like Remote Play and Cross Save in an exaggerated fashion, and being used on games which never included those features.

Eligible gamers should be receiving an email from Sony soon, but there's a pdf at the below link with contact info if you think you qualify.

Source - Ars Technica
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 47
Nov 25, 2014 - 8:42 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

We’re not matching Amazon’s prices at the following link.

Sometimes there isn’t one single topic to dominate the conversation. A segment spent here and another segment spent there. Maybe a call, maybe an email. Whatever the case, when something doesn’t dominate the show, you get a grab back of topics thrown around. Such as the case with this episode. We talk about the games we’ve played, as we always do, but we somehow manage to make that last an hour. I don’t exactly remember how, but I had something to do with, I know. Then we talk about getting deals on games and consoles that aren’t….illegal, really, but may have a bit of moral weight to them.

Whatever the topic and whenever the week, we’ll be here live each Saturday night to talk about them with you. As always, thanks for listening.
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New Batman Arkham Knight Trailer
Nov 24, 2014 - 10:38 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

We're just about clear of the holiday release season - even if the brunt of the shopping season is yet to come - so PR thinks it's time to start thinking about the New Year in gaming. Even if the 'new year' in the case of Batman Arkham Knight is June 2nd.

I loved the previous Arkham games, so the new gen debut of the series is definitely on my radar. But June is a long way off, considering i have snow in the forecast for this week.
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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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