Monday, Oct 20
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Nintendo of America following up on previously leaked details
As ever, Nintendo of America has now officially confirmed several Pokemon details already revealed by Nintendo of Japan and other sources recently. Mega Glalie and Mega Steelix will both be joining trainers in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. Nintendo of America did have one big surprise for us, however. Should player capture Glalie in the demo version of Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, they'll then be able to transfer it to the launch version of the game on November 21 with Pokemon Link.
As for Mega Glalie and Mega Steelix, let's go over some of the finer details that were passed over due to translation issues last week. Mega Steelix will retain its Steel/Ground typing, greatly increasing its Defense stat upon Mega Evolution. The Steel-type move Iron Tail will be gained as well.
Mega Glalie's Mega Evolution will also retain its pre-evolition typing, Ice. Speed will be increased dramtically, but Glalie's Attack and Special Attack will also be raised. As for temporarily-learned skills, Mega Glalie will learn Refridgerate, which turns Normal Moves in Ice, and also Sheer Cold, which apparently can knock out a target in a single blow.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will be available starting November 21 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS. Hopefully everyone was able to follow through and acquire a demo code. Be cool and acquire that Glalie before everyone else even has the game.
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Square Enix is only just getting started with Final Fantasy XIV content
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn continues to prove its critics wrong. The MMORPG was resurrected, discovering success grown from the ashes of its broken predecessor. Subscribers continue to flock to and support the title in an age where the term "subscription fees" is a four letter word. And now Square Enix wants to continue to push their very traditional form of MMO success, as they've announced the first full expansion for Final Fantasy XIV -- introducing Heavensward.
While few details have been officially announced, Final Fantasy XIV's executives did talk at length to fans about Heavensward's content at FanFest Vegas. Players will be entering the northern frozen wastes of Coerthus, where they'll join the Dragonsong War between Ishgard and Dravania -- here be dragons. Areas beyond Coerthus will also open up, including unexplored sky lands in the Sea of Clouds. It seems an airship will be necessary.
Major feature additions include a level cap raise from 50 to 60, Free Company airship creation, multiple new jobs including a teased Dark Knight class, a new race featuring a dragon's scaled tail and sharp horns, and of course plenty of dungeons to explore, raiding content and an expanded story campaign which will pitch players into the fray against Dravania's Wyrmking Thorvin and his Knight's Twelve.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's Heavensward expansion is planned for release in spring 2015. That's a relase date so close that I don't doubt players will be exasperated at how little time they'll have to wrap up upcoming patches 2.4 and 2.5 before Heavensward is launched. That's probably why Final Fantasy XIV continues to find so much success.
As ever, a huge thanks to Rabla for his continued coverage of Final Fantasy XIV in our community. Should anyone have any questions regarding the Heavensward expansion I would recommend pointing them towards Rabla with a post in Neoseeker's forums.
There's been a lack of Nintendo Direct events in recent months, likely due to the health issues related to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. The show must go on, however, and so Nintendo has announced a special streaming event for this year's big holiday Wii U release -- Super Smash Bros. Wii U. Nintendo went out of its way to note that this is a "special streaming event" and avoided the Nintendo Direct label entirely. The stream begins Thursday, Oct. 23 at 3pm PT / 6pm ET.
Without the constraints that the Nintendo Direct structure imposes on a streaming event, Nintendo will be trying something different. The livestream event will instead focus on showing "50 new things in Super Smash Bros. Wii U."
Speculation largely revolves around a mix of content that's already included in the currently available Super Smash Bros. 3DS and content unique to the platform. For instance, four characters which are playable in both titles, given their identical rosters, have not yet had "reveals" and character trailers. Both Bowser Jr. and Duck Hunt are new characters which deserve introductions, but Jigglypuff and Game & Watch shouldn't be left to sneak in the back door either.
As for entirely new content, well, the conversation there largely revolves around practical ideas like unique game modes just for the Wii U and of course less reasonable hopes. Is there 8-man multiplayer? Will Ridley make a surprise appearance? The answer is likely no, but fans can dream. Fans can certainly dream.
Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be available starting November 21 in North America. Catch Nintendo's "50 new things in Super Smash Bros. Wii U" livestream event on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 3pm PT / 6pm ET.
Sunday, Oct 19
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In a statement series, Samsung Galaxy White defeats Star Horn Royal Club 3-1
In Seoul, South Korea, the League of Legends World Championship concluded early this morning. For the second year in a row, a Korean team captured the Summoner's Cup, the trophy awarded to each season's top team, proving they're the best team in the world. Samsung Galaxy White has defeated Star Horn Royal Club with three victories to one loss, wrapping up the best-of-five series with a dominant 22:54 win.
Samsung Galaxy White has won a prize of $1,000,000 for securing first place in 2014's World Championship .Second place isn't anything to be disappointed with, as Star Horn Royal Club has been awarded $250,000 for their efforts. The fourteen other participant teams in the 2014 World Champions will earn prizes between $150,000 and $25,000 based on their placement. That's a total prize pool of $2,130,000, up from $2,050,000 in 2013.
With their victory, Samsung Galaxy White has proven yet again that Korea is the strongest region in competitive League of Legends. In their path to victory they suffered just two losses. First was to Team SoloMid from North America, which was considered to be due to Samsung Galaxy White playing arrogantly as opposed to being outplayed. Their second loss came in the finals as Star Horn Royal Club's Maokai/Rammus tanky combo countered White's early aggression. In doing so, Royal Club madea statement in League of Legends scene. Today Korea may hold onto their crown, but tomorrow? Tomorrow, we'll see.
As with SKT1K from Season 3's World Championship, Samsung Galaxy White is undisputedly the best team in the world. Despite their single loss in the finals, there's little doubt as to Samsung Galaxy White's dominance. Hopefully Samsung Galaxy White recognizes and respects the new global target on their back, if only to avoid the same fate that befell SKTK1, Tapei Assasins and Fnatic, by not even reaching the World Championship next year to defend their title. I guess everyone will just have to wait for 2015 to find out.
Congratulations to Samsung Galaxy White and to all of the other competitors in the League of Legends 2014 World Championship. Congratulations to Riot Games for League of Legends most successful year yet. Most of all, congratulations to the League of Legends fans who have witnessed the most exciting year of competitive eSports yet, even if that wasn't necessarily represented in the finals. Here's to 2015 stepping it up once again.
Friday, Oct 17
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October update should make Kinectless navigation better
Xbox One updates tend to make life much easier for users, don't they? With the October update now live, Xbox One owners will find themselves with several more improvements to usability without a Kinect, plus the unusual "find" option that helps locate misplaced controllers. So that's nice, only the controller has to be on for your Xbox One to find it.
The "find" feature can be found under the devices and accessories section under Settings. Selecting said option (via Kinect or with, say, another controller) will cause the missing peripheral to vibrate, wherever it might be. If it's anywhere nearby, you'll likely here it go off.
So that aside, double-tapping the Guide button now brings up a Snap mode and lets you manage apps without the use of a Kinect. Definitely convenient, considering now everyone out there has the full Xbox One package. A number of panels have also been switched around on the dash -- namely those pertaining to social features. A two-step security authentication option was added as well with the new update, while some regions are getting better Live TV, the feature that allows users to watch TV through their Xbox One.
Thursday, Oct 16
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But Microsoft's Destiny fragrance didn't smell too bad after all
September saw the launch of Activision and Bungie's Destiny, and so it would come to rule U.S. retail that month by the NPD Group's reckoning. The market research firm confirms that the online shooter for PS4 and Xbox One led console software sales. NPD also backs Destiny's claim to enjoying the best launch month for a new IP yet (we already know the title scored $325 million USD in sales worldwide in its first five days), and it certainly played no small part in driving hardware sales to boot.
Indeed, console hardware continued to display growth last month with sales doubling from August to hit $432.7 million USD. That also makes for a 136 percent year-over-year growth in console hardware sales from September 2013. Sony wasted no time in boasting how the PS4 remained the top-selling console last month, tripling in sales over August. No doubt the console and electronics giant pointed to the "overwhelming popularity" of the limited-edition Destiny PS4 bundle as a major factor.
The Xbox One continued to tail behind the PS4 in hardware sales even with the free game offer, though it's worth noting Destiny reportedly sold better on Microsoft's next-gen platform in terms of unit sales as those opting for the PS4 version jumped aboard with the aforementioned hardware bundle instead.
For all the good Destiny did for PS4 and Xbox One sales, total software sales last month would ultimately drop 36 percent year-over-year to $481.2 million. Recall that September 2013 saw the release of Grand Theft Auto V, which alone secured sales of $800 million in just 24 hours. It goes to show that GTA is still one tough act to follow.
While Super Smash Bros. 3DS was technically an October release, it actually squeezed into the final two days of NPD's reporting period for August and still managed to secure fourth place on the monthly top ten ahead of similarly well-received new releases like Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Global sales for Super Smash Bros. on handheld were sitting at 2.8 million units as of last week, and Nintendo confirms U.S. sales alone were 705,000 units. The new Disney Infinity titles endorsed by Marvel Super Heroes also made a fine accounting of themselves during August.
|1.||Destiny||Activision||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2014|
|2.||Madden NFL 15||Electronic Arts||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360||08/2014|
|3.||FIFA 15||Activision||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / Vita / 3DS||09/2014|
|4.||Super Smash Bros. for 3DS||Nintendo||3DS||10/2014|
|5.||Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS4 / Xbox One / PC||09/2014|
|6.||NHL 15||Electronic Arts||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2014|
|7.||Minecraft||Microsoft Game Studios / Sony Computer Entertainment||Xbox 360 / PS3||05/2014|
|8.||The Sims 4||Electronics Arts||PC||09/2014|
|9.||Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes||Disney Interactive||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U||09/2014|
|10.||Diablo III: Reapear of Souls||Blizzard Entertainment||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||08/2014|
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is still a few months away, but a new trailer today shows off some of the ridiculous weapons that will be included in this standalone expansion to Saints Row IV. Yes, Deep Silver and developer High Voltage even managed to work in the seven deadly sins theme.
If you're not sure what I'm talking about, Gat Out of Hell is a standalone co-op expansion featuring Johnny Gat and Kinzie. When playing solo, you can take control of either character in their quest to rescue the President (leader of the Saints) from an afterlife of damnation as Satan's son/daughter-in-law. Volition, the studio behind the main Saints Row series, is stepping back this time to let High Voltage Software take the reins.
Either way, the devs are going pretty crazy with the whole underworld theme, from questionable characters to sexy zombies. I use the term "sexy" very loosely here, of course, but just take a look at the trailer for yourselves.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is destined for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on January 20. This is actually earlier than the original dates of January 27 and January 30, and the expansion is officially confirmed for digital and retail release. Also keep in mind that you can pick up Gat Out of Hell alongside the next-gen release of Saints Row IV, dubbed Saints Row IV: Re-Elected. The bundle is a decent $49.99, while the expansion costs $19.99 on its own.
Pre-ordering the bundle will get you two DLC packs, while just reserving the expansion yields one. Check them out below, along with all the weapons featured in the trailer.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Devil's Workshop Pack
SAINTS WINGS, JESTER'S SKULL
Tired of flying on the wings of a fallen angel? With the Devil's Workshop Pack you can fly on the purple wings of a Saint instead. Also included; Yorick, the flaming skull that acts as the source of Shakespeare's infernal might. Finally you can wield all of the power of Shakespeare with none of the iambic pentameter: what's not to love?
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected Plague of Frogs Pack
HELLISH PRINCESS, INFERNAL GUARD, LIL' CROAKER
Take some mementos from hell with you to virtual Steelport! Rain amphibian death onto Zinyak's army with the Lil' Croaker, and look good doing it wearing either Infernal Guard armor or Hellish Princess costumes.
The Seven Deadly Weapon Featured In Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
- Armchair-A-Geddon - (The embodiment of Sloth in the rifle slot) Take a seat and watch the mayhem explode with dual-miniguns and heat-seeking missiles.
- Gallows Dodger - (The embodiment of Pride in the pistol slot) Hurl arcane balls of energy from this mysterious embodiment of murder, which doesn't hesitate to boast of his murderous history.
- Last Supper - (The embodiment of Gluttony in the special weapons slot) Cover your enemies with hell-ish frosting and watch how hunger takes over the masses!
- Uriels Edge - (The embodiment of Envy in the melee slot) Slash, blast and disintegrate your enemies in a deadly ball of fire.
- Ark of the Covenant - (The embodiment of Wrath in the explosive slot) Suck in the souls from your enemies and then launch them at the rest. It's a win-win.
- Boom Chicka - (The embodiment of Lust in the shotgun slot) Nothing says come hither more than Boom Chicka, the sexiest gun in existence.
- Diamond Sting - (The embodiment of Greed in the SMG slot) This weapon propels wages at an incredible rate of fire, turning victims into a shower of wealth.
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Destiny players love to one-up their fellow Guardians, and these days, that tends to involve the game's raid, Vault of Glass. The latest show of Destiny mastery comes as video evidence of a raid boss going down in a record-setting 17 seconds. I'm talking about Atheon, and this epic kill goes down in hard mode.
The video is credited to a group belonging to clan "Legendary Crew," and they manage to mow down the first Vault of Glass boss with a team of three Hunter Gunslingers and three Warlocks Sunsingers. Praise the sun.
Here's a little description of the clan's speed-fight with Atheon. Talk about bragging rights:
Here you can fully see Atheon dying in 17 seconds from the Point of View of one of the clan's sunsinger warlocks who is literally almost standing at his feet, and look at the loot he got..... Lucky SOB. Group was made up of 3 Sunsinger Warlocks and 3 Gunslinger Hunters, 5 of us were 30 and 1 was 29. 4 out of 6 people were using Gjallarhorn which is an exotic rocket launcher. Legendary Crew is a group who play on Xbox One and we are a group of adults who have been playing MMO's for many years and some of us have completed world first kills in MMO's.
Now is that more or less impressive than the video of two guys beating Vault of Glass? You decide.
It was rather an afterthought compared to Google's other announcements yesterday. Google revealed their next big cell phone, the Nexus 6, and their next tablet device, the Nexus 9 without a press event -- they just showed the internet what they'd been waiting for. Behind those two juggernaut announcements was a third, less impactful announcement which holds a bit more relevance to us on Neoseeker. Google announced the Nexus Player, a set-top box that plays Android games.
Yes, Google has made a console. It's nothing like an Xbox or a PlayStation, mind you. Rather, it's almost exactly the same sort of platform that gamers already know with the OUYA and Amazon's Fire TV. Even the price is directly comparable. The only games that the Nexus Player will actually play are currently available Android titles. It's not exactly a game changer, but it's a platform nevertheless.
As with other set-top boxes, owners will have to download apps in order to access anything they might otherwise just type a URL into the computer for. Anything already available on Google Play will also be available on the Nexus Player. And of course, it also works like Chromecast in that you can stream content to the box from your phone, laptop, tablet or PC.
With regards to pricing, the Nexus Player will run at a low $99 cost. There's no current release date planned for the device, but anyone can begin preordering it beginning October 17. The remote control comes included, but the gaming controller will cost a little extra, $39.99 to be exact.
Apparently Microsoft top-down shooter experiment Halo: Spartan Assault was more of a success than anyone expected, what with it being a Windows 8 exclusive and all. Either that or Microsoft just had the technology lying around and figured they'd better try and get their money's worth from it. Today Microsoft, working with developer Vanguard Games, announced Halo: Spartan Strike. The sequel is already nearing completion and should be available starting December 12.
Even better news is that Halo: Spartan Strike will launch as a full PC title, not just a Windows 8 exclusive. That means the game will be available on Steam as well as in the Windows store. Spartan Strike will also be available on other Windows 8 devices -- tablets, phones, etc. Odds are that it will eventually come to Xbox One as well. Spartan Assault took around 5-6 months to be ported from Windows devices to console.
In an interesting turn, Halo: Spartan Strike is going to be set during the events of Halo 2. That is to say that Spartan Strike is a complementary experience to that delivered in The Halo Master Chief Collection being released later this year. 30 missions battling against both Covenant and, err, Promethean forces? Ah, it's set during Halo 2, but it's still a simulation so I suppose they can get away with a few things.
Finally, players can earn Xbox achievements through Halo: Spartan Strike which will in-turn unlock content in The Master Chief Collection. Note that The Master Chief Collection comes out in November, prior to Halo: Spartan Strike.
Pick up Halo: Spartan Strike on PC and Windows 8 devices for just $5.99 starting December 12.
- Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell 'Seven Deadly Weapons' trailer goes on a wild, violent ride with Johnny 
- Mega Glalie and Steelix details, Glalie catchable in Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo 
- Nintendo streaming event on 50 new things in Super Smash Bros. Wii U airs October 23 
- Destiny players continue to impress, new video shows Vault of Glass boss drop in 17 seconds on Hard 
- Free Hyrule Warriors DLC to add Cia, Volga and Wizzro as playable characters, more DLC planned 
- Hyrule Warriors 'Master Quest' DLC trailer features Epona, villain scenarios, weapons and skins 
- Never lose your controller again thanks to new Xbox One feature, as long as it's actually on 
- Samsung Galaxy White conquers, secures League of Legends 2014 Championship in Seoul