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Wednesday, Nov 5

Nintendo Direct for Nov. 5 Live-blog: Should we expect a Pokemon and Smash Bros. focus?

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What surprises does Nintendo have in store?

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Hey everyone, the live Nintendo Direct is about to start so let me keep this short and simple. The focus today is on upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles. We expect there be a lot of focus on Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire as well as Super Smash Bros. Wii U, since the holiday season is approaching, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a big announcement or two revealed today as well. Hopefully that includes some love for both platforms.

Check out the livestream, embedded below, at 2:00pm PST and we'll be adding a live-chat in forums as well. Just check out live-blog below the livestream where I'll link the live-chat. Meta, I know, but it's super cool hanging out with the community so it's worth it. POKEMON.


PlayStation 4 PlayStation Plus line-up revealed for December/January, adds Injustice: Gods Among Us

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Sony looking to step up their PlayStation 4 PS+ game?

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Either to make up for lack of... energy in November's PlayStation Plus line-up or to persuade an incoming wave of PlayStation 4 owners to pay up for that subscription service, Sony has a surprise. They've revealed the PlayStation 4 line-ups for both December and January -- both games from each month. And perhaps to show they've listened to recent criticisms to PS4 offerings, they're stepping up their game.

December will see the release of what Sony says is the first AAA release on PlayStation Plus for PlayStation 4. Headlining the month will be the fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition. That's the version of the game which updated to PlayStation 3 release for the more powerful console and included all of the DLC with it.

Enough with the teases though, here are all four games which Sony has revealed for the service:


  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
  • Secret Ponchos


  • Infamous: First Light
  • The Swapper

As anyone can see, January isn't looking too shabby either. Sure, it's not the full Infamous: Second Son release, but the standalone First Light DLC/expansion is a pretty righteous get as well.

Personally, I'm a big fan of the independent debuts on PlayStation Plus, but I can understand Sony wanting to mix in some bigger titles for those with less diverse tastes. Hopefully as the PlayStation 3 starts to taper off Sony can start delivering both AAA experiences and big launch indie games at the same time. 

This is Sony's teaser for the PlayStation 4 PlayStation Plus line-up in December and January. November's games include Binding of Isaac Rebirth and SteamWorld Dig.


Aion's 'Invasion' update launches today, the lands of Kaldor and Levinshor open their gates

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The huge Aion updates just keep coming

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Aion 4.0, the Dark Betrayal expansion, was released more than a year ago and Aion Team Development has shown no signs of stopping since. 4.5 launched in late January, 4.6 in September (okay, so that break was almost a sign of stopping), and here we go with the huge 4.7 Invasion patch. Don't look too surprised, but it's live right now and completely free. Odds are this one will be building up to Aion's next major expansion.

Invasion on its own is rather substantial. The update will feature two new zones, two new dungeons, and plenty else:

  • Two New Zones
    • Kaldor, the ashen remains of an ancient Danuar land, features Wealhtheow's Keep with new and exciting fortress siege elements.
    • Levinshor, the territory of Tiamat's origin, is a colorful place where new species associate themselves with each faction and Daevas engage in combat for base ownership and battles between Veille and Mastarius! Both zones feature open-world PvP.
  • Two New Dungeons
    • The Linkgate Foundry is a solo instance for level 65 players, and will challenge even the most seasoned of veterans.
    • Igdel Dome is a PvPvE instance. Enter the instance with a team of 6 to defeat Beritra’s forces—but beware, players of the opposing faction are trying to do the same thing!
  • Daily Login Rewards
  • World Bosses
  • Equipment "Purification"
  • Server vs. Server on Panesterra

Panasterra's Server vs. Server PvP may be the highlight of the patch, unless those two new zones of content really shine. That is, if Aion can persuade folk to come back and check out the new content in today's  saturated MMO market. Still, if there's a free-to-play MMO worth checking out it could be Aion. Hugely successful in its time and with a very reasonable free-to-play schem -- MMO player could do worse.

Aion is currently available on PC and is a free-to-play MMO. Just download and start playing, now with a ton of new, free Invasion content.

Categories: PC Games

Tuesday, Nov 4

Far Cry 4 story trailer paints a dangerous picture of war-torn Kyrat, divided by violence

3 comments Lydia Sung - 11:34pm (PST) Like Share

What happens in Kyrat, stays in Kyrat

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The fictional region of Kyrat in Far Cry 4 looks like a beautiful place to go backpacking, but it can quickly devolve into an unforgiving hell. In the new Far Cry 4 story trailer, we see some of the trials protagonist Ajay Ghale must endure in this unexpected journey. One of them is, of course, the infamous Pagan Min.

A civil war is being waged, and Ajay finds himself caught right in the middle of it when he visits Kyrat to fulfill his mother's dying wish. Multiple factions and individuals vie for control, driven by their own dogmas. More than anything, however, the people of Kyrat seem intent on driving the terrorist denizens led by dictator Pagan Min from their backyard. Seems like a noble endeavor, even if it's all over Ajay's head. At least his mother would be proud.

Far Cry 4 will be out November 18 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.


Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay trailer reminds us that every choice leads to consequences

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Some choices are better than others...

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Dragon Age just isn't the same without some proper player choices and devastating consequences. In the newest Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay trailer, BioWare highlight this key element in their role-playing games.

In Inquisition, you step into the shoes of one very influential Inquisitor. This isn't even about one Blight refugee setting off major events by running aimlessly around a city for hours on end, but an actual commander of men and women. As the Inquisitor, allies put their lives in your hands, and the fate of Thedas rides on many of your decisions. Just remember all the political intrigue that comes with striking deals between nations! No pressure.

The trailer is also apparently captured "using actual gameplay." BioWare also released the PC requirements for Dragon Age: Inquisition back in October, so be sure to take a look at that if you're planning to grab the PC version. The game comes out November 18 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.


League of Legends brings in Kalista, the Spear of Vengeance, the ghostly marksman

1 comments Lydia Sung - 10:54pm (PST) Like Share

Makes cooperative carrying a big deal

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Halloween may be over, but the spirit still lingers in League of Legends. The newest champion, one that's been teased officially and unofficially, is a marksman hailing from the Shadow Isles. Her name is Kalista, the Spear of Vengeance, and while she might not be the friendliest ghost, her kit does appear very team-oriented.

So what's Kalista's deal? She was apparently "treacherously murdered," leaving her with a serious case of unfinished business. The magic of the Shadow Isles ended up bringing her back to life, and now she runs around exacting retribution on whoever happens to be in her way.

Treacherously murdered, Kalista rose as a specter, twisted by the horrific power of the Shadow Isles. In death, she offers Runeterrans a proposition: surrender your soul to the Spear of Vengeance and she will exact retribution on your betrayers.

The spear-tossing marksman also has her own item, The Black Spear. This allows her to utilize the unique Soul-Bound passive, essentially binding her to a specific champion for the entire match. This unlocks a number of other passive and active abilities for Kalista, including her Soul-Marked massive and Fate's Call ult. Here's a rundown of her abilities:

Passive: Martial Poise

Rather than cancelling the basic attack animation, a move order hops Kalista in the direction of the click after she completes her attack. Kalista leaps farther when moving away from her target.

Q: Pierce

Kalista hurls a spear, damaging the first enemy struck and adding a stack of Rend. Pierce also procs Martial Poise.

W: Sentinel

Passive: Soul-Marked—When Kalista and her bound ally attack a minion, monster or enemy champion at the same time, they deal bonus magic damage.

Active: Kalista commands a sentinel to keep watch over an area. The sentinel patrols back and forth in a line a few times. Vulnerable to attacks from behind, sentinels see in a cone in front of them and scream if they spot an enemy champion.

E: Rend

Kalista’s basic attacks and the spear from Pierce lodge in their target for a short time. Rend causes her to rip the spears from her enemies, slowing them and dealing increased damage for each spear rent from the target. Rend’s cooldown resets if it secures a kill on an enemy unit. The spears stack infinitely, only disappearing if Kalista fails to keep up her assault.

R: Fate's Call

Kalista repositions her bound ally next to her, making them untargetable and disabling their spells. During Fate’s Call, Kalista’s Soul-Bound gains a new ability, which allows the Soul-Bound to dash in a target direction, knocking up enemies they strike.

Interestingly, Kalista doesn't bring a whole lot of range (versus most other popular marksman champs) or have reliable escape mechanics. As such, positioning is incredibly important, and Kalista players will need to pay extra attention to where they place the Spear of Vengeance in relation to her Soul-Bound ally.

The Riot team has certainly been getting more creative with their champion designs of late, if Azir and Kalista are any indication. You can read more about the newest Shadow Isle addition on the official League of Legends site.

Categories: PC Games

The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series finally out today for Xbox One, PlayStation 4

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Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 retail editions also debut

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Today marks the first time The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Series is available on current gen platforms Xbox One and PlayStation 4, in retail and download form. Additionally, interested parties who might not actually own either console yet can grab the entire series as a hard copy (that's the definition of "retail edition") for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as well.

Prior to today, The Wolf Among Us was released as episodic downloads on Xbox Live, PSN (or SEN), and PC. The retail option essentially allows players to grab the entire series in box form for all the consoles -- plus PlayStation Vita.

Europe will be getting the same deal come November 7, so keep your shirts on until then. Remember than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions come in both hard copy and download varieties, so you've got options.


Halloween gives life to Humble InDIE Bundle 13 [Update: Three new games added]

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Update Three more games with the average price crossing $7

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Update: As is Humble Indie Bundle tradition, three games have been added halfway through the bundle's lifespan. Should purchasers pay more than the average price, they'll now have access to The Novelist, Eldritch, and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack.

Seven freshly unearthed indie games have been gathered together to bring to life the Humble Indie Bundle 13. Don't worry, the Halloween spin is just a shtick. Beyond Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs there's not much to set 13 as any scarier than previous bundles. That being said... the deals are to die for!  They're so good it's scary! I've been possessed by the spirit of bargains! Act now, before the Humble Indie Bundle 13 returns to the grave in two weeks.

As of right now there are three pay-what-you-want titles, three beat-the-average games, and one title which requires a minimum of $12 to own. As always, buyers can split their money between charity, developers and a Humble tip. As always, all games are DRM free. As always, each game is cross-platform between PC, Mac and Linux. As always, there are more games to be added to the package. Currently the average price is sitting around $6.50, so invest before the price starts to jump.

Pay What You Want

  • OlliOlli
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Tower of Guns

Beat the Average

  • Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  • Jazzpunk
  • Risk of Rain (4 copies)

$12 or More

  • Shadowrun Returns

Another great selection of titles in this lot. My personal highlights are OlliOlli, Jazzpunk and Risk of Rain. That's not to say any of the other titles aren't magnificent, of course. The only thing I take issue with in the bundle is the continued inclusion of a set-price title. I prefer the system without it, but if it means a little bit more money for titles that don't set a price floor then all the better.

Head over to the Humble store today to check out the Humble Indie Bundle 13. While the Humble folk have dozens of bundles going out these days, as well as their own storefront, the Indie Bundle continues to be a great industry event in support of great works by small studios. Give a dollar or two if you can manage it, or otherwise we'll hopefully see you there next time.

Categories: PC Games

Grand Theft Auto V adding first-person perspective for PS4, XONE and PC release, now with official trailer

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2015 could bring an Oculus Rift mod for a first-person Grand Theft Auto V

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Among the dozens of enhancements and upgrades which Rockstar Games will be adding to Grand Theft Auto V's PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC release they have one extra special addition. Today the studio revealed that first-person mode will be available in the updated port. Soon players will be able to experience the sociopath lives of Franklin, Michael and Trevor through each character's very own eyes.

As one would expect from Rockstar, this first-person perspective addition won't just be some hacked in shift of the camera. The studio had worked extremely hard at ensuring the details pertinent to the perspective are as fleshed out as every other aspect of the game. Car dashboards, jet consoles, weapon reloading and so on have all been tuned for immersive gameplay. Expensive cars may even show playlists for the music playing in the background.

Here's Rockstar describing what the first-person mode will do for the Grand Theft Auto V experience:

"Available in both GTAV and GTA Online, we've made a host of changes to accommodate this new perspective, including the creation of an optional first person cover system, a new targeting system, a more traditional FPS control scheme, and integrating thousands of new animations into the existing game. It's also available at the touch of a button so you can easily switch back and forth between perspectives."

Grand Theft Auto V will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting November 18, featuring 1080p visuals at 30fps. The PC release, scaling all the way up to 4K, won't be available until January 27 early next year.


Nintendo Direct planned for November 5, to detail upcoming Wii U and 3DS titles

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Ten straight hours of Pokemon and Super Smash Bros. footage... if only

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Just a heads up Nintendo fans, but another Nintendo Direct has been announced and will be airing on November 5 at 2:00pm PST. That's 10:00p, for GMT folk. The stream will focus on upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, which could mean we'll be seeing some big announcements as Nintendo will be essentially be making a sales pitch to prospective buyers. Either that, or we'll get a 30-minute Super Smash Bros. Wii U infomercial. I am also okay with this.

What's really at the forefront of my curiosity, however, is whether or not Nintendo will discuss or even mention the looking New 3DS question. There's literally an upgraded 3DS already available in Japan, also launching in Australia on November 21. I can't imagine anyone buying a 3DS this holiday season if they realized the New 3DS could be just months away from launching. Yet up to this point Nintendo has remained silent on the issue, almost certainly because they want to capitalize on standard 3DS sales in tandem with the release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. It's really gross, when you think about it.

More than just the New 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Wii U will surely be discussed during the Nintendo Direct, however. Like mentioned earlier, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will surely make an appearance. Sonic Boom's two games will be debuting on 3DS and Wii U in November. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be coming to 3DS. Then in December we'll have Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and some NES Remix content. What I'm trying to say is there will be some room for titles further down the line.

I'm crossing my fingers for some more Zelda Wii U footage or maybe a teaser for another Wii U game from one of Nintendo's major franchises. It's tough to say whether or not there will be any big 3DS announcements, as they won't announce a 2015 Pokemon title prior to the 2014 one being released. Never say never! 

We'll find out tomorrow on November 5 when Nintendo runs its annual pre-holiday Nintendo Direct event. The focus will be on upcoming Wii U and 3DS titles, so look forward to a live blog and a live chat here on Neoseeker.

Categories: Nintendo Consoles