Thursday, Nov 21
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I'd have liked Alan Wake, but Quantum Break is shaping up nicely
Strong rumors are going around that Quantum Break is going to make an appearance at the VGX awards December 7. It appears, however, that we'll be getting a taste of that a bit earlier than expected. Tonight during Microsoft's Xbox One countdown live-show a "Future of Xbox One" reel of games was shown. Intermingled in there was about five never-before-seen seconds of Quantum Break.
While the footage shown certainly looks within the realm of possibilities for gameplay, it's the odd camera angles that make me think this footage is cinematic in nature. For instance, why would the camera bow down to follow a dude getting hit in the head, or pan back to show the entire care falling out of the sky? That's just clever cinematic camera work, rather than in-game action.
However, if Remedy's using this footage as an example of what they hope Quantum Break will look like in action, then cheers! I can't wait to see what those guys have in store for us next. Quantum Break is of course an Xbox One exclusive and will hopefully be coming out in 2014.
Don't go in expecting very great lore and you won't be disappointed
As expected Riot Games has revealed their next League of Legends champion, Yasuo. That's right, despite the clever idea that recent teasers had actually been for Yasuo's brother, Yone, Riot's not known for being anything other that straight forward in this regards. Yasuo, in a battle of honor, killed his brother Yone and thus received his title: the Unforgiven. Welcome League of Legends' next mid-lane assassin, Summoners.
That's right, Yasuo is a melee AD carry with a tough early laning phase and what we can assume builds into an unstoppable carry if left to their own devices. Let's go over Yasuo's skill-set:
- Passive: Way of the Wanderer
- Intent: Yasuo's critical strike chance is doubled.
- Resolve: Yasuo gains Flow as he moves – the faster he moves, the faster his Flow meter fills. When full, Yasuo activates a brief shield after taking damage from enemy champions or monsters.
- Q: Steel Tempest
- Yasuo thrusts forward with his sword, damaging all enemies in a line. Successfully landing Steel Tempest grants Yasuo Gathering Storm stacks for a short period. The third stack of Gathering Storm causes Steel Tempest to send out a whirlwind that travels in a line and sends all enemies caught Airborne. If Yasuo casts Steel Tempest during Sweeping Blade, the ability strikes all enemies immediately around him.
- W: Wind Wall
- Passive: Dashing replenishes Yasuo's Flow faster.
- Active: Yasuo creates a wall of wind that slowly drifts forward for a few seconds. The wall blocks all enemy projectiles.
- E: Sweeping Blade
- Yasuo dashes a fixed distance through an enemy, dealing damage and marking them briefly. If Yasuo uses Sweeping Blade multiple times in succession, the ability deals extra damage up to a cap. Yasuo cannot use Sweeping Blade on an enemy that's already been marked.
- R: Last Breath
- Yasuo teleports to a nearby Airborne enemy champion, briefly suspending them and all surrounding Airborne enemies mid-air as he damages them. Once he lands, Yasuo gains significant armor penetration against his enemy's bonus armor for an extended period of time.
Obviously we've got ourselves another high skill-cap champion with Yasuo. The gameplay involved with charging up "Gathering Storm" stacks in order to knock a player airborn and then following that up with Last Breath? My word, that's going to be a complicated combination. Or maybe I'm wrong and the combo will be effortless, in which case there's a very dangerous foe being introduced into the League.
I don't like to get into lore, but there is one interesting connection worth mentioning. He's currently searching for the assassin that killed his village's elder. Apparently the assassin killed the elder with... wind blade skills. Expect some Yasuo/Yi shipping in the future.
League of Legends is free-to-play MOBA available on PC and Mac.
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Tonight marks the launch of the Xbox One and Microsoft is throwing a huge party to countdown to the console's first sale. Yes, tonight Microsoft is pulling out all the stops with two huge events and a livstream. New York City will see performances from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Los Angeles will have deadmau5 and 7wallace. What will the livestream have? Well, hopefully a little of everything and some surprises as well.
Join me as I liveblog the event from home, while Lydia sits in a mall waiting for her midnight release. Hopefully the event will have a few sneaky announcements or reveals, or... ah heck, as long as it's fun then who cares. Tonight is a celebration of over a year of speculation, rumor and general insanity. Tomorrow marks the first day that all next-gen consoles will be officially launched and available to the public. It's a good day.
If you'd like to watch the livestream yourself, you can head over to Xbox.com or watch the event on Xbox Live and Spike TV. I'll keep an eye out for an embed to put here in the post, but no promises! And of course, make sure to click that little blue button below that says join the discussion in the forums, because we'll have a livechat for community members to talk about their Xbox One plans. Cheers! It's launch day!
Disclaimer: The opinions and viewpoints expressed by the various authors (including me) do not necessarily reflect the opinions and viewpoints of Neoseeker.
Hello everyone, I've just gotten off the phone with the President and I have the unfortunate duty to inform you all that next-gen has been canceled. Yes, despite over a million PlayStation 4 purchases and the thousands of gamers waiting in line as we speak for the Xbox One, there's simply no hope of have having next-gen ready at this moment. Current estimates place next-gen somewhere between 5-7 years out, though that's highly speculative, but one thing is certain: there will be no next-gen any time soon.
By all means, please continue forward and purchase yourself a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. These devices are exceptional at providing a current-gen experience unlike any previously provided, but do not mistake them for next-gen consoles. That is to say, several of the unintended bugs hardwired into the current generation of consoles still exists in these new pieces of hardware and will not be fixed.
If you are unfamiliar with these current generation bugs, please read the following:
- Extraneous and Exploitative DLC and Microtransations: Yes, it has come to our attention that dozens, hundreds, perhaps millions of microtransactions have burrowed into both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It's a veritable infestation. Should you encounter these small and seemingly harmless rodents as you go about your gaming actions, we prescribe avoiding eye-contact and dear god, do not give them money. Paying for DLC and microtranstions is highly likely to result in further infestation, as well as the following symptoms:
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Waking Nightmares
- Experience a game as it was originally intended, prior to being broken up into a main release and several DLC packs
Features PCs Had 10 Years Ago: This warning comes in two parts. First, beware the mind-cloud that sets into some current gen console users, rendering them ignorant of the fact that PCs had most of their new console's features ten years ago. It sets in over time and the symptoms can be difficult to notice. There is unfortunately no cure, though prolonged exposure to a modern PC has been said to work miracles if science and medicine is to be believed.
The second portion of this warning is that every time new consoles are released, so are the poor, idiotic victims of the mind-cloud awakened from their slumber. Little do they realize how old and lacking in power their new consoles are compared to PCs, which makes them dangerous creatures -- especially if they stumble upon a creature themselves. The mental snap that occurs when a mind-cloud victim finds a PC often results in the mashing of keyboards and posting of terrifying and stupid online forum comments. Beware.
- The Same Damn Games: Seriously, that's the same damn game you played last year and you think a year of polishing textures and a new story written by Tom Clancy's friend's niece makes it a game of the year contender? That's the same damn game, yo.
- Old, Friendly Mascots: This, perhaps, may be the saddest thing you'll ever here. Hundreds of mascots, in order to celebrate the release of the new consoles, will be released from their disgusting cages to sing and dance for would-be consumers. "Look how he smiles," and ,"He's just like I remember!" will be common statements, but the truth of the matter is these mascots are long dead. Their corpses have been brought back to life through arcane means to spread dark magics most foul. The magic I speak of is of course known as nostalgia. Nostalgia can make even the most tedious, boring and unoriginal gameplay seem fresh and exciting. Do not trust these mascots; pity these mascots.
- Nonsense: The largest and most common bug is of course complete and utter nonsense. None of it even makes sense and yet it's everywhere. Seriously, why do things have to work this way? Why do you need an app to watch Youtube? Expect console makers to hide their nonsense in dark corners or even to paint it as something attractive. It's not attractive. It's nonsense.
Again, these are just a few of the many reasons why the President has decided that we are simply not ready for next-gen and that the current generation will simply have to be extended. This was followed by the President asking why his new game Super Mario 3D World wouldn't work in his Nintendo Wii.
Take heart though, citizens, because video games.
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The highly-rated Injustice: Gods Among Us game/app is now available on Google Play for Android, Warner Bros. today announced. The actual Injustice fighter came out way back in April, and a companion app -- a mobile version of it, practically -- was released for iOS. At the time, we did wonder why they skipped out on Android, especially when a small portion of in-game extras are unlocked via the app.
Well, whatever the reason, the app is now out for Android, too, and will be heading to the Amazon Appstore soon (also for Android). Currently, the Injustice app boasts over 16 million installs to date, and has a decently high rating of 4.5 out of 5.
As far as I can guess, Warner Bros. may be hoping that the Android audience will spark renewed interest in Injustice, in time for the holiday season. Well, there aren't too many other solid fighters on the market right now, much less a Western one.
It's a stunning fact that pinball is alive and well these days. Need proof? Look at the success that is Pinball FX2, which sells individual tables as opposed to a single standalone pinball game and is rather successful at it. It stands to reason then that the Humble Bundle, digging that hipster pinball vibe, would want a piece of the action. Introducing the Pinball FX2 Humble Weekly Sale.
I'm talking about eleven tables at pay-what-you-want prices, plus eleven more if you beat the $6 payment threshold. Let's go into what's included and where:
Pay What You Want
- Pinball FX2: Core Pack - Includes four tables, including Pasha, the orld of ancient Persia, Rome, the aggressive empire of Caear, Biolab, the biohazard laboratory, and Secrets of the Deep, an underwater adventure.
- Pinball FX2: Classic Pack - Includes four Zen Studios tables upgraded for FX2, Shaman, El Dorado, Tesla, V12 and Sorcerer's Lair. Wait, that's five. I wonder where the mistake is.
- Pinball FX2: Earth Defense Table
- Pinball FX2: Paranormal Table
- Pinball FX2: Epic Quest Table
Pay More Than $6
- Pinball FX2: Marvel's Avengers Chronicles Pack - Each table chronicles a "blockbuster" event in the Marvel Universe, like The Infinity Guantlet, Fear Iteslf, and World War Hulk, along with a general Avengers table.
- Pinball FX2: Star Wars Pack - Includes three tables, including a special Darth Vader tribute table.
- Pinball FX2: Marvel Pinball Original Pack - Includes four tables for Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man and Blade.
Keep in mind that pinball is a dangerous sport and isn't for everyone. If you're courageous enough, however, it really doesn't get any better than this Humble Pinball FX2 Bundle, other than a real pinball machine... I suppose. Head over to the Humble Weekly Sale page and view some of the trailers, google the tables and see if this is something you'd be interested in picking up.
The puns, they are out of control and must be stopped
Valve, stop, there's just too much Team Fortress 2 content to cover anymore. I can't even wrap my head around all of the hats, maps, crafting, co-op and other ridiculousness that's coming down the pipeline. Yet Valve won't stop. They'll keep putting out huge patches like the newly announced Two Cities update, the first half of which has now been detailed. Introducing Mannhattan. Damnit Valve.
I can't event start describing all of the content included in the Mannhattan portion of the Two Cities update, so let's just jump straight to the bullet points:
- Mannhattan Mann vs. Machine Co-Op Map - "The first of our Two Cities, Mannhattan, takes our mercs all the way from the sun-blasted gravel pits of the Badlands to the urban sprawl of the East Coast, where they'll have to defend the manufacturing arm of Saxton Hale's boutique Mhankö line. Mannhattan's robot hordes can advance their own spawn points and introduce new bombs into the map for the first time, making for a unique new MvM experience."
- Weapon and Character Effects - "The loot you'll get from completing a Tour of Duty will work a bit differently for the Two Cities Tour. Completing a Two Cities Tour automatically grants you a Killstreak Kit, which you can apply to any weapon to transform it into a Killstreak weapon. Completing the Tour also grants you a fabricator and spare parts that you can use to craft progressively rarer Killstreak Kits, which will add cool visual effects to your weapon and eventually even your character."
- Snakewater Control Point Map - "What is Snakewater? Well, it's an action-packed control point map. It was created by community author Toivo Sawen. It's been battle-tested in competitive matches around the world. And it's now an official part of TF2. But one thing it is not is a city, because this is the Two Cities Update and we're announcing a second city tomorrow. So for the record, Snakewater is more of a mill town than a city. To summarize: Action-packed. Toivo Sawen. Official part. Not a city."
- More Statistics and Performance Numbers Than Ever Before - "Healing. Tank damage. Money earned. With the Two Cities Update, you'll now have access to more raw performance numbers than ever before."
- Mann vs. Machine Refund Feature - "All money your team collects on the battlefield now counts toward unlocking a full Refund. Whether you're succeeding at each wave or not, once per mission you'll earn enough that the entire team can Refund all money spent on Upgrades (not consumables). Cash in hand, you can switch classes to try different strategies, or optimize Upgrades on your current class. Victory is Guaranteed!"
- 9 New Achievements
Are you serious? That's just the first half of the Two Cities update? I don't even want to know what's coming next.
Valve's greatest success story, however, has to be the fact that this half of the update is a pun including both Mann, referring to the Mann Corp. or Mann vs. Machine, and hats all in one title. Manhattan. They'll never achieve anythintg greater. They should just give up now. I wonder if they made up this whole Two Cities thing just so they could use that pun.
Team Fortress 2 is free-to-play and available to download right now on PC. The Mann vs. Machine stuff is, well, kind of not all free-to-play, but it's much more complicated than I can sum up in a single paragraph. Needless to say, there should be some content for everyone in Two Cities. Stay tuned for details on the second half of the patch soon.
I should slap your face right now if you have a 3DS and don't have Dual Destinies
No joke, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is one of the best games on the Nintendo 3DS. Thank goodness Capcom knows it, because they're releasing the game's first campaign DLC, Turnabout Reclaimed, starting today! Pink pirates with glorious moustaches, killer whales that may in fact be killers, and more mystery than any attorney can handle. It's... beautiful.
In addition to the release announcement Capcom supplied a launch trailer for the DLC which shows off some of the DLC's in-game cinematics. In addition to that there's a bit of teasery dialogue that's certain to max out viewers' intrigue. Plus, Pearl is back! What would we do without Pearl.
Pick up Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies today exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS, which now has additional campaign DLC available in the form of Turnabout Reclaimed. It's the story of an innocent killer whale, or is she? Pick it up for just $5.99 and enjoy another full length case, which should fill the next few years before another Phoenix Wright game is released. It's one of the best games of the year, pick it up if you haven't already.
Thanks to Amsey for the tip!
Something about plants and zombies with machine guns is a tad unsettling
As of yet we haven't seen much of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, but a new trailer an a relase date announcement should fix that right quick. We now know that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the unique third-person action title from PopCap Games, will be available starting February 28, 2014 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. We also know that football playing zombies with machine guns are unstopppable.
Garden Warfare Producer Brian Lindley offered the following loosely related pitch for his game:
"Gamers across the world have fallen in love with the Plants vs. Zombies characters and now they’ll get to see them in an entirely new light. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare give the series’ fans and shooter players a fun, new experience that they’ll both enjoy as they blast, chomp and laugh their way through co-op and head-to-head online action."
Personally the whole thing comes across a bit too much like Team Fortress 2 to me. That's not necessarily a bad thing, since class-based shooters are fun no matter what, but that's a lot to live up to for a developer known for their casual party games. Still, everything looks fine now and that's enough to persuade me the gameis worth playing before dismissing.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 starting February 28, 2014 and then will come to PC at a later day.
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Wednesday, Nov 20
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Can't make it to the thing tonight, MUST SAVE ROME AT ALL COSTS
The Xbox One, or "Xbone" as so many prefer to call it, is upon us. We're a little over 24 hours away from the second next-gen console launch, and Microsoft's making sure their fans are covered. Need an excuse to get out of work or any other previous engagements? Well, there's a doctor's note for that, and it sure looks official.
On the official Xbox.com site, Microsoft has posted an interactive document made to resemble a medical note, excusing you from all activities in order to play your Xbox One. Except it doesn't look like a real doctor's note at all. You can still play around and print it out for fun, of course.
The "note" lets you choose your gender, your preferred activities, and other little details, and is signed by Major Nelson. The site also includes a PDF download.
One last thing: this is not a real note, so please don't try using it to get out of work/school/other activities.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition screenshots, images show off development progress and in-game look 
- Hyrule Warriors, a mash-up of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors, announced for 2014 
- Pokemon XY anime, Pokemon the Series: XY, debuts January 18 and gets English trailer 
- Twitch.tv update imposes delay of up to 60s in all streams, viewer interaction severely affected 
- Introducing Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, free-to-play space flight game with 16-player dogfights 
- Bravely Default exclusive side-story demo available January 2, full game February 7 on 3DS 
- Mario Kart 8 adds Rosalina and various 'Baby' characters, more courses in latest trailer 
- Techland releases ridiculously creepy Dying Light trailer for the holidays, brings horror to Christmas 
- Public Service Announcement: Next-Gen Has Been Canceled 
- VGX Live-blog and Live-chat: GTAV crowned GotY (surprise), Naughty Dog wins top studio 
- Xbox One Countdown Liveblog 
- Terrifying disc drive sounds from Xbox One and PS4, let's compare 
- League of Legends LCS contracts ban streaming of Dota 2, World of Tanks, Blizzard games 
- Pokemon Bank confirmed for December 27, transfer Pokemon X and Y favorites with a free trial