Tuesday, Oct 14
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Although the infamous Destiny loot cave is no more, its legacy remains. Guardians recently noticed that the original cave, after the nerf, now houses a small memorial of sorts to times gone by.
Inside the cave sits a pile of ash, and activating these unknown remains will trigger a series of voices to speak up. At the end, one clearly references the Cryptarch: "A million deaths are not enough for Master Rahool."
Rahool, for those unaware, is the Awoken Cryptarch who hangs around at the Tower, turning engrams into broken dreams. It's actually pretty creepy, as far as tributes go. Have a look for yourself in the video below.
The loot cave was once a popular spot for Guardians to gather and farm. As this location picked up in popularity, Bungie quickly nerfed the spawn rate, while also trying to improve the chances of acquiring good loot through other, more legitimate means; something we discuss more in-depth in our Destiny review.
Dragon Age: Inquisition 'The Hero of Thedas' trailer implies great things in store for the Inquisitor
The most important party member -- the Inquisitor themself
Up to this point BioWare has done a great job of hiding Dragon Age: Inquisition's story, its villains and conflict. Today's not particularly different with the release of an all new trailer titled, "The Hero of Thedas," forgoing spoilers to instead reiterate the player's role at the center of a grand conflict. The Hero of Thedas, the Inquisitor, will be thrust into an epic story and the results will change the world.
I can think of two reasons why BioWare is being so mum on the details for Inquisition's plot. The first and hopefully unlikely one is that it's either not great or not particularly robust. I think this doubtful, as the lease BioWare has done with Dragon Age in the past is built large, interesting worlds to explore. No, I think instead that BioWare doesn't want to spill the beans, because they don't want players to have conclusions made in their head before they even play.
Choice, to one degree or another, serves an important role in Dragon Age. What kind of Inquisitor will our hero be? Should BioWare advertise the character as a shining white knight, would that push more gamers towards playing that role as opposed to something they're enjoy more? Hopefully BioWare's intent is for player's to go into Inquisition without preconceived notions about how it should be played, how the story should unfold. Letting player's create their own Inquisitor, their own story, may be Dragon Age: Inquisition's greatest gift.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 starting November 18.
Mega Glalie and Steelix leak in Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo, Latios/Latias flying trailer
Accompanying the latest Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire trailer, featuring last weeks CoroCoro Mega reveals, are even more leaked Mega details. While Mega Latios and Mega Latias are looking fine in motion, two previously unrevealed Megas were revealed after early details from the Oct. 21 demo have come out of nowhere. Let's introduce everyone to Mega Glalie and Mega Steelix.
Game Freak seems to be going Mega crazy with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, with two more Megas before we've even had time to fully introduce the previous ones. I be there's a ton more coming down the pipeline too. One by one, however. While full details on Mega Glalie, a straight Ice-type Pokemon, and Mega Steelix, a Steel/Ground-type Pokemon, are yet to be revealed, we do have official artwork for them (from who knows where).
Let's not bypass the new trailer entirely, however. While it does focus on Latios and Latias' Mega Evolutions it's important to note something else of huge priority tied to these Pokemon. Recall that they'll each allow players to fly over the world now. The trailer today shows just what that feat will look like. It is, as expected, amazing. Several of the Legendary Pokemon which can be acquired by exploring while flying on Latios or Latias are also shown (also in the header image).
Finally, the trailer talks a bit about the Pokenav Plus tool featured in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. The tool helps players find: "hidden or specific types of Pokémon in tall grass via the DexNav, check all kinds of Hoenn region information via the AreaNav, and view news from around Hoenn and from other players whom you¹ve passed with BuzzNav." The other half of the Pokenav Plus is the return of three popular Pokemon X/Y features, the Player Search System, Pokemon-Amie and Super Training.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will both be available starting November 21, exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS. For those who just can't wait, a special demo version of each game will be available starting October 21, but only with a special code. In order to get this code, register for a Pokemon Trainer Club account at Pokemon.com before October 19 and make sure you're signed up for the Pokemon Trainer Club Newsletter. Gah, I can't believe I'm recommending folk sign up for a newsletter, but this is Pokemon we're talking about. Don't miss out, Neoseeker Poke-Addicts.
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Monday, Oct 13
Xbox Live users might have noticed something has gone amiss with the service, affecting both Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. The Live service is currently listed as "Limited" on the official site, affecting social and gaming functionality. This means your friends list might be bugging out, or players could have problems trying to invite other players to games.
Some users have been experiencing problems with Live since Sunday. The issues have trickled into the start of the new week, so just be wary of that. Here are the services impacted:
- Managing friends lists and tracking what friends are doing
- Sending text messages to other Xbox Live members
As of today, at 4:08 PM Central, a message on the official status page alerts Live users that Microsoft are indeed aware of the problem. Here's the notice that was posted:
Hi Xbox members, we know some of you have been experiencing issues with your Friends list, unlocking achievements or sending/receiving messages or game invites. We want you to know we're hard at work trying to get this resolved and we will update you as soon as we have more information. Thanks for all your patience while we get everything back to normal.
That Destiny raid might need to wait for a bit.
League of Legends' newest legendary skin, Dunkmaster Darius, has arrived. You can grab him now from the in-game store for a heft 1820 RP, but he might just be worth it. Hey, Riot even released a little animated short to celebrate the occasion, and likely try convincing you this is a good buy.
So Dunkmaster Darius isn't really a super serious skin, but fans have been waiting a while to see it finally born into existance, and the good people of Riot Games hate to disappoint.
An uneasy silence falls over the arena as Dunkmaster Darius steps onto the court. Since his debut, two teams have disbanded, seven referees have “mysteriously” disappeared, and three hundred fans have been treated for shock.
Darius strides to the top of the key. He vaults into the air, whipping the ball around his body and slamming it through the hoop. The backboard shatters, glass raining onto his shoulders as the crowd erupts.
Dunkmaster Darius doesn’t play the game, he is the game.
FOR NOXUS! Death to Demacia, and death to Garen!
Tales of Hearts R, Bandai Namco's next present from the Tales localization project announced just last year, had a few special costumes announced recently. As a tribute to long-standing fans of the series, the company has announced two different ways to get six special costumes for the Hearts R cast. Fans can pre-order the game through GameStop or purchas the Digital Limited Edition, available on the PlayStation Network until the end of November 2014.
Protatonist Kor gets to cosplay as Caius Qualls, a character most people probably don't know of, from Tales of the Tempest. His lovely lady companion Kohaku will recieve the naive Marta Lualdi's costume from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. Next up, and my personal favorite, is Gall, who gets to take on the role of Malik, the manliest Tales character to date, from Graces F. It doesn't look like Malik's signature Bladerang comes with it, but a man can dream, right? The remainder of the cast is dominated by Tales of Vesperia reps -- Inez, Kunzite, and Beryl get Judith, Repede, and Patty respectively. Frankly it is a little strange to see Caius and Patty appear seeing as how they appeared in Japan-only releases of their various titles, but I'm not complaining.
Tales of Hearts R hits the North American market on November 11, 2014, exclusively for the PlayStation Vita. Fortunately it isn't hard to lay virtual hands on these garbs, unlike previous releases. Alongside the retailer-specific pre-order DLC from GameStop or EB Games, any buyer can pick up the title from the PlayStation Store until December 2014 and get all six of the costumes and the digital version of the game.
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The joining of the realms has been foretold. Nexus settlers are first could not believe there were multiple dimensions, if they could be called that, of their universe. Now, however, they welcoming the joining with open arms. Exile and Dominion alike hope that the event will draw more soldiers to their cause, and with them victory and control over Nexus. The joining now has a date. Megaservers are coming to WildStar on October 15.
Carbine announced today that they've finished their Megaserver tech and have schedule a date with which they'll combine all of realms in both North America and Europe. Each Megaserver, four total, will house all of the PvP or PvE realms for the given territory. In North America the servers will be called Entity (North America's PvE), Warhound (North America's PvP), Jabbit (Europe's PvE) and Luminai (Europe's PvP). Solid names, except for maybe Warhound...
Unfortunately the Megaserver transformation isn't a simple or easy process. Starting October 14 at 5:00am Pacific Time the realms will all be taken down and they won't be coming up again for another 12-24 hours. That is to say, even Carbine isn't exactly sure how fast they can switch things over, or whether they'll encounter any complications along the way. This is WildStar, after all.
To make up for the transition, Carbine is being extremely generous. On top of a free day of game time to make up for the downtime, players will also receive a full months worth of boom boxes (one a day for thirty days). Oh, and they'll get freakin' Megaservers. I think that's a win on its own.
Players themselves won't have to do a thing. The only change will be that after logging in post-Megaserver transition, players will have to add a surname to their character. Actually, they'll be able to change their entire name, but the surname is the important bit. The only other bit worth noting is that all level 1-3 characters that haven't been played in thirty days will be deleted. Not a huge deal.
WildStar. Megaservers. October 15. 12-24 hours of downtime. I'm out.
Mega Gengar looks like a spooky scary tuft of cotton candy
Header image is an awesome piece of fan-art from artist Ishmam.
Here's a heads up to Pokemon trainers in North America. The distribution event for the spooky Halloween Shiny Gengar, carrying his very own Gengarite, has begun. Anyone who wants to collect their own for their Pokemon X and Pokemon Y game, perhaps just to save it in storage until Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are released, better locate the closest GameStop. Yup, unfortunately it's a retailer exclusive distribution event.
Running from today through October 26, participating GameStop stores will be offering trainers with X or Y a special code card which will unlock the Shiny Gengar. There aren't any other hoops to jump through to acquire it. Just head to a GameStop that's participating (call first) and ask for the card. Halloween starts early for Pokemon fans.
The Shiny Gengar distribution event is just one part of an ongoing Pokemon Halloween extravaganza. The other parts revolve around a special "Super-Size" Pumpkaboo currently available via Pokemon X and Pokemon Y's Nintendo Network distribution. I won't go into the full details, but after evolving the Pumpkaboo through trade, trainers can then participate in a friendly online tournament. Don't miss out.
Pick up the special Pokemon X and Pokemon Y event Shiny Gengar starting today by picking up a code card from your local GameStop (hopefully they're participating). This is only officially confirmed for North America, so make sure to call in and ask about the details if you're in Canada or Europe.
I can't tell the difference between Assassin's Creed protagonists these days
Assassin's Creed Rogue is a bit of an oddity. It stands as Ubisoft's last hoorah on two console's fading into the dark. Certainly, both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have substantial user bases, but their buying power gets smaller as every month goes by. Today Ubisoft confirmed that while Rogue's last-gen exclusivity has not changed for its November launch, they aren't entirely stubborn. Assassin's Creed Rogue has now also been confirmed for release on PC in early 2015.
Accompanying the PC port news is an all new story trailer for Assassin's Creed Rogue, perhaps intended to persuade a few potential PC players into pre-ordering. Shay Patrick Cormac is a strapping 21-year old assassin prodigy who, and care for some light spoilers here, is betrayed by his assassin's brethren. Shay then goes on a rampage against the Brotherhood, reaping vengeance against those who stand in his way.
Familiar faces such as Haythem Kenway, Achilles Davenport and Adewale are said to be making appearances, but just how they'll be interacting with the Rogue himself is quite the mystery. Obviously Ubisoft wants us to think that the player will be hunting them, but odds are that's just a twist. Right?
Assassin's Creed Rogue will be launching on November 11 in North America and November 13 in Europe for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC release is now confirmed for early 2015. I wouldn't doubt that a potential PlayStation 4 and Xbox One port might be in the works once the PC port is finished, either. Owners of current-gen consoles might just stick with Unity this holiday season and then see what the future holds for Rogue at that point.
Sunday, Oct 12
If you're planning on geting Dragon Age: Inquisition on PC, then now would be a good time to make sure your computer can actually handle the game. Don't worry! EA and BioWare have you covered, having recently released the system requirements for Inquisition PC.
The good news here is that Inquisition doesn't appear to be asking a whole lot from PC gamers, even on "recommended" settings. The game will also feature Xbox 360 controller support, and require an Internet connection for online authentication when installing.
Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
AMD quad core CPU @ 2.5 GHz
Intel quad core CPU @ 2.0 GHz
AMD Radeon HD 4870
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
AMD six core CPU @ 3.2 GHz
Intel quad core CPU @ 3.0 GHz
AMD Radeon HD 7870 or R9 270
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
* Xbox 360 controller supported
* 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
* Online Authentication at time of installation
Now that the question of "Can I run Dragon Age: Inquisition?" is out of the way, remember that EA is offering the first game, Dragon Age: Origins for free through October 14 on their Origin platform. Get downloading, quick.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be out November 18 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay launch trailer crams in more Kevin Spacey and high tech 
- Mega Glalie and Steelix details, Glalie catchable in Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo 
- Dragon Age: Inquisition PC system requirements revealed, recommended specs look decent 
- What awaits and what's left behind in Civilization: Beyond Earth's introduction cinematic, 'The Chosen' 
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker arrives December 5, Amiibo support coming in 2015 
- The Walking Dead's S2 concludes with No Going Back on August 26, final 5-minute trailer is heavy 
- Destiny players continue to impress, new video shows Vault of Glass boss drop in 17 seconds on Hard 
- WWE 2K15 delayed on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Nov. 21 release to come after 360/PS3 launch