Thursday, Oct 2
While Mega Rayquaza may not exactly be breaking news, Nintendo did reveal him back in early September after all, Game Freak isn't done sharing him around. Today Nintendo released an all new Mega Rayquaza-focused trailer shocasing the Legendary Pokemon's new abilities and looks in motion. The Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon is certainly not going to take the back seat to Groudon and Kyogre, though it's curious we're seeing a Mega Rayquaza instead of a Primal Rayquaza.
Back to the important details, while Rayquaza may not be Primal it will be picking up a similar unique ability like Groudon and Kyogre. Delta Stream will protect Flying-type Pokemon against all of their weaknesses. Drizzle, Drought, Sand Stream and Snow Warning won't activate, Rain Dance, Sunny Day, Sandstorm, and Hail will fail, and Super Effective moves against Flying-types will deal Normal damage. Rayquaza is certain to become lord of the skies. Time to stack up on anti-Dragon Pokemon.
In addition to the Delta Stream passive, Mega Rayquaza will also pick up the Dragon Ascent active ability. The ability will deal damage, but at the price of harming the user's Defense and Special Defense stats.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are planned to be released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS starting November 21 in North America, November 28 in Europe. Stay tuned for hopefully more Mega Evolution announcements between now and then.
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Wednesday, Oct 1
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Dragon Age: Inquisition's 'Crafting & Customization' trailer hits a variety of personalization options
Yesterday BioWare released a special trailer just for Dragon Age: Inquisition's character creation. Well, to be more specific it was focused on just the face customization options (though I'm not sure if there are body customization options, now that I think about it). Today they're continuing the theme with the release of a "Crafting & Customization" trailer. The trailer is a catch-all introduction to the variety of ways players can personalize their experience in Inquisition.
From early and extremely impactful decisions at the start of the game, like choosing one's race and class, to more immediate decisions like skill loadouts and equipment, Dragon Age: Inquisition looks to return to the full RPG experience of Origins. Unfortunately, unlike yesterday's trailer, this one doesn't give a particularly in-depth look at any system or feature in particular. Hopefully, however, it implies that deeper looks
Dragon Age: Inquisition is planned for release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 starting November 18 in North America, November 21 in Europe.
The spooky Pokemon Halloween celebration continues today with the launch of a special event making a "Super-Size Pumpkaboo" available to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y players. To acquire the special event Pumpkaboo, just access the Nintendo Network while playing Pokemon X or Pokemon Y. The Pumpkaboo comes with special Halloween-themed skills like Trick-or-Treat and Scary Place, while also holding a Rocky Helmet. I'm not really sure how the Rocket Helmet fits with Halloween.
Pumpkaboo plays an important role in Nintendo's planned Trick-or-Treat Friendly Online Competition. The Ghost-type only Single Battle competition has a fun participation prize of five Rare Candy items, so there's no reason not to join in. The only hitch is that in order to participate, players must have a Super-Size Gourgeist in their Battle Box. That's acquired by getting the Super-Size Pumpkaboo via the now started special event and trading it to evolve. For the full rules head over to the official Pokemon website.
The other ongoing Halloween event for Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, besides the Pumpkaboo distribution and the online competition, is the Shiny Gengar event. Sadly the Gengar distribution is only available at participating GameStops, so hopefully Super-Size Pumpkaboo will find more success with all of the Pokemon Trainers out there.
Pick up the special Super-Size Pumpkaboo via the Nintendo Network in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y on 3DS starting today.
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Maxis reconsiders, offering free The Sims 4 DLC starting with Halloween update today, November pools
The Sims 4's Star Wars DLC is what their license with Disney is really all about
Ah, the endless drama that is the Sims franchise. It has been about a month since the launch of The Sims 4, which was unfortunately not rather warmly received. Part of the reception was unfortunately related to what seemed like content being stripped from previous iterations of the game. Consumers feared this content might later be sold back to players as DLC, but at the time that was just speculation.
It appears now that at least some of that content will indeed be offered as DLC, but EA Maxis surprised us all by also revealing that the content will be free. Three free DLC packs are planned to be released over the coming months, starting with an October Halloween pack.
Here's the content planned for The Sims 4's spooky Halloween update:
- "October brings the spoooooky addition of Ghosts to The Sims 4. Your dead Sims can now rejoin the world of the living, where they maintain all the attributes they had a as a Sim, but with special new behaviors based on how they died. Invite them to join your Sims’ household and they can be playable characters; if you dare, you might even find a way to bring your ghosts back to life."
- "Did you feel that disturbance in The Force? It was probably our new Star Wars Costume Set. Outfit your Sims in Luke Skywalker’s X-wing pilot suit, Leia’s white robes and awesome cinnamon buns, Darth Vader’s suit and, yes, even Yoda. I mean, who out there hasn’t dressed as Yoda for Halloween, right? Now you can in The Sims 4, too!"
- "Community requests like new eye colors are in there, too. I have personally just given all my Sims purple eyes. Because I can. We’ve also fixed a few minor bugs as well."
The following monthly DLC packs were also mentioned, though not in detail. November's DLC will feature the much discussed pools that have been missing from The Sims 4, and likely other swimming party-themed content. December is coined as the "Put-Your-Sims-To-Work Month" with all new career paths and rewards.
Free DLC is free DLC. It's great that while EA Maxis couldn't manage to include the content at launch, they're now following up and delivering it later. It's what the fans would want. It's also great to see EA putting that Star Wars license to good work. All that's left to see is what's in store for DLC after these three DLC packs go out.
Pick up The Sims 4 today exclusively on PC via EA's Origin service. The October update, by the way, is available starting right now. Yes. Only now, and not earlier. Go!
One of the most difficult aspects of selling a strategy title like Civilization: Beyond Earth is managing to inform an audience about the depth of the experience, while at the same time appealing to the short attention spans of the general gaming audience. Civilization is lucky in that its name alone carries a lot of weight in the industry. That alone gets many gamers to at least look at what Firaxis is offering. Part two is taken care of with wonderful 9-minute trailers like today's "Discovery."
The trailer is in its entirety an introduction to the Civilization: Beyond Earth experience. Stage by stage it goes through the process of playing a round of the game, discussing new features, customization options, victory conditions and so on. Even Civilization veterans should find much to be excited about throughout this trailer -- like aliens!
Civilization: Beyond Earth is planned for release October 24 on PC. A mix between the strategy fundamentals of Civilization V and the space faring ideals of Alpha Centauri, hopefully Beyond Earth goes beyond our expectations.
Destiny update 1.0.2. has gone live, bringing some much-needed changes that fans have been wanting. That includes, of course, better rewards from the hated Cryptarch. Praise Cayde-6, mentor to Hunters and a hero to all Guardians, who threatened the Cryptarch with physical violence for our benefit.
With today's patch, Legendary Engrams will always yield a Legendary. Rare Engrams will work the same way, by always yielding a Rare or higher item, while also having increased chances of becoming a Legendary. Also of note is that Legendary and Rare Engrams drops will now (potentially) drop for Vanguard: Tiger Strike Playlist, Daily Heroic Missions, and Weekly Heroic Missions.
As for PVP, time limits on some of the game modes have been lowered. Have a look at the notes below:
Summary:With this patch, we address some widely-discussed concerns with how Engrams are earned and claimed. Strikes have become more rewarding, and the rewards gained from them are more predictable. Also affected is the rotation of maps that appear in the Crucible.Cryptarch
- Legendary (purple) engrams will always produce a Legendary quality item or higher
- Note: Legendary engrams that exist in your inventory will change to Rare quality items when the patch is applied. However, decoding these engrams will still produce the same results as before
- Rare (blue) engrams will always produce a Rare quality item or higher
- Chance for Legendary gear increased
- Materials: Ascendant Shards and Ascendant Energy promoted to Legendary quality (from Rare quality)Rewards
- Rare (Blue) and Legendary (Purple) Engram drops added to the potential rewards for:
- Vanguard: Tiger Strike Playlist
- Daily Heroic Missions (first time per day)
- Weekly Heroic Missions (first time per week)
- Known issues
- When selecting a higher difficulty for daily missions, XP Bonus not show in the reward display
- You will still get the XP bonus, you just won't see it in the UICrucible
- Reduced time limit on Bastion and First Light in Control and Clash from 15 to 12 minutes, bringing them in line with non-vehicle maps in those playlists
- Lowered weighting on Bastion and First Light in Control and Clash so they appear less often in those playlists
Constantly have to remind myself that I paid $30 for a full year of this stuff
While they're a bit later than normal, Sony's PlayStation Plus team has finally gotten their act together and put their preview up for October's free games for subscribers. Due to the delay these games won't be available until October 7, so capitalize on this final week to pick up last month's free games. Headlining and debuting on the service is the Sony-made racing game that's almost a year late itself -- DriveClub.
DriveClub's addition to the October line-up will make for three total PlayStation 4 games in October. They're really outdoing themselves this month on the platform, because both Spelunky and Dust: An Elysian Tail will be debuting on the console and the PlayStation Plus platform at the same time as well. Sure, they're a couple of older games, but they're new to the platform and that's extra value in my book.
Let's go ahead and give the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita line-ups the love they deserve, too. Here's the full PlayStation Plus offering for October:
- DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition
- Dust: An Elysian Tail
- Spelunky (Cross-Buy)
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
- Pix the Cat (PS4/PS Vita)
- Rainbow Moon (PS3/PS Vita)
Of special note is that DriveClub will not be the full version of the game. The "PlayStation Plus Edition" part of the title should probably give that away. This free version will include 11 tracks, 10 cars and all racing modes, but to get access to the full game folk will have to buy it. PS+ offers a discount on the title, but it'll still ring in at $49.99. That might explain why there's three games this week. A brand new half-game and two older titles.
Otherwise, the full line-up of games is as stellar as ever. Batman on PlayStation 3 is something everyone should have in their collection, while Dungeons & Dragons is a great co-op title classic that's perfect for hanging out with friends. Rainbow Moon and Pix the Cat (also on PS4) are both really interesting titles, perhaps some of the best the PS Vita has to offer right now, and they're freakin' free. I'm constantly impressed at PS+'s Vita line-up.
October's PlayStation Plus line-up will go live October 7 in North America and the exact same line-up of titles will go live in Europe starting October 8.
Tuesday, Sep 30
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Thousands of different looking orcs and all of them ugly as sin
Today's the day, Middle-earth fans. The untold story fit between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that Tolkien never wrote and probably would make him roll in his grave if h knew about is now available. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and early buzz is that this game is good. So let Tolkien spin and start enslaving some orcs today, or at least check out this story-based launch trail to see what you're missing out on.
While the story for Shadow of Mordor certainly looks compelling in and of itself, what seems most exciting about the game is its Nemesis System. A way to create an assortment of dynamic AI characters with strengths and weaknesses that change the way how not just every level is played, but how each person will play through that level.
Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released the following prepared statement highlighting the Nemesis System:
"Monolith’s goal with the Nemesis System is to push the action genre forward with a unique gameplay mechanic that allows the player to experience Middle-earth in a way that is deeply personal. The team and technology powering the Nemesis System helped us develop an emotional investment between each player and their enemies, which creates a truly memorable gaming experience unlike anything that’s been done before."
I think this may be my favorite Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer yet. I'm surprised they saved it until the end. It covers a broad swathe of the story, teasing what must be a dozen central characters who look just outstanding to meet -- whether with a handshake or a blade. Even Gollum appears briefly, which was a surprise to me. Oh, what grand adventures we'll have with the undead, vengeance seeking Talion.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is now available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game delayed into November.
Pokémon won't pop up in the real world, but this is pretty close
Alright, Pokémon fans, Game Freak is finally offering an opportunity for the hardest of the hardcore Pokémon masters out there. The online version of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, already playable on both Windows and Mac computers, is currently available across the world for the Apple iPad and iPad Mini. Of course, you can't just whip the tablet out and play locally as if you have the cards in your hand. An internet connection is required, but you will be playing with trainers from all over.
Pokémon Trading Card Game Online offers the chance for anyone to play with anyone around the globe, especially now with the App Store release. By bringing the traditional card game feel and mixing it with Pokémon and quirky attacks, Game Freak is attempting to provide players with a linked, universal card game for kids and adults alike. And hey, who knows? Maybe this app will lead to the training of the next great Pokémon Card Master.
Again, this is a free-to-play download, exclusively for the iPad and iPad Mini. The Pokémon Company's newest app was released on the App Store yesterday, September 29, in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, so players in those regions may have a head start against the North Americans, who are just getting their first opportunities to pick up the app today.
He just looks like a stereotypical villain to throw us off, right?
No, there's unfortunately no news to share regarding The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. That game's still planned to be released in 2015 and that won't be changing. CD Projekt understands that their fanbase is very, very excited about the game though, so they've released some new art to sate our hunger. Two full body pieces feature single characters, each dressed for success and beautifully detailed, are available featuring Triss and Emhyr var Emreis. Accompany the art are two great new wallpapers.
Introducing Emhyr var Emreis, the ruler of an empire towards the south of the Continent. His empire is named Nilfgaard and Emhyr var Emreis is currently taking it to war against the northern kingdoms of the Continent. According to early details it's him that sends Geralt to find the "ashen-haired girl," which is the quest that's we've seen Geralt pursuing in early Witcher 3 demos and gameplay videos. Also known as The White Flame Dancing on the Grave of His Enemies, Geralt better keep a third eye on Emhyr var Emreis. Everyone knows aristocrats who have paintings where they're holding a glass of wine are evil to the core.
Everyone should be much, much more familiar with Triss, who is an old friend and lover of protagonist Geralt. While Triss has previously been teased in trailers, I believe this is the first time we see her geared up for action in The Witcher 3. It's definitely an interesting look; her outfit screams "magic" at me. It also screams not to mess with this lady. I'm sure we'll be seeing much more of Triss in the future.
Both of the wallpapers are rather beautiful. One features Geralt alone unsheathing his sword, and no I'm not trying to imply anything with that. The other features both Geralt and Yennefer, encountering some manner of beast it seems. Here are the links for the 1920 x 1080 versions of each wallpaper:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting February 24 in 2015.
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- 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