Thursday, Sep 4
Oh, is Destiny out this week? Microsoft probably didn't realize...
Starting this coming Sunday, September 7, Microsoft has a new offer running that sees anyone who picks up a new Xbox One console at participating retailers in the United States receive their pick of a free game. The offer applies to not only the standard Xbox One systems, including the Kinect free variant, but also to existing bundles such as the Forza Motorsport 5 and Madden NFL 15 bundles. This essentially grants people two free games with a new Xbox One console.
The only stipulation is that the qualifying free game must be a new, disc-based Xbox One game. Other than that, people are free to pick up any game they like from September 7 right through to September 14. Bundle deals are a fairly common occurrence these days, but it is rare to see such a carte blanche approach being given to the games available. Usually there’s a fairly limited scope of selectable games. This time it really is a case of picking up any game, which is really great to see.
This offer just happens to run throughout the launch week for the highly anticipated Destiny, which drops on Tuesday, September 9. It’s more than likely a calculated move from Microsoft to shift some more Xbox One units as anyone looking to pick up Destiny with a new console now has the option of saving nearly sixty dollars on the price of the game. What impact it will have remains to be seen, but I can imagine it giving the console sales quite a boost next week, especially given that the offer applies to the non-Kinect bundles too.
Today, Crytek announced that Ryse: Son of Rome, originally an exclusive launch title for Xbox One, will be coming to PC on October 10. That's about two weeks into the autumn month, and pre-ordering a copy nets gamers a nice bonus. No, it's not DLC, but a digital copy of the soundtrack.
The PC version of Ryse is expected to launch at a decent $39.99 (€39.99/£34.99) price, and with the much-boasted 4k resolution support. That alone might get a few more people interested. Hey, if the combat is going to be focused so heavily on quick-time events, why not have something nice to look at?
The soundtrack itself is performed by the Hungarian Studio Orchestra and stretches over 50 minutes across 25 tracks. Any "participating" retailer, as well as Steam, will honor the pre-order deal.
A weekend to delve into Forza 5 with Forza Horizon 2 on the, well, horizon
As part of the run up to the release of Forza Horizon 2 on September 30. Microsoft has announced a free-to-play weekend for the previous iteration in the franchise, Forza Motorsport 5. The free-to-play weekend is live right now on Xbox One for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers, having begun earlier today, and is set to run right through to 11:59pm PDT on Sunday September 7. Which works out at 7:59am GMT on Monday September 8 for anyone in the UK.
The free-to-play weekend grants Gold members complete access to Forza Motorsport 5 and all of its features. Players can check out the online modes and the much lauded Drivatar system which sees the AI replicate a player's driving style to create much more realistic race opponents. Any achievements unlocked and Gamerscore accumulated will carry over once the weekend is completed.
There is also a special endurance race challenge running throughout the weekend which tasks players with taking on the Grand Tour of Prague. A new Forza Motorsport 5 profile title and badge will be awarded to those who complete the event and drive at least 130 miles during the race.
Although Forza Motorsport 5 is not the direct predecessor to the upcoming Forza Horizon 2, it is the flagship title in the Forza series and holds the record for the fastest-selling racing game on Xbox. Despite the imminent arrival of Forza Horizon 2 it is still more than worth giving Forza Motorsport 5 some time and anyone with a Gold subscription has no excuse not to this weekend.
The hope really is that this sort of thing becomes a regular occurrence, with more games being offered for free weekend sessions. Forza Motorsport 5 can be downloaded via the Xbox Store anytime from 12:01am PDT Thursday, September 4 until 11:59pm PDT on Sunday, September 7.
Who wants to be this airs during tonight's NFL debut?
Bungie really hopes you liked yesterday's teaser trailer, bro, because today they've released a bro-tastic teaser trailer just for today's edgey, thrill-seeking youth. What Lydia speculated might be a cinematic launch trailer has actually turned out to be a live-action hype trailer. Three adventuresome Guardians tour the Destiny universe, throwing to the wind the dramatic lore that weighs heavily on players shoulders in the action game. Destiny's really all about having a good time, bro.
The trailer doesn't seem to imply any extended live-action endeavor on the parts of Bungie or Activision for Destiny. Rather the trailer, titled "Become Legend," really seems more like an advertisement. I wouldn't be surprised if the trailer actually debuts as a commercial during tonight's NFL season kick-off. It's 100% fitted to appeal to that NFL watching audience who just wants to chillax with their broskies, kill some alien scum and tackle an adventure or two in-between work and that night's NFL match.
Very little revealed in terms of actual Destiny content. The fireteam jumps to the Moon and cracks a joke about how aliens are so disrespectful to our history. Uh, understatement of the year considering the humanoid races in Destiny were all but extinct not too long ago. They jump then to Venus and a few other places. Destiny almost appears like a vacation tour as opposed to the space opera that it is.
For those who didn't already know, this is why you shouldn't get excited over teaser trailers in this day and age. Countdowns though, countdowns are where the hype is at.
Destiny will launch in less than a week on September 9 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Wednesday, Sep 3
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Tomorrow: something is coming. Stay vigilant, Guardians.
That's the message Bungie sent out today, across every official Destiny social media account, from Google+ to Facebook. Accompanying the cryptic message is a very brief teaser video, one without any audio and offering little more than a glimpse of three Guardians and their Ghost. This is, apparently, an indication that something is coming tomorrow.
Speculations on what that "something" is include DLC or even a PC version. Since the latter is more than unlikely, I'm putting my money on a cinematic launch trailer of some sort. Destiny is less than a week away now, so it's due for a really mind-blowing trailer of some kind. That's how game releases work, after all.
Take a look at the "Coming Soon" teaser below. Destiny will be out September 9 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Sniper Elite 3 DLC Save Churchill: Part 1 - In Shadows hits consoles, pick up that trusty Carcano Rifle
It’s time once again to pick up that trusty Carcano Rifle and return to the Siwa Oasis as the first in a three part DLC set makes its way to Sniper Elite 3 on consoles. Save Churchill: Part 1 - In Shadows was released on PC back in July, but now is the first time players will get the opportunity to play through it on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Taking place after the events of the main Sniper Elite 3 campaign, the aptly titled Save Churchill DLC trilogy sees players take on a mission to uncover a Nazi assassination plot and save the British Prime Minister in the run up to the 1943 Casablanca Conference. The DLC brings with it new weapons and new units to tackle along with a new night-time take on the Siwa Oasis, as players return to the scene of a mission played out in the main campaign.
There is also the promise that the remaining two parts of this DLC trilogy will bring with them the largest level ever to feature in a Sniper Elite game to date. New encounters, unit types and weapons should also help the DLC freshen up the game a bit more. I was a bit disappointed by the stock rifles in Sniper Elite 3 and usually found myself sticking with the Carcano over anything else so any improvement here is welcomed.
Sniper Elite 3's Save Churchill: Part 1 - In Shadows is available right now through Xbox Marketplace and the PSN store at $7.99 for anyone wanting to pick up the first part of the DLC set. Alternatively, a Season Pass is also available through Xbox Marketplace and PSN for a cost of $29.99, granting access to the entire Save Churchill DLC set as each part is released. The Season pass also includes the Hunt The Grey Wolf DLC plus access to five weapon packs which are normally priced at $3.99 each.
Season Pass holders get first dibs, no price named yet
By the end of September, Watch Dogs will be getting its next DLC Bad Blood, featuring a whole new story campaign starring T-Bone as a playable character. On top of that, Street Sweet contracts will be made available as well, adding some new cooperative missions to the mix.
So we first met T-Bone (real name Raymond Kenney) in the full Watch Dogs game, and Bad Blood follows his adventures after the main campaign. While on a job, T-Bone finds himself roped into helping a friend out, but things get pretty shady real quick.
Shortly after the events of Watch_Dogs, Raymond “T-Bone” Kenney infiltrates Blume one last time to plant a false trail in their system. Before he can disappear from the grid, he receives a panicked phone call from Tobias Frewer, a former colleague from Blume’s ctOS prototype days, who’s in desperate need of help. Putting his own escape at risk, T-Bone decides to help, but quickly realizes the details of his old friend’s story aren’t adding up.
Don't do it, T-Bone! Anyway, in addition to his campaign, the Bad Blood DLC will grant players access to Street Sweep contracts, which is essentially a new system of side missions. All of these support co-op play, whether with friends or randoms. Online modes "Hacking" and "Tailing," as well as the ctOS Companion App, are all compatible with Bad Blood, so you can play as T-Bone too.
Bad Blood will also add some new weapons, perhks, outfits and T-Bone's remote-controlled car "Eugene." He's secretly Batman.
Season Pass owners will automatically find the DLC unlocked on September 23, while everyone else can access Bad Blood on September 30. No price was named, but here's a trailer
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Being an Assassin isn't all fun, games and brotherly love. This is the lesson taught in Assassin's Creed Rogue, as Shay Patrick Cormac takes his thirst for vengeance and goes on a bloody mission aimed at destoying the same Brotherhood he once served. This can only end well! In this small batch of Rogue screenshots, we get a closer look at the character and his design.
We learned in August that Assassin's Creed Rogue would, in fact, be launching as a little something for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners, separate from the current-gen Assassin's Creed Unity. The characters and stories are as different as the platforms, too.
So here's a closer look at Shay, the protagonist of Rogue. His story honestly sounds a whole lot more interesting than Arno's at this point. Either way, Assassin's Creed Rogue will be out November 11, the same day Unity hits.
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Tuesday, Sep 2
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AMD has tweaked these new 8-core CPUs for both higher performance and lower power consumption.
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Interesting news for Dragon Quest fans has recently popped up from Square Enix, suggesting there may still be a chance of localization for the previously released Dragon Quest VII on the Nintendo 3DS. Following a fan petition, the developers of the series have chosen to reconsider their original stance on the localization project of the remake, and are currently reviewing their options to bring the title to North America.
During an interview with website USGamer, Yuu Miyake, executive producer of the Dragon Quest series, gave fans a bit of insight regarding whether or not the title could hit western markets. Square Enix had originally wanted to bring Dragon Quest VII overseas, but they were unsure of fan reception. Fortunately, a French petition was started, signed, and has now given the company a green light.
At the moment, there aren't any official details other than the fact that the company is looking at various options or methods, processing finances and other development malarkey. Will Dragon Quest VII hit North American and European Nintendo 3DS handhelds? I honestly can't say, but it would be nice to battle my way through a 100+ hour title on a New Nintendo 3DS.
For the record, the last mainstream Dragon Quest title that was localized was Dragon Quest VI on the Nintendo DS, way back in February of 2011. So here's hoping that Square Enix decides we're due for a new one.
Minecraft's 'Bountiful Update' goes live, patch 1.8 adds Endermites, Rabbits, Granite and more, oh my
Welcome to the Minecraft rabbit reproduction simulator
Previously released in snapshot form, Minecraft's patch 1.8 has now gone live across all clients. Titled "The Bountiful Update" patch 1.8 is quite possible the largest update to Minecraft since launch. Not only has a large quanity of all-new content been added, but dozens of fixes, alterations, adjustments and functionality been added to the game across the board. From casual players to hardcored server runners, there should be something in Minecraft 1.8 for everyone to enjoy.
To read through the entire Minecraft 1.8 patch notes, please check out Mojang's official post on the subject. Here we'll only list the new content additions to the game, including things we've previously discussed like rabbits and the three new stone types. Other fun things like the Endermite mob and armor stands are just icing on the cake:
- Added Granite, Andesite, and Diorite stone blocks, with smooth versions
- Added Slime Block
- Added Iron Trapdoor
- Added Prismarine and Sea Lantern blocks
- Added the Ocean Monument
- Added Red Sandstone
- Added Banners
- Added Armor Stands
- Added Coarse Dirt (dirt where grass won’t grow)
- Added Guardian mobs, with item drops
- Added Endermite mob
- Added Rabbits, with item drops
- Added Mutton and Cooked Mutton
Really though, these additions are only the start of the the patch. Other features like Villagers learning to farm and Creeper AI being upgraded to attack Iron Golems are just a few examples of how drastically the world of Minecraft will be changing with patch 1.8.
Unfortunately for console Minecraft players this patch is not yet available on any other platform than PC. However, hopefully now that the patch is complete and fully released, as opposed to just being snapshots, the console developers can start working on bringing it to all players. Just don't hold your breath. It may be quite a long while.
Minecraft is currently available on PC and if you haven't played it you're living under a rock.
- Assassin's Creed Unity co-op trailer talks about a uniting cause and Brotherhood, still lacking ladies 
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS receives a demo, fight through the Club Nintendo barrier Sept 19 
- League of Legends 2014 Worlds animated trailer 'Warriors' will blow you away, ft. Imagine Dragons 
- Super Smash Bros. for 3DS sells a million copies during first week in Japan 
- Microsoft buys Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5 billion, Notch and founders exit company 
- Sakurai cites 3DS' limited hardware for Ice Climbers absence in Super Smash Bros. 
- Rumor: Concept art from Guerrilla Games' next project leaked, hunt mechanical dinosaurs 
- Tales of Zestiria introduces potential heroine Rose, also three 'Mystic Artes' combat skills for pre-orderers