Wednesday, Nov 20
Borderlands 2 has too many DLC packs! It's a fact! Gearbox disagrees, however, and so we add another to the list. Introducing the second Headhunter DLC pack, The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler' which will be released on November 26. For just $2.99 players can burn through this quest to win Mr. Torgue's Hunger Games-themed event to hunt down a ridiculously large turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm almost certain the DLC is worth this price ten times over just because it introduces Mr. Torgue's grandmother, Grandma Flexington (pictured below). Let's keep things in perspective though. This is just a single quest line and not a big new open-world zone or campaign or anything. It is, at least, a highly refined, tightly written and very high-quality quest. Expect to die laughing, in addition to having tons of fun.
Pick up Borderlands 2's The Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler DLC starting November 26 for $2.99 on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That's not all! Also look forward to the third Headhunter DLC, How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day, when it's released in December.
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I already know I'm going to type Shadowfall Dragonrun somewhere
- Experience a New Full-Length Campaign: Return to the “Tech meets Magic” future of Shadowrun as you and your team of runners get drawn into a treacherous conspiracy. Operating out of an offbeat central hub neighborhood, you’ll choose which missions to accept and how you’ll approach them while navigating the dark underbelly of “the Flux”.
- An Exciting New Locale: Shadowrun: Dragonfall transports runners to the Free City of Berlin, a thrilling Shadowrun setting full of gorgeous new hi-res environments, a diverse new cast of characters, and a new soundtrack by the composer of the original Sega Genesis Shadowrun game, Sam Powell.
- Command Your Team: Lead a small team of shadowrunners, each with their own outlook and backstory. Each member of your team is designed to play an interesting role during missions and has a unique set of skills, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
- New Weapons, Cyberware, Enemies & More: Try your hand at the long-range sniper rifle, devastating grenade launcher, or stun-inducing taser. Chrome yourself out in the latest cyberware and take on deadly new enemies – including new magical creatures like gargoyles and fire drakes. Dragonfall brings a host of new items, characters, portraits, and improvements to the Shadowrun Returns experience.
- Save Anywhere: You can save your progress at any time during the game. This functionality will also be added to the original Shadowrun Returns “Dead Man’s Switch” campaign.
- New Game Editor Features: A wide range of enhancements to the game editor for community content creators – including a scripting system to better control lighting, tracking mission objectives in the main game UI, placing exploding barrels, and allowing players to input keypad passwords and custom text strings in conversations. In addition, content creators will be able to use all of the new Berlin environment art, items and characters in their own stories along with assets from the original Shadowrun Returns campaign.
Something stirs in Berlin, a "stable anarchy" refered to as the Flux-State:
"The only clue: whispers of the DRAGONFALL, a long-forgotten event from the earliest days of the Awakened world. As you find yourself drawn into a maze of veiled dangers and strange machinations, you will come face-to-face with a grim spectre of the past… and alter the course of Berlin’s future."
If Shadowrun Returns is one of those smaller games that passed by without getting played this year, don't make the same mistake twice. Pick up Shadowrun: Dragonfall starting January 2014 on PC, Mac or Linux. After a bit of a rocky start, Dragonfall seems like the campaign that really brings all of the work on Shadowrun together.
Tuesday, Nov 19
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Unless the zombies are actually made of snow, snow-zombies
As far as launch trailers go, Dead Rising 3's is rather lacking, especially knowing they've done better. Titled "Snowflakes" the trailer regurgitates a lot of the same gameplay we've seen since the game was initially announced, only now with quotations from sites out of context from reviewers most would probably roll their eyes at. If you're trying to sell your game in a single trailer, Capcom, I'd think you'd put a little more effort into making your game look exciting.
Take for instance Ryse's launch trailer, also released earlier today. It's full of action, dramatic narrative, interesting characters and a wide variety of scenery. That's how you do a launch trailer. Though that, "This is Sparta," kick off the bridge may have been a little overdone.
Dead Rising 3 is one of the Xbox One's leading exclusive launch titles and will be available starting November 22. Now with more zombies than ever before, and I'm not entirely sure what else, considering what this trailer has shown me.
Launch trailer - YouTube
One of the best things about Microsoft and the Xbox One is all the toys and tech that will be coming with the console. Part of that is SmartGlass, Microsoft's mobile app with connectivity into their consoles. The Xbox 360 SmartGlass app has been available for some time, but Microsoft has just announced they've released the Xbox One version of the app. Yus, you'll need to download this one for your Xbox One as the 360 version won't work.
Sure, you can't attach the app to your console until this Friday, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few cool things you can do with the app right now:
- Search for the perfect game. Don’t waste any time – search for new Xbox One games so you can jump right in when your console is ready. Xbox One SmartGlass also lets you view information such as game details, achievements and challenges so you’re ready to get going with your favorite games. You can even check out the Game DVR clips already uploaded by the community!
- Keep up with friends. Connect with friends and the Xbox Live community even before you finish setting up your console. Use the app to see what your friends have been up to, check out their latest achievements, or read your messages while you’re waiting.
- Personalize your dashboard. Pin your favorite games and apps to the Home screen so you jump into your favorite activities right when you finish setting up your console and log into Xbox Live.
There's nothing spectacularly fancy here. It's not like you can load up Forza 5 early on your iPad and go for a spin, but considering folk are about to drop $500 on a console it makes sense they'd be hyped to prepare for it in the days prior to launch. Why not download, right?
Xbox One will be launching on November 22, but check out the Xbox One SmartGlass app for free starting today on Windows, Android and iOS phones.
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Also, will kill you if you ever say "Xbox On" in its presence
Sony's on top of the PlayStation 4 system updates, it seems, as they've just announced that they'll be releasing patch 1.51 later today to address some minor issues. Don't expect anything outright noticeable, but there may be some small things. For instance the patch will make it clearer when you're downloading a game and the game's patch at the same time. Otherwise, just expect some general stability improvements.
Some may recall that developers over the past week have been passing the blame for early game issues onto Sony for their late changes to the OS, like with voice chat. EA even made a fairly damning statement about how all of their games would have issues until Sony fixed their problems. Hopefully this is the patch we're looking for?
Also, that UI update may not seem like a big issue, but I know that at least I had problems before. I'd notice that a download had completed for a game so I'd try and start it, but the system would bug out as apparently I'd only downloaded the game's patch, rather than the game itself. I was forced to download and reinstall a couple games because of that.
Obviously we'll never know the full breadth of the 1.51 update, but nevertheless it's good to see Sony on top of things and pushing out important updates as fast as they can. Cheers, Sony! Helps they have a million fans out there excited for everything they've got coming down the pipeline.
"In the North American region, automatic downloads for system and game updates are enabled by default when PS4 is in stand-by mode. Once system software update 1.51 is available later tonight, your PS4 will automatically download it, enabling you to update quickly and easily."
It's time to sell my iPhone and pick up something Android, I think
Damnit, Apple, why can't you buy Humble Bundle and make them do iPhone Humble Bundles! Just look at this Humble Mobile Bundle 3 that they've just launched? These are some of the best mobile games available at pay-what-you-want prices! They've got Ridiculous Fishing, Kingdom Rush, SpellTower, Swordigo, Epoch and rymdkapsl. Yeah, Ridiculous Fishing is debuting on the platform as part of the Humble Bundle. Lucky jerks.
You know the deal, everyone, since I'm such a Humble nerd and post all of their big ridiculous sales. Four titles come at pay-what-you-want prices, two require you to beat hte average (currently $3.82) and then bonus games will be unlocked next week for beating the average too. This pack also includes soundtracks for four of the games, which are just as valuable as the games, in some cases. Put your money to the developers or charity -- it's your call! Don't pass this up unless you're lame.
Pay What You Want
- rymdkapsel + Soundtrack
- Swordigo + Soundtrack
Beat the Average
- Ridiculous Fishing + Soundtrack
- Kingdom Rush + Soundtrack
Seriously, Ridiculous Fishing alone is worth beating the average. I think I've spent more time playing that game than any other this yar. It's glorious for passing the time, not to mention oddly compelling for a quirky story about a lone fisherman with family issues. All the other games are outstanding too, and well worth the value of the bundle. Plus, bro, it's for charity. CHARITY, BRO.
Head over to the Humble Bundle store to pick up the Humble Mobile Bundle 3 today. It'll be up for the next 12 days and will probably add a couple great new games starting the next week just to sweeten the pot. Glorious.
November 24 may result in Persona 4 overload
Today's Persona 4 news starts off fairly innocent and then spirals out of control. We know that Atlus is teasing some Persona news per their teaser site with three empty boxes and a November 24 countdown date. Today that site was updated so that if the boxes are clicked pictures of Persona 4's Teddie appear making faces. Aha! Persona 4 news! Yet little did we know what this rabbit hole would lead to.
Suddenly the internet realizes we've got Persona 4 news of some sort on the way, right? That is, if they're teasing Teddie related news it has to be Persona 4 related. The Google searches go out and what do they find? A voice actress' website referencing two different unannounced Persona 4 projects. Yes, according to her site she has worked on both Persona 4 Vol. 2 and Persona 4 Golden 2. Whoa, whoa, whoa.
The voice actress, named Karen Strassman, has previous work on Persona 4, Golden and Arena. That is to say that if she says she has been working on these... sequels? Then it's pretty legitimate.
Official announcements should be coming on November 24, but we'll go in having a big hint that Persona 4 Vol. 2 and Persona 4 Golden 2 will be a part of the event. However, the teaser site has three boxes. Should we expect three announcements? Is there another Persona 4 title coming down the pipeline? Should we trust these leaks in the first place? Ahh, just give me the Persona already, Atlus.
Ryse: Son of Rome has been given a ton of attention as a Microsoft exclusive. Today, a launch trailer was released, hyping up Xbox fans with some awesome cinematics and... surprisingly violent gameplay. Granted, the game is supposed to be pretty gruesome, but I didn't expect the limb-chopping in a trailer.
As the story goes, Rome is under siege by the barbarian armies and their allies. The enemies of Rome are at the doorstep of this great empire, which seems like pretty good cause for worry. Players step into the shoes of Marius Titus, a Roman general.
Ryse will be out on November 22, alongside the Xbox One. The game follows an alternate timeline, of sorts, moving away from actual history for the sake of entertainment. So keep that in mind when you start the game.
Launch trailer - YouTube
Guild Wars 2 finally getting big Fractals of the Mist update, adding level and leaderboards, new trailer
How long have been waiting for more Fractals content in Guild Wars 2? Well, we're about to see actual results from the July election, as ArenaNet is finally releasing that big Fractals update we've been looking forward to. This means new levels, new enemies, new rewards, and other changes.
Screenshots and a new trailer tease new Fractals of the Mists bosses taken from the Molten Alliance and Aetherblade dungeons, both of which might prove tougher than Jade Maw. That is, if the Living Story dungeons were any indication. Molten Alliance and Aetherblade levels are also joining the mix, as a result.
Drops will also be updated to include a Fractal Tonic, an infinite item that lets you transform into any Fractal NPC or enemy. Daily rewards will also be raised, and new sigils and runes can be earned (not sure how yet). All in all, lots of changes that will make Fractals tougher and more rewarding.
Agony Resistance will be experiencing some tweaks as well. Overall, ArenaNet appears to be making AR easier to acquire.
To assist you in your ventures into the mists, a new agony resist infusion slot has been added to all infused rings and backpacks.
- All current infused rings and backpacks will start with a +5 agony resist infusion (this replaces the +5 agony resist that was previously on the item itself).
- Players will be able to find +1 agony resist infusions commonly in the fractals after level 10.
- Artificers of at least 100 skill will be able to combine two infusions of the same level with a Thermocatalytic Reagent to make an infusion of the next level. For example, you could take two +2 infusions, combine them with a Thermocatalytic Reagent, and create a +3 infusion.
And if you're the competitive sort, new Fractals of the Mists leaderboards will let you compete against other Fractal runners at higher levels. If your personal level is above 30, currently, it will be reset to 30 when the leaderboards launch.
The Eternal Battlegrounds' Obsidian Sanctum puzzle will receive the following update:
The Eternal Battlegrounds jumping puzzle, the Obsidian Sanctum, is receiving some changes! Along with being able to enter the jumping puzzle from inside your world’s keep in the Eternal Battlegrounds, you’ll now be able to enter the map directly through the WvW menu. Along with that, we’ve added a new arena space to the Obsidian Sanctum where opposing groups of players can meet up for combat. The Borderlands Bloodlust buff will no longer apply in the Obsidian Sanctum.
The big "Fractured" update is expected to launch November 26. It's going to be awesome.
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Don't worry, it sounds worse than it is... mostly
So. Atlus is back at it again localizing the Spike Chunsoft title Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars. It's a game that's quite literally about the Seven Stars, seven ladies, and the "children" that the protagonist must have with them in order to fight the war against the monsters of the Pandora Labyrinth. It's... complicated, okay? Conception 2 will be coming to the PS Vita and the 3DS in early 2014.
Let's go into a bit more detail now. See, in the world of Conception 2 there's only one way to fight the monsters of the Pandora Labyrinth and that's with the divine powers of the Star Gods. That's you, the protagonist, by the way. Thing is, the powers die after the age of 18, which means you have to do a lot of power combining with the Seven Stars to make Star Children. Then the kids will fight for you!
Don't worry, this isn't a porno game, so mixing powers only involves a bottle and... ah, we'll leave the rest up to your imagination. It does involve a bit of, well, here are Atlus' own points of interest with regards to Conception 2:
- No Child Labor Laws: In addition to the protagonist and his fellow students bravely entering the Labyrinths, you must combine your powers with other Disciples to give life to Star Children, ethereal beings that can fight in battle. But, like regular children, it's important to make sure they're strong enough to face monsters from beyond the veil of sanity in battle.
- No Monogamy For You, Player: The protagonist has opportunities to strengthen his bonds with seven key heroines throughout the game. Not only does this help you create stronger Star Children, but the girls become more formidable as well, making them reliable partners in battle... and other places.
- Assume the Position: Monsters in Conception II all have weak spots, and their vulnerabilities are revealed based on the direction characters attack from. Colored arrows help the Disciples see which direction will cause the most damage when attacked. The order your party takes action will depend on your choices and each character's agility. Understanding the turn system and finding the best location to attack from will bring about swift and decisive victory.
- Getting Chained Down: Another key system in Conception II is the Chain Drive, a meter that slowly builds during combat. When it reaches climax, a monster will be chained down, slowing it dramatically. This opens the enemy up for major damage.
Enough said? Enough said. Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars is planned for release on PS Vita and 3DS sometime in early 2014. It'll cost $39.99 at launch. You can bet your butt you'll be hearing more about this game soon. Oh, and if you were wondering, the original Conception hasn't been localized yet. Ah, maybe if Conception 2 does alright?
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- Bravely Default sequel, Bravely Second, announced for 3DS while we still wait for the first 
- Riot teases next League of Legends featured mode, Howling Abyss with 1v1 or 2v2 and objectives 
- League of Legends LCS contracts ban streaming of Dota 2, World of Tanks, Blizzard games 
- Jane Austen MMO gets funded on Kickstarter, 'Ever, Jane' just reaches $100,000 goal 
- Persona 4: Dancing All Night announced for PS Vita, Persona-grade story mixed with, well, dancing 
- Battlefield 4 issues forcing EA and DICE to halt "future projects or expansions" and focus on fixes 
- Starbound beta begins today, explore a procedurally generated bug-filled 2D universe 
- VGX Rumor Roundup: Wii U reveal confirmed, Broken Age and Dying Light too [Updated Dec. 3] 
- Public Service Announcement: Next-Gen Has Been Canceled 
- Xbox One Countdown Liveblog 
- Terrifying disc drive sounds from Xbox One and PS4, let's compare 
- Neoseeker's PlayStation 4 Introductory Livestream (recording available) 
- Sony Entertainment Network on PlayStation 4 facing serious issues, login errors 
- Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Post-Launch Exclusive Games