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Here is what has been making news: New Releases, Call of Duty: Ghosts, PS4, Dead Rising 3, Hellraid, Halo: Spartan Assault, EA’s next Golf Game, Command and Conquer, Battlefield 4, Pokémon News, RuneScape, Uncharted 3, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, South Park: The Stick of Truth.
November 3rd – November 9th
Tuesday, November 5th
Castlevania: Lord of Shadows Collection will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC.
Zumba Fitness World Party will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Wii U.
Ben 10: Omniverse 2 will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS.
The Guided Fate Paradox will be available for the PS3.
Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleasehed will be available for the 3DS.
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will be available for the 3DS.
Ys: Memories of Celceta will be available for the PS Vita.
Power Rangers Megaforce will be available for the 3DS.
Wednesday, November 6th
World of Warcraft Battlechest will be available for the PC.
Thursday, November 7th
Assassin’s Creed: Heritage Collection will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Glass Heart Princess will be available for the PSP.
Frozen will be available for the NDS.
Exstetra will be available (in Japan) for the 3DS.
Friday, November 8th
Arcania: The Complete Tale will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3.
Angry Birds: Star Wars 2 will be available (in UK) for the PC.
Assassan’s Creed: Heritage Edition will be available (in UK) for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will be available (in UK) for the 3DS.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will be available for the 3DS.
Poof vs. The Cursed Kitty will be available for the PC.
Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be available (in UK) for the 3DS, and Wii U.
2K Power Pack Collection will be available for the Xbox 360.
Alien Extinction mode
Infinity Ward recently revealed a new co-op mode in Call of Duty: Ghosts which involves blasting away at aliens. Brian Bright, Neversoft project director, said “Early on we knew we wanted to have more three dimensional gameplay, with aliens jumping above you, climbing on walls, doing interesting traversals and just attacking from different directions, so that was a fairly major overhaul for the Call of Duty engine. It took about four to six months to get all the pieces in place so that our scripters could move on to the game design. We really wanted to have a focus on base defense mixed with survival wave defense as well as scavenging and class leveling.”
The new mode is called Extinction and you can choose between four types of soldier, a weapon specialist, engineer, medic or tank, as you battle an alien infestation. While there aren’t many details yet, Extinction appears to be an online horde co-op mode.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is set to release for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC on November 5th. Later this month it will also launch for the Xbox One and PS4.
Not supporting external HD
When it came to storage flexibility, the PS3 has had the Xbox 360 beat. PlayStation gamers could use generic PC components and plug in external hard drives for extra space as they needed it. However, Sony recently announced that the PS4 won’t support external hard drives of any kind, it will however let users replace the built-in 500GB hard drive with any other SATA II drive that is no thicker than 9.5mm and are larger than 160GB.
The Xbox One, by comparison, still won’t let you replace its 500GB built-in hard drive, however, you will be able to connect to an external hard drive using its USB 3.0 ports provided you use that extra storage for anything non-OS related (that includes game installs).
Season Pass announced
Capcom recently announced that there will be four separate DLC packs for Dead Rising 3 which will be included in the Season Pass. Without the $30 Season Pass, each will cost $10. The first will be titled Operation Broken Eagle, then the next packs will be Fallen Angel, Chaos Rising, and the final pack will be The Last Agent.
The Season Pass will also come with the Nick Ramos Tribute Pack which includes a custom zombie-slaying muscle car and a battle-hardened Nick Ramos costume.
Techland, the studio who brought us Dead Island, has delayed the release of their next game, Hellraid. We can’t expect to see this fantasy first-person co-op slasher released until sometime next year when it will be available digitally for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
The game was previously known as Project Hell and started out as a weapon mod for Dead Island. Marcin Kruczkiewicz recently explained that it was necessary to delay the game in order to add some new single-player and co-op features, as well as redesign some elements of the magic system.
Kruczkiewicz said, “Since we started developing Hellraid we have had a clear goal to create a game that we all would love to play. We wanted to pay tribute to the best aspects of classic titles we grew up on and enhance them with new ideas, modern technology and extensive co-op that would provide players with dozens or even hundreds of hours of pure and bloody fun. If we released our game this year we would have to make too many compromises and the final product probably wouldn’t meet all our promises and players’ expectations.”
New Halo game coming to Xbox Live
Microsoft recently announced that the Windows 8 and Windows Phone exclusive, Halo: Spartan Assault, will be coming to the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One as a digital download on Xbox Live. You should be able to download the console version of the game this December.
The Xbox Live version adds an online co-op mode and missions, more weapons and abilities, plus the Operation Hydra single-player campaign expansion for free.
If you are unfamiliar with this specific Halo game, Spartan Assault blends the usual Halo open spaces full of enemies, allies, and secrets with the fast-paced action of a top-down shooter. It also portrays Spartan Sarah Palmer’s battles against the Flood and Covenant as a training ground for newbie Spartans.
Tiger Woods is out
Electronic Entertainment recently announced that after sixteen years of the series, Tiger Woods’ name won’t be part of the next-gen golf game. Recent screen shots show the similar green conditions but with more and lush foliage. There will also be a more realistic crowd of onlookers, rather than the mannequin-like lurkers seen in their last game.
In their news blog, EA wrote, “EA Sports golf fans have always loved authentic courses and players, but they’ve also asked for more choice and customization in how and where they play. We’re working on a new approach to deliver the best golf experience to our fans.”
It’s likely that Woods will still be in the games, he just won’t be adorning the box cover.
Development has stopped on the free-to-play Command and Conquer game and the development studio, Victory Games, has been disbanded. Electronic Arts states this is the result of negative response to the game’s alpha trial.
In an EA update on the game the company states, “Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out. In this case, we shifted the game away from campaign mode and built an economy-based, multiplayer experience. Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play. That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game.”
Over the next few days, EA will be refunding any money that Command and Conquer gamers have spent. EA will also make efforts to find new positions within the company for those employees who have lost their positions due to the disbanding.
The update post went on to state, “We believe that Command & Conquer is a powerful franchise with huge potential and a great history, and we are determined to get the best game made as soon as possible. To that end, we have already begun looking at a number of alternatives to get the game back on track. We look forward to sharing more news about the franchise as it develops.”
China Rising DLC
On December 3rd DICE will be releasing China Rising, the next DLC for the just released Battlefield 4. For two weeks before going live for all, this multiplayer add-on will be exclusive to Battlefield Premium members.
China Rising brings four huge Chinese mainland maps, new vehicles, and new military equipment to Battlefield 4. It is one of five expansions on the way. The other expansions include Second Assault, Naval Strike, Dragon’s Teeth, and Final Stand and all can be pre-ordered as part of the Battlefield Premium subscription for $50.
Strike, Dragon’s Teeth and Final Stand. They can be pre-purchased as part of a £39.99 / $50 Battlefield Premium subscription offering.
X and Y patch and new game info
A patch for Pokemon X and Y has just been released. The patch fixes a potential game-breaking glitch, improves filtering for the Global Trade Station, and is available on the 3DS eShop. Once downloaded it should be safe to save your progress anywhere in the Kalos region.
In other Pokemon news, beloved Pikachu, the mascot for Pokemon, will be cast as a senior partner in a detective agency in an upcoming Pokemon title. Revealed in a Japanese television show last week, the new game has you working alongside Pikachu to solve mysterious cases using the 3DS touch screen.
One problem that has been resolved is that Pikachu really doesn’t talk, other than saying his own name. In this game our little yellow friend completes full sentences as a cynical gumshoe. Difficult to imagine, I know, but apparently it’s true.
The game is expected to take two years to complete and we hope it will be available to all of us outside of Japan too.
Donate to Charity
Jagex, RuneScape developer, has just launched a month long system which will let you donate your in-game gold to charity. Naturally, it will convert into real-live currency. Your donations can be made at the Well of Goodwill and Jagex will give $1 for every 10 million gold pieces that are donated this month.
The Well of Goodwill accepts RuneScape items, gold, and bonds, and Jagex will give $1 for every 10 million gold pieces donated in November. At the time of this writing, 140,206,611,144 gold pieces has been donated, which equates to $14,020.
The charities that have been designated to receive the funs includes GamesAid, Willow, Special Effects, Action for Kids, and Internet Watch Foundation. Riaan Hodgson, COO of Jagex, stated “With the Well of Goodwill, we believe we have created a perfect system to allow our players to support worthy charities through their in-game efforts without affecting their own real-world pockets.”
Besides being a good thing for the charities, the Well of Goodwill reportedly is also acting as a money sink to help fix the game’s virtual economy. Fixing the economy is something that Jagex had promised to do with the launch of Bonds and is still needed.
Maps are now free
Naughty Dog recently announced that all of the multiplayer maps for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, are now available for free download. This includes the Drake’s Deception Map Pack, and Flashback Map Pack 1 and 2.
Additionally, an all new multiplayer map titled Dry Docks was announced and will also be a free download. This map was originally said to be a single-player level for the game but was later “forgotten,” according to designer Robert Cogburn.
On a final note regarding Naughty Dog and their team, Dominic Monaghan, a Lost actor, had earlier referenced a “new Uncharted” and now it seems the studio is in fact working on an unannounced PS4 project. GameStop recently had a listing for a PS4 Uncharted game, so Monaghan’s earlier reference may be spot on.
Mini-game requires online pass
If you want to play Kenway’s Fleet minigame in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you will need to redeem a valid online pass code. Kenway’s Fleet allows you to send off Assassin subordinates on dangerous and lucrative missions and hope they survive to bring you back the bounty. Currently the mini-game is only available to those with a Uplay Passport.
Additionally, Ubisoft recently confirmed that the PlayStation exclusive DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag won’t make its way to other platforms.
Delayed .. again
Ubisoft recently announced that Obsidian Entertainment’s anticipated role-playing game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, will once again be delayed. The game is now expected to release on March 4th, 2014, that is nearly a year from its original launch date and three months after its latest expected release of December 10th.
You may recall that Ubisoft bought South Park: The Stick of Truth at the THQ bankruptcy auction for $3.2 million last January. Laurent Detoc, Ubisoft’s North American president, reports that “Within three weeks after acquiring the game, we sadly realized we had to turn this thing upside down if we hoped to deliver the experience everybody wanted. It’s been such a major overhaul to get to the point where we are that we couldn’t let it go, even if that meant missing December.”
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park stated, “We always wanted the game to feel like you’re actually in an episode of South Park. Getting the game up to the crappy standards of the show has been a real challenge and we’re excited to say it’s taken way longer than we thought it would.”