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Here is what has been making news: New Releases, Borderlands 2, The Room 2, Fable, YouTube Copyright, Destiny, Silence: The Whispered World 2, Candy Crush Saga, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Tales of Zestiria, Call of Duty: Ghosts.
December 15th – December 21st
Tuesday, December 17th
Terraria will be available for the PS Vita.
Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter HD will be available for the PS3.
Wednesday, December 18th
Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy will be available for the 3DS.
3D After Burner 2 will be available for the 3DS.
Jet Tailfin Racers will be available for the PC.
Thursday, December 19th
Amnesia: V Edition will be available for the PS Vita.
Drakengard 3 will be available for the PS3.
Hero Bank will be available for the 3DS.
Loot the world app
A new app has been released by 2K Games and Gearbox titled LootTheWorld app. You can scan QR codes and turn them into unlockable in-game loot for Borderlands 2. You can download the free app at the App Store or the Google Play Store.
Once downloaded, you login with your Shift account, press the Shoot button and scan a QR code. You start with three stamps that you can trade for one item that is sent to your in-game character. The more QR codes you scan, the more stamps you earn. If something is too high a level for you, you will be able to store up to 20 items which you can unlock later. You will also be able to delete the items you do not want. Keep an eye on @GearboxSoftware on Twitter for more information.
Out for iPad
Fireproof Studios released The Room last year for iOS. The game is a puzzler similar in nature to Myst and Zork Nemesis. In celebration of The Room 2, Fireproof is offering the original game free for a limited time. You can pick up The Room 2 for $4.99 in the App Store. If you want to check out the original version first for free you can get it here, it was named one of the better games of last year.
Anniversary HD makeover
Lionhead Studios recently announced that Fable fans will soon be able to relive the first Albion adventure with the release of HD makeover Fable Anniversary. The new Xbox 360 edition comes with new updated graphics, audio, achievements and SmartGlass features, as well as the expanded The Lost Chapters content.
Pre-order goodies include a special code for the Launch Day Weapons and Outfits pack and a special case. First-run copies will also include a Lionhead helmet for your avatar. Expect Fable Anniversary to hit the shelves in the U.S. on February 4th, 2014 and in Europe on February 7th.
Additionally, there is some news on Lionheads next-gen game in development, Fable Legends. It is an online game where teams of four will be able to interact in the world of Albion. The Fable series, for those who are not in the know, is all about progressing through time and seeing how your actions effect and change the world. Fable Legends goes back in time, exploring a world full of myth. While it keeps the classic cartoonish Fable art style, it also looks lush and vivid.
You start out in the town of Brightlodge where you can take part in the typical Fable mini-games or discover new quests. Embarking on a quest means joining a team of adventures, up to three AI controlled companions or three of your own friends. Dave Eckelbarry, the game director, states that “Fable is often about sharing an experience.”
Game walkthroughs under fire
According to YouTube, the recent wave of copyright claims is due to a change to multi-channel networks (MCN). A YouTube spokesperson stated that “Nothing illustrates the incredible growth and evolution of YouTube better than the enterprise class of businesses being built on the platform today. As these networks grow, we’re making product and policy updates that will help them operate at scale. We are also rolling out tools that will provide more transparency for creators and networks alike. This is part of our commitment to ensure that all enterprise partners can continue to thrive and be successful on YouTube.”
The spokesperson added that “We recently enabled Content ID scanning on channels identified as affiliates of MCNs. This has resulted in new copyright claims for some users, based on policies set by the relevant content owners. As ever, channel owners can easily dispute Content ID claims if they believe those claims are invalid.”
Earlier this year Nintendo asserted it copyright and monetization rights over YouTube videos with is gameplay. Naturally there was an outcry, however, what is currently happening with copyright actions makes Nintendo’s actions seem minor. Many YouTube video creators have been flooded with copyright claims. Several YouTube video creators have even shared screenshots of their email inbox which shows dozens of claims appearing in quick succession.
TertaNinja, who has over 480,000 subscribers, says that over 350 of his videos have been claimed. TheRadBrad, who has over 2 million subscribers, as well as many others have made similar claims.
Publishers such as Ubisoft, Blizzard, and Capcom, have all stated that they will help out any YouTube user who is affected by the recent copyright claiming spree. On the other hand, at least one YouTube user has stated that Nintendo has rejected his appeals for help. This doesn’t prove that Nintendo is being malicious in any fashion. A may just mean that the videos in question are straight gameplay videos rather than offering commentary, however, it just isn’t known yet why they have chosen not to assist.
Ubisoft has sent out a message to YouTubers which reads: “As you’re probably aware, many YouTubers this week have suddenly been hit with various copyright claims related to in-game audio. In June last year, Ubisoft set out its policy opening the door for channels to make videos using game content and to monetize bespoke content.
“If you happen to be hit with claims on any of your Ubisoft content, it may be that some of the audio is being auto-matched against the music catalogue on our digital stores – it might show up as being claimed by our distributor ‘idol’. In such cases please take the following steps and we can get it cleared for you.
- Leave the video live for now.
- Send us the URL of the affected video and let us know who flagged it.
- We’ll get it cleared hopefully same day.
“Hope this helps, thanks for all your support over the past year and for all the amazing videos! Look forward to working with you in a very exciting 2014!”
Anyone affected by Ubisoft claims should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sadly, this appears to be an issue that most gaming videos on YouTube will be experiencing for some time to come.
The city is like Camelot
According to Jason Jones, Bungie’s co-founder and creative director, the concept of the City in the upcoming game Destiny came out of the idea of King Arthur’s Camelot. Jones stated “Our very first metaphor was a candle in darkness, or Camelot in the middle of the untamed frontier. There was a place you could go that you could be safe, put your feet back, and look out over a sunset. I’m being totally metaphorical here. Interact with other players. You can trade stuff. I knew on all sides you were surrounded by the wicked frontier, the adventure, the mystery. We built a bunch of different stories like that, but we were trying to create something big that we can build in.”
Jones also explains the main quest of the game, The Guardians’ Grail, saying that you will need to push back the encroaching darkness. You will also need to wake up the mysterious Traveler who is an all-powerful entity who originally imparted several gifts upon humanity. The Traveler has grown silent however. The Darkness is an ancient enemy of the Traveler, without the Traveler’s assistance you will basically be defenseless.
This is a game I am eager to get my hands on. How about you? Sadly we will have to wait until September 9th, 2014 when the game will be available for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4.
Coming in 2014
One of the more stunning looking point-and-click adventure games, The Whispered World, will be getting a sequel titled Silence: The Whispered World 2. Daedalic has recently announced a late 2014 release date with a host of new features for the game. The most notable new feature will be that the game is rendered entirely in 3D.
Silence is a world made of dreams and in Whispered World 2 you will be returning to Silence. You will be joining Noah, a teenager who has lost his younger sister Renia in the real world and hopes to find her in Silence. The games press release states that the quest will lead you through a “visually impressive and emotional adventure” where you will be solving many mysteries that envelop Noah, his sister, and the dreamscapes of Silence.
Dreamworld expansion now available
Candy Crush Saga players just got some big news. The first expansion has been released via update 1.22.0. Once the update has been downloaded, those who reach level 50 on the Saga Map will have access to Dreamworld, a magical place featuring a new character, Odus the Owl. The update is available for Facebook, iOS, and Android.
There are over 30 Dreamwold levels based on previous stages in the game. However, there is an exception, this time Odus will need to stay perched on his half-moon by destroying the required pieces of candy. As you go on you’ll experience the all-new Moon Struck effect which removes colored candies from the board.
Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King, stated, “We’re thrilled to offer new and existing Candy Crush Saga players an exciting new way of playing the game. We hope that the new ‘Dreamworld’ mode will prove a fun twist for newcomers to the game and a tantalizing challenge for our loyal fan-base. As with all our games, we endeavor to offer our valued players a regular flow of exciting new content – we hope that they will love the new map, as much as we’ve enjoyed developing it.”
According to recent confirmation by Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will have the DLC titled Freedom Cry available on December 17th for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC and on December 18th for the PS3 and PS4. The DLC is part of the season pass and contains nine self-contained missions where you play as Edward Kenway’s first mate Adewale, after his time as a slave on the Jackdaw. No price for non-season pass holders has yet been announced.
Coming to PS3
While only a Japanese release has been confirmed so far, Namco Bandai has recently revealed an all new Tales game called Tales of Zestiria. The game has been teased by Namco Bandai since late November.
The Tales series started back in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia, however, Tales didn’t make its debut in the west until 1998 with Tales of Destiny on the original PlayStation. Its most popular western release came in 2004 on the GameCube titled Tales of Symphonia.
The renewed popularity of the Tales series in the west came with the release of Tales of Xillia in 2013 for the PS3. Good sales prompted HD remakes of Symphonia. The sequel for Symphonia as well as Xillia will be coming next year also.
Wolf skin DLC
A new DLC (downloadable content) out for Call of Duty: Ghosts will turn your Guard Dog into a ravenous wolf, according to Infinity Ward. The DLC will cost $1.99 and is currently available on both Xbox platforms. It is planned for other consoles a bit later. The text that accompanies the DLC reads, “Lead your pack to victory. Get The Wolf, a custom #CODGhosts Guard Dog Killstreak skin from 12/12 on Xbox for $1.99 USD.”
We still have little information on any of the other DLC packs, although the names were recently leaked. There will be four map packs, making up a year’s worth of DLC which can be had at a discount with a Season Pass. The first initials of each pack spells out ODIN, the packs reportedly are: Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion, and Nemesis.