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Telltale Making Episodic Minecraft Games
Dec 18, 2014 - 2:23 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

I didn't see this one coming. Telltale has announced that the next property which they will be adapting into an episodic game will be Minecraft.

Titled Minecraft: Story Mode, it's described as "an all-new narrative-driven game series... [which] will feature an original story, driven by player choice."

In addition to Minecraft Story Mode, Telltale is still working on Tales of the Borderlands, The Walking Dead: Season 3 and Game of Thrones, while recently wrapping Fables: The Wolf Among Us. If they can turn Minecraft into a solid episodic story, and based on their record I have every faith they can, you start to wonder which other properties they have their eyes on behind the scenes.

Even though Mojang and the Minecraft property was recently acquired by Microsoft, Minecraft Story Mode will be on both Xbox and Playstation platforms, as well as PC, Mac, iOS and Android platforms when it's released in 2015.

Sources - Telltale Blog; Mojang Blog; Joystiq; Polygon
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Evolve's Third Monster Is 'Wraith'
Dec 18, 2014 - 7:48 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

The third member of Evolve's monster roster has been revealed as the stealthy Wraith in the trailer embedded above.

Turtle Rock has also made a couple more announcements. Dispelling some rumors that have been circulating, the developer has confirmed that the game will be fully playable offline. You'll even be able to hot swap between hunters (if you're on that side of the conflict).

Finally, the open beta for Xbox One gamers has a firm date of January 15-19, while the game itself drops February 10.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 50
Dec 16, 2014 - 12:00 PM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre doing something puzzling at the following link.

Youíll have to forgive my enthusiasm when talking about The Talos Principle. For those of you long time listeners you no doubt have an idea of how much I enjoy puzzle games. For those of you new to the show: I really enjoy puzzle games. And The Talos Principle from Croteam nails it for me. We spend a large chunk of this episode talking with a developer from Croteam, Damjan Mravunac, about the Talos Principle.

Outside of that, however, we still have time to talk about the delay of Witcher 3, remembering the first games we saved up our money to buy (disappointments be damned), and Nathan giving the rest of us a little something for the holidays.
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Street Fighter 5 Debut Footage
Dec 15, 2014 - 9:59 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

The first real footage from Capcom's Street Fighter 5 debuted at the end of the Capcom Cup event this past weekend. Polygon has a breakdown of the new features shown off, but as someone not really immersed in Street Figher mechanical arcana, it's a bit over my head. But I know we have some fight freaks in the audience, and I'm sure lots of you will be interested in this.

Source - Polygon
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Rise of the Tomb Raider to be Published by Microsoft
Dec 09, 2014 - 1:33 PM - by James 'fitbabits' Young


Sony gets Street Fighter V, Microsoft goes and gets Rise of the Tome Raider as a console exclusive. At least that appears to be what's happening, according to Square Enix.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Square Enix
Microsoft has always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and they will get behind this game with more support across development, marketing and retail than ever before, which we believe will be a step in continuing to build the Tomb Raider franchise as one of the biggest in gaming.
Source - CVG

Begun anew, the console war has.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 49
Dec 09, 2014 - 8:21 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre watching 2015 with a skepticís eye at the following link.

So, did it feel a little bit like a winter E3 over the weekend? Cause it felt a little bit like a winter E3 to us. Game reveals left and right, more footage of previously announced titles. All of it pretty much pointing to a fantastic 2015. And, of course, letís hope the delay fest of 2014 doesnít strike again next year (already has for Witcher 3, but itís still releasing in 2015...so far).

Given the recent issues with games being released broken or needing patch after patch, it was hard for me to get excited about what I was seeing. I mean, I want to see more, no doubt, and I look forward to the release of all these great things, but Iím doing so while keeping it in the back of my mind that things arenít always as they seem when being presented in such a way. Save for maybe that Uncharted 4 live demo. Nothing says this is live real working code like a death during an onstage performance with a glitch included.
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Street Fighter 5 Announced for PS4 & PC
Dec 05, 2014 - 9:20 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
A little elf pushed 'publish' a bit early on a teaser trailer, and just like that we know Capcom's announcement of Street Fighter 5 is imminent.

The video has since been removed from YouTube, but you can view a copy of it at Joystiq. There really isn't much to see. A minute or so of a narrator spouting inspiring pablum until a quick look at the game and a splash screen announcing the title. Which will interestingly be a PS4 and PC exclusive.

There are a couple of events this weekend which would be perfect spots to make such an announcement: Geoff Keighley's Game Awards (basically the continuation of the VGAs without Spike TV's involvement) and the Playstation Experience in Las Vegas, which celebrates 20 years of Playstation platforms. Considering the exclusive(ish) nature of the game, I'd bet we see it at the latter.

Sources - Joystiq
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Evolve Reveals More Modes, Including Evacuation
Dec 03, 2014 - 7:36 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

From the day Evolve was announced earlier this year, developer Turtle Rock had focused on the relatively straightforward Hunt game mode. Even the 'Big' Alpha in October featured Hunt, and only Hunt. So it's about time we learn about the other modes, and how they're all linked.

In addition to Hunt you have the Nest, Defend and Rescue modes. Each of these modes are combined in the campaign-like Evacuation mode. In Evacuation you'll play through a quintet of rounds with different combos of map & mode. Whichever side wins a round, Hunters or Monster, gets an advantage going into the next round.

Evacuation mode will be playable on the Xbox One exclusive open beta in January. You can see more on the various modes here .
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Leaked Assets Reveal Next Assassins' Creed Set in Victorian London
Dec 02, 2014 - 6:02 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
The next installment of the Assassins' Creed series will he heading to Victorian London. We're learning this now rather than during the traditional E3 reveal thanks to assets leaked to Kotaku .

The game - tentatively titled Assassins' Creed: Victory - is being developed for current gen platforms by Ubisoft Quebec rather than usual series shepherd Ubisoft Montreal. The video Kotaku saw (screens of which can be viewed at the link) shows typical AC moves interspersed with time- and locality-specific activities such as carriage racing and train robbing. The big new mechanic is a grappling hook, which lets you zip across open spaces. All in all, it apparently looks great, but so did Unity at various points, and that came out as a buggy, mediocre mess.

Source - Kotaku
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 48
Dec 02, 2014 - 11:58 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre still disappointed in Ubisoft at the following link.

Again, to be the fly on the wall during conversations with corporate would be a wonderful superpower to have. Ubisoft seems to dig a hole with one hand and then fill it with the other, only to dig it back out again. In case it wasnít clear in the show Iíll try to timeline it a little for you:

Ubisoft sets a review embargo on Assassinís Creed: Unity for 12 hours after release of the game. Game releases and 12 hours later everyone know how big a bug-filled, unoptimized mess the game turns out to be. Maybe 24 or 48 hours later, the embargo for FarCry 4 ends and mostly positive reviews flood the internet. Why end embargo so late for one but not the other? Or the reverse of that. Then we come to last week and news about The Crew. A game that has NO embargo but wonít be shipped early to reviewers. They give an excuse as to why but itís falling on deaf ears for myself.

At least we got a Star Wars teaser (for Matt) to talk about.
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Who Won Black Friday (Console Edition)?
Dec 01, 2014 - 10:30 AM - by James 'fitbabits' Young
Ah, Black Friday. The day when normal people to abnormal things. Things like lining up in sub-zero temperatures for days prior to the Black Friday store openings.

Also perhaps abnormal? That Microsoft's Xbox One 'crushed' the competition where console sales are concerned. Here's a handy graphic:



It's no surprise that the X1 sold so will with the amount of incentives that Microsoft offered consumers (free games, etc.), as well as the recent $50 "temporary" price cut to the base model. However, the size of the gap is more significant that I would have thought, especially as Sony has handily beaten Microsoft with sales of the PlayStation 4.

Also, Wii U. Nintendo, I'm sorry, but nothing you do seems to be having any appreciable effect on sales of the Wii U. In fact, I don't recall seeing any ads or anything similar from Nintendo in the days leading up to Black Friday.

Console sales will probably peak today (Cyber Monday), so maybe the numbers will change.

Source - Yahoo! News
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Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
Nov 28, 2014 - 9:47 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

What better way to spend Black Friday than dissecting the trailer for a film opening next Christmas!
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Season Passes Suspended
Nov 26, 2014 - 4:24 PM - by Andy 'wyeast' Roe

As Ubisoft rolls out the third patch for their current title Assassin's Creed: Unity, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat posts an update on Ubi's work on Unity, which involves a rather dramatic turnabout with Unity DLC Season Passes.

To whit:
  • Sales of Unity Season Passes will be Suspended. Future ETA to resume sales not known.
  • Upcoming DLC Dead Kings will be made available for free for all Unity owners.
  • Existing Season Pass Holders will continue to receive other content associated with their editions (including ACC:China, add'l armors, etc), but NOT DLC (other than the above Dead Kings. Instead, Pass Holders can receive a free Ubi game from among the following titles:

    The Crew
    Far Cry 4
    Watch Dogs
    Assassinís Creed Black Flag
    Rayman Legends
    Just Dance 2015

Details on claiming the game are a little fuzzy at this time, but appears to be something they are currently working on. Ubi has also released a FAQ on the above offer to Unity Players.

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Source: Ubisoft
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Are You An Early Vita Adopter?
Nov 26, 2014 - 6:39 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
...Then you may be entitled to some money, thanks to a settlement Sony has reached with the FTC.

Gamers who purchased a Vita in the US before June 1, 2012 are in line to receive either a $25 refund or a $50 voucher for "select games and services." The settlement stems from some claims made in early ads that were a bit...fanciful. Those early ads showcased features like Remote Play and Cross Save in an exaggerated fashion, and being used on games which never included those features.

Eligible gamers should be receiving an email from Sony soon, but there's a pdf at the below link with contact info if you think you qualify.

Source - Ars Technica
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 47
Nov 25, 2014 - 8:42 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre not matching Amazonís prices at the following link.

Sometimes there isnít one single topic to dominate the conversation. A segment spent here and another segment spent there. Maybe a call, maybe an email. Whatever the case, when something doesnít dominate the show, you get a grab back of topics thrown around. Such as the case with this episode. We talk about the games weíve played, as we always do, but we somehow manage to make that last an hour. I donít exactly remember how, but I had something to do with, I know. Then we talk about getting deals on games and consoles that arenítÖ.illegal, really, but may have a bit of moral weight to them.

Whatever the topic and whenever the week, weíll be here live each Saturday night to talk about them with you. As always, thanks for listening.
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New Batman Arkham Knight Trailer
Nov 24, 2014 - 10:38 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

We're just about clear of the holiday release season - even if the brunt of the shopping season is yet to come - so PR thinks it's time to start thinking about the New Year in gaming. Even if the 'new year' in the case of Batman Arkham Knight is June 2nd.

I loved the previous Arkham games, so the new gen debut of the series is definitely on my radar. But June is a long way off, considering i have snow in the forecast for this week.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 46
Nov 18, 2014 - 7:04 PM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre under review embargo at the following link.

We often talk about being a fly on the wall during certain conversations, though the one that must have taken place at Ubisoft wasnít likely as interesting as we might make it out to be in our heads. There likely wasnít any push back saying that Assassinís Creed Unity wasnít ready for release. Probably just questions about if a day one patch would fix it or something along those lines. Hell, it may not have been any question at all. Pre-order numbers were probably enough to justify release. Told PR to make sure the review embargoes were far enough out to make any cancellations negligible and then ship it.

Whatever the case may be, the problems with Ubisoft as well as the matchmaking issues and day one patch needed for Microsoftís big Halo collection on Xbox One made for a pretty depressing week to enjoy this hobby. Nothing works when you pay for it anymore and thereís a chance even after you pay for it, it may still not work.
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In-Game Chat: Season 8, Episode 46
Nov 18, 2014 - 7:04 PM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton
Weíre under review embargo at the following link.

We often talk about being a fly on the wall during certain conversations, though the one that must have taken place at Ubisoft wasnít likely as interesting as we might make it out to be in our heads. There likely wasnít any push back saying that Assassinís Creed Unity wasnít ready for release. Probably just questions about if a day one patch would fix it or something along those lines. Hell, it may not have been any question at all. Pre-order numbers were probably enough to justify release. Told PR to make sure the review embargoes were far enough out to make any cancellations negligible and then ship it.

Whatever the case may be, the problems with Ubisoft as well as the matchmaking issues and day one patch needed for Microsoftís big Halo collection on Xbox One made for a pretty depressing week to enjoy this hobby. Nothing works when you pay for it anymore and thereís a chance even after you pay for it, it may still not work.
0 Replies | 310 Views
Just Cause 3 Announced
Nov 18, 2014 - 2:48 PM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

One of the more...interesting games of the last gen is getting a sequel. Developer Avalanche Studios will bring Just Cause 3 to the current generation of systems in 2015.

I call Just Cause 1 & 2 interesting, and not always in a good way. They gave the player a feeling of power few other sandbox games managed. There's nothing quite like parachuting into a town, stealing a car, ghost riding the car into an enemy compound, & tearing down a statue with your grappling hook. However much of the rest of the game didn't, in my opinion, live up to those heights. Hopefully the third installment fixes some of those problems.

Source - Game Informer
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[Review] This War of Mine
Nov 14, 2014 - 5:42 AM - by Caelyn 'Shieldmaiden' Ellis


Our game-based war experiences are usually confined to being the guy with the gun, in the tank, or overlooking the whole shebang and sending little pixel men to their deaths.

11 Bit Studios' survival game offers a refreshing perspective on modern conflict, but is it worth your time. Come sit by the fire and let me tell you what I think of This War of Mine.
0 Replies | 361 Views
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