Monthly Archives: September 2014 - Page 2

GameSpot World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor ANZ Beta Key Giveaway

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GameSpot at EB Expo 2014

Heading to this year’s EB Expo in Sydney? So are we! GameSpot will have our own booth at the show, located between the EB Community Hub and the Robot Wars Battle Arena. We’ll have multiple console stations set up for visitors to play both new releases and upcoming games, and hosting developer interviews.

We’ll also be giving away a Turtle Beach headset each day! For your chance to win, hop on to Forza Horizon 2 at our booth and beat our editor Dan Hindes’ lap time. We’re giving away a headset on each day of the show to the best lap time, so make sure to swing by during EB Expo!

For more updates and photos from the show, be sure to follow the GameSpot Australia team on Twitter. A map of the show can be found on the EB Expo website.

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EB Expo 2014 will be held at the Sydney Showground from October 3 for three days. This year’s event marks the fourth time the expo will be held since it first opened to public in 2011. If you can’t make it in person, stay tuned to our hub for updates from the show floor.

AU New Releases: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Launches This Week

Nintendo’s flagship brawler takes the fight to handheld this week with the Australian release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

The game is the latest iteration of the Super Smash Bros. series of games, following on from 2008’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl. New characters being introduced will include the Villager from Animal Crossing, Rosalina and Bowser Jr. from Mario, Greninja from Pokémon X and Y, Little Mac from Punch-Out!!, Palutena and Dark Pit from Kid Icarus: Uprising, Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem Awakening, Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, the dog and duck from Duck Hunt, the Wii Fit Trainer, and the Mii Fighter, who will be customizable. Characters from third-party titles who will be making their series debut include Mega Man and Pac-Man.

The game was well-received in GameSpot’s review, praised for its “near-perfect animation” while including “plenty of design changes that keep the formula fresh.” Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be available for the 3DS and 2DS on October 4, both at retailers and on the Nintendo eShop.

If cruising in an open-world racing game sounds more appealing, Forza Horizon 2 will also be launching this week on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. According to developer Playground Games, the game will offer “easily over 100 hours of gameplay” for the “super-hardcore” fans. Those looking to clock it in a “soft-completion” can do so in “15 hours, maybe.”

Fans willing to pay will be able to get even more playtime out of Horizon 2. In addition to some free DLC cars coming at launch, there will be no shortage of premium DLC, including six different car packs included with the Car Pass. For more details on games out this week, check the full list below.

October 2, 2014

Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360, Xbox One)

October 4, 2014

Skylanders Trap Team (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, 3DS, Wii U, Wii)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)

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Destiny Bug Reveals Unreleased Content

Several Destiny players have posted videos to YouTube documenting a bug that locked them out of the Tower, but revealed many pieces of content currently not in the game.

As you can see in the video, when the bug occurs the map shows several new, locked areas, some of which have already been announced as DLC. The events include new Story Missions, Strikes, and Raids, all of which take place on planets that are already included in the main game.

If you don’t want to sift through the video, Reddit user KilledbyDice has compiled a list of everything the video reveals here.

Remember that this is a bug Bungie probably never intended players to see, so any and all content could easily change when it’s officially announced.

Bungie recently outlined some of its plans for more updates to come over the next few months. It also revealed the first DLC pack for the game, The Dark Below, before the game launched earlier this month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Star Fox Fans Will Really Want to Play This Bayonetta 2 Easter Egg

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[Spoiler alert! If you care about that kind of thing, this post reveals a Bayonetta 2 easter egg.]

If you’re itching for a new Star Fox game, you’re going to want to check out Bayonetta 2.

Nintendo has already revealed that Bayonetta 2 will feature outfits for the game’s heroine based on Nintendo characters like Princess Peach, Samus Aran (Metroid), and Link. Earlier this month, it also revealed a Star Fox outfit, and apparently there’s a much more involved tribute to Star Fox included in the game.

It’s short, but as you can see in the video below posted by YouTube user Maximilian Dood, there’s a section in the game that allows you fly an Arwing just as you would in a Star Fox game, including the ability the lock on to enemies and do a barrel roll.

Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive launching October 24, and it will also come packaged with a digital download of the original game. In the US, the game will cost $59.99 at retail (which includes both Bayonetta 2 and the original Bayonetta). But you can also purchase the games individually from the Nintendo eShop. When purchased together, you’ll be given a discount that brings the price for both games together down to $59.98.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Steam Discovery Update Helping Some Indie Devs, Hurting Others

Last week Valve released a major update to Steam, which aims to help users filter through the glut of new releases with improved personalized recommendations and Steam Curators, individuals or groups you can follow for more game recommendations.

So far, independent developers are reporting mixed results on the impact the update had on their sales and visibility.

The good news comes from Insurgency developer New World Interactive, which reported that visits to its store page in the first jumped from 5,800 the day before the update to 21,500 the day of, and then up to 83,284 updates the following day. It said that sales were up for a typical Monday as well, and that it’s certain the update will help increase sales in the long term.

With the exception of Dinosaur Polo Club, which saw sales of its game Mini Metro double from $886 to $1,619 the day of the update, numerous developers told Gamasutra that the update either increased page views without impacting sales, had no effect, or negatively impacted sales. The Masterplan developer Shark Punch and Hexcells Infinite developer Matthew Brown both even saw a drop in sales. Developer Elefantopia also reported that sales and views of its game McDroid dropped by half since the update.

At the time of the announcement, Valve’s UI Designer Alden Kroll told GameSpot that the company introduced traffic data analytics to allow developers to monitor their game’s impressions in real time. “Like any new release, we expect there will be things we missed and things that may need a tweak,” he said. “So, this is just the start of something new.”

What’s your impression of the Steam Discovery Update so far? Let us know in the comments below.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Watch Elite: Dangerous’ CEO Explain Piracy, Exploration, and Bounty Hunting

If you’re still having a hard time wrapping your head around what space sim Elite: Dangerous is, the above video should help.

In the 30-minute presentation at EGX 2014, Frontier Developments CEO David Braben walks us through some of the core concepts in Elite: Dangerous as they appear in Beta 2. You’ll see some basic ship combat, docking with stations, and Braben explains emergent gameplay scenarios involving piracy, trading, and bounty hunting.

For example, Braben explained how a current event in the game’s Eranin system has escalated to a civil war, with players taking sides by smuggling guns to the rebels or supporting the existing communist government there. “Hopefully you’ll see that this is just the tip of the iceberg, because one of the things that comes with Beta 2 is news feeds, where in the game you see the game building, you see news coming in and you may even feature in those news feeds with your character.”

In an interview with Eurogamer, Braben said that he’s still confident that Elite: Dangerous will come out in 2014, even if it doesn’t have an exact release date yet. Braben also said that at the moment, he doesn’t plan to release the game via Steam.

You can start playing the game right now by buying your way into the beta for $75, which will get you the Mercenary edition as well. For more on Elite: Dangerous, check out GameSpot’s previous coverage.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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PlayStation-Exclusive DLC for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham in Europe

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will get PlayStation-exclusive DLC in Europe, developer TT Games has announced in a post to the PlayStation Blog.

Players who buy the game for the PS4 or PS3 in Europe will receive a bonus DLC pack that features characters from the animated TV show “Batman of the Future,” or “Batman Beyond” as it’s known in the United States.

The pack features the teenaged Batman Terry McGinnis, who comes equipped with a futuristic batsuit that allows him to fly, turn invisible, and fire Batarang darts. It also includes the retired Bruce Wayne, his Bat-Hound Ace, and two villains from the show: Bonk and Mr. Freeze.

TT Games has yet to announce when and how it will release the same content in other territories.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will also be the first game to get a Season Pass for its DLC. It releases November 14 on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC, but the Season Pass will not be available on Wii U, 3DS, and PS Vita.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Ubisoft Wants to Make More Smaller Games Like Child of Light

Ubisoft’s Child of Light didn’t get nearly as much attention as Watch Dogs, but it was well received critically, and the publisher wants to keep pursuing more games that aren’t just engineered to become huge franchises.

“We are super happy with Child of Light,” Ubisoft Montreal’s VP of Creative, Lionel Raynaud told CVG in an interview. “The team did a good job and the game had a great reception. We were proud to deliver something new and unique—a lot of people were surprised that Montreal was delivering this kind of game.”

Raynaud said that the Child of Light team learned a lot about RPG mechanics during development, and that it has created a new core team within the studio. The people who made Child of Light want to work together again, be it on another small or bigger project. Child of Light’s creative director Patrick Plourde, however, has left the team to work on a new project.

“So yes, we will encourage other initiatives like Child of Light and there’s a chance that we will have many more games like that in the future,” Raynaud said. “I already have many different projects that are in the pitch stage.”

Child of Light came out in April for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. GameSpot gave it an 8/10 in its review for its artistic design and sharp combat.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Super Smash Bros. and Forza Horizon 2 – New Releases

This week we get Massive Chalice, Forza Horizon 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Natural Doctrine and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.