Monthly Archives: December 2014 - Page 2

Top 5 Skyrim Mods of the Week – Decapitating Christmas Part 2

Cam and Seb continue their Christmas adventure with Kevin VanGrinch, as he hops back on Rudolph to cover Skyrim in deep snow. But will Kevin’s children, Jerkins 1 and Jerkins 2, love the gifts that he has brought for them?

Resident Evil HD PS3, PS4 Supports Cross-Buy, But Only If You Preorder

Capcom and Sony have announced that upcoming Resident Evil HD remake will support cross-buy on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, meaning if you buy one version of the $20 game, you’ll get the other free.

There is something of a catch to the deal, however, as it only works if you preorder the games from PlayStation Network and live in North America. If you do preorder, you’ll not only receive both versions, but also an exclusive theme, Capcom explains on its blog.

The Resident Evil HD remake also supports pre-loading on PS3 and PS4, meaning people who preorder can play the game the second it unlocks next month.

The game, a high-definition version of 2002’s Resident Evil REmake for GameCube (which itself is a remake of the 1996 original), was announced in August. It will output in 1080p on Xbox One and PS4.

The new Resident Evil remake looks a lot better than the original. You can see for yourself through this set of comparison images, released last month.

The Resident Evil HD release date is January 20, 2015. The game is also coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

In addition to the Resident Evil remake, Capcom will release Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in 2015 for consoles and PC. The publisher may also be working on Resident Evil 7, according to a report.

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PlayStation Now Coming to Non-Sony Devices In 2015

Right now, Sony’s game-streaming service PlayStation Now is available only for Sony devices such as PlayStation consoles and Bravia TVs. But that’s going to change in 2015, when Sony makes PlayStation Now available on third-party devices, beginning with Samsung Smart TVs.

Sony and Samsung have announced a partnership to bring PlayStation Now to “select” Samsung Smart TVs in the first half of 2015 in the United States and Canada. PS Now will be available as an app that can be downloaded through the Samsung Smart Hub.

Samsung says PS Now on Samsung TVs will offer “all functionality of the service,” including the ability to earn trophies, play games online, and save progress to the cloud. You’ll need a DualShock 4 controller, sold separately, to use PS Now on your Samsung TV.

“Since we first introduced PlayStation Now at CES 2014, our vision has been to open the world of PlayStation to the masses by offering the service on the devices they use every day,” Sony executive Masayasu Ito said. “Partnering with Samsung is a key step toward realizing this vision, as we can reach a broader audience of consumers who may not own a PlayStation console to show them why gaming with PlayStation is such a unique and amazing experience.”

If you’re heading to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, you can visit the Samsung booth to try out PS Now on Samsung TVs.

PS Now, currently in beta, allows users to stream a variety of PlayStation 3 titles to devices such as PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Bravia TVs. Games are available for a variety of rental periods, while Sony also plans to offer a Netflix-style subscription offer some day.

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Quick Look: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor: Lord of the Hunt DLC

Watch extended gameplay footage from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor: Lord of the Hunt DLC featuring the Giant Bomb crew.

The Gist – 4 Huge Games Industry Dramas Of 2014

This year brought all sorts of massive controversies that spawned viral hashtags and system wars. Here are some of the biggest!

Halo: Master Chief Collection Patch Adds Halo 4 Spartan Ops Mode

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Microsoft continues its work to improve Xbox One game Halo: The Master Chief Collection, on Monday releasing a new patch, which, among other things, finally adds Halo 4‘s Spartan Ops mode.

Spartan Ops is a multi-mission, episodic co-op mode for Halo 4. Microsoft announced in October that the mode wasn’t going to be available at launch in November, saying it would be released in December so that developer 343 Industries could make “technical enhancements.”

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In addition to adding Spartan Ops, today’s Master Chief Collection introduces more improvements to the game’s matchmaking system, and should bolster overall stability. The patch notes are below, courtesy of 343.

343 also attempted to clear up some confusion about The Master Chief Collection’s utilization of dedicated servers. The developer says while the “vast majority” of games are played on dedicated servers, if players cannot connect to a dedicated server, everyone in the lobby stays together and the match is played on a peer-to-peer connection.

“Please be aware that you may connect to the dedicated server quickly enough that you won’t see the ‘connecting to dedicated server’ dialog,” 343 said. “The absence of that dialog doesn’t mean that you’re not playing on a dedicated server.”

Last week, Microsoft outlined its plans to make up for The Master Chief Collection’s launch woes. Among other things, players will receive a free copy of Halo 3: ODST on Xbox One.

The Master Chief Collection December 22 Patch Notes:

Spartan Ops:

  • Added the entirety of Halo 4’s Spartan Ops mode

Matchmaking:

  • Made an update to make sure a match only starts when teams are even.
  • Players will now receive a ‘loss’ when disconnecting before a round has ended.
  • Made an update to include all split screen players in vote tally.
  • Resolved an issue that caused players to become stuck “Joining Session.”
  • Resolved an issue where players could be dropped from matchmaking after disconnecting their controller.

General Multiplayer Updates:

  • Made additional improvements to Halo: CE hit registration.
  • Made an update to the Halo 2: Anniversary Career Progress page to ensure achievements are correctly tracked.
  • Fixed an issue where it took a long time to join players that are in a Multiplayer lobby.

General UI/Menu Updates:

  • Made additional improvements to Roster update times.
  • Fixed Halo 3 game type text when viewing saved data in My Files.

Halo 2: Anniversary Campaign:

  • Fixed an issue where the ‘Black Eye Skull’ incorrectly prevented players from reaching checkpoints.

Campaign Playlists:

  • Fixed an issue where cross-game playlists could fail to progress to the next level.
  • Made several fixes to Campaign Playlist Carnage Reports.
  • Fixed an issue where Halo 3 Cooperative Playlist progress would not save correctly when completing a mission.
  • Made changes to ensure that Competitive Scoring and Timing are tracked correctly in Halo CE and Halo 2 Campaign Playlists.

Stats & Medals:

  • Made updates to improve stat tracking.
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘Steaktacular’ medal would not be correctly awarded in Halo 3.
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘Supercombine’ medal would be incorrectly awarded in the Halo 4 Campaign.

Achievements:

  • Made an update to ensure that the ‘Flaming Ninja Anniversary’ achievement unlocks when prerequisites are met.

Control Layouts:

  • Updated the Halo 2 ‘Boxer’ Button Layout.
  • Updated the Halo 4 ‘Legacy’ Thumbstick Layout.

General Stability:

  • Made several updates to improve overall game stability.

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EA Sports UFC Players Get Bruce Lee Free

Legendary fighting celebrity Bruce Lee, considered to be the father of mixed martial arts though he never actually fought competitively, is now a free character for all EA Sports UFC players.

All five version of Lee (see below) are now free to download through January 5, 2015 on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in North America, while all other regions get him tomorrow.

  • Bruce Lee — Bantamweight Division
  • Bruce Lee — Featherweight Division
  • Bruce Lee — Lightweight Division
  • Bruce Lee — Welterweight Division
  • Bruce Lee — Weightclass Bundle (all four divisions)

News that Lee would appear in EA Sports UFC for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 broke in April, with some immediately scoffing at the move, pointing out that Lee never fought any real fights. This is true, but his daughter, Shannon Lee, told us in an interview that this doesn’t matter because video games are fantasy.

EA Sports UFC was recently added to EA’s subscription service, EA Access, meaning all members who pay $5/month or $30/year can now play the game as much as they want.

For more, check out GameSpot’s EA Sports UFC review.

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Amazing GIF Shows Evolution of Nintendo Controllers

The folks at GadgetLove have put together an impressive GIF that shows off the evolution of Nintendo gaming controllers over the years. It’s really mesmerizing–I definitely watched it loop a few times.

One reason the GIF is so captivating, as GadgetLove points out, is that Nintendo controllers throughout the years have varied substantially in terms of design compared to iterations of PlayStation and Xbox controllers.

An interactive version of the Nintendo GIF is also available through GadgetLove here, allowing you to scroll through the designs at your own pace. The site has also done the same for PlayStation and Xbox controllers.

This GIF’s arrival also comes not long after Nintendo confirmed it had begun work on new hardware to follow up the Wii U, which features a tablet-style GamePad controller.

What was your favorite Nintendo controller? Let us know in the comments below!

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Halo Fan Spent 3.5 Years, $7,000 Creating Epic Lego Ship

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Halo’s Pillar of Autumn, a massive UNSC spaceship, has been recreated in Lego form. Fan Lee Jones writes on this Lego fan creation community site that he spent 3.5 years and $7,000 to build the impressive brick ship.

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The ship is over six feet long and weighs more than 200 pounds. It’s quite an impressive feat overall, though the most impressive part is probably the epic-looking engines, which you can see in the image at left.

More images of Jones’ Lego Halo ship are available at the Lego fansite.

Lego does not make official Halo toy sets, though competitor Mega Bloks offers a range of similar toys for children based on the series.

The next core Halo game is 2015’s Halo 5: Guardians, which launches next fall on Xbox One. Everyone who bought Halo: The Master Chief Collection can play the game’s beta beginning next week or today if you’re an Xbox One Preview member.

Thanks, Kotaku

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Gaming Deals: Get the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle With Destiny for $350, and More

Best Buy has the best new deal of the day, offering a free copy of Bungie’s Destiny and a $50 gift card when you buy the $350 Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One bundle, which comes with Unity and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform:

PlayStation 4

Sony still has a $400 PlayStation 4 bundle that lets you choose one out of four games: Destiny, NBA2K15, Far Cry 4, or LittleBigPlanet 3.

Sony has introduced the third week of holiday sales on the PlayStation Store. Some highlights from the third week of offers:

Other PS4 games deals:

Xbox One

GameStop is offering a $50 gift card when you buy an Xbox One.

Best Buy is offering a free copy of Bungie’s Destiny and a $50 gift card when you buy the $350 Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One bundle, which comes with Unity and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Walmart has an Xbox One with Halo: The Master Chief Collection for $350.

This week’s Deals with Gold include discounts for various Assassin’s Creed, and Call of Duty games, among many others. Some highlights from the list of discounted Xbox One games:

We also have a list of Xbox 360 Deals with Gold.

PC

Amazon has a big end of the year sale on downloadable PC games. Some highlights avalialble today:

Steam has launched its annual Winter Sale that introduces new deals every 24 and 12 hours. Make sure you check GameSpot’s pick of the day and the following highlights:

Humble Bundle has kicked off its Winter Sale, with discounts on more than 500 games. The store will host 48-hour deals, 12-hour flash sales, and additional offers yet to be revealed over the course of the Winter Sale. Some great deals available right now include Shadow Warrior for $4 and The Walking Dead: Season 2 for $8.49.

GOG.com’s Nordic In-N-Out sale is offering up to 90 percent off some of the publisher’s games, including Painkiller Black Edition for $2.

You can get SimCity 2000 for free from Origin.

Green Man Gaming has kicked off its own Green Grogre Holiday Sale with more 24-hour and 48-hour deals. Some highlights that you can grab right now:

Green Man Gaming is also offering a 22 percent discount on digital games with the code BK0F62-EI6HXM-B8PXY4.

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Hardware

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