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Last week, we learned that the Halo: Master Chief Collection will require a 20GB day-one download. Series director Frank O'Connor has explained that this download is not a patch, but game content to prevent the collection from releasing on two discs.

"That's not a patch," O'Connor explained on NeoGAF. "It's content. The game is designed to run as a single, unified product, digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discs. Since the bulk of it is MP or MP related, the logic is sound. There will ALSO be a TU in there, but that in itself is a tiny fraction of the content.

"We realize that this isn't ideal for everyone, but it's the path to the smoothest eventual experience," he added. "If fixes were required for Campaign, they would be very small, but that's not the case. All four campaigns will run directly from the disc without the content update. As will some custom game features. Again, the bulk of the CU is MP and MP related.

"Anything is feasible, it simply wasn't practical for this product, this year in this timeline. The Xbox One platform continues to improve and mature, arguably faster and more meaningfully than others and maybe next year two discs or some other method would have been the right approach, but this year it's the option we have available that on balance, makes the most sense for this giant, ambitious project.

"Do I understand the inconvenience and annoyance for some users? Of course. I'm not going to blow smoke or ignore it. For some folks it will be straight up annoying and I both apologize unreservedly for the irritance, and hope that the package and the way it works more than makes up for it."

This honestly makes me wonder if it's a better idea to just buy the whole game digitally in the first place. Also starting to wonder if this is just one more step to taking physical disc copies out of the mix for console gaming, something most PC gamers have already experienced.

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It's always sad to see what might have been, especially when that might have been looks to be pretty darn cool. EA is working on a new Battlefront game, but many were really looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront 3. Check out the two pre-alpha footage videos that leaked earlier today. The second video is after the break.

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Jade Raymond, managing director for Ubisoft's Toronto studio, has left the company after ten years. She was the producer of the first Assassin's Creed game and executive producer for Assassin's Creed II, Watch_Dogs, and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist. She was also the leader behind founding the Toronto studio. On October 29th, Alexandre Parizeau will take over as the studio's managing director.

“I've spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” Raymond said in a prepared statement. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I'd like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavours."

“On behalf of Ubisoft, I’d like to thank Jade for her leadership and many contributions over the years, and wish her all the best in her next adventures,” said Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto. “The Toronto studio is a key part of the Ubisoft global network, and Alex has been at the heart of the studio’s growth over the years. He was the obvious choice to lead this talented group of people as they continue to develop amazing games.”

No word yet on what Raymond will be doing next, but her departure is definitely the end of an amazing era for Ubisoft. I personally look forward to what her plans are.

"Oh man... let's hope that Sarkeesian bitch never gets to see this thread :p - CJ_Parker"5

Good news, folks. We got an invite to Activision's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare event... thingy (sorry, I couldn't explain it better than that). So, we'll get a chance to try out the first few hours of the game, before it hits stores.

In the meantime, thanks to Steam, we now have the minimum system requirements for the PC edition of the upcoming shooter:

Minimum system requirements:

OS: OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit
Processor: Intel CoreTM i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD PhenomTM II X4 810 @ 2.80 GHz or better
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI® Radeon™ HD 5870 @ 1GB or better
DirectX: Version 11 Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 55 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX-compatible

"Wonder why they are even bothering with a PC release? These Call of Doody games are console... - Whisky"2

Here's an interesting twist on the horror genre. An indie studio, Glitchy Pixel, has created a flip on the typical horror game. Instead of fighting ghosts, you're the ghost trying to evict people from your house. But it's not as simple as waving around your ghostly powers. It's more of a puzzle game, where you have to use your powers as efficiently as possible to scare the invaders. Check out the studio's launch trailer for Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror below.

The game has over 60 levels, and will release on Steam and Humble Bundle tomorrow, October 21st. A Vita version will launch at a later date.


It's nothing we don't already know, but FIFA 15 has been selling more than any other game in the UK last week. It's in the top of the sales chart, just above Bethesda's recently released horror game The Evil Within and Gearbox Studios' new Borderlands game. Check out the full chart below:

  1. FIFA 15 (EA)
  2. The Evil Within (Bethesda)
  3. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Take-Two)
  4. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner)
  5. Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft)
  6. Alien Isolation (Sega)
  7. Destiny (Activision)
  8. DriveClub (Sony)
  9. Minecraft PlayStation Edition (Sony)
  10. F1 2014 (Codemasters)

Destiny's popularit seems to be dropping a bit. Still, Shadow of Mordor seems to be doing alright as well as Forza Horizon 2.

"I realize this is a site run by Europeans (well, Vader any way) so that means a certain... - Whisky"1

Right now, it appears the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is the most wanted game on Valve's digital delivery service, Steam. Shadow of Mordor and the new Civilization game are also high on the chart. Check it out:

  1. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  2. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  3. Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
  4. PAYDAY 2
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  6. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - Season Pass
  7. Alien: Isolation
  8. The Evil Within
  9. Tomb Raider
  10. Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
"Aussie jokes, well that makes sense as the game was done by Gearbox Australia. - Whisky"3

At a Fan Festival event in Las Vegas, Square Enix announced their first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. Called Heavesward, the expansion will increase the level cap, add new adventures and challenges, along with "much more." The publisher will unveil more details about the expansion during their scheduled fan festivals in London later this month and Tokyo in December. 

Their announcement trailer is below.

Final Fantasy XIV is Square Enix's current online Final Fantasy game, one that had a horrific launch but was repackaged and reborn as A Realm Reborn. The rebirth gave the game a much needed boost in playability as well as popularity.


Working on the Alien: Isolation review as fast as I can folks. I've written so many things about this game and I don't even know why. Maybe it's because I've finally played a game that made me shit my pants (several times) and I cannot remember the last time that happened. Sorry for the lack of features last week. We're trying to play as many releases as we can and that's why we were busy during the previous week. The reviews are going to kick in starting today. 

Also, my day started with a damn tasty coffee and these: 

"Real men don't shit their pants. Except when they do. - Whisky"14

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Sorry for the late Saturday update, guys. They killed my Internet connection at home. So, I had to postpone today's post and comic. Still, better late than never. Enjoy. And have a great weekend. As for me, I'm gonna start writing the Alien: Isolation review tonight. Then I'm starting to play Legend of Grimrock 2 - the lovely folks at Almost Human have sent us a review code and I'm already hearing great stuff abuot that one. Oh, and I'm also diving into Borderalnds: The Pre-Sequel. 
"Evenin' My 2TB HDD died!! Me so sad! All the data! All the games and movies, gone! :( - Doomsday."5

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