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Japan's insane pop culture/geek festival, Jump Festa, was this past weekend, and Square Enix showed off a couple of trailers to their adoring fans. Aside from showing a bit more of Final Fantasy XV's gameplay and cut scenes, Square presented this iteration's Cid, who makes an appearance in every FF game. It's never the same guy, he never looks the same, and he never has the same last name. This time, however, Cid is a girl. Cue the mixture of praise of a female character and admonishment for the booty shorts.

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To quote Mugatu, VR is so hot right now. Sony has one for direct competition with the Oculus Rift, and now reports are coming in that Microsoft has one as well, and prototypes are already in the hands of a few developers.

Another report from Digitimes says that the device will enter consumer production by 2015, which suggests that Microsoft will present it at E3 in 2015.

It's starting to feel like there's a mad dash race for who will get their VR headsets out to the consumer first.

[Via]

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This is good news. Well, for me, because as any of you are probably well aware of by now, I think the Last of Us is one of the best video game experiences of our time.

Today, a report showed up indicating that The Last of Us 2 project is most likely under way already, as confirmed via the LinkediIn profile of former Naughty Dog character artist Michael Knowland. Before he left the studio he listed that one of the project he was involved in was, in fact, The Last of Us 2.

Lead Character Artist
Naughty Dog October 2011 – April 2014 (2 years 7 months)

The Last of Us - all things main and NPC characters.

Uncharted 4 - working on main character Nathan Drake to upgrade the face sculpt, hair (geometry/texturing/shading), facial hair, rigging topology, skin textures and arm/hand details.

The Last of Us 2 - 1 month prototyping head sculpts.

Naughty Dog has recently released a rather lengthy gameplay video for Uncharted 4, and by the look of it, they are really dedicated to that one, but hopefully they'll also have the time and energy to handle The Last of Us 2 properly.

GameRev via NeoGAF.

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New Battlefield Hardline trailer from EA shows off a bit of both the single-player and multiplayer gameplay footage. Yep, it's still a cops and robbers game.

Battlefield Hardline is set to release March 2015.

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With every copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes access to a somewhat closed Beta for the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer. With all of the issues 343 has had at launch with MCC, they need all of the beta tests they can cram in before releasing a new Halo. We got a chance to experience the Beta before the proverbial floodgates opened for the rest of the Xbox One Halo fans, and well, why not write up some impressions of the upcoming multiplayer for Halo 5?

Only one multiplayer mode was open for us, the classic Slayer mode that has been with Halo multiplayer since Halo: Combat Evolved back in 2001. Eight players are divided up into two teams of four, a red and a blue team, and the first time to 50 kills or the team with the most kills in 12 minutes wins the match. For this test, all of us were given the same loadout—standard-issue assault rifle and pistol—but other weapons were scattered throughout the map, such as the Battle Rifle and SMG. A sniper rifle would also drop at various intervals at opposite locations on the map. If you found a sniper rifle spawn point, you often staked out that spot as long as you could.

Only two maps were available as well, Empire and Truth.

So yeah, it was really limited, but I still had a few things to say about my little experience with it. Read on...

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So maybe Halo: The Master Chief Collection's multiplayer still isn't working as well as it should, but there's no time like the present to announce some DLC for it to avert everyone's attention. Halo 3: ODST, the standalone expansion from 2009, will be available as DLC sometime in 2015. For anyone who played the game since launch through December 19th, you will get the DLC for free, most likely as an apology for the awful, awful launch. These same players will also receive one free month of Xbox Live Gold, an exclusive in-game nameplate, and an exclusive in-game avatar.

However, Halo 3: ODST's firefight mode will not be part of the DLC, which is smart as they can't get the rest of the multiplayer to work at the moment.

"This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can - and need - to do better for Xbox fans around the world," 343's Bonnie Ross wrote on Xbox Wire. "We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues."

In addition, 343 will release an update that will add in all 10 episodes of the Spartan Ops co-op from Halo 4 for free.

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ACU. Okay, so there I was: happily stabbing people and free-running across the rooftops of XVIII century Paris. All of a sudden, Ubisoft takes throws my character out of the world and into a completely different, made up setting, which is actually a combo of modern-day bullcrap and WW2. Why? Because you want to show us how cool Assassin's Creed looks like in WW2? Or was this meant to be some crappy DLC and you decided that it would be too cruel? So, let's just toss that back into the main game.

*SIGH* Damn it Ubi...

In other news, Vince, Keri and I are wrapping up our Game of the Year feature and I think you guys will be pretty surprised with what we have in store. Anyway, let's dig up some crappy pre-Christmas news...

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Started playing Assassin's Creed Unity over the weekend. Thankfully, the game has been patched somewhat seeing as I didn't encounter any bugs or glitches of any kind. Mind you, this morning the game did crash once. But, that's like it. The free-running mechanics seemed to have been tweaked somewhat, so it feels different for me after Assassin's Creed Rogue. It's nice to be back in the AC world. I'm gearing up to try a bit of co-op today, so that should be interesting as well.

Otherwise, I'm keeping my eyes open for more sales on Steam. I'd advise you good folks to keep a lookout as well.

Talk to ya soon.

Time to put the comic up.

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Dragon Age: Inquistion
10.88%
Divinity: Original Sin
9.39%
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
2.96%
South Park: The Stick of Truth
2.93%
Far Cry 4
2.84%
Wolfenstein: The New Order
2.81%
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
2.73%
Watch Dogs
2.73%
Dark Souls II
2.64%
The Wolf Among Us
2.50%
World of WarCraft: Warlords of Draenor
2.44%
FIFA 15
2.38%
Titanfall
2.33%
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
2.30%
Destiny
2.30%
The Walking Dead Season 2
2.24%
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
2.18%
Goat Simulator
2.15%
Super Smash Bros.
2.15%
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
2.10%
Alien Isolation
2.07%
Assassin's Creed Unity
1.89%
Monument Valley
1.89%
Valiant Hearts
1.89%
Mario Kart 8
1.87%
The Crew
1.84%
Assassin's Creed Rogue
1.75%
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
1.72%
Child of Light
1.67%
NBA 2K15
1.64%
Sunset Overdrive
1.61%
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
1.52%
Bayonetta 2
1.52%
The Evil Within
1.52%
Madden 15
1.46%
Infamous Second Son
1.41%
Legend of Grimrock II
1.38%
Broken Age - Act 1
1.38%
PES 2015
1.35%
Wildstar
1.32%
Never Alone
1.18%
Bravely Default
1.15%
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