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Microsoft has announced their November Games with Gold lineup, which includes one Xbox One game and two Xbox 360 games.

The Xbox One game is Völgarr: The Viking, their newest self-published indie from their ID@Xbox program. It will be free for the entire month of November.

For the Xbox 360, Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise will be free from November 1st-15th, and then Red Faction Guerrilla will take the free spot from November 16th-30th. I always wanted to try Red Faction Guerrilla, so here's the first Games with Gold Xbox 360 game I'm interested in.

The Games with Gold are only available to those who subscribe to an Xbox Gold membership.

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Assassin's Creedy Unity is a mere two weeks away, believe it or not. Therefore, expect lots and lots of trailers each day and every day from here through November 11th, such as the one above, which shows how it isn't all about the French Revolution.

It's kind of a spoiler in my opinion, but this is the day and age we live in; must show all hands before a game releases.

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Ever heard of Randal's Monday? It's a point-and-click adventure from Daedalic Entertainment that will release in the next few weeks. It's based on the movie Clerks by Kevin Smith, and it has recruited the original voice talent of both Randal and Jay, Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes. Take a look at the trailer below.

Randal's Monday will release on November 12th on PC and Mac.

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Blizzard is close to celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and the company believes that the game will be around for another ten.

"I definitely can't tell you what our 20th anniversary is going to be. I can tell you there is definitely going to be one," lead designer Ion Hazzikostas said to CNET. "I have no doubt saying that. We're definitely planning into the future, talking about what the next expansion is going to be, and what the one after that is going to be, just in terms of big picture storylines, how can we start setting things up now, where do we want the game to go. Ultimately it's all one step at a time."

The development team for the title is the biggest it ever has been, and they've had a recent surge of subscribers to 7.4 million due to the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion.

Crazy as it sounds, I bet WoW could be around for another 10, 5 years at the very least. They keep pumping out those expansions on a regular basis, there's no reason to think that it won't.

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What defines a true survival-horror experience? Well, lots of thing. However, it's safe to say that a good atmosphere and a decent story would be the first building blocks to a halfway solid horror experience. Let's see if Bethesda's The Evil Within gets us there.

There’s two ways you can play this game – shooting or stealth. Most of the time you have an option to take a stealthy approach, and that’s frequently a good idea because you can pull off takedowns, instead of wasting precious ammo. Until you’ve significantly upgraded your character, taking out enemies with ranged weapons will take too long. So, you’ll have to collect so-called green gel, which you’ll be able to use for upgrading health, stamina and various aspects of your weapons like range, fire rate, clip capacity, etc. As you can see, it’s all very Resident Evil-ish.

Read our review of The Evil Within (PC).

"if i want to get scared, i'll play Alien or P.T. if i want to shoot shit, i'll play Painkiller... - Vodoo"2


The first Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC has been confirmed and its details unveiled. The Lord of the Hunt DLC will include new story missions involving Torvin the dwarven hunter, new warchiefs, new beasts, new runes, and a new character skin. It's part of the Season Pass, which costs $24.99, but there's no info yet on how much it will cost separately, or will it will even release.

Check out the trailer below.

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Zoe Quinn, developer behind Depression Quest, has called for the biggest companies in gaming to speak up and condemn the GamerGate controversy. Quinn's ex-boyfriend blogging about Quinn's relationships in the gaming press is considered the trigger for the GamerGate movement. Many claim that the purpose of the movement is to promote ethics in game journalism (which has become a ridiculous meme), but it has unfortunately been equated as an excuse for misogyny and online harassment. 

Quinn recently spoke with the BBC about this issue, and she put the onus on the larger companies to help stop the harassment.

"The fact that so much of the responsibility is offloaded to the people most harmed by it, when someone in a much safer position than I am can stand up and condemn it, is frustrating," she said. "When people that are prominent in the industry can stand up and say 'I'm part of games, I love games, this hate mob doesn't speak for me, this is not welcome in games', it has the twofold effect of making it less damaging to those that this can hurt, and it does something to repair this horrible misrepresentation of this medium that so many of us love.

"Condemning them and saying they do not speak for games - it's so fundamental, otherwise this is going to keep happening."

The ESA and Ubisoft have both publicly condemned harassment, but Quinn isn't satisfied.

"We need everybody to stand-up and condemn it, and not in this milquetoast 'harassment is bad you guys' way - because they don't think that what they're doing is harassment," she said.

At least she did acknowledge the fact that some people who have rallied behind the GamerGate tag are concerned about ethics in gaming journalism, and she said they need to be heard. 

"Nobody's talking about the relationship between the major publishers and the press," Quinn continued. "Many of the real concerns that people should have about ethics in games journalism have been completely ignored."

She does make one good point there, that this whole movement has been overblown to the point that nothing is how it started, reducing both sides to yelling at one another about issues that may or may not have anything to do with GamerGate. I'm honestly surprised this issue is still even a thing, and I'm ready for it to go quietly into that good night. This whole situation has gotten wildly out of hand where no one is going to win, not the radical feminists, not the journalists, and certainly not the gamers.

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"i still have no clue what the fuck is this about but my instincts say i'm better off for it. ... - Vodoo"2


One of the best trailers for an Assassin's Creed game I've ever laid my eyes on. It should be an example to other publishers. This co-op video of ACU features DavidAttenbro, MorganF_Da_Man, SchwarzeKiller and ChattyManAl69. Most definitely worth the watch, folks:

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This made me chuckle this morning:

On an unrelated note, these photos from space are pretty cool, so give them a peek.

"All BOTD deserve 10. It's a principal thing - PigMaster"11


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Those who are keen to grab the PC edition of Assassin's Creed Unity will be glad to know that NVIDIA has a few nifty new features lined up, so you might wanna check those out in the latest video for the action adventure, freshly sent by the folks at Ubisoft:

Don't forget that Assassin's Creed Unity is also going to be available for PS4 and Xbox One.

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Sony rolled out firmware update 2.0 for the PS4 yesterday, which introduces a few new features such as directly connecting with YouTube accounts, streaming with your party chat, inviting a friend to play a game with you even if they don't own the game, and the USB Music Player. However, for many users, the update wouldn't allow access to a few apps, signing into the PSN, or certain downloaded games to play.

Sony is aware of the situation, and they've promised they're investigating the issue.

“We’re aware of issues reported by some PS4 users following the release of PS4’s latest system software update, v 2.00,” a Sony spokesperson told GamesBeat. “We’re investigating these issues and will provide an update once we have more information.”

These problems aren't affecting everyone, but I'd still recommend holding off on updating for a little while until these issues are fixed.

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Thanks to the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary remastered version of the original Halo game, we already know what to expect from that game with an additional HD facelift on Xbox One. But what about Halo 2? That one was never redone for the Xbox 360, and going back to that now has been painful for the last several years. 

Check out how fantastic Halo 2 will look in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It's a shame they can't redo the ending, though.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will release on November 11th for Xbox One.

"Fucking hell... thanks for the Beyonce moment there. My life is so complete right now. - Vader"3


Star Citizen has now successfully raised over $59 million in crowdsourced funding. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but when will enough be enough? At this rate, with all of the stretch goals that will come with this total, will the game ever be able to be finished?

The stretch goal that has been met with this recent boost is "as open-ended as space itself," as they so adequately worded in their Letter from the Chairman.

The team will also show off what they have thus far at PAX Australia.

"The team is hard at work prepping for the PAX Australia demo, and we’re all looking forward to giving an audience of Star Citizen’s backers their first look at something extremely cool this weekend," Chris Roberts wrote. "I think you’re going to be surprised: the FPS module isn’t an aside… it’s a fully featured game in and of itself!"

"I predict a huge sprawling mess! Rather than designing a solid game and writing it, we have the... - Neil"12


Activision and Bungie have finally laid out the details for Destiny's first expansion, called The Dark Below. It will contain three new story missions, The Will of Crota Strike, and the Crota's End Raid, three new multiplayer maps, and a raise in the level cap to 32. Those who own the PlayStation versions of Destiny will also have exclusive access to a new co-op Strike, The Undying Mind, until Fall 2015.

The Dark Below will release on December 9th for $19.99 for those who don't have the Destiny Season Pass. That seems a little high for the content included.

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Crusader: No Remorse, the 1995 classic isometric shooter from Origin Systems, is now available for free on Origin. Oh man, I remember how much I was crazy about video game intros at the time.

Bloody hell, interlaced :) Anyway, Crusader: No Remorse also had a sequel called Crusader: No Regret, which released in 1996.

Here's a bit more details about the setting:

As a Silencer, one of the elite enforcers of the World Economic Consortium, you're supposed to be incorruptible. But if the system you serve is utterly corrupt, where does that leave you? You go over to the Resistance, the same pack you used to hunt down. Now, your former employers better watch their backs because you're coming after them with all the firepower at your command.

No pity. No mercy. No Remorse.

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Judge William H. Fahey of the Los Angeles Superior Court granted Activision's Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit brought against them by former dictator Manuel Noriega. Noriega filed his suit against the publisher for using his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, claiming defamation of character and other things that were most likely untrue for a former dictator and drug lord.

"This ruling is an important victory and we thank the court for protecting free speech," said Activision defender Rudy Giuliani in a press release. "This was an absurd lawsuit from the very beginning and we're gratified that in the end, a notorious criminal didn't win. This is not just a win for the makers of Call of Duty, but is a victory for works of art across the entertainment and publishing industries throughout the world."

Activision's motion was filed under California's anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute that was created to help protect entities from frivolous lawsuits. Activision claims that if the case was not dismissed and Noriega's suit was allowed to go forward, it would set a startling precedent that could have vetoed historical figures from appearing in all forms of art, including books and movies. 

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Dying Light, from development studio Techland, won't make it to last-gen consoles - Xbox 360 and PS3. According to the developer, this is because of technical limitations. At this point, they are strictly focusing on high-end hardware, which denotes PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms.

The devs said: "We spent the last three years making sure that all the features of our game add up to create a truly next-gen experience. Much of this 'next-gen feel' is tightly connected to the technological side of Dying Light. For instance, up to 200,000 objects can be displayed in the game at once. Add to this our use of realistic, physics-based lighting technology and you really start to push the next-gen systems to the limits. "Combining all of these into one fluid experience is only possible on technologically advanced platforms."

They added: "Therefore, after thorough internal testing, we have come to the conclusion that we have no choice but to leave past-gen systems behind and release Dying Light exclusively on the next-gen consoles and PC."

Expect the game to arrive on January 25, 2015.

"I don't understand how they can omit 75 million install base for TWO systems (2x75 mil) and just go... - Myst"5



Star Wars: Battlefront is on its way, but still veiled in shadow and mystery. For the time being all we have is some crappy-ass montage with dev. commentary from E3 2014.

Today EA reveals that Star Wars: Battlefront is slated to arrive during in the holiday 2015, presumably between October and December. In other words, the date will correspond to LucasFilms' launch of Star Wars: Episode VII, which is officially coming to cinemas worldwide on Dec. 18, 2015.

DICE, the developers behind the highly anticipated shooter, are closely working with LucasFilm to bring it to life. In addition to Battlefront, DICE also has Battlefield Hardline and Mirror's Edge 2 on their agenda.

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"Also, I can't wait for Mirror's Edge 2. Just thought I'd mention that as well. - Vader"4


I swear this is absolutely the last time you'll hear me talk about this, so there, just one more post. Marvel just released an extended version of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, which has me excited like a little slimly worm who just sank his teeth into a fresh, juicy apple. The extended clip sees the Avengers hanging out together in their spare time (oddly enough, not eating any shawarma) and trying to lift Thor's hammer. It's a fun addition to the main trailer.

Okay, I'm done. The movie is gonna be out in April 2015, which, yeah, it probably means I'll be talking about it some more... at some point anyway. Sorry, I have to apologize for my fanboyessness. But then again, why should I? We're all fanboys about something. 

"Her name is Howard. - Vader"18


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