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Monday, Sep 08, 2014

Assassin's Creed Bundle

UbiBlog announces the Assassin's Creed The Americas Collection, a bundle of Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, and Assassin's Creed Liberation HD. They say this is coming on October 28th for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but just to keep us guessing, Ubisoft U.K. also announces this same bundle with a different title, a different release date, and an additional target platform, saying we should expect Assassin’s Creed Birth of a New World - The American Saga on October 3rd, and that this is also coming to Windows PCs (we offer box shots as proof). Whether this means the PC edition will not be released in North America remains to be seen.

Another Diablo III Season Exploit

A post to the forums complains of another exploit being used to gain experience in Diablo III at an unusual rate. It Details about exactly how this works were deleted, but it seems to be taking advantage of a bug in the game code. Blizzard is in the midst of the game's first competitive season for the action/RPG sequel, and this impacts leaderboards for that, so it's not clear if there will be some effort at remedying the situation, or if they will just patch the exploit and allow those who took advantage of this to benefit like they did with last week's exploit. A support agent has responded to the thread saying they are currently investigating the issue.

Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Ship Customization Video

Positech Games announces ship customization is one of the enhancements Gratuitous Space Battles 2 will boast over the original GSB. This trailer shows off how this works in a pre-alpha version of the upcoming space strategy sequel, carrying the following simple description: "This shows the ship editor and how it can be used to design your own ships with their very own visuals." Continue here to read the full story.

Skyforge Paladin Class Video

Here's a new trailer from Skyforge, showing off the Paladin class in Obsidian's upcoming MMORPG. Here's their description of this warrior: "The Paladin class is skilled at defending both themselves and their allies with their mighty shield taking the brunt of the damage from several enemies at once while drawing attention away from other unprotected allies. While the Paladin is a great protector, the class also has plenty of abilities that make them a deadly combatant as they engage enemies up close and personal." Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Evening Previews

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Star Wars Crawl Creator. Thanks TweakTown.

Arkham Knight 2 in June

WBIE and DC Entertainment announce a June 2nd release date for Batman: Arkham Knight the next installment in the comic-inspired action game series, following up on the recent announcement it is being delayed until next year. They also offer details on two limited edition SKUs for the game, one of them a console-exclusive "Batmobile" edition. Here's the skinny on the two special versions:
Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will include:

  • Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
  • Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc
  • Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
  • Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
  • Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham’s Protector, the Dark Knight
  • SRP:
    • Console – $99.99 / 119.99 € / 89.99£
    • PC – 99.99€ / 74.99£

Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition will include:

  • Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
  • Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc
  • Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
  • Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
  • Transforming Batmobile Statue – Fully transformable Batmobile statue realised in exquisite detail by TriForce
  • SRP: $199.99 / 199.99€ / 169.99£ (Console only) Turns Six announces the sixth anniversary of the launch of this DRM free marketplace, which has expanded into more modern releases over that time to evolve beyond their original mission to provide "good old games." The celebration will involve daily discounts:
For six years now, we've been building a library of great games of many genres, ages, and origins. One by one they were introduced to our catalog, publisher by publisher, developer by developer, series by series. We've started small, with just a couple dozen of games and a small crew of passionate gamers. Then we grew. Each year was exciting and brought excellent additions to our offer. This week, we'd like to go back to history, taking you on a little trip down the memory lane. Each day we'll be taking some of the games we've released in a given year of GOG's existence, and offering them to you up to 80% off.

Independent Games Festival Defends Judging Process

Responding to allegations of voting improprieties, the Independent Games Festival has issued a statement denying that the proceedings are fixed, outlining their internal process for selecting the winners of their annual awards. They also say they are taking this matter seriously:
The IGF (and its parent company, which has looked into these claims) would like to assure all entrants and gamers that we take the idea of conflict of interest seriously in selecting our judging and jurying pools. Worries about the Independent Games Festival are nothing new (thanks to its perceived 'star-making' qualities), but for those who are unaware, we'll explain again how the process works.

The explanation below is the process we've had in place since 2011, and, in the interest of transparency, it will be officially added to our FAQ in the coming days.

U.K. Sales Charts

The Sims 4 has kicked some simulated butt since the release of the new installment in the lifestyle simulation, landing the game at number one on all of the relevant sales charts from GfK Chart-Track, including the all-platforms chart, an unusual feat these days for a PC-only game. That's right, in addition to sitting atop the full-price PC game chart, the new Sims game is number one on the all platforms/all prices chart, and the all platforms/full price chart. Here's how they put it:
EA’s ‘The Sims 4’ becomes the publisher’s 4th title of the year to debut at No1.

It’s also the first PC-only All Formats No1 since ‘Guild Wars 2’ topped the chart just over two years. With price promotions on the 360 and PS3 versions, a surge in sales sees Ubisoft’s ‘Watch Dogs’ (+19%) climb 7 places to No2, placing it ahead of last week’s chart topper ‘Metro Redux’ (-58%) which slips to No3. ‘The Last of Us: Remastered’ (-30%) drops a place to No4 while last week’s No2 ‘Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition’ (-51%) is down to No5.

Outside the Top 10 this week a resurgent ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ (+10%) is another title to climb 7 places up to No14 thanks to price promotions. There are two other new entries in the Top 40 this week. ‘Danganrompa 2: Goodbye Despair’ lands for Vita at No29, debuting 13 places higher than ‘Danganrompa: Trigger Happy Havoc’, while week 1 sales are also up 12% on the debut week of its predecessor. Finally ‘Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate’ arrives for Xbox One and PS4 at No34.

Uncanny Valley Demo

Cowardly Creations offers the first trailer and a playable demo from Uncanny Valley. Though the name implies a disturbing level of realism, this is actually a side-scrolling survival/horror game with an interesting flashlight mechanic. Their approach to character death is quite different from what's typical for the genre: "Of course, there are a couple of sections where you can die, but we're trying to avoid that as much as possible. Why? Because dying and repeating the same section over and over is tedious and leads to frustration. The game stops being scary if you're angry and just want to rush through it, so we think that adding such a system will still keep the tension while adding a new layer to scariness." Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

Total Biscuit - Why you shouldn't be excited - A look at games media's role in hype. Thanks Ant via HARDOCP.
TotalBiscuit brings you a discussion video on the games media's involvement in hype campaigns for unreleased or in-development titles and the negative impact it has on the industry.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Videogames Are For Everybody. Thanks nin.
There has been criticism, too, which has resulted in gamers claiming that we hate them. We don’t hate gamers. We are gamers. Numerous (often offensive and widely incoherent) attempts to provoke controversy and scandal about the relationship between game developers and the games press have resulted in some people saying that RPS should be destroyed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we disagree with that proposition, and we’ll explain why we disagree in this article.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Very happy that Boardwalk Empire returned last night, though this is also bittersweet, since it's the show's final season. I never really expected to learn more about Nucky's background with the Commodore, so the indication that this is one of the themes this year is surprising, and welcome: Usually too many flashbacks can create an annoying effect, but I'm fascinated.

And the first big batch of NFL games was welcome as well... and getting crushed in my picks by a couple of odd upsets makes it feel like I'm already in mideseason form from last year!

Strong Week Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Climbo.
Zombie Pickup Survival.
Links: 5 Ways Movies Get Gunfights Wrong (Based on Experience).
Genius Pizza Box Transforms Into Plates, And Then Storage For Leftovers.
Stories: Passengers Team Up to Save Heart Attack Victim.
Science: Space Station Defies Humans, Launches Satellites Without Permission. Thanks HARDOCP.
Media: TEENS REACT TO NINTENDO (NES). Including Arya Stark.
MIKE TYSON'S PUNCH-OUT!! (Teens React- Retro Gaming).
5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now.
The Funnies: Gaming, Then and Now (Part 4).
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