The Koalition Where Gaming and Hip-Hop Collides2014-11-21T06:51:09Z http://thekoalition.com/feed/atom/WordPress Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz http://www.transcend-gaming.com <![CDATA[Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the Biggest Launch of the Year]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109757 2014-11-21T02:51:38Z 2014-11-21T02:51:25Z Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the biggest entertainment launch of the year. So much, that it’s bigger than any other video game title, box office movie, music and even books for 2014. These results for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are based on the statistics from publicly available data, internal revenue […]

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Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the biggest entertainment launch of the year. So much, that it’s bigger than any other video game title, box office movie, music and even books for 2014.

These results for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are based on the statistics from publicly available data, internal revenue and customer retail sell-through information of week one of the games launch, in both retail and digital sales. This is compared to the findings for the first week sales of movies, books and music.

Since then, gamers have played more than 370 million online matches with 200 million leveling up in its first week. Activision also wants everyone to know, according to Xbox Live, PSN and internal Activision estimates, they’ve had the highest selling digital launch in console history.

“Since Activision created the Call of Duty franchise in 2003, franchise revenues have exceeded $10 billion in sales worldwide, far exceeding box office receipts for such household movie franchises as Hunger Games, Transformers, Iron Man and Avengers, combined,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “Advanced Warfare is the biggest entertainment launch of 2014 in terms of revenue, surpassing all movie, music and book launches this year.”

“We poured our hearts into making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare an epic ride, and we are pleased with the performance,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing, Inc. “Sales and engagement are up through the first week compared to last year. Season Pass sales are up, as well. The game has been very positively reviewed and the response from fans has been tremendous. We believe Advanced Warfare will be the most successful game of the year and we thank our fans for making it the biggest entertainment launch of the year.”

Knowing Destiny had a similar launch, which game do you like better? Let us know!

Source: Activision

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor — Free New Character Skin & Challenge Mode Available Today]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109751 2014-11-21T04:39:31Z 2014-11-21T00:38:58Z Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces the free Power of Defiance bundle including the new Lithariel character skin, Challenge Mode and Epic Rune for the acclaimed action game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The Power of Defiance bundle will be available via a free content update today for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam. With the new character […]

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces the free Power of Defiance bundle including the new Lithariel character skin, Challenge Mode and Epic Rune for the acclaimed action game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The Power of Defiance bundle will be available via a free content update today for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam.

With the new character skin, players become Lithariel, the Warrior Commander of the Tribesmen of Nurn, and lead the charge against the Dark Lord Sauron and his troops. They can test their survival skills in the new Test of Defiance Challenge Mode.

The free Power of Defiance bundle includes the following upgrades:

• Play as Lithariel, daughter of Lady Marwen, Queen of Nurn

• Test of Defiance Challenge Mode – Players face the ultimate test to their warrior prowess as they defeat Sauron’s Warchiefs without cheating death or relying on the power of the Wraith.

• Epic Rune – Defiant to the End: Players gain an additional Last Chance to return to the fray in combat.


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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor ▪ Warner Bros. ▪ PC, PS4, PS3, X1, 360
PC, PS4, X1—9.30.14 NA ▪ 10.3.14 EU  |  11.18.14 NA ▪ 11.21.14 EU—PS3, 360

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Chris Sealy <![CDATA[Amiibo is a Collector’s Game, Not a Gamer’s Collectable]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109633 2014-11-20T19:35:30Z 2014-11-20T19:35:30Z Amiibo is Nintendo’s version of the ever popular “toys-to-life” video game genre dominated by such titles as Skylanders and Disney Infinity. The major difference with Nintendo’s implementation of these game pieces is that they are meant to be used between more than one type/genre of Nintendo game. Skylanders and Disney have an implementation plan and […]

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Amiibo is Nintendo’s version of the ever popular “toys-to-life” video game genre dominated by such titles as Skylanders and Disney Infinity. The major difference with Nintendo’s implementation of these game pieces is that they are meant to be used between more than one type/genre of Nintendo game.

Skylanders and Disney have an implementation plan and a single focus of their characters for use in their titles where the toys are all useful in game accessories (characters, powers, etc.), and tie into their respective games implicitly.

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Nintendo’s history with the implementation of accessories (with the exception of controllers or game adapters like Super Game Boy) that were to be used across multiple titles has been poor at best. The plans for those accessories never pans out as anyone expects.

Even recent history shows us Nintendo made accessories for games are barely used between more than 5 Nintendo developed titles, at best. Third party support was often few and far between. More recently with Wii and Wii U accessories (with the exception of the original Wii Balance Board), third party support is practically non-existent.

Let’s look at some history for some accessories and their very limited support from Nintendo titles:

Nintendo Entertainment System

NES Zapper –  Duck Hunt, Wild Gunman, Gumshoe, Hogan’s Alley, Barker Bill’s Trick Shooting

NES Power Pad - Short Order / Eggsplode! (only Power Pad title developed by Nintendo)

R.O.B. – Gyromite, Stack Up

Nintendo 64

Memory Expansion Pak – Donkey Kong 64, Perfect Dark, TLoZ: Majora’s Mask

Transfer Pak – Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Pokemon Stadium 1 + 2

Nintendo Gamecube

DK Bongos – Donkey Konga, Donkey Konga 2, Donkey Konga 3

Wii

Balance Board – Wii Fit, Wii Music

Wii Wheel (shell for Wii Remote) – Mario Kart Wii

Wii Zapper (shell for Wii Remote) – Link’s Crossbow Training

Wii Speak – Animal Crossing Wii

Here the case for the concern about Amiibo is clear. Nintendo, throughout their history of creating video games, has had terrible support from first party titles for their own accessories. Some of these accessories share some success with third party titles, like the Wii Balance Board and the original NES Zapper.

The problem with Amiibo is amplified by the fact that its own nature excludes pretty much any third party support. Even with the inclusion of Sonic and Mega Man, which was done strictly for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, I doubt that Nintendo will allow Sega developers or Capcom to use those Amiibos as they see fit in their games. That’s accounting if there are even any Mega Man or Sonic titles coming in the near future (Sega just released Sonic Boom, which has no Amiibo support).

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And the official Nintendo support chart for Amiibo across Nintendo titles doesn’t even tell the whole story of full support for the Amiibo figures. As of now, Super Smash Bros. is the ONLY game in Nintendo’s roster that supports all the current figures and reads/writes to the Amiibo figures. Even then, the figures only have enough memory to support one game. That means if Nintendo makes another titles that writes to the Amiibo figures, the figures’ data needs to be wiped before it can be used for another game.

Secondly, games like Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors, which seem to have full support for a few characters, actually can only read data from the character and unlock game extras. That means the Amiibo actually is not an active part of the game, just a physical unlock key for extra content already in the game.

Amiibo support going into Holiday 2014 and beyond is suspect at best, with only a remark that support will come to the Captain Toad game (but no firm date or info on which Amiibo), and no future titles after that.

Looking at this already shaky ground that Nintendo has placed Amiibo on, I would only consider it as a nice toy collectable if you love Nintendo characters; they look nice and would do well in a figure collection. Outside of this, if you’re a gamer looking for an enhanced experience in future Nintendo titles, I think you will be better off skipping Amiibo, as it will just be another accessory that Nintendo forgets about in the coming months.

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Mr. Kennedy http://www.youtube.com/Parkhall2009 <![CDATA[PRhyme Open Up “PRhyme Time” Remix Contest]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109719 2014-11-20T04:33:52Z 2014-11-20T04:33:52Z DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ (aka PRhyme) have teamed up with HotNewHipHop.com to hold the “PRhyme Time” remix contest. All entrants of the “PRhyme Time” contest will have to remix the hip-hop duo’s lead single “Courtesy“. The details of the contest are as follows: Download the instrumental and acapella for “Courtesy“. Record a 16 […]

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DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ (aka PRhyme) have teamed up with HotNewHipHop.com to hold the “PRhyme Time” remix contest.

All entrants of the “PRhyme Time” contest will have to remix the hip-hop duo’s lead single “Courtesy“.

The details of the contest are as follows:

  1. Download the instrumental and acapella for “Courtesy“.
  2. Record a 16 bar verse.
  3. Send it to the PRhyme Time SoundCloud group.

Why should you enter this contest? Well, the prize is pretty decent to say the least. The winner of the contest will receive the following:

  • Song played on Premier radio show
  • Interviewed on Premier radio show
  • Tweets from PRhyme congratulating winner
  • PRhyme gift package (Autographed CD, PRhyme hoodie and autographed poster)
  • 2 VIP tickets to PRhyme US Tour (travel and hotel not included)
  • Perform verse live with PRhyme during a stop on their PRhyme Tour

The closing date for the contest is December 2nd. At this point, Royce, Premo and HNHH will judge the entries and narrow it down to the best 10 which will then go to the HNHH website for public voting  from December 2nd to December 9th. Once the public narrow it down to just 4, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ will choose the winner. The contest winner will be announced on December 16th.

You will find the download of the instrumental and acapella below.

Happy remixing!

Source: HotNewHipHop.com

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Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[The Morning Gamer – 11/19/2014]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109698 2014-11-20T20:32:50Z 2014-11-19T17:41:47Z Our friend Torrence Davis (Editor-in-Chief of The Bit Bag and STFUandPLAY) has released a brand new episode of The Morning Gamer. There’s been a lot of interesting things happening in the games industry lately and Torrence goes in on some of these topics. The first topic is about single player versus multiplayer. Torrence talks about […]

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Our friend Torrence Davis (Editor-in-Chief of The Bit Bag and STFUandPLAY) has released a brand new episode of The Morning Gamer. There’s been a lot of interesting things happening in the games industry lately and Torrence goes in on some of these topics.

The first topic is about single player versus multiplayer. Torrence talks about how he is more of a multiplayer guy than a single player guy because he has more fun playing games with his friends. He specifically brings up Dragon Age: Inquisition and how he’s having a blast playing the multiplayer with his cousin. Tor doesn’t really understand people who don’t want multiplayer in their single player games. He also talks a bit about Dragon Age‘s combat and how he doesn’t like that you have to hold R2 to attack. Sounds like he would have really liked Dragon Age II.

The next topic is about Gameageddon 2014: Part Two. A slew of games were released yesterday like Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, LittleBigPlanet 3, and Grand Theft Auto V. Torrence talks about how this was already bad enough without EA deciding to drop a new DLC for Battlefield 4 and how he is still playing games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Finally, he talks about Ubisoft’s recent problems. Torrence tells people not to lay blame on Ubisoft’s developers for AC Unity‘s issues but instead, blame the publisher and shareholders who try to crank these games out every year. Developers try their best but they have no control over when their game is released, especially a monster like Assassin’s Creed. He also brings up Driveclub and how Sony’s infrastructure wasn’t ready for the influx of people playing on the PlayStation Network.

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Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz http://www.transcend-gaming.com <![CDATA[Hajime Tabata to Appear on Square Enix Presents]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109668 2014-11-20T23:35:29Z 2014-11-19T16:54:46Z Square Enix Presents, the show that brings together the creative teams behind Square Enix titles and their fans, announced today that Hajime Tabata, director of FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD, will appear on an upcoming broadcast on Thursday, November 20th at 8:30 p.m. PST. Tabata-san will discuss key aspects of FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD, including that of characters, themes and […]

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Square Enix Presents, the show that brings together the creative teams behind Square Enix titles and their fans, announced today that Hajime Tabata, director of FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD, will appear on an upcoming broadcast on Thursday, November 20th at 8:30 p.m. PST.

Tabata-san will discuss key aspects of FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD, including that of characters, themes and storyline, as well as answering questions from fans. If you have a burning question for Tabata-san, click here and submit your question in the comment box!

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This program can be viewed through YouTube, and get ready for an amazing event from Square Enix!

Are you going to watch the event? What’s your favorite Final Fantasy game? Let us know in the comments below!

Don’t miss out!

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Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz http://www.transcend-gaming.com <![CDATA[Far Cry 4: Keys to Kyrat & Share Play Comparison]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109658 2014-11-18T18:05:16Z 2014-11-18T18:05:16Z Since the announcement of PlayStation 4 in 2013, one of the key pillars of the system has been its unique social features. Of course, social interaction was built into the very foundation of the system, with features including DualShock 4′s Share button to easily share gameplay images and videos on social networks, the ability to […]

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Since the announcement of PlayStation 4 in 2013, one of the key pillars of the system has been its unique social features. Of course, social interaction was built into the very foundation of the system, with features including DualShock 4′s Share button to easily share gameplay images and videos on social networks, the ability to live broadcast to Twitch or Ustream, and more recently Share Play.

Far Cry 4

PlayStation is always looking for ways to expand PS4’s social features, which is why their excited about its partnership with Ubisoft on Far Cry 4. As discussed during a E3 2014 press conference, Far Cry 4 on PlayStation has an exclusive mode called Keys to Kyrat. Anyone who buys Far Cry 4 on PS4 or PS3 will receive 10 keys to send to your PSN friends, letting them join you in Kyrat for a free two-hour trial period, even if they don’t own a copy of the game. As an added bonus, your friends will get a currency boost for playing the trial if they end up purchasing the full game!

Keys to KyratShare Play
Download vs StreamEach key allows one of your PSN friends to download Far Cry 4 and play a trial of online co-op without needing to purchase the game.Stream a game to a friend’s PS4 so they can watch you play, take over your controller, or play as the second player in games that feature local multiplayer even when they don’t own a copy of it. Unfortunately, Far Cry 4 does not support local multiplayer in this case.
Time LimitThey can play a free two-hour trial of online co-op in Far Cry 4.Spectate or play most PS4 games for up to one hour at a time.

The initial concept for the Keys to Kyrat was born out of a brainstorming session between PlayStation and the Far Cry 4 development team. This is supposed to give fans a way to introduce their friends to the world of Far Cry 4 even if they didn’t own a copy of the game. The talented friends over at Ubisoft ran with this idea and worked tirelessly to develop this feature, and hope you enjoy it.

Who are you going to invite to your party with Far Cry 4: Keys to Kyrat? Do you think this function is worth having, and why? Let us know in the comments below!

Don’t miss out!

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Garrett Glass http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Kickstarter Weekly: That Dragon, Cancer and When You’re Gone]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109583 2014-11-21T00:20:39Z 2014-11-18T14:00:53Z Video games have covered almost ever seemingly conceivable idea no matter how abstract. In this regard, video games have lived up to their reputation to being the medium that can be about anything, and yet they continue to shy away from more realistic themes compared to saving the world. Fortunately, Kickstarter is a breeding grounds […]

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Video games have covered almost ever seemingly conceivable idea no matter how abstract. In this regard, video games have lived up to their reputation to being the medium that can be about anything, and yet they continue to shy away from more realistic themes compared to saving the world. Fortunately, Kickstarter is a breeding grounds for new ideas regardless of how good or bad backers perceive them. That Dragon, Cancer and When You’re Gone, for instance, stray from traditional adventure game mechanics in order to tell poignant tales about loss and loneliness. They won’t be fun in the traditional sense, but they’ll hopefully prove to be engaging.

What themes would you like to see developers explore in video games, let alone Kickstarter?

That Dragon, Cancer

By: Ryan Green and Josh Larson

Goal: $85,000

Current Funds: $46,934

End: December 12, 2014

When I was 18, I lost my father after his impressive 4-round bout with Melanoma, a vicious type of skin cancer. For some, like Ryan and Amy Green, the roles are reversed; as parents, they lost their son to a type of brain cancer–slightly different with, unfortunately, the same results.

A few years ago, That Dragon, Cancer made the rounds across various gaming sites while the developer’s son, Joel Green, was still alive. Ryan, the father and sole developer apart from musician Josh Larson,  originally intended the game to celebrate each of the miraculous victories the little tyke would win against cancer . Like my dad, the child staved off death far longer than the time frame the doctors had originally given him; however, some can only battle the ferocious dragon, so to speak, for so long before they grow weary.

Despite the tragic loss of their son,  Kyle admirably refuses to deviate from his original hopeful message as he allows players to explore Joel’s life via the adventure game genre. In some cases, players experience the more heart-warming moments in Joel’s life such as when he feeds the ducks, plays on the playground, and everything else a toddler loves to do. Kyle isn’t afraid to also depict the despairing, yet tender moments such as when he holds his son who is hooked up to an IV. The warm, cubist art style and haunting piano pieces complement the varying, tumultuous emotions that cancer patients, their friends, and their families may experience while they face this ordeal.

I realize That Dragon, Cancer doesn’t sound like a traditional game, but it does represent the connections that developers can build with players. Even I, who does not share the same religious views as Ryan, Amy, and Josh am able to relate to their struggle, and I’d wager those who know cancer victims would be able to engage with this game on some level.

I hope, in the long run, That Dragon, Cancer sparks a trend in which video game developers take to Kickstarter in order to fund games that tackle more of humanity’s metaphorical dragons, not just the ones in Skyrim.

When You’re Gone

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By: Winteractive

Goal: $180,000

Current Funds: $44,175

End: November 30, 2014

While perhaps not as tragic as losing a family or loved one to death, a breakup can provide a major shock to your system. Sure, one might have more freedom once he or she has been dumped by his or her significant other, but they also have more time than they can handle, and they no longer have a routine to distract themselves from their feelings of loss and loneliness. Thankfully, as demonstrated in  Winteractive’s When You’re Gone, no one is alone in sharing such universal feelings.

The game is essentially a love story that covers the entire lifespan of a relationship: the good, the bad, and everything in between. In this case, we have Sam and Emma, although the story is told through the former’s perspective. More accurately, Sam, as his older self explores his own, distorted memories from when he was young and in love, so that he can “remember Emma as she deserves to be remembered.”

As with That Dragon, Cancer, When You’re Gone isn’t an adventure game in the traditional sense where players solve puzzles in order to progress the story; rather, it’s more interested in relaying universal themes to the player via a more interactive medium than books or television. The levels are based on Sam’s key memories from his and Emma’s relationship, and scenes utilize a motion-comic cutscenes to drive the story. Seeing as the game takes place within Sam’s mind, it makes sense that the presentation takes on a more abstract form–I’m reminded of Van Gogh crossed with Psychonauts–in order to draw us into the secrets behind the relationship.

The two key things that might draw a backer’s attention is the universal theme and the stylish presentation. A gamer might be familiar with heartbreak as he or she is with a first-person shooter, but it’s not often that players get to play games that explore these relatable themes. If only Winteractive had included more details about the game, I’m sure they could have easily garnered more interest and funding for When You’re Gone. For now, these details are as enigmatic as the events that lead to the inevitable breakup.

Other Projects

Have you seen any interesting projects on Kickstarter that you think deserve mention? Are you a developer who is currently running a Kickstarter campaign? Let us know in the comments section, or send an email to garrett@thekoalition.com.

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Games of Our Lives — 11.17.14 | Microsoft Speaks on PlayStation; Sony Opens Up, More]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109652 2014-11-18T03:53:17Z 2014-11-18T03:53:17Z /// EPISODE 100 Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading! Gamers never die….. Just like the Games of Our Lives… /// GAMES FEATURED ►Battlefield 4 ►Far Cry 4 ►Destiny ►Final Fantasy Explorers ►Goat Simulator ►Driveclub ►LittleBigPlanet 3 ►Journey ►Grand Theft Auto V /// Battlefield 4 — […]

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/// EPISODE 100

Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

Gamers never die…..

Just like the Games of Our Lives…

/// GAMES FEATURED

►Battlefield 4
►Far Cry 4
►Destiny
►Final Fantasy Explorers
►Goat Simulator
►Driveclub
►LittleBigPlanet 3
►Journey
►Grand Theft Auto V

/// Battlefield 4 — Final Stand Gameplay Trailer

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/// Far Cry 4 — Season Pass Trailer

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/// SOLVED — Why You Can’t Change Your PSN Name

“We don’t want to make it so that you can go in, grief a bunch of people in Far Cry, change your avatar, change your username, go into CoD and grief everybody over there. We want to stop that,” he said.

“[We want to do name changing] in a way that’s transparent, but also don’t let people morph themselves, either.

“And yeah, it’s terrible that you have to make decisions on a service sometimes by optimizing around the bad actor. I hate that we have to do that. So we’re trying to balance that between… the 99 percent of users going to have a good experience, how can we help make that happen without giving one more tool to the bad actor to go in and ruin the experience for others?”

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/// Destiny — 1.03 Patch Notes

1.0.3 : The one about Iron Banner and Voice.
This is the first in a series of updates that will deliver new content in the lead up to The Dark Below. Update 1.0.3 provides new social features, revisions to activities, alterations to competitive spaces, adjustments to the player overall experience, as well as a sizable download of new content and geometry to support the first expansion of the world of Destiny. The Iron Banner special event is also being updated with new rules and features prior to its second run.
Voice
  • Added a new social feature that enables users to access a channel for Team Chat
  • Matchmade teammates will now be able to talk to each other in Strikes and team-based Crucible matches
  • To learn more about how to toggle between chat channels, click here
Classes
  • Fixed an issue in which two players who performed a melee lunge simultaneously would teleport through each other
  • Fixed an issue in which Blink Strike damage would be caused by colliding with the Blink Strike, rather than melee impact
  • Fixed an issue in which Warlock Bonds dismantled into Titan materials
Weapons
General
    • Reduced camera shake when being hit with explosive rounds
    Perks
      • Clown Cartridge: Replaced Clown Cartridge perk with other perks in shotgun upgrade trees
      • Headseeker: Fixed an issue in which the bonus Precision Damage perk did not always get applied
      Activities
      Missions
        • Buried City: Fixed an exploit in Mars that would clear all enemies from Clovis Bray
        Strikes
          • Winter’s Run: Fixed an exploit zone in the Aksor boss encounter
          • Difficulty will scale less for 3-player Fireteams, making Strikes less deadly for them
          Heroics
            • Fixed an issue in which engrams earned during Daily and Weekly Heroic activities were not displayed in the post-game carnage report
            Event: Iron Banner
            • Players must now be level 20 and above to lead an Iron Banner Fireteam
            • Players below Level 20 can only accompany players above Level 20
            • Lord Saladin now has 5 reputation ranks (increased from 3)
            • New Features Added: Tempered Buff, Reforging
            • For more detailed information, click here
            Cinematics
            • Fixed several issues with the synchronization of cinematic subtitles in various languages
            Destinations
            Combatants
              • Fixed an issue in which Vex Cyclops and Hive Shrieker health bars would not update properly
              • Reduced the number of Stealth Sword Vandals that spawn in the basement of the Terrestrial Complex on lower difficulties
              Events 
                • Public Events will occur 10-15% more frequently in all public spaces
                Vendors
                • Increased the number of Bounty slots in the Inventory from 5 to 10
                • Added shaders to Eva Levante’s stock in the Tower
                • Shader preview functionality added to vendor and inventory screens
                • Emblems on vendors can now be previewed in the inventory screen
                • Marks and Reputation icons and meters were adjusted to better differentiate the two
                • Fixed an issue in which Strange Coins and Motes of Light would not route to the Postmaster if your inventory was full
                • Fixed an issue in which engrams were not displaying the possible contents in the Cryptarch vendor menu
                • Fixed an issue in which players did not receive Bounty or Mission credit when assisting in the killing of a Walker or Vex Cyclops
                • Armor Stat upgrade potentials added to item compare on vendor and inventory screens
                PVP
                General
                  • Enabled revive scoring for Skirmish and Salvage
                  • Fixed an exploit with revive scoring when entering a kill volume and having a teammate revive you for easy points
                  • Adjusted Join in-Progress settings for all playlists to minimize long periods of unbalanced teams due to players quitting out of matches.
                  • Added new functionality to match pre-formed fireteams against each other
                    • This will slowly roll out to all playlists over time, but will start with the 3v3 playlists
                    • In 3v3 games, Fireteams of 2 or more players will match together more frequently
                    • In 6v6 games, Fireteams of 4 or more players will match together more frequently
                  Medals
                    • Won’t Be Beat now triggers correctly when a team wins a game after coming back from a 500-point losing deficit
                    • Mark of the Unbroken no longer requires a minimum player count
                    • Sum of All Tears no longer requires a minimum player count
                    • Sum of All Tears should now trigger consistently
                    Maps
                    First Light
                        • Implemented multiple fixes to stop players from getting into advantageous positions
                        Blind Watch
                            • Addressed some balancing issues for the Control gametype by moving Zones, modifying routes, and adding cover objects
                            • Adjusted landing and respawn points to accommodate new geometry changes
                                • Added protection to prevent players from getting  on top of a pipe high above the intended playable space
                                Firebase Delphi
                                    • Added protections to prevent players from getting outside the intended playable area between Control Zone A and the crane room
                                    Rusted Lands
                                        • Blocked off the monitors above Control Zone A to prevent players from hiding in them
                                        Shores of Time
                                            • Added a Vex pillar to prevent players from sniping through the small gap on the ninja platform
                                            • Implemented multiple fixes to stop players from getting into unfairly-advantageous positions
                                            Exodus Blue
                                                • Multiple fixes implemented to stop players from getting into advantageous positions, especially the giant hose reel near Control Zone A
                                                • Fixed an issue with visibility culling behind Control Zone A
                                                Twilight Gap
                                                    • Adjusted landing points to keep players from fighting too soon in Rumble matches
                                                    • Added protections to prevent players from getting into unintended areas, for example, atop the security camera at Control Zone C
                                                    • Added geometry to fill in small gaps that let players see out of the world
                                                    HUD
                                                    • Improved the readability of Grenade and Melee recharge states
                                                    • Improved the visibility of objectives in the Motion Tracker
                                                    • Improved the visual look of Revive waypoint and Last Man Standing
                                                    • Added skull modifier descriptions to the Navigation Mode screen
                                                    • Fixed an issue in which the names of downed teammates did not always display on-screen
                                                    Orbit
                                                    • Destiny version number added to the Character Login screen
                                                    • Added dialog imagery for various events
                                                    • Fixed an issue in which new items available from the Special Orders vendor would not show up in the message count in the Director
                                                    • Fixed an issue in which a PlayStation Plus dialog was mistakenly shown when selecting a specific PVP activity
                                                    • Added countdown timers for weekly/special events
                                                    • Fixed various issues with Director animations
                                                    • Fixed an issue in which the Player/Inventory screen would sometimes close during certain parts of the spaceflight sequence
                                                    • Added the post-game carnage report for the previous games during Matchmaking search
                                                    Menus
                                                    General
                                                      • Fixed an issue in which cursor speed in 4:3 and PAL was not consistent
                                                      Roster
                                                        • Network Connection Quality Indicators now added to the Roster
                                                        • New icons added to the scoreboard and roster to indicate voice problems due to connection issues (NAT issues)
                                                        • Added support for direct fireteam joins from the roster on the Xbox One
                                                        Inventory
                                                          • Updated Spinmetal, Relic Iron, and Helium Filaments icons to better represent in-game visuals
                                                          • Fixed and updated several inventory icons
                                                          • Fixed and updated several talent tree icons
                                                          Audio
                                                          • Improved audio cues for sticking others and being stuck with certain Grenades
                                                          • Fixed an issue in which an audio cue would not play when completing a Bounty
                                                          • Fixed an issue in which “Guardian down!” referenced the wrong gender in French, Spanish, and Portuguese
                                                          Technical
                                                          • Added the ability for the Bungie DOC to send in-game alerts and messages
                                                          • Fixed stability issues across all platforms
                                                          • Fixed an issue that would  cause a rare crash during space flight into activities
                                                          • Improved patch installation process
                                                          • Implemented PS3-specific performance optimizations
                                                          • Fixed some issues causing beetle and lionfish Kicks to Orbit

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                                                          /// Final Fantasy Explorers — Trailer

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                                                          /// G4 to Shut Down at the End of the Month

                                                          NBC Universal has finally pulled the plug on the G4 channel. This is not a huge shock to the network, as they stopped putting further investment into the channel back in 2013 when there was talk of it being replaced by Esquire. The replacement fell upon a different channel. Though, it was decided that G4 would not air any new shows, but rather continue to show reruns of LOST, X-Play, Ninja Warrior, and Heroes, accompanied by an occasional movie.
                                                          Great Plains Communications will be removing G4 from the channel lineup, effective November 30, 2014. [Source]

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                                                          /// Goat Simulator Getting a Free ‘MMO simulator’ Expansion on November 20 — Trailer

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                                                          /// Sony on Driveclub — “You can’t effectively test” For Live Performance

                                                          Layden said that Evolution has made huge steps forward for the racing genre – things the Gran Turismo team hasn’t done – and melding that with an “uber-connected experience” didn’t work out.

                                                          “They tried to do the best, newest, greatest thing ever to happen in the driving genre and they hit a hiccup,” he said, rather understating what I would describe as not just a burp but a full on chunder. [Source]

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                                                          /// LittleBigPlanet 3 — Conversations with Creators | PS4

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                                                          /// Journey on PS4 “Will Be out Soon”

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                                                          /// FULL Grand Theft Auto V Radio Update

                                                          The Blue Ark
                                                          “Addi Truth” by Vybz Kartel
                                                          “Kingston Town (Remix)” by Busy Signal feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley
                                                          “Loyals (Royals Remix)” by Demarco
                                                          “Money Come And Money Go” by Lee “Scratch” Perry
                                                          “Mr. Moneyman” by Danny Hensworth
                                                          “Roast Fish & Cornbread” by Lee “Scratch” Perry
                                                          “Topic Of The Day” by I-Octane

                                                          Channel X!
                                                          “Don’t Push Me Around” by The Zeros
                                                          “I Don’t Need Society” by D.R.I.
                                                          “John Wayne was a Nazi” by MDC
                                                          “Linda Blair” by Redd Kross
                                                          “Los Angeles” by X
                                                          “The Enemy” by D.O.A.

                                                          FlyLo FM
                                                          “Eddie You Should Know Better” by Curtis Mayfield
                                                          “You Never Come Closer” by Doris
                                                          “Medication Medication” by Flying Lotus feat. Krayzie Bone
                                                          “Work Title: What We Want” by XXYYXX
                                                          “Make Money” by Lapalux
                                                          “B Adams” by Mono/Poly and Thundercat
                                                          “Osaka Trade” by Flying lotus
                                                          “Masquatch” by DOOM
                                                          “Early Mountain” by Flying Lotus
                                                          “Into Vogon Skulls” by Dimlite
                                                          “Fuck The Makeup, Skip The Shower” by Knower
                                                          “4AM (Araabumzik Remix)” by Kaskade

                                                          Los Santos Rock Radio
                                                          “30 Days in the Hole” by Humble Pie
                                                          “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles
                                                          “Burning Heart” by Survivor
                                                          “Carry On, Wayward Son” by Kansas
                                                          “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin
                                                          “Circle in the Sand” by Belinda Carlisle
                                                          “Coming On Strong” by Broken English
                                                          “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins
                                                          “Fortunate Son” by Credence Clearwater Revival
                                                          “Gimme All Your Lovin'” by ZZ Top
                                                          “Mississippi Queen” by Mountain
                                                          “Peace of Mind” by Boston
                                                          “Roundabout” by YES
                                                          “Shadow of the Night” by Pat Benatar
                                                          “We Built This City” by Starship

                                                          The Low Down 91.1FM
                                                          “Bounce Lady” by Pleasure
                                                          “Climax” by Ohio Players
                                                          “Changin'” by Brass Construction
                                                          “Funny Feeling” by The Delfonics
                                                          “I Believe in Miracles” by The Jackson Sisters
                                                          “Magic Mountain” by War feat. Eric Burdon
                                                          “Stories” by The Chakachas
                                                          “Superman Lover” by Johnny Guitar Watson

                                                          100.7FM Non Stop Pop
                                                          “6 Underground” by Sneaker Pimps
                                                          “Alright” by Jamiroquai
                                                          “Applause” by Lady Gaga
                                                          “Bad Girls” by M.I.A.
                                                          “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner
                                                          “Days Go By” by Dirty Vegas
                                                          “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz
                                                          “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys
                                                          “Kids” by Robbie Williams feat. Kylie Minogue
                                                          “Let’s Go All The Way” by Sly Fox
                                                          “Living In A Box” by Living In A Box
                                                          “Me & U” by Cassie
                                                          “Meet Me Halfway” by The Black Eyed Peas
                                                          “Midnight City” by M83
                                                          “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
                                                          “New Sensation” by INXS
                                                          “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown
                                                          “Promises,Promises” by Naked Eyes
                                                          “Send Me An Angel” by Real Life
                                                          “Small Town Boy” by Bronski Beat
                                                          “Something Got Me Started (Hurley’s House Mix)” by Simply Red
                                                          “Tape Loop” by Morcheeba
                                                          “Tell it to My Heart” by Taylor Dayne
                                                          “Tennis Court” by Lorde
                                                          “The Time is Now” by Moloko
                                                          “Wait” by Blow Monkeys feat. Kym Mazelle

                                                          106.1 Radio Los Santos
                                                          “Bad News” by Danny Brown & Action Bronson
                                                          “Bugati” by Ace Hood feat. Future & Rick Ross
                                                          “Came Thru/Easily” by Chuck Inglish feat. Ab-Soul & Mac Miller
                                                          “Collared Greens” by Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar
                                                          “Do It Big” by Problem & Iamsu feat. Bad Lucc & Sage The Gemini
                                                          “Everyday” by Trouble feat. Gucci Mane
                                                          “Hunnid Stax” by Ab-Soul feat. Schoolboy Q
                                                          “I Can’t Wait” by Young Scooter feat. Trinadad James
                                                          “Kush Coma” by Danny Brown feat. A$AP Rocky & Zelooperz
                                                          “Millions” by Skeme
                                                          “Relaxin'” by G-Side feat. G-Mane
                                                          “Sellin’ Dope” by Freddie Gibbs & Mike Dean
                                                          “Swimming Pools (Dank)” by Kendrick Lamar
                                                          “Upper Echelon” by Travi$ Scott feat. T.I. & 2 Chainz
                                                          “Work” by A$AP Ferg
                                                          “Work” by Young Scooter feat. Gucci Mane

                                                          Radio Mirror Park
                                                          “Always” by Panama
                                                          “Crystalfilm” by Little Dragon
                                                          “Flutes” by Hot Chip
                                                          “Forget” by Twin Shadow
                                                          “Heartbreak” by Age of Consent
                                                          “Hold On” by HOLY GHOST!
                                                          “In Real Life” by The Ruby Suns
                                                          “Living In America” by DOM
                                                          “Mesmerised” by Scenic
                                                          “New Beat” by Toro Y Moi
                                                          “O.N.E.” by Yeasayer
                                                          “One Girl/One Boy” by !!!
                                                          “Polish Girl” by Neon Indian
                                                          “Pharaohs” by SRTRKT feat. Roses Gabor
                                                          “Strangers in the Wind” by Cut Copy
                                                          “The Drummer” by Niki & The Dove
                                                          “Truly Alive” by Mitzi
                                                          “When You’re Out” by KAUF

                                                          Rebel Radio
                                                          “Crazy Arms” by Ray Price
                                                          “Dippin Snuff” by Marvin Jackson
                                                          “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” by Tammy Wynette
                                                          “Get With It” by Charlie Feathers
                                                          “Highwayman” by The Highwaymen
                                                          “She Made Toothpicks of the Timber of my Heart” by Home & Jethro

                                                          SPACE 103.2
                                                          “Back And Forth” by Cameo
                                                          “Do It Roger” by Roger
                                                          “Flashback” by Imagination
                                                          “Flashlight” by Parliament
                                                          “Gotta Get My hands (On Some Money)” by The Fatback Band
                                                          “Joystick” by Dazz Band
                                                          “Mothership Connection” by Parliament
                                                          “Nights (Feel Like Gettin Down)” by Billy Ocean
                                                          “Walking Into Sunshine” by Central Line

                                                          Vinewood BLVD Radio
                                                          “Answer To Yourself” by The Soft Pack
                                                          “Fall In Line” by Mind Spiders
                                                          “Gone for Good” by Nobunny
                                                          “Next Stop” by Bleached
                                                          “Sixpack” by Jeff The Brotherhood
                                                          “Turn It Around” by The Men
                                                          “Used Blood” by Coliseum
                                                          “Who Needs You” by The Orwells

                                                          WCC-FM: West Coast Classics
                                                          “1st of Tha Month” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
                                                          “Afro Puffs” by The Lady of Rage
                                                          “Ballad of a Menace” by CPO
                                                          “Bow Down” by Westside Connection
                                                          “Captain Save a Hoe” by E-40
                                                          “I Got 5 On It” by The Luniz
                                                          “No More ?’s” by Eazy-E
                                                          “Servin’ Em Heat” by South Central Cartel
                                                          “Sherm Stick” by Jayo Felony
                                                          “The Murda Show” by Spice 1 feat. MC Eiht
                                                          “This D.J.” by Warren G
                                                          “We Roll Deep” by The Conscious Sisters

                                                          Worldwide FM
                                                          “Shark Week” by Sinkane feat. Salvatore Principato
                                                          “Body & Soul” by William Onyeabor
                                                          “Kool FM” by Four Tet
                                                          “Made to Stray” by Mount Kimbie
                                                          “World in a Room” by Anushka
                                                          “Why You Wanna See My Bad Side?” by Smokey Robinson
                                                          “Street Life” by Randy Crawford
                                                          “What You Need” by FLUME
                                                          “Hive” by Earl Sweatshirt feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies
                                                          “Numb” by Portishead
                                                          “Black Magic” by Jon Wayne
                                                          “1-69″ by Roman Gianarthur
                                                          “Treat Me Like Fire” by Lion Babe
                                                          “KILLDAT” by Dam-Funk
                                                          “Run Away” by Jamie Lidell
                                                          “Recover (CID RIM Remix)” by Chvrches
                                                          “Let Yrself Be” by Jimmy Edgar
                                                          “Viajero” by Clap! Clap!
                                                          “No Balanço De Conoa” by Maga Bo feat. Rosangela Macedo & Marcelo Yuka

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                                                          /// Xbox’s Phil Spencer Talks Black Tusk’s Gears of War, Rare’s New Game, PlayStation Experience & More

                                                          Microsoft’s Xbox Division head honcho Phil Spencer went all out recently in responding to questions from the fans, giving quite a lot of information on upcoming games, and more. [Source]

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                                                          /// You’ve Now Reached the End of Games of Our Lives

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                                                          Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz http://www.transcend-gaming.com <![CDATA[Nintendo Holiday Mall Experience]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109647 2014-11-18T03:06:23Z 2014-11-18T03:02:35Z Friendly faces from the Nintendo family, including Mario, Luigi and Pikachu, will deliver an unexpected shot of joy to holiday shoppers in their Holiday Mall Experience. From Nov. 24 through Dec. 21, Nintendo will visit 16 malls across the country to offer holiday shoppers a great escape featuring hands-on play time with the season’s must-have games […]

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                                                          Friendly faces from the Nintendo family, including Mario, Luigi and Pikachu, will deliver an unexpected shot of joy to holiday shoppers in their Holiday Mall Experience.

                                                          From Nov. 24 through Dec. 21, Nintendo will visit 16 malls across the country to offer holiday shoppers a great escape featuring hands-on play time with the season’s must-have games for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS. Visitors can even check out amiibo, Nintendo’s new foray in the toys-to-life category, which are based on some of its most recognizable video game characters.

                                                          A fun, interactive space tailored to kids, and kids-at-heart, will feature many Nintendo games, including a Mario Kart 8 tournament played on a large, high-definition display. Visitors can also battle it out in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Free giveaways, including the Nintendo Holiday Gift Guides, will be available to consumers, while supplies last.

                                                          The scheduled lineup of Wii U games includes Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Super Mario 3D World,Skylanders: Trap Team and Nintendo Land.

                                                          For Nintendo 3DS, fans can expect to see Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSPokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Mario Kart 7, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Tomodachi Life, Yoshi’s New Island and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.

                                                          Join the fun of Nintendo’s holiday shopping experience at the following locations:

                                                          • Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas
                                                          • Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, Arizona
                                                          • Queens Center in Elmhurst, New York
                                                          • Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia
                                                          • Washington Square in Portland, Oregon
                                                          • Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota
                                                          • Memorial City Mall at Memorial City in Houston
                                                          • The Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida
                                                          • Grapevine Mills in Grapevine, Texas
                                                          • King of Prussia in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
                                                          • South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts
                                                          • Woodfield Mall in Schaumberg, Illinois
                                                          • Westfield North County in Escondido, California
                                                          • Westfield Southcenter in Seattle
                                                          • Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, California
                                                          • Westfield Culver City in Culver City, California

                                                          The Holiday Gift Guide can also be found online here.

                                                          Don’t miss out!

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                                                          Chris Sealy <![CDATA[Five Things Wrong With The Evil Within]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109628 2014-11-17T21:07:29Z 2014-11-17T21:07:29Z From the first chapter of The Evil Within, the game feels familiar, dated, and somewhat stale. This is only true if you’ve actually played old survival horror game titles like Resident Evil (especially Resident Evil 4, which shares the same game director, Shinji Mikami), Dead Space, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, and other 3rd person titles […]

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                                                          From the first chapter of The Evil Within, the game feels familiar, dated, and somewhat stale. This is only true if you’ve actually played old survival horror game titles like Resident Evil (especially Resident Evil 4, which shares the same game director, Shinji Mikami), Dead Space, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, and other 3rd person titles in that genre.

                                                          I was among many who was eagerly anticipating the release of The Evil Within because of how much I loved playing Resident Evil 4 and how much I loved the early Silent Hill games. Another throwback to the survival horror roots seemed really exciting! But unfortunately, it’s true to be careful what you wish for, because you may get it.

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                                                          What we got with The Evil Within was a game that looks like it was shelved back in 2004 as a follow-up to Resident Evil 4, dusted off by Mikami and his new team in 2012, and re-done for the current gen consoles. The Evil Within just seems like a throwback that has a mashup of past ideas, controls, graphics, and story elements which don’t feel like it learned anything in the last decade of game development (with the exception of moving and shooting at the same time) and storytelling development in games.

                                                          While I tried my best to have fun with playing this game, it has so many frustrating flaws and glaring storytelling issues that it was just not fun to play. Every fight just felt so sadistically crafted but so unsatisfyingly frustrating that I cannot compare this game to something like Dark Souls or Demon’s Souls because there, every loss felt like your fault. In The Evil Within, I felt like I was fighting poor game mechanics and dated controls rather than being challenged by the actual game.

                                                          I boiled down the problems of the game to 5 main issues. Let the judgement commence!

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                                                          5. Sebastian controls like a tank

                                                          This was a huge sticking point for me playing The Evil Within. After seeing the revolution of control schemes for 3rd person games since Max Payne or RE 4 on PS2, it’s a shame that The Evil Within hasn’t evolved at all with its control scheme.

                                                          Sebastian moves like a tank, even sometimes walking backwards or strafing oddly where he should be turned and facing the direction he’s moving in. He moves like he weighs a ton, and coupled with the fact that he has strict limits on stamina (with the stingiest stamina bar ever in a game) and speed, it makes for a super frustrating time trying to run away or even dodge attacks.

                                                          Evil Within

                                                          4. Texture pop in and out

                                                          Okay, this is nitpicky and is not about broken gameplay, but let’s be serious here. The Evil Within is supposed to be a current gen game with ports to the last gen (Xbox 360 and PS3), but I played the Xbox One version and was highly disappointed in the texture pop on the enemies and backgrounds. There would be times I’d quickly hide from scouting enemies under a bed and watching them carefully search for me only to see their clothes and skin textures constantly popping in and out of existence rapidly.

                                                          This kind of stuff takes you completely out of the experience and a lot more effort should have been taken to nail down these issues before launch. This is especially important since The Evil Within was launching a week after another current gen survival horror title, Alien: Isolation, a game that brought it’s “A” game in terms of graphics and textures.

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                                                          3. Poor hit detection on walls and items

                                                          How frustrating is it when you have an item maybe inches from your character on screen and the item prompt is COMPLETELY dependent on which way the camera is facing? This issue with The Evil Within is absolutely, mind bogglingly, dumb! In every game I can remember, walking near an item either brings up a prompt when you’re in proximity of the item or it simply gets auto picked up and added to your character’s inventory.

                                                          This game goes sideways in the horrible hit detection logic and requires that not only Sebastian be right near an item, but the camera has to be FACING THE ITEM before you can pick it up! Along with this is the usual snafus of the wall and corner hit detection being too far out from the textures. This causes so many missed shots that you might make around a corner, clearly facing the enemy, to hit the wall instead.

                                                          This is a problem that shouldn’t even exist anymore with current-gen games, but it takes me back to my point where the user experience built for the game feels like it’s from over 10 years ago.

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                                                          2. Poor storytelling and conveyance

                                                          The Evil Within is guilty of completely lackluster and lazy storytelling. Its plot and theme is confused almost to the point of being complete nonsense. To make matters worse, you are given story elements in a manner that harkens back to the original Resident Evil games in the form of text and audio files.

                                                          This game has so few actual cutscenes that I’m shocked considering how 10 years ago we used to complain how games like Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy had uber long cutscenes and felt like they should just be films. Here we are with a game that is built like it is from that era but using a storytelling element that is EVEN OLDER, going back almost 10 years before that!

                                                          So now we have barely any cut scenes save for very early game and very late game, files all over the place that don’t quite explain everything and filled with details that don’t connect much with the plot.

                                                          Then we get to the game’s conveyance issues, where in some instances you get little blood pellets flowing through the level telling you where to go and odd camera zooms telling you what buttons/levers/switches to manipulate. For most of the game you get no hints or clue what to do as you muddle your way through chapters.

                                                          The nurse in the hospital is useless (there was potential for a character who at least could point you in the right direction), and makes me miss the merchant of Resident Evil 4 that much more. There is no map system so you have to remember which way everything is in case you need to backtrack, and some chapters are full of that mundane task. There isn’t even so much as a hint system or helper character that knows anything. All you got is vague files and papers creating a mystery about as balanced as an almost finished game of Jenga. The game is sadistic enough without it’s glaring problems, it also beats you over the head while you try to clear it.

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                                                          1. No quick turn

                                                          It may seem odd that I place lack of a quick turn feature at number one on this list of issues, but I felt it deserved this coveted position simply because quick turn has been a feature in games since Resident Evil 3: Nemesis came out in 1999! This has to be one of the worst oversights in game controls ever. Quick turn in games, especially something so intense as the survival horror genre, is a game changer and expected.

                                                          Final thoughts

                                                          In a game like The Evil Within where the developers are taking so many elements from other survival horror titles:

                                                          • Switching realities, mind games – Silent Hill, Eternal Darkness
                                                          • Melee attacks – Dead Space
                                                          • Bottle throwing distractions – The Last of Us
                                                          • Literally everything else – Resident Evil 4

                                                          This game borrows from other games that literally years before have done this genre better. Yet, while looking at these games, they only looked at the features they could take from them instead of looking at them as great experiences and seeing what made them work so well. They didn’t borrow any of the storytelling, conveyance, updated weapons crafting systems, or anything that made those games good.

                                                          The Evil Within is a throwback title in the worst possible sense. It’s a partially broken mess of bad ideas, copy/paste of other ideas that worked better in their own titles, even worse storytelling, and a mal-aligned plot full of boring characters who don’t grow or change over the course of the game. It’s not good, it’s not fun, and it certainly is a huge disappointment coming from the man who directed the game that changed the genre in a huge way. We’re a long way from Resident Evil 4, but The Evil Within is even farther from being a good survival horror experience.

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                                                          Koalition Staff http://thekoalition.com/ <![CDATA[It Doesn’t Entirely Suck: Making a Case for Dragon Age II]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109519 2014-11-17T12:45:45Z 2014-11-17T16:00:28Z On March 8th, 2011, BioWare and EA teamed up to release the highly anticipated second major game in the Dragon Age franchise. While Dragon Age II went on to receive numerous accolades for its storytelling, the core gameplay experience was vastly different from the first game and still serves as a main reason why many […]

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                                                          On March 8th, 2011, BioWare and EA teamed up to release the highly anticipated second major game in the Dragon Age franchise. While Dragon Age II went on to receive numerous accolades for its storytelling, the core gameplay experience was vastly different from the first game and still serves as a main reason why many have lost faith in the series.

                                                          With Dragon Age: Inquisition scheduled to hit stores everywhere tomorrow, we felt the need to take a look back on Dragon Age II and dive head first into why this game doesn’t deserve all the hate it often gets and why it should be praised.

                                                          Dragon Age II Isabella & Hawke

                                                          Gary Swaby – Co-founder

                                                          Dragon Age II is viewed as a game that you just shouldn’t play, and although it does have its problems and it didn’t live up to the quality of Dragon Age: Origins, I still feel like it’s worth playing if you were deeply invested in Origins’ story. Sure the gameplay was significantly dumbed down, reduced almost to an action game based on fighting waves of enemies (Dynasty Warriors is a common comparison), but Dragon Age did do a few things well.

                                                          It may not have included the returning characters we wanted to see, and it didn’t wrap up certain things we wanted to know. But if you can look at this game on its own, it’s vastly enjoyable. The character development is on point and I feel like they did a great job spanning the story over ten years. Also, the fight with the Qunari Arishock was built up so well that it felt rewarding to finally duel and slay him.

                                                          The story in Dragon Age II may not be an epic quest like the first game, but there’s no denying that the self-made hero Hawke is satisfying to play. His merits make you feel like you can change a lot in Kirkwall, and that alone is enough to give the game a try regardless of its issues. Heck, despite its flaws, people still managed to enjoy Mass Effect 3 and I think Dragon Age II is the same. There’s probably a misconception that the game is broken or unplayable, and that’s far from the case. I think it’s viewed negatively based on the fact that it’s a niche fantasy RPG that doesn’t have the same mass appeal as Mass Effect (more than likely because the graphics aren’t as detailed).

                                                          Sure it could be skippable if you just want a quick brush up on what Dragon Age is all about ahead of Inquisition, but I still think the game has enough good to offer to deserve a full playthrough. There’s some great characters and moral choices to be made in this game, and it’s still at its core a Bioware game.

                                                          Dragon Age II - Arishock versus Hawke

                                                          Tony Polanco – Executive Editor

                                                          Whenever people discuss the Dragon Age series you hear nothing but praise for Origins and almost nothing but ridicule and disgust for Dragon Age II. I’ll be the first to admit that DAII had some glaring problems. The city of Kirkwall and its surrounding lands were small in scale and had many areas which were recycled. The combat was too simplistic and required next to no strategy; a far cry from the strategic nature of Origins. Despite this however, I still believe that Dragon Age II doesn’t deserve all the hate thrown at it. In fact, it is another example of Bioware’s excellent story telling prowess and brilliant characters who are fully realized.

                                                          When I first played the game, the first two-thirds of it or so, I was extremely unimpressed with how the story unfolded. It all seemed like random events which weren’t tied together. I remember jokingly calling this game “Sidequest Age II” because every mission seemed like a sidequest. However, by the time the third act began, all of the disparate story elements came together. None of what I did was meaningless, it was all leading up to a grand finale which would have important consequences for the realm of Thedas. It was a risky move to present the story in this manor. Those who don’t finish all of Dragon Age II can’t appreciate the tapestry that was being created before their eyes. Those who took the time to actually finish the game however do appreciate the story. The game is criticized but little of that is due to the narrative.

                                                          Another interesting things about the narrative is how it is told. All of it is narrated by the Dwarf named Varric who is one of your companions. Varric is known to exaggerate tales at best and flat out lie at worst. The fact that the narrator is unreliable is something that is pretty much unheard of in a video game. This way of telling the story, which spans a decade, allows for the game to skip around to the most pivotal parts of Hawke’s journey to become the Champion of Kirkwall. This method of story telling also holds the game together even when it feels like it has no cohesive narrative.

                                                          The big reason this game doesn’t deserve the scorn it gets is because of its characters. More than any other Bioware game, Dragon Age II‘s story is almost entirely character based. All of the major events that happen unfold due to actions of specific characters. There is no central villain with an evil plot. It is people on opposing sides who do terrible things that they feel they must in order to save the world. This is atypical for RPGs so it is refreshing to see it done here. The individual characters themselves are fully realized people that you grow fond of, hate, or even come to love as you progress. This area shouldn’t surprise anyone as Bioware are masters of characterization.

                                                          Again, Dragon Age II is not without faults but as a story based game it isn’t disappointing. Yes, a game survives on its gameplay and DAII falls short in many key gameplay areas. However, we shouldn’t overlook or downplay its narrative which tried doing things in different ways and ultimately gave us something unique and meaningful.

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                                                          Crystal Mills – Content Writer

                                                          Dragon Age II is a game that manages to tear fans of the series onto different sides. With its small setting, characters, and gameplay mechanics, many fans ignore this installment and pretend it just never existed. I immediately fell in love with this game. While the plot was contained inside of a cramped and repetitive setting, I actually enjoyed the quicker hack-and-slash combat and the introduction of different characters.

                                                          Thedas is a world full of choices and consequences, and it pushes you to realize that there is no true right side in the war between Mages and Templars. Hawke’s companions perfectly manage to pull in the broader conflicts and transform them into something more personal. The characters fuel this overlooked title into something deeper and more complex, and it’s incredibly easy to become emotionally invested in them (give me more Merrill).

                                                          After seeing just how chaotic this war could be inside of a cramped area like Kirkwall, it will be interesting to see just how much it has affected the rest of Thedas. Dragon Age II may have been microscopic in setting and story, but it’s the pinprick that has sparked some major controversy in this fantastic world. Inquisition is going to be amazing!

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                                                          Emily Lemay – Managing Editor

                                                          Having a certain distaste for Dragon Age II has almost become something trendy in the games industry. If there could be a bandwagon for such a thing, I’m pretty certain it would be overflowing with a diverse group of gamers who would endlessly talk over each other trying to convey the same point. But when you take a step back to gaze at the entire picture, is Dragon Age II really worth that much ‘hate’?

                                                          I’ll be honest, if you’re coming directly from Dragon Age: Origins, II will feel like a completely different beast – and that’s because it is. BioWare set out to create a paracosm based on completely different elements, and they succeeded in so many regards. The truth is, some folks breed hate for the game because they wanted Origins II. There was a level of emotional investment that came with that game, and it’s often hard for gamers to completely leave that behind and invest new emotions into an unknown atmosphere.

                                                          Dragon Age II isn’t a hero’s story – not in the sense of Origins. You’re not saving an entire land from a blight. You’re not tearing down tyrannical reign for the sake of an entire kingdom and the world beyond. Dragon Age II is a story of immigration and post-war salvation. It’s about rising from death and destruction and becoming something bigger than yourself. Hawke sacrificed everything in life to venture into the unknown and create something better in Kirkwall.

                                                          Speaking of Kirkwall, there’s always a big complaint that being confined to the city and its respective outskirts was a bad move on BioWare’s part. Gamers coming from Origins were used to a more expansive setting of Thedas, and they’ll argue that Kirkwall feels far too cramped in comparison. But Kirkwall breathes a life of its own, and the stories hidden beneath the stone streets paint the city in a flawed but dynamic light. And although Dragon Age II isn’t immune from mundane fetch quests and overarching plot variables, the story being told is important.

                                                          There’s no good or bad side in Dragon Age II – it’s up to the player to navigate through a morally grey area to search for what they believe is right. There are good Mages and bad Mages. There are good Templars and bad Templars. No matter what side you choose, there are always consequences. People are going to get hurt – killed, even – and you’re going to have to live with that. It’s that kind of moral tug that made Dragon Age II’s story engrossing, and it’s the characters it centers on that keep players coming back.

                                                          And, in the end, it’s the characters that outshine anything else in the game. Not only were all the companions esoterically wonderful, their dialogue reached far beyond anything you could dream up in Origins. It was emotional, angering, real, and often-times pretty freaking steamy (lookin’ at you, Isabela). And, if we’re being completely honest, you can’t deny that Merrill is an actual Elf angel, and you’d do anything to protect that naïve, adorable little blood Mage.

                                                          Dragon Age II certainly isn’t the strongest RPG to exist on the market, but it is in no way deserving of the endless criticism constantly thrown its way. It missed the mark on a lot of elements, but it also provided a refreshing and beautiful take on a new side of the Dragon Age story. As much as it did wrong, it also did right. I think it’s important to separate II from Origins, and realize the developers were never intending to create a sequel. They wanted to build a new game with new outlook, and they did just that.

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                                                          This is why we think Dragon Age II deserves more praise but what do you think of the game? Did you like it or not? Do you feel it got fair treatment from the press and fans of the series? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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                                                          Joe Lewis <![CDATA[Game of Thrones Video Game Images Have Leaked]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109590 2014-11-17T12:23:11Z 2014-11-17T12:23:11Z Originating on French Playstation website PS4 France, a total of eight images have been leaked allegedly showing content from Telltale Games’ upcoming interactive episodic series based on the Game of Thrones franchise. In confirmation of early reports that the game would be based more on HBO’s television series than the books authored by George R. R. Martin, […]

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                                                          Originating on French Playstation website PS4 France, a total of eight images have been leaked allegedly showing content from Telltale Games’ upcoming interactive episodic series based on the Game of Thrones franchise.

                                                          In confirmation of early reports that the game would be based more on HBO’s television series than the books authored by George R. R. Martin, the images embedded below show a clear likeness to actors from the series. Some of these images include Peter Dinklage in his Tyrion Lannister role holding a goblet of wine and Lena Headey scowling as Cersei Lannister.

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                                                          These images are the first to hint at the game’s visual style since it was first announced back in 2013. After two successful episodic games constructed in a cell shaded style, namely The Walking Dead and A Wolf Among Us, and with another on the way in the form of Gearbox co-venture Tales From the Borderlands, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series seems poised to be the first to veer away from the comic book style since Telltale’s Back to the Future game.

                                                          It’s also worth noting that these photos haven’t been confirmed yet, but we can expect more news on the game any day now.

                                                          Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is scheduled to launch before this year is over.

                                                          Source: PS4 France

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                                                          Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Far Cry 4 — ‘The Kyrati Kid’ Trophies & Achievements Edition]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109536 2014-11-16T18:22:04Z 2014-11-16T18:22:04Z /// GAME INFORMATION Far Cry 4 ▪ Ubisoft Montreal ▪ First-Person Shooter 11.18.14 NA/EU | 11.20.14 AUS /// DESCRIPTION In Far Cry 4, players find themselves in Kyrat, a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles, and animals, players will […]

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                                                          /// GAME INFORMATION

                                                          Far Cry 4 ▪ Ubisoft Montreal ▪ First-Person Shooter
                                                          11.18.14 NA/EU | 11.20.14 AUS


                                                          /// DESCRIPTION

                                                          In Far Cry 4, players find themselves in Kyrat, a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles, and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape.


                                                          /// 101 TRAILER — 8’16”


                                                          /// TROPHIES & ACHIEVEMENTS

                                                          51 Trophies | 50 Achievements | Survive Them

                                                          // BRONZE TROPHIES x ACHIEVEMENTS

                                                          ►Well-Rounded //
                                                          Complete any 6 Hunting quests (Supplies, Control, Survival) (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Well Read //
                                                          Read 10 notes (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Welcome To Kyrat //
                                                          Join the Golden Path (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Two Birds //
                                                          Using a sniper rifle, kill 2 targets with a single shot (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Tusker //
                                                          Kill 30 enemies with an elephant (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Trigger-Man //
                                                          Complete 3 Assassination or Eye for an Eye quests (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Tricked Out //
                                                          Craft 5 upgrades for your equipment (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Tread Lightly //
                                                          Liberate any Outpost without triggering an alarm in any mode (Campaign only).

                                                          ►The Sky Is Falling //
                                                          Perform a takedown from a Buzzer (Campaign only).

                                                          ►The Rarest Game //
                                                          Complete 3 Kyrat Fashion Week quests (Campaign only).

                                                          ►The Good Fight //
                                                          Reach Karma Level 2, and purchase any Guns For Hire upgrade (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Shutterbug //
                                                          Tag 25 enemies using the camera (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Robin Hood //
                                                          Hijack 3 Royal Cargo Trucks and return them to a liberated Outpost (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Roadkill //
                                                          Run over 25 people (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Right Tributes //
                                                          Spin 10 Mani Wheels (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Reign Of Death //
                                                          Kill 30 enemies with Mortar rounds (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Quick Learner //
                                                          Learn 10 skills (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Quad Kill //
                                                          Kill 4 enemies simultaneously with a single explosion (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Overdose //
                                                          Discover Shangri-La (Campaign only).

                                                          ►No One Left Behind //
                                                          Rescue 15 hostages in Hostage Rescue quests (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Misdirection //
                                                          Distract 15 enemies with rocks (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Make It Rain //
                                                          Spend 500,000 rupees total at Trading Posts (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Like A Bird //
                                                          Fly 5000m total in the Wingsuit (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Hand Of Justice //
                                                          Eliminate 3 Pagan’s Wrath convoys (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Gearhead //
                                                          Complete 3 Kyrati Films: Racing or Kyrati Films: Survival activities (Campaign only).

                                                          ►From A Distance //
                                                          Kill a target from 60m or more with an arrow or bolt (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Flame On! //
                                                          Kill 50 enemies with fire (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Fixer-Upper //
                                                          Purchase 3 items for the Ghale Homestead (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Exorcist //
                                                          Remove or destroy 15 Masks of Yalung (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Drive-By //
                                                          Kill 25 enemies while shooting and driving (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Dr. Feelgood //
                                                          Craft 15 syringes (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Display Of Fortitude //
                                                          Conquer 2 Fortresses (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Deliver Us From Evil //
                                                          Liberate 12 Outposts (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Defuser //
                                                          Complete 3 Bomb Defusal quests (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Defender //
                                                          Repel 3 Outpost Retaliation Parties (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Custom-Fitted //
                                                          Buy all attachments and paint schemes for a single weapon (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Caretaker Of Memory //
                                                          Find 10 Lost Letters (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Brother In Arms //
                                                          Liberate 1 Outpost playing as Hurk (Campaign Co-op only).


                                                          // SILVER TROPHIES x ACHIEVEMENTS

                                                          ►Two Down //
                                                          Decide Noore’s fate (Campaign only).

                                                          ►The People’s Champ //
                                                          Reach Arena Rank 5 (Campaign Arena only).

                                                          ►Rewriting History //
                                                          Remove 30 Propaganda Posters (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Renaissance Man //
                                                          Finish a public match of each game type in the Battles of Kyrat game mode (Battles of Kyrat only).

                                                          ►One Down //
                                                          Decide De Pleur’s fate (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Hat-Trick //
                                                          Decide Yuma’s fate (Campaign only).

                                                          ►End Transmission //
                                                          Liberate 8 Bell Towers (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Community Surprise //
                                                          Play a Top Rated map in the Map Browser (Map Browser only).

                                                          ►Changing Lanes //
                                                          Perform a Vehicle Takedown from the passenger seat of a vehicle (Campaign Co-op only).

                                                          ►All Clear //
                                                          Liberate all Outposts (Campaign only).


                                                          // GOLD & PLATINUM TROPHIES x ACHIEVEMENTS

                                                          ►The King Is Dead //
                                                          Decide Pagan Min’s fate (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Fully Loaded //
                                                          Learn all skills (Campaign only).

                                                          ►Master Of Kyrat //
                                                          Obtain all the Trophies.

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                                                          Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Driveclub — Sony Handing Out Free Premium DLC for Server Issues]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109529 2014-11-16T17:33:33Z 2014-11-16T17:32:28Z Sony x Evolution Studios have announced that they will be offering Driveclub’s premium November DLC packs for free to all who have purchased the game as compensation for the server issues that occurred since launch last month.  They will also extend the Season Pass to include four extra packs in July 2015 to ensure that those who purchased the […]

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                                                          Sony x Evolution Studios have announced that they will be offering Driveclub’s premium November DLC packs for free to all who have purchased the game as compensation for the server issues that occurred since launch last month.  They will also extend the Season Pass to include four extra packs in July 2015 to ensure that those who purchased the pass will “get everything that was promised.”  See the official statement below.

                                                          /// Official Statement

                                                          The team at Evolution continues to work diligently to resolve all of the server issues. We know you have all been extremely patient and understandably frustrated during DRIVECLUB’s launch, and to show our appreciation for the support during this challenging time, we will be offering the premium DLC packs for November (25th November-SCEA/26th November-SCEE/27th November-SCEJ) free to those who purchased the full game.

                                                          These premium DLC packs – The Ignition Expansion Pack and Photo-Finish Tour Pack along with two livery packs – will give you a total of five new cars, 22 new tour events, 10 new trophies and 10 new livery items to play with online and offline.

                                                          The Season Pass will be extended to include four extra packs in July 2015 to ensure players who purchased the pass get everything that was promised. So on top of the free DLC in November, the Season Pass will still include 38 cars, 176 tour events and 80 unique liveries.

                                                          On Tuesday we will also be releasing our next game update which includes our first round of player requested feature updates.

                                                          In addition to Photo Mode, which will allow you to share your most thrilling moments with your friends, we will be adding:

                                                          • Improved multiplayer collision physics to reduce frustrating spin-outs
                                                          • Adjustments to soften the corner cutting penalty system
                                                          • Options in the club menu to view everything your club has unlocked
                                                          • A fix to allow all club owners to update their club badges

                                                          This update also includes the first new tracks, which we announced back in September as part of our plans to keep supporting and expanding the game as you play. These include the following free new tracks for online and offline play (also playable in reverse):

                                                          • India – Yedepalli
                                                          • Scotland – Wester Ross
                                                          • Chile – Los Pelambres

                                                          Although currently we do not have an update regarding the timing for the launch of the PS Plus Edition, we are continually working on improving the server capacity to enable us to launch the PS Plus Edition as quickly as possible.


                                                          /// Release Information

                                                          #Driveclub ▪ Evolution Studios x Sony ▪ PS4
                                                          10.7.14 NA | 10.8.14 EU | 10.10.14 UK

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                                                          Anthony Nash <![CDATA[Sony Announces PlayStation 4 Black Friday Bundles]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109508 2014-11-16T05:46:49Z 2014-11-16T05:12:26Z Not to be outdone by its rival gaming company, Sony announced today that they will be releasing two PlayStation 4 bundles for the upcoming Black Friday, both including two brand new games, and both priced at $399.99. In the first bundle, and my personal favorite, is the Grand Theft Auto V Bundle, and it comes with […]

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                                                          Not to be outdone by its rival gaming company, Sony announced today that they will be releasing two PlayStation 4 bundles for the upcoming Black Friday, both including two brand new games, and both priced at $399.99.

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                                                          In the first bundle, and my personal favorite, is the Grand Theft Auto V Bundle, and it comes with a 500GB PlayStation 4, a copy of GTA V, and a digital voucher for The Last of Us Remastered. If you somehow missed out on one or both of those games, this is probably the perfect time for you to climb out from the rock you’ve been under and play them.

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                                                          The second bundle may not have two huge AAA titles,  but does come with two of the most fun options the system have. For $399.99, you get LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and LittleBigPlanet 3, along with the 500GB PlayStation 4.

                                                          Gamers without a next generation console and looking to join the party can try and get their hands on either of the bundles, both coming with two games each, at select retailers starting Black Friday (or Thanksgiving, if you’re insane).

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                                                          Matthew Dixon http://babyandthebeard.podbean.com <![CDATA[BaTB Comic Podcast Ep. 12 – DC Universe and Green Goblin]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109479 2014-11-15T16:33:52Z 2014-11-15T16:33:52Z Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another episode of Baby and The Beard comic podcast. On this week’s episode, Jaydon, Matthew, and Dane discuss the famous Spider-Man villain, Green Goblin. We dive into the character, and talk all about our favorite stories and events involving him. That’s not all we discuss this week, though. We are […]

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                                                          Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another episode of Baby and The Beard comic podcast. On this week’s episode, Jaydon, Matthew, and Dane discuss the famous Spider-Man villain, Green Goblin. We dive into the character, and talk all about our favorite stories and events involving him.

                                                          That’s not all we discuss this week, though. We are here to bring you the latest in anything comic related. This week that includes casting news and rumors for Suicide Squad and the rest of the DC Movie Universe, set pictures released showing Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor on the set of Batman v Superman, a discussion on the Spider-Verse event, a new trailer released for Age of Ultron, spin off titles announced for DC Comics’ Convergence event this April, a discussion on Batman #36 featuring the return of The Joker, and much much more.

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                                                          Once again, thank you all so much for tuning in. Make sure to rate us on iTunes as well as ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest news for the show and more. Also leave a comment down below on your favorite Green Goblin story as well as any feedback you may have for BaTB.

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                                                          Emily Lemay http://yamelmegames.tumblr.com <![CDATA[Never Alone is the Most Important Game to Launch Next Week]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109274 2014-11-16T20:09:00Z 2014-11-15T16:00:27Z The fall release season is in full swing, meaning gamers everywhere are quietly sobbing over their wallets as a metaphoric metric-ton of games are being released. We’re in the middle of the pretty hectic month of November, and next week, things are about to get even crazier. Right here and now, I’m officially dubbing November […]

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                                                          The fall release season is in full swing, meaning gamers everywhere are quietly sobbing over their wallets as a metaphoric metric-ton of games are being released. We’re in the middle of the pretty hectic month of November, and next week, things are about to get even crazier. Right here and now, I’m officially dubbing November 18th as Day Zero. With more than a handful of greatly-anticipated games hitting shelves, including Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto V, and Little Big Planet 3, I’ll be surprised if I hear from any of my friends for at least a month.

                                                          But for me, there’s one game sneaking its way into Day Zero that’s peaked my interest since the first rumblings of it made its way to the internet. Unknowingly overshadowed by its AAA cousins, Never Alone, or Kisima Inŋitchuŋa, is hitting current-gen consoles and PC come the 18th, and we have every reason to be excited.

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                                                          Concept art for Never Alone

                                                          Upper One Games may be the coldest studio in the United States — and I mean that literally. Nestled in the bustling metropolis of Anchorage, Alaska, Upper One Games stands as an exemplification of just how creative and diverse the industry can be. After all, it’s the first Indigenous-owned game company in the U.S.

                                                          Launched in 2012 by CITC Enterprises, a for-profit subsidiary of Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Upper One Games looks to be pioneering a new wave of games that aim to share the importance of culture, community, and creativity while creating a safe space for the postulation of inclusive game development.

                                                          Never Alone stands as a testament to just that.

                                                          The story puts you in the shoes of a young Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her companion, an arctic fox. The puzzle-adventure game focuses on Iñupiaq lore as you traverse the landscape in the hopes of saving Nuna’s people from an eternal blizzard. Playing through single-player or cooperatively, you’ll be faced with traps, tricks, and treacherous foes that threaten to destroy everything you’ve ever known. Never Alone will allow players to seamlessly switch between Nuna and Fox, allowing each character’s unique abilities to shine in your time of need.

                                                          The most unique aspect of Never Alone rests in its lore. Having been developed in collaboration with Iñupiaq, the Alaska Native people, Upper One Game’s atmospheric puzzle platformer brings traditions and culture to life through honored storytelling. Having worked with over 40 native storytellers, Native elders, and community members, Never Alone looks to honor the importance of passing down tradition using one of the most unique media available: video games.

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                                                          Staying true to its roots, Never Alone also implements the Native language. Using only English subtitles for translation, the entire game is told through Iñupiaq, an Eskimo-Aleut language spoken in the north and northwest of Alaska. The master storyteller will guide players through eight chapters filled with Iñupiaq stories as Nuna, with the aid of Helping Spirits, explores a vast world of danger, beauty, and hope.

                                                          “It’s a great way of transferring our culture to the younger generation,” said Gloria O’Neill, president and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council, in an interview with Alaska Dispatch News. She hopes that Never Alone will aid in bridging the gap between generations, allowing culture and tradition to be passed down in a modern way. The life lessons riddled throughout traditional Iñupiaq stories can be important for people of all backgrounds, and the hope is to be able to share them with a wider audience.

                                                          Speaking bluntly, I haven’t been this excited for a story-based indie since Tim Schafer’s Broken Age graced my steam account. Looking back, I’ve always been delegated to underdog status, and the desire to do something great—something meaningful—is an ever-looming presence. It’s that attitude that drives me to believe in studios like Upper One Games. So often, the most important stories that can be told fall into obscurity, overshadowed by the powers that be. Never Alone is important, not only for the Native community, but for the whole of gamers. We pride ourselves on wanting to explore new worlds, devour interesting stories, and connect with characters that never truly leave us.

                                                          Games, even pop culture in general, have the power to reflect what’s important in the world; they serve as a universal way to communicate with those around us. Games break down barriers between culture, race, sex, and creed, and they’re a way to connect through social understanding and creativity. The world is filled with so much diverse beauty, and now, more than ever, is the time to express that. I believe that Never Alone is breaking down barriers, and it’s my hope that this game—this experience—will usher in a new way to share stories. To share culture. To share humanity.

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                                                          In this industry, there’s always grandiose talk of creating truly inclusive and engaging games, and for the fist time in a long time, it looks like Upper One Games is finally going to accomplish that. They’re leveraging the power of video games to carry on unique stories and empower and extend culture to those who would otherwise be left unaware. The power of video games in today’s culture is unbelievable, and Never Alone is tapping into that creative energy to bring us one of the most unique and expressive indie games we’ve seen in quite a long time.

                                                          Never Alone launches globally on November 18th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Be sure to check out the launch trailer below:

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                                                          Emily Lemay http://yamelmegames.tumblr.com <![CDATA[Musterbrand is Finally Letting Us Wear The Witcher]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109427 2014-11-15T15:09:01Z 2014-11-15T15:00:22Z Sometimes, when playing video games, I think to myself, “I would wear that… I would definitely wear that.” I don’t consider myself to be the most fashion forward human being on the earth. Hell, my wardrobe is comprised mostly of black pants and henley tops. But every once in a while, I stumble across something […]

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                                                          Sometimes, when playing video games, I think to myself, “I would wear that… I would definitely wear that.” I don’t consider myself to be the most fashion forward human being on the earth. Hell, my wardrobe is comprised mostly of black pants and henley tops. But every once in a while, I stumble across something so magnificent that my compulsion for black articles of clothing is temporarily satiated. Musterbrand knows what gamers want, and they’re not afraid to give it to us.

                                                          Musterbrand’s latest collection revolves around The Witcher, and hot damn — it’s impressive. The esteemed clothing company caters to the geek in everyone. With past collections including Watch_Dogs, Deus Ex, Assassin’s Creed, and Uncharted, they’re certainly no stranger to the unique aesthetic found in video games. And luck for us, they translate it perfectly into casual wear that’s both fashionable and extremely geeky.

                                                          My dearest comrades, feast your special little eyes on Musterbrand’s Witcher Collection:

                                                          Beige for days.

                                                          It’s glorious, no? I may or may not have had to mop up a small puddle of drool after first seeing these this morning. Just in time for the holiday season, The Witcher collection is filled with some pretty nifty things, including shirts, jackets, scarves, and even a bag — perhaps even trendy than any in-game satchel you’ll come across.

                                                          Imagine foraging through your backyard in this stunning Witcher Chainmail sweater, complete with leather straps to add an extra touch of badass. And if you’re the brave sort, why not go sleeveless with the Wolf Hauberk, a sweater-vest-but-not-sweater-vest that pays homage to one of Geralt’s most classic articles of clothing.

                                                          Of course, if you want a more classic look, Musterbrand’s got you covered. Leather is totally in this season, and the Witcher collection’s equipped the ultimate leather jacket perfect for the hardcore (and cold) fan. Just make sure to take out a second mortgage on your house — this bad boy will cost you over $600.

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                                                          You can currently catch the presale on Musterbrand’s Witcher Collection right now, with shipments starting as early as December 8th. The entire collection consists of eleven unique pieces of apparel, and they start out at a mere $60. So get your Christmas lists ready and flaunt these in the face of every living human you know. You’re not going to want to miss out in this collection.

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                                                          Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz http://www.transcend-gaming.com <![CDATA[CM Punk Joins Marvel Comics]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109388 2014-11-16T23:10:11Z 2014-11-15T13:00:47Z Marvel Comics has recently acquired Pro Wrestler, Phil Brooks (CM Punk), as their newest addition to the team. In February, Phil Brooks teamed up with artist Rob Guillory and other creators to undertake the God of Thunder in, THOR ANNUAL #1! Here is an interview with Punk, in picking his brain for knowledge, credibility, and […]

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                                                          Marvel Comics has recently acquired Pro Wrestler, Phil Brooks (CM Punk), as their newest addition to the team.

                                                          In February, Phil Brooks teamed up with artist Rob Guillory and other creators to undertake the God of Thunder in, THOR ANNUAL #1! Here is an interview with Punk, in picking his brain for knowledge, credibility, and plans for Thor!

                                                          The interview is as follows:

                                                          Marvel.com: How did this project come together?

                                                          CM Punk: I can’t remember, and I knew you were gonna ask me that. I’ve been thinking for the past two hours like, “How did this all come about?” I mean, you know I’ve been pestering people at Marvel. I think it might’ve been…well, I think I met you at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, something like that?

                                                          Marvel.com: Yeah, a while ago.

                                                          CM Punk: Yeah! And I wound up talking to [Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief] Axel Alonso and it was always kind of like, “Yeah, yeah. We’d love to have you do something! We’d love to have you do something.” And you know, I was always just so busy. I think I just pestered all the right people and the right things kind of popped up. How exactly it came up, I can’t really, exactly remember. I can’t remember who said, “Hey. Wanna do Thor?” You know what I mean? That pretty much blew my mind. I have to say, it’s been a long process.

                                                          Marvel.com: Have you ever written a comic-style script before?

                                                          CM Punk: No. No. [THOR ANNUAL editor Jon Moisan] forwarded me a bunch of scripts that I can look at, like specifically he’s sending me Thor books, and he sent me scripts for them so I can see how scripts can be broken down into the actual comic book form. He sent me normal ones and he sent me Marvel Method, so I’m, I guess, learning on the job, which is pretty exciting. I also think it’ll bring a different perspective to the way certain stories are told.

                                                          Marvel.com: For sure! What did you think of the Marvel Method? Because Dan Slott writes in that way, which I always find fascinating and cool, and he’s been doing AMAZING SPIDER-MAN for so many years. It’s a totally different style.

                                                          CM Punk: Yeah. I think Marvel Method might be easier to grasp if somebody’s never written a comic book before, so I’m kind of leaning towards that. I think it helps that I picked [an] artist who I was already friends with, and can speak freely to. I think he’ll get it, you know what I mean? I think the e-mails that we’ve sent back and forth now regarding the story, you could probably print. I just think they’re entertaining. “Hey, what if we do this?” and it turns into the next big e-mail chain. It’s hilarious.

                                                          This is the first time Rob Guillory’s ever worked for Marvel, so I think that’s pretty exciting. And I think he wants to tackle certain things in a different, almost selfish way—kind of the same way I do, you know? Like, technically this is my first comic book writing assignment, and I’m writing Thor, which is pretty heavy. It’s not an independent. It’s not an offshoot story. I’m writing Thor, one of the Marvel heavy hitters. They make movies about him now, if you didn’t know. And I think we’re both almost looking at it like, “Man, if we never get another assignment from Marvel, then we have to write and/or draw as many Marvel characters as we possibly can!” And I think this kind of gives us the freedom. I think we’re kind of under-the-radar, and there’s not really a whole lot of pressure on us to deliver some sort of a magnum opus as a 10-page backup story in an annual, so I think we have a lot of freedom that could be really fun.

                                                          Marvel.com: You’re buddies with THOR writer Jason Aaron, right?

                                                          CM Punk: Yes.

                                                          Marvel.com: Did that influence how you looked at the story and what you wanted to do in this project at all?

                                                          CM Punk: It’s just exciting for me because I think as far as modern comics go, I think Jason Aaron’s definitely one of my favorites. I always cite him and Ed Brubaker as [suggestions] for people who say, “Oh, I don’t read comic books. What should I read?” Read these guys. Because the way they tackle the super hero stuff is excellent. And they also create their own stuff, which I think is excellent, too. It’s kind of the best of both worlds because you can see what they do with household names and all the other insane characters they come up with out of their own creations.

                                                          But I think it helps me, just knowing him, and the degree of being comfortable with him and being able to e-mail him and say, “Hey, how ‘bout I do this?” And really, the only thing he said to me was, “I need a story about young Thor. Tell me what you think.” And the first idea that popped into my mind was the first thing I pitched to him, and he said he loved it, so we’re running with it.

                                                          I read comic books in trade paperback, and that might wind up changing now that I’m a comic book author. That might kind of change the way I read things. I’ve been reading a lot of PDF stuff because Marvel’s been sending me stuff, but that’s more or less homework. I travel so much that single issue comic books never really held up, and I’d be able to have trade paperbacks in my bag, and it’s just easier to read. I haven’t gotten a chance to read the new THOR yet. Thor is a woman, it made national headlines, everyone’s mad about it without remembering Thor used to be a frog and Beta Ray Bill had the hammer and, you know, it’s kind of ridiculous that people get so mad about this character. But I think that it in turn shows the love they have for him. I don’t know why Thor is unworthy of the hammer, but that’s been in my head.

                                                          So the idea was, let’s do a story about young Thor as kind of a brash, bratty teenager who’s like, “I’m totally worthy of this hammer. My dad’s full of [expletive]. I don’t know why I’m not ‘worthy’ of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.” And it’s more or less like a drinking story. He’s gonna be sitting around with a few choice characters from the Marvel Universe, and they’re all gonna be drinking, and Thor’s gonna basically be complaining about essentially why his dad won’t give him the keys to the car.

                                                          Marvel.com: I love it. You mentioned you haven’t written a comic script before, but it’s not like you haven’t been creating for years and years. Playing a character on TV and in wrestling rings for so long, how did that affect how you approached this kind of creative endeavor?

                                                          CM Punk: You know, I think I’m more suited for it just because I’ve been reading comic books my entire life. Wearing tights in front of thousands of people and kind of, almost play-acting, I think down the road, it might give me some sort of insight depending on what kind of characters I’m writing and what the story is, but I’m not really sure it prepared me so much for being able to script a comic book.

                                                          I’m definitely prepared to fall flat on my face, I think. If anything, [wrestling] got me used to understanding that failure is part of a process, and the only real failure is if you don’t try. Like I could be nervous and bite my fingernails, worried that I think my book is gonna be a piece of crap, but I could be not doing it, and that would be the true failure.

                                                          Marvel.com: I was particularly thinking about the promos and stuff, because I imagine that was you creating a character, telling stories.

                                                          CM Punk: Oh, yeah. I definitely understand that. But I think that’s gonna come out more when I get to write a whole lot of dialogue, and it really will depend on the character and stuff like that. So yeah, I think it definitely helped me try and get into a different person’s skin, to see the world from their point of view and talk how they would talk and articulate the things that they would articulate. I think that would definitely help me.

                                                          Marvel.com: You talked about getting into the mindset of other characters. Who else in the Marvel Universe do you think you’d want to take a crack at?

                                                          CM Punk: Oh, I think, my original pitch to Axel Alonso in 2011 was, “Let me write Punisher.” In my mind, for some odd reason, I’ve just got this Punisher story in my head, and I think it’s super, super awesome. I can read Jason Aaron’s Punisher and everybody else’s [take on the] character and it’s good, but I think that my Punisher story is pretty badass. So everything I do for Marvel is going to be leading up to, “Please just let me write my Punisher story.” So until they let me do that, you’re gonna get all kinds of other stories about all kinds of other characters until they satisfy this need I have to write Frank Castle.

                                                          The THOR ANNUAL goes on sale February 2015, and will feature stories from Punk, as well as Rob Guillory, Marguerite Sauvage, Noelle Stevenson and more.

                                                          How do you feel about CM Punk becoming a writer for Marvel? Do you think he can contribute to the company and its famous characters? Let us know in the comments below!

                                                          Don’t miss out!

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                                                          Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Assassin’s Creed Unity — Current Known Issues & Fixes]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109428 2014-11-15T02:20:50Z 2014-11-15T02:20:50Z It’s no secret that Assassin’s Creed Unity has been plagued with many bugs and issues since its launch on November 11.  Ubisoft is aware and they have created a list of known issues, along with a status and workaround regarding each issue.  You can them below. Across All Platforms [PC | PS4 | Xbox One] // Not able […]

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                                                          It’s no secret that Assassin’s Creed Unity has been plagued with many bugs and issues since its launch on November 11.  Ubisoft is aware and they have created a list of known issues, along with a status and workaround regarding each issue.  You can them below.


                                                          Across All Platforms [PC | PS4 | Xbox One]

                                                          // Not able to progress past Sequence 1 / Memory 3 if you started to play as you were downloading the game [WORKAROUND BELOW]

                                                          Allow the game to finish downloading and installing. Once finished, you’ll be able to go on within the game. You can check the download progression within your platform. Thanks for your patience.

                                                          // Frame rate issues. [BEING WORKED ON] [WORKAROUND BELOW]

                                                          If playing single player, we suggest that you disconnect from your internet connection (wifi or network cable).  It could potentially improve frame rate.

                                                          // Graphical and collision issues. [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          // Matchmaking co-op issues. [BEING WORKED ON] [WORKAROUND BELOW FOR PS4 & PC]

                                                          Invite a player into your gameworld. NOTE: don’t be in a mission, be in free roam.
                                                          The player joins.

                                                          Manually start a coop mission by going to the marker on the map, or joining the coop mission from the progress tracker.
                                                          Coop will work.

                                                          // Uplay Services

                                                          ►Uplay Actions & Rewards are not accurately listed as completed [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          ►Uplay Units do not appear as credited at the moment [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          ►Uplay is experiencing intermittent connection issues [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          // Some Unite Program Rewards are not redeemable (comic book & soundtrack) [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          // Spin to Win

                                                          ►Getting an error message on the Spin to Win website FAQ AVAILABLE HERE

                                                          ►Getting an error message when trying to redeem FAQ AVAILABLE HERE

                                                          // Ubi-collectibles codes might be invalid when redeemed on http://acinitiates.com/promotions [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          [IN THE MEANTIME] Please ask a question on our Support site support.ubi.com after login and choosing your platform so our support staff can provide help

                                                          // Companion App

                                                          ►Progression reset bug [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          ►Connectivity issues: [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          ►“Lost Assassins” bug: if the player started to play on companion 1st, then sync up on a console, player may lose all his assassin’s in his companion Nomad Brotherhood. [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          ►Some app crashes on devices not officially supported [WORKAROUND BELOW]

                                                          ​Check if your phone is supported for the companion app: FAQ published on Ubi Blog including list of officially supported devices: http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-…anion-app-faq/

                                                          // Initiates

                                                          ►Players cannot access the Assassin’s Creed Initiates website [FIXED]

                                                          ►Uplay WIN services are down [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          ►Legacy synched data is not showing properly [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          ►Player get an error message when trying to redeem chests [BEING WORKED ON]


                                                          PlayStation 4

                                                          ►Arno can fall through ground when free running on various props or when dropping down on to an NPC [FIXED]

                                                          ►Arno to get stuck in a hay cart next to the Pantheon in the Bièvre district. [FIXED]

                                                          ►A game crash when joining the co-op session of another player who has a specific single player and side missions progression. [FIXED]

                                                          ►The Chemical revolution content might not be available for download [FIXED]

                                                          ►Some Day One ULC not available in Australia [FIXED]

                                                          // Helix Credit Issues

                                                          ►Players might not receive the total amount of Helix Credits purchased. [BEING WORKED ON] [WORKAROUND BELOW]

                                                          Restarting the game should refresh the information and display the correct amount.


                                                           PC

                                                          ► Arno can fall through ground when free running on various props or when dropping down on to an NPC [FIXED]

                                                          ► Arno to get stuck in a hay cart next to the Pantheon in the Bièvre district. [FIXED]

                                                          ► A game crash when joining the co-op session of another player who has a specific single player and side missions progression. [FIXED]

                                                          ► Some Crashes might occur [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          Please reach out to our support to ask a question and get support

                                                          ► Getting stuck when launching the game [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          ► Slow downloads on Uplay PC [FIXED]

                                                          ► Helix Credits Issues [FIXED]


                                                           Xbox One

                                                          ► Uplay members may get put in a 45s ‘Please Wait’ screen after passing the ‘Press A’ engagement on the screen before reaching the main menu [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          // Helix Credit Issues

                                                          ►Players are unable to view Catalog in the E-shop [BEING WORKED ON]

                                                          ►Players cannot purchase Helix credits [BEING WORKED ON]

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                                                          Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Ubisoft Releases Second Patch for Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC and PS4]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109426 2014-11-15T00:48:53Z 2014-11-15T00:41:15Z As we talked about on the latest episode of Throwdown, Assassin’s Creed Unity is riddled with a myriad of problems. Ubisoft has already released one patch and now it’s dropping another. This patch is for the PC and PlayStation 4 as of now and will hit the Xbox One next week. A third patch is […]

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                                                          As we talked about on the latest episode of Throwdown, Assassin’s Creed Unity is riddled with a myriad of problems. Ubisoft has already released one patch and now it’s dropping another. This patch is for the PC and PlayStation 4 as of now and will hit the Xbox One next week. A third patch is already in the works.

                                                          Here is the list of issues which have been reduced for the PC version:

                                                          • Fixed an issue where under some circumstances, Arno can fall through ground when free running on various props or when dropping down on to an NPC.
                                                          • Fixed an issue where it is possible for Arno to get stuck in a hay cart next to the Pantheon in the Bièvre district.
                                                          • Fixed an issue that may cause a game crash when joining the co-op session of another player who has a specific single player and side missions progression.
                                                          • Improved performance in cinematic on low HW configurations
                                                          • Fixed various flickering issues on nVidia SLI and AMD CrossFire configurations
                                                          • Fixed various Graphic issues
                                                            • Fixed light artifacts in PCSS shadows
                                                            • Fixed problem with refresh rate on a first game launch.
                                                          • Fixed various Input issues
                                                            • Other keyboard/mouse fixes in several menu pages.
                                                          • Fixed issues with “Invite to game” option when it was becoming unavailable after host migration, when it was active for all recent players instead of only for friends
                                                          • Fixed issues with Helix Credits

                                                          They noted that players may still experience frame rate issues that have been reported since the release of the game and some performance issues.

                                                          Here is the full list of issues that have been reduced for the PlayStation 4. As with the PC version, players may still experience frame rate and performance issues.

                                                          • Fixed an issue where under some circumstances, Arno can fall through ground when free running on various props or when dropping down on to an NPC.
                                                          • Fixed an issue where it is possible for Arno to get stuck in a hay cart next to the Pantheon in the Bièvre district.
                                                          • Fixed an issue that may cause a game crash when joining the co-op session of another player who has a specific single player and side missions progression.

                                                          There you have it. We’ll keep you updated on Assassin’s Creed Unity and its issues as more develops.

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                                                          Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz http://www.transcend-gaming.com <![CDATA[PlayStation’s Latest Featured Games, Updates and Deals]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109365 2014-11-14T06:36:29Z 2014-11-14T06:36:07Z Bloodborne Update: Now Launching March 24th Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio has made a community announcement for fans following Bloodborne. Below you can read the announcement and feel sad in the process! Dear community, It is with regret that I (Producer, Masaaki Yamagiwa) must inform you that Bloodborne will be slightly delayed. While development continues unabated, we […]

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                                                          Bloodborne Update: Now Launching March 24th

                                                          Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio has made a community announcement for fans following Bloodborne. Below you can read the announcement and feel sad in the process!

                                                          Bloodborne on PS4

                                                          Dear community,

                                                          It is with regret that I (Producer, Masaaki Yamagiwa) must inform you that Bloodborne will be slightly delayed.

                                                          While development continues unabated, we would like our team to deliver the best possible final experience. We were gratified by the feedback and data we received from those who participated in our limited Alpha test. The extra production time will also allow us to better integrate these learnings.

                                                          Bloodborne is now set to launch in North America exclusively on PS4 on March 24th, 2015.

                                                          Please look forward to some exciting Bloodborne news in early December. Thank you very much for your continued support.


                                                           

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                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Enter the DominatrixN/A$3.49$6.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Executive Privilege PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Game OnN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – GameStop Warped Weapon ChallengeN/A$0.49$0.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Gat V PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Grass Roots PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Hey Ash Whatcha Playin’? PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – How the Saints Save ChristmasN/A$3.49$6.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Online PassN/A$4.99$9.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Pirate’s Booty PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Presidential PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Saints Row IV Season PassN/A$4.99$5.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Stone Age PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – The RectifierN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – The Super Saints PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Volition Comics PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Wild West PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV – Zinyak Attack PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row IV: Season Pass$4.49$4.99$9.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third: The Full Package – Bloodsucker PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third: The Full Package – Online PassN/A$4.99$9.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third: The Full Package – Unlock PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Horror PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Steelport Gangs PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Unlockable PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Bloodsucker PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Explosive Combat PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Funtime! PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Gangstas In SpaceN/A$3.49$6.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Genki Girl PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Genkibowl VIIN/A$3.49$6.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Invincible PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Logo and Genki Avatar BundleN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Maximum Pleasure PackN/A$3.49$6.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Money Shot PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Nyte Blade PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Online PassN/A$4.99$9.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Penthouse PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Planet Saints PackN/A$3.49$6.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Saints and Sinners Avatar BundleN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Saints Purple Ops PackN/A$3.49$6.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Season PassN/A$9.99$29.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Shark Attack PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Special Ops Vehicle PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – The Trouble with ClonesN/A$3.49$6.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Tricks and Treats PackN/A$1.99$3.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Warrior PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Witches and Wieners PackN/A$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third – Z Style PackN/A$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third$4.49$4.99$19.99
                                                          PS3Saints Row: The Third The Full Package$8.99$9.99$29.99
                                                          PS3Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed$11.99$14.99$29.99
                                                          PS VitaSonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed$11.99$14.99$29.99
                                                          PS3Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition Pack$1.19$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Sonic & SEGA  All-Stars Racing Metal Sonic + 1 Death Egg Zone Track$3.19$3.99$7.99
                                                          PS3Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Premium Theme$0.89$0.99$2.49
                                                          PS3Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Ryo With Forklift Character$1.99$2.49$4.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Adventure$1.99$2.49$4.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Adventure 2$3.99$4.99$9.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Mode$1.19$1.49$2.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Adventure 2 Premium Theme$0.79$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Sonic CD$1.99$2.49$4.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Generations$11.99$14.99$29.99
                                                          PSP|PS VitaSonic Rivals$2.79$3.49$6.99
                                                          PSP|PS VitaSonic Rivals 2$2.79$3.49$6.99
                                                          PS3Sonic The Fighters$1.99$2.49$4.99
                                                          PS3Sonic The Hedgehog$1.99$2.49$4.99
                                                          PS3Sonic The Hedgehog 2$1.99$2.49$4.99
                                                          PS3Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I$3.99$4.99$9.99
                                                          PS3Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II$5.99$7.49$14.99
                                                          PS3Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II Avatar BundleN/A$0.75$1.50
                                                          PS3Sonic Unleashed$7.99$9.99$19.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Unleashed Apatos & Shamar Adventure Pack$0.79$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Unleashed Chun-Nan Adventure Pack$0.79$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Unleashed Empire City & Adabat Adventure Pack$0.79$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Unleashed Holoska Adventure Pack$0.79$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Unleashed Mazuri Adventure Pack$0.79$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Sonic Unleashed Spagonia Adventure Pack$0.79$0.99$1.99
                                                          PS3Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Special Editions$3.59$3.99$9.99

                                                          Price Changes

                                                          TitlePlatformNew PriceOld Price
                                                          Metal Gear Solid V: Ground ZeroesPS4$19.99$29.99
                                                          Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters – Character: HitomiPS3Free$3.99
                                                          MagusPS3$14.99$19.99
                                                          The Walking Dead: Season 2 – Season PassPS3$14.99$19.99

                                                          PlayStation Now

                                                          • Thomas Was Alone
                                                          • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD
                                                          • Kakuoki Stories of the Shinsengumi
                                                          • Matt Hazard: Blood Bath & Beyond
                                                          • Air Conflicts: Vietnam

                                                          New on Sony Entertainment Network

                                                          Music Unlimited

                                                          Video Unlimited

                                                          App Updates

                                                          PlayMemories Online
                                                          • PlayMemories Online is Sony’s cloud-based photo and video service that turns everyday records into enjoyable Memories. It automatically organizes photos that you upload from your smartphone or computer and lets you enjoy them on PS4 or another device.
                                                          Amazon Instant Video
                                                          • Amazon Cloud Drive is now part of the Amazon Instant Video app on your PS3 and PS4.
                                                          Crackle
                                                          • Season 5 of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Amy Schumer, new episodes every Thursday (US/CA)
                                                          HBO GO
                                                          • Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, Episode 04 “Austin”, available now
                                                          • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, available now
                                                          Hulu Plus
                                                          • Californication, now available
                                                          • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, available now
                                                          Qello Concerts
                                                          • Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers
                                                          • Doobie Brothers – Live at the Wolftrapp
                                                          • Hillsong Worship – No Other Name
                                                          • Straight Out of Puerto Rico: Reggaeton’s Rough Road to Recovery – Feature
                                                          • Pat Metheny Group: We Live Here – Feature
                                                          • Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Democracy
                                                          VidZone
                                                          • VidZone Highlights
                                                          • Artist of the Week: T.l.
                                                          • Rock Zone: Fall Out Boy
                                                          • RnB Zone: Tinashe Jørgensen Kachingwe
                                                          • VidZone Recommends: Pharrell Williams, Yellowcard
                                                          • Dance Zone: Calvin Harris
                                                          • New Videos: T.I. – King (Hip-Hop), Calvin Harris feat. Big Sean – Open Wide (Dance – Explicit), Fall Out Boy – Centuries (Rock – Explicit), OneRepublic – I Lived (Pop), Frankie Ballard – Sunshine & Whiskey (Country), Ricky Martin – Adios (Latin), Kid Ink feat. Usher and Tinashe – Body Language (RnB).
                                                          Vudu
                                                          • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, available now.
                                                          WWE Network
                                                          • November For FREE: New subscribers will receive WWE Network free of charge for the entire month of November – including Survivor Series on 11/23
                                                          • NEW Simplified Price Plan: WWE Network will be available for $9.99 per month with no commitment and the ability to cancel at any time. Sign up here.

                                                          PS4 Add-ons

                                                          Assassin’s Creed Unity
                                                          • Helix Credit Pack 1 of 2 (Free for Season Pass owners)
                                                          • Helix Credits (Extra Large Pack) ($49.99)
                                                          • Helix Credits (Large Pack) ($19.99)
                                                          • Helix Credits (Medium Pack) ($9.99)
                                                          • Helix Credits (Small Pack) ($4.99)
                                                          • Helix Credits (Ultimate Pack) ($99.99)
                                                          • Season Pass ($29.99)
                                                          LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
                                                          • 75th Anniversary Pack ($2.99)
                                                          • Dark Knight Pack ($2.99)
                                                          • Man of Steel Pack ($2.99)
                                                          • Season Pass ($14.99)
                                                          Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
                                                          • Rising Storm Rune ($0.99)
                                                          Natural Doctrine
                                                          • Into the Gorian’s Den (Free)
                                                          Peggle 2
                                                          • Shiver Me Timbers Costume Pack ($0.99)
                                                          Rocksmith 2014
                                                          • 171 new tracks and 32 new track packs — click here to see all new add-ons
                                                          Zen Pinball 2
                                                          • Core Pack ($9.99)

                                                          PS3 Add-ons

                                                          Assassin’s Creed Rogue
                                                          • Time Saver: Activities Pack ($0.99)
                                                          • Time Saver: Collectibles Pack ($0.99)
                                                          • Time Saver: Resource Pack ($1.99)
                                                          • Time Saver: Technology Pack ($1.99)
                                                          Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
                                                          • Handsome Jack Pack ($9.99)
                                                          Fairy Fencer F
                                                          • Apollonius’s Hot Springs Set ($1.99)
                                                          • Ethel’s Hot Springs Set ($1.99)
                                                          • Fang’s Hot Springs Set ($1.99)
                                                          • Galdo’s Hot Springs Set ($1.99)
                                                          • Harley’s Hot Springs Set ($1.99)
                                                          • Lola’s Hot Springs Set ($1.99)
                                                          • Pippin’s Hot Springs Set ($1.99)
                                                          • Secrets of Shukesoo’s Tower 7 (Free)
                                                          • Sherman’s Hot Springs Set ($1.99)
                                                          • Tiara’s Hot Springs Set ($1.99)
                                                          LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
                                                          • 75th Anniversary Pack ($2.99)
                                                          • Dark Knight Pack ($2.99)
                                                          • Man of Steel Pack ($2.99)
                                                          • Season Pass ($14.99)
                                                          Rocksmith 2014
                                                          • Tom Petty – Free Fallin’ ($2.99)
                                                          • Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down ($2.99)
                                                          • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – American Girl ($2.99)
                                                          • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Learning To Fly ($2.99)
                                                          • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Refugee ($2.99)
                                                          • Tom Petty Song Pack ($11.99)
                                                          Zen Pinball 2
                                                            Core Collection ($9.99, Cross Buy with PS Vita)
                                                          Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate
                                                          • Nurse Costumes and Training Gear Set ($15.99)
                                                          Pinball Arcade
                                                          • Season Three Bundle ($29.99, Cross Buy with PS Vita)
                                                          • Season Three Pro ($39.99, Cross Buy with PS Vita)
                                                          • Season Three Pro Upgrade ($9.99, Cross Buy with PS Vita)

                                                          PS Vita Add-ons

                                                          Get Off My Lawn!
                                                          • Large Orb Bundle ($9.99)
                                                          • Medium Orb Bundle ($4.99)
                                                          • Orb Doubler ($1.99)
                                                          • Premium Orb Bundle ($19.99)
                                                          • Small Orb Bundle ($0.99)
                                                          Tales of Hearts R
                                                          • 1000 Grade 1 ($1.99)
                                                          • 10-Level Boost 1 ($2.99)
                                                          • 10-Level Boost 2 ($2.99)
                                                          • 2000 Grade 1 ($2.99)
                                                          • 300000 Gald 1 ($2.99)
                                                          • 300000 Gald 2 ($2.99)
                                                          • 5-Level Boost 1 ($1.99)
                                                          • 5-Level Boost 2 ($1.99)
                                                          • 5-Level Boost 3 ($1.99)
                                                          • 5-Level Boost 4 ($1.99)
                                                          • Beginner’s Bonus (Free)
                                                          • Beryl: Beach 2 ($2.49)
                                                          • Chalcedony: Beach 2 ($2.49)
                                                          • Gall: Beach 2 ($2.49)
                                                          • Hisui: Beach 2 ($2.49)
                                                          • Ines: Beach 2 ($2.49)
                                                          • Kohaku: Beach 2 ($2.49)
                                                          • Kor: Beach 2 ($2.49)
                                                          • Kunzite: Beach 2 ($2.49)
                                                          • Season Pass ($29.99)
                                                          • Swimsuit Costume Bundle ($15.99)
                                                          Zen Pinball 2
                                                          • Core Pack ($9.99, Cross Buy with PS3)
                                                          Pinball Arcade
                                                          • Season Three Bundle ($29.99, Cross Buy with PS3)
                                                          • Season Three Pro ($39.99, Cross Buy with PS3)
                                                          • Season Three Pro Upgrade ($9.99, Cross Buy with PS3)

                                                          Avatars & Themes

                                                          • 10tons Triplepack ($19.99) (PS4)
                                                          • 9 Item Bundled Sale Pack 6 ($3.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Anne Stokes: Dragonkin Avatar ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Anne Stokes: Evil Clown Avatar ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Anne Stokes: Gothic Prayer Avatar ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Anne Stokes: Immortal Flight Avatar ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Burial Ground: Dead in the Water Avatar ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Fantasy: Storm Weaver Avatar 1 ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Fantasy: Storm Weaver Avatar 2 ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Gamer: Smile Avatar ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Gamer: Try Hard Avatar ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Nyan Cat Avatar ($0.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Army of Darkness Static Theme ($1.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Art of Elegance Anime Edition: Series II Theme ($1.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Blazing Outlaw Dynamic Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Bulldog Tux Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Cat Green Eyes Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Deep Space Horizon Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Game Over Skull Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Gold Gun Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Hooded Gas Mask Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Ilya Kushinov: Sight Static Theme ($1.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Jerry Lofaro: Static Theme Series I ($1.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Killer Klowns from Outer Space Static Theme ($1.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Kyoux: Lif2 Dynamic Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Michael Chang: Kingdom War Static Theme ($1.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Palm Tree Sunset Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Smoke Lion Head Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Smoking Gold Skull Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Stargate Dynamic Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Vigilant Assassin Dynamic Theme ($2.99) (PS3)
                                                          • Welcome Back Theme ($2.99) (PS3)

                                                          Enter the Impossible World of RELATIVITY on PS4

                                                          Relativity is the fruits and labor of indie game developer Willy Chyr from Chicago. Willy has been single handedly working on this project as the Developer and Designer for the game. Relativity will be at the PlayStation Experience event in….. well, read his announcement below to find out the news!

                                                          Hello! My name is Willy Chyr – I’m an artist and indie game developer based in Chicago. I’m happy to announce that my game Relativity will be coming to PS4 in 2015, and you will get to try it at PlayStation Experience next month in Las Vegas!

                                                          Relativity

                                                          Relativity is a game that re-imagines the laws of the universe. What if the normal rules of gravity no longer applied? The basic mechanic of the game is the ability to change gravity, allowing you to re-orient yourself to walk on walls and ceilings. In this world, up is down and down is up. It’s all relative.

                                                          Let’s take a look at what an early puzzle in the game is like. In the gif below, we need to get the purple block to stay on the purple square in order to unlock a door, but the block keeps sliding down. The solution: we lock the blue block in place while in the blue gravity, and then use it as a shelf to hold up the purple block.

                                                          What you just saw is the basic gameplay mechanic. But Relativity is more than just about stacking cubes – there is an entire world full of wonder and impossible architecture for you to explore.

                                                          For example, because there is no up or down, the world of Relativity is a floating platform. So what happens when you fall off? Instead of fading the screen to black and re-spawning you, the world actually wraps around on itself, so you simply land back where you fell off from.

                                                          This is just one of the many interesting elements that you’ll discover in Relativity. My goal is to create an experience that is both mind-bending and visually compelling. Each puzzle is carefully designed to challenge the player and be incredibly rewarding.

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                                                          I hope to see you at PlayStation Experience! If you want to be notified of Relativity’s release, keep an eye on PlayStation.Blog or sign up here.

                                                          Let me know if you have any questions in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them.


                                                          Lost Orbit Coming to PS4 in Early 2015

                                                          Stranded after his ship is destroyed in deep space by a strange anomaly, Harrison, a lowly maintenance worker and our hero, must struggle to survive.

                                                           

                                                          It’s been a challenge defining Lost Orbit from the beginning. At its core, it’s a fast-paced action game, but there are flowing moments of serenity. It’s not unfair to describe it, as PixelNAUTS often has, as a death simulator. It’s the union of three distinct elements: fast paced action, flowing cathartic flight, and death. In truth, the best way to describe it is to make up a new phrase: Lost Orbit is a “dodge ‘em up.”

                                                          On Speed

                                                          PixelNAUTS’s pathetic hero, Harrison, must take matters into his own hands in order to find salvation quickly before he freezes, or starves to death in the depths of space. There is a lot of motivation in Lost Orbit to go fast. Not the least of which is that it’s fun. Lost Orbit presents you with simple to learn mechanics that, once mastered, will enable you to blaze through levels. Upgrading Harrison’s kit allows players to customize their play style, gaining new tools to handle the dangers of space.

                                                          As your confidence grows, so does your willingness to fire Harrison between the tightest of gaps. Confronting your mortality and surrendering to the compulsion to blast through systems is extremely satisfying. And, when you cross the line into overconfidence, the harsh realities of space travel will rip you out of your little bubble.

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                                                          On Death

                                                          Space travel is dangerous, and the universe of Lost Orbit is no exception. There is no baby proofing present. As a lone, ship-less astronaut, you are extremely vulnerable. Lost Orbit is challenging and you will die a lot, but PixelNAUTS wanted to create an experience where players didn’t feel punished for dying. Dying in Lost Orbit happens quickly, is humorous, and is easy to recover from.

                                                          Players can watch their mangled body float away while they shed tears over the loss of life, or respawn instantly, getting right back into the action. The game feels suspenseful without the dread of a frustrating five minute post-death cinematic. Risk it all for your chance at survival. After all, everyone has to die sometime.

                                                          On Flow

                                                          When you find yourself curled in the fetal position, clutching a pillow, and unable to cope with the loneliness and death of space travel, hope is not lost. Lost Orbit has a wealth of serene beauty to explore while you recover. Moments of reprieve will coax you out from under your blanket fort.

                                                          When PixelNAUTS worked with Vigil on Darksiders, they were surprised at how much fun we had just running around an empty room with the finished character: War. His movements and attacks had a lot of variety and weight to them. The same way a go-kart in a parking lot can be great fun, so too can the basic locomotion of a player character. PixelNAUTS really tried to impart that level of refinement into Lost Orbit .

                                                          There are plenty of moments for the player to take in the beauty of the game, and lazily float and dart their way through open space. It’s a good balance for the white-knuckle twitch-fest that is the meat of the game.

                                                          Lost Orbit will be available on PS4 in early 2015. The game will be playable at PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas, December 6th and 7th. If you have the chance, come see us, and die alone in space.


                                                          TowerFall Dark World Expansion Coming Early 2015

                                                          Since launching TowerFall, Matt Makes Games Inc. had countless requests for new levels, characters, power-ups, and modes. A lot of your suggestions have been really valuable, and after recovery from the game’s launch back in March, Matt Makes Games Inc. began forming new ideas of their own. Slowly but surely, they’re plans for an expansion took shape. Matt Makes Games Inc. is excited to announce that the Dark World Expansion will hit PS4 in early 2015.

                                                          TowerFall Dark World

                                                          Matt Makes Games Inc. wants to call this an expansion rather than DLC, because it expands the game in every direction rather than providing small incremental additions. Approaching it this way allows them to tie all the new stuff together in a very cohesive manner. For fans, this means more playable archers, levels, modes, power-ups, variants, trials, and more.

                                                          TowerFall Dark World

                                                          Joining the roster is the red archer, the Vainglorious Ghoul. As her appearance suggests, she captains an infamous ghost ship known as The Amaranth. The Amaranth, it turns out, is also one of four new level sets in the expansion. These new locations are spread across the Dark World, a twisted reality parallel to the TowerFall world you’re familiar with.

                                                          The final tower, Cataclysm, uses procedurally generated levels to make sure every match is unique and surprising.

                                                          And then there’s the new power-ups, such as Trigger Arrows, which behave like remote mines. Stick them to walls or ceilings in clever positions, wait for the perfect moment, and detonate when your opponents least expect it.

                                                          Or the otherworldly Prism Arrows that lock your enemies in magical prisons so they have nowhere to hide. These are a few highlights from our work so far. If you want to keep up on development and read about everything we’ve added, check out the TowerFall blog where we’re posting regular updates on the expansion.

                                                          TowerFall Dark World

                                                          We’re already having a blast playtesting these additions — they open doors to countless new ways to trick your friends, and countless, more hilarious outcomes. With so much excellent community feedback, we have a great handle on what players love about TowerFall, and see this as the perfect opportunity to push the game to its limits. I’ll be at PlayStation Experience in Vegas next month, taking all challengers as we demo the Dark World Expansion for attendees.


                                                          That is all for this week folks! Make sure to check back with us for more updates in the future!

                                                          Don’t miss out!

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                                                          Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz http://www.transcend-gaming.com <![CDATA[Pre-Load Super Smash Bros. for Wii U]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109381 2014-11-14T06:23:50Z 2014-11-14T06:23:50Z Hello Gamers, It’s no secret that video game fans are beyond eager to get their hands on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. To help shoppers avoid the day-one rush, Nintendo is offering a few ways for people to get their hands on the game as soon as possible after it launches in the Nintendo eShop […]

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                                                          Hello Gamers,

                                                          It’s no secret that video game fans are beyond eager to get their hands on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. To help shoppers avoid the day-one rush, Nintendo is offering a few ways for people to get their hands on the game as soon as possible after it launches in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

                                                          Starting now, Wii U owners can pre-purchase Super Smash Bros. for Wii U directly from the Nintendo eShop or by purchasing a download code for the game from participating retailers. At the time of pre-purchase, much of the game’s data will be pre-loaded to the purchaser’s Wii U system if it is in Standby mode. As soon as the game releases in the Nintendo eShop at midnight Eastern time on Nov. 21, the final data needed to unlock the full game will automatically download.

                                                          Super Smash Bros for Wii U has also been available for pre-order on Nintendo.com. Nintendo announces that these pre-orders will also support the same pre-load capability. Within 72 hours of the game’s release date, people who have pre-ordered the digital version of the game on Nintendo.com using their Nintendo Network ID will be emailed a redemption code. Once they redeem the code, they will also be able to pre-load the game.

                                                          These pre-purchase and pre-load options offer a tremendous benefit to players, who will be among the first people able to play the game once it arrives on their Wii U systems.

                                                          Don’t miss out!

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                                                          Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Games of Our Lives — 11.13.14 | PS4 10th NPD Win; New Gameplay Videos, More!]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=109353 2014-11-14T02:55:30Z 2014-11-14T02:55:30Z /// EPISODE 99 Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading! Gamers never die….. Just like the Games of Our Lives… /// GAMES FEATURED ►Great Edo Blacksmith ►Lost Ark ►ScreamRide ►Dragon Age: Inquisition ►PES 2015 ►Never Alone ►Kalimba ►GTA Online ►The Crew ►Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha […]

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                                                          Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

                                                          Gamers never die…..

                                                          Just like the Games of Our Lives…

                                                          /// GAMES FEATURED

                                                          ►Great Edo Blacksmith
                                                          ►Lost Ark
                                                          ►ScreamRide
                                                          ►Dragon Age: Inquisition
                                                          ►PES 2015
                                                          ►Never Alone
                                                          ►Kalimba
                                                          ►GTA Online
                                                          ►The Crew
                                                          ►Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
                                                          ►Battlefield: Hardline
                                                          ►Resident Evil: Revelations 2

                                                          /// Great Edo Blacksmith Opening Movie

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                                                          /// Lost Ark ~ The best looking Diablo clone on the market?

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                                                          /// ScreamRide Coming to XBox One and Xbox 360 in March 2015

                                                          ScreamRide—the latest creation from Microsoft Studios and Frontier Developments—is catapulting its way onto Xbox this Spring! Revealed earlier this year at gamescom, ScreamRide reinvents the rollercoaster genre with action and over-the-top destruction as never seen before.

                                                          ScreamRide hosts more than 50 playable levels across the globe, giving players the chance to push the limits of physics and their own creativity through its three gameplay modes: Engineer, ScreamRider and Demolition Expert. Share your original creations on Xbox One, and compete on global leaderboards on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

                                                          Releasing in-stores and digitally on March 3 in North and South America, March 5 in Asia and March 6 in Europe, ScreamRide will be $39.99 on Xbox One and $29.99 on Xbox 360.

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                                                          /// Dragon Age: Inquisition ‘The Breach’ Trailer

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                                                          /// Grim Fandango Remastered playable at the PlayStation Experience Event

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                                                          /// Never Alone Launch Trailer

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                                                          /// Project Totem renamed Kalimba, due out next month for Xbox One, January for PC

                                                          Coming to the Xbox Games Store for $9.99, Kalimba will be available on December 17 for Xbox One and January 2015 on PC.

                                                          Press Play’s highly-anticipated puzzle platformer has players controlling animated totems on a quest to overthrow an evil shaman and reclaim the island of Kalimba for the Kalimbi people. The distinct look comes from the “trixelated” art style that uses triangles as the main influence. In addition to the unique art style of the world, puzzles, enemies and totems, Kalimba also offers both single player and couch co-op modes. Creative Director Asger Strandby calls it, “kind of a friendship tester – if you can play the game and high five more than you slap each other, you’re probably ready to get married.”

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                                                          /// GTA Online Infographic, Heists coming with first PS4/Xbox One update

                                                          As we gear up to usher an entire new population into Los Santos and Blaine County with the release of Grand Theft Auto V on the PS4 and Xbox One next week – we just wanted to say thank you to the awesome and dedicated players that have made GTA Online such a nonstop thrill over the past year on PS3 and Xbox 360 so far. We may have provided the world and the tools, but it’s really you players who have made the Online world as amazing as it has become. We’ve dug up a few bits of Online census info as you can see below that help illustrate that point.

                                                          We know you’re all excited for more Updates to come and we’ve got some really exciting stuff in the works to continue adding to, expanding and evolving the world of Grand Theft Auto Online – including the highly anticipated launch of Online Heists which will be available for all four consoles as the first GTA Online Update to happen after the game launches on PS4 and Xbox One. We’ll have some details on that very soon as well. [Source]

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                                                          /// The Crew Season Pass Trailer

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                                                          /// Deoxys returns in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s Delta Episode

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                                                          /// Battlefield: Hardline Single Player

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                                                          /// PS4 outsells Xbox One in the US for 10th Consecutive Month

                                                          The PS4 was the best-selling console in the US in October, Sony has announced, drawing on the NPD Group’s monthly report.

                                                          NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
                                                          Super Smash Bros. 3DS (3DS)
                                                          The Evil Within (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
                                                          Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
                                                          Destiny (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
                                                          Skylanders Trap Team (Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, Mobile)
                                                          FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
                                                          Madden NFL 15 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
                                                          Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
                                                          Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4)

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                                                          /// PSN goes offline for maintenance on Monday, November 17

                                                          Sony will bring PlayStation Network down for maintenance next week for six hours.

                                                          On Monday, November 17, the service will be offline from 1pm to 7pm EST and from Monday at 6pm to 12am Tuesday November 18 GMT in order to “deploy a series of back-end improvements to the network.”

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                                                          /// Resident Evil: Revelations 2 gameplay video introduce attacking, controls and menus

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