I still can't believe Halo: The Master Chief Collection exists. This ambitious Xbox One game coming in November puts some of the best Halo games money can buy onto a single disc. This mighty stockpile of first-person shooter games stretches back through two prior hardware generations. It updates four classic Halo games to a solid 60 frames-per-second. HD remakes quietly came and went before Halo: MCC, but in my mind this one stands out as the best because of the sheer quality and volume.
After a brief look at Halo 3's first playable mission, Sierra 117, fellow IGN editor Alfredo Diaz and I put updated versions of Halo 2's vintage multiplayer maps Zanibar, Ascension, Sanctuary, and Lockout to the test. The end result shouldn't come as a surprise: Halo 2's multiplayer feels as fresh as it did 10-years ago, and it harkens to a bygone era before RPG-like leveling systems and custom perk loadouts changed the face of FPS games for good.
SEGA has announced Alien: Isolation's Survivor Mode will receive six months of DLC support.
Described by the game's Creative Lead Al Hope as "the game in its purest form", Survivor Mode pits player not only against the alien but the clock, too. You can find out more about the origin of the mode and what it involves in the video below:
When Alien: Isolation is released next month will come with one playable map (Basement), but from October 28th the first of five expansion packs will roll out for purchase. The first drop will contain three additional maps, each with specific objects and challenges, a new playable character and will vary the enemy types (on top of the alien itself, of course). In the coming months, four more expansions will be released, each containing a new character, new maps, and a variety of challenges.
Note: Apologies for the delay in getting this written. I'm in Tokyo covering TGS; lots to do! -Colin
Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation Vita can download these goodies, which include PSN games, movies, themes and more. While the Official PlayStation Blog outlines these updates in full each week, we thought we'd help truncate the good news into something more digestible.
Here are this week’s new PS4 games. You can also begin pre-ordering Driveclub this week, as well as Destiny’s first expansion pack, The Dark Below.
How many hours have you put into Borderlands? If you're like most people who relished fighting on Pandora, that number is probably pretty high. Sinking hundreds of hours into that seminal “shooter looter” was par for the course, and much of that appeal stemmed from the unending parade of collectible knick knacks, tiddlywinks, and doodads.
Well, Gearbox would certainly like it if people are drawn to Battleborn as fervently as its last new property, though the appeal is going to be pretty different. You see, it's the characters that are supposed to keep a controller stuck to your hands, the goofy quips that urge you to ignore your significant other, and the playful repartee that means your dog is going to have to wait one more hour for his nightly walk.
The first ever MondoCon is about to kick off, and to celebrate this entertainment extravaganza, we’ve got your first look at the variant edition of Laurent Durieux’s awesome Back to the Future Part III print.
An edition of 225, it’s 24” x 36” and completes the artist’s BTTF print trilogy (Parts 1 & 2 can be viewed at the end of this article).
Valve has added support for five new international currencies on Steam: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Five more - Canada, Korea, Mexico, Norway and Turkey - will also be added in the coming weeks.
The new currencies come on top of support for the Japanese Yen, which was introduced late last month, and follow other recent tweaks to the digital distribution software, including the ability to simultaneously install multiple items.
We reported in May that Valve had pushed back the Steam controller to 2015, but very little news has since come to light.
Sony has revised its financial forecast for this fiscal year down $1.7 billion thanks to poor smartphone performance, and now expects to make a pre-tax loss of $466 million rather than a profit of $1.2 billion.
A note to investors (via Games Industry) explains that the company plans to change its mobile strategy in certain regions, with Reuters suggesting the fact that Xperia phones can only be bought on T-Mobile in the US is having a negative effect as it's the fourth largest carrier there. Sony has also explained it plans to focus on the high-end premium devices it offers, and reduce the number of mid-range models.
Xbox's exclusive open-world racer Forza Horizon 2 is nearly here. To celebrate, we're giving away an Xbox One and a copy of the game to boot.
If you need reminding why Forza Horizon 2 should be on your radar, watch our full video preview below:
Forza Horizon 2 is out in the UK on October 3rd.
If you need your Forza fix before then, watch the ultimate real life road trip as 8 teams and their supercars take on Europe's best roads. To find out more, check out Forza Fuel on the competition page link below.
All you need to do to win this fantastic prize is enter your details on this competition page, and answer the question on the page correctly.
Bungie has doubled the number of public events in Destiny.
An update - which rolled out yesterday - sought to improve network stability, fix Xbox One bootflow issues and address problems that were causing in-game crashes.
The first-person shooter, which was recently confirmed as the UK's biggest new franchise of all-time, has also been patched to ensure Public Events will occur "twice as frequently" in public spaces. Good news for any of you who've maybe been feeling your patrols are a little less eventful than you'd like.
"Not every update that you apply to Destiny will contain revolutionary changes to the player experience," writes Bungie on its site. "As we support the world of Destiny beyond the launch, much of what we do behind the scenes will be dedicated to ensuring the services that support the game are stable."
Microsoft has revealed it's releasing a wired Xbox One controller, designed specifically for use with Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs.
A listing on the company's site reveals the controller to be identical to the one that comes with the Xbox One, including a battery pack, along with a USB controller required for connecting it to PC. It's set to cost $60 can also be used with or without the wire in conjunction with your Xbox One.
Of course, there's definitely a question mark over why you'd need such a device seeing as wireless Xbox One controllers can be used with PC following the drivers' release back in June.
GX3: Everyone Games has officially secured the funding it needs in order for the convention to return next year.
The LGBT-focused event passed its Kickstarter target of $80,000 and currently sits at $85,677 with 40 hours to go. This is thanks in part to contributions from big names including Devolver Digital, Dim Bulb Games, Bertil Hörberg, Coffee Stain Studios, Mike Bithell, Tinsley PR, Maxistentialism, Asher Vollmer, Wow, Such Business, Hornet Networks and Blizzard. The last one, in particular, pledged an impressive $10,000.
Originally branded GaymerX, the decision was made to rename the convention in order to incorporate a wider number of people who don't necessarily connect with the label. The event’s organizers expressed concerns in April over the ability of running annualized conferences due to insufficient expenses and corporate sponsorship to support the growing event. Last month, indie developers and publishers rallied to donate money to the financially troubled event after a major sponsor could allegedly no longer honor an official sponsorship agreement.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on March 17, 2015 in North America and March 20 in Europe, according to a pulled Game Informer report.
A voucher code for Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae -- a playable demo of FFXV -- will be included in each copy of Type-0. According to the report, Episode Duscae will allow players to "see some of the opening scenes in action," although "some elements of the progression will be altered in order to make it more suitable for a demo experience."
It’s a year to the day that Grand Theft Auto V hit shelves. It is on this side of the Earth, at least. When I first played GTA V shortly prior to its release I claimed that, despite the then-imminent arrival of the highly-anticipated Xbox One and PlayStation 4, GTA V already felt like a potent reminder that ambition, confidence and, above all, gameplay beats a brand new box of chips and wires every time.
I believe that’s as true now as when I wrote it a year ago.
This new console generation has been a strange one for me. In November last year, back when the Xbox One and PS4 washed ashore in Australia, I was still too busy playing GTA V to pay much mind to any new hardware. Beyond the likes of Forza Motorsport 5, which quenched my need for simulated speed, there was little that personally interested me much on Microsoft and Sony’s new consoles. Certainly nothing I wanted to play more than GTA V.
Square Enix’s Final Fantasy IV received a PEGI rating today and appears to be coming to PC.
The listing also shows a PC release date of September 17, 2014.
First spotted on Twitter, PEGI, or the Pan European Game Information, rated the classic Japanese role-playing game a 12 for “non realistic looking violence towards human characters” and “mild bad language”.
PEGI is a European rating system for parents that functions similarly to the United States’ Entertainment Software Ratings Board, or ESRB, which just happened to turn 20 years old today.
When Activision shuttered Bizarre Creations back in 2011 the publisher attributed the decision to the fact the “fundamentals of the racing genre” had changed significantly during the three years that had elapsed since the company had purchased the UK developer.
Unfortunately the racing genre had changed. Robust racers like Blur and Split/Second had failed to find large audiences and the closures of well-established developers like Bizarre and Black Rock Studio followed. Category leaders like the Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport series remained viable but the market for everything else just didn’t seem to be there anymore. Just three racing games made IGN readers’ top 100 games of last generation, compiled in June this year, and one of those was Mario Kart Wii. It was the highest-ranked racing game, actually. At #59.
Warning: Full spoilers for this week's Sons of Anarchy follow.
In "Toil and Till", the second episode of Sons of Anarchy’s final season, the storylines got settled in for the long haul as Jax’s plans were revealed and the plot inched forward a bit. Anyone looking for a quick turnaround on the big ticket items, such as when Jax will find out that Gemma was the one who killed Tara, will be disappointed. But if you’ve got the patience to handle a measured pace, it should be worth it in the end as the tension continued to build.
Jax dug himself and SAMCRO deeper into a dark hole as he remained committed to the plan of vengeance against Lin and his group for their supposed involvement with Tara’s death. I was on board with the choice in the season premiere to skip a few days from when Jax discovered Tara’s body to the current time because it was such a jolt to see the change in Jax’s frame of mind. However, watching Jax’s plan unfold in the second episode made at least a part of me wish that we could have gotten a hint of what Gemma said to Jax that convinced him Lin was behind the murder. On the one hand, Jax’s grief could have pushed him to accept any explanation, but on the other hand Gemma isn’t exactly known for being the most honest person around.
We’ve been hearing rumblings of a Zoolander sequel for a long time. Like, really long. But now actor Will Ferrell says he's expecting to be part of a read-through of the finished script in the near future.
Ferrell played Jacobim Mugatu in 2001's Zoolander, a beloved oddball comedy set in the world of high fashion. According to Ferrell, the golden curled clothing designer will be returning in the sequel.
Note: We likely won't be doing weekly New Girl reviews this season but did want to check in on the season premiere.
Full spoilers for the New Girl: Season 4 premiere follow.
In a rare moment, New Girl's Season 4 premiere began with the gang in full single swing, near the end of wedding season. Actually, the basic idea of "The Last Wedding" was pretty clever in that the group had apparently spent the whole summer going to weddings -- 11, in fact -- and were all planning a last-ditch effort to get laid at wedding number 12 ("Sex Fist!"). However, in execution, the episode was only kind of funny.
In typical New Girl fashion, the premiere criminally underutilized its guest stars, Jessica Biel (Total Recall) and Reid Scott (Veep). Scott in particular was given almost nothing to work with as he assumed the role of an emotionless, vaguely charismatic best man, Ted. Biel's character, Kat, had a little more dialogue and played well enough off of Jess, but her assertive and robotic persona was only mildly amusing and didn't really complement the situation in a convincing way.
A few days after my visit to Universal Studios Hollywood to see the From Dusk Till Dawn maze coming this year to the hugely popular Halloween Horror Nights, I returned for another press visit devoted to two other mazes coming to this year's event - The Walking Dead and An American Werewolf in London.
The Walking Dead is coming back to Horror Nights for an impressive third year in a row, something that’s never occurred before - A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre have been a part of HHN three times each, but not in three consecutive years.
Digger Harkness - aka DC's Captain Boomerang - is headed to Starling City for Arrow Season 3!
According to EW.com, Nick Tarabay, who played the scheming Ashur on Starz' Spartacus, has signed on for a multi-episode arc as a villain who has both comic connections to The Flash and the Suicide Squad.
On Arrow, Harkness will be a "former A.R.G.U.S operative, highly skilled in martial arts and espionage, with a deadly thirst for vengeance against his former employers."