Monthly Archives: October 2015

Here’s the New Xbox One Gears of War Special Edition Bundle

Microsoft has confirmed a new Xbox One Gears of War Special Edition Bundle.


The bundle includes a 500GB "Cirrus White console and controller", a full-game download for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the Superstar Cole Multiplayer skin, and early access to the Gears of War 4 Beta.

You'll also get the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War collection able to play on Xbox One at no additional cost, complete with five "never released on consoles" campaign chapters.

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GamesAid Raises £564,000 for Children’s Charities

GamesAid has raised £564,000 for children's charities.

The UK charity has donated £70.5K each to Accuro, Action for Kids, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Lifelites, MAPS, Safe @ Last, SpecialEffect and Jigsaw 4 U.


"As the only fully democratic charity in the games space", members of the games industry vote for the charities of their choice annually, mainly supporting children’s charities in the UK, and some overseas causes.

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Peeple App Lets You Rate Other Human Beings

A new app called Peeple has been announced, in which everyone you know will be able to rate you as a human being.

The Washington Post likens the app to being "Yelp, but for humans", and reveals it's set to launch in late November. Posts will not be anonymous and you will not be able to have yourself removed from the app - once someone chooses to rate you, that's it. When people sign up it'll ask you to login with Facebook so if just one of your friends decides to go for it... you'll be in the system.

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Star Wars Battlefront Beta Install Size Revealed

EA has confirmed the Star Wars Battlefront beta will be around 7GB on PS4 and Xbox One, while the PC version will clock in at around 11GB.

Additionally, the beta will be available to pre-load on PC from 1am PT / 4am ET / 9am GMT on October 7 by looking in the appropriate section of the Origin store.

To get ready for the beta, EA and DICE detailed the Hero System for Star Wars Battlefront recently, which lets players take control of characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The father and son are playable in the early test for the game.

When Star Wars Battlefront officially launches in November, there won't be server browsers for the multiplayer modes. But DICE is promising dedicated servers for the online action game.

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Nintendo Reveals More Animal Crossing Amiibo

Four new Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival figurines surfaced on the Nintendo Japan website with a December 17, 2015 release date.

The Japanese amiibo website shows a total of 12 individual Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival figures, including new amiibo for Blathers, Celeste, Resetti and Kicks. The page also lists a bundle with Digby and Isabelle for 6,400 yen (roughly US$53) that’s scheduled to launch November 21 in Japan.

Nintendo previously showcased individual packages for Lottie, Isabelle, Digby, Mabel and Tom Nook along with a three-pack bundle that includes K.K. Slider, Reese and Cyrus. The original eight Animal Crossing amiibos are listed on the site with November 21 release.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Will Boast 30 to 40 Hours of Gameplay

Lead designer on Rise of the Tomb Raider at Crystal Dynamics Mike Brinker has confirmed there will be plenty to do in the follow-up to the studio’s well-received 2013 reboot.

“Not only are we going wide, but we’re going deeper,” explained Brinker. “We’re looking at 30 to 40 hours for the completionist. That delves into things like, for example, our skill trees.”

“We used to have, I think it was 15- or 16-odd skills. Now we have over 50 skills. And we have three different tracks you can upgrade, and they’re each separated by four tiers. And then you’re looking at things like the translation system and the crafting system that really bring about all those layers of her leveling up as a character.”

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Dirt Rally’s New Region Features Biggest Jumps, Fastest Stages Yet

Codemasters has today confirmed Finland has been added to Dirt Rally as another free update for all Early Access players.

The Finland rally, which is set in the Jämsä region, is said to contain the game’s biggest jumps and fastest stages to date (with average speeds “well in excess of 100mph/160kph”).

Also added are two new cars – the 2001 Subaru Impreza and the 2001 Ford Focus RS. The 2001 World Rally Championship was extremely tightly contested; Subaru’s Richard Burns clinched the title just two points ahead of runner-up Colin McRae in his Ford.

Described by many as the spiritual home of rallying, Finnish rally drivers hold the record for most WRC championships, with 14 championships between seven drivers.

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Need for Speed No Limits Out Now

Need for Speed: No Limits, the first original Need for Speed game built exclusively for mobile devices, is available today via the App Store and Google Play. Developed by Melbourne, Australia-based Firemonkeys, the studio responsible for the Real Racing series, Need for Speed: No Limits is free to download.

EA explains the game will begin with 900 race events, 100 player levels, 38 race courses, 30 licensed vehicles, and over 10 game modes. It also features “hundreds of parts and body kits” from the likes of Rocket Bunny, 6666 Customs, and others. Like Firemonkeys’ Real Racing 3, the game will also reportedly grow over time.

Need for Speed: No Limits was released earlier this year in the Netherlands and Taiwan but is now available worldwide.

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Unlocked: Twisted Pixel Pulls a Bungie


Discussed this week: Splosion Man developer Twisted Pixel pulls a Bungie and spins back out from Microsoft, single-player campaigns in first-person shooters seem to be an endangered species, Xbox One holiday bundles are in full bloom, Hitman course-corrects its unsettling pricing model, Telltale's Back to the Future heads to Xbox One, U2 heads to Rock Band 4, and more!


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Another New Marvel’s Jessica Jones Teaser

The ad campaign for Marvel's Jessica Jones may have taken awhile to begin, but with the show's debut less than two months away, we're now getting a lot of new material. Just a few days after a teaser gave us our first footage from the series, yet another new teaser has been released.

This time out, we see what happens when superhero turned private eye Jessica (Krysten Ritter) visits a bar, all set to Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation."

Marvel's Jessica Jones debuts all thirteen episodes November 20th on Netflix.

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