Why risk your life going out to the store to buy some cheap games when you can stay at home, in the safety of your living room and pick up some games on the cheap?
Microsoft's weekly Deals with Gold will be celebrating Black Friday with some deals on Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Some of these discounts are 75% - 80% off and there are some great games here.
Check out the full list of games after the jump as it's pretty big.
Time to sit down and have another marathon SMITE session this weekend as there are tons of promotions and sales going down to celebrate the holidays. The first thing that Hi-Rez has introduced is the new Holiday Chest.
The Holiday Chest will run from now until January 14th 2015 and will contain six different Holiday themed items, some of which are exclusive to the chest. Each chest will cost 400 Gems. Here is a list of the items in the Holiday Chest.
The great thing about these chests is that you can support a great cause as well. For every chest bought, Hi-Rez will donate $1 to the American Red Cross, which I am a huge supporter of. Please everyone, if you can, go donate blood. You have no idea how many lives you can save when you do.
Hi-Rez will also introduce a Black Friday Gem sale. On Friday November 28th only, any purchase of Gems will net you free bonus Gems. Gems in SMITE can be used to purchase various items in the game including Gods, skins, and chest rolls. Here is a breakdown of the Gem packages, their prices and your bonuses.
Finally, Hi-Rez will also hold the Fall Harvest event this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, everyone will receive double Favor and up to 50 free Gems a day. On Sunday, the Fall Harvest event will begin. Everyone will earn 30 free Gems for getting the first win of the day bonus and a special Fall Harvest player icon. Players will also earn another 60 free gems for completing all six game modes.
Players will also earn double Favor, Worshipers and XP all day long. Finally, the match of the day will be a special Arena game mode with increased gold earning. The top 100 players who earn the most amount of gold throughout the day will earn a free 400 Gems.
We're two weeks removed from one of the most anticipated releases this holiday season, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken.
343 Industries and Microsoft have been playing damage control ever since the launch, but there isn't enough PR in the world to save them from the barrage of upset players who continue to report long waiting times in matchmaking and massive issues in parties.
Today, the two companies released a joint apology.
On Nov 11th we released Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The goal being to create a tribute to Halo fans around the world, and to celebrate the Master Chief's debut on Xbox One. With the initial release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, however, we have not delivered the experience you deserve. I personally apologize for this on behalf of us all at 343 Industries. Our team is committed to working around the clock until these issues are resolved.
While our team works on continual improvements and towards solutions, my commitment to you is that we will take care of all owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Our primary and continued focus is first on fixing the issues at hand. Once we've done that, we will detail how we will make this right with our fans.
On the matchmaking front, we have encountered unexpected issues that were not apparent in our internal test environment and that have resulted in a frustrating experience, including long matchmaking times and low session success rates. Within 343 Industries and Xbox, I can assure you that resolving these issues is our #1 priority. We continue to partner with the Xbox platform team to analyze all data to make ongoing server-side adjustments to continually improve the matchmaking experience. We are also preparing additional content updates that will address existing campaign, UI, and other issues to improve the overall experience. With each update we will carefully analyze data to confirm that the improvements we're seeing internally are also happening with fans at home.
Know that we're trying to be as nimble as possible to put fixes in place. We are planning multiple server-side tweaks and game content updates over the coming weeks. Looking forward, I want to give you a high-level cadence of the latest updates we're currently working on. Development and testing of our latest content update continues and we are on track for release later this week. We will update you on the status and patch notes of the content update once we have a better understanding of our release window. Only through making changes on both the "server side" (matchmaking and other server rulesets) and, via content updates (to the game itself), can we make the significant progress we're working towards. And in the interest of expediency, we're attacking the problem from both sides, non-stop.
As we have been, we will continue to post the details of our updates and other adjustments on Halo Waypoint. Please check our forums athttp://aka.ms/mcc_updates for the latest details as we roll out further fixes.
Please accept my heartfelt apologies for the delay and for the negative aspects of your experience to date. We're doing everything in our power to resolve it as quickly as possible.
Obviously, the issues need to be resolved, but while they've acknowledged that there were issues with their internal tests, it's still disconcerting that the testing did not yield results anywhere close to what players are experiencing at home.
Owners of season 2 of Killer Instinct have a new character this week as Iron Galaxy has unleashed a completely new face to the roster of the Xbox One fighter. Kan-Ra, a mummified grappler is the second original character to join the game, and the third of this season’s 8 new fighters. Just like TJ Combo and Maya, he is available for play in both online and off modes, excluding the arcade / story mode (we’re still waiting for their stories to be added to the game).
He is definitely a different type of character than fans are used to as his arsenal contains a lot of flair and environmental effects. He uses a mix of sorcery and his loose wraps to overwhelm and contain the opponent. The reveal trailer for Kan-Ra is below, if you would like to see him in action and get a very obvious clue as to who will be the next character to join the growing roster.
Bohemia Interactive has announced that browser-based, 2D top-down MiniDayZ is available to play for free through its online store. Based on the open-world, survival horror game DayZ, the browser-based version is single-player online, but includes all of the same elements such as searching for food and supplies, defending against zombies, and keeping a lookout for other survivors.
Those that wish to try their luck for survival in the zombie apocalypse can visit the online Bohemia Interactive store to play MiniDayZ. Visit the official MiniDayZ website for further information on the game.
Publisher Sega of America and developer The Creative Assembly have announced that Total War: Attila will be launching on February 17, 2015 across all territories in both physical and digital formats. Those that pre-order the game will receive the first downloadable content, The Viking Forefathers Culture Pack, which adds three additional playable factions to the game including The Danes, The Jutes, and The Geats. The game will also be available in a special edition that includes the following content:
Attila The Hun Biography
Written by Nic Fields and published by renowned military history specialists Osprey Publishing, this brand-new Attila The Hun Biography is based on the latest academic research and theories. Beautifully illustrated with maps, archaeological photographs and specially commissioned artwork, it details the life, times and dark deeds of one of history's most infamous warlords. This biography is only currently available as part of the Total War: Attila Special Edition.
Reference Guide Poster
This double-sided poster features original Total War: Attila campaign map artwork on one side, and a comprehensive playable faction reference guide on the other.
Viking Forefathers Culture Pack
Whether pre-ordered or purchased at launch, the Total War: Attila Special Edition includes this significant pack of content featuring three additional playable Norse factions.
Total War: Attila will be available on February 17, 2015 for Windows PC.
2K and Turtle Rock have put out the call; will you answer? As details begin to emerge for the 4th monster for Evolve, their upcoming 4 v 1 - hunter v monster mash up, the latest beast is yet without a name. This is the same monster that will be unlocked for free for those who pre-order the game. The name will be decided by voting on one of the following names (unfortunately no write-ins, so my dream of seeing Tyrannosaurus Flex will have to live on unfulfilled):
Votes will be collected through the weekend, until 12:00 PST on Monday, December 1st. More details on the vote is up on the Evolve website: http://evolvegame.com/news/help-evolve-name-that-monster
Or you can skip all that and go directly to Survey Monkey to cast your vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NameThatMonster
If this video is any indication, the Batmobile is going to be a hell of a fun toy to play with in Batman: Arkham Knight. The video shows Batman attacking a chemical factory and how he can use the Batmobile in all sorts of ways to help him.
Another cool thing to notice in the video is the increased usage of the environment when fighting. Batman attacks a guard and in smooth motion uses a hanging light to dispatch the enemy.
Yeah, this video has me amped up for June 2nd when the game releases on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Finally, we (along with our wallets) can breath a little bit this week as things slow down. The big holiday rush is officially over and now we finally have time to begin playing through the massive backlog that most of us have built up over the last couple of months. Just because things are slowing down, it doesn’t mean that that are coming to a stop. There are still games crawling out of development and into stores, including the return of Sierra and Geometry Wars!