The Evolution of Evolve: Episode 3

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2K and Turtle Rock have released the third installment of The Evolution of Evolve video series for their upcoming title, Evolve. Again hosted by Adam Sessler, this episode focuses on the work that went into developing the four unique classes of hunters and the way they interact to take on the monster.  

The video for episode three is below, and you can check out the previous videos for episode one and episode two as well as cast your vote in the current contest to give a name to the 4th monster.

Developed by the creators of Left 4 Dead, Evolve has won more than 60 awards and editorial honors, is the only game in history to earn the official E3 and Gamescom "Game of Show" awards in the same year, and is set to be released on February 10 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Co-op Gaming Sale hits PSN

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Sony has revealed that a slew of co-op games will be receiving price drops just in time for Thanksgiving. 

Some games will be receiving as much as a 65% price cut, 85% if you're a PS+ subscriber. The list of over 30 titles includes notable games such as Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, and both LittleBigPlanet 1 and 2. 

Sony also noted that those who spend over $100 on anything in the PlayStation Store will receive $15 extra in credit in a deal that will last until December 2nd. 

For more on the co-op game sale that lasts until Monday, December 1st, check out the full table of discounts below. 

Title Platform PS Plus Price Sale Price Regular Price
3 on 3 NHL Arcade PS3 $3.49 $4.99 $9.99
Angry Birds: Star Wars PS4 $22.49 $24.99 $49.99
Angry Birds: Star Wars PS3 $17.99 $19.99 $39.99
Angry Birds: Star Wars PS Vita $17.99 $19.99 $39.99
Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!! PS3 $14.00 $27.99 $39.99
Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!! PS Vita $14.00 $27.99 $39.99
Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel PS3 $3.99 $4.99 $19.99
Awesomenauts Assemble PS4 $5.39 $5.99 $9.99
Battlefield 3 PS3 $3.99 $4.99 $19.99
Borderlands 2 PS3 $4.54 $6.49 $19.99
Bulletstorm PS3 $3.99 $4.99 $19.99
CHAOS CODE PS3 $5.99 $7.99 $11.99
Dark Souls II PS3 $19.59 $27.99 $39.99
EA SPORTS UFC PS4 $13.99 $19.99 $39.99
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse PS3 $8.99 $9.99 $59.99
Far Cry 3 PS3 $9.79 $13.99 $19.99
Fight Night Champion PS3 $3.99 $4.99 $19.99
LEGO The Hobbit PS3 $14.69 $20.99 $29.99
LEGO The Hobbit PS4 $19.59 $27.99 $39.99
LEGO The Hobbit PS Vita $9.79 $13.99 $19.99
LittleBigPlanet PS3 $7.99 $9.99 $29.99
LittleBigPlanet 2 PS3 $7.99 $9.99 $19.99
Lord of the Rings: War in the North PS3 $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
Madden NFL Arcade PS3 $3.49 $4.99 $9.99
Mercenary Kings PS4 $8.99 $11.99 $19.99
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition & NFL Blitz Bundle PS3 $3.99 $4.99 $19.99
NCAA Football 14 PS3 $8.99 $14.99 $29.99
Rayman Origins PS3 $9.79 $13.99 $19.99
Rayman Origins PS Vita PS Vita $13.29 $18.99 $26.99
Rayman Legends PS4 $19.59 $27.99 $39.99
Rayman Legends PS3 $19.59 $27.99 $39.99
Rayman Legends PS Vita $13.29 $18.99 $26.99
Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition PS3 $14.69 $20.99 $29.99
RESOGUN PS4 $5.99 $7.49 $14.99
Soul Sacrifice Delta PS Vita $14.39 $17.99 $35.99
Surgeon Simulator: A&E Anniversary Edition PS4 $6.39 $7.99 $12.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows PS3 $8.99 $9.99 $14.99
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 PS3 $9.79 $13.99 $19.99
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PS3 $9.79 $13.99 $19.99
TowerFall Ascension PS4 $7.34 $10.49 $14.99
Trine 2: Complete Story PS4 $7.99 $9.99 $19.99

Another football on the block: FIFA Soccer drives popularity in the US

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I'm a bad American.  I like what the rest of the world calls football more than what we call football here in the United States.  It was the '94 World Cup that made me a fan of the sport, but for many Americans, it's EA Sports's FIFA franchise that is slowing turning America into a soccer-loving nation.  

EA Sports has released some data on the matter.  Rich Luker of Luker on Trends conducted an ESPN Sports Poll that shows, for the first time, a statistically positive correlation between American soccer fandom and FIFA Soccer.

Other datamazing facts:

-34% of gamers who played FIFA Soccer became pro soccer fans afterwards.

-50% of gamers who played FIFA Soccer became more interested in pro soccer

-95% of American gamers who play soccer videogames, play EA Sports FIFA

-The US ranked number 2 in FIFA 14 sales

-American gamers using MLS clubs increased 112% between FIFA 14 and FIFA 15

-Finally, in a year Americans played 293 million FIFA Soccer matches; they spent 3.1 billion minutes playing the game (I'm probably responsible for several hundred million of those minutes); and 637 million goals were scored.

News Roundup - 11/25/2014

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Microsoft celebrating Black Friday with Deals with Gold: Black Friday Edition

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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.  



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Hi-Rez gets into the Holiday spirit with tons of promotions for SMITE this weekend

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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. 

  • "Wreck The Halls" Fenrir
  • "Jingle Hel" Hel 
  • "Season Spirit" Sylvanus 
  • "Father Chrishmash" Bacchus 
  • "Nice and Naughty" Nu Wa (This item is chest exclusive)
  • "Winter Holiday's" bundle including a snowman ward skin and special loading frame (This item is chest exclusive) 

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.

  • Ultimate God Pack (Gives you every god in the game and any God released in the future) ($29.99) 600 gems free
  • 1500 Gem Pack ($24.99) 400 gems free (total 1900)
  • 2500 Gem Pack ($34.99) 800 gems free (total 3300)
  • 3500 Gem Pack ($49.99) 1200 gems free (total 4700)
  • 8000 Gem Pack ($99.99) 3000 gems free (total 11000)

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. 


343 Industries releases apology regarding Halo:MCC issues.

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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 at 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.

New Killer Instinct update brings Kan-Ra into battle

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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.


News Roundup - 11/24/2014

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Browser-based MiniDayZ available to play for free

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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.