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What We're Playing: Star Wars Rock Band Edition

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Target leaked the $50 price drop on the PlayStation 4. IGN Turkey leaked Far Cry: Primal. And Stephen Colbert thinks the creator of No Man's Sky is a god.

What are you playing this weekend?

Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I finished Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and moved on to Assassin's Creed: Revelations, which I had not played up to this point. It's...ok so far? I'm not digging Istanbul as much as Renaissance Rome, and the bomb-making mechanic seems needlessly complex and mostly superficial. Still, it's cool to see grumpy middle-aged Ezio running around on rooftops as if his back isn't killing him by this point in his life.

Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
Star Wars Battlefront beta, all day, every day. I've been waiting 10 years for this game. I haven't been so excited to be able to play something since, perhaps, Skyrim came out in 2011. Since the beta will only be available for a few days, I plan to squeeze every last drop of gameplay out of it I can.

Jeremy Duff, Senior Staff Writer, @Duff3c
It is going to be a Rock Band 4 weekend in the Duff household. We're gonna be playing all of the hits, all of the time! Plus, there always has to be a little time for Destiny and Rocksmith. I refuse to give up on my trek with Rocksmith, even if using plastic versions of instruments is a lot easier.

Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
With the NHL season starting this week, my gaming time is going to be a bit reduced as watching and going to hockey games will eat into my gaming time a bit. The hometown Blue Jackets are looking a bit dangerous this year, and hopefully the injury bug won't slow them down too much. I'm going to be investing a lot of time into Rock Band 4 as I finally introduce my wife to the plastic instrument genre. I'm really hoping that the final game is better than the user interface hell of trying to bring forward songs from previous iterations of the franchise. I'll also be spending some time with the Star Wars Battlefront beta to see if the game lives up to the large amount of hype I've built up for the game. Whatever time is left this weekend will be spent with The Taken King and MechWarrior Online.

Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, rkalista@gamingnexus.com
I've got Plague Inc. in my pocket, and the other is strumming through Rocksmith. Actually, that's not possible. Need both hands for guitar. And my best crooning voice for "Losing My Religion." It's no small irony that I'm actually losing sleep while learning a song by a band called R.E.M. Broken Age is free for PS Plus folks, so I'm taking it. Need to see if Tim Schafer's still got it. Though I say that with somewhat of a borrowed opinion. The only Tim Schafer game I really got into was Psychonauts, so we'll see.

Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
This weekend will definitely see some Star Wars Battlefront beta action. I'll also want to clean up some old games. So, Modern Warfare and that last trophy from FIFA 15 are on the menu. I won't be getting a ton of gaming in after this weekend, as my brother-in-law is visiting all next week and I'm off to Paris a few days as soon as he heads out.

Playstation finally gets a true universal remote

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So the Playstation 3 released in late 2006 and brought all sorts of new multimedia features to Sony's lineup. To navigate these features most of us used the game controllers. There were a few 1st and 3rd party remote options available but nothing ever seemed worth the cost of admission to me. Nine years on and here we are, the first universal remote for the Playstation has finally arrived for the Playstation 4, and we finally have a device that might be worth the 30 bucks it asks for.

Manufactured by Performance Designed Products, this is an officially licenced Playstation remote. It features everything you'd want to finally take your hands off the game controller and wrap them around a true to form remote control when playing and navigating various media. It can power the PS4 on and off, can control up to 3 additional devices (TV, cable box, audio receiver) and features the same buttons as a PS4 remote. It's fully compatible with a  number of the PS4's features (Blu-ray playback, Crunchyroll, NFL Sunday Ticket , FUNimation, HBO GO, NBA GAME TIME, Netflix, PlayStation Vue, Twitch, YouTube) with more to come.

The remote checks in at $29.99 and is set for release later this month. More information can be found on the Playstation Blog. Pre-order information can also be found on the Playstation website.

Low vs. medium vs. ultra PC settings in the Star Wars Battlefront beta

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A good number of our staff can be found in the Star Wars Battlefront beta. Reactions are mixed! But the diligent and graphics-giddy folks at Candyland put together a video comparing low, medium, and ultra graphical settings. Candyland looks at gameplay, cinematic cutscenes, and even menus. See you in the beta.

Three new characters announced for Project X Zone 2

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The first Project X Zone was one of those surprise hits for me. One of those games that I didn't really see myself enjoying and I quickly found out that I couldn't put it down. I also loved how big of a cross over game this was and wish we could get more games like this.

For those unaware of Project X Zone, it's a game that combines characters from Sega, Capcom and Bandai Namco in a one game. These are strategy games, kinda like XCOM: Enemy Unknown where you each get a turn moving your characters around a grid, until you get near one of them and decide to attack. It's pretty fun and can take some time to get use to if you aren't familiar with these games. Each move is really critical as you can usually only do one thing per turn. Do you attack the enemy? Do you heal allies? Or do you try to quickly move out of dodge. One wrong move and your whole team can get wiped out. Thankfully the game is really fun so even if you end up having to do a level over, it won't make you want to quit the game. 

Anyways, here are the three new characters announced for Project X Zone 2...

  • Ingrid - Street Fighter Alpha 
  • Ryo Hazuki - Shenmue 
  • Estelle - Tales of Vesperia 

Project X Zone 2 will be released on February 16th 2016 and will be available on the Nintendo 3DS

Newcomer Laura will electrify the Street Fighter V roster

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As reported by Shoryuken.com, after being originally leaked by Famitsu after a serious mishandling of assets, the latest addition to the Street Fighter V roster, Laura, has officially been announced.  Not much is known right now outside of her having a lot of electrifying attacks including some slow-moving projectiles.  If you want to see her in action, Shoryuken has also reported that Laura will be playable this weekend at the SoCal Regionals tournament. 

Tales From the Borderlands Episode 5 coming October 20th, Episode 1 now free on consoles and mobile

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The wait is almost over as Tales From the Borderlands Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler will release on October 20th on PC/Mac, PS3, and PS4, October 21st for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and October 22nd for mobile devices.  If you can't wait quite that long, Gearbox has provided a teaser trailer for the season finale as well as something else.  Episode One: Zero Sum is now free for consoles and mobile devices.  Strange it's not also free for PC/Mac, but beggers can't be choosers I suppose.


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Broforce finally gets a release date

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Broforce will finally exit Early Access on October 15th and to celebrate the team at Free Lives is releasing a free album of patriotic music to everyone who pre-ordered the game. Check out the video below for a preview of what to expect. 

Sean previewed the game last year when it first hit Early Access and came away fairly impressed.  Broforce is one of the few games I've purchased off of Early Access and it was well worth the purchase as the game is ten pounds of fun in a five pound bag.  Hopefully the team at Free Lives will take some time off to enjoy the success of the game and then get back to cranking out updates to the game.

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Beta for Street Fighter V coming at the end of the month

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Capcom has announced the Street Fighter V Beta will be returning from October 22nd-25th for PS4 and PC. PS4 will begin on the 22nd and PC is staggered a bit until the 24th, but when it does open it will allow cross-platform play between the two with a combined leaderboard. There will be full ranked matchmaking to try and produce level contests amongst participants of similar skill and a mix of old and new characters will be available: Ken, Necalli, Vega and R. Mika from the start with Rashid unlocked on the 23rd and Karin on the 24th. 

PS4 codes from the previous Beta will work again and there's no need to input a new one, PC codes are being mailed out shortly. More details can be found on Capcom's Street Fighter V website, and minimum specs for PC can be found here. You can try to sign up for PS4 Beta access through the PSN here. But to guarantee access, pre-order the game from GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, or the PlayStation Store for PS4 or through Steam for PC.

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Sony announces price cut for PlayStation 4, now starting at $349.99

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Speculation has been floating about this week after Target ads of an upcoming price cut for the PlayStation 4, well now it has been made official on the PlayStation Blog. Beginning this Friday, October 9, the PlayStation 4 will be available for the lowered price of $349.99.

In addition, a new PlayStation 4 bundle has been announced that will include Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and retail for $349.99. The other previously announced bundles for North America include:

  • Limited Edition Call of Duty: Black Ops III 1TB PS4 Bundle (11/6) - $429.99
  • Limited Edition Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars PS4 Bundle (11/13) - $399.99
  • Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront PS4 Bundle (11/17) - $399.99
  • Star Wars Battlefront PS4 Bundle (11/17) - $349.99

Following the recent announcement of the various Xbox One bundles this is shaping up to be a competitive holiday market for gamers looking to pick up a new console.

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DLC plans revealed for WWE 2K16

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While I don’t think that anyone is surprised at the fact that 2K Sports has a full schedule of DLC lined up for the upcoming WWE 2K16, I am a little surprised by some of its contents. This morning the developer revealed their plans for content releasing after the game launches later this month.

Here is what will be available for the game, with some being available at launch and others releasing over the course of the next couple of months:

  • Accelerator: the usual, unlock everything in the game option
  • MyPlayer KickStart (only on Xbox One and PS4): gives players the ability to boost created superstar attributes and ratings in the MyCareer mode
  • Legends Pack: adds the following playable characters to the game 
    • Big Boss Man
    • Dusty Rhodes
    • Lita
    • Mr. Perfect
    • Rowdy Roddy Piper
    • Trish Stratus
  • 2015 Hall of Fame Showcase: adds the following playable matches to the game’s Showcase mode
    • Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Jake The Snake Roberts
    • Rikishi vs. The Rock
    • Alundra Blayze vs. Paige
    • Larry Zbysko vs. Arn Anderson
    • Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ric Flair
    • The Bushwackers vs. The Natural Disasters
    • The Outsiders vs. Harlem Heat
  • New Moves Pack: adds more than 30 new moves to characters throughout the game
  • Future Stars Pack: adds the following playable characters to the game
    • Samoa Joe
    • Diego
    • Fernando
    • Blake
    • Murphy

In addition to buying each of these items individuality, the game will also offer a Season Pass that will give you the Accelerator, Legends Pack, 2015 Hall of Fame Showcase, New Moves Pack and the Future Stars Pack for $24.99.

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