There's a lot going on in this month's big Clockwork Empires Update: "Bandit Raid on Fightin' Vicar Zedock Woodburn's Frontier Chapel". Not the least of which is the game's expansion onto OS X and Linux. They've still got a bit to go before they're fully integrated, but they're working on it.
Some of the highlights for the big gameplay changes are:
You can read the entire list of fixes and updates after the jump, and if you want to read our preview of the Clockwork Empires Early Access, you can check it out here. If you want to pick up a copy for yourself, you can get it for $29.99 via Clockworkempires.com and Steam.
Activision has announced in a press release that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is not only the biggest gaming launch of 2014, but the biggest entertainment launch also, including movies, books, and music.
The statistic given for the blockbuster first-person shooter is not only backed by internal Activision estimates, but also retail and digital sell-through as well as reported movie, book, and music gross sales for the first week of launch.
Activision also confirmed that Advanced Warfare is the highest-selling digital launch in console history and noted that more than 370 million online matches have been played with gamers ranking up over 200 million times.
Since its creation in 2003, the Call of Duty franchise has made over $10 billion in sales worldwide exceeding revenue from some of the biggest movies of the last decade.
We loved Advanced Warfare, giving it a class leading 8.8.
The Power of Defiance bundle, which is available as a free update as of today, comes with the following goodies: the Lithariel, daughter of Lady Marwen, Queen of Nurn skin; Test of Defiance Challenge mode (no cheating death or using Wraith powers); and the Defiant to the End epic rune that gives players an additional Last Chance.
Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor is available right now for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and the Xbox 360.
A new hero is entering the arena with the latest update to the Orcs Musit Die! Unchained closed beta. Update 1.7 introduces the Apprentice, a character bursting with power but lacking in focus and control. Much like her mentor the War Mage, the Apprentice has a familiar, in this case a shape-shifting firebat named Freebee who can change elements to match the mood of its master.
Beta participants will also get new Hero skins and regular updates to traps, Heroes, Gear, Bots, Minions, Guardians, and more. If you're not a beta participant, you can download Orcs Must Die! Unchained for free exclusively on the PC sometime in 2015.
This week's Fifa 15 FUT TotW has some solid stars and a couple young up and comers. Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich makes his second appearance to the team with a 92 rated RM card. Spainish international and Real Madrid midfielder Isco makes his first appearance of the year for his goal that kickstarted Spain to a 3-0 win over Belarus. Shane Long and Danny Welbeck lead the BPL this week with a couple stand out performances, Xerhdan Shaqiri made the list for his continuing top class play at the international level for the Swiss. See the full roster for the week below.
Substitutes & Reserves
If you ask me, the one thing - the ONE thing - Destiny missed at launch was the ability for your vanguard to stunt.
It's all better now though. If you purchase the Destiny Expansion Pass or The Dark Below by January 15, you'll receive the EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow. It's got flame decals and you can re-live your Tony Hawk days because you can do an assortment of tricks.
The Postmaster will begin distributing EV-30 Tumbler Sparrows on December 9.
Respawn Entertainment has revealed the latest Titanfall bundle for purchase, the Deluxe Edition. It's basically one and half Titanfalls for the price of, well, we'll get to that. Titanfall is a marquee Xbox One title and boasts over 7 million unique players, but it hasn't been without its hiccups. From the missed opportunity of the lack of a story-driven campaign to world build, to that cheap feeling of dying yet again to a smart pistoler that wouldn't have even seen you had his targeting not given you away, to terrible matchmaking and lobby wait times in its earliest days, it hasn't always been pretty. But it has been consistently fun, because wall running from one end of a map to another is a blast. There have also been steady improvements in the 8 months since it's release, with new game modes added, lobby times and matchmaking tightened up, and other improvements. Though that smart pistol remains overpowered.
I do enjoy the game a lot and still sink a decent amount of my gaming time into it each week, seeing new players joining up all the time. Well joining up got a bit easier with the Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition doesn't really add anything to what's already out there, it's just the game and all of the DLC, but it does package it up nicely at one convenient price, $39.99 for PC and $49.99 for Xbox One. It appears that the Deluxe Edition will be exclusively distributed digitally, and is available now on Origin (and on the UK store is an additional 15% off that, sorry Americans) and November 25 for Xbox One. While that's not the best deal you're going to find for the standalone game on PC, which currently sits at just $19.99 on Origin and is often on sale, that is about as good as it gets for the game and the DLC, which runs another $24.99 and is on sale less frequently. Xbox One copies go for a little more, usually hovering around $39.99 for the standalone and $24.99 for the DLC. So if you want to jump in, it's a convenient way on PC, and actually a decent bargain for Xbox One.
The video below details what you will get in the Titanfall Deluxe Edition, and highlights a lot of the innovation and improvements the game has enjoyed these last 8 months.
Waxy hair caps, dimmer lights and lighter shadows, toned-down spell effects. These are the things I can (personally) expect when I play Dragon Age: Inquisition on low graphical settings instead of PC-master-race ultra settings. I can expect the compromise because I'm a sad little man with a sad little laptop. But for those of you that can push this game on ultra settings, I salute you.
Candyland runs some side-by-side comparisons of what I'll be playing versus what you'll be playing. Still, the low ain't all that low. I've played worse.
Dragon Age: Inquisition launched this week on every console not named Nintendo.