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Grand Theft Auto Online getting into the Holiday spirit

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Grand Theft Auto Online has kicked off their Holiday event today and brings with it tons of updates including new weapons, gear, vehicles and a forecast of snow. 

The first big update to GTA Online is that now players will have the ability to own a third property, which allows you to own up to 30 cars and 9 bicycles. For all you big spenders in GTA online, this is your chance to show off just how much money you have and how much everyone doesn't. Hey just like real life! 

Next, Ammu-Nation will have some new weapons for you as well including a Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines. 

Snow in Los Santos is extremely rare, so on a few special days, GTA Online will be a winter wonderland. No exact dates for the snowfall yet but if I had to guess, I would say Christmas Day would obviously be one of them. We got snow last year on Christmas Day so I would assume they plan on doing it again. 

Of course it wouldn't be a GTA Online update without a plethora of new clothing. Going with the holiday spirit, you can deck out your avatar with pajamas, ugly Christmas sweaters, scarves, hats, masks and more. These clothes will all be free as long as you add them to your inventory through January 5th. 

Of course Santa Clause will be making his way to Los Santos. How naughty or nice have you been this year? Be sure to check out your inventory on Christmas Day as there are a few special gifts that will await you. 

Finally, to cap off the holiday season, you can ring in the New Year with the Firework Launcher and Firework Rocket Ammo which are coming back and will be available to acquire and use until Monday January 5th. 

For the full list of patch notes and for all the details on the event, be sure to check out the Rockstar Newswire. 

Hotline Miami 2's collectors edition nets you some incredibly sexy vinyls

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The first Hotline Miami was one of those games for me that kinda came out of nowhere. At first I wasn't incredibly hyped for it, but as soon as I started playing it, I was instantly hooked and the soundtrack was one of the main reasons I kept playing. I would easily put the soundtrack for the original game on my list of Top 10 soundtracks of all time and I hope the soundtrack of the sequel will be just as great. 

Speaking of the sequel and It's soundtrack. Devolver Digital and Dennaton Games has announced that Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will be getting a collectors edition of the game and it will include three beautiful vinyl's of the games soundtrack. 

Those who pre-purchase the collectors edition will also receive a collectable phone card with a download code for the game and download of the games soundtrack on Steam as well. 

The collectors edition will run you $60 and you can pre-purchase it directly from the iam8bit store starting now.

No word on an exact release date yet but they plan to ship these in Q1 2015 along side the release of the game. 

I have to get one of these. I am a huge fan and collector of all things videogame art and this entire collectors edition is a true work of art. 

Rockstar "hints" at a Red Dead sequel, but not really

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I've seen some people around the internet saying that Rockstar has been hinting at an upcoming Red Dead installment, and the most recent piece of evidence is in Rockstar's Asked & Answered feature. One of the questions they answered, from multiple Twitter users, was about the future of Red Dead Redemption. The developer said the following:

"It’s wonderful to see so much excitement and enthusiasm for the Red Dead series, and nearly 5 years after Red Dead Redemption’s release(!). As we’ve mentioned when asked in the past about new games in other series such as Red Dead Redemption, Bully and L.A. Noire, we don’t always rush to make sequels, but that does not mean we won’t get to them eventually. We have so many games we want to make and the issue is always one of bandwidth and timing. We thank longtime fans such as yourselves as always for your amazing support and please stay tuned in 2015 for announcements of what’s to come from Rockstar Games."

I think that to say this is evidence of another Red Dead is stretching it. Of course they will make another one eventually, everyone loved the original and it sold 12.5 million copies. But saying "stay tuned to see what we do in 2015" doesn't even qualify as a teaser in my mind.

But hey, if it can ease the anticipation pains, then I'm right there with the speculators. Red Dead Redemption is my favorite game that Rockstar has ever made, and I'd love to see a sequel as much as anyone else. Just don't get too attached to these vague answers. Even if they announce it, they might turn out to ship over a year after the promised.

Sorry, still bitter about the heists. Grr.

Ubisoft announces Far Cry 4 DLC

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Ring in the new year with Escape from Durgesh Prison - the first DLC for Far Cry 4.

@Ubisoft took to Twitter this afternoon to bring attention to today's announcement.  You can find more at blog.ubi.com.

According to Ubi, Escape from Durgesh Prison will find players escaping from Durgesh prison (amazingly) after being stripped of all their weapons and skills.  The biggest bit of information is that there will be no respawning in Escape from Durgesh Prison.  Death is permanent, although you do get to keep any gear and xp you've accrued.  

It will be playable in singleplayer and co-op, and will run you $9.99 so you won't even need to craft a bigger wallet to buy it.  

If you have the Far Cry 4 Season Pass ($29.99), you can download it for free.  

Escape from Durgesh Prison is out on January 13.

The Evolve round-up

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2K and Turtle Rock have today announced a number of updates on how their 4v1 monster hunter, Evolve, is coming along.

  • Details have emerged on the third playable monster, the Wraith, "a small, terrifying, stealthy assassin" per the press release.
  • It has been revealed that Evolve will be fully playable offline as either a Hunter or Monster. "Every character, every map, and every mode" they say.  
  • And that the Xbox One will getting an Open Beta January 15-19 to test the campaign, called Evacuation. The previous game mode from the Alpha will  be up as well, and the PC and PS4 will get a limited technical test starting on the 16th and 17th, respectively.  If you were invited to the Big Alpha (or for PC if you have a copy of Left 4 Dead or Bioshock Infinite in your Steam library) you can get in on those technical tests. More details on the Evolve website.

I really wasn't expecting the offline availability but am very pleased by the news. In any multiplayer game knowing the map is just critical, and getting to play offline to really explore the arena, as well as experimenting a bit without letting your team down is a big plus, but it's also nice to know Turtle rock isn't turning their back on all the folks in rural areas and whatnot who can't get reliable service.

Evolve will be available February 10 Xbox One, PS4, and PC. I'll leave you with the two videos released today: the first being a 2 1/2 minute cinematic trailer showcasing the Wraith, the second is 50 minutes of play footage of the character and more. It's about an 8 minute match of Wraith v. Hunters with the rest of the footage being the same battle from each character's perspective. Head to the actual youtube page to check out instructions on how to turn the annotations on and jump through each of the perspectives as you watch, hence the "Interactive" bit.

Telltale’s next project is... Minecraft?!?!

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Nope, go ahead and check your calendar, this isn’t an April Fools’ joke. Telltale and Mojang have announced that they are working together for Telltale’s next episodic adventure: Minecraft- Story Mode. Yep, they are going to add some substance to the blockbuilding phenomenon in the way of an episodic adventure game.

I had heard rumors the past couple of days that the company would be announcing a new project with an unexpected developer partnership, but this is something I never saw coming. The game will be set in the world of Minecraft but is completely separate from the main experience. The goal here, according to Telltale’s Owen Hill, isn’t to shoehorn a narrative into the core Minecraft experience but rather to “explore an alternate interpretation” of the world.

The details are pretty scarce right now, aside from the name of the project and the fact that it will launch on all of the standard Telltale-platforms (pretty much everything). The game will launch sometime in 2915 and more details are expected very soon.

Fifa 15 FUT Team of the Week for Dec. 17th

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This week's entry in Fifa 15 FUT's TotW is at the opposite end of the power sprectrum from last week's crazy roster.  Leading the way is a CAM Santi Cazorla of Arsenal.  The Spaniard scored twice in a 4-1 win over Newcastle to gain his 85 overall rated TotW entry.  The newly acquired Bayern Munich center back Mehdi Benatia also has an 85 rating for his in form, and if combined with Hummels in form of last week, could be one of the strongest defensive combos in the center thus far.  Rounding out the honorable mention for the week is Sofiane Feghouli of La Liga side Valencia with 82 rated RW card.  Check out the full roster below.

 

Starting XI

  • GK: Tom Heaton – Burnley (England)
  • CB: Roel Brouwers – Borussia M’gladbach (Germany)
  • CB: Mehdi Benatia – Bayern München (Germany)
  • CB: Pablo Aguilar – América (Mexico)
  • CDM (CM): Idrissa Gueye – LOSC Lille (France)
  • CDM (CM): Radja Nainggolan – Roma (Italy)
  • LM: Moussa Sow – Fenerbahçe SK (Turkey)
  • RW: Sofiane Feghouli – Valencia CF (Spain)
  • CAM: Santi Cazorla – Arsenal (England)
  • ST: Lima – SL Benfica (Portugal)
  • ST (CF): Stefano Mauri – Lazio (Italy)

Substitutes & Reserves

  • GK: Luka Kruse – SC Paderborn 07 (Germany)
  • CB: Christian Kabasele – RC Genk (Belgium)
  • LM: Jordan Cook – Walsall (England)
  • LM: Archie Thompson – Melbourne Victory (Australia)
  • LM: Demarai Gray – Birmingham City (England)
  • CAM: Younousse Sankharé – En Avant Guingamp (France)
  • ST: Sergio Araujo – UD Las Palmas (Spain)

News Roundup - 12/17/2014

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These ain't your daddy's fractals

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When I think of fractals, I think of my Windows screensaver from, like, 1998. While my brain pretty much parked itself in the late 20th century, fractal art continued to mature.

This video, called Fractalicious, is a four-minute compilation snipped from 20 fractal art pieces. The artist, Julius Horsthuis, is the VFX supervisor at Hectic Electric Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His latest, Foreign Nature, works 360 degrees on an Oculus VR—he's just looking for a way to get it published.

WCW invades WWE 2K15

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Remember the Invasion angle from 2001 where WCW "invaded" WWE after it was purchased from Vince?  Yeah, didn't turn out as well as it could have.  Something tells me this "invasion" will turn out much better.  2K has announced multiple DLC offerings for WWE 2K15.  First off is the WCW Pack that includes WCW superstars Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page, Fit Finlay, Lord Steven Regal, and Lex Luger.  The WCW Pack is available for $7.99.

In addition there are also two playable versions of Hulk Hogan for $2.99 as well as two playable versions of Sting for $2.99 as well.  The Hogan offerings were initially a part of the WWE 2K15 HULKAMANIA Edition while the two versions of Sting were initially part of the WWE 2K15 pre-order offer.

Finally, fans who picked up the Season Pass can now download WWE Diva Paige.  Players who pick up the Season Pass will also receive, as they become available, access to the Accelerator and access to all three 2K Showcase stories (One More Match, Hall of Pain, and Path of the Warrior).

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