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Nintendo Download for 12/8/2016: Animal Crossing: New Leaf gets an update, Samus returns to the Virtual Console

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It's always nice to see certain titles get updates now and then, especially when that update adds some sort of functionality to the game.  One of this week's Nintendo Download highlights sees Animal Crossing: New Leaf get an update called Welcome Amiibo that adds new features and activities as well as support for all Animal Crossing series amiibo figures and cards.

Elsewhere on the eShop Metroid: Other M is now available on the Wii U.  Metroid: Other M takes place following Super Metroid and utilizes the Wiimote both sideways to navigate and battle in third person as well as using the pointer controls to explore various environments in a first-person perspective.  Metroid: Other M received fairly positive reviews for the most part, though was criticized a bit for the characterization of Samus which was a departure from the rest of the series.  Outside of that, I didn't think the game was all that bad and wouldn't mind playing through it again.

Over on the Virtual Console we have Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on the Wii U.  Originally released on the Nintendo DS, Shadow Dragons is a retelling of the original Fire Emblem, so if you're looking to check out how the series all started, this might be a good way to do so.  Over on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console we have the Super NES game Demon's Crest.  In Demon's Crest you play as Firebrand and you have to recover the six magical stones of the Demon Crest while you progress through seven intense leves and fight to save the realms from eternal unrest.  Sadly I've never played Demon's Crest but it's definitely on my list of Super NES games to try and hunt down some day.

Keep reading for the official press release including current eShop sales and a few ways that My Nintendo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda.

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Bullet Train demo now available in Oculus store

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In September of 2015, Epic Games unveiled a new VR shooter called Bullet Train at Oculus Connect 2.  The game puts the player in the role of an agent undergoing an infiltration simulation set in a modern day train station.  The demo lets players check out a variety of weapons while proving their skills against hordes of enemies.  The game utilizes the Oculus Touch to let players easily dodge bullets and teleport throughout the map.  Bullet Train is set to be released for free on the Oculus Rift in early 2017 but players are now able to check out a demo of the game.  If you're new to Bullet Train, check out the official trailer released last year as well as a developer diary that goes behind the scenes leading up to last year's Oculus Connect 2.

DIshonored 2 update for PC to improve performance and frame rate issues

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If you bought Dishonored 2 on PC in November, chances are you might have stepped away from it due to poor performance issues - especially the frame rate. However, Arkane and Bethesda recently released a new patch that addresses the woes of the PC community, so if you slipped out of Emily or Corvo's shoes it might be time to put them back on for a while. 

Patch 1.3, which was recently released from beta and put up on Steam, addresses multiple bugs with rendering, displays (particularly on multiple-monitor systems), and user interface. The newly-updated game, though it doesn't run perfectly on PC, is definitely improved, with lots of the bumps smoothed out in performance.

I've been having a lot of fun with this game and haven't experienced many performance issues on my main platform, but I can definitely imagine how unenjoyable it must be with frame rates as low as 30 FPS. I'm happy for you, PC users. Now go and regain some honor.

Check out the full patch notes here on Steam.

We Happy Few gets an overhaul with The Clockwork Update

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If you're off your Joy, we've got some good news for you. Compulsion Studios has introduced a new update to its pre-release game We Happy Few, appropriately titled "The Clockwork Update."

This update addresses major issues in the game, including the following:

  • It adds a tutorial mode and a new shelter for Arthur right after the intro of the game. Remember when you got knocked out by the Bobbies and then magically woke up inside some underground bunker with a dead woman? Not anymore. Now, you wake up right where you left off: on the cold, grimy ground. 
  • All existing encounters and quests have been overhauled, which is a mostly logistic change. However, since the changes are so drastic, old saves will no longer be compatible with the game once you install the update, and you will have to make a new game. Sorry about that - but hey, you get to experience the revamped beginning!
  • CONVERSATION MODE. Thank you, Compulsion Studios. Now, when you initiate conversation, the NPC will enter Conversation Mode, and no external factors can interfere with that conversation. No more NPCs dying mid-sentence.

More minor changes include added animations, altered interior decoration, and improved idle NPC character. Though this isn't a full narrative release, never fear; this update is definitely a big step forward for those of us who eagerly await its completion.

 

The first Hearts of Iron IV DLC coming December 15th 2016

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Calling all armchair generals, the first Hearts of Iron IV DLC 'Together for Victory' will be available for purchase December 15th, 2016. It will retail at $14.99 at major digital retailers including the Paradox Store. The DLC will bring new detail and gameplay options to nations and the great powers. New National Focus  trees will be available for Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Raj of India.

New Autonomy System: Subject states are not merely puppets, but can have a range of action. Dominions, Puppet States, and Colonies can either work their way to total independence.

Spearheads: A new order simplifies breakthroughs in land invasions

Continuous Focuses: Choose a National Focus to boost your nations capabilities over time, prioritizing one aspect of your military machine over another

Alternate Histories: Each of the Dominion nations has alternate history branches. Lead South Africa to a Communist revolution that will end segregation but alienate Great Britain. Make Canada a Fascist state warily eyeing the giant to the south.

Tech Sharing: Cozy up to an advanced great power and take advantage of their research progress to accelerate your own development.

Combat Log: Extensive details on the performance of your divisions in battle are now available for you, Commander.

Request Lend Lease: Ask for assistance from across the seas in the form of lend lease, adding new vehicles and equipment to beleaguered armies.

New Art: New portraits for new leaders, old leaders have some portraits redone, and new unit designs and event pictures make their debut.

GTA Online CEO Bonuses and Player discounts

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In preparation for thePlayers can earn double GTA $ and RP on certain game modes to celebrate the newest update to GTA Online. Also available are discounts on key items including the much coveted  Executives and Other Criminals and Further Adventures in Finance and Felony.

Executives and Other Criminals Further Adventures in Finance and Felony

Turreted Limo - 50% off

Executive Offices - 50% off

Declasse Mamba - 25% off

Assistant Services - 50% off

Gallivanter Baller (Armored & Standard, all models) - 25% off

All FAFF Clothing - 50 % off

Enus Cognoscenti (All models) - 25% off

Vehicle Upgrades from Warehouses - 25% off

Elite Dangerous coming to PS4 early 2017

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Elite Dangerous will be coming to PS4 late next year. Dropping in the second quarter of 2017, all 160,000 stars, Elite Dangerous will be available to PS4 owners. Elite Dangerous players will also be able to avail of all the content delivered from the Horizons season expansion. Get ready for a whole new universe of glorious ship to ship combat, tense manoeuvring and delicious multiplayer action. 

Realm of the Wood Elves DLC now live for Total War: Warhammer

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Realm of the Wood Elves, a DLC for Total War: Warhammer was made available on Steam for $17.49. Sega have also released two new heroes to those of us that are not currently blessed with the DLC. The Grey Wizard (not Gandalf) and the Jade Wizard use the Lore of Shadows and Lore of Life respectively. Owners of the Beastmen DLC will be outfitted with new Harpie flying units and a new Legendary Lord, Morghur the Shadowgave.

Beta access for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

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Registration for the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta is now available! Set to launch in March of next year, Wildlands is a military shooter set in a massive open world. Bolivia has turned into a narco-state run by the dangerous Santa Blanca drug cartel. Players are sent behind the enemy lines to break alliances between the government and drug lords and save the population of Bolivia from the cruel leader El Sueño. To register for the beta visit ghostrecon.com/beta and be sure to check out the mission briefing below!


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New maps and game modes released for Modern Warfare Remastered

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered players will receive the remaining six remastered maps on December 13th! The maps are: Bloc, Countdown, Pipeline, Showdown, Strike, and Wet Work. The Hardpoint and Gun Game modes are also being released for the first time. As a bonus, a remastered version of the Winter Crash map will be released as well! Check out the below trailer to see the maps in action. 


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