Avalanche Studios has announced a patch for its action game, Just Cause 3, which was released early in some territories. Just Cause 3 is slated for official release on December 1st.
We’re aware of the fact that in some territories, Just Cause 3 is available ahead of its official release, which means many of you are enjoying Rico’s latest adventure early. While we’re glad you’re getting familiar with Medici before Tuesday, this does mean that you’re playing the unpatched version of the game, and a host of fixes and improvements will be available within the next 24 hours. Please keep an eye out for the update on PS4, Xbox One and PC this weekend!
FIXES AND IMPROVEMENTS
The Medician Department of Nature Conservation has pored over every inch of our beautiful island for cracks and removed them
The Medician Department of Motor Vehicles has taken measures to acquire poorly-tuned vehicles and burn them
Di Ravello’s Militia has been given a refresher course in combat and spatial awareness as per the General’s recent mandate
The Medician Department of Infrastructure has made some adjustments to certain roads to prevent traffic jams
Various stability/crash fixes
Various camera fixes
Various Havok destruction optimisations
Various localisation fixes and updates
Various worldsim improvements
MISSIONS, CHALLENGES, RANDOM ENCOUNTERS
Various minor mission bug fixes
Various minor challenge bug fixes
Fixed some various issues with Random Encounters
GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION
Various LoD optimisations
Various lighting optimisations
Various animation optimisations
Various level and EQ adjustments
Rebels riding along with Rico will now be less rude and not talk over each other
Fixed a few rare audio distortion issues involving destructible objects with lots of moving parts
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Konami has announced that a free-to-play version of its soccer game, PES 2016, is coming to PS4 and PS3 on December 8th.
El Segundo, Calif. – Nov. 27, 2015 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. has announced a free-to-play edition of its best-selling PES 2016 soccer title for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3.
Starting Dec. 8, those who haven’t yet experienced PES 2016, this year’s highest rated soccer title for home gaming consoles, will be able to download a free, entry-level version of the game which boasts an Exhibition Mode complete with the choice of seven teams including Bayern Munich, Juventus, AS Roma, Brazil and France. There is also a full Training section and the popular myClub feature. This version will allow new users to experience PES 2016’s online and offline play, and unlimited access to the myClub mode wherein players use accrued in-game currency and micro-transactions to build a title-winning team.
myClub offers an incredible level of depth to PES 2016 and allows players to build a team of world stars. The myClub option has been massively improved since its launch last year, with player level systems and key players exclusive to the mode. Players can use points acquired through success in matches, or with myClub coins, to experience realistic club management to develop a squad. The myClub rosters and stats are also updated on a weekly basis. More competitions, events and campaigns are constantly added, with players choosing their manager, recruiting coaches, developing playing styles and building a long-term strategy based on their specific aims. Build Your Team, Create Your Legacy!
PES 2016 was released on the back of unrivalled strong reviews praising its on-field action and realism, and became the first series to win the coveted ‘Best Sports Game’ award at gamescom, Europe’s largest consumer gaming event, for two years running. The free-to-play edition offers a perfect overview of the game’s stunning levels of control, and realistic interpretations of both teams and players via the Player ID and Team ID systems that ensure both play like their real-life counterparts.
The free-to-play edition will also be compatible with all future gameplay and content updates throughout the entire PES 2016 season updating automatically ensuring rosters are up to date and that PES 2016’s many stars are aligned to the form of their real-life counterparts.
Get ready for more news on upcoming player announcements coming soon – can you guess what players from the past will be making their way to PES 2016? Stay tuned!
Rainbow Six Siege is an exciting, new approach to the first-person shooter experience that puts tactical combat and masterful destruction at the center of the action. Lead your team of unique Rainbow operators through tense and thrilling combat scenarios, and achieve victory through smart preparation and strategic improvisation. Rainbow Six Siege will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 and PC on December 1st.
In a band meeting on April 12, 2012, which Tate did not attend, the band fired both Tate's stepdaughter, Miranda, from running the fan club, and his wife Susan, their band manager since 2005. According to Wilton, the reasons were that "the last 3 years, basically it just came to a point that we didn’t have a voice in the band anymore. It was all run by the singer and his manager, the wife." On April 14, 2012, before the soundcheck for a show in Sćo Paulo, Brazil, Tate had an argument with the other members about the firing of his family. This confrontation became heated, leading to Tate retaliating by throwing over the drum kit, throwing several punches and physically assaulting and spitting on Rockenfield and Wilton. Over the course of the band's next three shows, Wilton, Rockenfield, and Jackson felt that Tate continued to misbehave and they came "to the conclusion that they can no longer work or perform with Mr. Tate." They called a band meeting on June 5 (some sources say June 6). Tate withdrew from this conference call, after which the other band members voted to "[c]onsider Geoff Tate expelled from the band" and "continue to use the Queensr˙che name with a new lead singer"
KNAC contributor Alan Yarborough awarded the album four-and-a-half out of five stars, writing that the band "definitely sounds reinvigorated" and praising many of the songs as "the best material I’ve heard from the band in a very long time, possibly dating back to the early days."
Jeff Cornell of Loudwire noted the album goes "back to [the band's] roots", citing the album's changing time signatures and progressive structures, among other present characteristics. Cornell called the album the band's best "in decades", as well as declaring it to be the band's heaviest offering. Additionally, he cited songs like “Guardian,” “Hellfire,” “Hourglass,” “Eye9,” and the title track as material that would stand out to fans of the band's early material.
Happy Thanksgiving! Did you think we forgot about our Halloween Giveaway? We almost did! I went out of town for a few days and when I got back the guys had to remind me to pick the winners. To celebrate Thanksgiving and Black Friday the winner of our Disney Infinity Star Wars 3.0 prize pack is brandonjclark!
Please send me a PM with your name & address (and phone number) for shipping.
The winner of a Steam copy of Contagion is Jhooud and a copy of Insurgency goes to magicka! Contact Sai Tyrus for your CD Key!
In a classic pre-holiday news dump, Techland has announced that the price for the Dying Light season pass will increase from $19.99 to $29.99 on December 8th. Up until that point you can still get the season pass for $19.99.
Over the past weeks Dying Light: The Following has almost reached its final stage: main quests, side quests, new skills, and driving challenges are ready. We now are moving into the polishing period. Looking at it, it's clear how big the expansion pack has grown – it could be a standalone title, but since it would mean a launch delay, we decided against it.
However, due to the increased scale of the project, we needed to revise the pricing that we announced back in August, and so we want to let you know that Dying Light: The Following will be priced at $19.99.
As promised back in August, our expansion will still be free for all Dying Light Season Pass holders. However since the Season Pass will now include this bigger-than-anticipated addition, we needed to adjust the price accordingly.
Starting December 8th 2015, the Season Pass will be sold at $29.99. We didn't want this to come as a surprise to you, so we're announcing it in advance. This price change will not affect players who already own the Season Pass.
So if you're looking forward to Dying Light: The Following, you still have time to get the whole Season Pass package, including the expansion, at only $19.99. Just remember to do it before Dec 8th.
We've got some cool reveals about what's in Dying Light: The Following and we'll be sharing them with you really soon, so stay tuned!
Sony continues to dominate the console marketplace this generation, announcing that the PlayStation 4 has sold through more than 30.2 million units worldwide.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 30.2 million units*1 worldwide as of November 22. PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation® hardware history.
PS4 is a uniform system on which gamers everywhere can enjoy the same high-quality digital entertainment experiences. The rapid expansion of the PS4 platform further reinforces the foundation of delivering compelling entertainment experiences. Customers can choose from multiple offerings available on this most favored platform that ranges from games on discs or through digital download to a variety of services available on PlayStation™Network, including PlayStation®Plus membership service, apps for streaming video, music and TV content. The 30.2 million PS4 owners around the world are spending more time playing games and enjoying entertainment content as the company further enriches content and services.
"We are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago," said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "We are committed to bringing engaging games and entertainment services to users worldwide. Thanks to the support of our partners, PS4 continues to be the premier platform for game and interactive entertainment innovation."
The PS4 system's games portfolio will continue to broaden this holiday season and beyond with highly anticipated titles such as DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS (SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.), Ryu Ga Gotoku KIWAMI (SEGA Games Co., Ltd.), Bloodborne The Old Hunters Edition, Gravity Rush Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (SCE Worldwide Studios). The independent development community will also continue to deliver innovative new titles for PS4 including GALAK-Z (17-BIT) and Super Time Force Ultra (Capybara Games).*2
SCE will continue to expand the world of PS4 to deliver entertainment experiences that are only possible on PlayStation.
Ever wonder how Geralt met Dandelion? Or Yennifer? Or how he was earned the title, the Butcher of Blaviken? The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski tells all of those tales, and makes it fun to boot. Fans of the games will find themselves in for a treat as CD Projekt RED did great service to the books. I immediately went into the first novel and felt right at home as the developers certainly captured the feel of the world and characters.
The Last Wish is fun in that it's more of a series of interconnecting short stories chronicling Geralt's life as a Witcher. He wanders about the land meeting peasants and nobleman alike, willing to help them with their monster problems - for a fee, of course.
What I liked most about the novel is that we really get a sense of Geralt and his inner workings. Geralt is the world-weary monster hunter you know and love, but in a few instances, we see why he has his code and tries to be neutral as intervening in the affairs of others often has unforeseen (and tragic) consequences.
Despite that, Geralt is good at heart and often finds himself trying to do the right thing. But in the world of the Witcher, things aren't necessarily black and white. Coming in at 384 pages, I found this one to be a quick, engaging read. Do yourself a favor and check it out. I'll also be adding this to our recommended sci-fi/fantasy as this is a good one!
AMD has made available it's Radeon Settings: Crimson Edition driver pack for GCN-architecture display adapters. It's a complete redesign built on speed and exceptional customization and is the full replacement to the previous Catalyst driver system.
Fast high-speed game loading with Shader Cache.
Optimized Flip Queue Size provides users with the very latest keyboard and mouse positional information while gaming
Frame Pacing: smoother gaming enhancements enabled on DirectX® 9 games
Enhanced image quality for 1080p media content scaled to 4K using adaptive directional filtering technology
Fine-tuned Dynamic Contrast algorithm
Enhanced Video quality settings for 6th Generation A-Series AMD APUs
Display Port to HDMI™ 2.0 dongle support
Customizable display settings with fine tuning for resolutions, timings, and refresh rates
AMD FreeSync™ technology enhancements including AMD CrossFire™ support for DirectX 9 games and low frame rate compensation for smoother gameplay when below the minimum refresh rate
Incredible power efficiency for select products and applications through power optimizations
Frame Rate Target Control enhancements including; power saving capability, support for DirectX 9 games and extended range for target control (20 – 200 FPS)
I've just applied the update and it's a welcome change. My favorite feature is the instantaneous game application discovery and per-game OC settings.
Star Wars Battlefront’s launch has been quite successful, compared to other Star Wars game launches. In the UK, it was the biggest Star Wars game launch, ever, according to Chart-Track, though this is only based on physical sales, not digital downloads, so it doesn’t really tell us much about how it’s doing on PC.
For that, we can look at swbstats.com. These aren’t official numbers from EA, so should be taken with a pinch of salt, but the numbers aren’t looking great. There are less people playing Star Wars Battlefront than Ark: Survival Evolved, an Early Access game.
According to swbstats.com, PS4 is the dominant platform, followed by Xbox One and then PC. The 24 hour peak figure is a surprisingly low 39,622 players, compared to Ark’s 41,660. If Battlefront was on Steam, this would still put it in the top 10 in terms of concurrent player count, however. But for a highly anticipated triple-A launch from a major FPS studio, it still seems a little low. Especially since the game is still so new.
As more players burn out or get everything there is to unlock, it’s likely that this number will only drop. So why hasn’t it made as much of a splash as EA and DICE likely hoped for? The PC port was pretty good, as we said in our Star Wars Battlefront PC port review, so it’s not the quality of the PC version.
DICE's Star Wars Battlefront is breaking records. Publisher Electronic Arts announced today that the sci-fi shooter has become the "largest digital launch" in the company's history. It's also the "biggest launch" of any new Star Wars game ever released, the company said, though no specific data points were shared.
In a blog post, EA Studios executive Patrick Soderlund also reveals that players can look forward to "lots of new content" coming to Battlefront in the coming months. One of the biggest critiques of the game so far is that some feel the game doesn't have enough content.
The first of Battlefront's post-launch DLC is a free Force Awakens-inspired expansion called The Battle of Jakku, which starts to roll out on December 1 for people who preordered. Everyone else gets it on December 8, also as a free download.
Soderlund also teased that, in addition to all the new maps and items coming to the game through Battlefront's $50 DLC pass, players can also expect a number of free updates.
"We will be adding more of what you love about the game, like new maps and Star Cards, for free in the coming months, in addition to all of the content we have coming with Season Pass," he said. "We'll have more to share soon."
This statement from EA comes after big-time retailer GameStop said Battlefront underperformed. "We're not going to quantify it in terms of actual numbers, but we had high expectations that diminished somewhat as it got closer and it failed to hit those lowered expectations," management said on Monday.
343 Industries has joined forces with Sandboxr to bring your Spartan to life. With the click of a button, we’ll send your Spartan to Sandboxr where you can choose from a variety of poses and three size options. Then a 3D Print of your personal Spartan will be on its way!
Ready to bring your Spartan into the real world with a 3D Print? Log in to your Xbox Live account on Halo Waypoint, hop over to your profile, and customize your Spartan to show off your personality. You’ll have access to all the amazing armor choices that you’ve unlocked in Halo 5: Guardians so make sure to open all your REQ packs before you start. Once you have customized your Spartan to perfection, click the 3D Print button and you’ll be able to complete your order at Sandboxr.
Would be cool if more games, especially MMOs, allowed this.
This has been a phenomenal year for The Witcher! Here are a couple words from Konrad Tomaszkiewicz our Game Director:
“This year was really epic for the entire crew behind The Witcher. We launched Wild Hunt, the RPG we’ve been working o77n for so long, then we’ve gone above and beyond to give gamers as many free DLC as we could, and then released Hearts of Stone, which - judging from player feedback - took the game even further. And we innovated all along the way -- if you compare Wild Hunt to our previous game, almost every element was improved or changed. Now we’re working on Blood and Wine, the final expansion for Wild Hunt which we will launch in 2016. To thank everyone for being with us this whole time, we’ve prepared something special -- enjoy the Epic Trailer!”
The next series of add-ons for Batman™: Arkham Knight, including the free 2016 Batman v Superman Batmobile Pack, will be available beginning today for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC, and are connected to the Internet. The content can also be purchased separately beginning today on the PlayStation®Network, Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft and STEAM.
Season Pass holders receive early access to the 2016 Batman v. Superman Batmobile Pack, which includes the Batsuit and Batmobile from the highly anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Also available today are two new Arkham Episodes, which give players the ability to control two of Gotham City’s most well-known characters, Catwoman and Robin. Catwoman’s Revenge takes place after the events of Batman: Arkham Knight and puts players under the cover of darkness as they seek revenge on the Riddler. Flip of a Coin lets players take control of Robin as he looks to take down Two- Face’s lucrative money laundering operation. Both Arkham Episodes also include two AR challenge maps.
Click on the headline for more details and the trailer.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that actor Kevin Bacon will return to the town of Perfection in a Tremors TV series.
Earth-shaking reboot news!
There’s a TV series in the works reviving the sci-fi franchise Tremors — and original star Kevin Bacon is back on board as an actor and executive producer.
Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions are developing a show based on the 1990 cult favorite about giant killer worms, a movie that spawned four direct-to-video sequels. There was a previous TV version, as well (the 13-episode Tremors: The Series that aired on SciFi Channel in 2003).
Andrew Miller (The Secret Circle) has been tapped to write the adaptation.
Bacon’s involvement is particularly cool as the actor is returning to the franchise after 25 years. Bacon, who recently starred in Fox’s The Following, only appeared in the original Tremors (and doubtless turned down ample opportunities to be involved with the sequels). Bacon will reprise his character Valentine McKee and the setting will return to the fictional Nevada desert town of Perfection.
Shakedown Hawaii: Vblank’s New Open World Adventure
It’s been three years since Retro City Rampage was released, but a new game from Vblank Entertainment is finally on its way for PS4 and PS Vita! Check out the trailer for a sneak peek.
Shakedown Hawaii brings the Vblank open world universe into the 16-bit era, powered up with destructible environments and an arsenal of supercharged weapons. Taking place some thirty years after the events of Retro City Rampage, the game follows The Player as he comes out of early retirement to rebuild his neglected corporate empire.
What a tease! I know that’s not much to go on, but much more will be revealed next-next weekend, as Shakedown Hawaii makes its first playable debut at PlayStation Experience December 5-6th.
Now that République is on PS4, players can finally take full control of Hope, a young woman held captive inside Metamorphosis, a shadowy totalitarian state ruled by the omnipresent Overseer. By hacking into this secret nation's elaborate surveillance network, players and Hope begin a treacherous and thrilling journey to freedom.
Seattle-based Camouflaj developed the game and has received numerous awards including “Excellence in Storytelling” from the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA). With a 87 percent Steam user rating, République’s reviews have been positive.
Although it was previously limited to PC and mobile, now PS4™ players can look forward to experiencing the entire season—including the fifth and final episode—in one complete package.
Take a Peek into Stories: The Path of Destinies with a New Trailer
Spearhead Games has released a new trailer for Stories: The Path of Destinies, an action RPG about a sword-wielding fox who’s gotten himself into a bit of trouble. Reynardo reluctantly joined a losing battle against the mad Emperor and he quickly became the rebellion’s last hope. Can he come up with a plan that won’t blow up in his face, for a change?
In Stories, each choice you make takes Reynardo into a unique narrative. From tongue-in-cheek takes on heroic adventures to dark, Lovecraftian scenes, Stories’ repertoire is as diverse as it is action-packed. But Reynardo’s fateful decisions won’t always be easy: Sometimes retrieving a weapon lost at the beginning of time means sacrificing the life of an old friend.
If he has any hope to save the realm, Reynardo must journey across Boreas, a world of floating islands with locales ranging from half-buried desert ruins to vertiginous, ice-topped mountains. And with the Emperor’s troops intent on stopping him at every turn, Reynardo is sure to make use of his Sword Fu technique, a fluid, offense-oriented combat style that players can customize to suit their preferences.
With more than a few ways to screw up, can Reynardo choose the path that will lead him to victory?
In December on Xbox One, we kick things off with epic action-role-playing game The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. There’s plenty of gameplay at your fingertips from the get-go here, combining combat, character development, a deep story, and plenty of deadly action in a single package. Then we move on to Thief, the blockbuster reboot of the beloved action-stealth series – and it challenges your mind as much as your nerves as you take on tough traps and merciless guards.
On Xbox 360 and Xbox One with Backward Compatibility, Games with Gold offers up CastleStorm to start the holiday season. A tower defense title with a twist, CastleStorm’s colorful graphics and charming aesthetic will keep any player engaged for hours on end. And when those hours are finished, Xbox 360 gamers still get another free title in Sacred 3, an exciting hack-and-slash medieval fantasy title with four-player cooperative modes both online and off – so you can, you know, chop bad guys up with your friends. And as an extra gift for the holidays Gold members can get Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising free the second half of the month. What’s not to like!
As usual, all games are available only for a limited time, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program – so don’t let the holiday festivities slow you down. Get playing!
Your guns will continue to fire with exactly the standard 100% gory satisfaction guaranteed, with no effect to your combat statistics OR performance. AND the proceeds will enable us to send you to new and ever-more exotic locations in which to exterminate the Zed menace.
No longer will you have that cold aching thought in the back of your mind - ‘what if...’ What if you had only shown Hans the spirit of the British Monarchy with a grenade launcher decaled as a shark? Perhaps that Fleshpound, his chest glowing oh-so-bright red, would balk at the sight of your cyber-red Katana? These are the questions you need answers to and you’ll find them at The Trading Floor!
That's fair. Key point is that there are no stat changes, ą la Payday 2.
GameStop today reported that new software sales were down by 9.3 percent, a downturn that was attributed to a tough comparison to last year when Destiny and Super Smash Bros. came to market. But in an earnings call this morning, GameStop executives shared more insight into why new game sales came up short.
High-profile new releases like Halo 5: Guardians and Assassin's Creed Syndicate underperformed during the quarter ended October 31, GameStop CEO Paul Raines told investors and analysts. Star Wars Battlefront launched on November 17, outside of that reporting period, but sales of this game, too, came in below what the company had modeled, GameStop president Tony Bartel added.
Bartel went on to say that some in the industry believe Halo 5's digital sales--for which GameStop does not earn a penny--were significantly higher, on a percentage basis, than past entries in the series. This line of thinking comes from a discrepancy between Microsoft's reported $400 million in Halo 5 sales and an NPD report Bartel cited that said Halo 5 only generated $119 million.
The variance to NPD is reconciled, Bartel said, by the fact that NPD only reports US sales, as well as a broader inclusion of SKUs beyond those tracked by NPD, two additional days of sales in Microsoft's announcement versus NPD's reporting period, and sales that were reported by publishers but not retailers.
Bartel went on to say there is no reason to believe Halo 5's digital sales were higher than what they were modeling, based on conversations with Microsoft. "We are in constant discussions with all publishers and platform-holders and we believe that all major full-game titles launched in this quarter were in line with previously announced digital download levels," he said.
"We are in full understanding and full belief that there is no game that was launched this quarter that was materially above a normal digital percent at launch."