Category:  Multiplatform

By Mercer Smith-Looper, April 23, 2014 1 Multiplatform, News

A bug that allowed players to duplicate items in Elder Scrolls Online was squashed by ZeniMax Online Studios over the weekend, resulting in a large number of player bans and the seizure of guild banks on North American and European servers.

The bug, which allowed players to duplicate items and materials by placing them in their bank before repeatedly selling those items, was quickly fixed in patch 1.04.

News of the bug had already spread like wildfire, however and ESO Community Manager Jessica Folsom said the indefinite banning of thousands of players from Tamriel was the “first major strike against those who choose to cheat.”

“This is only the beginning of our ongoing efforts to keep the game free from botters, speed hackers, and gold spammers. We want to thank everyone who has sent in-game reports about these individuals in ESO—your reports helped us identify many of the accounts we banned today,” Folsom wrote in a forum post.

ZeniMax Online Studios have since provided ESO with a system for players who felt that they were wrongly banned to appeal the action.

While it is unclear at this time whether this has already affected the game’s economy moving forward, it’s quite a blow to the fledgling MMO just three weeks after release.

Though already out for PC and Mac, ESO is slated to make its way onto the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this June.

By Andrew Martins, April 21, 2014 0 Multiplatform, News

The release of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition may not be for another few months at the earliest, but thanks to an announcement earlier today, we’ll at least know what the box will look like when it does finally hit store shelves.

Found after the break, the game’s box art shows an unknown protagonist using magic to fight back what looks like a teeming horde of bad guys. Pretty epic stuff. In conjunction with the image’s reveal on the official Dragon Age Twitter account, the phrase “they say only the Inquisitor has the power to stop it” was posted.

Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw said the protagonist on the image was purposely left gender neutral in an effort to convey that players will be able to create their own character.

That statement is telling, as Dragon Age II forced players to play as a human character named Hawke with very little variation on the actual character itself – a stark contrast from Dragon Age: Origins.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC later this year.

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By Andrew Martins, April 15, 2014 0 Multiplatform, News

That’s it, everyone. Shut it down. Infinity Ward’s busted the multiplayer announcer game wide open.

Earlier today, the company behind the Call of Duty series (sans its actual creators Vince Zampella and Jason West) revealed that revered rapper Snoop Lion Dogg will announce player’s actions in a new downloadable multiplayer voice pack.

As you’ll see/hear in the trailer after the jump, players will soon get the chance to hear the 42 year-old rapper call squadmates a “brother from another mother” while calling a ballistic vest some “fine-ass threads.”

According to Snoop, Infinity Ward provided him with his lines, though he said he was able to add a little bit of his trademark “Snoop-ism” to the mix.

This may not be the first time the man who wrote “Gin & Juice” took a step into the gaming world, but it’s certainly the one that makes the most sense. In recent years it seems like Snoop’s been trying to become more and more relevant through the use of more modern entertainment avenues.

How it took this long to get Snoop Dogg to lend his voice in this capacity, however, I don’t know.

The aforementioned multiplayer voice pack will be available on Xbox Live on April 22. Other platforms can expect to get Snoop’s instantly recognizable voice at a later date.

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By Allain Richard, April 13, 2014 0 Indie, Kickstarter, Multiplatform, News

In an industry where corporate dollars for unknown quantities like indie games are extremely limited, Kickstarter has been the de facto hub for developers to get their projects funded.

While many popular titles exist to this day because of crowdsourcing, there are those that never see the light of day after failing to meet their goal.

Then there’s the rare occasion that a publisher takes notice and plucks such a title back from the brink.

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By Andrew Martins, April 7, 2014 0 Multiplatform, News

Weeks after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, series creator Hideo Kojima is asking fans via Twitter for their feedback after beating the game.

According to Kojima, the team behind the highly anticipated follow-up, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will utilize feedback to make the game more appealing to fans.

The call out to fans for their input isn’t the first following the release of Ground Zeroes. Kojima Productions’ Senior Producer Ken Imaizumi also took to Twitter to ask fans for their comments, specifically mentioning the game’s controls.

So far, fans have asked for everything from full translations of the game to their native languages to the return of David Hayter as the voice of Big Boss.

Fans have also begun showing off photos of their 100 percent completion of Ground Zeroes, saying that it took them upwards of 18 hours to complete.

Though there certainly were aspects of MGSV: GZ that proved more vexing than others, it’s always a good thing when a creator in any medium seeks constructive criticism. We’ll find out if that criticism helps the final product when Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain comes out sometime next year.

By Andrew Martins, April 7, 2014 0 Indie, Multiplatform, News

The company behind last year’s revival of Rise of the Triad have seemingly channeled the spirit of Ash Williams in the game’s latest patch with the introduction of a hellish shotgun.

Update 1.4 brings the aforementioned weapon dubbed the DOOMSTICK to both the game’s single player campaign and multiplayer mode, with complete voice overs for all five members of H.U.N.T. (High-risk United Nations Task-force).

The new shotgun isn’t the only change to the game’s firearms, as 1.4 also brings better particle effects for 10 of the game’s existing weapons and new blood effects. Lucily, ROTT‘s “Ludicrous Gibs” effect is unchainged.

In addition, six new fan-made community maps were added to the game’s multiplayer. Three new achievements were added to the game’s already prolific set, even with the removal of seventeen others.

You can check out the full patch notes on Steam and the trailer for ROTT 1.4 after the break.

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By Andrew Martins, April 6, 2014 0 Multiplatform, News

If you’ve been keeping up with Telltale Games’ foray into the odd and fanciful world of Fables with The Wolf Among Us, then it’s safe to say you’ve seen some pretty gnarly stuff. Especially after the last episode, titled “Smoke and Mirrors.”

The highly stylized murder mystery set in 80′s New York City is set to pick up once again in a couple days, as Telltale recently announced the release dates for the game’s third episode, “The Crooked Mile.

Starting this Tuesday, the next entry into the five-part series will release first on the PC, Mac and North American PlayStation 3 users. Xbox 360 and European PS3 users will get the episode on the following day.

Telltale also said the iOS version of the episode will also hit iTunes next week, though a specific date has yet to be announced.

As you can see in the especially spoilerific trailer found after the break, things are about to get heavy in Fabletown, as Bigby Wolf begins hunting down the number one suspect in a string of serial murders.

Those who purchased the Season Pass should expect the episode to automatically download once released. The episode itself will also be available for purchase separately for $4.99.

Be sure to check out the trailer after the break. Just be mindful of the MASSIVE SPOILERS.

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By Andrew Martins, March 17, 2014 0 Multiplatform, News

With the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes just hours away, series creator Hideo Kojima has steadily been a busy bee on Twitter. Yet instead of talking about what he’s eating at the moment, he dished a little about the game.

In particular, Kojima revealed that those looking to earn an elusive Platinum Trophy on Sony’s line of consoles will be sorely disappointed, as such a thing doesn’t exist. And it’s all due to regulations imposed by the PlayStation manufacturer.

Ever since the Xbox 360, achievements or trophies have become a part of the game certification process. In the case of both Microsoft and Sony, how those trophies or achievements work have a set of requirements and limitations.

It seems Sony is treating the game as a downloadable title only, which do not regularly get a Platinum Trophy. That being said, the Xbox 360/Xbox One versions will have a total of 1,000 gamerscore points. In the past, downloadable games on Microsoft’s consoles did not get that many points.

So what do you think? Is the missing trophy enough to make you get an Xbox version of the game? Or does it not really matter? Let us know in the comments.

By Andrew Martins, March 3, 2014 0 Multiplatform, News

Poor Clementine’s had it rough. After the events of the first season of Telltale’s award-winning The Walking Dead, you’d think things would get easier. But nooooo. The hits just keep on coming.

The next episode in the second season of The Walking Dead, titled ‘A House Divided’ looks to bring even more hardship and harrowing experience for our favorite little girl from Georgia.

Fans of the point-and-click zombie apocalypse adventure game still chomping at the bit to find out what happens next to Clem and her fellow survivors can put down their bug-out bags. The next episode is set to release over the next three days for various platforms.

Starting tomorrow, the episode will be available for PC, Mac and the Northa American portion of the PlayStation Network. The following day (March 5), Xbox 360 users will gain access to the episode, while iOS users will get their shot at the zombie hordes on March 6.

The Vita version of Episodes 1 and 2 for this season will also be available by the end of the month, according to Telltale. Also, no release date has been set for the European PlayStation Network at this time.

‘A House Divided’ will be available for $4.99 as an individual episode or included as part of the season pass for $19.99.

To see what’s in store for tomorrow’s release, hit the jump for the official trailer.

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By Allain Richard, February 28, 2014 0 Multiplatform, News, PS3, Xbox 360

Announced earlier this week, Grand Theft Auto V’s latest update will have bustling businessmen and women aggressively marketing their wares. And by wares I mean murder.

The upcoming Business Update will have the thieves and murderers of Los Santos and Blaine County fighting to climb the corporate ladder. The update brings in three new vehicles, a new airplane, two new weapons and plenty of formal and business casual attire for the fleeting entrepreneur.

The new vehicles and weapons will be given to players in story mode and can be purchase in the online mode.

Exclusive items from the Valentine’s Day Massacre Special will become unavailable after Sunday, March 2.

The Business Update will be released March 4. Further information about new online heists and much more will be announced soon.

Source: Rockstar Games