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  • Free DriveClub DLC to Say Sorry to Players

    free driveclub dlcIf you've been keeping an eye on the progress of Driveclub recently, you'll be aware that the game has had some issues since it's launch. Since the game was released via the PlayStation Network, players have been complaining about the server problems that have prohibited any sort of online play, something that the game heavily relies on.

    The servers are pretty much all fixed now, but Evolution Studios understands that it was a big inconvenience for many players, and to say sorry they will be offering two premium DLC packs, previously planned for release this month, as a free content pack that any player can download.

    The official statement from Evolution Studios said, "We know you have all been extremely patient and understandably frustrated during Driveclub's launch, and to show our appreciation for the support during this challenging time, we will be offering the premium DLC packs for November."

    The two premium DLC packs planned for November are the Ignition Expansion pack and the Photo-Finish Tour Pack, and will add five new cars, 10 new trophies, 22 tour events and 10 livery items for both offline and online play.

    To make sure season pass holder's aren't missing out, Evolution Studios will be expanding the Season Pass to include four extra premium packs planned next year.

    It's great to see that Driveclub are offering up some free content to say thank you - they certainly don't have to do this, but seeing as they are shows that they are trying to keep the players happy, especially when issues like server problems are affecting gameplay.

  • Assassin's Creed Unity Struggling with 30FPS

    unity frame rateWith all the recent talk surrounding games that support 60FPS, it's become quite a shock to hear that Assassin's Creed Unity is actually suffering from frame rate drops that dip below 30 frames per second.

    Whilst frame rates in the less intensive areas do reach a nice, smooth frame rate, in some areas, both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 struggle to provide this smooth frame rate. Whilst many gamers have been unnecessarily angry at the lack of solid, smooth 60FPS in many next gen games, not being able to achieve 30FPS in a game is something to get angry about.

    After frames start to dip below 30, or more specifically 24 frames per second, the game becomes incredibly choppy, and this is a frame rate that the human eye can easily pick up on.

    Although the frame rate can be increased with a few tweaks on the development side, unfortunately, the frame rate may not be able to be improved to the golden 60FPS standard we've all been dreaming about.

    We do hope however that Ubisoft manage to get at least 30FPS in all aspects of Unity, because it would be unfortunate if this was not the case.

    Interestingly, the Xbox One version of Assassins' Creed Unity has been reported to perform better than the PlayStation 4 version, something that many PS4 fans are confused about, considering that many were confident the PS4 had slightly better performance capabilities than the Xbox One.

    Either way, whichever console you pick you are still going to have issues with frame rate at this current point in time.

  • Huge Halo 5 Guardians Gameplay Video Released

    halo 5 guardians gameplayA brand new video has just made it online that shows off a whole games worth of online content from 343 Industry's upcoming game, Halo 5 Guardians.

    Straight away, it's clear that the gameplay has been evolved more so than any Halo game before it. The first thing that is noticeable is that a lot of elements from Halo 4 have been incorporated into Halo 5 Guardians, including the various power drops and the overall look and feel of the gameplay.

    However, a lot of new things have been added to make the game feel more in-line with other AAA shooters on the market. For example, players can now dodge sideways, similarly to COD: Advanced Warfare, and players can also jump over objects in a similar style to Call of Duty games too.

    A new aim-down sight feature has been added, although there is no negative effects to hip firing luckily enough.

    If you are a long time Halo fan, you may not like what you see. Check out the multiplayer video here.

    Do you think 343 Industries have taken Halo a little too far? It's nice to see change, but are they taking the wrong turns? We would love to hear your opinions on this subject. Unfortunately, 343 Industries are trying to win back the mainstream market, and they are doing this by making choices that change the game into something Call of Duty players will be able to relate to.

  • Our Old Halo 2 Mod

    halo 2 modIt’s time for a bit of a throwback. The Halo Master Chief Collection has just launched, and it’s flooded our brains with nostalgic memories of the hundreds of hours we spent on Halo games in the past.

    In particular, Halo 2 is getting the most attention, and playing the new Halo 2 anniversary has reminded us of one of our best mods of all time.

    Our old Halo 2 mod allowed players to fire two bursts of the battle rifle in the span of a second, and it had absolutely devastating effects. The combo could be achieved without a controller mod, and was often used by professional gamers involved in the MLG circuit.

    With a controller mod however, the difficult to execute combo could be achieved effortlessly, and as you can see in the example video shown here, the double fire or BXRR mod could really kick some Spartan butt.

    These kind of cool combos were key to being at the height of your game in Halo 2, and we expect to see a lot of these returning in Halo: MCC.

  • Halo Master Chief Collection Launch Details

    halo master chief collectionThe Halo Master Chief Collection has finally launched, but the game has so much content inside it that there's a lot to take in, so we'll be giving you a quick insight into what's new.

    The Campaigns

    All four original Halo campaigns from the main franchise, including Halo Combat Evolved, Halo 2, 3 and 4 can be played within the Halo Master Chief Collection. All games have had a makeover, although the most difference has been made to the Halo 2 campaign.

    The Matchmaking

    343 Industries are still slowly rolling out the matchmaking playlists for the Halo Master Chief Collection, and so far there have been a few issues - give it a week and everything should be running. From there, we may have to wait a couple months before all of the playlists and the entire ranking system is ready for play.

    New Forge

    As well as providing forge mode to all of the Halo 2 online levels, 343 have thrown in a few blank canvas maps that can be used to build to your heart's content. The new forge has tons of new items, scenery objects and special triggers to give you the chance to make the biggest virtual rube goldberg machine in the world.

    Halo 5 Beta

    If the Halo Master Chief Collection isn't enough for you, then you may want to check out the Halo 5 Beta when it launches - this is an exclusive to those who pre-ordered Halo: MCC.

  • Halo 2 Within the Master Chief Collection is Absolutely Amazing

    halo 2 within the master chief collection
    For those unaware, Halo: The MCC has just released, and it has dropped our jaws to the ground. In particular, Halo 2 within the Master Chief Collection stands out for it's amazing new cutscenes and HD graphics that have been developed specifically for this new Halo installment.

    Considering that the matchmaking has been having problems, it has given me more than enough time to hop into Halo 2 and experience the new HD rendition of what is perhaps one of the most classic video games of all time. From start to finish, the campaign is captivating and challenging, and the new cutscenes will definitely keep you from skipping through the story to focus on blowing up more covenant.

    If you are still waiting for the matchmaking to come back, we'd definitely suggest checking out Halo 2 within the Master Chief Collection because it is stunning. In fact, even if the matchmaking is back up by the time you are reading this, still head into the Halo 2 campaign, because you'll be missing out on a lot if you don't.

  • Advanced Warfare Will Get a Few Fixes Soon

    advanced warfare lagNoticed any problems in Advanced Warfare yet? If you haven’t then you are incredibly lucky. Many players have complained about various issues with the game, from bad hit detection and terrible lag, to a lack of dedicated servers and progress-ruining prestige bugs.

    Luckily, Sledgehammer Games are on the ball to make sure things get fixed as quickly as possible. At this current point in time, they already have a fair amount of fixes on their to-do list, and they should be patched to the game over the next few weeks.

    Firstly, the lack of double XP monitoring will soon be fixed so players can see how much of an impact the double XP is actually making to their levels in-game. Secondly, a few of the mechanics, including speed reloading, will be improved. On top of this, Sledgehammer will be making some adjustments to the camo unlock requirements for different weapons.

    We should also see a range of new improvements and bug fixes on top of the ones mentioned above, including the ever-so-annoying emblem reset bug that happens after a player chooses to prestige.

    It is great to see that Sledgehammer are working actively to get their game fixed, but it is a bit of a shame that these problems were present at launch in the first place.

    Have you managed to play Advanced Warfare much yet? What are your thoughts on the new game, and will you continue to play amongst all of the current problems?

  • New Killzone Shadow Fall Will get New Free Multiplayer Content

    killzone multiplayer patchIt isn't often that you hear about AAA developers completely redesigning their games, but Guerrilla, the developers of Killzone Shadow Fall, seem to be gearing up to release a brand new patch to Shadow Fall that will completely change the direction of the game.

    Once the new patch is released, players will be able to earn Valor instead of experience points - this Valor will count as a new kind of currency, and players will be able to spend their Valor on Mystery boxes that have a chance to open up random gear that would typically be award for completing challenges and missions.

    On top of the new mystery boxes, players will also be able to complete daily challenges that will be updated every 24 hours. These new challenges will reward players with extra Valor.

    Similarly to the daily challenges, a new daily login bonus will allow players who log in to the game regularly to earn extra rewards.

    Whilst no definite date has been set for this interesting new multiplayer patch for Killzone Shadow Fall, the developers suggest that the new content will be ready for launch very soon.

    We think it's great to see Guerrilla try to keep their recent FPS title going strong - it is not an easy task considering that the market is already being dominated by titles like Call of Duty and Halo.

    What do you think of the upcoming changes to Shadow Fall's multiplayer? Do you believe these changes will impact the game negatively or positively?

  • GTA Online Heists Coming Shortly After New Gen Launch

    GTA Online HeistsRemember when Rockstar promised to add Heists to Grand Theft Auto Online? It's now been over a year since it's release, and GTA 5 still doesn't have any online heists.

    For me, the heists seemed like one of the most appealing features of the GTA Online mode, but since the release of the online portion of GTA, there has been delay after delay, forcing Rockstar to push back the release of heists for a long time.

    One of the main reasons why heists for GTA Online were delayed for so long was due to the large amount of hackers that entered their way into the game, and this caused Rockstar to refocus their attention on exploits that many hackers were taking advantage of.

    Since then, Rockstar have been working on filling the new gen ports with as many new features as possible, and this has understandably left the GTA development team to put even less focus on the GTA Online heists.

    Luckily, Rockstar have addressed the online heist delays, and they have stated that heists for GTA Online should eventually be released for the game after the release of the new gen ports.

    Considering that the PC version isn't being released till January 2015, we can safely say that heists for online should be put into the game at some point in the first quarter of 2015.

    We hope that this is the case because everybody has been waiting for heists for a long time, and the waiting has been killing us.

  • Assassin's Creed Unity Gets Live Gameplay on Twitch

    AC Unity live streamAssassin's Creed is now very close to launching, and Ubisoft have been revealing all there is about the game leading up to it's launch. Over the weekend, Ubisoft hosted a stream to showcase a whole ton of Assassin's Creed Unity gameplay, and there was a lot to take in from this event.

    The livestream event that was hosted on Twitch was hosted for around 9 hours, and within this stream, a good chunk of that time was spent on streaming live gameplay from Assassin's' Creed Unity.

    The live stream showed off a bunch of interesting elements of the game, including the brand new character customization options and a look into some of the story missions available in Assassin's Creed Unity.

    The live stream also showed off the versatility available within all of the side missions within Unity, and focused on the brand new environment that has been set in France. Quite frankly, Ubisoft have done an amazing job with AC: Unity, and it looks absolutely stunning, both in terms of graphics and gameplay.

    Perhaps the most interesting part of the livestream is the segment where Ubisoft focused on the multiplayer in Assassin's Creed Unity. Multiplayer has always been a tacked on add-on to the main story, but in Unity, it does look very enjoyable and will be an integral part of the game.

    Assassins' Creed Unity will be released on November 11th for the PS4, the Xbox One and the PC in North America, November 13th for the same consoles in the UK, and December 4th for Japan.

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