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  • Xbox Live Games with Gold October Lineup Revealed

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    The October lineup for Xbox Live Games with Gold has finally been revealed. Major Nelson has posted up all of the games that will be available for free throughout October. Check out the list below.

    Xbox One - Valiant Hearts: The Great War
    Xbox One - The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
    Xbox 360 - Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
    Xbox 360 - The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

    From October 1st to October 31st, Xbox One players will be able to get their hands on Valiant Hearts: The Great War. This is easily the least known title on this month's lineup but doesn't mean it's bad. In fact, Valiant Hearts has received amazing awards and scores across the board, thanks to it's mesmerizing story and challenging puzzle aspects.

    The next Xbox One title will be available starting October 16th and will be up for free till November 15th. This title is of course The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season. If you don't know this game by now, you probably haven't been in touch with the gaming world for a long time. I think it's great that the entry into the series is being put up for free to allow access to all those that haven't had a chance yet.

    On the Xbox 360, The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season is also being put up for the second half of the month, starting October 16th and lasting till October 31st. Finally, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be free for the first half of October for all Xbox 360 owners. For anybody interested, Ground Zeroes will give players a small taste of what The Phantom Pain is like.

  • Here's The 10 Best Games of All Time, According to EDGE

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    What games mean the most to you as a gamer are going to be down to personal preference and taste of genre, but when a good game has been developed, you simply can't dismiss it as anything other than a good game. EDGE has attempted to list the 100 top games of all time and I'd have to agree with a lot of the games on the list. Whilst we won't be posting the whole 100 games here, as it is quite lengthy, we've decided to cut to what matters the most - the top 10 games of all time, according to EDGE.

    First up, let's take a look at the first five games, from spot number 10 to spot number 6.

    10-Minecraft

    9-Resident Evil 4

    8-Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    7-Super Mario Galaxy 2

    6-Tetris

    At number 10, Minecraft definitely deserves a good mention. It's managed to break into millions of homes across the world as one of the most compatible games for all audiences. In terms of pure gameplay, Minecraft is certainly very incredible, but it misses that magical feeling you get when being taken away on an adventure through a carefully crafted story. I'd definitely give props to all of the other games on this list too. Ocarina of Time deserves a bit of a closer shot towards number one in my personal opinion.

    5-Half-Life 2

    4-Bloodborne

    3-The Last of Us

    2-GTA V

    1-Dark Souls

    These five games above are the top five games of all time according to EDGE. The Last of Us and GTA V are instant classics, that's for sure. Dark Souls was an interesting choice - definitely a great game but is it really the best? I’m sure that's down for a big discussion.

  • Halo 5: Guardians will Launch Without Issue, Says Xbox Boss

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    There's no way to deny it. Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched with tons of issues and it completely ruined the possibility for many players to even play the game properly. 343 Industries has definitely taken the poor launch of the Master Chief Collection to heart though, and the boss of Xbox, Phil Spencer has spoken out about 343's promise to make sure Guardians is released without any problems.

    "I know that of all of our teams, no team at their core feels the need to hit a great launch from a multiplayer and connection issues more than 343. That team took the issues around the launch of Master Chief Collection, it kind of hit them in the heart, because it's Halo Nation. It's the people who love these past Halo games."

    Every time Phil Spencer has gone to visit 343 Industries, he's been impressed by their dedication to ensuring the quality of Halo 5, and it's multiplayer in particular, is as high as possible.

    "No team is focused on it more than 343," Phil Spencer mentioned. "The planning and process teams have gone through has been great, and I'm confident in how it will launch based on the results that we're seeing."

    Spencer also briefly touched on the subject of other first party developers having solid launches for the Xbox One this year. "It's really nice to see that the teams have taken an increased focus on making sure that launch goes extremely well for our customers."

  • Rainbow Six: Siege Beta Comes to a Close

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    Over the weekend, thousands of players were invited to try out the closed beta for Rainbow Six: Siege, the upcoming tactical shooter from Ubisoft. The beta started on Thursday after the pre-beta technical test ended and it continued to early on Monday morning.

    A lot of players have been very impressed with Rainbow Six: Siege, which seems to wonderfully blend inspiration from a wide range of different titles. There's no doubt that Siege really does feel like it's own game in it's own right, despite having some game modes and game mechanics similar to Counter Strike, Call of Duty, Battlefield and even Arma 3.

    For the most part, the beta went by smoothly, although the beginning did have a few issues. A lot of players did complain about the inability to pre-load the beta and in the first few hours, server issues were fairly common. Past the launch of the beta, most players managed to play without any complaints.

    Surprisingly Rainbow Six: Siege managed to run smoothly on a variety of different PC builds and the PS4 and Xbox One performance was just as good. Hopefully the beta period will allow Ubisoft to iron out any potential server issues, fix game balance problems, nerf the riot shield and work on including a pre-load option for the full game.

    It has been revealed that Rainbow Six: Siege will be fully released on December 1, 2015. It's unlikely that there will be any more beta periods before the release date.

  • Halo: Master Chief Collection Will Soon Punish Quitters

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    Halo: The Master Chief Collection will soon get an update that will finally add a system to punish quitters. As it currently stands, players can quit matchmaking games half way through with very little punishment which leaves games unbalanced and unfair, especially in team games.

    Thankfully 343 Industries has nearly completed development for a system that will punish and discourage quitters. Unfortunately 343 didn't go into much detail about how the Master Chief Collection will punish quitting. Instead, a small blog post was listed to explain that the upcoming patch will "address a variety of areas, including ranking, will add new systems for quitting and penalties, and will improve a number of community items."

    So far, 343 Industries has not set a release date for the changes, but it would be safe to say that the new changes will be released in a patch before the end of the year. Hopefully in between now and then we'll hear some further details about exactly how the quitting punishments in the Master Chief Collection will work and also more information on what other things the new patch will include.

    It's great to see that 343 Industries are still working hard to make The Master Chief Collection playable, balanced and enjoyable for everybody involved. Especially considering Halo 5: Guardians has a release date just around the corner.

    For those unaware, Halo Guardians will be release on October 27, exclusively for the Xbox One.

  • Mortal Kombat X Gets New Character Tweak Patch

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    A brand new patch has been released for Mortal Kombat X and it brings a number of different tweaks to a variety of different characters in the game. The latest patch is already available on the PlayStation 4 but it's not quite ready for either the Xbox One or the PC.

    Most of the changes are quite small, but you may notice small tweaks here and there whilst playing. Nearly all of the changes fall into one of two categories - bug fixes or game balancing.

    Below, we have a list of some of the more important character tweaks made.

    + D'Vorah (Venomous) - Adjusted the Poison Stack algorithm to prevent the top end from getting so high

    + Ermac (Spectral) - Fixed a bug in which he could get stuck in flight controls

    + Goro - Fixed a bug which was preventing Krush from having its landing location chosen

    + Goro - Slightly increased the input window to meterburn PunchWalk on hit

    + Jacqui (Full Auto) - Decreased the block advantage on Up Rocket by 5 and slightly increased the pushback preventing a block trap.

    + Kano (CutThroat) - Adjusted the armor frames of Charge Up to compensate for the faster startup

    + Predator (Hish-Qu-Tien) - Fixed a bug which was making it so Plasma Shot was ignoring some damage scaling

    + Quan Chi (Sorcerer) - Fixed a bug which allowed him to reset the cooldown of runes after a Final Hex has run out

    + Quan Chi (Sorcerer) - Reverted the temporary change of Final Hex block damage increase (back to 3x)

    + Reptile (Deceptive) - Added a short cooldown after Invisibility to prevent players from spending multiple bars of meter if executed very fast

    + Tanya (Pyromancer) - Fixed a bug which was applying the Dark Shroud & Devil's Dust damage to her throws and other misc damage

    + Tanya (Pyromancer) - Reverted the temporary change of the Dark Shroud & Devil's Dust damage (back to 10)

    + Tanya (Pyromancer) - Dark Shroud & Devil's Dust now use the correct lifetime value from hotfix data (7 seconds)

  • Life is Strange Final Chapter Release Revealed

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    The last chapter of Life is Strange has finally received a release date. The final episode for Life is Strange has been named Polarized and it will be released on October 20.

    There is one small twist, however. Because Polarized has not yet been completed, the Life is Strange developers cannot promise that the last episode will be finished by October 20. If everything goes to plan, however, players will definitely be able to get their hands on the final chapter on the aforementioned release date.

    Square Enix has made a little mention of the release date on a blog post, further explaining why the October 20 release date is not 100% set in stone.

    "We don't normally announce a date until we know the game is 100% ready but in the spirit of Max's birthday (today) we wanted to let you know early that we are aiming to release Episode 5 ‘Polarized’ October 20."

    "Many things can change in the lead up to release but the team are working really hard to try and hit this date. We know the wait may be a bit longer than some of you were hoping for but we want to ensure Episode 5 is the best it can be."

    Square Enix went on further by discussing their excitement for the final chapter.

    "We are super excited for you to play the finale and we hope you enjoy the ride! We couldn't have foreseen the great reaction Life is Strange has had so far, the community is fantastic and we love seeing/reading your reactions to each episode."

  • Bloodborne Expansion Details Revealed

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    The upcoming Bloodborne expansion that everybody has been talking about for so long has finally been unveiled and there's plenty of information about it to go along with the unveiling.

    The unveiling took place at this year's Tokyo Game Show, where From Software announced the name of the expansion and what the expansion will include. From Software's Miyazaki also answered some questions about the expansion.

    So, the new expansion has been named The Old Hunters, and it will be released this November for Bloodborne. The new expansion will feature three new areas, a bunch of new weapons and a new boss fight. Interestingly, one of the new weapons is the Bowblade, which will finally bring ranged combat into the world of Bloodborne.

    You'll have to check out the trailer for The Old Hunters to see all of the other weapons which have been announced so far. None of the other weapons have had their names revealed yet, so it'll be exciting to learn more about them in the near future. One of the new bosses, Ludwig, is also seen in the trailer.

    Players will also find that there will be more opportunities to use magic in The Old Hunters - this is certainly one area of combat that could have done with some love and From Software have delivered perfectly.

    The Old Hunters will set players back $19.99 but unlike standard DLC packs, this one really will feel like a large expansion to the base Bloodborne game.

  • Destiny VIP Rewards Now Available

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    The new Destiny VIP rewards are now available for players to redeem in-game. Bungie previously announced which players will be rewarded with the VIP rewards and exactly what the rewards will be, but now they are finally available to Destiny's most veteran players.

    As mentioned in the past, players must either have reached Light level 30 with one character or have purchased both The Dark Below and House of Wolves expansions before August 31, 2015 to be eligible for the VIP rewards.

    Players will need to play The Taken King to redeem the VIP rewards as well, which means purchasing the latest $40 expansion. We wouldn't say the VIP rewards are worth purchasing The Taken King for, but if you already fit into the above criteria then the rewards are a nice addition.

    Included in the Destiny VIP rewards is a unique armor shader, a sparrow and a player emblem. The Sparrow is called the S-34 Ravensteel and features a matte black color. I definitely think the Ravensteel is one of the best Sparrows available in Destiny.

    Have you purchased the Taken King yet? If you haven't, you'll have till the end of February, 2016 to be eligible for the VIP rewards so don’t worry if you haven't yet decided whether you’d like to purchase The Taken King yet.

    It should be mentioned that if you did not get to light level 30 or purchase both of the first two expansions before August 31, 2015, you will not be eligible for the Destiny VIP rewards.

  • Limited Edition Gold PlayStation 4 Bundle Announced

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    Sony has recently announced a brand new limited edition PlayStation 4 bundle that will feature a gold colored console and DualShock 4 controller. The new bundle will only be available for a limited period and it has been announced in partnership with Taco Bell.

    Yes, that's right. Over at the PlayStation blog, Sony has revealed that a brand new partnership with Taco Bell has resulted in the birth of the new gold PlayStation 4. From what I've heard from others, it seems like there have been mixed views on the appearance of the new gold PS4 but I personally like it.

    Unfortunately, the new gold PlayStation 4 cannot be purchased. Instead, players must go down to Taco Bell and purchase any Big Box. By doing so, Taco Bell customers will be given a code that can be used for a chance to win a PlayStation 4.

    There will only be 6,000 gold PlayStation 4's in existence and one bundle will be given out to a winner every 10 minutes between September 24th and November 4th. Considering that 6,000 PlayStation 4 bundles is quite a small amount, it would be unlikely to win yourself a gold bundle, but the chance is always there.

    Included in the bundle is a Gold PlayStation 4 console, a gold DualShock 4 controller, a copy of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and a voucher for one year of PlayStation Plus.

    I'm quite interested to see how much the gold PlayStation 4 bundles will inevitably go for on auction sites like eBay.

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