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  • New Destiny Sparrow Racing Mode Announced

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    A brand new PVP mode has been added to Destiny The Taken King but this new game mode differs significantly to other PVP modes. The new game mode has been dubbed the Sparrow Racing League and as the name suggests, it features fast paced Sparrow racing as opposed to FPS style arena combat.

    The new Sparrow racing mode will be available in Destiny for three weeks. During this time players will be able to unlock special new content, including rare Sparrow variants.

    On top of adding the new Sparrow Racing League mode, a few other changes have been made in the latest patch for Destiny The Taken King. It should be noted that Sparrow Racing League is only available for those with the Taken King DLC.

    Like many patches before it, this latest update for Destiny makes a lot of balancing changes across the board. Some changes include adjustments to class abilities whilst other tweaks are specific to weapon balancing. Interestingly, the Titan melee range has been increased for all Titan classes.

    All auto rifles have had a small increase in base damage. The exact amount depends on the rate of fire of the weapon. Pulse rifles on the other hand have had their base damage reduced. Once again, the rate of fire depends on the amount the base damage has been reduced. The auto rifles have had between a 3% and 7% increase in base damage whilst the pulse rifles have had between a 2 and 9% decrease in base damage.

  • Cyberpunk 2077 May Be Ready for Late 2016 (Rumor)

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    German website Gamereactor.de recently revealed a rumor that suggested Cyberpunk 2077 may get released in 2016. According to a "source close to the company," CD Projekt Red is currently planning to release their next big RPG title before the end of 2016.

    It's assumed that currently Cyberpunk 2077 is only being developed for PC but we'd be surprised if CD Projekt Red doesn't also release console versions of the game, especially considering how successful The Witcher 3 was on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

    Whilst it would be great to see Cyberpunk 2077 before the end of 2017 I think it's important to remember that CD Projekt Red have considered the game to be the biggest and most ambitious project from the development studio so far. We also know very little about the supposed source of this rumor.

    Chances are, CD Projekt Red could be aiming for a late 2016 release for Cyberpunk 2077 but whether they hit their target or not will depend on how smoothly development goes. For the most part, there's no way of knowing what bumps in the road occur during development, especially for such an ambitious title. As a result, we wouldn't dismiss the rumor that CD Projekt Red is planning to release Cyberpunk 2077 in late 2016 but any sort of delays could push the release into 2017, which is the publically mentioned release date for the game. It's unlikely CD Projekt Red will comment on these rumors so for now we can only speculate.

  • The Division Xbox One Alpha is This Week

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    Unfortunately Ubisoft has pushed back the beta for Tom Clancy's The Division and it will no longer be available till some point next year. The exact date for the pushed back beta hasn't been chosen yet but Ubisoft has mentioned that it should be available in "early 2016."

    Luckily there is still an option for anybody hoping to try out or at least view some early live gameplay footage for The Division. Despite the beta being pushed back, the invite alpha stage on the Xbox One will still be taking place. The alpha for The Division is set to happen from December 9 until December 12. Sign ups are available for the alpha stage and you'll be placed on a priority list if you pre-order The Division for Xbox One but even then there is no guarantee you'll be given access.

    Instead, Ubisoft will be adding players into the alpha on an "as needed" basis. The beta, which will now be taking next year, won't have such strange availability as the alpha does. If you have pre-ordered The Division you will be given guaranteed beta access.

    If you do manage to get into the alpha this week you'll be required to install the 23.2GB alpha client. There doesn't seem to be a pre-load period so if you're on a limited speed internet connection you may struggle to get the download complete on the first day.

    There will be an NDA for this upcoming alpha this week so that means players aren't allowed to share gameplay content or stream The Division live. We'd be surprised if footage doesn't manage to slip through the cracks though.

  • Fallout 4 Update 1.2 Coming to Consoles

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    A new update for Fallout 4 has been developed and it is on it's way to both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. The new 1.2 patch for Fallout 4 is already available for the PC version of the game so we have a good insight into what the patch consists of.

    For the most part, the new update just fixes some bugs and issues with Fallout 4. Whilst the PC version has had a couple of new interface features added to Fallout 4 in update 1.2, these changes won't be available on the console versions.

    On top of general bug fixes, the focus of the 1.2 patch has been towards optimization, especially in areas that suffered from poor performance before the 1.2 patch. Below the full fixes that will be available in the 1.2 Fallout 4 patch have been listed.

    Fixes

    + General memory and stability improvements

    + Performance improvements inside the Corvega Assembly Plant

    + Optimizations to skinned decal rendering

    + Fixed issue with player becoming stuck in terminals

    + Fixed issue where equipped weapons become locked after completing Reunions

    + Fixed issue with "When Freedom Calls" where the quest would not complete

    + During "Confidence Man" fixed issue where player's health would continuously regenerate

    + Fixed crash related to jumping into water and reloading saved games

    No estimate for the release date of the 1.2 patch on the PS4 and Xbox One has yet been released but it's likely to be available within the next two weeks.

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Gets Huge 7.8GB Patch

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    A lot of gamers complained at the lack of content available for the launch of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. Fortunately the developers are working to help beef up the game a little bit and now a brand new 7.8GB patch has been released that adds new gameplay content.

    In the new patch players are given access to some new levels, some new characters and some character campaigns as well. Perhaps the most interesting new content involves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle campaign, alongside the Tyler, the Creator campaign.

    On top of the new content, a lot of gameplay tweaks and texture fixes have been applied to Pro Skater 5. Honestly we're just interested in the new content. The patch notes for the added gameplay features can be seen below.

    + Additional levels have been added (Underground, Wild West)

    + Additional character campaigns have been added (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tyler the Creator)

    + Lighting and visuals have been improved for several levels

    + Ability to regain Special Meter during a single combo has been added

    + Per-Mission Leaderboards have been added

    + Added option to "Return to Freeskate" while in a Mission or Mode

    + Added option to "Return to Freeskate" while search for the other player for Co-op Missions or Modes

    + Tutorial has been updated

    + Many Pro Skaters' Textures have been updated

    + Several Pro Skaters have received Sponsor update

    + Create-a-Park Levels have been updated

    + Increased the total number of Stat points a Campaign can earn from 128 to 150

  • New Rocket League Portal DLC Released

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    The developers for Rocket League have announced a brand new DLC pack for the game that will include a number of items based upon the Portal video game series by Valve.

    The new items have been added to Rocket League on the PC and the PlayStation 4. All of the items are cosmetic in nature and can be found in the vehicle customization screen. The new items are all Portal themed, and unlike previous DLC content, they have been released for free to all players on both platforms.

    Perhaps one of the coolest cosmetic Portal items is the cake hat, but there are other items too, including two new antennas, a cake sticker, a Companion Cube hat and a Personality Cube hat. On top of the new physical items, you will now be able to turn your rocket gel into conversion gel, propulsion gel or repulsion gel. If you've played Portal 2 you'll know that there are number of different colored gels available for usage.

    You won't be given the Portal items completely free of charge - you will have to unlock them. When you complete a match in Rocket League you have the chance of randomly unlocking new equipment. There's a chance you'll get Portal gear starting in December. Obviously the more gear you already have unlocked, the more likely you will unlock Portal gear whilst playing.

    If you are a fan of Portal and you happen to play Rocket League too, which of the new items would you most like to unlock for your vehicle?

  • Plans in Place for Rainbow Six Siege Team Killing

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    A huge issue that was present in the Rainbow Six Siege beta was team killing and player griefing. It was too easy for trolls to ruin a game and at the time Ubisoft were doing nothing about it. Fortunately Ubisoft has spoken out to reveal that Rainbow Six Siege will have some features added soon that will stop trolls, team killing and most game-ruining griefing.

    When asked on Twitter about trolls, Ubisoft simply mentioned, "Yes. We have a plan in place to handle them. It will not be tolerated at launch!" via their official Twitter account

    Unfortunately Ubisoft did not explain exactly what measures would take place at launch but there's likely to be some kind of kick or penalty system for team killers. In other multiplayer games, players are often kicked for team killing. In some competitive titles, such as Counter Strike, repeated griefing behaviour or trolling can lead up to a 7 day ban on all competitive servers.

    Hopefully Ubisoft has a system in place that works just as well to combat griefers but has some leniency towards any accidental team kills. Rainbow Six Siege involves a lot of tense indoor moments, plenty of explosions and many narrow dark corridors across their different maps. As a result, it's easy for a trigger happy player to accidentally take out one of their teammates.

    Have you had the chance to play Rainbow Six Siege yet? What do you think about the game in comparison to the rest of 2015's top FPS titles?

  • Xbox One Elite Controller Stock Issues Confirmed

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    Due to the reception of the Xbox One Elite controller exceeding Microsoft's original plans, the stock for the controller has mostly been wiped out across the globe. Currently Microsoft is working on manufacturing more Xbox One Elite Controllers to meet the unexpected demand, but for now Xbox owners are limited for choices if they'd like to get their hands on a controller.

    According to Phil Spencer, Microsoft is working right now to get more stock for the $150 controller that has advanced features. Phil Spencer has taken to Twitter to apologize for it being so hard for gamers to find an Xbox Elite controller.

    Unfortunately Xbox can't promise that they'll get more units out in time for Christmas. Phil mentioned that, "Demand has just exceeded our planning. If you find one [Elite controller] and you want it, pick it up, sorry."

    One option for those looking to get an Xbox One Elite controller for Christmas is to pick up one of the various Elite console bundles that feature the controller inside. The Elite console does cost more than the standard console but it does have a larger hard drive as well. You may consider selling or trading in your current Xbox One for an Xbox One Elite console bundle as these seem to be in stock in most regions.

    You may also want to check the stock of your local video game retailers and chain stores. It's likely that some local stores have managed to stock their shelves before the initial stock from Microsoft ran out.

    You can find our own here: Xbox One Elite Controllers. None of our controllers ship without being fully tested.

  • Decembers Games with Gold Deals Announced

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    Now that December has arrived, Major Nelson has updated his personal blog to introduce the new games that will be available for free as part of the December Games with Gold promotion. This month there will be five different titles that will be available at different times throughout.

    Three of the titles available are on the Xbox 360 whilst the other two are Xbox One titles.

    Starting with the Xbox 360, the first title available will be Castlestorm. Usually a $9.99 digital arcade title, CastleStorm is a 2013 game developed by Zen Studios. CastleStorm features a variety of medieval weaponry that players can use to protect themselves from oncoming enemies. The objective of CastleStorm is defend your castle.

    The second game available on Xbox 360 will be Sacred 3 - this title is usually available for $19.99 on the Xbox Games Store and it will be available on Xbox 360 for free, starting on December 16 and ending on December 31.

    The third Xbox 360 game, which Major Nelson has mentioned is an extra gift for players this Holiday season, is Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. Like Sacred 3, Operation Flashpoint will be available from December 16 until December 31.

    As for the Xbox One titles - starting from December 1, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing will be available for free for the entirety of the month. On December 16, the new Thief remaster will be put up for free as well. Thief will be available until January 15.

  • New Backwards Compatible Titles Will Be Announced Each Month

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    Now that backwards compatibility has been added to the Xbox One, we have plenty of exciting things to look forward to in the future. Whilst the catalogue of available backwards compatible Xbox 360 games is still quite expansive, Microsoft plans to add more games to the list.

    In fact, Microsoft has revealed that they will be unveiling new backwards compatible titles each month. If you've got any Xbox 360 games lying around that aren't yet supported for backwards compatibility, we'd definitely suggest holding onto them.

    Phil Spencer revealed on Twitter that the Xbox team will announce new games monthly. It's expected that each month a new updated list will be posted online by somebody working at Xbox, although the exact date for the monthly titles has not yet been decided.

    It's great to see that Microsoft will still be putting resources into the new backwards compatibility feature. I personally cannot wait to see what new games are added to the list each month. I have a big backlog of Xbox 360 games that I still haven't played through so the backwards compatibility feature will give me more of an incentive to dust off my collection.

    In other news, Xbox announced the free Games with Gold that would be available in December. Unfortunately the December backwards compatibility list has not yet been released but we do know that the following games will be available for free to Gold members throughout the month:

    Thief - Dec. 16 to Jan. 15, 2016

    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing - Dec. 16 to Jan. 15, 2016

    CastleStorm - Dec. 1 to Dec. 15

    Sacred 3 - Dec. 16 to Dec. 31

    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising - from Dec. 1

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