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  • 8 new Destiny House of Wolves Bounties Revealed

    destiny house of wolves bounties8 new wanted bounties have been found out by Destiny players and they have been in the game since the House of Wolves expansion.

    The 8 new bounties can be collected by killing different enemies spread across different locations in Destiny. When you claim a bounty, you'll be rewarded with Grimoire. There will often be Weekly Bounties that offer extra rewards for claiming a spotlighted enemy, and these 8 new bounties are likely to appear in the Weekly Bounties for the House of Wolves expansion over the next couple of months.

    The first new bounty is Wolf Enforcer and this can be found in the Devils Lair Strike. The second bounty is Silent Fang - this one can be located in the Forgotten Shores. The final bounty in the Patrol Cosmodrome is Queenbreaker Captain and this bounty can be found at Dock 13.

    For Patrol Venus bounties, The Ether Runner can be found in the same place The Gate Lord was originally found and there's also the Repeater Shank which is in the first spawn area for the Nexus Strike. There's one bounty near the Vault of Glass entrance at Campus 9 named Wolf's Guard.

    Finally, the Patrol Moon bounties include the High Servitor and the Twisted Claw, both of which can be found in The Summoning Pits.

    In other news, Bungie has made subtle hints towards cheaters, stating that they are "always watching." They haven't threatened to get the banhammer out yet, but it could certainly be coming to those who aren't playing by the rules, especially in the Crucible.

  • Patch 1.03 for The Witcher 3 Coming to Xbox One and PS4 soon

    patch 1.03 the witcher 3The latest 1.03 patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently undergoing the certification process for both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Once everything goes ahead as planned, the update will launch for both consoles.

    Whilst patch 1.04 has already hit the PC version of The Witcher 3, patch 1.03 is yet to hit either the PS4 or the Xbox One, and the same can be said for patch 1.04. This is due to the lengthy certification process that both Sony and Microsoft use to make sure everything goes ahead smoothly with new updates for games on either console.

    The PC version of patch 1.03 had over 600 changes made to it and it's likely that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the patch will have a very similar number of changes. As you can imagine, many of the new changes will be various bug and glitch fixes, most of which may not affect gameplay at all for the majority of players.

    The biggest noticeable changes will improve overall stability when playing and when using the user interface. Cutscene performance has had a boost, and dialogue has been enhanced so that it is easier to read. Any other dialogue issues seem to have been fixed in patch 1.03 as well, including some missing translations in the user interface.

    Some major game breaking bugs should have been fixed in patch 1.03 as well. It's likely that patch 1.04 will be released alongside patch 1.03 once both updates have been certified by both Sony and Microsoft.

  • New Halo 5 Pre-order Trailer Released

    Halo 5 pre-orderA brand new Halo 5: Guardians trailer has been released by Microsoft and GameStop showing off a set of armor that will be rewarded to players who pre-order Halo 5 from the video game retailer.

    The armor will be given to anybody who pre-orders Halo 5 from any GameStop store in the United States. There hasn't been any details on how long players will have to pre-order to be eligible for the bonus but it is clear that you'll definitely need to order Halo 5 before it is released.

    So far, no other retailers have given details on any pre-order bonuses, so GameStop is definitely looking like a good place to pick up Halo 5 so far. On top of the armor, players will be able to get a free poster for pre-ordering Halo 5 as well. Below, details about the bonus armor has been described.

    HUNTER-Class Armor: Sophisticated and lethal, HUNTER-class armor incorporates Watershed Division's latest warfighting technology.

    HUNTER-Class Helmet: Though still considered a prototype implementation, the HUNTER's sensor suite enhances situational and threat awareness.

    The HUNTER-class armor is the same armor that Agent Locke wears, and it seems like players who do not pre-order will not be able to pick up the same armor. Even though the armor is most likely just cosmetic, I personally think it seems a bit unfair that some players won't be able to dress as Agent Locke in Halo 5, especially considering he will be playing a very important role in the story of Halo 5: Guardians.

  • Gears of War 4 Gets Teased Mocap Image

    gears of war 4 mocap imageWe all know a new Gears of War game is coming, there's no doubt about it. It's one of the few franchises that really helped to serve the Xbox 360 a great deal of popularity, and many fans are ready to see a new Gears game.

    Whilst we haven't really had any full official details about Gears of War 4, we'll occasionally hear bits of information from developers working on the game, and that is exactly what happened this week.

    Whilst the Gears of War Marcus Fenix collection was unfortunately confirmed as a false rumor by Black Tusk's producer Rod Fergusson, he did mention that they may have something special to show us at E3 later this year.

    To follow on with that, Jack Felling a developer at Black Tusk Studios, shared an image on Twitter that had the caption "Last day of the shoot... One of the actors in a mocap suit! #MotionCapture #Props #MarkerBalls @GearsofWar"

    It's clear that Black Tusk have been working on a new Gears of War game, and the latest news suggesting that motion capture has been almost finished up is great to hear. E3 is only a few months away now, so hopefully we'll see some kind of official reveal once the gaming event is upon us. Until then we'll just have to be patient and hope that the developers at Black Tusk reveal some other information about the new Gears of War game.

  • Bungie Details their Plans for New Destiny Update

    destiny updateBungie have revealed details to release a new patch that will add new content and create a stepping stone between now and the House of Wolves DLC planned for later this year. All details for the update have not yet been given, but Bungie have revealed a number of features we can expect to see when the update is released.

    The new update details, as seen on Bungie's blog, can be seen below. We can expect to see these changes in the new update.

    Vault Space - We know you need more space to collect all the treasures you gain from your missions, and more gear is on the way.
    Raid Fixes - There are times when Atheon and Crota can be uncooperative, so we're tackling their worst bugs.
    Audio and Visual - Not everyone wants to see or hear a game the same way, which is why we’re looking at providing more options.
    PVP Ammunition - The Crucible team wants to change the way ammo crates dictate the flow of a battle.
    Strikes - The numbers tell us that there are some missions that are successfully completed far less than others, inspiring us to look at why people quit.

    Community manager David Dague also talked about how Bungie go about working on Destiny and improving the experience for the playerbase. "Ever since Destiny went live, there have been various teams at Bungie," Dague mentioned.

    "We're all working on Destiny, but different teams have goals for different projects.

    "We've specialized to meet the needs of this sprawling community. Each class of developer has a specific focus. Some of them are creating new adventures for your Guardian - those both revealed and still secret."

    The exact release for the new update has not yet been planned, but we'll probably hear more about it in the near future.

  • New Killer Instinct Season 2 gets Aganos Next Week

    killer instinct season 2 aganosMicrosoft have just revealed a brand new trailer, showing off a new character planned for season 2 of Killer Instinct on the Xbox One. The character, named Aganos, is a war golem who pretty much dwarves every other fighter in the franchise.

    As you can imagine, a lot of Aganos' move set is based around elemental attacks that use rocks and stones to his advantage. For example, Aganos can force stone to rise from the ground before picking up the forged stone and using it as a weapon to club his opponents with.

    In lore, Aganos is set out on a mission to destroy Kan-Ra, who also made an appearance in season 2 of Killer Instinct. Kan-Ra is a character inspired by an ancient egyptian mummy, and I think his skill set will be a very interesting match up against Aganos.

    Right at the end of the trailer, a teaser for yet another character was noticed. It seems clear that the next character for Killer Instinct on the Xbox One will be Onryo, a ghost of Japanese origin. Onryo wields a large pole arm or lance as a primary weapon.

    I'm honestly a lot more excited about Aganos, which is great because he will be available to everybody who owns the Ultra Edition of Killer Instinct on the 27th of February. Those who own the Combo Breaker Edition will be able to play Aganos on March 5th, just shy of one week after his debut on the latest version of Killer Instinct.

  • New Achievements Released for Sunset Overdrive

    sunset overdrive achievementsInsomniac Games have just added three new achievements to Sunset Overdrive which will award players a total of 75 Gamerscore points once unlocked.

    The new achievements are aimed towards hardcore players that have completely pushed Sunset Overdrive to the limits. All three achievements will be awarded once they get a certain amount of points across three different stages. Below, we have posted the achievement details.

    Hardcore!: Buck National vs The Apocalypse: Beat the score of 600,000 on the Challenge "Buck's National vs The Apocalypse."
    Hardcore!: Buck Strikes Back: Beat the score of 564,500 on the Challenge "Buck's Strikes Back."
    Hardcore!: Buck Stops Here: Beat the score of 703,700 on the Challenge "Buck's Stops Here."

    To celebrate the new achievements added to the game, Microsoft have also reduced the price of Sunset Overdrive for a short time. If anybody is interested in picking up Sunset Overdrive, you may want to head to the Xbox Games Store as it can currently be purchased for 40% off it's original price.

    The 40% off sale only applies to the digital version of Sunset Overdrive, and currently Microsoft are the only ones to put the game on sale. The last update to Sunset Overdrive was in December - at the time Insomniac Games had released their first DLC pack for the game.

    The first Sunset Overdrive DLC was an expansion pack named Mooil Rig. There are more DLC expansions planned to release in the following months, all of which can be picked up for free if you have purchased the Sunset Overdrive season pass.

  • Forza Motorsport 6 Is Coming

    forza motorsport 6It looks like Turn 10 have been busy. The next iteration in the lineup of Forza Motorsport games has been announced. Forza Motorsport 6 will be launching exclusively on Xbox One, and Microsoft have teamed up with Ford to give the new Ford GT a starring role in the game.

    Whilst we weren't expecting such an early announcement of Forza 6, Microsoft took to the North American International Auto Show to announce the new game, and it's clear that the Ford GT will be the car to feature on the cover of the upcoming game by Turn 10.

    The release of Forza Motorsport 6 will mark the tenth year anniversary of the game series, so as you can imagine, Turn 10 are feeling like doing something pretty special with the game. Alan Hartman, studio manager for Turn 10 mentioned that, "When we first were doing these, it would be kind of like, 'Hey please, can we have that new car you showed in Detroit?' That's where we were back 10 years ago. But over the last three or four years, the involvement with the manufacturers has really changed. They have really come to recognize that this is a very important venue for them,"

    So as you can imagine, manufacturers are now reaching out to games developers like Turn 10 to have their vehicles featured in their racing games. I think it's a nice transition in the game industry, and it shows that games are just enough of a powerful medium to translate ideas and products like any other.

    Let's just hope this new deal with Ford will allow Turn 10 to put more into the base game and less into extra DLC content like they have done with Forza Motorsport 5.

  • Digital Pre-orders for Evolve Will Reward Players Free Content

    digital evolve pre-ordersIf you are looking to buy Evolve, you may want to consider getting a pre-order in. The developers of Evolve have just announced that the game has gone gold, and to celebrate they are offering some in-game rewards for anybody that chooses to pre-order the digital copy of the game.

    If you pre-order the digital version of Evolve on the Xbox One, you will be given free access to the open beta that is going to take place on January 15th. This beta will included one monster named Wraith, and four hunters, named Parnell, Abe, Caira and Cabot.

    As well as having a little sneaky access to this content in the beta version of Evolve, players who pre-order the digital version of the game for Xbox One will also be given the same five characters at launch for free, straight from day one.

    Those who do not pre-order Evolve, or who play on another platform, will need to unlock the aforementioned characters to be able to play as them.

    This seems like a nice deal for those who want to support the game by pre-ordering, but it oddly is only available for digital pre-orders. If you have already pre-ordered a physical copy then you will not be given early access to the five hunters and the one monster once the game has launched later this year.

    Do you think it's smart for Microsoft to offer a deal such as this, or do you think they should open up the pre-order bonuses to all versions and platforms of Evolve?

  • Halo Spartan Ops Added to MCC

    halo spartan ops mccWhilst we all rightly presumed that the Master Chief Collection was going to be released with all of the content from previous games at launch, 343 Industries has been very far behind with development, due to server issues and other problems with the new Halo 2 anniversary multiplayer.

    As a result, many in-game features and content of the Master Chief Collection has been unavailable since launch, including the Spartan Ops missions that were released as part of Halo 4.

    The Spartan Ops missions were a set of in-game objectives that followed a set story and played out like the firefight game type in both Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST did. Unlike firefight, Spartan Ops were specially designed to delve into the story that took place whilst the Master Chief was floating about in space, and many players have complained that they are an incredibly important part of Halo 4.

    Fortunately enough, 343 Industries have just launched Spartan Ops for the Master Chief Collection in a new patch, and it contains all of the episodes from Halo 4 right at launch - this is a total of 10 co-op based episodes that can now be accessed from the Halo 4 section of the Master Chief Collection.

    If you didn't play through the Spartan Ops episodes on the Xbox 360 due to 343's strange release schedule for them, then you should definitely give them a go now that they are on the Xbox One, especially if you are a fan of the Halo universe and it's story.

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