Activision on Wednesday announced a pretty sweet deal where if you buy a digital copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, you'll get a copy of the game for Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for free. Nice!
Sony's long-awaited PlayStation 4 racing game Driveclub launched this week, but server woes have plagued the game, causing Sony to delay the free PlayStation Plus version.
Is it possible that Master Chief won't be the main character in 2015's Halo 5: Guardians? It's too early to say for sure, but after the actor who plays Agent Locke said in an interview that he would be a "primary" playable character in the game, Microsoft released a non-committal statement. "As we've said before, Locke plays a primary role in Halo 5: Guardians. The Master Chief remains an integral part of the game’s story and as a playable character." What do you think?
More drama about resolution this week, as a Ubisoft developer said Assassin's Creed Unity would run in 900p across Xbox One and PS4 to avoid "debates." Following this report, Ubisoft issued a statement to say final specs have not been nailed down. But things continued Thursday when Unity's director, Alex Amancio, said "who cares" about resolution numbers if a game looks good?
The Other Stuff (Stories We Like, But Didn't Cover With a Standalone Post):
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the chart-topping and headline-grabbing mobile game featuring the former reality TV star, is now available on Facebook. You can play it right now.
Gaijin Entertainment this week released an epic trailer for War Thunder that combines live-action footage with CGI. It's damn impressive, and you can watch it below. (It's totally worth it)
Every Xbox One owner is now a potential game creator. Game-building Xbox title Project Spark was released this week on Xbox One. It's a powerful tool, and best of all? It's under 3 GB and free. Download it now through this link.
In response to Amazon paying $1 billion to buy Twitch--a site that lets people watch other people play video games--radio host Luke Burbank said in a video message this week that gamers would do well to go outside and get some fresh air. "Did you know the real world is broadcasting in 3-D? All the time? I know, amazing!" he says.
The Xbox One got new media apps this week in the form of an NHL streaming app (right in time for the start of the season) and one for media-streaming service Plex. Full details and download links can be found here.
Nintendo doesn't just make games you know. The Mario maker announced Thursday that it will sponsor an exhibit at Seattle's EMP Museum featuring the "exciting world of independent video games." The exhibit opens November 8 and aims to shine a light on the indie development scene and show attendees how these creators are "pushing past conventional boundaries and expanding the definition and cultural impact of this fast-growing medium."
Banjo-Kazooie fans, this one's for you. Grant Kirkhope, who helped compose the music for the classic Nintendo 64 game, has posted the game's entire soundtrack (featuring 164 songs and even audio tracks for things like door openings) to his Bandcamp page. You can name your price for Individual tracks.
Ever expect to hear Borderlands and Cormac McCarthy uttered in the same sentence? I didn't either, but that's exactly what's happened. Speaking to Total Xbox about next week's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, franchise director Matthew Armstrong said one of the key components of the franchise's success is its humor. Lacking this, Borderlands would be bleak, like The Road. "If we actually laid out all of these characters' stories as they are and took out all the humor, this would be the bleakest, most dark and harrowing story. It would be like Cormac McCarthy's The Road: The Videogame, it would be that dark and tragic. So I think the humor is key."
A new Boulder Dash game is in the works, and the original game's creators are behind it. The new version of the 1984 Atari game is launching on October 14 for iOS devices. The free-to-play game has 220 levels, 40 of which are Halloween-themed. Of course they are.
If Disney's monumentally successful 2013 movie Frozen were an 8-bit video game, it might look like what the folks at 8 Bit Cinema showed us this week. Given that the Frozen brand seems to print money, I'm wondering why Disney hasn't officially made this yet...
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