Here's how it works: You select a publisher, pick a few games from their catalog and pay a special bundle price. Want to snag both Portal and Portal 2, plus Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2? That'll be $15 for all four. Want GTA: Vice City, GTA: San Andreas, GTA 4 and Episodes from Liberty City? Simply pay $20 and they're yours.
Valve, 2K Games, Ubisoft, Rockstar, Square Enix and EA all have games up for grabs at varying prices in this promotion. If you're interested in snagging some cheap PC and/or Mac games, head on over to Gamefly Digital for all the details.
Free-to-play fighter Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is now due in 2014, after originally being pinned to hit PS3 via PSN in winter 2013. The new release window was announced on the series' official Facebook page, and via two trailers from Namco Bandai Europe.
The two trailers showcase returning combatants Sophitia and Siegfried, but are essentially the same videos released by Namco Japan last month. As for the game, we do know that shirtless samurai Mitsurugi is another confirmed fighter, the game itself is limited to single-player, and that it runs on the next iteration of the Soulcalibur 5 engine. Beyond that, confirmed details are as difficult to find as the swords.
The PC version of Proteus now includes the PSN version's "Wild Islands" feature, which introduces a series of unique graphical flourishes throughout the game's randomly-generated terrain. The feature is unlocked after playing through the game once, and players can adjust the frequency of these new effects or disable them entirely.
Version 1.2 of Proteus also boasts a steadier framerate and improved audio mixing, among other tweaks and bugfixes listed here.
This beta, which would normally only be available to friends and family of Blizzard, will be open to "valued media contacts" and 3,000 of Diablo 3's most active players. The beta requires no NDA signature, so participants are free to capture footage and stream as much as they want. We anticipate footage will be hitting YouTube as soon as tonight.
Blizzard has posted a lengthy FAQ on how to opt into the beta, report bugs and generally contribute toward creating the best expansion possible. There's also a specific process you'll need to follow in order to import your existing character, so be sure to read through the FAQ before diving in.
Gran Turismo 6 takes the top chart spot in Japan with 204,784 total copies sold to date. A revised version of Square Enix's Wii MMORPG Dragon Quest X claims second place with 117,432 units sold in its first week of release. Nintendo's Pokemon X and Pokemon Y finish at third place with 111,790 copies sold this week, for a total of 3,200,919 units sold in total.
Gran Turismo 6's first-place finish in Japan follows up on its sluggish start in the UK, where it sold five times fewer copies than its predecessor Gran Turismo 5 sold in its debut week in 2010. North American sales data for Gran Turismo 6 is not yet available.
A substantial update coming to Forza 5 this month – perhaps as early as next week – will make it easier to stock your virtual garage with expensive vehicles.
Prices for on-disc cars will be slashed almost in half (down 45%, to be exact), IGN reports, while racers will also accumulate money much faster after the update. On top of that, developer Turn 10 is adding a pair of new game modes: Drag Racing and Tag.
In Drag Racing, up to 16 players can hop into a lobby and challenge other drivers in one-on-one straightaway races or simultaneous drag races for up to eight players at a time. The setup sounds quite similar to the Forza 4 version of drag racing.
Tag is a bit more complex with three different variants on the classic children's game: One player is designated as "it" and must run from the other players to win; one player is "it" and, upon tagging other drivers, will cause them to be "it" as well, with the last standing untouched driver winning the match; and in the last variant, one player begins the match as "it" and must tag other players to pass the "it" status, with the player having been tagged the least amount of times winning the match.
"We based our economy largely on Forza Motorsport 4 data," Turn 10 creative director Dan Greenawalt told IGN. "The earn rate [in Forza 5] should have been the same," Greenawalt added, assuring that Turn 10 is "making updates pretty quickly and painlessly" and will continue to do so based on input from the Forza 5 community.
Entering the beta is easy. If you backed Wasteland 2 to the tune of $55 or greater, you should have received log-in credentials for the Wasteland 2 Ranger Center. Visit that site, enter your information, and suddenly you're the owner of a Steam key redeemable for the beta. Keep in mind, though, this is only a limited portion of the game, including "the first four major areas ... and related minor maps, along with character creation, world map travel, and random encounters." Developer inXile Entertainment claims that new areas will be added to the beta as time goes by, but in the meantime it has offered a handy guide to all there is to see in the game's current incarnation.
Those who didn't fund Wasteland 2 aren't going to be left out in the dusty, irradiated cold, however. Today's announcement also brings word that the Wasteland 2 beta will hit Steam Early Access on December 13. Access to the Steam Early Access beta won't be free, though by paying for the chance to play Wasteland 2 before its public release, you're helping to fund the game's development. That said, there's currently no word on the price point attached to the Wasteland 2 Steam Early Access beta.
"PS4 was the top-selling console for November and PlayStation was No. 1 in sales overall for home consoles," Sony writes on the PlayStation blog, via NPD. Microsoft counters on its Wire news service:
"November NPD Group figures released today revealed 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the US in the console's first nine days, making it the fastest-selling console on the market in the US. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, significantly outpacing the nearest competitor."
The Xbox One and PS4 both sold 1 million units in their first 24 hours on sale, Microsoft and Sony reported previously (and respectively).
Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Madden NFL 25 took the top four spots in November, followed by former chart leader Grand Theft Auto 5. Of all the top 10 games, only Grand Theft Auto 5 and Disney Infinity (No. 9) didn't hit PS4 or Xbox One. See the complete breakdown below.
Update: Not to be outdone, Nintendo had their own numbers to boast. Thanks to the release of Super Mario 3D World on Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on 3DS, sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November leapt "by 100 percent over the month prior," Nintendo has announced. After selling "nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family" in November, the handheld has surpassed a lifetime total of units sold to almost 10.5 million.
Wii U hardware sales increased "by more than 340 percent over sales in October," the company noted, but offered no sales data for the hardware. Super Mario 3D World "sold more than 215,000 combined digital and physical units in its first eight days on the market," Nintendo added.
The single-player DLC comprises nine missions, in which players take on the role of former slave Adewale. Now first mate to blond buccaneer Edward Kenway, Adewale finds himself washed up in Haiti, or as it was back then, the French-owned colony of Saint-Domingue, a land itself plagued by slavery. Although he begins unarmed and crewless, Adewale finds new weapons in a machete and blunderbuss gun, as well as a personal reason to fight.
"We're still true to how his character was established in Black Flag," said AC4 Lead Writer Jill Murray on Ubisoft's blog. "He's not standing in for every black man who was ever a slave in the 18th century. He's Adéwale. He's the character we know. He has the wit that we've come to expect; he has heart. We see him as an older guy. He's matured and changed in some small ways. I think those are the kinds of character details that always take precedence over pretty much everything else that can happen in the story."
Freedom Cry will be available for $10, or as part of the game's $20 season pass.
For that, there's Gamebot School.
Founded by former developers at Neversoft, one of the many teams behind the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero franchises, Gamebot School exists to teach the next generation of developers the ins and outs of video game creation. Alan Flores, Allen Freese and Nolan Nelson are using years of game development experience to educate groups of young makers who are full of excitement and creativity. While the "core age" of their students is around ages 9 to 12, they've taught a variety of kids both younger and older. After all, they're offering a service that isn't easily found elsewhere.
Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics are free on GOG right now through Saturday, December 14 at 9AM ET. All this free Fallout is in celebration of GOG's 2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale, which offers more than 600 games for at least 50 percent off through December 29 at 9AM ET.
GOG has roped in a few well-known YouTube personalities to promote daily sales of up to 75 percent off, and GOG users can vote on bundles they wish to see 80 percent off the following day. GOG members are also able to choose one of three daily mystery deals. All purchases are covered by GOG's 30-day money-back guarantee, which allows players to get their money back if a game doesn't run or has game-breaking bugs.
The Fallout series is officially changing owners – from Interplay to Bethesda – on January 1, and GOG will have to remove Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics from its library. But they're free now, so go on and grab 'em.
Like the PlayStation 4 game, the Xbox One version of Battlefield 4 was scheduled for an update to fix its ongoing crashing and online instability issues. That patch should have appeared during the week of December 2, but for reasons not made public never did. Instead, DICE has decided to roll the changes of that patch into the game's next update, which should appear at the end of this week or the beginning of next.
"The update that was originally meant to go live the week of Dec 2 was delayed, but we decided to bring those fixes to the next upcoming Xbox One update," stated DICE representative "trydling" in the studio's latest Battlelog update.
"This new combined Xbox One patch is currently in testing and certification, and we will release it as soon as possible. We are hoping to get it live late this week or early next week. We will keep you updated."
It's unknown exactly what this patch will fix, though we're told that full details will be made available shortly before the update appears. For the moment, DICE will only say that it "will focus on stability and some of the feedback we've seen from the community, including a fix for the one-hit kill bug and Commander EMP blur effect."
How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day is a Christmas-themed expansion that takes the vault hunters to the wintry village of Gingerton in search of a missing weapons cache. Battling freezing temperatures and obnoxious holiday cheer, the hunters fight toward a climactic battle with the Abominable Mister Tinder Snowflake, a killer snowman with a posse. Upon completing the mission, players will receive an equippable snowman head for their vault hunter, along with a number of unlockable expressions and character skins.
Gearbox's latest add-on is the third in a string of holiday-themed releases for Borderlands 2, following up on recent expansions celebrating Thanksgiving and Halloween. How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day will be priced at $2.99 when it launches next week.
The second season of Telltale's The Walking Dead kicks off on Xbox 360 next week and, based on this premiere trailer, it looks like it's going to be a heart-wrenching episode full of death and despair. Clementine looks like she won't be all alone throughout the entire episode as players once again struggle with keeping her safe.
The first episode of the second season, All That Remains, will be available on the Xbox Games Store on December 18 for $5. A season pass will also be available alongside the first episode for $15. Telltale has not announced a launch date for other platforms, though the Steam listing for the game says All That Remains will be available on PC and Mac on December 17.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight tells a dark fantasy tale starring Metallia, an exiled witch confined to a noxious swamp by a rival coven. Players control the Hundred Knight, a legendary warrior who must expand Metallia's swampland and wreak havoc on the world that imprisoned her. Gameplay focuses on melee combat, and players can switch between multiple weapons and magical facets to take down their foes and devour them for energy.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight will premiere at retail and digitally via the PlayStation Network on March 25 in North America and March 21 in Europe.
Pay a visit to Best Buy's website and you'll find five console bundles ranging in price from $530 to $650. The least expensive bundle includes an Xbox One console plus a year of Xbox Live membership, which cuts the price of the membership in half, from its standard $60 price point to $30.
If you don't care for Xbox Live but thrive on local multiplayer, you may instead prefer the $560 bundle which includes the Xbox One console and an extra controller. Also priced at $560 is a bundle including the Xbox One console and a copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Keep in mind, neither of these last two bundles offer any discount over purchasing the included items individually.
For $590 you can pick up a bundle including the console, the $30 Xbox Live Gold membership and an extra controller. Big spenders willing to drop $650 will receive all of the items listed above: the Xbox One console, the $30 Xbox Live Gold membership, an extra controller and Call of Duty: Ghosts.
The best news here for last minute shoppers isn't the pricing, but when these bundles will be available. While you're unable to order these bundles on the site then pick them up in a Best Buy store, the retailer claims that these bundles will be "available for delivery by December 24" - just in time to celebrate the most holy of consumer holidays.
Veteran artist Jesse Sosa, who departed Terminal Reality in 2011 after ten years with the company, confirmed the closure in a Facebook status update this morning, which reads in part, "TRI seems to have finally shut down." As Gamasutra points out, Sosa's blunt statement is the highlight of the scant evidence for the studio's shutdown, though our attempts to confirm the report were met with further evidence that Terminal Reality is now defunct.
A visit to the company's website currently asks users to visit Terminal Reality's Facebook page, while claiming that the site is undergoing renovations. The Facebook page was last updated on October 10 - not an alarmingly long time ago - though the update prior to that is from late August. Likewise, the company's official Twitter account hasn't been updated since March 22. In a last-ditch attempt to reach somebody - anybody - at Terminal Reality, we phoned the studio only to find that its phones no longer work.
While we still lack an official confirmation of the closure, it seems apparent that the company is not open for business. It's currently unknown how this will affect Terminal Reality's current employees, though we wish them the best of luck.
Starting today, the downloadable PC version of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is available for $7.49. The digital Game of the Year editions of series predecessors Morrowind and Oblivion are currently $4.99 each, and id's Doom 3: BFG Edition is available for the same price.
On December 14, digital PC copies of Arkane Studios' Dishonored will be reduced to $7.49. Other featured PC deals include Fallout: New Vegas for $4.99, Rage for $9.99, and Fallout 3 for $4.99.
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