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Killzone: Shadow Fall drops three new multiplayer maps

Sony dished out three free maps for Killzone: Shadow Fall today, the publisher's FPS that launched with the PS4 last November. One of the maps is The Statue, a competitive affair that takes place at a Scolar Visari memorial statue surrounded by scaffolding. A trailer for The Statue map can be found after the break.

The other two maps, The ATAC Tower and The Canal, feature cooperative multiplayer action. Players that want to check out those two levels must also own Killzone: Shadow Fall Intercept, either in its add-on expansion form or the standalone version. The DLC launched in June, while the lone Intercept download arrived last month. For an extensive look at Intercept, check out our archived stream of the DLC from July.

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Metareview: Destiny

Our review of Destiny said we're in it to "slay monsters, level up and collect loot." It's an interplanetary dungeon crawler. Go into the experience with that expectation, along with some friends, you'll do just fine.

But, overall, Destiny reviews have skewed toward the lower end of the acceptable game spectrum. The game has been dinged for a lack of content, a lack of story and a lack of refinement. Destiny seems to suffer from "The Lack," which is actually a perfectly acceptable name for a new Destiny villain race.

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Bungie doubles Destiny public events, plans to add requested features

Bungie told Joystiq today that it will roll out a number of post-launch improvements for its multiplayer online shooter Destiny, and notes that it has already "more than doubled" the number of public events players will encounter throughout its world.

"Bungie is hard at work behind the scenes, updating Destiny to make it better," Bungie community manager David Dague said. "We've rolled out numerous patches, tuning updates, and server adjustments. For instance, the frequency of public events has more than doubled."

Dague added: "We'll keep working to ensure our server performance remains stable for our already sizeable community, which has shattered previous records for any Bungie game to date. In an effort to keep our community up-to-date on these changes, patch notes will continue to appear on Bungie.net. The team is committed to a steady stream of post launch support, including the addition of some much requested features."

Joystiq's staff noted a distinct lack of Destiny public events during our post-launch roundtable session, and Bungie's quick response indicates that it is listening closely to player feedback. Destiny's online features maintained a consistent performance during its launch week, and Joystiq's Richard Mitchell praised the game's "well-oiled shooting mechanics" in his review posted today.

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Destiny State of Service: Week One

This is State of Service, an ongoing review of the online service of a recently launched game. You can read our scored review of Destiny here.

Tuesday, September 16 | T-minus 23 days until final verdict
Current State of Service:
Good
Summary: Destiny's launch week has been generally smooth, with a few outlying issues. The game has been updated and new content added.

Launch week has come and gone, and Destiny's servers seem to be handling things well. Bungie has issued an update to the game and added the first "Raid" mission, the Vault of Glass, which is intended for (very) high level players. Over the weekend, players could also jump into a special, limited-time Crucible mode called Salvage. Bungie has announced several other events that will take place over the next few months.

The Joystiq staff hasn't encountered any persistent connection issues thus far. Reviews Content Director Richard Mitchell did lose connection during a Strike mission, though his equipment and experience progression were not lost. He also notes that the update immediately booted him to the title screen – his ship had been in orbit at the time – and prompted him to install the file. Other players have made similar reports, saying that the update notice even kicked them out of missions in progress.

Finally, Joystiq's review of Destiny is now live. You can read it right here.

If you encounter any connection problems while playing Destiny, let us know in the comments, or on the Joystiq Twitter or Facebook accounts. Use the hashtag "#sos" and specify your platform, please.

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SteamWorld Heist goes turn-based in spring 2015 [Update]

Image and Form Games announced its next project today, turn-based strategy game SteamWorld Heist. The next entry in the SteamWorld series is all about "space adventures and survival," according to the developer's announcement blog. In it, players captain "a team of ragtag robots" that loot the ruins of a destroyed world, boarding the ships of enemies and partaking in turn-based battles.

The game follows the events in last year's SteamWorld Dig after a "cataclysmic event" crushed the planet and forced its citizens to spaceships. Still, Image and Form Games carefully noted that it's not a direct sequel to the game, just that it takes place in the same universe. The developer is aiming to launch SteamWorld Heist in spring 2015, and has not yet listed its targeted platforms.

Update: According to a Nintendo of Europe interview with Image and Form, the game has been confirmed for 3DS.
[Image: Image and Form Games]

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Rumor: Killzone dev's new game has robot dinosaurs

Robot. Dinosaurs. Images posted on a Chinese forum present the next game from Killzone series creator Guerrilla Games, according to the forum member and corroborating reports. The two pictures show giant robot dinosaurs fighting against Viking-esque human warriors in a snowy landscape. One of the fighters is a red-haired woman with a compound bow, a description that fits previous rumors surrounding Guerrilla's next move.

NeoGAF picked up the images, watermarked with the Chinese forum's name. NeoGAF says the game is code-named "Horizon," and initial reports suggest it's an RPG. If all goes according to rumor, Guerrilla should reveal this thing at E3 2015, with a planned launch that fall.
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FIFA 15 removing trade offers from Ultimate Team mode

Electronic Arts announced that it has disabled a key feature in FIFA 15's Ultimate Team mode in an attempt to crack down on the harmful trade of in-game currency.

In recent FIFA series games, players could exchange in-game items, coins, and players with friends using the Trade Offers feature. Finding that coin sellers often used the service to shuttle ill-gotten currency between accounts, EA removed the feature from this year's game. The coin-selling market is tied to account hacking and phishing, and functions in previous FIFA games could be exploited to cheat players out of cash by artificially inflating auction bids.

EA's Ultimate Team revisions supplement recent changes to its cheating policy, which gives coin buyers three strikes before they're permanently booted from FIFA online play. Sellers are dealt harsher penalties, and risk being banned from all EA-published games for coin selling and farming.

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Halo: Reach free, Valiant Hearts discounted for Xbox Gold members

Welcome to the back half of September, which means Xbox Live Gold members can now grab Halo: Reach gratis from the service. Regularly priced at $25, the Halo prequel covers the events of the planet Reach's evacuation before it was overwhelmed by The Covenant. It's not an uplifting tale.

Following that heavy theme, the emotional Valiant Hearts is also discounted for the week on Xbox One and Xbox 360 for gold members.

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GX3 convention meets funding goal, will continue in 2015

Fan-oriented gaming convention GX3 (formerly GaymerX) has surpassed its initial funding goal, ensuring that the weekend-long event will run for its third consecutive year in 2015.

Initially pitched as an event focused on the LGBT community, this year's showing expands its reach to include "everyone who feels like they've been left out of mainstream gamer culture." Shortly before meeting the event's funding milestone, organizers revealed that Mass Effect and Metal Gear Solid series voice actress Jennifer Hale will attend the show as a featured "Boss of Honor."

The event now eyes its stretch goals, which will fund proposed additions like the developer-focused GX Dev and panel series GX Talks Season 2. Funding has entered its final hours, and will conclude on September 18.

[Image: GX3, Cosplay San Francisco]

You Don't Know Jack dev's Fibbage cons its way onto PS4 and PS3


Jackbox Games has a new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game, and it's called _____. Cookie Masterson's Slow Roast Fun Time! You Don't Know Jane! Video Games: Serious Business!

In Fibbage, the actual name of the game, eight players can enter whatever they want attempting to convince other players of their carefully crafted lie. If they believe you, you win. Previously only available on Xbox One and Amazon Fire TV, Fibbage is now a cross-buy game on PS4 and PS3, letting you purchase it on one and download it again on the other.

Fibbage is in practice similar to the old parlor game Bullshit, but with a couple of twists. First, the game is hosted and narrated by the aforementioned You Don't Know Jack host Cookie Masterson. Second, it foregoes traditional controllers.

While matches are limited to eight players, they can use their smartphone or tablet to play rather than a Dualshock. Game sessions generate a code which the players enter at Fibbage.com via their handheld and get going. The need for a screen keeps multiplayer sessions primarily local, but they can be also set up by streaming the game through Twitch.

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"YOU DON'T KNOW JACK®" Studio Releases Critically-Acclaimed Fibbage™ Today on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 - 8 Players Can Play Using Mobile Phones and Tablets as Controllers

PlayStation®4 Twitch Integration Allows Multiplayer Fibbage Sessions
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – September 16, 2014 – Independent developer Jackbox Games today announced the release of Fibbage™: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game as a digital-only title on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. The game was recently released to rave reviews as a digital-only title on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program.

Fibbage is the studio's newest, comedy-infused trivia party game. The game challenges players to fool their friends with lies, avoid selecting their friends' lies, and find the (usually zany) truths to some very unusual facts.

Up to 8 players can play together on their PlayStation®3 system, PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One or Amazon Fire TV, simply by using their mobile phones or tablets (or even laptops) as controllers. Players log in via a website and type in a room code to join the game, thus eliminating the need for multiple controllers and expanding the number of people who can play on a console in one room at a game night or party.

While Fibbage is primarily a live, couch-play game, it is also easily streamable and playable via Twitch. All you need is a device with an internet connection; find a Fibbage Twitch stream, enter the host-provided code on fibbage.com or scan the QR code on the page and you're in!

"Fibbage, like all of the games we are working on, is easy-in," said Mike Bilder, GM of Jackbox Games. "You just need a mobile phone or tablet connected to the Internet. We've eliminated what we feel is the major sticking point for party video games – the need for a bunch of controllers and/or an entire set of fake musical instruments."

Fibbage features outrageous but incomplete facts. For example, if asked the question: "The French have a pastry called Nun's ____," players could enter lies such as "Buns," "Muffin," or "Delight." Players can get as creative as they want, or use a suggestion if they get stuck. The game is hosted by popular YOU DON'T KNOW JACK emcee Cookie Masterson.

Fibbage is a cross-buy title, meaning that if you buy it on the PlayStation®4 system, you also get it on the PlayStation®3 system, and vice versa.

Fibbage was released recently on Xbox One and Amazon Fire TV to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Both games use mobile devices as controllers, eliminating a major friction point for live gameplay with big groups. For more information visit www.jackboxgames.com. To join the conversation, like the game on Facebook® and follow us on Twitter®.

About Jackbox Games
Jackbox Games, formerly Jellyvision Games, is a developer and publisher of games on leading gaming platforms. The studio's flagship title, YOU DON'T KNOW JACK, has been called "the greatest quiz-show game ever made" by The Onion's A.V. Club and "triumphant, hilarious, even enlightening" by The New York Times. Fibbage is the studio's first cross-platform console release since the most recent YOU DON'T KNOW JACK. The company is located in Chicago, Illinois.

WWE 2K15 delayed to November on next-gen

WWE 2K15 has been delayed to November 18 in North America on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, 2K announced today. The international release of the game on the next-gen systems has also been pushed back to November 21. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will still arrive on October 28 in North America and October 31 internationally, as originally announced in May.

"Visual Concepts and Yukes are committed to delivering the most authentic and action-packed WWE experience to date, including release for the very first time on next-generation consoles," Visual Concepts President Greg Thomas said via press release. "The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations." The game will feature a historical rivalry mode that focuses on two feuds in WWE's history: CM Punk versus John Cena and Triple H versus Shawn Michaels.
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Destiny review: Loot Loops

Ask people what Destiny is and you'll get plenty of different answers. It's an MMO. Or a cooperative shooter. An action-filled space opera. If you believe the marketing, it's an aggressively bold interactive experience that's never been attempted before. If you ask me, it's a dungeon crawler. Full stop.

If you peel away its well-oiled shooting mechanics, look past its social ambitions and set aside the grandiose affectations of its universe, you will find Destiny's loot-driven heart, pulsing with a familiar rhythm. Meet friends in town, visit a dungeon, slay monsters, gain loot and level up, regroup in town, repeat.

In many ways, Destiny makes this old rhythm feel vibrant and fresh, though not without missing a few beats.

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Thomas Was Alone rated in Germany for Xbox One, Wii U

Platformer from the block Thomas Was Alone looks to be headed to Xbox One and Wii U courtesy of Curve Studios, going by new ratings published by German software regulatory board USK. Developer Mike Bithell's yet to announce any new platforms for his minimalist puzzle-platformer, but after launching it on Steam in 2012 he's since brought it to PS3, Vita, iOS and Android. To date the game's shifted more than a million copies.

If the ratings prove accurate, we'd imagine a PS4 version would likely be on the way too. For one, Thomas Was Alone is already on other PlayStation platforms. Also Volume, Bithell's next game which provides a modern stealthy take on the Robin Hood fable, is already confirmed for PS4 as well as Vita, Windows PC and Mac, so it'd be odd to see Thomas Was Alone come to rival platforms and not PS4. In any case, we've reached out to Bithell to find out more.
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PSA: Destiny's Vault of Glass open for raiding

Once I had Destiny and it was a gas, soon turned out had a Vault of Glass. 80s flashbacks aside, the Vault of Glass raid is live in Bungie's shooter as of this morning, meaning teams of six players can take on what the studio says is "the most elaborate mission" it's ever created.

Bungie recommends you're level 26 or more before taking on the Venusian Vault; "while you may be able to access the raid before you reach Level 26, such acts would be very foolish," says the dev. You'll need to have a team of friends as raids don't support matchmaking, and Bungie warns it's unlikely you'll complete the mission in one go, so be prepared to progress in portions. While you can enter the vault at any time, if you do take a break during the raid your party has a one week limit to resume the mission, and you have to follow the same team leader back into the vault.

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Buddy up with Divinity: Original Sin's two new companions

New DLC for Divinity: Original Sin is available now for free, giving players two new companions to recruit into their heroic entourage. The duo are ranger Bairdotr (left) and mute rogue Wolgraff (right), and you can access them by downloading the DLC on Steam or updating the game on GOG, and then starting a new game from scratch.

Larian describes Bairdotr as a curious and loyal archer who's on a quest to safely return the kidnapped druid of the Homeforest. As for Wolgraff, he's not so altruistic: "Dark Sourcery deprived Wolgraff of his voice when he was but a kid, and with it his dream of becoming a Source Hunter. Refused by the Order, he grew up to become a rogue, stealing from the rich and giving to... just himself actually."

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