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Destiny State of Service: Week Two

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 23 | T-minus 16 days until final verdict
Current State of Service:
Summary: Destiny servers experienced brief downtime over the weekend, but have otherwise been stable. A new in-game event has been added and high-level players are taking advantage of a loot exploit. Bungie has issued a patch to solve a problem with the Vault of Glass raid mission.

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PSN Tuesday: Flockers, FIFA 15, Slender: The Arrival

It's time to kick some sheep! FIFA 15 and Team 17's bloody sheep-herding puzzle game, Flockers, are both out on PS4 today, alongside Defense Grid 2 and Castlestorm: Definitive Edition. FIFA 15 is also on PS3 and Vita.

PS3 gets the bulk of today's game dump, with Slender: The Arrival, Ar nosurge: Ode To An Unborn Star, Arcana Heart 3: Lovemax, Resonance of Fate and Wall-E, a PS2 Classic game. Joining FIFA 15 on Vita is Arcana Heart 3: Lovemax and Frozen Synapse Prime. Pre-orders for the PS4 version of Sleeping Dogs are live now as well.

There's a lineup of Assassin's Creed and Borderlands content on sale via PSN this week, including Black Flag for $32.50 on PS4 and Borderlands 2 for $5 on PS3. The PlayStation Blog lists all of the week's fresh games and discounts.
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Sega's JRPG Resonance of Fate pops up on PSN

The PlayStation 3 version of Sega and developer Tri-Ace's cult hit JRPG Resonance of Fate resurfaces on the PlayStation Network this week as a downloadable title, arriving more than four years after its initial retail release.

In Resonance of Fate, players control a Private Military Firm who must trek across a dystopian Earth, fulfilling client requests and outgunning monsters in uniquely cinematic combat sequences. If you haven't yet experienced Resonance of Fate, this oddball scene in particular might win you over. It's...quite a thing.

Resonance of Fate is priced at $19.99. An Xbox 360 Games on Demand version is also available.

[Image: Sega]

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Destiny logs first level 30 character

Guardian "BGTV N3AC3Y" is the first Destiny player in the world to hit level 30 after more than 100 hours of playtime, Bungie reports.

BGTV N3AC3Y racked up 107 hours, 15 minutes, and 22 seconds with Destiny in the weeks after its launch, spending around 25 percent of their playthrough in the multiplayer Crucible mode. The world's top Guardian also spent 13 hours, 6 minutes, and 40 seconds trekking through the recently introduced Vault of Glass raid, dying 251 times in the process.

Man. Look at all that purple gear. No, I'm not jealous. Not one bit. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to return to my post at the cave of wonders.

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Dark Souls 2 DLC officially delayed in North America

Yesterday we brought you word that the Crown of the Ivory King DLC for Dark Souls 2 had been delayed in Europe. At the time there was no word on the status of its North American counterpart, though now we know that it, too, has been pushed back.

"The sheer scope of Crown of the Ivory King facilitated the need for a bit more time to deliver a level of polish that the previous two chapters of The Lost Crown trilogy embodied," stated developer From Software via publisher Bandai Namco. "It is From Software's intent to only release Crown of the Ivory King with the highest level of quality possible." Those who read our earlier article will note that this is the same statement we received from Bandai Namco Europe when we looked into the European delay.

On a positive note, the delay is not a lengthy one. Bandai Namco now plans to launch the Crown of the Ivory King DLC on September 30. While you're waiting, you can pass the time by reading our reviews of the first two DLC packs released for Dark Souls 2, Crown of the Sunken King and Crown of the Old Iron King.

WWE 2K15 gameplay trailer jumps the boogie

It may be 2014, but this WWE 2K15 trailer is partying like it's 1999. Set to Kid Rock's "Bawitdaba," the video flashes the entrances of wrestlers like Randy Orton, John Cena and Brock Lesnar before showing off moves in the ring like Rey Mysterio's 619. WWE 2K15 will launch October 28 for Xbox 360 and PS3. The game's PS4 and Xbox One versions were delayed to November 18 earlier this month.

Those that pre-order the wrestling game will receive two versions of the iconic WCW wrestler Sting. The marquee story mode for this year's WWE game from Yuke's is 2K Showcase, which spotlights the lengthy feuds between Shawn Michaels and Triple H as well as John Cena and CM Punk. The historical mini-documentary-style mode spans 33 matches and unlocks additional attire, wrestlers and championship titles for use in the rest of the game.

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Joystiq Streams: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! with Gearbox [Update: It's over]

Moons haven't gotten so much love as they have by video games in the past month since Buzz Aldrin landed on one in 1969. Link pulls one down to smash up dragons in Hyrule Warriors, and the good Guardians playing Destiny have spent an inordinate amount of time blowing up Wizards from around the lunar neighborhood. Everywhere you look, moons! In anticipation of even more moon action, Joystiq is bringing you an early look at Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, a game that places tiny, chatty robots on the moon and gives them many, many guns.

On Joystiq.com/Twitch at 6:00PM 6:30PM EST, 2K Games and Gearbox will be hanging out with Joystiq's own Ludwig Kietzmann (@LudwigK) to check out the ins and outs of this side story to the only shooter RPG with a bartender named Moxxi. Come by and ask questions of both the team and Luddy in the chat.

We regularly broadcast on Joystiq.com/Twitch every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00PM EST, but if you want to catch specials like today's show, make sure to follow on us on Twitch.
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P.T.'s ghost makes a spooky cameo in Metal Gear Solid 5

Lisa, the terrifying ghost woman featured in the Silent Hills demo P.T., will make an appearance in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, developer Kojima Productions revealed during TGS.

The video above, cropped from a streamed TGS presentation, shows Snake harassing enemies with the "Active Decoy" item, which summons Lisa to the battlefield. Naturally, a ghostly demonic figure has plenty of useful combat applications, letting players spook enemies off cliffs and scare away curious wolf puppies. Kojima Productions gave another glimpse at Silent Hills with a TGS concept trailer last week, following up on the recent launch of the PS4 demo version P.T.

Metal Gear Solid 5 is slated to launch in 2015.

[Video: The Grate Debate / Konami]

SingStar revamp brings high-tech karaoke to PS4 next month

Come October 28, PlayStation 4 owners will have the opportunity to download a new version of SingStar, specially crafted for Sony's latest console.

According to the PlayStation.blog, this version of the rhythm game hit will feature all of the content available on the PlayStation 3 incarnation of SingStar, including access to the DLC music repository known as the SingStore. Like the PS3 game, individual songs are priced at $1.49 while five-song packs can be purchased for $6. Happily, any music you've downloaded from the SingStore or PSN for the PlayStation 3 version of SingStar will automatically transfer to the PlayStation 4 game.

But what if you don't have a microphone to sing into? How will your PlayStation 4 judge your off-key warbling? Don't worry, Sony's got you covered. A free SingStar companion app called "SingStar Mic" will reach iOS and Android alongside the PlayStation 4 launch of SingStar. Not only will the app allow users to create custom playlists on the fly, it will also transform your tablet or smartphone into a viable wireless microphone for the game.
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PS TV hits US on October 14 with 'nearly 700' compatible games

Though the PlayStation TV won't support all Vita games at its October 14 debut, the miniscule console will play "nearly 700" Vita releases, according to Sony.

Less a proper console and more a device that combines the functionality of numerous Sony gaming machines, the PlayStation TV plays digital Vita games, PSP games and PlayStation One games, while streaming PS3 games via PlayStation Now and PlayStation 4 games via that console's Remote Play feature. Specifically named among supported Vita games are hits like Rayman Origins, the God of War Collection, Borderlands 2 and Persona 4 Golden. Additionally, Sony has announced that the upcoming Adventure Time tie-in game, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom from Little Orbit, will launch simultaneously for both the Vita handheld and the PlayStation TV on November 18.

Sony has revealed plans to add support for additional games in the future (including Minecraft), though the PlayStation.blog offers no timeline on when those updates might be available.
[Image: Sony]

Watch 18 minutes of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 gameplay

Image Don't feel too bad if you missed Tokyo Game Show 2014, as a helpful YouTube user going by "R3DPlaystationFilmer" has captured the entirety of Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations 2 gameplay presentation in the clip you see above. [Image: Capcom] ... Continue Reading

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani named co-counsel in Call of Duty Noriega lawsuit

Activision is filing a motion today to dismiss the lawsuit by former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega over his depiction in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The company has hired as co-counsel to defend it former New York City Mayor and U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani, now a named partner of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

"Quite simply, it's absurd," said Giuliani. "I'm not interested in giving handouts to a convicted murderer and drug smuggler like Manuel Noriega who is demanding money from Activision and its popular Call of Duty franchise for simply exercising its right to free speech."

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BioShock Infinite: Complete Edition listings point to Nov. release [update]

Update: A 2K spokesperson confirmed to IGN that BioShock Infinite Complete Edition is on the way. The spokeperson said, "We can confirm that the BioShock Infinite Complete Edition is coming to Xbox 360, PS3, and PC later this year, and we will be sharing more information about it very soon."

BioShock Infinite may rise again in a new Complete Edition, going by listings on GameStop and Amazon Canada. Both retailers have the re-packaged edition of Irrational's game for Xbox 360 and PS3, priced $40 (US & CND) and due for release on November 4. 2K has not announced any new versions of BioShock Infinite, so we've reached out to the publisher for clarification.

The box art on GameStop says the Complete Edition "includes all add-on packs." Also, the product details list the base game plus the Clash in the Clouds arena combat mode, the pair of Burial at Sea episodes, the Columbia's Finest gear and upgrades pack, and the similar Early Bird Special add-on pack which came with the season pass.

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Destiny retains UK No.1 against Disney Infinity 2.0, Hyrule Warriors

Destiny "comfortably" held on to top spot in the UK, says data compilers Chart Track, despite new releases Disney Infinity 2.0 and Hyrule Warriors charging into second and third. Sales of the space-roaming shooter had a typical second week dip, going down by 78 percent, but it was enough for Bungie's guardians of the galaxy to see off Marvel's guardians of the toy box.

While it didn't take top spot, Disney Infinity 2.0 sold 32 percent better than the first entry did in its debut week in the UK. Similarly Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo's link to the Dynasty Warriors, notched one of the best UK charts debuts for a Wii U game, only bested by the likes of Mario Kart 8 and Pikmin 3. In other Nintenews, 3DS nostalgia-fest Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call fell short of the top ten, placing 17th in its first week.

For the full UK top ten (and customary music video), head below the break.

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Dark Souls 2's 'Crown of the Ivory King' pushed back [update: NA too]

Update 2: Bandai Namco has confirmed that Crown of the Ivory King has been delayed in North America. Like its European and Japanese counterparts it will now debut on September 30.

Update: We've yet to hear back from Bandai Namco America, and the game's US homepage is still advertising the DLC for tomorrow, September 24. Once we confirm if the delay includes North America or not, we'll update this story.

Bandai Namco Europe announced a week's delay for 'Crown of the Ivory King,' the third and final chapter in the coronation trilogy of Dark Souls 2 DLC. The add-on content was due on September 24, but according to Bandai Namco's European branch launch it's due now on September 30 for Xbox 360 and Steam, and October 1 for PS3. Also, Famitsu reported a delay to September 30 in Japan. We've reached out to Bandai Namco America for stateside info.

When approached, Bandai Namco Europe provided Joystiq with From Software's statement on the delay: "The [sheer] scope of Crown of the Ivory King facilitated the need for a bit more time to deliver to level of polish that the previous two chapters of The Lost Crown trilogy embodied. It is From Software's intent to only release Crown of the Ivory King with the highest level of quality possible."

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