"We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is absolutely our #1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game," an EA representative told IGN. "We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain. We will not stop until this is right."
As for releasing China Rising, the first of five major expansion packs planned for Battlefield 4, during these ongoing issues, EA told IGN the expansion was "already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4," so the company "decided to fulfill our promise to deliver it this week."
EA has issued several patches for Battlefield 4 since its launch, including a fix for the one-hit kill glitch that has been seen in the PC version – the same patch that has since been delayed for PS4 – and improvements to the still-a-bit-shaky online stability of the PS4 game. As a result of issues across all platforms, DICE decided to reward those who've stuck with Battlefield 4 through the hard times with a double XP fan appreciation event, which ends tomorrow.
The announcement on Facebook promises "new moves, new modes, new characters," while the European press release past the break says there will be "tons of new techniques, a never-before-seen number of playable characters and a new character designed by Naruto's author: Masashi Kishimoto." There will be 100 total playable characters in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution and a new, unknown mechanic called Combination Ultimate Jutsu is said to be introduced.
CyberConnect2's series is based on the Naruto manga, created by Masashi Kishimoto, focusing on the titular Naruto Uzumaki – a plucky teenage ninja with a terrible demon sealed inside him. Despite being a vessel for an evil spirit, Naruto is often a cheerful and energetic lad who has no difficulty befriending other ninjas such as himself.
Freedom Cry puts players in the role of former slave Adewale, now second in command to flaxen-haired hero Edward Kenway. The DLC finds Adewale shipwrecked in the French-owned Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue, forced to fight alone across nine missions.
We've reached out to Ubisoft to confirm details on the DLC, which FYI is covered by the game's $20 Season Pass. One platform that won't hear the roar of Freedom Cry is the Wii U, after Ubisoft revealed it isn't bringing any Assassin's Creed 4 DLC to the Nintendo console.
Assassin's Creed 4 is currently priced at $29.99, while the standalone (no guitar cable included) version of Rocksmith 2014 is available for $32.99. The current-gen versions of AC4 aren't featured as part of the offer, but players have the option of upgrading to the PlayStation 4 digital edition (via Sony) or a retail Xbox One copy (via Amazon) for a $10 fee.
A new slice of DLC for Saints Row 4 adds the Burch family, of Hey Ash Whatcha' Playin'? fame, to your crew. For $2.99 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, you can add Anthony Burch, Ashly Burch and their father, Papa Burch, to your stable of homies.
While Papa Burch is best known for his appearances in the Hey Ash videos, Ashly is a budding voice actress who plays Tiny Tina in the Borderlands series and most recently signed on to lend her pipes to Scale, while Anthony served as lead writer on Borderlands 2.
Saints Row 4 launched back in August. In our review, we thoroughly lauded the game for improving upon its predecessor in every conceivable way. "Volition's skill for building a living world, lovable characters and ingenious gameplay is as sharply honed as ever."
GTA Online, the multiplayer side of Grand Theft Auto 5, will eventually add a content creator first promised in the announcement trailer, but one plucky individual managed to uncover it early, or at least an old version of it, in the current game code.
The above video, from the same individual who discovered potential upcoming DLC packs in the Beach Bum update game code, shows how the content cam works. Spawning weaponry appears to be a snap and even though we don't get to see this YouTuber start up any matches, you can clearly see options for beginning a Race or Deathmatch.
Rockstar Games has yet to announce when the full content creator will be unlocked in GTA Online.
Telltale already broke the news in July that Clementine, the leading lady of the adventure game's first season, would be a part of the second season in some capacity. As for the other character, we've placed the original screen Telltale tweeted after the break to account for those that consider it just a little too much of a spoiler. No, the image above does not indicate that Kitten McFluffykins is returning in All That Remains, but that would be pretty unexpected, wouldn't it?
That's the standout deal to us, but the excellent Dark Souls at just $5 is not far off it. Other nods go to Red Dead Redemption, The Witcher 2, and L.A. Noire, each of those going for $7.49, and to co-op beat-em-up Battleblock Theater, which is down to $4.94.
For the full list of one-day-only cyber-discounts, head over to Xbox.com.
British industry site MCV put the PS4's opening week sales at 250,000, according to its retail sources. MCV also pinned the Xbox One's UK numbers at 150,000, but again that figure is unconfirmed. In any case, the good news is both consoles are enjoying successful launches both in the UK and across the globe; Sony announced 1 million PS4 sales within 24 hours of the console's debut in North America, a figure Microsoft also hit when it launched the Xbox One across 13 markets worldwide.
As for this week's software charts, there's some predictable shuffling with the console launches. Call of Duty: Ghosts drifted back to the top, after FIFA 14 stole ahead last week with the Xbox One Day One bundles. The rest of the top ten is made up by games available across Xbox One and PS4, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto 5 in seventh, and Batman: Arkham Origins in tenth.
The charts don't read so well for the Wii U, though. The system's standout holiday game, Super Mario 3D World, debuted in 14th place, just behind PS4 launch game Knack in 13th.
The other new Disney Interactive-created toy boxes introduced this week are Big Thunder, inspired by the Big Thunder Mountain attraction at Disneyland, as well as Sky Gauntlet 2 and The Sky Trials. Disney Infinity recently received new characters, including Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled's Rapunzel.
Buried in the Beach Bum DLC for Grand Theft Auto Online is a smattering of audio files that hint at possible future DLC packs, including mentions of spying, a camera phone upgrade, racing for pink slips and casinos. The audio files were picked up by YouTuber Franken Stein and shared with NeoGAF by Allenous.
There's no word if these audio files are part of something larger, but listening to the disparate, nonsensical voices reminds us of all the family meals we're having this holiday weekend.
It's dangerous to shop alone, so take this – our regularly updated mega-post on the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals:
Remember that these summaries don't include every last detail of every retailer's deals. We recommend judicious clicking and further scrutiny of your preferred outlets based on personal preference, weather conditions and geographical proximity. You'll find sales for four of the major retailers below, with plenty of other deals after the break.
Be frugal, be safe and remember to watch out for aunt Brandine. She stops for no one.
- Best Buy: New games and accessories for $35 or less, monster Xbox 360 bundle for $190
- GameStop: Game discounts, Battlefield 4 (current-gen) for $25, limited edition Zelda 3DS
- Target: Bonus gift cards, $190 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle, $25 Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- Walmart: $100 2DS, $40 Skylanders and Call of Duty: Ghosts, $35 AC4: Black Flag and GTA 5
Flight is passé and heat vision is so "Clark Kent," so what's an aspiring, super-powered world leader to turn to when expanding his or her arsenal? Explosions, lots and lots and lots of explosions.
The Element of Destruction DLC pack adds three new abilities to the already ridiculous arsenal found in Saints Row 4. First, an attack that allows you to lift and throw enemies, only unlike your normal telekinesis, when you fling this hapless foe, the poor thing will detonate, doing damage to anything caught nearby. If you'd instead prefer to explode dudes up close and personal, the second power turns any enemy who gets too close to your character into a walking (and running and screaming) time bomb.
Exploding jerks is all well and good, but the pièce de résistance for this DLC release is the Airstrike Stomp. Like the standard Stomp, this moves allows you to leap into the air, then come crashing back to earth, dazing nearby foes and sending them flying into the air. In any other game that would be enough, but the Saints Row series isn't known for its restraint: Those enemies might survive being propelled into the air, but they won't survive the ensuing rain of explosive ordinance.
The Element of Destruction DLC pack is now available for Saints Row 4 at a price of $3.
During the weekend-long sale, Square Enix's PS3-exclusive Kingdom Hearts remake will run you $19.99, while the Game of the Year version of Dead Island is $14.99. Other highlights include the PS Vita strategy game Army Corps of Hell for $14.99, Saints Row 4 for $29.99, Hitman Trilogy HD for $14.99, and the downloadable PC version of Final Fantasy 7 for $5.99.
Hitman: Absolution's Professional Edition is down to $14.99 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and the publisher even has a few copies of the PSOne classics Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy Anthology, and Final Fantasy Chronicles in stock for $7.49 each. Square Enix's store-wide sale runs through Monday, December 2.
According to lead multiplayer designer Tim Browne, however, this sort of online combat just wouldn't work in Ubisoft's latest action-adventure.
"The reason Alliance can't come back is that it uses 3 teams of 2 players," Browne said during a recent Twitter Q&A session. "None of the game systems support 3 teams any longer." Not only does this spell doom for the Alliance mode, it also negates any other multiplayer modes that might have relied on more than two teams of combatants. Browne offers no details on the technical hurdles preventing Alliance and modes like it from working properly, but his answer does hit that special level of disappointing candor that usually indicates honesty in this industry.
It is hypothetically possible that Ubisoft's development team could rework some of those basic features Browne mentions to enable Alliance mode and others that rely on multiple teams of players, but based on how blunt Browne's denial of this possibility was, you probably shouldn't hold your breath.
Judgment is currently available for $19.99, while select 360 bundles are up for $50 off of MSRP. The Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundle, which includes copies of Halo 4 and Tomb Raider, is up for grabs at $249.99. The two-game, 4GB Kinect Holiday Bundle is also available for $250, while an alternate Kinect bundle that adds a 250GB hard drive and a copy of Forza Horizon is priced at $349.99.
Black Friday itself will host an array of steep price drops, offering up the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto 5 for $33.99, along with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag for $33.99 and Battlefield 4 for $38.99. Activision's Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack will hit the bargain price of $38.99 on Black Friday, while the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts will also see sizable discounts.
A full list of upcoming Microsoft Store Black Friday deals, courtesy Cheap Ass Gamer, is after the break below.
Additionally, Rockstar discounted all black-colored clothing, accessories and vehicle modification items to celebrate Black Friday by 50 percent (though the sale for these items are also good through December 1). The vehicle modification items include window tinting, black license plates and black tire smoke for your car of choice.
Microsoft plans to continue the Games with Gold program on Xbox 360 as an "ongoing benefit," and is extending it to the Xbox One in 2014 on a monthly basis.
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