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The Weekly Wrap with DC

Hi Gamers, DC here … welcome to the first instalment of The Weekly Wrap – the best place to find everything that’s happened in the wonderful world of gaming over the past seven days!

Well, it’s been a busy week in that gaming world so, without further ado, let’s get stuck into it.

Paris Games Week: October 28 – November 1

Sony had some big announcements during the Paris Games Week presentation but, for me, the standouts were:

  1. Uncharted 4 – We caught a glimpse of the multiplayer footage, including an insight into the mystic abilities and sidekicks you can call upon to give you a momentary competitive edge. Beta for the multiplayer kicks off December 4 and ends December 13(this year). Get excited!
  2. Gran Turismo Sport was announced, set to be the latest iteration in the beloved series. No firm release date as yet, with only 2016 as the window given.
  3. Guerrilla Games showed off more footage of the gorgeous PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn. The demonstration showcased the title’s deep questing, crafting and combat systems.

For a comprehensive breakdown of all the PlayStation announcements be sure to check out Alaisdair’s summary here. or, if you’re really keen and have 104 minutes to burn, check out the full coverage here.

PAX Australia 2015: October 30 – November 1

  • PAX AUS 2015 wrapped up in Melbourne this past Sunday (November 1) after treating myself – and thousands of others – to a fantastic weekend. Whether you strictly play AAA titles, or Indie games are more to your liking; perhaps tabletop games are your jam or you just want to hang out with friends playing some retro consoles … PAX catered for everyone. The Novastream team – made up of myself, Ryan Betson and Josh Saunders – weren’t able to see everything … but, an insight into what were lucky enough to check out can be found in our PAX 2015 Summary, or if video is more your thing, check out Novastream’s YouTube channel.

 

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Custom coloured face plates for your PlayStation 4 will be available from November 19 in the following colours:
Neon Orange, Aqua Blue, Red and Glacier White (Silver and Gold will be available at a later date in Australia).

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PlayStation First (the only program of its kind in Australia) showcased a number of titles being published by Aus game studio Nnooo at PAX AUS on the weekend. The program focuses on providing students with an opportunity to be supported in an entrepreneurial setting by giving them access to training and tools such as the PlayStation developer kits. These lucky students gain skills to create games for the PS4 system, and a number of the PS First titles were playable at PAX AUS including Rumble AcademyRetrovisionDesperate Mile and Necroman. The Novastream team met with a number of these young developers and chatted with them about their games and the experience working with PlayStation First. Article coming soon …

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So this one’s just a rumour on Reddit, but here goes … FromSoftware could be developing another PS4 exclusive game!

“Next FS exclusive for PS4 currently in development is a Sony published first party title, like Bloodborne, and is a JRPG. There is another project in development in a similar context which is also a JRPG, and is going to be a Sony published title aka first party. Beyond that, I don’t want to delve into anything but it honestly only takes a little common sense to realise that Shu isn’t going to tell you what anyone’s up to because you happen to ask him a question. Nothing exists until it’s officially time for it to exist.”

 

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Halo 5: Guardians dropped on October 27, exclusively on the Xbox One. Novastream’s Josh Thomas was lucky enough to get hands on with one of the most anticipated games of 2015. His summary of the game speaks volumes of his instant love for the title: “The game is visually beautiful with some stellar new locales, technically slick with phenomenally quick load times and full of the sweet sounds of intergalactic warfare. It’s hard to fault Halo 5 as an outsider looking in”. You can find Josh’s full breakdown of the game here. It seems a lot of people – especially in Europe – agree with Josh as reports are showing Halo 5: Guardians has topped the UK all-format chart in its debut week of release. Despite Halo 5 being exclusive to Xbox One the game has out-sold the multi-platform title Assassin’s Creed Syndicate by a whopping 50 per cent in the UK.
Since its announcement at E3 in June, Microsoft’s Elite controller has been so well received that we’re hearing reports that almost the entire first shipment has been pre-ordered! Although initially sceptical of the controller’s value – especially at A$199 RRP – I was lucky enough to try one out at the Xbox PAX AUS booth. The controller’s quality is evident; it’s a tad heavier overall, but the buttons and triggers feel stronger than the standard alternative. It’s easy on the eyes too with a clean matte black finish, which strikes a nice contrast with the silver highlights. 15 minutes was enough time with the controller to convince me of making the investment. My advice if you’re still making your mind up is to pre-order it, just in case stock does become scarce … most stores will let you cancel if you change your mind.

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For those of us excited about backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, Phil Spencer took to Twitter to announce that the full list of 100 games will be made available on November 9. Just before Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 release.

 

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It seems Warner Bros have officially thrown in the towel with respect to the PC version of their popular game Batman: Arkham Knight. The publisher has posted an official apology on Steam.

“We are very sorry that many of our customers continue to be unhappy with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. We worked hard to get the game to live up to the standard you deserve but understand that many of you are still experiencing issues,” the official statement read.

It went on to explain a refund process for disgruntled purchasers.

“Until the end of 2015, we will be offering a full refund on Batman: Arkham Knight PC, regardless of how long you have played the product. You can also return the Season Pass along with the main game (but not separately),” it said.

Warner reiterated their commitment to being transparent with what can and cannot be fixed with respect to the PC version of their game. Especially important for anyone considering holding onto the game.

“For those of you that hold onto the game, we are going to continue to address the issues that we can fix and talk to you about the issues that we cannot fix.”

The game was re-released back onto the Steam store last week after being pulled for four months to address the countless bugs and glitches. It only took 24 hours for players to start reporting ongoing issues with stuttering, huge drops in frame rate and freezing.

 

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Games released last week

Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) – October 27th
Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (PS4, Xbox One) – October 27
Driveclub Bikes (PS4) – October 27
Gladiators Online: Death Before Dishonor (PC) – October 27
Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) – October 27
Lords of the Fallen: Complete Edition (Xbox One, PS4) – October 27
Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (Retail, Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) – October 27
MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore (PS4, PC) – October 27
WWE 2K16 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) – October 27
Albert & Otto – Episode One (PC) – October 28
Chaos Reborn (PC) – October 28
Zoombinis (PC, Mac, Kindle Fire) – October 28
Galak-Z (PC) – October 29
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in The Sky SC (PSP/Vita, PC) – October 29
PictoParty (Wii U) – October 29
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth (PC) – October 30
Gurgamoth Lives (PC, Mac, Linux) – October 30
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;birth 3 (PC) – October 30
Bulb Boy (PC, Mac) – October 31

Games releasing this week

Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers  (PS4) – November 3
Anno 2205 (PC) – November 3
Need for Speed (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – November 3
Peanuts: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure (Xbox One, 360, PS4, Wii U, 3DS) – November 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – November 6
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut (PC) – November 6
Yo-Kai Watch (3DS) – November 6
Alekhine’s Gun (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – November 10
Fallout 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – November 10
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360) – November 10
Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void (PC, Mac) – November 10
Rodea The Sky Soldier (Wii U, 3DS) – November 10
Superbeat: Xonic (Vita) – November 10

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