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The Crew hits open beta tomorrow, running from November 25th - 28th

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Matt Gardner
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PS4 games, Racing Games, The Crew, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

The Crew hits open beta tomorrow, running from November 25th - 28th

Ubisoft have announced that The Crew will be hitting open beta from tomorrow across PS4 and Xbox One. The beta will go live from 8AM BST/9AM CET tomorrow  until 8AM BST/9AM CET on Friday.

If you've already played the closed beta, the open beta will be ready and available to play on the dashboard of either console. If you're yet to sample The Crew, however, simply search for the game on PSN/Xbox LIVE and download from there.

It looks like you may well need PS Plus/XBL Gold to run the beta, given that it's an online title.

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Mini DayZ is a thing, and it's free

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Matt Gardner
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Browser games, DayZ, Mini DayZ, PC games

Mini DayZ is a thing, and it's free

Mini DayZ, an officially-licensed, fan-made tribute to Dean Hall's survival horror masterpiece is out, and it's free, and you can grab it over on the Bohemia Interactive store right now. Playable in browser, Mini DayZ was created by CannedBits, a Russian fan of the game. Imagine if DayZ had been forged in the fires of the great console war between SEGA and Nintendo -- it might have looked a bit like this. Boasting a top-down perspective, chunky retro graphics, and forgoing the multiplayer experience of DayZ for a hardcore, pick-up-and-play survive-em-up, Mini DayZ delivers a vision of Chernarus as you've never seen it before.

Even Rocket Hall himself got a kick out it: "I have to say, I absolutely love Mini DayZ," Hall wrote on Reddit. "I think it's awesome, amazing, addictive, and brings something really new to the experience. I'm so glad you've been able to make it even better! Ignore the haters, the vast majority of people think it's fantastic and I am one of those people."

The Morning Papers | The Perfect Deal Storm

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | The Perfect Deal Storm

Good morning... and welcome to the cheapest yet paradoxically most expensive week of your life!

A perfect storm of videogame deals is fast approaching. A scorching hot front of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is passing overhead, but an ice cool slew of cheap PC games is heading straight for us courtesy of the Steam Fall Sale. The forecast is for sizzling deals and falling prices, not to mention a few more PC games you'll never even install. The storm is coming, but we'll be right there with you with our buyer's guides, game deals and reviews.

In other news, Grand Theft Auto V is now officially the best-selling game of all time in the UK, while new Destiny DLC details have emerged. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | The Perfect Deal Storm

Buyer's Guides!

With Black Friday approaching, here are the deals you want to match or beat, along with essential information for prospective new console owners.

 

PSA: Steam Fall Sale tipped for Wednesday, the dealpocalypse is nigh

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games, Steam Fall Sale

PSA: Steam Fall Sale tipped for Wednesday, the dealpocalypse is nigh

According to a circular email from PayPal, the Steam Fall Sale is set to begin on November 26th -- this Wednesday -- running through Black Friday and ending on Cyber Monday. If true, and the timing makes perfect sense since we're now overdue, we can expect some massive bargains and cheap PC games galore.

Do we need any more cheap PC games considering that we've all got plenty of Steam titles that aren't even installed, let alone played? Of course we do. We'll do our best to steer you right in what's going to be an absolutely insane week for videogame deals, and I'll try to pick out some great prices on quality niche titles that might have slipped under your radar too. [VG247]

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Steam Fall Sale in a single week. Truly, 'tis the dealpocalypse.

Sunset Overdrive goes FREE for Xbox Live Gold Members this weekend

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Matt Gardner
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Sunset Overdrive goes FREE for Xbox Live Gold Members this weekend

Happy Birthday Xbox One! Clearly embarrassed by the level of cheap tat that they were giving away before in celebration of the first year of the Xbox One, Microsoft are letting players try out Sunset Overdrive for free this weekend.

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The Morning Papers | Dark Friday

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

Only one week to go until Black Friday, so the deals are falling thick and fast. As are the trailers and leaks. Telltale's Game Of  Thrones tie-in has received its first teaser, while a Destiny player has somehow managed to download and capture the opening for Destiny's Dark Below expansion. Speaking of leaks, though, be sure to change your Windows Live, 2K and PSN passwords since some malevolent ne'er-do-wells with too much time on their hands might have compromised your accounts.

Bloodborne has also received a tasty info dump, revealing new locations, a new hunter and a procedurally generated dungeon. Here are your headlines.

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PSA: Hacker group DerpTrolling hit PSN, Windows Live, 2K Games, login details at risk

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Matt Gardner
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PSA: Hacker group DerpTrolling hit PSN, Windows Live, 2K Games, login details at risk

Another year, another hacker group somehow bored during silly season. This time it's a group by the name of DerpTrolling, who've gone and leaked a "very small portion" of login details they've amassed from the likes of the PSN, 2K's servers, and Windows Live amongst others.

The details were posted on Pastebin along with a message from DerpTrolling saying the following: "Dear Internet, The following is a very small portion of Lord Gaben and the rest of his crew's glorious raids across the high seas of the Internet." This was then followed up with "Let this be a warning to all. Nothing is safe from Derp."

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The Morning Papers | Super Classy Bros?

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Super Classy Bros?

Good morning!

Today brings us the news that Nintendo aren't working on paid Super Smash Bros DLC right now, and Masuhiro Sakurai concentrated the team's entire efforts on a fully-featured standalone. We absolutely love this approach, because if DLC does emerge down the line, it will be an expansion developed after the fact rather than cut content. If true, this is what we like to call a class act even though it should be the default way of doing business.

UPDATE: Except that it might alternatively be a load of old cobblers.

In other news, Halo: The Master Chief Collection's matchmaking may finally get fixed following a major patch due today. The inconsistent netcode has been tantalisingly broken during the week since launch, breaking enough to nearly break your spirit, but working just enough to tempt you to try one more time. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Super Classy Bros?

The Morning Papers | Destiny, Unity & VR WipEout

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The Morning Papers | Destiny, Unity & VR WipEout

Good morning!

Depressingly, today's big news is that Destiny has received a massive update that prepares players for the The Dark Below. I still can't believe that people are willing to spend £29.99 on a DLC pack, but hey, you've just got to get those Light stats, right? Regardless, I suspect that the 2.44 GB patch probably includes some if not all of The Dark Below content too.

Personally, though, I'm delighted that Radial-G is finally heading to Steam via Early Access after a failed Kickstarter. This amazing VR racer is the insane white-knuckle lovechild of WipEout and F-Zero made by military simulation specialists, so be sure to check out our Radial-G preview and Tammeka Games interview for more details. Oh, and it can be played without VR too. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | DriveClub Compensation, Dangerous Decisions

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | DriveClub Compensation, Dangerous Decisions

Good morning!

Today brings us the news that performance problems can't stop a game from selling, with Assassin's Creed Unity debuting at a strong second in the UK charts. DriveClub and Halo: The Master Chief Collection are getting less broken by the day, with Sony willing to hand out some throwaway content packs by way of apology, while Elite Dangerous has now been broken ahead of launch thanks to the bizarre decision to remove its offline mode.

Seriously, as practically every new game launches with server or connectivity problems, Dave Braben decides to force players to use them in a game that worked perfectly fine offline on the freaking Amiga. Yes, I was a bit too young for the BBC Micro. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | DriveClub Compensation, Dangerous Decisions

 

Stop Releasing Broken Games! | Game Buzz #97

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Matt Gardner
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Podcast Game Buzz, PWNCAST, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Stop Releasing Broken Games! | Game Buzz #97

On this week's show, we talk about Assassin's Creed: Unity, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Warlords of Draenor. We chat about publishers releasing broken games and the "release now, patch later" culture that seems to be prevalent these asking what can be done to stop the madness.

Game Buzz | Episode 97 - Stop Releasing Broken Games! Recorded 14th November, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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The Morning Papers | Everything Is Broken

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Everything Is Broken

Good morning!

Today brings us the news that Grand Theft Auto Online will finally be getting its Heists! Rockstar promises to add these long-awaited cooperarive missions into Grand Theft Auto V in the first update following the new-gen console launch, including last-gen platforms too. About time too, but still good news.

Which is good, because the other major headlines basically involve things being broken; from WoW to Halo to Assassin's Creed.

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The Morning Papers | Everything Is Broken

UPDATE! PSN down for maintenance this coming Monday, moved forward by an hour

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Matt Gardner
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UPDATE! PSN down for maintenance this coming Monday, moved forward by an hour

Just as far Cry 4 and GTA V are due to release... there's some PSN maintenance coming! Woooooo, we get to crack out our PSN no entry pic again!

Oh, wait... the opposite... BOOOOOOOOO!

Yes, that's right folks, the PlayStation Network will be taken offline for maintenance at 6PM GMT this coming Monday, November 17th. It'll be out of action until midnight on Tuesday, November 18th.

As per usual, PSN users will be unable to log in to Account Management, PS Home or the PlayStation Store during this time, however if you're already signed in, online gameplay and third-party services should still be available.

Sony have covered their butts with a further disclaimer, saying that there "may be some additional downtime after the maintenance period for testing purposes". With GTA V and Far Cry 4 on sale at midnight on the Tuesday, that might be a bit of a problem.

UPDATE: Sony have brought the six-hour maintenance window forwards by an hour.

The Morning Papers | Xbox Rising, Stocks Tumbling

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

The big news today is that Microsoft has sold ten million Xbox One consoles. Hooray... wait, what? To retailers? Ah. Still a big number, but, erm, we'll need a new headline. So let's see what's happening in the wacky world of Assassin's Creed Unity.

Ubisoft has announced some major patches headed to their troubled release, aimed at fixing minor issues such as Arno "falling through the ground." No word on performance improvements as yet, but their stock prices have taken a severe dip ever since the embargo expired. In better news, though, Sony has announced a cloud-based TV service and Pillars Of Eternity's pre-order trailer is inducing an embarrassing amount of drool for us old-school RPG fans. Here's hoping it delivers.

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The Morning Papers | Xbox Rising, Stocks Tumbling

The Morning Papers | Just Cause 3, Unity 0

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The Morning Papers | Just Cause 3, Unity 0

Good morning!

Unless you're a PS4 owner with a brand new copy of Assassin's Creed Unity, that is, since you'll likely be experiencing the choppy performance and terrible optimisation of a sub-par release rushed out to deadline. Ubisoft's decision to delay the embargo until several hours after the game launched was appalling, and Matt just couldn't sit by and stay silent.

Thankfully we've got Just Cause 3 to look forward to, then! In other news, Bloodborne has been delayed, meaning that I now won't be buying a PS4 until March. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is also getting some matchmaking fixes today, which is nice, because Xbox One's 'cloud power' doesn't seem to be equating into 'fast and stable matchmaking.' Here are your headlines.

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Opening Scenes: Assassin's Creed Unity | You Arno match for me

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UPDATED - Assassin's Creed: Unity performance reportedly choppy and glitchy on all platforms

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Matt Gardner
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UPDATED - Assassin's Creed: Unity performance reportedly choppy and glitchy on all platforms

UPDATE: It seems as though there may be framerate issues across all platforms, with NowGamer reporting Xbox One issues as well:

"I would like to warn anyone thinking about buying this game,” said thewouldbeking. “I got it with my Xbox bundle. I just started it, and it runs sub 30 frames per second constantly. I would advise to wait until its fixed or not buy it at all. It is practically unplayable.”

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This is not an Assassin's Creed: Unity review. I'm technically not permitted to make any value judgements on the game until 5PM GMT this evening, and I've not finished it so I couldn't even if I were able. But the game is now out in the US, and something needs to be said about the state that the game is in.

Even after playing for just under ten hours, (UPDATE: To be clear, this original report was written after installing the ~900MB patch) it's clear that there are some glaring technical issues with Assassin's Creed: Unity.

In terms of technical execution, the game is an utter shambles on PS4 -- I can't speak first-hand regarding other versions. Glitches abound, responsiveness is laughable, the context-sensitive detection areas around interactive objects like key mission items and reward chests are patchy and inconsistent. The crowds are impressive, the game does a fine job of creating a visually engaging representation of Paris, but the framerate is horrible. Lengthy jumps see Arno hang in the air, crippling slowdown is everywhere (especially if you get into cover), and although the free-running repertoire and animation sets have been massively expanded, its not uncommon to see the framerate juddering down below the 15 fps mark.

At one point, I thought the whole game was going to crash, Arno pirouetting about in clunky slow-motion that certainly hadn't been triggered deliberately.

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The Morning Papers | Halo 5 beta dated, new Amiibos announced, Battletoads!

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The Morning Papers | Halo 5 beta dated, new Amiibos announced, Battletoads!

Morning folks! Halo Fest yielded some legit footage for Halo 5: Guardians last night, along with some clarification regarding the weekend's leaks, Nintendo have announced another new wave of Amiibos already, The Banner Saga is coming to PS4, and are Microsoft planning a Battletoads reboot?

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PSA: Xbox One November update out now - here's what to expect

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware updates, Microsoft, Xbox One

The Xbox One November Update is now live and should have automatically installed itself onto your console as you read this sentence. You'll be able to mess about with the new features when you get home, but before then, here's what to expect from the latest Xbox One firmware update and the functionality that has been added to the user experience.

Custom Backgrounds

This is the main event. A new option has been added into the Xbox One settings menu -- My Xbox -- which allows you to personalise your Xbox One with some new backgrounds. You can either select a block of solid colour (boring!), or more helpfully, any of the 1080p achievement artworks that you've unlocked, tarting up the user experience as well as showing off your prowess to any mates who stop round for a local multiplayer session.

Next year Microsoft plans to add screenshot functionality, which will let you capture and display your own backgrounds directly from the games you play.

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The Morning Papers | Betrayal! Halo 5 Multiplayer Leaked

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The Morning Papers | Betrayal! Halo 5 Multiplayer Leaked

Good morning! I hope you're all rested, bright-eyed and busy-tailed after a relaxing weekend. If not, bad luck, because Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Black Friday and Christmas itself are all looming just over the horizon and are ready to sap away what remains of your free time.

Speaking of Halo, fifteen seconds of leaked Halo 5 multiplayer footage has set the internet alight, and many fans are furious. We'll learn more at 'Halofest' today, tied in with the midnight Master Chief Collection launch.

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The Morning Papers | Betrayal! Halo 5 Multiplayer Leaked

 

Which is the best Halo game? | Game Buzz #96

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Matt Gardner
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Which is the best Halo game? | Game Buzz #96

On this week's show, we talk about the latest Ubisoft fiasco, we chat about what we'd like to see from a new-gen Mass Effect collection, and we have a big, fat Halo love fest.

Game Buzz | Episode 96 - Which is the best Halo game? Recorded 7th November, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language

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