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The Morning Papers | Leaks, Bugs & Balls

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Good morning!

Oh look, is that Destiny in the headlines again? Say what you want about Bungie's virtual slot machine that incidentally contains first person shooting -- and I do, regularly -- but it has been a fantastic title for debate, opinion and awesome crucible shotgun rampages. Unfortunately we'll probably have to buy the story separately, even though it might be on the disc already.

Still, at least some smaller and more intriguing games are also making the morning papers, like... FIFA 15. Right. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Legen... wait for it...

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers | Legen... wait for it...

Good morning!

If you're holding on to a Legendary Engram, go identify them as soon as possible. This week Bungie are guaranteeing Legendary-level loot from purple engrams in Destiny patch 1.02, but existing purples will be dumbed down into blues, so get cracking. Otherwise this is great news, as it's always struck me as an odd system, as if Deckard Cain decided to identify a legendary drop as a cracked voulge just because he felt like trolling your sorry hide.

Ah, "Voulge." One of those wonderful words we'd never know if we weren't gamers, like "pauldron" and "voxel." Anyway, here are your headlines.

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Can Destiny Be Fixed, And WTF Is Up With Spacebase? - Game Buzz #90

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Blizzard, Bungie, Destiny, Double Fine, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Spacebase DF-9, Titan

Can Destiny Be Fixed, And WTF Is Up With Spacebase? - Game Buzz #90

Our Game Buzz podcast this week sees us lament the death of the loot cave and argue that nerfing it solves the symptom rather than one of Destiny's biggest problems, we take a look at the omnishambles that has been Spacebase DF-9, and also deal with the news that Project Titan has, after seven years mired in development hell, finally been axed by Blizzard.

Game Buzz | Episode 90 - Can Destiny Be Fixed, And WTF Is Up With Spacebase? Recorded 26th September, 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 | RIP Treasure Cave

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Good morning!

I hoped to be able to tell you all about Titanfall's final map pack today, but sadly a major cock-up hid it on the marketplace and tried to make season pass holders pay again for the privilege. You'd like that, wouldn't you EA? Still, the issue was on Microsoft's end and it got sorted, but only in the wee small hours.

I couldn't even grind at Destiny's infamous loot cave, since Bungie has seen fit to fix it and promise to address loads of blatant balance issues and problems with their vapid Roulette-style progression system. Yay? Still, finally in some good news, you can watch all the Metal Gear Solid V TGS trailers in English now, and the devs who used to work on The Last Guardian have revealed the latest on Vane. Looks lovely, no? Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | CODs, Dogs & Rocks

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Good morning! This is the last day of our Heavy Bullets competition -- details here -- but also the review embargo for this Christmas' first big racer. Forza Horizon 2 does the business, in case you were wondering.

Here are your headlines:

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And make sure to enter our Heavy Bullets competition before 17:00!

The Morning Papers | Titan Fall, Prices Down

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers | Titan Fall, Prices Down

Good morning!

If an unannounced videogame falls in a Blizzard, but there's no-one around to hear it, did it make a sound? Such is the riddle of Titan, the biggest game that will never be. Blizzard have apparently cancelled the project after years of development, which ought to be big news, except that we knew literally nothing Titan beyond its name and the fact that it was an MMORPG.

In better news, though, the Xbox One has received an extra £20 price cut in the UK, just in time for Christmas. You could put that money towards a certain exclusive racing game that I can't talk about yet, but soon.

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The Morning Papers | Rise Of The Triad Wars

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers | Rise Of The Triad Wars

Good morning!

Today brings us the news that Sleeping Dogs will finally be getting a sequel... no, hang on, sorry. Let's start that again. Sleeping Dogs will be getting an online open-world action-adventure-strategy PC game that focuses on building an empire. Hopefully it will be better than Mafia Wars at least, and that we'll finally get that promised sequel... after the spin-off... after the HD remake.

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The Morning Papers | The Day The Music Died

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | The Day The Music Died

Good morning!

We're gearing up for some absolutely massive reviews and previews this week here at Dealspwn.com, but we've still got time to doff our caps and pour out our coffee for the Rock Band Network, which has pumped out new tunes on a consistent basis over the last few years. The peripheral market may be dead, but we've still got fond memories of Harmonix' superb franchise, and the many hours we spent rocking out.

Well played, Harmonix. Here are your headlines:

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Minecraft's Destiny - Game Buzz #89

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Bungie, Destiny, FPS games, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Minecraft, Mojang, Podcast, PWNCAST, Windows

Minecraft's Destiny - Game Buzz #89

This week's Game Buzz sees us chat about Microsoft's acquisition of Mojang and Minecraft, and what the future might hold for both the studio and its wildly popular IP under new management. Now that Jon's had a chance to get cracking in Destiny, we also have a natter about Carl's review and the ongoing mix of feelings that Destiny manages to provoke.

Game Buzz | Episode 89 - Minecraft's Destiny. Recorded 19th September, 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 - Expos, sequels and fixes

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Morning Papers - Expos, sequels and fixes

Morning folks, let's see what emerged in the gaming sphere last night. Highlights include Microsoft trying to flog more XOs with Halo seeing as Destiny has seemingly sided with the PS4. There are new Disgaea and Giana Sisters games on the way. Battlefield 4 is getting yet another patch, which will hopefully iron out some of those more persistent glitches. Or maybe just add a compulsory download for the next DLC, filling our hard-drives whether we're buying it or not. Finally, check out the near final list of games you'll be able to play at next week's Eurogamer Expo, or hold on for a fat collection of previews as I'm heading down there myself. You should get down there though really.

Enjoy the links after the jump.

The Morning Papers | Cloud (Strife) Gaming

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Cloud (Strife) Gaming

Good morning! Now that Shinra Technologies is a real company, I have to assume that Final Fantasy VII was a spot-on prediction of our future. Or, perhaps, Square Enix really are supervillains after all. That would explain why we still don't have the Final Fantasy VII remake despite having enough money to launch its fictional corporations.

Anyway, we're entering in silly season, so expect the news to slow down and the reviews to ramp up. Here are your headlines:

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Don't forget to enter our Heavy Bullets competition!

The Big Fat TGS 2014 Trailer Roundup | Silent Hills & Quiet Kills

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Games trailers, TGS 2014

The Big Fat TGS 2014 Trailer Roundup | Silent Hills & Quiet Kills

By now you all know that lavishly-produced trailers follow game conventions around like pilot fish behind a big fat shark -- nibbling away at any hype that happens to fall out. The Tokyo Game Show is no exception, and at least we've got some seriously exciting videos for your attention today. From Silent Hills to Bloodborne to Metal Gear Solid V and even Deep Down, there are plenty of shiny moving pictures to gawp at.

So without further ado, let's get cracking.

Bloodborne!

From Software's next title is shaping up to be absolutely brutal. It's out on February 6th.

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The Morning Papers | Ohayou Gozaimasu

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Good morning and ohayou, since the Tokyo Game Show is in full swing. The last 24 hours bring us a huge slew of trailers -- that I'm going to round up later -- alongside a release date for Bloodborne. Good news indeed. Shall we?

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The Morning Papers | Mecha Dinosaurs & Metascores

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers | Mecha Dinosaurs & Metascores

Good morning! Sorry for the late start: I was up late trying to find competent voice acting in Destiny. I found some dead aliens and called it a night. Anyway, here are your headlines, sir or madam.

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The Morning Papers | Big Deal, Mighty Elephants

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Big Deal, Mighty Elephants

Extra, extra, read all about it! Microsoft buys Mojang for $2.5 billion! Also Destiny is quite popular!

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The Morning Papers | Your Daily News Digest

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, GTA V, Morning Papers, Super Smash Bros

The Morning Papers | Your Daily News Digest

Good morning! Kick off your slippers, pop the kettle on and welcome to the first edition of a new section we call The Morning Papers.

You might have noticed that way we cover news has changed over the last few months. Rather than bombarding you with editorialised press releases and hype trailers, we'd much rather get stuck into the biggest headlines with articles and features, while keeping you up to date with the latest previews, reviews, interviews, exclusive stories and video content. Especially since the big transatlantic stories break after hours and overnight.

However, we don't want you to be out of the loop when it comes to the latest from our industry. So here is your daily news digest complete with links to the source of the stories, allowing you to get clued up before starting your day.

Or in other words... extra, extra, read all about it!

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DESTINY: Have 26 free codes for Emblems, Shaders, and Grimoire Cards

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, DLC, FPS games, Game freebies

DESTINY: Have 26 free codes for Emblems, Shaders, and Grimoire Cards

Busy collecting Grimoire cards and Emblems in Destiny this week? Well, allow us to help you out. Through promotional trading cards for the game, affiliate websites, and the emergence of limited edition codes, 26 codes have been uncovered that can be used multiple times and redeemed on Bungie.net for rewards.

All you have to do is register on the site (sign up the Dealspwn Destiny clan while you're at it), link up you PSN/Xbox LIVE accounts to ensure maximum benefit, and then enter in the codes by clicking "Redeem Code" in the drop-down menu from your account name.

You can see your Grimoire cards immediately on Bungie.net once you've unlocked them, but you'll need to take a trip to the Tower and visit the Postmaster to nab your Emblems and Shaders. Don't expect to be able to to use the latter until level 20.

Hit the jump for the free list of Destiny codes >>

Evolve: where's the longevity? Turtle Rock explains progression, mastery & e-Sports

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Evolve, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Evolve: where's the longevity? Turtle Rock explains progression, mastery & e-Sports

But they're still "refining" the specifics

Evolve is shaping up to be great fun. After Matt and Brendan tried out Turtle Rock's 4 vs 1 shooter earlier this year, I leapt on the latest production build at Gamescom and succeeded in annihilating a team of uncoordinated hunters as a mine-spewing Kraken. Then I ate them.

However, one of the main concerns about the delayed project is whether or not its short matches will provide the longevity that many players look for in their top-tier shooters, and remain relevant once the novelty wears off. Will it have a progression system? How robust is it? What about eSports and DLC?

Apparently Turtle Rock are still "refining" the specifics and making the most of the delay, but producer Denby Grace filled me in on the latest details at Gamescom.

"There is a meta-progression system in the game, and again it's still being heavily refined, but the way it works at its core is you unlock new characters by playing that class," Grace told me during a video interview. "So you unlock new monsters by playing as the monster and sort of progressing up. But then the other thing is that you actually earn mastery with your individual ability or weapon, and you can skill those up as well. So as you're ranking up in the game, your character will have certain levels for each of its abilities.

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"Xbox, Oh Snap!" - October Xbox One update brings back the Guide and DNLA streaming

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Xbox One

The next Xbox One firmware update is going to be huge, restoring two massive pieces of functionality that we've been clamouring for since Microsoft's console launched.

First of all, the 'snap' app has now been upgraded to function much like the Xbox 360's Guide -- just double-tap the menu button to bring up the menu and access your apps directly from the intuitive interface. Considering that many new users can't jump straight to applications with voice commands since Kinect is now optional, this should make controller-based navigation much more convenient. As an example, the "Xbox, record that!" command can now be activated with a double-tap followed by hitting the X button.

However, the biggest news is that the Xbox One will now support DNLA streaming as a Windows Media extender, acting as a streaming media client. Finally we can access video and music content on our PCs and other devices, meaning that the Xbox One can claim to be an "all in one" device without us falling about laughing. It's not before time, frankly. Patch notes below.

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Quick Quotes: "The industry has a long way to go" - Miyamoto

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Game development, Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto

Quick Quotes: "The industry has a long way to go" - Miyamoto

Speaking with regard to development practices and the nature of projects being led by creatives or bean counters, Nintendo dev guru Shigeru Miyamoto has suggested that "the industry has a long way to go" in encouraging freedom of creativity and bucking popular trends.

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