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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

Author:
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

Author:
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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Would you have traded a new Metroid game for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon?

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Metroid, Next Level Games, Nintendo, Wii U games

Would you have traded a new Metroid game for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon?

Because apparently that's what Nintendo did

Ask the question "what Nintendo IP would you most like to see on the Wii U/3DS?" and the answer often involves Samus. It's been too long since we've had a kickass Metroid game (sorry Other M), and being one of the most popular Nintendo IPs, you'd think that the Big N would have been eager to mobilise on it.

God only knows it would have been a better use of Retro's time than Donkey Kong Tropical Laurel-Resting.

As it turns out, a Metroid game for 3DS might well have been in the works at Next Level Games, only for Nintendo to nix the very early prototype in favour of Luigi's Mansion 2.

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Pigeon Paramours, Console Confusion, and Carl's Big Choice - Game Buzz #88

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Batman: Arkham Knight, Bayonetta 2, Game Buzz, Hatoful Boyfriend, New 3DS, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Xbox One

Pigeon Paramours, Console Confusion, and Carl's Big Choice - Game Buzz #88

This week's Game Buzz sees us take a gander at Nintendo's new new 3DS and attempt to understand its confusing branding and odd design choices, Jon explains in fowl detail how to chat up birds, I forget how to use words in describing Bayonetta 2's bonkers magnificence, we choose our favourite Batman film (and talk about Arkham Knight), and Carl might finally be about to buy a new-gen console.

Game Buzz | Episode 88 - Pigeon Paramours, Console Confusion, and Carl's Big Choice. Recorded 22nd August, 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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Nintendo Direct | Bayonetta 2 Star Fox cosplay confirmed for October, also release date

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Jonathan Lester
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Nintendo, Platinum Games, Wii U games

Nintendo Direct | Bayonetta 2 Star Fox cosplay confirmed for October, also release date

But Original Free Game Offer Is US-Only

Today's Nintendo Direct presentation was all about Bayonetta 2, the sequel to the best brawler ever made that's been getting us hot under the collar for some time. No, not like that. As in: it's looking more utterly ridiculous every time we see it.

You can watch the video below, but here are the salient points:

  • It's out in the UK on October 24th
  • There'll be a Star Fox costume complete with ears
  • The 'Tag Climax' mode lets you play as Rodin and earn persistent currency
  • You can get it in a solus edition (£33.99), 'special edition' with the original game (£44.99) or a limited 'First Print Edition' (£55.99)
  • Matt previewed it right here,

Almost all good news, but unfortunately it appears that we won't get the original game for free as originally advertised; rather we'll have to pay an extra tenner. Why does Europe deserve nice things, right?

We'll keep an eye out for a deal.

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Titanfall: Be Advised, 16-player matches arrive today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS, PC games, Xbox One Games

Titanfall: Be Advised, 16-player matches arrive today

Without the Titans, admittedly. Respawn has announced that Titanfall Update 6 is going live today, which adds the new Pilot Skirmish gametype to the rotation. Each team fields eight pilots but lacks the ability to summon Titans, which will squarely put the focus on mobility and finding vantage points.

Update 6 also includes faster matchmaking and extra tweaks to the Black Market system. Read all the details here.

Sony @ TGS 2014 | Persona 5 PS4, Resident Evil Revelations 2, Still No Last Guardian

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, PS4 games, Sony, Square Enix, TGS 2014

The Tokyo Game Show is about to kick off, but you can always rely on Sony to turn up to the party early. They've been busy this morning; dropping a slew of major announcements including a Japanese release date for Bloodborne, a new platform for Persona 5, a new Resident Evil and absolutely no new details about The Last Guardian.

You can watch the press conference above, but I've rounded up the biggest headlines and trailers for your convenience.

Bloodborne: New Trailer & Release Date

Bloodborne is already looking seriously tasty, not to mention playing brilliantly, ahead of its launch next year. Let's face it: you're excited. As such, feast your eyes on this brand new Japanese trailer, which proudly proclaims a February 5th release date.

Japanese release date, I should stress. It's likely that Bloodborne will be somewhat delayed in Europe to give The Order: 1886 time to breathe, but we probably won't have to wait too long.

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Nintendo unveils the NEW 3DS: beefier CPU, second stick, Xenoblade Chronicles!

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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New 3DS, New 3DS XL, Nintendo

Nintendo unveils the NEW 3DS: beefier CPU, second stick, Xenoblade Chronicles!

Nintendo are infamous for their handheld hardware revisions, but today's Japanese Direct presentation unveils their most ambitious update yet. The New 3DS and 3DS XL models contain a host of upgraded features including the long-awaited second circle pad, wider 3D viewing angles and a faster processor that can support a new wave of more graphically intensive games.

Unfortunately they won't be out in time for Christmas here in the UK... meaning that you might want to strike a 3DS off Santa's list, but fence-sitters might finally get the push they need.

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Get an Xbox One Kinect Sensor for only £129 from Microsoft... wait, are you serious?!

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Jonathan Lester
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Get an Xbox One Kinect Sensor for only £129 from Microsoft... wait, are you serious?!

Xbox One Kinect Sensor | Microsoft | £129.99
Xbox One review | Kinect Voice Commands Guide

Did you pick up a Kinect-less Xbox One and want to add voice command functionality to the Xbox experience? Fancy trying out auto sign-in and playing the tiny number of Kinect-enabled games the way they were meant to be experienced? Well you'll soon be in luck, because Microsoft are releasing the standalone Kinect sensor for the bargain price of...

... £129.99?!

This deal is over. Now it's ranting time.

DEAL ABORTED. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENSUING RANT >>

Dreamfall Chapters: Sony more "proactive” than Microsoft, "it made sense to go with PlayStation"

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Dreamfall Chapters, Game news, Playstation 4, Ragnar Tornquist, Red Thread Games, Xbox One

Dreamfall Chapters: Sony more "proactive” than Microsoft, "it made sense to go with PlayStation"

“We’d be happy to take it to Xbox later on”

It may have only been on the big screen for mere seconds, but the news that Dreamfall Chapters would be coming to consoles first on Playstation 4 was a welcome surprise at this year’s Gamescom. So, it was obviously something I wanted to talk about with Ragnar Tørnquist & Dag Scheve of Red Thread Games when I met up with them the following day, to learn more about how the deal was made, and if it meant that Xbox One owners would missing out.

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Watch the entire Dawngate developer presentation from Gamescom

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dawngate, EA, MOBA, PC games, Waystone Games

Everywhere you look these days, there's a new MOBA. It seems a little late for EA to be arriving at the party with Dawngate given the rapid saturation of the genre thanks to studios and publishers wanting to capitalise on the popularity and success of titles such as League of Legends and Dota 2, but Waystone Games are confident that they've got something special on their hands, and have been bandying about the phrase "break the meta" to anyone who will listen.

Have a gander at the Dawngate dev session after the jump >>

RUMOUR | Super Smash Bros roster gets seriously leaked, Nintendo reportedly swing the axe

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Leaks, Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Wii U games

RUMOUR | Super Smash Bros roster gets seriously leaked, Nintendo reportedly swing the axe

Over the weekend, a fairly complete-looking roster of Super Smash Bros was leaked onto the internet via some screenshots and some rather legit videos (courtesy of NeoGAF) showing off the unlocked character selection screen and showcasing some of these characters in action.

In the interests of let everyone decide for themselves, we've hidden the images below the jump, and you can have a gander if you're up for some spoilery goodness.

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The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Beards, Bedlam, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dead Island 2, Game Buzz, Gamescom 2014, Hideo Kojima, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Silent Hills, Wii U, Xbox One

The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

It's time for the Gamescom post-mortem, prepare yourselves for awards, arguments, and accolades as we get stuck into the best and the worst of this year's show.

And a discussion about beards.

Game Buzz | Episode 87 - The 2014 Gamescom Awards. Recorded 22nd August, 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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Alien Isolation designer defends pre-order DLC: 'We never set out to make the game of the film'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, PC games, Pre-order DLC, PS4 games, Sega, The Creative Assembly, Xbox One Games

Alien Isolation designer defends pre-order DLC: 'We never set out to make the game of the film'

Alien Isolation is shaping up nicely. Having spent four solid hours playing the latest Steam build, I can report that its adaptive AI and terrifying unpredictability makes for a very different kind of horror game.

However, the fact that sections starring the original Alien voice cast are only going to be available as pre-order DLC -- or paid DLC down the line -- has got many a hackle up across the internet. I naturally asked lead designer Gary Napper exactly why they'd taken the controversial move.

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Microsoft admits that Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity "has a duration"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Exclusives, Microsoft, Phil Spencer, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Xbox One Games

Microsoft admits that Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity "has a duration"

Well, we thought this might be the case, what with the very specific wording of the announcement and the lack of clarification from any of Microsoft's senior management. But after a day of mulling it over, no doubt, Phil Spencer has finally come out and admitted that Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity on Xbox One "has a duration".

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Rise of the Tomb Raider releases Holiday 2015 exclusive to Xbox One

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Crystal Dynamics, Gamescom 2014, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Rise of the Tomb Raider releases Holiday 2015 exclusive to Xbox One

UPDATE: Crystal Dynamics explain Xbox One exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider

Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at CD, has elaborated on the decision to make Rise of the Tomb Raider an Xbox One exclusive.

Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past - we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.

Check out the full open letter here.

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Well, erm, we did not expect this.

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