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The Morning Papers | Realms Of The Flaunting

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning! The big news today is that Super Smash Bros Wii U has 8-way battles, completely overshadowing the fact that 3D Realms has returned from the distant past. The old guard is back and promise to... erm, actually I have no idea considering that Gearbox still owns Duke Nukem. Here's hoping they sell, or 3D Realms do the right thing and develop a new generation of Terminal Velocity sequels.

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The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

Good morning! Today's big news is that ex-EA boss John Riccitiello is now the boss of the Unity 3D Engine. Will the gutsy little engine that can turn into a corporate juggernaut?

To be honest, though, I'm personally more excited about Titanfall's massive update that adds co-op and other unexpected features. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

The Morning Papers | The Stanley Paranaut

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | The Stanley Paranaut

Good morning! Today brings good news for Android fans, The Stanley Parable and Dark Souls PC players, but bad news for Paranautical Activity and Uber Entertainment.

What have we learned? Don't threaten Gabe Newell when your game is on Steam, don't ask for $1.4 million to develop an RTS when your last one still only has one faction, and do play The Stanley Parable before Hearthstone eats all of your free time. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Redmond Departs, O'Connor Spins

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Redmond Departs, O'Connor Spins

Good morning! Today brings us the news that veteran producer Jade Redmond has left Ubisoft after a decade stint working on Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs. We wish her well and look forward to seeing what she's moving on to.

On the subject of veteran producers, 343 Industries' Frank O' Connor is still trying to convince us that a 20GB day-one patch is acceptable for the Halo: Master Chief Collection. It isn't. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Redmond Departs, O'Connor Spins

 

The Morning Papers | Call Of Rudi

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning! I trust you had a relaxing weekend. Here are your headlines.

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Why Far Cry 4 is set to own 2014 | Brendan's confident that it will live up to the hype.

This Week's Releases | Witches, Wangs and Warriors

Game Buzz | We weigh in on the issues that matter.

Xbox indie parity makes for second-class gamers - Game Buzz #93

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Matt Gardner
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DriveClub, Game Buzz, Hatred, Indie Games, Microsoft, Podcast, PWNCAST, Xbox One Games

Xbox indie parity makes for second-class gamers - Game Buzz #93

This week, we deal with Driveclub's latest woes and ask how big games sites can justify early reviews for online games, we chat about Microsoft's continued defence of their indie parity clause, and we take a look at the announcement for the rather controversial Hatred.

Game Buzz | Episode 93 - Driveclub Is A Shambles. Recorded 17th October, 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 | More 2015 recruits

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Morning Papers | More 2015 recruits

Morning, folks! Here's a link to some of the larger stories of yesterday for some breakfast reading. Although, we're beginning to think that DriveClub not being online is starting to become the status quo rather than news. It seems like everyone had a rough day though with delays for our favourite upcoming racer and the latest Hitman movie. I'd clear some hard-drive space on your XO too, as Master Chief seems to have put on a bit of weight.

The Morning Papers | More 2015 recruits

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The Morning Papers | Enter The Nexus

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Enter The Nexus

Good morning!

The big news today is that Google and Asus are making an Android micro-console... because... no, I have absolutely no idea either. At least the odd circular casing can double up as a hockey puck. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Enter The Nexus

 

The Morning Papers | Updates & Scorestreaks

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning! Great news for Xbox One owners today as perhaps the most substantial update to date is currently rolling out. The October firmware update contains DNLA media streaming (yes!), loads of new features and efficient snap controls that seriously improve the user experience for non-Kinect owners.

Functionality that should, admittedly, been available at launch. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Aerial Ace

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

The big news today is that Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will let you freely fly around Hoenn on the back of Latios or Latias, pulling off aerial manoeuvres and catching rare critters up in the sky. As a professionally detached mature adult, I can only describe this new revelation as the most incredible thing I have ever seen in my entire life.

In other news, I need to get out more. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Aerial Ace

The Morning Papers | Rogues & Tweaks

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Rogues & Tweaks

The Morning Papers | Sick As A Parity

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

The big news today, of course, is that Bayonetta 2 has claimed our first 10/10 of 2014 and Platinum Games once again secure their dominance in the field of... making games. This utter Wii U masterpiece makes all the moaning about PS4 and Xbox One resolutions seem rather inconsequential and petty, doesn't it?

Only joking, since the PS4 Parity situation has taken an interesting turn with Dragon Age Inqusition confirmed at native 1080P on PS4 and 900P on Xbox One, making Ubisoft look rather pathetic in comparison, while Mirosoft's "indie parity" clause has been touted as a good thing by Phil Spencer. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Sick As A Parity

Driveclub Is A Shambles - Game Buzz #92

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Matt Gardner
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Driveclub Is A Shambles - Game Buzz #92

This week, we talk about Driveclub's shambolic development period and release, we look further at the latest controversy surrounding Ubisoft and Assassin's Creed: Unity, and we discuss what makes a next-gen game.

Game Buzz | Episode 92 - Driveclub Is A Shambles. Recorded 10th October, 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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Didn't back Dreamfall Chapters? GOG have a season pass pre-order now available

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Carl Phillips
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Didn't back Dreamfall Chapters? GOG have a season pass pre-order now available

Special Edition contains extra goodies

Less than two weeks. That's all that remains until the long-awaited Dreamfall Chapters is in the hands of its backers. But what if you didn't back it? Well, Red Thread Games has just announced that GOG.com are now taking pre-orders for a special edition of the season pass, which will cost £22.99 ahead of its release on October 21st. Alongside the main episodic game (DRM-free, of course) it comes with a bunch of extras:

Reborn: The Art of Dreamfall Chapters Book One — a digital art book featuring concept art and illustrations from the first episode of Dreamfall Chapters
Journeys Birth — two short stories in PDF and ebook formats, set in The Longest Journey universe and leading up to the events in Dreamfall Chapters (available October 20th)
Digital soundtrack featuring music from Dreamfall Chapters Book One in FLAC and MP3 format(available November 1st)
Digital Europolis tourist map! Sponsored by Niyom Media and presented by Crowboy, everyone’s favourite crow cowboy (coming soon!)
7 HD wallpapers
5 digital avatars featuring characters from Dreamfall Chapters.

Today's update to Kickstarter backers also revealed that listings on Steam and the Humble Bundle store would be available soon. An announcement of the final crowdfunding total, comprising of both Kickstarter campaign and pledges that have been made on the Red Thread Games website via PayPal, will be made in the near future as well.

In the meantime, if you wish to learn more about Dreamfall Chapters you can always check out our gameplay walkthrough from Gamescom, or check out our recent interview with Dag Scheve and Ragnar Tørnquist. We will of course bring you our thoughts on one of our most anticipated games of this year as soon as it's in our grubby mitts, although in fairness most of it will probably be Carl screaming in excitement of it finally being here.

The Morning Papers | 100 Megaton Climax

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

Sorry, I'm too busy playing the Bayonetta 2 demo, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus and Akiba's Trip to write much of an introduction today! All of which I appreciate purely for their gameplay, art design and uninhibited sense of fun. No, really. Really.

Mostly. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | One In One Out

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | One In One Out

Good morning!

If you never bought Battlefield 4 because you'd rather pay for videogames that work as intended, never fear, because EA has announced a Premium Edition containing all the DLC and "priority position in server queues." That's right, you can jump ahead of those long-suffering players who've spent months patiently putting up with all the bugs and horrible netcode! It's also out on exactly the same day as Hardline's original slated release date, which I find astonishing.

Almost as astonishing as DriveClub being so poorly prepared for launch that Evolution had to set up a "one in one out" policy on their servers. Seriously Sony, this is just a racing game with stat tracking, not World Of Warcraft. PSN should be able to handle this. At least we can all look forward to Geometry Wars 3, which is out in November.

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The Morning Papers | One In One Out

The Morning Papers | Irrational Kickstarters

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

Irrational Games' former staffers are coming out of the woodwork this week, as a second Kickstarter from BioShock developers emerges in the space of 48 hours. An artsy adventure and a grim survival sim respectively. Did no-one tell them that Early Access is the trendy new objectivist utopia that's slowly falling apart at the seams?

Meanwhile, Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U GameCube adaptor will let you use your old controllers with any Pro Controller games and WildStar won't be throwing any holiday events this year, because Carbine hates Christmas almost as much as they hate buggy content.

Oh, and it looks like one of our readers has actually joined our Forza Horizon 2 "club." It was getting very lonely in there, though being 1st on the weekly leaderboard was fun while it lasted. Here are your headlights... sorry, headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Irrational Kickstarters

Super Smash Bros. Wii U finally dated - the stocking filler killer app?

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Jonathan Lester
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Super Smash Bros. Wii U finally dated - the stocking filler killer app?
Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS is great so long as you own a 3DS XL, and 2.8 million gamers are already on board, but the fact is that the handheld version feels a little like a stopgap before the Wii U edition arrives. Boasting crisp visuals and the legendary single-screen play we crave from the franchise, along with Amiibo figurines and GameCube controller compatibility via a new adaptor, we've been clamouring for this long-awaited brawler ever since the Wii U launched.

Nintendo has finally confirmed that it's out on December 5th here in Europe, available solus or in a bundle with the GameCube controller adapter. They'll even be manufacturing a new run of wired GameCube controllers to go with it!

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The Morning Papers | Resolution Revolution

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Resolution Revolution

Good morning!

Having just reviewed the "shonky yet endearing" Styx: Master Of Shadows, I've unfortunately got Mr Roboto stuck in my head and it's not going anywhere. I've got a secret. I've been hiding. Under my skiiiiin. Seriously, if you have any suggestions of catchy videogame music to replace this insidious brainworm, please let me know in the comments!

And no, the XCOM deployment music is a scorched-Earth last resort only! Here are your headlines, which are dominated by Ubisoft confirming that Assassin's Creed Unity is locked at 900p and 30 frames per second on both consoles "to avoid all the debates and stuff." Oops. I think you probably just started a big fat internet-wide debate with this one.

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The Morning Papers | Resolution Revolution

The Morning Papers | Smashing Wrecking Twitching Charting

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Smashing Wrecking Twitching Charting

Good morning!

I trust that you've all had a smashing weekend, you 3DS owners especially. See what I did there? With the release of Super Smash Bros. 3DS, I daresay that many of you joined me in learning the L-Cancel timing and thanking our lucky Lumas that we upgraded to an XL model to avoid crippling hand pain. I'll discuss this in more detail in our imminent review.

In the weekend news, Next Car Game has finally settled on a title -- the suitably no-nonsense Wreckfest -- while Microsoft's R&D division has revealed yet another cool augmented reality prototype that will probably never be made. We've also got the latest UK charts in, with FIFA still running riot, but Shadows Of Mordor, Forza Horizon 2 and Smash 3DS all secure the next top spots. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Smashing Wrecking Twitching Charting