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The Morning Papers | Cheap Jump Scares

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

For once we're glad to see a 'cheap' jump scare, because Capcom have announced that Resident Evil HD will release for £15.99 on January 20th. Considering it's a full-on remake of the brilliant 2002 version, this actually sounds like a bit of a steal, so long as it's not just a DLC delivery vector.

More importantly, though, BBC iPlayer has finally released on Xbox One. Butter a crumpet and stick on the Bake Off, because it's about time too. Now we can catch up on all those Christmas repeats on BBC2.

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Mission accomplished: BBC iPlayer is finally on Xbox One!

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Jonathan Lester
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BBC iPlayer, Xbox One

Mission accomplished: BBC iPlayer is finally on Xbox One!

Hooray! Mission accomplished! And about bloody time too.

After more than a year of tough negotiations, haggling, bickering and arguments over Xbox Live Gold's restrictive nature, the BBC and Microsoft have finally seen eye-to-eye and released the iPlayer app on Xbox One. You can grab it in the app section on the store, or search on SmartGlass. There's a small FAQ on-site if you want to know more.

Billed as an "all-in-one" entertainment device, the Xbox One's lack of iPlayer was a bit of an embarrassment to say the least, especially seeing as Sony consoles offered it at launch. We're thrilled that it's finally up and running, even if we've probably missed all the Bake Off.

The Morning Papers | Sing-a-Long-a-Satan

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

I hope you enjoyed that musical trailer for Saints Row IV: Gat Out Of Hell. It's a nice pick-me-up on a miserable Thursday morning, and also a convenient way to distract from what is otherwise a fairly uneventful 24 hours. In the headlines Steam has revealed a new streaming service, Steam Broadcast, while Rocket League promises to bring some insane vehicular action to PS4.

Microsoft has also finally agreed to pay some hardworking Xbox Live Indie developers what they're owed before the holidays and apologised for their tardiness, possibly because they were visited by the Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come (i.e. Nathan Fouts and Robert Boyd standing on each other's shoulders wearing a cloak and saying "wooooo").

 

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The Morning Papers | Assassin's Creed Victory

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Assassin's Creed Victory

Good morning!

No, today's tagline isn't some sort of pithy quip. Assassin's Creed Victory has been leaked as next year's Assassin's Creed title, taking place in Victorian London. It's a fan-favourite setting, but has Unity damaged the brand's reputation too much for another annualised sequel? We suspect that most gamers will merrily forget after a few months -- sadly, we usually do -- and that this convenient 'leak' may have occurred to help that process along and take eyes off The Crew. Here are your headlines.

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The Crew's biggest 'microtransaction' costs £39.99

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Jonathan Lester
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The Crew's biggest 'microtransaction' costs £39.99

The Crew launches worldwide today, and seeing as we were let in a day early, I've written a detailed and balanced launch impressions piece for your perusal. However, now that the servers are live -- and holding up, at least for now -- we can also report on exactly how Ubisoft's new MMO driving game handles the dreaded spectre of microtransactions.

Like Assassin's Creed: Unity, The Crew contains a premium currency known as Crew Credits, which can be used to purchase cars that you haven't saved up enough money for by completing challenges, races and missions. You have the option to buy every vehicle with either your slowly-increasing pot of in-game currency or Crew Credits, the latter of which, of course, come at a real-world cost. You're able to buy them in five different packs, starting at 45,000 at £3.99 and ending with 600,000 for a whopping £39.99.

To put this in perspective, early-game cars can run you between 4500-65,000 Crew Credits.

Personally I hate to see microtransactions and premium currencies in full-priced games, as their inclusion is smoking gun proof that a game's economy is designed to delay, annoy or otherwise convince you to reach for the credit card. The fact that you can't ignore Crew Credits -- it's a dual currency, so the option is right there on the screen next to regular purchasing options and even represented on your player tag -- is also a real bugbear too. The sooner this fad dies out, the better, since you've already paid good money for the game and frankly shouldn't be constantly harangued to slap down a little (or a lot) extra.

We'll find out whether it's easy and affordable to play the game the way it should be intended as the days roll on - stay tuned for our launch day impressions later today and a full review at the end of the week.

The Morning Papers | What Is EMAGON?

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

EMAGON. EMAGON! It's currently the word on everyone's lips, partly because it sounds seriously cool in a Spanish accent. I say that because PlayStation España have released an odd new teaser trailer for the mysterious phrase that will be revealed on December 5th, calling it PlayStation's "best kept secret."

The trailer looks very intriguing indeed, but before you get too excited, EMAGON backwards is "NO GAME." So, erm, yeah. To be honest I'm more excited about the next issue of The Secret World releasing soon, which plans to further advance the storyline of the most refreshing and MMO in years. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Xbox Victorious, God Of War Trolled

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The Morning Papers | Xbox Victorious, God Of War Trolled

Good morning!

I trust you enjoyed Black Friday weekend and didn't trample too many pensioners in a quest for discounted gear. Today being Cyber Monday, we'll do our best to bag you a bargain without even having to brave the high street.

The gaming news is starting to slow down now we're heading into the Christmas season -- pinch and a punch for the first of the month -- but there are still a few interesting headlines swirling about. Xbox One managed to outsell the PS4 during the Black Friday sales according to a number of analysts, even as it flounders in Japan, while David Jaffe has successfully trolled the God Of War fanbase with brilliantly hilarious results.

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The Morning Papers | Xbox Victorious, God Of War Trolled

Major retail websites crushed under Black Friday demand [UPDATE]

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Jonathan Lester
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Black Friday madness is in full swing, and it's clear that several retailers simply don't have the server infrastructure required to deal with the insane demand as gamers flock to pick up console bundles and massive videogame savings.

UPDATE 2: GAME are coming back online, but currently haven't updated many deals to match in-store offers.

At the time of writing, major UK high street retailer GAME are down and out, admitting defeat in a statement on-site. "Due to the overwhelming response to our amazing Black Friday offers, we're experiencing a technical difficulty on our website but are working to get it back up and running as soon as possible", they've announced. "We have 321 stores across the country where you can still get some amazing Black Friday deals."

Tesco Direct and Very are also both struggling to stay online at the time of writing, with both sites either redirecting or simply refusing to load. UPDATE: Very now seem to be back afloat for the time being.

Naturally we'll keep an eye on the situation, and it's worth noting that many of these deals will be available in-store. Remember, lead with the shoulder and try not to crush too many pensioners underfoot.

The Morning Papers | Gotta Get Down On Black Friday

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

While I'm not hugely fond of some of the American traditions we've adopted over here -- Trick or Treat chief amongst them -- Black Friday is one of the best US imports since Elvis. We're currently racing around like headless chickens bringing you the hottest console bargains and games deals, so expect us to be a hive of activity today. Seriously, I'm even ignoring our review copy of Super Smash Bros, which arrived yesterday in a blatant demonstration of exactly how much Nintendo value us and you, our readership.

Though the games news mill slowed for Thanksgiving, it hasn't entirely stopped, and we've got a few stories for you today. Here are your headlines.

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Black Friday!

The Morning Papers | Assassination Compensation

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Assassination Compensation

Good morning!

It's currently Thanksgiving across the pond, so news is likely to be a little thin on the ground today, but Ubisoft have stolen the headlines with an absolutely massive scoop. By way of apology for Assassin's Creed Unity's launch, they've cancelled the season pass and will give everyone the DLC for free. Meanwhile season pass holders can get a free game, including The Crew, which is an unprecedented move that's bound to generate some much-needed goodwill.

Are you taking notes, 343 Industries? A new Halo: The Master Chief Collection update has just gone live, but if it doesn't work, you may need to consider some manner of compensation too.

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The Morning Papers | Let's Build This Thing And Go Home

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The Morning Papers | Let's Build This Thing And Go Home

Good morning!

The big news today is that Minecraft has received its first major Xbox-exclusive DLC in the form of Star Wars characters. Now that Microsoft owns the brand, we can expect plenty more where that came from. Sony have finally started making a bit of noise, though, including rumblings of a new David Jaffe action title for the PS4. And Criminal Girls, a localised version of a very kinky SRPG, coming to Vita. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Prepare To Die Again

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning! The big news today is that Dark Souls II will hack and slash its way to PS4 and Xbox One next year, courtesy of a new edition with rebalanced gameplay, all the DLC packs and extra content. If you're prepared to prepare to die... again... only shinier... then you're set.

In other news, think twice about pre-ordering The Crew. Ubisoft will not be handing out review copies before launch, meaning that you won't know if Uplay or the netcode is actually up to the task. We don't mind having to wait, but we do take issue with incentivising gamers to pre-order something that won't even have pre-release reviews. Better to wait and let us test the waters.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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