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

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Matt Gardner
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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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Jonathan Lester
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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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News
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Game Buzz, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Mass Effect, Podcast, PWNCAST, Steam, Ubisoft

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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The Morning Papers | Remake Mass Effect

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Remake Mass Effect

Good Halo! I mean morning.

No, I do mean Halo! The first part of our Master Chief Collection review is now live, chronicling the epic singleplayer campaigns, (though I'm not willing to review the multiplayer seeing as it has only been live for 24 hours). In the news today, BioWare are polling, or should that be trolling, fans about the possibility of remaking the Mass Effect Trilogy, while Activision claim that Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare only disables Share Play because they haven't tested it yet.

Ubisoft, meanwhile, have been doing their best to sabotage their entire PC market, because they hate money and would rather encourage people to steal their games instead.

 

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The Morning Papers | Remake Mass Effect

 

CD Projekt to give away 16 bits of Witcher 3 DLC for free

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Matt Gardner
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CD Projekt, CD Projekt RED, DLC, RPGs, The Witcher 3

CD Projekt to give away 16 bits of Witcher 3 DLC for free

We love you CD Projekt!

I can't wait for the Witcher 3. It's actually keeping me up at night. And no matter how I end up getting the game, whether I pre-order or pick it up weeks after release, I'm going to be eligible for the sixteen pieces of free DLC that CD Projekt will be dishing out to everyone who buys a copy of the game.

It's sort of sad that such basic generosity and goodwill requires a press release and a news post, but frankly it's worth shouting from the rooftops in this world of Season Pass pre-orders, day one paid DLC, and other anti-consumer bullshit.

Here's the official blurb:

On February 25th, CD Project RED will release the first bundle of DLCs (2 of the planned 16) -- the Temerian Armor Set (horse armor included) and a Beard and Hairstyle Set for Geralt, the game’s protagonist. After this date, a DLC bundle consisting of two DLCs will be published every week, entirely for free. Gamers are entitled to the free DLC regardless of obtaining the game via pre-order or after launch. Instructions on how to obtain DLCs on specific platforms will be provided at a later date.

Just... YES!

I mean, free DLC doesn't necessarily mean it'll all be must-have material, but CD Projekt don't muck about when it comes to trying to do right by their customers. If only other publishers we could think of would follow their example.

CDP RED's CEO, Marcin Iwinski also answered a few further questions in an open letter FAQ of sorts.

Check it out after the jump >>

UPDATED | COD: Advanced Warfare does not support Share Play on PS4, Sony outlines stance

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Matt Gardner
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Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, PS4 games, Share Play

UPDATED | COD: Advanced Warfare does not support Share Play on PS4, Sony outlines stance

UPDATE: Activision's official stance at the moment is "no comment", while Sony submitted the following statement:

"Share Play is a system level feature enabled by System Software Update 2.0 making it available for all PS4 titles, however the option is available to developers to disable the feature according to what they feel will best benefit the consumer experience."

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Heads up folks! Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare doesn't support PS4's shiny new Share Play functionality, we can confirm. Reddit users had reported that Activision's shooter wasn't playing nice with the new feature, and indeed, we've just confirmed it ourselves across the game's various modes.

Share Play has a "blocked scene" option that allows developers and publishers to disable spoilerrific moments in certain games by limiting access to particular scenes, and it looks as though Activision have just rolled that out across the entirety of the game. Testing the feature earlier, Carl was neither able to take control of my game directly (although I was technically able to pass him the remote on the Share Play settings screen) nor join me for local multiplayer.

Bizarrely, Advanced Warfare popped up in Carl's Recently Played list even though he didn't get to enjoy a second of the game.

We've contacted Activision for further comment on the matter, and Sony regarding the ways in which devs/pubs might opt out of Share Play. You can check out our super-helpful, utterly scientific look at PS4 Share Play right here.

The Morning Papers | Halo, Nintendo & The Duke

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

Today's big news is that Nintendo threw one heck of a Direct presentation last night, which we've already rounded up in a big tasty post. Personally I can't wait for a new wave of Majora's Mask creepypasta. However, it's not the only headline, seeing as Just Cause 4 has been leaked, Halo's big fat multiplayer content update has shrunk by 5GB and Duke Nukem came too early, accidentally releasing on PS3 and Vita yesterday before announcing a January launch date!

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Nintendo Direct Highlights 05/11 - Majora's Mask 3D, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Captain Toad and more

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Matt Gardner
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Nintendo Direct Highlights 05/11 - Majora's Mask 3D, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Captain Toad and more

Last night's Nintendo Direct was a big one, dishing out exciting announcements for 3DS and Wii U. You can watch the whole thing in its entirety here, but we've cherry-picked a few highlights if you don't have time to watch the whole thing.

Majora's Mask 3D

The big news of the night, Majora's Mask 3D will release on 3DS in the coming spring, and there's a rather natty little collector's edition that'll include the game, a pin badge of Majora's Mask itself, a rather shiny steelbook, and a double-sided poster.

Click here for more Nintendo Direct highlights from last night's presentation >>

PSA: Xbox Live hit with sign-in issues [UPDATE: Now Resolved]

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Jonathan Lester
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PSA: Xbox Live hit with sign-in issues [UPDATE: Now Resolved]

Sony's PS4 rest mode issue may have been making headlines, but the Xbox One and Microsoft are having problems of their own this week. Early today, I found myself unable to log onto Xbox Live and it turns out that I'm not alone.

"It’s come to our attention that some of you are unable to sign in to Xbox Live," reads the latest Xbox Live Status update. "Don’t worry, we’re working to get everything back to normal, and we’re grateful for your patience during this process. We’ll update you again in half an hour."

UPDATE: Music and video streaming is now up and running, while it seems that the issue is fairly localised with most players able to sign in as normal. With luck this will be speedily resolved, but until then, let us know if you've been affected!

UPDATE 2: Microsoft has been steadily restoring access to affected Xbox One owners over the last few hours. I am now able to sign in as of 19:08 BST, though the support site still flags up the issue. With luck we should be all sorted soon -- I'll see you in Advanced Warfare Ground War!

UPDATE 3: Microsoft has confirmed that the issue has been fixed as of 19:26, and we can at least confirm it on our end. Let us know if you're still having trouble, but otherwise, happy gaming folks!

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Sony fixes PS4 Rest Mode issue in new firmware update

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Jonathan Lester
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Firmware update 2.0, Playstation 4, PS4, Sony

Sony fixes PS4 Rest Mode issue in new firmware update

The PS4's 'Masamune' firmware update brought a slew of great new features to the console experience, such as Share Play, but it wasn't quite perfect. Many gamers reported that their consoles refused to boot up after being put into Rest Mode, which isn't what any of us signed up for!

Thankfully Sony have sorted things out by way of a new patch, update 2.0.1, which is rolling out today according to the latest tweet from PlayStation Europe. Sorted. Hopefully.

If you haven't tried out Share Play yet, we'd highly suggest you give it a whirl after checking out Matt and Carl's PS4 Share Play Video. If you suffered from the PS4 Rest Mode issue, let us know in the comments!

The Morning Papers | PS4 Fixed, Dawngate Scrapped

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | PS4 Fixed, Dawngate Scrapped

Good morning! Today's big news is undoubtedly GTA V's first-person view, but MOBA fans were interested to see a new post from EA's Dawngate development team. EA's attempt at breaking into the genre has been picking up steam and hype aplenty. "An important announcement about the future of Dawngate," was the headline, but "it doesn't have one" was the punchline.

Oh well. I can't help but feel that we have enough MOBAs already. PS4 fans will also be pleased to know that Sony are rolling out a new firmware fix that sorts some lingering issues with Rest Mode.

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    First-Person mode coming to GTA V for PC, new-gen consoles

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    Matt Gardner
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    Grand Theft Auto V, GTA V, PC games, PS4 games, Rockstar Games, Xbox One Games

    When it comes to the GTA V re-release on PC and new-gen consoles, we've known about the graphical upgrades, we found ourselves actually rather impressed at the lengths that Rockstar had evidently gone to to scrub the game up for more powerful machines, but this is something else.

    This is first-person GTA V.

    We're going to have a slew of thoughts and opinions on how much, or how little, this will affect things to come, and whether or not it makes the new-gen GTA V a must-have proposition, but for now here's three minutes of first-person footage (courtesy of IGN) to give you a taste of what you can expect.

    "We're getting very close" to a consumer Oculus Rift, says CEO

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    Matt Gardner
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    Oculus Rift, VR headsets

    "We're getting very close" to a consumer Oculus Rift, says CEO

    I'm craving an Oculus Rift. There, I said it. I've been craving one ever since I tried out that Doom 3 demo three Gamescoms ago and almost vomited all over the Koelnmesse. EVE Valkyrie was amazing, the Loading Human proof of concept was mindblowing, and Alien: Isolation made me more terrified than I've ever been. Ever. I'm not alone, either, Brendan waxed lyrical when he went hands on with it,

    And now, according to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, the consumer version of the VR headset is merely months away.

    Well... "many months". Sigh.

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    Wii U and 3DS Nintendo Direct This Wednesday (5th November)

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    Gooner
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    3DS Games, Nintendo Direct, Wii U games

    Wii U and 3DS Nintendo Direct This Wednesday (5th November)

    Nintendo is to host a Nintendo Direct broadcast this Wednesday, November 5

    Nintendo will focus on the Wii U And 3DS for games to be released this year which should include more info about Super Smash Bros and those little figures called Amiibo's!

    You'll be able to watch it here >> Click me << from approx 10pm (UK time).

    The Morning Papers | Microsoft have too many games

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    Matt Gardner
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    The Morning Papers | Microsoft have too many games

    Happy Tuesday, folks! There's a lot of GTA V chatter today, as IGN are doing an exclusive first look at the new-gen version of the game later today (9am PT/12pm ET/5pm GMT). Elsewhere, we have nostalgic classics to ruin all of your productivity, Microsoft potentially planning to move around next year's release schedule, and, finally, a first look at Homeworld Remastered.

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    Try Dragon Age: Inquisition a week early with EA Access on Xbox One

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    Matt Gardner
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    Try Dragon Age: Inquisition a week early with EA Access on Xbox One

    Pumped for the latest Dragon Age? Well, EA have announced this week that players signed up to EA Access will be able to jump into a 6-hour trial of Dragon Age: Inquisition from next Thursday, November 13th.

    The game launches worldwide on November 21st, meaning EA Access subscribers will be able to jump into Thedas a week early. If you end up buying the full game, you'll be able to pick up where you left off from, too.

    EA Access currently costs £3.99 per month, or you can pay an annual price of £19.99, and is currently only available on Xbox One. Subscribers will also get 10% off of the price of a digital copy of Inquisition and all of its DLC, meaning you can now snap up a digital copy for £49.49, although that's not exactly the cheapest price we've seen (Amazon currently have the game for under £40 inc. the Weapons Pack DLC).

    Click here to find out more about EA Access and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

    Regardless of when you start your game, though, be sure to spend some time in Dragon Age Keep, setting up the world to your liking, and creating a tapestry of choices from the previous games. You can check out the video embedded above for a little runthrough of what to expect from the Dragon Age Keep.

    Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare PS4 suffering pre-load issues

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    Gooner
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    Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare PS4 suffering pre-load issues

    Looks like some players who've ordered COD:AW via the PSN network are having trouble pre-loading their game, with downloads getting to a certain percent and crashing or just not loading at all.

    Sony have released a statement earlier today-

    ''If you pre-loaded COD: AW and you're experiencing issues with the game, you must delete all pre-load files from your system and re-download all Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare content''

    You can delete the Pre-load content in the dynamic menu then go to your library and re-download the COD:AW content.

    Meanwhile, if you haven't yet picked up a copy (yeah, right) it's well worth checking out this deal over on Tesco Direct where you could pick up Call of Duty Advanced Warfare AND 3 month Playstation Plus or £15 XBOX credit for £40! Use Tesco code TDX-7KPG to get this price- what an absolute bargain.

    Check out the round up of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Reviews HERE

    The Morning Papers | Happy CoD Day!

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    Jonathan Lester
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    The Morning Papers | Happy CoD Day!

    Good morning! I've come down with some manner of vile phlegmy thing over the weekend, and annoyingly, I don't even have a copy of Advanced Warfare. I might as well get some work done, more's the pity. In other FPS news, though, Star Citizen has released the first footage of its shooter sections, which looks okay despite lacking any Kevin Spacey whatsoever. Here are your headlines.

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    Prepare to Dyack – Game Buzz #95

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    Matt Gardner
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    Denis Dyack, DriveClub, Game Buzz, Halo 2: Anniversary, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Share Play, Star Wars, TIE Fighter, X-Wing

    Prepare to Dyack – Game Buzz #95

    This week, we talk about Denis Dyack's comeback and who he should form the worst superteam ever with Uwe Boll, we take a look at the new PS4 update the significance of Share Play, we lambast Driveclub some more, and rejoice in a great week for Star Wars fans.

    Game Buzz | Episode 95 - Prepare to Dyack. Recorded 31st 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

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