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Game Buzz | Episode 72 - We Forgot About Dre

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Bungie, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, DLC, Game Buzz, Martin O'Donnell, Podcast, PWNCAST, Snoop Dogg, Titanfall

Game Buzz | Episode 72 - We Forgot About Dre

This week on Game Buzz... We have a gander at Titanfall's DLC plans and ask what the game needs to keep it fresh, we chat about Marty O'Donnell's departure from Bungie, we touch upon the announcement of Civilization: Beyond Earth, and we take a look at Call of Duty's plans for Snoop Dogg DLC.

Still can't believe that last one isn't a really late April Fool.

Game Buzz | Episode 72 - We Forgot About Dre. Recorded 17th April, 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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COMMENT: Snap Marty Up Quick, 343i - O'Donnell *IS* Halo

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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343 Industries, Bungie, Destiny, Game soundtracks, Halo, Halo 4, Halo 5, Martin O'Donnell

COMMENT: Snap Marty Up Quick, 343i - O'Donnell *IS* Halo

As I write this, I'm listening to Martin O'Donnell's Rock Anthem For Saving The World. I have the Halo albums shuffled up in a Spotify playlist. Greatest Journey from Halo 3 is up next, and I'm steeling myself for epic Warthog flashbacks from that game's majestic final run. Under Cover of Night aurally describes the midnight before a dawn of fire -- the calm before the storm. The Overture from ODST takes me back to slinking around the Covenant-strewn streets of New Mombasa before Never Forget almost makes me shed a tear. Not for the plot of intergalactic war and the loss and despair that comes with it, but rather for nostalgic good times that have yet to be bettered.

So much of my enjoyment of the Halo series comes as a direct result of Martin O'Donnell's (and Michael Salvatori's) work. The Halo suite itself is an iconic theme that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It's a succession of strings that just says, Oh we got this!

In spite of his long service to the Halo franchise, it's the versatility shown in the games that don't feature Master Chief that gave me hope for O'Donnell's work on Destiny.

This week, though, presumably with much of the work on that game complete, Bungie terminated the contract of their in-house composer. Depending on whose account you read, it's either a straightforward affair, or possibly something a little fishy.

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Destiny Not In Development For PC To Avoid Stretching Bungie "Too Thin"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny

Destiny Not In Development For PC To Avoid Stretching Bungie "Too Thin"

"We Know There Are A Lot Of People Out There Asking"

Bungie are adamant that they're not working on a PC version of Destiny, even though numerous players would like one, since it would involve stretching their finite development resources even further.

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Destiny PS4 Video Shows Clans, Weapons & Vehicle Customisation

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny PS4 Video Shows Clans, Weapons & Vehicle Customisation

Destiny is headed to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One next year, but PlayStation Access are keen to make the most of the nebulous special arrangement between Bungie and Sony. Their new footage illustrates a range of nifty features including legendary weapons, vehicle customisation and some of the social features we can expect from the anticipated trans-generation shooter.

Well worth a watch if you want to know more.

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Halo 3 Finally Free For Xbox Live Gold Subscribers

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bungie, FPS, Games With Gold, Halo 3, Xbox 360 games

Halo 3 Finally Free For Xbox Live Gold Subscribers

Halo 3 was originally announced as one of the first Xbox Live 'Games With Gold,' but as the months following E3 2013 rolled on, Bungie's climactic shooter was nowhere to be found.

Until now. Microsoft has finally made good on their promise, so if you haven't played it to death already, be sure to grab it from the marketplace. You've got until the end of the month.

Destiny Gameplay Trailer Confirms Pre-Order Beta

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Beta, Bungie, Destiny, trailer

Two pieces of Destiny news for you today. First up: Bungie's ambitious shooter has received a new gameplay trailer, which admittedly takes an age to build up and wastes half of its runtime on dramatic camera pans. However, it's still worth a watch if you're intrigued about the upcoming cross-generation title.

You'll also be able to play it early, should you pre-order from a "participating retailer." Bungie confirms that certain pre-orders will come with beta access, which will "include a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game." The beta site is live, though participating UK retailers haven't been fully confirmed yet. Festivities kick off in "early 2014" ahead of a full launch later next year.

Destiny Box Art Revealed, Trailer Coming Tomorrow

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Box art, Bungie, Destiny, PS3 games, PS4 games, Tease

Destiny Box Art Revealed, Trailer Coming Tomorrow

Fans of boxes of things will be in their element today, now that Destiny has revealed its packaging on PS3 and PS4. Gosh. That certainly is box art. You can tell by the guys with guns looking off into the distance. Wait, is that main character's helmet on back-to-front?

However, in something more akin to actual news, Sony reports that a new gameplay trailer is scheduled to release tomorrow, "set in a destination a lot of fans have been asking to see for the first time." We'll keep you posted.

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Destiny Trailer Thanks Fans, Contains More Footage

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, PS3 games, PS4 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny Trailer Thanks Fans, Contains More Footage

Bungie have released a somewhat self-congratulatory trailer for Destiny, which both shows off and thanks the throngs of fans who checked out the upcoming cross-generation shooter at E3. There's a lot of back-patting to sit through, but also some of brand new gameplay footage and snippets, making it well worth a watch if you're excited about this cooperative sci-fi experience.

Destiny is out next year on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Destiny Vidoc Reveals More Secrets

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Developer diary, FPS, Gamescom 2013, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny Vidoc Reveals More Secrets

Destiny has revealed a few more of its secrets, courtesy of this new Silent Cartographer. I mean developer diary. Regardless, Bungie's new video discusses how they went about crafting a social FPS experience that still retains a strong storyline, the loot system, guns, customisation dynamic events and more.

And at a basic level, how "to make a world that people want to be in."

To say that we have 'high hopes' for Destiny would be an understatement, but since it's out in 2014, we'll have to wait and see whether it delivers.

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Destiny Gamescom Screenshots Go In Heavy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPS, Gamescom 2013, PS3 games, PS4 games, Screenshots, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny Gamescom Screenshots Go In Heavy

The Gamescom screenshot deluge continues unabated, but if you only have time to see a few, bump these new Destiny shots up to the top of your list. Bungie's cross-generational shooter is looking utterly sensational, and we hope its gameplay can match the art direction.

Destiny is out next year on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A PC version hasn't been announced.

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Bungie: "You'll Have The Option" Of Playing Destiny Solo

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny

Bungie: "You'll Have The Option" Of Playing Destiny Solo

Bungie have reiterated that you'll absolutely be able to play Destiny solo should you wish, though the developers rather wager that you'll have less fun if you do.

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Destiny Gameplay Reveal Redubbed With Developer Commentary

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Dev Diary, FPS, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny's E3 gameplay reveal (one of the highlights of the Sony press conference) has been redubbed by a trio of Bungie artists who wax lyrical about the game. Expect more in-jokes than factual information, but there's a bit of insight in here should you have the time.

Destiny is out next year on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, offering a class-based cooperative FPSRPG experience set in a colourful post-apocalypse.

Halo Co-Creator: Halo "Would Have Been Better" If Made Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bungie, Halo, Halo: Combat Evolved, Jason Jones

Halo Co-Creator: Halo "Would Have Been Better" If Made Today

Halo co-creator Jason Jones reckons that the seminal Xbox shooter would have been a better game if made today with modern technology and design.

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Have A Listen To A Snippet From Destiny's Soundtrack

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Bungie, Destiny, Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori, Soundtrack

Have A Listen To A Snippet From Destiny's Soundtrack

The lack of a Marty O'Donnell soundtrack was one of my biggest laments when it came to halo 4, but the Bungie composer and his long-standing partner in musical awesomeness, Michael Salvatori, are busy beavering away on the soundtrack to Destiny.

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Destiny E3 Gameplay Debut Gets The HD Treatment

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPS, Gameplay footage, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny E3 Gameplay Debut Gets The HD Treatment

Destiny received its first proper gameplay reveal during Sony's E3 2013 press conference, which you can now watch at 1080p courtesy of a new official video. The Bungie-developed shooter was one of the most impressive titles of the show, boasting an action-heavy experience that clocks in somewhere between Halo and Borderlands, though we still don't know a huge amount about it beyond a cooperative focus and post-apocalyptic setting.

Well worth a watch if you want to refresh your memory or enjoy the demonstration without relying on shonky off-screen footage. Destiny releases next year on current and next-gen consoles.

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Destiny Gameplay Makes Worldwide Debut, Turns Heads

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, E3 2013, FPS, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny Gameplay Makes Worldwide Debut, Turns Heads

Bungie blew the lid off Destiny yesterday, revealing a cooperative shooter with huge guns, powerful class skills, copious loot and enormous bosses. It looks a bit like Borderlands to us, but in a good way.

Destiny is out next year on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One. Sony has apparently secured an "exclusive relationship" going forward, though it's not yet clear what this actually means in practice.

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Destiny Gameplay Will Debut At Sony's E3 Presser

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sony, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Bungie plans to finally show us some gameplay footage of their cross-gen shooter Destiny, which is still a bit of a mystery despite pre-orders opening months ago. They'll reveal all at Sony's E3 2013 press event, scheduled for the wee small hours of June 10th, marking the second Sony event they plan to attend.

It's still hard to get used to Bungie appearing at Sony shindigs, but Microsoft had every opportunity to keep them sweet. We're looking forward to seeing what the studio behind Halo have been working on.

Destiny Trailer: 'The Law Of The Jungle'

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPS, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

The latest Destiny trailer may be a blend of live-action footage and CGI, but it does a decent job of finally giving us a feel for the mysterious cross-platform shooter's tone.

"As a Guardian of the City sets out on an epic, action-packed adventure to reclaim our Solar System, he recalls the moment when he was first taught the most important lesson of all -- The Law of the Jungle," reads the introductory blurb.

Destiny is currently set for a 2014 release on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. We'll learn more about it at Sony's E3 press conference on June 10th.

Destiny Concept Art Is Richly Evocative

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games

Destiny Concept Art Is Richly Evocative

Some stunning Destiny concept art has hit the net, showing off the futuristic post-apocalpyse players will explore and defend in Bungie's multi-platform shooter. Details are still thin on the ground beyond a basic premise and always-online gameplay, but if you're a fan of rich Sci-Fi imagery, I daresay that you'll want to pore over these in detail. Before, you know, they're willing to actually reveal it properly. [via The Save Room minibar and VG247]

Destiny is likely to launch next year on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and whatever Microsoft is set to announce on May 21st. Pre-orders have been open for a while, but we're not sure exactly why you'd pledge to buy something that's basically just a name and release platforms.

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