Daily Scoop: October 14, 2014 - Delay on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel PAX Codes
Nintendo: Super Smash Bros. For 3DS/Wii U is a pun on Super Smash Bros. 4
Gearbox's "Customer Appreciation" Debacle: A Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Non-Review
Nintendo of America Needs To Fix Club Nintendo
WB Games announces a ton of new characters for Lego Batman 3 including Conan O'Brien
Weekly Warp-Up: Customer Appreciation Edition
New Releases: Bayonetta 2, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Just Dance 2015, More
Daily Scoop: October 17, 2014 – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has arrived… for me!
Gearbox’s “Customer Appreciation” Debacle: A Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Non-Review
Project CARS release date moves to March 17, 2015 to avoid holiday competition
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The third phase of Nintendo’s attempt to dominate the Fall gaming season arrives this week in the form of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U. Platinum’s stylish witch has been given a second life by The Big N and the developer returned the favor by packaging the original Bayonetta with the sequel. Nintendo will also release a pair of smaller 3DS titles this week: Fantasy Life, an RPG/life simulation hybrid, and Pokemon Art Academy, a drawing game starring Pikachu.
Also available this week is the futuristic Civilization: Beyond Earth for the PC. Firaxis designed the game as a spiritual successor to the popular Alpha Centauri, which is something fans of the franchise have been asking for for a long time.
Speaking of franchises we haven’t seen in a long time… Ubisoft will bring Just Dance 2015 to the PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week. That “long time” comment was a joke, by the way. What’s not a joke is the return of Harmonix, who are back with a new music game of their own, the Disney-inspired Fantasia: Music Evolved for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Finally this week, Telltale Games will release The Walking Dead Season 2 for the PS4 and Xbox One. Get your cleaning cloth ready, those tear-stained controllers won’t clean themselves.
A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
This is where my review of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel would be, if I had received the game on time. I received a free code for the game – a “Certificate of Appreciation” – from Gearbox when I went to their panel at PAX East. PAX Prime attendees of their panel also got Certificates. But many people who received these Certificates are just now getting game codes – or still waiting for them – three days after the game was released. (more…)
Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.
Why do developers still love to make 2D games? In this installment, USgamer’s Tyler Ohlew examines the relationship between developers and the two-dimensional worlds they create (often by hand). Speaking to developers behind modern 2D classics such as Shovel Knight, Guacamelee!, and SteamWorld Dig, he discovered that this relationship actually comes down to a love of the style and a universality that goes beyond simple nostalgia.
3D development is easier than ever now, with tools like Unity and Unreal Engine 4 available for very little cost or even free. So, in a landscape dominated by these 3D games, what compels a developer to look back and continue the work that was forced to take a back seat? Why does any developer work in 2D anymore?
You can read the rest of the article at USgamer.
After selling more than five million copies in its first week of availability, Bungie’s Destiny easily took the top spot as the best-selling game of September 2014. New releases ruled last month as The NPD Group’s latest report revealed that seven games cracked the top ten.
At #3, EA’s FIFA 15 challenged Destiny for the crown, but came up short. It was followed by Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (#4), Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (#5), NHL 15 (#6), The Sims 4 (#8), and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (#9). The only holdovers were Madden NFL 15 (#2), Minecraft (#7), and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (#10).
According to Joystiq, despite Destiny’s massive success, game industry sales only grew by 2% over September 2013. Of course, September 2013 featured the release of Grand Theft Auto V, a singularly special event, and downloadable titles are constantly eating into retail’s market share. But good luck getting The NPD Group to admit to that.
This months top ten can be found in a handy list format after the break. (more…)
The Saints Row franchise has never been afraid to get a little crazy. After an alien invasion in Saints Row IV, even developers at Volition were asking, “Where do we go from here?” I think that’s why the idea behind Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell seems so inspired. Fighting the Devil is a total cliche, but it’s also the perfect playground for Volition and the Third Street Saints. Case in point… in this new trailer, Johnny Gat headbutts the devil in the face.
The trailer also includes a first look at the “Seven Deadly Weapons,” an angelic arsenal of guns that can be used to battle Satan’s minions:
- Armchair-A-Geddon (The embodiment of Sloth in the rifle slot) - Take a seat and watch the mayhem explode with dual-miniguns and heat-seeking missiles.
- Gallows Dodger (The embodiment of Pride in the pistol slot) - Hurl arcane balls of energy from this mysterious embodiment of murder, which doesn’t hesitate to boast of his murderous history.
- Last Supper (The embodiment of Gluttony in the special weapons slot) - Cover your enemies with hell-ish frosting and watch how hunger takes over the masses!
- Uriels Edge (The embodiment of Envy in the melee slot) - Slash, blast, and disintegrate your enemies in a deadly ball of fire.
- Ark of the Covenant (The embodiment of Wrath in the explosive slot) - Suck in the souls from your enemies and then launch them at the rest. It’s a win-win.
- Boom Chicka (The embodiment of Lust in the shotgun slot) - Nothing says come hither more than Boom Chicka, the sexiest gun in existence.
- Diamond Sting (The embodiment of Greed in the SMG slot) - This weapon propels wages at an incredible rate of fire, turning victims into a shower of wealth.
More Hell-themed weapons will be available to those who pre-order Gat Out of Hell or the PC/next-gen exclusive Saints Row IV: Re-Elected. The “Devil’s Workshop Pack,” available with Gat Out of Hell, will include angel wings for flight and Yorick, the Flaming Skull. Meanwhile, those who pre-order Re-Elected will receive the “Devil’s Workshop Pack” along with the “Plague of Frogs Pack,” which contains the frog-firing Lil’ Croaker gun and the Infernal Guard/Hellish Princess armor.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) and Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (PC, PS4, Xbox One), which includes Gat Out of Hell, will be released on January 20, a full week earlier than expected.
Everyone that perused yesterday’s PlayStation Store update should be very familiar to all the titles added to the Xbox Games Store today. Games like…
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Xbox 360) – Gearbox handed the development of this interquel off to 2K Australia, and they took it all the way to Pandora’s Moon… and made Claptrap a playable character.
- The Evil Within (Xbox One, Xbox 360) – Shinji Mikami’s return to the survival horror genre promises plenty of scares and lots of gore.
- Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (Xbox One) – A remastered version of United Front’s gangland tale… now complete with every DLC add-on.
- The Walking Dead: Season 1 (Xbox One) – Telltale’s heartbreaking zombie drama is now available on the Xbox One.
- Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Xbox 360) – The second game based on Pac-Man’s latest animated adaptation.
- Duck Dynasty (Xbox 360, Xbox One) – A game adaptation of everyone’s favorite show about duck-calling multi-millionaires.
More details on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)
2K is planning to release a lot of downloadable content for WWE 2K15, and a good portion of it will be available at a discount as part of a Season Pass. The first pieces of WWE 2K15 DLC will be released by the end of the year, with more scheduled for an early 2015 release. The game itself will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 28 and on the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18.
New storylines, new wrestlers, new moves… here’s a complete list of what fans can expect from WWE 2K15’s DLC:
- Players will gain instant access to all unlockable content available in the game (excluding downloadable content).
2K Showcase: One More Match ($9.99)
- Story focused on the rivalry between WWE Superstars Randy Orton and Christian in 2011.
- Playable WWE Superstars: Christian, Randy Orton, Edge, Mark Henry, and Sheamus.
- Playable Arenas from 2011: SmackDown,, Extreme Rules, Over the Limit, and Capitol Punishment.
2K Showcase: Hall of Pain ($9.99)
- Story focused on top matches for WWE Superstar Mark Henry.
- Playable WWE Superstars: Mark Henry, Big Show, Kane, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Sheamus, The Great Khali, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Ryback.
- Playable Arenas: SmackDown (2011), Vengeance (2011), and WrestleMania 29.
2K Showcase: Path of the Warrior ($9.99)
- Story focused on the career of WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior;
- Playable WWE Hall of Famers: Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and Sgt. Slaughter.
- Playable WWE Legends: Honky Tonk Man, Rick Rude, Macho King, and Colonel Mustafa.
- Playable WWE Superstars: Undertaker and Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
- Access to WWE Hall of Fame ring announcer Howard Finkel and WWE managers Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, Paul Bearer, Sherri, Sid Justice, and General Adnan.
- Playable Arenas: WrestleMania VI, VII and XII; SummerSlam (1988, 1990 and 1991); Saturday Night’s Main Event XXIV and Madison Square Garden.
WCW Pack ($7.99)
- Playable WCW Superstars: Fit Finlay, Lord Steven Regal, Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page, and Lex Luger.
NXT Arrival ($6.99)
- Playable NXT Superstars: JBL, Adam Rose, and The Ascension (Konnor and Victor).
- Playable NXT Diva: Emma.
New Moves Pack ($3.99)
- More than 30 new moves, including an alternate version of Sister Abigail (performed from the ring corner and made popular by Bray Wyatt) and Multiple Gut Wrenches (made popular by Cesaro).
Players interested in purchasing the Season Pass can do so for $24.99. The Season Pass will give them access to the Accelerator, all three 2K Showcase storylines, and an exclusive WWE Diva, Paige.
2K Games struck gold when they decided to hand the last three NBA 2K soundtracks over to curators such as Jay-Z (NBA 2K13), Lebron James (NBA 2K14), and Pharrell Williams (NBA 2K15). Yesterday, the publisher announced they’re going to try again by giving the musical reins of WWE 2K15 to John Cena, one of the most popular “WWE Superstars” working today.
Cena took his duties very seriously and didn’t just pick a handful of songs to appear on the soundtrack. He teamed up with Wiz Khalifa to perform on two of the songs (“All Day” and “Breaks”), which will also be featured on a companion soundtrack album. Set for release as a digital download on October 21, the soundtrack album will include the following tracks:
- Wiz Khalifa & John Cena – “All Day”
- B.o.B (Featuring Future) – “Ready”
- Rudimental (Featuring Emeli Sandé & Nas) – “Free”
- Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”
- Flo Rida (Featuring Sia) – “Wild Ones” [WrestleMania 28 Version]
- Knife Party – “Bonfire”
- Big Smo (Featuring Alexander King) – “Workin’”
- Mystery Skulls – “Ghost”
- Royal Blood – “Come On Over”
- Wiz Khalifa & John Cena – “Breaks”
Four additional songs can be heard in the game including Avenged Sevenfold’s “This Means War,” Dizzee Rascal’s “Heart Of A Warrior” (featuring Teddy Sky), Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan), and Rise Against’s “Zero Visibility.”
WWE 2K15 will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 28 and on the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18.