Titanfall: Frontier’s Edge and Game Update 5 to be released on 31 July, update adds in-game currency and Black Market

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Titanfall’s official Twitter feed has announced that the Titanfall: Frontier’s Edge map pack and Game Update Five will both be released on 31 July for Xbox One and Windows PC.

Frontier’s Edge is the second paid DLC for Titanfall, after Expedition was released in May, and adds three more maps to the game: Dig Site, Export, and Haven.

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Expansion Pack 153

Welcome to the Expansion Pack, the Britxbox podcast. Released every second Thursday, we banter on Xbox news, what’s hot within the BXB community, and the games we’ve been playing: from the latest releases, demos and XBLA games, to bargain bin oldies. With Mark “Born2beSlicker” Lawson, Ben “Hallben” Hall and Richard “Colonel Red” Worrall. This week we discuss:

Alien: Isolation pre-order DLC
Game trials finally come to Xbox One
August XBO update
XBO digital pre-orders coming
Xbox Entertainment Studios closes
Pinball FX2 comes to Xbox One
The Last of Us: Xbox One Edition*
Wolfenstein: The New Order
The Wolf Among Us


As always, feel free to post your comments or questions you have for the crew in the forums, and we’ll maybe read your questions on air. Also don’t forget to rate us on iTunes and follow us on Twitter or @Born2beSlicker.

This week’s Deals with Gold, including discounts for Killer Instinct Ultra and Powerstar Golf on Xbox One

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Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) has revealed this week’s Deals with Gold, which run through to 28 July and include 25% off Killer Instinct Ultra (Xbox One) and 25% off the full game unlock for Powerstar Golf (Xbox One).

Discounts for Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 include 25% off Dark Souls II, and 75% off both Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City.

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Colonel Red
LOL, MS are trolling you, Slicker! :lol:
Born2beSlicker
WHAT?! All I saw was CoD Ghosts Hardened Edition for 60% off!
Lostcauz
Powerstar golf is reduced again. £12
drakau_mk2
Yay Battleblock Theatre looks awesome, was considerung buying after seeing Pewdiepie playing it
Danger Moss
Born2beSlicker
That's because it's now Battleblock Theatre. The marketplace changes faster than the banner ads.
Well it's not supposed to change till the 16th so that's kinda lame. I'd probably never have played it anyway.
Born2beSlicker
That's because it's now Battleblock Theatre. The marketplace changes faster than the banner ads.
Danger Moss
Yeah Wolfenstien is awesome. Tried to download Gotham City impostors last night. It's still advertised as the current free game yet it asks for £9.99 when I click on it. Weird. :?
Colonel Red
hallben
If you aint got Wolfie yet you should for that price!
I'm in! Glad I waited - just need to find some cheap credit.
Born2beSlicker
Grr. Can they just put Powerstar Golf on sale already so I can buy it. :x £15.99 is just too much for that game.
Tezcatlipoca
hallben
If you aint got Wolfie yet you should for that price!
Planning on it :) Not bother by Garden Warfare - no time for multiple MP games - but I've been thinking about getting Wolfenstein anyway.
F2
Just bought plants vs zombies been waiting for it to go on sale again
hallben
If you aint got Wolfie yet you should for that price!
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - This week’s Deals with Gold, including 40% off Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox One) 40% off Garden Warfare, 57% off BioShock Infinite. Everyone, Gold and Silver, can also get 33% off Wolfenstein: The New Order from 17-20 July.
Tezcatlipoca
Bit late for an article about it (just got home from post-work curry and beer), but today's daily deals for Xbox Live Silver and Gold members on Xbox 360 include 50% off Halo 4 and 75% off Dragon Age II. http://majornelson.com/2014/07/08/xbox- ... -2-update/
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - This week’s Deals with Gold, plus Xbox 360 also has an “Ultimate Games Sale” for Gold and Silver members
Harry
88 metacritic :)
Tezcatlipoca
:lol: I tried Kinect a few times, then gave up and used the pad. Just grabbed it. No time to play tonight though.
Lostcauz
Craigimt
Kinect really hates the name of this game. It took me quite a few times to get it to search for the right thing. :lol:
Haha, I used text search....
Craigimt
Kinect really hates the name of this game. It took me quite a few times to get it to search for the right thing. :lol:
Lostcauz
Guacamelee is available now, bing it if you can't find it.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - This week’s Deals with Gold, including discounts for Thief (Xbox One) and Child of Light (Xbox 360)
Phlashman
Yeah, that's really good. Was on my to buy list anyway.
Tezcatlipoca
Excellent news! :) Also good that Max is staying free for another month. Britxbox - July’s Games with Gold, including Guacamelee! STCE for Xbox One
Danger Moss
That is awesome news. I was definitely going to buy Guacamelee anyway. :D
Mr C
Awesome. Two decent games for the 360 as well. Bottleblock Theatre is an excellent game
Colonel Red
Nice! I got the platinum on the Vita original, but would gladly play it again with the DLC, on a big screen.
Harry
Guacamelee is a very very very good game. That end boss though .....I had to enter the matrix to do that. Pretty incredible.
Born2beSlicker
That's fucking awesome. I was going to buy it regardless so this saves me money.
hallben
That is actually an excellent free game!
Lostcauz
Only one new game coming in free for XBO but it's not a bad game, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition. Happy with that :)
Coming up in July, Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to three new free games on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition will debut on Xbox One as a free download, replacing June’s Xbox One Games with Gold title Halo: Spartan Assault (so be sure to grab it now if you haven’t already). Max: The Curse of Brotherhood will remain available for Xbox Live Gold members to download for Xbox One.
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On Xbox 360, starting Tuesday, July 1st, Gotham City Imposters (normally US $14.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through July 15th. Then on July 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download two titles, BattleBlock Theater (normally US $14.99) for free through July 31st.
http://majornelson.com/2014/06/26/xbox- ... july-2014/
patrick_bateman
Deadfall adventures is cheap as well. Might take a punt on it. Its obscure. I like obscure
Born2beSlicker
You're correct, good sir. A bunch of Rockstar games are on sale on 360 too.
Lostcauz
Can't check but apparently strider is £6 and tomb raider is £20
Lostcauz
Peggle 2 £5.19
Danger Moss
I have a BT home hub, it works beautifully and with the exception of Max COB last night the downloads are super quick on Xbox One for me.
gooner4life_uk
it took me about 10 minutes to download the UFC demo, your connection is so not setup optimally for all the devices you use Harry, doesn't help that BT's Homehub is fucking shite.
Tezcatlipoca
For everything else, Fibre is fucking awesome. But when it comes to the Xbox, Microsoft seems to be the bottleneck and not my connection.
Harry
It's not a problem as such, it's just a bit disappointing (and revealing) because the only thing that tipped me over into getting fibre was the Xbox One launch day realisation that shit just got BIG on the internet. I found once I got fibre in general it was no faster to download but you would hit good times and bad times . The average was just very average. Even today downloading 2.5 gigs of the UFC demo probably took around an hour. I'm not sure cause I fell asleep.
Lostcauz
Harry
Tezcatlipoca
Lostcauz
Having both titles to download at the same time is a lot better, I hope they keep this up along with two titles per month. I had no problem downloading SA, it was a bit slow though. The deals/games with gold hub goes live when the June update is out of beta.
I'm still downloading Max. 70Mbps fibre doesn't matter if the Store is slow! :x
That's the first thing I realised when I got fibre.... It doesn't matter how fast your connection is because both PSN and XBOX Live are slow as shit when it counts.
I've never had a problem with downloads on the Xbox One apart from SA tonight.
Harry
Tezcatlipoca
Lostcauz
Having both titles to download at the same time is a lot better, I hope they keep this up along with two titles per month. I had no problem downloading SA, it was a bit slow though. The deals/games with gold hub goes live when the June update is out of beta.
I'm still downloading Max. 70Mbps fibre doesn't matter if the Store is slow! :x
That's the first thing I realised when I got fibre.... It doesn't matter how fast your connection is because both PSN and XBOX Live are slow as shit when it counts.
Tezcatlipoca
Lostcauz
Having both titles to download at the same time is a lot better, I hope they keep this up along with two titles per month. I had no problem downloading SA, it was a bit slow though. The deals/games with gold hub goes live when the June update is out of beta.
I'm still downloading Max. 70Mbps fibre doesn't matter if the Store is slow! :x
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - Games with Gold for Xbox One – Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault now available
Lostcauz
Having both titles to download at the same time is a lot better, I hope they keep this up along with two titles per month. I had no problem downloading SA, it was a bit slow though. The deals/games with gold hub goes live when the June update is out of beta.
Tezcatlipoca
Official! http://majornelson.com/2014/06/03/xbox- ... -download/
Tezcatlipoca
Went to test via my console, only to find a huge update waiting :x Went to Xbox.com instead, and have just bought Max for £0.00. [Already have Spartan Assault]
Lostcauz
Tezcatlipoca
Is it out for everyone, or just those with the June preview? Anyone not in the preview able to check?
You should be able to do it through the Xbox website apparently so I'm assuming it's for all. I think everyone can start the download but the download only completes for people in the preview. The June update should go live over the next day or two though.
Tezcatlipoca
Is it out for everyone, or just those with the June preview? Anyone not in the preview able to check?
Lostcauz
Crimson dragon is half price as well, I imagine this is the start of the VIP discount thing they are doing.
Lostcauz
Cheers for the heads up, Max is a really good game even though reviews say otherwise.
F2
It seems both of the xbox one games with gold are now active
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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris to be released in December

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Square Enix has announced that Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will be available to download for Xbox One, PS4, and Windows PC on 9 December.

The top-down isometric action-adventure game was first announced at this year’s E3, and is the sequel to 2010’s Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

In addition to single-player support, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will also feature online and offline co-operative multiplayer for up to four players.

[Via IGN and Eurogamer]

Dragon Age: Inquisition’s release has been delayed from October to November

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EA and BioWare have announced that the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition has been delayed until 18 November in North America and 21 November in Europe, rather than 7 and 10 October respectively as originally planned.

Writing in an open letter, Mark Darrah, Executive Producer of Dragon Age: Inquisition, said:

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Phlashman
Yeah it looks great, but with Elder Scrolls Online and Witcher 3 it's going to have some stiff competition. That said it looks good, not played any of the others but this is on my radar. Also can't wait to see what they're doing with the next Mass Effect. EAs Frostbite initiative is producing some good looking games.
Harry
Just found this rather lengthy demo.
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - Dragon Age: Inquisition – release date plus gameplay trailer
10th of October... The same week as Shadow of Mordor and Alien: Isolation, and the week before Batman: Arkham Knight :x
patrick_bateman
I'm currently playing through Origins. Bought it when it first came out back gave up after 3 hours as it wasn't clicking. Picked it up for 3 quid last week and had the same feeling again but after 10 hours things are coming together nicely. So I'm looking forward to picking this up on 360.
Tezcatlipoca
Update: The deluxe edition for consoles seems to be a GAME exclusive in the UK. ------- I really hope that MS and the publishers sort out digital pre-orders before this, as it's yet another game that has pre-order bonuses, in addition to a deluxe edition.
Tezcatlipoca
patrick_bateman
I'm currently playing through Origins. Bought it when it first came out back gave up after 3 hours as it wasn't clicking. Picked it up for 3 quid last week and had the same feeling again but after 10 hours things are coming together nicely. So I'm looking forward to picking this up on 360.
I never played either of the previous ones. Don't really know why, as I'm sure I'd enjoy them given my love of other BioWare RPGs. This does look like it could be really good...My fear though is that if it's too much like Skyrim I'd end up abandoning it because it was too open.
NighteyesUK
I think the only similarities between this and Skyrim may be some of the environments. Gameplay and structure, both Origins and 2 are completely different to the Elder Scrolls titles; in Dragon Age there is proper progression through Acts and settings. Personally, I'd not bother with the first game. I finished it, but it felt like a slog. Dragon Age 2 I really fucking enjoyed despite its many flaws (rated it 7/10 on BXB actually - there's a review if you can find it), and considering I can see at least one returning character - notably Varric the dwarf, who is fucking awesome - as yet another main member in this, I'd recommend at least giving 2 a go. It feels very Mass Effect in parts, as they use some of the same animation routines for the characters. Also, there's plenty of humour in DA2, something I recall Origins was somewhat devoid of (I may be misremembering, it's been years since I played it). I've been meaning to replay DA2 for a while actually, and now that I'm thinking about it, I may just pick it up again on the cheap soon. :) Oh and, if you do give it a go, don't play is a mage unless you are absolutely dead set on it. It laughably breaks the narrative due to the setting; Mages are hunted and killed like witches, yet you are free to roam around a city full of mage-hunting guards who you can converse with about said mage-hunting, all the while wearing fancy-pants mage robes and a massive fucking staff on your back. It's ridiculous.:lol:
Harry
Do not listen to this heretic! Dragon Age Origins was 5+ years in the making and a love letter to the old school PC Rpg crowd. Complex, cumbersome,long, serious, balanced, difficult, micro management. The second game unfortunately was very disappointing. released way too early it was trying to surf the wave of the Mass Effect 2 success. It came at a time where everyone was hell bent on making RPG games contextual casual experiences. Repeatative, dumbed down, semi real time combat that felt slightly strange. The first game really shows the vision of Dragon Age I think. I spent 106 hours on the first game with almost all the DLC. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to finish the expansion before the second game came out.
kelticdave
Phlashman
Yeah it looks great, but with Elder Scrolls Online and Witcher 3 it's going to have some stiff competition. That said it looks good, not played any of the others but this is on my radar. Also can't wait to see what they're doing with the next Mass Effect. EAs Frostbite initiative is producing some good looking games.
ESO is pants I played in the beta the only competition is witcher 3
NighteyesUK
Witcher 3 isn't out until next year.
Tezcatlipoca
NighteyesUK
Oh and, if you do give it a go, don't play is a mage unless you are absolutely dead set on it. It laughably breaks the narrative due to the setting; Mages are hunted and killed like witches, yet you are free to roam around a city full of mage-hunting guards who you can converse with about said mage-hunting, all the while wearing fancy-pants mage robes and a massive fucking staff on your back. It's ridiculous.:lol:
Awesome :lol: I don't think I could be bothered to go back and play the first two, but I'm very tempted by Inquisition... Although Batman and Alien may be first, for me. If I got this first I'd never have time for anything else. And I do hope it's not too Skyrim-esque... As much as I loved that, the openness caused me to abandon it just like Oblivion. I put so much time in and didn't get anywhere - I need a bit more focus in a game.
NighteyesUK
Did you not at least finish the main quest?
Tezcatlipoca
There was a main quest? :? :lol:
Mr C
Are publishers retarded or something? Virtually no games of note all year and they release 3 big games at pretty much the same time. I see no sense in that at all.
Craigimt
Tezcatlipoca
There was a main quest? :? :lol:
One of the main issues I had with it. I had no idea what was a main quest and what wasn't because the quest page was shit.
Tezcatlipoca
Mr C
Are publishers retarded or something? Virtually no games of note all year and they release 3 big games at pretty much the same time. I see no sense in that at all.
It is really fucking annoying. Fuck all after Watch_Dogs until Destiny in September, and then we have all these in fucking October!
Craigimt
Tezcatlipoca
There was a main quest? :? :lol:
One of the main issues I had with it. I had no idea what was a main quest and what wasn't because the quest page was shit.
I put dozens and dozens of hours into Skyrim, but hardly touched the main story. I kept getting distracted with the Companions, Thieves, Mages, Civil War, etc. I do like freedom in a game, but too much and I can't stay focussed on the main story. I like the way the ME games handled it - plenty of side stuff to do, but still linear enough that you're funnelled through to the end of the story.
Floyd
I've already pre-ordered the 360 version. I love Dragon Age ( yes even the second one) I thought this would be the game to force my hand and get a "next gen" console but when games are still being developed for the 360 in line with the xbox one, I cant see the point. The graphics will obviously be much better, but I don't play games for their graphics. it's all about the RP, game play and story.
NighteyesUK
Having looked at the screenshots and footage, it doesn't look all that next-gen anyway, particularly the characters.
patrick_bateman
Floyd
I've already pre-ordered the 360 version. I love Dragon Age ( yes even the second one) I thought this would be the game to force my hand and get a "next gen" console but when games are still being developed for the 360 in line with the xbox one, I cant see the point. The graphics will obviously be much better, but I don't play games for their graphics. it's all about the RP, game play and story.
This. I'm not paying a fortune for shiner graphics. As long as the games that come out on both generations have the same gameplay then I have no desire to update.
NighteyesUK
So no reaction? I think this looks good, good enough at least. Also, the female version of the main character, the Inquisitor, is voiced by none other than everyone's favourite toothbrush-wielding Comms Specialist. :D
Tezcatlipoca
With the loss of Batman, this is probably my main game for October.
Harry
...and it's only £64.99!, Available for pre order now (ps4)
Craigimt
I really need to play the first 2. I started the first one but never finished it. I'm gunna have to try and find the versions that come with the DLC on disc.
Floyd
No mention of any other differences between the different gen versions? not that I can see anyway. I'm still hoping its only graphical. It should still look good.
NighteyesUK
Delayed. But only by little over a month: http://blog.bioware.com/2014/07/22/drag ... on-update/ I can wait, there's loads of games out on October. :)
Tezcatlipoca
I'm glad - thins out October a bit more. I think I'll go for Sunset and Alien in October, and then this and Halo in November. AC Unity and Far Cry 4 can wait until the calendar's clearer. --- Britxbox - Dragon Age: Inquisition’s release has been delayed from October to November
Floyd
Oh Balls! The only new game I was buying this year too. On the up side, I do have a bit of a back log to play which should get me through...
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The Destiny beta has come back online early, and is now also live for Xbox

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Bungie has announced that maintenance on the Destiny beta has been completed early, and that it’s now live – including for Xbox.

The beta initially started for PlayStation on 17 July, before being taken offline for planned maintenance from 21 – 22 July.

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Tezcatlipoca
The beta is now open to everyone. http://www.bungie.net/7_Destiny-Beta-Al ... ?aid=11962
patrick_bateman
Been playing for a few hours on 360 today. Maxed out my warlock and did every available. Had damn good fun. Game looks brilliant on 360/ Had one game in the crucible and its safe to say I will not be back soon. I was getting killed by one shot by everyone. Might have been a glitch.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I think some of you guys are on fucking drugs. Im in.
hallben
It's a shame people can't get along with the MMO elements. I am not an MMO gamer, I have dabbled but never anything serious. However it seems like an inevitable evolution of gaming and one many predicted going into this generation. Everything is going MP in a constant sense. I for one enjoy the gun play, the look, the music and hell, event the 'story' from what little we have seen. I do believe that many elements have been excised from the release and I hope people can wait and see before casting any final decisions about this title. But I think at the point, if you find the game-play isn't for you, that wont change with the full release. I have set up the BXB clan up. It's for both Xbox and Playstation. Not sure why this is beneficial (possible 'rewards' but its vague), but it's there.
Harry
I think fps games are dead in general :/
Born2beSlicker
Yeah, I think I'm out for good. There is some fun to be had but overall the mechanics are too sloppy and the design is too focused on grinding that replicates MMOs rather than improving on them.
NighteyesUK
:o What? No way! ;) My point is that without that drive to see new stuff and play new scenarios, the gameplay gets boring very quickly. It looks like it may well be too grindy for my liking. :|
hallben
Well, um, its not a full game, it's a beta... With areas cut off and not included. We dont even have access to everything on The Tower.
NighteyesUK
Have to admit, I'm a little bored now that I've run out of SP/Co-op content. :(
hallben
Yeh, but I couldn't be bothered. lol.
Born2beSlicker
Nice one! Though I'm not sure what they could have done to counter that? Are you aware that the YouTube app allows uploading now?
hallben
Triple kill in my first crucible match. https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=F ... ideo%2cmp4
gooner4life_uk
I've cancelled my pre-order, I like it and I'll get it, but I dont £54.99 like it.
Monkey C
Born2beSlicker
I was afraid when watching the footage that this game would be a dull shooter powered by loot and filling up bars to get higher numbers on your gear and it feels exactly like that. It could be enjoyable co-op as Borderlands was fun with friends when solo was boring as shit. It's clear that Bungie want to make a hybrid co-op/MMOFPS and they seem to have nailed that with the server merging for public events but that just isn't what I find enjoyable with a shooter. It sucks, as it seems like there will be a lot of content in this game to spend years playing. The boss fights highlight exactly why I don't like this style of shooter. I was standing in a corner just constantly spraying at this big Priest dude and a giant robot tank (different missions) until their HP bar emptied. It wasn't exciting nor challenging, it was just pushing through to the next spawn trigger and XP boost. On the plus side, it sure is a pretty game. The skyboxes and character models are all beautiful to see and the UI is absolutely gorgeous.
Yeah, this largely echoes my sentiments. I do like the game, and I will pick it up, but I'm hoping for some more impact come release. Monk
hallben
I aint tried Crucible yet and it doesn't really interest me. Its not really for me. I don't agree with you basic argument really. It's just another tangent/evolution of games and their various styles. From a design perspective it seems like a given, marrying the two most popular genres of games into one; genius. I think you play shooters for the skill, you like to get the feedback that you are doing well or poorly in a measured and immediate way. A headshot is a kill etc. With games skewing more casual and the audience widening shooters are becoming more relaxed and this is a clear example of that. As someone who is married with a limited amount of time and money, a game I can sit down with, enjoy, get some fat loots and boost some levels without feeling like I am failing or being punished is a very enjoyable experience. It's just a million miles away from what you want from a shooter. But you must acknowledge and except that that does NOT make this a bad game in any way shape or form.
Born2beSlicker
I don't think FPS suits an MMO mentality in the way Destiny is doing it. MMO and games like that are about loot and the gear you have, whilst FPS has always been about individual skill and agility. What you're doing feels so disconnected with what's on screen because everything is mathematical calculations based on grinding, rather than out-playing the enemy.
There is a disconnect, but that is not inherently a bad thing. It's just a different way of playing an FPS.
Born2beSlicker
There's a world of difference between fighting a Halo Elite and a Destiny Captain. One feels like a fight. The other feels like a slog. I'm assuming that the people who like this game have enjoyed MMORPGs and that's fine I guess. As a shooter though, coming from somebody who loves shooters both competitive and cooperative, it is boring.
Their is a difference yes, but I don't agree about it feeling like a slog. I guess I have aged away from competitive shooters as I don't find it boring. I find the war you have to wage enjoyable and a real sense of accomplishment can come from a hard fought battle.
Born2beSlicker
The crucible isn't balanced at all. Why they bothered with versus multiplayer is beyond me. If you're going to do that, at least put in load outs to balance the match.
I shall probably just not bother with this. For me Destiny is a mixture of Halo and a mature Borderlands with a hint of Diablo. It's a mish-mash and from what I have played so far, max level Alpha, level 6 PS4 and level 6 Xbox One its on the top of my list of games I want this year.
Born2beSlicker
I don't think FPS suits an MMO mentality in the way Destiny is doing it. MMO and games like that are about loot and the gear you have, whilst FPS has always been about individual skill and agility. What you're doing feels so disconnected with what's on screen because everything is mathematical calculations based on grinding, rather than out-playing the enemy. There's a world of difference between fighting a Halo Elite and a Destiny Captain. One feels like a fight. The other feels like a slog. I'm assuming that the people who like this game have enjoyed MMORPGs and that's fine I guess. As a shooter though, coming from somebody who loves shooters both competitive and cooperative, it is boring. The crucible isn't balanced at all. Why they bothered with versus multiplayer is beyond me. If you're going to do that, at least put in load outs to balance the match.
hallben
Born2beSlicker
Oh....FUCK YOU! (love you)
Ah, sorry dude. I totally disagree and find the game really compelling and fun. It just seems to be fundamentally the wrong kind of game for you.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Presumably you've just run into something that wasn't meant for your level. Like in any MMO.
Craigimt
Loot focused doesn't equal grindfest... Also, if I was playing Diablo or Borderlands I would of found a shit tonne of loot during that that 1:25 but I didn't. Oh and it's broken because it shouldn't take 35 minutes to kill one boss. Look at the amount of damage we were doing over that 5 minute period, the health bar barely moved. That is not fun, so I don't get where this love for the game is coming from. It was shit. Oh and a lot of the missions we did was basically just horde mode.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Why is it broken? Its a shooter operating in the MMO space. Its also loot focused. Like Diablo.
Born2beSlicker
Real life quote:
HallBen
That's a shame you're not enjoying it, Slicker. Try a Strike Mission, they're great and might turn you around on this.
Oh....FUCK YOU! (love you) The whole game is a grind, fine, it's not for me. However, Lostcauz, Craig and myself did a Strike Mission and it took 1:25 HOURS to do thanks to TWO boss fights back to back. They became a battle of Attrition because they would just infinitely spawn death squads on one of us, whilst the others chip away at the boss' HP bar in 5-15HP chunks when they have what felt like a million points of health. Here's a 5 minute clip of a boss fight that took about 35mins to do.
35 minutes of THIS! Utterly pathetic. Completely broken. I get it's a beta but fucking hell that was one of the WORST experiences I've had in a game that's not fundamentally broken in what feels like a decade or so. Not buying this. Utterly disappointed in Bungie for this Borderlands/MMO/Skinner box. I intend to write a preview on the front page tomorrow/Friday about the whole beta, along with more videos of what is there.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Mother of God... This is awesome.
Tezcatlipoca
I still have one Xbox One beta code left...
Craigimt
F2
I like it so far, anything Borderlandish gets a thumbs up in my book
Wait till you do a Striketeam mission or w/e they called. Best part of the game! Loved every minute of doing them!
F2
I like it so far, anything Borderlandish gets a thumbs up in my book
Born2beSlicker
I miss you Cauz! Ben keeps dying because he's bad at games!
Lostcauz
Born2beSlicker
3 man co-op is just too small. :x
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Born2beSlicker
3 man co-op is just too small. :x
F2
I'll be on as soon as the download finishes which at this rate will be sometime after launch!
hallben
I will also be on.
Tezcatlipoca
I'll hopefully be on at some point tonight, but I'm not sure when.
Born2beSlicker
I'm jumping on at 6:30. Hit me up if you wanna form a fire team.
Danger Moss
Just played some PvP. Seems extremely unbalanced and instantly forgettable. I'm enjoying the coop. But without people to play with it gets old quick.
Tezcatlipoca
I've got one code left.
Born2beSlicker
Played for a few hours now. My stats. Level 6, 4 story missions and an explore mission done. Going to do the crucible later on but I am yet to do co-op with friends. I just...don't think this game is for me. The Halo controls and weight give the game a nice feeling but the guns are far too mushy, like I expected. None of the guns feel like they actually do anything because enemies don't respond to your attacks in a physical manner and the sound effects combined with the vibration feedback gives the kinaesthetic response of firing inaccurate water guns at dolls. I was afraid when watching the footage that this game would be a dull shooter powered by loot and filling up bars to get higher numbers on your gear and it feels exactly like that. It could be enjoyable co-op as Borderlands was fun with friends when solo was boring as shit. It's clear that Bungie want to make a hybrid co-op/MMOFPS and they seem to have nailed that with the server merging for public events but that just isn't what I find enjoyable with a shooter. It sucks, as it seems like there will be a lot of content in this game to spend years playing. The boss fights highlight exactly why I don't like this style of shooter. I was standing in a corner just constantly spraying at this big Priest dude and a giant robot tank (different missions) until their HP bar emptied. It wasn't exciting nor challenging, it was just pushing through to the next spawn trigger and XP boost. On the plus side, it sure is a pretty game. The skyboxes and character models are all beautiful to see and the UI is absolutely gorgeous.
hallben
Code: GKTMT-M7W2P-MF9JQ-VDRGY-3XDVZ
hancocaj
I believe 12 gig for xbone, 5 or 6 gig for 360...
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Ah. In any case, it should now be queued. So, bandwidth allowing, I might get on this tonight. How big is the file?
Danger Moss
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Can I start the DL via Xbox.com? Im at work and wont get home until 7. Or do you need to redeem a code through the console?
If your console isn't in power saving mode it should start downloading.
patrick_bateman
I have a couple of 360 codes available if anyone is interested.
patrick_bateman
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Can I start the DL via Xbox.com? Im at work and wont get home until 7. Or do you need to redeem a code through the console?
I redeemed my code on xbox.com. Wont actually start until i turn on my 360 though.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Can I start the DL via Xbox.com? Im at work and wont get home until 7. Or do you need to redeem a code through the console?
acejoy
I've used that code. Thanks Hallben. I preordered on Amazon ealry last week but never got a code, they must have run out :(
hallben
Code: J74TG-7JMM2-36KVJ-H7JTG-7H2XZ
Born2beSlicker
I have no more Destiny codes. Did the tutorial mission and stopped in the city. No opinion yet but it looks pretty!
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - The Destiny beta has come back online early, and is now also live for Xbox
Tezcatlipoca
I have a free day off tomorrow as I bailed on some corporate bonding thing in Oxford. I think I'll give this a go :D
Danger Moss
Just played the tutorial and the first mission proper with a couple randoms. I like it, seems right up my street. I'll probably be on plenty tomorrow. Please don't hesitate to invite me. :D
NighteyesUK
Guys, don't waste money on a faster speeder. If you find the five golden chests in the story missions you get a faster one anyway. :D
Harry
Took me 45 minutes from redeeming the code on ps4 to character creation. When does the beta finish?
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Battlefield Hardline has been delayed from October 2014 until early 2015

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EA DICE has announced via the Battlefield Blog that Battlefield Hardline will not launch until “early 2015″, rather than 21 October 2014 as originally intended.

Karl Magnus Troedsson, EA DICE VP and Group GM, explained in the blog post that the decision came about because of all the data and feedback that developer Visceral Games received from the Battlefield Hardline beta.

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patrick_bateman
Obviously I'm very interested. Can't wait to see some gameplay(hopefully) at e3.
Tezcatlipoca
Official: www.ea.com/news/battlefield-hardline-coming-this-fall
Born2beSlicker
Normally I'd be into this. However the track record makes me think it's just going to be glorification for the war on drugs. That's just gross, if true. Hopefully it won't be such a blowjob to cops in the same way military games blow the US army.
Born2beSlicker
7 minute multiplayer video leaked. LAWL! Somebody is so getting fired for this. Edit: The video has been taken down. When somebody reuploads it, I will update the post.
patrick_bateman
I have seen the footage (on eurogamer 10 mins ago) and im impressed. If they can handle the hiests correctly and make it fun (like in the wonderful Payday 2) then they could have a belter here. Excited! Also its the best first showing of a game i have seen in about 15 years. As its just pure gameplay (i understand it maybe wasnt supposed to be shown as this though) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WHMCa1FbWE
Born2beSlicker
Fixed the video link in the article.
Mr C
I think the Battlefield brand has been so badly damaged they should have released it as a standalone title rather than a spin off. Does look good but can we really trust EA to release a stable experience at launch?
Born2beSlicker
I can't deny, the multiplayer looks like a lot of fun. Totally something I'm into. Single player could go either way. Everybody is going to be thinking about the pathetic 6 months of Battlefield 4 though. Then add on the first month of BF1943 and BF3...
NighteyesUK
Yeah, I'm interested, but fuck buying this at launch. I'll wait until the inevitable patches, just in time for a price drop.
Tezcatlipoca
Yeah, fuck buying another BF game at launch :lol:
Lostcauz
I'll probably buy at launch, someone has to. I can't see anyway that BF will get a easy ride in reviews after the BF4 launch so I'll see what comes out of them. It looks great and no doubt, EA will want to get a head start on Cod so potentially another October release.
Born2beSlicker
Lostcauz
I'll probably buy at launch, someone has to. .
No, nobody has to. That's the point. EA would hope people like you exist, rather than make sure their game works before asking for money.
Tezcatlipoca
It'd be nice if they went for Azure this time instead of their own awful servers again... Although I guess that won't ever happen with this or any other cross-platform game :(
Danger Moss
Mr C
I think the Battlefield brand has been so badly damaged they should have released it as a standalone title rather than a spin off. Does look good but can we really trust EA to release a stable experience at launch?
I'm not so sure. It's well established and has a dedicated following (particularly on PC) who will buy and play the games regardless. Despite the cluster fuck that was the BF4 launch there's still shit loads of people playing it. Myself included. It's still the best online FPS experience bar none in my book. Anyway this looks great. I hope the SP isn't just generic trash.
Lostcauz
Footage from the beta. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=877408245607667
Harry
Thats fake right? Thats a mod for Battlefield 4 right? Tell me thats not an entirely new game!
Lostcauz
Out October 21st http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014- ... lease-date
Tezcatlipoca
WTF are so many games out in October?
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - Battlefield Hardline – October release date revealed by first official trailer
Born2beSlicker
Fuuuuuck this game. God damn, how fucking tone deaf to your subject matter can you be?
NighteyesUK
Opinion piece from Polygon. http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/24/583772 ... ice-broken It basically says what I said. Fuck buying this at launch!
kelticdave
should it not be stop buying into games that are just cash cows full bullshit tiers of content.
Born2beSlicker
It was amazing that the EA CEO apologised for Battlefield 4, calling the launch unacceptable. Then in the same talk detailed DLC they're asking money for. EA was making an effort to improve themselves between 2007-2010. Now though, they're really pathetic.
F2
Good article that, it means if no fucker buys it it'll work fine for those of us who will be :lol:
Tezcatlipoca
Great article. I love how it points out how BF now contradicts previous statements by DICE, such as regarding charging or maps or annualising the franchise :lol: :(
DragonBugg
I've systematically bought every BF game because they've all been good. BF4 was a bit of a let-down, but for me I never really got anything game breaking out of it. It was enjoyable, even if it was a little too fast-paced for BF. THIS game, however, I will not buy. As much as I enjoy the gametypes and concept, I really don't like how little this game actually changed. It feels... soulless. Like CoD... This franchise has gone downhill since BC2, though BF3 was still a really good game.
Harry
Did anyone here get on the beta? Is it as appalling as it looks (looks like a fan made mod)
Lostcauz
delayed until early 2015. http://blogs.battlefield.com/2014/07/bf ... 6060297497
NighteyesUK
They can delay it for a whole year, I'm still not buying it at launch.
Tezcatlipoca
NighteyesUK
They can delay it for a whole year, I'm still not buying it at launch.
It's good that they're delaying it, rather than rushing it out unfinished, but I still don't really care. Britxbox - Battlefield Hardline has been delayed from October 2014 until “early 2015″
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First look at Halo: Nightfall’s Agent Locke, played by Mike Colter

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Variety revealed today that Mike Colter (“Lemond Bishop” in the acclaimed CBS TV drama The Good Wife) will play the lead role of Agent Locke in the upcoming live-action digital series Halo: Nightfall.

Halo: Nightfall, set between Halo 4 and 2015’s Halo 5: Guardians, is being produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, in conjunction with 343 Industries and Xbox Entertainment Studios. The series is being directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica), using a script by Paul Scheuring (Prison Break).

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Born2beSlicker
So I guess they're doing Halo 2: Anniversary. If multiplayer is there, I'll be rock hard.
Phlashman
I still think they're going to pull something big out of the hat for whatever this years game is.
Herbalzier
Next gen milking of the cash cow
Tezcatlipoca
Looking forward to this :) I'll definitely also get Halo 2 Anniversary, assuming it's out this year (which I think is a safe bet!).
Born2beSlicker
Herbalzier
Next gen milking of the cash cow
There's a lot of external milking. Merch, books, this TV stuff and comics. But is it considered milking when the games are high quality and not churned out (apart from Spartan Assault) like other big franchises? I've never considered the Halo games to be milked out.
Tezcatlipoca
Exactly. It's not like COD :lol:
Born2beSlicker
As standard procedure, if the artwork or inevitable trailers confuse you, wait for the ninjas to come out. Halo has always had a rabid fan base that comb over every detail available to decode the imagery hidden within these reveals. R/Halo and the Waypoint forums are going to be analysing the artwork released for any inside scoops on what we can expect from this game.
Danger Moss
Hard to get pumped when its still 18 months away. Maybe we'll see some game play at E3 though. Halo 2? Meh, I wants new Halos.
Phlashman
I think you'll get another CG trailer at E3, the gameplay stuff will be whatever's coming this year. Though I think they might show off something cool that'll be a taste of Halo 5 and say "hey, we've put this is Halo 2 HD for this year!"
Geordie
Not just Halo 2 HD? http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/16/halo ... collection Now that would be cool
Mr Skunk
I hope this is true! I've played every Halo game but would happily do it all over again on Xbox One and it would be a great conduit for Halo virgins to pick up the story.
Deej
I've just been re-playing some Halo 2 and the only thing about re-releasing this game is that the single player had quite a few flaws - The bits with Scarabs, the bits with Brutes, the nonsensical narrative of the later narratives. Also, the lame boss battles.
Janus
Pretty excited. This will make me buy an Xbox One. If Halo 2 anniversary is out this year, I will definitely buy it.
sono
Geordie
Not just Halo 2 HD? http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/16/halo ... collection Now that would be cool
I hope this is true, I've never played Halo 1 used 2 for multiplayer never bought 3 and played 4 for about 2 hours.
Tezcatlipoca
Seems a little early to me for Nightfall to have its own thread (plus surely it would go in Music, Film, and TV?), so I'll stick this here: Britxbox - First look at Halo: Nightfall’s Agent Locke, played by Mike Colter Colter's a good actor, familiar to those who watch The Good Wife or The Following. I would hope that they also use him for Halo 5, unlike where they changed actors for Commander Lasky between Forward Unto Dawn and Halo 4. More info due to come at the Halo: Nightfall panel at the SDCC on Thursday.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Halo: Nightfall – First Look video and more info from San Diego Comic-Con 2014
Locke will be playable in Halo 5! :| ... I hope that Locke is only a playable co-op character in Halo 5 (like the Arbiter in Halo 3), and *not* a playable SP character in Halo 5 (like the Arbiter in Halo 2). I really hate it when games make you play as different characters. It fucks with the immersion. The only game I can think of that pulled it off successfully is GTA V.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Could be a Dead Space 3 scenario, where he is playable with extra stuff in coop?
Colonel Red
Tezcatlipoca
I really hate it when games make you play as different characters. It fucks with the immersion. The only game I can think of that pulled it off successfully is GTA V.
The Last of Us? BioShock Infinite (BaS)? Even Heavy Rain did it quite well. The problem with Halo 2 is that they just didn't set it up very well.
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Forza Horizon 2 – First 100 cars revealed

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Xbox Wire has posted details about five of the “never-before-seen” cars in Forza Horizon 2, along with a list of the first 100 cars (out of a total of “just over 200″).

The five cars given the spotlight by Xbox Wire are the 1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S, the 2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR, the 1945 Jeep Willys MB, the 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe, and the 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE (seen below).

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gooner4life_uk
disappointing that it's not next gen only, that's going to hold it back.
kelticdave
Welcome to how PC gamers have felt for years.
Lostcauz
I think Rare have a hand in this somewhere, they recruited a ton of racer developers a while back so they could be doing the port or helping with next gen. From Ryan again.
We were only shown FH2 on XB1. Didn't see single 360 devkit at Playground. It's plenty "next-gen," I assure you. More in tmw's big preview
Preview tomorrow :shock:
Colonel Red
Another one loses out on an E3 reveal. Surely they can't have enough left, can they?
Lostcauz
UPDATE: To clarify, the Playground Games is developing solely for the Xbox One version, using Forza Motorsport 5's graphics engine as a baseline. The Xbox 360 version is being handled separately by Sumo Digital.
Mr C
A decent arcade racer is so badly needed on the xbox after Need for Speed Rivals turned out so poor. My prayers are definitely answered with this announcement
Lostcauz
I assume rally is back, hopefully it won't be DLC this time. A few more images here. http://www.gamepur.com/news/14898-first ... eased.html
Lostcauz
4 page article up on IGN, The amount of detail the lighting system will have sounds incredible. http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/06/03/a ... er=&page=1 Gameplay teaser this Friday (with I guess the proper reveal Monday). This is going to be amazing.
“We’ve taken the view that, if there isn’t a barrier in the real-world, if there isn’t a wall, there shouldn’t be one in our game,” says Fulton. “We want the player to be able to drive wherever he can in the real world.” “So that means that not only is the world of Forza Horizon 2 bigger than the one in Horizon, it also has three times more driveable area; a three-times bigger play space. Which means that you’re no longer constrained to the road. You can take the road, or you can hoon off it, through a fence. Through a vineyard. Through a deep forest or up a hill. Suddenly we’re really realising that sense of freedom that people feel is so important to Horizon.”
“We have far more content than we’ve ever had before,” says Fulton. “More than 700 events across the world, contributing to, I think a conservative 100 percent completion time of well over 100 hours. We have absolutely packed this game with racing, with non-racing, with discovery, and the ability to just point your car in any direction and just explore. So that’s freedom.”
“One of the few things they could do was plot a group GPS route to the other side of the world and they would start racing each other to that point. Rather than sticking to the road they would try to drive it as the crow flies, barrelling across fields and through the forest. “I lost count of the number of people who came running to my desk over the next few days saying, ‘You’ve gotta include this in the game.’ And that’s how the cross country event was born.”
The other change to the second-to-second racing is the Skills system. It was a fun yet ultimately quite peripheral part of the original Forza Horizon, and Fulton agrees. But that’s changing with a little help from PGR. “I think no game since the PGR series has put style on the same pedestal as winning,” says Fulton. “It’s as important with Forza Horizon 2 to drive with style as it is to win and we’ve put the Skills system front-and-centre in everything you do.”
patrick_bateman
I loved Horizon. Although its no where near the best arcade racer on 360. This would have to be something really special for me to go and buy an XB1. Could always pick it up on 360 mind you
gooner4life_uk
I love Horizon, Driveclub is going to have to be seriously special to make me pay for the full version if it's out around the time this is.
hallben
Horizon is probably my fave arcade racer on 360, this is gonna be awesome! Can't wait.
Lostcauz
Day 2 of horizon news. http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/06/04/f ... rst?page=1 Music
“We want a soundtrack you can explore in the same way you can explore our world. To that end we’ve doubled the number of radio stations in the game. We’ve doubled the amount of music that we’re going to be shipping with the game on disc. Playground Games has once again enlisted the aid of BBC radio DJ Rob da Bank, founder of two major UK music festivals and a well-known proponent of new music. “He’s curating the three main radio stations within the game,” explains Fulton. “There’s a cool dance electronic station, there’s a station which is much more indie rock, or alt rock depending on which side of the Atlantic you hail from, and then there’s a station which is all about really just living up to the world and the summer vibes that you have in Horizon; it’s all summery, dance-y pop which was really popular in the original Horizon.”
Res and frame rate
The discourse around resolution and framerate continues to make headlines as developers optimise their games as they see fit. Fulton and the team at Playground are firmly of the belief the next-generation is about light rather than resolution, but he did confirm Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One would display at 1080p and, like the original Forza Horizon, a locked 30 frames-per-second. Dropped or torn frames have traditionally been a common bugbear with many console games that target approximately 30 frames-per-second. However, with the original Forza Horizon Playground found it was able to avert these issues entirely. The team adopted a zero-tolerance approach to frame drops (regardless of what level of rendering was required on screen the frame rate was never permitted to dip) and as such the game was rigidly locked at 30 frames-per-second. Most importantly, the locked frame rate (as opposed to a fluctuating one) resulted in a smooth and consistent racing experience. Playground has approached Horizon 2 similarly.
Showcase events
Unsurprisingly, Showcase Events are back with a vengeance in Forza Horizon 2. “We had a list this long,” smiles Fulton, stretching one arm towards the floor. “That’s a great brainstorm to be in at the start of a project.” “For us, making them and then playing them, that was one of the most fun parts of Horizon. We’ve really plussed them up. We’ve just taken what was really fun about racing a plane and said, ‘What if it was five planes, spewing colours out the back, like an aerial stunt team?’ Another example will have you racing a steam train across the countryside. “You’ll be in a classic rally car for that one,” says Fulton. “That’s just coming together right now, actually.”
:D
gooner4life_uk
I don't like the way they say display at 1080p, every game displays at 1080p on Xbox One, as they did on Xbox 360 if you had your Xbox 360 set to 1080p output, it's native res that matters.
Lostcauz
gooner4life_uk
I don't like the way they say display at 1080p, every game displays at 1080p on Xbox One, as they did on Xbox 360 if you had your Xbox 360 set to 1080p output, it's native res that matters.
Surely this tells you it's native.
gooner4life_uk
“1080p was an absolute must for us; it’s the benchmark for next-gen."
hancocaj
I don't understand - given the games to date how the f**k are they making the game do all that stuff!? Reynard physics for lighting the sky, weather and handling...funky lights with chromatic abberration etc. and 1080p@30... It certainly reads like a next gen game...can they deliver it!? I assume that spilling their details so much they will have to!? :facepalm:
Lostcauz
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - E3 2014 – Forza Horizon 2 out for Xbox One in September
Lostcauz
More new footage here (can't see on my iPad so I don't know what it is) http://news.xbox.com/api/mediacart/down ... c08098b499 YouTube version of above
:shock:
Phlashman
For me it's looking a lot more like an upgraded Horizon Engine than the Forza 5 one. Graphically I'm not mega impressed, but I'm still mega hyped for the game.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Forza Horizon 2 – First 100 cars revealed
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