Halo: The Master Chief Collection – latest Content Update now available, addresses Matchmaking and other issues

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343 Industries has released another Content Update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, further addressing some of the online matchmaking issues that the game has suffered since it launched for Xbox One on 11 November.

Coming in at 523MB, the latest update also deals with a variety of UI and Party system bugs, plus is intended to improve overall system stability. The full patch notes can be found at Halo Waypoint, along with the regularly updated support FAQ.

The update may be the latest for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but it won’t be the last – as mentioned by 343i’s Bonnie Ross earlier this week, additional content updates are on the way, along with more server-side tweaks.

Titanfall Game Update Eight coming to Xbox 360 on 1 December, adds Frontier Defence and more

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Titanfall’s official Twitter account has announced that Titanfall for Xbox 360 will receive Game Update Eight on 1 December, which brings with it the new “Horde style” co-op mode Frontier Defence.

Game Update Eight also adds Ranked Play to Titanfall, and makes many other improvements, changes, and fixes. The full list is available at the Titanfall website.

Titanfall for Xbox One and PC received Game Update Eight back in October.

Assassin’s Creed Unity – apology and free DLC from Ubisoft, plus Patch 3 rolling out this week

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Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto, has apologised “on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin’s Creed team” for the “bugs and unexpected technical issues” that Assassin’s Creed Unity suffered from at launch.

Mallat also announced that, to “show our appreciation for your continued support”, Ubisoft will give the upcoming Dead Kings DLC for free to all owners of Assassin’s Creed Unity. In addition, Season Pass holders will also be offered a free game from a selection of Ubisoft titles.

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Star Wars Classic Skin Pack released exclusively for Minecraft on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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Xbox Wire has announced the release of the Star Wars Classic Minecraft Skin Pack, exclusively available for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

The Star Wars Classic Skin Pack contains 55 Minecraft skins from Star Wars Episode IV through to Episode VI, including various versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, along with skins for Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Admiral Ackbar and many more.

Xbox Wire said that additional Star Wars content for Minecraft on Xbox will be released in future.

December’s Games with Gold, including Worms Battlegrounds for Xbox One

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Xbox Wire has announced December’s free Games with Gold, Microsoft’s ongoing promotion for Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

From 1-31 December, Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold will be able to download Worms Battlegrounds for free. Team17′s Worms Battlegrounds (2014, standard price £19.99, Metascore of 70) replaces November’s free game, Volgarr the Viking.

For Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360, The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief Episode 1 (2013, standard price £7.99) will be available as a free download from 1-15 December, while SSX (2012, standard price £19.99, Metascore of 82) will be available as a free download from 16-31 December.

Far Cry 4 Review

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Far Cry 4 lands at that time of year where game critiques put our heads in our hands and wonder how many more games can possibly be released in the space of just a few weeks. The answer it would seem is always more and the reason that matters is that games especially at this time of year need to do something different to stand out.

Far Cry once again comes to us from Ubisoft, hot on the heels of a disastrous launch for their latest Assassins Creed game. Thankfully Far Cry 4 has none of the technical hangups that Ubisofts other key franchise has. While it’s a relief that everything present works, the question I found myself asking was: do all those oh so familiar gameplay hooks excite in the same way they did two years ago? Continue reading

Sunset Overdrive – Weapon Pack released, Player Voting, and other news

Insomniac Games has released its first Weapon Pack for Sunset Overdrive, which adds four new weapons to the Xbox One exclusive open-world third-person shooter.

  • The Plague Bomb causes enemies to vomit until they are killed, at which point they explode. They can also spread the disease to other enemies.
  • The Rager causes enemies to attack each other… and also to explode when killed.
  • The Shield Buddy protects the player and their friends with a shield bubble, plus bombs enemies.
  • The Multi-lock Rocket Launcher can lock on to up to eight targets, and then shoots homing rockets at them.

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This week’s Deals with Gold – Black Friday Edition

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Major Nelson’s blog has revealed this week’s Deals with Gold, which run through to 1 December and include discounts on a long list of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games to celebrate “Black Friday Weekend”.

Highlights from this week’s special sale include Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition (40% off for Xbox One, 50% off for Xbox 360) and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (30% off for Xbox One, 33% off for Xbox 360).

The full list is available at MajorNelson.com, with the UK-specific deals listed at Xbox.com (UK). More titles will apparently be discounted on Friday 28 November – Black Friday itself.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Status Update from 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross

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Bonnie Ross, Studio Head at 343 Industries, has taken to Halo Waypoint and Xbox Wire to personally apologise “on behalf of us all at 343 Industries” for the ongoing issues with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and to provide an update on how 343i plans to resolve the problems going forward.

Ross’ post comes after last Thursday’s release of the latest Content Update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which it had been hoped would improve the game’s problematic matchmaking. Unfortunately, although 343i found that the update “improved things statistically”, it said via the game’s Support FAQ on Friday that it was “aware that far too many are not seeing improvements”.

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