Batgirl prequel DLC coming to Batman: Arkham Knight from 14 July

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced today that Batman: Arkham Knight‘s first story driven DLC, Batgirl: A Matter of Family, will be released from 14 July.

Batgirl: A Matter of Family will enable players to control Batgirl for the first time in the Batman: Arkham franchise. It is set before Batman: Arkham Asylum, at a time when Barbara Gordon is still Batgirl, before the tragic event that caused her to hang up her cape and later become Oracle.

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Here’s how Gears of War: Ultimate Edition’s multiplayer will change thanks to the recent beta

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition developer The Coalition (previously Black Tusk Studios) has revealed some of the fixes and improvements that will be coming to next month’s Xbox One exclusive thanks to its recent multiplayer beta.

The Coalition also provided some stats from the eight-day beta, which saw 786,415 unique users take part and featured 41.2 million kills – including 1,645,782 chainsaw kills and 145,580 frag tag deaths.

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Expansion Pack 174

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:

Jurassic World
Evolve: Hunting Season 2
Destiny: Taken King controversy
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
LEGO Jurassic World
DMC4: Special Edition

 
Elder Scrolls: Online
Batman: Arkham Knight

Music provided by Tony Stead. Check out his band To The Lions on Facebook.

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.

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hallben
Um spot the error. :D
Born2beSlicker
Well fuck. I'm tired... Fixed!
Danger Moss
hallben
Um spot the error. :D
The fact It's not showing up on i tunes? :(
Born2beSlicker
Do you see it now?
hallben
DO YOU SEE?!
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New Xbox Features in Preview on Windows 10 and Xbox One

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Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has detailed the latest set of new and updated Xbox features available in preview for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

The Xbox on Windows 10 app has received updates related to My Games, Game Hubs, Avatars, Xbox accounts, and sharing clips and Achievements with friends.

On Xbox One, the Xbox 360 backward compatibility announced at E3 continues in Preview, along with Game Streaming to Windows 10. The Miracast functionality in the Wireless Display app is also still in Preview, following its introduction in the May Update Preview.

For more information, see MajorNelson.com and Xbox Wire.

This week’s Deals with Gold – including Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Thomas Was Alone

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MajorNelson.com and Xbox.com have revealed this week’s Deals with Gold, which run through to 6 July and include 50% off Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One and 67% off the Xbox 360 version.

The other Xbox One deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers this week are 67% off Peggle 2 Magical Masters Edition, 40% off Tower of Guns, and 50% off Thomas Was Alone.

The list of Gold-only discounts on Xbox 360 this week is longer, and includes 75% off Mirror’s Edge and 75% off Skate 3.

Batman: Arkham Knight Review

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Some of you may be aware that a large part of my life is being immersed in comic books. Like many comic book fans when I first started to dabble seriously in the medium I was all but forced to choose an allegiance between the two big publishers, I chose Marvel. But even with a deep rooted and long standing love for Marvel I have always been aware of and appreciated the Caped Crusader. The Dark Knight has always had something special about him, his mixture of tortured soul, realistically fallible characteristics and unbelievably badassness make him compelling in ways many superheroes fail to grasp.

While I loved Arkham Asylum, Arkham City left me cold and I found myself drifting away from that game before getting more than a few hours into the experience. I never tried Arkham Origins and considering that wasn’t even developed by Rocksteady I figured it wasn’t worth my time after how disappointed I was with City. When a review became available for Arkham Knight I was intrigued, curious to see what the formula established in Asylum had evolved into. Everyone always gets excited about a new Batman game, but that usually has a lot to do with being the Batman and less to do with the quality of the game.

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Tezcatlipoca
Yeah, this has much better focus than City. And I really liked how it dished out the side quests. Much better than other open-world games.
NighteyesUK
Aye, AA is a Focussed experience, which is something City sorely missed. However, in this game I feel they nailed the balance between pushing the player forward and making time for sidequests. For me, this game is Arkham Asylum writ large.
patrick_bateman
NighteyesUK
When was the last time you played AA, Paddy? It's still a great game, but it lacks the variety of City and Knight, and gets very repetitive. Also, the final act, with Titan Joker, is duff. I really didn't like that ending.
Not played it since It first came out. But I think it felt more focused. Enjoyed the boss battles as well.
Tezcatlipoca
NighteyesUK
Is that other site http://www.fuckingspackermorons.com by any chance? Had they not played the previous games?
I wish that was a real site :lol:
Harry
Last week I hadn't seen a single Christopher Nolan film. This week I've seen two. Batman begins was shite. Did they drink the $150 million at the after party or something ? Interstellar which was part good, all technically woeful and mainly silly. Thank god we didn't get a Batman game like that.
What don't you like about Batman Begins?
Harry
Last week I hadn't seen a single Christopher Nolan film. This week I've seen two. Batman begins was shite. Did they drink the $150 million at the after party or something ? Interstellar which was part good, all technically woeful and mainly silly. Thank god we didn't get a Batman game like that.
NighteyesUK
Is that other site www.fuckingspackermorons.com by any chance? Had they not played the previous games?
PreachedMONKEY
Saw a thread on another site about AK and there are a couple of complaints about the story not being realistic. I think they've come to expect a Christopher Nolan level of grounded realism with Batman and they're taking issue with characters like Poison Ivy and The Joker inside peoples minds. Made me think some people have never read the comics. I mean, Batman inhabits a universe where a man can leap over buildings in single bound and has heat vision. He shares a universe with a galactic police force with power rings, a martian that can read minds, and an Amazonian princess with an invisible car. And their biggest problem is a woman who can control plants at a molecular level :lol: They don't realise thats probably the best thing about Batman really. All this other weird shit in the world and he is just a man.
NighteyesUK
When was the last time you played AA, Paddy? It's still a great game, but it lacks the variety of City and Knight, and gets very repetitive. Also, the final act, with Titan Joker, is duff. I really didn't like that ending.
patrick_bateman
Finished. Great game although Arkhan Asylum was my favourite. Now I'm gonna trade it in.
NighteyesUK
I've only got 76 left, looking forward to taking the Riddler down.
PreachedMONKEY
Did all the riddler trophies before starting NG+. Doesn't take too long. Most of them are just out in the open on the rooftops. Remember to check the subway tunnel in founders island though. I forgot and was pulling my hair out trying to find the last few.
NighteyesUK
Harry
Your crazy. I mean 50 jumps, 50 letters , 50 whatever else in GTA fine yeah but 236 riddler trophies. NUTS!
243 actually. But I've got it down to double figures now.
NighteyesUK
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I've one more villain to apprehend to, I guess, "complete" the game. On my list is Deathstroke, the... I dunno, murderer hanging up bodies and The Riddler. But Catwoman is free. Who should I target?
If it's only one more, the easiest is the second one you mention.
Tezcatlipoca
NighteyesUK
And that's NG+ finished. I thought doing all the side stuff prior to finishing the main story would allow me to see the two endings together, but no, on NG+ you have to do all the Riddler shit. It'll only bug me not having taken down that annoying green cunt, so of I go.
How the fuck have you had time to finish a second run through?! :shock:
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I've one more villain to apprehend to, I guess, "complete" the game. On my list is Deathstroke, the... I dunno, murderer hanging up bodies and The Riddler. But Catwoman is free. Who should I target?
Deathstroke would be the quickest and easiest, if that one is actually available and you have already done all of the bombs, checkpoints, and watchtowers.
Harry
NighteyesUK
And that's NG+ finished. I thought doing all the side stuff prior to finishing the main story would allow me to see the two endings together, but no, on NG+ you have to do all the Riddler shit. It'll only bug me not having taken down that annoying green cunt, so of I go.
Your crazy. I mean 50 jumps, 50 letters , 50 whatever else in GTA fine yeah but 236 riddler trophies. NUTS! My copy went in the post to Amazon today. I leave this game with positive thoughts!
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I've one more villain to apprehend to, I guess, "complete" the game. On my list is Deathstroke, the... I dunno, murderer hanging up bodies and The Riddler. But Catwoman is free. Who should I target?
NighteyesUK
And that's NG+ finished. I thought doing all the side stuff prior to finishing the main story would allow me to see the two endings together, but no, on NG+ you have to do all the Riddler shit. It'll only bug me not having taken down that annoying green cunt, so of I go.
NighteyesUK
However, to directly answer the question, new game plus carries over your level, all the upgrades you've unlocked, all the AR missions you've done, and all the Riddler trophies/riddles you've collected/solved. Everything else starts at the beginning, including all side quests. However, NG+ is a separate option to your main game. You can switch between the two.
patrick_bateman
Ok. Cheers.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
No spoilers, but once the main story is done you're going to be encouraged to tackle the Most Wanted side missions. You can beat the main story, the game won't stop you seeing anything.
patrick_bateman
Does the game only continue as new game plus? I have just been playing the main story (nearly finished) and basically not touched the side missions. If I start on new game plus will all side quests go back to 0%?
patrick_bateman
Harry
patrick_bateman
Harry
Ooo hark at you superior gamer.
You said the same thing. So we are both superior.
I also said
Harry
They are right to complain though Patrick. I only just scraped the boss battle on my first try and I think that was entirely down to me having it fully upgraded. So I STRONGLY suggest people do that leading up to 70% story completion. I get the feeling that it would have been horrendous had I not upgraded.
Just wondering if you took note of the warning yourself and upgraded the batmobile In preparation?
I have one upgrade to the armour. Every skill point I have goes into gadget tech
NighteyesUK
MoBiUGeArSkIn
This game series has been my favourite representation of the characters and the world they inhabit.
Your inclusion of Origins aside, I agree. This is a far more fitting tribute to the Dark Knight than the Nolan films, and certainly has a better conclusion than the shit-show that is TDKR.
Harry
patrick_bateman
Harry
Ooo hark at you superior gamer.
You said the same thing. So we are both superior.
I also said
Harry
They are right to complain though Patrick. I only just scraped the boss battle on my first try and I think that was entirely down to me having it fully upgraded. So I STRONGLY suggest people do that leading up to 70% story completion. I get the feeling that it would have been horrendous had I not upgraded.
Just wondering if you took note of the warning yourself and upgraded the batmobile In preparation?
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I think it's awesome. To be honest, all the Arkham games have been. Yes, even Origins. I did think the Batmobile became troublesome though, towards the end of the main story, and especially during the Riddler stuff. But, for the most part, it's just a really great "Batman" thing. This game series has been my favourite representation of the characters and the world they inhabit. Just gotta apprehend two more baddies...
NighteyesUK
Come back when you've done it all on NG+. :wave:
Tezcatlipoca
:lol:
hallben
Me too. I also owned the tank easily enough. I think rather than us being superior Tez and Chuck are just shit! :D
patrick_bateman
Harry
Ooo hark at you superior gamer.
You said the same thing. So we are both superior.
Harry
Ooo hark at you superior gamer.
patrick_bateman
I just did the tank battle everyone is moaning about. What was the problem? Only time I have died in the game is when trying to sneak past a drone.
Harry
Yeah I know. I did the boss battle on my first try but only because you and tez flagged it as a frustrating moment. With all my experience playing games I pretty much knew the score. I think I'd like to leave the game on a high note rather than beat the shit out of it. I don't really have any confidence that the season pass stuff will be any good or worthwhile.
NighteyesUK
Harry, you should give NG+ a try, some sections I'm actually finding easier than on normal. I just did the major tank boss battle again, the one that's the biggest complaint about the game. Did it on NG+, and without dying. How? Fully upgraded Batmobile. See, if you upgrade the batmobile as much as you possibly can prior to that fight, it's very manageable instead of joypad-throwingly frustrating. But of course, most players won't do that because they'll want to upgrade Batman's armour and gadgets, because, you know, that's actually fun. So come later in the game, the player is punished for wanting to play as Batman. Rocksteady really misunderstood its audience with the tank mode.
Harry
Yeah I want more of it overall but I'm not willing to do the shitty bits on a difficulty level way higher than previous. I did all the scarecrow content today and the Harley episode. Both collectively took me around 40 mins which is a bit of joke. I guess they are nice to have either way but it's yet another lesson that exclusive content and pre order bonus stuff isn't worth shit.
NighteyesUK
I'm really enjoying NG+. Locking it to Knightfall difficulty means it can be difficult at times, and you have to weigh up the risk of wading into a load of guys with machine guns. Even if they're not armed, there's no counter indicator, so you have to keep an eye on the enemies. But what makes it enjoyable is I now have all the gadgets at my disposal. There are so many options, providing you so many ways to approach fights depending on the enemies you encounter. It's brilliant.
NighteyesUK
How much was the Shadow Broker DLC for ME2? I recall that being fantastic value for money.
Tezcatlipoca
Can't be as short as the Harley pre-order mission! Although the price does suggest it's not very substantial.
NighteyesUK
Me too, but it depends on how big it is.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Batgirl prequel DLC coming to Batman: Arkham Knight from 14 July I'm quite interested in this :)
NighteyesUK
Also, I just looked through the options, NG+ defaults to Knightmare difficulty, and you can't change it. It certainly makes the Two Face bits a bit more difficult, because getting shot is almost always deadly.
Tezcatlipoca
I found it on YouTube :D
Harry
Yeah Tez just start a new game and play for 5 mins
NighteyesUK
Tezcatlipoca
Finally! Good review :) What are the changes with NG+? Is there more to it than simply having you unlocked stuff carry over?
There's one very noticeable change at the beginning. Other than that everything carries over, but guns do more damage, and you don't get the Counter indicators. And thanks! :)
Tezcatlipoca
Finally! Good review :) What are the changes with NG+? Is there more to it than simply having you unlocked stuff carry over?
Harry
A fair review but I really enjoy the tank stuff personally. I think the trick is to manoeuvre the tank with the left stick to aim just as as much if not more than using the right stick to aim. I started new game + last night and the changes at the beginning were cool but I think i'm going to trade this in at Amazon in a week or so and move on to something else.
NighteyesUK
Finally... http://gamestyle.com/review/batman-arkh ... ht-review/
NighteyesUK
Laugh it up, fuzzball. And no, no panel. Just some guys who take their sweet time.
hallben
I thought it was quite easy to put things on web sites nowadays. I mean, I put my own review up, it was very liberating. :D
Tezcatlipoca
That's really odd :? Didn't you submit it on Tuesday? Is it undergoing some sort of Polygon-style review panel or something? :?
NighteyesUK
I know, the guy is taking fucking ages to put it up. :?
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Payday 2: Crimewave Edition review

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There’s something inherently cool about defying the odds with your friends and getting away with the rewards of taking risks. Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is all about working together with three buddies and pulling off big scores, even when it inevitably goes wrong and the bullets start flying.

Following the now veteran antics of Chains, Wolf, Dallas and Hoxton, you’re tasked with planning and executing a string of crimes that range from bank heists, jewellery store robberies and meth cooking. All the planning in the world can’t guarantee that things will go without a hitch. Sometimes a pesky civilian will spot you acting shifty, sometimes the game will decide to crash. Much like real crime, Payday 2 comes with its own unaccountable factors.

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Danger Moss
I won't be getting it as I'll likely never play it. Read in a few different places the online is fucked.
Born2beSlicker
Yup, I'm reviewing it. So if anybody has it on XBO or wants to join me, shout out and we'll do crime stuffs.
Craigimt
I haven't but I enjoyed what I played of it on 360 so I might pick it up.
Born2beSlicker
*bump* Did anybody pick this up on XBO? We got a review code and it would be much better to play with people I/we (haven't decided who's getting it but I think it's me) know than randoms.
PreachedMONKEY
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to Xbox One on 12 June
patrick_bateman
Coming June. WIth all the DLC (about £90 quids worth) Brilliant game and a true co-op experience. Its bloody exhilarating. Played the 360 version to death, might pick this up if others do. http://www.videogamer.com/ps4/payday_2_ ... _june.html
kelticdave
Hotline Miami DLC and if you've not seen it already or played it
The Dentist DLC (Big Bank Heist)
Armored Transport DLC
DragonBugg
It's fucking fantastic, but just beware. Once you do every mission several times each, the game gets repetitive. I kinda got bored because every mission was routine eventually, and nothing new ever really happens. If they came out with more missions I'd be all over this shit again, it's a well made game!
patrick_bateman
Brilliant game.
Born2beSlicker
Online demo. For those who didn't get around to trying this.
Born2beSlicker
It's RRP is £29.99, which is the price in GAME? Amazon is almost never the intended price.
Danger Moss
Born2beSlicker
Out now on Games on Demand for £29.99 http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Produ ... 02464f0800 If you can't find a disc, here you go.
I knew they would charge more than the physical copy. They can fuck right off.
StealthySteveo
You are mistaken, thats Payday 1
sono
The game is free with Playstation plus subscription if I am not mistaken.
Born2beSlicker
Out now on Games on Demand for £29.99 http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Produ ... 02464f0800 If you can't find a disc, here you go.
patrick_bateman
I will be on all night.
Craigimt
That depends how late you're on. I might be on just after 11:30.
StealthySteveo
So, this games awesome :D boosted last night anyone around for games later?
F2
Spoke to the buyers in my company today they assured me they could get me some rocking horse shit first, just not enough made it seems, similar to what happened with Dead Island when it first came out no interest pre-launch then post it exploded.
Danger Moss
Brocktas
Interestingly, it's topped the charts this weekend. I'd love to see the sales figures to see if it's because nothing else was out or demand has been that high.
A combination of both I reckon. The £24.99 price tag and favourable reviews would have helped as well.
Bryanee1983
I was lucky to get my copy considering I only ordered on Wednesday. I had the last copy Shopto had in stock.
Born2beSlicker
There's been word about how they only printed enough copies for pre-order demand and a little above that. Huge miscalculation, as nowhere in any market had enough physical copies for the demand.
Brocktas
Danger Moss
Well this game is indeed hard to track down. Tried 3 or 4 places in town yesterday with no joy. A guy working in GAME tried to tell we it wasn't out till next Friday and would I like to pre order it! :facepalm: Might not bother with it just now.
Interestingly, it's topped the charts this weekend. I'd love to see the sales figures to see if it's because nothing else was out or demand has been that high.
Danger Moss
Well this game is indeed hard to track down. Tried 3 or 4 places in town yesterday with no joy. A guy working in GAME tried to tell we it wasn't out till next Friday and would I like to pre order it! :facepalm: Might not bother with it just now.
StealthySteveo
I am about today for more games, yesterday was awesome :D
F2
If you can, its impossible to find, I managed to get a copy had some really good games with Ryan, Bryanee and Stevo last night but as Ryan said you need to be leveled up to do anything we've gotten to a good point now where we can work as a team to do stuff
Danger Moss
Reading you guys comments is really making we want this game. Might pop up town and get it in a bit.
patrick_bateman
Its the most fun i have had this year with a game. I have only been playing co-op. It has a steep learning curve of trial and error. You cannot stealth a mission without leveling up. And it takes a lot of planning. Its not cheap. Things like people seeing you too quick comes down to your visability (which depends on armour and guns) Me suicidalsteve, byranee and craig have put a shitload of hours into it and have learned that the best thing is to experiment. NOthing much is explained to you. If you fuck up something, it is your fault. You didnt get the guards, didnt buy the assets etc. Its pretty much the most realistic stealth game ever made. Its fucking brilliant. Best co-op game i have played in a long time. Better than L4D.
Bryanee1983
The only way anyone should play this is with real people over XBL. The AI is terrible and only helpful at picking you up if you're downed because for some reason they can do it from further away and move around whilst doing it sometimes. Had some fantastic games today. Twas fun, I levelled up a tonne as well.
StealthySteveo
Game is very very hard i have found, the AI is appaling, in one mission, my team-mate just went and stood by a wall and did fuck all as me and the other dude got killed :|
Danger Moss
Leecpfc
Secondly, is there a way to, for example, rob a jewelry store without the cops getting involved - I'll admit I'm playing with CitizenErasedUK and 2 AI and I'm not sure if it's us or them whose making the mistakes.
According to reviews I've read it is. But its pretty much impossible without 4 competent human players as the AI is piss poor. Almost bought this yesterday but got Heavy Rain for PS3 instead. Might get it next week though.
Leecpfc
I've enjoyed what I've played so far, but some of it is a bit confusing. For example why do cops/undercover cops shoot at you before you've donned your mask and you're literally doing nothing suspicious at all? How would they know you're a criminal? Secondly, is there a way to, for example, rob a jewelry store without the cops getting involved - I'll admit I'm playing with CitizenErasedUK and 2 AI and I'm not sure if it's us or them whose making the mistakes.
patrick_bateman
This game is great. Loving it.
Leecpfc
Game in Portsmouth had two left after I bought two.
F2
Just headed to the shops to pick this up and not one store had any stock, even the company I work for only had pre-orders, was going to buy it but dont think I will bother now.
Leecpfc
Well, I'm never preordering anything from Amazon again; Hello, We regret to inform you that the following items have been delayed as we are still awaiting stock from our suppliers : "Payday 2 (Xbox 360)" Estimated arrival date: September 03 2013 - September 27 2013
bosshog
patrick_bateman
Tried to add you but dont think you accepted my request. Anyway. I will be on all day tomorrow. Heading down the shops at 9am to get it.
I've accepted friend request, can't wait to play this.
Craigimt
Can't believe how fast time flew by as we were playing this. It looks like doing stealth right through a mission is going to be solid. Excellent game so far though.
Bryanee1983
This game is pretty darn good. Very intense at times.
patrick_bateman
Tried to add you but dont think you accepted my request. Anyway. I will be on all day tomorrow. Heading down the shops at 9am to get it.
bosshog
My copy arrived today but not able to play until tomorrow, should be on after 7:30pm
patrick_bateman
Ive just read about 8 reviews, everyone giving it an 8 and saying the same thing. Single player is shite but it has one of the best co-op experiences this gen.
bosshog
Got confirmation email from Game that my copy has been dispatched, nice to see reviews are good.
patrick_bateman
Review scores.
EUROGAMER - When all its clunky gears suddenly align, the result remains phenomenal: a combination of Left 4 Dead's randomly generated mayhem and the muscular precision of a hardcore shooter
IGN - 8/10 Eurogamer - 8/10 http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013- ... y-2-review God is a Geek(?) - 8/10 All reviews say its brilliant but dont touch single player, its impossible to play.
patrick_bateman
good stuff steveo. Iv been itching to play a multiplayer game with a few of the old crew. Should be fun.
StealthySteveo
I am getting it too so will defo be up for co-op
Craigimt
Well if you're on then I'll have to have some games with you.
patrick_bateman
Im usually always on after midnight craig.
Craigimt
I've got it ordered but I won't be able to play it online on the evenings until the Monday unless you guys are on after midnight cause I'll be working.
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Destiny: The Taken King Collector’s Edition digital content will be sold separately

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Bungie’s “DeeJ” has announced in a Bungie Weekly Update that the digital content present in Destiny: The Taken King – Collector’s Edition will be made available separately for $20.

The move follows recent criticism of the pricing of The Taken King, and the fact that fans who already owned Destiny’s base game and first two expansions would previously have had to purchase the expensive Collector’s Edition if they wanted its new emotes and other digital content.

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Tezcatlipoca
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015- ... aiting-for I really should try and get back into Destiny and see how it's changed since release, as it sounds like The Taken King will be an improvement.
Born2beSlicker
And a "life". What's that about?
Craigimt
We already tried to get games going with you but apparently you have a "job". :lol:
hallben
:o :? :x :mrgreen:
Born2beSlicker
We had the people for once. You know we'll be running it a bunch of times.
hallben
You didnt wait for me, even though I was busy playing a game for review. Frankly I am hurt and feel betrayed.
Born2beSlicker
Good run tonight with Craig and Andy (and his son). First PoE32 and Nightfall and they went really well. Wednesday, we're going all in. Nightfall, VOG, PoE Crota. Whatever we don't get done, I'm free until Friday. So if you want to raid or run PoE with us, Wednesday is the day you want to be on.
Colonel Red
Reaper Uk
Colonel Red
Great session tonight with Halliben and Slicker. Now where can I find a decent deal on DLC?
Was good fun worth it for the halliben comment alone! Let me know if you guys want to run it again this week or want to give crota a try!
I totally forgot to name drop you, sorry dude! Was good company all round!
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Destiny: The Taken King Collector’s Edition digital content will be sold separately
Born2beSlicker
I won't be on tonight but I'll be up for stuff over the weekend.
hancocaj
Ah - I saw a couple of you online last night - I saw Born2beSlicker is now a saintly 32!? I *might* get on tonight - I'm trying to do 3 32's and will have a titan needing to do a 34 as well. Also happy to jump into a raid at any time if you need one more (I am generally "support guy muddling through" rather than "Star sword bearer").
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Destiny’s PlayStation timed-exclusive content will be refreshed when it hits Xbox this autumn
Craigimt
Well I'm off work today so I'm up for some Destiny.
Born2beSlicker
The more the better. Always looking for people to PoE or Raid or Crucible with.
Craigimt
I've still got Destiny but I haven't touched any of the House of Wolves content yet.
Born2beSlicker
I'm up for PoE tonight or anytime this week.
Reaper Uk
Im up for that, need to do this weeks on all three characters so just give me a shout on twitter and will come on if free.
hallben
:x I know me and Marc would like to do some POE at 32 or above.
Reaper Uk
Colonel Red
Great session tonight with Halliben and Slicker. Now where can I find a decent deal on DLC?
Was good fun worth it for the halliben comment alone! Let me know if you guys want to run it again this week or want to give crota a try!
Mr C
40 quid for an expansion! That means that someone who has bought the game day one would have to spend 80 quid extra to have access to all the content. Bungie truly have sold their soul to the devil.
Born2beSlicker
BXB: Bungie responds to Taken King's pricing crticism. Veteran players who can't get the new emotes and gear that are exclusive to the Taken King Legendary bundle (buying everything again) are to expect "something better" as a reward. More details on Thursday.
Born2beSlicker
At 2:35:38 Giant Bomb talks to Bungie about Destiny. There's Taken King talk in there but the most interesting is Jeff talking about his experience at launch and how the game has serious problems, only for the developer talk about how the studio feels the same and they have been changing so much since launch. Then they say how there is more stuff that needs to change for the better. It really highlights my own experience with the game. At launch, the game was shite. The potential is there but the promise of what was meant to be was not even close to what was released. However, now it's actually a pretty enjoyable experience that seems to be getting better with each update. Bungie has always been good at addressing feedback but it's nice to see them be so hands on with fixing what sucks. It makes me hopeful that Destiny year 2 and Destiny 2 will continue to be stronger experiences.
hallben
BAD IDEA!
Craigimt
Can you not use someone elses account to get the DLC?
Born2beSlicker
It was a good night. Though there's zero deals on the DLC and the bundles include the base game. If you bought it digitally at launch, you got boned and that sucks.
Colonel Red
Great session tonight with Halliben and Slicker. Now where can I find a decent deal on DLC?
Born2beSlicker
I'll be on tonight around 7pm. Come join if you want to raid.
Born2beSlicker
VOG. Tomorrow. Who's in?
Tezcatlipoca
Mopping up: Britxbox - E3 2015: 15 September release date confirmed for Destiny: The Taken King
Born2beSlicker
Well, my copy of Destiny didn’t sell! Looks like I’m stuck with it, lol. Noticed the Vanguard edition is on sale for £42. If I sold my copy for what I paid for it (£15), I'd spend less money on the Vanguard edition which comes with the DLC than buying the DLC on its own.
Jerec
Born2beSlicker
That's not how I felt at all, actually. It's quite the opposite, hence why I'm out as hard as I am. You're fine with a bullshit system. I didn't think the game would pull such a shitty trick that I was floored it had the balls to do it and people defend it. Like I said, I might be back with a GOTY edition but I'd rather not risk wasting my time in an endless loop that might not pay out unless I pay up.
Its annoying yes, but its the risk/reward system that's in place and like any gamble it may not work out for you. I wanted the new Purifiers Robe for my Warlock, so I buy one, get a Hunter chest, second was a Titan chest, the third (after buy 2 at once to save the walk) was the Purifier Robe (win!) the 4th was the same Hunter chest I got the first time. So it cost me a load of Motes, but these days they come thick and fast so its not difficult to amass them through the week. As Hallben said, it states quiet clearly that this is a Random Class item, no trick. It sounds to me, that as much as you may want to like this game, you won't be able to.
Born2beSlicker
That's not how I felt at all, actually. It's quite the opposite, hence why I'm out as hard as I am. You're fine with a bullshit system. I didn't think the game would pull such a shitty trick that I was floored it had the balls to do it and people defend it. Like I said, I might be back with a GOTY edition but I'd rather not risk wasting my time in an endless loop that might not pay out unless I pay up.
hallben
Born2beSlicker
I know it says it. That doesn't mean it's not bullshit.
That's crazy dude. If you're warned and you knew how can you be pissed? Strange coins are what you should have been accumulating for Xur. The mote engram is always just a bit of fun lucky dip as motes have always been a BS currency with little actual use. Sounds like you were in the fence and looking for an excuse to drop the game. That's fair as it's a far from perfect experience for many. Xur tipped you over the edge.
Born2beSlicker
I know it says it. That doesn't mean it's not bullshit. Also, I barely had enough to buy that after 30 hours. It will take less because I'm in the end game now but it's still hours to grind for a dice roll. It seems a fair bit easier with DLC but again, £35 get more grind on, that's a hard sell, especially when it's threatening to fuck you. Ain't got time for that.
hallben
When you go to purchase it it tells you the engram can be for any class though! It's also still worth it for the components you get from scraping it as they are key elements to levelling other exotics. Motes of light are also relatively easy to come bye. But oh well. You're clearly pissed at the game now.
Born2beSlicker
I checked. It was an engram. Nothing about class specific. The game's RNG is able to fuck you after hours of grinding. I'm not facing that risk again. You should not be able to pay for junk, all it does is say that you need to roll a new character to redeem it. That's even more time down the toilet. It's disrespectful and highly cynical of Bungie.
hallben
Dude?! You're crazy. I can testify to the fact you were having fun. You made a mistake and wasted a certain currency on a bad purchase. A purchase of an item that can be for any class (if it was the chest piece, or you just strait up bought the wrong class specific item). I can't believe this has burnt you the way it has! Oh well, I'm glad you gave it a shot.
Born2beSlicker
Yeah, no. I think Xur has burst my bubble and I've fallen back on "why am I here"? I'm just not prepared to run the risk of having my time disrespected more than once. With E3 which will keep me busy, the stack of games I need to finish and the stack of games coming this year, I'm putting it on eBay and cutting my loses. Not that I won't ever be back. Maybe Taken King or some kind of GOTY edition will work on me. Really glad I didn't buy the expansions as I've lost all enthusiasm for it. Still, 35-40 hours, level 26, can't say I didn't get my £15's worth.
hancocaj
Ok - dont play crucible if you don't like it. - i mean that as in dont make yourself miserable over it :-) You've got a bit stuck and unfortunately the mis-sold (did you use motes or coins?) exotic has stopped you jumping up into the 30's and in touching distance of everything else. :cry: Do VoG with 6 people you kind of know (LFG could be really bad or really good) - either you'll think "meh!" and not bother again or you'll like it and maybe get stuck in again. IMHO the two main points of the game are to try VoG and play with mates/acquaintances you've picked up along the way... You may or may not know already but the destiny reddit is pretty good. This thread always goes up each week:- https://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame ... _20150612/ and someone always posts something like this:- https://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame ... 12/cs44792 So you can get a feel for what's worth buying.
Born2beSlicker
Since getting to the point where I was enjoying the grind loop in this game, this is the first time the game has pissed me off back to the "fuck, I could be playing a better game" feeling. Lots of good will and tolerance for its sloppy execution was diluted in two seconds. I've went from "do I get the expansions"? To "do I sell the game now and move on" in such a short space in time, it's embarrassing that a game can fuck a player over like that. Never mind that it still wants me to play Cruicible to grind a rank for better gear when I just don't enjoy it at all.
Danger Moss
Yeah it was shit like that happening that ended my time with Destiny.
Born2beSlicker
I don't find that as acceptable. Especially when grinding what he wants is more difficult without the expansions. It being a dice roll on whether it's good or not, fine. A dice roll on whether you can even use it, fuck that.
hallben
Ok what you did there was either buy the wrong thing (he has three pieces of armour one for each class and a gun) with coins or the random chest piece with motes of light. If it was the chest piece it's the risk you take. I just bought it and it's the first time in ages it was for my class.
Born2beSlicker
I'm level enough for VOG. Kinda getting sick of this game's shit though. Just spent a bunch of strange coins to get my first exotic...not for my class. THANKS! So to get better stuff apart from a drop I need to grind Cruicible for better rep rank but I really don't like it because it's all super moves and shotguns. That's just not fun. Really put me in a sour mood. Fucking Xur.
hancocaj
Blue gear - those were the days :-) Drop rates are better these days so you should hopefully get some purple armour soon. There are two main flavours now - "standard" legendary will get you up to level 32 and "fancy" legendary (from completing PoE at 32/34 and ToO) will get you to 34. Usually people get to 32 via random drops and buying gear...plus getting an exotic or two from Xur. Just taken a quick look at your profile - you've got enough crucible marks to buy almost two pieces of armour - you "just" need to get your crucible rep up to level 2 (best way is via bounties from the bounty bot) and by then you'll have 150 marks for two pieces (excluding a helmet). The other way is to do the weekly mission and nightfall which give very good drops when you're early game. The weekly gives you strange coins which let you buy exotics, and the nightfall will give you a guaranteed legendary or exotic drops. I might get on over the weekend and if I do I'm happy to try and get you through one or both - I'll hopefully have someone else on in my friends list who can help as i tend to die too much for a nightfall!! first time through you'll be a bit of a passenger/medic and it might not be much fun but then you'll get some decent gear and stat boosts and then you can participate :-) In terms of VoG - you probably will miss a bit of the wonder but other people that have gone through for the first time (especially if they had done Crota a few times) with experienced players have still loved it.
Born2beSlicker
Sorry, I was out last night unexpectedly so I missed out on this until now.
Jerec
To date it would be 2 Story expansions (10 levels), 3 Strikes, 1 Raid: Crota's End, 8 Crucible maps, The Prison of Elders Arena (Horde type) and Trials of Osiris (3v3 Elimination over 9 games) and a few odds and sods like new Sparrow and Emblems etc. I know its a hard pill to swallow, £35 seems a lot of money, especially when the 'Full' game at launch wasn't massive to start with, but I think when you weigh up the hours you play compared to another £50 game, the cost is nothing really.
I can understand the logic. It's just that the only thing that seems to actually be locked out is the story missions, strikes and raids. When it comes to loot and crucible maps, they're available to me. With the story content not being that great (though I've read this stuff is better than the main game), is it worth that? Like you said, if it's providing hundreds of hours of content, it makes complete sense. I guess I just don't know if I'll be one of those people putting in hundreds of hours. I'll have games to review and of course, Halo 5 will be the game I keep coming back to, much like you with Destiny.
hancocaj
OK - read it - I think you have hit quite a lot of nails on quite a lot of heads.
Thanks! I appreciate you reading it and I'm glad you liked it.
hancocaj
I would emphasise the sense of community - playing Destiny has been like being on Xbox Live back when it was new. You connect up with players either via forums, or LFG sites, and for the most part they are semi-reasonable human beings who can actively communicate and help get stuff done. It will probably have a different feel now, but it's hard to describe the excitement of managing to find 5 other willing Guardians (easier if you have lots of gamer friends!) early on in the games life and plunging down into the vault of glass. Having 6 players, working really hard to beat game mechanics and shoot monsters as a team, is just a great feeling.
Jerec
I consider myself a veteran Destiny player, and there are still new Destiny players coming into the fray and it is pure joy to guide these guys through the game, whether its the Vault of Glass, teaming up for Iron Banner or even just a story mission thats holding them back. Its this compassion that we (long time Destiny players) all share and strive to give. Like for example since I was level 30 and able to run the Vault, I've missed out on Fatebringer (arguably the best Hand Cannon in the game) and so we all banded together to grind it out, week after week after week, and each game we played, someone that didn't have it, got it, but they would still join in the next week and the week after, and finally I got it (well 2 in fact in the same drop! :roll: ) and we all celebrated and T-Shirts were printed (I was there when....) and that was great. And I believe there are others that need the same assistance and thats what I do, this weekend I'm grinding out the Vault again to hopefully get one of my PS buddies a Fatebringer, and for me fingers crossed for Hawkmoon!
That's something I've heard a lot. The perception seems to be that the Destiny community is chill and helpful. I just don't have a dedicated fire team, most of my friend's list who plays already has their group and have been grinding for months already. Ben has been a big help but it's not enough for raids or being an effective team in crucible. I can imagine having a team that plays every (or other) night provides a much better experience. If you do see me on Destiny, I'm up for forming a team. Though I wonder if I will have a different/lesser experience because you guys know all the secrets to the VOG and I don't, so the sense of discovery is gone and a sense of order is installed.
hancocaj
I forgot about trials - I think you're a Halo online MP fan? - Trials is a really intense PvP mode where you HAVE to co-ordinate as a team of 3. and it's an elimination mode so once you've lost 3 games your progress is "fixed". The more wins you can get before you accrue 3 losses the better the loot - up to 9 wins. If you like loot drops etc and are sucked in to Destiny then it has a really big pay-off if you manage to go 9-0. Regular players have been going nuts about it :-)
I am a Halo guy, yeah. Halo is my go to multiplayer experience when it comes to PvP, so as you can expect, Halo 5 is my big thing this year which is the biggest threat to Destiny's shelve life for the future. The ToO sounds like a lot of fun (and is much like Breakdown in H5). I'm not nearly good enough or have good enough gear to be competitive though. I can only imagine those hardcore in the Trials are level 32-34 and dedicated as fuck.
hancocaj
If you're getting a VoG run together then PM me - if I can make it I'd love to jump in
On that note, I'm actually not levelled up enough for VOG yet. I'm a 25, so will be trying to up my stats as best I can. Even if I don't commit to the DLC and the hundreds of hours like you guys, I'd at very least love to do the raid and finish all the game's content available to me before selling my disc. There's also very much the possibility that the VOG is what pushes me to buy the expansions as well. Who knows.
hancocaj
Had my 5th Gjallarhorn drop last night, did not need! :lolno:
Ha, I've seen videos of people freaking the fuck out when they get it and you're just like URGH SO USELESS! :D I've just had my first Legendary drop and it was a Titan Mark, was so annoyed. Thankfully when I first logged in, Bungie (I don't know why) had put a Legendary sniper from House of Wolves into my post box, so that has been a sweet back up in PvE. Everything else I have though is blue gear.
hancocaj
I'd love to do more of that - I know all the theory of what to do on all the raids etc but I'm only average at actually shooting things so I don't feel I can say too much when going through the levels. I still don't have Fatebringer, Blackhammer or the Ghorn...but I'm lacking the will or determination at the moment to grind it out for them. I've done two big grinds recently - getting two alts to max a sub-class for an achievement - and IB to get Etheric light...I think that's enough...for now...
Jerec
hancocaj
BUT I'm sure I will end up loading it up if I see a few people online and wanting help.
This ^ has become another reason as to why I still play. I consider myself a veteran Destiny player, and there are still new Destiny players coming into the fray and it is pure joy to guide these guys through the game, whether its the Vault of Glass, teaming up for Iron Banner or even just a story mission thats holding them back. Its this compassion that we (long time Destiny players) all share and strive to give. Like for example since I was level 30 and able to run the Vault, I've missed out on Fatebringer (arguably the best Hand Cannon in the game) and so we all banded together to grind it out, week after week after week, and each game we played, someone that didn't have it, got it, but they would still join in the next week and the week after, and finally I got it (well 2 in fact in the same drop! :roll: ) and we all celebrated and T-Shirts were printed (I was there when....) and that was great. And I believe there are others that need the same assistance and thats what I do, this weekend I'm grinding out the Vault again to hopefully get one of my PS buddies a Fatebringer, and for me fingers crossed for Hawkmoon! Had my 5th Gjallarhorn drop last night, did not need! :lolno:
hancocaj
I forgot about trials - I think you're a Halo online MP fan? - Trials is a really intense PvP mode where you HAVE to co-ordinate as a team of 3. and it's an elimination mode so once you've lost 3 games your progress is "fixed". The more wins you can get before you accrue 3 losses the better the loot - up to 9 wins. If you like loot drops etc and are sucked in to Destiny then it has a really big pay-off if you manage to go 9-0. (it's not that fixed as you can go and buy a fresh new scorecard and try again - and see if you can manage more wins before you get to the 3 losses). Regular players have been going nuts about it :-) If you're getting a VoG run together then PM me - if I can make it I'd love to jump in
hancocaj
Edit - I wrote this post just after you put your article up - I see you've swapped a few replies with Jerec before I managed to hit post. OK - read it - I think you have hit quite a lot of nails on quite a lot of heads. I would emphasise the sense of community - playing Destiny has been like being on Xbox Live back when it was new. You connect up with players either via forums, or LFG sites, and for the most part they are semi-reasonable human beings who can actively communicate and help get stuff done. It will probably have a different feel now, but it's hard to describe the excitement of managing to find 5 other willing Guardians (easier if you have lots of gamer friends!) early on in the games life and plunging down into the vault of glass. Having 6 players, working really hard to beat game mechanics and shoot monsters as a team, is just a great feeling. I think I've put 380 hours into this game for a few reasons:- Biggest by far - the social side of online co-op - people have really had to help each other get through levels The loot grind of getting good loot - particularly to get to max level Combining the two - an element of keeping up with the Joneses as you want/need to stay near max level to keep playing with everyone I'm probably now at the stage where I'm less fussed about playing it - I want to get a few more PoE runs done so i can ascend my favurtite guns...then I'm pretty much done. BUT I'm sure I will end up loading it up if I see a few people online and wanting help.
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