ESL eSports app released for Xbox One

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Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and ESL Gaming have announced the release of the ESL eSports app for Xbox One, which allows Xbox One players in Europe and North America to connect and compete against each other within ESL, the Electronic Sports League.

The ESL app enables Xbox One players to find and sign-up for competitions, track their progress, submit results, view and contact teammates and opponents, plus read the latest eSports news from ESLGaming.com.

According to the announcement by ESL Gaming, there are also many more features on the way, including “full team functionality”.

Power of Shadow free DLC released for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) today announced the release of the free “Power of Shadow” DLC bundle for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

The Power of Shadow bundle contains a skin to allow players to take on the appearance of their in-game nemesis, Sauron’s Black Hand, along with new Epic Runes including One with Nature, Ascendant, and Elven Grace.

According to the WBIE press release the Power of Shadow DLC is available now for Xbox One, with the PS4 and Steam releases coming “soon”.

Alien: Isolation – Corporate Lockdown, the first add-on for Survivor Mode, will be released on 28 October

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SEGA has announced that Corporate Lockdown, the first of five planned add-on packs for Alien: Isolation’s Survivor Mode, will be released on 28 October.

Corporate Lockdown sees players take control of Seegson Executive Ransome as he tries to escape Sevastopol Station before the events of Alien: Isolation itself.

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Xbox One Digital TV Tuner launched in the UK

Graeme “AceyBongos” Boyd, Social Marketing Manager for Xbox EMEA, has announced on Xbox Wire that the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner has now launched in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The £24.99/€29.99 Digital TV Tuner, first announced in August, connects to the Xbox One via USB and enables users to watch free-to-air digital terrestrial (DVB-T, DVB-T2) and free-to-air digital cable (DVB-C) channels directly through their console (subject to the relevant source connection). It also enables TV to be streamed to SmartGlass on mobile devices.

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Xbox One November Update Preview – profile and background customisation, trending TV, Twitter, and more

Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has announced what’s coming in the November System Update for Xbox One, which is now rolling out to Preview participants and includes profile and background customisation along with TV, SmartGlass, and Store updates.

The November update adds custom backgrounds, which has been a very popular request by fans. Each account can have its own customised background using Achievement art or solid colours, with more options coming in the future.

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This week’s Deals with Gold – including Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition and the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass

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Major Nelson’s blog has revealed this week’s Deals with Gold, which run through to 27 October and include 50% off Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition, 25% off the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass, and 50% off Strike Suit Zero Director’s Cut – all for Xbox One.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 can get a variety of discounts this week, including 50% off Need for Speed Most Wanted and 66% off Burnout Paradise.

The Evil Within review

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Legacy is something that is earned by so few people for achieving extraordinary goals in their field. Shinji Mikami is one such man in the video game industry. Considered the Grand Father of survival horror with the Resident Evil franchise, his last game, Resident Evil 4, is strongly considered one of the greatest and influential games of the past decade. After nine years, he returns with a new studio and a new game, The Evil Within.

The Evil Within not only wants to bring survival horror back to the its roots but intends to show up all the other games that didn’t understand the subtle brilliance Resident Evil 4 had. An admirable challenge but the weight holds a little too much for Tango Gameworks. They don’t drop the ball necessarily but their knees are trembling from the strain of carrying Mikami’s aspirations on their back.

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Born2beSlicker
Finished. 14:27 hours with 75 deaths. Expect my review tomorrow. That ending was so fucking stooopid.
Born2beSlicker
Second half of this game is a lot better than the first half. It's such a muddled mess that I'm not sure if I like it or not. Did make me laugh though. :lol:
Born2beSlicker
I quite like messing around with the villager like enemies. There's fun to be had there even if it's not RE4 fun. It's when it tries puzzles or boss fights, it all goes to shit.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I'm a little ways into Chapter 4. Spent an inordinate amount of time dicking around in chapter 3, just getting myself killed so I could repeatedly toy with the AI in the village arena. Made me hope for a Mercs mode, but I don't think there is one.
Born2beSlicker
When an enemy has his head blown off or stabbed, that seems to be the end of them, at least for me. How far in are you? Also, here's the link to my stream for anybody that cares. It's chapters 4/5 and I die a hell of a lot due to inconsistent rules (boss fights) or me fucking up. http://www.twitch.tv/born2beslicker/b/578776071 I won't deny it's a hard game and that's fine. But when it feels unfair is when the game doesn't indicate what you need to do.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I've had a few get back up, usually they attack from the ground. Could be wrong but I think they sometimes drop items they wouldn't otherwise when burnt. I'm really enjoying it.
Born2beSlicker
Oh man, I'm just noooot enjoying this game at all. Just finished Chapter 5, as I streamed chapters 4/5 and it wasn't fun at all. The stealth stuff with the generic enemies is kind of enjoyable but the boss stuff that spider lady is so clunky. The whole game feels clunky with the narrow field of view and serviceable shooting. I try to be stealthy to not use weapons but when you have invisible enemies that just see you instantly, you're obligated to fighting them. I also can't find a proper reason for the burning bodies mechanic to exist. Yes, it can kill enemies you knock down and it can even kill enemies who stand on the flame as you drop the match. However, when I kill an enemy, that dude is dead. I've yet to see any reanimate, so why do I get asked to burn every single corpse? Really getting the feeling that this game is not fleshed out as much as Mikami envisioned because it's not scary and it's not fun. Two things his games always do a good/great job in executing. Hopefully it picks up in the second half, as the plot barely exists and so does the game.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
kelticdave
:roll: again unlocked the frame-rate shows that the game is locked not because of artistic choice but because the game is badly optimized this is probably the exact same on consoles :lol: Seriously when a game on a 980 can't run at 60fps and still looks mediocre that's got nothing to do with artistic choice :wave:
Well, it has been verified by the developer, explained by me, and matched up with the comments made by the developers of The Order for their game. It runs at 30 because it's supposed to, for completely valid reasons and absolutely delivers on that intent.
Born2beSlicker
3 chapters in. Going to be streaming at 8pm at http://www.twitch.tv/born2beslicker/ if you're interested.
kelticdave
:roll: again unlocked the frame-rate shows that the game is locked not because of artistic choice but because the game is badly optimized this is probably the exact same on consoles :lol: Seriously when a game on a 980 can't run at 60fps and still looks mediocre that's got nothing to do with artistic choice :wave:
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Weird.
Danger Moss
As long as the frame rate is solid I don't give a fuck what it's running at. But artistic choice or not If you put black borders in your game I'm not playing it.
Born2beSlicker
The Order 1886 claims this exact reason to why they went 30fps letterboxed. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-or ... 0-6419888/
MoBiUGeArSkIn
30fps is a closer to the cinema standard 24. Which gives the image more heft and weight. Films shot in HFR are bashed for making the fantastic seem artificial. It's the same here. The game, the way looks, benefits the visual ambience. It makes it less "gamey".
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
They don't all need to run at 60fps, in the way a film doesn't need to run at HFR in Imax. Or colour.
:lol: :facepalm: why not take down your HD display and play them on an old tube display while you're at it as well :facepalm:
Your argument makes no sense, the presentation they've gone for is deliberate. To give the game a cinematic look and feel. Which is what an artist does. It's a great game so far too. Horrible but very fun.
You give me no argument at all that says 30fps is an artistic choice. It's a limitation of the coders not an artistic cinematic choice stop defending bad programming.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
They don't all need to run at 60fps, in the way a film doesn't need to run at HFR in Imax. Or colour.
:lol: :facepalm: why not take down your HD display and play them on an old tube display while you're at it as well :facepalm:
Your argument makes no sense, the presentation they've gone for is deliberate. To give the game a cinematic look and feel. Which is what an artist does. It's a great game so far too. Horrible but very fun.
Floyd
Jerec
So....... Is this game any good then?
It does look good. I think if you're a fan of resident evil/silent hill games then you'll like this. I wasn't sure so I watched the first bit of a lets play on youtube,, and it was mind bending gory stuff. It might have just made it on to my Christmas list....Early days yet, still plenty of games to to come out and I can't get them all!
Jerec
So....... Is this game any good then?
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
They don't all need to run at 60fps, in the way a film doesn't need to run at HFR in Imax. Or colour.
:lol: :facepalm: why not take down your HD display and play them on an old tube display while you're at it as well :facepalm:
kelticdave
its not about being a benchmark of a good game its a standard for PC it should be a standard for these consoles. This shouldn't even be a debate you get next gen consoles with hardware capable of 60fps and you're sitting around saying things like you don't always need 60fps........ :lol: :facepalm: Honestly ? I mean you honestly are sitting there saying this knowing full well that these games should be a default 60fps. :lol:
Born2beSlicker
I agree with Mobi. Nobody is contesting that 1080/60 isn't better, obviously it is. We just feel it isn't mandatory for the benchmark of a good game. I'm starting this today (been busy) and I'm looking forward to seeing if Mikami can surpass RE4's legacy.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
They don't all need to run at 60fps, in the way a film doesn't need to run at HFR in Imax. Or colour.
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
The borders and frame rate are an aesthetic choice by the developer. It's no different to a film director making the same. It's extremely cinematic, gritty and realistic to a point. Not every game NEEDS to run at 60fps, full screen at 1080p.
Wrong but that is generally the opinion of a console gamer. If you play games in 60 or above and then have to be forced to be lowered into something like 30 its an extremely annoying thing to have to put up with. This is the reason I love the PC community because even when a developer forces these choices we fix their mistakes :P. http://30vs60.com/ Please tell me what honestly looks better ? Then say not all games need to run in 60.
hallben
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Not every game NEEDS to run at 60fps, full screen at 1080p.
Now THAT we can agree on.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
The borders and frame rate are an aesthetic choice by the developer. It's no different to a film director making the same. It's extremely cinematic, gritty and realistic to a point. Not every game NEEDS to run at 60fps, full screen at 1080p.
kelticdave
You can uncap the fps in the PC version by running a command but from what I've heard its a bit of a crap port. Which is no surprise with most of these developers today they are artificially making the PC versions look just as bad. Is it some sort of need to make it seem like the current consoles are really powerful :lol: Fuck my 5 year old machine can run most of these games just fine with most settings on ultra. But yeah sounds like a bit of a shame I was watching the console version earlier and the animations are really horrible in parts. :lol:
Born2beSlicker
Bethesda
The letterboxing (a 2:35:1 aspect ratio) is used for gameplay purposes, as certain elements display in the black areas of the screen,"
Apparently it was designed for that ratio and 30fps specifically. The PC can unlock it with debug commands but they say it will hurt the game. I'm not fussed, I'm more interested in if the game is good than if it's a little squashed.
Floyd
It's got texture pop in too.... I don't really like unnecessary borders in games. I think Dragons Dogma had the same thing, I didn't like it.
NighteyesUK
RE4 was down to the hardware limitations at the time. It's inexcusable now. Plus I've also read the game's performance is poor in parts, dipping well below 30fps, and with poor/weird animation glitches. I'll get this when £3 preowned. What a fucking joke.
Born2beSlicker
Apparently it's at a weird aspect ratio, so yes. RE4 did the same thing so I'm not surprised.
NighteyesUK
Wait a minute, it has borders?
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Well this is horrible in the best possible ways. Strikes a nice balance between "Urgh!", " ARGH!" and "Haha!" Great presentation too, love the cinematic feel of 2:35:1
Born2beSlicker
Managed to get a review code. Bethesda seem to be weird with this game and codes. Expect a review in the next week.
kelticdave
Floyd
Looks great! Why can't these games ever seem to get the story right. It seems to be the in thing at the moment, great game, great mechanics, but the story lets it down. I don't care what the genre is, I want a good and solid story.
It works both ways how many games have came out with great story but shit game-play as well ? I would rather prioritize both but developers seem to prioritize one or the other.
Floyd
hallben
I can think of a racing game (Grid I believe) where they tried to do a story, it wasn't good. :D
The first Driver game on the Ps1 is a classic! Not too many though.
Born2beSlicker
Mortal Kombat 9, Persona Arena, BlazBlue are fighting games with good stories. Puzzle Quest wants to...but isn't. Professor Layton however is badass!
hallben
I can think of a racing game (Grid I believe) where they tried to do a story, it wasn't good. :D
Floyd
hallben
Floyd
I don't care what the genre is, I want a good and solid story.
Racing games? Football games? Fighting games? Puzzle games? You sure about that?
Ok, apart from games where there aren't actually stories :P
hallben
Floyd
I don't care what the genre is, I want a good and solid story.
Racing games? Football games? Fighting games? Puzzle games? You sure about that?
Floyd
Looks great! Why can't these games ever seem to get the story right. It seems to be the in thing at the moment, great game, great mechanics, but the story lets it down. I don't care what the genre is, I want a good and solid story.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
MoBiUGeArSkIn
This is starting to look horribly good.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - EGX Preview - The Evil Within
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - The Evil Within has been delayed until October
Tezcatlipoca
Awesome - the same day as Evolve, and the same month as Alien, Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age, Batman... :lol: :x
Lostcauz
Delayed, yet another game launching in October (24th) http://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-ev ... 0-6419828/
Horror game The Evil Within has had its launch date pushed back to October, Bethesda has announced. The game will be released in North America on October 21, followed by October 23 for Australia and New Zealand, and October 24 in European territories. The game's launch has been reportedly delayed to grant the development team additional time to make further balance changes and refinements to the game.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Its this, innit: viewtopic.php?f=74&t=63340&hilit=Zwei Could be good. The fellow who heads up this new studio has credentials. The trailer is a bit generic though.
DragonBugg
Pug
Two vids, no gameplay.
Yes. Okay.
Pug
Two vids, no gameplay.
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection – near-worldwide release date, 20GB day one patch, digital pre-loading now active

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Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries has announced via Halo Waypoint and Xbox Wire that 343i’s Xbox One exclusive Halo: The Master Chief Collection will now have a near-worldwide release, with the majority of countries (including the UK) now getting the game on 11 November, instead of everywhere other than North America having to wait until 14 November.

Ayoub also revealed that the sheer size of the game and everything that 343i has crammed into it means that it will receive a massive 20GB “content update” at launch, in addition to using the majority of the 45GB of space available on a single Blu-ray Disc.

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Born2beSlicker
You're not going to play multiplayer first. Some might, you won't. Nobody here will except for MintSauce and maybe Lostcauz.
Tezcatlipoca
The benefit is that you get the 20GB before release, rather than having to wait for it to download after you have first waited for the disc to install. Some of us are impatient! :lol:
Born2beSlicker
You need Xbox Live to activate the console when you buy it. There's no 100% offline XBO as every single one of them needs to be exposed to the Internet at least once. So if you bought the console, it's established you have Internet in some capacity, hence why this theory doesn't make sense. Buying digital or on disc, you need to hook up to the Internet to get the 20GB for free. There's no benefit to buying it online.
hallben
Born2beSlicker
How does this push to go digital? You're getting the 20GB either way.
Your not if you aint connected to the internet. Which is the entire point, it harkens back to the initial vision of the console. Which means, why bother buying the disk physically in the first place. Its something that would have been a second disk, but MS don't want it to be like that, because they want you buying the product directly from there store. I would say that if this was ANY other publisher it would have been a 2nd disk. Not that I mind as I don't get any physical media from retail any-more.
Tezcatlipoca
You can play the Campaign while the update downloads and installs, as the bulk of the update is for the MP.
Craigimt
Didn't they say you could play while the update downloads? So it wouldn't be too much of an inconvenience.
Tezcatlipoca
... but if you pre-order the digital download you get the 20GB before release and are ready to go at launch, whereas if you get the disc you have to wait until you've installed the 45GB disc on/after release before you can then even start downloading the 20GB. Even if I hadn't already made the decision to "go digital" this gen (on Xbox), this update and the ability to preload would certainly push me towards the download rather than the disc.
Born2beSlicker
How does this push to go digital? You're getting the 20GB either way.
hallben
Is it not more likely that MS wants to push consumers into digital? We already know that makes more business sense for them and it's something they always wanted for the new Xbox One ecosystem.
Tezcatlipoca
While BDs still cost more than DVDs, they're not the kind of awful prices they used to be, plus the cost per disc to MS would probably be fuck all compared to what consumers have to pay, given the scale involved.
Born2beSlicker
I'd think shipping 2 Blu-Rays would be a lot more expensive than 2 DVDs?
Tezcatlipoca
No time to knock my own version up... Eurogamer - Two discs "wasn't practical" for Halo: Master Chief Collection Sourced from posts by Frank O'Connor on NeoGAF: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.ph ... tcount=223 http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.ph ... count=1491 Speculation as to why they didn't just stick the MP on a second disc: 1) Unlike the Xbox 360, the Xbox One cannot link two disc installs together as one game, so the extra 20GB has to come as a download and not a disc installation? Even though the end result of a disc installation is the same as a download - the game is on the HDD - maybe it just can't tie a second disc to the first as a single unified game? Unfortunate if true, but I suppose it could be the case. 2) It's not ready yet! While the game has gone gold, that's obviously just the Campaign given that the 20GB update (bulk of which is the MP) isn't available yet for those who have pre-loaded the digital download. You can't stick something on a disc if it's not actually ready... (this isn't BF4!). I don't care, as buying the download means it'll be downloaded, installed, and updated in time for launch. Still sucks for people buying the disc, though, especially if they have slow / capped broadband.
Born2beSlicker
There's one scene I assume Blur didn't remake from Halo 2. Remember the crashed ship you drive past in Old Mombassa and the ODST squad Cortana contacts to establish the situation on the ground?
Most people who played Halo 2 have never seen this scene, as its on the multiplayer map pack disc.
Tezcatlipoca
hallben
OK, well pre-bought mine, because, um Halo? :D
Lobiwan
Oh yea I'm well anal about all this stuff, even tho I have faith in the fact it will download, I just like to know when it will be happening so I can make sure it's happening.... Because I have faith.... :lol:
Born2beSlicker
The Xbox One's instant on mode, pre-loading games, automatic downloads/installs and preview updates have really revealed just how anal people are about their devices. They make features to be simple and automatic so that you don't need to think about it. "Oh there's a new update? Cool, my Xbox will get round to it". When really it's: "There's a new update?! I tried turning my console on a few times and it still doesn't see it! I can't use it now when it's OLD"!
hallben
Lobiwan
hallben
It will be before the game comes out but probably not by much. Does it really matter?
Yes...
No it doesn't.... :D
Tezcatlipoca
:lol: All that matters is that it downloads the 20GB "content update" before launch, which Ayoub said it will do :) Mine's all installed and ready for the update :)
Lobiwan
hallben
It will be before the game comes out but probably not by much. Does it really matter?
Yes...
hallben
It will be before the game comes out but probably not by much. Does it really matter?
Lobiwan
Wonder when the day 1 patch will pre download, any one know?
Phlashman
Yeah, I preordered this morning. Now it's frustrating I've got the game but I can't play it.
hallben
You can pre-load the 45GB right now.
Phlashman
Really understandable give the amount of content they are putting out. But 65Gb download? They'd better start pre-loading that way in advance.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Halo: The Master Chief Collection – near-worldwide release date, 20GB day one patch, digital pre-loading now active
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Danger Moss
Couldn't you guys just delete stuff instead of shelling out for expensive external drives? I guarantee you all have at least half a dozen games on your internal hdds you'll never play again and you can always re download if needs be. Or how about not pre ordering and downloading a game they'll always be an infinite amount of a month in advance? :lol:
"Delete" stuff? :? :lol:
Born2beSlicker
I'd think it would. They'd be going into the code in an engine that's not there's and both were quite botched due to being rushed out the door. The more custom code they throw in there, the more problems they could be causing because code is chronically unstable in this essence. They couldn't even make online co-op happen for Halo 2 PC because it couldn't handle it. Getting it to sync 2 people online with those old engines was an impressive achievement in itself.
Danger Moss
Couldn't you guys just delete stuff instead of shelling out for expensive external drives? I guarantee you all have at least half a dozen games on your internal hdds you'll never play again and you can always re download if needs be. Or how about not pre ordering and downloading a game they'll always be an infinite amount of a month in advance? :lol:
Born2beSlicker
I honestly don't think the game engine could handle 4 players back in the day. With them running the same code, it doesn't seem possible.
Maybe. But would it really be that much effort?
Tezcatlipoca
Downloading :) I have one of these external drives for my Xbox One: WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Drive - £79 from Amazon Cheap, plus small enough to tuck away out of sight. As it's a portable drive it also means it doesn't need external power - it's powered over the USB connection. No problems with it. They've had good reviews and speed tests, and my wife's used them for ages for her photo stuff.
Lobiwan
Excellent downloading now, :hi5:
Born2beSlicker
I need to send some emails...
Lostcauz
Preload is up, £45 like all MS games. That's me down to 34GB before the patch, I think I'll need a external hard drive as well.
Craigimt
I guess it's time to buy a external hard drive. This must be the biggest game that has been released so far? I can't think of any other game that will take up 65GB straight away.
Lostcauz
It's gone gold. Preload will be up today. https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/comm ... are-golden
One of the questions we get asked most is about worldwide release plans. The reality of worldwide sales and retail processes always makes simultaneous launches challenging. Some fans expressed disappointment in our original planned release date of November 11 in North America and November 14 in several other territories around the world. We heard you loud and clear, and I am happy to announce that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be released on November 11 for the majority of our fans around world!
From the start, our philosophy has been to give Halo fans the best possible experience and not compromise the quality or features of the collection. The result is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will take up almost all of the usable space of a single Blu-ray (45 GB), and we will also issue a content update at launch that is estimated to be 20 GB. You’ll be able to start playing Campaign and more as the content is installing, with some features and multiplayer content being added via the update. Yes, the update is large, but we weren’t about to cut corners to save disc space. This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in. Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch. This will continue right up until launch day.
Floyd
In a way, i'm glad I wont have the chance to get this. Halo 2 was just so damn good back in 2004, I played so much, I even helped run a proper big Halo 2 tournament, rival website to britxbox back then when xbox fan sites were oh so very important business . I was in collage, loads of free time, it was glorious. I was actually really good at the game and I've sucked at multi-player games since (apart from eve-online, but that's different). Anyway, I'll never relive that. The nostalgia factor is good in theory. Money talks though, this will shift a ton load to both new and old players.
Born2beSlicker
I honestly don't think the game engine could handle 4 players back in the day. With them running the same code, it doesn't seem possible.
Danger Moss
Glad to see the campaign scoring stuff is back in. It was a glaring omission from Halo 4. I hope they have match making for it as well. I really wish they had included 4 player coop on Halo CE and 2 though.
Lobiwan
Yes not worried about it going out of stock haha, just really want this game and pre loading makes me feel I'm closer to getting it, also anyone noticed there's no content for the game on the xbox store at all, vidoes ... Nothing... :?: :?:
Tezcatlipoca
Love the idea of the leaderboards and the rivals, plus the jump-to-Achievement stuff will be handy.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s new Campaign Leaderboards explained by 343 Industries
Tezcatlipoca
But you get pre-order exclusive "stuff" that you probably don't care about!
Born2beSlicker
Guys, it's digital. It's not going to run out of stock. It's cool!
Tezcatlipoca
It varies. Some games have been up around two weeks before, but there've been some that have only gone up a week before (e.g. Legend of Korra) and some that have gone up three weeks before, while COD Advanced Warfare went up a whole month before. Sunset Overdrive went up as soon as it had been announced that it had gone gold - which makes the most sense to me for timing. Don't want them up before they've gone gold, as it would potentially mean more patching before release instead of just the seemingly obligatory day one patch.
Craigimt
Pretty sure games are put up for pre-ordering about 2 weeks before.
Tezcatlipoca
It's still a month away from being released. Has it gone gold yet? Although MS hasn't said, I think it's pretty much 100% fucking certain that Halo: The Master Chief Collection *will* be put up for digital pre-ordering and pre-loading. All the big 3rd party games have been made available that way since the feature first started, along with some games that IMO are quite far from being "big". There's no way that an MS 1st party game won't be available for pre-loading - especially as it's the Xbox's flagship franchise.
Phlashman
Yeah, I looked today thinking about pre-ordering. Also thinking being an MS game they'd have it all ready to go. No.
Lobiwan
Do they tell us in advance when the Pre order/downloads are going up on the store?
Tezcatlipoca
(At work, on my phone, hence no article) Campaign Leaderboards https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/comm ... collection
Tezcatlipoca
I like how it also has Achievements for the Collection as a whole, plus the Leaderboard thing sounds interesting.
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Project Cars has been delayed to March 2015

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BANDAI NAMCO Games and Slightly Mad Studios announced today that the release of Project CARS for Xbox One, PS4, and PC has been moved to 17 March 2015 in North America and 20 March 2015 in Europe and Australasia.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s new Campaign Leaderboards explained by 343 Industries

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343 Industries has released a video in which Max Szlagor, Senior Designer at 343i, explains the new Campaign leaderboard features in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

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Born2beSlicker
You're not going to play multiplayer first. Some might, you won't. Nobody here will except for MintSauce and maybe Lostcauz.
Tezcatlipoca
The benefit is that you get the 20GB before release, rather than having to wait for it to download after you have first waited for the disc to install. Some of us are impatient! :lol:
Born2beSlicker
You need Xbox Live to activate the console when you buy it. There's no 100% offline XBO as every single one of them needs to be exposed to the Internet at least once. So if you bought the console, it's established you have Internet in some capacity, hence why this theory doesn't make sense. Buying digital or on disc, you need to hook up to the Internet to get the 20GB for free. There's no benefit to buying it online.
hallben
Born2beSlicker
How does this push to go digital? You're getting the 20GB either way.
Your not if you aint connected to the internet. Which is the entire point, it harkens back to the initial vision of the console. Which means, why bother buying the disk physically in the first place. Its something that would have been a second disk, but MS don't want it to be like that, because they want you buying the product directly from there store. I would say that if this was ANY other publisher it would have been a 2nd disk. Not that I mind as I don't get any physical media from retail any-more.
Tezcatlipoca
You can play the Campaign while the update downloads and installs, as the bulk of the update is for the MP.
Craigimt
Didn't they say you could play while the update downloads? So it wouldn't be too much of an inconvenience.
Tezcatlipoca
... but if you pre-order the digital download you get the 20GB before release and are ready to go at launch, whereas if you get the disc you have to wait until you've installed the 45GB disc on/after release before you can then even start downloading the 20GB. Even if I hadn't already made the decision to "go digital" this gen (on Xbox), this update and the ability to preload would certainly push me towards the download rather than the disc.
Born2beSlicker
How does this push to go digital? You're getting the 20GB either way.
hallben
Is it not more likely that MS wants to push consumers into digital? We already know that makes more business sense for them and it's something they always wanted for the new Xbox One ecosystem.
Tezcatlipoca
While BDs still cost more than DVDs, they're not the kind of awful prices they used to be, plus the cost per disc to MS would probably be fuck all compared to what consumers have to pay, given the scale involved.
Born2beSlicker
I'd think shipping 2 Blu-Rays would be a lot more expensive than 2 DVDs?
Tezcatlipoca
No time to knock my own version up... Eurogamer - Two discs "wasn't practical" for Halo: Master Chief Collection Sourced from posts by Frank O'Connor on NeoGAF: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.ph ... tcount=223 http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.ph ... count=1491 Speculation as to why they didn't just stick the MP on a second disc: 1) Unlike the Xbox 360, the Xbox One cannot link two disc installs together as one game, so the extra 20GB has to come as a download and not a disc installation? Even though the end result of a disc installation is the same as a download - the game is on the HDD - maybe it just can't tie a second disc to the first as a single unified game? Unfortunate if true, but I suppose it could be the case. 2) It's not ready yet! While the game has gone gold, that's obviously just the Campaign given that the 20GB update (bulk of which is the MP) isn't available yet for those who have pre-loaded the digital download. You can't stick something on a disc if it's not actually ready... (this isn't BF4!). I don't care, as buying the download means it'll be downloaded, installed, and updated in time for launch. Still sucks for people buying the disc, though, especially if they have slow / capped broadband.
Born2beSlicker
There's one scene I assume Blur didn't remake from Halo 2. Remember the crashed ship you drive past in Old Mombassa and the ODST squad Cortana contacts to establish the situation on the ground?
Most people who played Halo 2 have never seen this scene, as its on the multiplayer map pack disc.
Tezcatlipoca
hallben
OK, well pre-bought mine, because, um Halo? :D
Lobiwan
Oh yea I'm well anal about all this stuff, even tho I have faith in the fact it will download, I just like to know when it will be happening so I can make sure it's happening.... Because I have faith.... :lol:
Born2beSlicker
The Xbox One's instant on mode, pre-loading games, automatic downloads/installs and preview updates have really revealed just how anal people are about their devices. They make features to be simple and automatic so that you don't need to think about it. "Oh there's a new update? Cool, my Xbox will get round to it". When really it's: "There's a new update?! I tried turning my console on a few times and it still doesn't see it! I can't use it now when it's OLD"!
hallben
Lobiwan
hallben
It will be before the game comes out but probably not by much. Does it really matter?
Yes...
No it doesn't.... :D
Tezcatlipoca
:lol: All that matters is that it downloads the 20GB "content update" before launch, which Ayoub said it will do :) Mine's all installed and ready for the update :)
Lobiwan
hallben
It will be before the game comes out but probably not by much. Does it really matter?
Yes...
hallben
It will be before the game comes out but probably not by much. Does it really matter?
Lobiwan
Wonder when the day 1 patch will pre download, any one know?
Phlashman
Yeah, I preordered this morning. Now it's frustrating I've got the game but I can't play it.
hallben
You can pre-load the 45GB right now.
Phlashman
Really understandable give the amount of content they are putting out. But 65Gb download? They'd better start pre-loading that way in advance.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Halo: The Master Chief Collection – near-worldwide release date, 20GB day one patch, digital pre-loading now active
Tezcatlipoca
Danger Moss
Couldn't you guys just delete stuff instead of shelling out for expensive external drives? I guarantee you all have at least half a dozen games on your internal hdds you'll never play again and you can always re download if needs be. Or how about not pre ordering and downloading a game they'll always be an infinite amount of a month in advance? :lol:
"Delete" stuff? :? :lol:
Born2beSlicker
I'd think it would. They'd be going into the code in an engine that's not there's and both were quite botched due to being rushed out the door. The more custom code they throw in there, the more problems they could be causing because code is chronically unstable in this essence. They couldn't even make online co-op happen for Halo 2 PC because it couldn't handle it. Getting it to sync 2 people online with those old engines was an impressive achievement in itself.
Danger Moss
Couldn't you guys just delete stuff instead of shelling out for expensive external drives? I guarantee you all have at least half a dozen games on your internal hdds you'll never play again and you can always re download if needs be. Or how about not pre ordering and downloading a game they'll always be an infinite amount of a month in advance? :lol:
Born2beSlicker
I honestly don't think the game engine could handle 4 players back in the day. With them running the same code, it doesn't seem possible.
Maybe. But would it really be that much effort?
Tezcatlipoca
Downloading :) I have one of these external drives for my Xbox One: WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Drive - £79 from Amazon Cheap, plus small enough to tuck away out of sight. As it's a portable drive it also means it doesn't need external power - it's powered over the USB connection. No problems with it. They've had good reviews and speed tests, and my wife's used them for ages for her photo stuff.
Lobiwan
Excellent downloading now, :hi5:
Born2beSlicker
I need to send some emails...
Lostcauz
Preload is up, £45 like all MS games. That's me down to 34GB before the patch, I think I'll need a external hard drive as well.
Craigimt
I guess it's time to buy a external hard drive. This must be the biggest game that has been released so far? I can't think of any other game that will take up 65GB straight away.
Lostcauz
It's gone gold. Preload will be up today. https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/comm ... are-golden
One of the questions we get asked most is about worldwide release plans. The reality of worldwide sales and retail processes always makes simultaneous launches challenging. Some fans expressed disappointment in our original planned release date of November 11 in North America and November 14 in several other territories around the world. We heard you loud and clear, and I am happy to announce that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be released on November 11 for the majority of our fans around world!
From the start, our philosophy has been to give Halo fans the best possible experience and not compromise the quality or features of the collection. The result is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will take up almost all of the usable space of a single Blu-ray (45 GB), and we will also issue a content update at launch that is estimated to be 20 GB. You’ll be able to start playing Campaign and more as the content is installing, with some features and multiplayer content being added via the update. Yes, the update is large, but we weren’t about to cut corners to save disc space. This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in. Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch. This will continue right up until launch day.
Floyd
In a way, i'm glad I wont have the chance to get this. Halo 2 was just so damn good back in 2004, I played so much, I even helped run a proper big Halo 2 tournament, rival website to britxbox back then when xbox fan sites were oh so very important business . I was in collage, loads of free time, it was glorious. I was actually really good at the game and I've sucked at multi-player games since (apart from eve-online, but that's different). Anyway, I'll never relive that. The nostalgia factor is good in theory. Money talks though, this will shift a ton load to both new and old players.
Born2beSlicker
I honestly don't think the game engine could handle 4 players back in the day. With them running the same code, it doesn't seem possible.
Danger Moss
Glad to see the campaign scoring stuff is back in. It was a glaring omission from Halo 4. I hope they have match making for it as well. I really wish they had included 4 player coop on Halo CE and 2 though.
Lobiwan
Yes not worried about it going out of stock haha, just really want this game and pre loading makes me feel I'm closer to getting it, also anyone noticed there's no content for the game on the xbox store at all, vidoes ... Nothing... :?: :?:
Tezcatlipoca
Love the idea of the leaderboards and the rivals, plus the jump-to-Achievement stuff will be handy.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s new Campaign Leaderboards explained by 343 Industries
Tezcatlipoca
But you get pre-order exclusive "stuff" that you probably don't care about!
Born2beSlicker
Guys, it's digital. It's not going to run out of stock. It's cool!
Tezcatlipoca
It varies. Some games have been up around two weeks before, but there've been some that have only gone up a week before (e.g. Legend of Korra) and some that have gone up three weeks before, while COD Advanced Warfare went up a whole month before. Sunset Overdrive went up as soon as it had been announced that it had gone gold - which makes the most sense to me for timing. Don't want them up before they've gone gold, as it would potentially mean more patching before release instead of just the seemingly obligatory day one patch.
Craigimt
Pretty sure games are put up for pre-ordering about 2 weeks before.
Tezcatlipoca
It's still a month away from being released. Has it gone gold yet? Although MS hasn't said, I think it's pretty much 100% fucking certain that Halo: The Master Chief Collection *will* be put up for digital pre-ordering and pre-loading. All the big 3rd party games have been made available that way since the feature first started, along with some games that IMO are quite far from being "big". There's no way that an MS 1st party game won't be available for pre-loading - especially as it's the Xbox's flagship franchise.
Phlashman
Yeah, I looked today thinking about pre-ordering. Also thinking being an MS game they'd have it all ready to go. No.
Lobiwan
Do they tell us in advance when the Pre order/downloads are going up on the store?
Tezcatlipoca
(At work, on my phone, hence no article) Campaign Leaderboards https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/comm ... collection
Tezcatlipoca
I like how it also has Achievements for the Collection as a whole, plus the Leaderboard thing sounds interesting.
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