Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review

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Lego is about building stuff. Here’s another Lego game that doesn’t get it.

Of all the illogical, exasperating and lazily designed moments in Lego Batman 3, one of the worst comes early on when the Dark Knight becomes hypnotised in his own Bat Cave. Under Brainiac’s control, Batman blindly begins to break all of those wonderful toys.

Robin and Alfred look on, discussing how they might stop him from destroying absolutely everything. The inevitable solution of course – this being a Lego game from Traveller’s Tales – is to…destroy absolutely everything? It makes little sense in any aspect, being quite happy to settle for confused arbitrariness. Any pretense of care in the design of this franchise has long since fallen away.

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Sunset Overdrive gets 24 hour free offering

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Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the Xbox One and to celebrate, Microsoft is giving all Xbox Live Gold members access to Sunset Overdrive for the day.

Beginning at 5am on Saturday, Sunset Overdrive will be a free download for the whole game. Earn achievements, play online and take on the leaderboards as you survive the Awesomepocalypse. If you want to continue with the game after the trial expires, buying the game allows you to continue with your progress where you left off.

Source: Major Nelson

Power of Defiance 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 Defiance” DLC bundle for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

The Power of Defiance bundle contains the Test of Defiance Challenge Mode, the “Defiant to the End” Epic Rune (which gives players an additional Last Chance), and a skin to allow players to take on the appearance of Marwen’s daughter Lithariel.

According to the WBIE press release, the Power of Defiance DLC will be available from today via a free content update for Xbox One, PS4, and Steam.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Content Update for matchmaking and other issues is now live (update)

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343 Industries has announced that the latest content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, originally expected yesterday before being delayed, is now live and is rolling out to all regions. “on track” to be released “mid-late afternoon” Pacific Time (GMT-8) today, Thursday 20 November.

The update is intended to deal with the matchmaking issues that have plagued Halo: The Master Chief Collection since it launched for Xbox One last week, plus contains fixes for various UI, Campaign, and game-specific issues.

The full and detailed list of changes made by the update is available at Halo Waypoint, where there is also a regularly updated support FAQ covering the game’s issues and 343i’s work to fix it.

(post updated after the patch went live at midnight GMT on 21 November)

Xbox One first anniversary gifts from Microsoft

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Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has announced on Xbox Wire that a range of gifts will be made available to Xbox One owners, to celebrate Saturday 22 November’s one year anniversary of the console’s release.

Hryb said that the gifts were being awarded to show Microsoft’s appreciation for the “loyal and continued support” of Xbox One fans over the past year.

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Titanfall Deluxe Edition coming to Xbox One from 25 November

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The official Titanfall website has announced the Titanfall Deluxe Edition, a download-only version of Titanfall that will include all three DLC map packs: Expedition, Frontier’s Edge, and IMC Rising.

The Titanfall Deluxe Edition is available now via Origin for PC, with the Xbox One release starting on 25 November.

No UK price has been announced yet for Xbox One, but the US price will be $49.99.

Bungie has released a free demo for Destiny

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Bungie has released a free trial/demo for Destiny, which it says offers “a sampling of character creation and progression, story mission content, along with cooperative and social activities”.

The current gen Destiny Trial for Xbox One and PS4 requires 20GB of space, while the last gen Destiny Demo for Xbox 360 and PS3 requires 6GB of space. The relevant versions are available to download from the Xbox Store / PlayStation Store as appropriate.

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This week’s Deals with Gold – including Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for Xbox One

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Major Nelson’s blog has revealed this week’s Deals with Gold, which include 33-50% off Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for Xbox One.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 can get a variety of discounts, including 50% off Tomb Raider (2013), 75% off each of Tomb Raider: Underworld, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and Tomb Raider: Legend, and 67% off Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.