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Xbox One Bundle Offers Assassin's Creed Unity and Black Flag for $399

Written By Kom Limpulnam on Rabu, 15 Oktober 2014 | 23.37

In the lead-up to the holiday season, Microsoft today announced two new Assassin's Creed-themed Xbox One bundles. Through a partnership with Ubisoft, Microsoft will offer a $399 Xbox One bundle that includes a system and a copies of Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. A second bundle will sell for $499 and includes an Xbox One system (with Kinect and a copy of Dance Central Spotlight), as well as copies of both games featured in the other bundle.

Both Assassin's Creed bundles go on sale worldwide (except Japan) on Sunday, November 2. Though you can play Black Flag right out of the box, you'll need to wait until November 11 to play Unity, as that's when the game is released publicly.

These bundles pile on top of previously announced Xbox One bundles for games such as Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Notably, the Advanced Warfare bundle comes with a 1 TB hard drive, the biggest ever for any major video game console.

"Combined with our award-winning games line-up this holiday, it's an incredible time to play on Xbox One," Microsoft marketing executive Yusuf Mehdi said in a statement on the Xbox Wire. "Over the next two months, we look forward to celebrating with fans every week as we launch new games, new bundles, and a few surprises for Xbox One."

For more on the two games featured in the upcoming Xbox One bundles, check out GameSpot's review of Black Flag and previous coverage of Unity.

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Xbox One's Killer Instinct Gets Graphics Upgrade to 900p

Free-to-play Xbox One fighting game Killer Instinct's second season is now available, delivering new features, customizations, and content for single-player and multiplayer. The second season will also look better than the first, as developer Iron Galaxy increased the resolution from 720p to 900p, according to Twitter comments from the studio's community manager.

As was the case for Killer Instinct's first season, players can download the game for free and play a free rotating character every week," Microsoft said in a post on the Xbox Wire. You can even play all of the game's modes--including online multiplayer matches--with the free character.

If you want more from Killer Instinct season two, you can buy characters individually for $5 each, beginning with TJ Combo and Maya, which are available today. You can also pay $20 to unlock the Combo Breaker Pack, which features eight fighters--you get TJ Combo and Maya right away, with the other six released thereafter on a monthly basis.

Third, you can also buy the Killer Instinct season two Ultra Edition for $40. It includes all eight fighters, 16 accessory sets, and 8 "exclusive" costumes designed by Kevin Bayliss, the art director for the original Killer Instinct arcade games. This bundle also includes a copy of Killer Instinct 2 Classic, a port of the 1996 arcade game that features Xbox Live multiplayer and 1000 Gamerscore to earn. Finally, Ultra Edition owners will receive access to new characters and customization items before they are released to everyone else.

The first four confirmed characters for Killer Instinct's second season are TJ Combo, Maya, Riptor, and Cinder. The second four were not named outright, but Microsoft teased that they include an "ancient Babylonian sorcerer, an avenging ghost, a battle-hardened war golem, and more." Can you guess who they are?

In addition to the new fighters, Killer Instinct season two introduces a new user interface, which should allow for faster access to characters, better statistic tracking, and a "new experience system [that] makes the entire experience of Killer Instinct even better."

What's more, Microsoft says the entire fighter roster for Killer Instinct's first season has been rebalanced for season two. The company adds that characters will now even have new techniques and abilities to use. Further still, Killer Instinct season two will feature an "enhanced combo system" that features a brand-new "aerial recapture" option that allows players to catch an opponent in the air and send them crashing back to the ground to continue their combo. "Juggling air attacks has been increased, but the addition of Air Breakers and Air Counter-Breakers mean that there's always two-way interaction in a combo for both players," Microsoft said.

Finally, Killer Instinct season two features a new progression system that will allow players to earn costumes, accessories, and other badges "faster than ever before." As part of the new system, individual characters will have levels in addition to their overall player level. "Every mode you play contributes to both character and player level, and 'Fight Challenges' help players rack up experience points (XP) every time they complete a rank," Microsoft said.

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PS4 Could Get Ex-BioShock, Halo Dev's Survival Game

Now that The Flame in the Flood has reached its $150,000 Kickstarter funding goal, developer The Molasses Flood has announced some of the game's stretch goals, one of which is a PlayStation 4 version of the survival game. If funding reaches $300,000, the studio will bring the game to PS4, delivering this version sometime after the PC release in 2015.

The Molasses Flood, a Cambridge, Mass-based studio made up of former BioShock and Halo developers, did not announce plans to bring The Flame in the Flood to Xbox One or Wii U. However, the studio teased it has "more stretch goals in mind" if funding hits $350,000.

Currently, funding for The Flame in the Flood stands at $155,000. Other stretch goals include German, French, and Spanish localization ($175,000); raft customization ($200,000); Russian, Portuguese, and Polish localization ($225,000); and an Endless Mode ($250,000).

In The Flame in the Flood, which runs on the Unreal Engine 4, you'll travel by foot and by raft down a procedurally generated river in areas inspired real-life places like the Everglades, the Louisiana Bayou, and the Mississippi Delta. In order to stay alive (the game features permadeath), you'll need to seek out resources, craft tools, escape dangerous wildlife, and stay ahead of downpours of rain. "Your journey has an end. Will you survive long enough to reach it?" reads a line from the game's description.

The game also features original music from singer-songwriter Chuck Ragan. You can read more about The Flame in the Flood at its Kickstarter page and through our previous coverage.

Another Boston-based studio, Day For Night Games, is currently seeking funds for its upcoming PCgame, The Black Glove. Funding currently stands at close to $91,000 of its $550,000 target.

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Custom-Made PS4 Laptop Will Cost You $1,400

From the enterprising modder who brought you the Xbox One "Xbook" comes a similar creation focused around Sony's PlayStation 4. Self-taught engineer Ed Zarick this week posted a video of what he calls the "PlayBook 4," which is essentially a PlayStation 4 laptop.

The PlayBook 4 (via Eurogamer) features the PS4's guts inside a 3D-printed and laser-cut plastic case. The screen is a 22" Vizio 1080p LED LCD display, which fits snugly inside the system's lid. It comes in multiple color configurations, and pricing is as follows:

  • PlayBook 4 -- $1395 (extra $50 for HDMI out)
  • PlayBook 4 (you provide a PS4) -- $1095
  • Shipping -- $75 flat rate for anywhere in the contiguous United States (international is extra).

To order a PlayBook 4, you'll need to pay a $750 nonrefundable deposit.

Zarick says it takes around 2-3 weeks to finish a unit. You can choose to have the system made in black or white, and you also have color options for accents and corners, including black, red, yellow, blue, green, copper, silver, grey, orange, white, purple, and pink.

Zarick adds that he can even do "full graphic customization" if you want, though this will cost extra. He also points out that you'll void your PS4 warranty by having your console modded in this way, but he includes his own 30-day warranty to fix any problems not related to user abuse. Finally, Zarick ensures potential buyers that the PS4 units featured in PlayBooks are not altered in a way that would get you banned on the PlayStation Network.

You can read more about the PlayBook 4 on Zarick's website.

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Watch Civilization: Beyond Earth's Impressive Intro Cinematic

Ahead of the game's worldwide release on October 24, 2K Games today unveiled the intro cinematic for Civilization: Beyond Earth, which is called "The Chosen." As its name suggests, the trailer sets up the story for Beyond Earth, which involves people traveling ... beyond earth.

It's an impressively produced, if not somewhat depressing, video. But it certainly did its job of getting its hooks in me.

Beyond Earth was announced just six months ago during PAX East. The game marks the first time a Civilization game has fully explored mankind's future instead of playing in the past. Beyond Earth's science fiction setting will undoubtedly be familiar to fans of Firaxis' 1999 hit, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, as both share a similar, humans-on-an-alien-world premise.

For much more on Beyond Earth, be sure to check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Halo: Spartan Strike Announced, Doesn't Feature Microtransactions

Microsoft today announced Halo: Spartan Strike, a spiritual successor to 2013's Halo: Spartan Assault. Like the original, Spartan Strike is a top-down, twin-stick shooter.

The $6 game launches December 14 for Windows platforms (desktop, Surface, and Windows Phone) and one purchase gets you access to the game across all Windows systems. The game is also coming to Steam. What's more, unlike Spartan Assault, the new game does not feature any microtransactions. Everything in-game can be purchase via credits you unlock through gameplay.

Concerning story, Spartan Strike is set during the events of Halo 2, though that's the extent of the information provided in the game's announcement today on IGN.

Spartan Strike will feature achievements, rewards for Xbox One game Halo: The Master Chief Collection, weekly challenges, and leaderboards. Spartan Assault eventually came to Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but it is unclear if Spartan Strike will do the same.

Halo series developer 343 Industries is currently working on Spartan Strike. The studio is also behind upcoming games such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians.

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Ubisoft: We Thought About Making Far Cry 3.5

Prior to landing on the idea for Far Cry 4, Ubisoft designers considered a more "traditional" sequel to 2012's Far Cry 3, something that would have amounted to what producer Dan Hay calls Far Cry 3.5. This game would have expanded on Far Cry 3's story and locations, but Ubisoft needed less than a week to decide that this was not the right path to go down.

"We definitely had the option of making a 3.5, of making a choice to just stay in the same location with the same characters," Hay said in a post on the UbiBlog. "We talked about the idea of taking Jason's story and growing it, maybe figuring out a way to bring Vaas back. And very quickly we realized that it wasn't going to be a thing that we wanted to do. So we stopped that conversation and said, that's the end of the 3.5 conversation--which lasted probably about four days."

What separates Far Cry 4 from Far Cry 3, outside of its new story and setting, is its "we want it all" design, Hay says. This deliberate approach has resulted in a number of franchise-firsts, like the ability to ride elephants and fly.

"We like the fact that we're a little bit Wild West," Hay said. "We like the fact that somebody's going to be able to kick out an idea that people will think is way too much. And then somebody else goes, 'Maybe that's why you should do it. Maybe that's what makes sense.'"

Far Cry 4 launches on November 18 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Ubisoft recently announced that it's targeting 1080p resolution for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, though final figures have not yet been revealed. For more on Far Cry 4, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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CoD: Advanced Warfare Dev Says "You've Never Played Call of Duty This Way Before"

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare represents such a major step forward for the brand that one of its key developers even says, "You've never played Call of Duty this way before." That quote comes from Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey, who said during a recent Best Buy Google Hangout that having three years to develop Advanced Warfare meant the studio had more time than ever before for experimentation.

"I think that was really what that extra year gave us, the chance to break a few things," he said. "To maybe alienate a few ideas to bring Sledgehammer's take to Call of Duty. And maybe push boundaries further than people were comfortable and then pull it back if we went too far."

One of the marquee features of Advanced Warfare is the exosuit, which gives players a range of super-abilities that expand their range of motion in ways never before seen in the Call of Duty franchise. Though Advanced Warfare does push things forward with the exosuit, it will also still feel like Call of Duty at the end of the day, Condrey assured fans.

"It feels like Call of Duty and everything about that gun-on-gun action that you know and love; and high production values of campaign," he said. "But, you've never played Call of Duty this way before."

Advanced Warfare is the first Call of Duty game developed on Activision's new, three-year cycle for the juggernaut franchise. In announcing the new schedule earlier this year, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said this move will allow developers to have extra time to not only create new features to help push the brand forward, but also so they can spend more time polishing each game.

Advanced Warfare launches November 4 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Preorders for the game, however, unlock on November 3 through the Day Zero Edition. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Massive Video Game Collection Hits eBay With Asking Price of $164,000

Written By Kom Limpulnam on Rabu, 08 Oktober 2014 | 23.37

A new listing has appeared on auction site eBay for one of the biggest video game collections I can recall. eBay user reel.big.fish has launched an auction for a set that includes more than 5,700 games (featuring basically everything released by Nintendo between 1985-2000) and 50 systems, including every Nintendo 64 color variant.

The asking price is $164,000, and the seller is not looking to break up the auction. So far, no bids have been disclosed, though the eBay auction page shows that six people have made inquiries. The seller has 100 percent positive feedback.

Most of the games featured in the auction are in used condition and show signs of wear, though the seller notes that many are in fact in "excellent to mint condition," while some remain factory sealed. "I've always replaced lesser quality titles with higher quality titles as I received them," the seller said. "So you are getting my master set."

The auction includes mostly retro/classic games, though it also features newer systems such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and 3DS (but not Xbox One or PlayStation 4). It even includes ill-fated devices such as Sega's Dreamcast and Nintendo's Virtual Boy.

A list of every game and system included in the auction is available here. You can also watch the video above to see the massive collection. The seller is hoping to ship to someone in the United States--due to the amount and weight of items being shipped.

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Tomb Raider Sequel News Teased for Later Today

Note: The stream starts at 12 PM PDT / 3 PM EDT

Actress Camilla Luddington, who did voice work for Lara Croft in 2013's Tomb Raider reboot and will reprise her role for 2015's Rise of the Tomb Raider, will appear on Conan O'Brien's Team Coco's Twitch channel later today. She is expected to play video games alongside host Aaron Bleyaert and potentially even reveal some news about next year's game.

"Psst: Camilla might even reveal spoilers about the upcoming 'Tomb Raider' sequel," reads the description from a teaser video about her appearance on the "Twitch Twednesdays" show. The event gets underway today at 12 PM PDT / 3 PM EDT, and you'll be able to watch the stream right here in this post.

Rise of the Tomb Raider was officially announced during E3 in June. At Gamescom in August, we learned that the adventure game will be released exclusively for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in holiday 2015, though it could also come to other platforms--like PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or PC--later on.

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