Playstation 4 News: No ‘EVOLVE Big Alpha’ for PS4 as 2.0 Update forces Postponement

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I like thousands of other Playstation fans have been eagerly awaiting today (October 31st) as it was our turn to join the ‘Evolve’ Big Alpha test this weekend. Sadly, it seems as though the Playstation 4 2.0 update has derailed the plans as Turtle Rock faced issues at 16:00pm today when the Alpha was supposed to begin for PS4 and PC players however the PS4 servers never came online. In an update on Twitter just a few moments ago, Turtle Rock posted a statement confirming that the Alpha has been postponed for PS4 gamers:

The statement says:

‘We have some unfortunate news to share with folks planning to participate in the Big Alpha test on PlayStation 4 starting today. Following the recent PS4 2.00 firmware update, we are experiencing difficulties with the Evolve Big Alpha on PlayStation 4. As a result, the test on PlayStation 4 is postponed. PlayStation and 2K are working together on a resolution.

If you’re playing in the Big Alpha test on Xbox One or PC, don’t worry, the show will go on.

We know that for many of you PS4 players this is a big letdown. We’re disappointed too, and we’re going to do our best to make up for this delay. For starters, if you’re a PS4 player affected by this delay and you also own an Xbox One or PC, you can register on one of those platforms right now using the codes below and we’ll send you an invite today so you can start playing.

Step 1: Go to http://www.evolvegame.com/bigalpha

Step 2: Fill out the form completely including the registration code, referral code, and a valid email

Step 3: Check your email for an official invite with your product voucher code

Step 4: Redeem the product voucher code on the platform of your choice to download the game

Registration Code: 05379-29749-32069

Referral Code: EvolveBigAlpha4v1

We will update this post and the official Evolve Twitter (@EvolveGame) when we have more information to share.

Thanks for your understanding as we continue building the game.’

This is a real shame and clearly a breakdown in communication between Playstation and Turtle Rock whose Apha Build clearly put together without thought for the big 2.0 update. Many Playstation 4 players are rightly disappointed. Hopefully something can be done to rescue the Alpha but for now, off to play something else.

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Xbox News: Games with Gold for November Announced

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The ‘Games with Gold’ titles for Xbox One and Xbox 360 have been announced for November over on the Major Nelson Blog. It what for me has become nothing more than a very sad joke for Xbox 360 users, this time the two titles are just beyond woeful in terms of their age and value. This really is a promotion that needs to become an Xbox One only offer as its a sad joke for what they put up for the Xbox 360.

Volgarr the Viking, the newest ID@Xbox game, will debut on Xbox One as a free download. For Xbox One gamers, this is a journey back to the days of yore, when times were tougher, and you really only needed a couple buttons to play a game.

    
On Xbox 360, starting Saturday, November 1st, Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise ($14.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through November 15th. Then on November 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Red Faction: Guerrilla ($19.99 ERP) for free through November 30th.
*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability. 

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Playstation 4 News: Join the Struggle for Kyrat in Far Cry 4’s All New PvP Mode

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In “Battles of Kyrat”, the Far Cry 4 world is shown in a completely different way. The player’s battles take on the form of a re-telling of a long-past war that Pagan Min’s elite guard, the Rakshasa, fought against the Golden Path rebellion. Each faction has their own unique set of weapons and skills and players will have to adapt to their strengths and weaknesses while making their own progress within this multiplayer mode.

The Rakshasa are the mythical warriors of Kyrat with strong ties to their natural surroundings. They can call upon animals to help in both defending and attacking positions. The Rakshasa only use traditional weapons, specifically the bow, but are capable of crafting multiple alterations to their weapons. On the other hand, the Golden Path is all about its arsenal: guns, vehicles and tech-enhanced capabilities. They have access to a variety of weapon types, including assault rifles, shotguns, and multiple explosives. Finally, the Golden Path has access to bell towers, allowing them to spot the hidden enemy from far away.

The PvP mode consists of:

·         5v5 round-based matches.

·         Asymmetrical gameplay where the players take on each faction. The team with the best overall performance on both wins the match.

·         20 minutes average match length.

·         10 maps at launch.

·         3 modes:

   Outpost - the Golden Path works to establish an outpost in the region while the Rakshasa has to get rid of them and secure the outpost for Pagan Min.

   Propaganda – the Golden Path has to destroy three Pagan Min installations while the Rakshasa protects them.

   Demon Mask - both sides have to find the mask and return it to their home base.

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In Far Cry 4 players will experience the most expansive and immersive Far Cry ever, in an entirely new, massive open-world. Players will find themselves in Kyrat, a breath-taking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape. Developed by Ubisoft Montréal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios, Far Cry 4 will be available worldwide on November 18 for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

For more information on Far Cry 4, please visit: farcrygame.com and facebook.com/farcry

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Playstation 4 News: New Driveclub Apology from Shuhei Yoshida – President of Sony World Wide Studios

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With the continued fiasco of the online issues that Playstation 4 Exclusive ‘Driveclub’ has faced since it was released nearly a month ago, they have published a Message from Shuhei Yoshida – President of World Wide Studios, offering yet another apology for the problems but confirming that there is no ETA on when it will be fully working or when the PSN Plus free edition is to be made available. The full message is below which was posted on the Driveclub Facebook page:

“Hi everyone,

I wanted to provide you with the latest update on DRIVECLUB. Unfortunately, the road to launch has been a little rocky, and we are truly sorry that so many of you have not been able to enjoy everything that we had hoped DRIVECLUB would deliver.

We have been listening to your feedback and realize that patience understandably is running out. Evo is working around the clock to close the gap, and we have deployed additional engineering resources to help resolve the remaining issues as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the time frames required to roll out the fully connected experience will be longer than anticipated and we do not have an exact time frame for when they will be resolved. We will continue to update you on progress and you can find the latest info on the DRIVECLUB Facebook page.

We are also very conscious that we have disappointed so many of you who were looking forward to playing the promised PS Plus Edition. Our first priority is to provide you with the best possible experience while playing DRIVECLUB. With the high volume of new players and additional server load the PS Plus Edition is anticipated to bring, we are currently not confident that we can guarantee the best online experience. Until we can ensure that everyone can enjoy the full social connected online experience, we will be postponing the release of the PS Plus Edition until further notice.

On behalf of WWS we are enormously grateful for your patience and we thank you for the continued support and encouragement. Again, we sincerely apologize for the delay. We are committed to giving you the best racing experience on PS4 – it’s taking a little longer than we hoped.

Thanks,
Shu”

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Playstation 4 News: New ‘Time Anomaly’ Trailer for Assassin’s Creed Unity

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Ubisoft has released a new trailer for ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ called ‘Time Anomaly':

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Assassin’s Creed Unity releases on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 14th in the UK.

For more information about Assassin’s Creed Unity please visit the UbiBlog, follow on their UK Twitter account, like their UK Facebook page and subscribe to their UK Youtube account.

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Playstation 4 News: Shadow of Mordor ‘Lord of the Hunt’ DLC Details Revealed

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions today revealed new details about Lord of the Hunt, the first DLC expansion pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, available for purchase and to Season Pass holders later this year. In Lord of the Hunt, Sauron has dispatched lethal Beastmaster Warchiefs to exterminate the monsters of Mordor. Talion will join Torvin the Dwarven Hunter and use his powers of Domination to turn these menacing new beasts against the Warchiefs, proving that Mordor cannot be tamed.

Lord of the Hunt adds hours of new gameplay, and includes the following:

·         New Story & Lore – Discover more tales from Torvin, the Dwarven Hunter, as you work together to tame the beasts of Mordor and fight Sauron’s minions.
·         New Nemeses – Face off against the Beastmaster Warchiefs, powerful new Uruks who have the ability to ride monsters and engage in perilous mounted combat.
·         New Monsters – Ride into battle on the Wretched Graug to vomit toxin at your foes, stalk your enemies on the predatory Caragath and attack from the shadows or raise an all-consuming Ghul Horde.
·         New Missions & Challenges – New Beast Hunting challenges and collectibles open up new trophies and achievements.
·         New Epic Runes – Make your Mount unstoppable with five new epic Runes that make you the ultimate hunter.
·         Test of the Wild – Test your skills against the Beastmasters and mount your trophies on the leaderboard.
·         New Character Skin – Lord of the Hunt skin transform Talion into the ultimate Beastmaster.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is available for PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, PC and Steam; 21st November on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Interview with ‘Randal’s Monday’ Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes, Sticktwiddlers Review

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The actors Jason Mewes, also known as Jay from Jay & Silent Bob, and Jeff Anderson, known as Randal from the Clerks-franchise, which lend their voices to the game present their roles and talk about their reunion in a new video.

You can also check out the review by the most excellent Ben Cordell over at Sticktwiddlers right here