Playstation 4 News: Never Alone now Available for PS4 in UK and Europe

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Following the critically-acclaimed international launch of Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) last week, E-Line Media and Cook Inlet Tribal Council announced that it is available on PlayStation 4 in Europe.

Never Alone is the first commercial video game based on a U.S. indigenous culture and created by game development veterans in close collaboration with nearly 40 Alaska Native elders, storytellers and community members. Delivering a culturally-rich, authentic and fun gameplay experience for a global audience, Never Alone has already received plaudits from critics the world over, including Eurogamer (10/10 – “Never Alone is stunningly poignant – and quite brilliant”), Kotaku (“a charming, beautiful game”) and PC Gamer (85% – “A beautiful, fascinating exploration of a world that may soon be nothing more than fantasy”).

You can read my review of it for Sticktwiddlers.com here, the gameplay video above is taken from the PS4 version of Never Alone.
E-Line has also released details of its recent version 1.1 patch for the PC Steam release of Never Alone, which included the following improvements:

•    In single-player mode, the character you’re not controlling will behave more intelligently
•    The difficulty of the last few chapters of the game is more balanced with earlier chapters
•    General control improvements
•    It will be harder to accidentally switch to co-op mode when using the keyboard
•    Fixes to address Save Game issues
•    Fixed a bug where Never Alone would fail to launch when Steam was in Offline Mode
•    In addition, the patch includes a new key-binding text file that is optimized for play on AZERTY and DVORAK keyboards.

A Never Alone version 1.1 content patch is planned for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One shortly, with more additional content updates on the way in the coming weeks.

Never Alone is available now for digital download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for £11.99 (UK) and €14.99 (Europe).

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The Hobbit News: New Trailer Takes You on a Trip through the Saga

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With the final chapter of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy coming this December with ‘The Battle of The Five Armies’, a new trailer has been released that takes us on a nostalgic journey all through the Tolkien Saga Jackson has put on the big screen. Looking at all the great moments from The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, it is a monument to see just what this final chapter will mean to those involved with the films, New Zealand, Peter Jackson himself and us the fans when this last chapter closes the Tolkien books for the last time:

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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Video Game News: GINX Launches on Amazon Fire TV

 

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GINX, an international channel dedicated to videogames and gaming culture, is growing its footprint around the world and is distributed to 26 million households in over 40 territories and 9 languages.

The fast growing international channel focuses on all forms of video gaming, ranging from console and PC games to mobile technologies, gadgets and apps, as well as reporting from major video gaming events such as E3, Paris Games Week and Indonesia Game Show, interspersed with behind the scenes insights at major developers and coverage of eSports events.

Ginx TV CEO, Michiel Bakker commented:  “We are very excited to join Amazon’s high quality Amazon Fire TV App line-up today and to bring our TV channel to a universe of gamers who hitherto were unable to access it.  GINX is made for TV and hopefully our exciting mix of video gaming shows will resonate with this new audience.”

“GINX adds to the fantastic gaming experience our customers already enjoy on Amazon Fire TV,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Appstore.  “We already offer a strong selection of high quality, low cost games, and now GINX offers a great way to stay connected to the latest gaming news, reviews and events. We’re thrilled to welcome GINX to the platform.”

Xbox News: Games With Gold For December 2014 Revealed


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Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb has revealed the ‘Games with Gold’ titles for the month of December, Xbox Live Gold members will receive three new free games on Xbox One and Xbox 360 as part of the Games with Gold program.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Worms Battlegrounds ($24.99 ERP) for free during the month of December.

 

On Xbox 360, starting Monday, December 1st, The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief ($9.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through December 15th.

Then on December 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download SSX ($19.99 ERP) for free through December 31st.

   

*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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Star Wars News: Teaser Trailer for Episode VII ‘The Force Awakens’ Will Be Put Online November 28th

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After it had been announced that to celebrate Thanks Giving in the US, that the first teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, would be shown in selected cinemas, there was much fear that the trailer would not be shown outside the US or for anyone unable to visit one of the chosen cinemas. Well fear no more, as the official Star Wars Twitter account has confirmed that the trailer will be put online for all to watch on Friday:

The road to Episode VII…..starts Friday!

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Playstation 4 News: Ubisoft to Give AC Unity ‘Dead Kings’ DLC Free as Apology

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Since ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ launched on November 11th, players have been reporting multiple problems with in game bugs and problems with online services across all platforms. Today a third title update was released for Playstation 4, tomorrow for Xbox One and next week for PC, but along with the update has some a new apology from Ubisoft.

In a new statement on the ‘AC Unity Live Update‘ page, Yannis Mallatm,CEO of Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto, has published a statement on the launch of Unity, the problems players have faced and issued a full and frank apology for those issues. As way as an apology, the upcoming DLC ‘Dead Kings’, which was part of the season pass, will be given to everyone for free. The statement reads:

The launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity was a highly-anticipated moment for me and for our development teams around the world who dedicated a tremendous amount of energy, passion and skill to the game’s creation. For us, it was the culmination of years of work on new technologies, the development of multiple innovations — including an all-new game engine — and an evolution of the Assassin’s Creed franchise’s core pillars. More importantly, we know that it was a highly-anticipated moment for many of you as well, as you looked forward to taking part in the first truly next generation Assassin’s Creed game.

Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin’s Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential. 

We’ve been working hard to fix the problems players are reporting, and the patches we have released so far have resolved many of them. Today, we’re releasing our third patch, which fixes a variety of specific issues related to the game’s stability and performance, matchmaking and connectivity, gameplay and menus. You can find the release notes on that patch here: Patch 3 Notes

To show our appreciation for your continued support, we’re making the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC free for everyone. For Season Pass holders, we will also offer the choice of one additional game from a selection of Ubisoft titles for free. More details on the offer for Season Pass holders can be found here: AC Unity FAQ

In addition to the latest patch and this offer, we are committed to delivering further fixes for other issues you’ve raised. In the meantime, please keep your feedback coming – it has been both humbling and incredibly helpful as we continue working hard to improve the overall quality of the game. We are hopeful that with these forthcoming updates, everyone will be able to truly enjoy their Assassin’s Creed Unity experience. 

We will continue striving to make Assassin’s Creed one of the most ambitious and innovative franchises on the market, and we thank you for your continued loyalty and support. 

Sincerely, 

Yannis Mallat 

CEO, Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto

Currently the Season Pass has been removed from the Xbox Store and Ubisoft site for PC but is still showing as available on the Playstation store. Ubisoft have said this of the Season Pass:

If you purchased the Season Pass or Assassin’s Creed Unity Gold Edition (which includes the Season Pass), you are eligible to choose one free game from among a select list of Ubisoft titles.* These are:

  • The Crew
  • Far Cry 4
  • Watch Dogs
  • Assassin’s Creed Black Flag
  • Rayman Legends
  • Just Dance 2015 

We are currently setting up the system to process this offer. We will provide an update on how to claim your free game soon.

What about the other content from the Season Pass? 

Season Pass holders will continue to have access to a variety of additional content, including Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.

Is the Season Pass still available for sale? 

We are discontinuing sales of the Season Pass. 

This is a good step to rebuilding faith in Ubisoft and with work still ongoing to get the game working as intended for all, free DLC is a step in the right direction.

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