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Thief scraps it's XP system
I've said it before, but still I'm extremely worried about the new Thief game, it just smells like modern design sensibilities at it's worst. Part of my woes lay with the XP system which just made no sense. Because Garret's been a master thief for 3 games now, it should not be possible for him to do learn new skills, and XP was gained largely by way of killing enemies, something which the series has always strongly been against. That, however has been scrapped and progression now relies on buying gear with your ill gotten gains, to expand your skills. This has me even more worried seeing as it is a massive change to a game that's four months away, and could lead to some serious problems for the developers.
inFamous: Second son gets special editions.
I'm a very shameless inFamous fanboy, so it's understandable that the main reason I wan't to grab a PS4 is for the next title, Second Son. Two collectors editions have been announced for the title. The limited edition is your standard first wave pre-order copy, which comes with the Cole's Legacy DLC that lays out what happened between Second Son and inFamous 2. Beating this mission will net you Cole's jacket as a wearable item.
The bigger one, the full-on Collector's Edition, comes with the same DLC as the Limited Edition, new exclusive artwork, and a special in-game vest, a patch, a set of 8 pins, vinyl decals, and a replica of Delsin's beanie. This will run you about $80.
Driveclub officially delayed to next year. PS Plus users will get Contrast instead.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... ISFeycGydQ
Driveclub has offically been delayed to early 2014, as confirmed by SonyShuhei Yoshida has stated "We understand that the delay is disappointing news, but can assure you that the reason we have made this decision is to ensure that when Driveclub launches, it will realize the next-gen racing vision." Contrast will be offered instead of DriveClub in the form of a PlayStation Plus bonus at launch for PS4 adopters, which is great news, seeing as that title is shaping up to be something really, really special.
Blizzard renames and teases Heroes of the Swarm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... ThSo670cas
Blizzard All Stars, (their own spin on the action RTS genre) has been renamed to Heroes of the Storm, with more info on the title set to be revealed at BlizzCon in November 9. They've also teased it with an adorable trailer that crosses over their 3 mayor franchises. The fact that Blizzard now has 2 games with the shorthand of HOTS, is in no way confusing whatsoever.
Elder Scrolls Online shows off it's character creation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... FhB6bSZLRw
The Elder Scrolls online is definitely trying to stand out among it's competition. This has had various degrees of success, but the character creation has me keen for the rest of the game.
Batman Arkham games drop GFWL, releases a new trailer to celebrate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... Ax1TfXqYoE
Both the Batman Arkham titles have dropped Games for Windows Live on PC, in exchange for SteamWorks. If you own either title on steam, an update will remove the service and you'll receive a automatic upgrade for the game of the year edition for both titles, meaning you get all the DLC for free. Unfortunately the removal of GFWL will result in you losing you save files, meaning you'll have to start from scratch once the patch is active.
Ryse shows off it's plot.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... T21_3fjBg4
Our final trailer of the day tells the tale of Damocles. A Centurion who was betrayed by Roman generals and left for dead. Afterwords he comes back from the Underworld for revenge. Marius, the game's protagonist, is told Damocles' story by his father, and given a dagger. Shortly thereafter, Marius' family is murdered, and he's left with the dagger to guide him on his quest for revenge.
Microsoft has said, all of the footage in the video is either an in-engine cut scene or captured gameplay, proving once again that Crytek does some incredible work in the visuals department.
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