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Yager raised Dead Island 2’s co-op headcount after seeing Xbox One’s cloud support

September 10, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

“That seemed to make the most sense in how we progressed with the online”.

Can Dead Island still be called Dead Island if it isn’t set on an island any more? Seems like a liberal use of poetic license if you ask me, but at least new development studio Yager is taking the Dead part in the title to heart.

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Microsoft to replace “a small number” of extra-noisy Xbox Ones

September 10, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Are you affected? Get in touch.

In the grand pantheon of human evils, owning an Xbox One that’s a mite too loud probably doesn’t rank very high, but it is at least a problem you can fix. Microsoft has told Kotaku that it will replace untowardly noisy specimens free of charge, following complaints about this on official forums.

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Is Minecraft about to go Xbox and PC only? Microsoft in talks to buy Mojang, claims report

September 10, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Studio founder Notch to depart as part of $2 billion acquisition, according to multiple sources.

Microsoft is in talks to acquire Minecraft studio Mojang AB for $2 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. The latter claims that the buy-out was initiated by Markus “Notch” Persson, who will leave the company once the deal is completed – possibly as early as this week.

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Humanity's Last Stand: The Mythic World of Destiny

September 10, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Not much of mankind remains – on Earth or anywhere else – at the outset of Bungie’s epic role-playing game/first-person shooter Destiny. But it wasn’t always that way; before the events of the game, humanity was ensconced in a Golden Age. Great cities spanned the surfaces of the moon and Mars, and even the inhospitable Venus was terraformed and made into a biological wonderland.

But man’s success was not entirely his own accomplishment. An ineffable entity called the Traveler was responsible for the terraforming of the formerly lifeless planets, and for some of the technological progress that allowed humans to travel to and colonize them. The Traveler wasn’t well understood – and isn’t at the outset of Destiny, either. What humanity does know about the Traveler is that it was benevolent and helpful… but also had enemies.
Those enemies brought humanity’s Golden Age to a crashing halt sometime before Destiny begins, obliterating the entire populations of Mars, Venus, and even the moon. Then this hostile force, known to humans only as “the darkness,” descended on Earth, too. It ravaged the whole of the planetary surface. Nearly everyone was wiped out.
But the Traveler assisted humanity one final time. People believe that it used the last of its power to put a stop to the invasion, hovering low over the surface of Earth and providing a safe haven in one small area, while the rest of the surface was devastated. In this small area, the last remnants of mankind came together and built a settlement. This settlement eventually grew into the City – the last place on Earth where people could live in safety.
It’s in the City that Destiny‘s story begins. You play a Guardian, one of the City’s protectors, but also an adventurer into the great wilderness that surrounds it. That wilderness is populated with all manner of unknown nasties – forces outside of human knowledge, and powerful enough to drive the Traveler into its current state. But you won’t just be carving out more land for mankind on Earth. Your missions will eventually take you to the stars, to humanity’s old strongholds on the moon, back to Mars, and even to Venus, where torrential rains caused flooding that swallowed up many of the great structures that people built there.
But it’s not all bad news: The Traveler lends the Guardians – you included – some of its power. Titans, Hunters, and Warlocks (the three core character classes of Destiny) each represent a different aspect of the Traveler’s power. You’ll be able to use this power, and some advanced technology, to pull off some amazing feats in combat. Most importantly, you’ll discover, through exploration and teamwork, what led to the collapse of the Golden Age… and who the enemy you’re facing really is.
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Sunset Overdrive Season Pass announced for Xbox One

September 09, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Featuring new gameplay, weapons, outfits and more.

Microsoft and Insomniac Games have just announced a Season Pass for upcoming open-world shooter Sunset Overdrive. The Season Pass will include the first three major add-ons for the game, as well as six exclusive character outfits, two Amps and two Traps, which will become available to Season Pass holders as soon as the game is released.

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Sunset Overdrive Season Pass Unleashes New Gameplay, Weapons and Exclusive Content

September 09, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Microsoft and Insomniac Games are excited to announce even more explosive action and mutant-infested mayhem for fans with the Sunset Overdrive Season Pass, available for purchase on Xbox Live and participating retailers at release.

Packed with exclusive content, the Sunset Overdrive Season Pass includes the first three complete Game Add-ons for Sunset Overdrive, as well as six character outfits, two Amps and two Traps available exclusively to Season Pass purchasers as soon as the game is released.

The Sunset Overdrive Season Pass grants you:

  • Two campaign Game Add-ons that each deliver new locations to explore, stories to experience, and bosses to battle. Each of these Add-ons also includes new weapons, new Amps, a new Trap, new character outfits as well as new challenges and Chaos Squad* objectives!
  • The Weapons Pack Game Add-on, which includes four deadly new weapons to augment your arsenal!
  • BONUS – six character outfits, two Amps and two Traps to use as soon as the game is released


In total, the Season Pass delivers a massive amount of adventure and destruction: eight new devastating weapons, four deadly traps to deploy in Chaos Squad, four new Amps to unleash over-the-top mayhem, and 10 unique outfits for your character – all for $19.99 U.S. ERP, a savings of more than 20 percent compared to purchasing the three Game Add-ons individually.

*Sunset Overdrive game required, sold separately. Chaos Squad objectives and Traps require Xbox Live Gold membership, sold separately. Retail prices may vary.

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Final Forza Horizon 2 Car Reveal – Check Out the Full List and Final Car Poster

September 09, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

This week we’re excited to reveal the final additions to the full car list of Forza Horizon 2 that will be available at launch. This final reveal brings us to a total of 210 cars that have been built specifically for the next generation in Forza Horizon 2 – all of which you can see in the final car poster, showcasing the breadth and depth of cars in the game. All of the cars announced this week exude their own sense of style and charisma. The Land Rover Defender 90 is as rugged it gets. The form of the 2015 Mustang GT was designed for global appeal. The Lamborghini Veneno practically redefines extreme car design.

There is not much longer to wait until all these rides will be at your fingertips to leave your mark on the roads and countryside of
Forza Horizon 2. Let’s dive in to this week’s reveals:


1968 Lancia Fulvia Coupé Rallye 1.6 HF
Sophistication and deliberately understated styling are the hallmarks of this highly desirable special version of the Lancia Fulvia. Lancia brought this homologated version — the Fanalone, referencing the Fulvia’s large driving lights—to enable Lancia’s entry into the World Rally Championship. Front-wheel drive and a healthy punch of more than 100 hp gave the Fulvia excellent performance. Sharp steering and excellent braking made it a natural candidate for rally competition. Under the direction of Cesare Fiorio, Lancia came to dominate rally in the late 1960s and early 1970s. You can tell a Rallye edition from its lesser brethren by its fiberglass fender flares and Campagnolo rims. If you look at the dash you will also see an oil temp gauge and adjustable redline on the tachometer. The Fulvia’s light weight gave it an advantage and this special model was further lightened by replacing the back seat with a shelf and installing lightweight bucket seats. Among Lancia Fulvia aficionados, the Rallye 1.6 is the crown jewel.

1993 Renault Clio Williams
Among hot hatches, the Renault Clio Williams holds accreditation by many motor journalists as one of the very best ever built. To accommodate homologation requirements, 2,500 Clio Williams needed to be produced. They were so popular 1,300 more were built and quickly sold out. More is better when it comes to the availability of this little hot hatch and Renault followed with the Williams 2 and 3 getting more than 12,000 models on the road before production finally ceased. Despite these numbers, finding an original street version is a rare thing, since many were used to replace damaged rally cars and others were broken for parts to keep rally versions in competition. The punch this tike packs is from a 2.0-liter straight four, stuffed under the diminutive bonnet with a bespoke four-into-one manifold, a stroked crank and other internal goodies. The Clio Williams is a car that will get a lot of looks from those who know it, and those who don’t will snap their necks when they hear it buzz past them.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor delayed for Xbox 360

September 09, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Xbox One version unaffected, still launching 3rd October in the UK.

Warner Bros. has just announced that the Xbox 360 edition of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been pushed back by a couple of months. It’ll now launch on the 18th November in the US and the 21st November in the UK.

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Xbox One and Xbox 360 sale: Watch Dogs & the Borderlands series discounted

September 09, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Head to Pandora for less than a fiver.

I was late to the party with Borderlands, so I certainly can’t judge anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure yet. But, if you were looking for an opportune moment to get stuck into Pandora for the first time, now would certainly be it – as both Borderlands and Borderlands 2 are currently less than a fiver as part of this week’s Deals with Gold.

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First Destiny 1.0.1 update tweaks weapons, classes, maps and more

September 09, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

“We’re just getting started”.

Ed’s got the wide-eyed look of someone who stayed up until 4am playing Destiny. I keep trying to make conversation with him, but he just mutters something about having to go see a vendor and then shoves a bunch of small change into a bemused Jonty’s hand. I think an intervention may have to happen by lunchtime.

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