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Check Out Dying Light's Destiny-Style Loot Cave

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 3 hours 20 min ago

Following open-world Dying Light's release yesterday, fans have discovered that the game contains a reference to Destiny's Loot Caves, special areas players could visit to reap huge bounties of loot.

Reddit user ZachyWillz explains that Dying Light's own loot cave, which players must swim into, is located at the top right of the map. Once you're there, a message appears, saying: "Your destiny is to build your legend (and get loot)."

After this, ZachyWillz claims that infinitely spawning zombies spew forth from the caves. After you clear the undead, another message reportedly pops up that says, "Enough! Patch 1.0.2. has been released! Do more quests!"

Destiny's loot caves were something of a thorn in Bungie's side. After players discovered the first Destiny loot cave, Bungie was quick to remove the exploit--even if players quickly found even more.

Check out the video below to see Dying Light's loot cave.

For more on Dying Light, you can read GameSpot's Review In Progress.

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Apple's $350 Smartwatch Shipping In April

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 3 hours 44 min ago

Apple has announced that its first wearable device, the Apple Watch, will start shipping in April. CEO Tim Cook announced the shipping window as part of the company's holiday quarter sales report.

"Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule," Cook said during a call with analysts and media, as reported by GameSpot sister site CNET.

When Apple originally announced the Apple Watch in September 2014, the company had only confirmed an "early 2015" release date for the device.

The base Apple Watch model will cost $350, though Apple will also offer a more expensive "Watch Edition" version (pictured above) that features an 18-karat gold casing and a display protected by sapphire crystal. An Apple Watch Sport model will also be available, though pricing has not been announced.

During the financial call this week, Cook said his expectations "are very high" for Apple Watch.

"I'm using it every day and love it and can't live without it," he said. "I see that we're making great progress on the development of it."

Regarding the third-party developer support for Apple Watch, Cook said that the number of outside studios making apps for the device is "impressive."

A variety of bands--six in all--will be available for the Apple Watch, including stainless steel and leather straps. These are interchangeable (using a proprietary strap design), meaning users won't be locked into one style or another.

The device has a built-in heart rate sensor and gyroscope, as well as haptic feedback. The Apple Watch can also determine the difference between a tap and a press, and features wireless, inductive charging. It also comes with support for Apple's personal digital assistant, Siri.

Apple Watches require an iPhone because the two devices have been designed to work together. However, users won't need to buy a new iPhone 6 to use the watch, as Apple Watches are also compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5c models.

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Buy Temple of Osiris and Get Tomb Raider 2013 for Free

IGN.com - 3 hours 54 min ago

Square Enix has a sale on for residents of Europe (except France); buy Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and you’ll be gifted a copy of Tomb Raider 2013.

The deal will cost you £10 and both titles will need Steam to download them. In case you're wondering, the base edition of Tomb Raider 2013 alone will set you back £15.

You can grab the deal through this link.

In our review of Temple of Osiris, we said it’s “an excellent action-puzzler adventure, whether you play solo or co-op.”

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Wii U Zelda Spinoff Hyrule Warriors Sells 1 Million

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 4 hours 1 min ago

Hyrule Warriors, the Wii U Legend of Zelda spinoff from Nintendo and Koei Tecmo that blends Zelda with Dynasty Warriors, has shipped more than one million units worldwide since its launch last fall.

Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu reported the figure this week, which Joystiq has since confirmed.

Koei Tecmo is marking the milestone by releasing a batch of new Hyrule Warriors wallpapers, which you can download from the game's website or view in the gallery below.

Nintendo and Koei Tecmo aren't finished supporting Hyrule Warriors just yet, as the game will introduce its latest expansion--the Majora's Mask Pack--on February 5. The $8 DLC includes two new characters--Tingle and Young Link--as well as a new Adventure Mode map and three extra costumes.

GameSpot gave Hyrule Warriors an 8/10 score. Reviewer Miguel Concepcion praised the game's balancing of Dynasty Warriors map management with Zelda-style objectives and said it delivered true Zelda fan service from beginning to end. You can read our full review here.

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First Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Out Now--Adds Zombies, Guns, and John Malkovich

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 4 hours 23 min ago

Activision and Sledgehammer Games have released the first expansion for last year's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, introducing more maps and weapons, along with a zombies mode featuring celebrities such as John Malkovich and Bill Paxton.

The Havoc expansion is available today for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and--per Micosoft's exclusivity agreement with Activision--will be released for PlayStation consoles and PC later on. The DLC is included with the game's $50 expansion pass, or can be purchased by itself for $15.

Below is rundown of everything Havoc contains. Be sure to check out the image gallery at the bottom of this post for an even closer look at the add-on.

  • Four new multiplayer maps: Core, Urban, Sideshow, Drift.
  • Exo Zombies mode: This co-op mode sees player taking on the role of four Atlas Corporation employees played by celebrities John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and John Bernthal as they fight against a "new breed" of zombies.
  • New weapons: the AE4 directed energy assault rifle and custom variant, the AE4 Widowmaker.

Havoc is the first of four planned expansions for Advanced Warfare. The other three are called Ascendance, Supremacy, and Reckoning. Activision has not yet announced details on these expansions, though you can be pretty sure they will add more maps, weapons, and zombies content.

Advanced Warfare was the top-selling game of 2014 in the United States, according to the NPD Group. For more, check out GameSpot's review.

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Capcom Infuses Resident Evil: Revelations 2 With Microtransactions

IGN.com - 4 hours 32 min ago
Collect or buy "life crystals" to respawn.
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Rejoice! Hearthstone's Undertaker is Nerfed at Last

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 4 hours 44 min ago

There is a special circle of hell reserved for people who open Hearthstone games with an Undertaker, a coin, and a one-mana deathrattle minion.

Such a dastardly combination gives the maddening mortician a 2 attack, 3 health buff by the end of turn one (not to mention its skull-and-bones-wearing associate to deal with too). As you probably know, this is because Undertaker starts at 1 attack, 2 health and gains 1/1 for every deathrattle card dropped on the board.

If you can't remove it straight away--and it's pretty hard at this sage--there's a fair chance that your opponent will drop another deathrattle card, pushing Taker to 3/4 by the end of turn two. The game is already, by this stage, creeping away from you.

Such devastating synergy, coupled with how frequently it occurs, led many players to expect that--surely--the card would be nerfed.

Oh, goody!

Well, when GameSpot spoke to the game's designer Ben Brode about the issue in December, he seemed open-minded about the possibility but was generally against it.

"Ah, well, we did add some cards to Goblins vs Gnomes that are specifically good against Deathrattle decks," he said at the time.

"But The Undertaker is one of those cards that feels really powerful when he's hurting you, but if you draw him late in the game he's pretty terrible. We were paying attention to how people were using him, and looked at how we were playing against him, but we didn't feel he's nerf-worthy. He is very powerful, but it wasn't past the line for us. I think it's worth noting that Kolento [professional player Alexander Malsh] recently won a pretty large tournament and didn't use Undertaker in any of his decks."

However, following a few more weeks of soul searching, Blizzard has implemented a nerf to the card that seems very fair. The starting stats and mana cost is the same, but henceforth the Undertaker won't buff health from deathrattles, only attack. This still makes it a useful card, but with 2 health its dominance will likely not stretch too far into the game. Two-mana removal is not hard to concoct.

The nerf will come into effect in the next update, Blizzard said. As a nice bonus for those who pin their early-game strategies on Undertakers and deathrattles, the golden version of Undertaker can be disenchanted for its full cost for a limited time once this balance change goes live.

Writing on the Hearthstone forums, Blizzard community manager Christina Sims added: "We will continue to make balance changes to Hearthstone when we feel they are necessary in order to increase the variety of cards seen at all levels of play, with the goal of making Hearthstone a more fun and interactive game for everyone."

Ready for Action!

Okay, so if you've read this far it's pretty likely that you love Hearthstone, so here's something awesome for you.

If Undertaker dwells at the badass end of the one-mana spectrum, then the Goldshire Footman surely exists on the opposite end. A wave of joy sweeps through players every time they see the 1/2 taunt drop onto the board, as it's quite possibly the best indicator that you're up against an inexperienced player.

Goldshire, of course, feels a little neglected by this, which is why one awesome player has decided to chronicle his thoughts and feelings with an unofficial Twitter feed.

An example of the fine work is below. Follow him here!

I feel like even the slightest buff would make me way more playable. Like, this, for example: pic.twitter.com/E2BkIBiUMm

— Goldshire Footman (@FootmanFTW) January 23, 2015

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PlayStation Vita Losing Some Apps Soon

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 4 hours 48 min ago
The YouTube app for PS Vita

Sony announced Wednesday that it is ending support for a pair of PlayStation Vita apps.

The system's YouTube app will vanish from the PlayStation Store today, January 28, and will no longer be supported after April 20. Users can still watch YouTube videos on their PS Vita through the system's browser, complete with playlists and channels, however.

PS Vita's Maps app

The YouTube app for PS Vita was originally introduced in June 2012.

The other app getting kicked to the curb is Maps. All features of the app, and some features of the PS Vita's Near app will be disabled through a March 2015 software update, Sony explained.

Sony notes that the removal and disablement of the PS Vita's YouTube and Maps apps will not affect gameplay in any way.

The company did not provide any explanation for why it is removing the apps. More information about the closure of both apps is available through the links below.

YouTube FAQ

Maps/Near FAQ

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Apple Ships 1 Billion iOS Devices

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 5 hours 13 min ago
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Apple has now shipped more than 1 billion iOS devices, the technology giant has announced as part of its record-breaking earnings report for the holiday 2014 sales quarter.

Speaking with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company achieved the milestone--which covers total iPhone and iPad shipments--on November 22. The billionth iOS device shipped was a space-gray 64 GB iPhone 6 Plus, which Apple is keeping at its headquarters.

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"One billion devices is an almost unfathomable milestone and we are all incredibly proud to be a part of it," Cook said during an earnings call, as reported by GameSpot sister site CNET.

Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones during the three-month holiday period, a new record for the company, which overall posted $18 billion in profit for the quarter, another all-time high. Cook also revealed that, on average, Apple sold more than 34,000 iPhones "every hour, 24 hours a day, every day of the quarter."

The latest versions of the iPhone, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, launched in September 2014. Cook said that the smaller iPhone 6 was the most popular model during the quarter.

Asked by an analyst if he thinks Apple can sustain the iPhone's incredible growth in future quarters, Cook said he is "very bullish" on the device's outlook. The executive went on to say that the iPhone 6 brought on more new Apple customers than any prior iPhone launch, and even led to the most instances of Android users jumping over to iPhone compared to the last three launches.

By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 2 is the best-selling home video game console of all time with more than 150 million units shipped to date.

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2015's Need for Speed "Already Looking Spectacular," EA Says

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 5 hours 26 min ago
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After taking 2014 off, the core Need for Speed series is making a comeback this year with a brand new title from Ghost Games in Sweden. While Electronic Arts has yet to officially announce this game, we now know a little more about it, at least regarding how far along in development it is.

During a recent earnings call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed that the game will launch this year, and teased that it is "already looking spectacular." Unfortunately, he didn't say anything more about the game.

2014 was the first year without a new, core Need for Speed title release in over a decade. In May 2014, EA confirmed that it would not launch new entry in the franchise until 2015 so that the project could have an "extended development window."

Ghost Games GM Marcus Nilsson said in May 2014: "We are already deep in development on our next game and want to make this promise to you: we will listen to you. We're going to give you the game you've been asking for. It will be the game you deserve, but to do that will take us some time," he said.

Nilsson further boasted about the game at the time, describing it as "highly innovative" and an "experience built on a foundation we know you'll greatly look forward to."

In addition to the new title from Ghost Games, EA plans to release Need for Speed: No Limits, a free-to-play racing game for mobiles, later this year.

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EA Will Give Star Wars: Battlefront a Battlefield-Sized Push

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 5 hours 51 min ago
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During this week's Electronic Arts earnings call, CFO Blake Jorgensen talked more about the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game, which is in development at Battlefield series studio DICE.

Jorgensen confirmed that the shooter is due to launch before Christmas 2015. More specifically, the game aims to be "aligned with" Star Wars Episode VII -- The Force Awakens, which arrives on December 18, he said.

DICE's new Star Wars: Battlefront is not directly based on the upcoming movie from J.J. Abrams, though it will share some general universe themes, characters, and items. In previous teaser trailers and images, DICE has revealed that the game will take players to locations such as Hoth and Endor, and feature vehicles such as AT-ATs and speeder bikes, among other things.

About the game in general, Jorgensen said DICE will share more about the project in the coming months. He went on to say that Battlefront's launch this year will be a "very large activity" for EA overall, on level with the company's blockbuster Battlefield series.

"We're extremely excited about that," Jorgensen said about Battlefront. "We think there's huge potential for that title. More to come in the next couple of months on that as more about the movie comes out as well as more about our title comes out. You should consider that a very large activity for us [this year] and a very large focus--similar to how we've thought about Battlefields in the past."

Battlefront is not the only new Star Wars game EA is currently working on. The developer's Visceral Games studio is also producing an entry in the series, rumored to be an open-world game. EA has even hired longtime Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig to work on the title.

EA and Star Wars franchise owner Disney signed a ten-year, multi-title deal in 2013 that makes the Mass Effect publisher the exclusive creator of new Star Wars games.

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As Ubisoft Axes "Stolen" Origin Keys, Reseller Denies Blame

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 5 hours 52 min ago

New light has been shed on Ubisoft's crackdown of grey market PC game codes, with the publisher revealing that the games it has deactivated were purchased with fraudulent credit card information.

On Tuesday it emerged that the publisher had begun blocking access to some of its PC games, such as Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity, having discovered they were not acquired through official channels. Consumers raised complaints about their games being deactivated on a Ubisoft forum, but the publisher insists this is a legal matter.

Now it emerges that some, or perhaps all, of the game codes in question were bought from EA's Origin store using fraudulent credit card information.

EA is co-operating with Ubisoft and has temporarily removed the games from Origin. Meanwhile, the reseller website believed to have sold these codes online has denied responsibility.

In a statement sent to GameSpot, Ubisoft said: "We have confirmed activation keys were recently purchased from EA's Origin store using fraudulent credit card information and then resold online. These keys may have been deactivated. We strongly recommend that players purchase keys and downloadable games only from the Uplay Store or their trusted retailers."

EA, in turn, has notified customers that "a number of activation keys for Ubisoft products were purchased from Origin using fraudulent credit cards, and then resold online. We identified the unauthorized keys and notified Ubisoft."

It added: "We removed Ubisoft games from Origin to protect against further fraudulent purchases. We don't have an update [for when the games will return], but are working to get them back in the store as soon as possible."

"Not in Any Way Responsible"

Following this clampdown on fraudulent keys, the online vendor now in the spotlight has insisted it is not directly linked to the illegal purchase.

"As some of you may already know, steps have been taken to remove games purchased indirectly from a publisher, via main marketplaces in the web.

"G2A is not in any case responsible for any of these procedures," the corporation wrote in a statement.

The vendor said it "will do everything possible to compensate" for those who have bought the fraudulently purchased keys.

It added: "G2A will make every possible exertion to prevent this kind of procedures in the future and exclude merchants responsible for such incidents from the marketplace."

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3DS Browser Exploit Allows Users to Play Game Boy Color ROMs

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 6 hours 40 min ago

A Nintendo 3DS loophole is allowing customers to play Game Boy Color ROMs on Nintendo's new hardware.

To activate the loophole, users need to purchase a legitimate Game Boy Color game via the eShop, and then suspend the software and open up the handheld's internet browser. At this point, if users then download a Game Boy Color ROM it can be played on the handheld. However, in most countries this action likely violates copyright law.

According to Nintendo Life, the workaround works right up to the current firmware version (9.0-9.4), but those who own a New Nintendo 3DS will not be able to create the same exploit.

In all likelihood the loophole will be closed with a future system software update.

A 3DS software update, released in December, managed to block a backdoor hack that allowed users to play unlicensed games on the handheld.

Further Reading: Why You Should Buy a 3DS in 2015

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Wii U Sales Climb Slowly Despite Key Releases

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 7 hours 37 min ago

Nintendo managed to sell 3 million Wii U consoles worldwide during the final nine months of 2014, marking only a slight increase from the 2.4 million sold in the same period of 2013.

The new figures bring the Wii U's total lifetime sales to 9.2 million, an indication that, despite key releases such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Nintendo is still struggling to push forward with its troubled system.

By comparison, the original Wii had surpassed 44 million sales worldwide after its third Christmas on the market. Sony's PlayStation 4 passed 18.5 million by its second Christmas, and although Microsoft hasn't recently revealed detailed sales numbers, it had shipped 10 million Xbox Ones worldwide before December.

More than half of Wii U owners have bought Mario Kart 8

However, the tie-ratios for key Wii U games are strong. Mario Kart 8 has sold 4.8 million units, meaning more than half of Wii U owners have purchased the game. Meanwhile, Super Smash Bros for Wii U managed to sell 3.4 million units.

Nintendo 3DS sales fell significantly during the nine-month period, due in part to gamers in Europe and North America awaiting the release of the New Nintendo 3DS model. In total, some 7 million 3DS units shipped worldwide during the three quarters, down from the 11.6 million sold during the same period last year.

Of that number, sales of the New Nintendo 3DS in Japan--which launched in October--accounted for 1.8 million (0.6m for the smaller model, 1.2 for the XL). Despite slower sales, the handheld nevertheless passed a key lifetime sales milestone of 50 million units.

Key 3DS software performed handsomely, with Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire selling 9.35 million units, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS hitting 6.19 million.

The combined performance of the 3DS and Wii U, along with its software, is expected to pull Nintendo out of an annual loss for the first time since 2010. Total sales for the year are revised down slightly, by 7 percent, to $4.7 billion, while profit expected to reach $505 million, compared to the $200 million loss last year.

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First Look at Raid Mode

IGN.com - 10 hours 7 min ago
IGN's Mitch Dyer and Jose Otero discuss the Raid mode that returning in Resident Evil Revelations 2.
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Has Microtransactions

IGN.com - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:00

Resident Evil: Revelations 2, upcoming episodic horror adventure, will feature microstrantions, Capcom confirmed today.

A Capcom representative issued a statement to Kotaku today clarifying that the microtransactions are included in the optional Raid Mode and not “within the main campaign.” The Raid Mode features two “life crystals” variants that are used to respawn, which players can either earn or purchase.

“The crystals essentially act as continues (re spawns) in Raid mode when players die,” the representative explains. “Blue life crystals can be earned through playing daily missions and red life crystals can be bought.

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The Witcher 3's Beautiful Ugliness

IGN.com - Tue, 2015-01-27 22:34

The world of the Witcher is rough and unruly, defined by greed, corruption and despair. It's a battleworn, ugly world, and in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, this ugliness has never been more beautiful.

Graphical prowess is to be expected, of course. It’s been nearly four years since CD Projekt RED released its last Witcher game into the wild, and as much as The Witcher 2 still looks beautiful on PC, significant advances in technology has allowed for much grander world building. But on the hefty rig I’m playing on, The Witcher 3 looks truly gobsmacking; pores stand out on faces, blades of grass can be counted, curls of hair twist in the breeze.

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PS4 Bundle With Dying Light and The Last of Us Discounted to $430

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Tue, 2015-01-27 21:07

A deal posted on Amazon includes a PlayStation 4 console bundled with newly-released zombie game Dying Light and a download code for The Last of Us Remastered for $430. The deal will run until 11:59PM PST on January 31.

Earlier this month Sony announced a PS4 bundled with a free copy of The Last of Us Remastered for $400. For those not interested in The Last of Us, Sony also continues to offer the $400 "Four Games. One Pick" bundle that comes with a 500 GB system and your choice of one of four games.

Dying Light was released yesterday, and our review is coming soon. If you want to know more about the game in the meantime, check out Kevin VanOrd's thoughts on the game so far in his review-in-progress.

GameSpot's gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site. Got questions? Email or ask us in the comments!

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Xbox Sales Are Down & Mortal Kombat X Details - IGN Daily Fix

IGN.com - Tue, 2015-01-27 21:03
Xbox hardware sales are down & popular character reveal for Mortal Kombat X. Plus, new Xbox One Update, Capcom announces Dragons Dogma Online & Planetside 2 sets World Record.
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The Witcher 3: Closing the Story of Geralt

IGN.com - Tue, 2015-01-27 20:22
We sat down with co-founder of CD Projekt Red to talk about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and ask how he thinks gamers should be treated with DLC.
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