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WWE 2K16′s New Moves Content Pack Available Today

The New Moves Pack, WWE 2K16’s first downloadable content pack, is available now for purchase. WWE fans can bolster their movesets with over 30 additional holds and maneuvers.

A highlight reel of the new moves is featured in the trailer below. Among them are those used prominently by: 

  • Regal Cutter – William Regal
  • Dragon Sleeper – Finn Bálor
  • Standing Crossface Chickenwing – Stardust
  • Sidewinder Suplex – Kevin Owens
  • Avalanche Ram – Paige

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The New Moves Pack is free for Season Pass holders and sold separately for $ 3.99. For more on WWE 2K16, check out our review – The Feed

Fig Will Let Average Folks Invest In Game Campaigns Starting In December

Thanks to approved changes in Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, you’ll soon be able to invest in crowdfunding projects on platforms that support the initiative. Fig, founded by Inxile’s Brian Fargo, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer, and Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart plans to set aside $ 1 million in unaccredited investment for its next campaign.

The developer and project for the campaign launching in December haven’t yet been announced, but you can start setting aside $ 1,000 to $ 10,000 if you’ve ever dreamt of earning a return on a small business investment. Up until now, only accredited investors ($ 1 million net worth and $ 200,000 annual income for the past two years) were allowed to participate in such efforts.

Thanks to Regulation A+ of the JOBS Act, those who don’t meet accreditation requirements can fund up to 10 percent of the greater of their annual income or net worth. The minimum amount of investment on Fig will vary by campaign, with the next project setting the lowest buy-in at $ 1,000. Because Fig hasn’t yet been approved by the SEC it will take non-binding reservations pending review. 

Fig has currently offered campaigns for two games. The first, Mobius Digital’s Outer Wilds raised $ 75,000 in investment and $ 51,000 in traditional crowdfunding backing against a goal of $ 125,000. The second game, 5th Cell’s Anchors in the Wild, fell flat. That title only raised 21.4 percent of its $ 500,000 funding goal, with only $ 5,000 coming from traditional backers.


Our Take
I urge in the strongest sense that before you decide to invest in anything, whether on Fig or via other Regulation A+ efforts, that you speak to a financial advisor. Know what you’re getting into. Know the risks. Don’t expect a return, and if you do get one, it won’t happen quickly. – The Feed

NES-Inspired Friday The 13th Figure Ships This Week With Musical Packaging

Collectibles manufacturer NECA is celebrating the 13th figure in their line of retro gaming figures with a wide re-release of its original 8-bit Jason Vorhees figure. Originally a Comic-Con exclusive, NECA’s video game Jason Voorhees action figure comes packaged in a musical box.

Before the Kickstarter-funded Friday the 13th: The Game, there was Friday the 13th for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The side-scrolling horror game tasked players with finding and defeating Jason Voorhees as six camp counselors – a practically impossible task. You can watch the Game Informer crew try in this episode of Replay.

Standing at 7 inches and boasting over 25 points of articulation, the figure comes packaged in a window box that mimics the look of 8-bit cartridge boxes. Lifting its front flap conjures the catchy theme from the game. Other features include a machete, axe, harpoon gun, removable mask, and the disembodied head of Jason’s mother.

[Source: NECA] – The Feed

Star Wars Goes Mobile Today With EA’s Galaxy Of Heroes

Star Wars Battlefront is only one week old, but EA’s already locked and loaded with another entry in the franchise. The publisher turns its attention to mobile today with Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.

The RPG involves collecting heroes from the various films and television shows. You’ll be able to create teams of light side and dark side heroes, upgrade character abilities, and play alone or against others.

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More than 60 characters are available, with additional updates plans to keep the game fresh. Galaxy of Heroes is free to play and available now for iOS and Android. – The Feed

Star Wars Battlefront Biggest Digital Launch In EA History, But No Specific Numbers Given

While its become rare for publishers to share sales stats for its titles, EA has told investors to anticipate shipments of 13 million copies by March 31, 2016. While the company isn’t saying how many copies of Star Wars Battlefront have been shipped or sold, EA is combating some concerning news about the game’s performance.

Yesterday, GameStop (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company) indicated that sales of Star Wars Battlefront have “fallen short of expectations.” The result was a dip in EA’s stock of about five percent, despite GameStop suggesting that sales will start to come back into line through the holiday season, especially alongside the release of The Force Awakens.

“We expect Star Wars to be one of the strongest titles for the holiday seasons, so sort of move beyond launch and think about Star Wars as a brand with the movie coming out,” said GameStop chief financial officer Robert Lloyd. “So we expect it to get back towards our on-track for our expectations.”

Today, EA is touting that Battlefront is the biggest digital launch in company history, on top of being the overall largest Star Wars launch ever. Earlier today, the company revealed a new mode for the free Battle of Jakku DLC and support for the two popular big team modes on one of the two maps.

Last week, we published an analysis piece on EA’s digital portfolio and how the company’s shift toward that distribution mechanism is helping its bottom line. You can read that entire breakdown here.

[Source: EA]


Our Take
EA clearly felt the impact of GameStop’s statements, despite the company hedging in favor of an uptick closer to the film release. As I wrote last week, digital is becoming a huge portion of full title sales. However, without specific numbers or a reasonable point of comparison, it’s hard to pin down Battlefront’s digital performance beyond the superlative EA offered. – The Feed

3D-Printed Halo 5: Guardians Spartans Report For Duty

Halo fans can now immortalize their personal Spartans as 3D-printed figures. 3D printing technology companies Sandboxr and 3D Systems have teamed up with Halo developer 343 Industries and launched a Halo 5: Guardians figure customization service today.

Starting at $ 29.99, players can customize a Spartan to print, using either your in-game character or one created through the official Halo website. Options include customizable armor, helmets, colors, weapons, along with different poses and size options.

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Spoiled Rotten – Video Games’ Biggest Spoilers

This article contains a giant list of video game spoilers for games such as BioShock, Final Fantasy X, and Red Dead Redemption. You’ve been warned.

Games are full of great plot twists, but knowing these plot twists before you play the game can sometimes ruin your enjoyment of the experience. That said, here are some of the biggest jaw dropping moments in video games. Highlight the text to see the spoilers proceed with caution!!!

Massive Spoilers Beyond This Point!!!

[Editor's note: if you're reading this on mobile or don't want to deal with the highlights, go to page two for our plain text version.]

Assassin’s Creed: BrotherhoodAt the end of the game, you become possessed by a member of the First Civilization named Juno and kill Lucy Stillman, the woman who has been helping you hunt the Templars since the beginning of the series.

Batman: Arkham CityJoker dies, and the heathy version of him that has been running around the city is actually Clayface.

Batman: Arkham KnightJoker plays a major role in the game. Batman has been infected with Joker’s high-end virus, and it is consuming his mind. Throughout the game you constantly have visions where the Joker talks to you. Also, Arkham Knight is Batman’s old sidekick Jason Todd, the second Robin who Batman thought died at the hands of Joker.

BioShockAtlas is Fontaine, and you are the illegitimate son of Andrew Ryan and Jasmine Jolene. You spend most of the game hearing the phrase, “Would you kindly,” but this is a physiological programing. You were given phony memories so you could do Fontaine’s bidding.

BioShock Infinite
You are the prophet Comstock, the ruler of Columbia, and Elizabeth is your daughter. You travel through time where she kills you to prevent you from becoming Comstock. Things are confusing.

Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareAfter successfully completing a mission, a nuclear weapon is detonated in the capital city of the Middle Eastern nation. After getting caught in the blast, you stumble out of a helicopter and eventually collapse and dies.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2After going undercover and integrating yourself into a terrorist cell, you are selected to participate in an assault on Zakhaev International Airport where you assist in the massacre of hundreds of civilians – an event that sparks World War III.

F.E.A.R.Alma, the creepy little girl with terrifying psychic powers who has tormented you the whole game, is your mom.

Final Fantasy VIHalfway through the game, the emperor’s mage Kefka actually destroys the world and you fail to stop him.

Final Fantasy VIIThe main villain, Sephiroth, kills your love interest, Aeris.

Final Fantasy X
Sin is a giant beast that terrorizes the world. It is also your father. And you and Auron have actually been dead most of the game.

Heavy RainOne of the four playable protagonists, Detective Scott Shelby, is the Origami serial killer you’ve been hunting and the man who kidnapped Ethan’s son. 

InfamousEarly on, you learn that the gangs of Empire City are being controlled by a man named Kessler. However, Kessler is a future version of yourself who has traveled back in time and orchestrated the events that lead to you getting superpowers.

Jak 3You spend most of the series hearing about the advanced race known as the precursors, but at the end of the game they are revealed to be ottsels – the same weasely creatures that your friend Daxter turned into in the first game.

Metal Gear Solid 2
Solid Snake, the series most recognizable protagonist is only playable for the first few hours of the game. You spend the rest of the game playing as a whiny character named Raiden. 

MetroidThe badass bounty hunter you have been playing as the whole game takes off her armor and reveals that she is actually a woman.

Red Dead RedemptionEdger Ross is using you to kill your old gang members. When your work is done, Ross kills you too. The game then jumps forward a little more than a decade and you take control of your son, who enacts revenge for his father’s murder.

Resident EvilYour superior officer, Wesker, is revealed to be an Umbrella double agent.

Silent Hill 2
You came to the town of Silent Hill after getting a letter from your dead wife, but you were the one who actually killed her nearly a year ago. You’ve journeyed to Silent Hill to torture yourself.

Spec Ops: The LineMany of the events of the game are a fabrication of your mind, designed to cope with the traumatic event where you killed 47 civilians using the chemical weapon white phosphorus.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicYou are Darth Revan, a maniacal Sith Lord who was betrayed by his apprentice, healed by the Jedi Council, and then mindwiped.

Your LifeYou will die alone.

Looking for more things you can spoil for yourself? Check out our recurring Spoiled feature where we talk about the endings of some of the biggest games, or check out our list of Five Unexpected Deaths in Video Games. – The Feed

Star Wars Battlefront Mod Brings Ultra-Realism To A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Thanks to a Toddyhancer graphics mod, Star Wars Battlefront is receiving an extra level of realism.

Toddyhancer creator Martin Bergman, formerly a QA and localization tester at Activision (according to his LinkedIn), is still developing the mod, but plans to release it for public use. Bergman is also behind the Grand Theft Auto V photorealism mod.

Bergman states that the mod currently begins to falter at the 30-40 frames per second mark, though. Battlefront currently runs at 60 frames per second on consoles and PC.

Check out the gallery below for a look at Bergman’s work modding Battlefront.

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Our Take
While the mod certainly looks markedly more impressive than the base game, it's hard to get past that frame rate drop, especially if it starts to falter at a modest 30 frames per second. Bergman is under no obligation to release the mod, though. At this point, it's a personal project. Bergman never ended up releasing his previous Grand Theft Auto V mod, so it remains to be seen if his work can translate well enough to be playable. – The Feed