The Origin Bundle’s launch followed Moore’s insistence that EA could “do better” just before it won its second consecutive Golden Poo award. It would be interesting to see a full breakdown of the Humble Origin Bundle’s revenue, but it’s nice to at least see this sliver of the results, especially when EA isn’t necessarily raking in cash for themselves.
Overkill has issued a significant update for the PS3 version of Payday 2, bringing that console’s version up to par with the latest version of the game on PC.
There are over 200 tweaks that have been made to the PS3 game, including a complete overhaul of the weapons rating system, adjustments to how stealth works and some fixes for a few persistent crash bugs. The game’s economy system has also been updated to pay out more cash for looted bags as well as XP from completed missions.
The full patch notes are quite extensive, so feel free to pore over them in this Steam post. A patch for the Xbox 360 version is currently in the works.
December 1 is on Sunday, and that means a new Xbox Live Games with Gold title is coming online. It also means that you only have a few days left to get Double Fine’s Iron Brigade.
From December 1 through 15, Xbox Live Gold members can download Epic Games’ original Gears of War. The title is a classic, and if you have a chance to watch Cliff Bleszinski’s E-day video, it should bring back some memories.
The second half of the month brings Demiurge’s Shoot Many Robots. This side scrolling good ol’ boy adventure is full of loot and amusing costumes. You can take on the robotic menace alone or with up to three friends.
The Games with Gold program will be coming to Xbox One some time in 2014. So if you're not in a rush to pick up all of the launch titles, you'll probably see them hit the service in a few months.
[Source: Major Nelson]
I have to believe that Microsoft isn’t really trying to compete with Sony’s PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection. While Sony delivers at least one title per week (most of which are fairly recent and of high quality), Microsoft is just checking the “free games for subscribers” box.
Joining the streaming entertainment options on the PlayStation 3 is Qello, a relatively new service that is best described as “Netflix, but for live concerts and films about music.”
Available now, Qello offers a deep catalogue of artists, concerts and documentaries, though it lacks a few notable entries: The Band’s The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary Shine A Light, and even Purple Rain is absent. Still, the number of films on the service is massive, and you should be able to find content from any artist (assuming it isn’t your best friend’s struggling 2 Live Crew bluegrass cover band).
Like other major streaming services, Qello comes with a subscription fee. PlayStation users are being granted a free 15-day trial of Qello, but after that the service will set you back $ 5 each month, or $ 45 for an annual subscription. If you’re unsure about plunking down money for Qello, we recommend visiting Qello TV from your web browser. Though Qello TV doesn’t allow viewers to choose what they want to see, the free, streaming concert footage it provides should offer a good idea of what Qello is offering PlayStation 3 users.
Qello will soon appear on Sony’s Vita handheld as well as the PlayStation 4. There’s no word on when these systems might add the concert flick service, though an announcement regarding the Vita iteration of Qello should appear by the end of the year.
Rhythm-based tap-em-up Jungle Rumble is coming to iOS and Android, Disco Pixel President Trevor Stricker has told Joystiq. Price has yet to be determined.
In Jungle Rumble, players must tap along to the beat – think Patapon – in order to defend a tribe of monkeys from being overrun by a group of invaders. By keeping the beat, players move monkeys around a game grid and attack invaders by throwing coconuts. The game is punctuated by a dynamic soundtrack that changes as players successfully chain together actions.
Second Assault, the first DLC for Battlefield 4, will be available first on the Xbox One when both launch this Friday, November 22. Second Assault takes players back to four Battlefield 3 maps.
The maps will include new features from Battlefield 4 and will be “redesigned to take advantage of the Frostbite 3 engine.” The maps will be available for download by Battlefield 4 Premium members.
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Last week, Atlus teased some ultrasound photos. Now the publisher is proud to announce that it will be giving birth to the US release of Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars on PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS.
In Conception II, players take on the role of a young man gifted with the divine powers of one of the Star Gods who must battle the fiends who have started to roam the land. The twist to Conception's story is that the Star God’s power only resides within humans until they are 18, so humanity is constantly recruiting teenagers to go fight these monsters. Check out some images of Conception II, which releases next spring, below.
A forthcoming update for the 3DS handheld brings the Miiverse to the system as well as greater convenience at the eShop.
The update – expected in December – lets you purchase software on either your Wii U and 3DS with a combined balance (as long as both are registered with the same Nintendo Network ID).
Miiverse is also coming to the handheld via the update. You can then share game tips, doodles, etc. with a Nintendo Network ID.
Finally, later this month (separate from the Dec. update), 3DS users can use YouTube – including the ability to search videos on the bottom screen while watching them on the top.
This is a great convenience, and it would be cool if Nintendo went even further and allowed you to buy Virtual Console games once and transfer and play them on both systems.
Today, Nintendo announced that it will release a system update next month that will make its 3DS system compatible with its Nintendo Network ID system and its Miiverse service. …
While North America gets punchy with a brawler-themed sale this week, PlayStation Network members in Europe enjoy a region-exclusive round of price drops on several dozen sci-fi games for the PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PSP.
Featured games include Platinum Games’ Vanquish (now £3.95/€4.94), Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (£4.79/€5.99), and Capcom’s Lost Planet 3 (£19.99/€29.99). Sci-fi themed DLC also gets the sale treatment — Saints Row: The Third‘s “Gangstas in Space” add-on is £1.61/€1.97, and Space Invaders: Infinity Gene‘s DLC sees a price reduction across the board.
PlayStation Plus members get an additional discount of up to 25 percent on all featured games. The sale will continue through November 20.