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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 27, 2016)

Nintendo
dominates blogs this week thanks to the announcement of the Switch, but there's
plenty of gaming blog goodness for everyone. Read away!

Community Blogs
For October 20 – October 26:

My Thoughts on the NX
For StarterPack, appearance is a huge part of what he likes in a console, and
the Switch just does not have the looks. He also does not like the name, and is
afraid it may be flimsy. Considering Nintendo made the original Gameboy Advance
strong enough to run over in a small car or flush in a toilet, it's probably
safe to say that this console will be sturdy. Plus, it will have all of the
Nintendo exclusives. But we won't know how good it is until we have it in front
of us.

Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch
When it comes to Rival_M's opinion of the Switch, he can't say enough about the
marketing. (But come on, who plays video game sports after the superior real
sport?) One of his highlights was the fact that you can take your home console
games on the go, and that's a boon for anyone who travels as much as our
blogger does. For people like me, I'm usually doing all the driving, so I'm not
so sold on that aspect. Yet.

Ranking All of the Islands in Wind Waker
The fact that Haley Shipley spent five hours to do this is nuts – and I love
it. I used to love chatting with friends about which islands had cool things to
do or see in Wind Waker, and even bought a strategy guide to visit all of them.
So you can imagine how awesome this list is for me. I thank you for your
dedication/obsession, Haley!

Recording Gaming Through Pictures
GerardoExber combines Instagram with gaming, sort of. Now instead of doing it
just on the social media platform he's doing the same for us, sharing some
gaming pics in a visual diary of sorts. While I only show some people, I like
to take shots of meaningful or cool gaming moments on my PS4.

Trying To Care About Nintendo Again  
I can relate with Brendon Curzio when it comes to waiting in line for a Wii.
And though I loved mine the entire time I had it (Monster Hunter, Felynes), I
can see why he left the Wii to move on to a PS3. But you know what? The Switch
has Brendon pumped up like Luigi on a Super Mushroom. Well, at least to buy
one. He's not sure about actually being excited to play it, because, let's be
real, we need to see more on the games.

Writing Challenge
Responses:

Community
Writing Challenge: Trip Down Memory Lane

StarterPack leads his blog with Super Smash Bros., so you know you're in for
some awesome local-multiplayer storytelling. But it's also very personal and
shows how a video game and a good friend can turn your day around. And don't
even get me going on TimeSplitters!

Community
Writing Challenge: Memorable Multiplayer Games

GerardoExber gives us a pretty robust list of games that he's enjoyed with
a friend or two over the years, and chances are it's similar to many a
childhood. I can't even explain in words how fantastic it was to play local
multiplayer or co-op games with friends growing up – or even with them now.

Community Reviews:

Dragon
Quest Builders (PS Vita) Review

Enuo wasn't sure about this game. When he started playing it he found out that
it is not only a lot of fun, but has Dragon Quest's soul. What really sets it
apart, and our blogger explains without spoiling anything major, is the story
and its connection to the first game in the series.

Community Writing
Challenge:

Pet peeves of
gaming culture or video games. I want to read about yours!

Community Playdate:

Nothing this
week.

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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New Releases This Week: October 24 Through October 30

As we draw closer to the holiday season, more and more high-quality games are releasing. However, there are also plenty of niche offerings for games who prefer to veer away from the mainstream. This week provides a solid mix of both, from the gargantuan Titanfall 2 (read our review) to Farming Simulator 17. With a variety of different genres to suit players of all tastes, it's a good time to be a gamer.

Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2 (Xbox One, PS4) – October 25
Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 3 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC, iOS) – October 25
King's Quest: Episode 5 – The Good Knight - (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC) – October 25
Farming Simulator '17 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – October 25
Just Dance 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC) – October 25
Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension (PS4, PC) – October 25
World of Final Fantasy (PS4, Vita) – October 25
Yomawari: Night Alone (Vita, PC) – October 25
Berserk (PS4, PS3, Vita) – October 27
Weeping Doll (PSVR) – October 27
Carnival Games VR (PSVR, Vive) – October 28
Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – October 28
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – October 28
Titanfall 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – October 28
Yomawari: Night Alone (Vita, PC) – October 28

For a deeper look at this year's releases, take a look at our continuously updated master list.

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Gwent Closed Beta Begins October 25

CD Projekt Red has announced the starting date for the closed beta for Gwent, the full-fledged card game based on the minigame in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The beta, playable on PC and Xbox One begins next Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm CEST (which translates to 12pm Central time). Interested users can sign up via the official Gwent website. Invites to the beta will roll out in waves, so users who do not receive an invite on the first go may be able to get in at a later date. Registration will remain open after the beta begins.

No word was given on when the beta will end. If you're looking to get a feel for how the beta plays, you can read Matt Bertz' preview.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 20, 2016)

This week is short and sweet – so you can enjoy some blogs
and get back to gaming and writing. And before you know it, the steady stream
of holiday blockbusters will be upon us. That's either good or bad, depending
on your backlog (mine is now an entire hockey duffle bag under my bed, hidden
away like an embarrassing secret).

Community Blogs
For October 13 – October 19:

When Bad Games Do Good
Blogger Psykologic makes a great point: Sometimes games that are bad at launch
become fantastic after some patching and updates. Heck, he even mentions how
BioWare "fixed" Mass Effect 3's ending (which was fine the first time, for me,
and really didn't change much through the update), making fans happier and
keeping them loyal.

When A Soundtrack Keeps On Playing
GerardoExber knows that a
good video game soundtrack can, and will, stick with you for days. I still hum
video game tunes I haven't heard in nearly two decades, but such is the power
of a good soundtrack. See if any of the games Gerardo praises in his blog are
ones you love listening to, and then leave your favorite tunes in the comments.

Writing Challenge
Responses:

Community Writing Challenge: The Best
Thanksgiving Tradition Ever

When you're lucky enough
to think of Thanksgiving and also think video games, then that's one mighty
fine holiday tradition, Haley Shipley. I mean, how cool is it to have two TVs
set up at the holiday gathering place that are used exclusively for video
games?

Community Writing Challenge: Those Games
To Play During Fall

The Dark Cloud 2 image sucked me into GerardoExber's blog, but the copy made me
stay. While his story hits on familiar notes like college getting in the way of
gaming, fall is a time for our writer to sit back, dig through the backlog, and
beat some games that are starting to clutter the coffee table.

Community Writing Challenge: The Autumn
Game List

Dalin Briggs' post is
unique in that he has five games that makes him think and feel fall. It's a
diverse list with an eclectic mix of reasons as to why they make the cut. The
Mass Effect obsession is particularly fun and interesting. But as a whole, fall
is a time for gaming for Briggs.

Community
Reviews:

Retro Review: The Legend of Dragoon
This is one divisive RPG,
but Brendon Curzio is firmly in the I-love-it camp. Some reasons why pertain to
the story, characters, and even the drama of it all. I remember enjoying it
when it was new on PS One, but haven't played it in years. Glad to hear it
still holds up.

Community Writing
Challenge:

Tell me about
your favorite local multiplayer game. I recently got the chance to play Smash
Bros. with a buddy on the same TV for the first time in 13 years, and it was
magical. From Mario Party to Goldeneye, there are certainly some fun local
multiplayer games out there – and memories and stories to match them.

Community Playdate:

I'll be gone all
weekend traveling to the Fargo area, but please don't hesitate to hit me up
for some Monster Hunter shenanigans. Leave a friend code in the comments, and
don't be afraid to message me on Twitter or via Game Informer.

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2017′s Substantial Free October Update

Update: The game's 1.02 update in October includes new player likenesses and boots, while the 1.03 November update introduces the additional licensing touches for Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund (as well as 4K support for PS Pro).

We regret the error in the original text.

Original Text: Konami has pledged better online update support for PES 2017 compared to last year, and to that end the company has detailed the game's free October update.

A positive for this year's game is some of its licenses, and the update – scheduled for the end of October – includes official stadiums for Liverpool (Anfield) and Borussia Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park). The updated presentation package includes the customary "You'll Never Walk Alone" song for Liverpool as well as chants.

The update also includes new likenesses for 39 players who've done well so far, including Victor Wanyama (Tottenham), Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao), and Mario Lemina (Juventus).

Finally, the 1.03 update introduces 4K/60FPS support for PlayStation Pro, more official boots/kits, and bug fixes.

Another free update is expected at the end of November, with more coming in 2017.

For further info on the game, check out our review. You can also take a look at our use of the game's Advanced Instructions (from the game's demo) in a segment of The Sports Desk column.

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EA Sports Details NHL 17′s October Update

Just in time for the new season, NHL 17 has detailed its October update, out now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While it contains a few bug fixes, some of the update is based on player feedback.

GAMEPLAY

DEFENSE

  • Improved functionality to stick lifts in the open ice and during net battles. 

EA SPORTS Hockey League

  • Addressed issue with EASHL Drop-in’s where captains on the Class Select screen couldn’t change player class or jersey selection.
  • Added a roster download check on entry into EASHL to fix an issue
    where Creation Zone in EASHL wouldn’t load newly added jerseys or
    equipment.
  • Resolution to a jersey issue seen by some users after they switched from custom uniforms to stock.
  • Resolved issue where some EASHL teams were not able to match up in
    regular season games after winning an EASHL Playoff Championship.

Hockey Ultimate Team

  • Reduce the chances of the HUT Infinite load issue from occurring.
  • Added the ability to add a timeout value via Tuner Set for the HUT infinite loading issue some users are experiencing.
  • Added additional telemetry logging to help us gather more information about the HUT infinite load issue.

GENERAL

  • Improved game stability online and offline based on some crash issues seen by the community.

For more on NHL 17, check out our review here.

[Source: EA Sports' Website]

 

Our Take
Supporting games past their release is always a good sign, especially when it is based on player feedback. If only EA Sports could listen to my feedback and patch in the ability that lets the real-life San Jose Sharks win the Stanley Cup.

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New Releases This Week: October 17 Through October 23

We're in the middle of fall, which means more and more of this year's biggest releases are pouring in. This week we have Battlefield 1, Rock Band Rivals, and Skylanders Imaginators leading the charge with a bunch of VR titles also launching. Also, a few niche games, such as Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky (tri-Ace fans, take note!), offer plenty of variety in this week's options. One-more-turn fans, don't forget Civilization VI hits on Friday!

Skylanders Imaginators (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, Wii U) – October 16
Crazy Machines 3 (PC) – October 18
Eagle Flight (Rift) – October 18
Exist Archive: The Other Side Of The Sky (PS4, Vita) – October 18
Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls (Vita) – October 18
Batman: Return to Arkham (Xbox One, PS4) – October 18
Rock Band Rivals (Xbox One, PS4) – October 18
Macross Delta Scramble (Vita) – October 20
Pixel Gear (PSVR) – October 20
Battlefield 1 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – October 18
Civilization VI (PC) – October 21

For a deeper look at this year's releases, take a look at our continuously updated master list.

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Killzone Shadow Fall, LittleBigPlanet 3 Headline October PSN Flash Sale

Sony's having another flash sale on the PlayStation Network, where you can get PS4, PS3, and Vita games at steep discounts. Some of the highlights include Killzone Shadowfall, LittleBigPlanet 3, God Eater: Resurrection, and the first Watch Dogs, which are all priced at less than $ 10 a pop.

You can also grab Tetris Ultimate on PS4 for $ 3.49, or Wheel of Fortune on PS3 for $ 4.99, among other deals.

For the complete sale, browse on over to the PlayStation Store on your console, or go here.

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Destiny – Xur’s Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of October 7

Everybody's favorite merchant is back! This time Xur was some very sweet deals, so you should consider paying him a visit.

Xur opens his shop with a bevy of deals starting today. Titans and Hunters should especially take note, as two of the new exotics from Rise of the Iron are for sale. Both the Thagomizers (Titan gauntlets) and Shinobu's Vow (Hunter Gauntlets) are highly desired and haven't been sold before, and he has both for purchase at the normal price of armor – 13 strange coins. If you're looking for a new machine gun or Warlock helmet, Xur also has the Thunderlord and Light Beyond Nemesis available. Check out a list of all his goods for sale below.

Exotic Gear

  • Legacy Engram
  • Thagomizers (Titan) +65 Intellect
  • Shinobu's Vow (Hunter) +71 Discipline
  • 31 SC
  • 13 SC
  • 13 SC

Ornaments

  • Shock Hazard (Zhalo Supercell Ornament)
  • Queens Command (Telesto Ornament)
  • 25 Silver Dust
  • 25 Silver Dust

Curios 

  • Void Drive (Vehicle Upgrade)
  • Stealth Drive (Vehicle Upgrade)
  • Heavy Ammo (Synthesis Consumable)
  • Three of Coins Consumable
  • Glass Needles Material
  • 23 SC
  • 23 SC
  • 1 SC
  • 7 SC
  • 3 SC

Don't miss out on your chance to get these by 2AM PST on Sunday

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 6, 2016)

Video games took
a backseat recently for many thanks to Marvel's Luke Cage (please give us a video
game starring Power Man), but not for our bloggers. Read up!

Community Blogs
For September 29 – October 5:

MoblinsForMatt
– An Afterword With Corey Austen

MightyMagikarp interviews Corey Austen, a gamer who raised money for SUDEP
research. It's always nice to see hard work put in for an interview, so give
this a read if you'd like to catch up on what Austen's been up to.

Monthly
Gradebook: September 2016

They may not all be new games, but Attackcobra has been busy playing games to
completion, and begins his blog feature with Kingdom Hearts 3D. It sounds like
a lot of fun, but as someone who stuck with the series in the early years, I've
kind of moved on from Mickey and co.

The
Do's and Don'ts of Online Gaming Etiquette

Gaming online is practically a health hazard with the wrong group screaming
into your ear. If you're one of those people, give Mz Chanandler Bong's blog a
read to find out how to treat others online – and how not to.

What
we'd all (mostly me) would like to see in the next Animal Crossing

I've never played this series, so I can't comment on Boo's blog too much. I do,
however, always enjoy some wilderness exploration, or video game exploration in
general. It took me 20 hours to even walk into New Vegas thanks to all of the
distracting exploration.

Unboxing
treasures and remembering the Golden Age of Co-op 

Brendon Curzio had me at co-op, and his blog delivers. All I can say is
that Gunstar Heroes and Goof Troop did cooperative gameplay right.

Luke Cage has a Villain Problem
I loved Luke Cage,
finishing it in two days. However, I do agree a little bit with Thomas
Loughney's blog on the villain issue in the show. I can't write much more in order to avoid spoilers, but I will say that Luke Cage is a darn good show. Sweet Christmas.

Writing Challenge
Responses:

Pitching Ideas: Nova, The New Zombie
Thriller!

While this is a different
take on the writing challenge, I can dig StarterPack's game pitch containing
zombies. I mean, they seem overplayed, right? But then our blogger mentions
STALKER and things get super interesting and creeptastic.

Community Writing Challenge: Pitching My
Dream Stories

Haley Shipley tells us
what she'd like to write about professionally, and I hope she gets the chance
to tell these tales. She wants to write on everything from historical accuracy
to whether or not games are apolitical.

Community Writing
Challenge:

Let's take a
break this week to recharge.

Community Playdate:

Nothing this
week.

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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