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Dark Souls II Patch Hits Tomorrow, Here’s What Is Changing

Judging by the amount of email I get requesting Dark Souls II tips, many of you are still working your way through this world of pain and death. The experience could change slightly tomorrow, when From Software drops patch 1.03 for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Most of the patch addresses stability issues, like summoned players falling through the world, and multiplayer attempts not connecting. The most noticeable change for most people will be the controller vibrating when an attack is blocked. The patch hits tomorrow North America tomorrow at 4 a.m. EDT, and worldwide at 6 a.m GMT. Here's the full list of fixes detailed by From Software:

MULTIPLAYER

  • Failing to create Multiplayer session no longer disables use of online items, such as White Soapstone.
  • Players now receive a small portion of Humanity after successfully
    assisting in a Multiplayer session instead of regaining full Humanity.
  • Starting boss fight with the Looking Glass Knight while summoning other players no longer cancels the summoning process.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some bloodstains, illusions, and messages from being displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where “Unable to participate in Multiplayer Session” could constantly appear.
  • Fixed some instances where the portrait of the person you were summoning was different than the actual character.
  • You will no longer be able to take off Covenant rings while being summoned.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause some summoned players to fall through the ground at Earthen Peak.

GAME MENU / INTERFACE / CONTROLS

  • Optimized Start Menu and Bonfire Menu performance.
  • Trophy icon for “Holder of the Fort” has been fixed.
  • Controller now vibrates when blocking an attack

OTHER FIXES

  • Bug involving Drangleic Castle door not opening has been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause Souls to be lost upon death with the Ring of Life Protection equipped.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some players to fall through elevators while using Binoculars and Magic simultaneously.
  • Fixed an issue causing some enemies being hit by arrows at long distances receive 0 damage.
  • Fixed an issue preventing the Brotherhood of Blood duels from starting properly.
  • Added a message for players that displays after entering the coffin in Things Betwixt
  • Fixed an issue where all of the items and objects in an area would reset (Without using a Bonfire Ascetic).
  • Fixed an issue that didn’t unlock some items from vendors on 2nd and beyond playthrough.
  • Fixed an issue causing the requirements for the Brotherhood of Blood Covenant be 50 too high.
  • Licia’s conditions for moving have been optimized.

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Upload gameplay to YouTube on Xbox One tomorrow, 360 gets GoPro app

Microsoft is updating the YouTube app on Xbox One to allow players to upload gameplay clips directly to the video platform starting tomorrow. The app will integrate with the Game DVR and Upload services already present on the console; players will…
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PS Plus weekly: Stealth Inc. free for subscribers starting tomorrow

Curve Studios’ sneaky puzzle-platformer Stealth Inc. A Clone in the Dark is set to join the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection this week. Both the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions of the game will be available as free downloads for PS Plus…
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Upload YouTube Videos From Xbox One Starting Tomorrow

Microsoft has announced that the YouTube app on Xbox One will be getting a major update tomorrow, April 8. The new version will be integrated with Game DVR (scheduled for improved resolution in the April update), meaning you’ll finally be able to put your recorded clips on YouTube directly from your console.

You can capture video with the “Xbox, record that” command, edit your footage in Upload Studio, and send it to YouTube from that app. The new app will also allow you to watch videos in snap mode.

Tomorrow will also mark the availability of the GoPro app on Xbox 360. Owners of the active use cameras will be able to view curated content from other users.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

Our Take
With this update, users will have the control over their videos they’ve been asking for since before the Xbox One’s launch. You’ll need to go through a couple of steps to get your video onto YouTube, but for those that don’t have an external capture device, this new feature provides new access and the potential of new audience.

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Minecraft title update 14 hits Xbox 360 today, PS3 tomorrow

The console versions of Mojang’s Minecraft will be updated this week with new items, features, and fixes, adding a significant chunk of content to player-curated sandbox worlds.

Minecraft title update 14 introduces emerald currency and villager…
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Clash of Clans follow-up Boom Beach hits iOS tomorrow

Mobile developer Supercell will release a follow-up to its free-to-play hit, Clash of Clans, exclusively for iOS tomorrow, Apple announced.

Boom Beach expands on Clash of Clans’ premise, challenging players to build a shoreline outpost and fortify…
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Audience Award voting for 2014 GDCAs and IGF awards ends tomorrow

Vote now if you haven’t yet, and don’t miss the excellent reminder videos recorded by some of the developers whose games are nominated for either an Audience Award in either category. …


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PlayStation Store Sales Start Tomorrow, Extend Through March 3rd

In light of the two year anniversary of the PlayStation Vita’s release, Sony has decided to celebrate through promotion. Starting tomorrow, it’s slashing prices on many of the titles in its online store.

The PlayStation Vita Anniversary Sale runs through March 3 and features many games at half of their normal cost. PlayStation Plus members can get the games at up to 75% off. Notable games you may have heard of and haven’t played include Hotline Miami, Flower, Machinarium, and Escape Plan, among others.

Also beginning tomorrow is Sony’s Back to 2013 Sale, which includes sales of some notable releases of 2013, including Spelunky, Terraria, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Rayman Legends, Season Passes for The Walking Dead: Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us, and more. This sale also ends on March 3. 

 

Our Take
While there's nothing that screams out as a insane bargain in these sales, there are a lot of nice discounts for some very solid games. I will likely browse the Back to 2013 Sale and eye my wallet with trepidation. Will you plunk down some dough for anything you see? Or are you still too busy going through your backlog of quality games? 

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Third Dead Rising 3 DLC Coming Tomorrow

Get ready to return to Los Perdidos. Microsoft has announced that the third batch of Dead Rising 3 DLC, Chaos Rising, will be arriving tomorrow. The download will show the infection from the perspective of an outlaw biker.

If you played through the game's campaign, you're no doubt familiar with Hunter Thibodeaux – his heavily tattooed face is hard to forget. It looks like you'll be learning more about his story through this batch of content. If the image above is any indication (one of three wallpapers Microsoft released), you won't be stuck with his flame-spewing bike. This one looks considerably sharper, which should no doubt come in handy when you need to carve through a crowd.

The DLC will cost $ 9.99 individually, or as part of the $ 29.99 season pass

 

[Via @Xbox]

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Dead Rising 3 gets third DLC pack tomorrow

Microsoft confirmed the third expansion for Dead Rising 3 is due tomorrow on the Xbox Games Store, although details of the DLC itself remain unconfirmed.

According to screens linked to achievements (via VideoGamer.com) the Chaos Rising DLC puts…
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