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News Roundup - 04/14/2014

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Impressions: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Every four years, the world of international football gathers together for a month long final tournament to determine the best team in the world.  Just like the 2010 World Cup, EA Sports has brought the tournament straight into our homes via console in the form of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which is available today on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

We're not quite ready to do a review of the game, but we wanted to make sure some impressions of the game are available as we've had time to go through most of the game modes.  2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil brings the same fun game modes from the previous version of this game, including the ever-popular Captain Your Country mode, which allows players to create a pro from scratch or pick from an existing pro for a corresponding country and build them up during the qualification process, leading all the way to the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The mode has gone through some upgrades, including making it a bit easier to build up stats via the training mini-games that have been available in the FIFA franchise of games.  It may even be a little too easy to build those stats up, but considering that a player doesn't have access to a player's club team like they would in the regular title, this is the way to make sure that created players are competitive.

Of course, the regular World Cup mode is available, which leaves the choice up to a player as to whether to play the World Cup Final as is from the draw back in December, or to create their own fantasy version of the tournament and create some stacked groups in order to increase the difficulty.  The mode is straight forward, as expected, but stunning visuals of all the new stadiums that have been built or renovated for the tournament are shown off in all their glory.  Gameplay is fairly similar to FIFA 14, if not just a tad slower than its counterpart.

If a player feels like trying to re-write history, the History of the World Cup is available and allows players to replay some of the most exciting games in the history of the tournament.  Also included in the title is the Road to Qualification mode that allows a player to take on the managerial position of a country and try to take them from the early stages of qualifying all the way to Brazil. 

For a title that is somewhat truncated since it is only international matches leading to the World Cup, there is plenty of meat in this game, though there is a lot more to cover than what can be included in this.

We'll include more on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in our review, which is expected later this week.

Titanfall coming off a big week

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Last week was a big one for Titanfall, as the game launched on the Xbox 360, there was a panel dedicated to it at PAX East and an eagerly-awaited patch finally was applied to all platforms. The patch is extensive, but the key components are the Private Match Beta, Xbox One Party App shortcut for your Xbox One menu and plethora of bug updates.  Take a look at the complete list after the jump, as there are plenty of changes and a list of future updates that are being worked on:

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/13/2014

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  • Chop, shoot, and burn stuff in Bound by Flame combat video
  • Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One announced at PAX East

Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One announced at PAX East

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Well, it looks like goat sims aren’t the only weird mainstream simulation games out there, as indie developer Will Bierly has announced that his Soda drinking sim, Soda Drinker Pro, will be making the leap from Mobile and PC to consoles. According to an interview that creator Bierly gave to Joystiq, the game will run at 60 FPS in 1080p on the Xbox One, as well utilize the Kinect camera controller and feature exclusively level. No word on pricing or availability (just "September"), but for those that enjoy the mobile version of the game, this may be the next logical step to chilling on your couch and utilizing your time.  If you aren't familiar with the game, check out the video below....

News Roundup - 04/10/2014

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2K Games is heading to PAX and is bringing Big Guns, Big Monsters and Big News

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PAX East kicks off tomorrow and 2K games will be there giving everyone some hands on time with Evolve and the first look at the newest Borderlands game Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. 

Here is a rundown of their events running this weekend. 

  • Firaxis Games Mega Panel announcing next big AAA Firaxis game – Saturday at 11:30am in the DragonFly Theatre
  • Hands-on time with Evolve
  • Hands-off presentation of the just-announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • PAX-exclusive Borderlands Loot Pass Sweepstakes
  • Inside Gearbox Software Panel – Sunday at 10:30am in the Main Theatre

Booth Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available to pre-order at the booth and if you do pre-order you will receive a PAX exclusive Evolve Beanie and/or a PAX Borderlands exclusive t-shirt. 

A community party will also be held Saturday night by Gearbox and Firaxis games. It is invitation only and is 21+ only as well. Be sure to head by the 2K games booth to learn how to score an invite to the event. 

Be sure to check out their official blog post for all the details on the fun happenings this weekend. 


Now Loading from CD102.5 in Columbus

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We hit the airwaves this morning with CD102.5 in Columbus and Baltimore, Ohio to talk about both LEGO The Hobbit and Kinect Sports Rivals. In case you missed the segment this morning, you can check it out below:

News Roundup - 04/09/2014

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News Roundup - 04/08/2014

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Now Loading for the week of April 7, 2014

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This week is all about pressure... on Microsoft that is! It’s a given that the new LEGO The Hobbit game will entertain fans of Tolken’s classic franchise and gamers alike, but how will both a new generation of the Kinect Sports franchise and a last-gen version of Titanfall fare with fans? I can speak from personal experience that Kinect Sports Rivals is an admirable addition to the franchise, despite some speedbumps along the way. AS for Titanfall, we shall have to wait and see...

This week’s lineup:


News Roundup - 04/07/2014

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Preview of the next Xbox One update that some folks already have

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Microsoft has put out details on the next update for the Xbox One and what it will improve. Some people have it now and are offering feedback, but Microsoft has gone public with what the update will entail.

Blu-ray gets 50Hz support and will have some other app updates coming to it.

For controllers, there will be another update that improves wireless connectivity and reduce some audio static noise that can come through an attached headset.

One nice convenience feature added is that you won't have to power on the Xbox One after an update anymore if your system is set to Instant On. It will do it on its own. Also, if you want to manually initiate the update when one's available, a menu option will be there for you to do so.

It's nice to see Microsoft continue to improve on the Xbox One experience so let's hope these updates continue at a regular pace.

Weekend News Roundup - 04/04/2014

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Why isn't Starr Mazer a real thing? Somebody make it a real thing!

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Starr Mazer is not a real game and that makes me sad and you should be sad, too. This video was put together by the snazzy folks at Imagos Films. This trailer—for a non-product—has some good bullet hell action, sure, but the cutscenes and point-and-click adventure elements really sew things together.

It was actually developed as an in-movie commercial for indie film maker Don Thacker's Motivational Growth. I would play the heck out of some Starr Mazer, though.

Alien: Isolation sounds really scary

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If you don't think sound is a major (major!) component to horror games, then you shouldn't (should not!) be making horror games. But thank our lucky stars, The Creative Assembly knows. And they're putting that knowledge into Alien: Isolation. Authenticity is their drive, and access to the original audio recordings from the 1979 movie is a big contributor to that chase.

A full orchestra. Minor key tonalities. Boots stomping fruit husks. Good stuff.

Alien: Isolation will be making people pee their pants on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7.


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Major Nelson confirms on Reddit that Xbox One external storage coming “soon”

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Sometimes, the best place to find news nuggets are in interviews and out of the way comments from industry insiders. Yesterday, Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) passed along one of those nuggets on Reddit while answering some questions on the Xbox One. In response to a question from user LordShesho about word on external storage, Larry confirmed that it was “coming soon”, but he had to check on media support. When other users asked a few more questions to Larry on limits and details, Larry responded “When I have details on that, I’ll let you know.”

So it looks like one of the biggest fears/complaints about the Xbox One may soon be null and void, depending on the details of how much and what type of external storage the Xbox One will support.

New Elder Scrolls Online trailer

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Check out the new The Elder Scrolls Online trailer 'The Siege' below, with over 5 minutes of cinematic battle. If this doesn't get you hyped for the game, then I don't know what will. 


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We're gonna need a bigger boat in Battlefield 4

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There were rumors that a Megalodon was hiding around in Battlefield 4. Well, it was a rumor til recently. With the release of Naval Strike DLC, the enormous shark is now a reality.

In the video below, you can see the giant shark come out of the water and lay waste to everyone in the water. It looks mighty impressive jumping out of the water. Now, we'll have to see if you can take out the Jaws wannabe.

Thanks Kotaku.

News Roundup - 04/03/2014

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Thursday means it is time to check in with Joe Jewett down in the Brewery District to run down this week's biggest releases. We had to rush through things a bit today in order to cram in all three games that I wanted to talk about: MLB 14 The show, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Goat Simulator.

News Roundup - 04/02/2014

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News Roundup - 04/01/2014

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News Roundup - 03/31/2014

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Phil Spencer is now the head of the Xbox division

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There's a new sheriff in the town of Xbox and his name is Phil Spencer. Today he was named the head of the Xbox division and will report to Terry Myerson. This position was available when Mark Whitten left for Sonos not too long ago.

Phil's been with Microsoft for a long time now on various projects including being the corporate VP of Microsoft Studios. From the sounds of it, the new head of Microsoft is looking to Phil to align all the various pieces of the Xbox business, which is a pretty daunting task.

Congratulations to Phil on his new role.