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HDD Gaming Black Friday Ultra: Amazon Has Days of Deals on Top Games and Hardware
Tags: HD Deals (595 posts) (all tags)
PS3, PS Vita bundles, 'Lego: Marvel,' 'Rayman Legends,' 'Elder Scrolls Anthology' among the deals.
Amazon continues to aggressively offer deals on some of the biggest games of the year, plus some incredible consoles bundles.
Here are some highlights, but the whole sale can be found here.
Coming Thursday at 12:01 AM PT, is the 250GB Xbox 360 E Holiday Bundle, which includes 'Tomb Raider' and 'Halo 4' along with the value priced console.
Then on Black Friday at 12:01am PT is 'Amazon Exclusive Holiday Walking Dead Vita Bundle,' which not only includes the Vita, 'Complete First Season of the Walking Dead,' and a 4GB memory card, it also includes download codes for 'Uncharted Golden Abyss,' 'Retro City Rampage,' 'Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time,' and all at a likely crazy price.
Today, 'Street Fighter X Tekken' will be available for the 360 and PS3 at 9:30AM PT.
Thursday is packed with deals including 'The Elder Scrolls Anthology,' 'Metro Last Light,' 'Call of Duty: Ghosts,' 'Batman: Arkham Origins,' and 'Battlefiled 4,' are likely to see their best prices yet.
HDD Gaming Deal: 'Grand Theft Auto V' is $33.99 at Amazon for Both Platforms
Tags: Grand Theft Auto, HD Deals (595 posts) (all tags)
Great price listed ahead of teased Thanksgiving deal.
Amazon is currently selling 'Grand Theft Auto V' for both the 360 and PS3 for the low price of $33.99(43% of the suggested price). You check out the High-Def Digest Review or the multiple mentions in the High-Def Digest Gaming's Holiday Gift Guide.
The game just received its first significant content update since launch in the form of the free Beach Bum Pack, and the multiplayer issues have been modified from crippling to merely an issue of multiplayer style preference.
If 43% off still seems to expensive, Amazon is teasing an upcoming deal for this Thursday at 2:10PM PT as part of their holiday gaming deals.
Faulty Xbox One Disc Drives Mean Free Games for Those Affected
Tags: Xbox One, Xbox, Microsoft (all tags)
Microsoft offering a free game for use during the RMA period.
The percentage of Xbox One owners affected by faulty disc drives not yet known, but according to user reports, Microsoft is offering those customers affected specifically by disc drive issues one of four free games to play during the RMA period.
While other Xbox One replacement issues don't illicit the free game offer, those willing to RMA their faulty disc drive models are being offered one of the following four titles, 'Dead Rising 3,' 'Forza 5,' 'RYSE: Son of Rome,' and 'Zoo Tycoon.' In a statement obtained by Polygon Microsoft has explained the reasoning behind this free game offer, "While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios."
Since the free title is digital, it can be played in spite of the disc drive issue.
Author: Brian Hoss
Videogame Releases: Week of November 24th, 2013
After a flood of new releases and new videogame consoles, things settle way down this week. On the plus side, that means we get some choice gaming titles for the PS3 and Vita. Check out our latest videogame roundup in the blog.
Three for Three On Xbox Ones for High-Def Digest Gaming
Tags: Xbox One, Xbox (all tags)
One weekend of heavy Xbox One use for High-Def Staff is trouble free.
After more than four days of Xbox One use by three members of High-Def Digest staff, and we have run into the following problems:
Extremely varied install times for disc games and digital games.
TV and Netflix apps stop working and required a system reboot to get going again.
'Forza 5' (digital version) crashed to the dashboard.
'Killer Instinct' crashed to the dashboard.
Kinect voice commands work intermittently.
And that's about it. The second major console launch in as many weeks, and nary an issue to report. It took considerably longer to drop the Xbox One into its designated place in my home theater than to get the system set up and updated. (Engadget's doomsday scenario be damned.)
Now for some surprises:
The TV app. About five minutes into college football on Saturday, and I decided that I need to check out the TV app features. I managed to get the cable box to output component and optical to my receiver, while outputting HDMI to the Xbox One. That way I can snap the Xbox One's TV app to the right side while playing games, which makes sense for the less story-driven 'Forza 5,' 'NBA 2K14,' and 'Killer Instinct,' without having to depend on the Xbox One for every time I want to watch TV. (Luckily my cable box, a brand unknown to the Xbox One, has its own volume and mute, a necessity for really using the TV app.) When it works, the TV app is a nice option, but I've had to restart my Xbox One a few times to get the app working again.
The d-pad. The new d-pad is of course a huge improvement, but using it in 'Killer Instinct' is not so ideal. It may be a matter of getting used to, but right now it's punishing to use the d-pad for multiple bouts of 'Killer Instinct.' Otherwise, the controller is really nice, though the Menu and View buttons aren't the most intuitive. The controller that came bundled with a Play and Charge kit looks a little plain next to the Day One version.
Upload Studio. Upload Studio is one of many essential apps that need to be found and installed. I've got three game videos I shot and edited in Upload Studio and then transferred with SkyDrive. The quality is only ok, but the feature is still promising and can be improved easily. I am surprised at the lack of a simple screenshot function.
The Store. I've had trouble getting stuck in the store looking at app details, and no matter how many different ways I return or quit the Store app, I'm still stuck in those details.
Installs from disc freak me out. Not only do they seem to become stuck as they attempt to download big day one patches while installing, it also seems a bit too risky to reset the system while it appears to be reading from the disc drive.
Game switching. It's way too easy to accidentally close a game by clicking on another. All of the last gen training to press the Xbox button for the old blades UI is like a handicap for the current dynamic OS set-up.
Next-gen spoiled. Suddenly the solitary career mode of 'Forza' is filled with the lap times, liveries and Drivatars of my friends and random people. Plus, this is the first 'Forza' that I can have on the system ready to go whenever (without disc switching). It's hard to see a good reason to go back to the 360 at the moment.
Oh wait, the music. The Xbox One can play CDs, and I even managed to get a video to play through SkyDrive. Still, my 360 music flash drive has no purpose on the new console.
I miss some of the 360's idiosyncrasies. Finding the few game demos in the store is not easy task. My profile can't be auto-signed in unless I use the Kinect facial recognition. When powering up the second controller, it becomes very PS3-like to get a second player signed in, which isn't so good for local 'Killer Instinct' matches.
I haven't yet tried 'Dead Rising 3,' but that will happen soon. Meanwhile, 'Forza 5,' 'Killer Instinct,' 'NBA 2K14,' and 'Call of Duty: Ghosts,' make for a nice launch line-up, there's just one thing missing, some kind of indie style game, perhaps one that was free with Xbox Live. Hopefully, that omission will change soon.
After launch night, my Xbox One got moved over to a battery back-up, which makes me more comfortable using the system's stand-by feature. The need to walk over to the machine once a day and do a 30 second reset is not a joy.
'Killer Instinct' is a blatant 'Street Fighter IV' clone, and thereby is a blast. The fact that the game makes you unlock most of the content after buying the 'Ultra' edition aside (even the stages!), and the six character fighter is far more fun than I expected. Too bad that it and 'Forza 5' make me want $600 worth of Mad Catz accessories.
I fully expect that the TV app, store, and other stability issues will be ironed out sooner rather than later while I' m not sure that the voice control couldn't be done with just a headset. The long game installs (another issue that ought to be addressed quickly) are less annoying if there are one or two games installed on the hard drive to play while waiting. Those blips aside, the launch experience was excellent, and the future looks extremely bright for the new system.
Author: Brian Hoss
HDD Gaming Next-Gen Blitz: Next-Gen Titles Continue to Be On Sale
$10 savings on Xbox One and PS4 games.
Amazon is going head to head with Walmart for your next-gen business, and nearly every next-gen title is on sale. The availability of many of these titles has shifted as they sell out and are restocked, but it looks like the sale will continue through Thanksgiving.
Here is every currently discounted next-gen title:
'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag'
'Call of Duty Ghosts'
'Dead Rising 3'
'Lego Marvel Super Heroes'
'Need for Speed Rivals'
'NBA Live 14'
'RYSE: Son of Rome'
'Skylanders SWAP Force'
High-Def Digest Gaming's Holiday Gift Guide 2013
Tags: Fun Stuff (all tags)
A mix of the year's best games, as well as some choice accessories.
Hear that sound? It's holiday thunder, and it means to be pouring from the game systems of each and every gamer you know. But how best to deliver the thunder? Well, perhaps it's time to consult High-Def Digest Gaming's Holiday Gift Guide 2013.
Within this guide, you will find gift recommendations for seven platforms and even a few sub-genres, but just in case you are looking for some stocking-stuffer type games here are a few more recommendations: FTL (PC), 'Skulls of the Shogun (360/PC/Windows Phone),' and 'Guacamelee! (PS3/PS Vita/ PC).'
Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have debuted, and while there are some important distinctions, the bottom line is that even at launch, these systems are offering an experience beyond what their last-gen counterparts can do. For my money, their respective launch line-up, which features quite a bit of overlap, completely trounces the combined launch line-up of the Xbox 360 and PS3. If you can find the systems in stock, the recipient will likely be both surprised and pleased to become a new owner of either new system.
For the Xbox One, the choice has to be between 'Forza Motorsport 5' and 'Dead Rising 3,' but one missing essential is the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit.
World Basketball Manager (PC)
'World Basketball Manager' is the title to get for the would be GM as the analytics of 'Moneyball' and many current NBA franchises is put to the test.
'NBA 2K14,' represents the best of the traditional sports titles (narrowly beating 'FIFA 14,') which means it's marvelous team-based basketball fun on all platforms. The MyCareer mode on the Xbox One and PS4, is a game-changer and the added RPG elements elevate the whole game, and make it more worthwhile to become skilled.
The Wii U now has a pair of nice $300 bundles, and both feature 32GB Deluxe models. One with 'New Super Mario Bros U' and 'New Super Luigi U,' and one with 'The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.'
Super Mario 3D World
'Super Mario 3D World' is the latest Wii U exclusive, and combines the long-cherished 3D Mario gameplay with new abilities, multiplayer, and 1080p visuals.
'Pikmin 3' was meant to be a launch title, but by slipping nearly nine months, many Wii U owners old and new are missing out on one of Big N's best.
Grand Theft Auto V
Not only is 'Grand Theft Auto V' the blockbuster title of the year, but the recent improvements and additions to the multiplayer have bolstered the already robust story mode.
XCOM: Enemy Within Commander Edition
Firaxis presents a serious value with 'XCOM: Enemy Within Commander Edition,' which combines this year's expansion with last year's hit title. The deep strategy and endless source of 'XCOM' gameplay makes the title the smart choice for eliminating the enemies within and unknown.
The PlayStation 3 Super Slim is available in several excellent bundles, including the 'Grand Theft Auto V' 500GB Bundle.
The Last of Us
'The Last of Us' is almost universally lauded for delivering a gripping story, challenging gameplay and incredible atmosphere, complete with brilliant environmental design. For those that already own and love the game, the new story DLC makes the Season Pass a no-brainer of a gift.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
While 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag,' the best title of the franchise since 'Assassin's Creed II,' is even better on next-gen systems, the digital PS3 version let's players nab a PS4 version for just $10, sweetening a possible eventual system upgrade.
PS Plus is not only essential for PS4 owners, the service continues to bear fruit for PS3 and PS Vita owners with free games, discounts, and cloud saves.
Recent price drops ($200) herald a likely new version of the current 'PlayStation Vita.' The new version out in Japan has dropped the OLED screen in a favor of a LCD, and with the combination of shockingly good PS4 Remote Play capabilities, and new plan to get exciting games like 'Borderlands 2' on the system, now is the time to nab an OLED PS Vita, and 'The Walking Dead' PS Vita bundle (3G)' is the best way to go.
'Killzone Mercenary' along with its PS4 cousin has wowed players in a way where it seems Sony finally has the shooter franchise is an enviable position even if it's still no 'Halo' killer.
Media Molecule's freshly minted 'Tearaway' eschews the normal portable version of a console franchise approach to instead embrace the unique features found in the Vita. The title's messengers want so badly to be part of your holiday experience, who are you to deny them?
Naturally, the PC has a multitude of configurations ready (and unready) for gaming, but here's one sub $1000 touchscreen laptop, the HP ENVY TouchSmart 15T, that can handle games like 'Battlefield 4' and 'Call of Duty: Ghosts.'
'BioShock Infinite' offers players so much, from shooting to skyhook action to tear jumping, and all set in a floating city charged with enough race and class tension to make its alternative history as vibrant as any. That the game can be had so cheaply in the 'BioShock Triple Pack,' which can be emailed to any recipient just makes a great gift a near perfect choice.
Metro: Last Light
'Metro: Last Light,' the "extreme version of Fallout" is not to be missed, as its dour setting makes the best use of its visual technique and desperate gameplay. The PC version gets the edge as it can really make use of the extra brute power to present its subterranean Moscow.
Logitech G602 Gaming Mouse
Due to the incredible advances in wireless mouse technology by Logitech and others, now is the perfect time for PC gamers to go wireless. While the Logitech G700s is the top of line rechargeable choice, the Logitech G602 is the newest option and brings adjustable DPI settings, 11 assignable buttons, and twin battery modes, Performance and Endurance. Recent time with 'Call of Duty: Ghosts,' and the G602, both in mobile and desktop situations shows how a gaming grade mouse can retain the sensibilities of a conventional portable wireless mouse.
Mad Catz Tritton Pro + 5.1 Surround Sound Headset
The 'Mad Catz Tritton Pro + 5.1 Surround Sound Headset' is such an amazing addition to any PC gaming rig, especially for those times when household noise is a concern, which makes it a great gift for that gamer in the home that you wish would be a little more quiet. Play a game like 'Batman: Arkham Origins' with the headset, and you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. The console version is also a great option for both the 360, and the PS3.
For the Kids
Skylanders SWAP Force
'Skylanders SWAP Force' is featured on no less than seven platforms, and the action figure video game combo has stepped up its gameplay in a way that makes the latest version a great option. Action figures have always been a dodgy investment, but enabling gameplay is as big a bonus as a person can ask for.
'Rayman Legends' brings its delightful HD visuals to five platforms, and families can take turns playing through one of the game's many challenging but not too challenging levels. Even the game's unlockables seem fun to collect and open with family members.
For the Gamer Who Has Everything
Night and day, gamers young and old stare at screens during work and play, and often times controlling each and every ambient light source isn't an option. It's here, during such long hours that the Gunnar eyewear can help to reduce eye fatigue and eyestrain. While the Gunnar Intercept Glasses with their Amber tint make sense for late nights full of FPS matches, the Crystalline Lenses found in the Gunnar Phenom Glasses make a lot more sense for the purist looking to protect their vision.
And that's it, except for the omissions of dozens of worthy titles, including many whose reviews are in production at this very moment. The holiday period is the busiest time of the year for video games, and the (at long last) new consoles have brought with them a peek into the years to come along with a flood of releases. With High-Def Digest Gaming humming along in full-swing, help us wish a Happy Holiday to everyone, from giant companies down to each reader for their support, their interest and their enthusiasm for High-Def Digest Gaming.
Author: Brian Hoss
Check Out the New Ultras and Supers of 'Ultra Street Fighter IV'
Tags: Street Fighter, Capcom (all tags)
Rolento, Poison, Hugo, an Elena readying to fight.
Capcom has been very clear on the intent of developing and releasing 'Ultra Street Fighter IV,' the game is a direct response to the hardcore community that competitively plays 'Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition' on a regular basis. As the company takes the still in-development variant to players in an attempt to balance out the game through direct player feedback, there is still the matter of the addition of some past series' characters.
Capcom has shared the Ultra and Super moves for four characters new to the game (but old to the series). Up first, is Rolento:
Followed by Poison:
And finally, Elena:
It's worth noting that these moves are not yet set, though it's clear that no matter what, no matter how, they will probably make it through somehow. Now if they would only announce a PS4 version.
You can find the latest info on 'Ultra Street Fighter IV' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
Author: Brian Hoss
'Tiny Brains' Coming to the PS4 December 3rd
Tags: 505 Games, PS4 (all tags)
The co-op puzzler will be discounted for PS Plus members.
'Tiny Brains,' a new four player co-op puzzler, is coming to the PS4 on December 3rd. The game is the first title from the Montreal based Spearhead Games and is being published by 505 Games, which has become a champion of indie gems.
From Spearhead Games, "Tiny Brains is a quirky, social, cooperative, action puzzler. Beyond that, it’s our baby — the game many of us left our jobs at AAA studios to make... Tiny Brains is everything that the team originally wanted from a co-op game. It follows four tiny lab animals — a rabbit, a mouse, a hamster, and a bat — each of whom has been so extensively experimented on as to develop cool psychic abilities. The bat can channel his voice to force-push objects away from him; the rabbit uses an electric charge generated by his huge floppy ears to pull objects towards him. The hamster can create a solid chunk of ice out of thin air, and the mouse can swap his position with that of another object at will.
"Each of these powers is useful, but no one power can solve the puzzles alone. In order to progress through the mad scientist’s diabolical laboratory, all four critters must work together. This means a lot of shouting, a lot of communication, a lot of chaos, and a hell of a lot of fun.
"Of course, you don’t have to have three friends and four controllers to get in on the action. With the power of PS4, an indie like Tiny Brains can still feature online drop-in/drop-out multiplayer, and even a single-player mode in which the levels adapt to become solvable by one player. But to experience the game at its best, we highly encourage you to rally your friends, hop on the couch, and dive in together. We think you’ll like the way this old school gaming-inspired indie leverages the capabilities of the PS4."
'Tiny Brains' is also coming to the PC and to the PS3, but the game will debut on the PS4.
You can find the latest info on 'Tiny Brains' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Author: Brian Hoss
'Persona 5' Announced... For Japan
Tags: Atlus (all tags)
Winter 2014 for the PS3.
The next installment of one of gaming's great spin-offs is coming in the form of 'Persona 5.' Though not much is known beyond the game's brief teaser, it's reasonable to expect the game's teasing of emancipation to involve school age characters.
With winter 2014 being the earliest fans can expect a Japanese release of the PS3 title, mid to late 2015 is probably when the game will make its way west.
You can find the latest info on 'Persona 5' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
Author: Brian Hoss