Weekly Recap Nov 16th: PS4 Launches, Xbox One NDAs, Resolutiongate Part 2

The PlayStation 4 has launched in North America this week, marking Sony’s fourth foray into the eighth generation of home console entertainment. The system didn’t have a drama-less launch, however, as there were some pretty big issues that continued to captivate the gaming community heading […]
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The PlayStation 4 has launched in North America this week, marking Sony’s fourth foray into the eighth generation of home console entertainment. The system didn’t have a drama-less launch, however, as there were some pretty big issues that continued to captivate the gaming community heading into the PS4′s debut on retail shelves in North America. Microsoft’s NDAs come into play as the second installment of Resolutiongate happened with Activision making a bold admission that changed the way gamers viewed comparison content between the Xbox One and PS4. These stories and more in this November 16th, 2013 edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap here at Electronic Theatre.

Sunday

Banner Saga Release Date Set For January, 2014 Stoic Games has set a date and they’re sticking to it.

Call of Duty Ghosts Single-Player Review: Logan, Do These Things! A perfect summation of the Call of Duty: Ghosts single-player review. Perfectly illustrated by Gaming Blend’s own Pete Haas.

Microsoft Didn’t Have Legal Grounds To Block Xbox One Media, Says Legal Expert We had to go the big guns to get some answers.

Stealth Inc Hits iOS Next Week The game that was once known as Stealth Bastard has become Stealth Inc and it will arrive on iOS-powered devices sooner than you think.

GTA V Spooky Games Dominate PlayStation Sales In October Horror-themed games follow behind GTA V as the top selling game of October.

Beatbuddy First Impressions: Awesome Soundtrack, Interesting Concept Threaks rolled out one interesting title in Beatbuddy as it features an eclectic mix of music and adventure puzzle solving.

GTA V Strategy Guide Hits iPad Rockstar’s strategy guide for GTA V has officially become available for iPad users.

World of Warcraft Going Free-to-Play? Blizzard’s CEO Speaks Out

Xbox One Dashboard Kinect Demo Digital Game Sizes Revealed

Tiny Brains Scurry Onto PlayStation 4 November 26th A small indie title lands on the PS4 at the end of the month.

Microsoft Banning Customers Over Xbox One Consoles Accessed Before November 22nd This is just sad… really sad.

Senran Kagura Burst Puts Beatdown On 3DS A busty new ninja-fighting game arrives on the Nintendo 3DS.

DotA 2 Diretide 2013 Announced A new Halloween event has been officiated by Valve following fan protest.

Hearthstone Open Beta Launching In December The MOBA will become available to the public at large next month.

Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition PS4 Includes Reaper of Souls Blizzard has a special edition of Diablo III primed and ready for the PS4.

Monday

Ellen Page Isn’t Suing Over Beyond: Two Souls Nudity Thank goodness. The internet would have been a far worse place without 3D nudes of Ellen Page’s alter ego.

Microsoft Has Banned Xbox One Owner Sign NDA, Prohibits Him From Leaking More Info This is one of the most effed up situations ever.

Sony Isn’t Banning PS4 Consoles For Early Access, Unlike Microsoft No banning going on in the Sony camp… opposite of Microsoft.

Age of Empires 2 First Expansion Pack Released in 13 Years This was only 13 years in the making… literally.

Top 10 Ps3 Games of 2013 The list is quite legit. Check it out after the jump.

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor, Zones, Factions Explained Excited for the latest expansion for the fledging popularity of World of Warcraft? Well, check out more details after the jump.

Codemasters Removing GFWL DRM From DiRT 3 Excellent news for gamers worried about the DRM in DiRT 3.

PS4 Doesn’t Block Used Game, Game Rentals Sony makes it clear once more that the PS4 will not block used games.

PS4 Multiplatform Games Bigger and Better Than Xbox One? Shuhei Yoshida Responds Shuhei “The Boss” Yoshida makes it clear that your PS4 will play used games.

Red Bull Battle Grounds Roster Unveiled Here are the eight competitors that will go head to head at Battle Grounds in New York.

Just Cause 2 Has 500,000 Active Users Each Month
Marvel Heroes Update 2.0 Goes To Asgard In celebration of the launch of Thor 2, the MMO has been updated with a trip to Asgard.



Tuesday

PS4 To Outsell Xbox One 2 To 1 Based on Tweets Yes, Tweets… you didn’t get clobbered over the head with a big black brick.

Humble Bundle Organizers Launch Humble Store With Rogue Legacy, Chivalry Discounts Instead of just buying bundles you can now buy games straight from the Humble store.

Everyone Using 100 Percent of Xbox One, Says Forza Developer For the sake of longevity, I sure hope he’s a little wrong about that.

EverQuest Next Landmark Alpha Test Starting In February Sony’s also rolling out a Founder Pack to guarantee you access to the game.

Warcraft 1 and 2 Coming to Modern PCs The original two games that helped shape the legacy of Blizzard will arrive for modern PCs, too.

PS4, PS3 and PS Vita Digital Games Now Available on Amazon Grab them while they’re hot.

World of Warcraft Recruit A Friend Program Upgraded With Emerald Hippogryph Mount Refer a friend and get a cool mount that looks like it should be on Adventure Time with Finn & Jake.

Star Citizen, Eidos Montreal, Oxide Games Support AMD’s Mantle Great news for PC game development and low-level API access.

Dungeonland Goes Free-to-Play On Steam A new free-to-play RPG makes the rounds on Steam.

FTL Advanced Edition Coming 2014 This successful Kickstarter even has an iPad version in the works.

Dead Rising 3 Averages 20 Frames Per Second On Xbox One This is, by far, some of the worst news an Xboner could have encountered following the positive reviews of Call of Duty: Ghosts.



Wednesday

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Is An Open World Lord of the Rings Prequel Looking for an RPG in an open-world set in Tolkien’s universe? Well, here ya go.

Bioshock Infinite Burial At Sea Episode 1 Walkthrough Guide Need help finding your way through Bioshock Infinite’s latest DLC? Check out this guide.

Xbox One Call of Duty Ghosts Reviews See Fair Criticisms And Lots Of Apologists It happened… it happens… it’s happened.

PS4 Isn’t Just For Watching TV on Your TV, Says Sony Mark Cerny continues to throw shots at Microsoft.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Was 1080p On PS4 During Graphical Comparisons, Claims Activision Resolutiongate Part 2 commence!

PS4 Offerings Don’t Justify Day One Purchase, Says Forbes Casuals beware; hardcores, welcome.

Witcher 3 Dev: DRM Is Just To Cover The Publisher’s Ass, Whole Industry Knows It Doesn’t Work DRM has become bane to the existence of gamers yet many publishers still use it.

World of Warplanes Finally Launches After many years and lots of anticipation, the aerial combat simulator has finally launched.

Xbox One Launch Events Include 10,000 Midnight Openings Microsoft has rolled out a special launch event at more than 10,000 locations.

Early PS4 Owners Post Pictures, Videos Without Getting Banned Sony holds up their end of the bargain, not banning people for playing early.



Thursday

PS4 Day One Update Can Be Downloaded Right Now Grab the update so you can do more on your PS4 than just play games.

GTA 5 Beach Bum DLC Launching November 19th There will be new DLC for GTA Online soon enough.

PS4 To Shift 2.4 Million by 2014 Analysts also peg the Xbox One to shift about 2.2 million SKUs before the end of the year as well.

PS4 Units Aren’t Defective; Video Reveals HDMI Issue The hubbub over the PS4 breaking down has been widely blown out of proportion.

Dark Souls 2 Screenshots Preview Multiplayer Features New screenshots release for Dark Souls 2 featuring the game’s multiplayer.

PS4 Launch Games Get Killed On Metacritic It’s a real massacre… Knack just got outright murdered.

PS4 Companion Mobile App Launches For iOS, Android Get the latest bits of data and info for all things PlayStation on the new mobile app.

Resolution and Graphics Affect Gameplay on PS4, Says Shuhei Yoshida Resolution isn’t as throwaway a feature as Microsoft would lead you to believe.

River City Ransom, Zelda Discounts Hit Nintendo Consoles You can either plop down $400 for a new PS4 or a few bucks for some classic Nintendo titles. It’s your choice.

Sony Put Gamers First With PS4, Microsoft Didn’t, Says Sony VP Well, truer words have never been spoken.



Friday

DotA 2 Three Spirits Update Launching Today It arrives with the Diretide event, since that’s what the fans asked for.

Sony Assuages Fears Over Fear Of Defective PS4 Units Except, the issue isn’t that bad at all. Go figure?

PlayStation 4 Has Launched: Mission Accomplished Despite some roadblocks, the PS4 has launched.

PS4 Is Easy To Repair, According To Repairability Scale Good news, the PS4 is easy to repair. Woot!

PlayStation 4 Launch Games Total 23 Check out all the games available on the PS4 at launch.

Confirmed: Need For Speed Rivals Native 1080p For Xbox One, PS4 The Xbone is picking it up.

Ubisoft On Assassin’s Creed 4 For PS4: Huge Difference Between 720p and 1080p At least Ubisoft is being honest about the resolution wars.

PS4 Failure Rate At 0.4% Says Sony Well those are good numbers… better than the Xbox 360 failure rate.



Saturday

PlayStation 4 Launch Night Diary Check out Ryan Winslett’s time with the PS4 and his first time out of the gate with the system.

Last Of Us: Left Behind DLC Is Naughty Dog’s First Single-Player Expansion New content has been unveiled for the PS3′s biggest AAA title of the year.

Metal Gear Solid 5 PS4, PS3 Exclusive Mission Lets You Become Classic Snake A throwback to the legend… play the man that helped make the PSX legendary.

Blood Knights Co-op Review Check out the review of Blood Knights courtesy of Co-Optimus.

PSN Experiencing Issues: Get PS4′s Updates Straight From Sony All the details regarding some of the issues PSN and the PS4 updates are encountering, you can get them straight from Sony.

Payday 2 Armored Transport DLC Now Available On PC A few new missions, weapons and masks have become available for Payday 2… only on PC.

That wraps up this edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap here at Electronic Theatre. You can check out a new video of Metal Gear Solid 5 for the PS4.



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