December Xbox Games for Gold

The holiday season is upon us, and Microsoft has announced the last Games with Gold for 2014. As part of the Xbox Live Gold program, subscribers will get access to one Xbox One game, and two Xbox 360 games in December. It has been a bit disappointing to only see a single Xbox One game available for the last several months, but Microsoft has started to ramp up their Deals with Gold as well.

XBOX ONE
WORMS BATTLEGROUND

This month’s Xbox One game is Worms Battlegrounds which was developed by Team17. This game came out on May 30 of this year for both the PS4 and Xbox One, and is a turn based strategy game based on the Worms series which debuted in 1995. Worms Battlegrounds has gotten mixed reviews, with a 70 Metascore and 6.6 User Score on metacritic. Worms Battlegrounds will be available starting December 1st, and normally retails for $24.99.

“Worms™ Battlegrounds brings friends and families together in the noble pursuit of self‐improvement, world domination and exploding sheep. Worms™ Battlegrounds is the biggest and best Worms™ game to date – more worms, larger landscapes, more dynamic water, more weapons and more customization items than ever before. It features beautiful high definition 3D visuals (but still retains the classic 2D gameplay) with new lighting effects, new features to help users interact socially, exciting additions to improve the single player experience, and more of everything a Worms fan could want.”

XBOX 360
THE RAVEN: LEGACY OF A MASTER THIEF

The first Xbox 360 game, available December 1st to December 15th, is The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief from The Adventure Company. This is a three episode point and click adventure game set Europe in the 1960’s. Only the first episode, which normally retails for $9.99, is available this month as part of Games with Gold. Episode 1 received a 74 Metascore and 6.9 User Score on Metacritic. If you like a good mystery, this may be a game you will enjoy.

“The Raven – Legacy of a master thief is a thrilling crime adventure in three episodes from the creators of “The Book of Unwritten Tales“. Full of twists and turns, it immerses you in both sides of the story, combining thrill-of-the-chase whodunit with the risk and reward of a heist story.”

 

SSX

The second game for the Xbox 360 is the snowboarding game from EA Canada, SSX. This version of the SSX franchise was released in February 2012 to generally positive reviews. As you can guess, players control a snowboarder and can take part in the World Tour mode, or Tricky mode. There is a substantial soundtrack included with this game as well to keep you entertained. SSX received a 82 Metascore and 6.5 User Score on metacritic, and normally retails for $19.99. SSX will be available from December 16th to December 31st.

FTC settles ad allegations on PS Vita

Sony Computer Entertainment America has agreed to settle allegations it misled consumers about features of its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday.

As part of the settlement, Sony will stop making the inaccurate claims and will give people who had purchased the device either a $25 refund or $50 voucher to buy other games, the FTC said.

Sony and its advertising company, Deutsch LA, had claimed inaccurately the console would enable consumers to play remotely and would allow them to begin a game on the PlayStation 3, then move to the smaller Vita without losing continuity, the FTC said.

In fact, most PlayStation 3 games could not be played remotely and only a few could be played cross-platform.

The FTC also said that people who bought the 3G version of the PS Vita were told that they would be able to engage in live multiplayer gaming with the device when in fact they could not.

The FTC also settled with Deutsch LA, which had urged its staffers to praise the device on Twitter without also instructing them to disclose their relationship to Sony.

Deutsch LA prepared the advertising for the launch of the PS Vita and either knew or should have known that the ads were misleading, the FTC said.

“As we enter the year’s biggest shopping period, companies need to be reminded that if they make product promises to consumers — as Sony did with the ‘game changing’ features of its PS Vita — they must deliver on those pledges,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Destiny’s The Dark Below Opening Cinematic LEAKED!

The opening cinematic for Destiny’s first expansion, The Dark Below, has leaked online and is now available to watch, courtesy of YouTube user Mr. Jester6598.

According to the video’s description, it was leaked due to an error. Check out the cinematic below.

The Dark Below is slated for launch Dec. 9. It’s one of two current expansions planned for the game, the other being House of Wolves. The Dark Below raises the game’s Light level cap from 30 to 32, adds five additional bounty slots and more endgame gear. It also includes a second raid, Crota’s End, and three new competitive multiplayer maps.

Looking for Public Events in Destiny?

It’s been like a week since I’ve posted anything! I’ve been pretty busy between my groups, my kids and pets, and of course, gaming! I’ve been pretty hooked on Destiny since the day I brought it home, than I had like a 2 week dry spell and now I’m stuck on this game like white on rice! If I plan on getting this website finished, or mostly done, than I’ll have to put the controller down for a bit.

Sooo, since we’re on the topic of Destiny… There’s an awesome website that lists countdowns for public events, exotic bounties and also tower timers as well. I have to say for the most part, they’re usually correct, and I use this site all the time to find these events. There was maybe 1 or 2 times they were off by a minute or so, but other than that – this is place to get the list! They have it listed by planet, so everything is really easy to find. Their engine uses an auto-learning algorithm to adjust times based on “thumbs up” feedback. When an event starts they ask that you press the thumbs up button. The algorithm will detect trending changes if Bungie changes their Public Events schedule.

..and this is what you’ll see when looking at events by world. The colored coded symbols on the left show how likely an event is going to happen. Green is common, orange is uncommon and red is rare.

Walmart launches it’s new trade in program

Wal-Mart just kicked off its gaming trade-in program, which has surely made GameStop take notice. Here’s a list of trade-in compensation from both retailers for various pieces of gaming hardware and software:

 

HARDWARE

GameStop:

  • Xbox One (with Kinect) – $390
  • PlayStation 4 – $357.50
  • 3DS XL – $97.50
  • Wii U – $156
  • Xbox 360 (S Model, 3250GB) $110
  • [PS3 – No direct comparison available]

Wal-Mart:

  • Xbox One (with Kinect) – $390
  • PlayStation 4 – $375
  • 3DS XL – $105
  • Wii U – $120
  • Xbox 360 (S Model, 320GB) – $110
  • [PS3 – No direct comparison available]

 

SOFTWARE

GameStop:

  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS3) – $22.10
  • FIFA 14 (Xbox One) – $32.50
  • Forza 5 (Xbox One) – $32.50
  • Titanfall (Xbox One) – $35.10
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Xbox One) – $32.50
  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4) – $35.10
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4) – $13
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) – $32.50
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4) – $28.60
  • Dark Souls II (PS3) – $32.50
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) – $28.60
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) – $15.60
  • Bravely Default (3DS) – $22.10

Wal-Mart:

  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS3) – $29.40
  • FIFA 14 (Xbox One) – $38.50
  • Forza 5 (Xbox One) $38.50
  • Need for Speed Rivals (Xbox One) – $38.50
  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4) – $41.58
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4) – $18.90
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) – $38.50
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4) – $33.88
  • Dark Souls II (PS3) – $38.50
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) – $33.88
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) – $18.48
  • Bravely Default (3DS) – $26.18