WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 24TH – 30TH NOVEMBER

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You might remember in the last weekly news update, I was discussing how a number of games recently released had run into criticism for being extremely buggy; the most high profile case being Ubisoft Montreal’s Assassins Creed: Unity. In a rather drastic move Ubisoft have discontinued the Season Pass DLC for the game, offering one of a selection of five games for free after an open letter of apology to fans by CEO Yannis Mallet.

Seems legitimate...those Frenchmen sure are limber

Seems legitimate…those Frenchmen sure are limber

Anyone who purchased the season pass will now be gifted one of either Watch Dogs, Assassins Creed: Black Flag, Rayman Legends, Just Dance 2015, Far Cry 4 or the upcoming open world racer The Crew, while everyone who bought Unity will also be able to pick up the Dead Kings DLC for free. That’s a pretty sweet compromise for those who haven’t got Legends or Far Cry yet.

For reference, Mallet said the following in his open letter:

“Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues…I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin’s Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential…We’ve been working hard to fix the problems players are reporting, and the patches we have released so far have resolved many of them”

In Other News

Numerous online retailers have reported stock shortages for one of the most anticipated games of the year, Super Smash Bros for Wii U which was released in the UK on Black Friday.

Multiple countries in Europe including the UK have been hit by a lack of availability specifically for Gamecube controllers and adapters, as well as Amiibo figurines, with some pre-orders from the likes of Amazon and ShopTo being delayed as far back as December 19th. The game has been slowly pushed forward since its initial December 5th release date, and the Black Friday sales no doubt would have had an impact upon stock at release.

Nintendo have not yet commented on the situation, but will undoubtedly be pleased with the reception of the game in North America – 490,000 units were sold within the first three days of availability, making it the fastest selling title on the Wii U so far.

A next gen version of Dark Souls 2, recently voted as ‘Game Of The Year’ at the Golden Joystick awards, will be arriving on April 7th 2015.

Subtitled Scholar Of The First Sin, the package will include the original game, three DLC packs released earlier this year, updated visuals, rebalanced gameplay and new in-game events. A PS3 and Xbox 360 version will also be made available for those without a next gen console, however they will not feature the promised technical improvements.

I’ve still yet to finish the original Dark Souls that was handed out in June as part of Xbox’s Game With Gold programme (f*** the Four Kings…), but I’ve heard nothing but good things about the sequel. Yet another remaster to add to the potential playlist in 2015!

Steam is currently offering discounts on a selection of games as part of an ‘Exploration Sale’, which will run until 6pm on December 2nd. A selection of nine games are being rotated every 24 hours as is standard for Steam’s sales.

In addition, Sega have teamed up with the folks at Humble Bundle to offer up some of its best titles for charity including Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, NIGHTS Into Dreams, Empire: Total War & Company Of Heroes 2. The Humble Sega Bundle will be available until December 9th, and remember as ever you can name your price for the bundle.

Following the release of the PS4 and Xbox One versions last week, Grand Theft Auto V has now claimed both top spot on the UK Game Sales Charts and the prestigious title of the best-selling game of all time in the UK, taking the record previously set by Call Of Duty: Black Ops in 2010. It had already held the record for the highest grossing UK game in a week (by making a whopping £94 million in its 2013 launch week), but the impetus of nearly three million next-gen sales has taken it past Activision’s shooter.

In other chart news, Far Cry 4 recorded strong sales to take second spot in the chart with fellow new entry Dragon Age: Inquisition in 5th. Neither the Wii U nor the 3DS versions of Sonic Boom made the Top 40.

Top Ten For Week Ending 22nd November 2014 (from GFK/Chart-Track)

1 – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)*

2 – Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal)*

3 – Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games)

4 – FIFA 15 (EA Canada)

5 – Dragon Age Inquisition (BioWare)*

6 – Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft Montreal)

7 – WWE 2K15 (Yuke’s)

8 – Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Traveller’s Tales)

9 – Minecraft: Playstation Edition (4J Studios)

10 – Halo: The Master Chief Collection (343 Industries)

(* indicates a new release)

And Finally…

A Nintendo superfan from the United Arab Emirates has set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘largest collection of Nintendo paraphernalia’.

Ahmed bin Fahad has amassed his collection of over 8,000 games, consoles and accessories over a period of 20 years – all the while maintaining a day job working for Dubai’s police force. Amongst his most treasured possessions is a rare M8 demo units used to display Famicom games during the 80s in Japan, while he also has a rather inspired Triforce shaped shelf.

Needless to say, I'm extremely jealous

Needless to say, I’m extremely jealous

In an interview following his recognition for the record, Fahad stated that “it is a very expensive hobby (having spent over £206,000 on his stash of items), but I wanted to set this record to give a message to the world that Arabs are not only interested in speeding cars and flashy things”.

That’s the attitude we need – more video games, less Premier League football teams!

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