Mass Effect Fans Abuzz About Potential Andromeda Character Name

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Mass Effect Fans Abuzz About Potential Andromeda Character Name

It’s not hard to tell when a fanbase is hungry for more information. After priming the pump with a brief teaser on November 7 (affectionately called “N7 Day”) BioWare is watching Mass Effect fans in a frenzy over the briefest of hints about the next title.

The latest comes via Reddit user Benelioto, who believes he has found the name of the next protagonist. at the 44-second mark of the N7 Day video, there is a small dog tag on the left side of the screen. When enlarged, it reads either “Ryder” or “Rider.”

Fans assume that this points to the name of the main character. Benelioto suspects that it directly connects to Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Commander Shepard, hero of the first three Mass Effect games, was named for Alan Shepard, the first American in space.

Sony Senior Product Manager Derides UK Rise Of The Tomb Raider Sales

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Sony Senior Product Manager Derides UK Rise Of The Tomb Raider Sales

By all accounts, last week was a great one for gaming. Fallout 4, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, and Rise of the Tomb Raider all delivered significant critical acclaim and fan praise.

For one Sony executive, that isn’t enough. Chris Brown, a senior product manager at Sony working on Horizon Zero Dawn, No Man’s Sky, Bloodborne, and Driveclub out of the company’s London office took to Twitter to share his thoughts. Shortly thereafter, Drivelcub director Paul Rustchynsky chimed in to commiserate.

Poor Tomb Raider

Sony Responds To Accusations That PS4 Is Communication Tool For Terrorism

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Sony Responds To Accusations That PS4 Is Communication Tool For Terrorism

Last week, days before a horrific terrorist attack in Paris that shook the world, Belgium’s deputy prime minister Jan Jambon raised concerns about PlayStation Network. Specifically, Jambon (who also serves as the country’s minister of Security and Home Affairs) identified intense encryption on PSN inhibiting security services from monitoring for potential threats.

Speaking at a Politico-sponsored event on November 10, Jambon indicates that terrorists might be using gaming networks to coordinate. “I heard that the most difficult communication between these terrorists is PlayStation 4,” he said.

He goes on to indicate that Belgian security services have been attempting to penetrate the networks to monitor for terrorist activity. “It’s very, very difficult for our services, not only Belgian services but international services, to decrypt the communication that is done via PlayStation 4,” Jambon says.

Assign A Point To The Holiday Spirit Perk With These Fallout 4 Ornaments

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Assign A Point To The Holiday Spirit Perk With These Fallout 4 Ornaments

Nuclear annihilation wiped out everything in Fallout 4's world except holiday cheer, evidently. Thanks to these Vault Boy ornaments, vault dwellers can help give their tree or home that extra boost in skills and spirit.

The 3 1/2" tall resin ornaments represent the following attributes: perception, endurance, strength, and holiday spirit. Take a stab at which figure that last one is. There's no word on whether the strength ornament allows your tree to carry more decorations, but fingers crossed. 

The four-piece set runs for $25.00 and ships December 4.  Pre-orders are open now at the Bethesda Store. For even more Fallout merch, check out our list compiling the coolest items out there

Pillars Of Eternity Receives Its Second Expansion This Winter

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Pillars of Eternity fans can look forward to new quests and abilities when Obsidian Entertainment releases the PC game’s second expansion later this winter. The White March – Part 2 will summon adventurers back to The Eastern Reach’s snowy borderlands.

Set to complete the story of Pillars of Eternity’s first expansion, the release will introduce a barbarian companion named Meneha, raise the level cap, and add a new “Story Time” mode that lets players experience the narrative at a faster pace. Writers Eric Fenstermaker and Carrie Patel are returning to pen the expansion's plot.

From the veteran studio behind Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth, Pillars of Eternity is a spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment, featuring isometric, party-based gameplay and tactics. Funded by almost 75,000 backers on Kickstarter, the RPG has sold 600,000 copies since it came out earlier this year. The game has also garnered high marks from critics, including our own Matt Miller.

Fan Video Details Cloud's Super Smash Bros. Move List

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Fan Video Details Cloud's Super Smash Bros. Move List

Cloud may be a formidable fighter, but he’s only as good as the player controlling him. A new fan video details the move list for the Final Fantasy protagonist in Super Smash Bros., revealed in last week’s Nintendo Direct.

Produced by Andy Garner (or “MasterOfHyrule” on YouTube), the video details all the known moves seen in last week’s presentation. Some moves remained absent from the showing, however, and thus remain a mystery until a new trailer is released or Cloud becomes available in-game at a currently unannounced date.

Check out the video below for the rundown. You can also check out our initial report and screenshots here.

Xbox One Elite Controller Will Evolve With Third-Party Attachments, Mapping Profiles

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Microsoft's new $150 Xbox One Elite controller offers users a number of attachments and customization options out of the box. However, the publisher tells us it intends to see the peripheral's usefulness grow over the coming months.

In a conversation with senior product marketing manager Navin Kumar about the Elite controller, he told us a bit more about its partnership with Scuf, a maker of customized controllers for a variety of platforms, and what we can expect for the device down the line. Microsoft is allowing Scuf and others to create attachments for its $150 gamepad.

While the high-end controller has a number of customization options in the package, including different thumb sticks and D-pads, Microsoft is opening the door to other companies. "This holiday, there will be Halo 5: Guardians component kits from Power A that will have unique thumbsticks, paddles, and D-pads," Kumar says. "It'll be available for about $29.99 MSRP. We are also working with Scuf in the near future to have their own add-ons for the Elite controller."

Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass Includes 16 Maps, 4 Heroes, More Star Cards

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Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass Includes 16 Maps, 4 Heroes, More Star Cards

EA has revealed the earliest details for the Star Wars Battlefront season pass. The $50 bundle includes a cross-section of content, including maps, modes, heroes, and gear.

The listing that appears on EA's Star Wars website indicates that players will get access to four more heroes, four additional modes, twenty new pieces of gear (including Star Cards), and sixteen new maps.

That last bullet point caught our eye. The core Star Wars Battlefront game ships with four locations (planets) and 13 maps spread across them. These are largely dependent on mode, and there is only one large map per planet.

Need For Speed Update Addresses Game's Big Flaw

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Need For Speed Update Addresses Game's Big Flaw

Need for Speed came out last week, it wasn't quite the reboot I was hoping for, but developer Ghost Games says that it's working to fix at least one of the game's big problems.

In a official blog post, the developer says that the game's first major update (it's free) is coming by the end of November, and it addresses the game's obnoxious catch-up A.I. (also colloquially called rubberbanding).

Catch-up A.I. is prevalent throughout the game, whether someone roars back to the front during a checkpoint race or messes up your group drift score.