Harmonix Is Giving Away Rock Band 4 Bundles To Loyal Fans

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This fall is going to be an epic battle of the bands, as music games make their triumphant return. Harmonix and Activision are going toe to toe, and the competition for fans is heating up.

The latest volley comes from Harmonix, which is offering its most loyal fans the chance to win a copy of the game (and new instruments) before it’s available in stores. The program is called the Rock Band Road Crew, and it’s essentially designed to create word-of-mouth buzz among friends.

Notably, anyone accepted will get a free “band in a box” (guitar, bass, drums, and microphone with the game software). In order to join the “road crew,” you need to be over the age of 18, complete an application, and submit a video between one minute and three and a half minutes in length (full details on the official site).

Pokémon Shuffle Now On IOS, Android

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Pokémon Shuffle Now On IOS, Android

Pokémon Shuffle arrived on 3DS earlier this year, and now the free-to-play match-three game is available on iOS and Android devices. Pokémon Shuffle Mobile features more than 150 collectible critters, as well as Facebook integration to help any of your friends who are also playing the game.

Take a look at our Test Chamber from the game's initial 3DS release to see how it works. It's important to note that while the core match-three experience is the same, The Pokémon Company retooled many of the game's free-to-play elements that we criticized in the video. In short, it's far more generous with how players use and consume the game's currency.

You can download the game on iOS and Android now.

Seen At PAX 2015 – Here Are All The Crazy Antics You Missed

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Seen At PAX 2015 – Here Are All The Crazy Antics You Missed

PAX Prime 2015 is officially over. Those who went got to share a lot of stories, games, and smells. But if you missed the show this year, fear not. We strolled through the Washington State Convention Center with cameras in tow and captured some of the crazy antics that happened throughout the weekend.

It's funny, because this is how we feel when playing the Souls games. Seriously, we start to bleed from the nose; it might be a medical problem.

This man wanted to interview Raiden about the Dark Souls statue. Raiden said, "It's funny, because this is how I feel when I try to understand Metal Gear's story."

Take A Look At A Prototype Fallout 4 Action Figure

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Take A Look At A Prototype Fallout 4 Action Figure

Here's an exciting/terrifying thought: Fallout 4 is only 69 days away. If you plan on entering Fallout 4's wasteland, you had best get your gaming in order now. Complete as many games as you can over the span of the next two months. Come November 10, if you want to see everything Fallout 4 has to offer, it sounds like you'll need to devote most of your free time for the remainder of the year just to this one title.

While we haven't seen anything new from Fallout 4's in-game content since QuakeCon, Bethesda Softworks and toy manufacturer Three Zero shared images on Twitter of a new action figure that will be hitting store shelves. The images are of a prototype of Fallout 4's Power Armor, the suit of armor that we saw extensively in the E3 and QuakeCon presentations for the game. Without seeing the paint, we don't know if this Power Armor is affiliated with a particular faction in the game, such as Fallout 3's Brotherhood of Steel or Enclave, or if it is similar to the personalized armor the player jumped into in those game demonstrations.

No release date, pricing, or scale information was provided with the tease. For now, sit back and count the days until the game's release. It's just around the corner, folks!

New Releases - August 30 Through September 5

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New Releases - August 30 Through September 5

I bet you thought we forgot this week’s releases. How could we, though? The fall rush is here and, if you’re like me, you’re already buried under it. There are worse ways to go.

You already know that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max are out this week. But that’s not all the first Tuesday in September is giving us. Not by a long shot. While Grow Home won the PlayStation Plus vote (and will be available as part of the Instant Game Collection this month), consider this a nudge from me to you to also check out Armello.

Here’s what’s out this week:

Battlefield 4 Free Night Operations DLC Out Now

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Battlefield 4 Free Night Operations DLC Out Now

EA and DICE are turning the lights down low. If you’re still playing Battlefield 4 (or having been looking for a reason to return), maybe some free DLC is what you’re looking for.

The Night Operations DLC, rolling out now, brings a new map that changes things up by forcing players to rely on their ears and low-light gear. Zavod: Graveyard Shift supports six modes: Conquest, Rush, Obliteration, Team Death Match, Domination, and Gun Master.

Night Operations comes as part of a big patch that fixes exploits, adds a team balancer feature for larger game modes, and tweaks a number of vehicles and weapons. You can read the full patch notes here.

Gamers Respond To Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube Gaming And Let’s Play Ridicule

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“This is the most disliked video we’ve ever posted to YouTube,” says Jimmy Kimmel. The late night host is finding out the hard way what happens when you show how disconnected you are with the way audiences are consuming media.

Over the weekend, we shared a video in which Kimmel ridiculed the concept of Let’s Plays. While it might not be the way that he chooses to enjoy gaming, his comments showed a disconnect with younger audiences.

Gamers responded in predictable fashion, which includes some shocking and creative strings of insults. You can see one above and the rest in the video.

Live Stream – Mad Max And Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

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Two massive open-world games both release today, so we're going to pit Avalanche Studios’ Mad Max against Konami’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The stream starts Tuesday September 1 at 1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific and will last for about seven hours. We'll start with Mad Max and then switch over to Metal Gear later in the day.

MGS V Online Servers Down, Konami Aware And Addressing Through ‘Temporary Measures’

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With Metal Gear Solid V retail copies now arriving by courier around the world, the inevitable has come to pass. The servers powering online portions of the game are creaking under the strain like a flimsy cardboard box.

While you can continue to play online, transferring your save (or is it still Transfarring?) from Ground Zeroes is currently not operational. Other online features, like the FOB content, appear to be affected, also.

Konami is aware of the problem and says it is taking temporary steps that are designed to help alleviate the pressure on the servers. For the time being, Konami is reducing the number of FOB missions that appear in the menu (if you do manage to connect). 

Star Wars Battlefront October Beta Includes Companion App Integration

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Star Wars Battlefront October Beta Includes Companion App Integration

EA and DICE are planning a late beta for Star Wars Battlefront. The duo will be dropping pre-release builds onto Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in October.

Included in the beta are the Walker Assault mission on the icy Hoth, complete with Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker heroes. Players will also be able to team up with a friend for Battlefront’s horde mode-style survival missions. This one will take place on Tatooine.Finally, the as yet undetailed Drop Zone mode will be featured in the beta. 

The Battlefront companion app for iOS and Android will be available during the beta, also. Along with in-game stats, players will be able to play a game called Base Command. Playing unlocks items in Battlefront.