Reader Discussion: Which Games Did You Pick Up This Week?

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Reader Discussion: Which Games Did You Pick Up This Week?

This is the kind of week we live for (and for which our wallets weep). Retail and digital channels have been flooded with new releases, making us all wish for just a little bit more time to play them all.

We’re curious what you’ve picked up and, if you’ve acquired multiple games this week, which you are playing first. Are you diving into Dragon Age: Inquisition’s campaign or taking on the darkspawn and demon hordes with friends?

Are you cruising through Kyrat, weaponizing pachyderms and liberating outposts in Far Cry 4? Maybe you’ve been saving your money and attention for Nintendo’s one-two punch of Smash Bros. and Pokémon today. Or, is a return trip to Los Santos on your itinerary?

Artist Celebrates The Latest Pokémon Releases

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Poster artist Marinko Milosevski returns to our pages today with a celebration of the latest Pokémon titles. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are out today, and we have no doubt that some of you are still trying to choose which version to go with.  

Milosevski’s poster features the legendary Pokémon from both versions, Groudon and Kyogre. It also includes some of the creatures exclusive to the different versions.

We also recently featured Milosevski’s take on Super Smash Bros., Nintendo’s other big release today. You can check that out here, as well as on his website, where you’ll find interpretations of The Legend of Zelda and classic Pokémon titles.

Free Sunset Overdrive DLC Arrives, Free Trial Starts Tomorrow

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This morning, Microsoft delivered some free content to Sunset Overdrive players via the Xbox Live messaging system. If you’ve played the game, sign in and see if you have a code that unlocks seven cosmetic items, including a helmet modeled after a fly's head.

Additionally, the publisher is throwing open the doors to Sunset City starting Saturday, November 22 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern. You’ll be able to play a full trial of Sunset Overdrive for 24 hours.

You’ll earn achievements and start on your path toward the end-game during this time. If you choose to purchase it later, your progress will carry over.

Ubisoft Says Assassin’s Creed Unity Crashes Tied To Basic Social Feature

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Ubisoft has identified the cause crashing on all three platforms on which Assassin’s Creed Unity has been released. For the time being, you won’t be able to use one of the basic social features.

"We have discovered one of the issues that may cause the game to crash at the main menu after pressing the continue button," the company writes. "This issue affects all platforms."

On the live updates site for the title, Ubsioft says that if you add recent players to the “game contacts” section you may experience crashing. Further, if you have already added anyone to “game contacts,” you should delete those.

Apple Stops Designating Games With In-App Purchases As "Free"

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Free-to-play games have been criticized for trying to hook consumers with in-app purchases and microtransactions. Now, Apple has changed its iTunes store labeling system to reflect these realities.

As you can see in the picture above, the download button for these type of of games now says "Get" instead of "Free." Apple says that this has been done to be more accurate for consumers. Recently, the European Union forced Google to change its Google Play store labeling of "free-to-play" games, so it's very possible that this move has been done to preempt any action on the part of the EU.

[Source: TechCrunch via Joystiq]

Video Game Awards Tease New Footage Of Batman: Arkham Knight

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The annual VGAs did more than just announce its award nominees today, it teased some possible news on Batman: Arkham Knight.

This teaser trailer for the awards mostly usual pre-show hype and game clips, but ends in more interesting fashion. Iconic villain Scarecrow, who is known to be in Arkham Knight, shows up and says, "All that's left for you to do is watch."

The 2014 Video Game Awards take place on December 5th at 6PM Pacific/9PM Eastern.

The E.T. Excavation Documentary Atari: Game Over Is Available For Free On Xbox

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The E.T. Excavation Documentary Atari: Game Over Is Available For Free On Xbox

The much-anticipated documentary that found the legendary buried cache of Atari E.T. game cartridges is now available on Xbox Video for free.

The documentary, entitled Atari: Game Over, has been well documented in the last two years. The filmmakers went on the trail - and eventually found - a large cache of E.T. cartridges that had allegedly been buried in the desert outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The film is getting good notice. Read GI's Kyle Hilliard's impressions of it here, and then watch the trailer. Recently, the city of Alamogordo auctioned off excavated cartridges on eBay.

Grab D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die's Soundtrack

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Grab D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die's Soundtrack

D4, the bizarre murder-mystery, time-hopping game from the mind behind Deadly Premonition, has released its soundtrack online.

You can find and stream the soundtrack here, or you can head there to buy the two discs for $14.99 each.

For our review of D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, head here.

Skylanders Traps Shelf Space At Apple Stores Across The United States

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Skylanders Traps Shelf Space At Apple Stores Across The United States

If you walk into an Apple store today, you’ll be able to purchase the tablet version of Skylanders: Trap Team. You might recall from our earlier coverage, that this is the first time that Activision has released a full version on mobile devices, complete with a portal.

The mobile starter packs, which come with two characters and a trap, are also available on the Apple Online Store. The starter also comes with a bluetooth controller, but features touch controls and two built-in characters so it can be played with just the tablet.

For more on Skylanders: Trap Team, check out our review. If you’re interested in diving into this year’s collection, you can also check out the list of characters available now and coming over the next few months.

Dragon Age’s Morrigan Looks Terrifying In Statuette Form

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Dragon Age’s Morrigan Looks Terrifying In Statuette Form

BioWare has announced a new, extremely limited Dragon Age collectible. Morrigan, who traveled with the Grey Warden in Dragon age: Origins, will be available in statue form.

The statue is cast in polystone resin and depicts her walking down a stone staircase. The 19.5-inch collectible is limited to 1,200 pieces worldwide, with pre-orders open now.

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