Weekend Warrior 10/31/2014

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Happy Halloween readers! Many of the editors plan on taking part in holiday festivities over the weekend, but when they have some freetime many of them plan to dive into Bayonetta 2, Shadow of Mordor, Sunset Overdrive, and the Evolve Alpha. What are your plans for the weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Jeff Cork: This weekend, I'm going to try to divide my time between Sunset Overdrive and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. I saw that idiot Dan Ryckert had a pretty good score on one of the new Pinball FX South Park tables, so I may have to spend a few minutes knocking him down to second place on my leaderboards, too. And, if that's enough, my kids and I might dig in and play some Skylanders. I'm getting tired just thinking of it. Life is tough. 

Jeff Marchiafava: I am still rocking Shadow of Mordor, which is quickly becoming a game-of-the-year contender for me. I killed the first couple warchiefs and pulled down a big statue, so now…well, actually I have no idea what’s going on – I’m just really enjoying lopping off orc heads. I may do a couple more daily runs in Spelunky, which is the perfect time filler when you’ve only got 10 minutes to devote to gaming.

Watch Undead Element Skylanders Celebrate Halloween In ‘Trick or Trap'

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Watch Undead Element Skylanders Celebrate Halloween In ‘Trick or Trap'

Humans aren’t the only ones who like to celebrate Halloween. As the new Skylanders: Trap Team trailer "Trick or Trap" shows, it’s a festive time for the undead element Skylanders too.

The video shows off what the undead Skylanders do best; Wolfgang jams out on his skeleton guitar, Krypt King takes a few swings of his hefty sword, and Eye Small summons his bouncy eyeballs on some unwitting minions.

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Close Out The Week With Sneaky Zebra’s Latest Cosplay Music Video

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This month, we get a double-dose of Sneaky Zebra. The duo of Nick Acott and Gary Scullion just finished filming at the MCM London Comic Con, and have a new collection of London’s finest cosplay.

The video is set against Party for Your Life by Down with Webster, and includes some great nods to Gears of War (above), multiple BioShock titles (check out that Big Daddy), Faith from Mirror’s Edge, a number of Metal Gear Solid characters, and a Saints Row crew wielding a massive dubstep gun.

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This Week In Mobile – Itchy, Glitchy, Stitchy

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Pick your favorite from a series of simple games this week. Don't think too much about it; just enjoy the ride and your holiday weekend.

Star Wars: Galactic DefenseDeveloper: DeNA Corp.Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Free (features in-app purchases)

No pretense here: it’s pretty much Kingdom Rush with a Clone Wars sheen. Choose your side and play for points to promote your allegiance to the Force. It might not be the most original Star Wars game ever, but lack of originality doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying out.

Nordic Games Finishes Acquisition Of de Blob Franchise

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Today, Austrian publisher Nordic Games announced that it has acquired the de Blob IP from defunct publisher/developer THQ.

Last April, according to court filings Nordic bid $4.9 million for "substantially" all of THQ's IP (with exceptions like Homeworld, which went to Gearbox). de Blob was one of the properties picked up at the time, but a representative for Nordic Games told us that while the property was in one of the lots acquired, "we did not acquire entire lots, rather some titles which were in our focus." The representative continued, "One year ago, de Blob was not one of them. Well, time has passed and the conditions were right, so de bBlob found a new home today."

This appears to go against what Lars Wingefors, Nordic CEO, told us in an interview the day after the auction. "We had to bid on each lot," he said, "but we told them that we would pay a premium for the whole thing." Nordic later acquired the rights to publish under the THQ name, also.

Scare Up The Evil Within Demo, Free Copy Of Call Of Cthulhu On Steam

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Scare Up The Evil Within Demo, Free Copy Of Call Of Cthulhu On Steam

Bethesda is celebrating Halloween by offering up a demo for The Evil Within that’s available now on Steam. And if you like what you play, you’ll be able to move your progress over to the full version.

The demo includes the first three chapters of Shinji Mikami’s latest. If you do decide to purchase the game, you’ll also get a free copy of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (for a limited time). Bethesda has also discounted the season pass by half, making it $9.99 currently.

If you already purchased the game, you should find a copy of Call of Cthulhu in your Steam library. And if you already nabbed the season pass, check your inventory for discounts on other Bethesda games.

Watch The Halo 2: Anniversary Documentary On Twitch Or Your Xbox Today

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If you have an Xbox 360 or an Xbox One, you can watch Remaking the Legend - Halo 2: Anniversary starting today. And if you don’t yet have a console but love documentaries, Microsoft will be streaming the film via its web player and on Twitch.

If you’re planning on watching via Twitch, you can tune in tomorrow or Sunday, November 1 or 2, at 6 p.m. Pacific. Set aside just over an hour to watch the entire documentary. It's available now on the Xbox Web Player. Starting on November 3, Remaking the Legend will be available at Halo Waypoint and on the Halo Waypoint YouTube channel.

Remaking the Legend includes interviews with those involved in the original Halo 2, those currently finishing up Halo: The Master Chief Collection at 343 Industries, pro players, and more. For more on Halo 2: Anniversary, check out the trailer for for the documentary. You can also check out the cinematic launch trailer featuring new cutscene by Blur Studio.

Evolve’s Big Alpha Is Postponed On PlayStation 4

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Evolve’s Big Alpha Is Postponed On PlayStation 4

We’ve got some bad news for PlayStation 4 fans hoping to play in the Evolve Alpha this weekend. You might want to make other plans, as it’s been postponed.

2K Games identifies the latest PlayStation update 2.0 as the culprit. That update has been causing other problems, including failures connecting to YouTube and significant issues with waking from “Rest Mode.”

For those players hoping to join the PS4 Alpha, there is still some hope. If you have an Xbox One or a PC and want to try the alpha on one of those platforms, use the following registration and referral codes on the Evolve alpha site. You should receive your new invite today.

Nordic Games Acquires de Blob Franchise From THQ

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Following the closure of THQ in 2012 publisher Nordic Games picked up almost all of their key franchises, including titles like Darksiders and Red Faction, with a $4.9 million bid. Now Nordic has announced that it has picked up yet another THQ franchise – colorful platformer de Blob.

Developed by Blue Tongue Entertainment, de Blob was a 3D platformer where the player controlled a ball of water who could roll through paint to change his color and paint surfaces by moving across them. Reinhard Pollice, Nordic's business and product development director had this to say about the purchase: "We are excited about what the future holds for this polychromatic extravaganza as the newest addition to our portfolio. We will evaluate opportunities with the existing games, as well as potential sequels." 

We enjoyed last entry in the series, de Blob 2, so hopefully Nordic Games has plans for the franchise moving forward.

Reader Discussion: How Do You Decide If DLC Is Right For You?

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Earlier this week, Activision and Bungie announced the release date for Destiny’s first DLC pack. The Dark Below will feature some new gear, story missions, multiplayer maps, a strike (two on PlayStation platforms), and a new raid. That bundle will run you $20 (or $35 with the second pack included).

There’s likely to be a lot of discussion about the content, especially as it relates to Destiny’s story (or lack thereof, depending on your perspective). In combination with yesterday's Shadow of Mordor DLC news, we got to thinking about the different reasons why someone might decide to purchase DLC.

Are there any genres or series for which season passes and DLC are an immediate purchase? Do you tend toward multiplayer or single-player DLC over the other? Do you find yourself skipping DLC for titles you play when they release, or do you go back when new content is available?