Blog Herding: Community Edition 09/18/14

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Blog Herding: Community Edition 09/18/14

We witnessed history in the making with the official launch of Destiny earlier this week and the community was quite vocal in their blogs about the game. And whether you're a fan of the game or not, there is no denying it has been the center of attention since its debut. Enjoy the latest round of blogs posted by the community this week.

Blog Herding Stats:

Period Reviewed:  September 08 – September 14, 2014Number of User Blogs: 41Number of User Bloggers: 25
Number of User Blogs Herded: 7

Swery’s D4 Gets Surprise Release Tomorrow On Xbox One

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Swery’s D4 Gets Surprise Release Tomorrow On Xbox One

Microsoft delivered a surprise announcement from TGS late last night. Hidetaka Suehiro’s (better known as “Swery,” creator of Deadly Premonition), D4 is going to be out soon. Actually, “soon” is an understatement. It’ll be out tomorrow, September 19.

Players take on the role of David Young, a time traveling investigator. He gains his power (somehow) on the day his wife dies and he loses his memory.

D4 is an episodic title, with the first chapter available for $14.99. The title makes full use of Kinect, but you can also opt to play with a controller. You can read our most recent preview from E3 and an interview earlier this week with Swery.

Need For Speed: Rivals Gets Complete Edition

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Need For Speed: Rivals Gets Complete Edition

Electronic Arts and developer Ghost Games are giving Need for Speed Rivals the full treatment courtesy of the Complete Edition, which is out in October.

The game's Complete Edition (for PS4, PS3, Xbox one, 360, and PC) releases on October 21 and compiles the main game as well as its six DLC packs.

For more on Rivals, check out Reiner's review.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Releases In 2015

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Releases In 2015

At TGS, Hideo Kojima confirmed that the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is on track for 2015.

The game comes out for the PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC, but Kojima did not say if the game will hit all those platforms simultaneously.

Previously there was the hope that Kojima and Konami would follow up this year's March release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes with The Phantom Pain later in 2014.

Bloodborne Releases On February 6

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Bloodborne Releases On February 6

Sony has confirmed that the PS4-exclusive RPG developed by From Software will be hitting early next year in North America. Not only that, but the game is also getting an impressive collector's edition bound to make the wait even harder for excited fans.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony explains that the collector's edition (which will cost $80) comes with a special case, an art book, and a digital soundtrack.

The publisher also revealed and in-game skin for your messenger that is available exclusively to those who preorder the game.

Upcoming Historical Phoenix Wright Gets A TGS Trailer

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Upcoming Historical Phoenix Wright Gets A TGS Trailer

We're not sure the next Phoenix Wright will make its way to North America, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy its trailers.

The trailer is in Japanese, so without knowing the language you won't get much out of the video in terms of narrative, but cookies and crackers appear to serve an important role (I assume). You will get a chance to see the recently revealed Sherlock Holmes in all of his 3D modeled glory.

For more on Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Ryuunosuke Naruhodou no Bouken (it doesn't have an English title, yet) head here.

Final Fantasy XV Demo Coming In 2015

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Final Fantasy XV Demo Coming In 2015

Gamers have been waiting to play Final Fantasy XV for a long time, but a chance to sample the gameplay is coming soon. A downloadable demo for the next numbered Final Fantasy will be available in 2015, and lets players see some opening sections of the game in action.

Square Enix is calling the demo Episode Duscae, and though it focuses on the early parts of the game, some elements of the progression have been altered in order to make it more suitable for a demo experience.

Some players will be able to get Episode Duscae for free thanks to a voucher included with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, which releases on March 17 in North America. A representative from Square Enix could not confirm that the demo will be available the exact same day as Type-0 HD, but it will be coming to both PS4 and Xbox One when it does release.

Tetsuya Nomura No Longer Directing Final Fantasy XV

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Tetsuya Nomura No Longer Directing Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix has announced that the long-running Final Fantasy XV project has had a change of leadership. Hajime Tabata (Final Fantasy Type 0, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII) is now serving as director, and Tetsuya Nomura is now focusing on other projects.

The main title receiving Nomura's attention at the moment is Kingdom Hearts III. In a press release, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda says: 

"Hereafter, [Nomura] will be focusing his efforts on the production of titles that can only be made possible by Nomura, himself, and delivering products that exceed the quality of past titles, starting with another one of his representative projects, Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix will continue to work on these titles with the best staff formation in an effort to deliver them to everyone as soon as possible and appreciates your continued support."

Gone Home House Becomes A Multiplayer Map In Counter-Strike Mod

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Gone Home House Becomes A Multiplayer Map In Counter-Strike Mod

A Counter-Strike modder going by the name Nipper on Steam Workshop has recreated the Gone Home's familiar house for use with Valve's shooter.

You can find the map here, and it looks to be (without actually playing the mod) complete. Above you can see the TV room where you learned of the family's obsession with The X-Files, and other screens showcase the familiar bedrooms, the front porch where the game begins, and the clearly underused dining room.

The map can be played with up to 32 players, but Nipper recommends significantly fewer.

TGS Sidequest: The Studio Ghibli Museum

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TGS Sidequest: The Studio Ghibli Museum

The Tokyo Game Show is nearly upon us, and Game Informer will be covering all of the games and news right from the show floor. However, we are also using our time in Japan to stray off the beaten path and check out some interesting bits of gamer culture. Our first stop: the Studio Ghibli museum, home of relics related to the famed animation studio behind Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and the game Ni No Kuni.

Unfortunately, the museum does not allow photos inside, but you can see what it offers on the museum's official site. Even so, my favorite parts couldn't be captured properly in a picture anyway, since they actually involved animation. We still grabbed some cool exterior shots, though.

You have to buy your tickets in advance, so we took care of that weeks before we even left for Japan. We showed up right as the museum opened at 10:00 AM, expecting that arriving early on a weekday would ensure a smaller crowd. We were wrong.