Destiny 2 Beta

The Destiny 2 Beta doesn’t become active until the 19th but you can get things going right now…

The BETA timeline

July 18, 10 AM Pacific : PlayStation 4 Pre-Order Participants
July 19, 10 AM Pacific : Xbox One Pre-Order Participants
July 21, 10 AM Pacific : Open Beta for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
July 23, 10 AM Pacific : Social Matchmaking Test available for one hour
July 23, 09 PM Pacific : Beta Concludes

In addition, beta testers will be able to check out Destiny 2’s new social space, The Farm — but only for an hour starting at 10 a.m. on the last day of the beta.

If you have not registered your preorder code, go here to register:

https://www.bungie.net/en/User/coderedemption

If you have already registered go here to get your actual BETA code.:

https://www.bungie.net/en/profile/codes

Destiny 2 Beta Storage Requirements

The Destiny 2 Beta will have the following platform storage requirements:

Platform Destiny File Size Storage Space Needed for Download
PlayStation 4 15 GB 30 GB
Xbox One 13 GB 13 GB

Important: The information listed above applies only to the Destiny 2 Beta. This does not represent the storage requirements for the full release of Destiny 2.

Update

The Beta is only days away and Bungie has some words for us as we enter the fray…

Destiny 2 Beta will be available on PC in late August.

Warning : If you have pre-ordered from a participating retailer but have not yet received your Early Access code, please contact your retailer for further assistance.

Feedback Frenzy

Soon, players will be taking their first steps into the world of Destiny 2. We want to know what you think! The Feedback forum is already set up. From your first experiences in the Homecoming mission to your 100th hour of Countdown, let us know what you like and what you think can be improved upon in the future.

If you notice anything weird happening and think you may have found a bug, we also have a place set up to house reports on any Game Issues.

Known Issues Preview

As this is a Beta build, some issues will be present and may impact gameplay.

Please note the following:

  • Players may experience a variety of networking error codes when attempting to play the Beta
  • Bungie will be testing server stability throughout the Beta, which may cause error codes to appear periodically
  • Location names sometimes do not appear during Crucible gameplay
  • Players sometimes are Kicked to Orbit after witnessing a black screen when entering a Countdown match
  • Players may sometimes be placed at the beginning of the Inverted Spire Strike Activity when joining in progress
  • Sandbox balancing is still taking place: Some weapons or abilities may have higher or lower damage than intended
  • Not all content has been localized in all languages
  • If you encounter any network related issues during the Destiny 2 Beta, please follow our Network Troubleshooting Guide to ensure proper network settings for Destiny gameplay.

If you encounter alternate issues not listed above, please post a report to the #Help forum. For all other information, please see the Destiny 2 Beta Guide.

Free games for August

Games with Gold

WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate

Available: 08/01 – 08/31 (Xbox One)

Tumblestone

Available: 07/16 – 08/15 (Xbox One)

Spelunky

Available: 08/01 – 08/15 (Xbox 360)

WWE 2K16

Available: 08/16 – 09/15 (Xbox One)

Beyond Good & Evil HD

Available: 08/16 – 08/31 (Xbox 360)

Playstation Plus

Destiny: the Sleeper Simulant quest

First off, you may be wondering what’s the Sleeper Simulant… It’s a powerful 290 Exotic Fusion Rifle that goes into your Guardian’s Heavy Weapon slot. I just got mine last night and am enjoying the heck out of it.

Once you complete the The First Firewall quest, you’ll receive the Curious Transceiver. Continue reading Destiny: the Sleeper Simulant quest

October PlayStation Plus Games

Grow Home (PS4)

‘In Grow Home you play as BUD (Botanical Utility Droid), a robot on a mission to save his home planet by harvesting the seeds of a giant alien plant. On his quest BUD will discover a beautiful world of floating islands that are home to some rather strange plants and animals.

Super Time Force Ultra (PS4)

Super Time Force Ultra is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! You’re in control of time itself, bending and stretching it to your advantage on the battlefield. Rewind time and choose when to jump back into the action, teaming-up with your past selves in a unique single-player co-op experience! Take control of up to 19 unique characters, and battle across 6 different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.

Twisted Metal® (PS3)

Twisted Metal® returns with unhinged car combat destruction and action movie mayhem. Unique weapons emerge from demonic vehicles as players unfold the demented tale of a cast of characters, led by Sweet Tooth, in story, co-op and online modes. Up to 16 players compete in a killer-take-all back and forth battle royale on wheels.

Teslagrad (PS3)

Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to discovering the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower. Gain new abilities to explore a non-linear world with more than 100 beautifully hand-drawn environments, in a steampunk-inspired vision of old Europe. You play as a young boy who suddenly finds himself embroiled in a long-forgotten conspiracy, involving the despotic king who has ruled the nation with an iron fist for several years. Jump into an outstanding adventure told through voiceless storytelling. Armed with ancient Teslamancer technology and your own ingenuity and creativity, your path lies through the decrepit Tesla Tower and beyond.

La-Mulana EX (PS Vita)

A combination of classic 2D platforming, Metroidvania-style adventuring and challenging action gameplay, La-Mulana EX takes you deep into the ancient ruins of La-Mulana on a quest to discover not just valuable treasure, but the secret to life itself!

Xeodrifter (PS Vita)

Xeodrifter™ is the story of an interstellar drifter traveling the stars on a simple mission of exploration. We join our nomad as he embarks on the investigation of a small cluster of four planets in the omega sector, after a collision with a rogue asteroid damaged his warp core.

E3 Live

A bit late but here ya go.. I’m excited for the games coming out…

Continue reading E3 Live

Claim your free stuff if you bought a PS Vita before June 2012

Late last year Sony agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that it falsely advertised the PlayStation Vita console at launch. Anyone in the U.S. who purchased the handheld prior to June 1, 2012 is entitled to $25 cash or one of three different game bundles. Eligible purchasers must complete the process before June 30, 2015 in order to claim their goodies.

Consumer complaints alleged that early ads for the PlayStation Vita urged purchase based on features that were not available or never came to fruition. Remote playing PlayStation 3 games, playing online multiplayer games over a 3G network and extensive PS3/Vita cross-saving were touted but never materialized in a satisfactory fashion.

Eligible claimants can select from three options.

  1. A $25 check.
  2. $25 in Play Station Network (PSN) credit.
  3. One of three different game bundles.

So how do I stake my claim?

  • If you received the following email, simply follow the instructions.
  • The page at https://vitaclaims.com will ask prequalified customers for their PSN ID and Vita serial number. If your serial number has faded, you can hook your Vita to a computer and look under properties.
  • If you do not receive an email and believe you qualify for free stuff, there’s a form that you can fill out and mail to the claims administration folks in order to be added. Fill out the form here.

Here’s the letter you would have received:

CASH BACK OR MERCHANDISE OFFER FROM

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC

Dear Customer:

Our records show that you purchased a PlayStation Vita handheld game console prior to June 1, 2012. The Federal Trade Commission has alleged that some SCEA advertisements for the PlayStation Vita during this period were deceptive. Although SCEA neither admits nor denies liability in connection with this matter, SCEA has agreed to settle the dispute with the Federal Trade Commission by offering either cash back (or credit on your PSN account) or merchandise to customers who purchased a PlayStation Vita before June 1, 2012, and who have not returned the product for a full refund.

Accordingly, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to receive a check for $25 (or a $25 credit on your PSN account). Alternatively, you are eligible to receive a merchandise voucher that you can use to select from a list of merchandise, video games and/or services. The selection of merchandise, video games and/or services that are available through this offer has a retail value of $50 or more.

You are eligible to receive either a check for $25 (or a $25 credit on your PSN account) or a merchandise voucher, but not both. For details of each offer and to make your choice of the $25 check (or credit) or the merchandise voucher, please click here.

You MUST complete and submit the information requested in the above link by June 30, 2015 to be eligible to receive the $25 check (or $25 credit on your PSN account) or merchandise voucher worth $50 or more. Please be assured that your acceptance of this offer does not obligate you to purchase anything.

For more information on our settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, please visit www.ftc.gov and search for “Sony Computer Entertainment America.”

If you have any questions, please call Sony Computer Entertainment America claims administration at 1-800-410-5484.

FTC Links

Minecraft to get Story Mode in 2015

Telltale Games has announced on its blog that it’s working with Minecraft developer Mojang to create a series of games set in the world of the hit franchise.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice. It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices.

Telltale has made games in the Walking Dead, Back to the Future, and Game of Thrones universes, to name a few.

November PlayStation Plus Games

Here is the list for this months PlayStation free games. Drop us a comment and let us know which ones you enjoyed. This way our readers know which ones to pick or buy later on.

Escape Plan (PS4)

Help hapless heroes Lil and Laarg interact with unique and twisted puzzles of each room. Only you can help them survive before their captor and nemesis, Bakuki, recycles them and turns them into his minions. Access 78 puzzle rooms and also receive access to Bakuki’s Lair, featuring an additional 19 rooms. Caged among the chaos of Bakuki’s Lair, Lil and Laarg are doomed without your help. Guide Lil and Laarg to safety by dashing past sausages blasted at your face, skipping over scalding hot cheese and avoiding a bevy of confusing death traps.

SteamWorld Dig (PS4, PS Vita)

SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences. Take the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below…

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PS4)

The Binding of Isaac is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with heavy Rogue-like elements. Following Isaac on his journey, players will find bizarre treasures that change Isaac’s form giving him super human abilities and enabling him to fight off droves of mysterious creatures, discover secrets, and fight his way to safety.

Frozen Synapse Prime (PS3)

Take on the role of Tactics, leading a small rebel faction to overthrow a powerful corporation controlling the city of Markov Geist. Control an elite strike team of futuristic soldiers from shotgunners and snipers, to grenadiers and machine-gunners in the ultimate turn-based strategy game. Plot paths and issue orders to your units, test your plans and predict your opponent in each turn. Combat plays out on procedural, 3D, destructible and customizable battlefields.

LUFTRAUSERS (PS3)

The skies will be set aflame and the seas will overflow with wreckage in Vlambeer’s stylish arcade shooter LUFTRAUSERS! Select from over 125 combinations of weapons, bodies, and propulsion systems and take to the skies to battle enemy fighter planes, battleships, submarines, and rival aces for glory, honor, and high scores. Bravely volunteer for one of over 100 daring missions and become the most legendary Rauser pilot of all time!

Escape Plan (PS4, PS Vita)

Escape Plan™ takes advantage of the PlayStation®Vita system’s multi-touch display, rear touch panel, swipe interfaces and motion sensor, putting the fate of Lil & Laarg in the palm of your hand. Players can swipe, tap, poke, squeeze and slap our hapless heroes and interact with the unique and twisted puzzles of each room. Only you can help them survive before their captor and nemesis, Bakuki, recycles them and turns them into his minions. Swipe as if your life depended on it in this exclusive survival-humor game for the PS Vita system.

LUFTRAUSERS (PS Vita)

The skies will be set aflame and the seas will overflow with wreckage in Vlambeer’s stylish arcade shooter LUFTRAUSERS! Select from over 125 combinations of weapons, bodies, and propulsion systems and take to the skies to battle enemy fighter planes, battleships, submarines, and rival aces for glory, honor, and high scores. Bravely volunteer for one of over 100 daring missions and become the most legendary Rauser pilot of all time!

SteamWorld Dig (PS4 PS Vita)

SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences. Take the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below…

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PS Vita)

The Binding of Isaac is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with heavy Rogue-like elements. Following Isaac on his journey, players will find bizarre treasures that change Isaac’s form giving him super human abilities and enabling him to fight off droves of mysterious creatures, discover secrets, and fight his way to safety.

The Hungry Horde (PS Vita)

Lead a horde of zombies on a manic mission to expand the ranks of the undead and destroy humanity. Battle the clock and attempt to trash the planet in this highly addictive, run-till-you-die zombie rampage – one game and you’ll be “turned”!

Microsoft to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5B

Microsoft confirmed it will acquire the studio that created the hit “sandbox” game Minecraft for $2.5 billion, a move that could help bolster the company’s Xbox and mobile ambitions.

In a statement released Monday, Microsoft says the deal will close by the end of this year.

“Minecraft is more than a great game franchise,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a statement. “It is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

Launched in 2009 for PCs, Minecraft is an open-world game where players roam a simple landscape with forests and beaches, breaking apart the environment and building new objects like a digital Lego set.

It has surged in popularity over the last five years. Microsoft says the game has topped 100 million downloads. Although it’s been available on Apple’s iOS devices for nearly three years, it’s currently the second most popular paid app for iPhone. Retail versions of the video game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were the third best-selling titles in the U.S. last month, according to NPD Group.

“The Minecraft players have taken the game and turned it into something that surpassed all of our expectations,” says Mojang CEO Carl Manneh in a statement. “The acquisition by Microsoft brings a new chapter to the incredible story.”

Microsoft says Minecraft will remain available on all its current platforms, including PlayStation, a rival to the company’s Xbox brand. Continue reading Microsoft to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5B

Buy Destiny for your current-gen console get the next-gen version for free

For gamers who will be entering the Destiny universe first on PlayStation®3 or Xbox 360 we have some great news! For a limited time, whenever you buy a digital copy of Destiny, you will be able to download the next-gen version within the same console family for FREE.

DIGITAL LAST – GEN PURCHASE DIGITAL NEXT – GEN PURCHASE
Playstation®3 Playstation®4
Xbox 360 Xbox One
DIGITAL BASE GAME FREE
DIGITAL GUARDIAN EDITION FREE
EXPANSION PASS FREE

*Within console family and subject to availability

DESTINY FREE NEXT-GEN DOWNLOAD FAQ

DIGITAL CONTENT

PlayStation®

Q. When I buy/redeem the Destiny Digital Base Game, Digital Guardian Edition, or Expansion Pass for PlayStation®3, how do I get the free PlayStation®4 version?

When you buy/redeem the Destiny Digital Base Game, Digital Guardian Edition, or Expansion Pass on or before January 15th, 2015, you can download the Playstation®4 version from the PlayStation®Store for free by doing the following:

  • Log into your PlayStation®4 using the same Sony Entertainment Network Account (PSN ID) used to buy/redeem the Destiny digital content on PlayStation®3.
  • Navigate to the Destiny content page or search for the corresponding item you purchased previously on PlayStation®3.
  • Add the item to your cart and complete the transaction.
  • Wait for the download to complete.

Expansion Pass content (which includes Expansions I and II) will only be available for full download once released.

Q. If I pre-ordered the PlayStation®3 digital version, when will my PlayStation®4 digital version of Destiny be available?

The PlayStation®4 digital upgrade will be available to you as close to launch as possible. We anticipate the PlayStation®4 version will be ready for you by Wednesday 9/10 at 6pm PDT, but please check back here for updates. Unfortunately, the PlayStation®4 upgrade will NOT be available for pre-order or pre-load.

Q. When I download the free PlayStation®4 version(s), will I still be able to play it on PlayStation®3?

Yes. Your Sony Entertainment Network Account (PSN ID) will retain licenses for both consoles.

Q. When I buy the Destiny Limited Edition or Destiny Ghost Edition on PlayStation®3, how do I get the free PlayStation®4 version of the Expansion Pass?

  • Log into your PlayStation®3 and redeem the voucher for the Destiny Expansion Pass in the PlayStation®Store on or before January 15, 2015.
  • Log into your PlayStation®4 any time after using the same Sony Entertainment Network Account (PSN ID) used to redeem the Destiny Expansion Pass on PlayStation®3.
  • Navigate to the Expansion Pass within the Destiny content page in the PlayStation®Store.
  • Add the item to your cart and complete the transaction and wait for the download to complete.
  • Wait for the download to complete.
  • A physical or digital PlayStation®4 version of the Destiny game will be required to play this content on PlayStation®4, sold separately.
  • Expansion Pass content (which includes Expansions I and II) will only be available for full download once released.

XBOX

Q. When I buy/redeem the Destiny Digital Base Game or Expansion Pass for Xbox 360, how do I get the free Xbox One version?

When you buy/redeem the Destiny Digital Base Game or Expansion Pass for Xbox 360 on or before January 15th, 2015, you can download the Xbox One copy from the Xbox Store for free by doing the following:

  • Log into your Xbox One using the same Microsoft Account (Xbox Live Account) used to buy/redeem the Destiny Digital Base Game or Expansion Pass on Xbox 360.
  • Navigate to the digital content’s location in the Xbox Store.
  • Add the item to your download queue and wait for the download to complete.
  • Expansion Pass content (which includes Expansions I and II) will only be available for full download once released.

Q. When I download the free Destiny Digital Base Game for Xbox One, will I still be able to play it on Xbox 360?

Yes. Your Microsoft Account (Xbox Live Account) will retain licenses for both consoles.

Q. When I buy the Destiny Limited Edition or Destiny Ghost Edition on Xbox 360, will I also be able to download the Xbox One version of the Expansion Pass that comes with it for free?

Yes, when you buy the Destiny Limited Edition or Destiny Ghost Edition on Xbox 360 and redeem the Expansion Pass by January 15, 2015, you will also be able to download it on Xbox One by doing the following:

  • Log into your Xbox 360 and redeem the token for the Destiny Expansion Pass on Xbox Live on or before January 15, 2015.
  • Log into your Xbox One using the same Microsoft Account (Xbox Live Account) used to redeem the Destiny Expansion Pass on Xbox 360.
  • Navigate to the Expansion Pass within the Destiny content page in the Xbox Store.
  • Add the item to your download queue and wait for the download to complete.
  • A physical or digital Xbox One version of the Destiny game will be required to play this content on Xbox One, sold separately.
  • Expansion Pass content (which includes Expansions I and II) will only be available for full download once released.

MY GUARDIANS, STATS AND GEAR

Q. Will my Guardians, progress, stats, and gear carry over when I download and play the next-gen version?

Yes. Whether you participate in this program or not, your Guardians, progress, stats, and gear are shared within a console family (PlayStation®3PlayStation®4 or Xbox 360Xbox One) and will be waiting for you when you transition to next-gen.