Ubisoft Acknowledges Unity Issues, Offers Appology

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Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat offered up a post on the Assassin’s Creed Live Updates Blog yesterday to formally acknowledge the extremely buggy launch of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The game was released on November 11th, and has since received a stream of technical complaints. Mallat offered this apology:

Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin’s Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential.

Mallat announced the release of the game’s third patch, as well as an upcoming reward to thank players for their loyalty and patience: the Dead Kings DLC will be available at no charge, and Season Pass holders will be offered one of several other Ubisoft games for free. With continued patching, hopefully Assassin’s Creed: Unity will soon feel like a finished game. Hopefully.

Sony in Hot Water Over “Deceptive Marketing”

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The Federal Trade Commission has pressed charges against Sony over early advertisements for the PlayStation Vita. They contend that these ads, released back in 2011 and 2012, were misleading in various ways. Sony has agreed to settle with the FTC and offer redress to early adopters of the system.

The early advertisements in question suggested that the PS Vita would offer “remote play” of PS3 games on the PS Vita. The reality was that only a few PS3 game were compatible with the Vita. It was also suggested that “cross-platform” play would be available, allowing a player to pause a game on their PS3 at any time and then continue the same game on the PS Vita with no loss of continuity. It was left unstated that this might require the player to buy two different versions of the game, and even then, those games often required the player to finish what they were doing in the game before they could move onto the portable version.

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Sadie & Mark’s Super Mario Bros. freestyle from Dancing with the Stars

Monday nights on ABC are where it’s at. Dancing with the Stars and Castle were superb last night, the former featuring a “perfect” (40/40s) freestyle round. One of those perfect freestyle dances was Sadie and Mark’s dance set to a medley from Super Mario Bros., which you can see above!

Nintendo’s legendary composer and sound engineer, Mr. Koji Kondo, arranged the medley himself, which Nintendo has made available for everyone to download. Be sure to hit the link below for your free MP3!

What did you think of the dance? The costumes? The music? Let us know in the comments!

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Toys “R” Us-exclusive Lucario amiibo now available for pre-order

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With the Shulk and Meta Knight amiibo already set for exclusive releases at GameStop and Best Buy, respectively, it was only a matter of time before the Lucario and Rosalina amiibo saw their retailer-exclusive listings go live.

Over the weekend, Toys “R” Us began taking pre-orders for the Lucario amiibo, even offering free shipping for your pre-order. The amiibo has a placeholder ship date of February 1st, but the actual release shouldn’t be much longer after that date.

With Walmart’s listings showing no sign of the Rosalina amiibo, speculation currently points to Target as the possible target. Stay tuned!

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Total War: Attila Release Date Set

The latest title in the Total War real-time strategy franchise has announced its release date to be February 17th. Players who choose to pre-order their copy will receive the Viking Forefathers Culture Pack, the game’s first round of DLC which includes three playable Norse factions, for free. Sega has also released new details about the Special Edition, which will be the only physical copy of the game available in North America. The Special Edition will include the following:

  • An Attila the Hun biography written by Nic Fields and published by renowned military history specialists Osprey Publishing.
  • A double-sided poster featuring original Total War: ATTILA campaign map artwork on one side, and a comprehensive playable faction reference guide on the other.
  • The Viking Forefathers Culture DLC Pack.

The immensely successful Total War series puts you in control of a historical faction of your choosing, and pits you against the rest of the world as you attempt to carve out your nation. You must master the diplomacy and economics of the era to strengthen your nation, and war to protect and expand it. As the title suggests, this installment throws us into the age of Attila the Hun following the division of Rome.

This amiibo stand is your final destination

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Now that Nintendo has finally released their much anticipated toys-to-life figurines, gamers everywhere are looking for the perfect way to show off their newly purchased amiibos. Unfortunately, the light-grain IKEA wood shelf you just bought is going to look like garbage compared to the masterpiece that is this fan-made creation.

Artist Danilo Santeliz created the above amiibo sanctuary, modeled after the “Final Destination” stage featured in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U — not to mention the threat of a Master Hand and Crazy Hand looming over the fighters. The colorful creation is made from a combination of wood, silicon, and paper mache, coated in acrylic paint and wrapped in lighting. Despite the high level of detail, it only took Danilo five days to complete.

You can check out an in-progress picture of the Smash stage shelf below the break. What do you guys think? Are you now motivated to create your own amiibo display shelf, or should we create a support group to discuss our artistic inadequacies?

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Sakurai and the Curse of Downloadable Content

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This past Wednesday was a busy day for Masahiro Sakurai, creator and director of the Super Smash Bros. series. He had a chat with Brett Phipps of Video Gamer, as well as an email interview with Brian Albert of IGN. These two interviews were centered around the prospect of future DLC – no doubt sparked by the recent announcement that Mewtwo would eventually become available for download by those who bought both versions of the game. Sakurai did not confirm or deny whether Mewtwo would become purchasable DLC, or whether more characters would be available further down the road. He did, however, shed some light on his philosophy about DLC.

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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire seem very animated in this intro video!

Courtesy of The Pokémon Company International, we now have this beautifully animated trailer introducing us to the Pokémon and Mega Evolutions of tomorrow’s Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Get to know Brendan, May (unfortunately NOT voiced by Veronica Taylor), the starter Pokémon, the legendary Pokémon, and a bunch of Pokémon in between!

How soon will you be traveling through Hoenn …again? Have you picked your starter yet?

RIKKI to make North American debut at Distant Worlds concert in Newark

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Vocalist RIKKI will be making her North American debut in Newark, New Jersey. The Japanese singer was the original vocalist for Nobuo Uematsu’s “Suteki da ne” from Final Fantasy X, and will be performing the song at two different Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concerts on January 31st.

Aside from “Suteki da ne,” the two concerts will feature different programs performed by the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Arnie Roth. RIKKI will be joined on the programs by fellow soloist Susan Calloway, well known for Distant Worlds performances and as the original vocalist for Final Fantasy XIV‘s “Answers.” Composer Nobuo Uematsu will be in attendance at both concerts.

For ticket and program information, be sure to check out the official site below!

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Launch Trailer Available for Persona Q

The Persona series is about to make its first foray onto a Nintendo platform. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be available next Tuesday, November 25th on the Nintendo 3DS. This game combines the casts of Persona 3 and 4, and modifies its previous RPG gameplay formula by combining it with that of Atlus’s other more classical dungeon-crawler, the Etrian Odyssey series.

Persona is a spin-off series of the Megami Tensei franchise, a widely popular fantasy RPG in a modern setting that puts the player in control of high-school students wielding swords, firearms, and demon pacts. Persona games divert from the demon element of the franchise, with the namesake “Personas” granting the characters their magic.

Persona Q has embraced the feel of its 3DS platform by adopting a chibi art style for its characters, but don’t be fooled – this game is rated M for blood, language, partial nudity, sexual themes, and violence.

For more information, you can visit Persona Q‘s official site.