Destiny nerfs long-range shotguns in update 2.0.1


Bungie gives with one hand and nerfs with the other. While Destiny patch 2.0.1 will will mark the return of Tess Everis and the rise of ever more dance emotes next week, it will also mean the (temporary) departure of one of the most desirable/overpowered shotgun perks in the Crucible: Shot Package.

The perk, which “narrows pellet spread while aiming,” makes shotguns significantly more effective at range. Shotguns are some of the most powerful weapons in Destiny, but that effectiveness is supposed to be balanced out by the tactical challenge of getting close to an enemy before they shoot you to death – with nearly every popular long-range shotgun sporting Shot Package, players were reliably skirting that drawback and cleaning up in PvP.

As of next week, all Shot Package perks will be replaced with Close and/or Personal, Crowd Control, or Knee Pads, depending on the weapon. Bungie says Shot Package isn’t going away for good, it’s just on “time out” while the studio sorts out what to do with it.

Anything outside spitting distance was already beyond the effective range of my beloved Fourth Horseman – it’s more of a high-speed buckshot funnel than a traditional firearm. But for all those Guardians who were enjoying the best of both worlds thanks to Shot Package, you have my condolences.

Halo 5 merch now includes a Fall of Reach movie and a very expensive helmet


Though snagging a Digital Deluxe, Limited, or Collector’s Edition of Halo 5 will grant fans exclusive access to the animated series Halo: The Fall of Reach at launch, that exclusivity will only last a short while. An Amazon listing for DVD and Blu-Ray versions of The Fall of Reach notes a physical release date of December 1, with pre-orders now live.

Other than a physical case and disc, it doesn’t appear that these versions will be any different from the one set to release digitally alongside Halo 5: Guardians on October 27. If you want something super snazzy to add to your Halo collection, Triforce Collectibles has a 1:1 scale replica of Spartan Locke’s helmet available for pre-order as well. $100 down will guarantee you one of the 500 copies being produced, while the final product will set you back a whopping $650.

At least it doesn’t cost as much as the real thing?

Far Cry Primal, Star Wars tips & Destiny microtransactions – The Weekly Wrap Up


In this slice of weekly games news action, Leon and I chat Ubi’s new prehistoric Far Cry Primal, give you all the tips you need for the Star Wars Battlefront beta this weekend and find out what you think of Destiny’s new microtransactions.

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New Assassin’s Creed Syndicate trailer is literally the stabbiest ever


Well, this is the most bizarre but entertaining Assassin’s trailer in a long time. Now you can watch a Templar be chased by a sea of hidden blades in the new Assassin’s Creed Syndicate TV spot.

It’s all a bit of a Silent Hill style nightmare as he runs through the streets of Victorian London and we’ve been pondering just how much Game Of Thrones Ubi has been watching. Storm of Hidden Blades, anyone? Plus! Depeche Mode is on music duties. Is Jacob Frye your own personal stabby Jesus?

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Ron Perlman to play a goblin in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is on quite the recruitment drive! Just days after John Voight, Gemma Chan and Carmen Ejogo joined the Harry Potter spin-off, another big name has been added to its roster, with THR reporting that Hellboy’s Ron Perlman has joined the cast.

According to the report, Perlman will play a goblin, but will presumably only be providing the voice, as goblins have traditionally been portrayed as diminutive in stature in the franchise. Unless this is some new strain of goblin, the likes of which we’ve yet to encounter…

Eddie Redmayne will head up the new film as the renowned magizoologist, Newt Scamander, with support coming from Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller and Samantha Morton. Directed by Potter veteran David Yates, with a script from J.K. Rowling herself, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will open in the UK and US on November 18 2016.

Layers of Fear could be an Xbox One owner’s answer to PT


PT, the “playable teaser” for Hideo Kojima’s planned-but-ultimately-cancelled Silent Hills project, took the Internet by storm back in fall of 2014. Though it was pulled soon thereafter, people loved it. Just one problem: if you opted for Xbox One over PS4, you couldn’t play it. That situation may soon be reversed though, thanks to the very PT-like Layers of Fear, coming to Steam and Xbox One.

Layers of Fear utilizes the same “walk around a haunted house with impossible physical dimensions” vibe from games like PT and adds in its own mix of unique horror. Where PT was distinctly a ghost story, Layers of Fear is a more Lovecraftian tale focused on madness and insanity, as you take control of a painter trying to complete their “masterpiece.” Personally, I get a very “Pickman’s Model” vibe from the whole thing. Take a look and decide for yourself:

Layers of Fear is currently available on Steam’s Early Access. Development studio Bloober Team states that an 80% complete build featuring two to three hours of play will be coming to Xbox Preview (Microsoft’s Early Access-like program for games still in development) later this fall.