The News Review: Edition 14

Here at The Gaming Review, we know that you gamers are far too busy playing with your new next-gen console to search for all your latest in gaming news, so to make it easy we’ve compiled what we think are the biggest stories from over the past 7 days:

  • Xbox One users’ accounts have been suspended after the system picked up gamers swearing. Microsoft have said that the process was to maintain a clean, safe and fun environment for all users.
  • The Steam Autumn Sale kicked off earlier this week, with the sale running through until December 3rd, allowing users to pick up enormous discounts on PC games. The games on offer change daily, and up to an 80% discount is offered on selected titles.
  • Twitch streams that don’t relate to gaming will be moderated and disabled on the Playstation 4, according to Twitch themselves. Conversations about games however, will not be moderated and removed, as it’s still classed as gaming content.
  • Forza Motorsport 5 developer Turn 10 has announced that changes to the economy in Forza 5 will be made, after fans reacted negatively about in-game micro-transactions.
  • Microsoft Vice President Phil Spencer has said they are still learning from micro-transactions, and that gamers in-game purchasing habits will directly influence the future of micro-transactions.
  • A remastered version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be coming to mobile devices in December. The updated version will not be a direct port from the Playstation 2 San Andreas, but will feature new character and car models, and a greater draw distance. San Andreas will be coming to iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Kindle devices in December.
  • The original Infinity Blade, the critically acclaimed iOS title from 2010, is free for the rest of this week.
    Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar’s parent company, has filed a new trademark for the Bully franchise, hinting there could be a new Bully game sometime in the (hopefully near) future.
  • Warner Bros have confirmed that LEGO: The Hobbit will be out next Spring, for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita and 3DS, and will feature levels based on the first 2 films.
  • Bugbear, former FlatOut developer, have cancelled their Kickstarter campaign for their untitled ‘Next Car Game‘ after it became obvious they weren’t going to meet their goal, instead deciding to focus on pre-orders.
  • Hi-Rez Studios have announced that their mythology-themed multiplayer online battle arena, SMITE, will be available free on March 25th 2014, after spending over a year in beta stage.
  • EA Canada is said to be developing a next-gen, open-world Star Wars game. No further information has yet been released.

The Humble Weekly sale this week features 6 games:

Spend at least $1 and unlock

  • Jamestown
  • Closure
  • S.P.A.Z.
  • Shatter

And pay over $6 to unlock:

  • Dungeon Defenders
  • Defense Grid Gold


Finally, this weeks top releases:

  • Playstation 4 console
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4)
  • Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

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