Hello Fellow Cravers. It’s time to get updated on the weeks news, UK charts and game releases this week.
3) Bungie removes one loot crate as fans discover another
The endlessly farmable “loot cave” of Destiny is no more. Developer Bungie issued a hot fix this weekend that, in its words, reduces “the effectiveness of a humbling number of economy exploits.”
In a hot fix note, Bungie says, “The Hive of the holy ‘Treasure Cave’ have realized the futility of their endless assault on Skywatch and have retired to lick their wounds and plan their next attack.” That’s the more poetic way of saying that Bungie has nerfed the loot cave and that Destiny players will no longer be awash in easy drops.
Destiny players discovered shortly after launch that they could exploit the endlessly respawning acolytes and thralls, which were rich with gear and engram drops, in a specific area. It was a fast, effective way to grind for higher-level loot, but didn’t align with how Bungie envisioned players should experience Destiny.
“The social experience of a cave farming run is amazing: the herding to get a team of Guardians all behind the line and firing in the right direction, the rush to grab the loot, the scramble when the panic wave starts, the beckoning glow from inside the cave,” Bungie said in a developer note. “The speed at which the community organized around this activity was inspiring and humbling to us.
“But shooting at a black hole for hours on end isn’t our dream for how Destiny is played. Our hope is that social engagement in public spaces is only one part of the Destiny experience.”
While many players were likely expecting the loot spigot to dry up at some point, Bungie has made another change that will make it a bit more difficult to boost your gear. From today’s hot fix: “Material rewards for dismantling Queen’s Wrath gear will no longer provide ascendant materials, but missions will continue to drop Legendary items.”
But do you think this is the end of Destiny loot farming? Of course not as one window closes another one opens, as Destiny has a new exploit and the good folks at YouTube’s PS4Trophies will show you how to find it.
If you travel to the Earth map and venture into the Rocketyard, bring a weapon with a modestly powered scope, point yourself in the right direction and fire away. You’ll soon have more engrams than you can carry away, and plenty of ammunition for your trouble.
PS4Trophies says that the loot cave 2.0 has the same 6-second timer as the original, features the same drop rates and thankfully can easily be run solo. Just be sure to mind your manners.
2) Playstation home to close its doors in US and Europe in March 2015
Sony has announced that it is closing down its virtual world social networking service PlayStation Home.
According to the PlayStation forums, PlayStation Home will cease to publish new content from November 12. Players will not be able to download any more content after December 3.
The full shutdown takes place in March 31, 2015. Until then, players who stick with the service will receive free content as a token of Sony’s gratitude.
PlayStation Home has been up and running on the PlayStation 3 since 2008 and received various upgrades throughout its run, along with a major redesign in 2011.
1) EGX Rezzed moved to London in March and Quakecon coming July to Dallas, Texas
As Eurogamer Expo ( also known as EGX) ends for 2014, it was announced that EGX Rezzed, the smaller more indie focused Expo, which was in Birmingham this year, will be back in 2015 from 12th March to the 14th March at Tobacco Dock in London, as shown on signs around EGX.
Also, QuakeCon 2015 will run from July 23-26, 2015, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced this week.
Next year’s convention will be the 20th annual QuakeCon — the inaugural one took place in 1996 in Garland, Texas, near id Software’s offices at the time. QuakeCon has taken place at the Hilton Anatole for years, and Bethesda has once again partnered with the hotel for a special room rate with which visitors can book rooms starting now.
As usual, QuakeCon tickets themselves will be free; they’ll be made available at a later date. The show is highlighted by what Bethesda bills as “North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party,” and will also feature panels, tournaments, previews of Bethesda games and other activities. This year, Bethesda treated QuakeCon 2014 attendees to an exclusive reveal of the new Doom.
The prelude to the all-important Q4 season begins in earnest this week with the FIFA 15 onslaught. EA’s latest FIFA is the 21st in the main series, dating back to 1993 with FIFA International Soccer on Sega’s Megadrive (list excludes World Cup/Street/Management spinoffs). There were a few other new releases this week but the only one to make the Top 10 is Nintendo’s 3DS RPG adventure Fantasy Life at No8 which is developed by Level 5, best known for the Professor Layton series.
Up 2 to No.5: CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS
Up 2 to No.4: MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION
Down 1 to No.3: DISNEY INFINITY 2.0
Down 1 to No.2: DESTINY
New at No.1: FIFA 15
GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (PC)
GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (XO/PS4)
Forza Horizon 2 (360/XO)
Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS (3DS)
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments (360/PS3/XO/PS4/PC)
Pac-Man And The Ghostly Adventures 2 (360/PS3/Wii U/3DS)
Natural Doctrine (PS3/PS4/PSV)
Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (PS4)
So here we are, the Update for week ending 14th September, tune in to the CTG podcast available every Friday, and next Monday for the update.