The Update for week ending 4th September

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week, we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)The Walking Dead Season 3 begins this November

Telltale Games will release The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier, the third season of the acclaimed episodic adventure series, this November, the studio announced at PAX West tis weekend. A New Frontier is coming to consoles, mobile and PC platforms.

“This third new season will serve as both a continuation of what’s come before in our story, as well as an all-new beginning set nearly four years after the outbreak events of Season One,” said Kevin Bruner, co-founder and CEO of Telltale Games, in a statement.

Telltale said the third season will see characters like Clementine confront “the new rules of order and justice in a land being brutally reclaimed and rediscovered by what’s left of humanity itself.”

Players will take control of both Clementine, who debuted in 2012’s The Walking Dead: Season One, and newcomer Javier.

“When we began this series, we explored what it meant to protect a character like Clementine at all costs,” said Kevin Boyle, executive producer on the series, in a statement. “Years later, meeting her for the first time, Javier will begin to unravel the mystery of who Clementine has become, as her story intersects with his — both of them still driven by the things they value most long after society’s collapse.”

In addition to releasing The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier digitally, Telltale also plans to release a “Season Pass Disc” containing the first episode. Subsequent episodes will be downloadable.

2)Lindsay Lohan’s Lawsuit against GTA 5 gets dismissed

Lindsay Lohan did not inspire the design of a prominent female character in Grand Theft Auto V, a New York Supreme Court has ruled. This puts an end to a legal dispute two years in the running, with Lohan and another media personality filing suit against distributor Take-Two Interactive back in the summer of 2014.

After ruling in March that the case could go forward, a Supreme Court judge decided today that neither Lohan nor reality TV star Karen Gravano appear in Grand Theft Auto 5. That’s despite the women’s insistence that the game’s blonde, distraught actress Lacey Jonas physically and narratively resembles them too closely for comfort.

“As to Lohan’s claim that an avatar in the video game is she and that her image is used in various images, defendants also never referred to Lohan by name or used her actual name in the video game, never used Lohan herself as an actor for the video game, and never used a photograph of Lohan,” the judge’s ultimate motion to dismiss the case reads.

Take-Two has protested Lohan’s charges of unlawful use of her image since the suit was filed, calling it little more than a publicity stunt. But Lohan issued a 67-page complaint, including 45 pages of evidence, to back up her claim.

Although it survived long enough to make it to a Supreme Court, today marks yet another failure for Lohan, an actress who has gained great notoriety over the past 10 years.

“This video game’s unique story, characters, dialogue, and environment, combined with the player’s ability to choose how to proceed in the game, render it a work of fiction and satire,” the Court ruled.

1)Ark: Survival Evolved face paid DLC backlash

Ark: Survival Evolved is a popular Steam Early Access title, but its overall “mostly positive” review average is currently under threat. Following the reveal that the game would receive a $19.99 expansion pack, its first ever paid downloadable content, former devotees are turning against the open-world adventure game.

“[Ark] started off as [a] shining example of how to do early access,” one highly recommended negative review reads. “Ended up a complete disaster after the developer went off on adventure of making [free-to-play spinoff Ark: Survival of the Fittest], console versions and paid expansion while still in early access! No wonder the game is so behind schedule.”

That’s just one example of the complaints lodged against Studio Wildcard, the team that’s been working on Ark: Survival Evolved for the past two years. The game launched in Early Access in June 2015 for $29.99, with the full release pushed back from this summer to later in 2016.

Since its Early Access debut, Ark: Survival Evolved has received free add-on content and a full spinoff; its developers also became entangled in a reportedly multimillion-dollar lawsuit. Yet players of the dinosaur-hunting survival game say they’re tired of diversions: They just want to get into the full game already.

“Early Access games should not be allowed to have paid DLC,” wrote another reviewer.

“Developers were doing so well, but they decided to spend their limited time and resources developing paid DLC instead of optimizing, finishing up and releasing the core game,” said another.

The new Scorched Earth expansion adds an powerful dragon to the mix, a departure from the dinosaurs that roam the main game’s world. Some players say this could create a power imbalance between those who stick with the core game and those who pick up the paid add-on.

The members of Studio Wildcard spoke earlier this week about Scorched Earth, and the studio acknowledged the possible reaction to the price.

“Some people might see that this is an Early Access title and we’re selling an expansion pack and they might have an ideological issue with that,” co-founder Jesse Rapczak told Polygon. “I don’t think we’re ever going to please those people.”

Scorched Earth is on sale now, and Ark: Survival Evolved is still moving toward a full release sometime this year.

UK GAME CHARTS

Blizzard are No1 this week, but it is not their new World of Warcraft expansion Legion which tops the chart, instead their hugely popular online FPS Overwatch bounces back to No1 following a recent price drop. It is the fourth week Overwatch has claimed top spot, after unseating Uncharted 4 back in May. No other Blizzard developed title has spent more weeks at No1, let alone reclaimed the crown.

Launched on Tuesday, boxed sales of World of Warcraft: Legion fall short of previous expansion Warlords of Draenor, but it is still this week’s highest new entry, debuting at No3 behind Deus Ex: Mankind Divided which slips one place to No2. F1 2016 slides two places to No4 while Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End creeps up one place to No5. Grand Theft Auto V is still proving hugely popular, up 3 places to No6, while No Man’s Sky nosedives 4 places to No7. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens drops one place to No8 ahead of Rocket League which re-enters the Top 10, up 2 places to No9.

In its second week Madden NFL 17 falls from No5 to No10. A retailer promotion kicks Disney Infinity 3.0 up from No30 to No11 and helps propel Rock Band 4 back in to the Top 40 at No27. There are new entries for several other titles launched on Tuesday with The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition debuting at No17 and God Eater 2: Rage Burst new at No21.

Up 1 to No.5:                  UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END

Down 2 to No.4:           F1 2016

New at No.3:                   WORLD OF WARCRAFT: LEGION

Down 1 to No.2:             DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED

Up 3 to No.1:                    OVERWATCH

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit Of Justice (3DS) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet (PS4)
Just Sing (XO/PS4)
The Elder Scrolls Online Gold Edition (XO/PS4/PC)
Assault Suit Leynos (PS4)

 

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