Huge Titanfall Xbox 360 Update Arrives December 1

Following its release in October for Xbox One and PC, the major Titanfall update that introduces a new co-op mode and lots more will come to Xbox 360 on December 1, Respawn has announced.

The main drawn of the update is Frontier Defense, a new co-op mode for up to four players. Your job is to defend a valuable objective while gunning down increasingly difficult waves of AI enemies.

The Titanfall update also adds two other game modes, Marked for Death Pro and Deadly Ground. In addition, it introduces sudden death for capture the flag to avoid ties, and more Titan insignias. You can see a full rundown of what's new in the update at Respawn's website here.

For more on Titanfall, check out GameSpot's review. Respawn is now working on the next Titanfall game, which could be a multiplatform title.

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Pre-Black Friday PS4, PS3 Sale Discounts Tons Of Co-Op Games

Sony has launched a pre-Black Friday sale for digital PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games, discounting a ton of titles, including Rayman Legends, Far Cry 3, and many others. The theme of the sale is co-op games. You can play these games over the Thanksgiving holiday to avoid your family or spend more time with your family, depending on how much you like them. No judgment here.

In all, more than 30 titles are discounted. PlayStation Plus subscribers will score the best deals, able to grab select titles for up to 80 percent off. The promotion ends Monday, December 1.

Alongside the game sale is another pretty sweet promotion where if you spend $100, you'll get $15 back. This deal is valid through Tuesday, December 1. Full details on this promo are available here.

All PS3 and PS4 titles discounted as part of Sony's Co-Op Gaming Sale are below. If you're not a PlayStation gamer, Microsoft has also rolled out a huge assortment of pre-Black Friday deals for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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God of War, Twisted Metal Director's Next Game Teased for PlayStation

It looks like the next project from God of War and Twisted Metal director David Jaffe is coming to PlayStation and could be announced next week at the PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas.

The teaser video above from Sony shows a link to this website, bartletjones.com/haunted/, which is in reference to Jaffe's new game studio, The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency.

The video hosted on the website shows a creepy and bizarre trailer titled "Haunted." Jaffe appears in the video, though he's not his normal self. Check out the video to see what I'm talking about.

The Haunted trailer certainly suggests Jaffe's game will be a horror title, but this isn't the case, he says.

You might also not want to read too far into the content of the Haunted video, Jaffe says.

According to the Bartlet Jones LinkedIn page, the studio's first game is an action title based on a new IP.

PlayStation Experience takes place December 6-7 in Las Vegas, which is one day after the inaugural Video Game Awards. GameSpot will be reporting live from Sin City for the duration of the weekend.

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Xbox One Getting Limbo Because It's A "Must-Have," Xbox Exec Says

Playdead's 2010 game Limbo is a "must-have," according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who says that's part of the reason why Microsoft is bringing it to Xbox One. He made the comment on Twitter.

All of the 1 million+ people who bought an Xbox One during the console's launch weekend in November 2013 will receive a free copy of Limbo for the new console. The game will also be available to purchase from the Xbox Games Store on Xbox One sometime in the future.

Microsoft has not yet announced a specific release date or pricing details for Limbo on Xbox One.

Playdead's current project is 2015's intriguing-looking title, Inside, which was announced during E3 2014 in June.

Limbo was, to me, one of the most memorable last-generation games. It was dark and desolate, and a lot of fun. Did you play it? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Games Like Destiny Are Changing Review Process, Bungie Says

The traditional game review as you know it could soon become a thing of the past, according to Bungie COO Pete Parsons. He says in a new interview that online- and multiplayer-focused games like Destiny might require professional critics to rethink the review process.

"It is true there are a lot of those people who were skeptical that are still playing it now," he told GamesIndustry International. "I think it's very difficult to--as we see games like Destiny coming out--it's very difficult to sit down for nine hours, 11 hours, and write up a review of a game like Destiny, right?"

"If I were a reviewer it seems like a nearly impossible challenge to do because there's just no way you can experience... you barely experience sort of the campaign side of it and just PvP and no way you can get into all of the end-game activities," he added. "And so it really asks a great question which is 'how are games like Destiny going to be reviewed in the future?'"

We're going to find out, as Bungie is already working on Destiny 2, publisher Activision confirmed earlier this month during a financial presentation.

Next up for Destiny, which has 9.5 million registered users, is an expansion called The Dark Below. It launches on December 9, introducing new multiplayer maps, weapons, and missions, as well as raising the level cap. Check out the video above for GameSpot's thoughts about the upcoming DLC.

The review process for games is indeed changing. Earlier this week, Ubisoft explained why it thinks you might not want to trust day-one reviews for The Crew, a socially inspired racing game.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Sell 3 Million

Recently released 3DS games Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire together sold more than 3 million copies across Japan, the US, and other territories during the three-day Nov. 21-23 period.

The Pokemon Company confirmed the figure with Siliconera. 1.5 million copies were sold in Japan alone, with the other 1.5 million coming from the US and other markets.

Importantly, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have not yet been released in Europe. Sales of the handheld role-playing games are likely to grow further when they are released there November 21.

Pokemon is a powerful, enduring brand, but some questioned whether fans of the series would flock to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, given they are remakes and not brand new games. Strong initial sales, however, suggest that there indeed is a market for such games.

For more on Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, check out GameSpot's review.

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"Zero Complaints" Over Undisclosed YouTuber Game Promotions

Despite widespread debate over clandestine paid game promotions on video websites such as Twitch and YouTube, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) says it has yet to receive one official complaint.

Matt Wilson, a spokesperson for the ASA, told GameSpot that the group was "aware of disquiet" among gaming circles regarding undisclosed paid YouTube promotions, but explains that it cannot take action unless it is formally contacted.

"We've seen the news reports, and we're aware of the disquiet, but we haven't had a complaint about it yet," Wilson said.

"Obviously we have to manage our resources and look into adverts that people are complaining about. There are millions of adverts published each year and we need to be on-hands in dealing with the ones people are complaining about," he added.

"But if a complaint came in, we would absolutely look into it and see of there are grounds for further investigation. We encourage people to contact us if they are concerned about a specific games company."

The ASA is the UK's independent regulator of advertising practices across print and television. Now, thanks to a new ruling, it has powers to act on promotional videos on sites such as YouTube and Twitch.

On Wednesday, the ASA said it has set a new precedent by blocking videos from five YouTubers who advertised Oreos on behalf of the company. Despite no mention of Oreo paying for the content, the ASA said the content was "obviously identifiable" as marketing communications.

Landmark rulings such as these gives the ASA more freedom to make decisions in similar scenarios, meaning it now has a stronger grip on video blogger content in the UK. It also shows that the regulator also has means to block content paid for by overseas companies.

"Advertisers and video bloggers have a responsibility to be clear about when they are promoting content," Wilson said.

"Reputation Damage"

The ASA ruled that some "Oreo Lick Challenge" video was "obviously identifiable" marketing

The ASA's removal of the Oreo marketing comes amid uneasiness within the games industry over undisclosed marketing videos by self-employed video bloggers.

In January, it was discovered that Microsoft was paying a YouTube network, Machinima, for positive coverage of the Xbox One. Both parties went on to defend their deal, claiming it was a "typical partnership". In the same month, it was discovered that Electronic Arts had paid some YouTubers for non-negative Battlefield 4 coverage.

Popular personalities on YouTube, such as Boogie2988, have suggested many times that paid promotions are not uncommon.

"If video bloggers are found to be hiding that they have a commercial relationship, then they risk reputational damage," Wilson said.

"We want video bloggers who are unsure about what's the right and wrong approach to contact us for help and advice, which we're offering for free."

The ASA did not suggest that the responsibility lies with platform holders such as Google (which owns YouTube) or Amazon (which owns Twitch). It also clarified that it only has jurisdiction over content that is available in the UK.

Asked what the ASA could do if a YouTuber refused to co-operate, Wilson explained that it has many options.

"There's two parties involved in this, so the advertiser would be held to account as well. They could face significant damage to their brand and reputation," he said.

"We don't want to go down this line usually, but there is a raft of different options we have for people who do not co-operate. We can, for example, place adverts around search results for people who do not take down offending content."

He concluded: "We also have the option to refer the case to a legal backstop, in the form of Trading Standards."

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