GameSentral Rewind #042

Editor’s Note: This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.

Stefanie Joosten doing Let’s Play of Metal Gear Solid 5

Stefanie Joosten, the woman behind the voice and motion capture for Metal Gear Solid V character Quiet, recorded a Let’s Play of the game with YouTuber GirlGamerGaB.

In the video (embedded above), they play through the first 40 minutes of Metal Gear Solid 5, which included Quiet’s first appearance. Joosten also provided some behind-the-scenes insights and thoughts on her character. A second video playing through the rest of the introduction is planned.

Joosten has also done some solo streaming of the game on her Twitch channel.

Apple launching gaming-centric Twitter feed

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App Store Games has gone live on Twitter with the maintenance of Apple’s game editors, according to Apple.

The account will feature things like tips, previews, and developer interviews centered around the App Store’s lineup of games.

Hasbro, Indiegogo want to find next great party game

Last week, Hasbro announced that it would partner with crowdfunding site Indiegogo for a contest to find the next great face-to-face party game. The winner will receive a $10,000 check from the toy and game manufacturer, as well as a trip to Hasbro headquarters to be mentored on bringing their game to market.

Game ideas must be submitted online by the end of September. The Hasbro Gaming Lab will then review all of the submissions, and choose five finalists. They will then help those finalists promote a crowdfunding campaign. As with all Indiegogo campaigns, game designers will be allowed to keep the money they earn without hitting a pre-determined goal.

“The prize does not include a contract to publish the game, but if Hasbro decides to officially acquire or license the winning idea they would then work out an agreement with the winner.”

-Hasbro, in a statement

Destiny trade-ins at GameStop gives customers $20 off The Taken King Legendary Edition

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GameStop is offering a $20 credit towards the purchase of the Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition to customers that trade in a copy of the base game.

The Legendary Edition includes the base Destiny game and its existing expansions (The Dark Below and House of Wolves) for $59.99. This offer drops the price to $39.99, which is the same price as The Taken King on its own.

The deal is valid from now until September 21st. Since The Taken King launches September 15th, customers can also take advantage of GameStop’s offer until then and pre-order the aforementioned expansion to receive the Suros Arsenal Pack and the Weapons Pack.

Destiny: The Taken King’s Crucible maps/modes free until launch

Destiny players will be able to test out The Taken King’s new competitive multiplayer content for free until the expansion launches, according to developer Bungie.

The Taken King comes with eight maps (two of which are PlayStation exclusives), and brings in the entirely new Rift and Mayhem modes. In addition, the Bellevue, WA-based company is making the Elimination gametype from Trials of Osiris available in its own playlist even when Trials is offline.

Destiny 2.0 is available now before Tuesday’s The Taken King launch.

Also in the update, incomplete bounties will be discarded once the patch goes live – except for in-progress exotic weapon bounties, which will be completely automatically. Eris Morn won’t offer her own bounties anymore, but Guardians will still be able to earn Crota’s Bane reputation by completing certain The Taken King quests.

Destiny’s three new Guardian subclasses won’t be available during the preview, as players will still have to unlock them in The Taken King The Queen’s Wrath bounties from House of Wolves will have the wolves retreat permanently “in anticipation of the arrival of Oryx in your solar system,” according to Bungie.

Fallout 4’s script dwarfs combination of Skyrim, Fallout 3

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Fallout 4’s dialogue library is greater than the combination of  Fallout 3’s and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’s, according to Bethesda.

110,000 lines of dialogue were recorded over “many years,” according to Bethesda.

Fallout 4 is scheduled to launch November 10th for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One.

Konami warns of Metal Gear Solid 5 game save-corrupting bug

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Konami is warning players of a potential bug for all platforms that corrupts their Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain game saves and makes them unusable.

Simply, don’t bring Quiet as a companion for Missions 29 or 42 as it can trigger the corruption and kill the save file.

Konami apologized for the glitch, and indicated it would be working to patch it in the future.

The Witcher 3’s Heart of Stone expansion launching October 13th

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The first of The Witcher 3’s premium expansions – Hearts of Stone – will launch October 13th for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One.

In Hearts of Stone, titular Witcher Geralt of Rivia heads into the city of Oxenfurt to complete a contract from the Man of Glass. He has to take down “ruthless bandit captain” Olgierd von Everee. The expansion should add another 10 hours of gameplay, according to CD Projekt Red, and offer a new storyline shaped by the players’ choices just like the main game.

Heart of Stone will cost $9.99, while the next Blood and Wine expansion is planned to launch in the first three months of 2016 for $19.99 and contribute another 20 hours of overall gameplay. The two are included in The Witcher 3’s $24.99 Expansion pass.

Dark Souls 3 borrowing from Dark Souls 2

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In Dark Souls 3, developer From Software appears to be borrowing some features from the franchise’s previous game to push the series forward.

Certain Dark Souls 2 mechanics like the ability to respec your character will return in the current Souls iteration, according to Game Informer, along with the remixed New Game+ mode which rearranged some energy placement and introduced new items in the game’s second playthrough.

However, weapons won’t be as fragile in Dark Souls 3 as they were in Dark Souls 2 as series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki said From Software hopes to strike a balance between the first game and the second.

Skylanders, Guitar Hero, Geometry Wars all coming to Apple TV

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Activision has announced its slate of Apple TV-bound games. Among them are Skylanders SuperChargers, Guitar Hero Live, and Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved, according to communications manager Scott Lowe.

“We’re continuing to offer new ways to play Skylanders and other games whether you’re at home or on the go.”

-Scott Lowe, Activision communications manager

The titles will also be available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

SuperChargers is also coming to iPad, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

“The Skylanders SuperChargers starter pack for Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch will include everything fans with those devices need to play, including a Bluetooth-enabled portal, an embedded Bluetooth controller, and even a built-in stand. What’s more, if you have multiple Apple devices, your progress can be seamlessly synced across Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with cloud save support under the same Game Center account.”

-Scott Lowe

SuperChargers will also be compatible with Skylanders Trap Team’s iPad peripherals.

“Guitar Hero Live for Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices will come with a redesigned six-button guitar controller, which connects through Bluetooth so it can be used across all supported Apple devices.”

– Scott Lowe

Nearly a year ago, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved launched on consoles, Linux, Mac, and Windows. Both Apple TV and iPad Pro will also receive a version this fall.

“A dedicated single-player campaign and revamped online cooperative mode is a lot of fun to play with the new remote for Apple TV and the new Apple Pencil on iPad Pro. We think a lot of people will discover the game and play it in these new and exciting ways.”

-Scott Lowe

SteelSeries Nimbus is poster child for Apple TV controllers

Steelseries Nimbus

In lieu of making its own traditional controller for the Apple TV, Apple is promoting the new SteelSeries Nimbus controller on its Apple TV product page and will be selling it in Apple Stores online and physically.

The Nimbus is a new wireless Bluetooth gaming controller built for the Apple TV that will launch alongside the platform for $49.95.

The controller offers a rechargeable battery with over 40 hours of battery life, a Lightning connector for charging, a menu button for instant navigation, and pressure sensitive buttons.

Xbox Live Indie Games shutting down for good after seven years

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Xbox Live is shutting down its Xbox 360 Indie Games program, according to Microsoft.

Developers can no longer purchase or renew annual memberships in the program, though active developers can continue building their games until September 9th, 2016. On that date, all publishing to the Indie Games Marketplace on Xbox 360 will cease.

For consumers, Indie Marketplace games will still be available for purchase until it closes “around September 2017.” Then, “around November 2017,” the Redmond, WA-based company will issue a final payment to all indie game participants for their games regardless of if they meet the $150 minimum payment threshold.

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