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Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience Confirmed, Coming In OctoberTue, 30 Aug 2016 01:31:00 GMT

A product page for the rumored Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience has just appeared on Konami's website. This edition will include both Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

The edition of the game will also include DLC for both The Phantom Pain and its multiplayer mode, Metal Gear Online. You can find a list of all the DLC included here.

The Definitive Experience is set to be released on October 11, 2016. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version will cost $49.99. The publisher says it will announce the Steam price at a later date.

Be sure to read our review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Our Take

Of course this was coming. Not that bad of a deal if you somehow haven't played either MGS V title by now though.

A Collection Of Classic Sierra Games Comes To SteamTue, 30 Aug 2016 00:32:00 GMT

Back in the 80s and 90s Sierra Entertainment was responsible for releasing some of the most influential games ever made. Now a bundle of them has slipped quietly onto Steam and can be played on modern PCs.

Titles and series included are:

  • Police Quest Collection
  • Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
  • Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within
  • Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned
  • Arcanum - Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura
  • Quest for Glory Collection
  • Phantasmagoria
  • Phantasmagoria 2
  • Caesar 3
  • Caesar 4

You can find links to all the games in the announcement post here.

[Update] Steam Is Not Making Exceptions To Its Refund Policy For No Man's SkyTue, 30 Aug 2016 00:09:00 GMT

Update: The Steam store page for No Man's Sky has been updated to include a disclaimer saying, "The standard Steam refund policy applies to No Man’s Sky. There are no special exemptions available."

We've reached out to Sony and Amazon for comment on their refund policies regarding No Man's Sky and will update the story should they respond.

Original Story (August 27th, 2016 @ 6:12 p.m. Central)

No Man's Sky is a game full of promise that doesn't quite deliver on what it sets out to do. In our review of the game, Matt Miller said "the mid- and endgame experiences teeter away from sci-fi splendor and into rote repetition." Players are understandably upset they didn't get what they wanted from the game, and it seems retailers are still providing refunds on the game in some cases.

Recent Reddit and NeoGAF threads have begun collecting stories of people reporting being able to get refunds on No Man's Sky through Amazon, Steam, and even Sony's PSN service. Users who reported technical difficulties with the game have been receiving refunds, even after spending as many as 50 hours with it. Many have also reported success through live chat channels with Sony and Amazon, as opposed to email.

Although No Man's Sky seems to have created a spike in refunds across multiple services, in many cases the refunds are not out of the norm. Steam's current refund policy guarantees a refund if the buyer has spent under two hours playing the game and has owned it for fewer than two weeks, but does state that "even if you fall outside of the refund rules we’ve described, you can ask for a refund anyway and we’ll take a look." Amazon, similarly, states: "Amazon will make case-by-case exceptions and accept returns for units fulfilled through [Fullfilment By Amazon] that may be past the stated return time frame." Amazon's policy on downloaded games, however, states that it will not refund those purchases.

PSN refunds are perhaps the most surprising; Sony states they will refund any purchase with 14 days of purchase, but only if the buyer has not begun downloading the game itself. Not everyone has reported being able to get a refund, but it seems as though enough people have that the threads have proliferated with success stories. "For anyone who is not getting a refund I would just keep trying," said Reddit user whaaatcrazy. "I'm not sure why it works for some and not others but no harm in just trying again."

Correction (08/29/16): The headline for this story previously made it sound as though Steam, Amazon, and PSN were offering refunds to anyone who requested them. This was not the case. We have corrected this article and apologize for the error.

[Source: NeoGAF and Reddit]

 


Our Take
Return fiascos like this are always interesting to watch, if only to see how companies will bend their normally-strict return policies in cases where there is widespread controversy over a game. In the case of No Man's Sky, the mix of technical and larger design issues may have muddied the waters enough that companies are willing to err on the side of keeping their customers satisfied.

Niantic Unbans Some Pokémon Go Accounts And Issues WarningMon, 29 Aug 2016 23:55:00 GMT

Earlier this month, we reported that Niantic was permanently banning players who were found using bots and GPS-altering programs. However, some players that were legitimately leveling up were doing so quickly enough to seem suspicious to the developer, and got banned anyway. With this in mind, Niantic has come forward saying that it has begun unbanning some accounts that were inadvertently creating problems without meaning to.

Niantic says it was banning accounts that were using "add-on map apps," such as PokéVision, which was a real-time tool for finding Pokémon more easily. However, some users were confused about their ban.

"Some players may not have realized that some add-on map apps do more than just show you nearby Pokémon," Niantic writes in a statement. 

Because each of these apps can be used as a data collection tool, information can be acquired and forwarded to the app creator without the user's knowledge. "These apps can have an effect similar to DDoS attacks on our servers," Niantic writes.

"Because of this we have had to ban some accounts associated with using these add-on map tools, leading to confusion by some users about why they were banned," continues the statement, which also notes that only a small subset of accounts were banned.

Niantic, however, warns players that they should continue to follow the terms of service, otherwise they may still face a permanent ban. The developer has no intention to unban accounts that were knowingly breaking the rules. For those that used third-party applications to "remotely capture Pokémon, battle or deploy on Gyms, or harvest resources from PokéStops," they will retain their ban.

[Source: Pokémon Go Blog Post]


Our Take

Determining which players knowingly cheated and which didn't probably isn't the easiest to figure out. Kudos to Niantic in attempting to rectify any unjustified bans.

 

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