The Destiny team has promised to hold a more challenging version of the 'Iron Banner' competitive multiplayer event before the year is out.
Developer Bungie drew complaints when the original tournament was held, with some users accusing them of failing to cater for high-level players.
When 'Iron Banner' returns, players must be at least level 20 to act as a fireteam leader, while lower-level players will require a chaperone to join the action.
Bungie's original goal was to make the event more accessible by narrowing the gap between levels, but lead designer Tyson Green has acknowledged that this may have been the wrong approach.
"We now believe [that] we have been too conservative, and that small tilts failed to meet anyone's expectations," he said.
To discourage players on the losing teams from throwing the towel in, Bungie is handing out Medallions of Iron to defeated sides, which converts to a reputation gain "almost equal to a win" upon their next victory.
Full details about the new 'Iron Banner' event can be found on the developer's website.
Oct 28 2014
SingStar has made its PlayStation 4 debut.
Available now on Sony's latest console, London Studio's singing title is back with the SingStar Mic application and a revamped interface.
It also includes an updated scoring system and party effects that can be used with the PlayStation Camera.
The game can be downloaded for free, and extra tracks can be unlocked via the SingStore.
London Studio is also offering SingStar Ultimate Party, which contains 30 tracks featuring Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Disclosure and more.
Dark Souls 2 was voted Game of the Year at today's 32nd annual Golden Joystick Awards.
From Software's punishing sequel beat the likes of Watch Dogs, Mario Kart 8, Titanfall and Battlefield 4 to the prize.
Other big winners include DayZ, which was named Best Indie Game and Best Original Game in association with Digital Spy.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Assassin's Creed 4 and The Last of Us: Left Behind were among the other games to pick up two awards each.
Hearthstone won Best Online Game and Best Mobile Game, Assassin's Creed 4 was recognised in the Best Audio and Best Visual categories, while The Last of Us: Left Behind was awarded Best Storytelling and Best Gaming Moment.
Elsewhere, Battlefield 4 picked up Best Multiplayer, Pokemon X and Y were the Best Handheld Games, and Rust was the Most Played Game of the Year.
Steam was voted the Best Gaming Platform, Ubisoft Montreal the Studio of the Year and, for the second year running, The Witcher 3 emerged victorious in the Most Wanted category.
Finally, Hideo Kojima was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the gaming industry.
he 2014 Golden Joystick Award winners in full:
Best Original Game in association with Digital Spy
Best Online Game in association with PC Gamer
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
The Last of Us: Left Behind
Best Visual Design
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Best Audio in association with PDP
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Playfire Most Played Game of the Year
Best Multiplayer in association with Absolute Radio
Best Indie Game in association with Official X-Box Magazine
Innovation of the Year in association with T3
Oculus Rift DK2
Best Gaming Moment in association with Sony Xperia Z3
The Last of Us: Left Behind - "The kiss"
Best Handheld Game
Pokemon X & Y
Best Mobile Game in association with Kiss FM
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Most Wanted in association with The Sun
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been officially announced for Xbox 360.
Confirming earlier reports, the title will be released through the 360's Games on Demand service on October 26.
Replacing the Xbox Originals version, the updated release contains upgraded 720p visuals and supports Xbox 360 Achievements.
Cross-saves with the Xbox Originals version will not be supported, however.
The game will ship with 33 Achievements worth 1,000 points. Users will be rewarded for getting arrested 50 times, losing wanted levels, spending money on clothing and hairstyles, working out at the gym and even drowning.
San Andreas was originally released on October 26, 2004. It sees players assume the role of Carl Johnson as he battles corrupt cops and gangsters in early '90s America.
It features the vocal talents of Samuel L Jackson, Chris Penn, Ice-T and Peter Fonda.
Rockstar will also celebrate the game's ten-year anniversary with a series of special events and discounts in GTA Online.
Outlast 2 has been announced by Red Barrels co-founder Philippe Morin.
In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, Morin said that the sequel would introduce new characters and a different setting.
"After shipping the Xbox One version of Outlast, we took some time to analyse our situation and we quickly realised we had at least another horror game in us," Morin explained. "So, yes, we are working on Outlast 2.
"The game will be a survival horror experience and it will take place in the same universe as Outlast, but it will have different characters and a different setting.
"We might go back to Mount Massive Asylum one day, but for now we have new ideas and themes we'd like to explore and we think we're cooking up something special."
Morin added that due to the size of the team, the sequel would likely be in development for some time before it is released.
The original Outlast is available for PC, PS4 and most recently, the Xbox One.
The game follows freelance investigative journalist Miles Upshur, who explores Mount Massive Asylum to uncover its many secrets and atrocities.
Without any traditional weapons, players must evade enemies by using parkour and hiding under beds and in lockers.
Microsoft reportedly shipped 2.4 million Xbox consoles during the most recent financial quarter.
In the three-month period ending on September 30, 2014, the company shipped a combined total of 2.4 million Xbox 360s and Xbox One consoles to retail.
According to CVG, the figure represents a 102% increase in Xbox shipments over the same three-month period in 2013, although last year's quarter preceded the launch of the Xbox One.
The firm has also launched the console in China, making it the first Microsoft console to launch in the region following a 14-year sales ban.
The console is believed to have sold 100,000 units in China during its first week on sale.
Microsoft is yet to confirm actual sales to customers during the recent financial quarter, or reveal the split between Xbox 360 shipments and Xbox One.
Oct 28 2014
A portion of the original Pokemon theme has been sung by Xander Mobus.
A video showcasing the Super Smash Bros announcer's take on the classic anime song can be seen on YouTube.
The actor's voice can be heard in the recently-released Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS, as well as the upcoming Super Smash Bros for Wii U.
Following the former title's debut, Nintendo unveiled three new unlockable fighters for both games - Wario, Falco and Ness.
The Wii U version will be released in Europe on December 5 and in North America on November 21.
A new Smash Bros-themed Nintendo Direct is scheduled to air tonight.
GTA Online will host a San Andreas anniversary event this weekend, it has been announced.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of GTA: San Andreas, Rockstar is offering a host of GTA Online in-game bonuses between October 24 and October 26.
Players will be able to earn double experience and double in-game cash by playing the 'San Andreas Throwback Jobs' playlist.
A series of crate drops will also provide lucky fans with GTA: San Andreas radio station T-shirts, as well as a host of weapons.
Players will additionally receive a 50% discount on all green clothing items, as well as 50% off BMX bikes, bandanas and other accessories. Suspension mods will also be available with a 25% discount.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was recently tipped for an Xbox 360 HD re-release.
A leaked Achievement list suggests the game will make its Xbox 360 debut soon.
The Unfinished Swan's PS4 and PlayStation Vita release dates have been announced by Sony.
The PS4 and Vita ports will be available in the UK for £9.99 from October 29. It makes its North American PSN debut 24 hours earlier for $14.99.
As a cross-buy title, purchasing the title on one Sony platform unlocks it on PS4, PS3 and Vita. Existing PS3 users will also be able to upgrade for free.
Announced back in August, the PlayStation 4 version will run at 1080p.
The Unfinished Swan is described as a first-person painting game, which begins in a completely white space.
Originally developed by indie team Giant Sparrow, the game sees players control Monroe, a boy chasing a swan that has stepped out of a painting.
Armed with a brush, Monroe throws globs of paint at the environment to uncover a surreal, unfinished world.
The Last of Us: Game of the Year Edition has been announced for PS3.
Currently only confirmed for Europe, the Game of the Year Edition will make its PS3 debut on November 11.
In addition to the original campaign and multiplayer, it will also contain all major post-release downloadable content.
DLC includes the single-player prologue 'Left Behind', as well as the 'Abandoned Territories & Reclaimed Territories' multiplayer packs.
It also adds 'Grounded Mode', which increases the difficulty of the main campaign.
The Last of Us made its PS3 debut in June 2013. Naughty Dog has since released The Last of Us: Remastered on PS4.