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What special in-game events are happening this Halloween?

Oct 30 // Joe Parlock
Destiny is running its Festival of the Lost event until November 9 that includes new quests, consumables, gear, and a Thriller emote that is the best thing the game has ever done. Unfortunately some of the stuff you get during the event will expire once it’s over, with mainly only Legendary items surviving past that. Warframe is doing things a little different, and is instead having a Day of the Dead celebration. Various themed skins for your Tenno’s capes, weapons and spaceships will be available, and I have to admit some of it is absolutely adorable. On top of that, a new type of glaive called the Cerata, and some special Halloween tactical alerts will be available. The event will last until November 4. Guild Wars 2’s event has already begun. The Shadow of the Mad King includes areas such as The Mad King’s Realm and the Mad King’s Clock Tower jumping puzzle. There’s also Halloween celebrations including mini-games and attractions going down in Lion’s Arch. As usual, there’s also some Halloween loot up for grabs, such as a neat Pumpkin staff and wearable bat wings. Team Fortress 2 has two Halloween events running at the moment. First is the Invasion update: while not strictly a Halloween event, it is a spooky-themed thing running at the end of October, which means it totally counts to me. New extraterrestrial-themed maps and enemies created by members of the TF2 community are running until November 5. The other Team Fortress 2 event is the official seventh annual Scream Fortress, which this year has also been created by the community. There are four new maps, some Harry Potter inspired taunts, new items available in the new Gargoyle Case, and the return of every other of the game’s previous Halloween updates. This one’s pretty huge. Wildstar’s not using its recent transition to free-to-play as an excuse to avoid Halloween, as it is currently running the Shade’s Eve event. There’s a new expedition known as Quiet Downs for players to embark on, new decorations for your house, and a lot of the main cities in the game have been given a spooky makeover. Shade’s Eve is running until November 2, so you haven’t got long to grab the loot you want from it. Daybreak, developers of Planetside 2, DC Universe Online, H1Z1, EverQuest, and Landmark have gone all out this year. New weapons, quests, items and more are on offer for all of their games, and as there are just too many to list individually, Daybreak have been really kind and given us a quick breakdown of what's going on. You can find that here, or on any other of the games' sites. Overkill somehow managed to find the time after making everybody angry to make an admittedly pretty awesome event for Payday 2. Running from October 29 to November 12, each day is introducing something new. At the moment we have two new heists: Honey, I Shrunk the Heisters!, which sees your team shrunken down while fighting off teeny-tiny police and slightly bigger spiders, and The Safehouse Nightmare which includes the Necrocloaker and, terrifyingly, the Headless Titandozer. These maps are currently only meant to stick around during the event, but if they prove popular Overkill have said they’re open to the idea of keeping them in the rotation. Perfect World's Neverwinter is bringing back its annual Masquerade of Liars event. It'll begin October 29 and run until November 4 on both PC and Xbox One. Masquerade includes two new daily quests, a kind of adorable scarecrow companion, new consumables and some costume pieces for you. Most importantly, you can now have a Unicorn mask and bring frightening horse-themed terror to the lands of Neverwinter and beyond, impaling all of those who challenge thy mighty horn. Finally, World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm are both running the Hallow’s End event. In World of Warcraft, the event will have three new quests including the seasonal boss the Headless Horseman. The same Horseman will be terrorising the cities of Azeroth, providing locations such as Razor Hill, Goldshire and Silvermoon City with events to help fix the damage he’s caused. There will be plenty of rewards such as mounts and costumes, and there are 11 new achievements for the major completionists. In Heroes of the Storm, there is a week-long 50% bonus XP event lasting until November 3. You’ll also be able to earn a Jack-O’-Lantern portrait by winning 25 games before November 17. And of course, there’s a new Headless Horseman-themed mount, a new skin for Falstad, and a load of bundles are on sale during the event. This list doesn’t even include the various sales either upcoming or ongoing on various digital distribution sites like PSN, Green Man Gaming, and Steam if none of these games quite take your fancy.
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I refuse to use the word 'spoopy'
Halloween, one of the best days of the year, is almost upon us! With the sweets and pumpkins also comes a landslide of in-game events for almost every game released ever. Here’s a quick run down of some of the things you can find in your favourite games over the next couple of weeks.

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Digital Extremes has its lunch stolen and its new game leaked

Roast pork with a side of Keystone
Jul 03
// Joe Parlock
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Unlike some games, Warframe has free emotes

Jun 26
// Jordan Devore
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Review: Warframe

Sep 04 // Chris Carter
Warframe (PC, PS4, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Digital ExtremesPublisher: Digital ExtremesReleased: November 15, 2013 (PS4), September 2, 2014 (Xbox One)MSRP: Free (with microtransactions) For a bit of background, I played Warframe a tad on the PC and mostly on the PS4 before giving it a go on the Xbox One. Before you ask, progress from any other platform will not transfer over to Xbox One at this time, nor will there be cross-platform play. The Xbox One version has launched with a few bugs, most notably crashes during missions, as well as an odd parental lock issue that prevents people from playing even if they have full access. I experienced crashing myself, and had to hard reboot my console a few times. You don't need an Xbox Live Gold subscription for solo play, but you'll definitely want to go online to experience the bulk of the game and earn basically everything at a faster rate. So how does Warframe play? Well, it's a standard "two-gun" shooter, with the ability to use melee weapons and some enhanced mobility features -- like slide-shooting (which isn't nearly as fun, fast, or rewarding as Vanquish). Until you really get into the nitty-gritty, most of the guns are your standard "machine-gun" or "pistol" fare, and the first 10 hours or so will feel familiar. Most of the time when I play a shooter with a controller, the default control options are serviceable, but I had to quickly change the sensitivity when booting up Warframe on the Xbox One. At first, it was extremely sluggish, then when I ticked up the box just a little, my Warframe started flinging all over the place like he had just had too many Red Bulls. It took me a while to get exactly where I wanted to be, but even then it was teetering on the edge of "too slow" and "too quick." After all of the combat updates the game has had for over a year, general gameplay is meant to make you feel like a badass ninja, mostly due to the Melee 2.0 enhancement. In addition to the aforementioned shooting system, you can also bust out a melee weapon and have at it, blocking bullets, running on/up walls, and so on. The key phrase here is "meant to," since none of it actually feels poignant or badass. Attacks lack weight to them, both in terms of game physics, feel, and sound. Every time I did something that felt like it should have been cool, I found myself wanting to play any number of other "ninja" games on the market. Once you get used to it though, everything is serviceable and works as it should, even without an impact. Although aiming is much easier on PC, it's fairly easy to dash about and learn the controls in less than 10 minutes. Crafting is still a slow process, and meant to lure you into purchasing (or trading for) Platinum -- the game's real-money currency. To craft an item, which you must do to unlock Warframes and other big upgrades/side-grades, you have to purchase the blueprint (which involves farming credits), farm for the materials, then build the item. It's a lot of waiting unless you know the exact missions you need to do for your build. After playing with some hardcore members of the community, I found out a few ways to grind faster, but the process is still very slow and will likely drive many new players to spend cold hard cash, even if they don't need to. Having experienced most of the process, I don't think it's "pay-to-win," just a slog to earn items that you really want -- the real-money-only items are cosmetic, and the game is primarily a co-op affair, after all. Normally though, I would be fine with grinding. I play a number of MMOs yearly, and all of them have their fair share. But the key is that the core gameplay needs to be engaging, and Warframe still feels like a generic shooter. The good news is at this point after all of the updates, the missions themselves are actually varied, and there are a ton of different themes (tilesets) and gametypes to keep you interested. Between 15 different mission types such as assassination (boss battles) and survival (horde mode), there's a lot to do. If you get a good group of friends together you can easily pass a ton of time without repeating the same action twice, especially since there are secondary objectives to mix things up even further. As long as you can power through the generic presentation and combat, there's a lot of fun to be had in groups. Warframe has a great foundation, but there's almost nothing unique or exciting about it. With a free-to-play scheme on top of how grindy the game feels in general (especially without a static group), it can wear on you even after a few hours of play. If you're looking for a new shooter, give it a shot on another platform if you can while the Xbox One bugs are being ironed out.
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Grindy ninjas
Warframe has just released on the Xbox One, and it's undergone some changes since it launched -- mostly good changes, meant to add more content to the game in the form of items and missions. It still fails in all of the same areas however, mostly its inability to craft an interesting world, and the free-to-play scheme that encourages far too much grinding.

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Warframe's next update lets you fly around in space as a ninja

Archwing mode
Aug 18
// Jordan Devore
I had played a bit of Warframe on PC to see what it was about, thought it was merely okay, and moved on not much later, as you do. Digital Extremes' free-to-play cooperative action game has since come to PlayStation 4 -- and...

Warframe rated for Xbox One

Look at that
Dec 31
// Dale North
Earlier this year, Digital Extremes said that they'd love for their Warframe to come to Xbox One. It's up for PS4 and PC, but last we heard it was on Microsoft to give the nod to the independent title.  I guess that happened some time along the way. If the PEGI rating we saw this morning is any indication, Warframe is also coming to Xbox One. Soon, too.

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