The traveller awaits
I'd say you should take this with a pinch of salt, but there's too much salt in the average Western diet already. Try a few shavings of fresh ginger root, or a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Or whatever you deem appropriate to the news that Grand Theft Auto 5 will release on 7th November 2014, according to online retailer GameSeek. Rockstar has yet to confirm or deny this claim - I'll keep you posted.
Weary of Grand Theft Auto 5's three lead characters? Help is at hand, and you won't even have to dig into your Xbox 360's innards. Enterprising Youtuber ocrammarco5 has put together a video guide to a save game hack outlined on Se7ensins, which allows you to play as any other character from the game, be it a stripper, a police officer or Chop, Trevor's pet pooch.
I tried to play Destiny's Xbox One beta with OXM Australia's Paul Taylor last night. It was a fun experience for the most part, with just the one major snag - the Xbox Live party app's voicechat feature wouldn't work, obliging us to communicate by way of scattershot pointing, sitting and dancing. Just like in real life, then.
Former Epic Games bigwig Rod Fergusson is having a rare old time at Microsoft's Gears of War studio Black Tusk, by the sounds of things. It's not just that everybody at Black Tusk is mad keen about making games - Black Tusk has access to significantly more resources than the old Gears of War team did, back in the day.
I'm a sucker for booster packs. Whether it's an adolescence spent chucking pound coins at newsagents for football stickers or a masochistic desire for that "oh, I've already got that rare" feeling, there's something about tearing blindly into a packet of functionally useless ex-tree matter that just gets to me. Respawn get what I'm saying - just look at how pretty their virtual boosters are. I want one.
If you're among the players who can't afford a console that's younger than the average housecat, I bring glad tidings - Destiny on Xbox 360 looks pretty nice. Yes, that's the judgement of a techno-illiterate man whose eyesight has been corroded away by overmuch late-night blogging, but I challenge you to watch the video below and decide otherwise.
With Homefront: The Revolution, Crytek UK aims to "at least" match Ryse: Son of Rome's level of visual fidelity in places while delivering a much larger and more complex world, technical animation director Mark Jackson has told OXM.
Now this is interesting. Batman News (via IGN) has gotten hold of a piece of Gamestop promotional material that suggests not one but two playable villains available in Batman: Arkham Knight bonus DLC.
Halo: Nightfall's Agent Locke sure doesn't smile much. You'd think a man holding a life-size (working?) replica of a Battle Rifle would pop a cheesy grin once in a while. But no - Locke is all business. Played by Mike Colter, he's "a pivotal new character in the Halo universe, who plays a key role in Halo 5: Guardians". Find pictures of the man below, care of Halo Waypoint.
When The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was delayed until 2015, we all took comfort in the fact that at least Dragon Age: Inquisition would allow us to indulge in some fantasy fumblings this side of Christmas. And whilst that's still the case, we'll now have to wait a few weeks longer than we first anticipated.
Remember when EA said Battlefield probably wouldn't become an annual franchise, and everybody scoffed, and EA looked all hurt and put-upon? Well how's this for follow-through: the publisher has delayed Visceral's police-themed Battlefield Hardline to early 2015, following mixed responses to the game's summer multiplayer beta.