Microsoft continues its work to improve Xbox One game Halo: The Master Chief Collection, on Monday releasing a new patch, which, among other things, finally adds Halo 4's Spartan Ops mode.
Spartan Ops is a multi-mission, episodic co-op mode for Halo 4. Microsoft announced in October that the mode wasn't going to be available at launch in November, saying it would be released in December so that developer 343 Industries could make "technical enhancements."
In addition to adding Spartan Ops, today's Master Chief Collection introduces more improvements to the game's matchmaking system, and should bolster overall stability. The patch notes are below, courtesy of 343.
343 also attempted to clear up some confusion about The Master Chief Collection's utilization of dedicated servers. The developer says while the "vast majority" of games are played on dedicated servers, if players cannot connect to a dedicated server, everyone in the lobby stays together and the match is played on a peer-to-peer connection.
"Please be aware that you may connect to the dedicated server quickly enough that you won't see the 'connecting to dedicated server' dialog," 343 said. "The absence of that dialog doesn't mean that you’re not playing on a dedicated server."
Last week, Microsoft outlined its plans to make up for The Master Chief Collection's launch woes. Among other things, players will receive a free copy of Halo 3: ODST on Xbox One.
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Legendary fighting celebrity Bruce Lee, considered to be the father of mixed martial arts though he never actually fought competitively, is now a free character for all EA Sports UFC players.
All five version of Lee (see below) are now free to download through January 5, 2015 on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in North America, while all other regions get him tomorrow.
News that Lee would appear in EA Sports UFC for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 broke in April, with some immediately scoffing at the move, pointing out that Lee never fought any real fights. This is true, but his daughter, Shannon Lee, told us in an interview that this doesn't matter because video games are fantasy.
EA Sports UFC was recently added to EA's subscription service, EA Access, meaning all members who pay $5/month or $30/year can now play the game as much as they want.
For more, check out GameSpot's EA Sports UFC review.
The folks at GadgetLove have put together an impressive GIF that shows off the evolution of Nintendo gaming controllers over the years. It's really mesmerizing--I definitely watched it loop a few times.
One reason the GIF is so captivating, as GadgetLove points out, is that Nintendo controllers throughout the years have varied substantially in terms of design compared to iterations of PlayStation and Xbox controllers.
An interactive version of the Nintendo GIF is also available through GadgetLove here, allowing you to scroll through the designs at your own pace. The site has also done the same for PlayStation and Xbox controllers.
This GIF's arrival also comes not long after Nintendo confirmed it had begun work on new hardware to follow up the Wii U, which features a tablet-style GamePad controller.
What was your favorite Nintendo controller? Let us know in the comments below!