This week sees the endearing Sackboy make a return in sandbox puzzle-platform game Little Big Planet 3. However, this time around he is joined by new, equally adorable companions: Oddsock, Swoop, and Big Toggle, who each sport abilities unique to them.
Little Big Planet 3 will be backwards compatible, meaning all purchased downloadable content for Little Big Planet and Little Big Planet 2 will be usable in the game. To do bring the content over, players can download all previously purchased DLC via Little Big Planet 3's in-game store at no extra cost. In addition, all items collected in previous games will carry forward to Little Big Planet 3. This includes every last costume piece, material, object, music tracks, and levels.
The level editor makes a return, with the newly introduced Popit Puzzles feature easing players into editing levels. The game was positively received in GameSpot's review, praised for its quirky world and new creative gadgets but criticized for the limited use of its new characters and bugs. Little Big Planet 3 will be released in Australian retailers exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 this week.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham continues the theme of games with toy-like aesthetics, as it is released for multiple platforms on November 26. Set after the events of Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, the game comprises of over 150 characters from the DC Universe. In addition, late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien is also confirmed to make an appearance.
For more details on games launching in Australian retailers this week, check the full list below.
November 26, 2014
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii U, PC)
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4, PS3)
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (360, PS3)
November 27, 2014
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3, Xbox 360)
November 28, 2014
Escape Dead Island (360, PS3, PC)
November 29, 2014
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U)
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS)
Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) and Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: Days of Future Past) will feature in Remedy Entertainment's upcoming Xbox One-exclusive Quantum Break.
Remedy announced the news via its official Twitter account with an image of the two actors in their motion capture suits in a Los Angeles studio.
"I've been holding this in for a while!" Ashmore said on his personal Twitter account. "Feels great to finally say I'm apart of @remedygames #QuantumBreak! It's going to such a great game!"
Last month, Remedy released the 16-minute gameplay trailer below, which offers a good look at Quantum Break's "time-amplified" gameplay.
Quantum Break is not just a video game, as it's also going to be paired with a live-action show. The game tells the story of the heroes while the show clues us in on the villains. The Quantum Break show was unaffected by Xbox Entertainment Studios' recent closure.
For more on Quantum Break, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
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DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive has released a free, 2D interpretation of the zombie survival game.
MiniDayZ, as it's called, is single-player game where you explore Chernarus from a top-down perspective, searching for the food and supplies you need to stay alive, fighting zombies, and watching out for other survivors. The game was created by a fan with Bohemia Interactive's blessing, and now that it's reached version 1.0, is being promoted by the developer.
It's played in-browser and is available exclusively from Bohemia Interactive's online store, so you'll need to create a free account in order to get it.
The real DayZ, which is available through Steam Early Access, is still in development and is updated regularly. It doesn't have a release date yet, but the game's creator Dean Hall previously said it's likely to end up on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in addition to the PC.
The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare have been updated with several fixes and improvements, developer Sledgehammer Games has announced.
The patch Fixes marksman and camo challenges to not reset when you Prestige, issues with Ping Bar not updating correctly, adjustment to challenges to unlock camos for weapons, and adds the ability to unlock eSports Rule options in Private Match. Most importantly, it fixes an issues that caused players to spawn in spectator mode when they tried to join a match.
However, several users are reporting that since downloading the patch, their game freezes while joining or at the end of multiplayer matches, especially on PS3.
Sledgehammer also explained that its update development process is to submit and verify changes on current gen systems first, and then apply those changes to prior generation as quickly as possible.
Last week, Advanced Warfare publisher Activision announced that the game is the "biggest entertainment launch" of 2014, outpacing all other games and even movies released this year so far.
Have you experienced more issues with the game since the most recent update? Let us know in the comments below.