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EGM Weekly: November 30, 2013 Edition

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Posted on November 30, 2013 AT 11:01am

Welcome to EGM Weekly, a round up of the top news, reviews, and features from the past seven days.

This week, Turn 10 adjusts Forza Motorsport 5‘s economy, Twitch pulls channels from PS4′s Playroom service after a series of Terms of Service abuses, the young developer of Skyrim‘s “Falskaar” mod is hired by Bungie, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment officially announces LEGO The Hobbit, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews Lococycle, Zoo Tycoon, Fighter Within, and rounds up all our Xbox One launch lineup reviews.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Turn 10 Studios Adjusting Forza Motorsport 5 Economy Based on Player Feedback

In response to player feedback, Turn 10 Studios is in the process of adjusting Forza Motorsport 5’s economy, the developer announced. READ MORE

PS4 Playroom Channels Pulled Following String of Twitch Terms of Service Violations

Following issues concerning inappropriate behavior and non-gaming content being streamed from the PS4’s Playroom via Twitch, the company has temporarily removed the service from Sony’s new system. READ MORE

Pikmin, Pikmin 2 Director Working on New Nintendo IP

Pikmin and Pikmin 2 director Masamichi Abe is working on a new IP for Nintendo, according to a tweet from Tekken project leader Katsuhiro Harada. READ MORE

‘Falskaar’ Skyrim Mod Creator Picked Up by Bungie

Alexander J. Velicky, creator of the Falskaar mod for Skyrim, is now working at Bungie as an Associate Designer, the 19-year-old announced. READ MORE

Microsoft: An Xbox One Halo Launch Title Would Have Meant No Halo 4 on Xbox 360

Microsoft considered working on a Halo launch title for Xbox One, but ultimately decided to put resources into Halo 4 on Xbox 360, according to Studios boss Phil Spencer. READ MORE

Heroes of the Storm Dev Apologizes for Sexualized Character Designs Comments

Posting on the Heroes of the Storm news feed, game director Dustin Browder apologized for comments made during a recent Rock, Paper, Shotgun interview concerning the sexualization of female character designs. READ MORE

Take-Two Files ‘Bully Bullworth Academy: Canis Canem Edit’ Trademark in Europe

A new trademark filed in Europe by Take-Two Interactive for Bully Bullworth Academy: Canis Canem Edit suggests a new Bully game might be in development. READ MORE

NBA Live 14 Executive Producer Apologizes for State of Game, Promises Repairs

NBA Live 14 executive producer Sean O’Brien posted an open letter last week apologizing for the state of the game, promising to address several specific complaints with EA’s first new basketball game in years. READ MORE

Warner Bros. Officially Announces LEGO The Hobbit

Warner Bros. and TT Games have officially announced LEGO The Hobbit, following rumors that surfaced late last week. READ MORE

Activision Still Owns Crash Bandicoot, Exploring Ways to Bring the Series ‘Back to Life’

Activision has confirmed that it still owns the Crash Bandicoot franchise and is currently exploring ways to bring the beloved marsupial “back to life.” READ MORE

Features

Xbox One Launch Lineup Reviews Round-Up

The EGM Crew rounds up their reviews of the Xbox One’s launch lineup, including Ryse: Son of RomeForza Motorsport 5Lococycle, and more. READ MORE

Reviews

LocoCycle

If LocoCycle is racing bravely into the next generation of gaming, it might be better to take the bus. READ MORE

Zoo Tycoon

Zoo Tycoon has its heart in the right place. READ MORE

Fighter Within

Can this first non-dancing, second generation Kinect title show off the supposed steps the peripheral has made? READ MORE

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