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EGM Weekly: November 9, 2013 Edition

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Posted on November 9, 2013 AT 12:00pm

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

This week, hackers already get to Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox 360 and PS3, Blizzard confirms Warlords of Draenor as the next World of Warcraft expansion, Fire Emblem‘s Marth is revealed to be among the Super Smash Bros. combatants, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews Call of Duty: Ghosts, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate, Rayman Fiesta Run, and Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land, and serves up impressions of Rocksmith 2014 Edition and a preview of inFamous: Second Son.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Call of Duty: Ghosts Already Hacked on 360, PS3

Call of Duty: Ghosts doesn’t officially come out until November 5, but that hasn’t stopped the hackers. READ MORE

CD Projekt RED Nearly Went Under After First Witcher

CD Projekt RED co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwiński told Eurogamer the company nearly went under in 2009 after publisher Atari demanded an ill-advised console port of The Witcher. READ MORE

Disney Infinity Helps Increase Disney Interactive Q4 Revenue by $205 Million

Disney Interactive’s Q4 revenue leapt up over 100 percent this year, largely through the overwhelming success of Disney Infinity, the company announced. READ MORE

Blizzard Confirms Warlords of Draenor as Next WoW Expansion, Unveils with Trailers

Warlords of Draenor is indeed the next World of Warcraft expansion, Blizzard Entertainment confirmed during BlizzCon 2013. READ MORE

PlayStation 4 Comes With a $10 PlayStation Store Voucher

When the PlayStation 4 launches next week in North America, every box will contain a $10 voucher for the PlayStation Store, Sony announced. READ MORE

Fire Emblem’s Marth Confirmed for Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo has confirmed that Fire Emblem‘s Marth will be making an appearance in Super Smash Bros. on both 3DS and Wii U. READ MORE

Assassin’s Creed IV Dev Calls Black Flag Development on Current-Gen ‘Nightmarish’

While answering fan questions in a Reddit AMAA for Assassin’s Creed IV, community developer Gabe Graziani described development of Black Flag on current-gen consoles as “nightmarish.” READ MORE

Vale Has No Plans to Create Exclusives for SteamOS or Steam Machines

Valve’s new Steam-related initiatives—Steam Machines on the hardware front, SteamOS on the software side—won’t play party to exclusive games, Valve designer Greg Coomer told IGN. READ MORE

Future Need for Speed Titles to be Overseen by EA Sports

The restructuring at EA following the appointment of new CEO Andrew Wilson has had one rather unexpected consequence: Need for Speed is now a sports game.READ MORE

Grand Theft Auto Online’s Stimulus Package Payments are Now Going Out

After several delays Rockstar has finally confirmed that the promised stimulus package deposit for Grand Theft Auto Online is now being sent out to players. READ MORE

Features

Preview: inFamous: Second Son

Change. It’s the promise our sitting President offered during his initial campaign, and it’s the promise that Sucker Punch is making for their first PlayStation 4 title, inFamous: Second Son. READ MORE

Hands On: Rocksmith 2014 Initial Impressions

You often hear that children are better, faster learners than adults. This is a scientifically proven fact, and not one I intend to contest. But I think, through playing Rocksmith 2014 Edition, I have a better understanding of how and why that is. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Into the Nexus of Digital Battlefields

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing. READ MORE

Reviews

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Current-Gen)

Is stepping away from the Modern Warfare moniker the fresh start that Infinity Ward needed, or should Call of Duty: Ghosts just disappear? READ MORE

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

Can Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate provide a true Arkham experience on handhelds, or should it be locked away forever? READ MORE

Rayman Fiesta Run

Can Rayman’s addictive platformer nature continue to work in this mobile endless runner? READ MORE

Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land

Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land is an old-school homage that has its heart in the right place, but never manages to get its act together in execution. READ MORE

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