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What is there to look forward to in 2013?

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Or were they?

Turns out the Mayans were wrong.

With the new year upon us, and many sites revealing the game of the year choice, eyes now turn toward 2013, and the games that await us.

Here’s a highlight of upcoming games and the months they come out in.

January:

DmC: Devil May Cry for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows.

February:

Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS.

Dead Space 3 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for the PS3 and PS Vita.

Aliens: Colonial Marines for Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, and WiiU.

Crysis 3 for Windows, Xbox 360, PS3.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Rayman Legends for the WiiU

March:

SimCity for Mac and Windows.

Tomb Raider for Windows, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm for Windows and Mac.

Gears of War: Judgement for the Xbox 360.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity for the 3DS.

Rest of 2013:

May 7: The Last of Us for the PS3.

Release dates unannounced:

The Elder Scrolls Online for Windows and Mac.

Deadpool for Xbox 360 and Ps3.

Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox 360 and PS3.

South Park: The Stick of Truth for Windows, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Watch Dogs for Windows, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Keep tuned in order to keep up with information on all the latest games coming out in the new year.

 

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Microsoft Sells 750k Xbox 360s

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There were a lot of great deals on Xbox 360s during Black Friday, and consumers seemed to take notice.

According to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, more than 750,000 360s were sold during the national sale Friday, November 23.

Microsoft also reported that Black Friday was an excellent day for Halo 4, as well as Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription card sales which “increased more than 50 percent.”

Xbox LIVE has reportedly had an increased usage up from last year, and released up minor update today for their dashboard.

Written by John Schwartz

November 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

‘Halo 4’ release day sales break record

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Halo 4, the latest release in the popular franchise, has set a record within the Halo series for biggest opening day with 3.1 million units sold, according to the website VGChartz.com.

1.9 million of those sales were in the United States, around 60% of the total sales. The previous two releases in the franchise,  Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, had opening days about 15% lower than that.

The game is projected to sell around 4 million units by the end of the week, which also breaks the record for the last two Halo games.

Halo 4 released on November 6.

Written by John Schwartz

November 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm

‘Halo 4’ Spartan Ops trailer released

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343 industries today released the trailer for an upcoming feature in the soon-to-be released Halo 4.

Spartan Ops is the new cooperative mode in Halo that will be replacing firefight mode. Season 1, which is included in the purchase of the game, will consist of 10 ‘episodes’ and 50 missions.

This video also confirmed previous suspicions that you will be able to customize your spartan and will be fighting against Covenant and Prometheans.

Halo 4 is scheduled to be released November 6.

Written by John Schwartz

October 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

My History with ‘Halo’

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‘Halo 4’ releases on November 6.

My dad works for the State Department, which means that much of my childhood was spent overseas. This means I missed out a lot on what other kids from my generation consider building blocks – Dragonball Z, Digimon, and Squeezeits, to name a few.

Some things I’m glad I missed.

It also meant that my home, for a long long time, was intensely devoid of a gaming console. My friend had a Nintendo 64, and I would try and stay over his house as much as possible so that we could play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, or Super Smash Brothers. But the possibility of actually having one in my house, to play whenever me and my siblings wanted, was out of the question.

At the time, my older brother Christopher was going to a boarding school in Tennessee  where my grandparents lived. Once day, right before he flew overseas to see us, they took him to Toys R Us.

“You can pick out one console, a game for each member of your family, and 4 controllers.” What a dreamboat that must have been. And what a daunting decision, I would think. But Chris, who was in 7th grade at that point, had only one thought on his mind – Halo.

And rightfully so.

And so he brought overseas with him the original Xbox, all those controllers and games, including one of the most important, influential, and best games of all time. My brothers and I wore out that disk. We explored every level exhaustively. We shot alien corpses to watch new multicolored blood textures shoot out of them, to watch the physics of the world react to our bullets. We would even shoot allies, and if you killed too many, they turned against you – how cool was that?

I remember being amazed at my brother being able to kill a hunter using only the pistol whip maneuver-a task I thought was monumentally impossible.

Hunters are still no fucking joke.

Halo 4, the newest game in the franchise, releases in just a few days, to the hordes of hungry Halo fans. The last game they got was merely a prequel – a masterfully crafted one at that. Halo: Reach was released in 2010 and included many interesting things – space combat, for instance, and addicting multiplayer, refined after years and years of Microsoft’s experiments in previous Halo incarnations.

But it lacked what I, and I’m sure many other players, craved most. Master Chief  The man himself, who had saved humanity multiple times. The man who stopped the Flood on the first Halo. The man who launched himself into space with a massive Covenant bomb. The man who now is floating endlessly in space while his trusty AI descends more quickly than we’d like into madness. The man who, come November 6, will face a new and possibly much more deadly threat-the Forerunners.

And I can’t wait.

Written by John Schwartz

October 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Microsoft announces new pricing for Xbox 360

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Could they make the asterisk any bigger?

Microsoft today announced a new subsidized plan for the Xbox.

Microsoft released a new pricing model today for it’s gaming console, the Xbox 360.

According to a new holding page on xbox.com, consumers will now be able to purchase a 4 GB Xbox with Kinector a 250 GB Xbox for $99, provided the player also buy a 2 year Xbox live contract at $14.99 a month. That’s $459, which is almost twice as much as if you bought one today from say, here.

English: The Microsoft Kinect peripheral for t...

The Microsoft Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Microsoft also announced the release date for SmartGlass, which comes out this Friday in conjunction with Windows 8 and Windows RT, Microsoft’s Tablet operating system. SmartGlass allows gamers to use a secondary screen while playing Xbox, much like the WiiU controller.

Microsoft also announced a number of games that would make appearances on SmartGlass, which include Ascend, Dance Central 3, Forza Horizon, Halo Waypoint, Home Run Stars, and Karaoke.

Written by John Schwartz

October 23, 2012 at 9:56 am