February 26, 2011
Gamers in Japan rejoiced today as the newest console from Nintendo has just launched, and gamers queued for miles at midnight to get there hands on the console.
All other gamers aren’t so luck though as we’ll all have to wait till atleast the 25th March (EU) to play the console, but we will let you know how amazing the device is as soon as we can go hands on with it. And honestly, I can’t wait.
February 14, 2011
Well as of late there have been more than a few rumors circling the gamer society involving the Halo franchise. The most important two, being that 343 Industries is remaking Halo Combat Evolved using the Reach engine and that a new map pack for Halo Reach is on the way. Both are very true. Microsoft has announced both of these, confirming the rumors and leading the franchise into a future of money. And with all respect, I am not saying that is all the Halo franchise has turned into, Microsoft trying to squeeze out anymore money they can. I still believe the “Halo” franchise ended with Reach, being Bungie’s last addition to the series but I do support the newcomers.
As true Halo fans know, Novemeber of this year will mark the 10 year anniversary of Halo Combat Evolved. And for this occasion, the branched off company of Bungie, 343 Industries is giving a very special gift. Halo Combat Evolved. But with updated graphics using the Reach engine and the fact that you can know play Halo 1 again without going offline. Now this isn’t just halo 1 with better graphics, the team promises new art assets and it is also said to support online co-op. No word on xbox live compatabiltity yet. 343 Industries have taken over the Halo series as they have started development on Halo 4. Yes, you heard right. They are in charge now. So with Halo 1 coming from them, I think it is a great way for them to get a feel for how a Halo game should be.
Halo Reach screenshot remaking Halo 1 box art
You can expect the remake to be released in November to coincide with the anniversary date. 343 has begun to build a reputation for themselves with Halo Wars, the soon to be remake, and the next installment of the Halo series. Let’s just hope they don’t screw up the series millions of gamers love. No pressure.
The next bit of new is the new “Defiant Map Pack” that was just confirmed by Microsoft. The new map pack made from Bungie in partnership with the company Certain Affinity, who is composed of old Bungie developers and have made map packs for Halo 2, Call of Duty World at War, and most recently, Call of Duty Black Ops. The pack will consist of three new maps, two made specificly for multiplayer, and one for Firefight mode. The maps and their descriptions are as follows directly from Bungie’s website:
Condemned: Condemned takes place aboard Orbital Station Gamma, a massive space station high in orbit above the planet Reach. Prior to the Covenant’s overwhelming invasion, Orbital Station Gamma provided long range communications for UNSC fleets and a vital lifeline between Reach and Earth. During the Battle of Reach, the station suffered terrible punishment at the hands of the Covenant but a few fortified sections remain intact, fully pressurized, and ready for combat. Condemned supports 6 – 12 players in a variety of action-packed game types, including Team Slayer, Team Objective and Free for All.
Highlands: Highlands takes place on the top-secret Military Wilderness Training Preserve on Reach. The Preserve is a large, wooded area where Spartan super-soldiers trained long before the war with the Covenant began. During the Battle of Reach, the Preserve was the site of key battles between the alien invaders and a group of Spartans who used their familiarity with these UNSC training grounds to significant tactical advantage…but not everyone who enters these woods makes it out alive. Highlands expands the fight with massive-scale engagements for 8 – 16 players in Big Team Battle, Team Slayer and Team Objective.
Unearthed: Unearthed takes the battle for Reach to a large Titanium mine and refinery located in the Viery civilian sector of the planet. This particular mine was built to take advantage of the exposed titanium inside a massive meteor crater. The titanium produced here is used in much of the UNSC hardware, from the chassis of the Warthog to the meters-thick armor plating of capital ships like the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. While this facility was quickly abandoned when the Covenant arrived on Reach, it still has significant tactical (and economic) value and it won’t be long before both humans and Covenant return to battle for control. Unearthed allows up to 4 players to launch a counterassault against the Covenant in Firefight and Firefight modes such as Generator Defense
The map pack will cost 800 Microsoft points and will debut sometime next month. If you want to get a first look at the new maps, watch the trailer on Bungie’s website here.
Screenshot of Condemned
February 1, 2011
Hot off the heels of the Shiny Dogs promotion, GameStop is having a promotion where all owners of any main DS Pokemon game (Heartgold, Pear, Platinum, etc). This Celebi can be used to access the Ilex Forest event where you uncover the Team Rocket backstory. It’ll also have a special use if you transfer it to the upcoming Pokemon Black and White.
This event will run from February 21st to March 6th.
February 1, 2011
You may be asking “why”? The real question is simply, “Why not”?
Watch it, the 4 year old in you will like it.
February 1, 2011
Just a reminder for all you Pokemon fanatics out there, remember this week you can get your hands on a Shiny Suicune at your local GameStop! If you had gotten the Shiny Entei and Raikou in previous weeks, you’ll be able to access a special event in Pokemon Black and White once you transfer your Pokemon over.
This event runs from January 31st to February 7th.
February 1, 2011
In order to market the new “First Strike” map pack, Treyarch has compiled a nice little “infrographic” to show off the online statistics for Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Some of the highlights are…
Top three Guns:
Top three Perks:
- Slight of Hand
- 3.4 Billion crossbow bolts fired
- Players ran around the earth 129,069 times
- 28,494,020 tomahawk bank shots
- 1,273,209,731 aircraft downed
- 994,665,956 cars destroyed
- 5,124,592,368 headshots
- 242,316,815 players skewered
- 591,779,577 executions
- 10,059,041,802 paybacks
- 7,127,942,471 contract CoD points
- RC-XD is the deadliest killstreak, with Valkyries being the least deadliest.
January 31, 2011
So, in honor of Dead Space 2 being released recently, this video of the day showcases one of the most hilarious deaths you can have happen to you in the original Dead Space. Give it a look.