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Update 3.12.12

A lot has happened in the game industry since I last posted. Luckily, I’ll be posting again soon (probably tomorrow or Wednesday) so keep an eye out for something being released this week. I’ve certainly got a lot to talk about…

Thanks for reading and keep on playing games,

Taylor Paige

I told you guys I would post again soon. 🙂

Anyway, this week has been all about E3. From what I’ve saw and read, I’m pretty impressed with what’s coming out soon. So let’s get right into it.

First, let’s talk about game releases. The schedule for game releases looks INCREDIBLE. BioShock Infinite, Modern Warfare 3, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Saints Row: The Third, Far Cry 3, Ghost Recon Future Solider, Battlefield 3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Driver San Francisco, Tomb Raider, Gears of War 3, Mass Effect 3, Hitman: Absolution, and of course, Halo 4. Just to name some. Naturally, all of these games look and sound amazing. I have a feeling that I’ll be completely broke by the end of 2012. If you haven’t seen any of these games (or even knew that they’re being released), here are the links:
 BioShock Infinite E3 Trailer
Modern Warfare 3 E3 Gameplay
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Saints Row: The Third
Far Cry 3
Ghost Recon Future Solider
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Halo 4
Hitman Absolution
Battlefield 3
For a full list of trailers and gameplay, check out this link.

Next, the two big device reveals were the Wii U and PS Vita.
Wii U Features:

The Console:
-45 nm processor

The Wii U Controller & Console

-Approx. 1.8″ tall, 6.8″ wide, & 10.5″ long
-Internal memory
-USB and SD memory card ports
-Slot-loading optical disk drive
-Sensor Bar port
-AV Multi Out port
-HDMI out port

The Controller:
-Built in accelerometer, gyroscope, speakers, front-facing camera, microphone, and a 6.2″ touchscreen
-2 circle pads, 1 digital pad
-Select, Start, Home, Power, A, B, X, and Y Buttons. L/R Bumpers and ZL/ZR Triggers.
The Wii U is reported to launch after April 2012.

Now for the PS Vita:

-5″ touchscreen

Say Hello to the PS Vita

-Rear touchpad
-Sixaxis motion sensing
-Three-axis electronic compass
-Standard Playstation buttons (circle, triangle, square, x, start, select), Home,  Volume, L, R, Power, 2 Analog Sticks, and 1 D-Pad
-Front and Rear facing camera
-Supports Bluetooth
-Will also feature Wi-Fi and 3G versions
The PS Vita is reported to launch during Holiday 2011. The PS Vita will cost $249.

Microsoft announced that a Youtube functionality and PC smash-hit Minecraft will be coming to Xbox Live. Xbox Live, Youtube, and Minecraft all together? That pretty much sums up my life. It couldn’t get any better than this.

In other news, you can download the Portal 2 soundtrack via the Official Portal 2 website for free. (Just click on “Official Portal 2 website”, which will then direct you there. Then click on ‘Download Volume I’). Additionally, you can download the individual tracks for your Android or iPhone by clicking the links underneath the tracks that say ‘Android’ or ‘iPhone’.
Also, Rockstar Games has released a free kindle version of L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories on Amazon here. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still view it on your computer by selecting [Your Name]’s Kindle for PC.
Yeah, you’re welcome.

Speaking of L.A. Noire (which is an awesome game, if you haven’t checked it out), the Rockstar Pass for L.A. Noire only has a few days left to get current and future DLC. The cost is 800 MS Points/$9.99 and includes: The Badge Pursuit Challenge, Chicago Piano Gun, The Naked City Vice Case, A Slip of the Tongue Traffic Case, Three Suits, and two future DLC’s: Reefer Madness Vice Case (release: July 12) & Nicholson Electroplating(June 21) Arson Case. This offer is only available until June 14th. Then the price will go up to $12/960 MS Points.

Thanks for reading and keep on playing,
–Taylor Paige

Sources:
Videos via Machinima
Wii U News Via Wikipedia
PS Vita via Wikipedia
Minecraft on Xbox Live via IFC
Rockstar Pass Info via 1up

Hello again, it’s time for another installment of game news.

For the first time in 8 years, Xbox Live has made over $1 Billion Dollars. Half of the 25 million Xbox Live Members pay for the $49.99 annual cost for Xbox Live, which comes out to about $600 million, that combined with other content (avatar items, etc) comes out to $1.2 million. XBLA sales escalated from $800 million last year to $1.1 billion this year.

So far this week, my XBL friends have been raving about Blacklight: Tango Down. The arcade game features 7 game modes, 12 maps, online multiplayer, and four Black Ops-style missions. You can pick up Tango Down for 1200 MS Point or about $15 on XBL.

Apparently, Red Dead Redemption will be getting some DLC action in August. There will be a total of 4 DLC’s released for RDR which will include the Legends & Killers Pack, Liars & Cheats, Free Roam Pack, and the Undead Nightmare Pack. Legends & Killers features 9 new multiplayer maps, 8 new multiplayer characters, new achievements/trophies, and will cost $9.99/800 MS Points.
-Liars & Cheats will feature ‘Attack & Defend’ modes/challenges, new horse races complete with mounted combat, play as heroes and villains, 8 new multiplayer characters, multiplayer versions of Liars Dice & Poker, a new weapon: the explosive rifle with Challenges in both multi & single player, new achievements/trophies, and it will go for $9.99/800 MS Points.
-Free Roam Pack will include additional free roam challenges, new action areas/defensive placements, posse scoring/posse leaderboards, new ‘anti-griefing’ measures in Free Roam; the pricing may/will vary for the Free Roam Pack.
-Finally,the Undead Nightmare Pack will include a brand new single player adventure, challenges, and quests; 8 new multiplayer zombie characters, additional animals, new dynamic events, and it will cost $9.99/800 MS Points.

Blacklight: Tango Down Trailer

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

XBLA Revs via IGN
Blacklight: Tango Down via GameSpot
RDR DLC via Spawn Kill