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The Chief is back for Halo!!!

Well once again, the heads at Microsoft Studios are bringing back Master Chief in a brand new series. No word yet as to whether the title will remain Halo 4, all we know is that this will be a part of a brand new trilogy that once again follows the adventures of Master Chief picking up right after the events of Halo 3. 

The trailer down below does not offer much, but at least we know the Chief and Cortana return to fight a new threat. I wonder if Earth will become involved once again? Well only time will tell. This game is slated to be released in the Fall of 2012; at least we get to enjoy another Halo game before the apocalypse hits.

Enjoy the vid!

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360 gets a fresh update today…

Today, when you turn on your Xbox 360 game console (for those of you that have one), you will receive a notice to update your system. I am pretty sure that this is in preparation for Microsoft’s motion controller device, Kinect, which will be released this Thursday, November 4. (more…)


Fan Expo 2010

Well this was my first time at an event like this and I was super excited to be a part of the excitement and thrills of such an amazing event. The Metro Convention Center was crazy packed with people. I felt really sorry for people who had to wait outside for hours just to get in. Always remember to purchase tickets in advance!

It was cool seeing people dressed up in great outfits; some of them really put a lot of effort into creating them, believe me. Here are a few pics for you all to enjoy!


Batman Arkham Asylum Sequel has a name

Batman: Arkham Asylum was arguably one of the best games of 2009. In fact this was THE BEST Batman game ever created! The amount of time and energy that was put into the game was well worth it. And Rocksteady Studios should give themselves a round of applause for delivering a beautiful and well crafted game.

That game pleased Batman fans around the world and you know what, Rocksteady wants to offer you some more. A sequel to the game was announced after the release of the first game, but it didn’t have a name…until now that is. Batman Arkham City has a scheduled release date for Fall 2011. Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reprise their roles as Joker and Batman respectively. And we are also introduced to a new group of villains as well that I’m sure Bat fans will know. Rumor has it that villains such as Two-Face, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, and Talia Al-Ghul shall make appearances within the game, but of course these are just rumors as there is no proof as to who will be in it. Everything is tight lipped as of right now, but I’m sure as the year goes by we will be seeing a lot more. Here is a trailer to wet your appetite!

Out of all the villains I have come to known out of the comic book universe I must say that Joker is by far one of my favourites….I’m not crazy, I swear……………………..Enjoy!


Nintendo @ E3 Highlights

The last major player to enter the stage of the Big 3 at E3 was none other than Nintendo. The Wii revolutionized the gaming industry a few years back with their motion controlling device, hell they kicked things off for everyone. In any case they had nothing to show but lots and lots of games coming to both the Wii and DS.

They started things off by showing the new Legend of Zelda game titled Skyward Sword. Plot details are not known but there was a demo of the game, this time it is heavily integrated with the Wii motion-plus controller. I want to say that it’s amazing however from the presentation there were a lot of glitches with the controller (used by none other than Shigeru Miyamoto). It is believed that it will work a lot like Playstation’s Move whereby you get the one to one motion.

Another huge game that is coming to the Wii that made a splash on the N64 is 007 Goldeneye! Fanboys rejoice, this is the shooter that revolutionized the genre (some would argue Doom) and it is coming to the Wii with Daniel Craig’s likeness as Bond?!?! Didn’t Pierce Brosnan play Bond in Goldeneye? He’s good but it would be nice to see Brosnan, it feels like a better fit.

There were a slew of other games announced as well like Epic Mickey, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Metroid: Other M, and Donkey Kong.

Now I’ve saved the best for last! Sony and MS showed off new motion controller devices, what does this mean for Nintendo? They’ve already had a motion device on the market for the last 4 years what else could they show? Well they could update their DS…AND THEY DID! They are introducing the new 3DS. It maintains everything you love about the DS but one of the screens is 3D if you want it to be since apparently there is a slider to help control what the game looks like. The best part is you won’t need to get 3D glasses in order to view things in 3D! What’s better is that they are introducing a lot of games, games that came out for 64 and are now coming to the 3DS from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time to StarFox 64!

This year is indeed shaping up to be a good one for Nintendo. Come back to checkout my afterthoughts about the 3 companies and who in my opinion stole the show…


Sony Press Conference @ E3 Highlights

Following Microsoft’s press conference was Sony and boy did they have to get the audience attention after what Microsoft did. The main attraction with MS conference was all about motion controlling and it was no different here with Sony. Sony kicked things off by showing the Move whereby it is similar to the Wii but with HD graphics (that’s how I describe it). The device is actually very impressive and I was taken aback by what it could do. They did show off a game that heavily implemented the device called Sorcery . So people witnessed it in action and I must say it will deliver. It has precise one to one movement whereby what you do in your living room with the device will translate on screen with the game. In the game you have a wand with different magical abilities and you can combine those abilities to unleash devastating maneuvers with a flick of the wrist. If this is what the device will be like then the Wii and 360 will have major competition.

Another highlight from the conference would have to be Sony’s spokesperson ad campaign with Kevin Butler. He made his E3 appearance and did his usual stuff like he normally does with Sony ads. And now he has a partner to help him out. Sony is introducing someone else to the mix and his name is Marcus Rivers portrayed by Bobb’e J. Thompson. He is a 13 year old actor/comedian whom you may remember from the film Role Models. Anyways he’s quite funny and those two have good chemistry on screen.

That was pretty much the first 40min of the conference. The next hour and a bit was a bit boring. They kept showing montage after montage. And you know what THEY WERE THE SAME. It also looks like the Playstation Network will receive some changes. You can have a greater experience on the PSN whereby you can get early demos, discounts on items, exclusive features and other goodies all for the low price of 49.99 a year! At least you can still play video games online for free with Sony unlike Microsoft.

The only other aspect of the show that caught my attention was Twisted Metal. Yes they are coming back with a new one! I loved playing this when I was younger and I am excited to see it coming back out…hopefully my friend grabs a copy so that I may spend several hours at his place destroying other vehicles in fiery explosive carnage. Anywho there is also some more montages and talks of exclusive titles like Infamous 2 and Gran Turismo (its about damn time they show this game)!

Funny things is though there is not much mention of the Go and only a little bit of info with the PSP. Personally I believe Nintendo owns that area and it will be hard to dethrone the king of the handheld platform!

Before I forget, there is a huge hype over 3D since the Avatar film and other films are beginning to adopt it. The PS3 is 3D capable but the only way to play games in 3D is if you have a 3D TV display. Now this technology is still early in development but it looks as though Sony is really trying to push this into the market. I for one think it will be a very long time before 3D TVs as well as 3D gaming become the new thing (if it makes it) on the market. People purchase HDTVs right now and all of a sudden these companies expect you to get a 3D TV? If they continue to push it like this then it will fail. I for one personally think 3D is weird within the home, I love it in theatres but having to sit down in front of my TV with 3D glasses is awkward not to mention those glasses are quite expensive! Sony has shown off some exclusive titles in 3D such as Killzone and Gran Turismo which I’m sure looks amazing however it will be a very long time before anyone actually views those games in 3D within their home.

Check back again for Nintendo Highlights as well as my afterthoughts as to who reigned supreme at E3!


Microsoft Press Conference Highlights @ E3

Well it is that time again for the gaming world. Yes, E3 has begun once again! This is where the titans come to play and show off all that is gaming. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are here this year to show us what they are made of. To kick things off for us was Microsoft. Their press conference was pretty good as  compared to other years when we would hear a lot of statistics about how well the console is doing. Now thats nice and all but lets here about games and this year they delivered just that!

Microsoft showed off gameplay footage of their exclusive titles series hits such as Gears of War 3, Halo: Reach, Fable 3, and Metal Gear Solid: Rising. All of these games looked phenomenal and I sure as hell cannot wait until they come out! Microsoft also unveiled a brand new exclusive title from Crytek Studios (the makers behind Crysis) called Codename Kingdom. Now it would appear to have a setting of ancient Roman times, but nothing was really shown in the teaser trailer to provide more information. So as you can see Microsoft is pushing its system hard to the masses and delivering great games behind it. The real winner of the Microsoft conference would have to be Project Natal Kinect.

Kinect is Microsoft’s run at the motion controller market. It is something that I think is revolutionary much like what the Wii was when it first came out. This device makes YOU the controller, yes your body is now a controller where Kinect is able to track your movements and translate them on screen. The conference showed off many games that would be coming out for the device (coming out November 4, 2010), that looks like something they pulled from the Wii library. I mean it is to be expected, they are trying to hit that market that is dominated by the Wii. We shall see games like Kinect Sports (Wii sports duplicate), Joy Ride (some car game), and Kinect Adventures (White water rafting and other mini games) too name a few. And of course  there shall be things to cater to the hardcore market of gamers such as Forza Motorsport and Star Wars. However they never did speak in depth upon how using Kinect would really integrate with major titles such as Gears. I’m sure whatever they come up with will be fine, providing this thing does become a success, which I hope it does since this could very well be the future of gaming!

Seeing as how Kinect picks up movement guess what you can do without a controller….you guessed it; navigate through menus using only your hands!!! I think thats one of the cooler features! And since this does have voice detection as well guess what else you can do…talk to your XBOX, OH YEAH! Which means when you are watching a movie and you want to pause it and you do not have a controller in front of you just say Pause and it does it. How cool is that?

Other things that were on hand for the press conference was Microsoft’s EXCLUSIVE deal with ESPN to provide sports programming to the masses in HD! Seeing as how this is looking like Netflix where you only get it in the states I will not talk about this matter any further since I live in Canada…can we get TSN on that thing?

The conference wrapped up with introducing the new XBOX 360 slim, built with a 250GB HDD and a wireless N adapter inside, which ships later on this week. Btw everyone that was in the audience received one…wish I could have been there :(…The Sith within us really, really wants one. Image: Microsoft.

Any ways this was a phenomenal way to kick things off for E3. Sony and Nintendo are both on slate later on today to unveil big things happening for their respective consoles. Sony will show off  Move (their motion controlling device) and Nintendo will show off…Zelda hopefully. Lets see what these companies have in store.

Come back to check out highlights of these companies…