Microsoft E3 2013

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So first up to run the E3 conference gauntlet this year was Microsoft. Their first showing was from Konami with a gameplay video of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Showing the impressive Fox Engine off, it showed the new open world with Snake traversing the land on horseback. Real time weather effects looked impressive and hold the potential to open up new gameplay avenues. Looks like both the CQC and stealth techniques have been improved greatly, appearing to make this new entry smoother to play than Metal Gear of the past. It’s a fantastic start to this year’s show; let’s hope it continues at this level.

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Eurogamer Expo 2012 – Halo 4

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Halo 4 was my first point of call at Eurogamer, as much a result of my own anticipation as the desire to maximise the early access ticket and beat the inevitable queues. Teasers, screenshots and videos have long since been available from the 343 studios marketing machine, building up a feverish expectation concerning the new Halo offering – a new enemy, a new story and new weapons (toys!) to flesh out a fresh game starring the coolest gravelly voiced protagonist since Solid Snake. Continue reading

Hall Of Fame – Halo: Combat Evolved

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Halo: Combat Evolved, is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie. This was the first game of the Halo franchise, it was originally developed for the pc, but later made as an XBOX excusive, released on November 15, 2001 as a launch title for the Xbox gaming system, it sold more than five million copies worldwide as of November 9, 2005 and it’s second only to its sequel, Halo 2, in sales for the Xbox video game console. The game was later released has a Xbox Arcade download “Xbox Original”, and more recently an HD remake was released to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary, this excellent remake was developed by 343 industries, the new home of Halo. Continue reading

The Exclusivity Wars

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From Metroid to Bandicoot, Gears to Killzone, Forza to Grand Turismo, all major players in the console market have their beloved and exclusive video game franchises, which in most cases they either developed in-house or paid a King’s Ransom to have. They’re also constantly trying to 1up each other, be it with exclusive content or early access to games or DLC. And before you stop reading this article, NO this is not an article about whose better Sony or Microsoft, in the next thousand words or so I hope to explain that having exclusive titles and different consoles  is hurting the video games industry and by default hurting the consumer! So why do I think this, when  some of the best and most innovative video games are exclusive and the video game market as never been this popular and completive. Continue reading