Tag: Xbox 360

The Boys are Back in Town: Baird & Cole Return in Gears of War: Judgment

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While much of the attention has been given to the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft, we shouldn’t forget about the current batch. The PS3 and Xbox 360 still have plenty of good games on the way, and one of those highly-anticipated titles arrives tomorrow on the Xbox 360.

Gears of War: Judgment, the latest game in one of the Xbox 360’s major franchises, will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19.

Set shortly after the Locust first emerge, Judgment is a prequel to the previous Gears games and represents a significant shift for the franchise. The leading protagonist from the previous three games, Marcus Fenix, is not the main focus of the story. Instead, Judgment follows Damon Baird and Augustus “Cole Train” Cole as they and the other members of Kilo Squad vainly try to stem the onslaught of the Locust horde.

Gears fans will get to see a different side of Baird and Cole. Since Judgment takes place 15 years prior to the other Gears games, Baird and Cole have yet to become the badass, combat-tested Gears fans are used to seeing.

On the multiplayer front, the brand-new OverRun mode takes Gears of War 3’s Horde and Beast modes to a whole new level. COG Gears try to prevent the attacking Locust horde from breaching their defenses and opening up a spawn point. Play continues until either time runs out or the Locust have destroyed the final COG base. Think Beast versus Horde from Gears 3 with a setup similar to Halo: Reach’s Invasion gametype.

The next Xbox may be on the way, but as Gears of War: Judgment shows, the 360 still has plenty of fight left in her.

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Bungie is Forging a New Destiny

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Despite creating one of the most legendary franchises in gaming history, Bungie has been laying low for the past couple of years. After the release of Halo: Reach, the company gained independence from Microsoft while stewardship of Halo, Bungie’s baby, went to 343 Industries.

So what has Bungie been up to?

Just creating their own Destiny, that’s all.

Bungie’s next project, known as Destiny, has been officially revealed. More ambitious than Halo: Combat Evolved, Destiny is a “shared world shooter”.

Think MMORPG meets first-person shooter.

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Destiny features the remnants of humanity struggling to survive after nearly being wiped out. A mysterious alien ship, known as The Traveler, hovers over Earth, offering protection to the survivors holed up in the Last City. Mankind is trying to rebuild and is starting to venture back out into the solar system.

Players can choose from at least three known classes and will have access to a variety of weapons and vehicles. There will also be a dedicated online multiplayer component as well as the cooperative aspect

Destiny promises to be epic. Bungie doesn’t do anything halfway, and they are really aiming for the stars with Destiny. The company transformed gaming with the Halo franchise–Halo revolutionized the fps genre and console gaming, and what multiplayer game doesn’t use the lobby system introduced in Halo 2?–but Halo pales in comparison to what Bungie is trying to accomplish with Destiny.

Judging from the scant details available, Destiny will be all about social and cooperative gaming. From on-the-fly matchmaking that will apparently allow players to drop in and help on quests to integration with phone and tablet apps, Bungie is pushing the envelope to create something truly spectacular. Every time a player plays the game, Bungie wants his or her experience to be different from the day before.

Oh, and Marty O’Donnell is working with Sir Paul McCartney on the soundtrack.

Destiny will require an active internet connection, but the good news is that there will not be a subscription fee.

No official release date for the game has been revealed, so stay tuned to Guysgirl.com for more information about what will assuredly be one of the most anticipated games of the year.

 

 

setting: post-apocalyptic Earth, Last City, The Traveler–alien ship protecting Earth

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Xbox 720 Rumor Roundup: New Controller, Kinect 2, Siri, and More

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In what is about the worst-kept secret in the gaming industry, both Sony and Microsoft are working on next-generation consoles to replace the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, respectively. While neither company will admit anything, it is widely-known that they are in development.

You can check out Blythe’s superb roundup of the PS4 here, but what’s the deal with the next Xbox?

Much like the PS4, the next Xbox figures to have a redesigned controller. There has been much speculation that Microsoft will opt for a touch-screen controller much like the Wii U. Reports suggest that the touchscreen will be HD and also serve as a remote and internet browser when not being used to display game information. It supposedly will be similar in size to the Vita.

Unlike the PS4, the next Xbox will have expanded voice control. Xbox 360 owners already have limited voice capability via Kinect, but the next iteration of the console will reportedly have “Siri-like” functionality that promises to be much more robust.

That expanded voice command feature ties in nicely with another rumor: the next Xbox will require a constant internet connection. Services like Siri currently require a connection to the mysterious and all-powerful cloud, so if the new console will boast voice command capability on the same level as Siri, then it helps explain the decision to require a constant connection.

Of course, the requirement of a constant internet hookup goes beyond Siri. Xbox Live has been a hug feather in Microsoft’s cap, and it stands to reason that the online service will get a facelift and offer new features and services to coincide with the launch of a new console. Windows 8 compatibility and integration is almost a certainty, especially with the release of the Surface tablet and SmartGlass app.

Digital downloads have long been seen as the future of the industry, and a constant internet connection is a step towards that eventuality, although sources have said that physical copies will still be offered for now.

One thing that is in dispute is the ability to play used games. Some reports claim that games for the new console will ship with activation codes and have “no value beyond the initial user,” but many industry analysts disagree and view that as unlikely.  

Other rumors regarding Microsoft’s next console state that it will be powered by an AMD processor and have six times the processing power of the 360. It will supposedly be 20 percent more powerful than the Wii U, the latest console to be released.

The new Xbox is also rumored to contain a Blu-ray drive as well as the second-generation version of Kinect, creatively dubbed Kinect 2. One interesting bit of news is that the new platform may also feature IllumiRoom. Revealed at last month’s CES expo, IllumiRoom turns the area around your TV into an “extension of the screen”.

It is believed that the new console will be officially revealed in the next couple of months—including as soon as March—and that it will launch sometime this fall.

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