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By Houston Christopher On 15 Nov, 2012 At 03:15 PM | Categorized As Featured, Reviews, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Halo 4. If someone were to ask me to describe it in two words I’d say “simply astonishing”. This is how a video game should be made. There is little to nothing wrong with this package and is a must buy for any fan of the genre or anyone who owns an Xbox 360.

Right off the back you are greeted with fantastic visuals from the simplistic yet beautiful menu design to the in-game visuals to the cg cutscenes. Characters look very realistic and almost rival LA Noire in terms of character models. The grand scale places are simply breathtaking and awe inspiring to say the least. Even subtle nuances such as the effects from gun bursts and grenade explosions look good. It’s pushing the power of the Xbox 360 to its limits and it is well worth it. Usually there are two things that people think about when Halo gets brought up into conversation, awesome story and fun multiplayer. 343 Studios really showed they cared because both of them are amazing.

The campaign while not long in length, compared to the previous titles, is still excellent and may be my favorite one to play through. The story starts with you waking aboard the ship you were last on at the end of Halo 3 and are greeted with a familiar foe in the Covenant. Soon enough you learn that they are not your biggest threat. Prometheans, a new cybernetic enemy faces off against you trying to resurrect the Didact. All the while trying to return Cortana to her former creator because her life expectancy as an A.I. has expired and there may be hope of restoring her.

 

Without trying to spoil to much the story is very gripping and not as hard to follow as prior entries in the series. It gives Master Chief more personality and helps the player to better connect with him. While the ever moving story of the fight is appearing the true story is between Chief and Cortana. It’s moving and makes you care all the while giving a deeper story that makes you think about military issues and the way society views soldiers. The only real problem with the campaign besides its length is that it feels very traditional in mission layout. No mission truly stood out but they were all enjoyable nonetheless.

Then there is the multiplayer, forge, theater and Spartan ops offering. Spartan Ops is the replacement for Firefight and it’s pretty good. Nothing really to brag about so far, but still entertaining. It picks up immediately after the main campaign and is episodic in content…and it’s free. The four player cooperative mode may be a nice distraction but nothing is enticing you to replay it due to the lack of scoring. Either way it’s a nice inclusion.

Multiplayer, the bulk of where time will be spent with most people doesn’t disappoint. The feeling of it is basically them taking all of the good parts of the Halo: Reach multiplayer and mixing it with it’s own and adding a bit of modern shooters to boot. It’s incredibly addictive and overall fun. This time around you get a custom class loadout to make that lets you pick your starting weapon and armor abilities along with specializations (perks) for your player. These may be more ammo for starting guns or extra grenades to increasing the range of the radar. It works and adds a new dynamic to the classic halo formula. Did I mention ordinance drops? They are essentially drops from out of nowhere that benefit the player if they have done well. You’ll get several tweaks to how you play and you choose from 3 different things. You could get a drop that has Overshield, Sticky Detonator & Plasma Grenades. It’s always random and you can hold on to it however long you desire.

Then there is forge mode where they made it easier to build maps and custom game types. Its basically the same mode that you love with tweaks in place to make it that much better. The same goes for theater mode. It’s good and is still great.

Overall, Halo 4 is like a swansong for the Xbox 360 offering so much in just one game. It’s definitely worth the price of admission in overall terms of sheer bang for your buck. It will go down as one of the best game of this year and perhaps the best game in the lifecycle of this generation. Just go and buy it.

 

9.75/10

 

By OSkG_Pinto On 5 Jun, 2012 At 07:01 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarEvery year it seems to be the same story. The so called “suits” get to promote their brand and remind us why we should own a Microsoft Xbox 360. The most disappointing part of the Microsoft E3 press conference was the lack of a nextgen console announcement and the boring promotion of Windows hardware.  We did get to see some good stuff though.

The press conference started with a superb Halo 4 intro and some equally superb gameplay. Even as a non-Halo fan this really made my day. The title looks very promising and has been one of the most popular twitter topics since yesterday, only to be shattered by the new Southpark game buzz. The overall press conference was actually a bit boring. Microsoft kept plugging their Windows tablets and phones because soon these will be useable as interactive remote controllers. This will be made possible with Microsoft’s new “Smartglass” technology. I really liked the tech, but it really doesn’t add anything  groundbreaking. I mean, who wants to see an interactive map of Westeros or check out the cast list while you are watching Game of Thrones?

These were the most impressive games:

Halo 4: Microsoft’s major announcement was the latest installment of their best-selling exclusive series, and they really didn’t have a choice. Speculation around the time of Halo: Reach’s release was that the series was done.

Gears of War Judgement: Sadly to say we’ve only seen a short trailer, a nice interview with Rod Fergusson from Epic Games and some gameplay. I”m looking forward how this special collaboration will end up. As a Gears fan I will pick this up anyway, I do have high hopes.

Kinect Sports Season Two and Dance Central 2 were the major offerings for Microsoft’s new technology, after both were hits with the product’s launch. “Kinect Fun labs”, “Kinect Disneyland Adventures”, and “Ryse” a first-person action game from Crytek set in the times of the Roman Empire, where the other major offerings for Kinect, as well as what seems to be an on-rails shooter in the Fable franchise called Fable: The Journey. We even got to see a slightly older and less fit Usher dancing around in his skinny jeans, are you serious Microsoft?

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Mass Effect 3 and several EA Sports titles including Madden and Tiger Woods are among the third party titles that will be receiving varying degrees of Kinect support.

Forza Motorsports 4 Horizon finally received a release date, it will be hitting the console on October 11. You guessed it, it will also be Kinect compatible! I dare to say it really looks better than any racing game out there. Pretty excited for this title, even though I”m more of an Arcade racing fan.

I hoped for so much more stuff to be unveiled. Hopefully Gamescom 2012 in Cologne will  make up for this meager presentation. Like I said many times. It”s time for us gamers to take back our beloved industry from the corporate suits. I think they are messing up big time! Gamers want games, E3 is about showing of your games, not all your interactive multimedia ideas and shamelessly plugging your and your sponsors products. Keep an eye out for a recap of the Sony and Nintendo highlights too. The Real Otaku Gamer crew will be following E3 all day long to bring you the latest news!

 The story of Gears of War Judgement revolves around fan favourite CoG Baird. 

 

 

 

By otakuman5000 On 6 Jun, 2011 At 08:50 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Editorials, Featured, News, Uncategorized, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Microsoft Press Conference kicked off with a bang this year. Starting things off was some new footage of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. What was shown was new footage of an underwater submarine, where the main objective was to plant charges to surface the sub. Once that was done, we got a taste of a war torn New York City. Complete with sinking war ships, chopters, and drivable speedboats.

 

 

But that wasn’t all we got to see. There was also the new Tomb Raider reboot that made it’s debut to the public for the first time. We got to see a new Lara Croft try to find her way out of a mysterious cave after her plane crashed landed. The main focus was to show everyone how Lara this time around would be primarily about survival and exploration.

 

 

EPIC Games also showed some more footage of Gears of War 3. A scene where Marcus and Cole are aboard a ship in the ocean fighting a giant squid like locust monster. Alongside this, Mass Effect 3 showed off some new features that involved Kinect voice recognition, allowing players to use voice command to make choices during dialogue.

 

 

Most of the conference was dominated by a heavy push for Kinect intergrated software. Microsoft promised everyone that more Kinect hardcore and sophisticated games would be present this year, and they delivered. We got a glimpse of new titles like DisneyLand Adventures, Dance Central 2, Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster, Kinect Star Wars, and Kinect Sports Season 2. All of the games used the Kinect’s features in different ways, some including the new voice command introduced during the conference. What was interesting was how different the lineup was for Kinect, and just how much support the Kinect has received from most of the bigger titles shown during the conference.

 

 

During the conference, other new surprises were shown, including BING on Xbox Live, UFC coming to Live, and how Kinect Voice Command would change the way we interact with our games and console. Most of the games featured during the press event were confirmed to have Kinect support and features, the only one to not be confirmed for this was Modern Warfare 3.

 

 

Finally, the conference ended off on a nice teaser of the earlier leaked HALO 4. The teaser was brief, showing Master Chief awakening from his slumber from the end of Halo 3 (after the credits if you beat the game on legendary). He awakes to Cortanna screaming for his help and after grabbing her, he flings himself down a corridor of the ship he is in toward the outside of space. There we see a giant machine of some sort, and his ship is heading towards it.

 

 

Prior to the trailer earlier in the conference, the Halo remake called HALO COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY. It is the same game we played for the first time years ago, only this time it comes with an updated graphics filter, Campaign Co-Op over Xbox Live, Classic Halo maps with Halo Reach looks, and Fire Fight mode for the masses. It was a great way to get everyone excited for Microsoft’s Exclusive.

 

 

Overall, Microsoft’s Press Conference was much better this year then last year’s E3 2010. While much of what was shown was either expected or much of the same from past E3s, this year felt like a much better presentation. The line-up of games got more people excited about this coming year for Microsoft. With a bunch of great third party games, an awesome exclusive over the horizon, and a ton of new features coming to their online network, Microsoft is looking forward to a good year for their Xbox 360.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By otakuman5000 On 6 Jun, 2011 At 02:59 PM | Categorized As Company Spotlight, Conventions, Editorials, Featured | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWithin hours of the Microsoft Press Conference. Gigantic news already leaked out from their vault of E3 surprises. Twitter began popping up with images from the Xbox website with post and screenshots of Master Chief and Cortanna. The image and the sources in question claimed it to be the next iteration of the Halo franchise, Halo 4. Also in the shot, we see reveals of other games like Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Star Wars Kinect, and Ryse.

 

Within minutes, the Microsoft site was changed, and the only pictures of it were floating around twitter. Microsoft’s big reveal was spoiled hours before their press conference. Regardless, there are going to be plenty of people excited for this new addition to the Halo franchise. But is it official?

 

Check out the image below and judge for yourself.