What Does The 360 Have Left?

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With the recently-announced Mass Effect trilogy releasing on PC, 360, and PS3, I found myself wondering why I still have an Xbox 360. Mass Effect, the first one, was one of the few reasons I do. Seeing as it’s not on PS3 and I’m not a big PC gamer, it was a substantial reason to keep my 360 around. However, now that Microsoft has lost the exclusive rights (even if it is 5 years later) I find myself more tempted now than ever to sell mine.

The Xbox 360 just doesn’t have much left going for it these days. There’s a new Halo trilogy coming out, as if we didn’t have enough Halo games already. There isn’t much that separates 4 from Reach, ODST, or 3 that I’ve seen. Halo just seems to be the same old game with a fresh coat of paint and some new guns. Eerily similar to our Call Of Duty cycle. Not quite as bad, but similar.

Then there’s the other big franchise. Gears Of War. With the main trilogy complete, we’ve got Gears Of War: Judgment coming out next year, which stars Baird and Cole, the other 2 protagonists of the original series (playable in the third). I don’t really see the point of this, the series has novels to explain the origin stories. This seems like a cash in on a franchise, too little, too late. What will this game offer that the other 3 didn’t?

Sure, there’s other games, like Forza, but the 360 just doesn’t have many exclusive heavy hitters left. Where are the games that make you want to play the 360 over the PS3? With the PS3, there’s The Last Of Us, Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, and The Last Guardian all set to release within the next few years. There just isn’t much left for the 360 to do.

What’s Next For Call Of Duty?

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Call Of Duty is a huge gaming franchise. It’s been the most popular online shooter since Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. It continues to rake in the customers with the easy, yet fun gameplay and variety of different modes for all sorts of players. This year will see the release of COD: Black Ops II, second game in the Black Ops series. But where is COD headed?

The Modern Warfare trilogy was wrapped up last year, with Infinity Ward’s Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. While this year, this is only the second entry in the Black Ops series, we will most likely see Infinity Ward developing next year’s COD title. But where will they take the series?

It seems as if Infinity Ward is already hiring for this new game, looking to hire people for an Unreal Engine 4 game. But what will this game be like? It’s possible that they could take over the Black Ops series, seeing as it is set in the future and is still a new setting to the COD series. They could go back to World War 2 (bad move), or maybe even World War 1, now that would be interesting.

No matter where they take COD, or if they choose to continue the Modern Warfare series, Infinity Ward will no doubt continue pumping out Call Of Duty games. Modern Warfare 4 would be an extremely safe bet, but I think Infinity Ward might just surprise us and go for something new, it would certainly be a welcome change.

10 Games That No One Has Played (And Everyone should)

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Sometimes wonderful games are created that simply just don’t sell well despite being legitimately good games. Whether it be lack of hype, poor marketing, or any other number of reasons, these games sold poorly, but deserve to be played by each and every one of you gamers out there. So do yourself a favor and read on about these rare gems that you may have never heard of, but should seek out as soon as possible. You can thank me later.

First of all let me make a few things clear. Not one of these games even sold a million copies so I am going to start with the best selling game on the list and work my way down to the least selling game. I am going to post the title of the game and right next to it will be a number indicating how many copies it sold worldwide. The site I got the sales numbers from is called http://www.vgchartz.com/ and they post sales numbers by millions of copies sold so since none of these games sold over a million it will say for example 1. Yada Yada (.64 million), and then a little bit about the game. So Now that we understand each other lets crack on then shall we?

1. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (.89 million)

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is an action-adventure platforming game set in a post apocalyptic world where machines left over from the war that left the world in ruins, roam the earth searching for the few humans that are left to enslave them and take them to an unknown place called Pyramid.

The gameplay is fun and fast paced, as the main character known as Monkey uses a staff to destroy his enemies and his parkour and climbing abilities (hence the name Monkey) to traverse the ruins of the world. What makes this game truly great however is the wonderful relationship between Monkey and Tripitaka (call her Trip). After they escape from the slave ship Monkey is forcibly enslaved by Trip and has to help her get to the west where there is supposedly a safe haven for humans.

In the beginning Monkey is forced to help Trip and isn’t to happy about it, but as the game goes on they develop a real relationship with each other as they grow closer through the stressful and dangerous situations they endure together. Throughout the entire game there are only 3 characters so Ninja Theory (the developers) really had to make sure they created some truly interesting characters, and they most certainly did. The relationship between Trip and Monkey is done so wonderfully that you will truly be invested in these characters as you play through the game and will miss them when it’s all over. If you’re looking for a beautiful take on a post apocalyptic world with a few of the most intriguing characters gaming has to offer, swing on over to you’re local game stop and snatch this one up.

2. The Saboteur (.87 million)

The Saboteur is an open world third person action-adventure game set during World War II in a German occupied France. The game is set in black and white at the beginning and as you liberate sections of the city color floods the screen indicating you have taken control of that part of the city. The gameplay is fluid third person shooting with small stealth aspects and hand to hand takedowns. Devlin can even climb buildings Assassins Creed esque to take out watch towers and snipe unsuspecting foes.

The game is all open world filled with surprisingly varied missions and side quests. You will do things from taking out an entire enemy base by yourself armed with explosives and the many guns you can acquire, to sneaking through an enemy outpost disguised as a high ranking officer that you killed to gather sensitive information to help the resistance. The Saboteur is a very fun open world game that is packed with varied exciting missions and many other things to discover as you’re journey for revenge unfolds. If you’re looking for a different open world game filled with shooting, explosions, fast cars and a cocky one liner spewing Irish man, this game is for you boy’o.

3. Condemned 2: Bloodshot (.85 million)

Condemned 2: Bloodshot is a first person psychological horror game which takes place 11 months after the original Condemned. You play as Ethan Thomas, an alcoholic ex cop that was relieved of duty after the events of the first game. The games combat is centered around brawling with you’re fists as Ethan can perform combos and environmental kills. Ethan can also pick up many objects around the environments to use as weapons ranging from simple wooden planks and metal pipes to more creative weapons such as paper cutters to swords and axes. You can also find firearms from pistols to shotguns and machine guns. However guns are much harder to find than melee weapons and ammo is very limited. This may sound annoying but for this game it was a wonderful design choice as it forces you to get up close and personal with the creepy enemies you will face instead of just shooting them as soon as you see them.

That being said, Condemned 2 is a horror game that is actually very scary. I am an absolute horror fan and I don’t get scared easily but condemned 2 still manages to freak me out even still. Condemned 2 offers some of the best scary moments in my personal video game history with two particular moments that still linger in my mind today. One involving some extremely creepy mannequins and the other involving a giant animal in a dilapidated mansion, and I know for a fact that if you played this game that scene with said giant animal scared the living crap out of you just like it did me. Horror fans shouldn’t pass this game up.

4. Sniper Elite: V2 (.77 million)

Sniper Elite: V2 is a tactical stealth shooter set in World War II. The point of the game is to snipe lotsa nazi’s! Therefore you will spend most of you’re time sniping so luckily that part of the game is extremely satisfying. When you fire a bullet the camera will go into a cinematic bullet time mode all the way until it reaches you’re target. Sometimes the bullet will just pierce the poor victim but other times the camera will turn into an x-ray allowing you to see the bullet tear through every part of the victims body.

If you shoot someone in the head you will watch fragments of the victims skull fly all over the place as the bullet goes into his brain and out the other side. The coolest ones are when you shoot an enemy that’s lying down and the bullet goes all the way through his chest tearing through all of his vital organs and exiting somewhere around his rectum. These x-ray cams are extremely graphic and absolutely gorgeous. If you have always wondered what it would be like to be a true sniper, adjust you’re sites and pick this game up as soon as you can.

5. Metro 2033 (.63 million)

Metro 2033 is an FPS survival horror game set in a post apocalyptic Moscow. You play as Artyom who was born in one of the metro stations after everyone was forced to live in the metro’s because of the nuclear war that occurred in 2010. As one of the younger more physically strong men in the metro colony you are asked to seek help from one of the outside cities as the demons on the outside threaten to over-run you’re metro station.

The gameplay is all first person shooting action, the thing that makes it unique however is that most of the guns are contraptions that the people have put together because of their limited resources. You will also have to scavenge the world for bullets as everything around you is a wasteland. This forces you to pick you’re shots wisely which causes tension throughout the game and makes it feel like every fire fight is a real fight for you’re life. You will also have to wear a gas mask when you venture out of the metro’s because of the lingering radiation. Managing your oxygen level is just another aspect that really makes it feel like a struggle to survive in the desolate Moscow. The story becomes very interesting as the game goes on and there’s even a few twists to keep you on you’re toes.

6. The Darkness 2 (.51 million)

The Darkness 2, an FPS and the sequel to one of my favorite games of this generation. It came out early this year and while it wasn’t as loveable as the first game for small reasons, it still holds up as one of the best games I have played this year. Throughout the game a mysterious group called the brotherhood is looking to extract the Darkness from Jackie so they can have the powers for themselves. At the same time Jackie is trying to figure out if all that’s happening to him is truly actually happening or if it’s all just mind games that the Darkness is playing on him. After some of the events Jackie goes through he will then find himself waking up in the bed of a mental  hospital where the doctors are all his mafia friends that tell him this is all a story he is making in his head from reading too many mafia books.

Both sides of the story are very interesting and wondering whether or not everything is real weaves the story nicely. The gameplay is drastically improved in this one as Jackie can “quad weild” using his two demon arms to throw objects such as car doors to slice enemies in half with the left and perform extremely violent finishers on enemies with the right such as “wishboning” an enemy by picking him up by his feet and tearing him down the middle in two. Jackie can also dual wield weapons in his two hands therefore being able to use four weapons all at once. The entire game is a bloodbath and it’s extremely fun. Jackie also still has visions of his dead girlfriend Jennie that was killed in the first one and the hallucinations that he has of her are truly emotional scenes which brings a nice breather from all the killing. If you’re looking for a good, emotional story with extremely violent gameplay to boot, start practicing you’re mobster accent and go get both of these fantastic games. I strongly suggest it.

7. Singularity (.47 million)

Singularity is an FPS with some survival horror elements. You play as Captain Nathaniel Renko, an American soldier who has been sent to investigate an electromagnetic surge that occurred on the secret island of Ketorga-12. After his helicopter crashes on Ketorga-12 Renko begins to mysteriously time shift from the present to 1955, the year something catastrophic occurred on the island. The game weaves a great story as you go back and forth between present day and 1955 as you try to make sense of what exactly happened on this mysterious island. You will be interested until the very end, and some really cool plot twists will keep you thinking about this game even after you have finished it.

The gameplay is all first person shooting with an array of cool futuristic weapons, and a device called the TMD (time manipulation device). The TMD allows you to warp objects forward and back in time to create tactical advantages, new paths that you previously couldn’t reach, or environmental hazards to help you dispose of you’re enemies. The TMD can also warp enemies into the future causing them to disintegrate right in front of you. The use of the TMD is really cool and mixes up the combat in a unique way apart from just shooting bullets. If you’re looking for a time travel game that will mess with you’re head along with some unique FPS gameplay then get ready to have some fun.

8. Shadows of the Damned (.32 million)

Shadows of the Damned is a third person shooter where you play as Garcia Hotspur, a demon hunter that goes into the depths of hell to save his girlfriend Paula that was abducted by Fleming, the Lord of demons. Garcia is accompanied by his banished demon friend Johnson, Johnson is a floating skull that can transform into Garcia’s weapons. The game is very tongue in cheek the entire time and never takes itself seriously as it is filled with ridiculous jokes and goofy humor. If you’re as immature as I am then you will have an absolute blast and laugh along with all the cheesy dialogue throughout.

The gameplay is very satisfying as you will be fighting demons that kind of act as zombies most of the time. It’s always a blast to watch the demon’s heads pop and if you manage to get close enough you can perform a few brutal melee finishers. There are also many boss battles in this game and in some games boss battles are just time consuming bullet sponges, but in Shadows of the Damned every boss battle in the game is very unique and well thought out. Each one is different and you feel accomplished once you finally defeat them. If you’re looking for a tongue in cheek, demon killing romp with absolutely wonderful boss battles, strap on you’re demon hunting shoes and dive in, you’re in for one hell of a ride.

9. Binary Domain (.31 million)

Binary Domain is a third person sci-fi shooter set in Tokyo in the year 2080. You play as Dan Marshall, First Seargant of Rust Crew, a group of mercenaries paid to control the laws of the Robots that were created to rebuild the cities after world wide flooding. Dan and his crew are sent to find and capture Yoji Amada, the leader of the Amada corporation that built the robots and is now believed to have created “Hollow Children” which are Robots that are made to look like real people.

The game is a linear experience that thrusts you into one crazy action set piece after another. The action stays intense until the end and the combat is extremely satisfying as you can dismember robots Dead Space style. Pieces and chunks of metal fly everywhere as you tear through you’re enemies. It truly makes you feel like you are causing some real damage with each bullet fired. You can stick on cover like Gears of War and peek over to shoot. The combat is always fluid and fun and you will fight some very creative and massive bosses in each stage. If you’re looking for a futuristic iRobot type story with action packed robot shooting mayhem, Binary Domain is just what you need.

10. Deadly Premonition (.23 million)

Deadly Premonition may be the last game on this list, but it certainly doesn’t mean it’s the worst. Deadly Premonition is set in a small Twin Peaks, Bright Falls type town where a grisly murder has taken place and the killer is on the loose. You take on the case as FBI agent Francis York Morgan (call him York) and just typing his name makes me excited to write about this game. You see, Deadly Premonition is a bad video game when it comes to this generation’s video game standards. It has PS2 looking graphics, clunky gameplay in every aspect, and the soundtrack consists of the same four songs throughout the whole game. However do not write this game off because you would be missing out on one of the most enjoyable games you will EVER play. Simply look past the bad graphics and clunky gameplay because literally everything else about this game is fantastic for its own weird reason.

Deadly Premonition is weird… like really weird, and it’s wonderful. Every single character in the town has their own weird thing about them. For starters, York has a split personality named Zach who he will talk to while he is completely alone, or openly right in front of people. The town sheriff will randomly make extremely over exaggerated arm movements during conversations for no reason. The towns crazy lady carries around a pot everywhere she goes and never lets anyone see what’s inside the pot and is always complaining about her pot getting too cold. Every character in the game has something weird like this about them and it makes every character extremely interesting as you talk to them and try to figure out what their weird quirk is.

The story will completely suck you in and not let go. The town is one of the most real life feeling video game towns ever created. The game will make you feel like a real FBI agent as you have to go to many different areas and actually have to question people and gather clues to crack the case. I actually found myself writing potentially important information or suspects down in a notebook as I played through the game because I was that invested in the characters and story. I could go on for pages about this game but I will just leave it to you to experience everything this game has to offer in the 30 plus hours you will spend with it. Go pick up deadly premonition ASAP, you won’t regret it.

So there you have it, the best games that no one has played. I would strongly suggest you try to play all these games on this list especially since you can find most of them for 20 dollars or less, but if you can’t play them all, play the few that sound the most appealing to you and have fun. And if you know of any games out there that are great games that no one has played, let us know in the comments so we can start playing them.

Top Multiplayer Games Of This Generation

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There’s been plenty of awesome multiplayer games this generation. We’ve fought as courageous soldiers in Battlefield 3, stalked our prey silently from the shadows in Assassin’s Creed, and gone in guns blazing in Call Of Duty. But what have been the true standout multiplayer experiences this generation? Let’s find out below in this article the top multiplayer games of this generation!

#5 – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2 was a game that made a lot of people skeptical when they announced a multiplayer mode. Many didn’t want to see the same FPS-style multiplayer put into this third-person shooter. Luckily, it wasn’t. Uncharted 2 had a perk system, and that’s about it. Otherwise, everyone started with the same weapons, everyone was equal. Uncharted 3 ended up going the FPS route unfortunately, but Uncharted 2 is a game plenty of people still play online today.

#4 – Halo 3

Halo brought an unprecedented multiplayer experience in 2007, with the release of Halo 3. Halo 3’s community alone was staggering, but Bungie took it a step further. You had plenty of new maps, a forge mode to make your own, a theater mode to watch replays, and online integration to round out the experience. At the time, Halo 3 was the game to beat as far as multiplayer goes, and it’s still got a large community behind it today.

#3 – Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Despite the legions of sequels that followed, Modern Warfare was the game that revolutionized the FPS genre this generation. It became so popular that we have games today still trying to copy its formula and replicate the success. The sheer magnitude of impact this game has had will live on for decades. The gameplay was fun as hell, the loadout system was balanced and fun to customize, and the maps were memorable and looked great for the time.

#2 – Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 brings a realistic, war fighter experience to platforms. This game makes you feel like you’re in a war. The drivable vehicles, the vast array of weapons, the destructible environments, this is the game that simulates war, bar none. And it manages to be the funnest FPS since the previously mentioned Call Of Duty 4.

#1 – Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Multiplayer didn’t show its face until the third game into the Assassin’s Creed games, which was Brotherhood. The game brings a type of gameplay we haven’t seen much this generation. Cat and mouse. You’re hunting someone else, but someone’s hunting you. You have to strike quickly, someone else may be on your target. But you can’t allow your opponent to know you’re a human, you have to blend in with the AI. It’s an incredibly fun and addicting experience, and easily the best multiplayer this generation.

So… what do you think? Which game provide, according to you, the best multiplayer experience this generation?

Top 5 Things To Look Forward To In WWE ’13

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WWE ’13 is packing a lot of new features for fans to look forward to. I can’t wait to try them out, but there’s 5 new additions or upgrades that I can’t wait to try out at all in particular, and because of this, October 30th can’t get here soon enough.

#5 – The New Attitude Era Mode

The Attitude Era plays a part in the overall WWE ’13 game, but replacing the “story” mode, or as its known in the WWE games, Road To Wrestlemania, is the Attitude Era mode this year. This mode will tell the story of WWE’s glory years, or the Attitude Era, which took place in the late ’90s. You’ll get to relive popular matches, storylines that made the era, and experience what many WWE fans say were WWE’s best years.

#4 – The Improved Create An Arena

Create An Arena was in WWE ’12,but it only let you customize the ring, mainly. This year, we get to customize the ring, arena size, stage look and layout, what kind of show it is, etc. This mode has received a lot of attention and upgrades. I’ll definitely be spending a lot of time with the Create An Arena mode in WWE ’13, making classic arenas and arenas of my own design!

#3 – Spectacular Moments

A big gameplay change to WWE ’13 is the new Spectatular Moments feature. What this does is attempt to recreate the epic moments of matches we’ve seen in WWE television programming. This includes things like suplexing opponents to the outside of the ring, smashing through barricades, and having one heavyweight superstar suplex another off the turnbuckle to cause the ring to collapse. These types of moments will no doubt capture the look and feel of WWE programming, and doing them yourself looks like a lot of fun.

#2 – Universe 3.0

This is Universe Mode’s third appearance in a WWE game, but this year, they’ve really gone all out with it. Now we have storylines (and over 200 of them at that!) and we get to make choices about what certain superstars do. Want to make Brock Lesnar and Triple H start a tag team, win the titles, lose the titles, then have Brock betray Triple H? You get to do this through in-game decisions now. Universe 3.0 also has new stat tracking, so you can see who’s held the championship the longest, and things along that line.

#1 – Attitude Era

I already mentioned the new Attitude Era mode, but the Attitude Era having such a presence in WWE ’13 is what I’m so excited about. We’ve got tons of superstars from the Attitude Era, arenas that you’ll remember, championships that will bring back memories, entrances that will cause nostalgia, and the freedom to do what you want with all of these. Don’t like the current Raw arena? Replace it with the Raw Is War arena. Don’t like the modern Chris Jericho? Use the Attitude Era one. Always wanted to see who would in in a Triple Threat match containing 3 Triple H’s? Now you can.

WWE ’13 is looking great, and releases on October 30th. Which of these top new things to look forward to is the most exciting for you?

Must Buy Video Games in August 2012

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Usually, the month of August is not known as one of the best in the video games world, at least when it comes to new game releases, but this month we have a few very solid titles released on various platforms that could be considered “must buy” games in August 2012. I have the list of these games below with links to make the purchase and some details on why you should but these titles. And I am sure that at least 2 are suitable to all gamers (Darksiders 2 and Sleeping Dogs)

Persona 4 Arena

Coming on August 7th on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Persona 4 Arena is a perfect but for those who are fans of the Persona series. Delivering top action and hardcore battles, with characters from the previous 2 Persona games, this title seems like an incredibly solid fighting game. There’s also a sweet bonus if you order the game from Amazon, so check it out for the Xbox 360 version or the PS3 one.

Darksiders 2

THQ’s highly anticipated game will be released on August 14 on all major platforms and will certainly prove a great addition to the games library of all gamers. This time we’ll play the role of Death in a parallel story to that of the original game, but this time Darksiders 2 is bigger, better and more exciting than ever. You can still get the pre-order bonus from Amazon if you decided to make the purchase quick enough, so check it out here.

Sleeping Dogs

Coming also on August 14th, Sleeping Dogs is surely the biggest and most anticipated release of the month and possibly – if all the hype and early details are right – even one challenger for the game of the year award. Either way, with Sleeping Dogs Square Enix manage to give us a great surprise and we should consider this game a must have. So get it from Amazon right now!

New Super Mario Bros. 2

For those who own a Nintendo 3DS system, the iconic Nintendo character makes a return in New Super Mario Bros. 2 and is obviously a game to have. Every level is filled with golden opportunities, such as gold rings that turn enemies into valuable gold versions and a Gold Flower that gives Mario the ability to turn almost anything in his path into coins. A game for those affected by the recession and not only. Check it out here.

Madden NFL 13

This is clearly a game for the fans of the franchise (or, up to a degree, to those who love football), but not for the rest. However, those who haven’t missed a Madden NFL game in the series should not miss this one either, which comes on August 28 with new pass-ready system and improved play action, and all-new read and react defensive AI system. So get your game here for the PS 3 or Xbox 360 (or Wii and Vita if you so desire)

And these are the titles that you should keep an eye on in August 2012, with the most notable releases being, as I already said, Darksiders II and Sleeping Dogs who promise to be hit games of this year.

So which games on this list do you plan to purchase (or already pre-ordered)?