Welcome to the new episode of the Awesome Friday Games Podcast! And as you can see from the title, this week it’s all Halo, all the time. There’s a little reflection on Halo’s significance on its release in 2001, then a look at Halo Infinite and how it compares to the divisive Halo 4. Enjoy!Continue reading “Awesome Friday Games Podcast: ‘Halo Infinite’ & ‘Halo 4’”
Microsoft have much to prove this year. The PS4 has a clear lead thanks to Sony’s emphasis on games, and now new Microsoft boss Phil Spencer has to try and reverse that trend. Tune in live with me now to find out if they succeed!
It’s that time again.
This week has seen the big names in gaming gather in Germany for the annual Gamescom conference. Though not as likely to contain the kind of news bombshells that are a basis of E3, it’s still a good opportunity for the mayor players to add detail to their upcoming rosters, and even throw in a few surprises. Also, once again Nintendo opted to not hold a conference but instead had their most recent games running in a booth to try and maintain the WiiU momentum.
I can resist most things. My general cynicism has now got to a point that I can ignore most hype and not fall for the usual traps. However, sometimes something comes along that even I can’t filter out, and that usually ends up with me spending money.
So. Hey. MICROSOFT HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED A NEW *CRACKDOWN*. Ahem. Read on for the trailer!
Some potentially exciting news out of E3 – *Halo* 1-4, all on one disk, everything unlocked and over 100 multiplayer maps. *Halo* nirvana. Read on!
The biggest event in gaming kicks off tomorrow when E3 2014 begins its week of hyperbole, broken promises and overbearing dubstep. Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony will be holding their conferences on the first day, and I’ll be liveblogging every single one of them! Take note of these times and get the kettle on.
Well then. A month before E3, Microsoft and 343 Industries have pulled the covers off the next installment in their key franchise. Due out Autumn 2015, it’s going to be a long road of promos and teasers for something that they desperately need to be a system seller.
A few years ago – and I wish I could find the link, but you’re going to have to trust me – Cliff Bleszinski (formerly of Epic Games and designer of *Gears Of War*) said that The Next Big Thing would be usable Virtual Reality headsets. He was emphatic, but is also known to be so, leading to his claim being categorised with so many other wild predictions from industry professionals.
Except now it doesn’t sound so wild.
It’s time to interrupt the endless barrage of Christmas calories
that I seem intent on shoving down my throat as quickly as possible
seriously, it’s like Gluttony Man in Se7en
but I don’t have my body tied down,
my arms are wilfully ladling anything alcoholic or sweet or tasty into my mouth
like it’s going out of fashion
to round up what I think have been my personal favourite games and movies of 2013.
Yup, you read that right. Microsoft has heard all our complaints about the online requirements the XBOX One was going to have, or more likely how much more excited about the PS4 we all are, and has reversed their stance.
With Microsoft firmly setting out their stall regarding their plan to be the central entertainment hub of America’s homes, it was up to Sony to give gamers what they really wanted – a focus back on the things that made us fall in love with this hobby in the first place.
But could they manage to resist the allure of always-on Internet and restricted used game policies?
The answer was, emphatically, YES.
The timer is ticking down the last 37 minutes to the Xbox One media briefing in E3, executives are sweating, and tea is brewing. Get comfy and watch with me to see if Microsoft can do anything to reverse the tide of dissent stemming from gamers after their lukewarm first reveal. DRM? Trading? Prices? Exclusives? Hopefully, all of these questions will be categorically answered.
Every year, the gaming industry gathers in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainmeant Expo for the first taster of the latest handware, software and game exclusives that will be vying for your attention over the next twelve months. It’s always a massive, industry-only event, even when the press events themselves turn out to be disappointments. There will be none of that this year, though – with the twin giants of Microsoft and Sony ready to pull back the curtain on their respective next-gen consoles, it’s going to be stacked with big names and attractive soundbyes.