The Secret World is Now FreeA lot of MMOs seem to be going free-to-play now a days. First it was Star Wars: The Old Republic, and now The Secret World is following in it's footsteps. Funcom has confirmed its plans to remove the subscription requirement from the game. There’s a $15 a month membership available to players looking for a few extra bonuses. The membership includes a time accelerator which gives you bonus XP, $10 of bonus points, and a 10% store discount. You will also get a gift every month.
Posted Dec 12, 2012, 6:09 PM by Mark Zim
Hitman HD TrilogyThree classic Hitman games have been re-mastered in full HD and will be released on January 29th. Hitman Trilogy HD comes with Hitman: Blood Money, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and Hitman: Contracts. If you pick up the limited edition, you will get a really nice art book. Check out the pictures below.
Posted Dec 12, 2012, 5:57 PM by Mark Zim
Halo 4 Crimson Map PackThe first map pack for Halo 4 is out today. It is called the Crimson Map Pack and it costs 800 Microsoft Points, or you can pick up the season pass for 2000 Microsoft Points. The pack includes eight new achievements, three new maps, and the extraction game mode. Check out the game play video below.
Posted Dec 10, 2012, 5:24 PM by Mark Zim
Ten Eighty SnowboardingClub.nintendo .com is offering Ten Eighty Snowboarding for only 150 coins until January 6th 2013. If you are not a club.nintendo member, or don't have enough coins, you can still pick it up on the Wii Virtual Console for 1000 Wii Points. Ten Eighty was originally launched in 1998 for the Nintendo 64 system. Check out the game play video below.
Posted Dec 10, 2012, 5:04 PM by Mark Zim
Dark Souls III have some good news for Dark Souls fans. Dark Souls II has officially been announced for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. No official release date has been announced yet, but the rumor mill says October 2013. The sequel will take place in a new setting with a new hero and storyline. It will even have an all-new server-based multiplayer mode.
Posted Dec 9, 2012, 2:54 PM by Mark Zim
Brain Age Express: SudokuIf you are a club.nintendo.com member and have 150 coins to spare, you can pick up Brain Age Express: Sudoku for your 3DS for free. This offer is good until 12/16/12. If you are not a member and still want the game, it can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS system for $4.99.
Posted Dec 9, 2012, 2:41 PM by Mark Zim
The Last of Us Release DateThe Last of Us finally has a release date. It will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 3 on May 7, 2013. The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic survival game made by Naughty Dog. These are the same guys who made the award winning Uncharted series. Check out the official game play video below.
Posted Dec 8, 2012, 8:47 PM by Mark Zim
Crysis 3 PC SpecsThe Crysis series has always been known for cutting edge graphics and Crysis 3 doesn't seem any different. The PC specs for Crysis 3 have been released and you will need a pretty nice system to run this baby on its highest settings. Check out the full system requirements below. Minimum:Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8DirectX 11 graphics card with 1Gb Video RAMDual core CPU2GB Memory (3GB on Vista)Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel):Nvidia GTS 450Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 Ghz (E6600)Example 2 (AMD):AMD Radeon HD5770AMD Athlon64 X2 2.7 Ghz (5200+)RecommendedWindows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAMQuad core ...
Posted Dec 3, 2012, 5:00 PM by Mark Zim
Awesome PS Vita BundleSony is releasing a new Playstation Vita bundle on 12/07/12. It will retail for $299.99 and looks pretty sweet. Here are the official details from Sony.Experience console gaming in your hands with an Instant Game Collection in this PlayStation Vita Bundle. Including a 1 year membership for PlayStation Plus, this bundle gives gamers an immediate collection of hit games - Uncharted Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, WipEout 2048, and more. Also included as a bonus is Unit 13, the perfect on-the-go action shooter. This all-in-one bundle offers over $99 in savings!Instant Game Collection bundle includes the PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi system, 1-year membership to PlayStation Plus, Unit 13 game voucher, and ...
Posted Dec 2, 2012, 5:21 PM by Mark Zim
Wii U Console ReviewDo you want to know how much power the Wii U really has, or if it is worth buying? I have all the details about the Wii U console in my review. Please check it out under the Wii U reviews section.
Posted Nov 30, 2012, 1:22 PM by Mark Zim
Wii MiniNintendo is releasing another console on December 7th, but it is only available in Canada. It is called the Wii Mini and will be priced at $99.99. It comes with a Nunchuck, sensor bar, and a Wii Remote Plus. I'm not sure there is even a market for this thing. It doesn't come with any games and can't connect to the internet. No Wii Shop Channel games for you. Nintendo even cut the GameCube backwards compatibility out. Who would really buy this thing when for $30 more you can have a full blown Wii with two games? I think Nintendo shot itself in the foot this time.
Posted Nov 27, 2012, 4:50 PM by Mark Zim
Halo 4 DLC Dates LeakedThe dates of the Halo 4 map packs have been leaked. You can pick them up for 800 Microsoft points each, or get all three for 2000 Microsoft points by buying the War Games Pass. The first map pack to be released is the Crimson Map Pack on 12/10/12. Then the Majestic Map Pack will be released on 02/25/13. Finally, the Castle Map Pack will be released on 04/01/13. I am glad to see that 343 is giving the Halo franchise the proper love it deserves.
Posted Nov 26, 2012, 1:11 PM by Mark Zim
Xbox 720 Rumor MillI have a bunch of Xbox 720 rumors to report. The next Xbox may come in two versions. The first version will be a full blown Xbox and may be called just Xbox. It will feature Kinect 2.0. Beyond Kinect 2.0, the next Xbox will feature Blu-ray discs, directional audio, augmented reality, TV output and input and an innovative controller. It's also possible that at some point there will be some AR glasses. It will be a four core system with 8GB of ram. It will also feature a Radeon Hd 7670 graphics card. It may even run Windows 8. The launch date is rumored for November 2013.The second version will be based off the ...
Posted Nov 24, 2012, 3:50 PM by Mark Zim
New Super Mario Bros. U ReviewNintendo was the first out of the gate to launch the next generation of consoles. They brought in the big guns Mario and Luigi to boost the Wii U sales. Does Mario have next gen magic? Read my review of New Super Mario Bros. U to find out.
Posted Nov 23, 2012, 7:02 PM by Mark Zim
Hitman: Absolution Scraps Online PassI have good News for Hitman fans. Square Enix has ditched the online pass system for Hitman: Absolution one day before the game's release. Contracts Mode will now be open to everyone, even those who rent the game. Hitman: Absolution seems to getting solid ratings. It is sitting at an 81 on Metacritic with 34 critic reviews. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end of the online pass.
Posted Nov 20, 2012, 3:33 PM by Mark Zim
343 announces Halo 4 stats343 industries just announced the first week stats for Halo 4. There are some pretty interesting numbers here. 4 million players logged in to play Halo 4 on Xbox LIVE during its launch week, and 1,116,882 players played the entirety of the game's campaign (6% on Legendary difficulty). Over 31.4 million hours were spend playing Halo 4 including 13.5 million hours in campaign, 1.9 million hours in Spartan Ops, and over 16 million hours in War Games. There were also over 43 million Achievements unlocked by players during the week, and over 4.5 billion kills. It looks like Halo 4 is off to a good start.
Posted Nov 19, 2012, 5:11 PM by Mark Zim
Games taken off of XBLAA bunch of Xbox Live Arcade titles have been removed from the arcade since 2005. Some have expired licenses and a few of the companies have gone out of business. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Marble Blast Ultra, Paperboy, and Double Dragon were the first to be taken down. Now, SEGA Rally Online Arcade, OutRun Online Arcade, Hydrophobia, Merv Griffin's Crosswords, Roogoo, Screwjumper! and Kung Fu Strike have been recently added to the list. Surprisingly, Kung Fu Strike is only a couple of months old.
Posted Nov 19, 2012, 5:00 PM by Mark Zim
Time Magazine's top 100 video gamesTime Magazine has just released their top 100 video games of all time. They did a really nice job on this article and it shouldn't be missed. Find your favorite game on the list below and click on it. It will take you to their opinion page. Did your favorite game make the list?1970sThe Oregon TrailHunt the WumpusPongBreakoutSpace InvadersAdventureAsteroids1980sBattlezoneDefenderPac-ManZorkCastle WolfensteinCentipedeDonkey KongFroggerGalagaTempestWizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad OverlordJoustPitfall!King’s QuestLode RunnerM.U.L.E.PaperboyTetrisSuper Mario Bros.Ultima IV: Quest of the AvatarCastlevaniaThe Legend of ZeldaMetroidOutRunContraLeisure ...
Posted Nov 18, 2012, 8:30 AM by Mark Zim
Call of Duty: Black Ops II salesActivision has revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops II has sold more than $500 million worldwide in the first 24 hours of its release. Here is a quote from Bobby Kotick."With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row," said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard, Inc. "Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars," the two most successful movie franchises of all time. Given the challenged macro-economic environment, we remain cautious about the balance of 2012 and 2013."
Posted Nov 18, 2012, 8:16 AM by Mark Zim
The Walking Dead FinaleThe Walking Dead will be wrapping up soon. The finale "No Time Left" will be released on 11/21/12. The full game will be released on disc 12/04/12. I can't wait to see what happens to Clementine. See you on the 21st.
Posted Nov 15, 2012, 7:16 PM by Mark Zim
Need for Speed Most Wanted DemoIf you wanted to try out Need for Speed: Most Wanted, now is your chance. The Demo is available now for the PS3 and the 360. The new Need for Speed plays more like a sequel to Burnout, rather than a true Need for Speed game. This might make some purists mad, but it works very well for the series. Check out the official video below.
Posted Nov 14, 2012, 3:52 PM by Mark Zim
Free New Super Mario Bros. UOld Navy has a great deal for you on Black Friday. If you buy $40 worth of merchandise, they will give you New Super Mario Bros. U for free. I recommend being in line very early because supplies will be very limited.
Posted Nov 14, 2012, 3:28 PM by Mark Zim
Tomb Raider Collectors EditionSquare Enix has announced the Collector’s Edition content for their upcoming title Tomb Raider. According to Square Enix, the Collector’s Edition will be made available in limited quantities for $99.99. Tomb Raider is scheduled to release on 03/5/13. Here are the official pictures and details from the Square Enix web site. Contents include:Play Arts -KAI- Lara Croft figurine – Lara Croft has been beautifully recreated as an 8-inch Play Arts -KAI- action figure. The figure comes with an alternate set of three hands, bow and arrow, shotgun, handgun, and an ice axe.Double-sided island map and poster – Discover Key Landmarks from the mysterious island of Yamatai, where Lara Croft and her fellow castaways ...
Posted Nov 13, 2012, 3:13 PM by Mark Zim
Halo 4 SalesHalo 4 is kicking some butt when it comes to sales. It has made 220 million in the first 24 hours, and over 300 million in the first week alone. The Halo franchise is the king of entertainment. The franchise has made over 3.4 billion in lifetime sales.
Posted Nov 12, 2012, 4:41 PM by Mark Zim
Pool Nation reviewI just posted my review for Pool Nation for the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. How does Pool Nation rack up to other pool games? Read my review to find out.
Posted Nov 11, 2012, 3:16 PM by Mark Zim