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GTA 5: Gameplay Trailer

Grand Theft Auto V is coming September 2013. Check out the first detailed look into the gameplay. Pre-order now and visit http://www.rockstargames.com/V for more details.

Halo 4: Xbox 360 review

imageSo the end of 2012 brought us Halo 4 which represented a new beginning for the franchise on two fronts, the first being the start of a new trilogy (the Reclaimer trilogy) and the second more crucial one is that it is the first entry in the franchise created by 343 Industries, the team created solely to continue the Halo series.

Lets start by saying that visually the game is absolutely stunning, quite possibly one of the best looking games released this generation. Everything has been given a complete re-tooling, weapons from the older games are given an overhaul but when all said and done it’s still recognisable as a Halo game. Sound too is very good, Neil Davidge had an impossible task in following Marty O’Donnell‘s iconic score but he does an impressive job of making his own mark (listen out for a familiar tune in the end credits though).

The campaign picks up a few years after the end of Halo 3 and is exactly what you would expect from a Halo game, it’s great to be back with the Master Chief and Cortana again. The only negative side to it is that a lot of the nuance to the story is lost if you haven’t read some of the expanded universe novels or watch the Forward Unto Dawn web series but it’s still a fantastic ride from start to finish.

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Multiplayer is also very good, I don’t usually bother as a rule but found myself playing a lot more than I expected. Firefight mode has been replaced with the Spartan Ops mode which actually has a story and cutscenes to further flesh the mode out and the suspicion is that this will in some ways lead into the inevitable Halo 5.

All in all 343 have crafted a hell of a debut effort, one of the games of 2012 for me, and I look forward to seeing what they can do going forwards as it’s likely to be a hell of a ride.

9/10 Lopez Green

GTA 1 & 2 coming to PS3 and Vita?

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It looks like the first two entires in the long running Grand Theft Auto series have been rated for release on PS3, PS Vita, and PSP. These will more than likely be in the form of the PSN‘s PSOne Classics range. The ratings board gave the original Grand Theft Auto (1997) a ‘Mature’ rating, while Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999) was awarded ‘Teen’ certificate.

Three new GTAV trailers released

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Rockstar released three new GTAV trailers. Why three you ask? well one for each character of course, Michael, Franklin and Trevor.

Meet the men of GTAV –

Michael is a retired former bank robber in his early forties who lives with his dysfunctional family on the proceeds of his former life in the upper-class suburb of Rockford Hills, based on Beverly Hills.

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Trevor Phillips, his former partner in crime, lives alone in a trailer in the desert of Blaine County, where his reckless and psychopathic behaviours are fuelled by drug addiction.

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And theres Franklin who makes a living in Vespucci Beach as a repo man for an unscrupulous Armenian car dealership.

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The three acquaintances are drawn into Los Santos’ criminal underworld in the pursuit of the almighty American dollar. More coming soon.

There’s a war coming…

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The inevitable Xbox vs Playstation next-gen console war is about to truly begin. Following Sony’s announced of its PS4 back in February it’s now time for Microsoft to bring their cards to the table. Microsoft have made it official, they will be holding an event in Washington on 21st May to unveil the New Xbox. So here’s what we know so far, info taken from the verge –

HARDWARE AND SPECS

The majority of rumors around Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox focus on the hardware specs of the console. In January, VGLeaks published documents that appear to outline the x86 architecture for the next Xbox. The console is said to include an 8-core 64-bit APU running at 1.6GHz, alongside 8GB of DDR3 memory and a large HDD for storage. Kotaku later backed up a number of these specs with the site’s own sources, leading many to believe these are the final retail specifications. A report from Bloomberg suggests the next Xbox will “use an AMD system-on-a-chip that combines powerful ‘Jaguar’ central processing units with graphics chips,” the same chip Sony uses on the PlayStation 4. In other words, the winner of the next big console war — assuming there’s a clear-cut winner — won’t be doing it on specs alone.

BLU-RAY, AMD, AND MORE

Aside from the raw processing power, the next Xbox will also include Blu-ray suport. After Microsoft’s HD-DVD plans failed to gain momentum, the company is now switching to the more popular Blu-ray technology with support for 50GB optical discs. While early rumors said the next Xbox will not feature a disc drive at all, this is not the case for a full console. Instead, Microsoft is also preparing a separate “Xbox TV” device that will provide access to casual gaming and TV streaming. This particular device will likely debut in early 2014.

Surprisingly, there have been no solid rumors about what the next Xbox console will look. Microsoft only recently finalized its design and hardware. The software maker had originally planned to unveil its next Xbox plans at an event in late May, but the company switched to late May to ensure it would have something to show following Sony’s lack of PlayStation 4 hardware at its own event. A tweet from Microsoft’s Larry Hryb would appear to suggest that Microsoft’s approach for its own event will include a look at the console.

On the controller side, Kotaku reports that the next-gen controller will be similar to the Xbox 360’s. Current controllers won’t work with the new console, allegedly, and the next Xbox is said to use wireless controllers exclusively.

KINECT 2

A massive leak of Xbox 720 information back in June revealed Microsoft’s early plans for the Kinect 2. Microsoft references higher accuracy, stereo imaging, improved voice recognition, an improved RGB camera, and dedicated hardware processing. The leaked document also revealed a focus on four-player gaming and potential Kinect accessories that work as props in games such as baseball. More recently, a Kinect 2 developer kit image leaked that showed off improvements in depth and movement data. Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is rumored to ship with the Kinect 2 as standard.

IMPROVED SPEECH RECOGNITION AND TRACKING

The Kinect 2 will also improve speech recognition for gaming and navigational tasks. Support for wake-on voice, natural language controls, and speech-to-text are all said to be present. Microsoft is also investigating scenarios where a Kinect sensor will detect individuals in a room and suggest appropriate multiplayer games after a user queries the Xbox using their voice. New body- and eye-tracking improvements, and support for hand recognition, will also assist with launch titles Ryse and others. Little more is known about the Kinect 2, but advanced Kinect sensors at Microsoft’s campus suggest that the next-generation will be thinner and smaller than the existing unit.

ENTERTAINMENT, APPS, AND TV

Microsoft has consistently made it clear that Xbox is its sole focus for entertainment and TV in the living room and elsewhere. A move to kill off the Zune brand in Windows 8 in favor of Xbox was one of the first clear signs that Microsoft was preparing to focus on its console brand for entertainment. An Xbox Music streaming service launched for Windows 8, and the company recently sold its Mediaroom IPTV business to make way for Xbox. With rumors of a “Cloud TV” platform, and Microsoft’s own hints at interactive TV plans with original video content, it’s guaranteed that the next Xbox will be a key part of these plans.

TAKING OVER YOUR TV, ONE STEP AT A TIME

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to that the company will introduce a feature that lets its next-generation console take over a TV and set-top box in a similar way to Google TV. We understand that the next Xbox will require an online connection to use the entertainment services, allowing them to be always on for streaming and access to TV signals. The functionality is said to work by taking a HDMI signal and overlaying UI and features from the Xbox onto the existing TV channel or set-top box feed.

The next Xbox is also said to run on Windows 8. It’s not clear exactly what type of UI will be surfaced to end users, but Microsoft has consistently updated its Xbox 360 dashboard to match the Live Tiles found in Windows 8 and Windows Phone, so it’s safe to say this type of UI will be present in some form or another. Microsoft has also previously made Internet Explorer and Xbox Music apps available on the Xbox, so a move to Windows 8 will unify these more closely. Xbox chief Don Mattrick recently said he’s happy with the curated approach of Xbox Live, but the Windows 8 foundation should also make things a lot easier for third-party developers to create apps for Xbox. Microsoft is expected to detail its development plans for the next-generation Xbox at its Build Developer Conference in June.

ALWAYS-ON AND OTHER XBOX HARDWARE

Rumors around an always-on and always connected Xbox surfaced from various sources earlier this year. Microsoft is said to be implementing an activation system coupled with an online requirement to prevent piracy of the next-generation Xbox games. Edge magazine originally reported that games would not be able to be reused on additional consoles due to the rumored activation method. Shortly afterwards, reports from Kotaku and VGLeaks suggested that the next Xbox will require game installations to hard disks.

Former Microsoft creative director Adam Orth spoke out on Twitter about the always-on rumors. “Sorry, I don’t get the drama over having an ‘always on’ console,” he said, before adding a #dealwithit hashtag. Reaction was swift, with many criticizing Orth’s comments. Microsoft was forced to issue a statement apologizing for Orth’s comments and Orth left Microsoft shortly after the controversy. It’s still unclear whether Microsoft will require an online connection for gaming, and whether the company is planning to implement an anti-used games system as previously rumored.

IS THERE AN XBOX TABLET AND SMARTWATCH?

While the focus is on an Xbox console, Microsoft may be preparing other Xbox-related hardware. In leaked documents Microsoft referenced a mysterious “Project Fortaleza,” a plan for Kinect Glasses. There was little mention of the hardware involved, but the glasses appear to be Wi-Fi- or 4G-enabled and incorporate augmented reality in a way that’s similar to Google’s Project Glass augmented reality glasses. Microsoft marked the project for a 2014 schedule. The company also appears to be exploring other augmented reality scenarios for Xbox including IllumiRoom, which appears to use projectors to display and extend games onto nearby walls.

Microsoft is also said to be working on a 7-inch Surface tablet. The secret project, revealed in November, will likely ship later this year with some close ties to Xbox for casual gaming and interaction using the company’s SmartGlass system. Microsoft’s Xbox team is also said to be testing smartwatch prototypes with a Surface connector. Microsoft had originally planned to release a “Joule” heart rate monitor accessory for the Xbox, but the company has since decided to focus on a smartwatch instead. Microsoft’s own Xbox chief believes “10 years from now, we’ll be wearing 10 sensors on our body.”

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The Evil Within: teaser trailer

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Take a look at the upcoming survival horror game, The Evil Within, with this live action teaser trailer. Due out later this year on Xbox, PS3 and PC its being developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda.

What we know so far, the game revolves around Detective Sebastian and his partner who rush to the scene of a gruesome mass murder. A mysterious, powerful force is lying in wait for them. Witnessing the killing of fellow police officers one after another, Sebastian is then attacked and loses consciousness. Waking up in a land where monsters are wandering about, he has to fight his way through a world of death and his close friend’s madness in order to understand what’s going on. Sebastian has to face his fears in order to survive on a journey to discover what lies in the shadows of that mysterious force, more to follow soon.

Jak and Daxter Trilogy to PS Vita in June

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Last November Naughty Dog announced that the Jak and Daxter Trilogy would be making its PS3 debut. Hitting store shelves in February 2012, Naughty Dog’s beloved code received a faithful HD remake that made for a lot of happy fans and introduced newcomers to the treasured series.
We’re now pleased to announce we’re expanding the collection to the portable audience. Arriving in June, three of your favorite Jak and Daxter titles – Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Jak 3 will be coming to PlayStation Vita as Jak and Daxter Trilogy.

The power of the PS Vita allows Jak and Daxter Trilogy to feature authentically reproduced graphics from the original games. If you’re a longtime fan you’ll instantly feel at home in the game world and new players will get to experience the world of Jak and Daxter for the first time via the cool new touch based applications of certain mini games throughout the collection. Holding these games in the palm of your hand has never been more exciting and responsive.

For you trophy seekers out there the trophy set isn’t shared with the PS3 version so that means there are three more Platinum trophies you can earn for your PSN ID via this portable collection.
We’ve been hard at work on this addition to the Jak and Daxter lineage and are excited to hear your hover board triumph stories as well as your trials and tribulations during your quests for more eco.

Get ready for more updates over the coming months, including news on when you’ll be able to play the Jak and Daxter Trilogy on PS Vita for the first time!

Singstar: Sean Kingston Mashup

What if Sony released Singstar Sean Kingston?

In a new feature to GamepadGlory we take a look at games that should have been, to start this off we have Singstar Sean Kingston. SingStar Sean Kingston requires players to sing along with the music of Sean Kingston in order to score points. Players interface with their console via USB microphones while a music video plays in the background.

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Sing along to 14 of his all time classic hits with Singstar Sean Kingston, full track listing –

  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • I Can Feel It (featuring Phil Collins)
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Bonus track, Beautiful Girls

Zelda coming to 3DS Virtual Console

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Nintendo have announced that The Zelgend Of Zelda: Oracle Of Ages and Oracle Of Seasons will be released digitally via the 3DS Virtual Console in May.

Originally released on Game Boy Color, the adventures were developed by Capcom. In Oracle Of Ages, Link uses the Oracle Of Ages to travel through time, solving puzzles and discovering ideas. If you plant seeds in the past, they’ll be fully grown in the future.

In Oracle Of Seasons, leaves fall, and levels can dry up or freeze over things change according to the seasons which you command using the rod of seasons.

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You can link both games to discover new content. After completing the first game, you’ll receive a code to start the second.

New Nintendo Direct 4/17!

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So this morning Nintendo did another one of it’s famous Nintendo Direct videos to announce all kinds of stuff. Here’s the whole 37 minute announcement:

We’ll have more in depth analysis throughout the day.

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