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Reasons to Buy Rare Replay

3 Aug

Alright, so I don’t own an Xbox One yet, but I’m going to within the year. How else will I play Gears of War 4? That’s not coming out until next year, however, so the first game I’m going to buy for my new system is going to be Rare Replay and here’s why you should grab it too.

Thanks to shitty craftsmanship, the Xbox 360 is a ticking time bomb waiting to shit itself into oblivion. Every gamer is familiar with the red ring of death so picking up Rare Replay ensures I can play some of my favorite Xbox 360 games without shelling out cash to keep the system in working condition. However, companies walk a thin line when asking you to repurchase their games. Atlus (Shin Megami Tensei) keeps things interesting by adding new gameplay. Gearbox Software (Borderlands) makes the price so ridiculously low that why not buy it three or four times? Square Enix (Final Fantasy) just wants you to buy the game again because they kind of did some stuff to the art. Rare Replay goes a step further, giving you THIRTY games that span multiple systems – like from that Xbox I never bought and my N64 which doesn’t work any more.

Not every game is going to be a winner, but here’s what I’m looking forward to: Continue reading

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Surface, the new Microsoft Tablet

20 Jun

Once again I’ve scoured the news releases to bring you all of the information I can find, this time about the new Microsoft Tablet, Surface. Announced in Los Angeles this Monday, it’s made a splash in the hardware market, but there’s more speculation than real facts out there.

So what do we know? There will be be two versions of the Surface, consumer and enterprise. The later is for consumers and the former for the workplace and is called the Surface Pro. The consumer version will release first and the Pro version about 3 months later. There were no prices given for either version, but we’re told they will be priced “comparably” to other devices on the market. The Surface could therefore be priced anywhere from $499 to $829 as Apple’s most basic version of the iPad retails for that much, depending on the model. The Surface Pro will run around $1,000 as that’s what ultrabooks typically run for. Unfortunately for Microsoft, most annalists are saying the same thing, “Microsoft will need to significantly undercut the iPad to be competitive.” (Peter Misek, Jason North, and Billy Kim of Jefferies & Company, Inc) Continue reading

And Ubisoft Takes the Prize – E3 News

5 Jun

E3 over the last two days has been a flurry of news and information. While it’s not over yet, all of the big press conferences are over. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, and Ubisoft held major press conferences and wowed, or bored, crowds with their presentations. Here’s what I thought stood out during each.

Microsoft came out with a presentation for the next Halo. My opinion is the game will be mediocre now that the old team is no longer developing it, but time will tell how good it really is. They also announced the release date, November 6, so we won’t even have to wait that long.

Next was the announcement of the new Splinter Cell which attempted to demo voice commands via Kinect. It didn’t come off so well. The developer playing the game knew the commands, but it’s going to take some heavy tutorials to get players using them as smoothly as a button press. The guys from Madden came in afterwards, though, and they showed how Kinect voice can really be utilized. Continue reading