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Lost Planet 3 – Better than the Critics Gave it Credit For

Lost Planet the original game was a delight! Giant creatures to slay on a snow covered planet,

responsive controls and a good story. It wasn’t a smashing success, but it kept the user interest, and hence a sequel was announced. Things went pretty downhill for Capcom from there. The sequel had buggy controls and glitches, so I guess when the third part of the game was announced, gamers and critics alike didn’t put much stock in it.

The story of the third installment takes place 50 years in the past and traces the origin of the first settlers on an alien planet sent there to mine for T-Energy. T-Energy is supposedly the answer to solving earth’s energy crisis. The story is simplistic but works just fine as further down the line it unravels secrets and sub plots. The game play is interesting with putting a whole arsenal of new weaponry at the player’s disposal and introducing a cover system. There are plenty of alien bugs to squash and roaming about in the giant mech suit, which is rendered perfectly.

The game AI is fairly decent but sometimes tends to overwhelm with too many enemies on the screen. When faced with such a situation, the best option is to hightail it out of there. The most incredible and memorable phase of the game has got to be the final boss; in fact, all the boss fights are pretty immersive. The bosses can’t be defeated by simply blowing them full of holes! Oh no, you have to figure out the weakness of each individual boss to bring it down systematically.

I don’t know why the critics didn’t show this game any love and ranked it so low. It’s a huge (in every sense of the word) improvement over the previous installment.

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GTA V for PC Petition Passes 200,000 Signatures

The online petition on change.org asking Rockstar Games to release the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V crossed yet another milestone by surpassing 200,000 signatures. The exact signatures at the press time were almost 207,971 on the online document.

GTA fans from all around the world came forward to sign the petition so that they could see a PC version of their favourite game and have fun at their leisure times. The figure was 100,000 in November 2012 and increased up to 150,000 in February 2013.

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The Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser said on behalf of the company that the PC version is “up for consideration” but no guarantee was given of its release.

The petition said it’s mighty shameful that still no step has been taken towards this issue by the company especially after calling out the modding community. A line from the petition says “Modded GTA is some of the most insanely fun times you can have”.

Grant Theft Auto IV is PC version was launched 8 months after the console version was shipped in early 2008.

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78.2 Million Xbox 360s Sold Worldwide

Microsoft confirms that they have sold nearly 78.2 million Xbox around the globe since it’s initially release in 2005. 1 million Xbox were sold last month therefore pushing the total near to 80 million. These findings were published in the latest earnings report by Microsoft.

The sales from last month are actually lower than 1.1 million of the same month last year indicating a slight drift downwards. But the company is still expecting to achieve the 80 million mark before the release of Xbox One in November which is priced at $500.

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Xbox Live has been constantly growing and is expected to grow further before the year ends. The company said

“Entertainment and Devices Division grew 8% for the fourth quarter and 6% for the full year. During the quarter, transactional revenue within Xbox LIVE grew nearly 20%, and we unveiled our next-generation gaming and entertainment console, Xbox One.”

In comparison with PlayStation 3 sales which are estimated to be around 77 million Xbox is still on the lead. Meanwhile, the original Wii has left them both gaping as it leads the race with the sales of approximately 100 million up to date and expecting a further increase.

 

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Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay footage released

Rockstar has finally released the footage of GTA V this Tuesday making it the hottest topic in the gaming world. It comes with the promise of unlimited thrill and action. Form the video the game appears to be very smooth and intriguing with very responsive graphics and realistic animation.

The trailer starts with a woman’s voice introducing the rejuvenated game with its three main lead characters which is a new feature for GTA since there has always been one main character. The characters are Michael- once successful bank robber, Franklin- convinced he is surrounded by morons and Trevor- the less said about him the better. During the game, the player gets to switch between these three characters to complete the missions and call backup when needed. This makes the mission highly diversified and intense.

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When not on a mission, players can switch characters, roam around and see what their friends are up to at different locations. There is a whole new world to be seen and explored, customized cars to drive, planes to fly, unlimited shopping, beaches, diving, new people to meet and befriend, mountains and oceans to discover and multiple sports. One can never get tired of living in the world of GTAV five!

Besides all the fun and excitement there is business that needs taking care of. They are after all very dangerous people living on the verge of danger dealing with criminal activities to make ends meet in a big way. After conducting a successful mission and dividing up the profit the player chooses how to spend his share of the money. Either they can buy expensive gadgets, trendy clothes or invest the money on stock exchange for future returns.

GTA V also features the online mode which lets you know about your friend’s progress with the game as well. It will be released before or after PS4 and Xbox on this September.

Where’s my Mickey for iOS and Android

After Disney’s huge success with amazing puzzle games like where’s my water and where’s my Perry, they now feature a new puzzle game named as ‘Where’s my mickey’. The game follows the same concept as of Where’s my water and where’s my Perry with different colors, theme and puzzles.

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Just like where’s my water, you have to make the waters way down to the pipelines, all the way to Mickey who is waiting to collect water in the bucket.

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The game features a whole new look and a bunch of new ways to solve the puzzles.

Where’s My Mickey? introduces a whole new world of life-like physics-based gameplay with stimulating weather mechanics and humorous animations. Immerse yourself in the ultimate mobile gaming experience as you watch funny episodes while solving challenging puzzles! Tap, swipe, and swirl to help Mickey collect water and complete each story. Every drop counts!

Where’s my mickey is capped at the price of $0.99 for both Android and iOS.

Nintendo plays it safe at E3

Nintendo was seen playing it safe at the E3 conference. They did not make any exaggerated promises about what to expect in the future instead showed it simply to the audience. Wii U seems to be in the trouble of meeting the sales expectation when compared with Xbox One and PS4. This is one of the reasons why Nintendo decided to play it cool and not rush things. There were no surprises because prior to the conference prominent people from the organization stepped forward letting people know what to expect.

The one thing Nintendo did was make revised versions of some of the old games. Their strategy seems to be reminding the users what they use to love. Among the revised games were Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros, Pokémon X/Y, and Mario Kart series.

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Nintendo also announced “Super Mario 3D World” that features some exciting new stages and dangerous enemies for Mario and his brother Luigi to fight. It supports multiplayer option where four players can play together at the same time. Players can have a pick between Toad and Princess Peach, each character possessing different abilities.

The next game is “The ledged of Zelda”, which will be a direct sequel to “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” from 1991, adopting similar 2D graphics and classic arsenal of weapons to fight with. “Mario kart 8” has also been redesign for Wii U.

The best part was saved for the last i.e. the announcement of “Super Smash Bros” designed for Wii U and 3DS. It is an all time favourite of kids and adults.

Though the featured games are revised and thrilling but they are not completely new or innovative. Let’s just hope the players do not get bored sooner than expected.

Xbox One vs PlayStation 4 comparison

Sony and Microsoft launched their next-generation gaming console back to back at the E3 2013 conference. The world finally got to see what all the fuss was about. To keep the users on their toes seeking for more information, both the companies didn’t reveal all the details. But what had been told is enough to keep the fire burning.

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At E3 conference Microsoft announced the Xbox with great zeal. Their joy, however, was short lived because Sony announced PS4 a full $100 less than Xbox right at the end of the conference. This strategy was an instant hit among game lovers.

Apparently Xbox and PS4 are quite similar in terms of hardware, each embedding 8 core CPUs and 8GB of RAM. Both offer second screen feature and are profoundly reliant on the power of cloud. The PlayStation 4′s GDDR5 RAM suggests a more forward-thinking approach compared with the Xbox One’s DDR3. The looks are quite similar as well; both are black with a glossy finishing. PS4’s DualShock 4 controller is pretty striking.

It has a built in movement tracker that is able to detect which player is holding which control, a built in speaker and a multi touchpad. Xbox One gamepad comparatively is just the revised version of Xbox 360 gamepad with a new impulse trigger which works like a normal trigger.

The main focus of Microsoft was on the TV streaming rather than on gaming where as PS4 revealed most of its games. The most important feature that gained popularity was that PS4 allow the user to play offline without having to stay connected to the internet every other second along with the usage of old games.

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Overall PS4 seems to have more alluring traits with an attractive price when compared with Xbox One.

Sony unveils PlayStation 4′s Price and Policies

On the E3 2013 recent press conference the world finally got the glimpse of magnificently designed PS4. The announcement not only made the gamers eager for it release but it also shattered Microsoft’s dream of seeing Xbox being a success. PlayStation 4 is expected to be release before the end of the year and at the price of £349 which is far less than £429 of Xbox.

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PS4 is impressively designed with a black exterior, a streak of purple in the middle, giving it a serious and elegant look and making it pretty different from the curvy PS3. It is quite similar to the Xbox from afar but once looked closely it reveals its sharp angles from edge to edge. If the Xbox One is rectangular cuboids, the PS4 is a parallelepiped.

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The PlayStation4 has an X86 processor, improved PC GPU and 8GB of high-speed incorporated memory. It also features a dual-shock controller containing a touch pad, headphone jack and a share button.

The share button is a new thing as it allows you to share your gaming screen with your friends, even lets them take over your game for you. Over 140 games are being developed among which 40 are exclusively for PS4. Three of them, namely Don’t Starve, Outlast and Secret Ponchos can be downloaded for free right after the launch.

Sony made instant fans by allowing the use of used games and sharing them among friends and family, also no online authentication is required for every game that you play. This made the game lovers rejoice in happiness over it.

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The announcement surely hit the bull’s eye and left the competitor glued to their seats, stunned and distressed. Sony, on the other, is all set to relish the success of PS4 after its release.

Microsoft’s Xbox One releasing in November

The highly anticipated Microsoft’s next generation of console i,e Xbox One is set to be released in November, 2013. Today at E3, the company announced that Xbox One will be released in November, 2013 at the price of $499.

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On the other hand, Sony has yet to announce the price of PlayStation 4. They are expected to reveal more details about it later today at E3.

Some exclusive games for Xbox one include Forza Motorsport and Quantum Break. Are you planning to buy this new console? Or will you go for Sony one?

Sony Unveiling PlayStation 4 This February 20th!

Back in 2006 had Sony launched after an anticipated wait of 6 years the PlayStation 3. And now, they have gotten the presses rolling with the imminent launch of PlayStation 4.

As per invites dished out by Sony to journalists, they are calling upon them to New York City to “see the future” of PlayStation on 20th February. Sony has also teased out about the event via a teaser clip. Even their official PlayStation twitter account has teased with the same see the future slogan and redirects its followers to this website at where anyone can sign up to see the aforementioned video.

The video however, showcases the symbolic PlayStation buttons that are a triangle, circle, cross and square.

Specifications wise, the new PlayStation by Sony has been rumored to be packing not a quad core but an eight (yes as in a numerical 8) core AMD64 architecture based CPU and for graphics an AMD R10XX GPU (although we again say these aren’t exactly true and possibly can change).

So with 18 days left, what are you expecting from the new PlayStation? Let us know in the comments below.