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  • Halo: Reach Sales Numbers Sticky-Grenade your Mind

    Last Thursday, Microsoft announced sales numbers for Halo: Reach. The Xbox  360 flagship title grossed an impressive $200 million in sales in the U.S. and Europe in the first 24 hours of its release.

    During the tail-end of a worldwide economic downturn.

    Comparatively, Halo 3 racked up $170 million in its first 24 hours in the U.S. alone in 2007.

    Microsoft didn’t break out numbers by country this time but they’re still impressive. Reach’s sales figures aren’t quite as impressive as Halo developer Bungie’s new partner’s last major release: last November, Activation’s Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 took in $310 million during its first 24 hours on sale.

    That said, Halo: Reach is available on one console, Modern Warfare 2 was a large multi-platform release.

    Microsoft added said that based on U.S. sales alone Reach was the biggest launch of 2010 ahead of the three-day opening weekends of Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Iron Man 2′ and ‘Toy Story 3.’

    If we compare those numbers ($133 and $109 million respectively) with Reach’s overall numbers, it’s safe to say Reach pulled somewhere around $150 million in the US alone. Sales over the rest of the week are the next interesting set of numbers we’re waiting on.

    We’ll actually have a review on the game once we can actually put it down.

  • The Coming Month With Xbox Live Marketplace

    Here’s your monthly fix of what to expect on Xbox Live in September/October. This month sees Microsoft’s “Game Feast” season running from September 29 to October 20.

    Games worth checking out are the long awaited watery adventure Hydrophobia (the concept of water as a weapon is still intriguing), Super Meat Boy and downloadable content wise the Liars & Cheats pack for Red Dead Redemption as well as Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution for Borderlands.

    Also anyone who hasn’t downloaded The Passing DLC for L4D2 should take advantage of the Deal of The Week when it comes as the mere 320 MSP they ask for gets you a new game mode and a varied campaign that includes one of the best sewers in the series.

    On the subject of DotW, Microsoft want you to vote for what deals are to be included each week. To vote on what content you would like to see reduced, head on over to the Spotlight channel on the Xbox menu and click on Member’s Choice Deal of the Week Poll.

    Anyhow, onto this month’s content schedule:

    Xbox Live Arcade

    • September 22: Alien Breed 2: Assault Episode 2, 800 Microsoft Points
    • September 22: DeathSpank 2: Thongs of Virtue, 1200 Microsoft Points
    • September 22: Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, 1200 Microsoft Points
    • September 29: Hydrophobia, 1200 Microsoft Points
    • October 6: Comic Jumper, 1200 Microsoft Points
    • October 13: Pinball FX 2, free game download (tables purchased individually with free import from original Pinball FX)
    • October 20: Super Meat Boy, 1200 Microsoft Points

    Xbox Live Deal of the Week

    • Week of September 20: Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing, 320 Microsoft Points
    • Week of September 27: Toy Soldiers, 800 Microsoft Points

    Xbox Live Games on Demand

    • September 21: Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary
    • September 28: Assassin’s Creed II

    Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace

    • September 23: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
    • September 28: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

    Xbox Live Game Add-ons

    • September 21: Red Dead Redemption – Liars and Cheats, 800 Microsoft Points
    • September 28: Borderlands – Clap Trap’s New Robot Revolution, 800 Microsoft Points
    • September 29: Toy Soldiers – Invasion!, 400 Microsoft Points
  • Next Chapter of Alien Breed Series Imminent

    Team17 have announced that the next game in their Alien Breed trilogy, Alien Breed: Assault, will be released on September 22 for Xbox Live and PC, via Steam.

    The first chapter, Alien Breed: Evolution (XBLA) and the updated version Alien Breed: Impact (PSN, PC), were met with mixed reviews, most focusing on the lack of variety, something which the next chapter seeks to correct.

    In it the story continues on from the last, seeing Conrad, Chief Engineer of the Leopold, fighting his way through the dying ship in hopes of re-igniting the spacecraft’s engines so that he can escape a messy death.

    To achieve this he’ll just need to kill hundreds upon hundreds of aliens but, hey, what were you expecting in an isometric alien shooter.

    To add a little more spice to the gameplay new weapons, features and modes are being introduced. Take the new Survivor Mode. It might just be another version of the various horde mode incarnations but the top down shooting lends itself to this mode. Teaming up with a friend only makes this mode better.

    Weapon-wise there is the hyper blaster, a destructive chain gun, and the old faithful, the rocket launcher. More firepower means new meatbags to try them on with the new alien the Webber making an appearance along with “new and shocking bosses”.

    Throw in a couple of choreographed action sequences and some new armour and you may have some features that make co-op play that much more interesting.

    Don’t trust me? Then here’s what John Dennis, Head of Design at Team17, has to say:

    “We’re really happy with how much ‘Assault’ adds to an already strong gameplay formula. We’ve got some awesomely destructive new weapons to purchase and upgrade, monstrous new boss battles, and some really exciting set-pieces.

    “Add the stress-inducing, claustrophobic experience of moving ever deeper into a space station infested with blood-thirsty aliens, and you get a very strong offering that we hope will please both Alien Breed fans and players new to the game alike.”

    Currently there’s no word on when it will appear on the Playstation Network.

  • Wesker vs Spidey in Latest Marvel vs. Capcom

    It seems Capcom wasn’t content with just announcing X-23 and Tron Bonne for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 last week so joining them are Resi super villain Albert Wesker and of course Spider-Man.

    While it was always a safe bet to think Spidey would be included on Marvel’s roster, the inclusion of Wesker not only marks his first appearance but also makes me joyful at the prospect of beating the stripes out of Captain America.

    Spider-Man is said to have similar abilities to his character in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 only with more moves to get behind his opponent, in addition to a newly upgraded super move.

    Meanwhile Wesker will be donning his Resi 5 attire, the dark shades indoor look (because nothing is more practical than that), which also means that he has his teleport and dodging moves that we’ve come to know and hate about him. From footage his supers are just as over-the-top as his downfall in Resi 5.

  • Let the Halo Franchise Grow

    This is going to be simple – We want more Halo.

    Some people, PC FPS players especially, despise the Halo franchise. Say what you will about the games themselves, no one can doubt that the games have been a phenomenal success for Bungie and Microsoft and have been instrumental in launching the Xbox 360 to its current position.

    Worldwide the franchise has moved nearly 40 million units. That number doesn’t take into account the bundled units for the original Xbox, Xbox 360 or second-hand sales. According to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, Halo 3 grossed $170 million in its first 24 hours of sales. ‘Avatar’ grossed a little more than $30 million. Think about that. We’re still waiting on Halo: Reach numbers.

    So the question is why haven’t we seen more Halo? If we were to, what would be the ideal vehicle for such a pop-culture Trojan Horse? More books? A massive big-budget summer blockbuster? A TV series? MORE video games?

    Read on for more. (more…)

  • Top Gun, Reviewed [PSN]

    Most people will recognise the name Top Gun from the 80s ‘classic’ starring Tom Cruise, and while the developers say their PSN game is based on the movie, the comparisons are light if present at all.

    Top Gun‘s nearest relative would obviously be flight sim series Ace Combat, and developers doublesix have taken the arcade side of this experience, rather than making a game far too complicated for its own good. For those who already have a firm grasp on the genre, Top Gun may seem a little too basic at first, though this only allows newcomers room to breathe for the first mission or two. (more…)

  • TGS 2010: Capcom Unveil J-God of War Game

    Okay so it’s not fair to call every hack-and-slash game a rip-off of God of War just because it came first, so lets hope that Capcom’s new title Asura’s Wrath is the new god killer.

    This new title is the lovechild of Capcom and Japanese developer CyberConnect2, responsible for the .hack games, and will fuse together Asian Mythology with Science Fiction. Presumably there will be lasers and robots everywhere.

    As per action game trope you are a scorned god out for revenge after a rather nasty betrayal by your fellow gods which sees you stripped of all your powers. Not content with sitting around powerless, Asura gets angry, so angry that he can level buildings with his rage.

    Using this new found fury, Asura seeks vengeance against those who wronged him, destroying everything that gets in his way. A hack-and-slash just wouldn’t be right without anger and demolition.

    The game is said to be split into different segments that all tie together into one massive climatic ending. Currently Asura’s Wrath is in the early development stages and it is for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

    Enjoy the screens below, especially the giant robot Buddha in space. Kratos would never stand a chance.

  • TGS 2010: Frank West Teams Up with Chuck in New Dead Rising Title

    Capcom are on fire at the Tokyo Game Show this year, showing off another game in the Dead Rising series called Dead Rising 2: Case West.

    Acting as a compliment to both Dead Rising 2 and Case Zero, the title sees the Frank West and Chuck Greene teaming up for co-op zombie slaying fun.

    Like Case Zero, this will be a downloadable chapter that is exclusive for Xbox Live, which if it is anything like Case Zero should be well worth playing. 

    In it Frank and Chuck work together to look into the reason for the Fortune City outbreak which is expected to have links to the Willamette Incident.

  • TGS 2010: Devil May Cry Makes a Return

    Though it may be surprising, the picture to the left is in fact Dante, star of the last 4 Devil May Cry games. With an overhaul this dramatic, it’s no surprise that a new developer are responsible.

    UK based Ninja Theory are responsible for the new look, and they are set to bring a new flavour to the game; described as Dark and Brutal gameplay. It’s unknown if the game is set to tie into the other games in the series, or whether this is a Prince of Persia style overhaul (though we hope this reboot doesn’t become mysteriously forgotten by Capcom 12 months on like PoP did).

    What we do know, both from the screenshots below and the annoucnement trailer, is that Dante will be using the same flashy fight choreography he is used to, which is really all fans want from a DMC game.

    Expect more news on DmC Devil May Cry, as it is mysteriously known as for now, in the near future.

  • TGS 2010: Grasshopper Manufacture Return With Shadows of The Damned

    Rounding out the EA’s conference at this year’s TGS, Japanese developer Grasshopper Manufacture announced their latest title. The collaboration between Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami and No More Heroes designer Suda 51 has been hotly anticipated for some time.

    Shadows of the Damned is said to be a psychological thriller, played from the third person perspective. Those looking for a vibrant and colourful No More Heroes follow up may be disappointed tough, as the style of this journey through Hell has a distinctly dark tone. The game is said to be ‘intense’ but will feature the same quirkiness fans of Suda 51 have come to expect.

    The short trailer showcased some environmental weaponry, and a number of varied enemy types, all of which looking as hellish and terrifying as they should be given the setting. The game looked exciting to say the least, and given the pedigree of both these gaming legends, it would be hard not to be excited for Shadows of the Damned.

    Shadows of the Damned is on its way to PS3 and 360 in 2011.