Weekly Video Game News and Game Trailers – 11/24/2012
By Patrick Newman
Black Ops 2 Patched
A title update for the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has just gone live. Treyarch has posted a list of the fixes, which encompass a host of bugs and glitches such as: Infrastructure and performance improvements to Live Streaming, streaming performance improvements to playback in CODTV, Emblems and Clan tags will not appear correctly on the assault shield. The full list of the patch updates can be found in the PunchDrunkGamer forums.
GTA V Update
Spring 2013 can’t come soon enough for Grand Theft Auto fans, as now they will be forced to wait for another 3-4 months for a greater glimpse of Rockstar’s newest opus. Pre-orders for the title, however, have already started to spring up online everywhere, with UK supermarket chain Tesco leading the charge. With Tesco an online pre-order deal offers GTA V for £39.99 ($63.74).
Star Wars: The Old Republic – Free 2 Play Trailer
Hitman moving to Canada
IO Interactive, the developers behind Hitman: Absolution, have decided to move their next project to developer Square Enix Montreal for future adventures with Agent 47. Citing the benefits of two game design behemoths working cooperatively these massive undertaking as the primary reason for the switch, Tore Blystad (the Hitman: Absolution director) recently told the Official Playstation Magazine, “It’s like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward,” Blystad continued. “You have an IP that has been developed. They will feed off each other, as well as some things that stand out. I think with these big franchises, it takes a long time to develop just one game. If you can, work a little bit in parallel at least, and help each other out.”
Xbox TV Update
The Verge is reporting that Microsoft’s newest-brewing hardware is a set-top TV box, planned for release in 2013. The TV will basically function as a scaled-down version of the Xbox 720, and will feature an “always on” chipset to allow users to access the device with minimal boot-up. The “Xbox TV” hardware will run a modified version of Windows 8, supporting “casual titles” instead of “full” Xbox 720 games. The Verge report comes from a number of unidentified sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, and to make the speculation all the more intriguing, a Microsoft represented released this official statement: “Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend the console lifecycle by introducing controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships…We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention.”
Borderlands 2 – Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage DLC Trailer
Mirror’s Edge Sequel in the Works!
Coming off a recent report on the Official Xbox Magazine that a sequel to the free-running adventure Mirror’s Edge could be on the way, Swedish developer Ben Cousins confirmed the same by tweeting that it is “general knowledge” the third-person action game is in the works. EA Games Vice President Patrick Soderlund chalks up this variety to keeping his wide base of employees engaged and exited: “The minute we start saying ‘you’re going to make a Battlefield game for the rest of your life’, they’re going to go some place else,” he said. “So for them to make great Battlefield games there need to be other things for them to do as well. That’s why we have people who move around quite a bit. And then obviously we have a boatload of people that just want to make Battlefield because they love it.”
Vice City hitting iOS
The tenth anniversary edition of the classic bad behavior sim Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is coming to iOS an Android devices on December 6th, at the low cost of $5. The open-world shooting and stealing free-for-all now includes higher resolution graphics, as well as several enhancements unique to the iOS and Android platforms. These include updated character models and lighting effects, more precise gun firing and targeting options, a customizable control layout, and support for Retina display devices. Some of the supported devices for the game include the iPad, iPad 5, and Samsumg Galaxy S3.
Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition – Gameplay Trailer
“Call Me Maybe” coming to Rock Band
For the 1% among us who haven’t been sufficiently bombarded with the poppy twinkle of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” they’ll have a second chance November 27th when the single arrives on Rock Band for download. Premiering alongside 90’s hit “Sex and Candy,” Rae Jepson’s song is currently the 17th most watched YouTube video worldwide, with over 340 million views. Both “Call Me Maybe,” and the mopey “Sex and Candy” can be bought for $2 apiece for the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360.
Hulu Plus available on the Wii U
Hulu Plus has finally arrived on the Wii U (at $8/month), which, with the inclusion of Netflix, will make Nintendo’s new console a significantly media capable box. The biggest draw to watching Hulu on the Wii is that it fully integrates the GamePad controller into the app’s overall interface, by allowing full video streaming from the console to the pad itself. The Wii U gamepad also allows supplemental information about the program being played on the mother console to display on the take-away tablet.
Far Cry 3 – Multiplayer Trailer
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