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To tell you the truth, right now, I don't know whether I want to pick up a next-gen console on launch day. The launch titles I want, such as Watch Dogs, are hitting PC, but could Microsoft swing things around this weekend at PAX in Seattle, Washington this week?
The news comes from Microsoft's Major Nelson, who said that there will be 60 Xbox One and Xbox 360 demo pods at PAX, with these games including Forza 5, Ryse, Project Spark, Killer Instinct, Battlefield 4, Kinect Sports Rivals, Fable Anniversary, Dead Rising 3 "and of course there will be other surprises at the booth, including games that I'm not at liberty to divulge... yet."
What could we expect? We could see Epic Games' unannounced next-gen new IP for one. We could be completely surprised by something totally different, such as a new title from Microsoft Studios, but other than that, we'll have to wait a few days to find out. Our own Trace Hagan will be driving down to the event, covering it for us here at TweakTown.
EA has some hot property, there's no denying it, but going into the future they're going to be rotating its three main shooters, according to President of EA Labels, Frank Gibeau, during an interview with CVG.
These three shooters are Battlefield, Titanfall and Battlefront, but EA will be doing things a little differently from now. EA were alternating between its Battlefield and Medal of Honor franchises, but now that Medal of Honor is all but dead, the way EA are doing things will change. Back in January, EA were forced to state that it was "taking Medal of Honor out of rotation" for the forseeable future.
Gibeau told CVG: "The shooter rotation we think about now is Battlefield, Titanfall and Battlefront, and so we like those three brands going forward. We're working out how we're going to line that up because that's what you'll see from us."
If you want some free real-world loot, then you might want to pre-order Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox 360 through the Microsoft Store, which will see you with $20 of Xbox Live Marketplace credit.
You'll receive 1,600 points, or $20 in real-world money for doing so. Microsoft announced just two days ago that it was converting MS Points to real-world currency on the Xbox 360. GTA V launches on Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 on September 17.
Metro: Last Light has seen great success on the PC so far, but 4A Games has just announced that the first-person shooter will reach the Apple OS X platform on September 10, and Linux later this year.
Both versions of the game will be identical to what we have on the PC and consoles, with Mac owners capable of accessing the Metro: Last Light Season Pass, Faction Pack and Tower Pack DLC when the game drops on September 10. Mac releases of both the Developer and Chronicles downloadable content packs should launch next to the PC and console counterparts later this year.
Metro: Last Light will jump onto the App Store and Steam for Mac, with the latter supporting Steam Play.
Telltale Games' uber-popular and well-received The Walking Dead game will hit the Android-powered OUYA console later this year. Telltale Games announced the news, but didn't say anything about its release other than it will be "coming this winter."
The OUYA bound release will see The Walking Dead: Season One as well as the 400 Days DLC. The Walking Dead: Season Two will reach the OUYA console in the future, but nothing more has been said about that. The first episode will be on offer for free, after which you'll need to whip out your credit card for the rest.
When Humble Bundle released its Origin Bundle that was packed with high quality games, including Battlefield 3, Mirrors Edge, and The Sims 3, everyone knew that it was going to be big. Just how big was unclear until earlier today.
Today with just 24 hours to go, The Origin Humble Bundle surpassed $10 million in sales, breaking the platform's previous record by more than $5 million. At the time of this writing, more than 2 million Humble Bundles have been sold with an average donation of $4.93. Total payments amassed more than $10,143,000, and that figure continues to grow at the rate of more than $200 a minute.
I have bought every Humble Bundle that has been released since the program started, and have actually purchased 4 of the Origin bundles, three of which have been given out to friends. So if you haven't picked up your copy of the Origin Humble Bundle yet, head over to the source below and donate $5 to some awesome charities and score some incredible games for yourself.
One of the games in my most-wanted list right now is Ubisoft's open-world title Watch Dogs. Even more so now that NVIDIA has announced a partnership with Ubisoft, where they've signed an "unprecedented technical alliance" that will see their best games enhanced with PC-exclusive effects and features.
This list includes Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with Watch Dogs now joining them. There's no specifics on Watch Dogs' enhancements, but we should hear all about that very soon. It's interesting news, too, considering that the hardware powering the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is from AMD.
Maybe NVIDIA felt the need to make these partnerships to keep up, so that they aren't left behind when AMD starts snuggling up to everyone in its Never Settle program. Either way, it benefits the consumers and gamers, which is the best thing.
Grand Theft Auto V is nearly here, but before the 720p (or lower) title reaches current generation consoles (can you hear my disappointment yet?) Rockstar Games has taken to its website to detail the Special and Collector's Editions of GTA V.
Both editions will include more weapons, outfits, custom characters and more. Both the Special and Collector's Edition will include the addition of the .50 Caliber Pistol, the Bullpup Shotgun and melee weapon, the Hammer. Buyers will also receive a 20% discount in GTA V's stores and an additional outfit for the three protagonists in GTA V.
The Collector's Edition is a little more special, including custom characters from Grand Theft Auto Online, as well as GTA IV's Niko Bellic, as well as Claud and Misty from GTA III. Collector's Edition buyers will also receive the CarbonRS sports bike and open frame 1930s style hotrod, the Hotknife.
According to researchers from the Queen Mary Univeristy and University College London, playing fast-paced, complicated games such as StarCraft can help non-gamers improve their higher-level compentencies such as cognitive flexibility.
In laymens terms, playing those complicated games can make you smarter. The researchers wanted to find out if playing the fast-paced games that required vast amounts of multitasking and quick-thinking would help, and it looks like it did. The researchers grabbed a group of non-gaming students, tasking them with playing StarCraft or The Sims, intensely, over a two-month period.
They simultaneously took a series of non-gaming tests, with the researchers discovering that the subjects who chose to play the click-heavy SarCraft performed at a higher rate in cognitive flexibility tasks than those who chose to play The Sims, which is a more sedate experience. Researcher Brian Glass said: "Previous research has demonstrated that action video games, such as Halo, can speed up decision making. The current work finds that real-time strategy games can promote our ability to think on-the-fly and learn from past mistakes."
Battlefield 4 isn't long away, but during an interview at Gamescom, DICE said that Battlefield 4 will launch with 10 multiplayer maps and 7 game modes. Comparing this to Battlefield 3, which launched with 9 maps and 5 game modes.
Battlefield 4's Commander mode will not work in all modes, and is limited to just objective-based modes such as Conquest, Rush and Obliteration. Obliteration, the latest game mode launching with BF4 was shown off quite a lot during Gamescom in Cologne last week. Battlefield 4 launches on most platforms apart from the Wii U on October 29.