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Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 leaked onto torrent websites

Daniel Perez | Nov 5, 2012 8:51 AM CST

One of 2012's most highly anticipated first-person shooters that isn't Halo 4 will soon be released next Tuesday, but seeing as gamers absolutely cannot wait for actual release dates, a pirated version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been leaked through various torrent websites.

According to a number of reports, user "BAD 2 THE B0N3" published the leaked version of Black Ops 2 for Xbox 360 onto 360iso. BAD 2 THE B0N3 was also responsible for last month's Halo 4 leak.

A flood of gameplay footage has already started making their way through YouTube that cover much of the game including the game's campaign, multiplayer and zombies mode. If you're the type of person who would prefer not to run into spoilers of a game before its release, it's HIGHLY recommended you don't go looking through YouTube for the next week as Black Ops 2 can easily be ruined thanks to these videos.

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Sony has been approved to launch the PlayStation 3 in China, finally

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 4, 2012 11:32 PM CST

In China, game consoles are technically illegal, which has stopped Sony's PlayStation 3 from launching in the country, until now. The company have been approved to launch their now ageing console in China.

Authorities granted the PlayStation 3 a "China Compulsory Certificate" in July, but the PS3 has yet to have launched yet. Considering the PS3 launched in Japan close to six years ago, it is definitely behind the times in China. China pushed in a console ban in 2000 to protect the nation's youth, in turn, creating a booming grey-market for game consoles, and games themselves, pushing piracy numbers up considerably.

Consoles can be sold if they're labelled as home entertainment consoles, and thanks to Sony baking in a Blu-ray player into the console along with its many online capabilities, the PS3 is considered a home entertainment system anyway. Microsoft never released the Xbox 360 in China, and Nintendo didn't bother with the Wii, either.

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Ace of Spades, an 8-bit, Minecraft-like team-based FPS

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 4, 2012 2:27 AM CST

There's a new team-based first-person shooter on the block called Ace of Spades, and most of you (including myself) have probably not even heard of it.

Well, the game is being made specifically with the gameplay found in Team Fortress in mind, wrapped in the 8-bit blocky Minecraft-like look, which also gives players in the game the freedom to build themselves a custom battlefield, on-the-go. Yes, while you're defending, shooting, and running away from bullets, you'll be making your own battlefield.

Ace of Spades supports up to 32 simultaneous players in a world that is completely destructible, and just like Minecraft, players are only limited by their own creativity in building their surroundings. Ace of Spades is a PC-exclusive (yay!) and has been in development since April 2011, with the beta sporting around 2.5 million players.

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American Express offering real-world prizes for Xbox 360 achievements

Daniel Perez | Nov 2, 2012 9:23 AM CDT

Up until just a few months ago, Xbox 360 achievements have just been a way to brag to your friends on how much of a gaming god you are over them as you've gone above and beyond in order to unlock your achievements. But Microsoft changed that recently when they began to offer discounts on merchandise within the Xbox Live Marketplace for gamers who reached a certain amount of Gamerscore. Now it looks like American Express is getting in on the "rewarding gamers for their achievements" bandwagon.

American Express announced today that it will be launching its Card Sync Technology with the Xbox 360 which will reward players with real-world prizes like coupons and credit to their credit card. American Express card holders would need to sync their card to their Xbox Live account to which the company would keep track of your achievements and reward you accordingly.

The program will be available to U.S. and U.K. American Express cardholders and kicks off with Halo 4 next week. One reward that will certainly get a lot of Halo 4 players sprinting towards its completion is the reward for the "Lone Wolf Legend" achievement. Players will need to be one of the first 25 people in the U.S. and one of the first five in the U.K. to complete Halo 4 solo on Legendary difficulty. The reward for that achievement would be a trip to E3 2013 with all accommodations paid for.

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Analyst: Medal of Honor brand might be dead

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 2, 2012 5:37 AM CDT

I still remember when Medal of Honor came out - that's about the time we got some wicked anistrophic filtering tech on our graphics cards and it was one of the first games I used it on. The game itself was phenomenal, and this was all before Call of Duty entered the first-person shooter arena.

After rebooting a couple of years ago, we're looking at another jolt into the now disappointing franchise with Medal of Honor: Warfighter (our review on it is here). But, EA's earnings call a couple of days ago noted the disappointing performance of the game, but didn't give out any exact sales figures.

Wedbush Securities analyst, Michael Pachter, says that the bad reception could be the beginning of the end of the Medal of Honor brand, and furthermore, hurt EA's ongoing fight against Activision for the king of the hill position in the first-person shooter market. Pachter says:

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PlayStation 4 devkits sport AMD A10 APU, would run games at 1080p at 60fps

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 1, 2012 9:29 PM CDT

Finally, some news for the gaming world that is exciting. VG247 have had multiple sources whisper into their ears that "Orbis" developer kits, otherwise known as the PlayStation 4, are reaching developers, housed in a normal PC case.

VG247 report that there are four different dev kit versions, with the previous version just a graphics card. The version shipping at the moment is a "modified PC", and the third version which will arrive in January 2013 will be closer to the final spec. The final version will be in developers' hands "next summer".

The latest Orbis units are based on AMD's A10 APU series, with the PS4's APU described as a "derivative" of existing A10 hardware, which is "based on A10 system and base platform". VG247 were told that the "ultimate goal" for the hardware is to run 1080p60 games (1920x1080 at 60 frames per second) in 3D with "no problems". The goal, to create a machine that's powerful enough for "today and tomorrow's market". Considering tomorrow's market is 4K... I'll stop there for now.

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Pre-order Crysis 3 and you'll get a free copy of the original Crysis for PC, Xbox 360, or PS3

Trace Hagan | Nov 1, 2012 7:37 PM CDT

Crysis 3 is coming. We've covered the game quite a bit, especially while checking it out at E3. We've told you how to get an Alpha multi-player key for this upcoming public trial. Now we're bringing you news that if you pre-order Crysis 3, CryTek and Electronic Arts will provide a free digital copy of the original for PS3, Xbox 360, or PC.

"The release of Crysis in 2007 was truly a watershed moment for first-person shooters and raised the bar on cutting-edge visuals and gameplay and we could not be more thrilled to include the original game as a pre-order bonus," said Cevat Yerli, Chief Executive Officer of Crytek. "Building upon the framework laid by the previous games, Crysis 3 offers unparalleled tactical freedom as players experience New York City's Seven Wonders and adapt to the truly unique challenges they present. By blending the best elements of the series so far, we've created an action experience that we believe will blow fans away."

Crysis 3 is sure to be great and getting Crysis original for free is just that much better. Users who pre-order the Crysis 3 Hunter Edition will get the Predator bow immediately in multiplayer, along with a Hunter Nanosuit module. Players will also start at level 5 in multiplayer. Pre-order the Hunter Edition on Origin.com and other retailers for $59.99.

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Rockstar announce spring 2013 availability of Grand Theft Auto V, PC is left out of the news

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 31, 2012 2:38 AM CDT

Finally, Rockstar have announced the release windows for Grand Theft Auto V - spring 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. GTA V is set in a "re-imagined, present-day Southern California in the largest and most thriving game-world we have ever created set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and for miles beyond - from the tops of the mountains and the depths of the ocean".

Pre-orders will open up on November 5, with the developer to tease even more details of the game in the following weeks. One very negative thing about this is that Rockstar didn't talk about the PC platform in their announcement.

I did see on their site that they posted about the PC version in the comments section stating that "we're currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and don't have any details to share about a PC version at this time". It seems that a lot of people, myself included, are disappointed that the ageing consoles are getting their release, but our powerhouse PCs are left out, once again.

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Nintendo Wii U to be sold at a loss, signals a change in Nintendo's pricing structure

Trace Hagan | Oct 24, 2012 8:32 PM CDT

The Nintendo Wii U will be sold at a loss when it is first introduced in November. Nintendo has come out and said that manufacturing costs are higher than what consumers would be willing to pay, so they've decided to sell it at a loss, much like Sony did with the PlayStation and Microsoft did with the Xbox.

This decision isn't necessarily a bad choice. Microsoft and Sony have been doing this for a while as it allows more consumers to purchase the console, which, in turn, widens a developers audience so more games, and bigger budget games, are developed for the system. This drives even more sales of the console.

Furthermore, some of those losses are recouped on selling accessories, such as remotes, and on licensing fees paid be developers. Nintendo will make up these losses by selling games and accessories. And, as the cost of manufacturing decreases, Nintendo will start to make back its losses through profits on sales of the console itself.

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God of War: Ascension GameStop pre-order bonus brings King Leonidas from '300'

Daniel Perez | Oct 24, 2012 11:00 AM CDT

Pre-order bonuses have typically been an exclusive map, character or real-life merchandise like a sticker or poster, but this is the first time that I thought any pre-order bonus for any game was worth me going out to a store to pre-order any game at this moment as I absolutely need it in my life.

Sony has announced today one of the weirdest, but at the same time, coolest piece of pre-order bonus content I've ever heard of. For God of War: Ascension, if you pre-order either the standard or collector's edition of the game, you'll be given a voucher code to access King Leonidas from "300."

Yes - the ultimate Spartan to have ever kicked a messenger into a bottomless pit will be somewhat of a playable character in God of War: Ascension as the voucher code will give access to King Leonidas' red cape, helmet, armor and spear which has its own combat moves. All of this will be made available in God of War: Ascension's multiplayer mode only.

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