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Assassin’s Creed Revelations: Ancestors DLC Announced… Already

Have you picked up your copy of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations yet? No? Okay. Well, there’s already DLC being announced for it. So hopefully you can raise some extra money above and beyond the retail price if you’re interested. The DLC package is being released for a modest $3.99 (320 MS Points) on PSN and Xbox Live Marketplace with 4 new characters for the multiplayer mode.

You’ll catch a few new characters for multiplayer mode… and… well that’s pretty much it unless you count their weapons, assassinations, and ’emotes’ as extra content. This DLC pack will release December 13, 2011 shamelessly less than 30 days after the release of the game itself. I’m sure it’s not already on the disc or anything, like 9% sure.

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Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary Preview

I present to you my preview of the remake to the game that jump started the first person shooter console multiplayer scene to a new level that it’s still at today (in classic, HD, and 3D). I am going to give my impressions, predictions, and back up how I got to these conclusions. The campaign was one of the best in the franchise, and I believe one of the best of all time (check my stats). I enjoyed it back in the day, but now there are a lot of new features, such as terminals, that will give more back story and previews of Halo 4.

There also is a scanner with which you can scan dead or alive enemies and learn about them. You can even scan allies and do the same. All of the guns are improved with sounds and the improved game engine makes it easier to fire. It is upgraded with the Halo Reach multiplayer and you don’t need Reach to play the Combat Evolved maps because they’re on the disc already.

The multiplayer will have six maps for competitive multiplayer and one firefight map, the names of which are: Damnation, Beaver Creek, Prisoner, Timberland, Headlong, Hang ‘Em High and the Firefight map, Installation 04 or Battle Canyon, Breakneck, High Noon, Penance, Ridgeline, Solitary, and Installation 04. The names are all over the place but we will see for sure tomorrow. These are great maps, better than any Reach map. I was impressed with these.

The firefight will have some new features, such as having ODST’s help you in combat and of course the pre-order skull Grunt Funereal will pack a plasma punch on your foes. The Halo Combat Evolved pistol will be in the Firefight and Multiplayer as well and will cause a lot of mayhem, but great fun as it will bring the fun Halo original felt back to it.

343 and Microsoft hope this game will bring a lot of great and mystic Halo feel back to it. Fans have been waiting for this game for a reason, so I’m telling you if you have an Xbox 360 this is a must-try (at least). It’s only 40 dollars at launch for all the great features it has, so spartans gear up for Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary on November 15th and if you just want the multiplayer maps to plug in to Reach you can download them for 15 dollars on the Xbox Live Marketplace, see you star-side!

 

 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Cheaters Will Be Banned Soon

Robert Bowling has announced via public forum that Modern Warfare 3 players who find themselves cheating, glitching, exploiting, and most of all “boosting” will be subject to being banned from the game soon. The first round of what could be a never ending wave of player bans is said to be rolling out in the near future. As for how exactly they planned to stop cheaters in the first place, this is where things get interesting.

Whereas we were told in the past that Treyarch was able to learn from Modern Warfare 2’s mistakes meaning that Black Ops wouldn’t have the same exploit problems. The Modern Warfare 3 team have painted an entirely different picture as to their approach to the problem. In fact they are relying on banning rather than coding away the exploits, or so their public statements would lead us to believe.

The attitude that you can’t ever stop hackers and cheaters, only hope to control them, is a very logic-based approach with widespread support. We had just hoped that possibly this conversation of cheaters and hackers numbering in the thousands and millions would have been over 3 or 4 CODs ago.

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Halo 4 Rumor Roundup: Detailed Plot + Gameplay Possibilities

There are a few rumors that a 343 Industries worker may have given some info out on Halo 4 (which is set to launch holiday 2012). Now I don’t know how accurate any of this is, or even if any of it is true one bit, but I’ll share what I’ve found with you. According to rumors, 343 Industries are going to focus on story.

This is the Master Cheif 117 John and Cortana’s story as they are on some kind of world or station called Sigma 7. There is also deep levels of customization, not just in the multiplayer. This is also in the campaign mode, possibly similar to the level of Crysis 2 character customization in the story, but a lot better with way more options.

Halo 4 may be an aim game but the shooting style will still be the same just with how you aim down the sights in most FPS games. The battlefields will be larger and more cover-based, possibly even a direct cover system for an FPS, which is unheard of, but may be a great improvement – it is unknown for sure the ramifications of this decision at this time.

As for the main enemy, it is still a mystery but we will most likely not see any Covenant and Flood like in other Halos. The Forerunners are one that is possible, but most leads say they are allies and that the main enemy is a precursor that is even before the Forerunners as the allies, a new ancient evil. I’m thinking that could be true and they can use the machines on the Halo rings to fight you if so.

More rumors suggest that players will also find out a lot about why ONI is on Sigma 7 and they’re downgraded with more human-like weapons and vehicles. Armor abilities will most likely return but will the jet pack and sprint and evade be standard as shown in the trailer? Who knows, but we will find out and I will follow Halo 4 up until the release – so prepare for more in after Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition comes out November 15th.

Check out the Halo 4: Director’s Cut Trailer below if you haven’t caught it already.

  

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Modern Warfare 3 Launch Day Sales Revealed

In North America and the United Kingdom we are already getting back launch day numbers for Call of Duty 8 (also known as Modern Warfare 3). Despite the widespread outcry from gamers on internet forums throughout the recent years the COD franchise has once again set itself on the path to making history.

In just 24 hours (according to Gamasutra) MW3 has sold 6.5 Million Units in these regions. We await the full launch week sales numbers which will likely be equally impressive as these from a business standpoint.

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You Know You Were Thinking It!

This is a new section I will be doing to expose those hidden thoughts that are in the back of every gamer’s mind. You know you were thinking it!

1. Why does Princess Peach always need to be rescued? After all, the moves she has in various Mario games shows she’s capable of defending herself!

2. Was I the only person to think that Link was actually named Zelda? Talk about confused.

3. Will Sonic The Hedgehog ever die? It’s like the Energizer battery he keeps going and going.

 

4. Where is Shenmue 3?

5. How Many Mushrooms Can One Man Eat? aka Mario?

6. Did Dom from Gears of War go to Heaven or Hell?

7. Killer Instinct reboot? I hope and pray.

8.How many cakes can a Fat Princess eat?

9. Did MW3 steal all the Zombie’s glory? Uh oh, Zombie Revenge is imminent, or is it just DLC? Just kidding.

10. Finally, wouldn’t it be cool if Cat Women and Ryu from Ninja Gaiden shared a game together? Claws and Heads would be flying. Priceless.

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Modern Warfare 3 First Impressions Podcast

Check out our first impressions from the launch day of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (also known as Call of Duty 8). With the launch of Call of Duty Elite and COD: MW3 happening at the same time there is a lot to talk about. We get our feet wet in the game and spill our initial reactions. Look out for more involved opinions rising up on RealGamerNewz as we have more time to get deeper into this title.

  

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Modern Warfare 3: Gameplay Footage Kill Confirmed (Riot Shotty)

During the release day Hitman of RealGamerNewz tests out the riot class shotgun in the new game mode “Kill Confirmed”. In Kill Confirmed you will play like a regular deathmatch but with a slight twist. Only the kills you manage to retrieve dog tags for count! Anytime you die you leave tags on the ground as well. Your team mates can save you by grabbing them before the enemy, or you can all die in a pile and provide a huge dog tag reward for killing sprees.

 

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Battlefield 3 First Impressions – Frostbyte What Point What?

From the author of the first article to warn you all about the downfalls of Battlefield 3 on the modern gaming consoles comes a first impression Podcast featuring the RealGamerNewz crew. Once upon a time we were all to be wowed, amazed, and excited by the PC footage of BF3 and sworn testimonials of hundreds of game journalists and PR departments clamoring that BF3 on consoles was something to behold. Check out the results in this show which begins to delve into the final product presented at launch day.

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PSA: RAGE Side-Content Cannot Be Completed After Subway Town

In this Public Service Announcement brought to you by RealGamerNewz, find out what you can do to prevent having the side-content locked out of your RAGE play-through and when exactly this event is triggered.

RAGE has released and reviews and articles of all kinds are pouring in both positive and negative regarding the game’s quality, fun factor, and various other attributes. While all in all, the game’s engine looks amazing to us in terms of hit detection and graphics, we are sad to report that a major bug mentioned by only a small number of the available review material has been discovered. It has been discovered by RealGamerNewz member BoodyBandit on the Xbox 360 version of the game and appears to have a workaround. Consider this article a Public Service Announcement to gamers worldwide who might otherwise not have known about it and thus suffered a massive inconvenience to say the least.

Without giving away any spoilers, anyone who has been playing through the game for some time now knows that halfway through the area called Subway Town’s missions a shadowy entity largely changes . At this point in time, doors that were once open in the game become locked, and people who gave out side-missions and races are either gone or refusing to do so from now on. This renders all of the side-content in the game useless and prevents 100% completion from taking place! The precise time in the game that this happens is about 3 missions into Subway Town. Everything must be done before then.

Further information we can provide beyond this is that the Final Mission, once completed, will never be removed from your objectives and instead the game will always pit you against the final mission every time you load after completion.

It also appears that the dialog in the game would suggest you were supposed to be able to go back to complete the side-content after the final mission. For example, characters are found saying that they will re-host races when “The Authority” leaves, yet this never happens due to the save file always pitting you against the final mission as stated above. If this is something Id can fix then by god we pray that they make a statement soon. For now, play at your own risk and consider using one of the following workarounds which may be able to help avoid the same situation BoodyBandit found himself in.

Workaround #1: Create many save files. Some people do this instinctively when playing games but you really never know which files you will end up needing plus some games limit the amount of saves you can create. So now you know not to overwrite the ones that take place before Subway Town because of this article. Keep some on hand with good weapons and all of the side-content still available.

Workaround #2: Start a second play-through. This may be a pretty brutal workaround for most people, especially if you have already completed a great deal of the side-content. Unfortunately, if you didn’t happen to create spare save files and likewise didn’t know about this glitch before now it may be too late to do anything else. Until a patch emerges from Id or at least an acknowledgement of this issue, this will have to be the recourse for many who discovered the glitch after already triggering the side-content to be locked out.

Workaround #3: Look for mods (PC Version Only). If you have the PC Version you may be able to create or find some type of modification to the game that would allow for side-content to be accessed again. This is essentially cheating and will most likely not help you earn achievements on Steam or anything, but at least you won’t have to start all over again or use some one else’s save files.

There are also a number of glitches reported including falling through the map when fighting through the final missions such as the bandit car missions, lock-on failures, vehicle glitches, and save data corruption causing glitches to be saved. So be careful and aware about when and where you are saving in the game!

Despite the graphical and gameplay quality being great, the bugs being reported are rightfully labeled as outrageous by many. It is quite sad because this game seems like it had the potential to be a flawless masterpiece but may have been rushed at the last minute. This is yet another example for gamers to witness that our industry needs to be doing way more testing on the games they release to the public at top dollar pricing.

In conclusion the game still has a lot of positives to it and every shooter fan should experience it at least once. We are not attempting to refute that. The creatures and weaponry are very diverse. The difficulty, gameplay, and graphics are great as well. However people deserve to know if their game will lose functionality at some point and here we feel that these simple workarounds need to be presented since at this time RAGE side-content cannot, in fact, be completed after Subway Town.

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Gears of War 3 Review

Gears of War 3 is undeniably the most anticipated Xbox 360 exclusive of the year. Released this September to much critical acclaim, real gamers might have trouble considering the mainstream reviews out there trustworthy. In response to the demand for a true, uncensored, and unadulterated review of this title the RealGamerNewz team has joined up again.

Within this complete review you will find everything from the gameplay to the graphics, story, and more analyzed and described in great detail. Best of all, you will get three viewpoints at once instead of one! Listen to the full show if you want the real deal about Gears of War 3 from Epic Games.

Timestamps for each section (hours:minutes:seconds):

  • 1:10 Graphics – (Art Direction, Technical Quality, Etc.)
  • 10:30 Gameplay – (A.I., Level/Enemy/Gameplay Design, Etc.)
  • 27:00 Story – (Plot, Characters, Storytelling, Etc.)
  • 40:42 Presentation
  • 47:31 Sound/Music
  • 1:00:58 Multiplayer – (Co-Op, Competitive, Hoard 2.0, Beast Mode, Etc.)
  • 1:41:56 Enjoyment Level (A.K.A. Fun Factor) & Longevity (A.K.A. Replay Value)
  • 1:52:00 Final Evaluation and Official RealGamerNewz Verdict
This game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for independent review. purposes.

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Which console really has the most exclusives in 2011?

Every year holiday shopping takes place. New users flood into the gaming industry and holiday shoppers may or may not know the current state of the game industry. One of the many factors going through a buyer’s mind when looking at which console to gift their loved ones is the library of exclusive titles that can only be experienced on each system. Here is a list of this year’s exclusive lineup for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. As for which are best and/or most fun, that is all a matter of personal opinion.

Xbox 360 Exclusives for 2011

  1. The Gunstringer – September 2011
  2. Gears of War 3 – September 2011
  3. Rise of Nightmares – September 2011
  4. PowerUp Heroes – October 2011
  5. Forza Motorsport 4 – October 2011
  6. Kinect Sports Season 2 – October 2011
  7. Dance Central 2 – October 2011
  8. Kinect Disneyland Adventures – November 2011
  9. Otomedius Excellent – November 2011
  10. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary – November 2011
  11. Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster – TBA 2011
  12. Codename D – TBA 2011
  13. Age of Pirates: Captain Blood – TBA 2011
  14. Haunt – TBA 2011

PlayStation 3 Exclusives for 2011

  1. LittleBigPlanet 2 – January 2011
  2. Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll – February 2011
  3. Hyperdimension Neptunia – February 2011
  4. Killzone 3 – February 2011
  5. MLB 11: The Show – March 2011
  6. Yakuza 4 – March 2011
  7. Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel – March 2011
  8. The Tomb Raider Trilogy – March 2011
  9. PlayStation Move Heroes – March 2011
  10. Socom 4: U.S. Navy Seals – April 2011
  11. Prince of Persia Trilogy – April 2011
  12. MotorStorm Apocalypse – May 2011
  13. Infamous 2 – June 2011
  14. Bleach: Soul Resurreccion – August 2011
  15. No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise – August 2011
  16. Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland – September 2011
  17. Resistance 3 – September 2011
  18. Disgaea 4: A Promise Forgotten – September 2011
  19. God of War: Origins Collection – September 2011
  20. Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection – September 2011
  21. White Knight Chronicles II – September 2011
  22. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD – September 2011
  23. Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One – October 2011
  24. Everybody Dance – October 2011
  25. Carnival Island – October 2011
  26. Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest – October 2011
  27. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – November 2011
  28. Tekken Hybrid – November 2011

This list is based on confirmed release dates only at the time of this writing. To be announced titles that have not received the “2011” official statement have not been included. Many titles have been delayed to 2011 and will not be featured on this list since this list concerns itself only with the year of 2011.

Downloadable-only games have not been included. Release dates may be subject to change. “Console exclusives” that can be purchased on PC or are ported from Mobile platforms are not included for consideration on this list as they are not truly exclusive since they can be purchased on another platform.

If any truly exclusive titles (not found on ANY other platform) are missing, leave a comment, but don’t expect it to get added to the list unless it is completely legit with a “2011” official statement, retailer placeholder dates and assumptions do not count. All rules for this list apply to each console.

Originally posted on Examiner.com.

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