2005 is fastly approaching, and one of the biggest peices of hardware video game fans are looking forward in the new year is the Xbox 2. When coupled with the fact that Halo 2.5 is set to launch with the new system, there is an even greater reason to get hyped. According to Team Xbox, the Halo 2 “director’s cut” will feature all the things Bungie promised with Halo 2, but failed to deliver due to both hardware limitations and time constraints. So what changes can you expect? It appears that one definate is that the game run in all it’s high definition glory. And remember when we mentioned that there would probably be three versions of the Microsoft’s next console? Well, it now appears that the hard drive version will come pre-loaded with Halo 2.5. Good times.
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Just when you thought you had heard it all, someone goes and does something like this. Someone known only by his uber cool gaming name, Deathifier, decided to buy an island within the online RPG Project Entropia. Now, when I say buy, I mean with real cash. The island had an abandoned castle and “beautiful beaches which were ripe for developing beachfront property.” Now get this - Deathifier sees it as an investment. He is now able to tax other gamers who wish to visit his island to go hunting, or mining for gold. Smart guy. It has been said that massively multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORPGs) have a gross economic impact equivalent to the GDP of the African nation of Namibia. As for me, I would be pissed if I couldn’t move into that abandoned castle after spending $26,500 on a game.
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1. Halo 2 (Microsoft) - XBox
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar) - PS2
3. Half-Life 2 (VU Games) - PC
4. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (LucasArts) - XBox
5. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Konami) - PS2
6. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Nintendo) - GameCube
7. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (Ubisoft) - GameCube, PS2, XBox
8. The Sims 2 (EA Games) - PC
9. World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment) - PC
10. Need for Speed Underground 2 (Electronic Arts) - GameCube, PS2, XBox
I don't think it's a surprise that Halo 2 came out on top, as the game is almost worth the price of admission for its multiplayer mode alone. As for Nintendo, good to see them on the list, but for their main holiday season game, Metroid should have been higher up. I guess that's what you get when you don't advertise your titles.
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You gotta love it a kid that just doesn't care what anyone else thinks. Apparently, he decided to try out a game while waiting for Mommy to finish shopping. I guess she took a little longer than he expected, so he pulled up a chair...er...shopping cart and figured he would just play to his hearts content. I implore each and every one of you to go to your nearest Wal-Mart, Target, or any other major chain that has shopping carts. Regardless of your size, hop in and start playing a game. Hell, if you snap a picture and send it to us you may even score some free gear. God Bless America.
Electronic Arts recently spoke out on the topic of next generation gaming. The picture above is what EA says is a possibility with the next Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo consoles - football players that show emotions as individuals with stunning graphics. EA also expects that each console will have some sort of integrated wireless technology, stating "in every living room, we'll have a wireless hub". Interesting quote, as most know that EA is the biggest videogame publisher out there. They are probably privy to more inside info than most, which leads me to believe that all three major console developers do have plans to integrate wireless chips into their next-gen machines.
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Wired reports that the recently released World of Warcraft is turning out to be one of the more pleasant experiences in MMORPG combat. There's plenty of easy adventuring to be had right from the onset, the environments and your character models are a joy to look at, and the servers even help you level-up your character when you're not playing, so that you can easily catch up with other hardcore players. The game was released last week, and has already shattered records with over 240,000 units sold on its first day. Personally I'm still staying away, since I already have enough time-consuming but enjoyable things on my list.
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If you have ever wanted to step into the shoes of Lee Harvey Oswald, now you can. JFK Reloaded has just stolen all the controversy that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was enjoying just a week ago. In the game, your goal is to recreate the shot fired by Mr. Oswald, assassinating John F. Kennedy while he is riding in his motorcade. Most disturbing? You can win up to $100,000.00 USD if you can accurately kill Kennedy in the same way concluded in the Warren Commission report. Thankfully, this game is only available on PC - we won't be seeing this on the any home consoles or in stores. It has recently been condemned by the Kennedy Family.
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