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Video Games: Halo 5 To Be Released for Xbox One


Halo 5 video game

Looks like the most inquisitive question regarding Halo 5 is when will it be released.  Here's what is known about Halo 5 -- so far. Halo 5 will be playable on the Xbox One -- not the Xbox 360.  The fact that you can play Halo 5 only on the Xbox One may not have set well with some video game players who have not yet obtained this system but would like to play the game when it is released. 


Halo 5 will follow the successful release of Halo 4 video game 

A decision was made by Microsoft Studios boss, Phil Spencer in October 2012 not to delay the release of Halo 4 for the launch of the next generation video game console, the Xbox One.  Halo 4 was released for the Xbox 360 worldwide on November 6, 2012.  

Since Halo 4 is one of Microsoft's biggest release video game, if not the biggest, it is not surprising the company is going to be strategic about the release date of its successor, Halo 5.  It may or may not have helped that the developer of the game has changed from the previous Bungie Studios to the current 343 Industries.  It's thought that Bungie Studios would have had more creative control on when the game would be released as well as the system the game would be playable on.


Halo 5 video game

However, all is not lost.  The good news is that former Tomb Raider Creative Director Tim Longo was hired by 343 Industries to work on Halo 5 and to add his expertise to the game. Tim Longo formerly worked on the Tomb Raider video game while at Crystal Dynamics before he moved on to Lucas Arts which was purchased by Disney. Soon after Disney game section closed down in April 2013, Tim Longo joined 343 Industries.


Halo 5 video game

Interesting enough, even without a firm release date available for Halo 5, you can pre-order the game from places such as the Microsoft Store and now if you like.  The release date of December 2014 on is more than likely a place-holder date, since it is known that Halo 5 will be released some time in 2014. As with most pre-orders, payment of the game is not charged to you until the game ships.

It is hopeful  that a date will be "leaked" shortly, to get us all out of suspense as to when Halo 5 will actually be released.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 17:18

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Video Games: The Last of Us: The Movie?


The Last of Us video game

Will a block-buster video game make the transition and become possibly a block-buster movie?  Looks like Sony may be planning to do just that with its video game, The Last of Us.  If this happens, The Last of Us will follow in the footsteps of other Sony video games that have moved on to become movies, or are currently in the works to be movies.  The jury is probably still out as to whether this possible "video game turned into movie"  will make as big a splash on the big screen as it did on the PlayStation 3 console.


Ellie from The Last of Us video game

The Last of Us is a rated M (Mature) exclusive PS 3 video game that is an action-adventure survival horror game, released on June 14, 2013.  It is developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is probably no surprise that after the video game sold over 3.4 million copies within 30 days of its release that Sony may be attempting to increase profits from this game by turning it into a movie.


Joel and Ellie from The Last of Us video game

Interesting enough, Sony has not officially announced an upcoming The Last of Us movie.  The news of a possible movie was "leaked" when Sony registered two domain names tied to this game.  The domain names are and 

The registration of these two domain names may indicate the possibility or at least an openness of Sony to consider having a movie adaptation of the video game The Last of Us.

Will a The Last of Us movie actually materialize and give fans and others an opportunity to see the story unfold on the big screen?   I guess, for now, we will have to just wait and see.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 19:49

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Video Games: Tomb Raider for Next Generation Video Game Consoles


Lara Croft from Tomb Raider

After months of speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Tomb Raider will be available for play on the next generation video game systems -- the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

Crystal Dynamics will be releasing an enhanced version of Tomb Raider which will include all the downloadable code (DLC) as well as bonus content.


Tomb Raider:  Definitive Edition

The latest version will be a reboot of last year's video game and will be called  Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Even if you have the previous version, you may want to get this one if you have either of the next generation video game consoles.  The game will come equipped with a digital art and a comic book, entitled -- The Beginning as well as six different outfits for Lara Croft.


Lara Croft from Tomb Raider

Sounds like a video game you would like to play on either your PS4 or Xbox One?  Then there is no need to wait to order. Pre-orders are being taken now.

Tomb Raider:  Definitive Edition will be available on January 28, 2014 in North America and

releases later in Europe on January 31, 2014.


Last Updated on Sunday, 08 December 2013 18:13

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Video Games: Watch Dogs Delayed


Watch Dogs careens into the future -- 2014

If you have been waiting for the release of Watch Dogs that at one time used to be right around the corner, you will have to wait just a little longer.  Ubisoft has announced that Watch Dogs video game that has been anticipated by many, will not be released as originally scheduled on November 19, 2013. Could it be that Ubisoft wants to carve a niche for Watch Dogs in 2014, since GTA V won the gold by breaking many records in sales in 2013?


Scene from Watch Dogs Video Game

According to Ubisoft, the reason for Watch Dog's release date delay had no correlation with  GTA V. No specifics were given by Ubisoft for the delay -- just a statement to the effect of what they expected Watch Dogs to deliver.

In the words of Watch Dogs development team:  "Our ambition from the start for 'Watch Dogs' has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in next generation gaming.  It is with this in mind that we've made the tough decision to delay the release until Spring, 2014."


Watch Dogs

Ubisoft's Co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot states the decision to delay Watch Dogs was a tough one but  will prove to be right in terms of satisfaction for the fans and the shareholders.  The specific new release date for Watch Dogs was not included in the announcement -- only the Spring, 2014 release timeframe was provided. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 19:07

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Video Games: Gran Turismo 6 Launches December 6, 2013


Gran Turismo 6 video game

There are lots of reasons to keep your PlayStation 3 video game console, even if you have in your possession the next generation PlayStation 4.  Among the many reasons to do so is because Sony continues to bring quality video games to the PS3.  One such quality game is the newly released racing simulation video game -- Gran Turismo 6.

Gran Turismo 6 is a rated E for Everyone PS 3 exclusive video game, developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.  Gran Turismo 6 has been in the works since the game's creator,  Kazonori Yamouchi announced the start of its development back in November 2011.


Gran Turismo 6

Because the game is a simulated racing game, oftentimes and invariably it is compared to Fortza Motorsport 5 which is also a rated E for Everyone racing video game.  One of the differences is this game was a November 22, 2013  launch title for the next generation system, the Xbox One. So right off the bat, you have an "older generation"  PS3 game (Gran Turismo 6) pitted against a new generation video game for the Xbox One (Fortza Motorsport 5) which does not seem to be a fair comparison.

That being said, if you are a car racing video game fan, you may prefer playing either of these games -- or maybe you enjoy playing both Gran Turismo 6 and Fortza Motorsport 5.  Each are purported to give you a uniquely different video game simulated driving experience -- even though most reviews seem to give Fortza Motorsport 5 the edge.

For Gran Turismo 6 gameplay, you can expect to have a choice of 1200 cars to race in 33 different locations.  There is also flexibility in the events you may want to participate in during the game as well as the  order of play.  Additionally, there are podium positions where you earn not only credits but stars.  The stars allow you to unlock further events in that specific race class.


Gran Turismo 6 video game

Gran Turismo 6 is the first GT series where you can use micro transactions to buy in-game credits with real world cash -- similar to Fortza Motorsport 5.

If you want to play this game, there is no need to wait since it is available now.  Gran Turismo 6 was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2013.  Those in Japan and Asia enjoyed an earlier release date of December 5, 2013.

Maybe you are a die-hard PS4 gamer now that  you have your PS4.  If so -- do not fret.  There are plans to release a PS4 version of  Gran Turismo in the near future -- possibly some time in 2014.

Gran Turismo 6 at E3 Read more.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 17:42

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