Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Xbox 360 S 250GB + Kinect Bundle announced

Microsoft has announced the details of a new bundle that will be included as a part of the Kinect launch. This new bundle will be a step up from the previously announced Xbox 360 S 4GB and Kinect bundle which went on sale in August. Microsoft will be throwing in the Xbox 360 S 250GB plus the Kinect accessory itself, and the game 'Kinect Adventures'. This bundle will set you back a cool four hundred dollars if you decide to pounce on it November 4th (The North American release date for Kinect). Kinect will go on sale on November 10th in Europe, followed by November 20th in Japan.

It's sitting pretty now, but it won't hesitate to take a bite out of your wallet.

Analysts have criticized Kinect's lack of worldwide language support. The new motion based gaming accessory from Microsoft will only have support for English, Japanese, and Mexican Spanish upon launch. Despite it's limitations, representatives from Microsoft predict that the accessory alone will sell four million consoles this holiday season.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops Wager Matches (New Feature)

Just this week, Treyarch revealed a new game mode for it's upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops title. A new game type, dubbed 'Wager match' will allow players to bet in game currency with fellow gamers. The top three players will take home the dough, while the rest will be left with nothing.

Surely this new game mode will add a new twist to not only the Call of Duty franchise but video games in general. These in game credits can be used to unlock and customize player outfits, weapon unlocks and skins, and more. There will be four game types available for the wager match mode, which include:

'One in the Chamber' - Player's start with a pistol that contains only one bullet. If they kill someone, they pick up their bullet. If they miss, they will be left with only the melee option as a way to kill their opponents.

'Sticks and Stones' - Players will be equipped with the crossbow weapon, ballistic knives, and tomahawk. If they are killed by a knife, they will be bankrupted.

'Gun Game' - Players start with a basic weapon and are given a more powerful gun every time they get a kill. If the player is killed, they will be bumped back one weapon in the cycle. The first player to reach the final weapon in the cycle wins.

'Sharp Shooter' - Players will all start with the same randomly assigned weapon. Weapons will automatically cycle through randomly for all the players after a certain set amount of time.

These new game modes should add a new element to Black Ops which has not been present in any Call of Duty series game in the past. The Wager Match mode will surely keep people on the edge of their seats as there will always be something on the line.