Microsoft have released this short, behind the scenes look at the making of Halo 4 to wet your appetites.
Opening with a CGI intro that is very akin to Promotheus, a USNC starship comissioned not for war but for the discovery of new planets crash lands on a world everyone’s favourite Spartan also happens to be on. A massive orb like ship appears and gives chase. First encountering the Covenant only to come across several types of AI creatures. The weaponry dropped by one is identified as Forerunner design.
Often rumoured, Master Chief will be duking out with a returning Forerunner threat in Halo 4.
If you didn’t sit through the Spike TV Video Game Awards, and who could blame you for not doing so, then here are the list of winners for this year for each category. If you haven’t already voted, be sure to head over to our own Game of the Year poll and vote for the game you think was the best this year.
- Game of the Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Studio of the Year – Bethesda Game Studios, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Character of the Year – The Joker, Batman: Arkharm City
- Hall of Fame – Shigeru Miyamoto, The Legend of Zelda
- Best Xbox 360 Game – Batman: Arkham City
- Best PS3 Game – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
- Best Wii Game – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Best PC Game – Portal 2
- Best RPG: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Best Shooter – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Best Action Adventure Game – Batman: Arkham City
- Best Multiplayer – Portal 2
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game – Super Mario 3D Land
- Best Individual Sports Game – Fight Night Champion
- Best Driving Game – Forza Motorsport 4
- Best Fighting Game – Mortal Kombat
- Best Motion Game – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Best Independent Game – Minecraft
- Best Adapated Video Game – Batman: Arkham City
- Best Song in a Game – “Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme)”, Bastion
- Best Original Score – Bastion
- Best Graphics – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
- Best Performance by a Human Male – Stephen Merchant as Wheatley, Portal 2
- Best Performance by a Human Female – Ellen McLain as GLaDOS, Portal 2
- Best Downloadable Game – Bastion
- Best DLC – Portal 2 – Peer Review
- Gamer God – Blizzard Entertainment
- Most Anticipated Game – Mass Effect 3
- GameTrailers.com Trailer of the Year – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations E3 2011 Trailer
Any surprises there? Let us know in the comments below. Personally I’d of had someone else for the best performances.
Ok, so the posts haven’t been very frequent lately and for that I apologise. College has me busy as it is the business end of the year now (Assignments, assessments etc etc galore) but I figured I’d opt for a little personal touch (ergo, you might see ME!) by showing you off some things I got today. Or maybe it is to torture you. Either way, here we go.
That’s me. And what is that I’m holding? Oh? A map of Skyrim of course! It may not look like it, but I am super-duper happy in this picture. But it’s been a long day for this Dovakhiin so I’m somewhat tired. However, I will likely be doing an all nighter on Skyrim.. because why the hell not?
Some Skyrim artwork cards! Nothing any well-travelled Nord won’t have seen before though.
A 500 page notebook for scribbling down the details of your latest quest. “Went to fridge. Acquired snacks. Returned to play Skyrim.” I don’t know if I’ll be writing in mine just yet. Am I worthy?
The Chin of Doom!!! Also, it’s that lovely notebook again. It didn’t occur to me at the time, but perhaps I should have taken a picture of the inside? At the bottom of each page it lets you know what game you got this with! And they’re treated (dyed). So no plain old white pages for me (and hopefully you too!).
This is the Skyrim steel cover. Or case. The thing you stick your disc in so you don’t have to use that crappy standard Xbox 360 case they give you. You know what I’m talking about!
Argghh. Is that dragon blood flowing through my veins? What else could explain the red eyes? No? Ok then. Oh and that’s the steel case again too. Pretty snazzy.
I wish I had an Alduin statue to show off.. but unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be. The collector’s edition sold out here in Australia within FOUR HOURS. Either there are a lot of Elder Scrolls fans here or there were not enough units allocated. But they were gone quicker than you can say “OH MY GOD IT IS A DRAGON!?!!?!”.
Hopefully you enjoyed this post and it did not torture in any way, shape or form. If it did, I apologise. For those of you still waiting anxiously for the game? It is well worth the wait. Trust me (I’m a Khajiit).
Following in the wake of numerous rumours that Microsoft was in discussion with cable providers to bring new TV entertainment to the Xbox 360, Microsoft have today announced their intentions to roll out the next generation of TV entertainment on their console come this Christmas. Close to 40 TV and entertainment providers such as including Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S.; BBC in the U.K., Telefónica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy, will begin rolling out new services to the Xbox 360 this Christmas.
Don Matrick, president of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft had the following to say;
“Today’s announcement is a major step toward realising our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy. Combining the world’s leading TV and entertainment providers with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360 and the intelligence of Bing voice search will make TV and entertainment more personal, social and effortless.”
Sam Schwartz, president of Comcast Converged products also added,
“We are continually evolving the television experience to bring Xfinity TV subscribers more personalized ways to search, find and watch the content they love. Our recently launched next-generation Xfinity TV platform is enabling us to bring Xfinity On Demand to a gaming console for the first time, and Kinect’s voice and gesture controls will offer our customers an innovative way to discover and enjoy Xfinity On Demand’s huge library of top shows and movies.”
Let us know in the comments below what you think about this exciting development.
Source: Microsoft Press Release
In it’s first ever press release, indie dev Astroboid announced it’s debut game titled Astralia. Astralia is said to be a cross between an RTS and a shooter, the gameplay requiring both reflexes and tactical thinking. The game, which is set to hit Xbox Live arcade for an attractive sum of 80 Microsoft points on September 28th, is a top down space shooter with RTS elements. The player will fly around shooting up monsters, while controlling drones, capital ships and gathering resources.
There will be a 10 episode campaign featuring common sci fi themes throughout, including an attack on Earth.