Quick Bits! 11/10

Well this week went by fast didn’t it? Here we are with another Saturday drifting away and another QB! being written, but though this week is now done and over with, it was pretty damn active! Microsoft saw the launch of its biggest title of the year go off with Halo 4 released worldwide, and to pretty stellar reviews at that. Hollywood gave way for the latest Bond adventure, said to be fantastic as well. And last but certainly not least, I got cake! A damn fine week all around, damn fine. Every week should end with cake…or pizza…ONTO THE BITS!

Big Name Returns: Masterchief has awoken, the templars have been dealt with, and now it is time for the final of the big three releases of the year to be upon us; Black Ops 2. The yearly cycle of Call of Duty continues with Activision’s latest entry in the giant war machine. The direct sequel to 2010’s hit game, Black Ops 2 is primarily set in 2025, bringing new technology and tools of futuristic death to the player, in both single and multiplayer varieties. No doubt set to break records yet again, Call of Duty releases Tuesday November 13 on every platform known to man.

Natural Selection Wins: These are the stories I love, small time development mixed with big heart and finding exciting success. Natural Selection was originally a mod for the game Half-Life (you may have heard of it) but creator Charlie Cleveland wasn’t content with a somewhat successful conversion, he wanted the real thing. Starting up his own studio “Unknown Worlds” and beginning development in 2006 to a true release for his mod, Natural Selection 2 was being born. Now finally out of beta and in the hands of fans worldwide, NS2 has seen huge success. Selling over 144K copies within its first week, and making over $2 million in sales, the mix of First Person and Real Time Strategy mechanics is a hit with fans. The game will continue to see improvements and hopefully continue to see a steady rise in its playerbase.

The Knights are Dead: Now for some bad news, Silicon Knights, the once proud developers of Eternal Darkness and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, are practically dead. Rumors surrounding the studio have been profoundly negative over the years, with unkind words being spoken by ex-employees and dismal sales for their games. The studios last big release, Too Human, barely survived a struggling development process, and released to terrible reception by critics. But now times are even worse, just a few weeks ago it was reported that the studio had laid off so many staff that it is down to just under ten employees currently, and now the developer has lost its lawsuit with Epic Games, over its Unreal Engine technology, from bad to worse. The case has been growing more and more hostile over its five years in court, after Silicon Knights first sued Epic over claims that its Unreal Engine didn’t work as advertised, Epic counter sued and the relationship between the two had only gotten more bitter. But now the court has ruled in favor of Epic Games and what is left of Silicon Knights is now forced to pay over $9 Million to Epic, as well as recall and destroy the games they have released that have been made up of the Unreal Engine. Seeing as both Too Human, and X-Men were seen as failures, Silicon Knights were in trouble before, and now may be dead in the water.

Sales Decline, NBA Stands Tall: October sales continued the downward trend for the games industry as sales were down 25% from last year, with only around $700 Million in revenue. But among the Top 10 Sales for the month NBA 2K13 stood proud by selling over 60% more copies than 2K12 last year. Resident Evil 6 came in second place with Pokemon Black 2 and Dishonored just behind. 2012 has been a dismal year for gaming and it is truly on November’s shoulders to help carry it to a somewhat successful year. Titles such as Assassins Creed 3, Halo and Call of Duty could do it however, as well as the true beginning of the Holiday Shopping season.

From Console to Handheld: Microsoft has released the Xbox Smartglass, the App that they showed off at E3 earlier this year, is finally available to all who own an Android, Windows Phone, or iOS portable device. The App includes the ability to control and navigate your Xbox console without the need for a controller, text and interact with your friends list, download games, and even interact with new releases in exciting and new ways. The current list of games with Smartglass support is small, but will hopefully grow. Titles include Forza Horizon and Halo 4.

Assassins Collection: Ubisoft has revealed that an entire Assassins Creed collection will be releasing for both Xbox 360 and PS3 on November 30th, but only in the UK. Available exclusively through Amazon the massive collection will retail for £119.99, and include Assassins Creed, Assassins Creed 2, Assassins Creed Brotherhood: The Da Vinci Edition, Assassins Creed Revelations: The Ottoman Edition, and Assassins Creed 3. Each game contains all DLC released and the set also includes bonuses such as lithographs and steelbook case.

Gears Keep Turning: Epic Games didn’t just win a lawsuit, they have also revealed that they have won the hearts of gamers everywhere with their Gears of War series. Epic disclosed that the series to date has sold more then 19 Million copies to rabid 360 fans, with Gears of War 3 selling over 3 million in its first week last year. The series will most likely reach past 20 million units early next year when Gears of War Judgment releases for the Xbox 360. That number is impressive for a brand new IP this generation.

Well that was week three of QB! and I hope it was enlightening, and maybe even possibly changed your whole perspective on the world around you! I have been attempting to actively write for CA! for a little over a month now and I hope if you have read any of my articles that they have been somewhat enjoyable to both your brain, as well as your eyes! If they have been, or if they have even been terrible to those two aspects of your very being, then please let me know with a comment below, or with a rating of any articles you may have clicked. There is also a poll in the sidebar that you may voice your opinion with, on future posts. I hope your weekend is enjoyable people and I leave you now with a launch trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

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