South Park: The Stick of Truth is, among other things, the best episode of South Park I’ve seen in years. Matt Stone and Trey Parker went as hands-on with this project as they have with anything outside of the actual cartoon, and it shows. It’s belligerent, horrific, hysterical and it feels fresh. But woven between the hysteria, there’s a game that you’re going to have to play. So is that game any good? More →
With all the action shifting over to the Xbox One, Microsoft is offering some very special deals for any Xbox 360 gamers who want to pick up some classic older games they may have missed the first time around. Microsoft Xbox Live programming director Larry Hryb announced on Tuesday that Microsoft is offering very deep discounts on some best-selling Xbox 360 titles of years past, although you’ll have to hurry to take advantage of them. The first part of the sale, which only lasts between now and Wednesday, includes discounts of at least 67% off for games such as Dishnored, Halo Reach and Bastion. The second part of the sale will last until February 25th and will include a larger selection of games such as Mass Effect, Portal 2 and Batman: Arkham City that will sell for anywhere from 50% off to 93% off. You can get the full list of games over at Hryb’s blog.
Did your Valentine’s date cancel on you right as your Xbox Live Gold subscription expired? If so, you might want to reconsider the date when you resubscribe for another year of Xbox Live, but don’t fret, Microsoft has got your back. This weekend only, in order to celebrate the launch of the free-to-play title World of Tanks, Microsoft has made Xbox Live Gold free for all Xbox 360 owners. Xbox One owners looking to join the Titanfall beta without signing up for Xbox Live Gold are out of luck, but gamers that have yet to transition to the next generation can hop online free of charge from Friday, February 14th to Sunday, February 16th.
Console wars aside, gamers are in for a good year regardless of which home video game console they choose to purchase. We’ve already taken a look at the new titles headed to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and other PlayStation consoles this month, and now it’s time to shift focus over to Microsoft’s Xbox One and the previous-generation Xbox 360, which is still going strong. February is going to be a great month for Xbox fans with four titles debuting for the Xbox One including the highly anticipated “Thief” and a new Lego game, along with 10 new Xbox 360 games. More →
Heroes are a rare breed, but they do exist. Every so often, we see a news story that reminds us there are still people out there who will rise to the occasion and summon the courage to help their fellow man despite imminent danger. Against all odds, they stare death in the face and fight through the fear. Fueled by adrenaline and a willingness to go above and beyond in order to help those in peril, only a select few will put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others. The latest tale of an ordinary person becoming a hero comes from Kansas, where a man rushed back into his burning home to save the love of his life… his Xbox. More →
There has been a changing of the guard in the U.S. video game console market and for Microsoft, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. With the next console generation right around the corner and several analysts predicting Sony’s PlayStation 4 will have the upper hand this time around, Microsoft’s run at the top in the U.S. market has come to an end prematurely. The company’s current-generation Xbox 360 console had been the top-selling home video game console in America for 32 consecutive months according to market research firm NPD Group, but that unbelievable streak came screeching to a halt in September as the PS3 pulled ahead. More →
Microsoft will release the Xbox One on November 22nd, but that doesn’t mean the Xbox 360 will stop getting support. In fact, Xbox CMO Yusuf Medhi said during the Citi Global Technology Conference that Microsoft is shipping more games than ever and the Xbox Live subscription service is still growing. Eurogamer reports that he even went so far as to call the console “incredibly profitable” as it nears the last years of its life cycle. More →
If you build it, they will troll. The only things certain in life are death, taxes and the fact that trolls will eventually find their way to every public forum on the Internet. Xbox Live in particular is known for its special brand of trolls that look to disrupt other gamers and spoil their fun, but Microsoft is taking new steps in its effort to rid its online video game community of as many trolls as possible. At the start of the month, Microsoft announced the beta launch of a new system “Xbox Enforcement United,” which allows gamers to flag trolls as inappropriate and alert Microsoft’s Xbox Live Policy and Enforcement Team.
The video game industry continued its downward spiral in May. According to research firm NPD Group, retail sales of hardware, software and gaming accessories in the U.S. fell 25% to $386.3 million last month, their lowest level thus far in 2013. Hardware and software sales fell 31% year-over-year to $96 million and $175.1 million, respectively, while sales of gaming accessories declined 6% year-over-year to $115.3 million. Including sales of used games, rental and digitally delivered content, micro-transactions, subscriptions, mobile apps and social network games, consumers spent a total of $787 million on video games in May. More →
Microsoft’s newly unveiled Xbox One has gamers excited despite some huge question marks, but Microsoft thinks its current-generation Xbox 360 still has legs. Speaking with Official Xbox Magazine, Microsoft’s senior vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business Yusuf Mehdi said that the company is looking to sell 25 million more Xbox 360 consoled over the next five years. The Xbox 360 recently registered its 28th consecutive month as top-selling console, but sales of the 8-year-old console have slowed significantly in recent quarters. Inevitable price cuts may help Microsoft on its mission, but the company also has a few tricks up its sleeve that will be announced during the annual E3 video game conference next month.
The Xbox 360 topped the charts again in April, marking the 28th consecutive month Microsoft’s gaming console has outsold Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii consoles. According to research from NPD Group, the Xbox 360 accounted for 42% of current-generation sales with 130,000 units sold last month. It wasn’t all good news, however, as sales plummeted 50% from 261,000 units in March. As a whole, the industry continued to struggle in April with total gaming sales down 25% year-over-year from $657.5 million to $495.2 million. Microsoft and Sony’s next-generation consoles are expected to help sales pick up when they launch ahead of the holidays this year.
Activision on Wednesday announced that the latest installment of its best-selling Call of Duty franchise, called Call of Duty: Ghost, will launch later this year on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and “next generation platforms.” The latest Call of Duty game is being developed by Infinity Ward, the studio behind the original Call of Duty and the critically acclaimed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series. Activision’s first-person shooter has consistently shattered game sale records year after year and its latest installment is expected to continue this trend. Call of Duty: Ghost is scheduled to be released on November 5th. Starting today, fans can pre-order the game at retail stores. Activision’s press release follows below. More →
Microsoft’s gaming console has remained the best-selling system in the United States for the 27th consecutive month, according to new data from NPD Group. The Xbox 360 sold 261,000 units in the U.S. in March, beating out Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii U. As a whole, physical sales were down 10% year-over-year from $1.1 billion in March 2012 to $992.5 million in March 2013. Software sales remained almost flat at $554.8 million, only inching down just 1% from a year ago. The steepest decline came from hardware sales, which dropped a whopping 32% to $221.6 million. Portable consoles are said to have experienced a “stronger decline” than traditional ones, however sales of the Nintendo 3DS grew an estimated 9% year-over-year. Microsoft is expected to introduce an update to the Xbox, possibly called the Xbox 720 this spring.