Chief is back and bursting with extras

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

We all knew it was coming, but it didn’t make the announcement any less exciting when it finally came at this years Microsoft E3 conference. John 117 and his entire story will be packaged into one amazing collection coming on the 11th November 2014.

The collection includes Halo 1, remastered Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 all running at 1080p at 60FPS (for all you resolution snobs out there).

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Halo 2 Anniversary Edition

To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Halo 2 will be getting the full remastered treatment Halo 1 received. You’ll be able to instantly switch into ‘Classic’ mode at the press of a button and most importantly of all, multiplayer will allow you to play on all 25 of the original maps on the original engine as well as 6 ‘re-imagined’ maps. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll get to play the Halo 5:Guardians beta first.

As a Halo addict who was disappointed with Halo 4, this collection is music to my ears… We’ll be bringing you hands on impressions at this years Eurogamer.

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Microsoft increase prices for digital downloads

Microsoft has upped the price of its first party digital games for Xbox One. Digital download versions of Forza 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Dead Rising 3 have all seen their prices increased from the £44.99 they cost at launch to £49.99.

“Pricing for select digital content in some markets has changed since launch. Digital content pricing is subject to change and we may occasionally offer various deals or promotions. Ultimately pricing and promotions will vary by region.”

Microsoft

This move seems to fly in the face of a new digital world seeing as you can pick the same games up on the high street for less than £45. You would think that 100% of profit from digital downloads would go directly to Microsoft, so why wouldn’t they bring back the price of digital downloads to make more profit then they would from a retail sale?

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VGX 2013 | TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION ANNOUNCED

Crystal Dynamics have announced that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, is coming to the Xbox One & PlayStation 4 on 28th January 2014.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is the character defining action-adventure where a young and inexperienced Lara Croft transforms into a hardened survivor. This fully re-built version for PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One features an obsessively detailed Lara and a fully realized lifelike world.

Lara Croft presented in unprecedented high definition detail:
–       An all new Lara model created to take advantage of the power of next-gen consoles
–       TRESS FX technology that delivers realistic hair simulation and motion with every strand being physically active
–       Shader and lighting reworked to showcase the raw physicality of Lara’s journey through sweat, mud, and blood materials and effects

A physical world put in motion thanks to brand new hardware architecture:
–       The world has been dynamically brought to life using complex physical world simulation on trees, foliage, cloth, weather, lighting and effects
–       All texture resolutions have been created at 4x resolution for maximum resolution and detail
–       In-game characters, enemies and destructability have been enhanced for added depth and realism
–       Subsurface scattering technology implemented to capture the most physically accurate lighting simulation and deliver a great sense of believability
–       Native 1080p gameplay gives outstanding visual fidelity and showcases the beauty of Yamatai in all its high definition glory

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The Definitive Edition of the award-winning action-adventure includes all of the original downloadable content, plus digital versions of the Dark Horse comic, Brady Games mini-art book and the Final Hours developer videos. Customers who pre-order will receive special art book packaging featuring never-before-seen concept art.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition’ is so named as it’s exactly what we’ve custom built for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 system consoles.  The new hardware let us finally express the original vision in all of its glory. This was a continued labor of love. We pulled the game apart and rebuilt it with painstaking detail to add enhanced visual storytelling but without changing the award winning tale. The end result is a cinematic living world. We can’t wait for fans and newcomers alike to experience this rebuilt epic adventure.”

Crystal Dynamics Executive Producer, Scot Amos.

The End Of Used Games: Hallelujah

Used games are a hot topic at the moment and Microsoft is feeling the raft of seemingly every internet user in the world. Rumour’s are rife about the Xbox One and it’s all seeing, all hearing eye becoming the worst thing to happen to the world since Hitler.

If your screaming blue murder that you won’t be able to trade in games and buy a cheap used game any more, sit back, relax and listen to the wonderful musings of TotalBiscuit’s take on the future of used games.