Xbox Live To Get Iplayer And 4OD, FIFA 12 Breaks Sales Records & Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Achievements Are Leaked

Hello everyone! Yep, that’s right – I’m back and writing blog stuff. I’ve been pretty busy recently what with university starting up again for the third year, the new Games Society starting up as well (a great success thus far), and general housekeeping with friends and such. I’ve not posted for about two weeks, and there has been so much news pass me by that I’m not even going to bother trying to wrap absolutely everything up. Instead, here are the headlines that have caught my eye recently:

  • In the short space of a few days, there have been several big hitters be released across all platforms. These include Rage, Dark Souls, and Forza Motorsport 4. All of them have been receiving pretty high reviews, and the difficultly of course now is which ones to pick for purchase. It also seems that early reviews for Batman: Arkham City are overwhelmingly positive as well. Seems my student loan came just in time…
  • Microsoft have finally gotten round to unveiling all the entertainment links they promised at this years E3 – and the list of partners they have is pretty damn impressive. For people here in the United Kingdom, we will be getting the likes of BBC Iplayer, 4OD, Channel 5, Lovefilm and Youtube on our Xbox dashboards in the coming months, and they will be free for both Silver and Gold members. Of course, the PS3 has had these services for quite a while now, so Microsoft is playing catch-up. For a few list of who is getting what, check Major Nelson’s page here.
  • EA Sports must be feeling incredibly smug right now, because FIFA 12 is selling like hotcakes. In has shifted 3.2 million copies in its first week across all platforms, making it by far the biggest launch of this year thus far, and also the biggest launch for a sports title ever. It also now holds a new record in the UK for being the third biggest launch in history, behind Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops. I have had quite a bit of hands on time with it over the last week, and will be posting up my own review on it very soon.
  • On the DLC front, all of you who have kept a hold of your copies of Portal 2 will be happy this week as the ‘Peer Review’ content is now available. It is free to download and will take up 1.37 GB of HDD space, promising new co-op challenges and more GLaDOS. There has also been an announcement for Gears Of War 3 DLC in the form of the Horde Command pack, which will offer new fortifications and weapon skins.
  • The achievement list for The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim has been leaked. If you are a glutton for punishment, then click here for the full list. Without giving much away, it is structured more like Fallout 3’s list than that of Oblivion.
  • It appears that we may be getting yet another HD collection, this time from Naughty Dog in the form of a Jak & Daxter HD Collection. Details are very sketchy at the moment, but given just how many games recently are getting the HD treatment (Halo, Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3, God Of War, Ico & Shadow Of The Colossus, Zone Of The Enders, Final Fantasy X etc.) it wouldn’t surprise me at all. Still, this is one remake I would welcome as I never got round to playing the series when they originally came out (being a Ratchet & Clank fan instead). And while you are at it Naughty Dog, remaster Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, 3 and Crash Team Racing please. Then you can have all of my money.
  • Finally, today we were informed of the sad death of Steve Jobs, the co founder of Apple. I’m not one for Apple products personally, and would associate him more fondly with the rise of Pixar, but there is no doubt that mobile gaming has been on the rise for years especially on products like the IPhone and IPad, and he deserves a hell of a lot of credit for its success. The lineage goes back even further with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, allowing Apple to get in on the gaming industry in the first place. R.I.P Mr Jobs.

And that’s your news roundup for the moment. Don’t despair, as in the next few days I will be posting up my Gears Of War 3 review, and will get down to writing up my opinions on FIFA 12 as well. It’s good to be back.

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