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Monday, 31 December 2012
MLB: The Show is a Major League Baseball video game series produced by SCE San Diego Studio, a development team that is part ofSony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. The series debuted in 2006 with MLB 06: The Show for the PlayStation 2 andPlayStation Portable. There has been a new release in the series every year since 2006, and since MLB 07: The Show in 2007, every game released has also been available for the PlayStation 3. MLB 12: The Show, which was released in March 2012, it also the first game in the series to not be available for the PS2 or PSP and the first game in the series to available for the PlayStation Vita, Sony's new handheld. The series is the successor to 989 Sports' MLB series.
MLB 13 includes a few new features, such as a stadium setting with Playoff mode, a new beginner mode and improved Play Now, Franchise and Road To The Show modes. Franchise, Season and Road To The Show game saves can be synced among devices, whether PS3, Vita or that other PS3 you break out for special occasions.
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Halo 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360 video game console. It is the first installment in the latest trilogy of Halo games, named the Reclaimer Trilogy. The game was released in most territories worldwide on November 6, 2012. Halo 4's story begins four years after the ending of Halo 3; the player assumes the role of the Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier. The story is mainly set on a Forerunner planet, where Master Chief encounters the alien race known as the Covenant and ancient warriors of the Forerunner empire known as the Prometheans. Master Chief is accompanied by the artificial intelligence construct Cortana.
Halo 4 was officially announced on June 6, 2011, at E3 2011. On September 26, 2012, it was announced that the game's development was complete.
Halo 4 grossed US$220 million on its launch day, with an estimated gross of $300 million in its opening week, marking a new record for the franchise. As of December 6, 2012, the game has sold approximately four million copies. The game received generally positive reviews from professional critics on release.
Halo 4 is a shooter game, in which players predominantly experience gameplay from a first-person perspective; the game perspective switches to third-person when using certain weapons, armor abilities and vehicles. The player's head-up display (HUD) shows real-time information on the player character's armor system, such as shield status, information on current weapons and armor abilities, and also display indicators for goals and objectives. The HUD also has a motion tracker that detects allies, enemies, and vehicles within a certain radius of the player.
The game sees the return of the Covenant as foes, and introduces a new faction of enemy called the Prometheans, who serve under theForerunners. There are three types of Prometheans; Knights serve as leaders of the group and are considered as the deadliest of the Promethean forces. Crawlers are a weaker class which often attack in larger packs. Watchers, which are deployed by Knights, offer support and have the ability to shield or revive Promethean allies.
Halo 4 features updated versions of many UNSC and Covenant weaponry from previous Halo games, as well as introducing new weapons for the humans, Covenant and Prometheans. The game also features armor abilities which were introduced in Halo: Reach. Returning armor abilities include active camouflage, hologram and jetpack; new abilities include hardlight shield, Promethean vision, regeneration field, autosentry and thruster pack. Sprinting returns in Halo 4; all players can now use it independently of their armor ability. New gameplay mechanics introduced to the series include throwing and catching which has been implemented into the multiplayer game types: Oddball and Grifball.
Halo 4's story or campaign mode can be played through alone or cooperatively with one other player in split screen and up to three other players through Xbox Live. Unlike in Halo 3cooperative campaign where each player takes the role of a different character, in Halo 4 all players assume the role of Master Chief. Players can enable skulls in the campaign menu which act as gameplay modifiers such as increasing enemy health, changing NPC behaviour or removing elements of the player's HUD. The campaign also features terminals which provide the player with additional backstory. Upon finding a terminal, a video is unlocked and can viewed in the Halo Waypoint application on the Xbox 360.
Halo 4 features a new story-driven episodic game mode, titled Spartan Ops, that can be played solo or cooperatively on two player split screen and on Xbox Live with up to three other players. It serves as a replacement for the Firefight game mode that featured in Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST. Season one of Spartan Ops delivers five new objective-based missions and cinematics each week over a period of ten weeks to players. The story for Spartan Ops is set six months after the events of the Halo 4 campaign. In the multiplayer component of Halo 4, titled Infinity multiplayer, players build their own custom Spartan-IV super-soldier and advance in their multiplayer career which spans across gameplay in War Games, Spartan Ops, Forge and Theater. Players can advance through ranks by earning experience (XP) by playing War Games, Spartan Ops, using Forge, and by completing both challenges and commendations. At each rank, players earn Spartan Points (SP), which are used to purchase gameplay items such as weapons, armor abilities and various upgrades for personal loadouts. Once players attain rank SR-50, they can enlist into one of the eight available Specializations, enabling players to unlock further customizations for their Spartan. Each Specialization is composed of ten ranks; players cannot switch their Specialization until they complete it. Items for visual customization are unlocked by gaining ranks, mastering commendations and completing certain goals. Halo 4 includes Forge, a map-editing tool that was first featured in Halo 3. Both Forge and War Games can be played on four player split screen, although some War Games playlists may restrict the number of players playing from a single console.