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Fall Games – Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3 & Modern Warfare 3

For the fans of the Uncharted series on the PS3, Uncharted 3 Drake’s Deception was released November 1, 2011. The Uncharted trilogy is coming off of one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2009 with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I would highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys playing a video game with a great story mode that is almost cinematic for anyone else watching.

Then we have the first person shooters, or FPS, as we like to call them. Two groundbreaking FPS are coming out exactly two weeks apart from each other. The two games I am talking about are Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3. Do not let the names fool you both of these games have more than three predecessors. After the Battlefield name had huge success on the PC, Electronic Arts began making games for consoles and this third one is expected to put up a fight against Modern Warfare 3. Both of these franchises have an extremely compelling story mode and make you never want to put the controller down, ever.

For the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare 3 is the 8th game to hit console as well as PC. It will be interesting to see how many copies this game will sell after the groundbreaking performance that its predecessor Call of Duty Black Ops sold which was more than 7 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release. I will not lie, I am in love with the Call of Duty franchise and I will continue to purchase their video games. The CoD fan base is so large that I can put in almost any of the older CoD games and still find a lobby to play in online. I have always given my edge to the Call of Duty franchise because not only can you spend hours online playing with your friends but they also have extremely fun Cooperative extras such as Nazi Zombie and Special Ops.

After playing through the Battlefield 3 campaign and spending a little bit of time on Battlefield 2 it has started to grow on me, though not as much as Call of Duty has. I would still recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a great first person shooter.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my two-part review of some of these big games coming out this year!

Steve Marksteiner

Fall Games – Forza 4, Gears 3, Assassins & Batman

The gaming community is going to have their hands full this month and they will be the last to complain about it. There have been many games, especially sequels, coming out for some major title video games. Read my two-part series on the new video games for the fall season!

I’ll start with the recently released games such as Gears of War 3 and Forza Motorsport 4.  Gears of War (GoW) was released on September 20 and is the final game to the current trilogy. Selling over 1 million pre-orders, GoW was one of the most anticipated games for the Xbox 360 console in 2011, but trust me there are many more! Hopefully the Gears of War franchise is not over because it has an extremely large fan base that has built up over the last three games.

For you racing fans and Xbox 360 Kinect enthusiasts, Forza Motorsport 4 is the right game for you. Forza 4 is also exclusive to the Xbox 360 console, and this game is Kinect-ready, meaning you can steer and shift gears without the use of the ever-popular physical steering wheel (though you can purchase one if you prefer it). Forza via Kinect lets you to check your blind spots with the simple turn of your head as if you were driving a real car!

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is set to release in mid November of 2011 for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Revelations is the fourth game of the franchise, which has also gained a vast amount of fans. With the addition of multiplayer mode in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, AC Revelations is including new game types and more customizable character features.

Batman: Arkham City, the sequel to the 2009 game Batman: Arkham Asylum, was released October 18. Arkham City was one of the only games of 2011 to receive a 10 out of 10 stars from the ever-popular Game Informer Magazine. I would suggest this game for to anyone who likes to roam the streets and beat the crap out of bad guys. This latest version keeps you guessing with tons of side missions. New features are more enhanced gliding through the air, grappling onto buildings without ever touching the ground, and a bunch of new gadgets for Batman’s utility belt.

This concludes part-one of my review, check back in a couple days to see the second part!

Steve Marksteiner

Apple iPhone 4S?

Word on the street is that Apple is coming out with a new iPhone and it will be called the 4S.  The iPhone 4S is set to come out in September and is supposed to have minimal upgrades from the iPhone 4.  This is the same thing that Apple did when it came out with the iPhone 3G and then upgraded to the 3GS before moving to the 4.  Some of the changes include a better camera and a A5 Dual Core Processor which was just put into the iPad 2.

Sources say that Sprint and T-Mobile may get in on the mix and also become carriers of the iPhone 4S.  Sources also say that this phone will not have the 4G network along with it.  Then again 4G nationwide coverage is not even out yet so I do not see this as an impact on the phone.  As a carrier of Sprint I see this as awesome news and if the rumors are true I will most likely be switching from the Android powered cell phone to Apples’ iPhone.


– Steve Marksteiner

The Year of The Superhero Flick

This year seems to be the year of comic book superhero movies, and I of all people am not complaining.  This trend does not seem like it is going to let up in the next couple years with movies that will intertwine and tangle with each other to form sequels upon sequels.  Take for example all of the Marvel comic movies that have came out recently such as The Hulk and Iron Man.  At then very end of these movies after the credits comes an Easter egg of the next upcoming movies to be released and the eggs at the end of those movies were for Thor and Captain America who are all ironically part of the Avengers.

All these movies are leading up to a grand finale where they can put all of these action hero’s into a movie together.  Same thing with the X-Men franchise after the first three came out they stared to do X-Men Origins Wolverine, which is expecting another film in the next year or so.  Now, X-Men First Class in coming out in June, which is basically the story of Magneto as a teenager and Charles Xavier, better known as Professor X.  The creators are also talking about doing  X-Men Origins on not only Wolverine, but for some of the other main characters from the group.  Oh yes, and did I mention that all four of these movies are coming out in the next two and a half months?  So needless to say, the box office should be pretty interesting in the upcoming couple months.

– Steve Marksteiner –