As we move towards Christmas and the release of the PS4 and XBO what's really important is what both companies have chosen to put in the box from day one. What I think is particularly notable is that whilst - controversially - Microsoft have opted to include the next generation Kinect camera and require it for gameplay, Sony have - also controversially - elected to not even include their camera, selling it separately instead.
It's been a long time since the 1981 release of Castle Wolfenstein, and Bethesda in conjunction with MachineGames are bringing the latest in the series, Wolfenstein: The New Order to us later this year. I recently had the chance to play some of the game and sit down with one of the level designers to discuss all things Wolfenstein.
Set years before the events of the original Gears of War trilogy, Judgment centers on Kilo Squad, a troop of soldiers led by Damon Baird and Augustus "The Cole Train" Cole. They are joined by newcomers to the Gears series, Sofia Hendrick and Garron Paduk, as they attempt to save the besieged city of Halvo Bay from a terrifying new enemy.
Remember Me is a 3rd person action adventure where players take on the role of Nilin, a former elite memory hunter with the ability to break into people's minds and steal or even alter their memories. The authorities, fearful of her knowledge and capabilities arrested Nilin and wiped her memory clean.
Developed in collaboration with artists at Crystal Dynamics, the design of the controller features a two-layer colour finish with laser etching to create a realistic and tactile worn appearance. It's inspired by Lara's iconic climbing axe and the tourniquets that result from the adventure in her intense origin story, as told in this latest title.
Rather than ranting and raving about the pros and cons of Call of Duty (Modern Warfare or Black Ops) singer song-writer Rebecca Mayes sat down and penned a song to express her concerns. The result was not only entertaining in its own right but something that asked a serious question of players of these games: "Was it all that you hoped for?"
Overall if you are a fan of Halo then you have to get this game. And if you are new to Halo then you won't be disappointed either. Go on, get it, now. Halo 4 is available right now for the Xbox 360 - and frankly it's a must have game. It's not just one of the best games of the year, it is THE game of the year.