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Game Replay: Fallout 4 has record-breaking launch, Payday 2 issues

11/15, 11:51pm

Gaming news summary for November 15, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Fallout 4 sets sales records, Payday 2 continues to be a headache for Overkill, an upcoming update to Halo 5: Guardians, and Valve fixes issues with the Steam Link and Steam Controller when the devices are used with OS X.


Game Replay: Konami denies Kojima departure rumors

10/20, 10:56pm

Gaming news summary for October 21, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, more special character abilities in Star Wars Battlefront are announced, the day one patch for Halo 5: Guardians is revealed to be 9GB in size, and Konami deny rumors Hideo Kojima has left the company.


Game Replay: Halo 5 DLC maps will be free, Hearthstone 'Tavern Brawls'

06/10, 6:25pm

Gaming news summary for June 10, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Halo 5 and Destiny expansion details are revealed, Ouya is allegedly in discussions to be acquired by Razer, and Hearthstone gains a new competitive 'Tavern Brawl' mode.


Game Replay: Twitch bans AO games, WildStar turns free-to-play

05/31, 10:40pm

Gaming news summary for May 31, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Twitch bans AO-rated titles from streaming, NCsoft is making MMO WildStar a free-to-play title, and leaks suggest Microsoft is adding a headphone jack to the Xbox One controller.


Weekly Game Replay: Molyneux woes, Shadow Realms canned

02/15, 9:15pm

News from the video game industry for the week of February 8

Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista collect together a selection of notable items from the world of gaming into one post. In today's Weekly Game Replay, we recount the drama of Curiosity's heavily-delayed prize of being a "God of Gods," Bioware's cancellation of Shadow Realms, the dropping of a content update public beta for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the expansion of Steam's economy to other games, and the PlayStation 4's return to beating the Xbox One in US hardware sales.


Briefly: Sims 4 for OS X, Halo 5 beta results

02/07, 11:43am

Sims 4 to see release for Lion and above in February

Life simulator The Sims 4 has a release date for OS X. The fourth iteration of the series will be available for download on February 17. Sims 4 requires OS X 10.7.5 Lion or greater, a Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.4GHz or faster, 4GB of RAM, and the Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro, or better. Pricing is not yet known, but it will be "priced similarly" to the PC edition.


Halo studio giving ODST, free month of Live to compensate for issues

12/20, 10:00am

Campaign add-on to Halo paced differently, highly regarded by fans

Microsoft game studio 343 Industries has spelled out a compensation package for users affected by the matchmaking flaws that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been plagued with since launch. The package includes Halo 3 adjunct title ODST, which was not expected to be released, a remastered multiplayer map, a month of Xbox Live service, and a character nameplate for use in-game.


Briefly: Just Cause 3 coming in 2015, Master Chief Collection issues

11/11, 4:40pm

Avalanche Studios developing open world sequel for next-gen consoles, PC

Swedish developer Avalanche Studios and publisher Square Enix revealed that they are working on the next entry in the Just Cause franchise. Just Cause 3 is an open-world action adventure game like its predecessor, making its way to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2015. Avalanche Studios Chief Creative Officer Christofer Sundberg said that it will be sold as in physical and digital versions, without hinging on free-to-play models or in-game transactions. After release, the studio intends to look into downloadable content.


Briefly: Majora's Mask gets 3D remake, Halo: MCC smaller download

11/06, 11:40pm

Nintendo 2DS, 3DS get another 3D remake from Legend of Zelda's Nintendo 64 days

During the recent Nintendo Direct it was revealed that the company is updating another Legend of Zelda game for its 3D handhelds. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - which was originally released on the Nintendo 64 in 2000 - is coming to the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS in spring 2015. Majora's Mask 3D follows 2011's remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - another game that was originally for the Nintendo 64.


Microsoft launching Halo twin-stick shooter for Windows in December

10/15, 3:34pm

Halo: Spartan Strike builds on Spartan Assault, removes microtransactions

Microsoft and 343 Industries couldn't close out the year without adding a new game to the Halo universe. Though Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be hitting store shelves before Thanksgiving, a new top-down, twin-stick shooter will be arriving on December 12. Halo: Spartan Strike is launching on Windows devices and Steam for $6.


Skullcandy Gaming talks headsets at PAX, 343 Industries collaboration

09/07, 7:47pm

Halo Slyr headset coming this holiday season, work with Astro allows customer focus

Skullcandy Gaming was present at Seattle's Penny Arcade Expo over Labor Day weekend, allowing gamers to experience its specific brand of gaming headsets. As part of its presence at the show, booth visitors were able to play Halo: The Master Chief Collection ahead of its launch, while talking about a new entry in the Skullcandy Gaming line. The company teased a development of its recently-unveiled collaboration with 343 Industries, a new Halo-branded Slyr headset.


Report: Xbox Entertainment Studios could live on with Warner Brothers

08/17, 3:54pm

Microsoft gaming properties could continue media expansion if studio deal occurs

Sources have said that Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) may not be shuttering, as previously indicated during the company's announcement of 18,000 layoffs. Microsoft has reportedly been shopping the studio around in an attempt to find it a new home, with some possible results already popping up. It is said that Microsoft has recently entered into talks with Warner Brothers about XES operating under the studio.


Microsoft unveils Tomb Raider sequel exclusive, others at Gamescom[u]

08/12, 5:11pm

Date changes, beta launch dates and console exclusive titles outlined during press event

[Updated with Phil Spencer's comments on Rise of the Tomb Raider being a timed exclusive] During the Microsoft press event at Gamescom today, a number of announcements were made regarding some upcoming games and beta programs. While there wasn't much in the way of brand new games, some important date shifts were noted, as was the announcement that a sequel to one of the most successful games of 2013 would be exclusive to Xbox One.


Microsoft debuts new Halo 2 footage from The Master Chief Collection

07/28, 6:58pm

Comic Con reveal shows reworked cutscenes from Blur, gameplay footage leaked

During a panel at San Diego Comic Con last week, new footage from Halo: The Master Chief Collection was shown off by a number of people involved with the Microsoft project, including Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor. A new video was released by the company, offering a first look at the new cinematics completely remade for high definition. Leaked gameplay footage from the panel has turned up as well, showing off some of the in-game changes.


Halo: Master Chief Collection detailed at Microsoft E3 media brief

06/09, 3:03pm

Four games in one interface with Halo 2 receiving the full 'anniversary' treatment

During the Microsoft media briefing at E3, 343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross took to the stage to outline some details on the upcoming Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. The collection will be coming to consumers in time for the holidays, hitting the shelves on November 11. As was previously announced, the collection will include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4.


Gamespy-hosted EA titles go offline, games look to community options

05/12, 7:05pm

Over 50 EA games to shutdown at end of month, Halo finds a way to live on

With the announcement of Gamespy shutting down at the end of the month, gamers and companies alike have been scrambling for solutions to keep fan favorite games going. Among them, Electronic Arts and fans of Halo: Combat Evolved have tried to find solutions that would keep the games after the shutdown, to mixed results.


Briefly: Steam Halloween sale, Halo spinoff Spartan Ops coming to Xbox

10/29, 6:24pm

Steam Halloween sale offers up to 75 percent off 195 titles

Digital game purveyor Steam has unveiled its Halloween 2013 sale, where users can "save big on creepy titles." Some notable OS X and Windows cross-platform "Steamplay" titles at 75 percent off are the survival shooter two-pack Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2; classic horror title The 7th Guest; hybrid brawler and real-time strategy rock adventure Brutal Legend; tower defense/shooter game Dungeon Defenders, and the collector pack of the Penumbra adventure series. All told, 195 Windows-compatible games are on sale. The sale runs through November 1.


Early leaks plague Microsoft's Halo 4

10/14, 12:28am

Proof of physical copies, torrents of the game found

Microsoft has confirmed that the highly-anticipated Christmas-season release Halo 4 has been leaked three weeks before its release date. Not only have pictures of players viewing the game on their gaming console been seen, but several torrent sites are hosting a 16.28GB file claiming to hold the two-disc title.


Halo ATLAS gives live game updates on Android, iOS, WP7

12/08, 5:30pm

Halo ATLAS companion app brings maps, live stats

Microsoft revealed on Thursday that it will bring out its Halo ATLAS game companion app to users on December 10. The Assisted Tactical Assault System will give Halo Reach and Halo Anniversary gamers the ability to watch real-time data from live matches. The app can be had for Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices and was created in conjunction with Brady games.


Weta Workshop builds customized Xbox 360 for charity auction

04/21, 6:35pm

Xbox features blasted innards and Halo figurine

Weta Workshop has created a customized Xbox 360, featuring a Halo theme, that will be auctioned to raise money for charity. The console features a miniature Master Chief shooting directly into the housing, with electronic innards blasting out from the other side. The customization was completed by Weta's founder Richard Taylor.



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