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Nov 2009 11
Among a sea of November Video Game releases, Modern Warfare 2 manages to stay afloat with its thrilling storyline and addictive online multiplayer. Arguably the most anticipated game of the year, Modern Warfare 2 finally lands. Following a week of content controversy and broken street dates, Modern Warfare 2 promises to elevate the action and intensity beyond even the classic original game.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Officially announced on February 11, 2009, the game was released worldwide on November 10, 2009. It is the sixth installment of the Call of Duty series, and the direct sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, continuing along the same storyline.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released in conjunction with two other Call of Duty games: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized for the Nintendo DS, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex, a port of Call of Duty 4 adapted by Treyarch for the Wii console. In addition, a comic book series based on one of the game's characters will also be produced, entitled Modern Warfare 2: Ghost.
The game sold approximately 4.7 million copies at launch in North America and the United Kingdom, making it the biggest launch in history across all forms of entertainment and racked up 310 million dollars in sales in the United States and Britain alone when the eagerly anticipated title from Infinity Ward studio made its worldwide debut Tuesday, according to Activision. The videogame bested Batman superhero film "The Dark Knight," which holds the record for the top opening weekend ever by taking in 158.4 million dollars in July 2008.
Sep 2009 29
Introducing the smallest and mightiest PSP system yet, PSP Go. Download rich, immersive digital gaming or the best movies and TV shows saved directly to the ample 16GB hard drive. Browse the incredibly deep lineup of PSP gaming and movie content on the PlayStation Network. Use built-in Bluetooth support to connect a wireless headset and utilize Skype to talk with friends. But best of all, show off your content via the ultra-crisp 3.8 inch LCD screen on the most portable PSP system yet.
Now, launch has been confirmed for October 1 in the USA and Europe, and at a price that puts it at the high end of the market, in direct competition with the likes of Apples iPod touch. Its an ambitious target for Sony to aim for. So, how does it measure up? The PSP Go is sexy and slimmer than its predecessor, and its the first dedicated handheld gaming system to go completely digital and move away from cartridges or optical discs. Form-factor-wise the PSP Go is significantly smaller and noticeably lighter than its PSP predecessors, and wont result in you hearing the sound of tearing fabric when you slide it into a pocket. Sonys decision to ditch the optical UMD drive however plays a huge role in lightening the PSP Gos load by approximately 40 per cent. Where PSP titles were initially sold on petite and proprietary UMD discs, the PSP GO has 16GB of built-in flash memory (which can be bolstered by a Memory Stick Micro) slot for storing games and other media
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Sep 2009 28
On August 25, 2009, Sony released the newest member of the PS3 family. Slimmer, lighter, and only $299, the PlayStation 3 120 GB has Wi-Fi and a Blu-ray player built in. Additionally, PlayStation 3 80 GB and PlayStation 3 160 GB consoles are available at new, low prices of $299 and $399, respectively.
The Elite and Pro versions of Microsofts Xbox 360 console are also available at new, low prices: $299 for the Xbox 360 Elite and $249 for the Xbox 360 Pro. Featuring a large library of great games, and an online community with over 20 million people to play with or against, the Xbox 360 is a must-have experience.
Now that the 360 and PS3 are cheaper, the landscape of gaming is shifting in terms of value. Head-to-head, the problem may lie with Sonys inclusion of the Blu-ray disc format. Once thought to be the PS3s Achilles Heel is now an attractive feature for budding consumers looking to invest in the de facto high-definition format and PS3 sales up 300 percent weeks after price cut.
Sep 2009 26
Nintendo has officially announced that the price of the Wii will drop to $199.99, effective on Sunday. The long-rumored $50 price cut comes in the wake of recent price drops for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. After weeks of leaks and price cuts that brought both the Xbox 360 Elite and PlayStation 3 to $299, Nintendo has finally confirmed suspicions of gamers and analysts alike, announcing a $50 price cut to the Wii, effective this Sunday, September 27.
The lower-priced game system retain its current bundle of the Wii Sports video game, one controller, a Nunchuk controller add-on and wireless sensor bar. Certainly, no game has captured the imagination and had consumers literally from 5 to 95 playing together. That is why the configuration continues to include that title Nintendo was responding more to its growth mission rather than economics or competition.
Nintendo also announced to release the Wii Fit Plus accessory on October 4. This might have a direct impact on the sales of Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles to a certain extent. Usually large sales are observed during the holiday season (December), when a number of games are released for different consoles. This price cut will surely get billions of casual gaming audience interested in the Wii console.
The Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo. As a seventh-generation console, the Wii primarily competes with Microsofts Xbox 360 and Sonys PlayStation 3. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of both. As of December 31, 2008 the Wii leads the generation over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales. A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detect movement in three dimensions. Another distinctive feature of the console is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.
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