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November’s Big Releases, Updates For All

This November we will have a wealth of new games to play. There will be many big name titles coming out for the holidays, and there should be something for everyone. First up is the long awaited alien-shooter Halo 4 coming out on Nov 6. This new game will start the next Halo trilogy, and introduce a new enemy and new game elements. Also coming out on Nov 6 is NASCAR The Game: Inside Line. This new racing game will be a hardcore simulator, but is also to be friendly to beginners. On Nov 13 comes the one and only Black Ops 2. This year’s Call of Duty should add some spice to the series with an entirely rethought story and campaign. Hitman Absolution, the next game in the Hitman stealth series, comes out Nov 20 with more replay value in its contract mode. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 will also be coming out on Nov 20. Soccer fans can look forward to the next year’s sports gaming, with better gameplay, graphics, and more modes than ever. More November releases

A free dashboard update…what’s better? All Xbox Live subscribers and Playstation users will get an update that will greatly improve their console experiences. The Xbox update will include many things including Internet Explorer, improved voice recognition, a ratings and recommendations section, 9 more supported languages, and customizable homescreens. Microsoft says it wants it to feel more like Windows 8. Sony is also doing a dashboard update. Sony’s Playstation update is more focused on their store; now, everything in a game series is on one store page. More on the Xbox update  More on the PlayStation update

Sources: VGReleases, BGR, and USA TODAY

More details on Halo 4

Halo 4, the newest game in Microsoft’s flagship franchise, will pick up exactly where Halo 3 left off, with Master Chief and Cortana in the Forward Unto Dawn drifting toward a planet. The game is packed with new stuff starting with new enemies and weapons and the start of a new story. In fact, there will be a whole new faction, the Prometheans. These strange robotic creatures are somehow related to the forerunners, a species of human-like creatures that lived in the galaxy in the past. The Prometheans fight very differently than Master Chief’s previous enemy, the Covenant. The Prometheans use many new tactics to bring you down, which should add new depth to the game. The crawlers, the Promethean equivalent of grunts, can crawl up any surface, so hiding behind pillars, walls, or on ledges won’t be as useful as it used to be. The knights, the Prometheans main unit, use their shields, speed, watchers, and teleportation abilities to destroy you. Watchers are an aerial support unit that are deployed by knights, they can use a tractor beams to throw grenades back at you, put a hardlight shield between you and a knight, or they could heal the knight. There are different types of knights and crawlers, so there should be plenty of variety. Halo 4 also has a new take on story telling by making the game more personal. Finally, the game will be in full HD. Before you say that Halo Reach was in HD, recall that true high-definition skins and textures to cover an entire game’s levels and maps would never fit on one game DVD like we buy. That’s why Halo 4 is almost undoubtedly coming on multiple disks. Halo 4 will be not only the must-have game on Xbox when it comes out on November 6, but looks to be a game to remember.

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