Level Up! Counting down towards Dishonored and XCom: Enemy Unknown (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Date: Friday, October 05, 2012
Source: Mania.com

This week were counting down towards next week’s hot releases of XCom Enemy Unknown from 2K Games and Dishonored from Bethesda.  Bethesda had the game of the year last year with Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, can they do it again?  Also this week we have a review of F1 2012 for you racing fans.

Konami Announces Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 
  
Konami announced that it will release a Limited Edition of METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE in North America on February 19, 2013. This bundle will include a full copy of the game, official soundtrack, Limited Edition 2-sided Steelbook, and an exclusive high-frequency katana blade plasma lamp. 
  
Developed by Kojima Productions and PlatinumGames, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance takes the renowned franchise into exciting new territory by delivering an action experience unlike anything seen before. The title brings two of the world's most respected development teams together with a common goal of providing players with a fresh synergetic experience that combines the best elements of pure action together with epic storytelling, all within the expansive Metal Gear universe.  Metal Gear Rising: revengeance introduces Raiden as the central character; a child soldier transformed into a cyborg ninja killing machine, equipped with a high-frequency katana blade and a soul fueled by revenge. 
  
The METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE Limited Edition will be available on February 19, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. 
  
Ubisoft Announces Assassin's Creed III Season Pass 
  
Ubisoft announced the Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass offer, granting access to all five upcoming downloadable content packs to gamers owning the original game on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360  video game and PC. 
  
Assassin’s Creed III downloadable content will feature “The Tyranny of King Washington,” an all-new single-player campaign told through three episodic content packs that lets gamers experience an alternate history of the events following the American Revolution. 
  
In addition to this all-new single player experience, Assassin’s Creed III downloadable content will feature new maps and characters for an even more expansive multiplayer experience. 
  
Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass will be available for purchase for 2400 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or $29.99 on the PlayStationNetwork. It can be pre-ordered at GameStop and Best Buy. 
  
The Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass releases within six months after the game launch at a 25% savings over the individual pack prices. Also, Season Pass owners will have access to the first downloadable content pack one week before other gamers. 
  
Assassin’s Creed III will be available on PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system on October 30 in North America and Latin America, Windows PC on November 20 and on Wii U™ from Nintendo on November 18. For Windows PC gamers, an Assassin’s Creed III Deluxe Edition will also be available for digital download. 
  
Max Payne 3: Hostage Negotiation Pack coming 
  
Coming this fall, the Hostage Negotiation Map Pack DLC for Max Payne 3 introduces four new multiplayer maps - all taken from the single player game and fully optimized for online combat - along with a range of new Items and weapons (including the M24 Sniper Rifle and IA2 Assault Rifle) plus the Filhos De Ogum avatar faction. 
  
The four new maps include: 
  
Club Moderno 
 
Estádio Do Galatians 
 
O Palácio Strip Club 
 
Favela Heights  
  
The pack will be available later this fall for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or $9.99 on PlayStation Network and PC and Rockstar Pass owners can download it, and all other future packs, free of charge upon release.  As an added bonus, we are also releasing an all-new chrome weapons bonus, which will be redeemable by all Social Club members free of charge this week. Check out the Rockstar Newswire for more details on the chrome weapons bonus and on all upcoming DLC info. 

DUE OUT NEXT WEEK
 

Dishonored  (Bethesda)  Rated M  PS3, Xbox 360, PC 
  
Dishonored is set in Dunwall, an industrial whaling city where strange steampunk- inspired technology and otherworldly forces coexist in the shadows. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. The truth behind your betrayal is as murky as the waters surrounding the city, and the life you once had is gone forever. 
  
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft) Rated E  PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U 
  
Just Dance 4 is the perfect catalyst for the best parties, no matter what the occasion, thanks to innovative new modes like the all-new Battle mode, an upgraded Just Sweat mode, and even more fun, exclusive modes for each platform. Everything you know and love about Just Dance gets even better with Just Dance 4 - hot new tracks, fun irreverent dances, and more. With Just Dance 4, the party never ends. Have a blast dancing, laughing, and breaking a sweat with friends and family all night long. 
  
XCom: Enemy Unknown (2K Games)  Rated M  PS3, Xbox 360, PC 
  
Threatened by an unknown enemy, the Earth's governments unite to form a secret paramilitary organization, known as XCOM, to combat this extraterrestrial attack. As the commander of XCOM, you control the global defense team and its resources in a battle against the terrifying alien invasion. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a re-imagining of X-COM, the classic strategy game from 1993, and developed by the award-winning creators of Civilization. You will control the fate of the human race by creating and managing a fully operational base, researching alien technologies, planning combat missions and controlling soldier movement in battle. 
  
Fable: The Journey (Microsoft)  Xbox 360 
  
You are the controller and the hero. Powered exclusively by Kinect for Xbox 360, “Fable: The Journey” is a whole new way to experience the deep storyline, heart-pounding action and picturesque world of Albion that fans have come to know and love about the “Fable” franchise. 
  
From the new first-person perspective of Gabriel, a young dweller who has lost his tribe, you will come to the aid of the ailing and mysterious Theresa, who thrusts you into an action-packed adventure full of dangerous enemies, hair-raising chases and humorous characters. As you traverse through dangerous lands with your horse by your side, you will learn to master magic as a deadly weapon, defend yourself in combat and solve puzzles on your journey to becoming a hero.  “Fable: The Journey” is part of the action-packed and critically acclaimed “Fable” franchise that has captivated audiences worldwide since 2004 and sold more than 10 million copies. 
  
Spy Hunter (Warner Bros) Rated E  3DS, PS Vita 
  
Push the pedal to the floor with this re-imagining of the fabled racing series. With new features like expanded weaponry and additional missions, you'll relive the classic with all-new excitement. Experience more choice in the transformation of the legendary Interceptor and morph from supercar to jet boat to off-road vehicle with blinding speed. Race from evil Nostra henchmen with greater hand controls and select high-tech devices and defenses at will, and plan strategic assaults against enemy strongholds with new long-range weaponry. Employ the added support of an unmanned aerial drone for maximum destruction, and watch crashes in ultra detail with the new view-cam that slows brilliant crash choreography to let you see every piece of crushed metal flying through the air. Enjoy all of these features and more with enhanced replayability that allows you to play missions by vehicle type and with new objectives, upgrades and rewards for a wide variety of road types, routes and directions. Let the Interceptor race you back to this addicting game for more high-speed fun than ever before.
REVIEWS 
  
F1 2012 (Codemasters) PS3 
  
I’m not a big racing fan for either watching or playing but my preference would always be more for Formula 1/Indy cars as opposed to NASCAR.  Formula 1 2012 is the third game in the series from Codemasters and it’s certainly the best edition yet.  Whether you’ve played the previous editions or not, F1 2012 does a wonderful job of getting newbies into the action at a tutorial course in Dubai.  Here’s you’ll learn the finer points of handling your performance ride and the fundamentals of F1 racing.  There are challenges to your ability to accelerate and brake as well as corner.  There are also short instructional videos.  You’ll have to pass the tutorial to move on which should take around an hour depending on your skill level. 
  
Once complete you can now move on to play in several different modes including Season Mode and Champions Mode, both of which are new to this year’s edition along with the above mentioned tutorial.  There is also the returning Career Mode.  Season Mode is perfect for those who maybe don’t want to immerse themselves in the lengthy Career Mode.  The Season mode lets you complete in a 10 week season.  The race lengths and qualifications are also shorter in Season Mode.  
  
Then there is Champions Mode which features six World Champions: Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher and pits you against them in challenges with various race conditions, culminating in a race against all six champions. 
  
The new modes present a good and bad…the new modes offer more diversity certainly but it comes at a cost of Codemasters taking out the Grand Prix Mode which is a disappointing cut.  This means that you can only play as one of the actual 24 F1 drivers in a quick, one time race and not in Career or Season modes.  That said, Career Mode is still a hell of a lot of fun and the mode of choice for hardcore games who love a deep challenge.  Begin your career and work your way up the ranks to attract offers from more prestigious teams.  And it goes without saying that there is an online multi-player mode allowing you to compete on worldwide leaderboards. 
  
Visually the game has been more tweaked than overhauled as it was already a great looking game.  You’ll notice more in the weather effects department as well as more dynamic lighting and shading.  F1 2012 combines great visuals, immersive gaming modes, and real world F1 authenticity into a fabulous racing simulation.  Grade A- 

 



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