Hot Topics in the Gaming World You Need to Know About

It’s begun.

The most-anticipated time of the year—for gamers, at least—is now here! In case you missed it, and I don’t see how you could, Assassin’s Creed III was released this week.  

General Gaming News

If you’re undecided about whether you should purchase Assassin’s Creed III, perhaps this review will help, as will the game’s launch trailer. (Really, you should purchase it) 

If stabbing redcoats isn’t really your thing, then maybe you should look into Need for Speed: Most Wanted. It’s received a rave review.

Check out the new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which hits store shelves November 13. Then take a peek at this trailer for the Nuketown 2025 map.  

In other Call of Duty news, Activision is doing something cool to benefit veterans returning from active duty. The publisher will sell limited edition Call of Duty dog tags to raise money for its Call of Duty Endowment initiative. To learn more about Call of Duty Endowment, head on over to the program’s official website.

In non-philanthropic news, Black Ops 2’s soundtrack will go on sale November 13. Just like the game itself, Treyarch is sparing no expense with the soundtrack and enlisted some major talent.  

Well now this is interesting: in Hitman Absolution, you can create your own contracts and then challenge your friends to complete them.

Spring already has a plethora of fantastic games coming out, and now you can add one more to the list: Grand Theft Auto V will be released Spring 2013 

Another spring title is Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, which will be available starting March 26, 2013.

Now this is just plain cool: Wargaming—the brains behind World of Tanks, World of Airplanes, and World of Warships—will fund an effort to try and locate British Spitfire fighter plans purported to have been buried in Burma during World War II.   

Microsoft – Xbox 360

Xbox players of Borderlands 2 would be keen to read up on the latest exploit making the rounds as it can lead to unfathomable pain in the form of wiping out your progress 

Halo 4 is still five days away—an eternity, it seems like—but the game’s soundtrack has already become the highest-ranked video game soundtrack ever on the Billboard music charts.

Halo 4 has received rave reviews all across the interwebz, and Joystiq has compiled a metareview that you can peruse here 

Here is the Spartan Ops launch trailer for your viewing pleasure.

I suppose some non-Halo Xbox news is in order, so here you go: remember that cool SmartGlass technology Microsoft demonstrated at E3? Well it is now up-and-running for Forza Horizon. 

Sony – PS3 & Vita

A new hack for the PS3 and many PlayStation users worried—and understandably so due to the system’s problems with that in the past—but a third-party says PSN users have little reason for concern. 

The “In Motion” DLC for Portal 2 drops next Tuesday.

A new report making the rounds on the internet claims that a new version of the PS4 dev kit is “currently being distributed to developers” and that the final version will come next year. 

We’ve also got a host of Vita reviews for you. First off the list is Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.

Next on the list is Street Fighter X Tekken followed by Ragnarok Odyssey and Smart As 

Finally, is Need for Speed on the Vita the same as the console version?

Nintendo – Wii U, Wii, & 3DS 

This Joystiq article details some of the game modes in New Super Mario Bros. U along with a new feature involving Nabbit.

The first commercial for Wii U has debuted, and you can see it for yourself here.

Worried or curious about the range of Wii U’s GamePad controller? If so, then you’ll want to check out this interview with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.  

ZombiU has been getting plenty of attention, and now the first multiplayer details for the game have emerged 

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning drops next week, and if you’re looking forward to this game, then you’ll be pleased with the results of this review.


The open beta for Mechwarrior Online is now live.

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North is a solid, but not great, game 

Sine Mora will be available beginning next week on November 9.

Game Releases for the Week of October 28-November 3, 2012

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Xbox 360, PS3)
  • WWE ’13 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  • Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (Vita)
  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection (Xbox 360, PS3)
  • NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii)
  • Ragnarok Odyssey (Vita)
  • Nike + Kinect Training (Xbox 360)
  • Wreck-It Ralph (Wii, 3DS, DS)

Adam Stevinson

Adam Stevinson is a Colorado native and proud graduate of Colorado State University. Baseball was always his first love growing up, and Adam is a die-hard Rockies fan. The Rockies’ run to the pennant in 2007 was the greatest sporting experience of his life, and yes, Holliday touched the plate. Adam’s love of sports extends beyond baseball to include football (both college and the NFL), tennis, and curling. An avid gamer, Adam practically grew up with games. Some of his earliest memories involve watching his brother play Zelda and Metal Gear on the NES. The first game Adam was ever able to defeat his brother was Goldeneye on the N64, and it’s been downhill for The Bro ever since. The Xbox 360 is his preferred console with FPS his genre of choice. Halo is his favorite game. When he’s not engaged in virtual combat or bemoaning the current lack of competence amongst Colorado sports teams, Adam can most likely be found reading, either military history or thrillers. He has a passion for history and loves learning about how the past has shaped the present. Other hobbies include movies, softball, trivia, skiing, and exploring this breathtaking state. He will never turn down a game of ping pong.