By: Adam Thomas of TheGamerStudio.com
Welcome to the dog days of summer. With July in the rear view, and summer reaching its hottest time, it may be best to figure out ways to stay put and relax. That said, Catch Up! news is to be read in a relaxing manner this week, hopefully with a chilled beverage beside you.
This week we have coverage on Elder Scrolls V’s Collector’s Edition, a reason why you may want to clear your Xbox HDD for RAGE, some details on the sequel to Borderlands, a little banter in the HD console war, a wee juggernaut named Minecraft, and Call of Duty hitting the Wii. Read on…
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition Revealed
The Collector’s Edition of Skyrim is priced at $149.99, which is a pretty big investment. It contains a copy of the game, and a “making of” DVD. Also included is a 200 page coffee-table style art book, which details the entire creation of the game. The book also contains a foreward by Game Director, Todd Howard.
The main selling point is the 12-inch, PVC statue of Alduin, the World Eater. The dragon statue was created using the games 3D files. Lastly, players will also receive the cloth map of Skyrim, which can also be obtained by pre-ordering the standard edition of the game. Click here to read more
Borderlands 2 Details!
The game will include “dynamic story missions”, where their success and failure will affect the overall story the player experiences. Enemy AI will receive a boost in intelligence becoming more varied in gameplay and design.
The presence of a new element Eridium will give players greater customization options as it can be combined with both weapons and vehicles to improve stats. It can also function as a form of currency. Click here to read more
Xbox Has RAGE Issues
At this year’s QuakeCon, id Software’s Lead Programmer John Carmack dropped a heavy duty bombshell about the amount of hard drive real estate that their would be opus RAGE would occupy on the Xbox. GamingBolt reported on Carmack’s key note speech, where he gave full details on the massive 22GB install that the game would require:
On the 360 we don’t have a partial install option. It’s all or nothing, which is kind of unfortunate. It means you have to install 21/22GB of stuff which takes a long time but if you’ve got it and you play it on the 360 that’s the way to go.
Playstation Play Tries To Ruin Xbox’s Summer
IGN recently reported on a new annual preorder/reward program that will hit the PSN on August 9 called PSN Play. People who purchase a downloadable title that is involved in the scheme during the period of “Play” will get a free piece of exclusive DLC. If you preorder the game you will also get a free PS3 theme! Click here to read more
Minecraft Sells Over Three Million
Minecraft is really proving to be the little indie game that could. It has over 11 million users, great reviews, and, come November 18, a convention for it is going to be held in Las Vegas. If you think the game doesn’t have any more surprises, then creator Markus Person recently given a blunt announcement on his Twitter account: Minecraft just sold its third million copy!
According to Gamesutra, this indicates that the game has sold 500,000 copies in less than two months, after surpassing 2.5 million sales back in June. Given such a jump in sales in such small amount of time, that’s a feat that definitely deserves some recognition. Click here to read more
Call Of Duty is Coming to the Wii?!
For years gamers everywhere have levied the criticism that the Wii doesn’t have adequate third party support, with many notable multi-platform franchises being absent from the consoles catalog of titles.
Now in the twilight moments of the Wii’s tenure, it seems Nintendo has finally decided to address the long squatting elephant in the room, as during an Activision post-earnings conference call recently they announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be coming to the “soon-to-be-retired” console on November 8. Click here to read more
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