In today’s news roundup we hear from Aaron Greenberg who insists Halo: Reach is going to smash the 2010 competition. We bring news of a Just Cause 2 bonus pack which is available for customers pre-ordering this open-world shooter. And lastly, we take a look stateside to see what topped the US charts in November.
Halo: Reach Will Be Biggest Game Of 2010, Microsoft Says
As the noughties draw to a close and we stand on the cusp of a new decade, there are some pretty major new releases looming on the horizon. In fact, 2010 is pretty packed, and one of the most anticipated titles due to hit the shelves next year has to be Microsoft’s Halo: Reach which, according to the company’s management director Aaron Greenberg, ‘will be the biggest game of 2010’. ‘I feel confident that there’s nothing that will compare in size’, Greenberg went on, insisting that the latest addition to the Halo franchise is going to roundly trounce the competition.
And when it comes to competition, there’s certainly plenty of it. In January we get Mass Effect II, whilst February sees the release of Splinter Cell Conviction and Bioshock 2. Then we get Final Fantasy XIII and in April its Red Dead Redemption - and who could forget God of War III and Starcraft II? Greenberg insists Microsoft is undaunted - but he would say that wouldn't he? [1up]
Just Cause 2 pre-order goodies detailed
Square Enix and all the other developers behind open-world shooter Just Cause 2 have just announced that all customers who put in for a pre-order deal will be rewarded with a pack of extra goodies. The pack features a fold out map of Panau – the island where the game is set –and also a downloadable set of extras contained within the ‘The Black Market Choas Pack’.
This includes a kind of hovercraft vehicle with a mounted grenade launcher and Rico’s signature pistol. You also get a beasty assault rifle - dubbed ‘The Bull’s Eye’- which is lighter and more accurate. You’ll also have access to the Chevalier Classic, which is basically some mental car, and the chaos parachute.
As far as open world games go, not many allow you to be mischievous as Just Cause 2. Using a double edged grappling hook you can attach things together – like fixing an enemy to a plane which is about to take off – which, by all accounts, makes this one hell of a fun game. [Play.Tm]
DSi tops hardware charts in the US
The Dsi was officially the top selling games machine in the US – as far as November sales went anyway. The Wii trailed in second place with over one and a quarter million units sold. Xbox came in third with just over eight hundred thousand while the PS3 lagged behind with around seven hundred thousand units shifted.
It will probably come as no surprise to learn that Modern Warfare 2 was the top selling game of November with NPD analyst Anita Frazier stating, 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has achieved the top spot for first-month sales of any game at the title level. Halo 3 previously held the spot when it sold 3.3 million units in September '07 in 12 days at retail. MW2 bested Halo 3's daily sales rate by 16 percent in its 19 days at retail in November.’ [GamesIndustryBiz]