Mar 11, 2011

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Top 5 News Stories of the Week: March 7, 2011

Top 5 News Stories of the Week: March 7, 2011

This week has been full of announcements, from new screens and release date of the next Arkham City to Call of Duty: Black Ops becoming the top-selling game of all time in the U.S (according to NPD). But both of these didn’t make it on to the Top 5, so what made it?

5. Gears of War 3 Beta Arrives April 18

-Gamespot.com

Gears of War 3 Cover Art

“Owners of the Epic Edition of the warmly received Bulletstorm can enter the multiplayer beta for Gears of War 3 beginning on April 18 (for everyone else April 25). They will have access to the game’s Team Deathmatch mode playable on four maps: Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches, and Old Town.” Full Story.

I can get used to these early betas especially ones like this that go until May 15. I’m pretty excited about Gears 3 even though I didn’t actually enjoy the multiplayer in Gears 2. Plus there are a ton of Exclusive Beta Unlockables like a Flaming Hammerburst or a Gold-Plated Retro Lancer, just for playing completing matches.

What others had to say: Epic Games Forums, 1UP.com

4. New Pokemon Games Shatter Sales Records

-Rebecca Quintana

“I know it’s probably going to come as a big surprise when I tell you that the most recent  Pokémon games, Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, have shattered sales records, according to Nintendo USA.  The games went on sale only a few days ago, March 6, and have already brought in big numbers.  Day one sales came out to over a million units (1.08 million, to be exact), destroying the previous Pokémon record of 780,000 set by the Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version games in April 2007.” Full Story.

All I have to say is wow. I knew there were a ton of Pokemon fans out there but not that many.

What others had to say: PC Magazine, IGN

3. PlayStation Plus Users Move “To The Cloud”

-Juan Balbuena

“In today’s firmware update (v3.60) for the Playstation 3, Playstation Plus members will gain the ability to backup their game saves onto a cloud network.” Full Story.

To me this is a big deal because this should be the future of gaming. All games should be saved onto a cloud network as well as the consoles harddrive. Why do I need to lug my system around with me when I go to a friends house or why do I need to buy a USB Drive to bring my save data over? This just makes sense, and I hope they extend it by allowing other content to be saved to the could. I love having the cloud saving option in Steam so it’s great to have it on the PS3 now.

What others had to say: PlayStation Blog, G4TV, GameRant

2. Bungie No Longer Creating Maps for Halo: Reach

-Bungie.net

Bungie announced that they will no longer be creating map packs or working on any engine mods for Halo: Reach after this latest release. “We are not building map packs for Halo: Reach and we’re not working on any engine modifications, with code pressed tightly to metal.” Full Story.

Although they will be supporting the game by adding to playlists and adding user created levels, right now Bungie is focusing on getting ready to hand over the Halo reins to Microsoft. It’s a bit disappointing to see them stop supporting it since I really never enjoy user created levels. I guess Halo fans can simply look forward to what Bungie has in-stored for us with their new franchise.

What others had to say: GameSpot, hotbloodedgaming.com

1. EA Fails to Disclose SecuRom in Dragon Age II

-Rebecca Quintana

This week’s top story, a controversial one. “Those of you who know me, know that I love Dragon Age: Origins and the Dragon Age universe.  You also know that I loathe DRM, especially SecuRom.  You can imagine how dismayed I was when I read a Reclaim Your Game report today revealing that despite not disclosing the fact anywhere on the game packing or even in the 28-page EULA, disc-based copies of Dragon Age II contain the destructive, intrusive DRM known as SecuRom.” Full Story.

Ouch! According to Reclaim Your Game the same thing happened with Dead Space 2 which has yet to be fixed. EA has already had their fair share of issues with this DRM and now it’s looking like it may be coming back. Not a good time to be an EA PR rep right now, unless they ignore it. Sorry PC gamers, Steam still loves you though!

What others had to say: Destructoid, arstechnica

That rounds out this week’s Top 5 list. Check out our site often for the latest in news, reviews and previews of the hottest games. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  Don’t forget to drop by next Friday, to see next week’s Top 5 stories.

In Vivid Gamer’s “Top 5 Stories of the Week” post we will be breaking down what we think are the top stories of the past week, mostly as posted here on Vivid Gamer, but  also possibly other sites. This gives an opportunity to you, the reader, to catch up on any important news or contests that you may otherwise have missed out on during the week.

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