After a month-long stint with Throwback Thursday, I’m finally back behind the wheel of Gamer Pulse, and I picked such a good week to take over again! We’ve got the new GTA trailer, some major financial news, a new Rainbow Six game, and a few other goodies. So, take a break from Uncharted 3 or Batman: Arkham City and spend some time catching up with the gaming industry.
GTA V Trailer Madness
After posting a tease last week, Rockstar gave the world its first taste of Grand Theft Auto V – and boy was it good. I won’t go off wildly speculating about the implications made by this trailer; instead, I’ll tell you the facts. GTA V will be set in Los Santos, which was one of the major areas in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Los Santos is Rockstar’s re-imagining of Los Angeles. There has been no confirmation about the return of San Fierro or Las Venturas, the other two cities in GTA: SA. The only information Rockstar has given about the game’s setting came from the official press release announcing GTA V:
Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V heads to the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches in the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created.
That same press release also confirmed the inclusion of online multiplayer. Beyond that, we only know what we saw in the trailer. Los Santos is back, and it looks stunning. The environments are marked by a striking realism. Vehicle models, character models, and character movements have all received a massive overhaul as well. Check out the GTA V trailer below:
Both Nintendo and Sony have posted significant financial losses in their Q2 earnings reports. Sony’s Consumer Products & Services branch (which is the official home of all things Playstation) posted a total loss of $USD 449 million, citing the recent PS3 price-drop as a major cause of the loss. Nintendo’s losses more than double Sony’s – $USD 926 million. The President’s financial report cites a lack of “hit software titles” across all platforms. The initial failure of the new 3DS (a combination of weak first-party launch titles and an outrageous initial price tag) also cannot be overlooked. Here’s hoping that the holidays are kind to these two gaming giants.
The cover story of next month’s Game Informer marks the official unveiling of the next installment in the Rainbow 6 series: Rainbow 6: Patriots. The series, which focuses on the heroics of an elite terrorism squad, is taking a bit of a different approach with the story this time around. While the previous titles, the outstanding Rainbow Six: Vegas and Rainbow 6: Vegas 2, focused on a terrorist plot orchestrated by Mexican terrorists, Patriots will focus on domestic terror. Take a look at the plot synopsis provided by Game Informer:
The December issue of Game Informer features 12 exclusive pages of coverage detailing Rainbow 6: Patriots, the controversial new entry in the Tom Clancy series that places gamers in the shoes of Team Rainbow, a homegrown terrorist uprising, and the civilians caught in the crossfire. This new terrorist threat, called the True Patriots, hopes to restore its interpretation of American values by beheading corporate America and overthrowing the government. As a member of a new Team Rainbow cast, players must ask themselves how far they are willing to go to stop the militia.
Rainbow 6: Patriots won’t be out until 2013, but you can check out some prototype game play in the video below:
Big Announcements at Spike TV’s VGAs
Geoff Keighley, host of Spike TV’s GameTrailersTV, tweeted some teasers about the upcoming VGAs. Check it out below:
@geoffkeighley: Also at the VGAs: Alan Wake returns and
@Bioware unveils a new game from a new studio. Teaser images in December Game Informer mag.
While there isn’t much information about that new Bioware game, that new Alan Wake title has been hinted at for some time. We don’t know much about it, but we do know that it will be an XBLA title, presumably in an episodic form. Between this info and the Rainbow 6: Patriots announcement, that December Game Informer is looking like a pretty sound investment.
DC Universe Online is Now Free-to-Play
We previously reported that DC Universe Online was receiving a free-to-play option. Well, free-loaders rejoice: on November 1st, the free-to-play option is now live. Anyone can check out the game free-of-charge now. For those willing to shell out a bit extra, some subscription models have been kept that gives paying customers access to extra content. I checked out the game at launch and was moderately impressed. Ultimately, I chose not to make the full commitment because I wanted to avoid a second MMO subscription on my credit card. I may go back and give DCUO another whack now that it’s free.
That’s all for this week’s Gamer Pulse. Thanks for reading, and as always, stay tuned to Comic Booked!