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It is now all but confirmed that Japanese retailers are beginning to phase out the XBOX 360. Poor sales are surely to blame, with games being put in ‘Bargain Bins’ and prices drastically reduced on all Japanese stock. It’s beginning to look a lot like the XBOX 360’s days are numbered in the gaming hub of the world.

As for sales, the 360 sold 1.5 million units in Japan over it’s lifecycle. This may seem like a descent amount, although when you realise that that’s over a 7.5 year life span, you will begin to get the picture. The PS Vita has already shipped between 600 and 700k units in just 3 months of release.

The sad part of the story is, Microsoft invested time and a lot of money into bringing top Japanese titles to this system, and making many of them exclusive. Tales of Vesperia and Star Ocean 4 are both examples of titles that never hit the big time in Japan due to low sales of the system they were designed around.

If you’re Japanese and you own a ‘360 don’t worry, you haven’t got a totally raw end of the stick- games are on sale for as low as 100 yen (1.40 USD). This has basically opened up a world of opportunities for those who don’t own the system yet- cheap system- insanely cheap games. It’s not hard to see why so many gamers are envious of the Japanese.

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The long awaited title, Mass Effect 3 has recorded sales of over 890,000 copies on day one in North America, according to a statement issued by EA. Sources such as IGN and GameInformer have given the games near perfect scores, so it’s little wonder that it has been received so well. This is also the first time that EA are shipping a Mass Effect game on XBOX 360, PS3 and PC.

I should have had my copy by now, but a stuff up at EB Games left me empty handed. I am going to get a copy though and I’ll be delivering a review ASAP.

What the XBOX '720' will probably not look like...

MCV has received information that the new XBOX will be digital download only. Microsoft have reportedly been contacting developers in regards to their new console NOT including an optical disk drive.

Their unnamed ‘source’ has provided them with the following information:

” …the console will not include a disc drive, it will offer compatibility with some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage, although it is not known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD.”

This is about all we actually know about the new XBOX, but if these rumours prove themselves correct, it will signify a new era in gaming. In a later update on MCV, Microsoft had issued a statement:

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

By no means are Microsoft denying the existence of such a console, which points to the rumours being true, in my humble opinion. This would almost destroy the retail games market and retailers such as EB Games and GAME may even go out of business. While this new technology would be descent in countries with high-speed internet, it would be all but useless in regions with basic ADSL connections. I also struggle to see why Microsoft and some developers strive to destroy the very market that they have been selling to in years gone by- it makes little sense.
Anyway, stay tuned to The Gaming Aperture for more news, reviews and opinion, as well as more info on the new 8th gen consoles. Be sure to follow, subscribe and follow this site for more great content delivered daily.

A third Army of Two game may be on the way, as suggested by a voice actor’s Twitter post. It read:

“Just signed on to do the new AO4 video game for Electronic Arts. Some splinter from Battlefield. Finally, my kids think I am cool again.”

The fact that Army of Two never was and never will be a Battlefield spinoff caused some gamers to begin to wonder what was going on. A following post of the same Twitter account read:

“Showing how distinctively uncool I am, I think I have those games mixed up.”

We have no idea as to wether or not that he was forced write this due to EA telling him to keep it under wraps, although this could be the first of a long string of new rumours about this game. Stay tuned to The Gaming Aperture for more news, reviews and opinion. Also, don’t forget to follow, subscribe and COMMENT with your opinion.

World renowned game developer Bethesda are now hiring for a new title that is to be released on the ‘next-gen’ on consoles due to be announced later this year. Following the release of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it appear Bethesda are jumping on board the new generation.

The fact that Bethesda are not known for making new titles has caused people to begin to think that the ‘Mystery Title’ may be new entry in the Fallout, or even possibly Elder Scrolls franchises. Despite the success of Skyrim, I believe that it would be unwise to be making a new Elder Scrolls game just yet. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take as long as Skyrim did after Oblivion…

The advert asks that applicants “be well versed in DirectX 11,” meaning it would be made with PC gamers in mind. We’ll have to wait  a while to see what happens, but I’ll be reporting everything right here on The Gaming Aperture, so be sure to stay tuned. In the mean time, follow, subscribe and comment and be sure to check out the rest of the site.

We are beginning to know more about the new games from EA in the Medal of Honour series- Warfighter. New details on the single player, multiplayer and co-op are beginning to come from various sources, giving us a glimpse at what’s to come.

It has been reported that there will be a number of real life Special Forces squads featured in multiplayer such as the British SAS, Australian SASR (about time we got a mention!), Polish GROM and German KSK. This should make for some fun and interesting gameplay. There is also some speculation about a ‘one shot kill’ mode and also a co-op system, all developed by EA in house developer ‘Danger Close’.

As for the single player, all of the fan favourites are returning, including Mother, Preacher and Voodoo. The game is being powered by the almighty Frostbite 2.0 engine, which was used in Battlefield 3 for some amazing results. There is also meant to be more player choice in the campaign- instead of being linear, players can choose how to do things- like how to breach a door, for instance, reports OXM.com.

Awaiting the release of Farcry 3, I believe that this is a good time to look back on it’s predecessor- Farcry 2. As a game, it proved the be fun and addictive, and having completed the game on PC, XBOX 360 and PS3 5 times in total (over all 3 platforms), I can vouch for it’s playability. The intense ‘mission’ based gameplay and huge open world created the perfect backdrop for a game that left you feeling venerable and ‘in danger’ at all times. It made for an unparalleled atmosphere of hostility and cemented it the place as one of my favourite games of it’s time.

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Following it’s release in late 2008, many people jumped to the conclusion that after all of about 2 hours of playing it that it was boring and repetitive. Reviews said that guard posts and patrols were tedious to take down and far too common. I actually found my experience to be quite different. The fun part for me was sneaking around the enemies and making the most of the stealthy weapons. I’d rather drive around a guard post than through it, or jump up on a rock and pick off the guards. Sniping is definitely the way to go in this game- close quarters engagements often turn bad when enemies shoot you through walls with shotguns…

For it’s time, the game had great graphics. They even boasted having “the most realistic fire in any video game”. I’ not sure on that one, but it did look pretty damn nice, and the flamethrower and Molotovs made the most of the engines capabilities. Let’s face it, a game form 4 years ago isn;t going to be a match for Frostbite 2.

In the end, I know this game is a love and hate affair, but with copies selling across all platforms for as low as $8 in Australia, it’s certainly one to pick up if you’re at the game store with a few dollars to burn on something different.