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Saturday, May 5, 2012

The SG Weekly: Microsoft, God of War, Black Ops 2, and Skyrim

This week in gaming news wasn't full of small, meaningless announcements regarding worthless games. Instead, we were presented with Skyrim DLC, God of War multiplayer, Black Ops 2, and even a new Xbox 360 deal.

It was one of the most heavy-hitting news weeks in a while.

Now it's time to sum it all up.

Skyrim DLC "Dawnguard" and Elder Scrolls Online

While there have been rumors of DLC for Skyrim in recent weeks, Bethesda made it official this week by announcing "Dawnguard". With little to no information outside of a summer release exclusive to the Xbox 360 (at first), this news was little more than a very irritating teaser.

Eff you Microsoft and your money.

Now the Elder Scrolls Online is a bigger announcement if you ask me. Bethesda released a teaser trailer and a few screenshots to satisfy our intense Elder Scrolls appetite. No release date yet, but that doesn't mean we can't begin talking about what we believe will be included.

God of War Multiplayer

This week we also got to see what God of War Ascension is really about, including a sneak peek at the multiplayer side of things.

I haven't had the chance to play it, so watch the video above for some detailed information. I'm not entirely sure that multiplayer was something God of War fans were looking for, but a game without multiplayer nowadays is a diamond in the rough.

Are you excited for this?

Black Ops 2 Official Announcement

Thanks to some internet ninjas out there, Black Ops 2 was forced to announce itself early. This week we were given a November release date, a trailer, a setting, and a ton of screenshots.

It seems that the setting of Black Ops 2 is in the near future, where internet hackers have taken over our weapons and are (for some strange reason) trying to blow up the world.

In other news, Black Ops 2 has already set a number of records, including the most preordered game of all time.

Microsoft 4GB Xbox 360 with Subscription Fee

Just when I thought Microsoft couldn't be any more greedy, they come out with an idea for a $99 Xbox 360 with a required 2-year subscription fee of $15/month. Supposedly being placed on the market to compete with other media devices such as Roku, this is yet another sign that Microsoft may be phasing out the 360 for gaming - maybe to make room for the 720?

What this means is that an inexpensive Xbox 360 will be sold, so long as you suscribe - much like a cell phone service, which we all know totally suck. At $15/month for 24 months, you will be spending $360 on the Live service alone. In other words, a $199 system with Live for less than $50/year ($299 total), will cost you almost $500.

Can someone say "ripoff"?

What are your thoughts on this week's big announcements? Personally, I'm incredibly excited for the Elder Scrolls Online. I really hope they show it off at E3 this year.
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