It’s been a busy week in the world of video game news. On the disappointing side of things, it looks like Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U is going to have a delayed release in Europe due to some manufacturing difficulties (though it should still land stateside before Thanksgiving). On the bright side: we have new looks at the weapons of Halo 4, a multiplayer trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and some in-game combat action for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III. Hit the jump for all that and more!
Let’s get the sadness out of the way first. Sorry, Europe, but it looks like you’ll have to wait a little longer to play the Wii U. As CVG reports (via G4TV), the intended November deadline will come and go due to a manufacturing issue with the Wii U GamePad, “a complex controller that features a 6.2 inch touchscreen display, a front-facing camera, motion-sensing and Near field communication technologies, its own power supply and the promise that the device will be completely wireless.” It looks like the Wii U will now release in Europe some time in 2013, but should be available in the U.S. for the upcoming holiday season. While some are understandably concerned with the quality of the Wii U consoles that will be on our shelves, Matt and I recently got to play a couple of Ubisoft games using the GamePad at Comic-Con and I was impressed with the responsiveness and ingenuity of the device. Here’s a look at Ubisoft’s Wii U game, Rayman Legends, featuring a new character (via GameZone):
Some new details have been apparently been released for Black Ops 2, but take them with a grain of salt as they’re not official yet. Some spoilers may follow, so steer clear if that bothers you. Here’s a look at some possible plot details of single and multiplayer modes, an unnamed zombie mode and a list of weapons. Head over to G4TV for the full list:
The story will revolve around Frank Woods as an old man reliving his missions with Alex Mason, and Raul Menendez, a terrorist who’s trying to start a war with the world’s drone army. The two stories will be interconnected through flashbacks and some of your actions will effect the story.
The single player campaign will feature Afghanistan, Angola, Panama, Haiti, Pakistan, Al Jinan, Singapore, Nicaragua, Los Angeles, and Yemen among its locations. One perk of single player mode is “brute force,” which will allow access to certain areas unattainable in multiplayer. One interesting feature of multiplayer is a live streaming option that will let others watch as you play. There’s also talk of a “zombie mode,” in which players can get infected, turn into the undead, still play as a zombie and infect other players.
- Assault Shield
- SCAR assault rifle
- Vector K10 SMG
- Ballistic Knife
- AS-50 sniper rifle
- Storm PSR – Shown in the E3demo.
- Crossbow with explosive tip
- Barreta burst pistol
- Stinger Missile
Speaking of weapons, how about a look at the new toys that will be at your disposal in Halo 4? (If you, like me, prefer the version not accompanied by dubstep, click here.)
And now for some old school combat and weaponry, here’s a look at the newest assassin, Connor, from Assassin’s Creed 3 (via G4TV):
Be sure to tune in next Saturday for our recap of news from the world of video games!