The one who hears, through a friend of a friend of a friend, that you're into books, or movies, and instead of accounting for popularity or your particular taste, gleefully hands you a Dean Koontz novel or a DVD of “Ishtar.” "Why, yes! This is exactly what I wanted," you exclaim – dreading the line at the returns counter and masking your distaste with a stretched smile that would make a used car salesman shift uncomfortably in his seat.
This year in gaming 2013 was a good year to be a gamer. Some of the year's titles, like "BioShock Infinite" and "Proteus," pushed the boundaries of video game design. Others, like "The Last of Us" and "Grand Theft Auto V," took time-honored game conventions and perfected them. And some, like "Tomb Raider" and "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," were just tons of fun to play. Here are the top 10 games of the year. 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds' Hyrule needs another hero to save it and its dark counterpart, Lorule, in the latest "Legend of Zelda" game by Nintendo. The influence of earlier title "A Link to the Past" is evident, but "A Link Between Worlds" stands apart for its brilliant puzzles and a new mechanic that lets players "merge" with walls to become a two-dimensional painting. MORE: 'Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds' Review 'Outlast' This terrifying indie game from Red Barrels Studios puts players in the role of journalist Miles Upshur, whose investigation of Mount Massive Asylum turns up much more than he bargained for. Armed only with a video camera and its flickering flash, Miles must sometimes sneak, sometimes hide and sometimes run for his life as he makes his way through the asylum, gathering notes on the building's chilling history and searching for a way out of its mazelike halls. MORE: 'Outlast' for PC Review 'Super Mario 3D World' Among the Wii U's generally weak selection, "Super Mario 3D World" is one of the best multiplayer experiences of the year. Up to four people can play, as Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad, in a three-dimensional world full of mind-bending puzzles and enemies both old and new. Players can cooperate and, inevitably, backstab each other for the highest scores. MORE: 'Super Mario 3D World' Review: A Challenge at Every Angle 'Proteus' This indie game is wildly different from any other game that came out this year. In each playthrough, the environment is procedurally generated, making it different each time. And depending on where you stand in relation to the ocean, trees, rocks and flowers in your surroundings, different melodies play, combining and recombining to form a constantly changing song as you explore. MORE: 10 Fun, Cheap Steam Games for a Rainy Day With no "win" state and no end besides shutting the game down, you might argue "Proteus" isn't a game at all. But for its experimental, well-executed weirdness, it ranks as one of the most important video game experiences of 2013. 'Grand Theft Auto V' The "Grand Theft Auto" games set the bar in terms of sprawling, dynamic game worlds, and with "Grand Theft Auto V" the series has reached an all-time high. The game balances open-ended exploration and a thrilling crime story by switching among three different characters whose personalities range from "morally gray" to "murdering sociopath." With hours and hours of gameplay and a world that feels real, the game is both a landmark achievement in video games and just plain fun to play. MORE: PS4 vs Xbox One: Which Console Wins? 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' For fighting-game enthusiasts, 2013's best title was "Injustice: Gods Among Us," a beat-'em-up featuring iconic superheroes like Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Nightwing and the rest of DC Comics' ensemble. From the makers of the "Mortal Kombat" series, "Injustice" features complicated move sets and diverse fighting styles that are difficult to master but allow for extremely robust and strategic gameplay. And for comic book fans, the game's story mode takes an interesting new look at what would happen if the Justice League weren't actually the group of heroes they believed themselves to be. MORE: PlayStation 4 Review 'Tomb Raider' The 2013 "Tomb Raider" reboots the almost 20-year-old franchise with a new origin story for iconic hero Lara Croft. When her ship runs aground on a mysterious island, Lara, a young archaeology student, must free herself and her fellow explorers from the bloodthirsty cultists also trapped on the island. For its strong story, fun exploration and beautiful graphics, and with a compelling new Lara Croft as the lynchpin that ties it all together, "Tomb Raider" is a must-have for any gamer this year. MORE: Xbox One Review 'BioShock Infinite' The follow-up to the landmark 2007 game, "BioShock Infinite" took it's predecessor's penchant for frenetic first-person shooter gameplay and themes of power and choice, and cranked them up to 11. You play as Booker DeWitt, a hired gun sent to the floating sky-city of Columbia to "deliver the girl [and] wipe away the debt." With brilliant performances by lead voice actors Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper, and a conclusion that still has gamers talking, "BioShock Infinite" will definitely have gamers talking for years to come. MORE: Review: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea: Episode 1' 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag' Players take to the high seas in the next of the "Assassin's Creed" series, which follows sea captain Edward Kenway, whose simple life of pirating around the 18th century Caribbean is interrupted by a new Assassin plot. But cloak and dagger intrigue aside, "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" is just plain fun, with a huge, explorable world, exciting ship-to-ship combat, and plenty of swashbuckling adventures. If you've ever wanted to be a pirate, this is the game for you. MORE: Top Holiday Gift Ideas 2013 'The Last of Us' A fungal infection has turned most of humanity into mindless monsters in "The Last of Us," a PlayStation 3 exclusive from Naughty Dog. You'll play as a middle-aged man named Joel tasked with escorting Ellie, a plucky young girl who may hold the secret to a cure, across the ruins of the United States. Gritty combat and stealth, breathtaking visuals, and haunting performances by Troy Baker (also of "Bioshock Infinite") as Joel and by Ashley Johnson as Ellie make "The Last of Us" a game that will stay with you long after 2013 ends. Email email@example.com or follow her @JillScharr and Google+ . Follow us @TomsGuide , on Facebook and on Google+ . Top 10 Coolest Nintendo 3DS Games 20 Great Games for Android 10 Best Mobile Games for Hardcore Gamers Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Despite both Sony and Microsoft reporting similar new consoles sales numbers so far, AllThingsD says citing a new NPD Group report that the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in the U.S. in November – or at least it sort of did. The PS4 registered “the highest first month sales of a hardware platform on record,” according to the report, although the console was available in stores for a week longer than the Xbox One. Citing the same report, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb tweeted that the “Xbox One was the fastest selling console in North America [in November] averaging 101,000 units sold per day,” sportively adding that “both next generation platforms are off to a great start” in a following tweet.
Lynne Gauthier is a neuroscientist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and she contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. There's a new video game out this year that can make a big difference in the lives of stroke patients. It's a therapeutic at-home gaming program, targeted for the 80 percent of stroke survivors who experience motor weakness. Constraint-induced movement therapy (CI therapy) is an intense treatment recommended for stroke survivors.
Christmas is coming, and if you want an Xbox One under the tree, your options are slim. Online retailers are back-ordered indefinitely, and most big-box stores are a crapshoot. Still, if you're willing to do a little legwork and potentially dish out some extra cash, an Xbox One can still be yours well before Dec. 25. First, if you have time to shop around in person, do it. Big-box retail stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy have very changeable stocks, and they unpack shipments at odd intervals throughout the day. You can call them incessantly (you shouldn't, out of respect for both their time and your own), but you might just luck out if you take a stroll through one during a lunch hour or early afternoon. That said, if you want to direct your time a little more efficiently, there are three places you should check right away: indie game stores, GameStop stores and Microsoft Stores. MORE: 10 Best Kids' Video Games of 2013 Not every area has an indie game store, but if you live near a major city, there are probably a few within driving or public transportation distance. New York City, for example, has the GameChamp chain, while Baltimore has a handful of Power Gamer stores. Indie game stores get small shipments of new consoles at irregular intervals, but their stock is so unreliable that they can't promise it to anyone. Because the stores only have a few employees and close relationships with suppliers, you can usually ask when their next shipment is coming in and call to confirm on that day. They may even hold an Xbox One for you if you give them a credit card number. GameStop may seem like an obvious place to buy a console, yet people often view it as a last resort rather than a first option. For whatever reason, many consumers would rather buy consoles at big-box retailers and games at GameStop. Their preference can work to your advantage. There's no guarantee that your local GameStop has an Xbox One, but if it doesn't, its employees may know of another store nearby that still has the console in stock. If that fails, Gamestop.com is selling Xbox One bundles that will ship out Dec. 16. Keep in mind, though, that you will be gouged: the bundle is $740, and includes three games ("Ryse: Son of Rome," "Forza Motorsport 5" and "Dead Rising 3") and an extra controller, with no option to buy the console by itself. The Microsoft Store may seem like a logical place to buy the Xbox One, and yet story after story reports that consumers generally ignore Microsoft Stores in malls in favor of their more popular inspiration, the Apple Store. There are a few dozen Microsoft Stores scattered across the U.S. and Canada, most often in malls in major cities. Microsoft Stores sell Windows PCs, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles, and by all indications, the Xbox One stock is high across the board. These retail establishments are not as widespread as Apple Stores, but if you have one in your area, it may have more Xbox Ones than it knows what to do with. One final alternative, for those not averse to bundles, is the Toys "R" Us website. Although venturing into a brick-and-mortar Toys "R" Us this time of year requires as much bravery and foolhardiness as invading Russia in the winter, the website has Xbox One bundles ready to ship for $620, which include a game and a controller. Whatever you do, don't use eBay. Prices on consoles are massively inflated, and scams are rampant. That $800 Xbox One may arrive in time for Christmas, but it won't seem like such a great deal when $500 Xbox Ones flood the market in January. Follow Marshall Honorof @marshallhonorof and on Google+ . Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+. Top 10 Xbox One Launch Titles PS4 vs. Xbox One: Which Console Wins? 2014 Best Video Game Console Comparisons and Review Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Of all the attempts to capitalize on motion controllers after the success of the Wii, Sony’s PlayStation Move might have been the most underwhelming. Where Microsoft doubled down on the Kinect this generation, Sony all but gave up on the PlayStation Move…at least, that’s how it looked until a patent for a “Flat Joystick Controller” was published on the USPTO website last week. The patent describes “[a] controller device to interface with a computer gaming system [that] includes a body having a handle and an object disposed at one end of the handle.” This description sounds virtually identical to the PlayStation Move, but the next few lines mention a “touch surface” on the handle that responds to a player’s finger, much
By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has sold more than 2 million Xbox One video game consoles since its November 22 launch, catching up with rival Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 released a week earlier. The U.S. software giant on Wednesday said it took 18 days for Xbox One's global sales to surpass 2 million - a new company record. Japan's Sony last week said it took 15 days for PS4 sales to cross 2.1 million. The Xbox One, on sale in 13 countries, is selling quicker than its predecessor, the Xbox 360, and is sold out at most retailers, said Microsoft Xbox spokesman David Dennis.
Just 18 days after launching its latest console simultaneously in 13 countries, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One has sold over 2 million units. Since November 22, an average of 111,111 Xbox One consoles have been sold daily worldwide. Microsoft reports that Xbox One owners have already spent a total of 83 million hours playing, watching TV or accessing the apps available through the console. These figures indicate that the Xbox One is selling roughly as quickly as its arch rival, the Sony PS4.
There are no losers (except Nintendo) in the epic Microsoft-Sony console war so far. Microsoft’s Xbox Live programming director Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced on Wednesday that Microsoft has now sold 2 million Xbox One consoles in the two-and-a-half weeks since its November 22nd launch. In hitting the 2 million sales mark, Microsoft has kept pace with Sony, which announced last week that it has sold roughly 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles so far. Given that Sony had a one-week head start over Microsoft because it launched the PlayStation 4 on November 15th, it’s fair to say that neither company has emerged as a clear winner in the early stages of the next-generation console wars.
Steer by tilt or touch, customize your kart, and race for the finish line in search of what the Angry Birds love best. Like "Disney Infinity," the latest run of "Skylanders" games, and "Angry Birds Star Wars II," there are tie-ins to real-world toys in the form of Hasbro's compatible Telepods and Jenga lines, used to unlock extra content within "Angry Birds Go!" Angry Birds Go Launch Trailer: youtu.be/XreVL3Q0Gyk
The years of waiting have finally come to a close: Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are here. Many of you have undoubtedly already made your choice, but there are millions more who are setting aside some cash or carefully crafting a holiday wish list this year who have yet to decide which console is worth the investment. We reviewed both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 without getting into any comparisons between the two, but all bets are off in this final console showdown. Only one black box can be crowned king of this console generation. Hardware: From a visual standpoint, the PlayStation 4 is a better looking, less bulky piece of hardware. Despite its odd, angular design, the PS4 is
Want to make your Xbox 360 games work on an Xbox One? "There is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible & performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable," warns Xbox Live director Larry Hyrb. Microsoft's brand new console ships with a hidden developer mode intact, and the console manufacturer has plans to enable it in the future. The fake Backwards Compatibility Unlock fools users into activating the devkit mode early, prompting the Xbox One to enter an endless reboot cycle.
Owners of Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U consoles now have a way to link the two. Today's promised version 7.0 update for the 3DS lets you log into the handheld system with a Nintendo Network ID, whether you're creating one for the first time or carrying it over from the Wii U; in the latter scenario, you'll finally be able to access the eShop with a unified balance across both systems. At least, that's the theory — we were able to download the firmware update without any problems, but all attempts to access the eShop so far have returned a connection error, suggesting that Nintendo is suffering network issues.
Imagine a terrorist group in Central Asia that wants to fund an attack inside the United States. That is to say, play the game constantly, gathering virtual currency all the time. They would also need an associate in the U.S., with access to a peer-to-peer payments system, such as PayPal. The terrorist group, through the labor of its own hired gamers, transforms its cash into virtual currency.
By all accounts Microsoft’s Xbox One has sold very well so far but there have been some indications that it’s already fallen behind sales of Sony’s PlayStation 4. Forbes contributor Paul Tassi notes that after Sony announced that PS4 sales were up to 2.1 million last week, Microsoft responded by… talking about how many hours gamers have spent playing Xbox One games. Microsoft’s silence on the latest sales figures follows reports that the PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One in the United Kingdom and polls showing that more gamers plan to buy a PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One during the holiday shopping season. When looking for reasons why Xbox One sales may be lagging behind the PlayStation 4,
An instruction sheet purportedly revealing an Xbox One backwards compatibility unlock method has been posted online, although the instructions will actually brick the console instead of letting users play Xbox 360 games on it. What actually happens when performing the steps in the order specified? The Xbox One enters into a continuous reboot state, thus rendering the console completely unusable. It’s not known how many Xbox One users may have been fooled by the fake instructions, but Xbox One owners should stay away from such tricks. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb aka “Major Nelson” on Friday posted a short message on Twitter advising Xbox One users to ignore such procedures. “To be clear there is no way to make your Xbox One