GTA V Delayed, Conspiracy Theories Abound


By now you’ve probably heard the sad news and might also have just recovered from the fetal position – yes, Grand Theft Auto 5 has been officially delayed until September 17.

From an official standpoint, it’s not so bad, as the game wasn’t really expected until the summer anyway. That said though, Rockstar admits it’s about four months later than they had originally planned to have it shipped. However with rumors swirling recently that several outlets had official confirmation of March/April release dates for the game, the extra six month wait is a real kick in the cajones.

The announcement was of course accompanied by the usual panoply (not to be confused with Monopoly) of grandiose statements; that they have been working their butts off to release the game in time but couldn’t, that the game was being delayed to make it the best game in the history of the universe, blah blah blah.

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Was that the real reason for the delay though? Or is there something else afoot? Something more shady and conspiracy-theory-like? Well, with the announcement coming shortly after swarms of announcements and renewed speculation about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720, some analysts have jumped on the idea that the delay (which has caused Rockstar parent company Take-Two’s stock to plummet like an unpilotable Dodo) is so that Rockstar can instead port the game to the next generation consoles.

Rockstar quickly shot down the new rumors in a post on the official delay announcement page (which has a few thousand comments from a few thousand disappointed gamers) stating:

Hey all, we understand many of you guys are disappointed with this news – unfortunately sometimes such delays are necessary in all forms of entertainment, and especially in the case of a game experience as massive and complex as GTAV. To those of you saying or seeing various conspiracy theories about there being some other ulterior motive for this delay, rest assured that they’re all nonsense – literally the only reason we’ve delayed the release is because we want the game to be as good as it needs to be.

In this case, it seems more likely that Rockstar is being truthful on the matter and that there’s nothing else going on but slow-pokish work and a commitment to quality. To think they’d divert attention away from such a massive undertaking, which they’ve been working on for several years, so they can rush ports for the next-gen consoles, seems rather unlikely (and something only an analyst could dream up).

The reality is that Grand Theft Auto needs no sales help from next-gen consoles, and the idea that its sales and the sales of future DLC will be diminished by their release is a little absurd. This is going to be the game everyone wants to play come September 17, no matter what system it’s on. GTA V will sell 10 million copies long before the next-gen consoles are even released, and if the game lives up to expectations, its DLC will not be forgotten just because new consoles have launched.

Now let’s just hope for no more delays, and a monumental beast of a game for our PS3’s and Xbox 360’s come September!

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Popular Cheats for Popular Games


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Hitman: Absolution – I think it’s pretty safe to say that those are the four biggest games to have hit the Xbox 360 in recent months. We thought it might be fun to break down the most popular cheats for each title.

Black Ops 2

Our top cheats for Black Ops 2 to date are (in order): Better Multiplayer Performance, How-to: All Different Endings and Zombie Invincibility. There’s no real surprises there – everyone wants their multiplayer running better right? Knowing how to get all the alternate endings when you clock the game comes in handy and then there is invincibility on Zombies – a must for anyone!

Halo 4

Halo 4 currently has a lot less cheats listed with the Tea Bagging cheat taking top honors followed by the Avatar Awards listing. The Chat with Conan O’Brien easter egg was a distant third… Conan isn’t all that popular these days?

Assassin’s Creed 3

Turning to AC3, the aptly named “Cheats” is streaks ahead – afterall, who doesn’t want to activate some nice juicy cheats (you do need to work for them however)… Then we have the Costumes listing as well as the Unlockable Cheats listing (yes, there is two sets – make sure you check them both out!).

Hitman: Absolution

Hitman is the least popular game out of those we’ve covered today and it shows in the number of “cheats” we have for the game as well – just two of them. There is the Ice Cream truck murderer easter egg, and then just the list of Achievements for the game. Pretty bland stuff!

How do the finding above stack up for you? Feel free to send us your favorite cheats for the above (or any other) Xbox 360 game and we’ll gladly publish them for the greater good.

PS: We’ve been running a feature the last few weeks over on our Google+ page that pits two games against one another lets you vote which game you think is more entertaining. Recent results include Black Ops 2 beating Halo 4, and Assassin’s Creed 3 taking out Hitman: Absolution. Make sure you join our Google+ page to see what two titles go head to head this week!

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Cheat Codes on the Nintendo Wii U


The Nintendo Wii U was released in the US on November 18 and and from a cheats side of things (come on, what else are we gonna cover!?) it’s looking pretty slow at this stage. While some cheats have been released for the original Nintendo launch titles (e.g. New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land), most cheats to date are simply replicas of the specific cheat, code or unlockable that you’ll find for the same game on an existing system (like the Xbox 360 or PS3). For instance, all the cheats for NBA 2K13 as well as 007 Legends and Assassin’s Creed 3 are the same on Wii U as they are on Xbox 360.

We think it will be a while until the cheats and codes start flowing on the new Wii U console and a couple of different new sites looking to specialize in this niche have popped up,. Here at Xbox360Cheats we have our money placed squarely on WUCheats for a number of reasons and if you visit it you should find a decent selection of cheats for most of the Wii U games in your collection.

That said, the bottom line is that it’s still a little too early to get excited about any really cool cheats for your Wii U games and for now if you’re stuck on a title already released for the Xbox 360, PS3 or PC, then just check out the cheats for the game on that platform, and you should find at least something.

Alternatively, maybe things will improve when our friends in Europe, Australia and Japan get their hands on the Wii U (November 30 for EU and AU, and December 8 for JP). Either way, expect things to improve!

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Second GTA 5 Trailer Released


It’s been just over one year since the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5 was released and now Rockstar have been kind enough to give us the second. It’s clear that GTA 5 will likely be the most anticipated video game in history, so take a look at the new video below and give us your thoughts!

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Official GTA 5 Release Window


We wanted to bring this blog out of retirement for the moment, just to report that Rockstar have finally given an official release window for Grand Theft Auto V! Yes, the game is (1) real and (2) due spring 2013 for both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3!

GTA V Bikini

Rockstar confirmed the news today and also said that pre-orders for the much-hyped title will begin next week starting 5 November. No mention of a release window for a/the PC version is an obvious omission and Rockstar have stated that they simply “don’t have any details to share about a PC version at this time.”

We’ll no doubt post again soon, but if you are a particularly massive GTA5 fan, make sure you bookmark GTA5Cheats (yes, it will cover cheats as well!) for GTA 5 news in the meantime.

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Spec Ops: The Line Gets Free Co-op DLC


 

The cerebral third-person shooter, Spec Ops: The Line, has officially received a free downloadable content package, including a cooperative multiplayer mode. The mode is separate from the main campaign, and will support only two players, but includes four brand new missions with unique objectives and different characters to fight through the sandstorm-ruined Dubai with. You can expect some pretty standard fare here, including wave-based objectives where you’ll be pitted against the elements and a whole bunch of enemies, alongside others. The content is available now on Xbox 360 for the wonderful price of free.

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Roll Out Again in this Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Trailer


 

Thank goodness for High Moon Studios. If it weren’t for this talented team, we might actually have to deal with a Transformers movie tie-in game that might have somehow rivaled the awfulness of the films themselves. Fortunately for us, High Moon Studios delivered the excellent War for Cybertron and redefined the Transformers franchise as something that could potentially make for an enjoyable video game experience. Now, the studio is trying to do it again with Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. For fans of the series (and maybe even those who aren’t) would do well to hit the jump for the fresh launch trailer.

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See How Halo 4 is Made in this Developer Diary


 

Halo 4 is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and if the latest developer diary is any indication, 343 Industries is hard at work on what is sure to be an exciting refresh of the series. Unlike other developer diaries, 343 Industries opts to simply show you the men and women working tirelessly on every aspect of Halo 4 without any kind of narration other than the beautiful and haunting soundtrack. Check it out for yourself after the jump.

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See the Weapons at Your Disposal in Borderlands 2


 

Much like the original Borderlands, all of the weaponry you’ll be wielding in Borderlands 2 comes from one of the game’s three weapon manufacturers, each with a distinct personality and behavior. Although the regional influences are hilariously obvious, it’s not exactly in the nature of the Borderlands franchise to be subtle. To further accentuate such a point, Gearbox Software recently released a few promotional videos to give future players an idea of what to expect from each of the game’s weapon creators. Take a look for yourself after the jump.

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Slice Up Cyborgs in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance this February


 

With the Ninja Gaiden franchise losing its way after Tomonobu Itagaki left Team Ninja, the action hack ‘n slash genre is in dire need of a replacement. Fortunately, the upcoming Metal Gears Rising: Revengeance from Bayonetta developer, Platinum Games is prepared to fill the gap with stylish cyborg ninja combat. After making an appearance at Gamescom 2012, the talented developer showed off a sorta-kinda new trailer with a release date on the tail end of it. Aspiring ninjas looking to strut their virtual stuff will have a chance to slice and dice their opponents on February 19th, 2013. Have a look at the new trailer after the jump.

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