21/05/12 – Xbox 360 has been named the UK’s most popular games console, in a survey of more than 6500 gamers, readers of IGN.com – the UK’s largest video games and entertainment website.
The Great Gamer Survey marks the first time in three years that IGN has polled its readers on their gaming habits.
When asked ‘Which console they owned and played all the time?’ Microsoft’s console recorded 49% of the vote, followed in second place by Sony’s PlayStation 3 with 38%.
For gaming on the move, Nintendo’s DS and 3DS handhelds were named the UK’s favourite portable devices scooping 35% of the vote, ahead of smartphone with 24%.
The survey also found that gamers are an increasingly social bunch, as 68% said they preferred to play with friends in person, with just 20% stating they would prefer to play online.
With annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) taking place in Los Angeles early next month, gamers are joining the industry in looking forward to the next generation of games consoles, with the latest cycle set to begin later this year, with the rumoured launch of Nintendo’s Wii successor, the Wii-U. Currently, gamers are most excited by a new Xbox, currently in development under the codename Durango – with 45% revealing they were ‘very interested’ in buying the machine. Of those surveyed, 55% believed a major graphics upgrade would be the ‘most interesting’ feature in a new Xbox machine.
As the 2012 games release season begins to kick into life, an overwhelming 30% of gamers have revealed they wanted to hear more about Rockstar Games eagerly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V at this year’s E3, some way in front of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III, with 12% of the vote in second place, and the Xbox 360 exclusive Halo 4 in fourth place with 11%.
“It’s been such a long time since Eye of the North. The last expansion to the original Guild Wars came out in 2007, and even back then ArenaNet teased the tie-ins to Guild Wars 2. Years went by without any information, until the studio finally revealed its plans for the sequel. Since then we’ve seen demos, we’ve played it, we’ve interviewed the development team, and every time we walk away with the same impression: Guild Wars 2 is absolutely brilliant. It’s beautiful and packed with creative takes on MMO standards, and will offer plenty for PvPers. Combining an open world, clever ways to encourage social questing and an amazingly flexible customization and combat system, Guild Wars 2 may very well wind up being the best MMO, well, ever”
This was the best part of the Q&A to me !!!!
IGN: In terms of the actual strategy for bringing content out, I mean I know you can’t discuss specific schedules but will fairly major content will be patched into the game for paying subscribers or might that be locked behind some sort of pricing wall? Are you holding most major content for some larger content release further down the line?
James Ohlen: No, we’re going to be releasing major content to subscribers. They’re not going to have to pay anything extra for the major content. We’re going to be doing that regularly. It’s going to be significant, you’re going to be able to travel to entirely new worlds in the galaxy and you’re not going to have to pay to have to do that. Now obviously we also have an expansion pack planned but that’s, you know, much farther into the future.
I know there’s been some talk about [user interface customization] amongst our fans and is something that they’re very passionate about. That’s another thing that we have a team working on, to players a lot more power to essentially adjust their UI so they can move UI elements around, they can change the size or the alignment of it, and essentially customize how they get to play the game.
The next bit of Forza Motorsport 4 car DLC is on the way, and the folks at Turn 10 and Microsoft Studios are teaming up with us here at IGN to bring you a new crop of awesome rides. The December IGN Pack includes 10 brand new cars, including turbo-charged new rides like the 2011 Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 and the classic 1957 Maserati 300 S.
The December IGN Pack is launching for 560 MS Points ($7 USD) on December 6, 2011. If you’ve purchased a Forza Motorsport 4 Season Pass, however, the pack will be available at no additional cost. A Season Pass can be picked up through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace or participating retailers, including Best Buy and GameStop, for 2400 Microsoft Points ($29.99 USD), and gives you access to all six planned game add-on packs for Forza Motorsport 4 at 30 percent savings.
1977 Ford Escort RS1800
With a storied history in rallying and a body style that’s ripe for race replica paints (or whatever style you like, really), the 1977 Ford Escort RS1800 should prove as desirable in Forza 4 as it is by Ford enthusiasts and collectors in real life. Begun in 1975, the RS1800 used the legendary Cosworth 1.8L BDA engine, which churns out 115 horsepower, and powered its way to multiple rally wins and a couple of World Championships.