Gaming Blend Monthly Recap: September, 2012
Author: William Usher
published: 2012-09-30 13:21:36
September was all about Borderlands. In fact, if it wasn't called September it would probably be called Borderember. Why? Because Gearbox made sure that one of the most highly anticipated shooter titles this year was lapped up with all sorts of positive news circulation, including some nice easter eggs that Minecraft fans will find enticing. Beyond Borderlands September played instigator for all sorts of rumors and speculation about the Wii U. Even after the system was dated and priced there's still a ton of confusion circulating Nintendo's newest system and that made for no shortage of all sorts of both negative and positive theorizing on the system's true next-gen potential. The month rounded out with IGN getting busted for vote-cheating on Reddit and Bethesda having a bit of a pow-wow with PS3 gamers over Skyrim and all its DLC that won't be arriving on the system. These stories and more in this September, 2012 edition of the Gaming Blend Monthly Recap.
September 2nd – September 8th: Borderlands 2 Scores Big, Furious 4 Renamed, Capcom Conundrum: Borderlands 2 receives pre-release praise and big pre-order sales. Early in the month it had become quite obvious that Gearbox would probably walk away as the champion of sales for September. What's more is that the company also announced that they would be revisiting one of their more beloved franchises, Brothers in Arms. Gearbox also announced that Furious 4 would be getting a new name to better reflect its non-association with Brothers in Arms. If you think that this entire week was owned by Gearbox, think again. Capcom gets scrutinized for their employee and fan treatment as well as the way they handle their franchises. As the one article points out: Before you buy Resident Evil 6 don't forget how they treat their employees.
September 9th – September 15th: IGN Gets Busted, Skyrim Fails PS3 Owners, Wii U Dates and Pricing Detailed This entire week basically belonged to Nintendo. In fact, most of the month belonged to Nintendo with the exception of Gearbox, but hey that's because of Borderlands 2. The rest of the month was all about Nintendo, especially since they laid out the official launch dates for the Wii U and the prices for North America, Europe and Japan. Some of the system's specs are also detailed throughout the news. Not to be upstaged by such positivity, the gaming news trolls decided to toss a log at the cog with the revelation that IGN was caught cheat-voting on Reddit. Yes, one of the largest video game media websites was caught vote-cheating on Reddit...amazing.
September 16th – September 22nd: Wii U Embraces Next-Gen Graphics, Borderlands 2 Launches, Resident Evil 6 Demo. All the hoopla over the Wii U's graphic capabilities finally gets put to rest as Unity's CEO reveals how powerful the system could be, and by “could be” I'm talking tessellation, shader 5.0 support, proving the Wii U is definitely next-gen. A list of the system's launch titles were also confirmed. During this week Borderlands 2 launched and Gaming Blend's own Pete Haas has a review up to break down exactly what he thought about the game. The public demo for Resident Evil 6 dropped and it came out to the tune of mixed reactions, especially regarding Chris and his abuse of steroids which caused him to take up a lot of screen.
September 23rd – September 29th: NBA Live 13 Canceled, Borderlands 3, Slender Arrival Coming The final week of September and gamers were treated with the news that EA has cancelled NBA Live 13, furthering their status as the sort of company you just can't rely on for quality products. What's more is that when they do release games, such as FIFA 13, it turns out that the game is a copy-over from FIFA 12 just with new logos. How terrible. Still, on the up and up one of Gearbox writers confirmed Borderlands 3 is on the way and a sequel to the popular Slender: The Eight Pages has also been announced, appropriately called Slender: Arrival. While this wasn't quite as explosive a week in gaming news as the others, it was a nice way to round out September.
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