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Better, but still not enough…

Beginning April 1, Hitman Absolution will be available through Xbox Games with Gold. Hitman is a Square Enix title, one of my favorite publishers, and I missed it when it was originally released, so I’ll definitely be picking it up. Hitman Absolution was released in 2012, so it’s not exactly a new title.

On April 16, Hitman Absolution will be replaced with Deadlight, an XBLA title also from 2012. While it was well received, like Hitman, Deadlight is over a year old not exactly at the top of anyone’s radar.

Microsoft continues to fall behind in comparison to the titles being released via Son’s Playstation Plus. In January, Sony made Bioshock Infinite available for free to Playstation Plus subscribers. Bioshock Infinite is barely a year old and is largely considered to be one of the best games released last year. Among the titles being released this month via Playstation plus, is Batman: Arkham City.

I’d be interested in seeing the numbers behind the Games with Gold program to see how many downloads are actually being made. At any rate, Microsoft should consider opening up the safe and letting go of the few exclusives they still have. Give us Halo 4, or at least Halo Reach, and Gears of War Judgment. Or if not some new games, then start dishing out some of the older fan favorites like Crackdown or Left 4 Dead.

Step it up Microsoft. You’re not winning this fight and if you don’t start making some moves soon, the ref is going to call it.

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Halo at E3

It’s not even March yet and already rumors are circulating about what we might see at E3 this summer. One thing we now know for sure will be there, is Halo. In a tweet from Microsoft Studios’ Vice President, Phil Spencer, “Halo news will be coming at E3. 343i has a great plan in place, will be cool to share with everyone.”

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What this ‘plan’ exactly is and in what way we might get our next Halo fix, remains to be seen. After the brief showing of a Halo teaser at E3 2013 and the less than stellar performance of Halo Spartan Assault, there are a lot of fans eagerly awaiting something a bit more substantial from 343. Whether that is the rumored anniversary HD revamp of Halo 2, or a proper sequel to Halo 4, remains to be seen.