TriForce Announces Halo Elite And Brute Plasma Rifle Replicas

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TriForce Announces Halo Elite And Brute Plasma Rifle Replicas

High end collectible maker TriForce has announced two new products to commemorate the launch of the latest Halo title. Whether you prefer to side with the Elites or seize power by Brute force, there's a plasma rifle for you.
TriForce has created an Elite Plasma rifle in traditional Covenant blue-purple and a Brute model in blood red. The Elite model (pictured above) weighs in at 15 lbs. and features LED effects. There will only be 500 made, and a $150 deposit against the $600 purchase price is required.

The Brute model features identical weight and similar LED effects. There will only be 150 pieces of this model made, and a deposit of $162 against the purchase price of $650 is required.



Both are cast in polystone and measure 24.5-inches in length. The replicas are hand-painted and hand-finished. They are expected to ship in the second half of 2015.

Triforce is also behind the Evolve 35 lb. Goliath statue. You can check out our coverage of that behemoth and read more about the plasma rifles on the company's website.

Game Informer Readers Chime In To Share Their Soundtrack Picks

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Last week, we asked our readers to share their favorite game soundtracks. We've gone through the comments to see which series floated to the top of your list.

We looked through the comments and took each person's first pick to compile a list of your favorite soundtracks (by series). Over 75 franchises were mentioned, and here are your top eleven (due to ties).

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Final Fantasy

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Chrono Trigger/Cross
Square-Enix

Nintendo Releasing Clear 2DS Systems Just In Time For The Holidays

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Nintendo Releasing Clear 2DS Systems Just In Time For The Holidays

This holiday season Nintendo is widening their selection of Nintendo 2DS systems. The new Crystal Red and Crystal Blue 2DS offer clear, neon-colored variations on the on the company’s hallmark portable system.

As you can see from the images, these see-through 2DSs harken back to the nostalgic days of the clear Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Color. Their color scheme also happens to match that of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which launch on the same date as the systems.

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The Just Cause 3 Digital Issue Is Live

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If you have a computer or tablet, you could be reading all about Just Cause 3 right now. Following today's cover story announcement, our digital issue is now live on web browser, iPad, Android, and Google Play. You can download the apps for free. All four of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches tomorrow on our third-party subscription apps including Zinio, Kindle, and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your print subscription here or start a new subscription here.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Arrives On PC December 11

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The second installment in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy will make its way to PC next month. Square Enix has opened up pre-orders for the title and detailed some of the new features.The PC version will run at 60 frames-per-second with customizable resolutions (something that was missing at launch from Final Fantasy XIII on PC). The title will sell for $19.99, with a 10 percent pre-order discount available.

For more on Final Fantasy XIII-2, check out our review of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release.

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Our Take
It's good to see Square addressing one of the larger criticisms of the Final Fantasy XIII release before the next installment is released. One of the great things about console titles coming to PC (even late) is that the platform is evergreen, without the need to have a legacy console connected to the television.

Fantasia: Music Evolved DLC Tracks Now Available, More Coming Through January 2015

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Fantasia: Music Evolved DLC Tracks Now Available, More Coming Through January 2015

Disney Interactive and Harmonix have released a few downloadable tracks for their musical game, Fantasia: Music Evolved. Three new tracks are currently available for purchase on Xbox Live Marketplace, and a planned downloadable song list shows the tracks that are coming through January.

Fantasia is a musical motion game that makes use of the Xbox Kinect to track players’ body movements as they mimic rhythmic gestures on-screen. The three new tracks – Skrillex and Alvin Risk’s “Try It Out,” Soundgarden’s “Spoonman,” and Coldplay’s “Paradise” – are available today for $1.99 each. In addition, the following list of tracks will join the game's roster over the next couple of months:

The above list of songs will become available between now and January 2015. To find out more about Fantasia: Music Evolved, read Matt Miller’s review here

The Iron Horde Smashes Up A Taxi Cab In The Name Of World of Warcraft

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If you live in New York City you may have seen this in Times Square today. As people tried to go about their normal daily business it was hard not to notice the taxi cab with the giant battle axe embedded in it. "A human couldn't wield such an enormous weapon", they thought, "this must be the work of the Iron Horde!"

Upon closer inspection they discovered that they were correct, and the whole scene was a publicity stunt for Blizzard's upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor. The expansion, named after a group of powerful orcs that serve as the lead antagonists of the new storyline, will be out on November 14. Blizzard will celebrate the 10th anniversary of World of Warcraft on November 23.. 

For more info on the upcoming expansion, read our preview of the 6.0.2 patch, then watch Dan Tack and Andrew Reiner explore the new content in our Test Chamber.

December Cover Revealed – Just Cause 3

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December Cover Revealed – Just Cause 3

It’s been more than four long years since Swedish developer Avalanche Studios released the outrageous open-world game Just Cause 2. Players gravitated to gunfights atop moving vehicles, the versatile parachute, and the innovative tether that could link nearly any two objects, humans, or a combination of the two. The 400-square-mile world provided the ideal backdrop for players to go nuts, with many players hitting the 100-hour mark to earn 100-percent completion or to simply goof around with the wild physics. The mod and YouTube community kept interest in the game alive for years after launch and eventually pushed sales to more than six million units. 

In 2015, the beloved series returns with Just Cause 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. We got the chance to be the first people outside of the studio to play not just 10 or 20 minutes, but several hours of the game, set in a fictional Mediterranean archipelago. The time flew by as we tried out the vastly improved parachute and grapple mechanics, terrorized the latest dictator’s well-defended bases, and soared through the sky with the all-new wingsuit. Just Cause has never played this smoothly, and as you’ll see in the cover story launching digitally today, it’s never looked this good.

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Take A Look At Some Of Assassin's Creed Unity's Impressive Concept Art

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Coinciding with today's release of Assassin's Creed Unity is a book of concept art, and we've got a look at a few of its pieces.

In the gallery below, you will find some landscape shots of Revoution-era France, as well as some close-ups of a few of the characters.

The book is available today (the same release date as the game) for $34.95 or $60 for the hardcover version, and you can find out more about it here.