2. • Prince of Persia is a video game franchise created by Jordan Mechner,
originally developed for and released on the Apple II Computer in 1989.
The original game and its first sequel were 2D platform games, but the
series made the switch to three-dimensional following the release of
Prince of Persia 3D in 1999.
• Even though Mechner has been involved with the series in varying
capacities throughout its history, the games themselves have been
developed and published by several different companies. The first two
games in the series, Prince of Persia and Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow
and the Flame, were developed by Brøderbund. Prince of Persia 3D was
developed by Red Orb Entertainment and published by The Learning
Company on PC, and developed by Avalanche Software and published by
Mattel Interactive on Sega Dreamcast. French-based video game company
Ubisoft began developing and publishing the series in 2003 with Prince of
Persia: The Sands of Time, and so far have been the most prolific of any
company in bringing out new games in the series.
4. • Shift 2: Unleashed (also known as Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed) is a
racing video game, the 17th title in the Need for Speed franchise. It was
developed by Slightly Mad Studios and published by Electronic Arts.
Shift 2: Unleashed was released worldwide during March and April
2011, although it has yet to be released in Japan. Shift 2: Unleashed
for the PlayStation 3 has been made available as a free download during
the month of April, 2012 (starting 4/3) to PlayStation Plus subscribers.
• Shift 2: Unleashed is the direct sequel to the 2009 video game Need for
Speed: Shift and expands on the gameplay and features introduced with
the original. Shift 2: Unleashed features over 145 cars from more than
37 manufacturers and over 36 different tracks, which players can compete
in several types of races. Players can also compete online. The
game also features three new main additions: an in-helmet camera, night-
time racing and the Autolog feature introduced with Need for Speed: Hot
6. • God of War is a third person action-adventure video
game developed by SCE Santa Monica Studio and
published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The first
installment in the God of War series, it was first
released on March 22, 2005 for the PlayStation 2 video
game console. The game, and its first sequel God of
War II, were remastered as of June 2012, the
remastered version was released again on August 28,
2012 as part of the God of War Saga, also for the
PlayStation 3 platform. and released on November 17,
2009 as part of the God of War Collection for the
PlayStation 3 video game console. With more than 4.6
million copies sold worldwide
8. • Devil May Cry is a series of five hack and slash beat 'em up
video games with a modern dark fantasy and gothic setting.
The series was developed by Capcom and created by Hideki
Kamiya. Originally intended to be a sequel in Capcom's
Resident Evil series, Devil May Cry was such a radical
departure from the series' style that it was developed into
a new property entirely. The series centers on the main
character Dante's goal of avenging his mother's murder by
exterminating demons. The gameplay consists of heavy
combat scenes in which the player must attempt to extend
long chains of attacks while avoiding damage in order to
exhibit stylized combat; this element along with time and
the amount of items collected and used are taken under
consideration when grading the player's performance.
10. • Assassin's Creed is a historical fiction action-adventure open world
stealth video game series that as of 2012 consists of five main
games and a number of supporting materials. The games have
appeared on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac
OS X, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, iOS, HP webOS,
Android, Nokia Symbian and Windows Phone platforms, and will be
coming to the PlayStation Vita and the Wii U. The main games in
the franchise were developed by Ubisoft Montreal, with the
handheld titles developed by Gameloft and Gryptonite Studios,
with additional development by Ubisoft Montreal. All games in the
franchise are published by Ubisoft. The series has been a success
and won a number of awards. The series took inspiration from the
novel Alamut , by the Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol.
12. • FIFA 13 (also known as FIFA Soccer 13 in North America) is
the twentieth edition of Electronic Arts' highly-acclaimed
association football FIFA video game series. It is developed
by EA Canada studios and will be published, worldwide, by
Electronic Arts, under the EA Sports label. It will be
released in Europe on 28 September 2012, in Australia HI
on 27 September 2012, as well as in North America on 25
September 2012 . The game will be released for the
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, PlayStation 2,
PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, iOS
and Microsoft Windows platforms. A demo of the game will
be released on the 11th of September 2012, The demo
teams include: Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City,
Juventus, AC Milan and Arsenal.
14. • On 26 February 2011, five websites were discovered which seemed to indicate a
new title in the Grand Theft Auto franchise.
• On 25 October 2011, Rockstar changed their homepage to display the logo for
Grand Theft Auto V with the "V" styled like a bank note. A message was
printed below the logo stating that a trailer would be released on 2 November
• On 2 November 2011, Rockstar released a debut trailer for GTA V. Giving fans a
first look at the upcoming title, the trailer revealed the setting to be Los Santos,
the fictional version of Los Angeles and its California surroundings, including
Hollywood ("Vinewood") and rural hills and valleys.
• On 3 November 2011, Rockstar Games announced that Grand Theft Auto V was in
full development and that it would take place within Los Santos and its
"surrounding hills, countryside and beaches", and that it would be "the largest and
the most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created".
16. • Forza Motorsport 4 is a racing simulation game developed by Turn
10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360. It is
the fourth installment in the Forza Motorsport series, and was
released in North America on October 11, 2011 and in Europe on
October 14, 2011. It is the first title in the series to support the
Kinect sensor alongside the traditional controller-based gameplay.
• New to the series is the Autovista mode, a mode in which players
can view precise details such as engine parts and interior gauges on
a select number of cars. It features a partnership with BBC's Top
Gear as well as its American counterpart. Jeremy Clarkson,
presenter for Top Gear, provides commentary in the game's
Autovista mode. Other partnerships include a two year agreement
with the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Over 500 cars and 26
tracks are included.
18. • The Simpsons Game is an action/platformer video
game based on the animated television series The
Simpsons, made for the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360,
PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation Portable.
The game was developed, published, and distributed
by Electronic Arts. It was released in North America in
October 2007 and worldwide in November 2007. It
features an original storyline written by Tim Long, Matt
Selman, and Matt Warburton. In the self-referential
plot, the family discovers that they are forced to
participate in another The Simpsons video game.
Similar to the show, the game pokes fun at popular
culture, other video games, and Electronic Arts, its
20. • WWE '13 is an upcoming professional wrestling video game
being developed by Yuke's and published by THQ for the
PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360.  It will be the second game
in the WWE series and the fifteenth overall in the
combined series. It is the sequel to WWE '12, and will be
released on October 30, 2012 in North America and
November 2, 2012 in United Kingdom.
• The game focuses on the Attitude Era of the WWE,
replacing its Road to WrestleMania Mode with an Attitude
Era Mode where the player plays through the Attitude Era.
The game gives such characters as Stone Cold Steve Austin
and elements as the Monday Night Wars a more important
role in the game than in any previous WWE game.