@yummylee: Most HBO shows are on sky's demand service, at least GoT, The Wire, Broadwalk Empire and True Detective are (though they take them down and then put them back up quite randomly so it's not that ideal of a situation) so I'm guessing this deal doesn't extend to the UK.
I like how the moustaches actually move around as they drive, maybe they did that in previous games but I never noticed until now, I appreciate the upgrade in moustache tech. Nintendo have always been pretty great with getting the best out of things visually, you just have to look at the Mario Galaxy titles to see that.
I enjoyed the first 3 gears games a lot (though I never played judgement) but I'm not particularly excited for this, I mean I'm sure when Gears four or whatever they are calling it comes out I'll be eager to see what they do next with the story and the world but in a way I guess I was kind of hoping this new generation would bring with it it's own franchises. Honestly I think in general that's my problem with the releases of these consoles so far, it seems like both platforms are delivering more of the same in a slightly prettier package. I mean sure there will be some older franchises carried over, but I was kind of hoping this would be the fresh start that the previous generations had in a way, a chance for new series and ideas to emerge. That may well happen in time but still, at the moment this new generation hasn't brought that new feeling with it yet.
I'll be honest, as much as I still enjoyed the content this year overall I do miss the video top tens from the staff this year that we got previously, I know they kind of did that in their daily videos anyway but they weren't as polished as those other videos (I'm talking specifically about when they say their top ten games, the different eras of giant bomb parts were fantastic) I guess the written lists were basically that anyway and they would have probably pretty much read those out but it's still kind of a shame in my opinion, though I can understand that this year has been a more difficult one (to say the least) than usual and they've done a remarkable job in terms of the guest tops tens and the production quality in the daily videos they did put out.
I really enjoy the game of the year week though, the podcasts especially are a lot of fun and remind me of games I may have forgotten during the year (considering all the festive sales it's pretty good timing for that too)
I'm looking forward to giving it a go, I've always had a interest in it (mostly due to the various Quick Looks on the site) but I never got around to picking it up so I can't wait to give it a go.
Microsoft's service may be a little slow but well I can't usually afford every game that comes out in a year most of the time so there are a lot of older ones that I end up just missing, it's kind of cool that some of them are getting a new lease of life through this service (I broke my leg recently and spent a surprising amount of time playing crackdown due to it being on games on gold, when you can't walk it's quite satisfying being able to kick cars at crowds of people)