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Today in Gear: September 10, 2014

Today in Gear: Destiny for the PS4 and Xbox One, TOPO Designs and Doane Paper’s new collaboration, the new Mercedes AMG GT and more.

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Game On

Xbox One

Backed by critically acclaimed exclusives, strong third-party support and the most popular online multiplayer component available, the Xbox 360 undeniably won the current-gen console war. The system resonated most with casual and hardcore audiences because of Microsoft’s popular Xbox Live service. Gamers found themselves drawn into a virtual universe where they could download popular titles from an overly populated digital marketplace, stream multimedia services like Netflix and Hulu and interact with players across the globe. In Live’s do-it-all mentality, Microsoft discovered the central core for its next generation console: The Xbox One ($500).

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One for All

Breakdown: Xbox One

Ambiguous branding aside (trade you my Xbox 1 for your Xbox One!), we’re predicting the Xbox 360’s singular successor to be a hit. The just-unveiled console’s first looks are rolling in, and though we haven’t gotten our paws on it yet, our Master Chief Covenant-killin’ senses are tingling. We break down the 360’s successor.

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There goes your weekend

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Whether you have the urge to gun down some terrorist types or get screamed at by whiny preteens, Call of Duty consistently delivers. The franchise is built on fast game play and fun online chaos; that continues in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which comes out Tuesday. This time, you play as the offspring…

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Ready for Round Two?

Batman: Arkham City

While Christopher Nolan certainly deserves the lion’s share of credit for molding the caped crusader into his 21st century, cash-raining form, the impact of game developer Rocksteady on Batman’s recent popularity can’t be downplayed. Batman: Arkham Asylum was slathered with praise in the video game community, leaving the follow up title, Arkham City, with some…

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The Future is Yours

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

A sense of truly free will is an incredibly difficult thing to pull off in a video game. Taking into account a seemingly infinite number of player choices and possibilities just gets messy in the hands of typical game designers. Deus Ex: Human Revolution ($59) still requires some clunky traditional game baggage like boss fights…

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The Real (Virtual) Axe

Mad Catz Rock Band Fender Stratocaster

Rock Band and its main rival Guitar Hero are sort of a big deal, if you hadn’t heard already. For the most competitive faux rockers, the Mad Catz Fender Stratocaster is the ultimate Rock Band controller. Based on a legit Fender Strat body, it’s gotten the Dr. Frankenstein treatment, being reborn as the clear superior…

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Half-Life 2: The Orange Box

Five games, One Box. Anyway you cut it, that’s a lot for one price and five good ones at that. The best part is you can get it today. The new package from Valve includes two critically acclaimed games Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 1. It also includes three all new games: Half-Life 2…

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Halo 3 Limited Edition

Halo 3. It’s out as of 12:01 this morning. Stop whatever it is you’re doing and get yourself a copy. What this means to you: Your productivity is futile. Cost: $60 @ Best Buy