What we missed: New ‘GTA V’ screens, ‘Skyrim’ patch and more

Since our staff is responsible for covering pretty much everything related to the video game industry on a daily basis, it can be tough to post all the stories we think our readers would like to see. Videos go unwatched, new release dates are missed and silly quotes just float away without ever being heard. So, instead of ignoring the news that slipped through the cracks each week, we decided to put it all in one convenient place!

This week, we look at two new GTA V screenshots, prepare for the third episode of Spartan Ops in Halo 4 and explore a bit of Far Cry 3′s open world.

‘Halo 4′s’ Spartan Ops Episode 3 coming Monday

The third piece of the Spartan Ops puzzle will be coming to Halo 4 Monday, November 19 at 3 a.m. Pacific.

That’s right, folks – all of your cooperative needs for 343 Industries’ massive shooter will be met early next week. This episode, like the last two, will allow up to four players to test their skills against a sea of Covenant and Promethean enemies while also enjoying a very brief piece of narrative. There are 10 episodes planned in all, so make sure you don’t fall behind.

‘Hitman: Absolution’ ICA file video released 

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‘Skyrim’ 1.8 patch released for Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 version of Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has just received a patch in preparation for the upcoming “Dragonborn” DLC.

Update 1.8 made it to the PC earlier this month, but RPG fans on Microsoft’s box can now download a few fixes that should make for a smoother experience. Check ‘em out:

  • General memory and stability improvements
  • Fixed rare crash when using vampiric grip
  • Fixed issue where Arnleif and Sons Trading Company could become permanently locked
  • Fixed issue related to duplicate NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where exterior door would not open properly

All English-speaking territories can download the patch now. Everyone else will have to wait on Bethesda’s word before receiving this particular update.

‘GTA V’ screens show off some helicopter action

Guys, believe me when I say that I’m really excited for GTA V. So much so that I’ve posted what feels like two dozen stories talking about the damn game. Because of that, I’m just going to leave you with these two fresh screenshots and call it a day.

OK, those are pretty rad, but that’s all I got for now on Rockstar’s next big thing.

Latest ‘Far Cry 3′ trailer shows off a dynamic world

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‘Routine’ to release on Steam in 2013

Routine, a survival-horror game set in an open world moon base, will be hitting the Steam service in the spring of 2013.

Aaron Foster, a 3D modeling and creative thinking professor at the University of Central Lancashire, is the driving force behind this punishing title for PC. In Routine, there will be no health perks, HUD or second chances. Death will be permanent, and player choice  will make a big difference if you can actually make it to the end of the game.

Look for it in either March or April.

When not writing about all the latest and greatest happenings in the video game industry, you can find Josiah on PSN, XBLA or Steam (Lionheart377). He has a soft spot for classic, turn-based RPGs, but also spends a great deal of time jumping from platform to platform and shooting dudes in the head.