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Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines will arrive on Xbox One first on console


Also on PC now
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Cities: Skylines dropped in March on PC and kind of took all the wind out of SimCity's sails. Today at gamescom, Microsoft announced that Skylines would come to the Xbox One first, whenever it happens to arrive on c...

Review: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Reckoning

Aug 04 // Chris Carter
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Reckoning DLC (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Sledgehammer Games (Current-gen) / High Moon Studios (Last-gen) / Raven Software (Zombies)Publisher: ActivisionReleased: August 4, 2015MSRP: $14.99 ($50 Season Pass for four packs) Let's kick things off with Overload, the sexiest map in Reckoning. Taking place in a giant Middle Eastern hotel complex, it has all of the pizazz you'd expect, and more. It's a great mix of indoor and outdoor environments, with a layout that keeps you in the action while allowing you to have condensed firefights. It allows the Exo movement and jetpack mechanic to really breathe without confining it like some maps in the past have. It also has these little tesla coil things littered about, which are basic in their functionality (an area-of-effect jolt when shot), but very cool aesthetically -- plus, they sound really neat. Next up is Swarm, a map set in a ruined Korean city. It's nice to see the series return to a setting like this, as I enjoyed "Magma" in Black Ops II. There's plenty of windows to boost into and buildings to hide in, and the map lends itself to vertical movement well. They really go with the destruction theme, and there's a ton of detail present that I wasn't expecting. It's another great showing for Reckoning. Fracture is an ice level that reminds me of The Thing, in a good way. The backgrounds are very detailed, and the smaller, more intimate theme works to its advantage. It's basically all outdoors, which gives it a distinct feel compared to the rest of the DLC. Although Array from the original Black Ops is probably my favorite snow map in Call of Duty history, Fracture does the frozen sub-genre proud. Quarantine, the last of the four core maps in Reckoning, gives off a distinct Walking Dead TV series vibe, which I dig. It also feels like it has a Call of Duty 4 theme with its simplicity, but it's not as vertical as I hoped it would be. The general gist is that the arena is a testing site for experiments on primates, complete with tons of banana boxes and even a room full of live test subjects. It's a rather generic theme, but it must be said that I do enjoy playing it in the rotation. I wouldn't consider it a wasted slot. [embed]297123:59780:0[/embed] Now, onto the best part -- the zombie level. Following along with the narrative that saw the demise of John Malkovich's character (and the debut of Bruce Campbell), and his ascension into zombie-hood, Descent is one of the most unique zombie stages in the entire series (the one that featured mafia ghosts withstanding). It straight-up feels like you're in a Bond villain base, which is partially true as Malkovich is there to taunt you every step of the way as you navigate your path through an underwater testing site. As you make your way through each wave, various power-ups will start to appear at the top of the deck, which you can periodically gather. These range from standard stuff like turrets, to more interesting mechanisms like defensive AI robots that float around your character. Everything feels much more action-packed and desperate, with more firepower and abilities to match the more aggressive enemies. At times, Malkovich will teleport you to a room for a boss fight session of sorts, with different hazards to avoid (like laser grids above you, preventing double-jumps) and a variety of enemies to best in close-quarters. It's a sight to behold with four players, as power-ups are constantly appearing in this secluded room while you fight for your life. Again, intensity is what they're going for here, and it really works. I'd have to think about it for a while, but it may be the most fun I've had with zombies since first playing World at War. I mean, Malkovich actually says the line "The teleporters are mine now, bitch," to give you an idea of what I'm talking about here. At the end of the day, I'm happy with what Sledgehammer Games (and Raven) brought to the table with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as a whole. Though it'll be tough to dethrone the current kings of the franchise (Treyarch), I have more confidence in their follow-up than before, and I'm eager to see what they can come up with next. At this point Infinity Ward is a lame duck, and the odd developer out.
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Did John Malkovich just call me a bitch?
So here we are with the Reckoning DLC pack, the last add-on for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare after Havoc, Ascendance, and Supremacy. All in all, it's been a great ride, and slowly but surely, each map pack has improved upon the last. It's great then that Advanced Warfare is going out with a bang with its best DLC yet.

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Destiny recast

Nolan North replacing Peter Dinklage in Destiny


Ghost's lines re-recorded
Aug 04
// Jordan Devore
Prolific voice actor Nolan North (Uncharted's Nathan Drake) is taking on the Ghost in Destiny, reports Game Informer. He'll voice the AI companion in The Taken King and, no joke, the original game too -- the dialogue is being...
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Diablo

Diablo's got wood in this awesome Tristram map


$150 though
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Do you like wood? What if it had a map etched into it? Alex Griendling has crafted just that, and it features Tristram, the classic town from the Diablo franchise. The whole shebang is 18 1/2" by 14", and will run y...
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Vita

PS Now subscriptions on Vita starting today


If you're into that thing
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
If you're into Sony's PS Now subscription service, you can now stream games on the Vita as of today. In addition, God of War III, Dynasty Warriors 8, MX Vs. ATV Supercross, Bomberman Ultra, and The Last Guy have hit the serv...
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Yomawari

Yomawari from NIS is still creepy, still cute


I'm digging the music too
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
A month ago we just had screens to go by, but Yomawari is shaping up nicely if this new trailer from NIS is any indication. Backed by beautiful music, we get to see a bit of gameplay here, which involves a girl searching for her sister and dog in a city. It'll drop on October 29 in Japan on Vita (!).

Everything that happened at Microsoft's 2015 gamescom conference

Aug 04 // Chris Carter
New Quantum Break trailer has a hobbit and military violence Microsoft debuts Crackdown 3 gameplay at gamescom Scalebound gameplay trailer reveals four player co-op, coming Holiday 2016 Quantum Break now has an April 5, 2016 release date Xbox One DVR functionality coming in 2016 Killer Instinct Season 3 coming March 2016 on Xbox One and PC Bloodstained will feature Microsoft crossplay, new character revealed Lovely Xbox One controller gets an ugly chatpad Xbox One backward compatibility comes to everyone in November Ark: Survival Evolved adds giant spiders to its dino-fest Ron Gilbert's Thimbleweed Park coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 We Happy Few is coming to Xbox One first, my fair lady Cobalt, that arena battle game, is still an Xbox exclusive Thimbleweed Park has an Anthony Burch doppelganger Homefront: The Revolution is doing an Xbox One exclusive beta 'Xbox players love their fut' and crappy FIFA deals Halo 5's new trailer has an excellent sliding kill Microsoft announces Halo World Championship, special 1TB Xbox One New Just Cause 3 trailer looks like silly, explosive fun Rainbow Six Siege scmhoozes gamescom with German counter terror unit Forza 6 team is way too hyped about rain Halo Wars 2 confirmed for Xbox One and PC, coming in 2016 Tremble in fear at our first look at Dark Souls 3 Cities: Skylines will arrive on Xbox One first on console
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Lots of non-exclusives
Hey, you know what? I actually enjoyed Microsoft's gamescom conference for the most part. Sure it had a lot of non-exclusives in there, but it wasn't a train wreck. I mean, when your heavy-hitter is Halo Wars 2 you know it's not all that exciting, but again, it could have been a lot worse. Plus, I know a lot of people who actually really dug Halo Wars, so I bet they're happy.

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Dark Souls III

Tremble in fear at our first look at Dark Souls III


Yep, that's some Dark Souls right there
Aug 04
// Laura Kate Dale
At today's Microsoft gamescom press conference, the general public finally got its first look at Dark Souls III, and it certainly looks like a new-gen Dark Souls game. The trailer showed off several new bosses, multiple larg...
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Halo Wars 2

Halo Wars 2 confirmed for Xbox One and PC, coming in 2016


Creative Assembly is involved
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Although they haven't given out any real details, Halo Wars 2 was confirmed today at Microsoft's gamescom conference. It will be coming to the PC and Xbox One in fall 2016. The trailer above gives us a quick look at the...
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Forza Motorsport 6

The Forza 6 team is way too hyped about rain


They recreated every damn puddle y'all
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Look, Forza Motorsport 6's dynamic rain features might be all well and good, but to your average dude that just wants to race cars real fast, these guys are way too stoked about some puddles.
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GSG9

Rainbow Six Siege scmhoozes gamescom with German counter terror unit


Meet GSG9
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
"Germany?" "That's...that's where we are!!!" [pulls pud over close ups of lil flags on the uniforms]
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Just Cause 3

New Just Cause 3 trailer looks like silly, explosive fun


Bang, bang, you're dead
Aug 04
// Laura Kate Dale
I've never really been a fan of the Just Cause series, but this new trailer for Just Cause 3 shown at Microsoft's gamescom press conference taught me everything I need to know. Just Cause 3 is rock music, silliness, and over-...
Halo photo
Halo

Microsoft announces Halo World Championship, special 1TB Xbox One


I wonder how well it will do
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Microsoft has unveiled a new Halo tournament, dubbed the Halo World Championship. It'll feature one million dollars in prizes, and will focus around Halo 5: Guardians. Additionally, the publisher revealed a new 1TB limited e...
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Halo 5

Halo 5's new trailer has an excellent sliding kill


Where do you slide?
Aug 04
// Brett Makedonski
I'm at Microsoft's gamescom press conference battling bad Wi-Fi and mashing the keyboard in hopes that words magically form. Sometimes I get a chance to look up at the what's happening on the screen. It just so happens that ...
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gamescom

'Xbox players love their fut' and crappy FIFA deals


Xbox One bundle, week early access
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
That is FIFA Ultimate Team, the thing EA uses to somehow make more money than just releasing a new FIFA every year (two when it's a World Cup year). "FUT fans this is a deal for you." Xbox One folks get FIFA 16 one week early...
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Homefront

Homefront: The Revolution is doing an Xbox One exclusive beta


The full game is coming in 2016
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Guerrilla warfare shooter Homefront: The Revolution is getting an exclusive multiplayer beta this winter on Xbox One. Until then watch some propaganda about our faceless Korean overlords.
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Ron Gilbert

Thimbleweed Park has an Anthony Burch doppelganger


New game from Monkey Island creator
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
Seriously, is it just me?
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Cobalt at gamescom

Cobalt, that arena battle game, is still a Microsoft exclusive


New trailer
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Mojang has shifted gears a bit since the Microsoft aquisition, and is going to be publishing some more projects in the future. One such game is Cobalt, an arena battler, that will debut on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One at an undisclosed date. Based on the trailer above, it looks like a fun little romp. I could always go for the occasional arena title with friends.
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We Happy Few

We Happy Few is coming to Xbox One first, my fair lady


So good
Aug 04
// Brett Makedonski
ID@Xbox head Chris Charla ended his segment of Microsoft's gamescom press conference by calling We Happy Few "one of the creepiest games in recent memory." Look at that trailer. He's not wrong. It's not exactly feel-goo...
Thimbleweed Park photo
Thimbleweed Park

Ron Gilbert's Thimbleweed Park coming to Xbox One, Windows 10


'Use balloon animal with corpse'
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at Microsoft's gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, The Secret of Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert took the stage to announce that his upcoming adventure game Thimbleweed Park would be coming to Xbox One and W...
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Ark

Ark: Survival Evolved adds giant spiders to its dino-fest


Coming to Xbox One
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
Bad name, but man Ark: Survival Evolved looks great. It's already playable on Steam in Early Access, but it's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One early next year. Not sure if it can do as well there as it will on PC, where people who play stuff like DayZ tend to congregate, but, hey, name one more cool-looking dinosaur game coming out anytime soon. Really, if I'm missing one, let me know.
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Xbox One

Xbox One Backward Compatibility comes to everyone in November


Games with Gold gets a boost, too
Aug 04
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft is obviously looking forward to the future, but it hasn't completely turned its attention from the past. At E3, it dropped the bombshell that it had a backward compatibility program so that Xbox 360 titles could be ...
Xbox One chatpad photo
Xbox One chatpad

Lovely Xbox One controller gets an ugly chatpad


Function, not form
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
I mean, hey, it works. Anyone type enough on the Xbox One that they're picking this bad boy up when it launches in November?
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Bloodstained

Bloodstained will feature Microsoft crossplay, new character revealed


Dual sword wielding demon hunter shown
Aug 04
// Laura Kate Dale
If you buy Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Xbox One or Windows 10, you'll be able to interact with your friends on other Microsoft-owned platforms. Revealed at Microsoft's gamescom press briefing, we also got our first g...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct Season 3 coming March 2016 on Xbox One and PC


Rash from Battletoads is confirmed
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Microsoft announced today at gamescom that Killer Instinct will be getting a Season 3, which will debut in March 2016. That goes for the Xbox One and the upcoming PC version, and Xbox One fight sticks and controllers will work on PC. Also, Rash from Battletoads will debut in the game today, which is pretty awesome. I'm up for a Season 3, as the core game has been excellent so far.
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DVR on Xbox One

Xbox One DVR functionality coming in 2016


A subscription-free serivce
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at Microsoft's gamescom media briefing, the company announced a subscription-free DVR service with the ability to record shows on a schedule or in the background while you're gaming. For a while there it seemed like Mic...
Quantum Break photo
Quantum Break

Quantum Break now has an April 5, 2016 release date


Time moves slow
Aug 04
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft kicked off its gamescom press conference by bending time and slowly shoving bullets into bad guys. That's Quantum Break -- part third-person cover action game and part television show. We still don't have a goo...
Scalebound photo
Scalebound

Scalebound gameplay trailer reveals four-player co-op, coming holiday 2016


Modern teen kicks ass on dragon
Aug 04
// Laura Kate Dale
At today's gamescom press briefing, we got our first look at Scalebound gameplay footage and it looks really bloody cool. At the press conference we not only got to see five minutes of gameplay footage, but we also learned t...
Crackdown 3 photo
Crackdown 3

Microsoft debuts Crackdown 3 gameplay at gamescom


Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Microsoft gave us a bit of info on Crackdown 3, which is starting to take shape. It takes place in a new city which was once a "glistening metropolis now filled with crime." It's described as an ecosystem where you have more...
Quantum Break photo
Quantum Break

New Quantum Break trailer has a hobbit and military violence


April 5, 2016
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
Those extreme sound cues whenever a time travel power is used are real loud watching live. I somehow missed one of Lords of the Rings' hobbits ending up in the game -- this is still half a television show? Making an extreme ...

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