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Gigantic

Gigantic developer Motiga announces layoffs


The game is still in closed beta
Feb 09
// Mike Cosimano
Just over two months after its most recent layoff announcement, Gigantic developer Motiga has announced another round of redundancies. Motiga CEO Chris Chung made the announcement on the site's official blog earlier toda...
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Gears 4

We might get Gears of War 4 a little sooner than anticipated


Buona Sera
Jan 11
// Brett Makedonski
There's a good chance that we'll be fragging Locusts and rolling into chest-high walls a bit earlier this year than we thought. Microsoft has stealthily moved the launch window for Gears of War 4 up by a month or two. As...
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Microsoft

Microsoft summarises biggest 2016 'exclusives,' including Below and Cuphead


Cuphead and Below still to come
Jan 05
// Vikki Blake
As part of yesterday's update, which confirmed "every title in [Microsoft's] exclusive 2015 holiday games line-up -- Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Gears of War: Ul...
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ReCore

Keiji Inafune's ReCore is launching on PC too


Windows 10 PC only
Jan 04
// Brett Makedonski
A big to-do was made about ReCore's reveal at E3 2015, as it seemed Keiji Inafune's next game would be an Xbox One exclusive. It turns out that's only a half-truth, as ReCore will also be available on Microsoft's Windows...

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Xbox holiday fallout

Well, Rise of the Tomb Raider hit 1 million sold, at least


Xbox's weird boast for low numbers
Jan 04
// Steven Hansen
What notable exclusives graced the PlayStation 4 and Wii U over the past two months? Xenoblade Chronicles and...? With help from the Uncharted 4 delay and brief Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity, the Xbox One had the strong...
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ReCore

Halo, Destiny writer is penning Inafune's Xbox One exclusive ReCore


Cool, maybe?
Jan 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Mega Man co-creator and crowdfunding enthusiast Keiji Inafune is the most prominent name attached to upcoming Xbox One exclusive ReCore, but the game is being written by former Bungie man Joseph Staten, The New York Times rev...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition is free with Gold


Original Killer Instinct included
Dec 31
// Jordan Devore
Oh, hey, look at that! One of January's Games with Gold offerings is up early. Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition normally costs $39.99, but it's free to download with an Xbox Live Gold membership through January 31, 201...
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Halo: Reach

Halo Reach on Xbox One has a crummy framerate


Halo on Xbox One is 1 for 3
Dec 29
// Mike Cosimano
When Halo: Reach was added to the Xbox One backward compatibility list, I was mondo excited. Reach is easily my favorite Halo game, with a campaign that eschewed complex mythology in favor of atmosphere and more accessib...
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Ori

We'll have to wait a bit longer for Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition


Save those tears
Dec 22
// Jordan Devore
Recent talk about the best games of the year has me itching to play Ori and the Blind Forest a second time. I may yet, but I'm probably better off waiting for the retuned, expanded Definitive Edition. It was initially schedul...
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Halo 5 update

Huge Halo 5 update adds Forge mode, maps, and weapons


Scroll down for the gif!
Dec 16
// Jordan Devore
Forge mode wasn't ready in time for Halo 5: Guardians' launch, but it's here now. The map creation sandbox debuts with some 1,700 objects and will continue to change as 343 Industries takes in feedback from players. Knowing h...
Halo 5 update photo
Halo 5 update

Halo 5 is getting advanced control options


Customize look acceleration, dead zones
Dec 12
// Jordan Devore
A legitimate reason to use a Christopher Walken header image? Today is a good day. There's more to next week's update for Halo 5: Guardians than Forge mode, maps, and REQs. The game is also expanding its control options. You'...
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Halo 5: Guardians

The Cartographer's Gift update for Halo 5: Guardians launches next week


Plus the return of Forge
Dec 10
// Joe Parlock
After announcing it at this year’s Game Awards, 343 Industries has released a whole load of details about the upcoming Cartographer’s Gift update for Halo 5: Guardians. The update features the return of the popul...
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Killer Instinct

It's Shadow Jago's time to shine in Killer Instinct


New trailer and release info
Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
Shadow Jago has his own trailer for Killer Instinct, so you know what that means: he's nearly ready. The character will first be available on December 4, 2015, for folks who bought the Community Fund Bundle or Day One Xbox Live Gold. After a short window of exclusivity, he'll then be up for purchase from December 18 to January 15. Iron Galaxy hasn't given full pricing details yet.
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is getting a HUD refresh soon


And Shadow Jago
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
The terrible twos aren't terrible at all when you're talking about Killer Instinct. The Xbox One launch title celebrated its second birthday over the weekend, and its future looks promising. Season 3 drops in March, but befor...
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Destiny

Destiny players experiencing 'Vulture' issues on Xbox One


These error codenames are rad
Nov 19
// Vikki Blake
Some Xbox One Destiny players have been encountering "Vulture" errors since the 2.02 update recently rolled out. You should only receive that error if you try to play co-op or PvP without a Xbox Live Gold (or PlayStation Plus, as the code is not unique to Xbox) subscription, but it seems players are triggering the problem even if their sub is active. 
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Halo 5 update

Halo 5 now has Big Team Battle


And more customization items
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
With today's 6.2GB "Battle of Shadow and Light" update for Halo 5: Guardians, Big Team Battle is in. My old favorite! The eight vs. eight multiplayer playlist supports Capture the Flag, Strongholds, and Slayer, and it's playa...
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Age of Empires

Age of Empires II HD is going to Africa this week


I hear the drums echoing tonight
Nov 03
// Jordan Devore
The team at Forgotten Empires is keeping the real-time strategy dream alive in 2015. On Thursday, Age of Empires II HD will get a new expansion called The African Kingdoms. Running down this latest trailer, you can expect to find four fully voiced campaigns for the new civilizations (Malians, Berbers, Ethiopians, and Portuguese), reworked water battles, and a Sudden Death mode.
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Halo splitscreen

Halo devs will 'talk about' split-screen co-op for the next game


It's not supported in Halo 5
Oct 30
// Jordan Devore
Halo 5: Guardians dropped split-screen cooperative play, a series staple, in favor of maintaining a smooth frame rate. The game does support online co-op, but it's just not the same. We've grown so accustomed to going through...
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Halo 5 music

Stream the full Halo 5 soundtrack this week


Composed by Kazuma Jinnouchi
Oct 20
// Jordan Devore
Lately, my background noise of choice for work has been the ocean. There are enough recordings available that you can afford to get real picky, real fast. I like the sound of distant waves crashing, not that distracting up-cl...
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Halo 5 clans

Get the gang back together for Halo 5's Spartan Companies


Clans, basically
Oct 19
// Jordan Devore
Halo 5: Guardians has clans, but that's not what they're called. They are "Spartan Companies." You can start your own group and recruit up to 99 others, or join an existing one. Either way. Each company has private forums, as...
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Halo 5

You'll need to be a good space marine to get all of Halo 5's Achievements


You got this
Oct 15
// Brett Makedonski
Halo 5: Guardians, imminently-releasing video game as it is, is in the final stages of showing off everything it has to offer. Traditionally, one of the last reveals is the Achievement list. This is usually because third-part...
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Halo 5 microtransactions

Halo 5 is almost out, so 343's getting busy defending microtransactions


'THIS TIME IT'S GOOD, WE PROMISE'
Oct 12
// Steven Hansen
"It's not pay-to-win," "you can get everything in-game without paying," "balance," "oral doesn't count as sex." Every time a game with microtransactions is about to release -- especially if it's a big 'ol game like Halo 5 -- ...
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Rare Replay

Rare hasn't stopped updating Rare Replay


More bug fixes
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
For me, Rare Replay was an excuse to get way into Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise again, and for that, I am thankful. It was the most I've used my Xbox One since buying the console! Rare has another update out today w...
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Twisted Pixel

Twisted Pixel is independent again, no longer owned by Microsoft


New platforms are a definite possibility
Sep 30
// Brett Makedonski
Indie darling Twisted Pixel -- known for games such as 'Splosion Man, Comic Jumper, and The Maw -- didn't quite fit the "indie" bill over the past few years. That's because in 2011, the Austin, Texas-based team became a ...
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Project Spark

Project Spark is dropping microtransactions


Players can earn Microsoft Store credit
Sep 28
// Jordan Devore
Project Spark didn't catch on the way Microsoft hoped it would. The game-creation sandbox is now moving from its free-to-play, microtransaction-supported model to a "free incubation engine." The developers will make one final...
Halo 5 photo
Halo 5

When Master Chief dies, humanity gets real sad


Or did he?
Sep 28
// Brett Makedonski
Whether it's true or not, ONI is reporting that Master Chief has died in the line of duty. It's not unlikely, as our helmeted hero certainly has had his fair share of bullets and grenades lobbed at him. Frankly, he's been pu...
Halo 5 photo
Halo 5

Halo 5's grunts are so adorable when they're sleeping


Also, when they're trying to murder you
Sep 24
// Brett Makedonski
We've spent well more than a decade conditioned to abhor The Covenant. Every time we see them, everything immediately dissolves into an all-out firefight. There's no love loss at all. But, maybe those guys aren't so bad -- e...
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Halo 5: Guardians

Okay, this Halo 5 cinematic is cool


Blue Team is back
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
It's reassuring to know that I can still feel something while watching a Halo cinematic. This scene leads into Blue Team, the second mission of Halo 5: Guardians, which sees Master Chief and his crew clear out an ONI research facility overtaken by a rogue Covenant faction.
Halo 5: Guardians photo
Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5 podcast 'Hunt the Truth' returns today


I'm probably too excited for this
Sep 22
// Mike Cosimano
Let's be honest with each other. Hunt the Truth, a Serial-esque podcast set in the Halo universe, is a marketing tool. It exists so people can get excited for Halo 5: Guardians. But you know what? It's actually fantastic...
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Halo 5 unlocks

Halo 5's multiplayer unlocks come in card packs


The REQ system explained
Sep 18
// Jordan Devore
Halo 5: Guardians will use digital cards to dole out weapons, armors, vehicles, animations, boosts and other unlockable items in multiplayer. We've known as much. But in a blog post this week, 343 Industries spoke about this ...

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