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Age of Empires

Age of Empires: Castle Siege just sounds like a mobile game


Not like I was expecting any different
Aug 25
The next entry in the long-running Age of Empire series is Castle Siege, a touch-based game built for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 by Smoking Gun Interactive. Players will gather resources and build up civilizations such as... read
There's a really solid platformer in there too
One glance at Moon Studios' Ori and the Blind Forest is enough to be immediately enamored by the game's visuals. Actually, it's almost an inevitability. Every piece of media that Microsoft releases for Ori draws att... read feature

Forza Horizon 2

The new Forza Horizon 2 cars are mostly vehicles you'll never drive in real life


I bet you could swing a 1977 Ford Escort, though
Aug 05
The new batch of cars revealed for Forza Horizon 2 brings about a bit of a staunch reminder that open-world racing games aren't all that realistic. Let's face it -- there's a slim chance you'll ever be behind the wheel o... read

Zanzibar gets reimagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Blur does great stuff
Jul 25
Halo's presence at San Diego Comic-Con continued today with some new details on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The team at 343 and Certain Affinity showed off for the first time the re-mastered Zanzibar map from Halo 2. ... read
Halo

Here's our debut look at Halo: Nightfall


Digital series streaming this November on Xbox Live
Jul 24
Ridley Scott is executive producing Halo: Nightfall, a live-action digital series that will bridge the gap between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. The latter game prominently features a new character, "legendary manhunter" Jam... read
Killer Instinct

Maya will rejoin Killer Instinct for season two


Sporting a new look, thankfully
Jul 11
Iron Galaxy is picking up Killer Instinct where Double Helix left off with a second season of content and as announced today at EVO 2014, one of the upcoming characters will be Maya. She's returning to the series with her tru... read

Project Spark officially launches this October


A game where you make games
Jul 08
Project Spark is the game where you can make your very own videogame. Any kind of videogame. Whatever game you want! It's been in beta for a long time now, but it's officially launching this October on the Xbox One and Window... read
They probably shouldn't tinker with the multiplayer
During 343 Industries' stint at RTX 2014, they announced some multiplayer game modes which will appear in Halo 2: Anniversary Edition, coming by way of the Halo: Master Chief Collection to the Xbox One this Fall. They also announced a modified version of Halo 2's Mongoose vehicle, called the Gungoose. read feature

Forza

Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack is silly


They're not, like, miniature die-cast cars or anything
Jul 01
Hot Wheels? I'll admit it -- I got slightly excited. Those plastic orange tracks were my jam as a kid. But Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack, the last of the monthly car packs for the game, is really just more real-wor... read
Rare

Rare is 'working on a couple things' right now


They can't all by Kinect Sports titles, so that's something
Jun 19
I shouldn't do this to myself, but I can't help it. I can't not wonder what Rare is up to, even if the talent that made the studio so beloved in its prime has largely moved on. Microsoft's Phil Spencer told Eurogamer that Rar... read
And then he said, that's not my podiatrist, that's my mother!
You saw our E3 2014 Game of the Show. It was Metal Gear Solid V. Saved you a click.  Now, it's a good one. In fact, I wrote about why it was our Game of the Show in that very post you just didn't click. But E3 was full o... read feature

Forza Horizon

Video: Bust up some guy's vineyard in Forza Horizon 2


E3 2014 impressions from Mike Cosimano
Jun 13
In Forza Horizon 2, you're headed to Southern Europe. We sent one of our video guys, the energetic Mike Cosimano, to check it out at E3. He really, really dug the last Horizon and it sounds like the sequel is more of the same on a grander scale, for better or worse. That includes Drivatars. They're back, with a vengeance. read
And it plays beautifully too
Before I was able to play Ori and the Blind Forest, Microsoft Studios producer Daniel Smith rattled off a list of influences for the game, which sets lofty, perhaps unreasonable, expectations. He cited the works of Hayao Miya... read feature

Forza

Forza Motorsport 5's game of the year edition is lacking


You're better off buying the game on sale
Jun 06
Turn 10 Studios announced a Racing Game of the Year Edition for Forza Motorsport 5 by way of IGN, scheduled to arrive on July 22, 2014 for Xbox One for $60/£50/€70. Given how much DLC there is for the game, you'd b... read
Fable

Lionhead is bringing Fable Anniversary to PC


Fans apparently demanded it
Jun 02
Here's a video teasing a PC release of Fable Anniversary you can watch, though I wouldn't -- it's just a bunch of messages, presumably written by Lionhead Studios, asking for this revamped game to come to Steam. The featured... read
Steam

Rise of Nations: Extended Edition pops up on Steam


Better visuals, Steamworks support, and Twitch streaming
May 30
38 Studios sold a bunch of assets at auction back in November, including the rights to Big Huge Games' real-time strategy title Rise of Nations. It's back! An extended edition, including the Thrones and Patriots expansion, ha... read
Forza

Turn 10 is adding 20 more cars to the Forza Motorsport 5 season pass


Good for them
May 23
The Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass will give owners more than initially promised, which is the kind of sentence I rarely if ever get the opportunity to write. Let's cherish this moment. Specifically, Turn 10 Studios has plans fo... read
Xbox One

Powerstar Golf is now 'free' with paid DLC


Something else to try on Xbox One
May 22
Microsoft Studios and developer Zoë Mode have altered the pricing of Powerstar Golf such that there's now a free demo-like base version of the game and content has been relegated to DLC packs. Your progress made here wil... read
Platformers

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood makes it to PC and Xbox 360


A Microsoft Studios title on Steam!
May 21
Press Play's puzzle-platformer Max: The Curse of Brotherhood has only now released on Xbox 360 and Steam. My interest in the game has certainly dwindled since its Xbox One debut back in December, but there's a reason it'... read
Rare

Rare 'evaluating' what to work on next


We all know what we'd like them to do
May 16
You know, it's gotten to the point where I'd take just about anything from Rare over another game made exclusively for Kinect. It doesn't even have to be a new Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata, or Perfect Dark -- just something tha... read
Gears of War

Gears of War studio Black Tusk hosting Q&A stream tomorrow


5:00pm Pacific on Twitch
May 14
Microsoft is continuing the Gears of War franchise with Black Tusk Studios. I wasn't expecting to hear much about the new installment next month at E3 -- perhaps, at best, a teaser trailer -- but it's possible the company wil... read
Microsoft

Microsoft's hiring for new game in 'established strategy franchise'


Age of Empires?
May 07
Microsoft plans to begin working on a new strategy title. Not that it made a public announcement or anything, but a job posting on LinkedIn outs its intentions. The position is for a team lead on a "new AAA title within ... read
Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive viral site opens up, plans special events for fans


Insomniac Games teases info about characters and upcoming events
May 05
The surprise reveal of Sunset Overdrive at Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference got many people excited, including much of the staff at Destructoid. As a brand-new open-world shooter set in a visually rich and colorful world,... read
Gameshow

Xbox committed to developing 1 vs. 100-style interactive gameshows again


The return of massive multiplayer gameshows?!
Apr 28
1 vs. 100 holds a special place in everyone's hearts that got to experience the craze back on the Xbox 360. It disappeared much to the dismay of fans, but it looks like Microsoft is committed to bringing back that style of in... read
Killer Instinct

Fulgore closes out season one of Killer Instinct


Available for download today alongside a big update
Apr 09
When I think "Killer Instinct," I think "Fulgore." How could I not, given that iconic, badass black Super Nintendo cartridge featuring the cyborg front and center? It's nice, then, to finally see him added to the game today a... read
Forza

Forza Motorsport 5 gets another free track tomorrow


And more cars, if you're a season pass owner
Apr 09
Additional tracks for Forza Motorsport 5 is a very good thing indeed, I think we can all agree. Especially when they're delivered as free DLC. Like the Road America track before it, Turn 10 is giving away another course, sout... read
Age of Mythology

See what's new in Age of Mythology with this Extended Edition trailer


Look for it on Steam in early May
Apr 03
This Age of Mythology: Extended Edition trailer is essentially a recap of the features we covered yesterday but it's still worth seeing the updated game in motion. The original Ensemble Studios title released way back in 200... read
Tentacles

There's a game called Tentacles: Enter the Mind


In development at Press Play for Windows 8 and RT devices
Apr 02
"Tentacles: Enter the Mind is a completely new take on the Tentacles universe and mechanic from the award winning Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin." Never before have I felt so utterly out of the loop. Who came up with that nam... read
Age of Mythology

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition hits Steam in May


It's really happening!
Apr 02
Today was a good day. Following an all-too-brief teaser for Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, more details have come out including launch timing and new features. This re-release of the beloved real-time strategy title will... read
Xbox

New head of Xbox Phil Spencer to push for a 'gaming-led platform'


Entertainment features 'can't come at a cost for what we do for the core gamer'
Mar 31
"When you make a decision to bring the head of studios to a position like this, you're going to get a gaming-led platform," former Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president and newly-appointed head of Xbox Phil Spencer ... read
Xboss

Phil Spencer has tamed the Xbox hydra as new Head of Xbox


No one man should have all that power
Mar 31
Phil Spencer has gone from lowly Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president to the pithier, more impressive sounding Head of Xbox. He's presumably replacing departed Chief Product Office of Xbox Marc Whitten, consolidati... read
Forza

Forza 5 DLC cars can now be accessed without in-game currency


And all 200 launch cars can be rented
Mar 28
Turn 10 Studios is still attempting to win back disappointed Forza fans following its launch of Forza Motorsport 5 in November. In an open letter, creative director Dan Greenawalt has announced more changes for the game relat... read






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