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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
Halo

A Halo game is headed to Steam next week, but it's Spartan Assault


Well, shoot
Mar 27
How desperate does Microsoft think we are to play anything Halo on Steam? We'll see if the company's decision to bring Halo: Spartan Assault to the platform next week pays off, I suppose. This overhead dual-stick shooter will... read
Killer Instinct

Iron Galaxy Studios is taking over Killer Instinct


Fulgore is coming soon
Mar 27
Microsoft Studios needed to find a new development partner to work on Killer Instinct after Amazon went and acquired Double Helix Games, and its selection has turned out to be spot on. Divekick and Street Fighter III 3rd Str... read
Windows

Microsoft has a 'renewed focus' on PC gaming


Uh huh
Mar 21
Microsoft hasn't given up on PC gaming -- that's what Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer believes, anyway. "A renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming inside Microsoft is definitely happening," he said thi... read
Steam

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition teased for Steam


Eff yeah
Feb 28
Even before Age of Empires and its sequel made it to Steam, I had been longing for Age of Mythology to see a release on Steam, or GOG.com, or anywhere. I know you feel me. A developer stream on Twitch has hinted at Age of Myt... read
Forza Motorsport

Forza 5 gets free Road America track today


Plus five new cars, if you have a Season Pass
Feb 18
It's a pleasant sight indeed to see "Forza Motorsport 5 DLC" and "free" in the same sentence. The game, which one in three Xbox One owners have picked up, according to Microsoft, is getting a free track based on Road America... read
State of Decay

State of Decay's next DLC for PC and Xbox 360 is Lifeline


Another map confirmed
Feb 11
Undead Labs is locked in with Microsoft Studios now that it has signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement with the publisher, but in the more immediate future, there's more DLC on the way for State of Decay. This second expa... read
Killer Instinct

Microsoft to find a new dev partner for Killer Instinct


The game isn't going anywhere
Feb 06
Amazon's purchase of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games as part of its "ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers" came out of nowhere. We know the company is getting into gaming, sure, but Double H... read
Undead Labs

ArenaNet co-founder joins State of Decay developer


He knows a thing or two about multiplayer
Jan 31
There was a strong desire for the concepts found in Undead Labs' zombie survival game State of Decay to appear in a full-blown multiplayer game and that sentiment isn't going away anytime soon, I don't think. While no new ann... read






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