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Microsoft upgrades photo upgrades is now slightly more useful

Hear voice messages, search for demos
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
If you use to queue downloads or check your Xbox Live messages, there's good news on that front. The site now shows game demos in search results (I always wondered about that) and lets you listen to voice messages. Minor improvements, but very much appreciated. If you don't use, well, enjoy this image. Website Receives Updates And Adds New Features [Major Nelson]

Halo 5: Guardians has some new toys but a familiar feel

Sep 23 // Rey Gutierrez
What they say. Set eight months after the end of Halo 4, Halo 5: Guardians dives into the intrigue surrounding the Master Chief as he breaks away from the UNSC to uncover the truth of inexplicable events. Close on his heels, Spartan Locke, a legendary manhunter with Fireteam Osiris and a rising new star in the UNSC, is hunting the Master Chief to find answers of his own. Experience the most dramatic Halo story to date in a 4-player cooperative epic that spans three incredible worlds and a galaxy of war with itself. Halo 5: Guardians is evolving. What Rey & Kayla Like Visually, the game is vibrant. It's full of color pops, explosions, and beautifully rendered characters and textures. Takes full advantage of the Xbox One. Jumping and climbing/clambering allows you to explore new heights, gain better vantage points on enemies, and discover hidden skulls and terminals more easily than ever before. Your days spending 45 minutes trying to glitch jump that rock wall are pretty much over! Spartan Charge introduces a new melee mechanic. It allows you to break through certain walls and structures, sometimes as part of the storyline, sometimes on your own exploration to discover hidden rooms and pathways. Spartan Charge also acts as a one-hit shield breaker on enemies, amplifying close-quarters combat. Revive and Tracking, new abilities specifically for Campaign, allow you to call for help or aid fallen teammates, and always know where your objective is (which I ended up using quite a bit, due to the world feeling much more open and expansive). Listening to the Covenant chatter is always amusing. I spent more time trolling a Grunt waiting to hear what he has to say about the Master Chief, than actually following the campaign mission. Halo veterans may find the new 60fps off putting by removing the cinematic immersion of Halo (or junk in the trunk), but after getting acclimated -- Halo 5 is smooth, easy on the eyes and just pure joy to control, especially on the Xbox One’s controller, and fantastic use of the Rumbling Triggers. What Rey & Kayla Dislike Watching Master Chief take a knee and request assistance from a squad mate when he’s down will take some getting use to. It reeks more of Gears of War than a new gameplay enhancement. The all-knowing and all-seeing AI favorite, Cortana, has been replaced with a Master Chief who uncharacteristically talks too much. Your fireteam AI (Blue Team: Kelly-087, Fred-104, Linda-058) and fireteam Osiris are nonexistent for the most part and operate autonomously. They’ll aimlessly follow you around and partake in the firefight with generic “bro-chatter” that you’d hear in a Call of Duty game, and not nearly as witty, random, or entertaining as a UNSC Marine. But you can give your fireteam contextual commands like “Go To Location, Attack My Target, Use Turret or Vehicle,” even if they’re acting more like distractions or decoy for enemies. “Run and gun” is not a recommended strategy. Keeping an eye on your ammo (there's never enough ammo), bouncing around high vantage points (Ground Pound) to avoid enemies, and remembering which ability does what leads to a lot more strategy and thinking than most Halo veterans are used to. More Halo 5: Guardians Facts Three epic worlds, epic battle, and epic scale A gripping story full of new and returning fan-favorite character, and introducing enemies that will change the Halo universe forever. The ability to play through the entire campaign either solo or with up to three other friends online through seamless drop-in/out co-op on dedicated servers. Make your team a deadly weapon, by commanding them with Halo 5: Guardian’s Fireteam AI or team up with friends online and experience the story through the perspective of your Spartan teams. Expansive, complex battlefields designed to support more players, more enemies, and even more intense, epic-scale battles than ever before. Kayla’s final initial thoughts on previewing Halo 5: Guardians. "Tons of new abilities for campaign AND multiplayer that will change the way people play, but there’s still enough that feels true to the Halo franchise that OG players aren’t going to feel abandoned. Definitely some new game types that I know are going to suck every minute out of my days when it’s released. And of course I’m excited to see the storyline play out. We got a pretty good preview that sparked some feels, so I’m ready to see where they go with it! Is it October yet?"
Halo 5: Guardians preview photo
Meet Kelly, Fred, Linda, and John!
Master Chief, Cortana, Grunts, Elites and the UNSC, all names that should sound familiar to Halo fans and fans of gaming alike. Before we had "Guardians," there was just evolved combat in the original Halo: Combat Evolved, ...

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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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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer shows off hot grappling hook action

Also: tomb exploding
Sep 21
// Darren Nakamura
Lara Croft probably has some sort of death wish. Mountain climbing can be good exercise and recreation, but I don't think anybody in her right mind would swing from a grappling hook, launch 30 feet, then catch on a vertical r...
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PS4 price cut

Xbox boss predicts PS4 price cut for the West

Markdown coming in Japan this October
Sep 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Speaking with IGN, Xbox kingpin Phil Spencer asserted his belief that a PlayStation 4 price drop in western markets is around the corner following Sony Japan's recent markdown announcement. "I fully expect they [PlayStation] ...
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Xbox One

Xbox One Elite controller coming October 27

Hope you've been saving up
Sep 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Microsoft's Xbox One Elite controller seems to be targeting an October 27 release date, according to a number of retailers, including Amazon, GameStop, and Microsoft's own online storefront. That would mean the customiza...
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Xbox cloud storage

Xbox 360 cloud storage bumped up to 2GB

Good news for backward compatibility
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft pushed out an update on Xbox 360 today that extends the console's cloud storage -- you'll now have 2GB of space for your precious save files. That's not all: Accept Terms of Use – You can now connect your Xbo...
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Microsoft snubs Mario, nods to Zelda on bullshit made-up holiday

Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary
Sep 14
// Steven Hansen
Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Fine. But, also, the Internet keeps trying to convince me that it was also "8-bit Day," one of those bullshit, made-up holidays from the folks that brought you the insuf...
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Xbox One overhaul

What to expect from the New Xbox One Experience

Preview invites are going out soon
Sep 10
// Jordan Devore
In November, Xbox One will undergo a user interface overhaul. It's a substantial change. The new dashboard is powered by Windows 10, which Microsoft promises will help "get you to popular gaming features up to 50 percent fast...
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Xbox Live Indie Games is shutting down

Just... very... very... slowly
Sep 10
// Joe Parlock
Xbox Live Indie Games, the program that allowed people to make and sell their own games through Xbox Live, is in the process of what is possibly the slowest shutting down I have ever seen. An email sent out to developers on t...
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Halo 5

Halo 5's multiplayer won't be a democracy

Or a cheerocracy
Sep 09
// Brett Makedonski
We've written recently about some changes in Halo 5: Guardians that fans will have to get used to. Another of those has surfaced. 343 Industries will be in complete control of what maps get played in multiplayer. Josh &n...
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Ex-Xbox boss: 'I think there will be another generation' of consoles

But what would it look like?
Sep 08
// Vikki Blake
Former Xbox boss, Robbie Bach, believes that there will be another generation of consoles... but they probably won't look, or operate, much like they do today.  Talking to Geekwire, Bach -- who was head of Xbox for ...
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Gears of War

Play all Gears of War: Ultimate Edition modes on all maps

New update removes restrictions
Sep 02
// Vikki Blake
All game modes in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be available across all maps as of today. The latest update removes restrictions from the playlists that stopped certain modes being played on certain maps.  Dev...
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Halo 5: Guardians

Watch the Halo 5: Guardians opening cinematic

Enough military speak to sink a fleet
Sep 01
// Joe Parlock
Halo 5: Guardians is on the horizon, and so 343 Industries has given us a peek of the game’s opening cinematic. It’s got your usual Halo stuff: Covenant, people in absurdly big armour, and lots of holograms. The ...
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Microsoft unveils new Xbox One Elite bundle, exclusive GameStop controller

$499 and $64.99 respectively
Aug 31
// Chris Carter
Microsoft has announced the new Xbox One Elite Bundle, which will come with a 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive and an Xbox Elite Wireless controller. It's priced at $499, on sale in November at GameStop and the Microsoft Store. W...
Courtesy of Xbox and The Coalition
The original Gears of War is back almost nine years to the day on Xbox One with the HD soul-patched Gears of War Ultimate Edition. To celebrate, Xbox and The Coalition are giving away a custom Xbox One designed by The Coaliti...

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Cops arrest 6 teens linked to Lizard Squad

DDoS attacks are bad
Aug 28
// Robert Summa
Remember when our beloved Sony and Microsoft servers were continually down last year because some idiots sitting behind their keyboards thought it'd be cool to cripple an entire population of gamers? Well, the authorities hav...
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Forza 6 demo

Forza 6 will be getting a demo on September 1

Five days early if you bought Ultimate
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Forza Motorsport 6 has gone gold, and as a result, a demo will appear on Xbox Live on September 1. If you sprang for the Ultimate Edition of the game you'll be able to access the entire thing five days early, but for everyone...
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Call of Duty

The Black Ops 3 beta on Xbox One is stuck in the trenches

Codes not working for many users
Aug 26
// Laura Kate Dale
So, picture the scene. You've been patiently waiting weeks for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta to hit your Xbox One. The day has finally arrived. You input your code for the beta and get told it's invalid. You are not alon...
Cuphead photo

Check out these hand-drawn Cuphead animations

The bird one freaks me out
Aug 21
// Vikki Blake
Cuphead artist, Jake Clark, has shared a selection of animations from the upcoming platformer. The hand-drawn, pencil cartoons popped up on his Tumblr and they are both awesome and strangely hypnotic...    
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Backward Compatability

Original Xbox games could get backward compatibility support on Xbox One

Hope you still have those old discs
Aug 20
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey, Destructoid reader. Do you still have a bunch of your original Xbox game discs lying around your house that you wish you could play on your Xbox One? Well, it's apparently possible that some time in the future you might ...
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Xbox One

Xbox One app update out today, allows 1080p60 streaming

Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Previously, Microsoft locked out the option to stream 1080p60 from your Xbox One to your PC by default, but as of today with an August update for the PC Xbox One app, everyone can just click the "Very High" option. Other enh...
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Halo 5: Guardians

343i: The problem with split-screen co-op is 'nontrivial'

Dev responds to #BringHalo5SplitScreenBack
Aug 18
// Vikki Blake
Halo 5: Guardians' franchise development director has hit back against criticism that the newest instalment of the shooter will not feature split-screen co-op play.

Rash in Killer Instinct is a cameo done with love

Aug 17 // Patrick Hancock
What I love: Rash plays like he's ripped right out of Battletoads. He can grow ram horns and headbutt his opponent, turn into a wrecking ball, kick with a giant spiky boot, and even call in the infamous speeder bike. While these sounds completely ridiculous, it never feels out of place or strange. I mean, this is a game with robo-dinosaurs and flame cats. Rash has a ton of mobility around the stage. He can zip around the screen using his tongue, though it won't do any damage if it hits the opponent. An added benefit to the tongue is that it will eat projectiles, which in turn helps Rash build meter! The wrecking ball move can also be used to get around the stage, making Rash able to zip and zoop around the screen to keep the opponent on their toes.  My favorite moment so far has been against an Orchid. We were both very low on health, so she starts spamming her fire cats across the stage. Since Rash doesn't have a projectile, I just decided to keep eating hers. Eventually she ran out of Instinct and I was able to use the Shadow version of the Wrecking Ball to seal my victory! The animations and sound prove that this isn't just some ham-fisted nostalgia-fueled cameo done for the money. It's clear that a lot of care was taken when re-creating Rash for the modern era. Going back and forth between Rare Replay's Battletoads and Killer Instinct's Rash is way too seamless. Players can even button mash while fighting to perform a combo, though this isn't super useful. [embed]297480:60011:0[/embed] What needs to change before he's finished: The biggest thing that irks me about Rash is that he only has one linker move, Battering Ram. Every other character has more than that and I expect Rash to by March as well. Rash's trailer seems to have a second linker in the form of a traditional Russian dance, so perhaps we'll see that come March. Other pieces are missing as well, like an actual Ultra, but that's a given for his final version. His throw demonstrated in the reveal trailer has Rash picking up the enemy and moving with them, just like in the original Battletoads, but this is not implemented in the current version.  Rash feels like a great addition to the Killer Instinct cast. If this is how all future cameos are done, then I am all for adding in more. I have a feeling I'm going to go through some intense withdrawal between September and Match without having Rash on the roster.
Rash in Killer Instinct photo
Just give him like, one more linker?
Battletoads is an interesting entity. It's really hard, and everyone knows it. It garnered a big following long after its release and has become more and more infamous over time. Then, the characters appeared in Shovel K...

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Games with Gold

PSA: Metro: Last Light and How to Survive are now on Xbox Games with Gold

Until September
Aug 17
// Chris Carter
This week sees the changing of the Xbox Games with Gold guard, with new games in tow. Now, you'll be able to snag Metro: Last Light, and How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition, in addition to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes,...
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Want to play 50+ new, unreleased games pre-PAX? For free?

Microsoft invites you to the next pre-PAX Open House
Aug 17
// Vikki Blake
More than 50 games will be playable at Microsoft's ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House, including eight as-yet unannounced games and "several first playables", including Inside, Playdead's anticipated follow-up to the delightfull...
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Kim Wu Killer Instinct

Kim Wu will be joining the cast of Killer Instinct in Season 3

Remember her?
Aug 14
// Chris Carter
Kim Wu entered the Killer Instinct arena in the second game in the series, and now she'll be returning for the Xbox One and PC editions for Season 3. Set to drop in March of 2016, Rash and Kim Wu are the only ones confirmed s...
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July NPD: PS4 rolling, squids gone and dinos rise

Top ten continues to look samey
Aug 13
// Robert Summa
There weren't a ton of surprises this month for the July NPD report. Even though Splatoon players might be a little sad their beloved paint shooter is no longer in the top ten, you gotta admit, it had a good run with the big ...
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$50 off Xbox One 1TB bundle deal shows up midweek

Sell all the Master Chief bundles!
Aug 13
// Dealzon
Update 8/15/15: Good news for those that want a 500GB model because its on sale for only $300 with free ship. Tax in NY only. No need to wait for the holiday season for a deal on a 1TB Xbox One. The console got its first $50 ...
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Rare Replay

Rare Replay is Rare's first UK best seller since the '90s

First top spot since Banjo in 1998
Aug 10
// Laura Kate Dale
Rare Replay has hit number one in the UK games charts, making it the first Rare game to do so since the late '90s. The last Rare game to hit number one in the UK chart was Banjo-Kazooie on the N64, which was released all the ...

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