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Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful metroidvania photo
Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful metroidvania
by Darren Nakamura

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 Miyazaki, Super Meat Boy, Limbo, and Metroid. Though each has achieved greatness in its own right, the grouping is a strange one.

Imagine my surprise and delight to find that the influences are not only clear, but that they work wonderfully together.

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Fable Legends combines Left 4 Dead with Dungeons and Dragons photo
Fable Legends combines Left 4 Dead with Dungeons and Dragons
by Darren Nakamura

For better or worse, Fable is one of the staple series for Xbox consoles. Since its beginning as a relatively simple action-RPG, it has seen some entries go off in various directions. Fable Legends is another game that takes the core gameplay and spins it off into something unique for the franchise.

Rather than focusing on a single player adventure with highly customizable character progression, heroes in Fable Legends are one of four set characters, and the four venture together to take on more action-oriented challenges. It might be a far cry from main series Fable, but it works well.

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Video: Microsoft E3 2014 press conference impressions photo
Video: Microsoft E3 2014 press conference impressions
by Jordan Devore

Microsoft did well at E3. The conference cut down on bullshit, focusing first and foremost on games, and was over before we knew it. A major win for any company, in my book. Max and Bill had a similar reaction to this morning's event -- here are their thoughts in video form.

Wait, one more thing: I was not expecting Halo: The Master Chief Collection to make such a compelling case for the Xbox One. I'm far from a big series fan, but seeing Halo 2 remastered up close -- especially that on-stage round of multiplayer on Ascension -- brought me back. Scalebound, Crackdown, Phantom Dust, and a few others were nice to see, too.

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4:51 PM on 06.09.2014

Halo 2: Anniversary comparison hits right in the nostalgia

As part of the Master Chief Collection that was announced this morning, Halo 2: Anniversary is getting a fully remastered face lift just as Halo: Combat Evolved did three years ago with Halo: Anniversary. So, the game lo...

Brett Zeidler





4:40 PM on 06.09.2014

Future Xbox One update will let you snap Achievements

Here's a rundown of an Xbox One update in the works for later this summer that'll enable Snap mode functionality for Achievements. As shown in the video, they'll be automatically sorted by how close you are to unlocking them...

Jordan Devore



Here's everything that happened during Microsoft's 2014 E3 Conference photo
Here's everything that happened during Microsoft's 2014 E3 Conference
by Chris Carter

Microsoft had their E3 Conference today, and it was all about the games. Everything shown was game related, and they even got a few great reveals in there like a brand new Platinum Games exclusive that looks like it could be great. It didn't blow me away, but it's far from a disaster.

Here's everything that happened.

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Hideki Kamiya unveils new Xbox One exclusive from Platinum Games, Scalebound photo
Hideki Kamiya unveils new Xbox One exclusive from Platinum Games, Scalebound
by Chris Carter

Platinum Games has shown off their new Xbox One exclusive, and it looks insane as usual. It's called Scalebound, and the idea is focused on huge boss fights with various creatures, ranging from dragons to the Hydra. It's looking very Monster Hunter-like thematically.

The footage shows a hero fighting and riding dragons, as well as morphing in hardened battle armor. Um, yeah I'm so in for this.

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12:53 PM on 06.09.2014

Microsoft rebooting Phantom Dust for Xbox One

Ken Lobb, who supervised Microsoft's Killer Instinct revival, is going back to the original Xbox for a new project from Microsoft Studios with a reboot/remake of Phantom Dust. Microsoft showed off a brief, CG trailer of the ...

Steven Hansen

12:53 PM on 06.09.2014

Lara Croft needs some psychiatric help in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Lara Croft had a rough time on her last archaeological expedition. It's no wonder that she would suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or experience some other negative psychological effects. During Microsoft's E3 pres...

Darren Nakamura

12:40 PM on 06.09.2014

Cuphead, Plague Inc. Evolved, Threes, more coming to Xbox One

[Update: More games reconfirmed or announced, plus loads of trailers added.] Microsoft just showed off some of the additional ID@Xbox games we can expect from indie developers. Of note are Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Cu...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Get the Halo 5 beta with The Master Chief Collection photo
Get the Halo 5 beta with The Master Chief Collection
by Jordan Devore

Folks who pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection will gain entry to the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians this December, as announced during Microsoft's E3 media briefing.

A short CG trailer was shown which promised 60 frames per second, dedicated servers, next-generation arena combat, and new Spartan abilities. The beta will see the debut of "new game modes and features," according to 343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross.

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Inside is the next game from the creators of Limbo photo
Inside is the next game from the creators of Limbo
by Brett Makedonski

It's been a while since we've heard anything from Playdead, the developers of indie darling Limbo. Now we know that it's working on a new title called Inside.

During the Microsoft press conference this morning, some footage was shown of Inside. It's another highly-stylized, artsy-looking, 2D sidescroller. Details are sparse at this point, but we know that it's coming in 2015. It's unclear right now what platforms it'll come to, but it appears as if it'll launch on Xbox One.

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12:31 PM on 06.09.2014

Fable Legends unveils villain mode, co-op play

You can now be the villain you always wanted to be in Fable Legends -- you know, if that's your thing. Lionhead Studios' latest release seeks to bolster players who have always sought to wreak havoc and destruction across th...

Brittany Vincent

12:26 PM on 06.09.2014

New Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer is magical

Fans of BioWare's plastic-faced role-playing series Dragon Age have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Microsoft was able to show more of it off at its E3 press conference this morning. T...

Darren Nakamura







Microsoft reveals Halo: The Master Chief Collection, its biggest HD bundle ever photo
Microsoft reveals Halo: The Master Chief Collection, its biggest HD bundle ever
by Brett Makedonski

Microsoft has said as recently as a few months ago that we'll see more Halo in 2014. It turns out that the next installment in Xbox's flagship franchise isn't so much a progression of the series as it is a retelling of the canon with a makeover. This will come in the form of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a tetralogy consisting of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4.

The Master Chief Collection, as the name suggests, serves to tell the story of Master Chief before it's continued in 2015's Halo 5: Guardians. It will be available only on Xbox One on November 11, 2014, and will retail for $59.99. Included with the package is access to watch all the episodes of the Halo: Nightfall series as they release, and entry into the Halo 5 multiplayer beta which will take place in December 2014.

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