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The Witcher

Uh, okay: CD Projekt is doing a free-to-play Witcher MOBA for mobile


Coming Q4 2014
Jul 01
// Jordan Devore
CD Projekt RED has announced The Witcher Battle Arena, a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena based on The Witcher universe for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows tablets. Sounds like a whole lot of things we we...
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Surface Pro 3

Third time's the charm? Microsoft reveals Surface Pro 3 tablet


'A full PC, and a brilliant tablet'
May 20
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft won't give up on the Surface because of failures of past iterations. No, it's intent on making an impression on the tablet market. As such, Microsoft revealed the Surface Pro 3 today. It seems that Microsoft's prima...
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Xbox Originals

Xbox Originals will hit Windows 8 products, revenue model still being worked on


Plus a preview of some of the original programming
Apr 28
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Xbox Originals is going to produce shows based on Microsoft IPs such as State of Decay, Halo, and more, along with producing all sorts of other original content. I have some very early impressions on a lot of the content in d...
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Surface 2

Microsoft shows off Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2


Pre-orders open tomorrow morning
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft has announced the latest iterations of its tablets -- the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 -- and they're launching October 22, 2013 for $449 and $899, respectively. The devices will debut in 22 markets including the Uni...
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Not bad at all! A Realm Reborn running on Surface at TGS


This has me thinking...
Sep 20
// Dale North
Check out this short clip I filmed at Tokyo Game Show. It comes from a small area of Microsoft's booth where they're showing some popular games running on Surface units. While it's not exactly smooth, I'm surprised at how we...
Surface RT photo
Surface RT

Ballmer: We made too many Surface RT tablets


The first step is admitting there's a problem
Jul 27
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft's Windows Surface RT tablet hasn't exactly been the hottest commodity since its release, and the boss men are finally coming to terms with it. CEO Steve Ballmer recently admitted at a company meeting that the techno...
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Halo: Spartan Assault now available for Windows 8 devices


Tens of people are so excited now
Jul 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Halo: Spartan Assault, the top down twin-stick shooter, is now available for Windows 8 based phones, tablets, and PCs. In the U.S., Halo: Spartan Assault is available for Windows 8 phones only to customers on Verizon Wireles...
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Skulls of the Shogun

More indie woes when working with Microsoft


Company lacks the vision, communication, and execution to be called 'Evil'
Jun 20
// Wesley Ruscher
“I personally would like to go back in time and kick myself in the balls. I'd just like to have that year and a half of my life back,” said Skulls of the Shogun developer Borut Pfeifer, in a recent inter...

The next Halo is a twin stick shooter for Windows 8

Jun 04 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Halo Spartan Assault (Windows 8)Developer: 343 Industries, Vanguard GamesPublisher: Microsoft StudiosRelease: 343 IndustriesMSRP: $6.99 The premise of Spartan Assault sees you playing as either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis as they relive historical battles against the Covenant aboard the UNSC Infinity. The game is set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, and also shows Palmer's transition from an ODST to Spartan. Sound familiar? Yeah, the Halo: Initiation mini-series from Dark Horse is tied into this whole adventure. Gameplay-wise, imagine a game like Robotron, set within the same sandbox world you're accustomed to in a Halo game. You're free to take on battles however you like, pick up weapons from fallen foes, and drive any vehicle you can get. The controls are pretty damn smooth via touch screens. You have a large space for where you can place your thumbs in order to move, aim, and fire. It's really easy to pick up and play as you move and shoot at whatever comes at you. You can select different loadouts before jumping into one of the 25 missions -- everything from choosing your weapons, armor abilities, boosters, and even Skull modifiers. Plus, there will be new weapons and abilities featured here, and some returning old favorites like dual-wieldable SMGs. While running and shooting are pretty fluid, the game does suffer a little bit from the limitations of the touch screen interface. Using grenades, swapping or picking up weapons, using armor abilities, firing your vehicle's weapon and so on can be activated by pressing specific locations on the screen. It might become second nature over time, but starting off you'll have to look away from the action to press the corresponding buttons. Not a deal breaker, just something you should be aware of. This isn't a problem with the mouse and keyboard controls, of course. Visually the game is stunning for mobile, and there was a ton of detail presented as I went through the demo level. The game even has cinematics and full-on voice acting, plus a musical score all done by Skywalker Sound to boot. You can expect a bunch of tie-ins to Halo 4 and "other Halo projects" in the future too. There are rewards, experience points, and unlockables that can be all fed into your Spartan in Halo 4's multiplayer. There's also 40 in-game Achievements, leaderboards, plus daily and weekly challenges. Lastly, there's going to be cross-save features across the different platforms similar to Skulls of the Shogun, and microtransactions of some sort as well.  So yeah, I liked what I played. I especially loved how we're given things we'd never get in the standard Halo experience. A drivable Scorpion featuring two barrels and a rocket launcher that can send out up to six missiles at once? Hell yeah! But I'm far from the point of ditching my iPhone or "upgrading" to Windows 8 just for Spartan Assault. Those of you who do own Windows 8 devices will have some fun with this one for sure. For the rest of you, well, I wouldn't be surprised if this eventually gets released on Xbox Live Arcade down the line.
Halo: Spartan Assault photo
For Windows 8 phones, tablet, and PCs
Halo: Spartan Assault is the next project from 343 Industries, a top-down twin stick shooter for Windows 8 powered phones, tablets, and PCs including the Surface. It's an exclusive to Windows 8 devices designed for touch con...

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Microsoft and NFL

Microsoft spent $400 million on NFL partnership!?


AAUGH!
May 22
// Tony Ponce
Among yesterday's song-and-dance routine of "TV, Sports, TV" was an announcement that Microsoft and the NFL have entered into a partnership. Xbox One owners will be able to manage fantasy teams, keep abreast of player stats, ...
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Skulls of the Shogun releasing on January 30


For XBLA, Windows 8, Surface, and Windows Phone
Jan 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Freaking finally. We've been looking forward to Skulls of the Shogun for literally years. Well the wait is finally almost over as developer 17-Bit has announced the game will be launching on January 30, 2013. It'll be availa...

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