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Lizard Squad

The hacker who ruined Christmas for Xbox Live and PSN gets off easy


A gentle slap on the wrist, very gentle
Jul 07
// Jed Whitaker
Remember last Christmas when I gave you my heart when PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were down for days at a time? That was caused by a group known as Lizard Squad of which 17-year-old Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki w...
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Xbox branding story

The origin story of the Xbox's green branding


A cautionary tale about office supplies
Jul 07
// Jordan Devore
Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley has answered a question I didn't even know I had: Why was the branding green? Speaking to IGN, he explained that it all started with a marker (or lack thereof). "A guy called Horace Luke, when ...
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Xbox Ultimate Sale

Nearly 80 games on sale in Xbox Ultimate Game Sale


Xbox One and 360
Jul 07
// Brett Makedonski
What? Did you think we were lying when we said there'd be an imminent Xbox Ultimate Game Sale? We love you too much to lie to you. We're like that riddle about the two guards at a forked road leading to paradise or death, exc...
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Dragon Age: Inquisition

Future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC will be PC, PS4, and XB1 only


No Varric in a speedo for Gen 7, sorry
Jul 07
// Joe Parlock
Bad news for people still trudging through Dragon Age: Inquisition on the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360: you won’t be getting any more DLC. In a blog post on the official Dragon Age site, it was announced all future DLC for...
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WWE 2K16

Glass breaks, music hits, and Stone Cold walks out as WWE 2K16 cover star


2K16 goes 3:16
Jul 06
// Brett Makedonski
As 2K is wont to do on occasion, the cover athlete of WWE 2K16 isn't a current full-time WWE Superstar. Well, he's current in that he hosts one of the best wrestling podcasts today, but he doesn't step into the squared ...
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Telltale's Minecraft

First look at Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode


Basically how you'd expect
Jul 04
// Kyle MacGregor
This is a reminder that Minecraft: Story Mode is a real thing that's happening. The episodic adventure game from Telltale Games follows a generic-looking protagonist (portrayed by Patton Oswalt of A Very Harold & Kumar 3...
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Destiny script

Bungie brought on David Cross and Brian Posehn to write for Destiny


Ghost's dialogue could've been funny
Jul 03
// Jordan Devore
Did Destiny take itself too seriously? From my whopping hour and a half of experience with the game, I'd say so. It didn't have to be that way. Speaking to IGN, comedian and writer David Cross said he "jumped at the chance" t...
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Xbox

Ex-Xbox Boss: Red Ring of Death was 'sickening'


'If we don't address this, this brand is dead'
Jul 03
// Vikki Blake
Ex-Xbox boss (and now EA head) Peter Moore has admitted that when he learned about Xbox 360s bricking courtesy of the now infamous red-ring-of-death error, he sat trembling in front of his then-boss Steve Ballmer and said: "i...
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Ultimate Game Sale

Xbox is gearing up for an imminent Ultimate Game Sale


So maybe you shouldn't buy anything now
Jul 02
// Brett Makedonski
Do you have your eyes set on a particular Xbox game right now, and the digital storefront keeps calling your name and begging you to hit the download button? It might be best to resist temptation a little longer, because the...
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WWE 2K16

WWE 2K16 roster swells to almost twice the size of last year's


Bulking up
Jul 01
// Brett Makedonski
Developer Visual Concepts and wrestler Seth Rollins have a lot in common. They're both the architects and the future of the WWE. The only difference is that Visual Concepts handles the 2K video game side of things, not t...
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Dark Souls

Dark Souls franchise sells 8M copies


Just think of all those deaths
Jul 01
// Vikki Blake
The Dark Souls franchise has sold over eight million copies worldwide, with more than 3.25 million copies sold on PC alone. Famitsu - reporting from a From Software presentation - confirmed the original Dark Souls game s...
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Games with Gold

Games with Gold just got twice as good on Xbox One


Two games instead of one
Jun 25
// Brett Makedonski
We're winding down the month, which means it's again that time where Microsoft lets its Xbox Live Gold subscribers know the new titles they'll get for free as part of Games with Gold. But, this announcement comes with a nice ...
Free DLC! Free DLC! photo
Free DLC! Free DLC!

Xbox One backwards compatible Rare titles include DLC for free


Hot Kameo skins for everyone
Jun 24
// Jed Whitaker
If you're in the Xbox One Preview Program to test the latest dashboard updates for Xbox One and have any of the Xbox 360 titles developed by Rare on the backwards compatability list, you're in luck. Looks like all the in-game...
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Destiny

Destiny rubs salt in the overpriced expansion wound with Red Bull XP


Haha
Jun 24
// Chris Carter
As we all know, Activision is taking fans for a ride for the new Destiny expansion, and Bungie is getting really defensive about it. This is after the last expansion...well...sucked. Today they have announced that they a...
Borderlands screenshots photo
Borderlands screenshots

Tales from the Borderlands: Catch a Ride screenshots, we got 'em


Catch a screeeeeeeeeen!
Jun 23
// Darren Nakamura
Tales from the Borderlands: Catch a Ride is out today, and it continues the excellence the series has been known for thus far. As I normally do while playing through Telltale titles, I had my finger firmly planted on the F12 ...
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The Evil Within

The Evil Within's latest title update kills off letterboxing


And makes casual mode even easier
Jun 23
// Brett Makedonski
The Evil Within had a letterboxed aesthetic that didn't fly with everyone. It added to the cinematic presentation, but some people couldn't stand it. Coming up on a year after release, Tango Gameworks is just now making ...

Review: Tales from the Borderlands: Catch a Ride

Jun 23 // Darren Nakamura
Tales from the Borderlands: Catch a Ride (iOS, Mac, PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: Telltale GamesPublisher: Telltale GamesReleased: June 23, 2015 (Mac, PC)MSRP: $4.99, $24.99 (Season Pass)Rig: AMD Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.2 GHz, with 4GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5700, Windows 7 64-bit [Editor's note: there will be no major spoilers present for the episode reviewed here, but events in previous episodes may be discussed.] When we last saw Fiona and Rhys, the duo had just constructed the Gortys Project while Vaughn and Sasha were being held hostage. Atlas Mugged ended with a significant Telltale choice for Rhys to make: trust Fiona in her ability to improvise the situation or trust the shadow of Handsome Jack residing in his own cybernetic head. Though the decision was given a lot of weight, the episode concluded before we got to see much of an effect. As it turns out, the opening sequence to Catch a Ride plays out quite differently depending on which option was selected earlier. It's enough of a difference that along with the review code, Telltale sent a message imploring me to play through the episode twice in order to see just how far-reaching the consequences are. The differences are there, and they persist until about the third act, but at that point the two branches sort of homogenize together. Without giving away too much, trusting Handsome Jack unlocks the help of three characters who aren't necessarily available to those who instead trusted Fiona. However, by the end, all three are out of the picture one way or another, despite that they could have been particularly useful. [embed]294552:59205:0[/embed] It shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody who has played a Telltale game in the past few years that the overall narrative threads all begin and end in the same place, but Catch a Ride does feel like an improvement in that regard, if only slightly. Though the player cannot really affect how the story ends, certain scenes play out differently enough to warrant another look. One silly change I appreciated was that Rhys's Echo Eye ability is corrupted if he lets Jack into his systems. Instead of the dry humor found in the default descriptions, Jack inserts his own brand of over-the-top musings. I do wish this idea were taken further; there is a section in which Rhys has to hack a computer and having a digitized version of Handsome Jack ought to have helped in that situation. Fiona also goes through some questionable design territory with her abilities. Where her sleeve gun was previously limited, providing the possibility for interesting choices, its power is unlocked in the episode. It nullifies the opportunity cost that piqued my interest in Atlas Mugged; when I spent that incendiary bullet singing Finch's hair off in the second episode, I thought that would be the last time. Now it almost feels like Telltale is trying to set Fiona up to be a proper Vault Hunter in Borderlands 3. While on the one hand it will definitely be cool to see Telltale's original characters in Gearbox's next effort in the main series, it would detract from her uniqueness as a smooth-talking con artist were she to become another gunslinging badass. Speaking of characters, we do get a few new cameos from the main series here, although their inclusion feels a bit like fan service. After playing through twice, I'm still not quite sure why they were there, but it could very well be something that is planned to be explained in the future. As it stands, they show up, say some funny lines, do some outrageously violent things, and advance the story in a way, but their motivation isn't clear. That is a relatively minor complaint, especially considering the best thing Catch a Ride has going for it is one of the new characters. Gortys turns out to be a friendly robot and she easily has some of the best lines in the episode. With the personality of an earnest young child, she feels so out of place in the dark wastelands of Pandora that I couldn't help but be charmed. Everybody on the planet is gruff, insane, murderous, jaded, or at least sarcastic that having one character who is none of those is just perfect. Some of Gortys's lines tap lightly on the fourth wall; those are worth a lasting grin. There is one scene of hers in particular that had me laughing heartily, both times I played through. Even knowing it was coming, the setup and delivery were so on point that it killed. Ashley Johnson's voice work was perfect for the role. I don't know how this story ends, but I hope Gortys survives the ordeal in one way or another, because Borderlands needs to keep that character around. It may seem like a lot of my thoughts on Catch a Ride are negative, but they are minor quibbles in the grand scheme. Though I'm a little disappointed the two protagonists aren't using their unique skills as much as they did in the first episode, the story they team up to tell is still completely engrossing. The writing is as sharp as ever, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. The end of the episode has just the right amount of cliffhanger to it. Tales from the Borderlands: Catch a Ride feels like a complete chapter in the story, but now I have a rough idea for what to expect in the next two episodes. With that narrative skeleton in mind, I am looking forward to watching the rest of the series play out now more than ever. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.] Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged (iOS, Mac, PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: Telltale GamesPublisher: Telltale GamesReleased: March 17, 2015 (Mac, PC)MSRP: $4.99, $24.99 (Season Pass)Rig: AMD Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.2 GHz, with 4GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5700, Windows 7 64-bit
Telltale Borderlands photo
Worth the fare
[Disclosure: Anthony Burch, who consulted on the story for Tales from the Borderlands, was previously employed at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] Ever s...

Telltale Borderlands photo
Telltale Borderlands

Meet Gortys in this Tales from the Borderlands: Catch a Ride trailer


She's adorable
Jun 23
// Darren Nakamura
The third episode for Tales from the Borderlands is out today on PC and PlayStation consoles (with the rest out this week) so Telltale sent along this shiny new trailer for it. In it, we see some cameos from Vault Hunters Br...
Transformers: Devastation photo
Transformers: Devastation

We saw Transformers at E3, and it looks rad


[feat. Polygon's Nick Robinson]
Jun 22
// Mike Cosimano
I'm going to cover Transformers: Devastation until either the game is cancelled or I have a physical copy in my grubby dork hands. I hope you have all come to terms with this, as I have not. More Than Meets the Eye is on...

Extended Rise of the Tomb Raider video is way better than the E3 trailer

Jun 22 // Steven Hansen
This goes along with bigger tombs, either secret ones or ones on the narrative path. At one point Lara came up on an abandoned Cold War installation, which was apparently one of the game's "hubs" that contain quest givers, crypts, secrets, and story missions. There are also "systems that celebrate Lara's intelligence and archaeological background." Reading documents and murals throughout the ancient world gives Lara more experience and improves her proficiency, allowing her to uncover greater secrets. Like the secret of immortality hidden in a lost city beneath a lake, which Lara is fighting evil organization Trinity to get to. One other major gripe I keep having with the snow-ridden portions shown off is that Lara refuses to zip up her jacket and instead keeps showing off that cute infinity scarf. On top of that, no hat or gloves despite that fact that you lose heat fastest through those extremities. Bad guys, too, are not appropriately bundled for Siberian winter. [embed]294565:59186:0[/embed]
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E3 preview
I was beefing a bit with Rise of the Tomb Raider for its heavily scripted sequences in which you hold forward on the analog stick as the game just sort of nonthreateningly happens around you (except for when a brutal cutscen...

Or buy other 360 games photo
Or buy other 360 games

Get one of the best Xbox 360 puzzle games for free on Xbox One


Hexic HD
Jun 21
// Jed Whitaker
Hexic HD has a peculiar past: It was originally only available on Xbox 360 hard drives closer to launch and was only released for download on Xbox Live years later. If your hard drive died and you didn't have a backup - ...
Dark Souls II photo
Dark Souls II

Prepare to draw: Dark Souls II: Design Works confirmed


Yes!
Jun 19
// Chris Carter
The art of the Souls series always gets me excited. I mean, a lot of it is creepy as all hell and keeps me up at night, but there's a quiet beauty in nearly every single cel that's produced for this franchise. I generall...
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360 to One vote

Red Dead Redemption is most-wanted for Xbox One backwards compatibility


What do you want to work?
Jun 18
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft has a place what where you can vote on what Xbox 360 games you want to work on Xbox One with the backwards compatibility. Tops is Red Dead Redemption with 34,862 votes, followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skyrim, Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  What are you rocking the vote on?

Marcus Fenix's default Gears of War face is a permanent scowl

Jun 17 // Steven Hansen
Before Gears became the big bad brolf of Microsoft franchises, it was a bit more scrappy. Fergusson was excited to be able to go back and completely change Gears' cinematics. "Back then we were under such time constraints we called them Frankenscenes," he said. Motion capture was re-used and stitched together. The dialogue in cinematics remains intact, but there are all sorts of new camera angles, zooms. Fergusson and company went back to assess, "what were we trying to convey, what did we successfully or not successfully convey," in terms of tone. The five chapters left out of Gears' 2006 360 release (they later made it into the 2007 PC release) are also being included in Ultimate. The "casual" difficulty has become the new normal and a truer "casual" setting has been added. There's still local split-screen on and offline (take notes, Halo 5) with a pillar box look to give both players a view closer to 16:9. And, as folks might be seeing in the online beta, there are dedicated servers, a spectator mode, LAN support, 19 maps, Team Death Match, King of the Hill, community designed Gnashers 2v2, and 1080p, 60fps online play. Unless you're playing on PC and want to crank it up to 4K or whatever.
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And more on Gears of War Ultimate
Microsoft announced a 60fps, 1080p remake of the first Gears, Gears of War Ultimate, a couple days back. I sat down with Rod Fergusson for a meeting about the remake, which has completely replaced every single art asset, adde...

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Tony Hawk 5

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 releasing on September 29


On PS4 and Xbox One
Jun 16
// Darren Nakamura
Amidst all of the press conferences and announcements and previews, Tony Hawk decided now would be a good time to tweet out some information about the upcoming Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. It looks like the return to form for th...
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Call of Duty

I sucked at Call of Duty: Black Ops III's multiplayer


But I still had fun!
Jun 16
// Zack Furniss
It's easy to be cynical about a new Call of Duty release. Between the series' annualization and aggressive marketing, the urge to fire with phasers set to snark is strong. But every year I end up thoroughly enjoying an a...
Transformers photo
Later this year on everything but Wii U
After Best Buy and a leak spilled the beans, we now have official confirmation from Activision -- Platinum Games will develop Transformers: Devastation, an upcoming action project based on the Transformers universe. It ...

Xbox One photo
Xbox One

Here's all Xbox One's 'backwards compatible' games


The list is, uh, interesting, right?
Jun 16
// Vikki Blake
I was very excited when, at yesterday's E3 Conference, Xbox's Phil Spencer announced that "BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY!" was coming to Xbox One.  I thought that I'd be able to pander to nostalgia at a whim, grab any one of t...
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Just Dance

Ubisoft has turned your phone into a console camera


Unless you're rocking a 2004 Razr
Jun 15
// Brett Makedonski
Man, so many people just want to dance in front of their video game consoles. You may scoff, but Just Dance is the most successful music franchise ever, so that statement applies to some folks. For those who haven't alr...

Everything that happened from Microsoft's 2015 E3 conference

Jun 15 // Chris Carter
Halo 5 will feature 24-player mode with 'Warzone Multiplayer' Keiji Inafune and Metroid Prime devs unveil Xbox One exclusive ReCore Xbox One will now be backwards compatible Xbox One Elite Controller announced, lets you customise it Fallout 4 on Xbox One will support PC-made mods Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is coming! EA Access adding Titanfall and Dragon Age: Inquisition to the Vault Forza 6 reps American muscle for Xbox One Dark Souls III confirmed for early 2016 Tom Clancy's The Division is getting an Xbox One Exclusive Beta in December Pardon the interruption Rainbow Six Siege will come with free Vegas 1 and 2 on Xbox One Tacoma's new trailer has a lot of zero-g goodness Xbox One Game Preview lets you play games still in development Ashen looks like Microsoft's answer to Journey Cuphead still looks amazing in this new trailer! Beyond Eyes coming to Xbox One and PC Gigantic beta hits Xbox One, Windows 10 in Aug. Montage music and a ton of awesome-lookin' Xbox indies Microsoft announces 'Rare Replay," with 30 classic Rare games Rise of the Tomb Raider gets a November release date DayZ creator's ION is an MMO set in space Rare announces 'most ambitious project yet,' Sea of Thieves Microsoft outline future VR plans - working with Valve on the Vive How're you liking the Microsoft E3 conference? There's a Skyrim-lookin' dude in Fable Legends Mo-yang? Gears of War Ultimate Edition coming August 25 Gears of War 4 announced features new characters Wow, Minecraft on Microsoft's Hololens looks hot [embed]293994:59017:0[/embed]
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Backwards compatibility! Your move Sony
Well, that was a nice little conference! Microsoft didn't blow me away this year, but I enjoyed it as a whole, and so far, there have been no disasters of any kind on the level of Caffeine Man (Google it). The biggest ne...


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