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2:30 PM on 01.20.2015

State of Decay Xbox One remaster hits April 28, upgrade plan detailed

Oh, right, State of Decay is coming to Xbox One. Rough as it is in spots, the third-person zombie survival game is worth experiencing (though preferably during a Steam sale). Running around town with your crew, fortifying bas...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 01.20.2015

Ori and the Blind Forest jumps out of the woods and onto your screen on March 11

At gamescom this year, I found out that Ori and the Blind Forest isn't just a drop-dead gorgeous game; it's also quite the challenging, tight-controlling platformer. In less than two months, everyone can stop taking my ...

Brett Makedonski

12:00 PM on 01.11.2015

Microsoft's Ken Lobb discusses Rare IP, mentions Battletoads specifically

Back in November we ran a story on the head of Microsoft's Xbox division Phil Spencer's visit to Rare's offices where he tweeted about having a look at its latest project. This visit, coupled with the filing for the...

Rob Morrow

2:30 PM on 12.16.2014

Forza Horizon 2's first DLC takes places at the ominous Storm Island

Forza Horizon 2 shipped this fall with plenty of inclement weather, unlike some other game. Nevertheless, its first add-on centers around even more torrential downpours on the paradisiacal sounding Storm Island. Storm I...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 PM on 11.10.2014

Halo 5: Guardians has left me oddly cold and worried

I am not opposed to change. While certain circles of Halo fans find it popular to hate Halo 4, I've always appreciated what 343 Industries did with that game. Sprint was a logical next step to character movement, while loadou...

Abel Girmay

4:30 PM on 11.08.2014

Here's how Halo: Combat Evolved's PC multiplayer looks on Xbox One

At a recent Xbox event, I got to play a bunch of multiplayer stuff in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. I was caught off guard when we were suddenly dropped into the online multiplayer for Halo: Combat Evolved's PC version,...

Bill Zoeker

7:00 PM on 11.04.2014

I didn't make it all the way through the Halo 2 documentary

343 and Run Studios' hour-long Halo 2: Anniversary documentary is now up on YouTube. I enjoyed the first 20 minutes, a nostalgic look at the original game and its sequel with fun behind-the-scenes tidbits sprinkled throughou...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 10.29.2014

Halo 2 Anniversary's new cutscenes look so damn good

Blur Studio has been killing it lately. You might not know the company by name, but as someone who plays modern videogames you'll surely recognize the company's visual effects. When Halo 2 Anniversary debuts in The Master Ch...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 10.20.2014

I'm down for this Halo 2 Anniversary making-of documentary

You may have heard that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will require a 20GB day-one update, but did you also know that there's a documentary for Halo 2 Anniversary, one of the games in this compilation, on the way? (I hope...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 10.14.2014

Killer Instinct Season 2 starts tomorrow with TJ Combo and Maya

Iron Galaxy took over continued development of Killer Instinct for Microsoft following Amazon's acquisition of Double Helix earlier this year. We'll get to see what the studio has come up with starting tomorrow when the firs...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 10.10.2014

It's going to take so long to unlock every Achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection

After looking over IGN's full list of Achievements in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, yeah, I won't be earning all 4,000 (!) Gamerscore points. Hell, I knew that after reading the literal first Achievement description: "Co...

Jordan Devore

2:01 AM on 09.25.2014

Review: Forza Horizon 2

The original Forza Horizon impressed us back in 2012 with its ability to incorporate what we already loved about Forza Motorsport into an absolutely massive open-world sandbox racing game, while not completely ditching its si...

Brett Zeidler

1:30 PM on 09.23.2014

Master Chief Collection seems to deliver on most of its promises

I recently got to check out Halo: The Master Chief Collection at an Xbox event, which gave me a big ol' happy, because I love me some sweet, sweet Covie-killing action. In 343 Industries' presentation, they spent half of the...

Bill Zoeker

2:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Ori and the Blind Forest looks crazy good

I keep forgetting that Moon Studios' platform adventure game Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to PC as well as Xbox One, despite being published by Microsoft Studios. Big thing to forget! My takeaway from Brett's preview o...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 08.25.2014

Age of Empires: Castle Siege just sounds like a mobile game

The next entry in the long-running Age of Empire series is Castle Siege, a touch-based game built for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 by Smoking Gun Interactive. Players will gather resources and build up civilizations such as...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 08.14.2014

Ori and the Blind Forest is a lot more than just a beautiful game

One glance at Moon Studios' Ori and the Blind Forest is enough to be immediately enamored by the game's visuals. Actually, it's almost an inevitability. Every piece of media that Microsoft releases for Ori draws att...

Brett Makedonski