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10:30 AM on 08.14.2014

The Halo Channel is a huge indicator of Microsoft's plans for the franchise

Xbox's flagship franchise isn't something that Microsoft's going to stray from anytime soon. Why would it? If there was any doubt about Halo's lasting appeal, it was dashed with the E3 reveal of Halo: The Master Chief Collect...

Brett Makedonski

4:30 PM on 06.10.2014

Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos

Swery65 brought us Deadly Premonition, so you know D4 is going to be weird. In fact, Swery told me that he drafted six or seven different stories to work on next and in his partnership with Microsoft, went with the "most biza...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 06.10.2014

Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful metroidvania

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 Miya...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 06.10.2014

Fable Legends combines Left 4 Dead with Dungeons and Dragons

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 ...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 AM on 05.14.2014

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is haunting

I don't know about you, but I really like Ubisoft's recent output of games utilizing the UbiArts Framework engine. I'm quite a fan of games that use 2D visuals to tell a story, and even with the recent release of Child of Lig...

Alessandro Fillari

11:00 AM on 04.23.2014

Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs

The delay of Ubisoft Montreal's new open world IP, Watch Dogs, surprised many. With only a month away from launch, and a rather bold marketing push for the holiday season, Ubisoft appeared ready, but then we found it wasn't. ...

Alessandro Fillari

5:45 PM on 03.18.2014

Hyper Light Drifter is gorgeous and punishing

In recent times it seems as though games in 'retro-style' are on the rise. Perhaps this is nostalgia at work for a bygone era of gaming, or maybe there's an endearing spirit and honesty from gaming's past that still...

Alessandro Fillari

12:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre

The year was 2009. Back when the Xbox 360's XBLA Summer of Games was all the rage, a small little downloadable title called Trials HD came out of nowhere and won the hearts of players. With two sequels, and several million c...

Alessandro Fillari

8:00 AM on 01.09.2014

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is bold and uncompromising

In 2010, Konami took a chance on the obscure Spanish development studio MercurySteam to create a reboot for one of the most adored and quoted game series ever. While Castlevania: Lords of Shadow went on to become a popular se...

Alessandro Fillari

11:45 AM on 11.06.2013

Ryse: Son of Rome: A time of great unrest

People keep asking me about Ryse: Son of Rome. I think everyone has questions because we've heard so many conflicting things about the Xbox One launch title since its announcement. Is it a string of quick time events? How doe...

Dale North

11:15 AM on 11.06.2013

Forza Motorsport 5: Finally, some real quality time

Forza Motorsport 5 has been on my Xbox One launch list since its announcement; I knew this was a game I had to have from the beginning. I've played it several times over the past years at trade shows and other events, but eve...

Dale North

8:30 PM on 09.22.2013

Xbox One interface is clean, uncluttered

Did you use the Xbox? Remember that interface? Are you laughing? It was pretty bad, as was the first Xbox 360 one. Blades gave way to a mess of boxes, bringing us to the point we're at now. I'm sure you'll agree we're not at ...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 08.23.2013

The Crew seeks to redefine online racing

Making its debut at E3 2013, The Crew is Ubisoft's attempt to create a new and fast-paced racer for the next-gen consoles. Although the publisher has definitely got some stiff competition from other racing titles, what separa...

Alessandro Fillari

4:30 PM on 08.21.2013

Hands-on with Assassinís Creed IV: Black Flag

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has seen some pretty bizarre events occur. From off the wall historical conspiracies, conducting time travel by way of DNA, and ancient precursors looking to destroy humanity; it's amazing...

Alessandro Fillari

2:35 PM on 06.11.2013

Project Spark has all the tools to be successful

One of the more ambitious looking games that Microsoft had on display as part of its press conference and showcase event was Project Spark. Serving as an obvious attempt to capture the sect of the audience that loves Mi...

Brett Makedonski

12:54 PM on 06.11.2013

Crimson Dragon feels like a shaky mess

Crimson Dragon has seen quite the schizophrenic development cycle. For a while it was an Xbox 360 title, now it's Xbox One. It's appeared to be solely a Kinect experience, but now that seems up in the air. At one point,...

Brett Makedonski