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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition is free with Gold

Oh, hey, look at that! One of January's Games with Gold offerings is up early. Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition normally costs $39.99, but it's free to download with an Xbox Live Gold membership through January 31, 2016. This package...

 
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Halo: Reach

Halo Reach on Xbox One has a crummy framerate

When Halo: Reach was added to the Xbox One backward compatibility list, I was mondo excited. Reach is easily my favorite Halo game, with a campaign that eschewed complex mythology in favor of atmosphere and more accessible multiplayer ...

 
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Ori

We'll have to wait a bit longer for Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Recent talk about the best games of the year has me itching to play Ori and the Blind Forest a second time. I may yet, but I'm probably better off waiting for the retuned, expanded Definitive Edition. It was initially scheduled for release ...

 
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Halo 5 update

Huge Halo 5 update adds Forge mode, maps, and weapons

Forge mode wasn't ready in time for Halo 5: Guardians' launch, but it's here now. The map creation sandbox debuts with some 1,700 objects and will continue to change as 343 Industries takes in feedback from players. Knowing how ridiculously...

 
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Halo 5 update

Halo 5 is getting advanced control options

A legitimate reason to use a Christopher Walken header image? Today is a good day. There's more to next week's update for Halo 5: Guardians than Forge mode, maps, and REQs. The game is also expanding its control options. You'll be able to a...

 
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Halo 5: Guardians

The Cartographer's Gift update for Halo 5: Guardians launches next week

After announcing it at this year’s Game Awards, 343 Industries has released a whole load of details about the upcoming Cartographer’s Gift update for Halo 5: Guardians. The update features the return of the popular Forge mode f...

 
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Killer Instinct

It's Shadow Jago's time to shine in Killer Instinct

Shadow Jago has his own trailer for Killer Instinct, so you know what that means: he's nearly ready. The character will first be available on December 4, 2015, for folks who bought the Community Fund Bundle or Day One Xbox Live Gold. After ...

 
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is getting a HUD refresh soon

The terrible twos aren't terrible at all when you're talking about Killer Instinct. The Xbox One launch title celebrated its second birthday over the weekend, and its future looks promising. Season 3 drops in March, but before then, Shadow ...

 
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Destiny

Destiny players experiencing 'Vulture' issues on Xbox One

Some Xbox One Destiny players have been encountering "Vulture" errors since the 2.02 update recently rolled out. You should only receive that error if you try to play co-op or PvP without a Xbox Live Gold (or PlayStation Plus, as the code i...

 
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Halo 5 update

Halo 5 now has Big Team Battle

With today's 6.2GB "Battle of Shadow and Light" update for Halo 5: Guardians, Big Team Battle is in. My old favorite! The eight vs. eight multiplayer playlist supports Capture the Flag, Strongholds, and Slayer, and it's playable on four new...

 
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Age of Empires

Age of Empires II HD is going to Africa this week

The team at Forgotten Empires is keeping the real-time strategy dream alive in 2015. On Thursday, Age of Empires II HD will get a new expansion called The African Kingdoms. Running down this latest trailer, you can expect to find four fully...

 
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Halo splitscreen

Halo devs will 'talk about' split-screen co-op for the next game

Halo 5: Guardians dropped split-screen cooperative play, a series staple, in favor of maintaining a smooth frame rate. The game does support online co-op, but it's just not the same. We've grown so accustomed to going through these campaign...

 
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Halo 5 music

Stream the full Halo 5 soundtrack this week

Lately, my background noise of choice for work has been the ocean. There are enough recordings available that you can afford to get real picky, real fast. I like the sound of distant waves crashing, not that distracting up-close sloshing. T...

 
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Halo 5 clans

Get the gang back together for Halo 5's Spartan Companies

Halo 5: Guardians has clans, but that's not what they're called. They are "Spartan Companies." You can start your own group and recruit up to 99 others, or join an existing one. Either way. Each company has private forums, as well as stat t...

 
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Halo 5

You'll need to be a good space marine to get all of Halo 5's Achievements

Halo 5: Guardians, imminently-releasing video game as it is, is in the final stages of showing off everything it has to offer. Traditionally, one of the last reveals is the Achievement list. This is usually because third-party sites expose ...

 
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Halo 5 microtransactions

Halo 5 is almost out, so 343's getting busy defending microtransactions

"It's not pay-to-win," "you can get everything in-game without paying," "balance," "oral doesn't count as sex." Every time a game with microtransactions is about to release -- especially if it's a big 'ol game like Halo 5 -- all the same ol...

 
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Rare Replay

Rare hasn't stopped updating Rare Replay

For me, Rare Replay was an excuse to get way into Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise again, and for that, I am thankful. It was the most I've used my Xbox One since buying the console! Rare has another update out today with a couple of...

 
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Twisted Pixel

Twisted Pixel is independent again, no longer owned by Microsoft

Indie darling Twisted Pixel -- known for games such as 'Splosion Man, Comic Jumper, and The Maw -- didn't quite fit the "indie" bill over the past few years. That's because in 2011, the Austin, Texas-based team became a subsidiary of M...

 
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Project Spark

Project Spark is dropping microtransactions

Project Spark didn't catch on the way Microsoft hoped it would. The game-creation sandbox is now moving from its free-to-play, microtransaction-supported model to a "free incubation engine." The developers will make one final push on Octobe...

 
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Halo 5

When Master Chief dies, humanity gets real sad

Whether it's true or not, ONI is reporting that Master Chief has died in the line of duty. It's not unlikely, as our helmeted hero certainly has had his fair share of bullets and grenades lobbed at him. Frankly, he's been pushing his luck ...

 
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Halo 5

Halo 5's grunts are so adorable when they're sleeping

We've spent well more than a decade conditioned to abhor The Covenant. Every time we see them, everything immediately dissolves into an all-out firefight. There's no love loss at all. But, maybe those guys aren't so bad -- especially the G...

 
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Halo 5: Guardians

Okay, this Halo 5 cinematic is cool

It's reassuring to know that I can still feel something while watching a Halo cinematic. This scene leads into Blue Team, the second mission of Halo 5: Guardians, which sees Master Chief and his crew clear out an ONI research facility overt...

 
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Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5 podcast 'Hunt the Truth' returns today

Let's be honest with each other. Hunt the Truth, a Serial-esque podcast set in the Halo universe, is a marketing tool. It exists so people can get excited for Halo 5: Guardians. But you know what? It's actually fantastic, thanks in no ...

 
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Halo 5 unlocks

Halo 5's multiplayer unlocks come in card packs

Halo 5: Guardians will use digital cards to dole out weapons, armors, vehicles, animations, boosts and other unlockable items in multiplayer. We've known as much. But in a blog post this week, 343 Industries spoke about this Requisition sys...

 
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Halo 5 campaign

See how Halo 5's campaign is shaping up

The Halo 5: Guardians campaign won't have split-screen cooperative play (online co-op is supported), but it will run at 60 frames per second. Here's a slice, Swords of Sanghelios, in action. 343 Industries has employed a progressive resolut...

 
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Community choice

The community's choosing Max: The Curse of Brotherhood dev's next game

What's next for Danish developer Press Play? Well, the studio doesn't know. No one does, because that decision lies in your hands. That's a lot of pressure, huh? Press Play, developer of Xbox One launch title Max: The Curse of Brotherhood&...

 
Rash in Killer Instinct
Battletoads is an interesting entity. It's really hard, and everyone knows it. It garnered a big following long after its release and has become more and more infamous over time. Then, the characters appeared in Shovel K...   read

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Rare Replay

Rare Replay is Rare's first UK best seller since the '90s

Rare Replay has hit number one in the UK games charts, making it the first Rare game to do so since the late '90s. The last Rare game to hit number one in the UK chart was Banjo-Kazooie on the N64, which was released all the way back in 199...

 
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Rare Replay

Rare Replay adds 'modern controls' for Jet Force Gemini

I hope you're enjoying Rare Replay. I've been methodically playing Trouble in Paradise while also mixing in some of the Nintendo 64 games I missed originally. Blast Corps is one. It's so much fun! Jet Force Gemini is another. It's a reminde...

 
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Ori expansion

Ori and the Blind Forest is getting an expansion

Ori and the Blind Forest is one of my favorite games on Xbox One. It looks, sounds, and plays magnificently. I'm surprised and delighted it even got made, and that goes double for its commercial success. The game was "already profitable a w...

 

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