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2:00 PM on 12.22.2014

The Halo 5 early access beta left me pleasantly surprised

When we reviewed Halo 4, we really liked it. If you were to ask me personally, I was not enthusiastic about the game at all. Campaign aside, the multiplayer clearly lost sight of what made Halo multiplayer so damn fun in the ...

Brett Zeidler


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D4, The Witcher 2, and MX vs. ATV Alive free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in January photo
D4, The Witcher 2, and MX vs. ATV Alive free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in January
by Jordan Devore

I got an Xbox One the other week. One of the first things I did after spending far too long finding a place for the Kinect to reside that wasn't obnoxiously front and center was to see which system-exclusive games I had up until now missed. Looking over the marketplace, not many titles jumped out at me, though there weren't many to begin with. Here's to you, 2015. You'll treat us well.

Dark Dreams Don't Die was at the top of my informal list of must-play Xbox One games because of its director, Swery (of Deadly Premonition and Spy Fiction fame) but I got sidetracked that day. And I'm thankful I did: the episodic adventure game is going to be free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers throughout January. Talk about a palate cleanser after this month's freebie Worms Battlegrounds.

On the Xbox 360 front, Gold members will be able to download MX vs. ATV Alive from January 1 - January 15, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings from January 16 - January 31.

Xbox Live Games with Gold for January 2015 [Major Nelson -- Thanks, Captain 'Merica]

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7:01 AM on 12.18.2014

Evolve launches open beta for Xbox One on January 15

The first quarter of 2015 looks to be an exciting period for games. But one such title is looking to keep players satiated all the way till its release. After a successful closed alpha period, Evolve is gearing up for another...

Alessandro Fillari



Evolve offers a refreshingly robust and devious co-op experience photo
Evolve offers a refreshingly robust and devious co-op experience
by Alessandro Fillari

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Evolve, the new co-op shooter from Turtle Rock Studios. Helmed by the same developers of the original Left 4 Dead, fans have certainly been chomping at the bit for more information. After a successful closed alpha, the developers took a lot of notes on how players experienced the game to make a better title.

Set on the colonized planet Shear, players take on the roles of hunters seeking to eliminate powerful alien creatures that are attacking the human colonists. If that sounds a little boring, then players can inversely control the malevolent beasts to wipe out the human invaders to reclaim the planet. Though it's often seen as a mash-up between Monster Hunter and Left 4 Dead, which is a totally fair and accurate description, Evolve certainly has unique traits of its own.

At a special press event, we got the chance to get some hands on time the game, while learning more about some of its additions.

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11:00 AM on 12.12.2014

Remember the Halo 5 beta? It will launch with spectator options

Halo 5 looks damn good visually, but I'm a bit concerned in terms of the gameplay based on what I've heard so far. Thankfully I'll get a chance to try it out for myself later this month. Yep, the Halo 5 beta is inde...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Microsoft now accepts bitcoin for Windows and Xbox purchases

We get it; you're a hip cat. You got some of those bitcoins to your name. You also have a Microsoft account for purchasing content from the Windows and Xbox stores. The latter isn't so much because you're cool; it's because o...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 12.09.2014

Microsoft Flight Simulator X coming to Steam next week thanks to Dovetail

Through a licensing deal with Microsoft, Train Simulator studio Dovetail Games will release Microsoft Flight Simulator X on Steam on December 18, 2014 "at a spectacular introductory price." It's sad Microsoft couldn't be both...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 12.09.2014

Xbox to make amends for Street Fighter V exclusivity

Over the weekend, Capcom announced Street Fighter V for PlayStation 4 and PC. Naturally, some folks were upset the fighting game wouldn't be coming to their preferred platform. Others were curious about Xbox boss boss Phil Sp...

Kyle MacGregor

1:15 PM on 12.09.2014

Microsoft is the publisher of Rise of the Tomb Raider

Ever since Microsoft's gamescom exclusivity reveal, there's been plenty of speculation about the state of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Although it was soon found out to be a timed-exclusive, there are still many uncertainties sur...

Brett Makedonski

5:30 PM on 12.02.2014

Xbox isn't revealing anything at The Game Awards 2014

There are a few dates every year that we can bank on new videogames being revealed. The first couple days of E3 are the best for this. However, in recent years, the annual December videogames awards show has proven to hold it...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 12.02.2014

Red Faction Guerrilla ditches Games for Windows Live for Steam

It's a good time to get back into Red Faction Guerrilla. The game's destruction tech holds up well and, now that Games for Windows Live has been pushed aside to make room for Steamworks support for multiplayer (which is shock...

Jordan Devore





2:30 PM on 12.01.2014

Xbox won Black Friday rather handily

Microsoft is surely pleased with the Xbox One's performance at retail this Black Friday. It took more than half the console market share, and got close to doubling PlayStation 4's figures. Guess that's bound to happen when yo...

Brett Makedonski



SSX, Worms Battlegrounds free with Xbox Live Gold in December photo
SSX, Worms Battlegrounds free with Xbox Live Gold in December
by Jordan Devore

November is almost over, which means more free-with-Xbox-Live-Gold games to look at and hopefully remember to download once they're actually available.

Throughout December, Xbox One users with a paid subscription can nab Worms Battlegrounds at no extra charge. Xbox 360 players can claim The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (*shrugs*) from December 1 - 15, and then SSX from December 15 - 31.

I've cooled on SSX over the years (the 2012 title, I mean, not the whole series; SSX Tricky is still in the running for my desert-island game of choice) but for free, yeah, it's worth playing.

As for The Raven, it's an episodic crime adventure from King Art Games set in 1960s Paris. But, more importantly, there's this screenshot:

Xbox Live Games with Gold for December 2014 [Major Nelson]

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2:15 PM on 11.25.2014

There are a ton of games on sale for Xbox Live's deals of the week

It probably has something to do with Black Friday, but maybe Microsoft just felt like selling a lot of stuff. Regardless of the reasoning, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will find the most bountiful selection of discounts in rece...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Brendan Fraser wouldn't like this next Killer Instinct Season 2 character

Kan-Ra seems about as menacing as an Saturday morning cartoon villain, but that's why I like him. The mummy sorcerer is next in line for Season 2 of Killer Instinct. He'll be available first for Ultra Edition ($39.99) player...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 11.18.2014

This week's Xbox Live deals are a treasure trove of tombs to raid

Lara Croft's gearing up for another grandiose adventure -- this time in the Temple of Osiris -- and before that happens, Microsoft's giving you the opportunity to brush up on your tomb raiding and loot thieving. This wee...

Brett Makedonski