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4:45 PM on 06.23.2014

Microsoft Store lists Batman: Arkham Knight for February

[Update: It seems that they've changed the date listing to read "Not announced" since this morning. Tease.]  We found out that Batman: Arkham Knight was delayed right before E3, and last week we learned that the wait mig...

Dale North





2:00 PM on 06.23.2014

Isn't Games for Windows Live supposed to close soon?

Word got out that Games for Windows Live will close on July 1, though to my knowledge, Microsoft has never properly announced an end date for the service -- or that it's actually ending. Its PC marketplace was shut down, howe...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 06.20.2014

The Xbox One will launch with 29 games in Japan

The Xbox One is coming to Japan on September 4th, and with it, 29 games will launch in the territory. Microsoft is bringing Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, LocoCycle, Halo: Spartan Assault, Killer Instinct, Kinect Spo...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 06.19.2014

You can now view your Xbox One achievements online

When the Xbox One launched, it didn't have full feature parity with the Xbox.com website. One of the chief complaints was the inability to view achievements online off the consoles -- but starting this week, you can do just t...

Chris Carter

11:45 AM on 06.17.2014

Agent Locke is Master Chief's Spartan foil in Halo 5: Guardians

While Chief boasts top-billing in Halo 5: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Agent Locke (pictured above) will have a "key role" in the proceedings, 343 studio boss Bonnie Ross told Eurogamer. Apparently Ridley Scott's digital serie...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 06.16.2014

Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter: AE are free on Xbox Games with Gold

In addition to Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault, Microsoft's Games with Gold is getting two more additions this month on the 360 -- Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and Charlie Murder. S...

Chris Carter



Aaron Paul is turning on Xbox Ones with his new ad photo
Aaron Paul is turning on Xbox Ones with his new ad
by Chris Carter

I happen to really like the Kinect functionality for video playback. I watch all my media on the Xbox One, and being able to yell "fast-forward" or "pause" while I'm in the kitchen is great -- I don't even use a remote anymore.

Of course, it has its drawbacks. This new ad with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul is apparently turning on Xbox Ones randomly by way of the "Xbox, on" command. I've actually seen the ad a few times but I was watching it on my Xbox One funnily enough, so I didn't experience it.

The Kinect has some measures for not accidentally hearing commands from the TV, but I guess Paul's voice is too commanding for the Xbox One to handle.

E3: Xbox One ad is switching on Microsoft consoles [BBC]

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7:03 PM on 06.10.2014

Microsoft executive: Kinectless Xbox One SKU is the best thing for Kinect

Approximately a month ago, Microsoft revealed that it was releasing a new Xbox One SKU -- a package that was $400 and didn't include a Kinect. A lot of people interpreted this as the beginning of the end for Kinect, a sign th...

Brett Makedonski

6:30 PM on 06.10.2014

Xbox exec: New Crackdown will be a showcase for evolution of cloud power

Microsoft's long sang the praises of the power of the cloud, especially with regard to Xbox One. One of the games announced yesterday during the Xbox press conference may be a shining example of what the cloud can do. Today,...

Brett Makedonski



Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos photo
Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos
by Steven Hansen

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 bizarre."

While the new, Kinect-free Xbox One means the team has had to add controller support -- which Swery says is also very good thanks to a lot of work -- Swery says the Kinect is still the way to go, so that's the way I went. 

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Who won E3 2014? photo
Who won E3 2014?
by Jordan Devore

Finally, a spare moment to take a breather. It's been nonstop madness since Monday morning, not that I'm complaining -- I adore the energy of E3. Hope you're having fun.

So, which company won this year's show?

Microsoft kicked the week off with a solid press conference featuring games -- The Master Chief Collection, Phantom Dust, Crackdown, and Scalebound, to name a few -- and not much else, as promised. A respectable but not necessarily stellar showing. It helped that Kinect is now optional.

Next was Sony, and while its press briefing went on for far too long as per usual, the games themselves delivered: Bloodborne, Uncharted 4, LittleBigPlanet 3, No Man's Sky. That said, gosh, not much in the way of PS Vita love. Some Gravity Rush 2 would've been nice.

Finally, Nintendo aired its prerecorded Digital Event this morning, which I found to be a nice mix of silliness and fun-looking games. That's all I ever want from Nintendo, anyway. For games, we had Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Maker, and talk of a new Zelda. There's also amiibo toys for Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8, and other titles.

Who won? It's a total cop-out, but I'd say we all did.

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo had new software to get excited about for their respective consoles. We're a customer base with a diverse taste in games, and we're always wanting more -- especially when it comes to "surprise" announcements -- but this has been a good E3. Very good indeed.

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2:22 PM on 06.10.2014

Final Fantasy Type-0 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One

[Update: Unfortunately, the PS Vita release was not accurate. Sony has clarified on its blog that Type-0 will only be on PS4.] Yes, it is happening. Square Enix has announced that the elusive Final Fantasy Type-0 is coming to...

Alessandro Fillari







Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful metroidvania photo
Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful metroidvania
by Darren Nakamura

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 Miyazaki, Super Meat Boy, Limbo, and Metroid. Though each has achieved greatness in its own right, the grouping is a strange one.

Imagine my surprise and delight to find that the influences are not only clear, but that they work wonderfully together.

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Fable Legends combines Left 4 Dead with Dungeons and Dragons photo
Fable Legends combines Left 4 Dead with Dungeons and Dragons
by Darren Nakamura

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 the core gameplay and spins it off into something unique for the franchise.

Rather than focusing on a single player adventure with highly customizable character progression, heroes in Fable Legends are one of four set characters, and the four venture together to take on more action-oriented challenges. It might be a far cry from main series Fable, but it works well.

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Video: Microsoft E3 2014 press conference impressions photo
Video: Microsoft E3 2014 press conference impressions
by Jordan Devore

Microsoft did well at E3. The conference cut down on bullshit, focusing first and foremost on games, and was over before we knew it. A major win for any company, in my book. Max and Bill had a similar reaction to this morning's event -- here are their thoughts in video form.

Wait, one more thing: I was not expecting Halo: The Master Chief Collection to make such a compelling case for the Xbox One. I'm far from a big series fan, but seeing Halo 2 remastered up close -- especially that on-stage round of multiplayer on Ascension -- brought me back. Scalebound, Crackdown, Phantom Dust, and a few others were nice to see, too.

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4:51 PM on 06.09.2014

Halo 2: Anniversary comparison hits right in the nostalgia

As part of the Master Chief Collection that was announced this morning, Halo 2: Anniversary is getting a fully remastered face lift just as Halo: Combat Evolved did three years ago with Halo: Anniversary. So, the game lo...

Brett Zeidler