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10:30 AM on 01.14.2015

Microsoft's Phantom Dust reboot will be a '30-hour JRPG'

Remember last year when Microsoft said it was rebooting Phantom Dust? Me neither! It's been a while since we've heard about the project, but now we have some juicy details compliments of creative director Ken Lobb in a recent...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 01.14.2015

The Xbox One February update is looking good with Game Hubs

The Xbox One has added a ton of features since launch. While it was once a barren piece of hardware, it can now do quite a bit of stuff, including a heap of multimedia playback options. The February update has just been ...

Chris Carter

7:15 PM on 01.12.2015

Microsoft announces Forza 6...with a nice, stationary model of a Ford GT

Forget the Euro-dynamism and great soundtrack of Forza Horizon. Microsoft and Turn 10 have announced Forza Motorsport 6, baby!  Look at that well-modeled Ford GT, Forza 6's "cover car." Look at it. Look at it again. Exc...

Steven Hansen





7:00 PM on 01.12.2015

So, the Xbox One won an Emmy

Microsoft winning an Emmy for the Xbox One has set me on a path to learning more about these awards than I've ever cared to. Forget about the Primetime Emmys (surprisingly easy, right?) -- this goes deeper. The National Acade...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 01.09.2015

The next generation of Xbox Live avatars may be upon us

Miis were introduced in 2006, but Microsoft cleverly got on the bandwagon in 2008 with Xbox Live avatars. Although they weren't as cute, they were far more customizable -- and of course more profitable as the publisher sold t...

Chris Carter

6:30 AM on 01.09.2015

Iron Galaxy is teasing Omen, a new Killer Instinct character

[Update: Now we have a picture of the leg -- really cool shadow effects. Remember this sort of old school style teasing in magazines?] A new character is coming to Killer Instinct, and developer Iron Galaxy is hinti...

Chris Carter



Assigning New Year's resolutions to major videogame studios photo
Assigning New Year's resolutions to major videogame studios
by Kyle MacGregor

It's an annual tradition: Making resolutions to kick off the New Year. There's a whole new arbitrary set of twelve months in which to better ourselves. Or, you know, make the same mistakes we made in the last dozen. It's finally time to quit smoking or start going to the gym. Whatever.

Here's a bunch of words about what videogame companies should do to shape up in 2015.

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10:30 AM on 01.01.2015

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows sensor will be gone in 2015

Microsoft has announced that they will be ending sales for the original Kinect for Windows sensor in 2015. Since the "v2" edition (Xbox One) is available, it makes sense to phase out the original. They've reminded developers ...

Chris Carter

3:30 PM on 12.31.2014

Trade in old, bad games and get (almost) free games at Microsoft Store

Yesterday, I bought new copies of Sunset Overdrive and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Microsoft Store. My out-of-pocket total came to $6.79. And, I got the added bonus of clearing off some shelf space that w...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 12.31.2014

Friendly reminder: Last chance to buy a discounted Xbox One bundle

Now that all the gift-giving and present-receiving is done, do you have some extra cash lying around? If so and an Xbox One's in your near future, you might want to buy that sooner rather than later. Waiting will just cost yo...

Brett Makedonski

5:45 AM on 12.31.2014

'Flinch' being removed from Halo 5

If you've ever played the Halo series in any sort of competitive setting you're probably aware of 'Flinch', a mechanic where your aiming reticule moves up slightly when you're hit. First introduced as a replacement for de-sco...

Laura Kate Dale

12:30 PM on 12.29.2014

Maybe don't spend $250 pre-ordering Halo 5: Guardians, okay?

There's a certain allure behind mystery boxes. What's in them? It could be anything. It could even be a boat; you know how much we've always wanted one of those. Well, Microsoft's offering a mystery box of its own today for p...

Brett Makedonski

4:30 PM on 12.23.2014

Xbox Live deals: Game of Thrones, Revengeance, Rock Band Blitz

I never know quite which deals to highlight: do I talk up mostly newer games that haven't been on sale time and time again, or do I stand my ground by highlighting old favorites that most (but not all!) of us already own? Hmm...

Jordan Devore



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The Halo 5 early access beta left me pleasantly surprised
by Brett Zeidler

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 first place. That was a real bummer.

And so, one can understand why I was wary of the direction Halo 5: Guardians' multiplayer would likely take. 343 has been promising that we would see a return to the classic arena style, and, after spending time with the early access beta over the weekend, the studio has delivered.

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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