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Xbox One

Beautiful and unwieldy Xbox Ones for the Chinese New Year


Banana controller!
Jan 29
// Brett Makedonski
The Chinese New Year is rapidly approaching, beginning on February 8 (thanks, Wikipedia!), just little more than a week away. Microsoft commissioned eight local artists from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan to design Xbox Ones to...
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Minecraft

Minecraft: Pocket Edition is still catching up to the core game


It's getting there
Jan 27
// Chris Carter
In case you weren't aware, a team over at Mojang started work on the Pocket Edition of the game, which sought to move the series out of the Java world and into C++. The project started in 2011, and it still hasn't caught up w...
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Microtransactions

Teen who spent $8K on FIFA microtransactions refunded


I'm genuinely surprised
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
Steven recently covered a wild story about a man, Lance Perkins, who was shocked to learn that his 17-year-old son had racked up $7,625 in FIFA microtransactions. A few updates on that front. As it turns out, the damage was e...
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Deals

There's a cheap Xbox One bundle deal for $280


'Tis the Gears of War bundle
Jan 21
// Dealzon
If you want to pay the absolute minimum for a brand new unit of an Xbox One in the united states, this cheap Xbox One deal is it. Pegging at $279.99, this even beats out the $299.99 pricing we've seen during Black Friday last...
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Microsoft

Microsoft confirms future backward compatibility plans for Xbox One, more games listed


Hold onto your butts
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
Microsoft has reached out to Destructoid to expand a bit on its backward compatibility plans, and it's looking like good news. Firstly, it has confirmed that instead of having a monthly drop like before, it'll release titles ...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct Season 2 is discounted, Season 1 still free


They work in tandem of course
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
As you may have heard, Microsoft is holding an Xbox sale, which includes Season 2 of Killer Instinct. As a PSA of sorts, Season 1 is still free for Gold members during the month of January. So you can swoop in and collect all...
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Microsoft

Xbox 360 disc-scratch lawsuit appeal referred to Supreme Court


Just 0.4% of 360 owners had issues
Jan 20
// Vikki Blake
The Supreme Court will decide if Microsoft has a case to answer in regards to a class-action lawsuit that maintains Xbox 360 consoles were scratching discs as the result of a design defect. If this sounds familiar, it is - th...
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Phantom Dust

Microsoft files new Phantom Dust trademark... again


Maybe 2016 is the year it happens?
Jan 20
// Vikki Blake
If you thought Phantom Dust was dead, think again - Microsoft has, once again, filed a new trademark application. The filing - which was spotted by those cool cats at DualShockers - was made on January 13, 2016 and is listed...
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Minecraft

Say hello to Minecraft: Education Edition


Coming this summer
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
Although I picked up Minecraft years ago on PC, I still play it to this day. Hell, I've been playing more of it than ever before lately thanks to the Wii U release. The train isn't stopping anytime soon either, as Mojang...
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Never a dull moment in gaming!
Keeping up with gaming news can be bloody hard.  In gaming terms, a week is an eternity, so here we are with this handy-dandy breakdown of the past week’s most important, interesting, or downright bizarre gaming ne...

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Xbox One

Background music is coming to Xbox One, but not anytime soon


Okay
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
In case you weren't aware, fans have been asking for the ability to play background music on the Xbox One since launch, and we haven't gotten many updates in regards to its availability. Last year Microsoft said it was too bu...
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Windows

Microsoft just stopped supporting Windows 8


8.1's good to go, though
Jan 13
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft has a history of supporting its operating systems for ten years after launch. It's making an exception in the case of Windows 8, which released in 2012. Yesterday, the software giant quit officially supporting its c...
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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg to Bill Gates: 'Fix yo shit'


Or he's moving to PlayStation
Jan 13
// Chris Carter
The lines have been drawn -- Snoop Dogg might be moving to PlayStation. According to Snoop, Microsoft's servers have been out of sorts lately, leading to an Instagram takedown message, addressing the Xbox One's online perform...
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Huge FIFA bill

Man swears off Xbox after son spends $8,000 on FIFA microtransactions


I'd be swearing, too
Jan 11
// Steven Hansen
It's not just Kanye who hates microtransactions. Canada's Lance Perkins is upset after his 17-year-old son unwittingly charged $7,625.88 in FIFA microtransactions to the credit card he was granted for emergencies and family p...

Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider: Endurance Mode

Jan 05 // Chris Carter
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Endurance Mode (Xbox One [reviewed], Xbox 360, PC, PS4)Developer: Crystal Dynamics (Xbox One), Nixxes Software (Xbox 360)Publisher: Microsoft (Xbox One, 360); Square Enix (PC, PS4)MSRP: $9.99Released: December 29, 2015 Endurance Mode is very light on story, offering up a shaky excuse for its existence which isn't even all that necessary. Lara, seemingly breaking from her travels, is in search of artifacts as is the evil mustache-twirling Trinity organization. Her job is to locate caves and recover said artifacts, then signal a helicopter and high-tail it out of there with as many goodies as she can grab. The catch is, players now have a food and warmth meter. Grabbing supplies such as bark and berries (or killing animals for food) actually has a point now, rather than a gamified version of an upgrade system like the core story. Hilariously, it even goes as deep as needing resources to light the signal fire to even escape, something I failed at in my first run. Ammo is often much more scarce a la Resident Evil as well, which is a nice touch -- I'd almost always find myself out of arrows during nearly all of my runs. Relic caves are actually mini-crypts, and are roughly 5-10 minute, bite-sized dungeons of sorts with random trap types. They're fun to play through, and don't overstay their welcome given their short length. Additionally, the rewards for actually exploring these caves are decent, including credit payouts for more Expedition rewards, and new weapons. I would prefer a lot of these elements to just be baked into the core game, but since I assume a lot of folks would complain that it's "too hard," we have this mode instead -- a risk-reward, arcadey score attack concept. It even features challenges (locate five crypts), which are an achievement-ception of sorts. At times, it feels like a rushed bit of DLC. There's only one Endurance sandbox for starters, and as a whole, the map feels rigid and forced -- with plenty of ways to corral players into specific zones. All of that cheapness generally washes away when you're in caves, but I would have preferred the overworld to be just as enjoyable. The best part is that it involves cards. If you're into that aspect of Rise, this is probably the best game type for it, in fact. For the uninitiated, cards modify the experience -- making it tougher or easier -- depending on what cards you play before match. For example, you can up your rewards by making enemies do more damage, or lower them by taking a specific outfit that automatically grants you the entire Brawler skill tree. Some cards are limited to a one-time use, but tons more, including a large pack that comes with the Survival DLC, are permanent. Deciding whether or not to buy Endurance Mode for Rise of the Tomb Raider is a pretty easy decision. Did you play and enjoy the Expeditions? If so, go ahead and grab it, if not, skip it.
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Don't starve
I'm surprised how much mileage I've gotten out of Rise of the Tomb Raider. While most developers are keen on stuffing multiplayer into every single project, Crystal Dynamics did the right thing but nixing it in Rise, instead adding in a much more enticing Expeditions gametype. Endurance Mode isn't exactly as thrilling as it sounds, but it expands upon Expeditions quite well.

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Microsoft

Microsoft summarises biggest 2016 'exclusives,' including Below and Cuphead


Cuphead and Below still to come
Jan 05
// Vikki Blake
As part of yesterday's update, which confirmed "every title in [Microsoft's] exclusive 2015 holiday games line-up -- Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Gears of War: Ul...
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Minecraft

Minecraft has sold over 22 million copies on PC and Mac


That's a ridiculous amount of sales
Jan 05
// Joe Parlock
Minecraft has officially shifted over 22 million copies for PC and Mac. In the last 24 hours, 13,000 copies of the game have been sold, and so we’re roughly looking at a million sales every three months for a game that ...
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Xbox holiday fallout

Well, Rise of the Tomb Raider hit 1 million sold, at least


Xbox's weird boast for low numbers
Jan 04
// Steven Hansen
What notable exclusives graced the PlayStation 4 and Wii U over the past two months? Xenoblade Chronicles and...? With help from the Uncharted 4 delay and brief Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity, the Xbox One had the strong...
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Tusk

Classic character Tusk is in Killer Instinct Season 3


Game is still Windows 10 exclusive on PC
Jan 04
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct is bringing back another old-school character for Season 3. In addition to Kim Wu, Tusk will be joining the fray, and both fighters have been confirmed for launch. According to creative director Adam Isgreen t...
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Xbox One Elite

Xbox One Elite controllers expected to be sparse through March 2016


Whoa
Dec 31
// Chris Carter
The Xbox Elite controller is pretty damn fantastic. At a pricepoint of $150 it's absurd for sure, but if you play your Xbox One (or use your PC) on a daily basis, it's worth it. Sadly, shortages are expected to continue throu...
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Xbox One

The Xbox One might be getting a 'Lightweight' model


Rumors suggest weak and cheap
Dec 31
// Laura Kate Dale
You know the Xbox One? Yeah, that decently powered AAA game console that plays huge, epic scale games? According to a rumor currently circulating, you might soon see an Xbox One that does considerably less. According to write...
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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider's Minecraft-like $10 Endurance Mode DLC is out today


Build by day, fend off the wild by night
Dec 29
// Chris Carter
If you've done all that you can do in Rise of the Tomb Raider, you may want to take a look at this DLC that just dropped today. It's called "Endurance Mode," and essentially adopts the core Minecraft gametype (yep, ...
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Microsoft

Microsoft gives the all clear on Xbox Live network issues


The storm has passed
Dec 26
// Chris Carter
Multiple networks going down and being manipulated? It's a Christmas tradition at this point. In addition to the Steam issue yesterday Microsoft has been having problems for several days now, but thankfully, we've been given ...
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Perfect Dark

Here's a fun behind-the-scenes look at Perfect Dark's development


Break out the expansion pak
Dec 24
// Zack Furniss
I haven't played Perfect Dark since it released over fifteen years ago, so I hold it in my memory as some mythical, flawless creation. I thought I wanted to preserve that and never play it again, but then Rare had t...
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Microsoft

Microsoft says this is its 'biggest sale ever'


Insert a Marge Simpson 'hmm' here
Dec 22
// Vikki Blake
Today Microsoft has launched its "biggest sale ever" - Countdown.  The offers are good from now until December 28, 2015, and include savings on games, movies, apps, and TV shows. As well as the offers below, there will also be a sparkly Daily Deal, too - keep an eye on Major Nelson's Twitter for those - and Xbox Live Gold peoples get an additional 10 percent off. Woot. 
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Deals

Xbox One gets discount + $50 gift code at Microsoft Store again


Maybe earlier is better, yeah?
Dec 20
// Dealzon
Update: $50 gift code deal is now dead :( Microsoft probably should have checked the calendar when it started up this Xbox One sale, but for those who don't care or need to have it in time for Christmas, this deal is rock sol...
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Star Wars

Sony and Microsoft are competing for the Star Wars crowd


None of this matters
Dec 18
// Brett Makedonski
Statistically speaking, every single person on earth will go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend (sample size: my Twitter timeline and Facebook feed). Before the main attraction begins, many of those people are...
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Microsoft

Microsoft is adding 16 new Xbox 360 games to Xbox One today, including Doritos Crash Course


Hell yea
Dec 17
// Chris Carter
Not bad, Microsoft. After coming out of the gate swinging with backward compatibility for Xbox One, 16 new titles are being added today. Highlights include Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Braid, Halo: Reach, Hydro Thunder, Pe...
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Rare chose Kinect

Microsoft didn't push for Kinect development, Rare chose it


Kinect Sports was the largest Rare team
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
The internet narrative has always been: Microsoft bought Rare (Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye) in 2002, then wrecked it, most recently by way of consigning the company to Kinect development. But in a lengthy Eurogamer retrospective...
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'No information'
It appears as if Minecraft Wii U and Phil Spencer have opened the floodgates. Given that the Microsoft-owned Minecraft is coming to Nintendo's newest console and Spencer recently mused on the idea of bringing Golden...


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