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Review: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood photo
Review: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
by Wesley Ruscher

As the eldest of three, there have been more than a few occasions in my life where I wished my siblings would just disappear. Whether it was from them breaking my things; disrupting my privacy; or as I grew older, the embarrassment they caused me in front of any girl I brought over to the house, it’s hard not to miss the days where I was, without question, my parents’ favorite kid.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood uses this simple desire to set up a grand little adventure through a magical world full of mystery and awe. A simple idea for sure, and one that was done over two decades ago in the cult-classic fantasy movie Labyrinth. Nonetheless, it’s a premise that easily strikes a chord with anyone who’s ever had the pleasure (or curse, depending how you look at it) of sharing a life with a sibling.

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1:30 PM on 12.22.2013

Sunday gaming deals: Steam, Xbox, and more

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! There are gaming deals going down today only, this very Sunday. Well really they are just today's deals of some on going sales over at Steam, Green Man Gaming, and at XBox... but hey, we're lazy and we...

Wesley Ruscher

1:15 PM on 12.20.2013

Castlevaniamania takes over today's Xbox sales

Today's Xbox Live sale is just like your old drinking buddy that got a girlfriend and can't be bothered to make time for you anymore -- totally whipped. Three Castlevania titles and a whole lot of downloadable conte...

Brett Makedonski

12:15 PM on 12.19.2013

Xbox One gets Max: The Curse of Brotherhood tomorrow

The more I think back to what I've played of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, the more I want to try the platformer again. To best it. The game was unexpectedly challenging in a good way. It's getting something of a surprise re...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 12.18.2013

Marvel characters are coming to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Ed.

I don't know that I fully grasp the appeal of premium skins in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, but I was never one to buy crap for my Avatar, either, so I'm clearly not the intended audience. If I were, however, these characters...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 12.18.2013

Day two of the Xbox sale is all two-dimensional

The second day of Microsoft's annual end-of-year games sale puts 2D explorative indies in the spotlight. Terraria, Fez, and Spelunky are all on discount for approximately $5, $2.50, and $3.75 respectively. These are...

Brett Makedonski





6:00 PM on 12.15.2013

Marvel vs. Capcom games to be pulled from PSN & XBLA

Capcom has announced, that by year's end, both Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will no longer be available on the PSN and XBLA stores.  While no specific date is listed -- in the post over ...

Wesley Ruscher

8:00 PM on 12.13.2013

Minecraft sells 10 million on Xbox 360, plus a DLC sale

Damn. 10 million copies of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition have been sold to date. I'd say the person responsible for initiating the deal that would eventually lead to this version coming about deserves a raise, or a pat on the b...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 12.10.2013

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is $3.74 in Ubisoft XBL sale

Now thorough December 16, a selection of Ubisoft games are reduced in price on Xbox Live. The standout offer here is Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, a game much better than its name would suggest. That's down to $3.74, which is i...

Jordan Devore



You don't say: Super Time Force also coming to Xbox One photo
You don't say: Super Time Force also coming to Xbox One
by Jordan Devore

No, Xbox 360s haven't magically become irrelevant now that the Xbox One is out, but developers are starting to make the transition all the same. For a game like Super Time Force, it makes total sense that it would release across both systems.

Capy will self-publish its side-scrolling shooter on Xbox One "a few months into 2014." As a result, the Xbox Live Arcade version won't be done this year as previously expected. Instead, it will be out at the same time as Xbox One -- that's the plan, anyway. A long wait made even longer, but Super Time Force should be well worth it based on how well the game shows at expos.

There's a bit of footage in this trailer, as well as another look at the studio's other Xbox One game, Below. Both are shaping up quite nicely.

Xbox! Go to Capy Games! [Capy]

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12:45 PM on 11.26.2013

Here are Xbox Live's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

Major Nelson has the full list of Xbox Live deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday over here, but if it's simply the highlights you're looking for, look no further. Now through December 2, there's Skyrim, Dragonborn, and Daw...

Jordan Devore



Review: Foul Play photo
Review: Foul Play
by Patrick Hancock

The beat-'em-up genre has some serious classics in it; Turtles in Time and Castle Crashers immediately come to mind. There’s just something about those games that cement them as amazing experiences in our mind. Playing with buddies, throwing enemies at the screen, watching deer explosively poop, and some satisfying yet simple gameplay mechanics combine to bring smiles to our faces and put memories into our squish-brains.

Foul Play enters the genre with its own calling card: everything is done on-stage, in a theater. It’s a gimmick that works very well, but as I’m sure we all know, an aesthetic can only carry a game so far in this world.

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4:30 PM on 11.15.2013

Two weeks until State of Decay's Breakdown DLC drops

The first DLC for State of Decay is gearing up to release on Friday, November 29 for $6.99 on Xbox Live Arcade and Steam. Breakdown is more of an endless survival mode -- it's actually separate from the game's main story -- ...

Jordan Devore

10:15 AM on 11.14.2013

XBLA games on Xbox One will have 1,000 achievement points

It looks like the limit on Achievement points for Xbox Live Arcade games on the Xbox One will be rising to 1,000, instead of being only 400. On Twitter, PopCap Games tweeted that Peggle 2 will have a Gamerscore of 1,000,...

Joshua Derocher

12:45 PM on 11.13.2013

PSA: The Bridge crosses over to Xbox Live Arcade today

I've heard there's a whole lot of hullabaloo right now surrounding fancy schmancy next-generation systems. If you're a console gamer that's not wrapped up in that hot fuss, there's a title that's landing on Xbox Live Arcade ...

Brett Makedonski



Review: Final Exam photo
Review: Final Exam
by Wesley Ruscher

Eight years ago when Microsoft kicked off this generation with the Xbox 360, the concept of downloadable arcade titles on a home console was nothing more than a vision. With the Xbox 360 came the Xbox Live Arcade and one addictive title that I still play to this day: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. Sony and Nintendo followed suit, with their respective services and a digital generation from the comfort of the couch was born.

Along with downloadable titles, one other prominent trend that this generation can lay claim to (and hopefully move on from) is that of the zombie game. There are too many titles to list, and while some were great -- one even earning our game of the year for 2012 -- most were forgettable.

Well, as we wind down to Sony’s and Microsoft’s next console launches, and usher in another era of high-definition gaming, it’s only fitting that we begin to wrap up this generation with one more zombie game.

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