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3:00 AM on 09.10.2013

Rayman Fiesta Run coming to iOS, Android, and Windows 8

Rayman Jungle Run was fantastic, and was even Apple's Game of the Year no less. So it's no surprise that a sequel is on the way in the form of Rayman Fiesta Run, coming later this year for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Windows ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 AM on 07.27.2013

Ballmer: We made too many Surface RT tablets

Microsoft's Windows Surface RT tablet hasn't exactly been the hottest commodity since its release, and the boss men are finally coming to terms with it. CEO Steve Ballmer recently admitted at a company meeting that the techno...

Brett Makedonski



Review: Halo: Spartan Assault photo
Review: Halo: Spartan Assault
by Chris Carter

In an odd twist of fate, Microsoft decided to release a twin-stick shooter modeled after the Halo universe exclusively for Windows 8 devices. Not only will this be the first Halo game without a console counterpart, but it's also one of the only Windows 8 exclusive games in existence, and the first Halo PC iteration since Halo 2.

This sounds like a recipe for disaster, but you know what? If you can somehow actually manage to play the thing, it's not all that bad.

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7:30 PM on 07.18.2013

Halo: Spartan Assault now available for Windows 8 devices

Halo: Spartan Assault, the top down twin-stick shooter, is now available for Windows 8 based phones, tablets, and PCs. In the U.S., Halo: Spartan Assault is available for Windows 8 phones only to customers on Verizon Wireles...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:15 AM on 07.01.2013

Xbox One may run Windows 8 apps

While they didn't come right out and say it, Microsoft's Build developers conference last week touched on what sounds like Xbox One compatibility for Windows 8 apps. Steve Guggenheimer, VP of developer and platform evangelism...

Dale North

2:30 PM on 06.27.2013

Unity announces support for all Microsoft platforms

Announced today at the Build Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft and Unity are partnering to bring the Unity game engine to all Microsoft platforms, including Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Unity Pro 4-licensed developers can save...

Jordan Devore





7:00 PM on 06.20.2013

More indie woes when working with Microsoft

“I personally would like to go back in time and kick myself in the balls. I'd just like to have that year and a half of my life back,” said Skulls of the Shogun developer Borut Pfeifer, in a recent inter...

Wesley Ruscher



The next Halo is a twin stick shooter for Windows 8 photo
The next Halo is a twin stick shooter for Windows 8
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Halo: Spartan Assault is the next project from 343 Industries, a top-down twin stick shooter for Windows 8 powered phones, tablets, and PCs including the Surface. It's an exclusive to Windows 8 devices designed for touch controls but it will support mouse and keyboard controls plus the wired Xbox 360 controller (via a title update post release).

Yes, it's obviously an attempt by Microsoft to drive more Windows 8 sales using the Halo branding, but I don't think even a Halo game can pull that off. That's not to say Spartan Assault isn't fun. In fact, I really enjoyed playing the game on both a Windows 8 phone and tablet.

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2:30 PM on 03.13.2013

A World of Keflings is targeting Wii U this year

NinjaBee has released its city-building game A World of Keflings on Windows 8 for $6.99. This new version of the Xbox Live Arcade title sports touch controls and a picture-in-picture feature allowing players to better see wha...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 03.07.2013

Rayman Jungle Run makes its way to PC through Windows 8

Ever looked at those silly mobile devices, scoffed, and returned to your monstrous PC gaming rig that's now running the wimpy Windows 8 (secretly becoming jealous of all the sweet bite-sized titles they get)? Well,...

Brett Zeidler

6:15 PM on 03.01.2013

Skulls of the Shogun gets a price drop on all platforms

Have you played Skulls of the Shogun yet? Why the hell not!? It's pretty awesome, and a blast to play. Well for those of you who have yet to pull the trigger, good news! Skulls of the Shogun just received a price drop. The Xbox Live Arcade version is going for 800 Microsoft Points ($9.99), and the Windows 8 and Surface versions are $6.99 now. The Windows Phone version will remain at $4.99.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 02.13.2013

See Star Wars Pinball in action with the Episode V table

As someone who has wanted to get into Zen Studios' brand of pinball but has somehow managed to not pull the trigger yet, it was great to hear about Star Wars Pinball. This latest trailer shows of the table based on The Empir...

Jordan Devore



The launch line-up: Xbox Games on Windows 8 photo
The launch line-up: Xbox Games on Windows 8
by Dale North

We had a chance to take the launch line-up of Xbox games on Windows 8 for a spin this past week. These games are available for play on any Windows 8 or Windows RT device, including laptops and tablets. I played them all on a slick Asus Vivo Windows RT tablet, which was nice as its detachable keyboard and USB port for a standard Xbox controller made for a really flexible system.

Just like with Xbox 360 games, all of these Xbox Games for Windows 8 feature achievements, and more support leaderboards, co-op, and more. It's the full Xbox experience on something other than your Xbox, which is pretty neat.

There's already a fairly broad selection for launch, and many more are in the works. We've prepared a quick rundown of the launch titles in this preview for you. 

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10:00 PM on 01.30.2013

Celebrate Skulls of the Shogun's release with MURDER

Skulls of the Shogun is now out for Xbox Live Arcade, Windows Phone, and Windows 8! With the release comes a launch trailer, and I'm going to just go ahead and say that this is the first best trailer of 2013. Check out our o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Skulls of the Shogun photo
Review: Skulls of the Shogun
by Chris Carter

The Xbox Live Arcade, after nine long years, still doesn't have a whole lot of classic style strategy RPGs. Discounting tower defense, there's Band of Bugs, Greed Gorp, and a scant few others.

Enter Skulls of the Shogun: a new SRPG that seeks to mix things up a little bit while retaining the classic strategy formula. 

Skulls is interesting in that it's a Strategy RPG without a grid, and it features cross-compatibility between three platforms.

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12:00 PM on 01.25.2013

Falcom to re-release quartet of Ys games for Windows 8

Not everybody is down on Windows 8. JRPG pioneer Falcom is re-releasing four titles from its flagship franchise on Microsoft's new OS. While the games are currently available through various outlets online, digital ...

Kyle MacGregor