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Quantum Break

Just kidding, these are the REAL Quantum Break PC requirements


Tricked ya!
Feb 12
// Brett Makedonski
Show of hands: Who thought when Remedy revealed the PC requirements for Quantum Break yesterday, that those were the real requirements? Fools. All of you. How could you be so gullible? This is what you'll actually need to run Quantum Break on Windows 10:
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Ubisoft

Ubisoft: Xbox One owners spend more than PS4 owners


Explains why they're still on board
Feb 12
// Chris Carter
While just about every publisher who is making a shooter is flocking to the PS4 (the new home of shooters, according to Sony), Ubisoft is staying the course with The Division, which had an extra day of lead time with the beta...
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Microsoft

Xbox will make cross buy/cross save 'a platform feature'


It's about time!
Feb 12
// Vikki Blake
Quantum Break’s cross-buy and cross-save functionality will become a Xbox feature, says Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Replying to fans on Twitter, Spencer said that there were plans to make it a platform feature, as it would...
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Quantum Break

Ice Man arses about in this Quantum Break trailer


Seriously, just run for god sake
Feb 12
// Joe Parlock
Yesterday we heard that former Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break will be getting a simultaneous launch on PC and Xbox One on April 5. What better way to celebrate that than with a live-action trailer that shows sweet FA?...

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Rocket League

You can now play Rocket League in Halo 5


Map is cleverly named 'Rocket League'
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
[Disclaimer/reminder: the Destructoid flag is available to download in Rocket League.] Rocket League is still the rage in some circles, but it isn't coming to Xbox One until next week. That hasn't stopped the community from c...
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Also Alan Wake is coming to Xbox One
Ever since it was announced, I’ve always been majorly jealous of Xbox One owners for having Quantum Break all to themselves. I adored Alan Wake, so having to miss out on Remedy’s next game has been a bit of a bumm...

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Minecraft

Someone made Dark Souls' Anor Londo in Minecraft


Prepare to mine
Feb 10
// Chris Carter
LNeoX spent ages creating one of his favorite fictional locations -- Anor Londo of Dark Souls fame -- in Minecraft. It's a 1200x1200 map, complete with a dungeon and a minecart system. The screens are definitely awe-insp...
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Deals

Buy an Xbox One, get a $75 gift card plus a free game from Microsoft


Microsoft wants your tax refund
Feb 08
// Dealzon
Microsoft wants you to blow your tax refund on an Xbox One. To prove it, the Microsoft Store has fired up its Presidents' Day sale a week ahead of time. Xbox One bundles (including two new bundles) now have the first decent b...
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Journey to the West

Minecraft just got Journey to the West skins


For Pocket Edition and Windows 10
Feb 08
// Chris Carter
To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, Mojang just dropped some Journey to the West skins for the Pocket Edition and Windows 10 versions of Minecraft. "Red Boy" and "Guanyin" are free, but the rest (Princess Iron Fan, Lord Hund...
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Xbox One

A few more popular titles are coming to Xbox One via backward compatibility


Leaked recently
Feb 08
// Chris Carter
Due to a mistakenly flipped switch, Red Dead Redemption was made available as a backward compatible game on Xbox One, and subsequently pulled, followed by an apology from Microsoft. But it wasn't the only one leaked -- j...
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Red Dead Redemption

You could be playing Red Dead Redemption on your Xbox One right now


If you own a digital copy on Xbox 360
Feb 07
// Zack Furniss
[Update: Looks like Microsoft pulled the trigger early. The game has been removed and more info is coming soon.] Last year, Microsoft hosted a vote to see what Xbox 360 titles folks wanted to see on the Xbox One via backwards...
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Quantum Break

Quantum Break sure has changed over the last four years


Before it got Shawn Ashmore'd
Feb 07
// Zack Furniss
I haven't been following Quantum Break too closely, even though I love Max Payne and Alan Wake. What I've seen so far has felt a bit generic, lifeless, and grey, so I'm hoping that Remedy's traditional biz...
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Minecraft

Minecraft is overhauling its website with some new features


Haha, the current site is classic
Feb 04
// Chris Carter
I still remember buying Minecraft in 2009, and the original site really hasn't changed all that much. But Mojang (and thus, Microsoft) has really been making strides since the acquisition, finally releasing the game on W...
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Platinum Games

Xbox boss discusses Scalebound delay


Time for polish and time to breathe
Jan 31
// Kyle MacGregor
Earlier this month, Platinum Games announced that its Xbox exclusive Scalebound wouldn't be hitting its "Holiday 2016" release window and would instead release in 2017. Speaking with IGN, Xbox senior marketing director Aaron ...
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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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