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Forza Horizon 3's first expansion is Blizzard Mountain

Forza Horizon 3 makes for some great escapism, but if you're hoping to forget about winter with the Australia-set racer, you may want to skip the first expansion, Blizzard Mountain, for the time being. That name is not a lie: expect to go u...   read

 
 
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Gears of War 4 is getting a 10th anniversary update

I can remember the first time I played Gears of War. I was a freshman at Florida Southern College and my friend and I were a bit self-important. We thought we knew everything about everything and we were amazed to find out that Epic Games m...   read

 
 
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Dead Rising 4's season pass gets detailed

Microsoft has announced through Xbox Wire that Dead Rising 4 will be receiving a season pass. This all encompassing DLC pass will be included in the Digital Deluxe edition of the game and will feature two major add-ons along with some cosme...   read

 
 
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We'll have to wait until mid-2017 for Cuphead

Cuphead is not the type of game you want to see rushed, and as much as I would love to play it this year, I'm all for giving Studio MDHR more breathing room. Given the project's animation inspirations, the creators had hoped to finish the r...   read

 
 
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Review: Gears of War 4

The plot of Gears of War 4 is the most low stakes the franchise has ever been. Ironic, kind of, because it's probably the highest stakes ever for Xbox. With Epic Games no longer serving as its guiding hand, Xbox is left to see if ...   read

 
 
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Sea of Thieves sounds like what No Man's Sky multiplayer should have been

Multiplayer, teamwork, ship customization, physical loot to carry and stow away, "hand-crafted" locations to visit, various "legends" to tackle, and large-scale skill-based multiplayer combat. All things we only dreamed of doing in No Man's...   read

 
 
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Quantum Break finally arrives on Steam, so here are some deals

Timed exclusives are pretty stupid, particularly when you try your best to keep the rest of the gamers on a major platform from picking up a copy of a decent title. Quantum Break has made its way onto Steam today and off the Windows Store (...   read

 
 
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Review: Forza Horizon 3

You and me, Carter! We're racing for slips! And not the "now I own your car" kind of slips, but pink slips. The loser's fired and has to go work in some other corner of the industry! Wait, what? We can both review Forza Horizon 3? Oh, that ...   read

 
 
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All first-party Microsoft games will run at native 4K on the Scorpio

I'm kind of getting tired of hearing about 4K resolution, but it looks like the Xbox Scorpio will be rendering games natively in the new format. Shannon Loftis, publishing manager for Microsoft Studios, mentioned to USA Today, "any games we...   read

 
 
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Gears of War 4 season pass detailed

I've only been a staff writer for a little over a month and I'm already tired of season passes. Why does every game require one? When something like Lego Batman 3 gets a season pass, you know there are problems with the industry. Tangent as...   read

 
 
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Review: ReCore

"Are those cores weighing you down," ReCore's antagonist asks toward the end of the game. Whether or not the developers realize it, it's an apt bit of meta commentary. ReCore is brimming with ideas -- some great and some not -- and the...   read

 
 
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More Microsoft published games will eventually hit Steam

The recent news that Quantum Break would be heading to Steam wasn't just some one-off event. In a recent interview with DualShockers, Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg said that Microsoft is looking into bringing more of its tit...   read

 
 
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'Zombie Dom' is one of the Gears of War 4 pre-order bonuses

The pre-order bonuses for Gears of War 4 are mostly what you'd expect. Gold weapon skins. Some alternate outfits. The four Xbox 360 Gears titles for use on Xbox One via backward compatibility. Then there's Zombie Dom. Just what in the heck ...   read

 
 
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Quantum Break is coming to Steam after all

Well well, this is nice surprise. Despite prior claims that Remedy and Microsoft Studios' Quantum Break would be a "Windows Store exclusive," the time-bending shooter is breaking free with a Steam release on September 14, 2016. Wait long en...   read

 
 
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Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition drops this September for $40

The original Killer Instinct arcade games eluded me, but I have to respect the way the series was brought back for Xbox One and, more recently, Windows 10. I hope Iron Galaxy can keep on keeping on into the foreseeable future. Ahead of the...   read

 
 
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Microsoft is winding down Xbox Fitness, even if you own it

Microsoft Studios has announced its intention to wind down Xbox Fitness, its Xbox One workout app, over the next year. As of today, new customers can't download it, and folks who have already bought into the platform with paid programs like...   read

 
 
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Halo 5 is getting Warzone Firefight and a free-play promo next week

Next week is a big one for Halo 5: Guardians, whether you own the game or not. On June 29, 343 Industries is adding Warzone Firefight, a round-based PvE survival mode, as well as Score Attack for the campaign, three maps (Attack on Sanctum,...   read

 
 
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Even at its most basic, Sea of Thieves is a total blast

Rare brought only a basic slice of its Xbox One and Windows 10 shared-world pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves for attendees to play together at E3 2016, and yet it still ended up becoming one of the more talked-about demos of the show. I...   read

 
 
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Cuphead's platforming levels are brutal

For my money, Cuphead has unrivaled art direction and animation in the gaming space, but how does it actually play? Is it fun or frustrating? Well, it depends which side you're talking about. After trying Studio MDHR's run-and-gun title at ...   read

 
 
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It's an important year for the annualization of Forza

For as much flak as the practice of annual installments in popular video game franchises catches, Microsoft feels like it's doing it the right way with Forza. Quietly, Microsoft has released a new Forza title every year for the past fi...   read

 
 
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State of Decay 2 confirmed for Xbox One, Windows 10

Today during Microsoft's E3 presentation, the company confirmed the existence of State of Decay 2, a follow-up to Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios' 2013 third-person zombie survival game. The sequel is expected to launch sometime next year...   read

 
 
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Frank West is back with a candy-cane crossbow for Dead Rising 4

Those leaks were on point. Capcom unveiled Dead Rising 4 today at Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference and it's set during the holidays, with Frank West returning to bust up some zombie heads using a candy-cane launcher. I didn't play the ...   read

 
 
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Limbo team's Inside launches June 29

Inside, the next project from Limbo developer Playdead, is launching June 29 exclusively for Xbox One, Microsoft just revealed as part of its E3 press conference. The puzzle platformer spins a yarn about a child who is up against a malevol...   read

 
 
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Forza Horizon 3's ridiculously dramatic trailer looks like Far Cry without shooty bits

Forza Horizion 3 looks to be Microsoft's next game to support cross-play and cross-buy between Xbox One and Windows 10. It's set in Australia, looks gorgeous, and has 4-player co-op. It looks kind of like Far Cry without the ...   read

 
 
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Get a load of this platforming level in Cuphead

For a good while there, Cuphead existed in my mind solely as a run-and-gun boss-rush game, and I would have been content with that approach given how gosh-darn gorgeous its art and animation are, but there are also platforming levels to br...   read

 
 



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