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Sunset Overdrive Review

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Styx: Master of Shadows Review

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Styx: Master of Shadows is a new fantasy based stealth game developed by Cyanide Studios for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the game takes place in the universe of ‘Of Orcs and Men’ (the game’s sequel) and inside the ominous Tower of Akenash. Players take control of the first goblin, Styx, as he tries to steal the heart of The World Tree in order to earn himself a small fortune and in the hopes of discovering his origins as the first goblin. Styx is described as being a master of stealth, thievery and murder… How original.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Review

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War. War never changes.

The Legend of Korra: The Video Game Review

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The animated Avatar franchise has had a bad history with video game adaptations. Past games that focused on the series have all been shallow beat-‘em ups with little enjoyment other than fan service. The Legend of Korra hopes to right the wrongs of past games in the franchise by being an action packed 3D brawler that can appeal to anyone.

War on console sales has begun. Sony claims more, Microsoft claims fastest

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With both consoles releasing in November, both have sold an impressive amount. Sony reportedly leads with a higher total sold throughout the month, however Microsoft makes a bold statement saying that their console reached sales numbers much faster than the PS4. The numbers really can’t stand out for much in just the first month as they both launched in different weeks.

Battlefield 4 patch due out today *Updated with patch notes*

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For those BF4 players who have been experiencing multiplayer instability, or who have come across the one-hit kill bug and found it rather bothersome, rejoice, for the end is near.

A developer over on the Battlefield 4 forums had this to say in regards to the situation:

We will be rolling out the Xbox One game update today, starting 10AM UTC / 2AM PDT. Players may experience some downtime as we upgrade our services. Expect patch notes to become available soon.

Hopefully this update fixes the majority of the problems gamers have been experiencing since launch.

 

Update; list of fixes included in patch:

-Fixed three common crashes that could occur during map transitions
-Fixed a common crash that could occur when using the in-game Battlelog in the “end of round” screen
-Fixed two crashes related to destroying vehicles
-Fixed a crash that could occur when the player lost connection to a server
-Fixed a crash that could occur when using the scoreboard
-Fixed a crash that could occur when players were using the voice chat
-Optimized performance when shooting destroyed Levolution objects on some levels
-Removed the blur effect on soldiers that appeared when Commanders were using EMP attacks
-Fixed the “one-hit kill” bug where damage from a single bullet sometimes was applied multiple times. This could lead to firefights where normal rifles sometimes dealt one-shot kills, which is not as designed
-Fixed a memory leak that could lead to crashes at certain points
-Further reduced the probability of getting a corrupt save file in the single player campaign
-Fixed the audio drop outs that could occur when playing on large maps. Typical map affected was Golmud Railway in Conquest with 64 players. Ambient sound would sometimes cut out, like foley sounds from player running, vehicle engine sounds, vehicle movement sounds, and map ambient sounds
-Fixed an issue with going online after resuming your Xbox One from suspended mode
-Fixed some issues with the handling of Xbox One parties
-Made the icons used to signal voice chat status more reliable

Xbox One off to less than fantastic start

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Launches of any new product can often be problematic. Clothing may be made of weak material, vehicle engines may contain flaws, electrical equipment may have faulty wiring. It’s all relatively quite common for these instances to pop-up. Recalls do happen to make the products safer and more reliable. However, these instances are few and far between compared to over a million customers all experiencing the same issues the way that Microsoft consumers are with the Xbox One.

Next-Gen console launch celebrations tainted with devastating hardware issues

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With new technology there is always the possibility of unforeseen problems that arise immediately after they are released. It’s especially common in this day and age where cell phones get upgraded every six months, tablets and computers at least every three. It’s difficult to imagine that there is a long testing phase for these products, yet the vast majority usually go off without a hitch. Why is it then, that a product that has been in development for years can have so many issues?

Microsoft’s free “Games for Gold” program will continue on Xbox One

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Earlier this year Microsoft started their “Games for Gold” program that delivers older titles for free to Xbox Live Gold members each month. Halo 3, Dead Rising 2, and Assassin’s Creed II were some of the bigger names that were handed out. While very old titles, they were still quite popular and resulted in several hundred thousand downloads. Microsoft is continuing this program for the Xbox One.

Get ready for the enslaught of TV ads for Call of Duty: Ghosts

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We will be getting no less than 6 different Call of Duty: Ghosts ad bombarded at our TV screens. The ads will feature no gameplay but people talking about their game sessions in everyday situations.

Xbox One to get Battlefield 4 DLC at launch

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For those Battlefield fans picking up an Xbox One on launch day, you will be able to download the Second Assault DLC as soon as you plug in the console.

Microsoft will launch the Xbox One in 13 countries on the 22nd of November

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Microsoft has announced the launch date for the Xbox One and it sits right in the middle of the staggered 2 week PS4 launch.

Microsoft: “Connect up to 8 Wireless Controllers at once to your console.”

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We’ve heard a lot about the upgrades to the new controllers for the next-gen Xbox. More than 40 improvements, better design, better feel, removal of the battery pack area so players can grip it better. Recently, Microsoft added to the list that the Xbox One can support 8 controllers all at the same time and feature a 30ft wireless range.

Xbox One will launch in Europe with a free copy of Fifa 14

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Gamescom 2013 is right on our doorsteps and within a few days we’ll be inviting it in for coffee and cookies.

Xbox One DVR set in 720p at 30fps

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With multiple Xbox One titles being launched at 1080p and several of those playing at 60 frames/second, the obvious answer about the built-in console DVR would be 1080p at 60fps. However, that is not going to be the case.

Has the Xbox One’s price been secretly changed?

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***UPDATE*** 7/23: Image was taken off a secondary placeholder file. No change in price has been reported.

Original story 7/22: When the Xbox One was revealed and given a $500 cost, many were put-off by what they felt was an extreme price tag. With the PS4 being released for a full $100 less, those who are more financially strapped may decide to go with Sony, instead of taking a chance with Microsoft’s X1.

Microsoft developing adapter for Xbox 360 headsets to work on Xbox One

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Microsoft has gone another 180 degrees on one of their policies. Responding to a querent on twitter, Xbox Support confirmed they are currently working on an adapter for the Xbox One that would for current gen headsets to be useable.

Call your own shots in Remedy’s ‘Quantum Break’

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Remedy, the studio behind Alan Wake and Max Payne, is bringing us their newest title, Quantum Break. They are better known for Max Payne, however, which became a hit when it was first released. Remedy are not releasing Quantum Break as just a game, but the studio is also working to deliver a television series along with it.

D4 is a mystery with a twist

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A game that got people talking back in 2010 was Deadly Premonition. It received very mixed reception, with some calling it a travesty while others hailed it as a terrific success. In fact it holds a record for the most critically polarizing survival horror.  Now, Hidetaka Suehiro, who worked on Deadly Premonition, and Microsoft Studios bring us a new game, D4, to the Xbox One.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gameplay Reveal

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was announced yesterday at E3 which came as a surprise to some as it’s previous game The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings had was released only 2 years ago and re-released for Xbox 360 just last year. Never the less, Wild Hunt is set to bring you even more RPG goodness.

Leave burnt rubber on the tar in ‘Forza 5′

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When the McLaren P1 rose up on stage, viewers immediately sat up and took notice. Whatever this game was, it had a gorgeous car sitting on stage for it. When the trailer opened and Forza 5 came rolling on screen,  fans started cheering immediately. The car’s beauty was matched by the brand new graphics engine that Forza 5 was sporting.

Destiny hits big at E3

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Bungie’s newest title, Destiny, make a big splash as they showed some overwhelming gameplay trailers and demo footage. While we know some of what Destiny is about there is plenty we still have to learn. Regardless of the mystery that surrounds the game, Bungie definitely knows they have a ht on their hands with the noise that was made last night.

Next-gen consoles allow direct console streaming

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With the console war heating up, the combatants bring new features to the gaming table. Xbox One and PS4 both announced that the consoles will allow for online streaming direct from the console itself.

‘Sunset Overdrive’ mixes casual attitude with mayhem and blood

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Taking place in a world suddenly affected by a catastrophe, Sunset Overdrive turns your city into one big playground. The city underwent this catastrophic event resulting in almost the entire city’s inhabitants dying or turning into mutants. It’s up to you to fight them off. An open world environment, the game takes the term “sandbox” to a whole new level. Go where you want, kill what you want, and turn this giant city into your personal amusement park. Parkour plays an important role in the story so you will see a lot of acrobatic moves, zip lining, running along walls, etc.

Xbox One resurrects fan favorite ‘Killer Instinct’

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Killer Instinct, widely regarded as one of the best fighting games to have ever been created, is back after almost a 20-year hiatus. Revealed yesterday during the Microsoft global press conference at E3, that Killer Instinct will be introduced to the next-gen consoles on Xbox One.

Ryse: Son of Rome

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As launch titles go, Ryse: Son of Rome is an impressive addition. The graphics are astounding and the only register your mind makes between cinematics and gameplay is the camera angle. Edges are crisp and the gore is both brutal and beautifully rendered.

Xbox One will launch this November at $499/€499/£429

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We knew that the console would be in gamer’s hands before the end of the year. Microsoft has now given us a more specific date along with a price. Start saving now, it’s not going to be cheap.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Microsoft revealed the newest Metal Gear Solid game The Phantom Pain at the MS Global media conference at E3 today. Starting off the show, MGS V shows Snake riding through the desert, kicking up dust and urging his horse on. After speeding up the gameplay a little bit, we see Snake jump into a jeep and head out of the quiet little town in hunt of his newest target.

Xbox One teams up with ‘Dew and Doritos’

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Yes, you read that correctly. Mt. Dew and Doritos are apparently teaming up with Microsoft and Xbox One to create an “unprecedented experience.” Microsoft seems hell bent on acquiring any and all commercial companies to advertise for the Xbox One. It almost seems unreal how far they are willing to take this idea. Are they really in need of money that badly?

One thing is for sure, this “partnership” really doesn’t help the stereotype that all gamers do is stuff their faces with Doritos and drink gallons of Mt. Dew all day. Bravo Microsoft. You just set back the legitimacy of the gaming community about 5 years.

Geoff Keighley tweets that E3 will reveal a “truly incredible” game

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E3 is almost here and the hype train is running at full steam. Microsoft promises to reveal new IP’s, along with a few familiar next gen installments of established franchises at the LA gaming event. Sony will surely have a few aces up their sleeves to combat the inevitable battle between the two.