About Author: Christine Mitchell

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Christine has been a gamer for many years starting on the ZX Spectrum. Based in Scotland she is an IT professional but is excited to be working for XBLAFans and hopes to make the jump into Journalism. Follow Christine on Twitter @Miss_AllSunday

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The Behemoth’s Game 4 is a turned-based strategy adventure

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XBLA veterans The Behemoth teased their fourth game last week, aptly dubbed Game 4 for now, which takes place during the apparent aftermath of a bear hitting a planet. A new playable demo at PAX Prime and the below gameplay trailer, has now revealed the game to be a turn-based co-op adventure featuring a faceless narrator similar to the one featured in last year’s hit Battleblock Theater. Players will find themselves exploring and looting with three unique customizable heroes through a world littered in bear blood and hex grids. Along with a single player campaign, the game will feature two player co-op and an up to four player 2 v 2 mode. Game 4 has no set release date as yet but will be arriving on both Xbox One and Steam.

 

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The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins set to release July 23

The wait is almost over as Telltale Games are set to release the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two next week. Episode 4 named Amid the Ruins will be available to download on XBLA on July 23. Fans of the series will be keen to catch up with Clementine and her companions and face the next batch of tough decisions. The episode will set you back $4.99 USD or ‘free’ if you’ve already purchased the season pass. Check out the newly released trailer for a sneak peak at things to come. Be warned however video also contains some spoilers for the previous episodes.

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Newsbits: Trial Trials and Gamerscore boosted

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  • Looks like trials are making a comeback on Xbox One. RedLynx’s Trials Fusion now has a “try it out” option listed on the Xbox One game store. XBLA fans will remember the glory days of mandatory trials for every XBLA game. On Xbox One however this has been left down to each developer leaving the Xbox One demo selection pretty sparse. Here’s hoping this is a sign of things to come.
  • Xbox One owners may have noticed that their profile page on Xbox.com now reflects their Xbox One experience. Along with their hi-def Xbox One profile picture, the page now displays game DVR clips, Achievement progress and followers.
  • And finally, PlayXBLA have revealed that Crimson Dragon recently added 6 new achievements. Xbox One fans looking to boost their Gamerscore can earn a further 350 GS by unlocking the following:
    • Seeker Legend: Achieve player level 50
    • Breaking the Bank: Collect over 2,000,000 in credits in your account
    • Crimsonscale Erradicator: Kill 10000 enemy creatures
    • Open Season: Defeat bosses 10 times with an “S” rank.
    • The Finer Things: Loot 50 rare Items
    • Enhanced Abilities: Use 100 ampoules
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Charlie Murder title update now live

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Ska Studio’s excellent RPG brawler Charlie Murder recently received a title update. The patch notes for the 400 KB download were posted on the game studios’ blog:

  • I’m Thorough Achievement – collect all the relics ~ The Jeweled Cross has been removed and the player requires the 54 unique relics to complete this achievement.
  • Private Matches can no longer be joined by public players.
  • Players no longer have to fight Circe and Tepes again once they have already been defeated.
  • Remote players can no longer pause everyone’s game – Just the host.
  • Rex heals more viable, Charlie heals no longer as overpowered.
  • Possibly more things James forgot he tweaked and didn’t write down. Will update this list as he remembers. x_X

This is also a good time to remind Gold Subscribers that there are only a few days left to download Charlie Murder for free. The game was part of June’s Games with Gold programme on Xbox 360 along with Dark Souls and bonus game Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition.

Source: Ska Studios

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Xbox Entertainment Studios announce new sci-fi drama Humans

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Xbox Entertainment Studios have announced that they are teaming up with UK broadcaster Channel 4 in a co-production deal for a new drama series Humans. The show is being produced by Kudos and is set to share a premiere broadcast window on both the Xbox platform in North America and Channel 4 in the UK as an hour-long, eight-episode series. The series is based on the Swedish sci-fi series Real Humans (pictured) and is being written by Brits Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, the writing team behind popular spy drama Spooks.

Head of Drama for Channel 4, Pier Wenger, said of the show, “In Humans, Sam and Jon have not only crafted an ingenious and imaginative thriller, they’re also asking big, thought-provoking questions about how we live”.

Humans will join a number of new original productions for Xbox including a new football reality show Every Street United, a sketch comedy series from Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera, and a stop-motion animated show from Seth Green and the team responsible for Robot Chicken. Casting for Humans will begin in May 2014 and production will commence later this summer. Humans is expected to hit screens in 2015.

Source: Xbox Wire and Games Industry International

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Free-to-play AirMech Arena heading to Xbox 360

Popular browser-based, real-time strategy game AirMech is coming to Xbox 360 this summer in the form of AirMech Arena. Indie developers Carbon Games teamed up with publishers Ubisoft to bring the free-to-play game to console gamers. “As an indie developer, AirMech has been our passion for the past several years, and we are thrilled to partner with Ubisoft to bring the game to console,” said James Green of Carbon Games. “AirMech Arena was created from the ground up to be the ultimate RTS experience with a gamepad. The fast-paced action and depth of strategy brings console gamers a new experience we are confident they will enjoy.”

The game will include single-player, along with both multiplayer cooperative and multiplayer competitive gameplay for teams of two to three players, with teamwork being a particular focus. Carbon Games have promised that AirMech Arena will continue to receive regular updates post launch with content drops that include new AirMechs, units, maps and events.

Source: Eurogamer

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Officer Ray disaproves of this new Trials Fusion trailer

The much-anticipated Trials Fusion is set to launch in less than two weeks and as such Ubisoft have released a brand new promotional trailer featuring a disapproving Officer Ray played by Erik Estrada. The follow up to the hugely successful Trials and Trials: Evolution will release on April 16 on both Xbox One and XBLA. It’s the first of the series to reach next-gen platforms, but Trials Fusion promises to build on and enhance the vital features from the best-selling games with new tricks in a brand new Trials world with unique new social features.

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Warface beta now open to all gold subscribers

Crytek’s free-to-play military shooter Warface is now available to download for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers as the game entered open beta earlier this week. The beta will carry over three versus modes from the closed beta and two new co-op settings with multiple mission types and difficulties. Crytek also promise a constant flow of new content, settings and modes along daily new missions built for beginners and experts. Given that Warface is built on the players’ feedback, the developers are keen for beta players to send any feedback or constructive thoughts to feedbackwf360@crytek.com or over at the new forums on warfacexbox.com.

Source: Major Nelson

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams reaches 1 million downloads

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Indie developers Black Forest Games have revealed that Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams has now sold over one million copies. The game was released on XBLA one year ago today at the 1200 MSP price point following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Twisted Dreams was said to be the spiritual successor to The Great Giana Sisters, a hit ’80s platformer famed for its similarities to Super Mario Bros.

It’s not clear whether the figure includes the free download made available to PS+ subscribers in Europe or the copies sold as part of the Humble Indie Bundle 11 on PC.  Either way it’s always good to hear an indie game success story. Check out our review for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams here.

Source: CVG

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Undead Labs sign multi-year, multi-title agreement with Microsoft Studios

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Undead Labs, the Seattle based development studio behind last year’s XBLA hit State of Decay, have announced that they’ve just signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement with Microsoft Studios. Founder Jeff Strain was light on the specifics but hinted, “suffice to say there are big things going on with State of Decay.” More details are expected to be shared later in the year but gamers who have been following the developer may like to take a guess that this involves the MMO followup to State of Decay codenamed Class4.

Last year proved to be a huge success for the indie studio with State of Decay becoming the fastest-selling original XBLA game in history and not only that, but State of Decay was also just awarded XBLA Fans’ coveted Game of the Year for 2013. Check out our full review here.

Source: Undead Labs

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