About Author: Nathan Bowring

I'm a college student always looking for a fun game to play between classes. I've been playing XBLA games for some time now, and I'm a huge fan of the price and creativity of these games. Writing about them is almost as fun as playing them. Almost.

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Project Root coming to Xbox One


Argentinian indie developer OPQAM wants to give gamers some classic arcade-style shmup action, and that’s exactly what they’re doing with Project Root. Recently announced by OPQAM and Reverb Triple XP, Project Root is an overhead shooter with free-roaming open environments. You play as Lance Rockport, a rebel pilot attempting to end the Prometheus Corporation’s plans for world domination. Taking flight in an advanced F-72 Zonda fighter, you’ll fight enemies both on the ground and in air across eight distinct levels. Players fighting in this revolution can also look forward to upgradable firepower, special weapon drops, and crazy boss battles.

Project Root is coming to Xbox One in early 2015. Check out the reveal trailer after the jump.

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Mojang turned down Goonies-inspired Minecraft movie


Warner Bros is working towards a potential Minecraft film, but the studio has yet to find the right story. Shawn Levy, director of Night at the Museum, proposed a Goonies-style adventure film which was ultimately shot down by developer Mojang. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Levy explained how it all happened.

“What happened simply is Warner’s asked me to develop, ‘How might this ever be a story for a movie?’ Because it’s not a narrative game. And we came up with an approach that felt good to us, and I discussed it with Mojang. And they’re like, ‘That doesn’t sound like what we want. If we’re going to see a movie get made, we don’t know what we want, but that doesn’t feel right.’ And I said, ‘OK, well that’s a movie I can envision.'”

So just what was his idea? He goes on to explain, “It was not a comedy. It had a bit of a Goonies flair… [I]t was an adventure movie, and I thought it could have been a lot of fun and fulfilled a lot of the qualities that people love about the game.”

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JUJU review (XBLA)

JUJU was developed by Flying Wild Hog and published on Xbox 360 by Nordic Games. It was released December 9, 2014 for $14.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.


So what is JUJU? I’m not able to tell you that. I completed the game, and I have no idea if JUJU is the main character’s name, or the world it lives in, or the totems you need to collect. What I do know is that JUJU is an increasingly rare XBLA title, and it has a terrible name for which to use in a Google search.

JUJU is a happy-go-lucky side-scrolling platformer that’s all about the colorful visuals. The game looks like a toddler’s fever dream, filled with giant toys and smiling unnaturally colored animals. It’s about as kid-friendly as kid-friendly gets, even going so far as to have a main menu that only uses pictures. Unfortunately, the game has a severe case of style over substance, as its core gameplay is not as fun and whimsical as you might expect. JUJU feels like an uninspired re-skin of similar titles, and attempting to finish it quickly becomes a chore.

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Xbox One outsells PS4 in November

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Xbox One’s holiday price drop continues to do wonders for the system, according to new data from Microsoft and the NPD group. Polygon reported that last month the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in both the US and the UK last month, making it the first month this year the console was the leader in sales. This comes as no surprise, as previous figures proved Xbox One to be the top-selling system of Black Friday.

In a statement, corporate vice president of Xbox marketing Mike Nichols said, “Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible, with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the U.S. than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally. In fact, more fans logged into Xbox Live across Xbox One and Xbox 360, and enjoyed more entertainment, than any other month in the history of Xbox.”

Source: Polygon


Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum review (XBLA)

Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum was developed by Telltale Games and published on Xbox 360 and Xbox One by 2K Games. It was released November 26, 2014 for $4.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.


Have you ever tried chocolate and bacon together? You know how combining those two great things sounds gross, but turns out to be amazing? That’s the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands. It’s chocolate-covered bacon.

Zero Sum proves Telltale’s patented formula has flexibility and that making decisions can be fun instead of torture. The episode is essentially a heist story, told from the perspective of two very different characters. Playing as Rhys and Fiona, you make the decisions as they tell their side of the story. Despite not being gun-wielding tanks, they’re still true Borderlands anti-heroes: likeable scumbags trying to get paid. Getting to tell their stories is a blast; you get dialogue trees full of wit and sarcasm, and some major choices just turn out to be jokes in disguise. Going through the events that brought them together, you get a more intimate look at Pandora; one that is a little more calm with humor more refined. It’s still a Telltale game; you’ll build relationships with the game’s great supporting cast and do some terrible things, but you’ll be smiling all the way through.

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OlliOlli coming to Xbox One


Are you a human who likes to go skateboarding? Then you’d be happy to hear that the rad dudes at Curve Digital have teamed up with equally-rad developer Roll7 to bring their gnarly skateboarding game OlliOlli to Xbox One. This 2D sidescroller will be the ultimate test of your skateboarding skills, having you rack up massive combos using over 120 tricks. It’s all about getting the high score, meaning a single kick-flip could be the difference between beating your friends and utter failure. Shred your way through 100 levels and prove your mettle by completing over 250 challenges. The game features four game modes including The Daily Grind, which has the entire world competing for the high score on a single course.

OlliOlli is coming to Xbox One early 2015. Check out the teaser trailer after the jump. We’re sorry about the asdfmovie reference and poor use of slang, it’s unavoidable when you write about a radical skateboarding game.

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Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series launches today

Game of Thrones Iron from Ice for Xbox One

Hot off the heels of Tales from the Borderlands, Telltale Games has launched the premier of their highly anticipated Game of Thrones series. The first episode, Iron from Ice, is out now on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The episode costs $4.99, and you can upgrade to the season pass for $19.99.

Game of Thrones is a six-episode series based on the HBO show of the same name. The story will start around the end of season three, and end before the start of season 5. Characters from the show will appear in the game, played by their respective actors, but the main story will follow brand new characters. The game’s five playable characters are members of House Forrester, a noble house of the North whom are loyal to the Starks. The family is scattered across the lands of Westeros and Essos, taking players to new and familiar locations. The focus of the game is tough choices, as all five characters will have a part in saving House Forrester from a grim fate.

Check out the launch trailer for Iron from Ice after the break.

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Tales from the Borderlands review hub


Welcome to the Tales from the Borderlands review hub. Here we’ll collect our reviews for the individual episodes of the series as they are released. Once the series is complete, we’ll update this page to have a full review of the entire series. Check out the reviews for the currently available episode(s) below.

  • Episode 1: Zer0 Sum — “an amazing start to the series, worth a try if you love Borderlands or just love a good story”
  • Episode 2: Atlas Mugged (coming soon)
  • Episode 3: Catch A Ride! (coming soon)
  • Episode 4: Escape Plan Bravo (coming soon)
  • Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler (coming soon)

Tales from the Borderlands is Telltale’s take on the Borderlands universe created by Gearbox Software. The game ditches its FPS roots, trading its deadly guns for cutting words. The series takes place after the events of Borderlands 2, showing players for the first time what life on Pandora is like after the fall of Handsome Jack. The game is told as a flashback, as Hyperion employee Rhys and skilled con-artist Fiona recall their adventures and continually embellish the truth.


Tales from the Borderlands release dates announced


Telltale’s newest series Tales from the Borderlands is coming out soon, and we mean really soon. Last night Telltale tweeted the release dates for the premiere episode, Zer0 Sum, and anxious players don’t have to wait very long. Xbox One users will be able to pick up the game tomorrow, November 26, while Xbox 360 users have to wait an extra week for December 3. The episode will cost $4.99 on either console, and the remaining four episodes can be pre-purchased with the $14.99 season pass.

Tales from the Borderlands takes place after the events of Borderlands 2, and shows what life is like on Pandora for those who aren’t face-shooting vault hunters. The series features two playable characters, Hyperion employee Rhys and con artist Fiona, as they tell the story of their unwilling partnership. Together they must face the dangers of Pandora, from bandits to vault hunters, in order to score the ultimate prize: a vault key. Check out the launch trailer after the jump, we promise it contains no Claptrap.

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Xbox One early adopters recieving free copy of Limbo


Last month, rumors started circling that the black-and-white indie gem Limbo may get an Xbox One release. The rumor has been unofficially confirmed, as users have been receiving free copies of the game. Early adopters of the console started receiving the above message, which promises a code for the game once it releases. According to Game Informer users didn’t even have to wait that long, as the free copies rolled out yesterday. The date of Limbo‘s true Xbox One launch is still unknown, but if some lucky users are already playing it can’t be too far away.

Source: Game Informer

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