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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Jimmy Lightning arrives in Peggle 2 DLC


Peggle 2 is getting a blast from the past in its newest DLC, as an original Peggle Master makes his debut in the sequel. Extreme gopher Jimmy Lightning has returned, bringing with him his improved Multiball Power. Hitting a green peg spawns a second ball, making it easier to clear the board with double the peg-popping potential. The pack also contains 10 new levels, 10 trials, 30 objectives, 3 costumes, and 3 achievements. Jimmy Lightning’s Master Pack is available now on Xbox One for $1.99. Check out some radical screenshots after the jump.

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Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack review (XBLA)

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack was developed by Drinkbox Studios and published by Midnight City. It was released on June 18, 2014 on Xbox Live Arcade for $7.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.


Guacamelee! may have been their claim to fame, but Drinkbox Studios has been making games long before their luchador adventure. Their previous game, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, began its life as a critically-acclaimed PlayStation Vita launch title in 2012. Two years later, and the handheld game has finally made its way to consoles. XBLA players may be a bit late to the mutant blob party, but better late than never. This is a fantastic port of a fantastic game.

Mutant Blobs Attack stars a particularly grumpy mutant blob, who has been the subject of science experiments until it gets the opportunity to break free. Now it’s out to take on the world, saving fellow blobs and consuming everything in sight. This sidescrolling puzzle-platformer is extremely well-executed, mixing a fun-to-control protagonist with impeccable level design. It may seem simple and silly on the surface, but that’s all part of the charm.

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Opinion: Clementine is ruining The Walking Dead Season 2

Warning: This post contains spoilers from both seasons of The Walking Dead


The first season of The Walking Dead was phenomenal. It provided one of the strongest narratives in video game history, full of memorable characters and emotionally charged moments. All around the world players instantly latched onto the harrowing and heartwarming tale of Lee and Clementine. The bleak world and tough choices made the game stick with you days after you played an episode. The overwhelmingly positive reception put Telltale on the map, moving them from a company that made niche adventure games to one that can handle some of today’s biggest franchises. The Walking Dead was a success in so many ways, meaning an eventual sequel was a given.

Despite standing on the shoulders of its amazing first season, The Walking Dead Season 2 is not living up to that potential. I loved every aspect of Season 1, which is why I’m disappointed I can’t find Season 2 nearly as captivating. So far, three episodes have released, and like last season they’ve all received critical praise. Unlike last season, I’m not feeling the hype; the story’s not engaging, the characters are underutilized, and the format’s becoming stale. The game’s saving grace is Clementine, but even that may be a problem.

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Happy Wars coming to Xbox One

Happy Wars has become a big name on Xbox 360, reaching 7.5 million downloads since its release. Developer Toylogic has announced that they will be bringing their free-to-play hit to Xbox One. The game will retain its core class-based 15 v. 15 multiplayer mayhem, but will feature enhanced graphics for the new console. Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners will be able to battle each other in cross-platform multiplayer battles, and all the progress you made in the 360 version will carry over to the One. The Xbox One will also introduce 4-player split-screen, making it easier than ever to play with friends and family. Happy Wars will be making its next-gen debut later this year.


Minecraft Halo Mash-Up Pack lands May 28

We’ve been on the surface of Mass Effect‘s Mars, we’ve fought the ender dragons of Skyrim, but Minecraft‘s next Mash-Up Pack will take us to its biggest franchise yet. Minecraft: Halo Edition transforms the game into the popular FPS series, complete with needlers and energy swords. The pre-built world includes re-creations of classic multiplayer maps including Sandtrap, Valhalla and Blood Gulch. The pack comes with 40 new skins, including Master Chief, Cortana, Guilty Spark and much more. A new texture pack and 31 songs from the franchise are also included to truly sell the Halo vibe. The Halo Mash-Up Pack comes out tomorrow for $3.99. Check out the screenshots after the jump to see everything the pack has to offer.

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Minecraft Xbox One Edition to have larger worlds


4J Studios is hard at work on the Xbox One edition of Minecraft, and it looks like their next-gen port is going to be a lot bigger. They’ve released screenshots on Twitter comparing the draw distances on the Xbox One (above) and the Xbox 360 (below). Being able to see farther into the horizon is nice, especially when you’ve got so much more of the world to see. 4J tweeted that it is currently trying out a world size that is 36 times bigger than that of its predecessor. Wow. With much larger worlds and the ability to transfer save filesMinecraft: Xbox One Edition is shaping up to be one huge upgrade.


Source: Twitter via Total Xbox


Xbox One getting Games with Gold


Some big changes are coming to Xbox Live on Xbox One, with both paid and free subscribers getting new perks. Announced on Xbox Wire, the long-awaited Games with Gold service is finally coming to Xbox One. Starting in June subscribers will get two free games a month, just like its Xbox 360 counterpart. The program’s first offerings will be Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault. It’s important to note you’ll only be able to play these games with an active Gold subscription. If you don’t like the current free games you can also check out Deals with Gold, which will offer 50-75% off select titles every month.

Don’t have a Gold subscription? Also coming in June, entertainment apps will be available to all Live subscribers. Netflix, HBO Go, Skype, and Internet Explorer (to name a few) will be available to everyone with a Live account. These changes will happen on Xbox 360 as well as Xbox One, so you can get the entertainment you want on the console of your choice.

June is definitely shaping up to be a huge month for Xbox. These announcements were made alongside the reveal of the Kinect-less Xbox One, which also launches next month. With all these new things coming down the line, which are you looking forward to most?

Source: Xbox Wire


The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3 coming this week

The Walking Dead fans rejoice, a new episode is right around the corner! Telltale has announced Episode 3: In Harm’s Way will shamble onto the marketplace this Wednesday, May 14. You can watch the intense new trailer above, showcasing the new characters and life-or-death situations poor Clementine will have to face in Carver’s camp. If the trailer wasn’t enough to satisfy your pre-episode curiosity, check out some screenshots here. As always the new episode will cost $4.99, or can be picked up as part of the season pass.


Showtime in negotiations to develop Halo TV series


One of the biggest announcements during the Xbox One reveal was the Halo television series being developed by Xbox Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. It’s been almost a year since said announcement, and there has been little news on the project. Microsoft production unit head Nancy Tellem is reportedly close to making a deal with a pair of showrunners, and the series will be adapted by screenwriter Stuart Beattie. The slow-going may be due to a possible partnership between Xbox Studios and Showtime. According to Variety the two companies are close to making a deal after lengthy negotiations.

“The deal with Showtime has taken a long time to work out because the sides are charting new territory for a show designed to air on Showtime as well as Xbox, with enhanced interactivity built in for the latter platform. Details are still being hammered out, but sources say the plan is to have episodes bow on Showtime first, followed by the Xbox window.”

Source: Variety via IGN


First screens of The Walking Dead: In Harm’s Way


Clementine has been through some tough times, but in the next episode of The Walking Dead she really will be In Harm’s Way. Telltale has released the first screenshots from the new episode, showing the terrors Clem and her group will face after the brutal finale of Episode 2. The episode will feature characters from Season 1′s 400 Days DLC, as well as more of Michael Madsen’s villainous William Carver. Episode 3: In Harm’s Way is coming soon, with the release date anticipated to be announced in the near future. Check out the screens after the jump.

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