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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Mighty No. 9 coming this September


Developer Comcept has announced that they have partnered with publisher Deep Silver for the release of Mighty No. 9. The Mega Man spiritual successor will be available in the Americas on September 15, and worldwide September 18. The game will be available in both physical and digital form for Xbox One, while Xbox 360 will only see a digital release. The digital version will cost $19.99, while the retail version will go for $29.99.

The partnership with Deep Silver goes beyond a simple release date, as Comcept will be adding more to the game thanks to the extra resources. The game will now be receiving Japanese and French voice-overs along with the planned English, as well as localized subtitles. A DLC pack is also in the works; the "Abandoned Lab" is a new stage which will feature an intense boss battle against Beck's rival Ray. Upon completing the level Ray will be unlocked as a playable character for use in the main game. The DLC will be included in the retail release, and will be free for all Kickstarter backers.


The Escapists Alcatraz DLC out today


The prisoners of The Escapists have gotten out of some sticky situations, but this new DLC may be the toughest challenge yet. The new Alcatraz DLC adds a true-to-life recreation of the prison in which you can live, explore, and hopefully escape. Alcatraz is famous for being one of the strongest prisons in the world, known for its high security and numerous breakout attempts. The DLC is out today on Xbox One for $2.99, ready to see if you got what it takes to perform the jailbreak few have accomplished. If you want a brief look at the floor plans, check out the announcement trailer after the jump.

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Kalimba getting DLC and free content


Kalimba, the fun yet potentially brain-injuring puzzle platformer from Press Play, will be receiving both free and paid content next week. A free update will add two brand new multiplayer modes. Llama mode is a competitive speed run mode where up to six players take turns trying to get the fastest time. Puma mode lets players compete asynchronously as you race against ghosts of friends and AI to compete for leaderboard dominance across 30 specially designed levels. The update will be available April 22.

The new update will be accompanied by two new DLC packs. The Dark Void pack will feature 10 new levels and a brand new game mechanic, while the Co-Optimistic pack will include 10 cooperative levels. The content will be available for free to anyone who owns the game until May 6. Afterwards, the packs can be bought separately for $3.99, or together for $5.99.

Kalimba and its new content will also be making its way to PC very soon. It will be available through Steam for $9.99, and the DLC will follow the same pricing model as its console counterpart. The PC version will launch April 22, the same day the new content launches on Xbox One.


Ori and the Blind Forest profitable in a week


Moon Studios CEO Thomas Mahler took to NeoGaf this week to talk about the current state of Ori and the Blind Forest. He revealed that the critical darling has also become a commercial success, becoming profitable within its first week. All the extra money will be going to the studio to fund future projects, so the best way to support the studio would be to buy the game and recommend it to friends. For now the studio is working on a patch for the game, as well as hiring new talent and prototyping new projects.

In another post Mahler goes on to discuss the possible future for Ori and his desire to continue working on the IP with Microsoft. He said that he has an idea where the story could go, stating that "there was actually quite a lot of lore we created that didn't really make it into Blind Forest". It's entirely possible the next entry in the series won't even be a game, as he thinks the story would translate well into a movie.

Source: NeoGaf via gamesindustry.biz


Xbox One April update out now

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The April system update rolled earlier this week, adding even more features to the Xbox One. Party chat has been improved to make resolving common problems easier. The new troubleshooting guidance will tell users if their privacy settings or network issues are blocking communication.

Game hubs are also receiving some more attention. Hubs will be more visible in the activity feed, showing up whenever a friend follows a new game. Links to a hub can now be reached from the game's achievement page. Speaking of achievements, achievement descriptions will now be a part of the unlock notification. If you still feel the need to open the app, performance updates have allowed it to load faster from notification.

Finally, What's On is now available in the US, UK and Canada. If your Xbox One has been configured for OneGuide, the What's On area will provide links to popular and trending games, movies, TV shows, and game broadcasts. A couple changes from the preview program, voice messaging and dedicated party chat servers, will remain in preview until they have been fine-tuned.

Source: Xbox Wire


Tower of Guns locked and loaded for April 10 release


Grip Games is working with Terrible Posture Games to bring their hit FPS Tower of Guns to consoles. This high-octane shooter is built on old-school sensibilities, offering fast-paced action and a hailstorm of bullets. Players will enter the Tower of Guns, a challenging gauntlet made of seven randomly-generated floor. Blast away enemies and defeat giant bosses using an arsenal of big weapons, modifiable equipment and upgradable abilities. Every death will start you at the beginning of the tower and completely reset its layout, but at least you'll start off stronger and better equipped.

Tower of Guns will shoot its way onto Xbox One on April 10 for $14.99. Check out the trailer after the jump.
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We Are Doomed will doom us all April 17


It's times like this I wish Invader Zim was still on television, because now would be the perfect time to sing "The Doom Song". Developer Vertex Pop announced via their Twitter and Tumblr that We Are Doomed will be coming to Xbox One April 17. This twin-stick shooter thrives on arcade-y action, thrusting you through waves of baddies with an ultra-powerful laser as your only armament. Compete for the high score by blasting everything that comes your way on a vibrantly colored battlefield. If you want to learn more about the game, check out our We Are Doomed preview from PAX East.

Source: Twitter


MineCon tickets on sale today


Tickets for MineCon 2015 are going on sale today. Tickets will be sold in two waves; the first 5,000 tickets will go on sale today (March 27) at 6pm GMT, and another 5,000 will go on sale Saturday, March 28 at noon GMT. Tickets will be £129 each, and you can buy up to six per order. Tickets will become available for purchase at minecon.mojang.com.

MineCon, the world-hopping convention for all things Minecraft, is taking place London this year. The event will take place July 4-5 in the London ExCel Convention Center, and as always attendees will receive a free in-game cape. For more information on the convention and ticket sales, check out Mojang's blog.

Source: Mojang


Game of Thrones Episode 3 out today


The third entry of Telltale Games' six-part Game of Thrones saga is out today. The Sword in the Darkness continues to follow House Forrester as their path only gets darker. The Whitehill occupation of Ironrath continues, and members of the family will do whatever it takes to save their house. Asher seeks an army in Mereen, Mira is handling politics in King's Landing and Gared must head north of The Wall. Every character will be facing new dangers, as seen in the trailer below. The episode is available now on Xbox 360 and Xbox One for $4.99, or as part of the season pass.

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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 "more great performances, more laugh-out-loud moments, more crazy action sequences and more Loaderbot"
  • 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.

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