About Author: Nathan Bowring

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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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Two Telltale series coming to Xbox One

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This year, masters of storytelling Telltale Games released two critically acclaimed episodic series on XBLA, and soon they’ll be telling those tales on Xbox One. Both The Walking Dead Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us will be getting next-gen retail releases this fall. Each game will be the complete experience, so you can play the story from beginning to end without all that pesky waiting between episodes. If disks aren’t your thing, both seasons will also be available to download.

For those of you wanting to continue Clementine’s story in the zombie apocalypse, The Walking Dead Season 2 will get its retail release on October 21. If you’re not caught up on the series, the first season is already available for Xbox One. If noir crime stories and magical creatures are up your alley, The Wolf Among Us will arrive a little later November 4. You can check out the dark and moody trailers for both games after the jump.

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South Park Pinball coming this week

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It may sound like a joke, but it’s super cereal: a pack of South Park-themed tables will be coming to Pinball FX2 very soon. South Park Pinball captures the essence of the construction paper cartoon in two new tables centered around our favorite foul-mouthed fourth graders. South Park: Super Sweet Pinball recreates the insanity of the small Colorado town with Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny. This table features many fan-favorite faces and some memorable moments from the show. Butters’ Very Own Pinball Game is all about the boy who could laugh at a storm cloud recreating his best moments, including saving Imaginationland and his exploits as Professor Chaos.

South Park: Super Sweet Pinball is coming to Xbox 360 on October 15 and Xbox One on October 16. The pack will cost $4.99 on either platform. If you want to see both new tables in action, just check out the trailer after the jump, m’kay?

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Ascend: Hand of Kul removed from marketplace

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Ascend: Hand of Kul was released on XBLA just under a year ago, and last week the plug was suddenly pulled on the free-to-play RPG. Microsoft removed the game from the marketplace without any warning, much to the surprise of developer Signal Studios. “We are deeply saddened by this decision and the impact it has on our community,” their official site reads. Microsoft has yet to comment on their decision.

All is not lost, however, as the game is still alive and well on Steam. While the PC version is still in beta, many improvements have been made over the XBLA version. Signal Studios is encouraging fans to take the plunge, offering new players 25,000 souls (in-game currency) to make the transition easier.

Source: Joystiq

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Ori and the Blind Forest coming this holiday

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Moon Studios’ Ori and the Blind Forest, one of the most beautiful games shown at this year’s E3, now has a release window. As revealed by game director Thomas Mahler at Gamescom, the game will be launching this holiday on Xbox One. Ori is a whimsical Metriodvania taking place in a dark, dangerous forest. Guardian spirit Ori must journey through the forest, gaining strength and skill to conquer the evil that lurks within. Ori and the Blind Forest is just one of the many ID@Xbox games coming soon; you can check out more upcoming games revealed at Gamescom here.

Source: Polygon

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New ID@Xbox games unveiled at Gamescom

Microsoft held their Gamescom press conference this morning, and among the announcements was a new ID@Xbox trailer that was jam-packed with games. Microsoft had a similar trailer back at E3 this year, but this updated version has plenty of new blood. A wide variety of titles were revealed, including third-person MOBA Smite and spaceship builder Space Engineers. There’s also The Escapist, a prison break game from Worms developer Team 17, SuperHot, a time-bending FPS, and Ghost of a Tale, where you explore dungeons as an adorable mouse. Craziest of all is the reveal that Xbox One will soon be getting Goat Simulator, the most accurate farm animal simulator game ever made. Some of the new announcements have trailers of their own, which you can check out after the jump. Previously announced but still unreleased titles like Inside, Cuphead, and Gunscape are also featured in the montage, showcasing the large library of games coming soon to Xbox One. If you want to discover more about games coming to ID@Xbox, check out our profiles on games shown at E3 2014.

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Killer Instinct coming to retail

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Get ready to break some combos: the Xbox One exclusive fighting game Killer Instinct is getting a retail release. Killer Instinct: Combo Breaker Pack comes loaded with content from Season One, including all eight fighters. Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius, Thunder, Spinal, Sadira, Orchid, and Fulgore will be ready to fight right off the disk. Getting the game will also prepare you for Killer Instinct Season 2, as it includes a bonus code for the upcoming fighter TJ ComboCombo Breaker Pack hits store shelves September 23 for $19.99, and KI Season 2 will begin later this year.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Minecraft visited by the Guadians of the Galaxy

Minecraft_SkinpackMarvelGotG_WideImage-1024x576By now you’ve probably heard Marvel’s cosmic comedy Guardians of the Galaxy released on Friday and became a huge box office hit. Maybe you were one of the many who saw movie over the weekend. If you loved the blockbuster film, and also love Minecraft, you’ll be pleased to know that you can literally bust blocks with Star-Lord and company. The Guardians of the Galaxy skin pack is available now for $1.99, featuring 24 skins inspired by both the movie and the comics. Check out the complete character list, complete with screenshots, after the jump.

Source: PlayXBLA

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Minecraft Cartoon Texture Pack available now

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What do you get when you cross Minecraft with childhood memories of Saturday morning? A brand new texture pack! The Cartoon Texture Pack makes every block in the world colorful and silly, just like the cartoons of yesteryear. If you’ve ever wanted  to trick your friends with a fake tunnel or drop a piano on the head of an unsuspecting roadrunner creeper, these are the textures you’ve been waiting for. Check out the screenshots after the jump to see all the potential hijinks this pack has to offer. The Cartoon Texture Pack is available now for $1.

Source: PlayXBLA

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XBLA games now support 1000 Gamerscore

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It seems like only yesterday the Gamerscore limit on XBLA received a much-welcomed raised from 200G to 400G. Actually, it was two years ago, but you get the point. Arcade games were finally allowed to have more achievements, but still didn’t have as much as a full retail release. A recent change has increased the XBLA Gamerscore cap yet again, but somehow it flew completely under the radar. A tweet from Phantom Breaker BattleGrounds producer Masaki Sakari pointed out the surprise increase:

“It’s not so well known but achievements for XBLA games on 360 now support 1000 gamerscores too, same as Xbox One games.”

Xbox 360 arcade games are now allowed to have a full 1000 Gamerscore, equal to that found in any retail title. As highlighted by the Xbox Achievements website, Guacamelee! STCE became the first game to support the upgrade when it released earlier this month. The marketplace is still transitioning to the recent increase, so expect some new releases to still be sporting the classic 400G.

Source: Twitter

(Thanks, @lifelower)

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Jimmy Lightning arrives in Peggle 2 DLC

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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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