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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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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood coming in May

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Today Bethesda announced Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to MachineGame’s Wolfenstein: The New Order. Taking place in an alternate-history 1496, the game will yet again follow BJ Blazkowicz in his bloody fight against the Nazis.

The game will tell two interconnected stories, told across eight chapters. Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves has Blazkowicz infiltrating the infamous Castle Wolfenstein in order to find the coordinates of General Deathshead’s compound. The search for the coordinates continues in The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs, in which our hero finds the city of Wolfburg where a Nazi archeologist is searching for ancient artifacts that hold dark powers.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will launch May 5 on Xbox One for $19.99. The first gameplay footage will be revealed at PAX East this weekend, and will be streamed on Twitch. Until then, you can check out the announcement trailer after the jump.

Source: Bethesda Blog

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Trine 3 announced

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Today Frozenbyte revealed the third installment in their co-op puzzle platforming series Trine. Titled Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, the game will continue the story of the Three Heroes as they embark on a brand new adventure. Details are limited right now, but the announcement trailer offers a glimpse at what the game will look like. Check it out after the jump.

Trine 3 will launch later this year, initially on PC. While it has not been announced for Xbox platforms, it’s worth noting that the past installments of the series did make their way to consoles.

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Pneuma: Breath of Life review (Xbox One)

Pneuma: Breath of Life was developed and published by Deco Digital and Bevel Studios. It was released on Xbox One on February 27, 2015 for $19.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

Pneuma Breath of Life review for Xbox One

If I learned anything from The Road to El Dorado, it’s that it’s tough to be a god. Sure, being worshipped and all-powerful is great and all, but you’ve got to live up to some high expectations. The prospect of being a god is the main conflict in Pneuma: Breath of Life, offering a unique perspective on being an all-powerful deity.

It’s important to emphasize that this isn’t your usual god game. You’re not an omnipresent spirit hovering over society, controlling life forms and building habitats, nor are you slaughtering your fellow divine beings. Pneuma is a first-person puzzler, putting you in the hypothetical shoes of Pneuma. As the creator of a brand new universe, you set out to explore your work and discover your powers. While the set-up may sound captivating, the game doesn’t quite reach god-like quality.

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Neverwinter coming to Xbox One next month

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It has been revealed that the Dungeons and Dragons MMORPG Neverwinter will be making its Xbox One debut on March 31. At launch the game will include all base content, all current playable classes and the Tyranny of Dragons expansion. It will also have new features just for the console, including friends list integration and optimized controls. Neverwinter will be free-to-play, so it will be available to all Xbox Live Gold members upon release.

Source: Arc Games

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The Adventures of Pip preview: pixelation party

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You could make a case that the retro-style indie game is turning into an overused cliché, but  The Adventures of Pip goes beyond appearances and crafts a clever story out of its style. The game’s opening looks like a pixelated storybook, telling the tale of a tiny kingdom where the hierarchy is determined by pixel count. The kingdom’s royals are all 32-bit sprites, while the peasantry can only afford to be lower resolutions. One day a princess was born with the power to create pixels out of nothing, but on her 16th birthday she was kidnapped by the Skeleton Queen.

The demo, which was playable at PAX South, took me through the opening level of the game. Hero Pip begins as nothing more than a 1-bit red pixel, escaping his town as it’s attacked by the aforementioned evil queen. It looked like an extreme version of Thomas was Alone, as Pip jumped his way through a crumbling landscape as the world burned in the background. It’s a fun introduction, but nothing more than standard side-scrolling platformer gameplay. Boy, did that change quickly.

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World of Tanks rolling onto Xbox One

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World of Tanks has been waging war on Xbox 360 for about a year now, and the war will only grow bigger as the battle moves to Xbox One. Wargaming announced that their free-to-play MMO will be making the generational leap sometime this year. The battle server will be shared between both the 360 and the One, allowing for cross-platform play. Xbox 360 players who move to the Xbox One will be able to carry over all of their accounts and progress. If you want to see what World of Tanks looks like with some current-gen polish, check out the announcement trailer after the jump.

Source: IGN

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Terraria: Otherworld announced

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Developer Re-Logic is teaming up with Engine Software to build an all-new Terraria game. While not the long-awaited Terraria 2Terraria: Otherworld is promising to bring a fresh take on the popular sandbox game. It will take the series in a new direction, introducing a new world and new gameplay elements.

Otherworld takes place in an alternate dimension, where a once-pristine world has been taken over by an unseen evil force who corrupted nature itself. You play as a member of a band of survivors fighting to restore the world to its former glory. Throughout the struggle you’ll harness the powers of weapons, magic, defenses and the environment itself. The game will play differently from the original Terraria, combining the open sandbox with role-playing and strategy elements. A short teaser of pre-alpha gameplay has been released, which you can check out after the jump.

As of now, the game is only in development for PC and Mac. An Xbox One version is being considered, but no final decision has been made. The original Terraria released on Xbox 360 in 2013, becoming one of the more popular games on XBLA. The game was brought to Xbox One last November.

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Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming to Xbox One

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Frogmind is brining their award-winning mobile game to Xbox One with Badland: Game of the Year Edition, a new release that expands and improves an already amazing physics-based sidescroller. The entire game has been revamped for current-gen consoles, featuring an expanded control scheme and enhanced HD graphics. It includes four times as much content over the original release, including a 100-level single-player campaign that takes around 15 hours to complete. Local co-op will allow up to four players to work together through 100 co-op levels or fight for supremacy across 27 deathmatch stages.

Badland: Game of the Year Edition is coming to Xbox One this spring. Check out the announcement trailer below.

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APB Reloaded coming to Xbox One

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All Points Bulletin: Reloaded, the popular free-to-play MMO first released on PC in 2011, will soon be making its way to console. Deep Silver will publish the title, which was developed by The Workshop Entertainment and Reloaded Games. APB: Reloaded is set in the near future, where players will choose either to uphold the law as an Enforcer or follow a life of crime as a Criminal. The game supports up to 100 players, 50 from each faction, completing missions throughout the city of San Paro in real-time. The game features deep customization systems for characters and vehicles that will let you stand out from the crowd. Items including gear, vehicles, and customizations can be gained by playing the game or through purchase.

APB: Reloaded will launch on Xbox One in the second quarter of 2015. It will be free-to-play for Xbox Live Gold members.

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#IDARB releases early

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February has started early this year, as next month’s Games with Gold offering is already out on Xbox One. #IDARB began its life as a single red box and a call to action on Twitter, and has since evolved into a 4v4 competitive multiplayer game that takes 8-bit sports to the extreme. Its crowd-created roots had a lot of control over the content in the final product, which includes local and online play, vast customization, and social media integration that can change the game in real-time. The game’s official Twitter celebrated the release, greeting players with an oh-so-comforting “welcome to the madness, everyone!”

#IDARB is free for all Xbox Live Gold members starting today. Those without Gold can pick up the game from Xbox Store for $14.99. Be sure to check out our review; this new esport is worth a look at any price tag.

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