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Ascend: Hand of Kul – XBLAFans' Complete Guide

Ascend: Hand of Kul was developed by Signal Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released into public beta on September 25, 2013, free of charge. XBLAFans awarded the game a deserved Buy It! rating in our review.


Welcome to our Ascend: Hand of Kul guide! This guide aims to provide information on the many unique features in Ascend. In addition to the core mechanics, you'll find tips on making use of Ascend's varied equipment, items and spells. You'll find comprehensive lists of each area in the larger world, the many dungeons that populate it, the achievements you'll earn for progressing through it and the game's "collectibles" in the form Lore Stones hidden throughout it.

As Ascend: Hand of Kul is ongoing and new content is being planned and added, we can't guarantee our guide will cover all aspects of the title in the future. But for those looking to get a foothold in the game and learn how to make the most of their time spent hacking, slashing, looting and learning, you've come to the right place. If you've yet to check out Ascend: Hand of Kul, you can find our impressions in the official review.

Many sections of this guide contain information that pertains to Ascend's story progression. Consider this a general blanket warning – this is spoiler country! Click on each image to visit that section of the guide.

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Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers – XBLA Fans Guide

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers was developed by Stainless Games and Wizards of the Coast and published by Microsoft Studios. It retails for 800 MSP and was released on June 26, 2013. XBLA Fans awarded Magic 2014 a coveted Buy It! award in our recent review.


Magic 2014 is based upon the popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering (MTG) and features a variety of single and multiplayer modes in which players use their own deck of cards to defeat those of an opponent.

MTG is a deeply strategic game and despite a clear set of basic rules, the battlefield action can become complicated in the blink of an eye as more and more powerful cards are introduced. Dominant creatures can be destroyed in an instant by simple, efficient spells, whilst otherwise benign foes can immediately turn into towering behemoths by an unexpected enchantment.

Although we don’t expect to turn a novice MTG player into a tournament pro, XBLA Fans have produced this guide to assist with some of the specifics of Magic 2014. Both the campaign mode and the pre-constructed decks are covered, and we’ve also included a basic beginner’s guide to sealed play – which is perhaps the most exciting new addition to this edition of Duels of the Planeswalker’s.

XBLA Fans – Campaign Guide

XBLA Fans – Sealed Play Guide

XBLA Fans – Challenges Guide


Terraria – XBLA Fans Guide

Terraria was released on Xbox Live at the end of March 2013 and features action, platform, light RPG and world building mechanics in a similar style to Minecraft. XBLA Fans awarded the game a deserved Buy It! rating in our review.


Terraria benefits from a straightforward control system and cute, simple graphics which help to mask the deep and complex gameplay which lies beneath the surface. In our guide, XBLA Fans are going to provide you with the means to get started on the console version, plus we’re going to provide a guide for each of the challenging bosses in Terraria and some tips on how to defeat them.

Guide Pages:

XBLA Fans – Terraria Startup Guide

XBLA Fans – Terraria Bosses Guide


Skulls of the Shogun – XBLA Fans Exclusive Guide


Skulls of the Shogun (Skulls) is one of the most enjoyable turn-based strategy games available on XBLA, with a lengthy campaign, lots of replayability and lasting multiplayer potential. Here at XBLA Fans, we think Skulls is a great game, so for more information about whether or not Skulls might be your thing, why not check out our review (coming soon.)

Love it or not, one thing is for certain about Skulls; it may look simple at the first glance, but there is actually rather a lot going on under the hood. Success depends upon the mastery of numerous strategies, all of which we will discuss in detail within this exclusive guide.

This XBLA Fans guide will be presented in several stages, each of which is detailed below, along with the day on which it will be made available. Players who are new to Skulls or have little experience of playing turn based strategy games should start with the General Strategies guide.

Guide Pages:

General Strategies (available NOW – Click Here!)

Region One (available NOW – Click Here!)

Region Two (available NOW- Click Here!)

Region Three (available NOW – Click Here!)

Region Four (available NOW – Click Here!)

Region Five (available NOW – Click Here!)


Guardians of Middle Earth – XBLA Fans Guide

Guardians of Middle Earth (GOME) is one of the few MOBA's (multiplayer online battle arena) to grace the Xbox Live Arcade and it will come as no surprise to fans of the genre that it can be quite a tough game to progress through. This is a game which features a huge range of unlockable content including characters, relics, runes and tough achievements – none of which can be accessed without real commitment from players.

This guide has been created to provide players (especially those new to the MOBA genre) with the skills and strategies needed to be successful from the outset, as well as to offer specific advice on how to excel with each of the 22 characters which this rather generous game offers. You'll find our specific guide pages immediately below, whilst further down are links to our previously ran articles on 'MOBA Mastery' which feature a series of useful videos from the developers at Monolith Studios.

XBLA Fans Guides:

GOME – XBLA Fans General Strategies

GOME – XBLA Fans Evil Character Guide

GOME – XBLA Fans Good Character Guide

Monolith Studio's MOBA Mastery lookback:

First Entry

Second Entry

Third Entry

Fourth Entry

Fifth Entry


Joe Danger 2: The Movies pro medal guide

Joe Danger 2: The Movie is the latest XBLA release from Hello Games. Joe is back and performing even crazier, off the wall jumps then ever before. The pro medals are back and just as tricky to acquire as the first time around. Thankfully we have some handy dandy videos here to show you just how to 100% each level and acquire that elusive pro medal. Thanks to the improvements to the checkpoint system, the pro medals aren't quite so tough this time around, but they do require some finesse, and finding those hidden stars can be a real pain! For all the help you will need, check out the videos down below.

If you aren't sold on the game yet make sure to check out our review.

Pro MedalsDeleted Scenes Pro Medals


Mark of the Ninja complete scrolls guide

What would a stealth game be without some items hidden from the players as well? It's only fair, right? Well in case those scrolls are hiding too well, we've got a guide to shed some light on their location for you! Welcome to our Mark of the Ninja scrolls and challenges guide. Since the scrolls also include the challenge gates, we figured it's only fair you get the solutions to those as well! However, they are genuinely interesting pieces of the game that we recommend you at least try- none of them have anything to do with stealth, they're mostly spatial. Also beware of spoilers in the level names.

If you're not sure what Mark of the Ninja is then check out our review and educate yourself! The developers, Klei Entertainment, also made Shank (and Shank 2), which you should totally check out after you're done sneaking through this guide. Each page has the map location for each of the three scrolls for the level including a description of how to solve each challenge room (there isn't one in the first level). If you reach the end of a level without finding a scroll, be sure to bring up your map and compare it with our screenshots. The scrolls will be where the number and the ninja-stamp are.

  1. Ink & Dreams
  2. Breaching the Perimeter
  3. Trail of Shadow
  4. A Change in Course
  5. The Fall of Hessian Tower
  6. An Ancestral Home
  7. Above a Bottomless Chasm
  8. The Inner Keep
  9. A Blade at his Neck
  10. A Shattered Stronghold
  11. Set to Flight
  12. The Return

Thanks for reading and happy stabbing! Or sneaking. Or smoke bombing. Whatever you want.


Dust: An Elysian Tail Guide – General & Boss Tips, Bakers Dozen Achievement

Welcome to our guide for all things Dust: An Elysian Tail! Dust is without doubt my pick of the games released on XBLA this summer and an all-around fantastic game. While it's almost impossible that you haven't heard of this game by now, definitely check out our review for the game.

Dust can be pretty challenging at times, with a few tough bosses to defeat and a whole host of hidden content. In an identical way to classic games such as Castlevania and Metroid, Dust expects that players will revisit previously completed levels in order to unlock new areas and secrets.

In this guide, I’ll be providing some general tips and some combat hints on this page as well as a boss guide (beware spoilers) and a guide for the Bakers Dozen achievement (for finding all the hidden characters) on separate pages.

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Rock Band Blitz info sheet

Rock Band Blitz brings the largest music library in gaming to Xbox Live Arcade in the form of a fast-paced, controller-based rhythm title. Shipping with over twenty hit songs, Rock Band Blitz will introduce new music to the Xbox while supporting all previously downloaded Rock Band tracks. Pick your favorite song, turn the volume up, and take down your friends’ top scores. Rock Band Blitz tracks will immediately be compatible with Rock Band 3, adding even more value to the package.

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Hybrid Build Guide

Update: We now have a section on general tips & tricks sent to us by the QA team at 5th cell as well as level guides coming soon.

Welcome to our Hybrid build guide! This guide will provide builds to use throughout each of Hybrid's modes and are designed to account, collectively, for a good 90% of the game. Hybrid is designed with a lot of variety, in fact it's one of the things we liked in our review, so ultimately you and your team mates will deviate from builds, even the ones we have made for you here. However, it's important to have a starting point, especially if you're not familiar with Hybrid regarding what actually matters and what doesn't. For instance, most shooters don't subscribe to the idea of "suppression", it's usually not very effective, but it works in Hybrid and it works well.

Do enjoy the builds we've provided for you here, but keep in mind that these are starting points! Add your own flare or personal preference to really do well with them. If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment on the guide and in a few weeks we'll add good ones to a community section at the bottom of the guide. While the builds we've created for you here are more general, feel free to get ridiculously specific- all the way down to map and mode.

Enjoy the guide, and enjoy the game!

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