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Get a hint on the upcoming Final Exam

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Focus Home Interactive and developer Mighty Rocket Studio have released an overview trailer for the upcoming stylized side-scrolling brawler Final Exam, arriving on Xbox Live Arcade November 8. Most high school reunions can be described as a mixture of awkward and awful, but Final Exam finds a foursome of friends returning to the scene of their teenage crimes with literally monstrous results.

Pick one of four playable characters and start smashing, slashing, and blasting, earning high scores that can net you valuable skill points to be spent on character attributes, deadlier weapons and unlockable skills. Go it alone or round up some friends for online and local cooperative multiplayer, and work your way through the hordes of creatures in non-linear, objective-based levels.

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Bound By Flame trailer teases monstrous swordplay

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Spiders Studio’s next project Bound By Flame is already confirmed for the Xbox 360 early next year. It’s described as a dark fantasy RPG that assimilates much of the gameplay crafted in Mars: War Logs, Spiders’ previous offering, and builds upon that foundation with a bigger budget and more development time.

The premise places you in the role of a cursed mercenary, bound to a demonic being who tempts you with power in exchange for bits of your soul. You’ll choose whether to entertain this pact for shunned power in the face of increasingly deadly opposition, or go it alone, training in the purer ways of the hero. Intriguingly, scenarios and experiences within the game are said to change depending on the entity’s influence over you, altering your appearance in the process.

Combat in Bound By Flame unfolds in real-time, similarly to its predecessor with three skill trees dedicated to the holy trinity of combat, stealth and magic, but expanded to a much a larger degree. On the features front, genre staples confirmed to be making an appearance include: a crafting system to create and improve weapons and armor at both ends of the experience spectrum, the option to customize your character’s gender and facial features, and of course, droves of creatures in all shapes, sizes and levels of lethality.

The first teaser trailer seems to confirm that elves, dwarves, goblins and other high fantasy fare are thankfully missing, opting for a more gothic bestiary with somewhat of a Dark Souls vibe. Finally it should come as no surprise, like both of Spiders’ previous RPG offerings, Bound By Flame looks gorgeous. Hit the jump to see for yourself, and definitely keep this one on your radar.

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Minecraft: Mass Effect Edition coming tomorrow

The most recent Minecraft update added support for texture packs, but so far only the default look has been available. After the update released, 4J Studios tweeted that new textures will come in new Mash-Up Packs that will make Minecraft look like another game. Each pack will contain textures, skins, music, a user interface, and a unique themed world. The first game getting the mash-up treatment will be Mass Effect 3.

The Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack will contain 36 new character skins, 22 songs from the game’s soundtrack, the Mars Facility world save, the Mass Effect texture pack, and themed menus. The pack will be available tomorrow, September 4, for $3.99.

Source: Twitter via OXM, Polygon

 

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Crytek’s free-to-play FPS Warface coming to Xbox 360 in 2014

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Crytek announced its free-to-play first-person shooter Warface is coming to the Xbox 360 in early 2014. Warface is a class-based, online FPS. Players take on the roles of Warface, a group of ex-army soldiers, battling against the greedy, power-hungry force known as Blackwood. Depending on their play style, they can choose between four different classes — Rifleman, Medic, Sniper or Engineer — and take part in co-op missions with daily challenges, team-based deathmatch, free-for-all and several other modes you might expect to see in an FPS.

This marks Crytek’s first attempt at a free-to-play game and will tie in to its social hub GFACE where players can share their exploits with others. You can sign up to learn more about the 360 version here, and opt in for the PC beta here. Check out the announcement trailer after the break.

Source: Crytek

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LocoCycle launching alongside Xbox One at $19.99

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Twisted Pixel, creator of The Maw‘Splosion ManThe Gunstringer and more, kicks its newest game LocoCycle into high-gear for the launch of the Xbox One in November. On day one, you’ll be able to download this high-octane game for $19.99 on the Xbox Games Store, formerly Xbox Live Marketplace.

If you’re at PAX this weekend, swing by Twisted Pixel’s booth. A playable demo of the game is available and features a new location along with more info related to its story. A full sized replica of I.R.I.S., the sentient, weaponized motorcycle on the run, will also be on display. Sorry, no Freddy Rodriguez.

Those of you who aren’t sold on picking up the Xbox One at launch will be happy to know Twisted Pixel said the game is still in development for the Xbox 360, but no release date has been announced. If you aren’t unable to make it to PAX, check out these screen shots Twisted Pixel just released after the break:

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Makers of Minecraft bringing Cobalt to Xbox

Bring up Mojang and the first thing that comes to mind for most people is Minecraft. The independent developer with a smash hit under its belt hopes to add another with Cobalt. Developed in conjunction with Oxeye Game Studios, it’s currently in alpha testing for Mac and PC. It was recently announced that Cobalt will make its way to Xbox 360 and Xbox One. According to Joystiq, Mojang made the announcement during a Gamescom press conference today.

Source: Joystiq

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New trailer for Contrast released

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Contrast, the upcoming XBLA game by Compulsion Games, just received a new trailer, and it looks phenomenal. The film noir aesthetic and jazz music tie in very well to the trailer’s usage of light and shadow, the game’s main mechanic. It also hints at a bit of the plot, focused around Didi and her imaginary friend Dawn, who possesses the ability to blend into and out of shadows, which usually means switching from 3D gameplay to 2D platforming across a variety of shadows cast by environmental objects.

The trailer opens with Didi alone in her bed, presumably narrating over her own story.  Didi’s imagination is as rampant as ever, as she discusses fairy tales where the little girl (read: herself) is really a princess, and her parents aren’t really her parents.  Once the trailer picks up, it shows some more cinematic angles of the build many of us saw at E3.  The upbeat musical score was a highlight of the game at E3, and the trailer here features an excellent musical accompaniment as well.  To some, the music may come across as contrasting with the somber plot about a girl’s relationship with her family, but this dissonance creates interest in the plot, not unlike the cabaret scene Nick recently wrote about in his feature preview of Contrast.

The trailer was coupled with the announcement that there will be a new build of Contrast available at PAX Prime, so we will get a deeper look into Didi’s world in a few weeks.  For now, enjoy the new trailer — what does everyone think of it?

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Headset will now be inlcuded with Xbox One bundle

Microsoft announced today that a headset will now be included with the Xbox One. Due to the bundling of the Kinect sensor, Microsoft had previously stated that a headset was not going to be included with the console. However, in an unboxing video released this morning, Major Nelson casually revealed that a headset will be bundled with the Xbox One.  In addition, Nelson addressed that the headset will be included in the day one and the standard releases of the next generation Microsoft console. The headset touts inline audio controls and improved audio quality for in-game chat. It will also include a 4k HDMI cable and a controller with the package.

After receiving a large amount of feedback from fans and potential buyers, Microsoft including the $24.99 headset will ease some concerns.  However, whether this will make or break the consumer’s decision to buy is yet to be determined. Will the inclusion of a headset influence your decision to buy the Xbox One?

Source: Eurogamer

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Ducktales Remastered explores the African Mines

Capcom’s upcoming Ducktales Remastered continues its waddle toward an eventual September 11 release. In the meantime, the fine folks bringing Duckburg back into the spotlight forge ahead, showing off the fruits of their labors with yet another trailer.

Take a gander at the above African Mines trailer, which is again voiced by the lovable oaf Launchpad McQuack, who serves as airborne chauffeur to the McDuck’s after attaining his pilot license through no small miracle. The African Mines level reintroduces you to a seldom seen staple of videogame transportation: the minecart. You’ll employ these four-wheeled death machines in search of the fabled Diamond of Inner Earth, another relic Scrooge will undoubtedly seal away in his money bin.

Incase you missed it, you can check out Launchpad’s previous postcard from the snow-capped Himalayas, detailing the snow-themed levels you’ll run across. We caught up with Capcom earlier this year to chat about DuckTales Remastered, which you’ll find right here.

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Soul Calibur II HD Online announced for XBLA

If you’re one of many who found the recent releases of the Soul Calibur franchise to be lacking, then you now have a reason to be excited. Soul Calibur II, which many consider the best in the series, is receiving the HD treatment and will be coming to Xbox Live Arcade later this year. All of the modes from the decade old game will be returning, and Namco Bandai has also thrown in online support, so you’ll be able to battle friends and foes from all across the world.

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