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Pre-Order Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions and get exclusive level


One of my favorite features on the Xbox One has been the ability to pre-order and pre-download games. There is something truly satisfying knowing that your 60GB Halo Master Chief Collection download is ready and waiting for you when the clock strikes just past midnight (even if Matchmaking isn't). We’ve been requesting this feature for ages (check out some old XBLA Fancasts), specifically with smaller digital titles that sometimes can be forgotten about. It looks like Microsoft is on the right track with this, as Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is now live for pre-order. To make the deal even sweeter, the bundle comes with an exclusive level: “Blood Count” on a Torus-shaped grid with exclusive background. The game will not be live until 7:01 PM EST on November 25, 2014.

Geometry Wars should need no introduction to XBLA Fans. The franchise has been huge for the platform. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved and RE2 ranked 13 on our best XBLA Games of all time. As such, there is obviously a bit of hype for the sequel with Lucid Games at the helm, a successor company to Bizarre Creations. With a ridiculously blatant pun title, Geo Wars 3 breaks away from previous games with the addition of a 3D grid playspace that will feature a few different shapes.

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Never Alone launch trailer delves into the Acrtic

Never Alone for Xbox One

Never Alone stands at a distinctive place for gaming. Built in partnership with the Alaska Native community, Never Alone attempts to introduce players to the unique culture of the Iñupiat people. Set in the beautiful yet tumultuous Alaskan tundra, Never Alone gives off a limbo-esque vibe. Players engage in side scrolling puzzles and basic platforming. The trailer highlights Nuna and Fox who players will control on their journey.

It’s really awesome to see an attempt at adding cultural and educational value to a game without straight out making an “educational” game. Our own Nick Santangelo is working on a review of the game which should be posted on the site shortly. Never Alone is available later today on Xbox One for $15.


Pure Pool out now on Xbox One


Pure Pool sneakily made onto the Xbox One over the weekend and is available now for $12.99. The beautiful-looking billiards game offers multiple game types and online live matches. One of the more interesting features is a tracking of your ability and play style that is used to create an offline opponent for your friends to compete against.

XBLA Fans will stream Pure Pool this Wednesday evening at 8:30 pm and occasionally throughout the week, so keep an eye on our feed if you're interested in seeing some live gameplay.


Game of Thrones screenshots possibly leak

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If these leaked screenshots are to be believed, we may very well have our first look at Telltale's upcoming Game of Thrones series. The screens, first discovered by @lifelower, do have that certain Telltale style, so we're inclined to believe they're legit (or just really good fakes). While the game is going to focus on the little-known House Forrester, it appears that its members will cross paths with some familiar faces from the show.

Telltale recently revealed the first details of the series, which will span six episodes and follow five playable characters. Game of Thrones is coming later this year, but not before Telltale's other upcoming series Tales from the Borderlands.

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Tales from the Borderlands gets its first trailer


Telltale Games has proven to be a master of storytelling with numerous successful adaptations of exciting intellectual properties, including two recently released on Xbox One: The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2 and The Wolf Among Us. Telltale now looks to expand upon the mythology behind Pandora, the setting for Gearbox Software’s highly successful Borderlands Series, with Tales from the Borderlands. The game will be released for multiple platforms including Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Episodes may be purchased for $4.99 each. After buying the first episode players will have the option of getting a season pass for an additional $14.99 (saving the price of one episode).

The first episode, Zer0 Sum, will be releasing soon. The series will feature some pretty recognizable voice actors: Troy Baker as Rhys, Laura Bailey as Fiona, Chris Hardwick as Vaughn, Erin Yvette as Sasha, Patrick Warburton as Vasquez and Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack. The series will take place after Borderlands 2 with some plot tie-ins to the recently released Borderlands the Pre-sequel.

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Kalimba (née Project Totem) gets December release date and new trailer

Project Totem is now Kalimba

Project Totem, the puzzle-platformer from Press Play, has been renamed Kalimba and is coming to Xbox One on December 17, the developer has announced. A new trailer showing the formerly titular totems platforming across various color-coded stages was released alongside the announcement.

Kalimba, which features both single-player and a co-op modes, has players controlling living totems that are stacked on top of each other to form poles. Creative Director Asger Strandby calls the co-op mode a "friendship tester." XBLA Fans can speak to that point; our preview recounts some of the difficulties the team had in coordinating with each other to overcome the game's obstacles. Shouting at your co-op partner is an inevitability.

Each totem pole piece is a different color, which is more of a design choice than it is an aesthetic one. Each stage in Kalimba's three worlds is filled with colored barriers that can only be passed through by a totem of the same hue. To progress through the game, players need to stack and align their totems so that each one is set to pass through barriers with their corresponding colors. Check the trailer after the jump to see this mechanic in action.

Players start with a limited number of totem pieces, but they're given more to work with as they move deeper into the game and come closer to rescuing the island of Kalimba from an evil shaman.

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A closer look at Microsoft Garage's Voice Commander

Voice Commander

In case you missed the recent news, the first Microsoft Garage title has been rather sneakily released into the wild as a free download on Xbox One. Voice Commander is a single-screen shooter in the style of the arcade classic Asteroids, with a few notable twists which between them make the most of the Kinect technology and add an additional layer of strategy. Players are invited to defend their home planet from wave after wave of alien attackers, whilst the titular voice commands are used to deploy defensive structures in specific quadrants or to deploy smart bombs and other secondary weapons.

Microsoft Garage games are made by various Microsoft Studio employees in their spare time, and Voice Commander has set the bar pretty high considering that it's free to download. Currently, it can only be located via a Bing search on your Xbox One, and your console must also be set to the US region. Non-US players can still download and play Voice Commander, but will need to change their home region to US, download the game and then change back.

For more on Voice Commander, check out the gameplay video after the jump.

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Two Telltale series coming to Xbox One


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


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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Thomas Was Alone will look for friends on Xbox One in November

Thomas Was Alone Red Rectangle

Almost two and a half years after its original PC release, puzzle-platformer Thomas Was Alone will make its way to Xbox One this November. Developer Mike Bithell made the announcement on Twitter today and later confirmed to Polygon that his game will release on PlayStation 4 and Wii U in addition to Xbox One during the same yet-to-be-revealed week next month.

Bithell wrote that he was "Rather excited to announce that Thomas Was Alone will be coming to PS4, WiiU and XB1 this November," before noting his affinity for a certain geometric shape. "Rectangles are cool."

His rectangles call-out was a nod to the Thomas' protagonist and a group of companions he meets over the course of the game. The titular Thomas is a self-aware artificial intelligence that sees the world around himself as a 2D space in which he is represented by a red rectangle. Each of Thomas' friends has a unique shape and ability set of his or her own, and players must rely on all of their skills in order to overcome the game's puzzles.

Developer Curve Studios will handle Thomas Was Alone's next-gen console port. Curve previously worked on the game's PlayStation 3 and Vita ports, which released in April of 2013.

"One day a home console will come out and I won't port my silly little game to it," continued Bithell on Twitter. "But today is not that day."

For more details on how the deal to bring Thomas to next-gen systems came about, check out the satirical video documenting the partnership between Bithell and Curve after the jump. The "#Mike Trailer" jokingly finds a correlation between next-gen polygon counts and Metacritic review scores, shows the team's faux stresses and displays fake plans for an expensive outdoor banner advertisement bearing Bithell's face near the site of the games industry's annual Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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