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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate leaps from handheld to XBLA in April


Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate, the handheld companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins will soon make the jump to the Xbox 360. Subtitled Deluxe Edition, the new Metroid-esque, 2.5D brawler will retain the gameplay of it’s less deluxe parent, but will improve on visuals and adds Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Console players can also unlock a Zero Year Batman suit by signing into (or registering for) their Warner Bros ID account. The Armature studio title feature motion comic-styled cutscenes and a fully voiced narrative. The game arrives April 1, 2014 and will retail for USD 19.99. No word yet on whether any cross-unlocks will occur between the original Origins and Blackgate. Hit the jump for a trailer, additional screenshots, and the press release.

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Minecraft Skyrim mash-up coming tomorrow

Dragonborns and Minecraft players, rejoice! The official trailer has been released for the Skyrim Mash-Up Pack, showcasing the Dovahkiin’s hijinks as he ventures through blocky recreations of famous Skyrim locales. The DLC will included the pre-build world seen in the trailer as well as a Skyrim-themed texture pack, 40 new skins, new UI and 20 songs from the Skyrim soundtrack. You’ll be able to get your hands on the pack in no time; today 4J studios tweeted the Skyrim Mash-Up will start rolling out tomorrow morning for $3.99/£2.69/€3.79.


First Xbox One TV ad has global touch

In a post over at PlayXBLA, the first Xbox One TV ad was shown, and for an advertisement released first in the American TV market, it has a distinct international flavor. Throughout the commercial, real people and fictional characters across the world invite other people to join the ranks of Xbox One players. The global messaging ties into Microsoft’s broader worldwide strategy, and given the strong European presence, it seems that finally cracking the European market is very high on the priority list. Certainly, any commercial featuring football star Stephen Gerrard is likely to turn a few international heads.

Invitation has an edge, but it stays light and accessible, which is exactly what Microsoft needs in this launch period. Historically, some of the marketing and presentation has been too heavy-handed or has tended to come off slightly tone-deaf, so hopefully this ad marks a major step in what has so far been a promising turnaround from Microsoft.

Though, it should be noted that there is a distinct lack of Killer Instinct in the TV spot.

Source: PlayXBLA


Learn the basics with Super Time Force 101

What is Super Time Force? If you’re having trouble coming up with an answer, then Capy Games has the perfect trailer for you. Just watch the educational video above, and you’ll learn everything you’ll need to know about time travel across the second dimension. 

Still confused about the mechanics of the game? Then you should also check out this trailer that shows a level in action. Better start brushing up on your history, because Super Time Force is definitely coming this year.


Minecraft: Skyrim Edition coming soon

Anyone who’s played Skyrim probably remembers the Minecraft easter egg on top of the Throat of the World. Minecraft will soon be returning the favor, releasing a new Mash-Up Pack centered around Bethesda’s fifth Elder Scrolls game. Considering both games feature mining, sword fighting, undead enemies, giant spiders, and (of course) dragons, this combination is a perfect match.

The pack includes a Skyrim-themed texture pack, a remodeled user interface, 40 character skins, and over 20 selections from the game’s original soundtrack. Players will be able to explore the homeland of the Nords in a pre-built world containing recreations of Whiterun, Riverwood, and Bleak Falls Barrows. The pack currently doesn’t have a release date, but will be priced at $3.99/£2.69/€3.79.

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The Walking Dead Season 2 revealed

The highly-anticipated The Walking Dead Season 2 is coming soon, and the new teaser trailer gives us a glimpse of what it has in store. The protagonist of next season will be none other than Clementine, the little girl who accompanied Lee throughout Season 1. Now a bit older, she must fend for herself as she fights both the living and the dead for survival. Decision-based gameplay will make a return to test your morals in life or death situations. The Walking Dead Season 2 will consist of five episodes, with releases beginning later this year and going into 2014. You can check out some screenshots after the jump, if you think your heart can handle seeing Clementine in danger.

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Doctor Strange coming to Marvel Pinball

A new hero will soon be added to the Marvel Pinball lineup, coming to save Earth from the greatest powers from the darkest dimensions. Doctor Strange must stop rival sorcerer Baron Mordo, who plans to steal Strange’s mantle as Sorcerer Supreme. Mordo has called upon demonic forces to aid him, including the Fear Lord Nighmare and Dread Dormammu. Meanwhile, the Lord of Chaos, Shuma-Gorath, hatches his own evil scheme from the back of the table.

Voice-over lines and situations have been adapted from 50 years of Doctor Strange comics to create this table. The Master of the Mystic Arts will face one of his greatest challenges yet, but the player will be the one with the power to cast spells with perfect pinball shots. The Doctor Strange Pinball Table for Pinball FX2 will be released this December.


Contrast’s new trailer is easy on the eyes and ears

Contrast -- Dawn and Didi

Compulsion Games’ most recent trailer for its forthcoming download-only game, Contrast, highlights a new song from the game’s original soundtrack. The new jazzy single is titled House on Fire; lyrics are by Compulsion with music by WaveGeneration Audio, while jazz singer Laura Ellis provides the sultry vocals.

Contrast tells the story of Didi and her friend Dawn — an imaginary friend capable of shifting into the shadow dimension. With Dawn’s power, players will navigate the puzzle/platform world of Contrast while uncovering the mystery of what happened to Didi’s parents. With its noir-esque visuals and atmosphere and a soundtrack that’s shaping up nicely, Compulsion’s new game looks very promising. Check out our hands-on preview from E3 2013 here.

Contrast hits the Xbox Games Store November 15, 2013 for $14.99. Watch the new music trailer after the break.

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Minecraft Natural Texture Pack coming soon


Hot off the heals of the Plastic Texture Pack, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is already getting another new texture pack. The Natural Texture Pack substitutes the original, cartoony look of Minecraft with a more realistic look for the environment and animals. There’s currently no release date or price, but if the previous texture pack is any indication we should expect a $1/£0.65/€0.95 price tag. Several screenshots have surfaced showing off the new textures. Check them out after the jump.

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Alien Rage aims for October 18 on Xbox Live

Alien Rage Promo

City Interactive’s homage to the old-school first-person shooter, Alien Rage, finally has a release date for Xbox Live according to its official Facebook page, targeting October 18 worldwide. The sci-fi shooter was slated for a simultaneous launch on both PC and Xbox Live at the end of September, but saw the console version pushed back unknown reasons.

We previously covered the differences between between the PC and upcoming console versions, as news surfaced that the title would forgo cooperative and competitive multiplayer on the Xbox Live offering. It appears the overall scope of the game, which will now be a solely singleplayer experience, was scaled back – potentially causing the slight delay.

Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but it’s likely the console port will be comparable to the already-live PC version priced at $19.99 on Steam. However, with a reduced feature set – namely cooperative multiplayer – that number could come in slightly smaller.

Source: Alienragegame, (Thanks, @lifelower)

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