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Game of Thrones Episode 4 out next week


So far Telltale's Game of Thrones series has had more than its fair share of adventure, intrigue and death – and it's only at the halfway point. Episode 4: Sons of Winter will be out next week to continue the tragic saga of House Forrester. Whether it be Gared's journey beyond The Wall, or Asher's infiltration of Meereen, or Mira's political workings in a very turbulent King's Landing, every member is playing their part to prevent their House's demise. The episode will be out May 27 on Xbox consoles for $4.99, and as always it comes as part of the season pass. Check out the launch trailer after the jump.

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Playtonic's Yooka and Laylee will have species-specific abilities

Yooka-Laylee for Xbox One

UK developer Playtonic, which is primarily comprised of former Rare developers, is currently sitting on more than $2.5 million of Kickstarter investments to spend developing Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to Rare's Banjo-Kazooie series. A portion of that money will go towards funding the development of Yooka and Laylee's move sets, which Playtonic says will make sense for each of the animals.

"As much as I love Banjo, he never did anything that said 'I'm a bear'," Studio and Game Director Gavin Price recently told Official PlayStation Magazine. "He was basically a man in a bear costume!"

That's one area in which Yooka-Laylee will differ from its progenitor. "We wanted them to stand out on their own," Price continued. "The bat's going to be the crazier, cheekier one, and the chameleon's more sensible."

As an example, he mentioned that Yooka will have some of the changing camouflage abilities that real chameleons have. Playtonic is approaching this by making Yooka's textures change depending on what he eats in the game, so eating a large creature in a mountainous area might allow the character to take on the appearance and properties of a rock.

Source: GamesRadar+


NPD: Xbox One outsold PS4 in April

Xbox One April 2015 Sales

For one month at least, Microsoft got a break from being Sony's punching bag in the console sales race. GamesBeat reports that NPD's April sales numbers show the Xbox One outselling the PlayStation 4 last month for the first time since January.

"As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month," Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols told GamesBeat in response to the April figures. "Xbox One console sales in the U.S. increased 63 percent in April 2015 compared to April 2014, and Xbox Live comparisons showed the number of active global users [Xbox One and Xbox 360] grew 24 percent. We are grateful to our fans for their passion and support and are looking forward to sharing more on the best game lineup in Xbox history at E3."

Last month's sales results mean that Microsoft's next-gen console has outsold Sony's in the United States for half of the first four months of 2015. No doubt as a result of a temporary price cut, the Xbox One also dominated the hardware sales charts during the crucial retail months of November and December in 2014.

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Xbox One May system update details

xbox one update

Not long ago the Xbox One got its May system update and some fairly large improvements were introduced. One of the largest new features is the ability to finally send voice messages. It's as simple as it was on Xbox 360 and users of either the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One can communicate with one another. Party chat has also received dedicated servers which, while won't bring massive noticeable change, is a step in a positive direction. Users of any of the Smartglass apps can now turn their consoles on or off as long as both systems are on the same network. They also made the initial choice of which power mode to use a little easier to understand.

Source: Xbox


Badland: Game of the Year Edition arrives on Xbox One on May 29

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The tablet game Badland is making its way to consoles using a redesigned control scheme for console play. Badland: Game of the Year Edition is a side-scrolling action adventure with physics based gameplay that totes stunning graphics and audio. The player controls a flying creature named Clony who is trying to survive dangerous traps, puzzles and obstacles. The clones are out there waiting for Clony to save them.

Badland: Game of the Year Edition features 100 single player levels, 100 co-op levels and 27 multiplayer deathmatch stages with up to four player local cooperative play. Launch will feature a discount price of just under $10 before eventually going back to its normal price of $11.99.

Continue below to check out a trailer of the game.

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XBLA Fans Streaming Schedule: 5/19 – 5/24


In addition to our scheduled streams below we also sometimes do impromptu streams. The best way to stay informed of those is to follow XBLA Fans on Twitter and follow us on Twitch.

If there is a game you want to see streamed, please contact us.

All times are listed in EST.

Tuesday 5/19

  • 7p – 9p K4rn4ge – Mega Coin Squad (Early look!)
  • 9p – 1a Cain141 – Smite

Wednesday 5/20

  • 12p – 3p Zero Jehuty – Lifeless Planet or Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • 4p – 7p K4rn4ge – Day of Knights (Rogue Legacy and Shovel Knight)
  • 7p – 10p Cain141 – Mega Coin Squad (New game!)
  • 10p – 1a PamdemoniumXOXO – Game TBA

Thursday 5/21

  • 7a – 9a RazorPriest – Neverwinter and/or Happy Wars
  • 5p – 7p K4rn4ge – Throwback Thursday (XBLA Xbox 360 games)
  • 7p – 11p Cain141 – New release or extended XBLA Throwback Thursday Block
  • 11p – 1a The Snapple Cap – Game TBA

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Microsoft announces E3 media briefing and 'FanFest' details

Microsoft E3 2015 Media Briefing

Microsoft will hold its annual E3 media briefing at 9:00 AM PST on June 15 at Los Angeles' Galen Center, the company announced via email invitations today. In what may or may not prove to be a hyperbolic statement, the console holder promised the briefing would feature "the greatest games lineup in Xbox history."

Perhaps of even more interest to some gamers, Microsoft announced plans to circumvent the media and share the E3 experience directly with 500 lucky gamers. "Fanfest" is a promotion that will grant 500 gamers admission to Microsoft's media briefing and a number of other events throughout E3 week. Major Nelson explained exactly what kind of access Microsoft will award to the promotion's winners:

Entry into the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing on Monday, June 15th, 9:30 am PT, at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Invite to the exclusive Xbox FanFest Party, Monday afternoon, June 15th, where fans will get to play the best exclusives and biggest blockbuster games this holiday and beyond.
VIP access to the Xbox esports Celebrity Challenge & Twitch Party sponsored by Xbox.
Meet-and-greet with some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
Even more surprise events during the week.

Microsoft has not yet revealed how gamers can register for FanFest, instead electing only to say that participants must have an Xbox Live account and be at least 21 years of age. The company has not revealed at this time whether or not FanFest winners will gain entry to the E3 show floor. Gamers can read the FanFest FAQ here, but detailed information will be revealed at a later date.

Source: Major Nelson


World of Tanks to add Training Rooms


Update 1.10 for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 will be adding a brand new feature called the Training Room for players. The Training Room will allow those with with Premium memberships to create Training Rooms, which they can then invite friends into, regardless of  their friend's Premium membership status. Players won't be able to earn XP or Silver while playing in Training Rooms but they seem to be a great addition for those looking to mess around with friends or work on new strategies to crush the opposition with. Besides more customization is always a good thing. More news regarding the patch and Training Rooms should be revealed soon as the 1.10 update draws ever closer to releasing.


Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition coming to Xbox One with new characters


Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, a re-release of the 2008 Xbox 360 game, will launch digitally on Xbox One on June 23 for $24.99. It will feature three new playable characters: Vergil, Lady and Trish. Each comes with their own play styles to complement the original's Nero and Dante. It also comes with a new mode called Legendary Dark Knight in which you take on massive hordes of enemies all at once. And of course, it renders at 1080p/60fps with upgraded graphics and some technical enhancements.

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Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark puzzles Xbox One players on May 13

S. Cat and RoLQ

Every cat has its day. From the publishers Team 17 and developers Italic Pig comes an action-adventure puzzle-platformer featuring the legendary Schrödinger’s Cat. One day, a catastrophic event occurs that causes all primitive particles to escape from The Particle Zoo. The zoo is locked down and emergency services are called into action. Join the cat as he collects his army quarks to create up to 14 unique abilities to solve problems across 30+ levels of gameplay to defeat the forces of evil.

Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark comes to Xbox One for a price of $9.99 on May 13.

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