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Fenix Rage coming to Xbox One in early 2015

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Green Lava Studios recently announced that its 2D platformer Fenix Rage will no longer be releasing in the fall as originally anticipated, but will now be coming to Xbox One in early 2015.

Similar to Super Meat Boy, this game is being touted by the developer as “brutal” but with “tight and responsive” controls. Green Lava is saying that thanks to the fine-tuned mechanics, every level is definitely beatable. However, that isn’t guaranteeing it won’t take you hundreds of tries.

Fenix Rage will feature 200 plus levels spread over nine different worlds. For those seeking an even bigger challenge, there will be Challenge and God game modes. If you need a break from the frustration, then try out the arcade mode with mini-games or maybe bake some cookies using one of 10 unlockable cookie recipes within the game.

Make sure to check out this new trailer which features gameplay and player reaction shots from PAX. Spoiler alert: the players aren’t too happy at the end.

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

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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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XBLAFans Twitch Schedule: Week of 9-29

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This week’s schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, September 30th @ 8:00 pm (CST) – Recurring Tuesday Stream with Marshall.
This week: Defense Grid 2 – As promised, back again with Defense Grid 2.

Thursday October 2nd @ 9:00 pm (CST) – Super Time Force with Jen.

If there is a game you would like to see streamed or previewed, let us know and we will do our best to get to it quickly. Enjoy this week’s stream!

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Chariot coming to Xbox One October 1; will be free for XBLG members

Chariot co-op play on Xbox One

Canadian studio Frima’s couch co-op platformer Chariot will release on Xbox One October 1, and it won’t cost Xbox Live Gold members anything to download it, Frima and Microsoft have announced. While the ID@Xbox game won’t cost XBLG members anything, it will set non-Gold subscribers back $14.99.

Chariot is October’s Xbox One Games with Gold title and will replace Capy Games’ Super Time Force, which remains free for the next two days as September’s title. Meanwhile, Xbox 360 owners with Gold subscriptions will be able to get Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for free from October 1 through the 15th and Darksiders II from the 16th through the 31st.

A launch trailer for Chariot depicts the game’s hook: a princess and her fiancè guide the titular chariot through the game’s environments, all of which are set in “the royal catacombs.” Players will need to push, pull, ride and swing with the carriage, which is actually more of a coffin on wheels. Inside the chariot resides the ghost of the deceased king, and the goal is to locate a suitable burial location for the deceased. Click inside to catch the launch trailer.

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Microsoft announces blue Xbox 360 as part of its 2014 holiday bundles

Xbox 360 Holiday Bundles

If blue is your favorite color and you’ve always dreamed of having a blue Xbox 360, then you’re in luck. Microsoft’s Major Nelson has announced three new holiday bundles that will be available during the 2014 holiday season, and one of them includes a new special edition blue Xbox 360. All three bundles will sell for $249.99 and include an Xbox 360, at least two games and a month of Xbox Live Gold membership.

The three bundles to choose from are:

  • Xbox 360 500GB Holiday Value Bundle
  • Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle
  • Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle

With the holiday bundle you get a 500GB Xbox 360, a month of Xbox Live Gold membership and copies of both Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Those who opt for the Special Edition Blue bundle will get all of the Holiday Value Bundle items, but with a special edition arctic blue console and controller. The standard bundle is available now at retailers nationwide. The special edition bundle is exclusive to Wal-Mart and will be in US Wal-Mart stores starting October 7.

If you’re like me and you can’t wait to try out the recently released Dance Central Spotlight game, then the Kinect bundle may be the bundle for you. This bundle includes a 4GB Xbox 360, a Kinect, a month of Xbox Live Gold membership and copies of Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, and Forza Horizon. This bundle is exclusive to Target and will be available in stores starting September 30.

Source: Major Nelson

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Deals With Gold games for September 23-29

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Major Nelson has announced this week’s Deals With Gold promotional sales. Xbox One owners can get The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Contrast and 1001 Spikes at a 33-percent discount.

XBLA Fans reviewed Contrast upon its release and enjoyed it. 1001 Spikes, published by Nicalis, looks and behaves like an ultra-hard version of Cave Story — gamers who can handle the final bonus dungeon of the well-regarded PC title will likely find themselves right at home with 1001 Spikes.

Xbox 360 owners have discounts on both of the The Amazing Spider-Man games alongside The Orange Box, Fuse, Syndicate, GRID Autosport and the DLC for Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 to choose from. Enjoy those deals while they last, as they will be replaced with another set this coming Monday.

Source: Major Nelson

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XBLAFans Twitch Schedule: Week of 9-22

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This week’s schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, September 23rd @ 8:30 pm (CST) – Recurring Tuesday Stream with Marshall.
This week: Defense Grid 2 – Released today!

If there is a game you would like to see streamed or previewed, let us know and we will do our best to get to it quickly. Enjoy this week’s stream!

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Xbox One struggles in Japan

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The Xbox One recently launched in Japan and it certainly did not have the best of times overseas. In the first week of sales only 23,562 units were moved, making it the lowest sales of any of the “current-gen” consoles in Japan. Both the Wii U and the PS4 sold over 300,000 units in their respective first two days of sales and to make matters worse even the Xbox 360 outsold the Xbox One at launch by close to triple the amount. The Xbox 360 was a running joke in Japan and if Microsoft doesn’t want a repeat performance they clearly need to change their approach to the Japanese market. Luckily, it is still early the console’s lifespan so there is plenty of time for change.

Source: Polygon via Famitsu

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 will release episodically on Xbox in 2015

Capcom's Resident Evil Revelations 2 for Xbox One

Capcom has announced that it will release Resident Evil Revelations 2 on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in early 2015.

At least, that’s when it will begin releasing the game. Breaking from franchise tradition, the sequel will adopt an episodic release format and will be split up into four digital episodes available for $5.99 each. It’s a release format perhaps best known to gamers thanks to another game franchise that pits humans against zombies: The Walking Dead. For its part, Capcom claims that this format is an evolution of the original Revelations‘ chapters format, though those chapters were sold together as a single release.

The publisher will release Resident Evil Revelations 2‘s episodes one week at a time before making the entire game available as a single digital release that will include some sort of additional content for $24.99. A retail version is also planned for a later date, and it will feature even more exclusive content at an MSRP of $39.99. Capcom promises that each episode “will feature hours of terrifying gameplay ending with dramatic cliff-hangers.”

Revelations 2 will put players in control of series mainstay Claire Redfield and task them with confronting the horrors of Redfield’s past. Joining her in the sequel is Moira Burton, who, along with Redfield, has been captured and must find out who took them and why.

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Microsoft to finalize acquisition of Mojang today for $2.5 billion

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Microsoft has been rumored over the past week to be in talks with Mojang about a $2.5 Billion buyout of the small indie studio responsible for Minecraft. The purchase is expected to be finalized today and is accompanied by this blog post by Minecraft creator Notch announcing he is leaving the company. The acquisition may be a way for Microsoft to boost it’s mobile presence considering the windows phone holds less than 2.5% of the market. What this means for Minecraft’s future is not entirely apparent at this point. The Mojang release says they will continue to support and update Minecraft as they always have. This is one of the largest game company acquisitions in history, however the purchase price is a small portion of Microsoft’s reported 86 billion real-time spendable dollars.

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